Pink Retreat Series: Friday, Day 1

July 18, 2019


Hey! Did you know this is part of a series? You can check out the other Pink Retreat posts here!

Sorry not sorry for all of the Pink Retreat spam coming your way. I'm finally getting around to editing the 2.5 million photos I took while in Palm Beach so get ready for an onslaught of colorful content coming your way! (Don't know what the Pink Retreat is? Check out the official website here!)

I'm going to jump right into it here. The itinerary for the Pink Retreat in Palm Beach sounded like so much fun! Even before itineraries were released, I knew this was a weekend I had to attend & would have so much FOMO if I didn't. One thing to know about the itinerary is that several of the events require signing up for and are "extra" like the walking tour, paint nights, and sunrise yoga. All run anywhere from $15-25 give or take and you can sign up for as many or as little as you like (but spots are limited & fill up fast, so plan accordingly). I signed up for the Friday walking tour and that was it, and honestly, it worked out perfect that way.



Registration
Registration was the first "official" event of the Retreat, and was held at the Lilly Pulitzer Worth Ave store. This is when you get your nametag (which you need to wear for events) and your swag bag. It was also the first official opportunity to meet all of the other Retreat attendees.

The store itself is gorgeous, and this is the only current store where you can design your own custom Lilly shift. There's also a print studio & you can get handpainted clutches here as well. When we were there, the floor also had some gorgeous original 1960s Lilly dresses on display, which made my little vintage heart so happy!


At registration, we picked up our name tags and also got our swag bags, and let me tell you, the goodies inside the bags were amazing! There were actual Lilly Pulitzer items (a Cheek to Cheek scarf!) in the bags, along with lots of sponsor/promo items. My favorite by far is the official Pink Retreat necklace that has the year on it (& it actually says Lilly Pulitzer on the back). It's such a special memento from the trip, and I've already worn it so much.


Walking Tour
After registration, I went on the walking tour of Worth Ave, led by historian Rick Rose (but really though, his amazing blazer totally stole the show). This was the only extra event I signed up for, and it was $15 well spent. The tour lasted about an hour, was extremely informative, and highlighted some of the iconic spots on Worth Ave (everything was instagrammable, FYI). Rick was very knowledgeable about all of the history and was full of interesting facts and stories (ask him about  Judy Garland's dress). He also has a book, Palm Beach: The Essential Guide that I would recommend purchasing & bringing with you on the tour; Rick will actually sign the book! It's a great little souvenir of the trip, and something unique to own.

Lilly's Pulitzer's original juice stand!
Shopping
After the tour, we headed back to the Worth Ave store for the shopping event. It was National Wear Your Lilly day, so they also had a fun photo booth up front. Refreshments were provided to us as we shopped (champagne & cookies while I shop? Can we make this an everyday thing?), and we made a beeline for the dressing rooms. 

Even if you don't buy anything, you guys have to see the dressing rooms here. It's basically like walking into a Lilly Pulitzer print! All of the dressing rooms are painted different & mirror selfies are a must (I mean, when in Rome...er, Palm Beach!) My inner Rebecca Bloomwood was telling me that I basically couldn't live without the crop top set, a custom shift, and 5 pairs of earrings, but unfortunately my wallet said otherwise. I opted for a romper and made it out of the store with my plastic (mostly) intact. Then we went over to the Lilly store at the Gardens mall, and I bought another romper - but it was on sale & the last one in my size...so I kind of didn't have a choice.

Left: Jesse romper in "In the Beginning" | Right: Vena shift in "Lilly of the Jungle"


Welcome Happy Hour
After a full day of shopping, we headed back to Pink Retreat Headquarters (The Colony Hotel! Read my review of it here!) & got changed for our next event, Welcome Happy Hour. Happy Hour was essentially one big cocktail party where we finally got to mix & mingle with all retreat attendees. I met so many new friends, finally connected (in person) with old ones, and we even got to meet the CEO of Lilly Pulitzer, Michelle Kelly, who attended the event!

I loved seeing everyone's LP style, and could instantly tell who was taking their new purchases of the day out for a spin. For my cocktail hour look, I was on the complete opposite end of the spectrum with an outfit that was 75% thrifted (I'm a bit of a thrift queen). I found the Lilly maxi at a resale/thrift shop for $20, and just like Cinderella's slipper, it was a perfect fit (ok, full disclosure, I needed some extra help zipping up the back but Cinderella probably hadn't been downing frappuccinos & greasy fried food all day. Point: me). My gold clutch came from Goodwill ($2!!) and my oversized flower statement earrings were from Francescas for about $8 on sale. Not bad for a $30 look!

 

Old & new friends: Jayme (@thenorthernprepster), Megan (@xoxomeag), & Katheryn (@basicallykatheryn)


And if you've made it this far, bravo ladies & Brents! (a little 2019 TPR humor for you - you know who you are!) Thanks for sticking around to the end of this post, but I hope you're not tired of me yet, because this was just day one! Stay tuned for Days 2 & 3, up next.

In the meantime, if you enjoyed this post, check out my other Pink Retreat posts here!


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