2012 December 31

Tropical Greetings From Milly's Michelle Smith

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Happy NYE from PSV (that's local speak for Petit St. Vincent, y'all) where designer Michelle Smith and fam are indulging in a little R&R with a beachfront vaca. Jeals? Check out le Gallery for more!

"After spending a traditional Christmas in New York with my husband and two children, we all head down to Petit St. Vincent for some island fun. This place is not easy to get to--with three stops--but it's well worth the trip once we're there. First, we board a flight from New York to Barbados, then a tiny scary plane to Union Island which only fits a few people at a time, and finally onto a boat to get to the small island of Petit St. Vincent, located just below St. Vincent.

As soon as we arrive at our airy cottage, I kick off my shoes and feel the pristine white sand beneath my feet. The kids are thrilled that a parrot has landed on our porch to visit. We're definitely not in New York City anymore! Vacation has officially commenced. The kids can barely wait to change into their swimsuits. (My daughter Sophia, as the inspiration for my children's line, Milly Minis, is wearing her favorite new cover-up from the line while I grab my Milly sun print tote, fully loaded with Kiehl's SPF 30 and beach toys.) We all head to the water immediately to spend what's left of the day swimming.

I'm a big believer that some sun, sand, relaxation, and rum punch can cure all winter doldrums. After just a short while in the sun, taking in the salty air and the gentle breeze, I'm already feeling completely relaxed. The nearby hammock is perfect for lounging! I can't wait for the snorkeling, excursions, island dinners, and dancing-by-moonlight to come.

This island is known for its rolling hills and gorgeous beach, surrounded by coral reefs, but what I love most about Petit St. Vincent is the privacy--the island has no Internet, TV, or phones. Talk about seclusion! All I wanted for Christmas was quality time with my family, and here in Petit St. Vincent, I certainly got my wish!"

Michelle Smith, designer and owner of Milly

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