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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

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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

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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

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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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April Showers Bring May Sales!

HELP!

All the racks are super full. There’s no room for all the elegant new summer items on the way. May sales can help!

Join us for a Spring Party and Sale to solve the problem!

SUNDAY – MAY 6 – 1 – 4PM

Save 20% on everything, and I do mean everything! Even our newest items. Save even more on selected winter items – up to 50%.

Party, of course, means treats and wine too!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the newest items that are included.

New skirt and top in shades of seafoam

A new collection of the popular circle skirts by California’s Marcia Bloom just arrived, including this awesome one in shades of blue, green and purple. Paired here with one of the popular dolman tanks by Necessitees, and united with a clever use of a notKnot. Normally, this combo would set you back $180. This Sunday, it will drop down to $144!

May Sales include newest skirts, tops and hats
Two new skirts by Susie Howell

Marysville’s Susie Howell brought a new collection of pencil skirts. Some are mini, some midi, and some maxi like these two that also boast the azure dolman tank like the one you saw on the first skirt. Coordinating jewelry ties everything together as does the black and tan Panama hat. Save 20% on all these items too.

May sales include these skirts and tops
More skirts, but with purple

These skirts look great with purple, and believe it or not, the purple top transforms the skirt on the left, which is the same as the one in the photo above. Versatility is awesome! Save 20% on all!

May sales like this skirt, tank, jacket and necklace
Midi Howell skirt

Here’s one of Susie Howell’s midi skirts. Pair it with a coablt tank, a black linen jacket/shirt, and a multi-colored long necklace to tie it all together. Save 20% on everything.

May sales include Malicious Women candles
Candles Make You Smile

A new company from Lake Stevens, WA, produces these highly irreverent candles with 100% organic soy wax and delicious scents. They’ve been here about a week and are almost half gone already. Let’s sell them all this Sunday so I can order more! $19.95 regularly. Sunday, just $15.98. The perfect gift for certain someones. (P.S. don’t forget to read the “Infused with…” part.)

See more treasures to buy on sale on our website from last week’s selections of Easy Elegance.

See you Sunday!

Imagine Spring! A Splash of Color For You

I see green sprouts coming up and crocuses blooming here and there. The early camellias are in blossom. We spring forward in time this Sunday. All the signs are here that spring is imminent! And we’re none too impatient for it here at MaJe Gallery because we’re getting new deliveries with a splash of color for you.

A Splash of Color For You

Splash of color for you like this spring green cowl top from Color Me Cotton
Spring Green in Soft Fabric

California’s Color Me Cotton made their ultra-popular cowl top in a spring green for 2018. This tunic-length top feels super soft against your skin because the fabric is a rayon blend. Wide 3/4 sleeves leave room for movement in the arms. The flattering design hides everything you want to hide in the torso. Just in a few days ago and already flying out the door! Also coming in a pretty blue shade in a few weeks. If you’re interested in that one, let me know so I can set it aside before anyone else snags it. Just $89. Machine Washable and great for travel. (Update: JUST ONE LEFT!)

Splash of color for you might be this Melody top from Testimony Los Angeles
Navy heather “Melody” top from Testimony

If you prefer a shorter top rather than a tunic, look no further than this new piece from California’s Testimony called the “Melody” top. The neckline is close to a crew neck, which will please those of you who don’t like a deep plunge. The best part is that the ruffles around the torso actually offer a slimmer profile by disguising what’s beneath! 3/4 sleeves are a great year-round length, too. Machine washable rayon jersey fabric is nice and soft. Great for travel. Just $98.

It’s a Top, It’s a Jacket!

Splash of color for spring might be a bright top beneath this black linen top jacket by Color Me Cotton
Black Linen Top-Jacket

One way to think about packing for a trip is to collect black basics, then add a splash of color to change it up. This black linen top can be worn alone as a top, or left open with a tank or shell beneath to add variety to your closet or suitcase. Paired here with a HaZe tank in geranium and a Susie Howell lined black pencil skirt in medium. It’s comfortable, classy and easy to pack. The linen top-jacket is $98, the tank is $28, and the skirt is $89.

Two Great Jackets

Testimony Los Angeles is our go-to choice for jackets from spring to fall due to the perfect weight of the cotton french terry fabric. Here are two excellent new choices for you.

Splash of color for you might include Testimony's new Coco jacket in Poppy
Testimony’s Coco jacket in “Poppy”

“Poppy” is the vibrant new orange/red shade from Testimony Los Angeles. What better way to add a happy color to your wardrobe? The Coco jacket is a short, boxy jacket similar in look to a jean jacket, but much softer and stretchy – which means it is super comfortable to wear. It has pockets too! It has all the wonderful details that Testimony is famous for. Shown here over the “Melody” top I showed you above.  Just $159. Machine washable. (Update: Sold out! I ordered more for first week of June. Call me to reserve your size.)

Splash of color might be this lovely blue Leona Jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
Testimony’s “Leona” jacket in azure

Calling all lovers of BLUE! Another color Testimony is offering now is this lovely blue called “azure.” It’s even prettier in person, so stop by to check it out and see for yourself. This longer jacket falls above the knee and has a lovely drape along with nice pockets. An asymmetrical hem overlay in the back keeps you looking great both coming and going. Made of their delicious cotton french terry fabric, it is soft, stretchy, great for travel and machine washable. Shown here over the “Melody” top I showed you above. Just $189. (Update: Sold out!)

Splash of color like the Leona jacket from Testimony Los Angeles in azure
The “Leona” jacket, buttoned

Here’s that same jacket buttoned up with the button on the side and beneath the collar. It’s a great jacket! I have it in black right now too, if you’d rather have that.

More spring items are arriving weekly, so stay tuned and you’ll get a new update next week!

Easy Elegance Tops and Jackets For Spring

My goal is to make elegance easy for you. I carefully select wardrobe basics that can be worn with multiple items in your closet. I also seek interesting and unusual jackets and wraps to bring some character to your persona. Since it’s almost March, this time we’re looking at easy elegance tops and jackets for spring!

Easy Elegance Tops

Easy elegance tops and jackets like this reversible BesTee from Inside Out in classic black and white
REVERSIBLE top in classic black and white

Florida’s Inside Out does it again! Their newest design, the Reversible BesTee, is now available in classic black and white at MaJe Gallery. It is destined to become one of your favorite wardrobe basics. One side is a scoop neck and the other is a V-neck. Fun pockets on the sides add a nice touch.  Inside Out’s designers are mature women, and they create styles that flatter fuller figures, offering extra room in the torso.This is an excellent travel top, featuring 3/4 sleeves in medium-weight rayon jersey. Machine washable. Just $88. Now available in sizes S – XXL.

Easy elegance tops and jackets like this tri-level T-shirt from Necessitees
One shirt, three levels

This shirt is proving one of our most popular new additions. The lightweight cotton jersey feels great on the skin. You’ll love the three levels of varying shades of gray because it’s casual and different at the same time. Wear it with jeans, nice trousers, or a simple skirt. Another top that’s great for travel. Just $68.

Easy elegance tops and jackets for plus sizes like these cotton Ts from Necessitees
Plus Size Basics Too!

Finding a great T-shirt in plus sizes is a difficult task so many of you tell me. So, introducing Plus Size Basic Tees in a variety of colors, now available at MaJe Gallery in sizes 1X and 2X. Shown here are French Blue and Cerise in short sleeve options, and cerise again in a half sleeve. Also available in white, black and aquamarine with the half sleeve option. The lightweight cotton breathes, yet feels wonderful against your skin because it is so soft. Easy to wash, great for travel, and the perfect length. Just $58. Looking for a particular color? Let me know! I’ll do my best to get it for you.

Easy Elegance Jackets

Due to our ever-changing temperatures, our outer layers are what defines your style. I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting and fun to wear jackets, sweaters and wraps for that very purpose. You’ll love these two new ones!

Easy elegance tops and jackets like this long purple blazer from Necessitees
The Long and Lean Look

If you like a long, lean profile, then this is the jacket for you. It’s a wonderful, plum shade of purple, which means it wears well over a wide range of colors – shown here over a charcoal T-shirt and black leggings. Medium weight cotton fabrics washes easily, travels well, and moves gracefully. Just $98.

Easy elegance tops and jackets like the Megan Wrap from Inside Out in Blues
The Long and Flowy Look

Some of you prefer a long and flowy look. The Megan Wrap from Florida’s Inside Out is the perfect solution. Several of you have it in different prints because it’s so fun to wear and so versatile. This newest fabric features soft tones of blue, gray and brown making it easy to wear over solid colors in a wide spectrum. It’s great with jeans, too. Easy care rayon jersey is machine washable. Yet another piece that’s great for travel. Just $89.

And Just For Fun…

Susie Howell is the creator of many a fun scarf. You’ll recognize her pieced scarves in both silks and cashmere. Now she’s trying her hand at skirts! They’re flying out the door, so if you see one in a fabric you like, don’t wait long!

Easy elegance tops and jackets need a cute pencil skirt by Susie Howell
Pencil skirt or T-shirt extender

Stretchy, straight skirts are super easy to put on and add a big dash of fun to your wardrobe. Wear it like a great skirt as shown on the left, or let it be a T-shirt extender as shown on the right. Elastic waistbands in washable fabrics just packed with fun. $89 each. And see how a great, simple solid color top can make the whole outfit? These are all part of the MaJe Style – Easy Elegance!

Stop by soon to see our newest selections in person, or simply just to say hello.

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Snazzy New Tops and Scarves at MaJe Gallery

Snazzy new tops and scarves arrived this week at MaJe Gallery. Check it out.

Snazzy New Tops

Snazzy new tops like this black and white cutie from Color Me Cotton
Textured Black and White Top

The textured cotton/rayon blend tops from Color Me Cotton always sell out fast. Why? They are snazzy, flattering and comfortable. Take this black and white number for example. Three-quarter sleeves, longer in the back to cover the behind, generous in the torso to hide love handles – what more could a girl ask for? Machine washable too. $89.

Snazzy New Tops like this flattering piece from Color Me Cotton
More textured fabric, different color and style

Here’s the same fabric, but this time in “zinc”, a blue-ish gray that pairs beautifully with Testimony’s pocket pants in “cloud.” This top is longer in the back, with insets on the side to make room for extra weight in the middle. Full-length sleeves and a scoop neck. Very flattering on most bodies. Come on in and try one on to see for yourself. Machine washable. $89.

Snazzy new tops like this black linen jacket from Click Color Me Cotton
Black linen top that’s also a jacket

This light weight linen top is great as a top, but you can also wear it like a jacket, as shown here over a white tank top. It’s longer in the back with three quarter sleeves and a lapel collar. Loose fitting, it works great for both purposes. Paired here with a white bamboo tank and the Testimony pocket pants in “cloud.” $98. (Update 7/13: Sold out!)

Snazzy New Scarves

Snazzy New Scarves by Susie Howell are one-of-a-kind
A few snazzy new scarves from Susie Howell

Everett’s Susie Howell finds gorgeous fabrics, cuts them on the bias, then pieces them together to create uniquely beautiful scarves. Cutting them on the bias, they drape elegantly no matter how you choose to drape them on your body. These are six from a new collection of twelve. You have to come in to see the others. No two alike. Incorporating silk, lace, vintage fabrics, specialty fabrics and more, these are wearable works of art. $89. Here are three close-ups and one way to wear them.

Snazzy new scarves by Susie Howell like this one in black, white and gray
Black, white and gray scarf by Susie Howell.

This extra-long scarf can be worn a myriad of ways. The black, white and gray fabric make it an especial winner for the northwest wardrobe. Shown here in the “one-twist-two” technique (come in for a demo), it dresses up jeans and a T-shirt, as well as a professional wardrobe. $89. (SOLD)

Snazzy new scarves like this unique bias-cut pieced scarf in bright colors by Susie Howell
Go with brights!

Wear a lot of black? This snazzy new scarf by Susie Howell will add that splash of happy color. Mixing both warm and cool colors, it is very pleasing to the eye. The bias cut fabrics drape beautifully. One-of-a-kind, $89. Sorry, but this one sold already. Stop by to see other bright scarves by Susie Howell!

Snazzy new scarves by Susie Howell include this one black with soft pinks.
Black with soft pinks

Rather than bias-cut pieces, Susie squared these off, interspersing black with soft pinks, and finishing the ends with vintage lace. Gorgeous. $68.

Snazzy new tops and scarves await  your enjoyment at MaJe Gallery! Stop by for a visit, or order your favorites right here!

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Art For Home, Kitchen, Body – Made in the Northwest

This week, new art for home, kitchen, body has arrived – and it’s made right here in our own backyard! No, you won’t find these items in a mall. Ever. Northwest artists making lovely things for our Northwest lovers.

Art For Home

Art for home, kitchen, body like this panoramic autumnal view of a Northwest scene
Northwest panorama painting with an autumn view

Now retired, former Mukilteo schools art teacher Rolf Oversvee heads out to a great view, gets out his painting gear, and paints the scene. This is a larger painting, measuring 24″ x 48″ – often the perfect size for above a fireplace or sofa. His use of warm and cool tones together create cheerful yet peaceful works that celebrate the natural beauty of our surroundings. $998.

Art For Kitchen

The "Garden Goddess" tea towl by new artist Debbie Tomassi
The “Garden Goddess” tea towl by new artist Debbie Tomassi

We are thrilled to welcome a new artist to MaJe Gallery this week – Debbie Tomassi (from Seattle) brings her linen tea towels to Edmonds. And these aren’t just any tea towels either.  Starting with an original painting, Debbie prints that image onto linen using ink with intense saturation to capture all her glorious colors. Precision is key, so lining up the image properly is just one step in the process. Once printed, Debbie then hand-finishes the edges and seals it all in to create a luxurious, vibrant linen tea towel that will withstand many washings and bring you joy for years to come.

We have five designs in Debbie’s delightful tea towels for you to enjoy. Art for home, kitchen, body likes to offer options!

Puss-and-Birdy-Tea-Towels
Two linen tea towels. “Puss” on the left, “Hello Birdy” on the right

Here’s a pair of tea towels, sold separately, featuring more of Debbie Tomassi’s vibrant art. Who knew a kitchen tea towel could be so beautiful?

Art for home, kitchen and body includes these two gorgeous tea towels
A pair of tea towels – blue bird and flower festival

Another pair of Debbie’s cheerful tea towels. This time on the left we have a bluebird belting out a lovely song, while on the right we have a whole crazy flower festival! 100% linen towels are dyed with high saturation, and each towel is meticulously hand-finished. Great quality and just $28 each.

Art For The Body

Art for home, kitchen, body like these unique upcycled cashmere fingerless gloves
Upcycled cashmere fingerless gloves are one-of-a-kind

Everett’s Susie Howell just delivered a dozen fingerless gloves, or “glovelettes” as she calls them. Starting with cast-off cashmere sweaters, Susie repurposes them to make unique wearable art that often includes vintage treasures from her private collection like these lovely buttons here on the moss green cashmere. Just $48. (Update: This pair now sold)

Art for home, kitchen, body like these glovelettes
Black, white and gray glovelettes with vintage trim

Here’s another pair from the new collection, this time in black, white and gray cashmere with a fluffy ribbon trim and another vintage button from Susie’s private stash. Stay warm while looking good this winter! That’s what art for home, kitchen, body is all about. $48.

Dark brown cashmere fingerless gloves with unique trim are part of the art for home, kitchen, body collection
One more pair of cashmere fingerless gloves

A third pair from the new collection of upcycled cashmere glovelettes by Susie Howell. This time, there’s a mix of black and brown with a warm brown ribbon trim at the knuckles. $48.

Art for home, kitchen, body ends with this colorful wrap
Our outfit of the week features the Megan Wrap

We do love our black here in the Pacific Northwest, but a splash of color can be such a lovely thing. Check out the newest wrap from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday. In rich tones of magenta, teal, and olive with accents of charcoal and black, you can throw this on over whatever black basics you have in the closet and turn the day into a sunny one. Made of rayon, it’s machine washable too.

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Getting Crabby In Edmonds With Crab Art

When you live on the water like we do in Edmonds, there’s a likely chance you enjoy eating crab. We can catch them right off our pier down on the waterfront a mere four blocks away! So naturally, our artists enjoy making crab art too!

The Crab In Art

Crab Art like these sculptural pieces are such fun
Fused glass and steel sculptural crabs

Brand new work from our glass and steel artist, Celeste Stuhring, these large and small sculptural crabs are self-standing. A great example of crab art! The large crab measures 11″ at the widest part, and 7.5″ from front claw to back claw. It stands 3″ tall at the highest point (it’s taller at the front claws).

The small crab is 7″ at the widest part, and 4.5″ from front claw to back claw. It stands 2.5″ tall at the tallest part (front claws). These are sold out at the moment. Only the large is still available.

These sculptural works can be indoor or outdoor. If outdoors, the steel will gradually rust, adding a lovely finish to the piece.

Crab Art As Functional Art

Functional crab art - bowl on stand
Large Crab Bowl on Stand

If you think crab is delicious, then you might also think crab and artichoke dip is delicious. Personally, I’m quite addicted to it. This gorgeous fused glass bowl, complete with a charming stand, is the perfect serving dish for it!  Of course, it is also great for salsa or any other dip too.

The dish is 12″ x 10″, with the bowl part 5.5″ in diameter and 1.75″ deep. The wrought iron stand makes it 4″ high.

Crab Art as night light
Fused Glass Crab Night Light

Avoid stubbing your toes on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night with this adorable crab art night light! This particular one sold on 8/4, but if you want one of your own, just let me know and we’ll order one for you!

Crab Art candle shield
Crab Candle shield, front and side view

For the candle lovers out there, how about this adorable fused glass and steel candle shield?  The steel is open behind the glass so when the candle is lit, it glows through the glass in the center.  A built-in candle stand with attached votive holder (see the side view) makes it easy to arrange. While similar, no two are alike.

And Now, For the Wearable Art

Trio of new pieced fabric scarves by Susie Howell
Trio of new scarves by Susie Howell

Susie Howell pieces beautiful fabrics together to make one-of-a-kind scarves like these three here. No two alike, and such fun to wear.  These (except the turquoise/yellow one which sold on 8/4)  and many more can now be found at MaJe!

A smashing summer outfit
A smashing summer outfit

Summer’s not over yet! Enjoy the last days of warmth and sunshine with this charming and attractive outfit.  The skirt is by Testimony, made of their soft French Terry fabric. It’s a “faux wrap” skirt in a seafoam color. The top is a white bamboo A-line tank from Angelrox. The scarf that pulls everything together is made from two vintage silk panels with vintage lace at the bottom (another awesome scarf by Susie Howell).  A charming necklace by Seattle’s Jem’s Jewelry adorns the blouse.  The finishing touch is the white hat. It’s a bowler style that looks good on nearly everyone. It’s crushable and packable, and features SunGuard to protect your skin. Perfect for summer gatherings!

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