Saturday, August 26, 2017

Tips For Shopping The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale + Sizing Info + A Gift Card Giveaway!!!

Hello and happy Saturday! I'm here with some exciting news...the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale begins THIS coming Monday, August 28th at 8AM EST. If you're a Lilly Pulitzer lover like I am, then you know why this sale is such a huge deal. It only happens twice a year and allows you to grab up tons of Lilly for unbelievable prices. We're talking pretty much everything being marked down to under $100! If you're a Lilly lover, then you also know how expensive Lilly can get. This is pretty much the only opportunity to catch it on sale (and we're talking extremely on sale!). 

As I mentioned, this sale only happens twice a year, once in January and again in August. The August sale has always been my favorite as the entire spring collection and parts of the summer collection are usually included. It's a great opportunity to stock up on shifts, everyday dresses, cardigans, the beloved Elsa top, and dresses for your littles (seriously, no one does mommy and me looks quite like Lilly). And for the first time ever, Lilly is stretching this sale out over a three day period! That's right, the sale will run from August 28th-30th. I also have a hunch that they will be adding new items to the sale over that three day period. It's all very exciting :)

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Alright now for the good stuff. I'm writing this post today for a few reasons. One, there is a method to shopping this sale. I have been shopping it for years and years, so I've learned a few tricks that you need to remember to successfully shop it (other than being fueled up on coffee the morning of the sale haha). I will be sharing those below...trust me, they'll help you out tremendously! This sale is always a mad dash to grab what you want and items are literally selling out within seconds. You must act fast when shopping it, and knowing these tips will help you to do so. Second, sizing is key for this sale. All sales are final with APS purchases, so you must know your size. Lilly gives a general sizing guid to go by on their website, but I have found out that each piece runs a little bit differently as far as sizing goes. I've invested in quite a few pieces for both myself and Madeline over these past few months. So, in this post I'll be sharing what I've purchased + all the sizing info you need to know. And lastly, you'll want to make it down to the end of this post because I have a little secret I always like to share that will help you know what will be included in the sale. Plus, theres a giveaway for a chance to win one of two Lilly Pulitzer Gift Cards below :)

My Tips & Tricks for Shopping the After Party Sale:

Have your account set up ahead of time
If you don't already have a Lilly Pulitzer account set up, head over to Lilly now and do so (you can set one up here). You must have an account set up before you can place an order. It takes a few minutes, and since items are literally flying off the site by the second, you want to be able to do as many things in advanced as possible. And even if you do already have one set up, go ahead and log in just to make sure that you remember your log in info. Also, while you're already logging in on the site, make sure that your info (shipping, billing, payment) is correct and current. If you do these things ahead of time, literally all you'll have to do for the order is click, click and click! 

Shop Simultaneously 
I prefer to shop by multiple devices. For this sale, Lilly will put you in a virtual line. Now don't freak out when you hear this! It's actually a blessing, because in the past, the site has crashed from so many Lilly Lovers shopping the sale. Some were able to get on and shop while others weren't, and guess what? All the good stuff was gone. So the virtual line allows you to have "your time" to shop. Also do not freak out when you hop on the site right at 8AM to find you are number 68,756 in line...the line moves fast! And a huge piece of advice, once you enter the site and receive your place in line, do not refresh the site! You will loose your place in line and will be moved to the very back of the line. So this is why I always enter the sale from my computer right at 8, and I also have my Mama enter from her computer at the same time. That way, we'll both be in line and whoever gets in first can shop for the other. So, shop simultaneously from your computer, two computers, your iPad, smartphone, etc.

Shop Fast
Remember not to waste time during this sale. Try to know what you want well in advanced. Look through your Lilly. Are you wanting some new shifts for next summer? Are you wanting some cashmere cardigans for fall? Are you needing a new Elsa? Is there a certain print you're wanting? Are you wanting some little shifts for your mini? Think about these things now and have a game plan for the sale. That way, when you enter the sale, you already have an idea of what you're hoping to purchase. It allows you to shop fast! Items go in the blink of an eye, and nothing is "yours" until you hit "place order" so remember to make quick decisions. This leads to...

Shop Smart
I mentioned earlier that it's important to know what you're wanting, because all sales are final for this sale. Know what you're looking to buy, and don't buy just to buy. I have fallen guilty of that several times in the past and have wished that I could return some things, but that's not possible with this sale. Set a budget of how much you're willing to spend, if this helps you. It's also important to know your sizing. I'll be sharing sizing info of some pieces later on in this post. But you can check out Lilly's sizing info here! So, know your wishlist, know your sizing, and remember to shop smart!

Shop Throughout the Day
If needed, go get back in line! As the day goes on, the line pretty much diminishes. I always overlook items the first time (or two 😏) that I shop the sale, so always remember you can place as many orders in the sale as you want! Especially since Lilly will be running the sale for three whole days this time, I feel certain that new pieces will be added throughout the sale. Just another reason to shop it multiple times, right?! I'll be sure to keep y'all updated on this through my Instagram and IG stories, so be sure to hop on over and follow me there. Something else I like to point out is that Lilly stores also participate in this sale! As far as online goes, Nordstrom and Zappos are just a few to name that may be running some great Lilly deals in honor of the sale as well. My favorite (local) shop, Palm Village Augusta, will be running some amazing deals for the sale. If something you've been wanting has sold out online, you can always give them a call at 706-922-0105 to see if they have it available :)

What Should You Look For in the Sale?
Back to the game plan of what you should shop for...I always like to remember the "hot" items. Are you a bride? There's always a great selection of white dresses in the sale! And for the wedding guests! There are always some gorgeous dresses to wear to weddings, homecomings, parties (think Christmas parties that are roughly four months away 😱). Speaking of, it's a great time to knock out some Christmas shopping for the Lilly Lovers in your life. I typically look for shiftsflouncy topsElsa Tops, cardigans and pieces for Madeline. *Side note: Did y'all notice that I grab up Elsa Tops during both sales? Well that's because they are literally the magic top. I wear them year round...with shorts during spring and summer, tucked into skirts, with vests and riding boots during fall, and so much more. Not to mention, they are great for transitioning to seasons. They typically go fast, so I try to grab them up first...especially the solid colors!

Remember To Be Gracious
I always remind myself that bottom line, it's just a sale. Yes, it deserves tons of excitement, but if you don't walk away getting everything you wanted, don't be bummed. There will be other Lilly sales in the future :) I also find it so disheartening when technical difficulties occur, which results in some unhappy Lilly lovers voicing their opinions. It's so great that Lilly does this sale, so remember to remain respectful and be gracious that there's an opportunity to get such amazing deals on Lilly.

Whew did I miss anything? These are the tips I have found to be helpful in the past. And be sure to check out Lilly's FAQs page for more! 

Sizing Information 

Next up comes the sizing info! As I mentioned above, Lilly does have a sizing chart to reference to. I feel like most of their pieces run true to size. But I always find it true that each piece can run a little bit differently. Below I'll be sharing all of the Lilly pieces that I've purchased over these past few months + sizing info on each. Just for reference, I'm 5'2 with my usual size being a 0-2 or XS.

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Me: Enna Off The Shoulder Knit Top (True to size, wearing an XS)
Madeline: Jaci Dress (Fits roomy but has adjustable straps, wearing size XS)

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(Runs true to size, wearing a size 0) 

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Me: Adie Shorts (True to size, wearing a size 0)
Madeline: Mini Callahan Shorts (True to size, wearing a size 2t...they also have an adjustable waist)

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(True to size, wearing a size XS)

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Me: Alexa Shift (I felt this runs on the smaller side, wearing a size 2)
Madeline: Little Lilly Classic Shift (Fits roomy, wearing a size XS)

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(True to size, wearing a size XS)

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Lilly Pulitzer - Click through to see more on Something Delightful Blog
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My Mama: Junie Shift Dress (Ture to size)
Me: Mila Shift Dress (Runs small, wearing a size 2)
Madeline: Little Lilly Classic Shift (True to size, wearing a 2t)

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(True to size, wearing a 2t)

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Me: Linden A-Line T-Shirt Dress (True to size, wearing a size XS)
Madeline: Little Lilly Classic Shift Dress (True to size, wearing a 2t)

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(Runs very large, wearing a size XXS)

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Rue Fit & Flare Dress (True to size, wearing a 2t)

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Me: Madilyn Romper (True to size, wearing a size XS)
Madeline: Mini Enna Dress (Runs large, wearing a size XS)

Well that's about it for what I've gotten over the past few months and my honest opinion on the sizing. I hope that helps if y'all were hoping so grab one (or some) of these pieces up and were unsure about the sizing.  If you have any other sizing questions whatsoever, be sure to send them my way!

Now for a secret!!! 
This is something I always remember for each After Party Sale that helps me to know what will be included in the sale. If you click on the items I have linked above, it says "this item is so popular that it has sold out." Or if it takes you to an item, the print/color we're wearing it in above is no longer available. But don't get discouraged because that's actually a good thing! Lilly takes off all of the items that will be included in the sale days before the sale begins. So, from what I have experienced in the past, all of these items Madeline and I are wearing that say "no longer available" will actually be super on sale when the sale begins on Monday! The items that are currently on the site most likely will not be included in the sale. So focus on items from the spring collections, some of the summer collections and pieces like the ones we're wearing above. 

And now for the most exciting part of the sale (I told y'all that if you made it to the end of this post, there would be a reward waiting haha). As my way of saying thank you for supporting my blog AND since this exciting sale is for one of my all time favorite brands, I've decided to host a giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Lilly Pulitzer. It is simply my way of saying thank you and happy shopping :) I'm giving away not one but TWO Lilly Pulitzer e-gift cards, just in time for the sale. Winners will be randomly drawn though Rafflecopter. The first winner drawn will receive a $100 e-gift card to Lilly and the second will receive $50 e-gift card to Lilly. But remember that this is a quick giveaway! It will end Sunday, August 27th at 7:00PM EST. The winners will be contacted shortly after to claim their prizes just in time for the sale on Monday morning. You can enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! :)


Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check back here first think Monday morning for more on the sale. There's a fun post in store :) Get excited for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale!

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56 comments:

  1. Your Mommy and Me sets are adorable! I would love to stock up on some to match my little girl!

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  2. I need a new Elsa! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks so much for all the helpful tips! I love all the outfits you were wearing. Hope I will scoop up a few of them on Monday!

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  4. I am always so excited for this sale. I actually took the day off work this year!

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  5. I'm with you, I love to pick up some Elsa tops because they're so versatile and I wear them to work all the time. I also would like to pick up the romper you're wearing above and maybe a maxi or shift!

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  6. I love all of your outfits! Sooo pretty! I would buy this dress:
    https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/dresses/short-sleeve-marlowe-dress/c/38/10510.uts?swatchName=Pelican+Pink+Head+In+The+Sand

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  7. One of the items I am looking at is the UPF 50+ Skipper Printed Dress plus a few shorts.

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  8. I'm so excited for the sale on Monday! It's going to be so fun! I'm hoping to scoop up another print in the Klea romper and Madylin romper!

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  9. I found this very helpful! I love your tips!!

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  10. I love everything! I'd like to have the Cruisin Leather Crossbody Bag!

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  11. I really need to score some white dresses for my bridal shower!

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  12. So excited to get another Elsa or a popover! A shift is always a go-to, too!

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  13. I sure hope I win! I love doing mommy and me outfits!

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  14. Definitely going after some of the off the shoulder tops, maybe some luxletic leggings, and shorts for my little!

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  15. Thanks for all the tips! I love following all your posts on Instagram! I'm so looking forward to getting a shift dress for a party coming up soon ��

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  16. I love your style and blog! I've shopped this Lilly APS the past 2 years and am hoping to score an Elsa top this time!

    ~ Angela
    simplysweetandsouthernblog.com

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  17. I like the tops and jewelry. The girls clothing is cute too.

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  18. Thanks for the great advice. Looking forward to Monday!

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  19. My daughter has a few dresses she wants me to look for and I want some of the athleisure wear!

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  20. I love checking out this sale! I would have totally missed it without your blog post!! Thank you!

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  21. Can't wait to shop the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale! I'm hoping to grab some cardigans and Elsa tops!

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  22. I know I want a dress but I do not know which one at this point. I love all of your looks. So so pretty. Thanks so much.

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  23. Thanks for the tips!! Hoping to snag a romper and shift!!

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  24. I've wanted the Klea romper ever since I saw the post of you wearing it.

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  25. Love this! Hoping to snag up some good pieces!

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  26. I would love something with that shell print

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  27. I love the Junie dress and the color you have looks to be the prettiest coral. It's nice seeing it on. Y'all are so cute in your mommy and me's.

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  28. Anything matching for me and my 2 girls!

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  29. I love the Flamenco Beach pattern. I'd like a shift and a top in that print. You and your baby looking fab as ever. It was good to see your mama in the blog she's so cute. I'm glad you mentioned about being gracious. I had a toddler worthy meltdown after the Nordstrom anniversary sale when my order was canceled. You are so right it's just a sale lol We need gentle reminders to keep ourselves in check. Thank you for the nice giveaway. Very kind of you Rach 😘❤😄

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  30. Would love to see my toddler in these prints! <3

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  31. Thank you for a great and informative post on the Lilly sale! I'm hoping to get something in the new oh shello print!! Also love the mommy and me Lilly!!
    Insta: Shopaholic526

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  32. The Stella shift is definitely on my list! https://www.lillypulitzer.com/product/new-arrivals/for-women/stella-shift/pc/1/c/3/10759.uts?swatchName=True+Navy

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  33. Hoping to get a few Elsa Tops and some shifts!! They are a staple in my closet and I love them. I think I could wear Lilly every day!

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  34. Love your style and all the great Lilly APS advice!

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  35. Looking to add some shorts to my collection!

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  36. This post is so helpful, thank you! Love the matching outfits!

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  37. Love this! Give me all of the Elsa's!

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  38. Dresses! Any of them, really! :)

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  39. Eeee! So excited! I'm definitely hoping to grab a few tops to wear under cardigans this fall, and maybe one of those darling silk robes!

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  40. Love, LOVE the Linden Dress matching outfits! So sweet!

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  41. I'd love to get matching dresses for my 5 year old daughter and I.

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  42. Absolutely love the mommy and me outfits!! Would love a few for my daughter and I!!

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  43. I cannot wait for the sale! The after party sale is one of my favorites!

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  44. I would love to buy some Elsa tops, most of my Lilly items are dresses!

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  45. Rachel, I love you blog! Thanks so much for all of the helpful shopping tips for tomorrow's sale!! I would really love to snag an Elsa top this year!!

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  46. All of these APS blog posts are getting me so excited! I am really hoping to see Ophelia dresses in the sale (my favorite fit!) and I'm dying to try some Lilly cashmere as well!

    xoxo, SS


    Southern and Style

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  47. Thank you for this great roundup!!! Can't wait for the sale!

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  48. This is one of my favorite sales of the year!!! I always look forward to purchasing dresses, rompers and tops!

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  49. This is one of my favorite sales of the year! I am so excited, I usually purchase dresses, rompers and tops!

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  50. Thanks for all the great great tips Rachel! Can't wait to see what you snag during the sale!

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