Yesterday was full of auspicious fives: we ordered five pairs of Problem Child earrings, listened to the same playlist five times and received 460+ high-fives from incredibly lovely TDF readers... wow. Thank you once again to Lucy and to everyone who took the time to comment, email or call.
We also received five new digitally-printed silk scarves by Romance Was Born (pictures to follow), and these five soft and lovely Primoeza Sandgrain scarves, which Elizabeth made up for Milly Sleeping on the weekend. Each is knitted from 100% Egyptian cotton, either pure or blended with cashmere. Choose from Lilac, Sunshine, Sky, Antique Pink and Lemon.
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Pictured: Primoeza Sandgrain scarves (RRP $125)
As foretold, our second birthday package is being given away by Lucy at The Design Files today. Everything looks gorgeous in Lucy's hands, and through her eyes - thank you Lucy. We have long admired her blog for its warmth and the fact that it is genuinely informative - long Friday morning interviews with inspiring creative professionals, veritable tours of intriguing Australian homes, and regular, alternative insights by guest bloggers from all kinds of artistic fields... but you already know all of this, don't you?!
The Design Files is pretty darn popular and readers' thoughts are rolling in (it is quite lovely to see). For a chance at claiming the second lot of loot, that's all you have to do - leave Lucy a comment at the bottom of her very generous write-up, before midnight tonight! Good luck...
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Pictured at The Design Files today:
First mannequin wears ffiXXed silk Hangers In dress with original digi print (RRP $576);
Second mannequin wears acid yellow Maiike tee (RRP $50);
Romance Was Born Seaside shorts (RRP $230 now $150);
& Mücke tee-lace (necklaces from $29);
the cabinet holds Limedrop pop-out earrings (RRP $39.50);
Materialbyproduct leather belt (RRP $95, now $86);
jewellery by Estelle Dévé from the 'A Fall to Earth' collection (from $77);
Mannequin Three wears Lui Hon Half-dreest;
Problem Child necklace;
with Penelope Durston vintage fabric clutch purse (RRP $54);
Mannequin Four wears a Penelope Durston scarf dress (RRP $297) available from Cottage Industry;
and the clothing rack shows an array of last Summer's garments ...
... by Georgina Thomas, Romance Was Born, Kuwaii and Alexi Freeman
P. S. Pieces with prices are currently available in store
You may have heard ... Milly Sleeping is turning FIVE this week. Gosh.
To thank the designers and their supporters, our friends and clients, we are having a casual celebration this Saturday evening (November 27). Our door at 157 Elgin Street will be open between 6 & 8pm - there will be drinks and nibbles and lots of good things to see - Janette and I would love you to drop in to say HI, so that we can thank you properly for being so nice.
On that note, we also invite you to partake in our birthday competition. With the assistance of generous friends*, we are putting together two packages to give away, hopefully to YOU.
Each package will comprise a $100 Milly Sleeping gift voucher (which can be used at our online store or in person, of course), some handmade treats including Janette's lovely lavender pouches and a rosette brooch, and a genuine bundle of beautiful books: What On earth are you wearing? A Michipedia of Fashion by Michi, Timeframe by High Tea with Mrs Woo, The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman, a signed copy of Homelove by Megan Morton, The Melbourne Design Guide (the second edition) edited by Viviane Stappmanns, Penguin 75: Designers, Authors, Commentary by Paul Buckley, and Vintage Shoes by Caroline Cox. There will also be a big tote bag to cart it all around in.
To win the first package, all you need to do is send a little loveletter to firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com) ... Perhaps write BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY in the subject line; simply say hi, or tell us a Milly-related story - of your favourite designer, how you found us, the garment you've worn ten thousand times etc. A winner will be selected randomly from the respondents on Friday at around 6pm, and announced here at the site on Saturday morning.
Everyone else will have another chance to win, when our second package goes up for grabs tomorrow at The (amazing) Design Files.
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Nota Bene - the items pictured above are indicative of the prizes on offer but not entirely accurate ie. there will be more books and the rosette will be different.
Romance Was Born's third print for their Renaissance Dinosaur collection is now available in store, in the form of a zip-up denim mini and the silk crepe de chine unisex tee style. Called Fluoro Fossil, and developed with Melbourne artist Kate Rohde, the print features wild birds and other more ambiguous signs of (prehistoric) life. Both pieces have arrived with the slightly more civilised but no less fantastic RWB silk Violin singlet and Farthingale Cloak.
Arnsdorf makes a petite but very welcome entry to Milly Sleeping this Spring. Jade Sarita Arnott's startling Crystal dress with neoprene panelling is made from digitally-printed canvas, designed in collaboration with New York's Roanne Adams. It's a classic piece from the Arnsdorf Opticks collection for S/S 10/11; a great selection of popular Arnsdorf denim styles have also just arrived - if we can just find a mannequin with legs, we will photograph our new jeans soon.
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Pictured: Romance Was Born silk crepe de chine basic tee (RRP $260);
Romance Was Born denim skirt (RRP $310);
Romance Was Born silk Violin print singlet (RRP $280);
worn with Strange & Strange cupro genie pants (RRP $165);
Romance Was Born Farthingale Cloak (RRP $480);
worn over Strange & Strange cupro swing dress (RRP $220);
Arnsdorf Granite Crystal Print dress (RRP $900)
Two of the busiest bees in the bizness - Limedrop's Clea and Nathan - have opened their second concept store, this time on the Melbourne Central linkbridge! It all happened in a mere matter of weeks but you can bet it looks fantastic - we don't know how they do it.