• Francesca Joy Palm Beach

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    There is a certain cachet about Palm Beach.  It’s not just another preppy beach town.  It’s the prep resort cradle of life.  After all, “Lillys” were birthed here some 50 years ago and the island hasn’t slowed fostering fashion designers since.

    Eighteen months ago, island decorator Carolyn Roy joined Connecticut based artist Elise Francesca to launch Francesca Joy Palm Beach, a collection of colorful hand-painted tote bags, chemises, pillows, and table linens.  The spontaneous and colorful collection is inspired by Francesca’s fine art paintings and Roy’s interior design work.  Their Palm Beach base certainly informs the lush, coastal finish in the colors and designs.  Each piece is individually hand-painted and made in the U.S.A.

    Francesca created this custom tote using Unabashedly Prep as her muse.  More importantly, she designed it for one you ladies to shoulder this summer. Jot down the three must-haves you'll be toting in it and this bag could be yours Monday May 30th.

    Congratulations to Laura K for winning the Francesca Joy Palm Beach tote.

    May 25, 2011 | Permalink (87) Total Comments

    Aimee left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 11:28 PM:

    My 3 must haves:
    Chapstick
    Aviators
    A good book!


    Eve left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 10:15 PM:

    - My fake Ray Ban prescription glasses I got for cheaps in China
    - My beautiful Smith College portfolio to be used for Student Government plans
    - An informative book ..Right now it’s 31 Days about the beginnings of the Ford administration!

    I’ve been looking for a great tote bag!


    blakeq left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 8:22 PM:

    my must haves are my vintage turquoise necklace, my oversized tees and my neon shorts! this tote would be perfect to compliment my summer look :)


    taylor left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 8:20 PM:

    my three must haves are an oversized watch, cuffed pants, and oxford shirts!! any season, always appropriate. Though, for the summer i have been searching for a bright, cheery, preppy tote bag- this beaut is PERFECT.


    Tracy left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 3:43 PM:

    Perfect for toting my ipad, a teething ring, and lip gloss! :)


    Stephanie left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 2:29 PM:

    1. Sperrys - dad won’t let me on the boat without them
    2. A Kurt Vonnegut novel - currently reading Cat’s Cradle
    3. A big beach towel


    A.Ashley left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 2:23 PM:

    Evian.  Aviators.  My favorite summer read, Catcher in the Rye.


    Van left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 2:07 PM:

    Entering for the lady-friend:
    -kindle
    -SPF 70
    -oranchiata


    Kate left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:53 PM:

    I always carry my planner, my kindle and a pair of sunglasses!


    Katherine left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:40 PM:

    moleskine, panama hat, Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris, part two of a trilogy on TR


    Amy left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:37 PM:

    1. My Monogrammed wide brimmed hat
    2. My nook
    3. Lilly beach towel


    Kendra left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:29 PM:

    hmm.
    1. Ray Ban Wayfarers with my orange and blue Delta Days seersucker croakies (wahoowa!)
    2. Olympus FE camera (never know when you’ll need to take a snapshot)
    3. The Hours- Michael Cunningham… it’s a personal favorite that I almost always have with me!


    Aubrey left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:22 PM:

    1. Pencil & paper.  I love lists!
    2. My Diana.  She needs to be shot.
    3. A big floppy hat. 
    3.


    Ashley left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 1:17 PM:

    I will be using this great bag to carry my ray ban wayfers, lipgloss(lots) and iPad.


    madeline left a comment on 5/30/2011 at 8:19 AM:

    1) a towel- gotta love trips to the beach.
    2) iHome - listening to music on the beach never gets old.
    3) a big floppy hat - must not get burnt and keep that perfect sunkissed skin!


    Heather left a comment on 5/29/2011 at 9:49 AM:

    I love the colors of this bag! Here are my essentials:
    1. Clinique Sun SPF 50 body cream
    2. My husband’s favorite GW hat—because “What’s yours is mine” :)
    3. Wilson beach volleyball—because I didn’t spend all winter in the gym to sit on the beach!


    Nay'Chelle left a comment on 5/29/2011 at 12:33 AM:

    I love this bag! It’s perfect for a beach trip. I would bring:

    1. Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian
    2. My Blackberry
    3. Sunblock (awkward tan lines are the worst!)


    Pamela J Fatone left a comment on 5/28/2011 at 5:37 PM:

    1-My Votre Vu
    2-My sunscreen
    3-My wallet


    Lee Anne left a comment on 5/28/2011 at 2:57 AM:

    I LOVE this bag! I’d carry book/magazine, beach towel, and Rosebud Salve in lieu of lipgloss. I’d also throw in a leash for my dog, as she loves to lay out in the sun just as much as I do.


    RowBoat left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 8:36 PM:

    Phone, Book, Metrocard! With a blanket and sunglasses, this bag is perfect for a trip to the park. Which is what I plan to do all weekend! :)


    Krystal Clark left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 5:46 PM:

    Kindle, Lilly Pulitzer Koozie, Kodak camera


    KGC left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 4:55 PM:

    This would be a great bag to bring back and forth from my work to the rowing club everyday. I’d have my essentials: my pink Vineyard Vines cap, my Ray-Ban Wayfarers and sunscreen.


    J left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 5:15 AM:

    I hope the reader who said she would bring Salinger’s Nine Stories was being facetious.

    In the first story (A Perfect Day for Bananafish), Seymour Glass, after spending a day at the beach, blows his head off in his hotel room - seeking escape from the trifles and trivialities of materialist society.


    Kirsti left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 12:32 AM:

    I would carry this to class and everywhere, love it!
    Definitely have my favorite Pilot pens in every color, tinted Chapstick, and the book I’m reading at the moment (I hate being on my phone when I have to wait before class/doctor’s office/anywhere, would rather be reading!)


    Sarah left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 12:05 AM:

    The three things that will be attached to me this summer: a salvaged but scrappy The Complete Sherlock Holmes, a silenced cell phone, and a swiss watch from Dad.


    Christina left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 11:53 PM:

    Love it! For sure my Jacks, vintage Yankees cap, and an Arnold Palmer


    Sarah left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 6:25 PM:

    Cute!! Sunglasses, NYT magazine, and ballpoint pen for the crossword.


    BAH left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 6:13 PM:

    How lovely! I would tote around my Ray-Ban oversized Wayfarers, monogrammed seersucker koozie and whatever book I’ll be reading next.


    Isabel left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 6:01 PM:

    I’d tote around my monogrammed beach towel, J.D. Salinger’s Nine Short Stories, and some sunscreen!


    Genevieve left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 5:21 PM:

    1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
    2. My Nikon D40
    3. My Macbook


    kitty left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 4:02 PM:

    cheez-it crackers (a whole box, not just a handful in a ziploc bag), an old weekapaug yacht club hoodie (accidentally bleach-dyed once-upon-a-time and with holes all along the ribbed trim) and my mother’s childhood bedspread (now serves as my favorite beach blanket)


    V left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 3:50 PM:

    I love the colors, even for work in the summer! This would house my moleskin planner, my Smith sunglasses, and my Jcrew billfold, just to keep plenty of space for stuff I might acquire along the way!


    Jessica S. left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 3:09 PM:

    Oh my goodness, I adore this!  I’d already be wearing Ray Bans (etc.) if I walked with it down to the beach, so my three essentials would be:
    1) Dior sheer lip gloss
    2) my iPhone (to double as an iPod with a few key playlists)
    3) bottle of Evian


    mjl left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 3:05 PM:

    Like AEV, I too, carry the bag.  My girl would fill it with tennis balls for the dogs, towels for all of us, and of course her iphone.


    Rebecca left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 2:08 PM:

    Wayfarers, lipgloss, and Lilly covered iPhone.  Great bag!


    Elizabeth left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 2:03 PM:

    This bag is so cute and would match any summer wardrobe!

    1. Town and Country magazine (It’s pretty much my Bible.)
    2. Vineyard Vines croakie (Wouldn’t want to lose my sunglasses on a spontaneous sailing adventure.)
    3. corkscrew (You’d be surprised how often this little guy comes in handy, especially in the summers.)


    Lucy left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 1:36 PM:

    so cute! i would use it to carry a book, a bottle of water, sunglasses, and sunscreen to the park for a lazy afternoon reading in the sun.


    Jamie AnneMarie left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 1:26 PM:

    Perfect tote for my books (I’m re-reading the classic travel books this summer),  my Rolleiflex TLR, and my new iPad. Love it!


    Johanna left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 12:11 PM:

    a map of china (where I’m working this summer!), sunglasses, and a great book to relax with!


    Amanda left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 11:29 AM:

    Ray-bans, Hermes scarf, & Sun screen


    AEV left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 11:13 AM:

    ...when I’m at the beach, I tend to carry the bag for the both of us. 1. My fiance’s Bonnano sandals 2. “The Rum Diary” by Hunter Thompson and 3. The resort and airline’s phone numbers so I can extend my trip at will….


    KQ left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 11:06 AM:

    Beautiful tote! This would be perfect for carrying sunscreen SPF 50, my Jack Rogers, and magazines for perfect beach reading.


    Amber left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 11:05 AM:

    Love love love this tote!!! Camera, coconut water & monogramed graphic image journal.


    Laura K left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 10:44 AM:

    This is a precious tote. Definitely the SPF 50, some chapstick, and a good summer read!


    k a t e left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 10:09 AM:

    To a date in the park. A brightly colored and patterned picnic blanket to sit on, an assortment of snackable fruits, cheeses, and crackers, and a sun hat to prevent getting too rosey!


    Seema left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 10:04 AM:

    Wayfarers, the Economist, and a BlackBerry!


    Holly left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 9:53 AM:

    Sunglasses, sunscreen, and an amazing summer read!


    kchamp left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 9:38 AM:

    Sunglasses, waterbottle and a favorite book!


    suz8 left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:58 AM:

    My kindle, spf 50 and my oldest RL beach towel, perfectly faded.


    Tess left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:48 AM:

    This bag is the perfect summer accessory! I would throw in aviators, my ralph lauren rubgy wallet, and some sweet tea vodka and head out on the boat down narragansett bay!


    Darcie left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:46 AM:

    shaker full of gin and tonic, ice and lime. what else would you need?


    Leslie left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:29 AM:

    My Kindle, my Droid and some sunscreen…what more do you need?


    Cassie left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:23 AM:

    Oh I love it! I would toss in my iphone, some chapstick and plenty of magazines!


    allie left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 8:14 AM:

    ray bans, sun screen, and my kindle. all the necessities :)


    Julie Beets left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 7:17 AM:

    If I were the lucky winner, I would pack my bag with my car keys, a fist full of cash and le joie de vivre.


    Elizabeth left a comment on 5/26/2011 at 4:55 AM:

    Oh look at the sailboat! On the way to the beach, I’ll be carrying orange nailpolish, an enormous bottle of lemonade to share with friends, and my Jack Rogers will be thrown in when the sidewalk hits the sand.


    Sarah left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 11:39 PM:

    What a beautiful tote bag! If this gem were mine, I would fill it with my straw hat from J.Crew, a copy of Tad Friend’s “Cheerful Money,“and a can of Wilson tennis balls for whenever I wanted to play tennis.


    Melissa left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 10:41 PM:

    My camera, my ipod, and a good book.


    Olivia left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 10:16 PM:

    Love this tote! I will be carrying my ray bans, 85 spf sunblock, and a collection of Fitzgerald short stories.


    Charlotta left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 10:12 PM:

    This is a lovely bag! I would carry my sunblock, towel and ipod.


    Jolie left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:58 PM:

    Gorgeous tote!

    I would carry this while visiting a lighthouse on the shores of nantucket and inside I would carry my canon camera, lilly sunglasses, and my navy sperry top-siders (so I can go barefoot on the beaches).


    SM left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:44 PM:

    Sunglasses, my iPod, and a cardigan to cover up with in overly air-conditioned NYC.


    Julie (brown eyed belle) left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:39 PM:

    I love Francesca Joy! What a wonderful giveaway :)

    I would tote around my Kate Spade wallet, cooling mist and my new favorite bright pink lipstick :)


    Mariel left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:37 PM:

    This would be a perfect bag to carry a Lilly towel, my Nook, and my iPod to the beach!


    MNM left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:36 PM:

    love in the time of cholera, a bottle of iced tea, and a giant bag of skittles


    Megan left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:35 PM:

    I was already looking to buy one of these for my beach towel sunscreen, and a book/magazine!


    Danielle left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:26 PM:

    Perfect bag for my summer plans in London, Bermuda and Cape Cod. I would have to stock the bag with my ray ban wayfarers, my Ralph Lauren Wallet and a light wool cardigan for drafty museums and cool summer nights on the beach.


    Rachel left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 9:09 PM:

    oh my goodness that tote is GORGEOUS!!  My summer must-haves include a monogrammed beach towel, a Jane Austen novel, and some aviators (with croakies of course!)


    Georgie left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:55 PM:

    Love this tote!
    I would bring my ipod with Vampire Weekend on repeat, my copy of Catcher in the rye, and my grandfather’s faded crewneck Nantucket sweatshirt for when it gets windy on the beach.


    Julie left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:54 PM:

    A Lilly or Vera Bradley beach towel, Bobbi Brown’s “Beach” SPF spray, and my Kindle. The tote is fabulous!


    Emmy left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:49 PM:

    If I had this bag, I’d carry my point-and-shoot camera, hair elastics for the convertible, and my ipod (which honestly is full of Unabashedly Prep playlists, amongst my own mixes)


    Christina left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:48 PM:

    raybans, carmex, and a good pat conroy novel

    this bag is adorable! similar to some older jcrew totes


    Andrea left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:37 PM:

    Oh la la. . .  such a cute bag! Perfect for an afternoon at the beach. In tow would be my iPhone (Kate Spade cover), Ray-Bans, and a weathered copy of the Great Gatsby.


    Elizabeth left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 8:27 PM:

    How pretty! I’d toss in my beach towel, sun hat, and a book.


    Lynn left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 7:37 PM:

    Sunscreen, a magazine, and a bottle of water… Love this bag!


    Kaitlyn left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:57 PM:

    Ray Ban Clubmaster’s, Canon EOS 50D, and my iPod–all I need for a perfect day.


    Debbie Dixson left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:55 PM:

    I would so love this bag, and in it would be my Bobbie Brown tinted moisturizer, with SPF, a lovely Hermes scarf, and yummy Spanish almonds.


    Anna left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:47 PM:

    A colorful sarong, my ipod filled with unabashedly prep mixes and a beach hat.


    Amanda left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:43 PM:

    Love this bag!  I would toss in my monogrammed beach towel, sunscreen and a lazy day beach read.  Great giveaway!


    Natalie J. left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:43 PM:

    A truly stunning piece of art, this tote and my Lilly swimsuit are a match made in heaven! This beauty would carry my Philosophy Kiss of Hope SPF 15, my Vineyard Vines baseball cap, and last but certainly not least, the tried&true; classic To Kill a Mockingbird.


    Kristi Lee left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:35 PM:

    Oh my goodness. I need this bag! And inside… Ralph Lauren beach towel, Ray-Bans and a very good beach read.


    Jaedeanne left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:24 PM:

    Sunscreen, my big floppy hat, and one of the books I’ve been meaning to get to. Super cute tote!


    Sylvia left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:22 PM:

    This bag is to die for! I’d carry my Betsey Johnson sunglasses, iPhone with a Kate Spade cover, and lesportsac wallet this summer to the beach.


    Missy left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:16 PM:

    Perfect for camping trips to the shore - a towel, a trashy book, and my flip-flops!


    Cricket left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:16 PM:

    Oh my goodness, I love that bag! Mine would be carrying my Ralph Lauren aviator sunglasses, my camera, and my Lilly Pulitzer beach towel. xo


    Mollie left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:13 PM:

    This would be the perfect pool bag! Throw in my beach towel, a good book, and sunscreen and I would be good to go!


    Robin left a comment on 5/25/2011 at 6:10 PM:

    my sarah pinto planner, lilly pultizer covered iphone, and dooney & bourke wallet.

    p.s. i adore this tote!!


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