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Back to School Styles!

22 Jul

It’s that time of the year again when we start preparing for the new school year.  Here are some of the fashions coming soon to MiUS Collection: 

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Do you like these styles?  Are they first day of school/college ready for you?

Let us know what you think..

xo- Millie @ MiUS

Vintage Photo-shoot

2 May

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Last weekend, we completed the first of our summer collection photo shoots.   We had a blast!  The talented Toni Geib from BellaFotos took some amazing shots and we thought we should share the fruits of our labor.

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These photo includes the following pieces from the MiUS Collection:

First Photo:

Second Photo:

These lovely dresses are part of our Emerging Designer Showcase! The navy dresses are custom ordered and proudly handmade by Tidal Cool Creations.  The beautiful gray dress is designed and made in Los Angeles by Amadi.

These are my two favorites from the session. Stay tuned, we’ll post more sneak peeks throughout the week!

Photographers: Toni Gieb from BellaFotos, and Patrick Hovan

Hair Stylist:  Ginger Brock from Creative Cuts

MUA:  Chanterra

Furniture: Salvage Style

Models: Amanda Krieg, LaShonda Reed, and Stephanie Conrad

Set Design & Stylist: Yours truly 😉 Millie @ MiUS Collection

What to wear to a wedding: Part 1- the SHOWER

18 Mar

So wedding season is close upon us and invitations for the bridal showers, bachelorette parties and ceremonies begin to hit our mailboxes. You may be in need of some inspiration on what to wear for those events. Well, no worries, we have some options for you at MiUS Collection.

In today’s post we’ll focus on the wedding shower attire. First let’s start with some general rules of thumb when it comes to dressing for a bridal shower. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Let the bride-to-be wear white. It’s a subtle way to let her shine on her big day. Personally, I would even steer away from creams and ivory as well. Nude shades and white dresses with colorful prints are fine, but solid whites should be reserved for the star of the show: The Bride!
  2. Stay away from red. It may seem trite, but red is considered to be a “vulgar” hue associated with adultery. Not exactly appropriate for celebrating your friend’s upcoming nuptials! LOL Red is also a “look-at-me” color. Again, let the bride bask in the spotlight.
  3. Try not to wear black. This is a completely my personal opinion, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing black to a bridal shower. It reminds me of mourning. Instead, wear a pretty color or print to show optimism for your friend’s new beginnings.

Well that’s it for bridal shower wardrobe etiquette! Now for the fun part… Here are my top picks from MiUS on what to wear to a bridal shower:

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Try one of these cute frocks paired with a nice cardigan and heels or pretty flats…

What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

Made in the USA: Made-to-Order fashions

17 Jan

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What does Made-to-order mean? When it comes to clothing it means that it is custom, it is made to one’s own measurements and on request. Doesn’t that sound great? It’s like every girls dream…right?!?!  Well..this luxury is available to you At MiUS Collection for a very affordable price!  Take a look at our very own Custom Shop. We have partnered with local designers to bring you one of a kind pieces that are handmade to fit you fabulously.

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For a perfect fit, we take into account four of the most important body dimensions for fit: Bust, Waist, Hip and Inseam.  You may input your very own information following our measuring guide for instructions, or you can contact us and we’ll walk you through the process and in two weeks you will have your very own made just for you fashion piece.  You will feel like Cinderella! Plus the added bonus knowing that you helped support American small business and local designers 🙂

Have a special occassion coming?  Want to wear something special?  Think about our Custom Shop, if you don’t see it there…We can work with you to get the right fit and look.  Contact us if you are interested and we can give you our design pricing.

Don’t forget we are running month-long GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. (Winner will be announced on 2/15/13)

Here are the steps to get you in the drawing:

#1: “Like” our page on Facebook .  If you are already a MiUS Facebook fan, then share our page with your friends on your status (www.facebook.com/miuscollection.com), or get one friend to “like” MiUS.

#2: Leave us a comment here at the blog letting us know that you followed all steps ; -) and you will be entered into the drawing.  That easy! Good luck!

Are you ready??? Holiday gift ideas

17 Dec

Today, I thought I would give some last minute gift ideas for those out there still searching for holiday gifts…

At MiUS Collection

from big to small…

we have USA made gifts galore 😉

Here are some ideas…

For the purse lover:

Big totes and Small wrislets

Big totes and Small wrislets

pink and black wristlet :-)

pink and black wristlet 🙂

For the accessory lover… we have from simple to statement:

Awesome watch! Makes a statement!

Awesome watch! Makes a statement!

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Don’t forget…little cute things sometimes make the best gifts and stocking stuffers:

Made in the USA mugs :-)

Made in the USA mugs 🙂

Come take a look and don’t miss out on FREE Shipping Monday.  Use code:MondayFree

Happy holidays!

The “IT” Dress Style for the Holidays!

14 Dec

They are in everyone’s hot list…from runways to celebrities, the Peplum style dress is a MUST have for this season!

In last night’s Golden Globe Nominations, one of my favorite style girls, Jessica Alba was wearing one of these great styles:

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Fashion Court’s photo post of jessica alba

But it’s not just Jessica Alba!  Everyone from Beyonce, Kim Kardashian to Rebecca Beckham  are wearing them (I borrowed these pictures from a celebrity fashion blogger, P. Series:

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WHY does everyone love it??

This style is super-flattering because it cinches in the waist and flatters the hips giving the illusion of a perfect hourglass figure. This is a style that looks good on most people, and as the peplum itself is a great statement piece it means you only need minimum jewelry and accessories to complete your look.

We have two gorgeous peplum dresses at MiUS Collection:

Curvy size - Peplum

Curvy size – Peplum

Missy size - Peplum

Missy size – Peplum

They are both available in a slimming tailored shape with a pops of color provide a stylish look.  Guess what??? It is your lucky day, because you can rock this dress at your next event at a GREAT deal!!!  Our Deal of the Day is this fabulous dress for $39.99!!! Available in missy and curvy sizes!   Click on the photos above to take you to our page to buy this now!!

You can pair this beauty with some simple jewelry, yet statement making pieces like:

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Don’t miss out on the Deal of the day…get it ready for your next special occasion!   Happy Holidays!

Burgundy Obsession

10 Dec
This seasons hottest color is burgundy (wine, oxblood), it is everywhere and I absolutely love it.   I created this fun board with holiday party ideas.  The dress, available at MiUS Collection, is versatile and fun.  The stripes and see through sleeves give it an edge, but it has a classic flattering shape.  I threw in my favorite sequin jacket for those nights that might be a little bit chillier or just to add some fun sparkle to the outfit.
What do you think of this board?
P.S.   Happy Holidays to all!!!
Burgundy and Black Obsession

Designer Spotlight: Tidal Cool Creations

3 Dec
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Photo by Scott Morrison from Discovery Photo

This Saturday, December 1, 2012, we had our first MiUS Collection holiday trunk show. It was a very eventful and fun show! Joining us in our show was Andrea Howell, the designer behind Tidal Cool Creations. Tidal Cool Creations is a local Cleveland brand and is available in the MiUS Emerging Designer section.

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Photos by Scott Morrison from Discovery Photo

Tidal Cool’s designs are fresh, youthful, and edgy, but still wearable for everyday. The collection includes something for every venture in a woman’s life, from the beach, to the office, to the red carpet.

Andrea has a long history in the sewing room, learning the trade by her grandmother’s side as a little girl. Howell has been creating ever since, and recently launched her own label to cater to the modern woman. Howell draws inspiration in nature and travel, and loves to use bold prints and sharp architectural details. Tidal Cool Creations has walked the runways in Ohio and Michigan, with several new National shows on the schedule for next year.

We are excited to bring Andrea’s work to MiUS Collection! Her work is unique and includes totally custom pieces. You place the order online and we will work with you to get the right fit! Questions or comments… Let us know!

The Thanksgiving formal-casual-ish wear

19 Nov

I love Thanksgiving week…not only because it is a short work week for some of us, but it also means we have a little “extra” time to spend with family, we gather around a table to give “Thanks”  for all.  For me, it means we get to pass our holiday traditions to our younger generations (our kids).    What is interesting in our family is that we have two different traditions at our house.  My husband is use to a very laid back and casual Thanksgiving. However, I grew up in a family that makes this holiday a very religious and formal event where the fine china comes out, nice wine and all the decor with the table and we all dress up in our “Sunday’s best.”  We actually celebrate our Thanksgiving day at my in-law’s house, and we keep a little on the casual-ish’ side. I say “casual-ish” because I still like to insert some of my religious and formal side into the celebration day.  So these two traditions have somewhat merged over the years and cause a fashion conundrum in me, and I am always torn between wearing a dress or just jeans and a tee.  So in the last few years…I have decided to do a mix…

Here’s my take on the Thanksgiving formal-casual-ish wear…

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I love capes and leggings! I think they are comfy and give me such warm cozy feel!  I bling-ed them up by adding the sequin sweater.  I also LOVE the plaid cape.  So I was torn… either way they are fabulous options.  You can wear with leggings or skinny jeans.

What did I use on this board??

Sequin Sweater: http://www.miuscollection.com/Breathtaking-Sequin-SweaterPoncho_p_137.html

Ponte Leggings: http://www.miuscollection.com/Ponte-Legging-with-Leather_p_141.html

Wrap Watch: http://www.miuscollection.com/St-Tropez-Canary-Yellow-_p_198.html

stackable leather rings: http://www.miuscollection.com/Leather-ring-with-gold-tube-wine_p_98.html

square band: http://www.miuscollection.com/Square-shape-band-gold-_p_94.html

Shoes: piperlime.com

Are your family traditions formal or more casual? What do you wear for your Thanksgiving celebration?  You can send us pictures of your outfit and we’ll post!

The Adulteration of Thanksgiving

15 Nov

I don’t know about you….but I’ve been getting bombarded with commercials, catalogues, and flyers for “Black Friday” shopping.  But what struck me the most this year is NOT the crazy prices and deals but how many of the retailers have chosen to adulterate and morph “Thanksgiving” into a “Black Friday” extension by starting “early shopping hours” on Thanksgiving Day.  This truly saddens me as Thanksgiving is a holiday for giving thanks with your family and loved ones and now you will be caught between eating your piece of mom’s apple pie and and getting a piece of the deals from electronics or other imported goods those stores are offering.    The Huttington Post mentions how several petitions have been created on website Change.org suggesting that chains keep their doors shut on Thanksgiving. One petition from a Target employee who wanted the chain to remain closed on the holiday and avoid “Thanksgiving creep” had more than 148,000 supporters over the weekend, but yet Target like many of the other USA retailers chose to open their doors early to compete with this growing trend.  As a consumer and American, I see this as the epitome of commercialization of a great holiday, so I hope you think twice before leaving that football game on Thanksgiving to get those “deals” at the stores that are commercializing this holiday season to that point!   I am now done with my speech for today!  LOL

I actually deterred from my original post to add that speech.  Any-who…what I originally started writing this post about is a great “new trend” called Small Business Saturday.   You may have seen the logo in some of your local stores…Looks like this:

MiUS Collection is part of this effort to bring together consumers and shop your small businesses both locally and cyber. 🙂  This effort makes a great difference to small business many which in this economic climate have been suffering and some are at the brink of closing.   So…I saw this quote on Made in the USA challenge website…(BTW…you might want to take a look at that site for Made in the USA holiday gift ideas), and it really carried the message for small businesses.  So I am including it in today’s post:

I urge you this holiday, when you are going through your holiday gift list…Think Small, think Local and think USA made 😉  If anyone is looking for a holiday gift for idea, tomorrow’s post you will hear from my dear friend and author, Kelley Grealis, and she’ll talk about her novel “The Descendant.”   It’s a great read, and it’s a self-published in the $10-$15 range…once again supporting your local small business and authors 😉  I realize that I just gave another one of my Millie speeches!  Sorry…promise I will stick to my cute style boards, cute outfits and such on my next post.  LOL!

Let me know what you think.

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