So very honored to be featured this morning over on the beautiful Jessica Klein’s Oh I Design Blog. To get a tour of my favorite space in our home and some words on why, be sure to take a visit (and while you are there, take a look around if you haven’t already, she’s got such a lovely little corner of the internet going on over there)!
With International Women’s Day having eclipsed this past Saturday, it seems a perfect time to remember all the mighty women in history who have helped pave the way for the modern woman : who have fought to raise awareness about inequalities and to defy cultural limitations set on them and all women of their time.
This famous quote is from the French theorist Simone de Beauvoir, who sharply proclaimed that one is not born into womanhood, that one is not innately “woman,” but rather becomes forced into the mold of one by societal limitations, expectations, and stereotypes. She critiqued that girls are told both directly and indirectly from the early days of childhood to behave certain ways, to look this way, act that way, and aim towards a small lot of acceptable lifestyles and careers — and those directives are reinforced throughout their adult life. In stating these words, one begins to realize that the gender gap, the inequality between men and women is wholly constructed, completely unnecessary, and that we as women can and should be whoever the hell we dare to be, traditional gender constructions be damned. Such a powerful, liberating, and empowering message. And Beauvoir herself? She was one badass babe (see below).
Although I shared these words on Instagram over the weekend, I wanted to share them here too as an official celebration of Women’s History Month | From Mary Wollstonecraft and Anne Bradstreet to Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin and Virginia Woolf, to Dorothy Parker and Edna St. Vincent Millay : I am forever inspired by the progressive women in literature and history who have bravely shattered glass ceilings, broken away at patriarchy, and have helped redefine what it means to be “woman.”
Over on the IWD site, they share the motto :: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
So I am curious my loves, what woman in your life has served as an inspiration to you and why? A sister, a mother, a teacher, a grandmother, a character in a novel, a singer, a movie star, a character within a film? Sharing inspirational women and why they inspire you is what this month is all about and I would absolutely love to hear a bit about it, so do share in the comments!
Do you see that incredible, relentless sunlight showering down on me? More importantly, do you see that lack of winter coat? Words cannot convey the glee I had on this mild day in Brooklyn when we were visiting NYC last weekend. I did not hesitate to throw on a dress and head to the flea market sans mittens, scarves, and puffers (though I kept the boots…just because it’s not cold doesn’t mean its warm, you know?).
I’m back in Boston now where another light layer of snow has fallen and the heavy coats have been put back on. But Spring — I see you — and I certainly appreciated the sneak peek of milder weather while in The Big Apple.
What are you guys wearing in these transitional weeks before Spring’s official arrival? Truth be told, we’ve got a while before its warm out friends. So stay cozy out there!
Top of the morning loves, can you believe it is already March? You’ll hear no complaints from me since this month officially brings us within inches of Spring. Glorious Spring! Where flowers are a-blooming, heavy winter coats are being shed, and the sun stays in the sky longer. Winter has been beautiful and fun (white blankets of snow in Boston? There are few lovelier images), but I’m ready to stop skidding around the city on sheets of ice.
So farewell February! You were a short, whirlwind month that included a spontaneous road-trip to the eastern coastline just in time to catch the sunrise, a trip with friends for both business and pleasure to the magical city of New York, and a surprising amount of beautiful blooms around the home and Millay Vintage studio.
To see all our snapshots as they happen, including peeks at new inventory, snippets of daily life, and documents of grand adventures, follow along on Instagram here @millayvintage!
And in case you missed it, the shop sprung up on these lovely corners of the interwebs in February. (Anne Sage is spectacularly multi-talented in her eye for design, fashion, and her ever quick-witted articulations in all that she writes, and I was so honored to read she is a fan of Millay Vintage) ::
We got a most wonderful surprise this morning: we’ve been featured over on design-maven Anne Sage’s blog—THE CITY SAGE. And might we just say, she really, really gets us. She nails our aesthetic Right. On. The. Head. Be sure to click on over and read it all for yourself! How’s that for a fabulous start to this Thursday?
Happy Friday friends, and happy Valentine’s day to all! Whether you are into this holiday or not, it seems extra fun that it coincides with President’s Day for those of you here in the States — so cheers to any who might be getting a three-day weekend! Might I recommend some good reads to unwind with? Here are some favorites from the week ::
1 | INSPIRING | Thao Nguyen—the lovely owner of the Minneapolis-favorite Parc Boutique—gives a great interview over at The Everygirl on how she started her business, what’s she’s learned, and what her typical days look like now. It’s a great glimpse into her beautiful corner of the world.
2 | GOOD TO KNOW | Need Supply Co. shares some good plant care tips to keep in mind when caring for your indoor greens in these colder months. Timely for me because I apparently got all cocky about my thriving botanicals and promptly killed my newest fern addition…boo.
3 | FOR A GOOD LAUGH | Not the Sochi Olympics. Rather, the Shoschi Olympics. No further explanation needed.
And I’ll leave you with a video I stumbled across a few weeks ago that has since been played a million times over here by yours truly…its a brilliant dance that goes through each era of the twentieth century. Fully equipped with iconic dance moves and vintage garbs, it’s too good not to share. My advice? Watch it. Then watch it again.
Happy weekend loves! And be sure to drop by the shop as we just might be having a little special promo for this holiday of love…(hint : the code XOXO at checkout will give you a generous discount – today only!).
I am sure the epic Instagram account Mornings Like These needs no introduction, but I’ll give one anyways. Joy, the beautiful woman behind the account, curates a collection of images that each represent a glimpse into someone’s morning, whether it be a nugget of their daily routine, or a keepsake of an extra special day. The mission behind doing so is to promote “mindful mornings, embracing change & celebrating ritual.”
It’s a beautiful community she has created, and I am so honored to be featured on her accompanying blog this morning. To see and read more about what my mornings look like and why those first hours of the day are so important to me, click on over and visit the post here!