We’re having a party and you’re invited! Come celebrate our 8th Birthday Bash with us!!!! We’re slashing prices up to 80% off and showing off new arrivals (and we mean tons of new arrivals). Enjoy storewide savings, sips & sweets, and a photo booth! We’re also excited to have a braid bar compliments of JustAir, Friday April 28th from 12pm to 3pm.

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The hunt is on! Thursday 4/13 through Saturday 4/15 we’re having an Easter Egg Hunt. Find an Easter egg hidden around the store and bring it to the register for a surprise discount! Plus, enjoy complimentary cupcakes and a signature cocktail while you shop.

Please note we will be open Saturday till 7pm, and closed Easter Sunday.

Name: Jenny Blakeney

Company: Real Food Scout

Age: 37

Instagram: Real Food Scout

Website: www.RealFoodScout.com

 

How did you get to where you are today?

I grew up eating a highly processed food diet, and spent most of my 20s continuing those poor habits. I wasn’t aware I needed to change anything, until I got pregnant. It was the first time I had actually thought about what I was putting in my body. A constant diet of Coffee, Croissants, and Coke’s wasn’t going to cut it anymore. So I slowly began to make some changes, eating less processed food and cooking more from scratch. But I had two young babies 14 months apart, and I couldn’t spend hours in the kitchen, so she created practical ways to simplify life in the kitchen. Real Food for Real Life is what I call it.

 What is your elevator pitch on what you do?

Through my website, workshops and online courses, I guide people how to eat more Real Food and less processed junk, and show tips and strategies for simplifying life in the kitchen.  The Real Food Scout brand is all about Real Food for Real Life.

 How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?

Success is a tricky one. I mean I would have said I was a success the day I started volunteering for Jamie Oliver. I was passionate about something and I took action. To me that is success. So to define success for me, would be to say that when you find what you love to do, start now. Most of us are waiting for this future for things to be ready, don’t wait, it’s all a continual process and journey  just like food, so start today. As for the day to day, I am continually working, tweaking, and evolving my business to come up with ways that reach my audience in the best way possible. Everyday is different and some days feel successful and some days don’t, but that doest stop me from pushing forward. 

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?

The daily messages I get from people who tell me I changed their life in some way, with a recipe or a tip and simplified their personal food journey, it just doesn’t get better than that.

 What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?

Um, I think I make them all day, every day. The only way to grow and improve is to try something. Take a risk, test the waters, and then adjust and move forward.  Making a so called “mistake” is the only way to learn and improve, so bring on the mistakes!

 What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?

 Every day I’m just trying to reach more people and grow my audience. I’m so passionate about food and getting the word out that real food can be simple and can simplify your life and better your health too. So, for me, it is really just about growing the brand so I can help more and more people. The more of us are on board with real food, the faster we can change our broken food system and tragic health epidemic.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?

 Usually every 4 weeks, like clockwork. Hah. It’s a cycle, pun intended, but there is a quote I love about the creative process, emotional roller coaster. “This is awesome. This is tricky. This is shit. I am shit. This might be okay. This is awesome.” I just love that because it is so true, it flows like that constantly, so it is helpful that when are you down, you’re usually not there long.

 How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?

I feel really lucky to have such a wonderful support system and friends that encourage me and my business and passion. It can be hard to balance because every time I see food, I’m thinking or ways to incorporate it into my business, and I see food a lot because food is everywhere, all day long.  I rarely take a minute off or away from work, but my business has allowed me to meet some amazing people in the real food community and that has been a real joy in my life.

 Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?

I do, I have moments all the time. It’s the nature of the beast for sure because I’m trying to motivate people to change habits and old programing around food. It’s really challenging. It was and still is challenging for me personally because of my food history.   Sometimes I feel like I’m swimming upstream, and beating my head against the wall, and then the added extra challenge of fighting against the huge, powerful, influential food industry. This is when those friendships in the real food community really help out, because we are all working “alone” so to speak, but our voices are all working together. We will continue to grow and will make an impact on our food system and our health. I just keep believing and celebrating the small victories. 

 What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?

I eat well, most of the time, and I go to bed early, so sleep well. Really well. I don’t stay up extra late to finish things or push through, I chose sleep 98% of the time, and it all gets done eventually, but me on a bad nights sleep is just a wasted day ahead and usually a day filled with poor food decisions too. So sleep is a top priority for me.

 What makes you happy?

My kids, cooking and eating with family and friends, scouting out new real food approved places to eat and just a good hard laugh with friends. I love to laugh and I make a effort to do it a lot. I even have this bracelet on my arm that says laugh to remind me to not take things in this life so seriously, just laugh. Shake it off and laugh. Hard. 

 What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?

Stop rushing. There is no finish line, and there is no end. The journey is all you’ve got, so just enjoy every little detail of your days, they go fast. 

 What is the biggest misconception about what you do?

People assume I eat “healthy” all the time. I don’t. They assume my kids eat “healthy” all the time, they definitely don’t. It’s also assumed a lot of the time that I am a nutritionist and I have no interest in that right now. My interest is not talking about the vitamins. minerals and calories in certain foods, my interest is in getting us to eat more vegetables, more real, whole foods, less sugar, better quality packaged foods for real life, and making all of that easy, practical and fun. We don’t need nutritional degrees to eat real food.

 What is your favorite quote? 

Less is More. I believe less of most things really simplifies life and brings a lot more wonderful things to life as well.

Jenny’s 10 Day Online Dinner Boot Camp is going on now

Click here of more details http://program.realfoodscout.com

 

You’re invited to a fundraising event to benefit the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale April 27th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Lilac And Lilies Boutique. Join us for a special evening of shopping, champagne and sweet treats to celebrate the Junior League’s 80th Anniversary. We will be accepting donation items during the event for the Junior League’s Thrift Store. A portion of all proceeds from the night will go back to this great cause.

The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, for the past 80 years has made tremendous efforts in impacting our community in a positive way through the leadership of well-trained women. Founded by Susan B. Anthony, II, and Charlotte A. Carlisle along with 15 charter members, these dedicated women hit the ground running trying to improve our community as we know it today.

The celebration event will not only pay tribute to their humble beginnings back in 1937 but also, to come together and plan for our future in our community for the next 80 plus years to come! RSVP on Facebook or email Betsy@LilacAndLilies.com.

 

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march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful April! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


March 28 – April TBD

Additional 20% Off Sale

  • Take an additional 20% off all sale items
  • New markdowns
  • All sale items must go!

April 13-15

Easter Egg Hunt

  • Find an Easter egg around the shop for a special discount or treat
  • Bring to the register at checkout to reveal your special
  • Cupcakes and signature cocktail while you shop

April 27

80th Anniversary Party for the Junior League

  • 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Throwback Thursday league fundraiser
  • Donate items to the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center
  • We will give back a percentage of proceeds from items to the Junior League

April 27 – 30

Birthday Bash

  • Up to 80% off storewide
  • Giveaways + Sips + Sweets + Photo Booth
  • Special guest on Saturday

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Get styling with the latest trends for Spring and Summer. It’s all about simple and easy looks that start with fashion staples like shapewear from Spanx and double-sided sticky tape. Remember these essentials and your looks will be flawlessly pulled together.

About the Looks:

  • Try a cute Caribbean look with a simple tee and cargo-inspired cropped pants that elongate, and pair with fun accessories like stacked bangles from Kendra Scott, and a straw fedora hat to complete the look.
  • Go beach to beach-side brunch with a kimono from Tiare Hawaii. Just throw over a bikini. Straight from Hawaii, these pieces are great for South Florida weather.
  • Be on trend with the pantone color of the year with greenery-inspired looks like this green and blush dress that’s easy and beautiful. Kendra Scott earrings tie the color together.
  • Rashguards not only protect you from harsh UV rays, they are making waves with swimwear trends. Rock them on swimwear from L*Space. Pair this top with anything high-waisted for more wear off the beach.
  • Try the off-the-shoulder trend on your swimwear like this floral bikini from L*Space. This one also has a lace up front which is another great trend for Spring. Throw on some more fun accessories like bangles from Alex and Ani or earrings from Kendra Scott and you’re ready for a day on the beach.

 

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march-events-featuredJoin us at Lilac And Lilies for an eventful March! Please see our event schedule below. Please note, event details are subject to change. Please call the store at 954.530.3109 for questions.


March 15 – 31

L*Space Enter to Win a Free Bikini
+ Free Gift with Purchase:

  • Try on any L*Space Swimwear and be entered to win a free L*Space bikini
  • Purchase any L*Space Swimwear and receive a free Kopari coconut body glow

March 11

Mimosas & Markdowns

  • Take an additional 10% off sale merchandise
  • Mimosas while you shop

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Flash Sale

  • 17% off storewide

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Hello New Arrivals — Love L*Space!

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March 15 – March 31

L*Space Swimwear

Gift With Purchase // Enter To Win L*Space Item Of Choice

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FREE Coconut Body Glow By Kopari

With L*Space Purchase

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Try On Any L*Space Product & Enter To Win An L*Space Item Of Choice

(No Purchase Necessary!)

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BIG NEWS! We’re extended our Semi-Annual Sale through Sunday and adding an extra 10% off. That means you get up to 80% off storewide as well as $10 bins, $20 bins, $25 graphic tees, and a special L&L gift with purchase, plus 10% off. Shoppers also get $5 L&L cash for every $50 you spend, redeemable March 1st – March 31st on purchases of $50+. All our clearance merchandise must go! Get everything you need for Spring Break!

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It’s that time again! We’re so excited about our Semi-Annual Sale kicking off this Friday, February 17th and running for a full week, through February 24th. Get everything you need to welcome Spring. All our clearance merchandise must go! You get savings way below cost! Enjoy up to 80% off storewide as well as $10 bins, $20 bins, $25 graphic tees, and a special L&L gift with purchase. Shoppers also get $5 L&L cash for every $50 you spend, redeemable March 1st – March 31st on purchases of $50+.

Don’t miss the party!

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