This week’s #WCW is one of the greats…Sophia Loren; the embodiment of a mysterious, foreign beauty.
Beginning her career as a beauty queen at age 14, Sophia went on to dominate the film industry both in her native Italy and in the US. As the first person to win the Academy Award for best actress in a foreign language film for Two Women, Sophia was always destined for greatness. Although taking a step back from her acting career to focus on motherhood in the 70’s, Sophia continued to kill it in the film world – proving that women really can do it all. The release of her latest film, Human Voices, earlier this year has seen Sophia back on the festival circuit, and she is certainly not #sorryforpartying.
Sophia celebrates her 80th birthday this month, and is more fabulous than ever - and thats why our #WCW goes to her.
"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.
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.
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.
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!
Happy #WomanCrushWednesday! In honor of our soon-to-be birthday girl, we’re giving our #WCW to the amazing Gisele Bündchen.
We admire the Brazilian beauty as she’s a woman of many talents: a supermodel, wife of Tom Brady, mother of two, actress (check her out in Taxi), philanthropist and current Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. She does what she wants, and won’t let anyone hold her back.
Oh and don’t let us forget, she was named 89th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes. No big deal.
We’re not sure how she does it, but we want to thank our #WCW Gisele for not only being a supermodel, but a role model!
Want to learn more on how to become a feminine power house like Gisele? Well check out our post on one of our favorite summer reads, #GirlBoss, here!