We're Moving!

Hello, everyone!

I want to let you all know that I'm officially opening my design and real estate website, Melanie Gowen Design. I'd love it if you would give it a look!



Lilly Pulitzer Summer Closet Sale!

Lilly Pulitzer Sun Dance Mila Shift Dress NWT 00 - $90

Lilly Pulitzer Stripe Bow Detail Sheath Dress Gold Metallic
00 NWT - $55

Lilly Pulitzer Navy V-Neck Tennis Dress 
0 - $45

Lilly Pulitzer Payton Dress Swizzle Stripe
00 NWT - $68

Lilly Pulitzer Franco Lush Green Glady Gingham Strapless Dress 
0 - $50

Lilly Pulitzer Jubilee Patchwork Shift Dress 
0 - $48

Lilly Pulitzer Tate Skirt 0 - $32

Lilly Pulitzer Scalloped Pique Golf Skirt w/ built-in shorts
2 - $32

Lilly Pulitzer Keene Big Bam Surf Bandeau Bikini 
Top & Bottoms Set XS EUC - $20

Lilly Pulitzer Jubilee Rare Dress, Beautiful Details EUC
0 - $60



Money Has Power Wristbands Give the gift that gives back!

Dear Friends,

The season for giving is upon us! But as we ponder and give thanks for our relative abundance, please consider 'Spend (ing) (at least a portion of) it Making a World of Difference' at Hydrex Philanthropic, an innovative philanthropic initiative I started with Darcy Creech. The idea is all about aligning consumer purchasing power with building water wells in Africa, giving access to clean water to those who have nothing. View our video:

OUR MONEY HAS POWER. How much power? Well, consider this:
Solving the worlds contaminated drinking water crisis will cost an estimated $20billion.  That may sound like a lot, but Americans spent more than $50Billion over Black Friday weekend and another $450BIllion for Christmas.  

Rather than spending money on "stuff" will soon be used up, broken, or forgotten, how about making a world of difference? 
Given the choice between dying of thirst and drinking deadly water, 5000 children under age 5 die everyday from illnesses caused by ingesting contaminated water. 

Every $30 you spend here will provide access to clean drinking water for one person for a lifetime, and $500 will provide access to 25 people for a lifetime

Rather than being consumed by consumption, I hope you will join me in 'making a world of difference' for those who are much less fortunate. Buy a Hydrex wristband! Just one wristband for $30 will provide access to clean drinking water for one person for a lifetime, and $500 will provide access to 25 people for a lifetimeCheck us our project out on Facebook

$60,000 will change the lives of 3000 people in Kituii, Narobi Kenya. Access to clean drinking water is a critical step in breaking the cycle of poverty, ending injustice, and preventing death. 100% of your dollars will support programs that bring clean drinking water to underserved communites. The minimum contribution is $20 and there is no maximum allowance, so please spend generously! This pledge drive ends on December 24, 2012 at midnight. 

It's Time to Shop, for Change.  
Thank you so much for supporting this very important cause!! I truly appreciate it!

Because the goal is within reach. 
Because love is a verb. 
And because YOU are the answer.

With gratitude, 
Darcy Creech and Melanie Gowen, Hydrex Philanthropic


THE PALM GIFTS - Monogrammed Gifts for Every Occasion

The Palm Gifts is your own monogram gift shop! 
This little store will always have the latest trends in 
Monogrammed and Personalized Gifts around!

This special shop carries a unique assortment of Monogrammed Gifts and Personalized Gifts for every occasion.

Shop the Fun and Preppy Gift Selection for Polka Dot Cosmetic Bags, Monogrammed Totes and Cosmetic Bags, Personalized Bridesmaids Gifts, Bright Spa Wraps, Ribbon Monogrammed Spa Slippers, Engraved Monogrammed Sterling Silver Jewelry: Rings, Earrings, Pendants, Necklaces; Monogrammed Koozies, Monogrammed Baby Gifts: Personalized Onesies, Baby Bath Towels with Name, Personalized Christmas Ornaments, Engraved Wedding Gifts, Monogrammed Crystal Glasses, Monogrammed Housewarming Gifts, Pink and Green Preppy Gifts, Fun Curlz Font Initial Gifts, Preppy Car Decals, Vinyl Wall Letters and Monograms, Filagree Sterling Silver Rings, Monogrammed Melamine Plates, Polka Dot Gifts for Kids, Monogrammed Clogs, Monogrammed Spa Robes, Personalized Stationery, Monogrammed Note Cards with Preppy Icons, Fun Girlfriend Gifts: Monogrammed Hot Pink Wine Glasses.  

Visit the blog


Established in 2004
The Palm Gifts owner, Rebecca Stickels wanted to bring together all of the gifts she just had to have and wanted to share with others. She started The Palm Gifts in 2004, when her first daughter was born.The Palm Gifts quickly became the "go to" place for online Monogrammed Gifts! The Palm Gifts is a family-owned and operated company. A leader in Monogrammed Gifts, The Palm Gifts ships packages daily all over the United States. 

Meet the Business Owner: Rebecca W.

Being a southern girl, Rebecca has always been around monograms. A passion has turned into a business. Pink, Polka Dots, Monograms, Damask, Preppy is the core of the Palm Gifts business. You can truly see her passion she has in our company and products, so you truly enjoy your shopping experience with The Palm Gifts.


Sail to Sable! Giveaway

Winner Announced:
Congratulations to the petitepiano, the winner of the Sail to Sable tunic giveaway! 
Thank you to everyone who entered, and be sure to head on over the www.sailtosable.com.
When better to do a Nantucket-esque giveaway than when I'm on my way to my first time to Nantucket!

When I first happened upon an amazing new line of town-and-country appropriate nautical inspired apparel created by Jennifer Stocker, I reached out to her right away, and she is a absolutely lovely! I'm pleased to announce we have Jennifer to thank for generously offering a giveaway of an original Sail to Sable Tunic for all my blog readers who bop on over and check out her new line!

‘Sail to Sable’ refers to the easternmost and southernmost spots on the Eastern Seaboard: Sail Rock, Maine & Cape Sable, Florida. Jennifer Stocker’s first design collection has an ambiance all its own, inspired by her love of warm weather and the beaches of the East Coast. Ladies, we of course all love tunic dresses for their comfort, versatility, and instant ability to make us look chic. 

Sail to Sable tunics have an exceedingly wearable silhouette, inspired by the understated elegance of the A-line clothes that Jacqueline Kennedy made famous. Like many designers, Ms. Stocker has decided to expand her brand beyond apparel: she’s also created a line of pillows and placemats that echo the colors and design of her clothing creations.

Everything is coordinated to mix and match: The colors are bold, the trim includes big rickrack, wide and chained piping, stripes, and prints; it’s an original, young-spirited look that’s bright but not gaudy. A fusion of preppy, classic and chic, the tunics have long sleeves, V-necks, slits at the hemline. They’re above the knee but not too much; in other words, a sort of Easthampton, Martha’s Vineyard, Palm Beach, ingĂ©nue film-star look.


Let me tell you a little bit about her founding story:
With a background in merchandising and publishing, she gave long and serious thought to the name of her company. Ms. Stockton has worked for Conde Nast Publications for over six years and is associate director of creative services for Gentlemen’s Quarterly magazine and was previously merchandising manager for Lucky magazine. Her talents combine fashion, graphic arts, and marketing, all very helpful in starting a business. As a future entrepreneur myself someday, to me she is a true inspiration!
Keep a lookout for her upcoming Fall/Winter line - think cashmere tunics, maybe some full-length tunics, and beaded ones for the holidays! Everything is made in New York City. A listing of bricks and mortar shops retailing Sail to Sable is found below, but you can also checkout her Facebook page.
Thank you to Jennifer!
Giveaway Details:
1.  Visit sailtosable.com and leave a comment telling me your favorite piece and how you would first where it.
2. Like Sail to Sable on Facebook.
3. Share my blog (ThePinkWashingoniette) on your Facebook profile or Pinterest.
Giveaway ends Sunday, September 9. Best of luck!

Bricks and Mortar shops featuring Sail to Sable:

Solo Boutique
1520 Mcfarland Blvd N
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
(205) 366-1299
Lady Bird
(626) 441-4550
Peter Becks Village Store
19 Main Street
Salisbury, CT 06068
(860) 596-4217
She LaLa
(203) 594-9798
Cloister Collection
600 Sea Island Rd # 13
St. Simons, GA 31522
(912) 634-8084
Chesapeake Bay Outfitters
100 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
(410) 745-3107
Blue Beetle
12 Main Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-3227
259 Shore Drive
Mashpee, MA 02649
(781) 354-3539
New York
The Beach Plum
1 Village Green
Fishers Island, NY
(631) 788-7731
Rhode Island
1 Bannisters Wharf
Newport, RI 02840-3029
(401) 848-9360
A Bientot
2501 River Oaks Blvd
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 523-3997
Washington D.C
Sherman Pickey
1647 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4212