This is a very exciting development for designer and founder of MILLY Michelle Smith, and we’re super excited to share! Michelle has always been inspired by friends, family and exciting moments in her life. A few years ago, Michelle started to create her own gowns that she would wear to events around NYC. After constantly being asked where her gorgeous outfits came from, she decided to start an evening wear line. The dresses in this collection are elegant, sophisticated, luxurious and one of a kind.
Do your future self a huge favor and get them while they’re fresh, you don’t want to miss out.
This week we’re giving our #WCW to one of fashion’s most influential icons - late Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland!
Diana Vreeland will forever be admired as one of fashion’s immeasurably influential icons. She began her days in fashion at Harpers Bazaar where her wild epigrammatic style came forth in her famous column “Why Don’t You…?” She later made her mark at Vogue where she worked as Editor and Chief and truly defined the role of a modern female fashion boss.
She was famous for her witty remarks and bold gestures, and pushed the creative expansion of the industry and told women to “never fear being vulgar, only boring.”
We toast our #WCW to you, Diana Vreeland, a true fashion inspiration.
Shhhh.. we’re letting you in on our little secrets!
Since MILLY is based in NYC, we know those “staple” NYC summer activities. Smorgasbord, eating fro yo, going to flea markets… But everyone always seem to go to the same places!
So, we’re going to take you away from the norm and give you OUR checklist for the lesser-known places to do those classic summer activities, so check it out!
Eat an ice cream
We all scream for ice cream! So try out Lula’s Sweet Apothecary - its fun retro designed atmosphere and to-die-for ice cream (they do vegan and dairy-free options too!) Lulu’s Sweet Apothecary is our secret pick. We recommend the brownie sundae with gluten free brownies and hot fudge!
Go to a flea market
For those who have already gone to the Brooklyn Flea Market a dozen times, perhaps it’s time for you to head to a new set of vendors at Artist and Fleas, also located in Brooklyn. It features a lot of local artist’s work - check it out! Don’t forget the MILLY Avery Tote to carry all your findings!
What’s better than a lobster roll? A FOOTLONG lobster roll. Grab this classic summer sandwich at Cull & Pistol – they’re experts in serving out fresh, expertly and (ingeniously) prepared rolls.
Enjoy a margarita
The bigger the margarita the better, right? Well we found a 27-ounce margarita that is sure to knock you off your feet at Arriba Arriba located in Hell’s Kitchen. The “La Mama” is their biggest margarita coming in at $16 for frozen and $18 on the rocks…we’ll see you there in your rocking MILLY Sorry for Partying tee!
Dinner and Drinks
Move your bar scene to the water. One of our new favorite spots this summer is the North River Lobster Company, a boat bar and restaurant that takes you out for a 45-minute ride on the Hudson! We suggest checking out their raw bar and enjoy a fun drink out of one of their signature mason jars.
There you have it ! Get exploring.
While your at it, we have some travel tips if you want to try summer outside of NYC. Check out our MILLY Road Trip Series!
Seablossom is blazing a hot trail in the celebrity fashion world ! Anna Camp (you definitely recognize her from the wildly popular movie Pitch Perfect, or the TV show True Blood) had a major #MILLYMoment this weekend at Comic-Con sporting our MILLY Seablossom print dress.
This novel has everything, from secrets and lies to family drama to jealousy and love…the works. Want a little summary? Of course you do:
The Post family parents have all hopes of celebrating a 35th anniversary and their daughter’s high school graduation with their extended family and friends on this Balearic Island. But when old secrets and rivalries emerge, this fun celebratory family vacation takes a sharp turn. The Posts are now confronted with all of the tensions they thought they left behind at home in Manhattan.
An easy read, chock full of juicy stories and exciting twists, we highly recommend The Vacationers - a New York Times bestseller to boot.
Heading to the beach? Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, a MILLY Cabana bikini and other books (because The Vacationers is a page-turner).
Want more book suggestions? See the MILLY Mag’s review on #GirlBoss !
Everyone needs a pair of white shorts for summer - our MILLY Cuffed Shorts can take you a long way. Crafted in luxurious tencel linen with a cuffed hem and belt loops, they’re an essential in our summer closets. Want to see how versatile they are? We’re giving you 5 ways to wear these amazing shorts this summer…
1) Trip to the Beach
Create a super comfortable, chic, casual beach day look by pairing your classic white shorts with fun short sleeves. We recommend theMILLY Bella Blouse as its red paisley print and body skimming silhouette easily goes from beach blanket to happy hour.
2) Summer Friday
Head to the office in style. Punch up your white shorts with a textured sweater, feminine with an edge. TheMILLY Beaded Sweater adds the edge you’re looking for, while the shorts give you a classic and sophisticated look.
Silk tops go with everything…they will dress up your shorts, creating the perfect look for a girls’ night out. We love it with the MILLY Ombre Print Beaded Top.
If you’re feeling casual, why not pair your shorts with a novelty sweater? Always a fan of long sleeves paired with shorts, we recommend the MILLY LOVE Intarsia Sweater, sure to be a conversation starter.
5) Rooftop dinner
Summer date night? Pair your dazzling white shorts with a matching white top, and take advantage of the on-trend all white look while you still can (Labor Day approaches…)! When the sun goes down, throw on the MILLY Slim Coat. In multicolor neon tweeds, the coat will adds spice to your look.
So hurry! Grab your own pair of white MILLY Cuffed Shorts and see if you can come up with anything else.
Plus, make sure you check out our trend shop: BACK IN STOCK. We’ve brought back your favorites!
#MAJORMILLYMoment alert - First Lady Michelle Obama wore a MILLY cropped sailor blazer in Washington, D.C. while announcing new supporters for her “Drink Up” campaign, encouraging children to drink more water.
We’d like to dedicate this weeks #WCW to one of the worlds most famous style icons: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - or as many know her, Jackie O.
Not only was Jackie O known for her grace, elegance and fashion sense, but she was also powerful and intelligent. The last two decades of her life she had a career as a book editor, and always strived to protect historic artifacts and the arts. She frequently hosted performances at the White House showcasing ballet, opera and other performing arts. Her Pink Chanel Suit and matching pillbox hat has become an iconic fashion ensemble, in addition to anything else she ever wore.
So we raise our #WCW glasses to you, Jackie O ! Thank you for inspiring the world.
Feeling Jackie’s pink? Well check out our MILLY Mika Dress! Plus, check out our other #WCW posts, like our birthday girl Gisele!
The MILLY Road Trip Series continues, giving you the inside details so you can plan the perfect summer vacation. Next Stop? Lake Placid.
Situated amongst the gorgeous mountains of the Adirondacks, the town of Lake Placid is a hub for outdoor activities and relaxation. Having hosted not one but two winter olympics, it has a rich sports history as well. We highly recommend Lake Placid as your next stop on your summer road trip. So, we’ve mapped out the perfect day just for you – just keep reading!
Don’t forget to pack some travel essentials, here’s some suggestions that you need before you leave for you trip: this, this, and this.
Jump out of bed and start off your gorgeous day by grabbing a hearty breakfast at The Good Bite Kitchen. Situated right on Main Street this tiny vegetarian breakfast/brunch place has a lot of character and delicious food.Don’t forget to don your MILLY Bella dress before you head out!
After stuffing yourself until you can’t anymore, why not take a nice break to digest on the lake that gives this town its name? We hear the best way to explore the lake is by boat… and we recommend Captain Marney’s Boat Rental – they’ve been in business for 29 years and rent everything from speed boats and pontoons to kayaks and canoes! So throw on your MILLY Antibes Bikini and hit the water.
You get back from the boat, grab a quick sandwich, grab your MILLY Palmetto Tote and are ready to explore. Why not bring the family along to Fort Ticonderoga for a little American history? It has engaging exhibits and entertaining interpretive events that show you the rich history of the Fort – perfect for the whole family!
Your ready for your next meal – this time feeling something a little more fancy for date night with the hubby.Well we’ve got the perfect place, The View Restaurant at the Mirror Lake Inn. Romantic and cozy, the Mirror Lake Inn features a gorgeous view of Lake Placid from its dining room.So, throw on your best heels and an electric blue MILLY Butterly Sleeve Dress and you’ll be ready to dine in style.
We hope you liked our perfect day in Lake Placid - check out our other MILLY Roadtrip Series post like Vail, Colorado here.
MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith tells us about her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (we’re sure you saw the gorgeous instagrams), and gives us some tips on where to go and what to see! Check it out.
MILLY GOES TO ITALY…
MILLY designer and founder Michelle Smith tells us about her recent trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy (Have you seen her gorgeous Instagram photos?), and gives us some tips on where to go and what to see! Check it out.
As a designer, I’m a visual person so I love traveling to picturesque places for inspiration and relaxation. Beach locations are my favorite, hence my passion for designing MILLY Cabana swimwear, but I also love to take in culture, so Italy has a special place in my heart. The Amalfi Coast is pure eye candy at every turn.
After a flight from New York and a ferry ride from Naples, my family and I pulled into Capri and were instantly blown away by the view. Traveling along the coast of the Mediterranean on the famously steep and narrow cliff-side road with many (scary!) twists and turns, there are spectacular views of cliffs dotted with picturesque villages and luscious green trees - Instagram bait galore!
We started off our days with a typical Italian breakfast - gorgeous fruit and pastries and a steaming cup of caffé e latte is my idea of perfection.Italians do love their coffee - they have it down to an artform.
We start our days off going for a swim, me in my favorite MILLY Lanai bikini and my daughter Sophia in her matching MILLY Minis swimsuit and hit the road to explore the coast.
We love checking out the scenic cliff-side villages - one favorite was the city of Ravello, filled with spectacular churches, gorgeous gardens and quiet, adorable streets. I am lucky enough to have the only children in the world who love to shop so we happily explored the streets.
The Gardens of Villa San Michele to take in the panoramic views of Capri as well as Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula.
By midday, we’d be craving some water time! heading down to a hotel (I recommend the Hotel Santa Caterina) by the cliffs to take a refreshing swim in crisp blue water of the Mediterranean. Our boat trip in Capri was one of our favorite days of the trip.
Of course, no trip to Italy is complete without sampling endless amounts of gelato. We loved Buonocore Gelateria and visited several times…
Italian cuisine cannot be rivaled - we can highly recommend Terazza Tiberio, Dal Paolino and Il Geranio, lovely people and local specialties.
I included some of my Instagrams of the trip above—check them out!
MILLY is on the move! MILLY has teamed up with Hampton Free Ride to get you where want to go in style. The Free Ride is an environmentally friendly free shuttle service between many different points in East Hampton.
Enjoy the ride to the beach, and don’t forget to check out the giveaway goodies inside.
Tweet a photo of yourself on the free ride using hashtag #MILLYMOMENT.