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.