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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
Other essentials include a pair of gorgeous Manolo metallic heels that can be worn with everything, bright Butter London nail polish colors (one for your mani, one for your pedi) bangles, a Chanel compact, Dior lip gloss and mascara for touch ups before happy hour. Don’t forget the sunnies!