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Date Dress 1/2 Sleeve

A second version of this fabulous stretch linen dress has half sleeves! Same great asymmetrical neckline, darts, pleats and pockets. Available in black with grey Wings and random pink Obi Flowers. And in oatmeal with Thyme. To help gauge the length of this dress on you, Eva is 6 feet tall. Half sleeve Date dress, linen/viscose/lycra, small through large, $159.

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Sakamoto Skirt: Blue

Our current Sakamoto skirt is a fresh incarnation of a favourite six panel skirt from years ago. The original was in stretch cotton and came in a number of different print and colour combinations. Trish still has her original Sakamoto in khaki with Helis and Targets. It has seen many musical festivals over the years. Perhaps it will make it to Bumbershoot again this year?! One of the first two colours available this season is a beautiful, deep, lapis blue that we've printed with Butterflies, and our new Giant Moon, so pretty. The fabric is a lovely stretch linen that is as comfortable as it is pretty and durable. It pairs well with our Hama Hama and Weekend tops. Sakamoto...

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Baggu Bags

We are printing these great carry-all tote bags again! Sturdy handles, and an adjustable strap. Snap closures: in two directions and on the inner pocket. Assorted colours embellished with Lily prints.   Baggu Bags, $42.  

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Trends Magazine: Retail Destinations

We received a hardcopy of Trends magazine (Canadian fashion retailers' industry magazine) today and were so pleased to be included in the article on retail destinations in Canada. Ten independent boutiques were spotlighted; we are in very good company. You can flip through the online version here. Thanks Trends magazine!  One last photo of our tiny and much loved original shop in action. We do miss it, but are enjoying putting renewed energy into our other shops, wholesale accounts, and making new things for you! xo Lily

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Valentine's Day

In preparation for Valentine's Day this year I spent a couple of evenings stitching red hearts onto a pile of vintage Canadian postcards. They will arrive in Tokyo and Kagoshima today with packages of chocolates. In Japan, the Valentine tradition is for girls to give boys chocolate. After a few visits to Japan, with my boyfriend over the last few years, I inevitably got involved in this tradition with a lot of his business associates, who, to my good fortune, have become friends as well. I think they'll get a kick out of Sergeant Henry Larsen! Whether you embrace all the chocolate and togetherness on Valentine's Day, or are mildly annoyed by the superficiality of it all, we hope the...

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Family Day: Sarah Tacoma Photograpy

You've probably seen the beautiful photos of sweet blond children playing in Lily garments in kid's clothing section of our website. They were taken by Sarah Tacoma, Trish Tacoma's (owner of Smoking Lily) niece. Sarah is a professional photographer who includes a blog on her website. Trish wanted to share a link to Sarah's website and the blogpost about free range kids that we've attached below (see more photos from the original blog here).   Free Range Kids I grew up with a lot of freedoms. I don’t remember there being any rules except for being home for dinner. We lived in the city for a while and I remember my brothers and I walking hand in hand to the...

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Long Weekend Shop Hours

Our retail shops will be closed this Monday, February 13th, for Family Day. We will be open regular hours the rest of the weekend, with plenty of new spring offerings for you! Thought I'd share my favourite family from last year (my apologies for the rough cellphone shot). Momma and ten babies! She raised all to adulthood, it was rare and wonderful to watch. FYI, a group of ducks on the water can be called a raft, a team, or a paddling. When these cuties finally took flight they could be referred to as a flock. Whatever team of family and/or friends you get together with this weekend, we hope you have a fun one! Spring is on the way.......

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Mt. Hood Sweatshirt

As you probably know, I'm the matchy gal around here. Vancouver customers are definitely used to my colour coordinated quirk. Yesterday I was wearing the same shade of magenta Lily wristwarmers and scarf. Today I'm wearing a kelly green wool Lily miniskirt with a cashmere cardigan I found second-hand in the exact same shade! I just can't help it. I would have gone crazy in the 1950's with all the matching hats and purses, so dreamy. So...the other day when taking photos of the new Mt. Hood sweatshirt I went a little matchy. And...craving colour, during these almost black and white days with snow, I amped up the colour scheme at tad. Ta da! The Mt. Hood is the icing...

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Spring Garments For Seasonal Optimism

We've been hit with another snow day on the westcoast. Here's a shot from this morning just after the snow began falling, just a light dusting, but more is on the way. Looks like "The Mermaid" has accepted that she is long past her working days. Despite the winter weather outside, we've been happily working away on our spring line. Lots of new items have made their way into our shops already. Here are a few of them: The Cunningham vest and Elsbeth trousers. The Cunningham is a denim pullover that layers well over long sleeves now, transitioning well from winter to spring. The Elsbeth trousers now have a higher rise, a wider leg and are cropped to show off...

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Weekend Top

The Weekend top is a great winter to spring transition piece. It's a cute sweatshirt. Great now layered and paired with wrist warmers. Later, when things have thawed, it will be the perfect sweatshirt to wear skirts or shorts (as shown with the Petite Anglaise skirt and cute socks below). The inset epaulettes are made from vintage silk kimonos. Trish and I were in Japan a little over a year ago and kept our eyes peeled for kimonos. While in Tokyo we found a few at a flea market at the Oi Racetrack, and a few more at a pop up shop in a galleria in Asakusa. In Kyoto we happened across a kimono shop near our capsule hotel, and...

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