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.
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 !