Summer Wardrobe Essentials 2018

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:

Summer wardrobe essentials requires colorful tops like the Rue Top from Inside Out Everyday in Cherry.
The Rue Top in Cherry Red

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.

Summer Wardrobe Essentials include the Stacy top in deep lake blue from Florida's Inside Out Everyday.
The Stacy Top in Deep Lake Blue

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.

Summer wardrobe essentials include the ruffle sleeve tee in turquoise by Necessitees
Turquoise Ruffle Sleeve Tee

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.

Summer wardrobe essentials include the ruffle sleeve tee in coral by Necessitees
Coral Ruffle Sleeve Tee

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!

Summer wardrobe essentials include the ruffle sleeve crop jacket in black by Necessitees
Ruffle Sleeve Crop Jacket

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.

Summer wardrobe essentials include this blue chalcedony necklace by Shari Both
Chalcedony Necklace by Shari Both

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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Shawls and Wraps Make the Most of your Wardrobe

Shawls and wraps make the most of your wardrobe by expanding the versatility of what you already have. Today, I’ll share two totally different shawls that can be worn multiple ways. The first is perhaps the new addition you’ll wear most often. The second is gorgeous yet simple wearable art.

Shawls and Wraps #1: Versatility

The half-moon rayon jersey shawl by Caron Miller can be worn in a number of ways, yet weighs next to nothing. Perfect for everyday as well as travel, you won’t want to leave home without this from now on.

Shawls and wraps like the half-moon shawl by Caron Miller can be worn multiple ways.
The half-moon as Shawl

The Half-Moon Shawl by Caron Miller is not a rectangle. Rather, it’s a half-moon shape which makes it so much more versatile than a rectangle. In this photo, it’s shown as a simple shawl, both open and tied closed. Keep yourself  a bit warmer in an air-conditioned environment or as evening chill sets in. The rayon jersey fabric is soft, washable, and crunchable. Just $58, which makes it a great gift too.

Shawls and wraps like the half-moon shawl from Caron Miller can be worn as a scarf or a sarong
The Half-Moon as Scarf and Sarong

The half-moon also works great as a scarf or a sarong as you can see here. Use it over a swim suit at the beach. Throw it on over your yoga gear for the ride home. And even though you can’t see it here, it is also a perfect blanket for any plane or train trips you take. Get your half-moon shawl today! Available immediately in black. Want a different color? Check out Caron’s website and let me know which color you want and I’ll order it for you (Caron doesn’t sell directly to the public). All just $58.

Shawls and Wraps #2: Wearable Art

Patti Barker hails from Friday Harbor and creates award-winning wearable art that is gorgeous, yet easy to wear. We just got four new Circle vests (which you can wear four ways – watch the video on our video page), and here are two of them, shown two ways.

Shawls and wraps can be wearable art like the turquoise circle vest by Patti Barker
Two of Four Ways to wear the Circle Vest

Using the nuno-felting technique which felts dyed wool directly into dyed silk to become one fiber, Patti creates unique wearable art garments like this. Here are two ways to wear it, but check out two additional ways by watching her video. Each circle vest is one-of-a-kind, and $240.

Shawls and wraps can be wearable art like this silvery-gray circle vest by Patti Barker
The Circle Vest in silvery-gray

This circle vest by award-winning wearable art artist Patti Barker is in subtle silvery-gray tones. As far as shawls and wraps go, Patti’s circle vests are both versatile and stunning. Patti creates a felt pin of coordinating colors for each circle vest. You can use it to pin the vest closed in various ways such as the two ways shown here. You won’t believe how feather-weight light these pieces are, making them an excellent travel companion. One-of-a-kind and $240 each. Watch the video to see all four ways to wear them.

Shawls and wraps can be wearable art like this seafoam shawl by Patti Barker
A nuno-felted shawl-wrap in seafoam

This rectangular shawl was also in the new collection by award-winning artist Patti Barker. I am mesmerized by the incredible colors and textures Patti put into this piece. It is too spectacular for me to leave out of this post. One-of-a-kind. $240.

Great Summer Outfit

If you are size Large or XL, then this is a wonderful summer outfit for you.

Shawls and Wraps need basic clothes beneath like this monocrhome outfit from Zen Knits
Long skirt with matching top

My mother taught me that a monochromatic look is always elegant. This medium blue skirt and top epitomize comfort and style in one of everyone’s favorite colors. The rayon jersey fabric is super soft, easy to wash, hard to wrinkle, and an excellent companion for warmer days. The flowy skirt has a straight hem with just enough movement to drape gorgeously over the body. The longer tunic top covers hips and upper arms gracefully. Paired here with a one-of-a-kind lariat necklace of blue chalcedony and sterling silver by Poppy Design. Just a few left, so don’t hesitate. Skirt $70, Top $74.

Stay in touch to see a fun reversible dress next week!

Crazy For Summer Dresses

I don’t know what’s come over me lately. We keep getting teased with these sunny days, and then a series of rainy ones will come along again making us evoke the word “June-uary”. It’s sort of making me crazy for summer dresses! Or maybe it’s just making me crazy. Either way, I want to show you some summer dresses, or rather skirts and tops, this week. I love the versatility a skirt and top have over a dress, that allows for more mixing and matching with your wardrobe.

Crazy for Summer Dresses

summer dresses like this Marcia Bloom skirt and Necessitees dolman tank in orchid
Pastels skirt with lavender top

Here we have a one-of-a-kind circle skirt by Marcia Bloom. This is one of her longer skirts with a multi-colored pastel sheer overlay on top of a solid pale plum inner skirt. Fits sizes 6 – 14 with ease. It looks great with a lavender dolman tank from Necessitees, but would also work great with pink, aqua, cobalt, or white. You, too, can get the ruched effect by using a notKnot spiral. The notKnot spiral is great for many uses including the one shown here with a top. It can also be used with scarves, shawls, or it makes a lovely closure on a drapey sweater. Watch the video! The final touch on this particular outfit is a gorgeous necklace by Poppy that has all the colors in the skirt. It’s adjustable 18″ – 20″ and just $95. (Sold Out)

summer dresses like the turquoise 5-tier cotton skirt from CMC or Color Me Cotton
CMC turquoise 5-tier skirt

If you like a light-weight woven cotton, then the new five-tier turquoise skirt from CMC, aka Color Me Cotton, is just the thing for you. It has small black cross-hatch lines in it that add to the visual interest. Pair it with a white or black top and you’re ready for action. Wear it to the beach with your flip-flops. Change into strappy sandals for a night out on the town. Just $85.

summer dresses like a purple tie-dye skirt with a white dolman tank by Necessitees.
Purple tie-dye with white

The purple tie-dye maxi pencil skirt by Everett’s Susie Howell is so comfortable, you might never want to take it off. Especially when you pair it with the Necessitees dolman tank in white, the comfort is not only effortless, it is also elegant. The notKnot shows off the fun effect created on a tee shirt. This outfit gets a finishing touch in a 32″ necklace with a rectangular purple stone and a fabulous one-of-a-kind necklace by Bonnie AuBuchon of oxidized sterling, pearl and moonstone.

A New Top too

summer dresses might need a great top like the Rue top by Inside Out Everyday
The “Rue” top in Deep Lake Blue

A new design by Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is the “Rue” in a lovely deep green-blue shade with a print accent. Super soft rayon jersey feels great against the skin. 3/4 sleeves cover just what we want. A generous cut in the torso hides a lot of sins too. Higher on the sides and lower back and front, the drape on this top is very feminine and sexy. Pair it with leggings, jeans, or many a skirt.

What about my legs?

I am always on the lookout for the perfect pants. Since we are not all built the same, nor do we have the same style, that means finding a variety of styles in quality fabrics you can wear confidently. I am happy to announce two new styles from Angelrox. First, the trouser…

summer dresses like bamboo trousers by Angelrox
The Trouser

Are you tired of low-slung pants? This is your lucky day. The new trouser by Angelrox features a nice, high waist with just a bit of spandex to help keep a smooth line there. Made of a lovely weight of bamboo, this trouser can take you from home, to work, to travel, to a nice evening out. Shown here in black, it is also available in a soft brown called “clay.” Stop by and I’ll show you a swatch. Available in two sizes: S/M (4 – 9) and M/L (9-12). $118.

summer dresses might want some coverage with the base by Angelrox
The “Base” legging

If you prefer leggings, then go with the “base”, also by Angelrox. This also features the high waist that can help create a smooth line for whatever top you wear over it. Made of bamboo, the softness feels fantastic and naturally wicks moisture away from your skin keeping you cool on warm summer days. Available in sizes XS – XL and in 18 color choices from black to ivory and many shades in between. Stop by to see color swatches and to determine the best size for you. Or call or email me and let’s see what we can work out. Just $98.

With basics like the trouser and the base, you can go anywhere and do anything!

Next week, we’ll show you a lovely reversible dress, and bright pink top, and who knows what else? Stay tuned!

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New Dress, Tops, Bracelets Now at MaJe Gallery

A new dress, tops, bracelets are here this week at MaJe Gallery, and from the looks of them, you can tell spring is in the air.

New Dress

new dress is the Mila dress in the Paris print by Inside Out Everyday
The Mila Dress in the Paris print

This flattering dress drapes beautifully over the body without clinging where you don’t want it. Soft rayon jersey fabric feels fantastic against your skin. 3/4 sleeves cover the upper arms, while the rounded neckline doesn’t scoop too deeply. If you’re tall like this model, it will be above the knee. For the average height woman, it’s either at or just below the knee. It’s been selling fast so only XL and XXL are left. If that’s your size, get it quick! Just $98. (UPDATE: This print is now sold out. A lovely blue print is coming soon.)

New Tops

Two new tops with spring colors are here for your enjoyment. The first one comes from our newest designer, Marla Duran from Pennsylvania.

new dress and new blouse by Marla Duran
Exquisite Blouse by Marla Duran

Marla Duran’s exquisite craftsmanship enjoys top quality woven rayon fabrics with stunning details inside and out. You’ll enjoy the feel of the fabric between your fingers and on your body, as well as the distinctive extras that make her work stand out. This particular top is one-of-a-kind. Wear it as a blouse or as a jacket. Size medium fits 8 – 10. $275. (Sold – but several other prints available)

new dress and new tunic by Color Me Cotton
Slimming turquoise tunic

The new turquoise tunic features a contrasting fabric at the hem for an enticing detail. The super soft rayon jersey fabric feels soft on your skin. The black threads throughout make this the perfect top to wear over your black leggings or jeans. The length curves longer in the back to gracefully cover your backside. $85.

New Bracelets

With a new dress, tops, bracelets make a grand entrance.

Meet Tony the Fireman! Retired Seattle fireman Tony Tomassi snagged an actual fire pole from a decommissioned fire station and put it to good use.

new dress meets fireman Tony Tomassi
Tony the fireman circa 1988

What does an enterprising retired fireman do with such a pole? Well, make bracelets of course!

new dress needs a new bracelet made from a fire pole
Tony’s bracelets decorate a vintage fire hose nozzle

Tony slices a piece of the fire pole off, stamps words onto the surface, then cuts a section out to make it smaller. He then shapes it into an oval and polishes it up nice and bright. You’ll find 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ widths now at MaJe Gallery, for a unique gift or personal indulgence. Commission your special bracelet today with your own words in the perfect size for just $10 extra. $48, $54 and $58 for in-stock bracelets.

Returning Favorite

A few months back, we got Testimony’s “Coco” jacket in the amazing “poppy” color, a vibrant orange. It sold out almost immediately. We just got a new batch, the last of the season.

new dress needs a great jacket like the Coco jacket in poppy by Testimony
Coco Jacket in “Poppy”

We paired it with dark colors in early spring, but this jacket looks great with so many colors including white, turquoise, periwinkle, lime green, yellow, purple, navy and more. Release your Bold Self and get your poppy Coco jacket today! $154. (Sold out!)

Two nice deliveries are coming this next week, so stay tuned to see them in next week’s Newsletter!