I feel like this month is flying by…probably because I just traveled across the pond and back, but don’t you feel like the holidays always come and go in the blink of an eye? I’m sure Christmas is all you ladies are focused on right now, and let’s be honest, what to wear. Not that fashion is the focus of Christmas or anything, but the photographic evidence will be around to haunt you for the next decade…So here you go my little Florida “snow” bunnies, a girl’s go-to-guide on how to dress for every holiday soirée.

Look #1: Casual Fam Jam Christmas

There is nothing quite like waking up Christmas Day and getting down to business, and I mean the gift business. I still feel like a little girl when I rise bright and early, excited to see what’s in store for the day. I’m all for being comfortable on Christmas morning around the tree, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like I woke up from a long night of slugging eggnog, hair matted and eyeliner runny. So, what’s an easy outfit once the presents have been discovered, stockings have been spilled and you’re ready to take selfies with the fam?

I recommend throwing on our Blanca Bell Sleeve Blouse in holiday white with a pair of distressed cropped denim jeans. Feverishly ripping off wrapping paper and tossing tissue is decidedly more impressive with each flick of the wrist thanks to this adorable bell-sleeve top. Then slip into a pair of trendy loafers and toss on a black hat to bury that bed head.

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Look #2:  With the Girls

Family time is great, but some grounding girl time is a holiday must. After a full day of festivities with my kin, you better believe I am ready to let loose with my squad. Nothing is better than exchanging good laughs, finding out who your secret Santa is and indulging in some vino. Whether the lady gang is out or kicking it back on the couch, one must celebrate in style. Slip into an Elan jumper, Ada leather belt and tan floppy hat from Kooringal before you jingle and mingle. Car is not included. That would be sweet as hell though.

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Look #3: An Evening With the “Hopeful” In-Laws

Yes ma’am, I said it. The HOPEFUL in-laws. This outfit goes to all my girls with the adorable beau and the much-anticipated holiday dinner. Whether you’re meeting the fam for the first time or it’s another weekly occurrence, you need to arrive in style. In my last blog post about fashion looks for Thanksgiving, I recommended dressing conservatively, and I still stand by that, but you still need to have your game face on. For any holiday soirée, you can’t go wrong in a LBD. This classic style is not only sophisticated but can be dressed up or down depending on your jewelry, shoes and handbag. Show up in this showstopper from Blaque Label. Your honey will be so glad he brought you!

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What’s your favorite way to spend Christmas day? I’d love to hear how you style it. Leave a comment, or even better, share your look with us on Instagram @LilacAndLilies_Boutique.

The New York Post wrote an article insisting Fort Lauderdale is simply “better” at life than Miami. I may be bias about our sunny slice of paradise, having lived here in South Florida for my entire life, but yes Fort Lauderdale can out-magic the Magic City any day of the week.

I know this because I have made it my mission to eat, drink and experience all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. However, I still find major hidden gems every day sprinkled throughout this thriving not-so-little town of 167,000.

Most of these gems are nestled along Las Olas Boulevard which I consider the very heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale. Stretching from the beach and rising over the Intracoastal Waterway with magnificent views of million dollar homes and spectacular yachts, Las Olas continues downtown with fabulous shopping, dining and sight-seeing along the way.

Set aside a Sunday and stroll down the strip. I’ve rounded up the boulevard’s must-sees and what to wear so you nail that perfect Insta!

  1. Louie Bossi. Need I say more? This restaurant’s atmosphere is to die for. I mean who wouldn’t want to feel like they are a part of the movie, Secret Garden for an hour? Sit in the charming courtyard complete with string lights and a picturesque gazebo. Chef Louie Bossi is all hands on at this gem and you can tell with each bite. Pair his authentic flare with a chilled bottle of rose, and this place is perfect for any girl’s night, celebration or just to escape. If you’re going out with the girls, pair it with our Lost & Wander cable knit sweater and Blaque Label shorts (Vespa not included…sadly). Yes, we are in that awkward stage where we can wear sweaters and shorts and it still be acceptable. Or if you’re feeling a little casual for the day and want to lounge around a wine barrel (I do it all the time too, don’t worry) wear our On The Road pants. They are the most comfortable pair of pants on the market.hidden gems of fort lauderdalehidden gems of fort lauderdale
  2. Feeling artsy? Try heading down to the oldest art gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Fine Arts gallery. Including 40 award-winning international artists such as Fortier, seductress Paquet, the witty Seguin and other amazing artist. Like I said, this gallery has it all. You can scan artwork made from oils, acrylics and bronzes (talk about a girl’s dream). Want to take this gallery on for a date night? Try our emerald velvet green dress from the sought-after brand, Lost & Wander embellished with the Kendra Scott earrings. I promise you this little spot will win you over, just like it did me.hidden gems of fort lauderdale
  3. Want to hear some good tunes? Swing by the fire pit at YOLO on weeknights for some live music (Yes, I said fire pit girl). This lively spot is a longtime staple on Las Olas with a happening bar and outdoor lounge. This hotspot not only gives the palate a divine taste but it also serves as a great backdrop for your next instagrammable moment. Do you want to make an even bigger impression? Make those heads turn at YOLO with our Blaque Label black dress and sunglasses for your next brunch.

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Fall fashion in South Florida can be tricky. It can be hot and muggy and throw your wardrobe completely off. The good news is you can build great outfits from items you may already have in your closet. We welcomed the CW to our boutique to shoe how easy it can be done. Watch how we incorporate sweaters, lightweight jackets, denim jackets and shapewear to create trendy looks for fall.

Hello, Jetsetters! It’s our favorite time of year when temperatures start to drop and leaves start to turn but it seems like South Florida didn’t get the memo! If you’re over the summer and ready for sweater weather, here are a few destinations we’ve rediscovered thank you to Jettsetter.com. Don’t be fooled though! You might be thinking, “New York?  Really?” But we’re not sending you to Times Square or Central Park. Read up for the most under-the-radar locales in the most on-the-radar cities.

New York, New York

With its lavish style, New York City is a sought-out destination, especially for the fall and winter seasons. Think crisp and cool and cue your favorite seasonal outfits. We suggest a brisk walk under the fall foliage at the Conservatory Garden and dress for the occasion with our knee-high suede boots. You will still look stylish with comfort at your feet. Eat your way through the Gotham West Kitchen, a one-of-a-kind communal dining hall inspired by Hell’s Kitchen and serving up food favorites from around the globe, with our burgundy knit top, leather skirt and leather blocked jacket. Where to stay? The Upper East Side always earns rave reviews and our favorite is the Carlyle, an elegant boutique hotel with Central Park-facing rooms.

Greenville, South Carolina

A serene, sylvan setting makes Greenville, SC a surprising new hot spot which attracts all ages and therefore makes this one of our top seasonal destinations. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, a foodie or an art lover, there’s no shortage of things to do in Greenville. Whether you want to go explore the downtown streets in your chic attire or hike up mountains (which are literally minutes away!) the style here is faultless. Head over to the Dark Corner Distillery in our floral maxi paired with our crisscross knit sweater to add flare and elegance or dress up your look with our suede heel bootie. Enjoy fine dining in High Cotton with restaurants that boast international flare before retreating to the Aloft Greenville Downtown or the for an unmatched experience. With an assortment of options to choose from, Greenville, SC is a destination you must add to your list this season.

Denver, Colorado

If you’re like so done with the East Coast, head on over to the Rockies for the 47th Annual Oktoberfest.  The six-day festival, known for its classic German brews, is one of the best in the country. Pair this event with our turtle-neck tank, destressed jeans cozied up with our fitted denim jacket dressed with pearls. For a family-friendly affair, take the tykes for a trip through the eight-acre corn maze at Chatfield Farms, and snap an Insta with Mother Nature.  Since it won’t be snowing yet, enjoy a relaxing stay at The Crawford Hotel, located inside the landmark 1881 Denver Union Station.  The hotel rooms feature an Art Deco and Victorian fusion as well as exposed brick walls and 14-foot ceilings for modern luxury.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson what? You heard me…Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This gem has stolen my heart for many reasons. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that this destination spot was included in the “Best Places to Travel in 2017” by Thrillist Travel. Its picturesque views, crisp air, and amazing atmosphere are untouched. If you are wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of life, this place will make you feel one with yourself while you take in the scenic nature. Hike up to Snow King Mountain, which towers over the little town of Jackson or get your boots on and dance the night away at Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. Not into dancing? Take a stroll on Jackson Town square in our purple maxi, knee-high suede boots and light army jacket. The bulk of Jackson’s shops, restaurants and bars are located around Town Square, making it a shopper’s dream. Log cabins lie nestled alongside modern western architecture and high-end boutiques. Stay at the historic Hotel Jackson which blends contemporary western history with rustic designs or the Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa for a luxury boutique cabin experience.

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The Winter 2017 Collection from Kendra Scott continues the Italian inspired romance we loved from Fall, in a bold jewel-toned palette. These pieces are designed to celebrate the winter season and all its festive events, with sparkling details and statements perfect for every party.

 

Just In: Kendra Scott’s new drusy collection is now available at Lilac And Lilies Boutique. The newest pieces come in Sand, Plum, Chocolate, Multi-color, and a Platinum Rose Gold that might just be our new favorite. Come shop these gorgeous pieces and get a look with all the charm of Florence and none of the jetlag.

 

We love the sporty school spirit Kendra Scott is featuring this season. As we dive back into another school year, Kendra Scott looked to sportcore to style out their latest photoshoot. Their VP of Design, Denise, says, “we interpreted the sportcore trend through a focus on denim and mixed layering. The clean lines and solid colors found in our jewelry is the perfect compliment to this relaxed style.”

These sportcore styles are now available in store. Please call or come in to order.

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Frankies Bikinis is a global online destination for fashion forward boho-chic beachwear inspired by Malibu and made in LA and Bali. Known for dreamlike fabrics, designer crochet detailing, and cheeky bottoms our suits look great on everybody. We’re proud to bring Frankies Bikinis to Lilac And Lilies Boutique! Friends don’t let friends wear average bikinis. Shop these great new arrivals in store and be sure to check them out at our Bikini Weekend Extravaganza Trunkshow, Saturday, July 1st.

 

Lilac And Lilies Boutique is your one-stop shop for hand selected clothing, accessories and gifts. Step inside our boutique and find amazing items like candles from ReWined, and accessories from Kendra Scott, Jennifer Zeuner, and Cimber, and swimwear from L*Space.

We have new arrivals from L*Space! Get the look with effortlessly chic getaway styles for adventurers, jet setters, explorers, & lovers of life.

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