Caffeine. We’re addicted to the stuff. Here at MILLY we know sometimes it takes more than a cute outfit to get us to the office on a Monday morning…and that something is our morning cup of joe.
But when we stand in line for our daily dose, we look up at the menu…machiatto, cortado… and think (what are these?!). Well MILLY mag is here to save the day, with our handy guide to espresso. Read on to work out which is your new favorite drink…
Cortado/Piccolo/Gibraltar- depending on your coffee shop, this cute little coffee can go by either name. A double shot of espresso with a little bit of steamed milk and foam - it’s like a baby latte!
Flat White - double espresso with steamed milk, hardly any foam…a latte for non-foam lovers.
Espresso - a double shot of espresso, straight up
Machiatto - literally means a ‘stain’ of milk…it’s a double espresso with a splash of milk on top!
Latte - double espresso with steamed milk, foam.
Cappucino - double espresso with steamed milk, foam. Less milk than a latte!
Americano - double shot of espresso with hot water.
Pro tips: You can request any of these beverages as a single shot, if you’re a little caffeine-shy. And don’t forget to order them over ice to beat the summer heat!
So next time you’re at the coffee bar, take a risk and try a new drink - you’ll definitely impress the cute barista with your incredible knowledge of all things espresso!
Stay tuned for some insider tips on MILLY’s fave coffee shops in NYC, and check out some other secret city tips from the MILLY crew here. And don’t forget to amp up your office outfit with a gorgeousMILLY handbag, the perfect accessory with your morning espresso.
Here at MILLY, we love the way leather adds a modern edge to your ensemble. Think classic leather pants in an unexpected texture, like these Python Leather Leggings, or a leather trim to modernize a staple sheath dress.
If you’re ready to make a statement, we are obsessing over this metallic Leather Pencil Skirt…it’s the perfect way to revitalize your wardrobe whilst maintaining a classic feminine silhouette. Dress it down with a fun Tee like this one, or mix it up by adding a knit for some contrasting texture!
This week’s #WCW is a tribute to one of our fave style icons here at MILLY - Lauren Bacall, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
Bacall kicked off her career appearing in some of our favorite magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Then at only 17, she made her acting debut on the Broadway stage, eventually winning two Tony Awards. Lauren was known for her signature pose, “the look”, and her incredible poise and grace. Her years as a model meant she had a keen appreciation for fashion, and was always incredibly stylish.
We will always remember Lauren for her talent, elegance and grace. So we toast our #WCW to Lauren Bacall, she will be greatly missed.
You don’t want to rock a print…well what about a beaded cheetah? We are obsessed with this pullover, featuring a striking beaded cheetah image. Pair it with a pair of jeans and you have the perfect look.
We’re so excited to announce… MILLY is now selling Coco & Breezy Sunglasses in our stores in NYC and East Hampton !
Created by the fantastic twins Corianna (Coco) and Brianna (Breezy) Doston, Coco & Breezycreates eyewear that has been worn Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne and more.
We got to sit down with Coco and Breezy themselves for a quick interview. Not only do they have impeccable, bold style (we follow their Instagram religiously - check out photos in the slideshow!) but they’re also super sweet, and they started their brand at just 19 - an inspiration for us all.
What made you want to sell your collection in MILLY?
COCO: We first met Michelle when we went to the MILLY FW ‘14 runway show last February. We thought her clothes were amazing, and she was so sweet! So, we kept up with her collection and I thought - Oh my gosh, our glasses coincide with MILLY so well. We have to work with her. We were invited to a MILLY party and while we were talking to Michelle, I said “Michelle, I have something to tell you that needs to happen - it’s a dream of mine. We need to do a collaboration with your clothing and our glasses.” I was so shy to say that but I didn’t care! Michelle said “email me!” So now our product is in the MILLY stores and its doing really well. If I wasn’t brave that day I guess I wouldn’t be sitting here!
You grew up in Minnesota—what brought you to New York City?
BREEZY:We’ve always wanted to live in New York since we were young. On our last trip to New York for our 19th birthday we said to ourselves: “This is it. We’re going home, we’re quitting our jobs, we’re selling our car and moving to New York.”And that’s what we did. A year after high school, we moved with nothing – no money, no investors. Just an idea, a product and faith. After that, we would walk around NYC in our glasses and people would come up to us, ask us where we got them and after hearing we created them ourselves, say, “Can I buy those off of your face?” It was really organic. We made our first month’s rent just by walking around being ourselves.
What is your favorite pair?
COCO: My favorite pair is probably the Zesiro Sunglasses. I wear those every day.
What is your design process?
BREEZY: We always keep a notebook in our bags, constantly trying to think of new ideas.I do all the sketching, Coco has a really good eye for what’s going to sell and what’s going to work.She does all the editing, from colors to the hardware.We design everything from scratch. It always starts with a sketch.
Have you faced any challenges being young designers?
BREEZY: We never let our age stop us.
COCO: When I hear “young designer” I just think “young company”. We’ve been in business for only 5 years. We never let it affect us as individuals. That’s why we really appreciate Michelle believing in us and selling our product in our store. It’s really amazing.
Favorite Ice Cream flavor? BREEZY: Butter Pecan!
COCO: You know what I’m obsessed with right now? Its my secret.No one really knows about it. I’ve been going to the corner store and getting those coconut fruit pops.. It’s my guilty pleasure right now. Bree doesn’t even know!
With each collection, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY designs signature prints that act as roadmaps for the ready to wear season. Here, we give you a behind the scenes look at how a print comes to life.
This weeks Print Study is on the striking Mirage Print, an office favorite!
What makes it special
Featuring hints of striking neon pinks and greens amidst a wave-like, dreamy backdrop, this print lives up to its name. The print is so unique and detailed it almost feels as if you could reach out and touch its seemingly velvety texture. Its a standout print, perfect for any occasion.
How to wear it
The mirage print comes in three different styles here at MILLY. We’ll tell you how to wear each.
The Sleeve Mini Dress : A MILLY exclusive, the Sleeve Mini Dress is a steal of the year because you can’t get it anywhere else. Pair this form-fitting dress with black heels and a black clutch to compliment its gorgeous print - and your ready for your next event.
The Coco Dress: The MILLY Coco Dress is another dress featuring the gorgeous Mirage print, but this one you can dress down. The perfect day-to-night outfit, wear it all hours of the day!
The Katie Skirt: A very popular skirt silhouette, the MILLY Katie Skirt can be worn out on the town with a cute silk top tucked in, or to work with a statement pullover like the edgy MILLY Knitted Fur Sweater. This skirt is versatile and irresistible - so get yours now!
Want to know more about other prints you know and love? Check out some more print studies here!
We have a secret weapon - and it’s called the MILLY Feather Mini. Make your transition into fall just a little bit easier by grabbing this feather-happy mini skirt. It’s versatile, fun, and super easy to wear. Think feathers aren’t versatile? Check out our guide to five ways to wear it below…
With a halter top. Mix and match patterns with the MILLY Striped Bow Halter. The two patterns contrast each other really well, and the silhouette of the top is flattering and perfect for a day at work.
With a black lace top. Dare to wear all black. Take on the night and pair your feather skirt with the MILLY Jane Leather Collar Blouse. With a hint of lace and leather, this shirt is the perfect addition to your sleek look.
With a blush lace top. We love the combination of blush and black - it’s a gorgeous contrast. That’s why this look features the MILLY Lace Cap Sleeve Top. Try it with black heels for a modern, elegant look.
With a pop of color. Black skirt, bright shirt. Throw on the bold MILLY Nikki Blouse in a gorgeous, bright magenta. The striking color of the shirt amps up the feather accents on the skirt, making for the perfect combination.
Here at MILLY we never apologize for partying (we have a shirt to prove it). For a night out, you only need a few things. A hot outfit, heels, and a clutch. A clutch is the perfect nighttime bag. Small enough to keep out of your way, yet still able to keep your essentials safe. We have some new styles like the MILLY Aztec Gold Frame Clutch - that will be sure to light up your closet. Plus, we created the perfect pinterest board to show you how to really party. Check it out! Here.
"I don’t do fashion. I am fashion." Spoken by a true fashion icon. You recognize the name. Who better to toast our #WCW than to a woman who started creating iconic clothing in 1910. She started out by selling her own custom hats, and then expanded into creating the iconic Chanel suit. It was a revolutionary idea at the time - taking inspiration from menswear for women’s clothing. But it paid off, Chanel has major fashion-respect today.
So we toast our #WCW to you, Coco Chanel - we celebrate your life everyday in the fashion world.
August is here. That means there’s only a few more weekends to work on that tan, so check out the MILLY Cabana Sale now! Hurry and get your bikinis and cover ups at 20% off online with your online code “CABANA14”. You definitely don’t want to miss this.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a hilariously witty and well-written book, perfect for a summer day. Before author Maria Semple wrote books, she was a writer for television shows like “Arrested Development” and “Mad About You”… so we knew this was going to be good. The plot-line follows Bernadette, the wife of a Microsoft-guru and mother of Bee, her 15 year old daughter. We then learn that Bernadette disappears ! The rest of the book follows Bee as she strings together multiple documents to attempt to find her mother. The whole story is told through a modge-podge of ways: letters, grade sheets, FBI documents, emails… it keeps you on your feet!
We highly recommend Where’d You Go Bernadette for a hot summer day, it’s hilarious and witty. Check out our other MILLY Beach Reads like #GirlBoss and The Vacationers, they’re both great.
Plus, if you’re heading to the beach don’t forget to pack some unique bikinis !
The MILLY Road Trip Series continues, with tips on where to spend your coveted summer weekends! Next stop? Nantucket, Massachusetts.
It’s safe to say Nantucket is a must-see summer destination, however we would want to stay more than just a weekend (MILLY “3 month” Trip Series anyone?). The gorgeous beaches, the cobblestone streets, the distinct white shuttered houses. Check out our top picks below. Happy travels!
Finally, Nantucket’s amazing restaurant scene will need you dressed to impress. So don’t forget the MILLY Flare Dress, and your essential MILLY Astor Tote for your transition from seaside to tableside. (More on the food below.)
Just a short stroll from downtown, White Elephantis on the top of our hotel list. With gorgeous views overlooking the harbor, you’ll never want to leave!
Where to Eat/Drink
Our favorite lunch spot is Cru. This cool restaurant has a beautiful view of the straight wharf dock that you can enjoy while watching boats go by. And after, make sure you grab a cone at The Juice Bar - Nantucket’s famous ice cream store.
Want something more casual? Make sure to visit Black-Eyed Susan’s. It’s a fun spot for the whole family (and BYOB). And if you’re feeling up to it, head to The Chicken Box - a bustlin’ nighttime hot spot filled with drinks, dancing and live music every night. Everyone has a story about a night at The Chicken Box…
What To Do
Take a walk around the Brandt Point Light House. It’sa signature landmark of Nantucket being the second oldest in the country. It’s the perfect spot for beach picnics (and MAJOR Instagram-bait).
Want to find out more about Nantucket’s history? Be sure to visit the Whaling Museum, where the tale of Moby Dick comes alive. Insider tip: Be sure to check out the harbor from the observation deck!
We hope you get to visit Nantucket this summer, it’s most definitely on our lists! Want more travel tips? Then make sure to check out our other MILLY Road Trip Series Posts, from Vail to Capri!
With each collection, Michelle Smith, founder and designer of MILLY designs signature prints that act as roadmaps for the ready to wear season. We love giving you a more detailed look into these statement designs. This weeks Print Study? Camellia Print.
The exclusive, striking Camellia print features a black and white floral ombre print. The white flowers of the print have sleek, black accents which then fade into a full, solid black. The print is sophisticated, feminine and has an edge.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
MILLY Camellia Coco Dress: this dress is a best seller for its figure flattering shape. Wear yours with flats to the office and trade up to heels for a night out.
MILLY Camellia Dolman Top: This top is feminine and easy. The silhouette floats off your body, and the print makes it an ideal item if you’re looking to amp up your wardrobe.
MILLY Camellia Pleated Tank: The Camellia Pleated Tank is a statement tank top. Throw it over white jeans and heels and you have the perfect summer look.
Want to learn more about prints? Then check out our other Print Studies where you get a behind the scenes look at the prints we love!
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.