monica wise lspaceName: Monica Wise
Company: L*Space by Monica Wise
Instagram: @lspaceswim

How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always been obsessed with the outdoor lifestyle and sunny weather. Growing up with harsh winters in the Midwest, I found myself daydreaming about warm-weathered getaways.  As soon as I turned 18, I packed my bags and moved to Florida, where I fell in love with the sun-soaked beaches and the bikini culture.  I became a swimsuit addict living near the beach. I quickly learned that in order to be a serious contender in the swim world that California was where I had to be so I packed my bags and landed in Orange County.

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I’m Monica Wise, the founder of L*Space, known for classic beach-chic swimwear and apparel with impeccable fit!

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
Waking up every day and doing something that I truly love and that I never tire of defines success to me.  There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not grateful.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Six years ago L*Space was voted “Mercedes Benz Presents Designer” during Miami Fashion Week. At that moment, I knew there was something unique and special about my brand.

What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
There are times when I become too much of a control freak in handling projects and not allowing my team to do what they were hired to do. I’ve learned to take a step back, take a deep breath and trust.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I am passionate about continuing our product offering at L*Space and expanding to categories beyond the beach.  The challenge really excites me!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’ve had the chance to meet and work with so many strong aspirational women over the years. Nothing inspires me more than young driven women who have a vision of their own. I’ve mentored a few over the years and it’s rewarding to see their passions and accomplishments.

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When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
My first year winning “Swimwear Brand of the Year” at the SIMA Awards was a very emotional moment for me.  Standing there on stage to accept that award 8 years ago definitely had me bawling!

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
At the onset of L*Space I was quite the workaholic putting in 7 days a week.  I knew I had to stay focused on the “prize” which didn’t allow a lot of time in my personal life.

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
Never!!  I’ve always believed in the harder the struggler, the more glorious the triumph.

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I’ve had many sleepless nights when I first launched L*space and I could run on 4-5 hours of sleep.  Having to do it all as a one woman show was challenging and there was never enough time in the day. Today I have the support of an amazing team and I get plenty of sleep in days!

What makes you happy?
I recently married and I love weekends spent at home with my husband and our three kitties, but there’s also nothing like traveling to new international cities and experiencing different cultures. Luckily I married a man who love to travel too!

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
“Monica, take care of yourself. You only get one body so lay off the sugar, eat healthy, and exercise!!”   (I still have those sugar cravings)

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What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
People seem to have this misconception that owning a bikini brand is all fun in the sun.  Although the product in fun and the lifestyle we portrait is aspirational it’s really just like running any other business.

What is your favorite quote?
“Good, better, best. You can never rest until good is better and better best.” I’ve rehearsed this quote many times when a launched L*Space and still live by it today!


emily pereira surfing

Name: Emily Pereira
Company: Emily Pereira / Free Your Spirit
Age: 38
Instagram: @emilybegins

How did you get to where you are today?
I had a radical personal transformation in my life that opened my eyes and heart to an entirely new and passionate way of life. I awakened my once dormant creativity by writing a book, learning to play guitar, writing and singing original songs, painting large canvasses, and dancing in the Le Vie Noir burlesque troupe –all after 32 years of believing I didn’t have a creative bone in my body! Becoming my own irresistible muse sparked a wildfire that tore through my life, burning up everything that wasn’t aligned with guiltless freedom, radical personal realization, and unabashed passion.

emily pereira

What is your elevator pitch on what you do?
I’m on a mission to show every woman the way out of the thankless prison of perfection and back to her playful, creative, passionate self!

As Spirit Nature Certified Spiritual Advocate and Gateless-trained writing teacher, I’m dedicated to helping women discover a wildly adventurous creative existence that becomes the foundation of permission where self worth, joy, and purpose can’t help but flourish.

I do this via my writing, videos, workshops and transformational retreats.

How do you define success? Do you consider yourself “successful”?
I define success by spending my days doing what I love and making enough money to live a lifestyle where I feel abundant and free.

What have been some of the most rewarding things in your career thus far?
Having the opportunity to lead women on transformative, creative adventure retreats is literally my version of the best time ever. It combines all of my loves: Sisterhood connection, writing, yoga, meditation, surfing, clean eating… I still don’t believe I get to do it. To witness how much each woman grows in a week is astonishing, and gives me incredible hope for what’s possible for all women.

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What have been some of your mistakes? What have you learned from them?
I live by the understanding that every single thing, person, event, and experience I personally create to aid and abet my spiritual growth. Even the good, the bad and the ugly. This helps me retain a vibration of gratitude because I know everything that comes my way is for me. And trust me I’ve been through some dooooozys.. chronic illness, divorce, projects that haven’t gone as expected… to name a few. But these are things that have allowed me to look deep inside myself, and shift limiting beliefs I’d been unconsciously holding about myself. Those shifts led to massive breakthroughs. At this point I wouldn’t trade my journey for anything.

What do you still want to achieve personally and/or professionally?
I just wrote a memoir! It’s a cross between Eat, Pray, Love and Are you there Vodka it’s me Chelsea. I’d love to see it reach the lives of women all over the world.

emily pereira

Who has been your greatest inspiration?
I’ve yet to find anything as satisfying as growth. To look back to last month, last season, last year and say… wow I’m a bit braver, I’m a bit bolder, more loving and more accepting. It gives me motivation to keep living on the edge of my comfort zone, because the magic always lives there. My spiritual teacher and co-creator in my upcoming podcast SPIRIT NATURE: The Portal to Radical Truth, James Stellar inspires me everyday to look outside this so-called prescribed vision of happiness and really design life based on what’s in my heart.

When was the last time you were overwhelmed and cried from something provoked by work?
We live in a culture that promotes things outside of us will bring us happiness: a big bank balance, a raving tribe of online fans, that big sparkler on that all important finger. And while these things are nice, they do not lead to genuine self worth, passion, or a deep sense of fulfillment.

I’ve discovered a radical path to knowing yourself, loving yourself, and having the freedom (the most delicious luxury of all) to be yourself. I got frustrated the other day and cried because this is something something many women don’t know they want, but desperately need. A lot of people just aren’t there yet.

How has your career affected your personal life/relationships?
My career and life are all wrapped into one. So many of my dearest friendships and collaborations have resulted from women attending a retreat, and so many of my closest friends attend my retreats regularly. I really believe that when we are inspired and fulfilled in our lives, by our own creations, competition falls away and collaboration and love unfolds between women. We’re all in this together.

emily pereira

Have you ever thought about giving up? What provokes those thoughts?
I have several different arms to my brand and there are times when I think, this is causing me too many headaches, or I’m spending way too much time on this and it feels like more of an obligation than something I’m really passionate about, so I let go and focus to something else that inspires me.

But the bigger vision of helping women… I couldn’t give up even if I tried. One my favorite quotes (Maya Anqelou) “If you get give, if you learn teach.”

By the time I reached my late 20s I had a life that looked amazing on paper: #1 in company, home on the beach with my internet tycoon boyfriend and a closet full of designer clothes and I still had a deep ache in my heart that I couldn’t quite pinpoint. Back then, I didn’t understand that as long as I didn’t feel like I was enough, IT would never feel like it was enough.

So I did more of what I knew. I worked more, I shopped more, I worked out and went on vacation more and tried to be as perfect as I could in attempt be OK. Short story: it didn’t work. I had a big breakdown that led to a big, beautiful breakthrough (I go into far more detail on this in my new ebook, Unstoppable Woman) that became the biggest turning point of my entire life. I’m determined to help women find their way out of this thankless prison of perfection we’re all born into in our culture. There is another way.

emily pereira

What causes you anxiety/sleepless nights?
I’m a bit of a paradox. I know that the unknown, adventure and experiences that challenge me feed my soul, so I seek them out on the regular. But they also scare me! So depending on what’s coming up for me… a talk in front of hundreds of women, going to France to meet my boyfriend’s family (when I don’t speak French), moving to Costa Rica to open a retreat center (this September) can keep my mind swirling when I lay my head down. But even when I’m scared, I remind myself that I’m allowed to be “The Beginner” and it calms me down enough to fall asleep and move forward with greater ease.

What makes you happy?
So many things! Authentic hilarious friends, the inspiration to create, surfing warm waves, sweet kisses, snuggling with my pup Disco, barely ripe avocados, coconut everything, playing and singing a tunes I’ve written on the guitar, riding motorcycles on the forgotten seaside roads, women celebrating other women, having my own spiritual breakthroughs and witnessing other women breakthrough… to name a few 😉

What advice would you tell your 21 year old self?
Your life doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s. If you follow your heart it won’t.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
Many people probably think I fall into the life coach category. I don’t really do one-on-one sessions aside from a very select group of people. I’d say I’m revolutionary inspiring a true sisterhood-spiritual rebellion. I’ve discovered a method that allows women to cultivate genuine value for themselves, which leads to freedom, passion and purpose for living. When we’re inspired by our own creations, competition falls away and collaboration presents itself. Women supporting women—all on the same side?! We are looking at an entirely new planet.

What is your favorite quote?
“Be the beginner… as the beginner you have the ultimate freedom to do or try anything never fail!”- James Stellar



junk food clothing sale

Today is National Junk Food Day. We’re not sure how this holiday was born, but we think it’s a great reason to celebrate with the best junk food we know: Junk Food Clothing!!!

Today only, enjoy 20% off all Junk Food Clothing in stock at Lilac And Lilies Boutique. Come grab a one-of-a-kind graphic tee made in L.A. and made popular by celebrity fans like Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes, Britney Spears, and Gwen Stephani.

So, chow down on a sugary snack in style and have a Happy #NationalJunkFoodDay.

Miami was hot this weekend but the swimwear for Miami Swim Week was even hotter! And we were there to see it all. We absolutely love skipping from one event to the next and these past days were no disappointment. We also had special fashion blogger Snapchat takeovers for even more behind the scenes action. Madison Morton from The Salty Vogue attended the Maaji brunch, Caroll Malloy from soaked it up at the Vix fashion show, and Christie Ferrari sat front and center at For Love & Lemons.

While the girls rocked their locations, myself, Kelli and Kelsey attended the lazy day Sunday BBQ with Mara Hoffman at The Standard, and the Style Saves Charity Fashion Show at The Satai. We also launched our first Snapchat geo-tag at The Edition where we attended the Treats Magazine party! Around the scenes, we sighted famed fashion bloggers Rocky Barnes, Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman.

Between all the tradeshows, we’re honing in on a few standout trends, particularly pom-poms, off the shoulder ruffle bikini tops, and mesh and lace fabrics. Of course, we couldn’t leave without doing some shopping for the boutique; we can’t wait to start receiving our orders from Maaji, L*Space and tons of other swimwear collections!


lilac and lilies miami swim week

Swim Fashion Week will once again heat up Miami Beach July 13 – 17, 2016! Follow us on social media for a behind the scenes look at Miami Swim Week! We’re hitting the hottest shows and featuring special blogger takeovers, and we’ll be posting it all! Don’t miss a second of the action; make sure to follow us on:

Instagram >> @LilacAndLilies_Boutique

SnapChat >> @LilacAndLilies

Facebook >> @LilacAndLiliesBoutique



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Join us Saturday, July 9th for our Mimosas & Markdowns!

Take an additional 10% OFF already reduced priced merchandise 10%-80% OFF!

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

June 30 – July 3

Bikini Trunkshow:

  • 15% off all swimwear and coverups
  • Complimentary ‘bikini-tinis’
  • Free L*Space and Mink Pink gifts with purchase
  • Demo day on Saturday with Dr. Juice, Core954, and 9Round


July 9

Markdowns & Mimosa’s:

  • Join us Saturday, July 9th to shop an additional 10% OFF already reduced priced merchandise
  • Sip Mimosa’s while you shop!


July 10

Swim Chic Fashion Show:

  • Join us as we kick off Miami Swim Week with a Swim Fashion Show at S3
  • RSVP online here for a Chef’s Tasting Menu & Premium Fashion Show seating

July 16 – 18

Miami Swim Week:

  • Go behind the scenes with us at Miami Swim Week
  • Follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat

July 27

SMA Gala Volunteer Meeting


Join us as we kick off Miami Swim Week with a swim fashion show at the beautiful S3 Restaurant on Fort Lauderdale beach, featuring the hottest swim trends from our top designers. This exclusive event starts at 5pm, Sunday, July 10th. VIP viewing and table packages available at

RSVP online here for a Chef’s Tasting Menu & Premium Fashion Show seating.

jasmine tosh for lilac and lilies

Name: Jasmine Tosh Stewart 
Blog: Jasmine Tosh Lately
Instagram: @Jasmine_Tosh

Jasmine Tosh Stewart is a Fashion & Travel Social Media Influencer, Socialite, Host, and Model. Originally born in Los Angeles, she now calls Miami Beach home. This 25-year-old beauty is not taking anything for granted and traveling the world, one city at a time. She loves photography, traveling, shopping, blogging, animals, and experiencing new cultures. Currently, Jasmine is focusing on taking her fans with her to show them new places around the world via social media.

What inspired you to start your blog? How long have you been blogging? I have always gotten compliments on my outfits and style, so three years ago, I decided to create my style blog.

Describe your style? My style can be described as effortlessly chic. I get fashion inspiration from style icons like Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Chrissy Tiegan, and Kendall Jenner.

What is a timeless fashion piece you can’t live without? I cannot live without my handbags. From Chanel to Céline, I think handbags complete a look.

What are some of your favorite Summer 2016 Trends? For Summer, I always love maxi dresses and off-the-shoulder tops. This Summer I will be wearing a lot of white and navy prints.

lilac and lilies fashion with jasmine tosh

One piece of advice you would give to any start up bloggers? If it’s really your passion, you must work hard every single day. There are no days off in blogging, and the harder you work, the more you will progress and your work will be recognized.

Favorite creative space to work on your blog?  I work out of my cute home office that looks like a mini boutique with racks of clothing that are color coordinated and organized for my upcoming trips. I keep accessories and shoes that I need to shoot on display, so I can always style outfits easily.


Jasmine wearing our Yumi Kim Stefee Dress 

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Happy 4th of July {L&L} Babes!

To get your party started here is one of the easiest cocktail to serve at your 4th 0f July BBQ or Brunch!

L&L Tito’s Classic with Berries!

Tito's Vodka


Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Club Soda

Raspberries + Blueberries + Strawberries


1. Fill ice cube trays with berries, add soda water and freeze

2. Pour  1 1/2 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka

3. Add soda water

4. Top off this low cal cocktail with your frozen fruit cubes to create a fun and festive refreshing cocktails!

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!


Team L&L