This week, we have 2 jackets plus new jewelry to share with you!
The weather is cooling down and we’re digging into the back of our closets for sweaters, wraps and light jackets. As queens of layering (that’s what all savvy Northwest women are you know), at least half our closet is taken up with a sweater, jacket or wrap of one sort or another.
To me, that makes it one of the most important elements of our personal style because it is the piece that defines our look on any given day.
Your closet may have a lot of these, but how many are worthy of your current personality?
You may need an update!
The two jackets this week are very different in look. One will appear to the more bohemian among us. The other will appeal to those of us with a more hip, contemporary style.
I fell in love with this one immediately. So, as you can guess, one went home with me. What did my beloved spouse say when I walked in with it on? “Well, that’s a Manya jacket if I ever saw one. I guess you’re keeping it.” He loves it too! And now you know: I’m part bohemian.
This is the first of three tapestry jackets from Color Me Cotton that we’ll be getting this year. This is the longest one. It dips longer in the back and has pointed tips in front. Big pockets! Machine washable. $158.
A bit funky, but very cool, this cotton jacket zips up, has lovely big pockets, and a pleated reverse side adding a whole lot of style. Machine washable. $128.
Shari Both has been hard at work making some lovely new pieces of jewelry. This fall, she’s inspired by the lovely deep blue of lapis lazuli and sapphires. You can see her newest pieces along with her permanent collection on her page on this website.
See these four pieces individually and purchase your favorite on Shari’s page. You can also enjoy a number of additional pieces from her current collection there.
New things are arriving almost daily, so stop by to check out all the new items in person!
I’m going to tell you what I love about London Blue Topaz, but I have to reveal my secret first.
I have this perverse goal of refusing to dress like everyone else. If I see 20 of the same item on the rack, even if it’s what I came in to buy, I don’t want it anymore. Why not? Well obviously, because 20 other people will have it too. 20 on a rack means there are 20 on racks in other stores everywhere. That adds up!
The same thing goes for jewelry. I started making jewelry in my teens. I started buying unique jewelry then too. I still have an amethyst ring I got from a silversmith with babysitting money burning a hole in my pocket. I think I was 15 or so.
You know and I know that the “top” stones are diamond, followed by ruby, emerald and sapphire. Well, that may be true, but you know what else that means? Everyone, and I mean everyone has them, or at least one, in their jewelry box. Booooring.
So, this being September, with sapphire as the birthstone, I want to offer an alternative to my like-minded pals – namely – you! And what do I offer now? London Blue Topaz! But not just any London Blue Topaz, oh no. It’s gotta be special, right? And unique, of course.
The Master Faceter
Enter Bill Booze. For over thirty years, Bill has been honing an unusual skill: faceting. It’s so unusual that when I tell you about it in the store, you have to think for a minute. Everyone knows what facets are on a stone. Well, someone had to put them there, right? Nature sure didn’t. That’s what Bill does. He puts all the facets on the gemstones – top, sides, bottom.
But it actually starts a little before that, when he selects the rough stones to facet. His practiced eye can spot a stone of excellent quality even in the rough! His faceting technique is recognized immediately by gemologists, who are very familiar with the same old faceting styles most commonly used. They are always impressed with the quality.
And you, when you look at his gems at MaJe Gallery, you are always dazzled because of how sparkly and beautiful his work is. Bill’s jewelry is so very special because of his years of mastery as well as his love of colored gemstones (i.e. NOT the usual suspects).
What’s So Cool About London Blue Topaz Anyway?
For me, the answer to that question is because it is such a gorgeous teal blue color. Teal happens to be one of the most popular colors among you, my dear customers, in terms of both clothing and jewelry. Why do you suppose that is? Because it looks good on nearly all skin types, that’s why. I think it is a prettier shade of blue that sapphires.
Another reason it’s so cool is that it is easier on your wallet than sapphires. Sure, you can get cheap sapphires just like you can get cheap diamonds. That doesn’t make them of good quality. Top quality London Blue Topaz is more affordable than even mid-quality sapphire.
It’s a nice, hard stone too, with a Mohs hardness rating of 8. That’s important because it means it will stand the test of time.
Finally, London Blue Topaz is a magical mix of nature and nurture. Natural topaz is white, or clear. To get the lovely shades of blue, it is irradiated to achieve a permanentcolor enhancement. Now you can enjoy this intense color in AA and AAA grade stones, faceted by the master Bill Booze, and set in simple, elegant settings of sterling silver of 14k yellow gold.
I want to show you three rings and three pendants from our current collection. Obviously, they are all one of a kind, so supply is limited to what’s on hand.
Let’s look at some new rings first. Keep in mind that we can re-size any of these rings to fit YOURfinger.
Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz Rings
Set in sterling silver, this large 7.3 carat stone is stunningbecause of its size and sparkle. Bill Booze learned long ago how to include additional facets on the underside of each gem in order to let you dazzle yourself with the sparkle. Let us size it to fit you! $425.
I know some of you like a wide ring band because it makes a bigger statement. This 5.1 carat London Blue Topaz is for you. The rich teal hue of this new stone is very lovely. There’s only one like it. Let us make it your size! $500.
Let’s end with the ring section with the most spectacular stone. It’s a AAA grade stone because of the clarity and depth of color. Set in 14k yellow gold because it’s so precious, you’ll mesmerize yourself as you gaze at it throughout the day. Let us make it your size! Next time you visit, just take a look at it to enjoy the beauty of this unique gem. $875.
Mesmerizing London Blue Pendants
Since some of you prefer a pendant over a ring, we now have three beauties to show you.
The vast majority of faceted stones are round, but this one is oval, hence keeping elegant simplicity a key design element while capturing a unique distinction. Weighing in at 4 carats, the size is small but not too small to avoid notice. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.
This unique yet simple setting features a smaller London Blue Topaz that weighs in at 3.2 carats. While it has a round faceted stone, the setting is rather unusual because it is on a curved sterling arc. It’s very sweet. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.
Need a bit more punch?Check out this 5 carat faceted London Blue Topaz set at the bottom of a sterling teardrop frame. This is the largest stone of the three pendants shown. While still an elegantin size, it stands out more dramaticallybecause of both the larger stone and setting. $460. 18″ sterling snake chain included.
Next week, I’ll introduce you to two cool new jackets from California’s Color Me Cotton. One is the first of three styles of their super popular tapestry jackets. The other is a very cool cotton zip jacket! Stay tuned!
Get a sneak peek at those jackets by following us on facebook!
The Megan Wrap from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is now available in this colorful striped fabric. Yes, it’s great in summer, but it might also be just the thing for the dreariness of February. Circular hem is shorter in front and longer in back, reducing the appearance of hips. Manya’s modeling it in these photos above showing the variety you can get when pairing it with different colored tops and black leggings.
Pair it with a long, blue skirt and white top for a refreshing look that will be perfect for your next outing. All three items now available at MaJe Gallery.
Also from Inside Out Everyday is this blue tunic with diagonal stripes and two front pockets. The perfect length to wear with your favorite leggings.
The ultra-light weight of this fabric is perfect for your next hot weather event. The slightly rounded hem is flattering to view. Pair it over black or white as shown here.
Introducing Our Newest Jeweler
When Christine Busch Lyons was still in college she found some old circus animal stamps in her grandparents’ basement one summer afternoon. As an art major with a specialty in metal work she found the stamps inspiring and used them in her work. These charming shapes can now be found at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds.
Light-weight and shiny silver, these are sure to attract admiring comments from complete strangers.
According to Christine, “I had the idea for the PussShe Cat design early one morning when I was half asleep. I got up and did a drawing and told my husband Glenn “we’ve got to make this!” I was so inspired by the Women’s March and the whole “Pussy Hat” phenomena. Also I love the design and quite frankly thought it might sell. Because of what we believe in, a portion of our sales of PussShe Cat jewelry will be going to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
Pendants also available.
A new box of the awesome basic T-shirts from Halo is arriving any day now, so stay tuned! Find out first by following us on Facebook!
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.
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.
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.
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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A very big thanks to each and every one of you who helped make 2015 one of our best. We pledge to keep you looking stylish and comfortable in 2016 as well. And don’t forget, we have the best gift selection in town!
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Friday – 1/1: CLOSED
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Check out some of the awesome looks you can get now!