Feeling Fall

October 20, 2014

Mary Spears of Millay Vintage | All Things Lovely - MV Blog | Feeling Fall


As a gal who lived a lot of years in the South before transplanting to Boston and now Philly a few years back, I have to say that autumn in the Northeast cannot be beat. The colors on the trees sing, the air chills to a refreshing crisp, and the world around us transforms into a charming splendor of coziness with mulled ciders in the kitchen and wood logs in the fireplace. Sounding a bit idyllic yet?

This past weekend was a particularly iconic fall scene for me where I styled a beautiful gathering hosted by Heidi’s Bridge in the countryside of Pennsylvania (more on this to come in another post). Let’s just say there were plenty of gourds, fields of wheat, campfires, and s’mores involved.

All of this fall-ness that has gradually taken its place here in Philly also marked a time to transition my own wardrobe towards cozier layers. And in that perfect timing, the talented Holly Marie of HM Designs asked me to share a few tips on how to incorporate vintage pieces into any wardrobe over on her blog.


Tips for Wearing Vintage | Millay Vintage | www.millayvintage.com


To read up on my tips and get links to the pretty vintage items I rounded up above, be sure to check out our guide to Autumn vintage style over on Holly Marie’s Design Blog!

Autumn Vintage Pieces for Any Wardrobe


Friday Favorites

October 10, 2014

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Fridays always sneak up on me, but here we are at another. This week really started to feel like fall around here with leaves changing colors above and with mornings and evenings feeling decidedly chillier, which means I’ve officially started working sweaters into my daily rotation. These pragmatic posts from Madewell and Free People about how to best store and launder these tricky, heavier knits seemed perfectly timely. (Let me just add a note and emphasize that particularly with cashmere and merino wool, you don’t want to fuss around with the fabric too much while soaking or little holes will start to form.)

/  10 tips on how to care for your sweaters featured on the Madewell Musings blog

/  How to Care for Cashmere featured on the Free People BLDG 25 blog

This weekend, you’ll find me painting away all the beige in our apartment for fresher, cleaner hues. What are you guys up to?


The latest at Millay Vintage

October 7, 2014

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There is a pronounced crisp of coolness in the air these days as the leaves above us are changing colors. With that, you’ll notice more autumnal hues entering the shop, with lovely garments to layer with and richer, moodier hues to bring into your home with our House + Home items.

In our Bridal section, you’ll see the same ethereal, romantic look we love, but with tiers and layers to better suit the cooler temperatures.

And of course, we offer some non-seasonal specific picks as well for our international friends, and we think everything in our shop serves as a lovely element to layer with, any time of the year.

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I imagine the lady that lounges around in the 1920s Silk Peach Step In above also adorns her walls with that gorgeous Large Asian Folding Fan.

Millay Vintage | All Things Lovely

Autumn Falls Dress | Victorian Mid Length Veil

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1930s Cambridge Riding Jacket | Vintage Floral Harvest Container

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Layered Dreams Dress | 1950s / 1960s Fine Affair Fur Collar Jacket


These are just a few of my favorites from the latest collection. View the whole onslaught of Fresh Arrivals here!


top photo from our 2014 Look Book by Joe St. Pierre

Insta Exhibition + a Farewell to September

October 1, 2014


If you are plugged into social media at all (and if you are reading this here blog, you must be), you have surely seen the #denimmadewell campaign prettying up your feeds. Their contest has ended, their well-deserved winners chosen, and now we are celebrating all the fantastic photos at a first ever Insta-Exhibition.


Mary of @millayvintage for Madewell | All Things Lovely  | http://wp.me/p2TRl0-1lm


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting the Exhibition being held here in Philadelphia with the lovely Katherine Anne, where we’ll be sipping and snacking and enjoying general merriment. Join us, won’t you? I’d love to meet some more friendly faces here in Philly!

You’ll also get to take home an Artifact Uprising card set featuring the winning snaps with any purchase* you make that evening. Fun, right?

1716 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, October 2nd, 7-9PM

RSVP on the FB event page or at philly.rsvp@madewell.com.


It’s also October 1st, which means it’s time to bid September adieu. It also means I am officially dusting off my reliable sweaters, unplugging our ugly window AC units, and picking pretty plaids, cozy cable knits, and autumnal hues for the Millay Vintage shop.

September in an Instaglance | All Things Lovely - Millay Vintage Blog | http://wp.me/p2TRl0-1lm

Fall in Boston is one of the most beautiful sights of nature you can imagine, and I am looking forward to how it compares here in Philly.

How did your September look, friends? Anything you are looking forward to this fall?


Monday Musing

September 29, 2014

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There is something refreshing about Mondays, don’t you agree? They offer a chance to hit refresh and approach those to do lists with a renewed vigor. Mondays also help me realize that I have to mentally create days where I allow myself a clean slate. Otherwise, tasks can too easily become overwhelming and my attitude can feel clouded by mistakes or victories of the past. This clean slate helps remind me that I can try to do things differently, take a couple risks while improving tried and true routines. They offer a marker to learn from the week before and improve the week ahead of you (if you let it).

So here we go Monday: let’s look at today as a clean, fresh start.


Mary’s Current Favorites

September 24, 2014

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1930s / 1940s Velvet Royalty Gown    /    1940s Lattice Loop Nightgown


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1940s Tan Arbres Skirt    /    1960s / 1970s Navy & White Grid Skirt

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1960s Copper Cup Set    /    1970s Framed Woven Art

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1950s / 1960s Peach Lace Open Robe    /    1950s Plaid Festival Dress

I genuinely believe that each collection at Millay Vintage gets better and better, and I’m pretty proud of this latest set that landed in the shop on Monday. Between the home items, delicate intimates, and pretty plaids, each item serves as a perfect piece to transition into fall, to serve as a timeless staple for your home or wardrobe, and is distinct enough to be unique without feeling over-the-top.

These are a few of my favorite things…now do share, which are yours?

Shop our Fresh Arrivals HERE.


Everlane’s #FromThePeople

September 22, 2014


Mary Spears of Millay Vintage on Everlane #FromThePeople | www.blog.millayvintage.com


Everlane — a company all about elevating the everyday basics and paying special attention to using premium fabrics while preserving affordability  — has become one of my favorites of late. I love the silk button down (pictured above) that tucks so perfectly into my vintage midi skirts, pairs well with jeans, and looks mighty sharp under a blazer. And I basically live in their french terry sweater. Sure they look good, but man do they feel good to the touch.

That said, I was ever so excited to be a part of their beautiful #FromThePeople story board, where they feature a few of their favorite Instagram snaps featuring their products. I am alongside some super talented creatives (like Alice Gao, Marte Marie Forsberg, Kessara, and Kate Arends), so I was both humbled and thrilled to see my photo above used to announce this feature in their email blast, to be included in their product image gallery, and be a part of their curated story.

To see the full story on Everlane, check it all out HERE.  |  To follow along on my own Instagram, click HERE.

Happy Monday folks! xo

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