There is nothing more Florida than Lilly Pulitzer and Fort Lauderdale-born supermodel Niki Taylor modeling the colorful, iconic brand. The gorgeous mom of four attended the grand opening celebration of Lilly Pulitzer’s 1007 E. Las Olas Blvd., location from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 27.  The store features women’s clothing and accessories and a coveted girls’ section for the littlest Lilly lovers. Taylor, who attended the event with her husband Burney Lamar, posed for pics with fans as they shopped for this season’s latest Lilly creations. Taylor has been modeling online and in promotional materials for Pulitzer’s playful brand. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing Taylor multiple times for everything from a Hard Rock Casino Hollywood event with Steven Tyler to campaigns for the March of Dimes and her brave work with American Red Cross to encourage blood donations. The big-hearted model has been an active voice for blood donation after surviving a near fatal car accident in 2001 that left her severely injured and having to receive more than 100 units of blood. Here is a link to that interview here.

I was delighted to see Taylor again this January. She has never forgotten me over the years and always greets me with a smile and a hug and asks how my son and family are doing. I, of course, am always excited to catch up on her latest travels and what she and her family have been up to. I couldn’t wait to tell her I was having another baby. It was a truly surreal moment to have someone as gorgeous as Taylor telling me I was “beautiful and glowing.” (Definitely a pinch me moment for this mama)!

Growing up, I got teased a lot for being super tall, having red hair and having a bulkier body type. I would thumb through the pages of Sassy and YM magazines seeing Taylor in photo spreads and ads and wonder what it would be like to be so beautiful—what it would be like to meet her. Little did I know, one day I would get that amazing chance. Taylor was always an inspiration to me and all these years later, I got to spend time with my supermodel idol and discover she is just as beautiful inside as she is outside.

There are certain people who come into our lives and just leave a ray of sunshine on our hearts and that person is definitely darling, Niki Taylor.

Here is a peek into the new Las Olas Lilly Pulitzer store:

Author: Joanie Cox-Henry

I am a professional writer and journalist with more than 14 years of industry experience. I am a mama, a fashion-lover, a beauty product fanatic and a caffeine queen. I want to put a dent in the universe, but I'll start with that crumb cake.

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