Happy birthday, Manya! Today is my birthday! I’m 56 now, believe it or not. (Jeff says I look 26. Who am I to disagree?) That means I was born in 1962, the same year as the Seattle World’s Fair. My first ride up the Space Needle was in the womb! It was the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And Flea was born this day too. (Who’s Flea? The bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, of course).
My dear illustrator husband, Jeff, created a caricature of me to celebrate – complete with awesome jewelry!
Jeff treats me to various versions of the birthday song all week long, too. Here’s Jeff singing my favorite version, an old-time country version that always causes me to dissolve into giggle fits. I hope you giggle a bit too!
To celebrate my birthday this year, I want to give YOU a gift! This week, all the way until closing time on Saturday, October 20 at 5pm, you get to save 10% on your entire purchase! But, there’s a CATCH! I don’t want just anyone to take advantage of this savings. Only YOU! So, there’s a password phrase: “I heard that you like Thai Mussels.” Just say that to me when you’re ready to check out, and voila! Without a word spoken between us other than Thai Mussels, you’ll see 10% less on your receipt!
Why Thai Mussels you might ask? Well, the reason is simple. It’s one of my favorite dishes, and I’ll be enjoying it as one of my birthday dinners this week!
If you wish to give me a gift, the best gift I could receive is a 5-star review! Even better, if you have a little story or experience you’d like to share, it would totally make my day.
Here’s how to do it:
Facebook reviews post here. Look for the “reviews” link on the left bar, third or fourth button down.
It is so much fun to discover new artists and designers! This week, I am so pleased to share not just one, but two new designers who will help wrap yourself up in their new tops and scarves. And naturally, both designers meet our Easy Elegance criteria!
Wrap Yourself Up in Parsley & Sage
Here’s what this company says about itself: “For a woman to feel elegant and individually express herself through her selection of clothing is synonymous with personal style. Each and every piece of Parsley & Sage clothing is made like old fashioned tailoring. It is not a mass produced item. Know with confidence that no two pieces will be exactly the same.“
If that doesn’t sum up the Maje Way, I don’t know what does. Check it out!
Parsley & Sage is our newest designer for tops and jackets. This first one, the Jenna, features 3/4 sleeves and a tunic length which makes it perfect to wear over your skinny jeans or leggings. The navy background pairs perfectly with denim, and the warm accent colors cheer things up for fall. Made of rayon jersey, it is machine washable and super comfy.
Our second piece from Parsley & Sage is the Vera tunic, which can be worn as a blouse or a jacket when unbuttoned. We also have a coordinating tank that looks fantastic underneath it in the same fabric. With some crinkle built right into the fabric, you don’t have to think of ironing it. 3/4 sleeves and tunic length make this perfect to wear over black skinny jeans or leggings. Its 100% polyester and thus good to machine wash and dry. A super nifty metal insert in the collar lets you have fun wearing it several different ways.
Our final new item from Parsley & Sage is this funky reversible cardigan which features black and white stripes on one side, and heather gray on the other. Exposed seams are a great look these days, and very artistic. It’s one jacket with two ways to wear it, which makes it perfect for travel. It’s also lightweight and roomy. In fact, it’s so roomy you might choose one size smaller than normal for best fit. Made of a soft rayon/poly knit blend, it’s machine washable.
Wrap Yourself Up in Gorgeous Scarves by Carlo Scanagatta
The second wonderful artisan I get to introduce to you this week is Carlo Scanagatta. Here’s their story: “Ours is a story that transcends both time & place. The Scanagatta legacy begins high in the Dolomite mountains of Italy, where designer Carlo Scanagatta was born into a long line of artisans, artists and entrepreneurs. Ingenuity, beauty, imagination, and attention to detail are the gifts that he learned; the brilliance of his designs is his alone. Love brought Carlo to Seattle, where Scanagatta Designs grew to be a family affair driven by his wife Nancy Medwell, and made real by their daughter Elena and Tessitura Alberto Albertazzi, the historic textile mill in Como, Italy where three generations of artisan Albertazzi women bring the Scanagatta designs to life in wearable, joy-filled form, one handmade piece at a time. Ours is a legacy of love. Welcome to the family.“
You have to stop by to feel the luxurious quality of these beauties. These two are both a cashmere blend of very light weight fabric with the most incredible drape. They are both 56″ x 56″ square and thus offer a plethora of ways to wear them as scarf, shawl or sarong. On the left is “botti in ballo” which translates to “Dancing barrels.” In neutral tones of charcoal, tan, ivory and ocean blue, there are dancing figures all across the scarf expressing joy and happiness. On the right is “Piazza Grande” with sumptuous colors or coral, turquoise, green and black.
If you prefer a scarf with a rectangle shape, then we’ve got you covered. On the left is the cashmere blend called “Symmetry 15″, inspired by an orchid bloom. The cream/blue/tan color palette is simply delicious. It measures 28″ x 80”. On the right is “Notturna”, a 100″ silk twill measuring 76″ x 19″. The rich hues of orange, blue, purple and black are woven in a mesmerizing pattern.
I’m planning a gathering to see the entire collection of Carlo Scanagatta scarves. If you’d like an invitation, please let me know. It will be in early December, so a great time for thinking of gifts.
Warm gold, red, and orange cheer up the dreary skies of fall in the northwest. Some of you enjoy wearing those colors all year round! We’ve got a special treat for you this week – fall colors spice up your wardrobe!
The soft french terry fabric used by Testimony Los Angeles is designed to flatter the figure while maximizing comfort. The Leona jacket ($189) is a stylish, elegant jacket complete with long sleeves, pockets and a single button closure. For fall, it is available in this delectable sienna, a vivid burnt orange hue. Happily, it pairs spectacularly with the popular pocket pants in fall’s chocolate brown mineral wash (purchase below). All are machine washable and wrinkle resistant making them an excellent choice for travel.
Here’s a close-up of the mineral wash chocolate brown pocket pants. These pants look like jeans, but are pull-ups! No bulky zipper and snap to interfere with your tops. If you haven’t tried these on yet, now is the time. Manya got her first pair at least 8 years ago, and she still wears them today. You’ll get top value for the price with these great jeans. $125.
Accessorizing Your Fall Colors
Add this one-of-a-kind scarf by Susie Howell because it combines both chocolate brown with sienna to create a smashing outfit. Susie finds amazing fabrics that she cuts on the bias, and then sews together for a beautiful collage art scarf. This particular one is perfect for the colors in the jacket and pants! $89.
Pair the chocolate pocket pants with a cotton tee shirt in “cinnabar,” and then add Susie’s one-of-a-kind scarf (available to purchase above) to bring it all together. This is another excellent combination for those of you who look best in fall colors and reflects a simple, yet elegant style.
Be Bold and Play With Fall Colors
For a particularly striking effect with your sienna jacket, go for the opposite colors on the wheel like a teal or purple top worn over black pants. In this case, the black pants are the ever-popular pocket pants, also by Testimony Los Angeles. The teal top is a bamboo tee from Angelrox while the purple tee is cotton from Necessitees. All currently available at MaJe Gallery. Come in and try some things on!
Fall Colors Jewelry Adds More Spice
Seattle’s Mary Freiberger delivered a perfect collection of fall pendants to accessorize your fall wardrobe. A unique enameled leaf features a faceted apatite nestled in the center. Each is on an 18″ gold fill chain with a safety clasp. Choose your favorite combo knowing no two are alike. $65.
Two more choices from Mary Freiberger, but this time the enameled leaf nestles a purple amethyst or an orange carnelian. Choose either striking contrast or smooth cohabitation because you deserve it. $65.
Enjoy more delightful jewelry options by checking out our page devoted to Shari Both Jewelry Design!
Are you struggling to make your wardrobe work? Sometimes it only takes one or two basic additions to make it all meld again and feel fresh. Stop by and chat with Manya to figure out how to update your wardrobe without changing it all out for new.
What do Seahawks sweaters, black cats, and tiny jewelry have in common? All three can now be found at MaJe Gallery, that’s what! Now that fall is here, football and black cats are taking over the airwaves. You can participate in the games in some fun ways. Check it out.
Since I prefer the throwback colors to the current ones, I chose these two options to bring into MaJe Gallery this season. Made by Kirkland company Tribute, these are already flying out the door. Since they are unisex, the sizing is generous so choose accordingly. At the moment, only one medium is left in the white, while small, large and XL are still available in the blue. The good news is I can order more – as long as they remain available at the company, though! She told me they are close to selling out of certain styles. Get yours online if I have it listed here (just $99). If not, let me know and I’ll add you to my growing list of people to get particular ones for.
Want a different number? You can also get #3 (Russell Wilson), #76 (year established) or #80 (Steve Largent). Call (425-776-3778) or email me with your size, color and number!
We Love Black Cats!
Black cat imagery is popping up everywhere as Halloween approaches. But black cats are popular all year-round here at MaJe Gallery. I know many of you have your very own black cat because we always sell out of our black cat items quickly. Check out these fun new jewelry items!
Wear a black cat on your ears with two great choices. A dangly version has a sinister-looking black cat in front of a crescent moon. The post features an adorable black kitten with glowing eyes. They look blue here, but the ones I have are green eyes. Just $10 for the danglies and $4.99 for the posts.
You know how cats love to wrap around things, so wrap one around your ear! These are single earrings rather than a pair, so put one of these in one ear and one of the above in the other! This lovely piece is just $4.99.
Tiny Jewelry is all the rage
Look around at the women you see on your daily routine, whether the grocery store, the office, the coffee shop or on TV, and you’ll notice a new trend that favors tiny jewelry. Seattle’s Mary Freiberger just delivered a great collection of tiny pendants on delicate chains for those of you having fun with this.
Wear it all by itself, or let it be the shortest necklace in a layered group. Each chain measures 18″ long. From left to right we have a tiny sterling circle, an amazonite dagger, seafoam chalcedony faceted teardrop, a lapis dagger, and a tiny faceted turquoise circle.
Stay tuned as we introduce a great new line to you next week!
The weather is cooling down, leaves are starting to turn, and fall clothing is arriving at MaJe Gallery! This week, I have three fall tops for you to savor. Add your favorite one to your wardrobe and embrace fall with flair!
Skies may be dreary, but you don’t have to be. The first of our three fall tops is a lovely green shade called “rye grass”. This fabric is a perfect weight for fall because it’s neither too heavy nor too light so it will keep you comfortable in changing temperatures. The sassy style flatters your figure with a slimming effect while draping gracefully at the hips. Machine washable and great for travel. Just $94 and (for now) available in sizes XS – XXL.
“Red Rock” is a perfect fall red as it leans a tad toward brown. Some of our maple trees will be turning this color in a few weeks! This is the second of our three fall tops. Once again, it is an excellent transition weight that’s neither too heavy nor too light. 3/4 sleeves look great on everyone, while the empire waist hides love handles. The tunic length pairs best with black leggings or skinny jeans. Consider our bamboo leggings as a wardrobe staple! This top is also $94 and selling fast.
The last of our three falls top is an elegant, hand-woven cotton/rayon blend tunic from Dairi. The cowl neckline offers a lovely drape while the collaged stripes, solids and textures provide great interest both front and back. Solid black sleeves are 3/4 length and wide. This is a one-size-fits-most top. Because of the excellent draping quality, it truly works well on sizes 4 – 16. Just two in stock at $140.
Meet the Mighty Hair Clip
Meet the mighty hair clip in both small and large sizes. This unique clip lies flat against the scalp, unlike the typical clip that stands out. And what a grip it has, too! Currently available in many colors and styles, get one for yourself for just $16 (small) or $20 (large). You’ll use it for years to come.
I invite you to join us next week to view some of our newest jewelry arrivals!
Basic black is easy, elegant, and doesn’t require much thought. Today I challenge you to add just a bit of thought to shift your look to the next level. Easy elegance beyond basic black is both fun and practical! Start with your favorite black pants. They can be leggings, jeggings, trousers, jeans, whatever you want.
Next comes your favorite black top. For our purposes today, make it a snug top that feels comfortable to wear. We’re going to add layers, so this first layer mustn’t be flowy or voluminous in order to have what we do next work effectively. Depending on the season, it can be a tank top or have long sleeves or be something in between.
Easy Elegance – the Shirt-Jacket
The first item up for examination is the shirt-jacket. This is one of those button up shirts that can be worn as either a blouse or a jacket, depending on your mood. We have several options right now at MaJe Gallery and they range from classical elegance to bohemian flair.
Pennsylvania’s Marla Duran uses top-grade woven rayon fabric to create her artisan classical blouses. Impeccably tailored, her pieces drape beautifully, flattering the figure while maintaining a distinctively structured shape with a straight hem. Wear it closed for a more professional look, or unbutton it over a simple black or ivory top to take it immediately to a casual occasion. This top is available in sizes M and L for $198.
Here’s a second look from Marla Duran, this time a bit longer for a tunic length blouse-jacket in her fabulous woven rayon fabric. Her unique approach to button with an appliqued overpiece for contrast makes a big statement. Wear it as a blouse to make a classic, professional statement. Open it up like a jacket over a black, blue or white top to bring it down to a casual level that still keeps everything a class act. This top is one-of-a-kind in size Large for $275.
If your style is more bohemian and flowy, you’ll like the Big Shirt from Color Me Cotton in this lovely periwinkle. The loose fit makes movement a breeze whether open or closed. The light weight fabric makes it an excellent travel choice. Wear it closed with an awesome scarf like this cut velvet one by Birgit Moening. Or just let it be an open jacket for an elegant casual look. Just $98. One left in medium.
Easy Elegance – The Cardigan
As our evenings and mornings get chillier, it’s time to drag out the light wraps and cardigans from the back of the closet. Here are some colorful choices to add a bit of spice to your fall wardrobe.
A bright color creates vivid contrast when worn over basic black as you can see for yourself in this cotton ultraviolet cardigan by Color Me Cotton. It’s a light cotton that’s perfect for our chilly mornings and evenings that won’t weigh you down the rest of the day. I have one in each size from XS to XXL except for medium, and it’s just $98 too. Machine washable and superb for travel.
Perhaps a brighter pink is your preference. In that case, you’ll like this more tailored and slightly heavier weight cotton jacket with a shawl collar. Made in California by Necessitees, it’s 100% cotton knit, machine washable, and fun. Wear it to the office, to a party, out on the town with the girls, or on a date.
Do you like your clothing less structured? Then you’ll appreciate the short cardigan in “lagoon”, a rich teal, by Angelrox. Raw edges, thumb holes, and nice pockets make this both good looking and versatile. Machine washable, great for travel, appropriate for certain workplaces, and perfect for looking great while shopping, having lunch with pals, or going out on a date. Also available in 40 other colors for just $158.
And now, for something completely different…
Labor Day approacheth! And as usual, downtown Edmonds is celebrating with a big sidewalk sale all through town. MaJe Gallery is participating, with a number of great items to offer.
the 50% off rack featuring all remaining summer clothing, getting lower with each passing day.
Saturday’s SUPER RACK where everything is just $25.
Sunday’s SUPER RACK where everything is just $18.
Monday’s SUPER RACK where everything is just $10!
A chocolate truffle gift for all purchases over $50.
What’s new this week at MaJe Gallery? Enjoy a variety of all our Easy Elegance offerings from new jewelry, to heavy canvas totes for dog lovers, and a little tutorial on how to put an outfit together.
New This Week: New Artist Sheri K Designs
We are pleased to welcome a new artist, Sheri K Designs, to MaJe Gallery this week. Sheri searches for unusual stones and components to create one-of-a-kind statement necklaces for the woman who loves distinctive adornments. Take this lovely blue necklace as a great example. Rough chunks of blue ice quartz are interspersed with silver filigree beads, turquoise and glass to finish in a lovely sterling toggle clasp for 18″ of beauty. Yours for just $148.
Sheri K lets the beauty of this stunning matte Afghani lapis lazuli steal the show, interspersed with a single Swarovski crystal. Sometimes, the most simple necklace is the best answer, and Sheri delivers it here. Just $225.
Our final example from Sheri’s collection of 10 pieces is this black and white stunner featuring lava beads (yes, they are made from actual hardened lava), sterling filigree and clear glass. It looks heavy, but both the lava and filigree beads are actually very light, so you get the look without the weight. Just $148.
New This Week: New Work by Kathryn Sherwood
Port Orchard, WA, artist Kathryn Sherwood grows all kinds of plants in her back yard. She then dries them and mounts them on glass so we can actually wear her natural wonders! Her coleus plants turned out especially beautiful this year and she is so excited to deliver a batch to us this week. Check out the beauty of nature yourself in this bracelet and earring combo which can be yours for just $78.
New This Week: For Dog Lovers!
Everybody knows that Edmonds is a dog-friendly town. You’ll see water dishes outside shop doors, and many a dog enjoys treats all along the way on both 5th Avenue and Main Street – including MaJe Gallery! So, when I saw these fabulous heavy-duty canvas totes made in Pennsylvania, I knew they’d be a big hit with Edmonds folk. And I was right!
Here are just three examples of the wonderful silk screened dog images you can find on these amazing totes. Made of super heavy duty cotton canvas, each one measures 6″ x 16″ across and 17″ high with double-stitching for extra strength. Perfect for your farmer’s market purchases or all your downtown Edmonds shopping. Just $35 each. More breeds available including Labrador, Boxer, Boston Terrior, Corgi, Husky, Golden Retriever, Pit Bull, and more. Stop by to see them all, and take one home for yourself. Also, these make a terrific gift for your dog-loving pals.
MaJe Tutorial: Put It Together Right!
Your closet is full of disparate clothing items. How to put them together creatively? Check out these two ideas and then see what you can do with the things in your closet.
Pull any printed skirt out of your closet. Look at the colors in it. This one has blue and tan along with green, white, red and gray. It’s a one-of-a-kind skirt ($89) by Susie Howell in size medium. I liked the emphasis on blue and tan in the print, so I paired it with a tan cotton top ($32) from Necessitees in “sand”, and a crop denim jacket ($159) from Testimony in a medium blue. All are size medium. The final piece is the long 32″ necklace ($24) with a single blue stone to tie it all together. By focusing on the colors in the print, you can put together a great outfit that fits the Easy Elegance mantra.
For those of you who love black, white and gray, check out this charming combination from Morocco in hand-woven cotton separates. Loose capri pants ($120) in dark gray pair beautifully with the three blocks of fabric in the loose top ($98). While the two items are fine by themselves, they suddenly take on a whole new dimension with the one-of-a-kind found object art necklace ($88) by T.A. Ryder. This new line is a new favorite because of their generous cut and elegant drape. One size fits most.
Stay tuned to see what lovely treasures arrive next week at MaJe Gallery! Keep that Easy Elegance flowing!
Pantone, a design industry innovator, chooses a particular color to capture the essence of a particular year. According to them, color has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times. For 2018, that color is Ultra Violet, which makes Manya very happy since she loves all shades of purple. (Next time you visit the gallery, take a moment to notice all the places she has decorated with purple!)
In Pantone’s view, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. It’s a color that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level, and lights the way for what is yet to come. How’s that for exciting?
Our newest collection of Color Me Cotton clothing is in their version of Ultra Violet! We’ve got two tops and a jacket for your consideration, in our Easy Elegance soft fabrics that both look good and feel terrific.
This tunic is one of the most popular styles from Color Me Cotton, featuring a cowl neck, an empire waist and a longer tunic length. It’s perfect over your favorite black leggings or jeans. The super soft rayon jersey fabric is machine washable, great for travel, and flattering to the figure. Just $89.
Here’s that ultra violet again in another Color Me Cotton top. This time a light weight cotton top with 3/4 sleeves and a rounded neckline flatters your figure while hiding flaws. Longer in the back, it’s a perfect length for many of you, while loose in the torso. The cotton fabric is machine washable. Multiple colors in the print pair well with navy, black, olive or paprika pants. Just $68.
The solid color of ultra violet is just mesmerizing. The weight of the cotton is very light making it a perfect piece as our mornings and evenings get a bit cooler. It came from the very same dye lot as the top above, making it an exceptional combination for pairing. Check the same two items in the next photo.
Don’t these two pieces look fantastic together? The best part is they also look good separately with other items, thus expanding the versatility of your closet exponentially. Get them both in your size right now!
Testimony Los Angeles has done it again. Right now, we are introducing the newest lightweight classy jacket – the versatile Twist jacket. You can wear it three different ways and get a completely different look each time. Check it out:
The Versatile Twist Jacket
Yep, that’s all the same jacket, as modeled by yours truly, Manya Vee. I bet you’re wondering just how in the world one single jacket could accomplish three such different looks, aren’t you? Well, enjoy this very amateur video I made with my little camera to show you how.
OMG, how in the world to change that thumbnail image? Please ignore and hit play to see how to do this. I have the jacket right now in the color shown here, called “pewter.” It also comes in black. Get your very own in pewter right here, and let me know if you want black because I can order it for you. Just $128. Machine washable, made of highest quality rayon jersey.
New Line of Handbags
I’ve been looking for quite a while to find a reasonably priced, classy collection of handbags that are eco-friendly as well. Enter CoLab! These carefully constructed, vegan leather handbags are designed with a busy woman in mind. And not just one sort of busy woman, but rather a variety of busy women, each of whom like things a certain way.
First off is a small, crossbody super wallet that’s perfect for the minimalist woman on the go. A magnetic clasp keeps everything safe, but there’s added security with two zipper pockets and a snap strap to hold driver’s license and credit cards in place. Adjustable strap. Shown here in “twig”, it is also available in black, wine and “ink”, a dark gray. Just $49.
Next up is a medium-sized crossbody bag with a roomy interior, multiple pockets, with additional pockets inside, including two with zippers and two open for easy access. A magnet on each side of the flap holds it securely closed. Adjustable strap lets you wear it over one shoulder or as a crossbody. Available in wine (shown), black or ink (dark gray) for $88.
A versatile jacket needs a versatile handbag like this one that transforms from a short strap to an adjustable crossbody strap (now removed). Zipper closure keeps your things safe. Multiple pockets inside keep you organized. One open pocket outside is perfect for quick access items like your phone or keys.
Finally, we have the totally charming little red bag in a horse-shoe shape – perfect for a night out or for those of you who truly only carry a few items. Adjustable strap and secure front closure keep everything safe and sound.
And that’s all for this first full week of August! Stay tuned for more fall-themed items coming later this week – including a lovely collection from Color Me Cotton – three tops in a color they’re calling Ultra-Violet! Gorgeous!
Many of your tell me it’s getting more difficult to find cotton tops for women. So, I teamed up with California’s Necessitees to offer simple cotton tee shirts to fulfill your every need. Available in every neckline imaginable, as well as any sleeve length – not to mention a very wide array of colors – tell me what you’re looking for and I’ll get it for you.
The most popular top is the Dolman Tank. Why? The wide shoulders cover all bra straps, are great alone on hot days, and are great layered with sweaters, cardigans and jackets for cool days.
Cotton Tops For Women
Currently available in S, M, and L. Just $32. Machine washable. Great for travel. Your favorite wardrobe basic.
Order the white Dolman Tank here:
We’ve long offered the ever-popular crew sock option here at MaJe Gallery. Now you can enjoy two anklet styles as well. Made of 62% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 15% Nylon, 1% Lycra. We recommend washing in cold or warm water. Socks will shrink a little in their first washing; however, they are knit on the larger size to accommodate this and do stretch out once worn again.
A pair and a spare – that’s what this trio of socks for kids offers from Vermont’s popular SolMate Socks. Now that there’s no other option to buy kids clothing in Edmonds, we’re expanding to fill in the blank space.
Available in two sizes (ages 2-5 and then 6-8), we’ve currently got these three colorways available. From left to right, the colors are June Bug, Caterpillar and Lady Bug. We’ll be happy to add more options if they start flying out the door! Just $22 per trio. Order by emailing me directly at info (at) majegallery (dot) com.
Made of 62% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 15% Nylon, 1% Lycra. We recommend washing in cold or warm water. Socks will shrink a little in their first washing; however, they are knit on the larger size to accommodate this and do stretch out once worn again.
And there you have it! Our newest offerings at MaJe Gallery for your first week of August, 2018. Stay tuned as a new collection of handbags arrives this week (be first to get a sneak peek by checking out our facebook page!)