Easy Elegance Special Occasion Dresses

Finding perfect special occasion dresses can be a challenge. Things to consider include daytime vs. nighttime, level of casual vs. dressy, and climate conditions. Here at MaJe Gallery, we look to the casual elegance of the classy URU line, designed and made in California. Their quality hand-dyed, textured silk fabric with bias-cut designs are perfect for any number of occasions, and as a result, meet your confident, elegant yet casual approach to life.

Special Occasion Dresses

 

Special occasion dresses like this textured silk skirt and top by California's URU
Nothing says elegant like this long skirt with seafoam top in textured silk

California’s URU has hand-dyed gorgeous textured silk for many years, incorporating bias cut designs that therefore are one-size fits most. In truth, these designs look great on all kinds of body shapes in the 6 – 16 size range. I know that is hard to believe, but you’ll just have to stop by and try a few pieces on to see what I’ve been seeing for years now. While not technically a “dress”, it is an excellent choice in the category of special occasion dresses.

In this image, we have a long, bias-cut skirt in the Pacific Blue color textured silk paired with a seafoam Cruise Top. The top features 3/4 sleeves and a clever woven/layered pattern at the neck. The top falls to the hips. Especially relevant is that all URU clothing is one-size-fits-most, working great on bodies from size 6 to 16.

The skirt has sold, but I can easily order it again for anyone who wants it. Just email me or call 425-776-3778.

Special Occasion Dresses might include this skirt and top from California's URU
Here’s the same skirt with a different top

Notice the beautiful movement in these two bias-cut pieces from URU. Even on the mannequin, you can see the lovely drape and flow captured in their signature textured silk fabric. Since each piece is hand-dyed, as a result you get unique, saturated colors you won’t find elsewhere. Most noteworthy, all URU pieces are cut and draped in such a way as to look great on a wide variety of body shapes from size 6 – 16, giving a whole new meaning to “one size fits most.”

The buttoned “Venice” top is a classic in their line for many years now, shown here in “Greek Blue”. Wear it simply as a top, or leave it unbuttoned as a jacket over a tank. Thus we have another example of a great choice in the category of special occasion dresses.

The skirt has sold, but I can easily order it again for anyone who wants it. Just email me or call 425-776-3778.

A Bit More Casual

 

Special Occasion Dresses might look like this great combo from URU
Wear the Venice Top as a jacket

Check out this fun variation of ways to wear the Venice Top, shown simply as a top in the photo above this one. I paired it with the URU textured silk bias-cut tank top in Pacific Blue on the left, and with the Color Me Cotton bamboo tank in white on the right.

Special Occasion Dresses take a casual flair with this silk skirt and a tank top
Go more casual with the skirt and a tank top

In addition, when the weather is warmer, you can drop the “jacket” and simply pair the bias-cut silk skirt by URU with a tank top for a more casual approach to the occasion.  I’m showing the two tanks here without the Venice Top as seen in the photo above this one. On the left is the same Pacific Blue dye, dyed in the same lot for an exact match. The bias-cut tank drapes beautifully on the body. On the right is the much more casual white bamboo tank by Color Me Cotton. This gives us an excellent choice for a more casual event requiring special occasion dresses.

The skirt has sold, but I can easily order it again for anyone who wants it. Just email me or call 425-776-3778.

Go For The Gusto

Special occasion dresses might include this URU bias-cut skirt with the Master's print silk fabric on top
The “Master’s” silk top over the bias-cut skirt

The unique top shown here is a collage of paintings by ancient masters, and even one by Georgia O’Keefe. Next, they dye it in Pacific Blue to match the skirt perfectly. I paired it on the left with the bias-cut tank top in the same color. On the right, close all buttons are to reveal a simple, long top over the bias-cut skirt. One size fits most sizes 6 – 16. This is perfect for many events that require special occasion dresses.

The skirt has sold, but I can easily order it again for anyone who wants it. Just email me or call 425-776-3778.

At MaJe Gallery, you’ll find lots of great choices that provide Easy Elegance For Life. Dressing tastefully was never so easy.

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Our New Spring Coats Add Pizzazz to Your Wardrobe

Here in the northwest, at least half our closet is full of jackets or sweaters of one type or another. Our new spring coats add pizzazz to your collection, giving you an excellent excuse to toss those that just don’t cut it anymore.

New Spring Coats

Cute Coats like this gray cotton jacket paired with a bamboo tank and capri leggings
Easy Elegance Defined
Cute coats like this have nice features on the back
Reverse view of the jacket

Need a bit more warmth than a light cotton jacket? Go for this stylish elegant polar fleece from our new spring coats.

New spring jackets add pizzazz like this reversible fleece coat

Lightweight and reversible, warm yet breathable

This high quality fleece is excellent for the northwest. Subtle colors of turquoise and gray in a reversible style give it versatility. It has pockets on BOTH sides. It’s machine washable and weighs next to nothing, and it won’t wrinkle either. Take it traveling and use it as your blanket on the airplane. Just $190 and available in SEVEN color combos. Stop by to see our swatches and order yours today, in sizes XS – XL. There’s one in stock right now in size MEDIUM, which is quite generous. It will fit anyone sizes 10 – 14.

New spring coats add pizzazz like this cotton sweater in reversible black and gray plaid
A car-coat length sweater of 100% cotton

Another choice from our new spring coats is this longer sweater coat that stops a few inches above the knee, yet is an excellent medium weight that’s perfect for northwest spring weather. And it’s reversible, too, adding some nice versatility to your wardrobe. Shown here in black and gray, it’s also available in a charming fuschia and black for those who want some color. Just $175 and machine washable. I have it now in a generous size small, which will fit anyone size 6 – 10 nicely. I can easily order other sizes – just let me know!

Amethyst – January’s Birthstone

It’s February now, which means that AMETHYST is the birthstone of the month. MaJe Gallery has the finest amethysts in the world in a wide selection of pendants, earrings and rings. Our master faceter, Bill Booze, purchased amethyst stones in the rough from the guy who owned the mine over 30 years ago.  First off, finding amethysts this large to facet is a rare feat in and of itself. Then, adding Bill’s over 30 years honing his skill as a faceter leads to the most mesmerizing results. You won’t find this quality even in the finest jewelry stores near you – only at MaJe Gallery.

In addition to cute spring coats, we have the finest amethysts in the world for sale at MaJe Gallery
Two views of a Four Peaks Mine amethyst faceted by Bill Booze

Here are two views of a 12 carat Four Peaks Mine amethyst, hand-faceted by the master, Bill Booze. Rich, deep hues of purple are characterized by flashes of red and magenta, giving lots of life and beauty to the stone. Finding a 12-carat amethyst without clear or white inclusions is rare enough, but add Bill’s skillful faceting to the mix and you’ve got yourself a gemstone to treasure for the rest of your life. And then, of course, to pass down to your kids. No chain included. Set in sterling silver.

In addition to cute spring coats, January's birthstone of amethyst - find the hibhest quality stones at MaJe Gallery
Rich, deep purple hues set this amethyst apart

Here’s another lively example of an amethyst from the Four Peaks Mine in Arizona, which produces the highest quality amethysts in the world. You can only find these amethysts in this size at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds. Faceted by our master, Bill Booze, these are true treasures to be enjoyed for years, and then passed on to your kids. This sterling silver ring, along with others and many pendants and earrings as well, can be found at MaJe Gallery. Stop by and see them all! Let us know your ring size upon ordering.

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Spring Style 2017 Brings Easy Elegance

One great new wrap can rejuvenate your entire mood, like this multi-colored piece that offers spring style 2017 with easy elegance.

Spring Style 2017

Spring style 2017 brings easy elegance in a multi-colored wrap from Inside Out Everyday
The multi-colored wrap looks great over many colors.

Easy elegance looks like this: solid colors with an artsy wrap over the top. This wrap looks great over all black, but pair it with a teal tunic for a brighter effect. Pair it with magenta, olive or heather gray as well and you’ve got a versatile piece that minimizes physical insecurities, travels well, and is easy to care for. Just $89. (Sold out)

Spring style 2017 is embodied in this colorful sassy top by Maggie Rose
Sassy colorful spring top

Spring style 2017 brings you this sassy flirty top with a delightful multi-colored print. 3/4 sleeves cover winter arms while the flared ends hide winter tummy issues. Super soft rayon jersey fabric feels great against the skin, too. Just $84.

Spring Style Handbags

Spring style 2017 handbags like these beauties made in Maine by Erda
Great choices for a new spring handbag

Spring style 2017 handbags never looked as good as these great choices from Maine’s Erda, maker of legendary handbags. Whether you like small, medium or large bags, we’ve got you covered. Materials include waxed cotton and tapestry fabrics, so they are light-weight to begin with, which preserves your shoulder strength.

On the left is the “Princeton,” made of brown waxed cotton with adjustable cord. It’s a sculptural shape with a functional soul featuring a wide mouth for easy opening. It has a back slip pocket and inside credit card pocket, measuring 6.5″ x 9.5″ x 2″. $80.

In the center is the “Hillary,” the perfect bag for those of you who like a nice, large one. It’s a zippered hobo with ample room for anything and everything, yet slouches elegantly on the shoulder (1″ wide adjustable micro-fiber strap) while staying upright when placed on a surface. There’s a large split zippered pocket inside with a key fob as well as a smaller interior credit card pocket. It’s even fully lined and measures 14″ x 17″ x 5″, for $168.

On the right is another great, versatile smaller bag, the “Lovell”. This one features a subtle tapestry fabric with black waxed cotton accent. It fits flat to the body with an adjustable strap with a zippered top, zippered side pocket, and back slip pocket. Another slip pocket inside holds credit cards perfectly. It’s 10″ x 8″ x 2″ and $80.

Valentine’s Day Is Nigh

Spring style 2017 includes fused glass heart dishes
Pair of fused glass hearts

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, so make your wishes known. These beautiful fused glass heart dishes are fully functional – perfect to hold chocolate! Or of course they can also be displayed as a work of art on an easel. Made in Bellingham by Heidi VanderWerff, the thick glass feels great and the hand-made nature means no two are alike. $34 each.

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Unique Valentine Gifts Celebrate Unique Love

Flowers and chocolate are sure hits, but unique Valentine gifts to celebrate your love are a bit more difficult to find. Unless, of course, you shop at MaJe Gallery! Check out just a few of our great ideas.

Unique Valentine gifts like this "Passion Heart" painting are as unique as your love.
This “Passion Heart” painting says it all

Let’s start with an original acrylic painting, one-of-a-kind of course, depicting a heart on fire with passion. “Let the light of your heart burn bright, guiding your journey! With passion and love embrace life! Glow with gratitude and joy.” Measuring 12″ x 12″, unique Valentine gifts like this will be a daily reminder of your love not only on Valentine’s Day, but every day of the year.

Unique Valentine gifts with hearts, but on wine glasses!
Coordinating pair of wine glasses with heart charms

Get a great bottle of wine and serve it up in a coordinating pair of wine glasses with these coordinating fused glass heart “charms”. This is another unique Valentine gifts idea that can be enjoyed daily, all year round, for many years to come. Drink a toast to your love!

Unique Valentine gifts have real flowers pressed onto a glass pendant.
The flowers in this pendant never die!

While a bouquet of flowers is lovely, it doesn’t last very long. How about unique Valentine gifts like this gorgeous pendant, with real dried flowers on a glass cabochon? Includes 18″ sterling snake chain. Many options in stock, as well as earrings and bracelets.

Funky New Bamboo Tops Just Arrived

Unique Valentine gifts like a great black and white top
Black and white stripes and dots! Never out of style.

A few great new tops in bamboo just arrived, and won’t last long. This features an asymmetrical hem, dots and stripes, and a pocket. Only large still left.

Unique Valentine gifts like a black and white striped tunic
Tunic with black and white stripes and dots

Black and white stripes and polka dots are always fun to wear, and always look fresh. This bamboo tunic features 3/4 sleeves and a pocket in front. It’s quite long, and while it says it’s a large, I think it would work best on someone size 8 – 10.

Unique Valentine Gifts might include a sexy bamboo top
Funky eggplant top in bamboo

An asymmetrical hem in front is just straight across in the back on this super soft bamboo top. The zipper V-neck lets you be as sexy or modest as you choose. 3/4 sleeves offer arm coverage with breathing room. Only available in large fitting 12 – 14 well.

Spring Sweaters That Look Great

Unique Valentine gifts like a great hoody with white top
Black and white sweater with white top

Cotton and spandex hooded sweater features two layers of sweater fabric. It’s solid black on the outside, and black with a thin white stripe on the inside. Full-length sleeves and a pocket make it perfect to wear over anything. Hem is straight in the back, and tapers longer in the front. Shown here with the perfect cap-sleeve tunic with sides longer than front. Fits size 8 – 12.

Unique Valentine gifts might include this soft gray sweater set
Soft heather gray hooded sweater with gray top

This combo is the same as the one above, only in a soft heather gray. Hooded sweater with long sleeves, pockets, and longer hem in front pairs perfectly with a heather gray cap-sleeve tunic top with sides longer than front. Fits sizes 8 – 12 well.

Parkhurst sweater with black, white, gray geometric design
Sweater with black, white, gray geometric design

This light sweater is perfect for spring, with fresh colors and patterns. Solid black in back, straight hem and long sleeves. Semi-sheer knit is perfect for warmer weather, or wear a cami beneath for added modesty. Size medium fits sizes 6 – 8 well.

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This light-weight sheer sweater is perfect for spring, with simple white and gray skinny, mottled stripes. Same fabric in back, straight hem and long sleeves. Semi-sheer knit is perfect for warmer weather, or wear a cami beneath for added modesty. Size medium fits sizes 6 – 8 well.

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