The Best Travel Wardrobe

Packing light makes life so much easier on vacation. The best travel wardrobe is not only attractive, it is also easy to assemble and care for. Our mix-and-match options from Maine’s Angelrox answer all those questions for you.  Plus, they are so cute you’ll wear them back home too.

First, choose a color palette from over 40 solid and stripe options available. Our examples go for a range of neutral tones.

The best travel wardrobe consists of easy to match coordinates
Coordinated outifts are great for travel

Both photos feature four integrated separates that can be worn multiple ways, letting you create a different look each day with the same basics. Both models are wearing the “playsuit” – leggings with an overskirt that can double as a bodysuit ($98). Layer a blouse over that. Many styles available from tank tops, to cap sleeve, to 3/4 sleeve versions, depending on the temperature of your destination ($50 – $88).

Over that, both models sport different colors of The Wrap (see video below) ($158 – $178). Finally, both have topped it off with a Cardigan ($158), also in different colors.

And voila! The best travel wardrobe can be yours!

The best travel wardrobe consists of easy coordinates
The Playsuit with the Mock Turtleneck

Here’s an unencumbered photo of the “Playsuit”, the leggings with overskirt. Manya’s got two pairs in different colors. Super comfortable and good looking too. This model paired them with a mock turtleneck – great for a vacation destination that might be cool in the evening.

The best travel wardrobe consists of versatile coordinates
Two more ways to wear The Wrap

On the left, the model is wearing The Wrap as a tunic over the “Playsuit.” On the right, it’s a vest, also over the playsuit.

The best travel wardrobe includes versatile pieces
the Wrap as a dress, worn two different ways

The Wrap can be worn so many different ways – you are only limited by your imagination.  Check out the video below to get a few.

In the video, the model is wearing the wrap in white with a small black stripe. Underneath she’s wearing the “Playsuit” in black and a “Ballet Tunic”, also in black.

Remember, this comes in over 40 solids and stripes, offering a wide range of options for the best travel wardrobe. We have swatches for you to see the color best.  Come on by and see the colors, see examples of each item, and play with it a bit!

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Father’s Day Gifts To Honor Dad

Dads play such a special role in our lives. This is the one day each year we get to take time out of our busy schedules to honor him and all he’s done for us.  It can be tricky to find fun and unusual Father’s Day gifts. Check out our ideas, made by local artists!

Father's Day Gifts like "Fish Stories Told Here"
Fish Stories Told Here



Among our Father’s Day Gifts is this wreath for Dads who like to fish. This colorful “wreath” is made of painted aluminum and fused glass. Aluminum doesn’t rust or tarnish, making it an excellent use for either indoor or outdoor decor. It’s also very light weight. Made in Washington.

Father's Day Gifts for gardeners
Fused Glass veggie markers for Dad’s garden

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Is your Dad a gardener, tending to the vegetables carefully planted earlier this spring?  Surprise Dad with these awesome vegetable markers made of fused glass. They are super cool!  Made in Washington.

Father's Day Gifts like the "peas and carrots" night light
The Peas and Carrots Night Light!



Here’s another one of our lovely Father’s Day gifts. Is your Dad always trying to get you to eat your peas and carrots?  Then have some fun with that and get him this fused glass night light.  Made in Washington.

Now it’s time for our fashion interlude, and to alert you to our latest arrival – the faux wrap skirt from Testimony in a favorite color – seafoam!

Faux Wrap Skirt in Seafoam, paired with a salmon tank
Faux Wrap Skirt in Seafoam, paired with a salmon tank

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Our newest arrival is this lovely faux wrap skirt in seafoam. Made in Los Angeles by our favorite designer, Testimony, it’s made of French Terry, a luscious combination of cotton and spandex.  What a great summer skirt this is! I paired it here with a salmon tank from Luxe Junkie.

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Welcome New Handbag Artist

Keep Calm and Carry a Great Bag

We are pleased to welcome a new artist to MaJe Gallery – Lorraine Velona of Cambria Court Designs.  Her meticulously crafted handbags are designed by a woman for women. Zippers, pockets, long straps you can adjust to your favorite length – all these things are incorporated into her designs.

Lorraine’s bags are one-of-a-kind, so you must buy it when you see the one you like.  Here’s your chance!

Denim and Linen "Around Town" handbag
Denim and Cotton “Around Town” handbag

This is the first in Lorraine’s “Around Town” series. We have four purses in this style, that you’ll be able to purchase right here.  Each is 9 1/2″ tall x 8″ wide. This handy simple bag holds all your essential items without added bulk. The long handle (approximately 22″) makes it easy to wear as a cross-body, or knot it higher to wear over the shoulder.

The zipper keeps everything inside safe and secure. An open outside pocket is on the reverse side – perfect for easy access to your phone.

This purse is made of denim and a heavy cotton. Perfect to wear with jeans or other soft summer colors.

"Around Town" handbag in natural linen and ivory
“Around Town” handbag in natural linen and ivory



Here’s another “Around Town” handbag in linen and ivory. It has the same measurements and features as all the “Around Town” bags including a secure zipper to the main body of the bag. The wide pocket on the back is as wide as the body of the purse.

"Around Town" handbag in black with golden brown accents
“Around Town” handbag in black with golden brown accents



This “Around Town” handbag is also 9 1/2″ tall x 8″ wide, and includes the same features as the others. The long strap (approximately 22″) makes it possible to wear any way you want. The elegant black linen fabric with heavy cotton accent fabric means you can also use this for special events when all you need is lipstick, a key, and license and a credit card, and maybe your phone.

"Around Town" handbag in black and white
“Around Town” handbag in black and white



Here’s another elegant version of the “Around Town” bag. This time, it’s in black linen with a black and white linen/cotton blend accent fabric. Very chic, and perfect with your Little Black Dress.

We’ll be receiving more handbags from Lorraine in different styles, so check back to see what she comes up with next!

New Summer Finds At MaJe

Summer inspires beach-themed jewelry
Summer means beach! Can’t go to the beach, then wear it!

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Summer includes lots of time at the beach. How lucky we are here in Edmonds to have a lovely beach right down the street!  When you can’t be on the beach, you can wear elements of it instead.  These pendants, featuring a turtle and a starfish, were made by Judy Thompson, right here in Edmonds too.  Matching earrings available too!

Summer often means a journey
Things to remember on your life journey

If a journey is on your list this summer, here is a lovely, brand new painting by Julie Terrell that is full of excellent advice.  Keep these lovely things in mind as you travel, and as your journey through life.

Jewelry for your summer adventures
Jewelry for your summer adventures!

Summer jewelry often has a softer palette, such as this soft pink morganite. Look at all those facets! It is super sparkly. That’s the touch of our master, Bill Booze, who’s magic touch with faceting creates the most wonderful sparkle in all his gemstones. While this particular beauty found a home in mid-June, we have lots of other colored gemstones by Bill Booze for you to enjoy.  Stop by and have a look!

Summer tank dress for versatility and comfort
A versatile summer tank dress can be dressed up or down, and you remain oh so comfortable

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A simple, long, black tank dress is something you can wear almost daily this summer. You can change the look by adding a scarf, or a different piece of jewelry. Wear it with flip flops. Pair it with strappy sandals and a lovely shawl for those special summer events.  It’s a perfect travel piece.

Then, when winter approaches, put a big cozy sweater over it with your favorite black boots, and presto!  You’re ready to go.

Got Grads?

Tis the season! Graduation is upon us and many of us have got grads to find gifts for.  If you are among those who want to give something more meaningful than simply money, then look no further!

Contemorary heirloom jewelry like this swing necklace by Ed Levin is a great gift for grads
Contemporary heirloom jewelry by Ed Levin

New York’s Ed Levin Jewelry makes contemporary heirloom pieces. This sweet, simple necklace can be worn two ways (see the photo above). The quality is exquisite.  Simple enough to wear casually, this can also be worn in professional settings or with the finest evening wear.

Graduation is an excellent time to give such gifts.  Something she’ll keep the rest of her life.

A simple pearl on a sterling chain with matching earrings for your grads
Pearl necklace set by Shari Both Jewelry


Continuing with the contemporary heirloom jewelry theme, this simple pearl necklace goes modern with a single smaller pearl embedded in the chain a couple inches up from the larger pearl. Coordinating earrings also available.  Sterling silver with magnetic clasp.  Made right here in Seattle by Shari Both Jewelry.

"Journey" charm necklace for grads
“Journey” necklace by Impulse Jewelry
When you’ve got grads in your life, you know they are embarking on a new adventure now. Capture your hopes and sentiments for their journey with this charm set. The sterling charm says “journey” on both sides. It is accented with a carnelian (for power and protection), an iolite (for vision) and a pearl (to carry yourself through life with dignity). Don’t you agree that these are wonderful things to share with your grad? (Sorry this piece has sold.)

 

Seattle-themed wall clock for your grads
Seattle-themed wall clock


Are your grads going far away to college or for a new job? Give him or her this light weight and fun clock, chock full of all the things we love most about Seattle. It will be a terrific reminder of home and those remaining behind who love them and wish them the best.

Wishes for great adventure for your grads
Original painting by Julie Terrell

All grads are embarking on the great adventure of life.  This original acrylic painting captures all the things you could hope to express for the journey.  It’s only 8″ x 10″, so it doesn’t take up much room. No glass cover to break. No frame to take up more room. Ready to hang just like you see here.

The "Pride and Prejudice" bouquet is a great gift for your English major grads
The “Pride and Prejudice” bouquet

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Is your grad perchance an English major?  Then indeed we have the most wonderful gift you can imagine.  The flower bouquet shown here was made using the pages of a well-loved classic novel, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Within each blossom, the artist planted hints about the book so the well-read person will know immediately.  So clever!

These and more wonderful gifts can be found at MaJe Gallery. Stop by to see our entire collection of carefully curated finds from artisans all over the country.  These are definitely things you won’t find at the mall.

Hope to see you soon!

New Arrivals of Jewelry, Clothing and Art at MaJe

Every week brings new arrivals of treasures to find at MaJe Gallery.  This week’s treasures include a lovely new jewelry collection from the eclectic Poulsbo artist, Poppy.  Poppy is constantly on the lookout for unusual components to include in her work, from vintage finds to Taxco silver to delectable pearls and gems. She never makes two pieces the same.

If you’re a fan of the Sundance catalog, then two of her current pieces might be of special interest to you.  Unlike the Sundance catalog, no one else will ever have these!

4-wrap necklace and 4-strand bracelet by Poppy is among our new arrivals this week
4-wrap necklace and 4-strand bracelet by Poppy

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On the left, variously shaped white pearls mix with a whole variety of sterling silver chains.  It’s long enough to wear doubled, tripled, or quadrupled as shown here.  The neutral tones go with just about anything.  This is most definitely not your mother’s pearls.

On the right, a four-strand bracelet features one row of labradorite rondelles. A cable chain is adorned with a pair of amber beads, while another chain features a coin-shaped picture jasper bead.  The fourth row has blue coral ovals captured between oval sterling chain links.  The toggle clasp makes it adjustable for 7.25″ – 8.25″.  Alas, this found a home on June 11, 2016.

After The Rain II, by Julie Gangler, one of the new arrivals this week
After The Rain II, by Julie Gangler

Local artist Julie Gangler loves to incorporate color and texture into her paintings.  Among our new arrivals is her latest one, After The Rain II, is oil on board. Julie used a small palette knife to add texture to different areas, making the visual impact quite compelling.  It’s so yummy you can almost smell that unique smell that comes after a recent rainfall in a meadow.

Summer blues and soft white is a favorite of our new arrivals.
Summer blues and soft white

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Perhaps our favorite of the new arrivals is a new collection of delightful skirts by our favorite skirt-maker, Marcia Bloom, just arrived.  These are all cotton, and each features a pocket!  Most of the pockets have a bit of vintage handkerchief appliqued onto the surface.

The soft blues and whites in this skirt make it the perfect skirt for your summer explorations.  I paired it with a Luxe Junkie tank top in “sea”, and the ivory bolero by Testimony. When ordering the bolero, be sure to note your size.  At the moment, I only have XS, L and XL in stock.  I can definitely order other sizes.  Just let me know!

Five more cotton skirts await your fancy!  Stop by to check them out.  They are simply to die for.

New Summer Hats, Tunics and a Horse

We’ve been so happy to get some of the loveliest, sunny spring days in recent memory.  It’s the perfect time to remind us all that the Pacific Northwest has some of the highest skin cancer rates around. Protect yourself with a Parkhurst hat which has SunGuard woven right into the fabric.  The best part – they are stylish too! One of our new summer hats will be perfect for you!

The reversible Bali Bucket hat - one of our perfect summer hats
The reversible Bali Bucket hat

This charming version is in the “bucket” shape, which looks good on nearly everyone.  It’s both adjustable and reversible, making it an excellent choice.  Folds flat for travel. Just stuff it in your bag. Light weight cotton fabric in a white and sand color combo. It’s a standard for summer hats.

We’re sold out just now so I ordered more. Call to reserve one for yourself in advance! Also coming in black/white, red/white, and denim blue/white.

Multi-colored straw "Riviera" hat - one of our perfect summer hats
Multi-colored straw “Riviera” hat

To make a bold statement, go with this charming wide-brimmed hat in white, sand and black. The multiple colors make it go with all your spring/summer outfits. This is also adjustable as well as packable.  Best of all, it also has the SunGuard woven right into it.

The "vera" tunic in black, coral and a charming print.
The “vera” tunic in black, coral and a charming print.

Add this delightful tunic to your spring/summer wardrobe. Paired with either black or white pants, it’s a flattering style on every figure.  Better yet, it’s made of modal, which is incredibly soft and comfortable to wear.  I’m currently sold out, but there’s a possibility a large will be coming.  Interested?  Let me know!

"Big Mama" wire horse sculpture by Jeanette Trudeau
“Big Mama” wire horse sculpture by Jeanette Trudeau

Visitors to MaJe Gallery are often mesmerized by the intricate nature of the wire sculptures of Jeanette Trudeau. Specializing in horses, we usually have an array of smaller ones in stock.  Every now and then, Jeanette goes all out and creates an especially large one.  The one delivered a few days is the largest we’ve seen yet.  Isn’t she regal?

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The Fashionable Northwest Woman

The fashionable northwest woman has a variety of tools at her fingertips.  A variety of tools leads to a variety of looks to suit her mood as well as the situation of the day. Today we’re going to talk about how accessories can not only complete an outfit, but also determine the mood you wish to convey.

Trio of scarves by Susie Howell - an excellent choice for the fashionable northwest woman
Trio of scarves by Everett’s Susie Howell

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A scarf is a bolder choice than a simple necklace. There’s a reason you see scarves on both men and women alike in Paris: The right scarf turns plain clothing into an outfit! When you look at these three scarves, made in Everett by Susie Howell, you can see how it alters the mood of the outfit by simply putting on a different scarf over a solid black outfit.

On the left, bright summer colors on a black background create a fresh yet professional air.  In the middle, the white silk chiffon scarf with purple, blue and yellow butterflies creates a lighter mood and a feminine air.  On the right, the long pieced scarf creates a bit of a bohemian air.  Same outfit, different scarf, three different moods.

Scarves are excellent for travel, as you can alter an entire outfit by simply putting on a different scarf, and tying it a different way.

Pair of shawls by Susie Howell. The fashionable northwest woman uses a shawl to make a statement.
Pair of shawls by Susie Howell

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Occasionally, the fashionable Northwest woman wants to go bolder yet. In that case, a shawl or poncho can dramatically alter an outfit. These two examples are opposite extremes. On the left, a very light-weight, very colorful fabric has just transformed that solid black outfit into a moment of sunshine to share with everyone you encounter. It packs down to nearly nothing, making it excellent for travel. Throw this on for a special event in the evening, and be the talk of the party.

On the right is a much more subdued, yet very stylish shawl in stripes of gray and red. This is also very lightweight, but with a tad more substance. It would add just a bit of warmth should that be necessary. This one is perfect for day-wear when you want to have a bit of distinctive presence.

Shawls are another excellent travel accessory. Put it on over a plain outfit to transform it completely. Meanwhile, it takes up very little room in your suitcase.

Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam is perfect for the fashionable northwest woman.
Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam

The fashionable northwest woman always has a wide variety of jackets, sweaters and wraps in her closet. With our unpredictable weather, we’ve learned the peril of not being prepared. Since it doesn’t often get super cold, mid- to light-weight wraps are a premium.  You need them in different colors, lengths and weights to work with all your various outfits.

Since a jacket is typically the outermost layer, you can use this to great advantage when selecting the perfect one for each outfit and situation.  The French Terry fabric of the jackets and coats from Testimony Los Angeles are just about the perfect northwest weight. The stylish designs have compliments lining up all day long. (Sorry, but this jacket is currently sold out. Stay tuned for the same jacket in fall/winter colors!)

We just received a box of these incredible long victorian jackets in the seafoam color. Perfect for your spring and summer wardrobe!  They’ll be available in all sizes – until someone buys one….  which just happened.  No more medium… And it happened again – no more large!  Just Small and XL left!

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Give Your Heart To Mom This Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you might like a few creative ideas about what to get your mom this year that best captures your feelings.

"The Gift" by Julie Terrell, original acrylic painting

“The Gift” by Julie Terrell


This is an original acrylic painting by our relentlessly optimistic artist, Julie Terrell.  It has a wonderful message to express the gift your mom imparted to you: “The gift in life is that each day our heart blooms a bit more with each new dream, hope and love.” An excellent sentiment to celebrate Mother’s Day.

A lovely message on a 12″ x 12″ canvas. It’s painted on the sides, too, so no framing necessary.  Ready to hang.

Blown Glass Heart Ornament made in Seattle by Glass Eye Studio
Blown Glass Heart Ornament

This colorful heart ornament was made in Seattle at the Glass Eye Studio. If your mom loves colorful things, and brought lots of variety into your life, then choose this as a way to celebrate that.  Give your heart to mom this Mother’s Day!

Pleated, hand-painted silk scarf/shawl
Pleated, hand-painted silk scarf/shawl

Is your mom’s favorite color turquoise?  It’s the favorite of many a northwestern mom.  This versatile version can be worn as a shawl, as you see here. It’s also great as a scarf. Hand-painted in Sequim by Birgit Moenig. It’s a great way to show mom you pay attention to her favorite things. That in itself is a lovely gift for her this Mother’s Day.

Scarf rack full of Birgit Scarves
Scarf rack full of Birgit Scarves

Need a different color?  A different style?  Never fear!  Birgit just stopped by and filled us up with a great variety of colors and styles.  All are $38- $48.  All are hand-painted silk.  All are hand-washable. Stop by to see them all and select the perfect one for your mom.

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Seafoam Chalcedony For Harmony

Chalcedony is found world-wide and in a variety of colors. Chalcedony is said to bring harmony as well as to ward away negative energy.

We just received a lovely collection from Seattle’s Mary Freiberger including these four pendants. The seafoam color looks pretty on all skin tones.

Chalcedony pendants by Seattle's Mary Freiberger
Chalcedony Pendants

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Whether faceted, like the one on the far left, or set in a bezel as a smooth cabochon like the other three, the beautiful glow in these stones are simply lovely.

Each is on an 18″ gold-over-brass chain. The two larger stones are enhanced with a pearl and a charm, which the smaller pieces have the single leaf charm.

Update: The one on the far right, and the small circle have sold.

Cape Blouse in Seafoam by Testimony Los Angeles
Cape Blouse in Seafoam

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Here’s a perfect blouse for your new pendant. It’s the cape blouse from Testimony Los Angeles. This top can also be worn as a short dress by extending the inner sheath to its fullest length. The over-blouse is attached, and is very flattering as it hides all the little rolls you are striving to get rid of after our rainy winter.

Be sure to stop by to check out our other spring offerings soon!

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