Now that spring break is here, I’m dreaming about my favorite warm weather locations… One exotic hideaway that instantly comes to mind is a hidden gem on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico - a little surf town called Sayulita (photos courtesy of Claudia Lebenthal, Style of Sport). Discovered in the late 1960s by wandering surfers, this off-the-beaten-path town is quickly becoming a popular spot for its stunning beaches, jungle terrain, snorkeling and fishing, and of course, its surfing.
The ultimate location for anyone looking to live on a surfboard for a few days, it features tame waves for beginners and surging ones for pros. Plus, if you’re down for an eclectic culture fix, you’ll love walking around the town scouting the different shops, filled with bohemian style jewelry, clothing, bags, and swimwear. P.S. You can’t go to Sayulita without heading to Pacha Mama - you’ll fall in love with the gypsy-inspired designs from the stunning Mignot sisters. 
Insider info: make sure your trip to Sayulita overlaps with one of the town’s favorite events, the annual Punta Sayulita Classic. This weekend long contest hails some of the top athletes for long board and stand up paddle surfing…
Be sure to check out Claudia Lebenthal’s blog, Style of Sport, to read more about her surf adventures at the Punta Sayulita Classic!  
Here are some items you can’t leave home without when going to Sayulita:
1. A wear-with-everything coverup. Slip this on after a day at the beach and head straight to margaritas at sunset. 
2. The ultimate little black bikini. This MILLY Barbados Bandeau Bikini features O-ring details at the center chest and hips. Plus, removable straps mean it can be worn in multiple ways.  
3. A colorful wallet. Designed to fit all your essentials, you won’t need anything else for an afternoon of shopping. 
4. A printed iPhone case. Travel in style with this Aztec printed iPhone case. An easy way to inject color into your beach outfit…
5. A versatile beach tote. This MILLY tote is made of luxe perforated leather in fresh white. Perfectly sized, you can wear this everywhere.  
6. A comfortable tank top. A conversational graphic tee will always look good over your bathing suit. Throw this on before a walk on the beach. 
7. Easy, lightweight shorts. Made of an Italian tribal print, these colorful shorts epitomize easy cool. A drawstring at the waist also means they are comfortable. 
Plus, don’t forget to shop MILLY dresses and MILLY handbags! 4 weeks ago
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MILLY founder and designer Michelle Smith (aka “DJ MILLY”) is constantly creating playlists to get the MILLY staff amped up. Fashion Week is no exception. With long nights and lots to do to get ready for the big day (today!), she’s mapped out your perfect playlist to get you in the mood for New York Fashion Week. Download it now! 

Don’t forget to watch the MILLY Fall ‘14 Runway Show live today at 2 pm ET!  2 months ago
Christy, Naomi, Linda, oh my!
The legendary fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit got her start in the ‘70s when her friend, the late fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, gave her an Instamatic 110 camera. Before long, she was establishing herself in the fashion world by pioneering the art of backstage photography at a Halston runway show.
She captured what some call the “golden age” of fashion, when supermodels ruled the world. Feeling nostalgic? Us, too: Lowit’s photos from the last four decades are the subject of the exhibition “Roxanne Lowit: Be Fabulous,” on display  through January 18, 2014, at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York.
Go see it!! 3 months ago
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Grey Nun, 2005-2006 My Girlfriend Ophelia, 2013, Encaustic on canvas, 48 x 45 in My New Father, 2013, Encaustic on canvas, 60 x 72 in Me, Hamlet, 2013, Encaustic on canvas, 96 x 84 in My Father's Ghost, 2013, Encaustic on canvas, 60 x 60 in My Girlfriend Ophelia, 2013, Encaustic on canvas, 60 x 54 in
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Best. Bloody. Ever.
My Bloody Mary recipe is quick and dirty: not only does it cure hangovers, but it’s always a crowd-pleaser. [[MORE]] Plus, it takes about 45 seconds to throw together. 
Stir all ingredients below into a large pitcher and pour over 6 glasses of ice. Don’t forget to garnish with lemon, celery, or whatever else you want to throw in there. Be creative! I’ve seen shrimp, clams, even watermelon!
(Serves 6)
6 cups of tomato juice
Vodka to taste (6 oz should do it!)
Juice from lemons, plus extra wedges for garnish
1 tablespoon of black pepper
2 teaspoons of cayenne
5 dashes of Tabasco
Cheers! 6 months ago
Now that New York Fashion Week is wrapped, I’m getting started on my next collection. No time for rest! I’m headed straight to Paris for Premiere Vision, an international fabric show. Now, time to pack.
Here’s my guide to blending in while in Paris—this season, I’m all about the leather.

1. My Leather Zipper Tee and a pair of our Leather Leggings will definitely make it into my suitcase – it’s a comfortable and edgy outfit that I can quickly throw on in the morning. I’m also bringing my Shocking Pink Zipper Jacket to take me from work to dinner. 
2. My exclusive NYFW “Sorry For Partying” Tee and a pair of our Side Pocket Shorts will be great for walking around. My Slim Leather Moto Jacket is the perfect topper for crisp weather. I can throw this on over any outfit and head out the door. I can’t wait to wear my leather Riley Backpack with this look. 
 3. Finally, I need a few statement pieces for when I go out at night. This means that my Hologram Leather Edith Pencil Skirt and Nora Leather Sleeve Pullover will definitely make the cut. I can’t forget my Avril Clutch to pair with this outfit! I love exploring new restaurants while I’m in Paris, and this look feels very Parisian to me.
There’s nothing better than Paris in the fall. I’ll be Instagramming some of my favorite places – check them out at @millybymichelle.
Bisous!  Michelle

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Best Spot For Shot of Caffeine: The floor-to-ceiling windows at Epicierie Boulud  facing Lincoln Center lets you people-watch street style stars along with your iced cappuccino. (1900 Broadway) Best Retreat To Kill Time: If you have a serious lull between shows, head to Film Inc. at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, my favorite new (and relatively secret) place to see a movie. Best Cocktails with a View: Across from LC, the Empire Hotel’s rooftop is the place to head for a specialty cocktail. Don’t forget to take the obligatory Instagram photo under the famous sign. Best Power Lunch:Try the buttermilk poached chicken and apricot jam & camembert sandwiches at Indie Food & Wine. Order at the counter and eat at a long communal table - just don't tweet about it! Secret Party Venue:  Looking for a place to party after the after parties? The Hudson Hotel’s underground party venue, Good Units is the spot.
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I stayed at Masseria Torre Maizza, an incredible watchtower converted into a luxury hotel! A gorgeous spa, golf course, and beach club make it the perfect place. Posing on ancient streets in the visually striking white city of Ostuni. See the Byzantine church in the background? Poolside at Masseria Torre Maizza with ancient columns, bougainvillea, hammocks, and fresh fruit grow on the trees. Blissful! The UNESCO-protected village of Alberobello, known for its abundance of Triulli houses, which are typical Puglian cone shaped structures. In Cisternino, a baroque passageway catches my eye. Relaxing in the shade, under the sea.
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