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
This is a body-conscious top, so if you’re struggling with love handles, go one or two sizes larger than your normal size to feel comfortable. While I don’t have this exact color in stock right now, I have a deeper tone, a salmon, that’s very similar. $32 and currently available in sizes S, M, L and XL.
“Lagoon” is a gorgeous turquoise that’s very popular with many of you. Currently available in S, M, and L. Just $32. Machine washable. Great for travel. Your favorite wardrobe basic.
“Amethyst” is a lovely true royal purple.
Currently available in S, M, and L. Just $32. Machine washable. Great for travel. Your favorite wardrobe basic.
Naturally, we have black in all sizes from XS – XL – same for white. Since white is notoriously difficult to photograph, please excuse its absence in this file and know that you can get it anyway. Also just $32, machine washable, great for travel, and your favorite wardrobe basic.
Order the white Dolman Tank here:
Solmate Socks was started in the year 2000 by Marianne Wakerlin with the simple idea that “Life’s too short for matching socks.” As a lifelong textile artist with a wonderful eye for design and keen instinct for business, she knew there was a market for beautifully crafted, mismatched socks made right here in America.
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!)
Artcycled mosaic jewelry just arrived at MaJe Gallery, as we welcome new artist Darcy Thompson to our carefully curated collection of artisans. There’s a fun story about me and Darcy. About ten years ago, Darcy took one my Art Business classes when she was just starting out. At that time, her jewelry needed some honing. Yet she persisted! And now we are so pleased to welcome her!
Artcycled Mosaic Jewelry – Sets
Darcy searches high and low for beautiful pottery pieces with elements that will look good in her jewelry. After carefully cutting the shape out of the pottery, she sands down the edges, then grouts them into a metal base for a classy, beautiful effect. This square pendant is on a sturdy 21″ sterling chain with lobster clasp. Earrings have sterling ear wires. $74 and $48.
This black and white combo is a classic that goes with so many of the black items in our closet. It looks great on white, black or any solid color. Coordinating earrings complete the look. It has a sturdy 21″ sterling chain with lobster clasp. Earrings have sterling ear wires. $90 and $48.
And we all adore blue, making this perhaps one of her most popular color combinations. The circle pendant is on a silver mesh chain that’s adjustable 18″ – 20″ with a lobster clasp. Earrings are on sterling ear wires. $54 and $48.
Artcycled Mosaic Jewelry – Bracelets
Four bracelets with 1 1/4″ square centerpieces are just way too much fun to wear. A large lobster clasp can fit into any loop of the chain for a one-size-fits-all style. Just $48 each.
Our Funny, Irreverent Cards
We just got a new shipment of our popular cards with silly and irreverent sayings. You’re never too old to laugh out loud, so spread the joy and give someone a silly card today!
It’s July. It’s hot. If only we didn’t have to wear any clothes at all!
Alas, since it’s a requirement for polite society, then at least make it something fun to wear!
Two Super Cute Summer Dresses
A swirling pattern of turquoise and coral in super soft rayon jersey makes this dress both fun and sassy. Wear it to kick around town, or pair it with strappy sandals for an evening out on the town. Just $88 and only two left already! Don’t wait long if this one is calling you. Machine washable. Great for travel.
One of these had to go home with me. I bet you’ll see me wearing it quite a lot this summer. Can I save one for you?
Here’s the second super cute summer dress – also in rayon jersey. The ruching on the side creates a flattering effect that hides many a love handle! Bonus: An inner layer means you don’t have to wear a slip either. This has a dressier look than the first one, making it suitable for weddings and summer parties. You’ll feel so comfortable wearing it that you won’t mind! Just $78 and -at the moment – available in sizes XS – XL.
When I model it for you, you can see it’s not too low-cut to be anxiety inducing. See how my love handles disappeared? Magic!
Two Super Cute Summer Tops
Calling all lovers of Color Me Cotton (AKA CMC)! Two fun new tops arrived in their luxurious light-weight cotton knit fabric. This one features a cowl neck, two front pockets, 3/4 sleeves, and a nice length that falls at the hip. I love the unusual print! This one has an aqua blue background that is just really pretty. I have one in each size from XS to L at a mere $69.
Here’s another top with the same print, but a different style and color. This hi-lo top has inserts on each side that flatter and hide the things we want to hide. Another Color Me Cotton (CMC) top in their famous light-weight cotton jersey, this has a background color of light tan. It looks great with denim, khaki, olive and ivory slacks or capris. 3/4 sleeves, not too deep scoop neck. Machine washable. Perfect for a girl’s day out or just kicking around on the town. $68 and available in sizes XS – XXL.
NEW ARTIST ALERT!
We love our glass art here in the Pacific Northwest, don’t we? Welcome to our newest glass artist, Darleen Nixon, and her lovely “wish bowls.”
Darleen’s lovely “Wish Bowls” are perfect for any number of uses. Float a candle or flower, potpourri dish, jewelry holder, spices bowl, candy dish, and even your wishes! Each bowl signed by the artist. $23.
That’s it for this week! More fun stuff to come next week, so stay tuned!
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One or two new additions can give you the summer wardrobe essentials you need for 2018. Let color play a larger role and relegate black to an accent (but it can be a very cute accent!).
Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Four Tops
This week, we tackle the top half of your body, and present four new tops in great summer hues- at least one of which will strike your fancy. Here’s #1:
From Florida, Inside Out Everyday creates easy-to-wear tops in soft fabrics that you can wear inside your home, or outside as well. That’s where the name comes from. The cherry red “Rue” top boasts an asymmetrical cowl collar that is so attractive. The flattering cut shapes the top without revealing little bulges you want to make invisible. Longer front and back so it covers your butt, wear this top over jeans, or white or black pants or leggings. The soft rayon jersey fabric is machine washable. This top is an excellent travel choice as well.
This top is also from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is perfect for those of you who love cooler tones like this deep lake blue, which boasts just a hint of green. It’s such a great color, and perfect not only for summer, but for all year round. A shallow scoop neck doesn’t plunge deep, keeping things modest. The flattering cut gently shapes the feminine frame while offering extra room in the torso to hide little imperfections. Two pockets in the front add both style and function. Wear this top over jeans, white or black pants or leggings. The soft rayon jersey fabric is machine washable and great for travel.
The popular ruffle sleeve top from California’s Necessitees is 100% cotton and oh so comfy. Since the ruffle is a 3/4 sleeve, it is easy to wear without worrying about getting the ruffle in everything. The natural fit is perfect for those of us who haven’t quite gotten rid of our winter weight gain yet (hope springs eternal!). The top falls at the hips like a regular tee shirt – it is not a tunic. Machine washable and great for travel, the beach, a summer party, or a day out with your girlfriends. Pair it with your favorite jeans, white capris, or black leggings.
Here’s the same top in coral, to please those among us who prefer warm tones.
Summer Wardrobe Essentials: An Awesome Jacket
Us northwest gals have half a closet full of various weights of jackets and sweaters, making us the Queens of Layering. Check out this lovely addition that just came in!
Made in California by Necessitees, this 100% cotton knit jacket is short and sweet, with oh so cute ruffle sleeves at the 3/4 length. The jacket falls right at the hips, and is tailored a bit to flatter the feminine shape. A perfect collar opens to show off your choice of top beneath. Wear any color or print here, and let the top be longer than the jacket to jauntily peek out beneath the jacket hem. Machine washable and perfect for our cooler evenings or air conditioned venues.
Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Jewelry!
Shari Both has pulled out all the stops for this stunning necklace featuring various colors of chalcedony.
Did you know that chalcedony comes in an array of colors? Shari Both chose hues ranging from blues to lavenders to gold in this necklace of faceted briolettes. Shari’s careful craftsmanship displays each stone to its best advantage. Get this beauty today before it disappears! Just $198.
More of Shari Both’s jewelry can be found on her page.
I hope you enjoyed our tips for Summer Wardrobe Essentials for 2018! Stay tuned for even more of them next week!
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