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!)
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
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?
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
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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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)
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.
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
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…
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.
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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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.
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.)
Two new tops with spring colors are here for your enjoyment. The first one comes from our newest designer, Marla Duran from Pennsylvania.
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)
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.
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.
What does an enterprising retired fireman do with such a pole? Well, make bracelets of course!
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.
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.
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!