Our Boston days are numbered, and our final days in this favorite city of mine are winding down. For a proper send-off, we’ll be having a fun little gathering at Olives & Grace in the South End tomorrow night!
What I love about these interwebs are all the amazing friends I’ve been able to make, and while I know many of you are not geographically nearby, if you do so happen to be in the Boston area, I’d love to see ya! I’ll have some Millay Vintage garments, accessories, and home goods (a few that haven’t been released to the site yet too!) available, and there will be snacks and drinks and general merriment to be had!
The event is open to anyone, so grab a friend and come say hello! I’ll be there from 6 to 8 tomorrow evening — hope to see you there my sweet friends!
JULY 16, 2014
6p to 8p
OLIVES & GRACE
623 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
A BON VOYAGE GET TOGETHER WITH SNACKS, DRINKS, AND PRETTY WARES
This is the part where I tell you, yet again, how much I love Boston. I love that I can don a little bit of an over-the-top outfit equipped with a massively floppy hat, frilly Edwardian antique dress and 1940s heels, jumping in front of white walls, and not have anyone take a second look.
Just a few weekends ago, I met up with the incredibly beautiful, witty, and talented Cara LLewllyn, who is a graphic designer and Instagrammer extrodinaire, and we sipped on cold coffee, spied on fat roly-poly bulldogs being pushed around in strollers (yes, this legitimately happened, and yes, it was undeniably adorable) and talked about our love for Charlottesville. And I left with the distinct urge to chop off all my hair and crop it just like hers. I’m providing evidence of said adorable pixie-cut below:
We wandered the streets of the North End a bit, had fun playing around in front of this wall, and then Cara ever-so-casually snapped those top two photos of me with her phone. Girl is amazing, right? She really worked that dark and light, and I love the movement you can see in that dress.
Summer is not a subtle season. It is filled with direct, strong sunlight on long and hot and muggy days. And this summer day in particular was one where I was perspiring nearly as much as my iced cup of joe. But stopping to enjoy it — EMBRACE it even – was something Cara made just a bit more enjoyable as she made me a believer of starkly contrasting direct light and harsh shadows. Dark and light indeed.
P. S . Don’t forget the shop is offering 20% off all orders until Monday July 14th! ;)
We’ve got some exciting news to share! Perhaps more exciting for us, but hopefully a little bit of a fun treat for you too…
We’ve been toiling away for the past couple of months trying to make the MV site prettier, easier to navigate, and more interactive. And today, we finally get to share the fruits of that labor. If you venture on over, you’ll have lots of new things to click through and enjoy, including a whole new collection of over thirty hand-picked items, a gorgeous lookbook, and an about page that details everything our shop believes in (and our philosophy is so very near-and-dear to our hearts, so we sure hope it resonates with you gals as well).
We’ll be releasing fresh arrivals via collections now rather than letting them trickle in a few at a time, that way you can peruse a whole loot of goods at a time and take your picks. Oh, and wanna be in the know on when new collections hit the shop or special sales are happening? Then you can join an MV newsletter now (just click on that envelope icon at the top left of the screen). We gettin’ fancy guys!
Another fun feature we’re excited to unroll is a little thing we are calling “A community of loveliness” — i.e. an official #millayvintage hashtag for Instagram where you can share how you’re wearing and using your MV buys and be featured on the site. Woohoo!
OKAY….NOW CAN WE GET A DRUMROLL PLEASE FOR THE LOOKBOOK? It’s finally here, and it’s a wonderful encapsulation of the romance and adventure that we strive to embody through all our shop’s finds.
So please take a gander, and if you find something you like, go ahead and take 20% off with the code ‘BONJOUR’ — this week only!
It’s officially here guys: SUMMAH (as we say here in Boston).
Days at the beach, hot dogs and peanuts at the local ball game, and the subtle scent of SPF all around us. I, for one, am looking forward to hitting up our neighborhood pool that opens today. After all, I’ve got a lot to cram in, since these are the last days of Millay Vintage being in Beantown. At this month’s end, we’ll be packing up and moving to Philadelphia, and while I’m thrilled to learn the ins and outs of a new historical American city, I’m beyond sad to leave this place that quickly became home.
But tears, you shall wait! For now, we celebrate! (#RHYMERHYME!)
We’ll be hanging around here for the 4th, soaking in the joys of what has to be one of the most patriotic places in America. Drinks will be had, fireworks will be watched.
Queen Bey knows her stuff, and these words are always a good reminder.
Also, I just watched the HBO documentary on Beyonce the other night (Life is but a Dream) and basically had my eyes glaze over into the shape of hearts for Bey. Seriously, she is powerful: hear her roar. She shares some awesome words about women that made me a fan all over again.
| ‘Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.’
| ‘We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.’
And then you watch her performance from the 2011 Billboard awards (video below) and you feel like you just might be able to take over the world. And if it doesn’t leave you feeling like you can take over the world, it will at least leave you with confidence that you can take over this Monday.
I’ve got a little bone to pick that I know is a speed bump many face, no matter their career: copycats. They come in all shapes and sizes, hit you like a mack truck, and are a real bummer. All the blood, sweat, and tears you are pouring into your work—your passion—they don’t come easy. They come from a relentless pursuit of your dream and a good, hard listening-to of your heart. The little articulations and nuances that take their own personal journey to craft, they become a part of you, because in truth, they are tactile manifestations of you, your heart, your passion, and dreams.
So when you start to see that work imitated, heavily borrowed from, or flat out copied — its like a personal attack. “A cheater!” you proclaim. “Not fair!” your heart doth protest. “No no! Am I imagining things?!” (At least, this is how yours truly reacts…)
To put it bluntly: it sucks. It sucks to see something original you are doing being taken, sometimes from sources that are of no threat to you, and sometimes from surprising sources, but in truth it is all the same. The place I keep landing is that it should feel less like an affront and more of an affirmation that you are making your mark. YOU are original. You have things to offer this world! A voice to be heard! And while you may have imitators taking this and that, what you should hope in the end is that they take notice that they too have their own voice, their own perspective to offer on the world, and one that is also worth hearing.
Don’t let the copycats rattle you my dears. It means you are doing something right. Something very, very right that is resonating. So keep your head down and keep on at it, and be a part of the revolution that not only fights to remind yourself daily that you are one-of-a-kind, but also fights to remind everyone else that they too are one-of-a-kind and have a beautiful perspective and voice of their own to offer the world.
Because in an ideal world, we should all be encouraging and inspiring one another, not competing and copying — don’t you think?
How do you all deal with imitation —— I’d love to hear!
Life, my friends, has been a bit crazy lately. But crazy is good. Crazy good.
If you follow along on Instagram, you likely know by now that we’ll be bidding Boston adieu in a few short weeks and moving to Philadelphia. So between quick trips to Philly to nail down a new apartment (and a beautiful studio space for Millay Vintage!!), I’ve been twiddling away in the wee hours of the day and night improving the shop site for an upcoming relaunch, organizing and styling shoots for our first official lookbook, and getting ready for our current home here in Boston to be shot for Anne Sage’s upcoming Interiors book (can I just say, pinch me already to make sure I’m not dreaming?).
One of the projects I’m finishing right now is assembling our premiere lookbook for the shop. A few weeks ago, when photographer Joe St. Pierre and I were working the photoshoot together, we were brimming with excitement over every single shot. The space was gorgeous, the flowers were perky, the model was fun, and it was all around a wonderful day of watching MV garments and wares coming to life.
I’m super excited to share the images, and they are coming soon. In the meantime though, here is a tiny peek into that day and the MV lookbook…