New Summer Wardrobe Must-Haves

Summer has arrived!  And with it, some positively gorgeous days here in the northwest. Are you ready for the weddings, parties and events that await you this summer? Check out this lovely dress we just got and add it to your summer wardrobe must-haves list.

Summer wardrobe must-haves includes this party dress
Summer Party Dress

Swirling colors in both cool and warm tones make this an excellent choice for everyone. The flowing layers hide all the little extras, too. Lightweight fabric makes it great for travel as well.

This dress easily makes the transition from spring through summer and into fall.  With proper accessories, it could even make a play for winter.

This summer wardrobe must-haves - the perfect T
The Perfectly Flattering T-shirt

On casual days, you still want to look attractive, right? In that case, here’s another one of our summer wardrobe must-haves. This new top from Color Me Cotton is their usual light-weight cotton fabric in a great shade of blue. Perfect over your jeans or tan slacks. 3/4 sleeves cover the arms. This shape is one of their most flattering styles.

Hand-faceted Amethyst set in Sterling Silver
Hand-faceted Amethyst set in Sterling Silver

This gorgeous oval amethyst, faceted by our master, Bill Booze, is truly stunning. The color is rich and intense. The many facets make it sparkle with mesmerizing joy. Set in  wide hammered sterling band, it currently measure about 6 3/4 in size. But never fear! We can resize it to any size you need. Just let us know.

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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!

When you send us a photo of yourself wearing anything from MaJe Gallery on vacation, and save 20% on your next purchase!

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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

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

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!

The "Around Town" bag in denim, shown front and back
The “Around Town” bag in denim, shown front and back

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 best part? This style is just $48.

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.

The "Around Town" bag in linen, shown front and back
The “Around Town” bag in linen, shown front and back

Here’s another $48 “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.

The "Around Town" Bag in black and gold
The “Around Town” Bag in black and gold

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. Just $48.

The "Around Town" bag in black and white, shown front and back
The “Around Town” bag in black and white, shown front and back

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. Just $48.

The next style we offer is a super versatile bag, The Hipster.  It’s perfect for the woman who likes a smaller bag. It can stylishly carry your wallet, checkbook, phone, keys, lipsticks and a few other essentials without getting overcrowded.  Made with fine fabrics like cotton and linen, the exquisite craftsmanship means The Hipster will work well for you for many years, and with the great price of $68, it’s money well-spent.

The "Hipster" in black, showing two views
The “Hipster” in black, showing two views

Here’s a front and back view of The Hipster in black. Here are the features of all Hipsters:

  • Zipper closure on top for security
  • Adjustable wide handle for comfort and personal preference – over the shoulder or cross-body
  • Outer zipped pocket for a secure outer pocket
  • Full length open pocket on one side – perfect for your phone
  • Colorful interior lining makes it easier to find what you want
  • Two interior open pockets to stow the little things
  • 10″ tall x 9″ wide and 1″ deep with a gusset on the bottom of the purse making it easy to fit everything you need
  • Each is individually made in California by master seamstress Lorraine Velona
  • No two alike! So when you see the one you want, grab it!
  • Just $68

Here’s a peak at the awesome red lining in the black “Hipster:”

An interior view of the awesome red lining of the black "Hipster"
An interior view of the awesome red lining of the black “Hipster”

Here are three other colors currently available in The Hipster:

The "Hipster" in brown, shown front and back
The “Hipster” in brown, shown front and back
Cheerful interior lining of the brown "Hipster"
Cheerful interior lining of the brown “Hipster”
The "Hipster" in linen, showing two views
The “Hipster” in linen, showing two views
Beautifully finished interior of the linen "Hipster"
Beautifully finished interior of the linen “Hipster”
The "Hipster" in heavy turquoise cotton fabric, showing two views
The “Hipster” in heavy turquoise cotton fabric, showing two views
Sassy interior lining of the "Hipster" in turquoise
Sassy interior lining of the “Hipster” in turquoise

And finally, a super elegant and gorgeous bag, a hobo style bag in black and ivory. This strap is not adjustable, only for over the shoulder wearing.  Here are the features:

  • 13″ wide x 9″ deep
  • Secure zipper closure at top
  • Interior pockets hold your smaller items
  • Non-adjustable shoulder strap is 18″ long
  • Hobo styling makes it hug the body gently
  • Fully lined interior with light fabric to find things easily
  • Just $138
The amazing hobo by Cambria Court Designs, showing two views
The amazing hobo by Cambria Court Designs, showing two views

The exquisite craftsmanship of this handbag is simply superb. Pair it with all your black outfits for an elegant statement.

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New Summer Finds At MaJe

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

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

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

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!