Wanderlust:
A Visit to Modern Millie

Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie

In addition to a lot of online vintage hunting, I also am lucky enough to do a fair bit of traveling. So, it should come as no surprise that, on occasion, those two worlds collide in a Bermuda Triangle of events, whereby I get to visit a brick and mortar of one of my favorite shops, and get lost in all of the vintage…

I grew up in Massachusetts – home of apple cider and leaves that turn fiery every autumn. It is also home to some pretty awesome vintage. On a recent visit back home last month, I was excited (and really touched) that my mom had done her research and planned us an entire day around vintage stores. She had a whole list of shops to visit and I was pretty pleased with her selection. Particularly as on top of her list was one of my favorite spots in Salem – Modern Millie.

I had worked with Modern Millie in the past (and actually frequented this shop when I was younger), but this was the first time I really got to dive into the racks and get to know the lovely ladies who work there. I met Kerri and Heather who were steering the vintage ship during my visit and before I knew it, I had armloads of things to take into the dressing room….

Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie

Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Cardigan: Modern Millie (avail in black and ivory) // Skirt: Hell Bunny
Flats: Mine, thrifted from Plum Consignment (similar)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Hearts and Roses // Belt: Modern Millie (email them about a restock!)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Hell Bunny, sold out (still avail here) // Belt: My own (similar) // Shoes: B.A.I.T
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress & Bag: Vintage, via Modern Millie (similar here & here)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Vintage, via Modern Millie (similar here & here)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
My lovely mom (and photographer for the day). My dress: Hell Bunny via Modern Millie

Modern Millie sells both true vintage and vintage-inspired frocks, with a particular penchant for 1950’s and 1960’s style clothing. Needless to say, I was in Heaven. Capital H. Florals and novelty prints and day dresses and party frocks (oh my!) – I pranced and twirled and it didn’t take long before we had a party atmosphere. It is not uncommon for me to lose hours in my favorite vintage shops, and in this case it felt like about 5 minutes.

Although on this particular visit I was trying (unsuccessfully) to focus on dresses, they have an amazing selection of handbags, shoes, and accessories as well – both true vintage and adorably vintage-inspired – and their whole shop was filled with music you can’t help but dance to. It didn’t take long before I jumped into the window, booted out the existing mannequin, and got my groove on in an amazing Hell Bunny dress. (I think I held my own. this wasn’t my first live mannequin rodeo, after all…)

Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
This 1950’s floral cutie came home with me… (similar here & here)
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Oh Jonathan Logan. You sure can make a dress. (via Modern Millie, sold – same dress here or similar here & here)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Sorry ladies. This beauty was sold… to me! (similar here & here)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Hell Bunny via Modern Millie // Necklace: Modern Millie (in blue here)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Lindy Bop // Shoes: B.A.I.T
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Dress: Lindy Bop // Belt: Modern Millie (in black)
Wanderlust: A Visit to Modern Millie
Modern Millie cuties Heather and Kerri!

Although it was next to impossible to narrow it down, by the time my mom and I left, I had a cute new pair of pink glitter heels (how was this my first pair of B.A.I.T heels before??), a stunning 1950’s watercolor dress that reminded me of a french painting, and an adorable cream floral day dress. My mom surprised me by also getting me the Hell Bunny bird print dress with a stunning wide peter pan collar, so we can pretty much chalk that one up to Kara’s Perfect Day.

I’m so grateful for how welcoming and wonderful the ladies of Modern Millie were during our visit – they offered opinions of various pieces, ferried new styles they thought I might like into my waiting arms, and were happy to let me commandeer a dressing room for a good hour. If you’re in the area, this vintage wonderland can be found at 3 Central St. in Salem, MA. Please pop by and say hello to Kerri and Heather – or the owner Christine (who I vow to meet in person one day!) – just know you may not be able to walk out empty handed!

For those who don’t live locally (like me, sob!), you can browse their wares on their website and Etsy shop. You can also keep up with Modern Millie on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram, where you’ll get sneak peaks of what’s coming into the store! You can also buy directly from their Instagram, with only $5 shipping! (Oh Lindy Bop Paris dress, I’ve got my eye on you…)

Ever been to Modern Millie? I’d love to hear about your experience!

 

 

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated at all for this feature. I had an amazing time at Modern Millie and was given no personal incentive for my visit and corresponding blog post. I think it’s important to create a network of sellers that you know you can trust – and support small businesses along the way!

 

10 comments on Wanderlust:
A Visit to Modern Millie

  • LeslieAnn

    Ahhhh, Kara is absolutely ‘spot-on’ with everything she said about Modern Millies. This shop is a pearl seated right in the middle of downtown Salem, MA. You can easily park and stroll down the bricked sidewalks to this quintessential New England Vintage shop. Modern Millie has a flavor for everyone. Especially if you love vintage and vintage inspired clothing. Mrs. Dressed and I had such a delightful and fun afternoon spending time with a myriad of dresses, shoes, bags, cropped sweaters, accessories and more during our hiatus a few weeks ago. We both just fell in love with the Millie Girls who were working in the shop, Kerri and Heather. They were so incredibly helpful and friendly. They found treasures buried in the clothing racks that we must have passed over during our excitement and brought them over to the dressing room for us. I was amazed at the variety of items that they have in their shop. From the moment that we walked in I could see Kara’s eyes and heart light up. It reminded me of when she was a small girl and we visited our favorite ice cream parlor. She just wanted a taste of everything. Eyes aglow with whimsy and curiosity. That kind of delight that only shows on ones face when excitement is profound. I loved it. Every minute of it. Kara, you look so adorable in all of this dresses shown here. Especially my very favorite, the olive green flowered, cinched waist(with the brown ribbon bow). You need to visit Paris in this dress. Enjoy your day, Love you beyond measure, Cheers ( Kara’s mom)

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thanks mom – that pretty much sums up the day! I had the best time together. 🙂 xoxox

  • SaraLily

    Yasssss fellow Massachusetts gal! I love that you grew up here – like me! Hooray!

    I cannot wait to visit Modern Millie. I’ve bought a couple items via their Instagram and follow Kerri on Insta as well after bumping into her at the New England Shakeup last fall.

    Jen from Dressing with Class and I want to visit Modern Millie together someday soon!!

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Ohhhhh you have no idea how much I wish I could be there with you ladies for that outing! You will seriously love it – the perfect mix of true vintage and vintage inspired – plus shoes and handbags! It was the best. I’ll let you know next time I’m going to be home and maybe we can plan a follow up trip to Salem… 😉 xxx

  • Camilla

    Looks like you had so much fun trying on all those gorgeous dresses in that wonderful store! I love the video of you dancing in the store’s front window…awesome!! xo

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Ohhh I did! It’s pretty much my favorite way to spend an afternoon. 🙂 xxx

  • Kelly

    Hands down, one of my most favorite stores to visit and get lost in! Also a store that I find impossible to leave empty handed! The ladies that work there are Fabulous in making suggestions and helping you accessorize! I really can’t sing their praises enough; in their shop I’ve found my groove and embraced my curves and perhaps learned to love myself a little more. Of course, now I have to make room in my wardrobe for all the dresses I own ❤️😎

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      I completely agree – I don’t think it’s humanly possible to leave without at least 4 things! Too much cuteness and I had SO much fun. I think more than anything, I love that the shop helped you love YOU more. Walking out with that is just priceless. 🙂 xxx

  • Lynda Levin

    Caroline and I visited Modern Millie just after your visit. We had such a fun afternoon. It was so hard to choose, but we finally left with a few select treasures. Heather and Kerri (pictured above w/you) couldn’t have been more helpful and nice. You and your Mom obviously had a wonderful time too. Mother-Daughter afternoons are so meaningful and special. Please tell her that I hope she bought the white dress with purple leaves, that she is wearing in the photo above. It was made for her. I can hardly wait to return to Modern Millies.

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      I’m so glad you got to go! They really have the most incredible selection – it was nearly impossible to choose which ones to take home! And I absolutely agree – there’s nothing better than a Mother-Daughter Day. We had an amazing time. xxxx

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