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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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!
Your perfect bag is now here at MaJe Gallery. We’ve been searching high and low for beautiful, functional bags to suit all your needs. From a tough canvas tote for your visits to the Saturday market to a night out on the town, we’ve got your perfect bag here now.
Your Perfect Bag: Danny K
Made in Hollywood, California, these high quality tapestry bags are light weight from the beginning, to reduce wear and tear on your body. Here are four styles in a lovely new blue fabric for summer.
Many other fabric options available at MaJe Gallery.
If you like a bag that’s more wide than deep, then your perfect bag might be one of these two. On the left is the Large Zipper Bag, which is 12″ wide x 8″ high and 3″ deep for a spacious inside to hold all your stuff. You can organize it, too, because of excellent pockets such as a full-length zipper pocket on the back exterior of the purse as well as a zipper pocket inside. Two outer pockets are open for easy access to your phone, keys or sunglasses. The 54″ adjustable strap is also removable. (SOLD!)
On the right is the Zipper Bag, a smaller but no less versatile option for those who prefer to carry fewer items. 10″ wide x 7″ high and 2.5″ deep, you can compactly carry quite a lot in this popular gem of a bag. It closes with a zipper and has a full-length zipper pocket on the exterior as well. Another zipper pocket is in the interior, as well as an extra-long adjustable 60″ strap.
For others, your perfect bag might be narrow and deep like the Bella Bag on the left. At 9″ wide x 10″ high and 2.5″ deep, this is a great-looking bag with excellent function. A full-length exterior zipper pocket is in addition to an open pocket that goes the full depth of the bag, making it perfect for a water bottle or your cell phone. A zipper top keeps everything safe and another zipper pocket on the interior keeps small things in place. Finally, there is a 54″ adjustable and removable strap. (SOLD!)
On the right, the Cell Phone Bag is all you need for a walk. Designed to hold even the new, larger cell phones in the outer open pocket, you see another zipper pocket to hold your keys, credit card or ID nice and safe. Once again, it features an adjustable, removable strap. For just $24, this is an excellent bag when all you need is the basics. (SOLD!)
Your Perfect Bag For Your Cell
Here are three choices for the Cell Phone Bag: Blue Leaf, Paris, and Meowzer. Dimensions in above paragraph. Just $24. These three have sold, but others are still available in the shop.
Your Perfect Bag: The Perfect Tote
A beautiful, functional Tote BagFor some of you, your perfect bag is nice and big enough to fit everything you might possibly need on any given day. Carry all your treasures in style with the Joy Tote by Danny K. A secure zipper closure protects it all, while three outer pockets keep those oft-used items easy to access. Coming in at 16.5″ wide x 10.5″ high and 5″ deep, it holds a lot with style. Durable shoulder straps keep it firmly in place, too. Two options now available: the blue/green pattern on the left and the black and white on the right. Just $75 each.
Your Perfect Bag For The Market
Not a day goes by without many dogs walking by my front door in downtown Edmonds. As an homage to these wonderful friends of ours, enjoy our new collection of strong canvas totes that are perfect for your Saturday market finds, grocery shopping, or a day at the beach. Each is screen-printed by hand in Pennsylvania. (UPDATE: As of 6/5/18, only the English Bulldog is left. However, a new order is on the way with the other two, as well as many more.)
High Quality Large Durable 17″ x 16″ x 6″ Heavy Duty Eco Friendly Canvas Tote Bag.
Made to last from All Natural Canvas with Extra Sturdy Double Stitched Edges all around.
100% Designed, Created, and Sourced in the USA.
Perfect Jewelry For Your Perfect Bag
Now, it just wouldn’t be right if we stopped at bags. How about some awesome new jewelry? Introducing international award-winning jeweler Renee Blackwell and her simple, glorious pendants.
Combining magnificent stones with vintage Swarovski crystals, Ms. Blackwell creates a mesmerizing combination of sparkle and matte. On the left, pale green gaspeite in a matte finish is set off brilliantly with a citrus crystal above. On the right, faceted rhodonite gets a lavender champagne crystal above. All are bezel set in sterling silver with a large bail atop just waiting for a neck ring or wide silver chain. $260 each.
These two pendants by Renee Blackwell feature vintage glass as well as crystals. On the left, a crystal on top sits above a vintage German glass button in black and gold. $390. At the button, hand-painted glass makes a lovely finish. On the right, a vintage glass Chinese button reveals a lovely dragonfly beneath a clear vintage crystal. $375 and $260.
One of the last 5-drop pendants Ms. Blackwell will make, this 5charming statement pendant starts with an aqua blue vintage crystal at the top, followed by amazonite, pearl, sodalite and chrysoprase. Sure to elicit oohs and ahs from friends and strangers alike, this beauty is waiting for the perfect home. $550.
Outfits Of The Week
Not one, but two outfits are offered this week for your enjoyment.
Classic, casual and comfortable is the way we like it at MaJe Gallery because that fits our Easy Elegance motto to a T. In this outfit, black/white/gray trousers are a bit wider, which is much more comfortable in warmer weather than clingy leggings of heavy jeans. Pair it with a sassy white top with three cutouts at the neck, a pretty necklace, and a classic Panama hat in soft gray.
Do you love blue? Me too. For a special summer wedding or evening party, wear this denim blue circle skirt by Marcia Bloom with a white tank top, this french terry “coco” jacket by Testimony, and a one-of-a-kind chalcedony lariat necklace by Poppy Designs.
Summer items are arriving almost daily now, so stay tuned for our next installment!
Easy elegance is our goal here at MaJe Gallery. Easy sometimes means versatile pieces that look great together and can also be worn with other things in your closet. A great example is this week’s outfit which is a skirt + top + jacket for a wonderful summer outfit you can take anywhere.
Skirt + Top + Jacket
All fabrics are luscious rayon jersey for soft comfort. The periwinkle, mint green and black print in the skirt is full of lively movement. Calm that down with solid coordinating pieces like this periwinkle tank top and a black shrug. Bring some of the green up with a green chalcedony pendant to pull it all together. Get the jacket here, and the skirt and top below.
Here it is without the jacket so you can see everything clearly. This outfit is so comfortably, you might just wear it all summer long! Pair the skirt with a black top, or even mint green. Wear the tank with jeans, or how about your favorite white pants? The versatility is perfect because I know how much you like to be practical.
A Great New Top
This particular top looks great on so many different body shapes, and it just arrived in this enticing new magenta shade – just in time for summer! The CMC (Color Me Cotton) cowl top features 3/4 sleeves in a tunic length, making it particularly excellent to wear over black leggings or skinny jeans. It doesn’t wrinkle, making it an excellent choice for travel. Just $89. These never last long, so if you like it, don’t hesitate!
What Else Is New?
In addition to the lovely skirt + top + jacket, I have a new line of purses I think you’ll really enjoy.
Yep, you read that caption correctly: upcycled leather purses exude artistic flare and excellent craftsmanship. This is such an awesome way to make good use of things other throw away, don’t you think? New leather prices consistently rise, making even a simple bag rather expensive. These creative folks found a great way to piece together leather remnants to make durable, stylish handbags that suit your needs well. With a variety of sizes, shapes and number of pockets, you’ll surely find a perfect one for yourself. Priced $38 – $98.
This little cutie is a front and back image of one of the new purses in our upcycled leather collection. It is 8″ high x 6″ wide with an adjustable leather strap that’s also removable so you can use it as a clutch or throw it into a larger bag. Zipper top opens to a spacious inner body that has another pocket. A second outside zipper pocket helps keep everything organized. This is the perfect purse for those who like a small bag. $38.
This is another little bag, but a bit larger than the one above. It’s called the Harley. This one measures 8″ high x 6.5″ wide, but it is also 1″ deep offering more room in the interior. In fact, the buckle reveals a small front pocket and an outside zipper pocket. There are two deep pockets inside with a zippered small pocket in the middle. Use the strap for a shoulder or cross-body hands-free situation, or streamline it as a clutch. $58. (SOLD!)
This beautiful mid-size handbag, the Vivo, features the upcycled leather collage on a durable frame. A wide shoulder strap makes for a comfortable, hands-free solution – or remove it to use the bag as a clutch. The front panel opens to reveal a spacious interior with one zipper pocket and one open pocket. $98.
Thanks for enjoying our newest arrivals this week at MaJe Gallery. Stay tuned for next week!
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 winetoo!
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the newest items that are included.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
This week, we unpacked some great new clothing and jewelry include four new tops (actually one top in four colors), one entire outfit, and new jewelry from two of your favorite artists.
You might recognize the top style as we’ve had it before. When I realized how pretty it looked on sizes 14 and 16, I decided to get more. It can be really tough, you’ve told me, to find pretty tops in that size that truly flatter your figure. Check it out:
Four New Tops
These four tops are now available for you to try. Please swing by to try one on in your favorite color so you can see for yourself. If you order it online and it doesn’t work, I’ll pay for return shipping! Go to the end of this post to order your favorite color.
One Cute Outfit
Testimony Los Angeles has this new color for fall: mocha. The ever-popular pocket pants and the Gilet vest shown here are both in mocha. It’s perfect for those of you who look great in warmer colors. I paired it here with the Angelrox ballet tunic in brick. To bring it all together, a one-of-a-kind jasper necklace in various shades of brown by Susanne deCillia. Get yours online or stop by to try it on!
New Jewelry By Favorite Artists
Our top-selling jewelry artist is Montreal’s Christophe Poly. We just got a new collectioon that includes this mixed metal beauty with aqua accents. Necklace is 17″ long with a magnetic clasp. The earrings are 2″ long. Made of aluminum, brass and cat’s eye, it is light-weight, contemporary, and affordable. $42 – $58.
Very cool earrings by Christophe Poly. On the left is another shot of the pair that coordinate with the above necklace. In mixed metals of aluminum and brass in a brushed finish, it has an aqua cat’s eye stone. On the right is a pair of brushed brass with olive cat’s eye stones. Both are 2″ long and $42 per pair.
Poulsbo’s Poppy makes one-of-a-kind jewelry that draws from both vintage and contemporary inspiration. On the left, vintage abalone buttons have become classy mis-matched earrings. In the center, red vintage plastic loops take on a very contemporary look attached to sterling chain links. On the right, all sterling silver hoops dangle freely for a classic ambience.
This long necklace by Poppy features large, gorgeous champagne pearls interspersed on a vintage-looking gunmetal chain. Wear it long or double it up (as shown). Even hook the clasp into a higher loop for a lariat. SOLD!
This unique necklace is adjustable at 18″ – 20″. Featuring red jade stones and a sterling centerpiece, it is simply classic. Pair it with black or red tops. SOLD!
Four New Tops – Individually for Purchase
Lots of fall items are arriving weekly, so stay tuned and drop by frequently!
It’s time for a fall transition, ready or not. Evenings will be getting cooler soon. Are you ready? Check out these two tops and two jackets to help you get there.
FALL TRANSITION – TOPS
The soft rayon jersey from Zen Knits feels great yet isn’t too heavy. This fun print in white, tan and black also features pockets in front. Loose in the torso, this top is perfect for hiding those pesky love handles that just won’t go away. Pair with black leggings. Add your favorite black boots when the weather cools down more.
Add some color to your fall wardrobe with this stunning teal top. A shorter length for a non-tunic look, with a subtle abstract print. 3/4 sleeves. 100% cotton. Machine washable. Great over black pants or jeans.
FALL TRANSITION – JACKETS
We Northwest women know how a great jacket can complete an outfit. This rich gray textured cotton fabric is not only interesting, but it looks great on. Paired here over a burgundy tank with a black onyx necklace to accent. Simple, elegant, stylish, and oh yes, easy. Machine washable, great for travel. It also has very nice pockets!
This fabric is actual tie dye, not a print. Funky black, white and cream tie dye jacket features a sassy peplum back. Light-weight rayon jersey looks great over white, cream or your favorite solid color. Pair it with black leggings or pants for a funky, put-together look. Machine washable, great for travel.
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Both are the epitome of Easy Elegance, the motto of MaJe Gallery.
Soft fabrics, feminine designs, distinctive looks you don’t see everywhere else. This clothing is for the confident woman who enjoys both looking and feeling great in her own body. Here are a couple examples from Zen Knits. In fact, these two are arriving at MaJe this week!
Top quality rayon knits that flatter your figure and are actually fun to wear. That’s what we promise from Zen Knits.
So what about Testimony Los Angeles?
Living in the Northwest, ladies with style have at least half their closet filled with sweaters and jackets of various weights, lengths, colors and styles. Why? Because we like to look great no matter what the weather gods put in our path. Testimony comes to the rescue with stylish, elegant, feminine jackets for all occasions.
There will be treats! Wine, cheese, crackers, fruit…all the things we love to enjoy will be on hand.
Here’s how it works:
Our sales rep shows samples from the winter and holiday collections from Testimony and Zen
You peruse the options and choose items you want
We take note of your choices
Pay a 25% deposit
Manya orders for you
Items arrive first week of November
That’s it! Meanwhile, all us girls have a blast while keeping ourselves looking awesome!
So come on down and join us next Wednesday, August 23, from 5 – 8 pm to select your favorite items and order them for yourself!
Peridot jewelry is what everyone is looking for these days. Not only is it the birthstone for all you August birthdays, but it is also a beautiful shade of green.
Background of Peridot
Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. While these Peridots are born of Earth, other crystals of Peridot have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare pallasite meteorites (only 61 known to date) formed some 4.5 billion years ago, remnants of our solar system’s birth. Peridot in its basic form, Olivine, was also found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe in 2006, has been discovered on the moon, and detected by instrument on Mars by NASA’s Global Surveyor. Ancients believed, quite accurately, that Peridot was ejected to Earth by a sun’s explosion and carries its healing power.
Artists Make Beautiful Peridot Jewelry
Many of you are aware of Bill Booze, our master faceter. Bill takes the raw stones, as in the photo at the top. He carves off each and every ledge, or facet, to bring out the maximum beauty of the stones. And did I mention how much they sparkle? Bill carves extra facets underneath to get crazy amounts of sparkle. No two alike, and this necklace and earring set here, in its unusual setting, is a perfect example. $700 for pendant, chain and earrings. (It goes up to $900 in September.)
Peridot Jewelry – Rings!
Here are two views of the same ring. This is another incredible peridot featuring the masterful faceting of Bill Booze. It is a large stone weighing in at 5.3 carats. It’s very clear and a yummy shade of green. Currently sized at 7, we can make it your size within 2 weeks. $600.
Go for the gusto with this AAA grade peridot set in 14k yellow gold. This one is the most amazing peridot I’ve ever seen. The color, clarity, size and beauty are a “must see”. This ring is currently size 6 1/4, but we can make it any size you need within 2 weeks. $900.
More Artisan Peridot Jewelry
Long-time MaJe artist, and occasional shop girl Shari Both has been making powerful feminine jewelry for many years now. This peridot set is part of her current collection, which can be found on her very own page right here on this website. This necklace is currently in stock. $110. Shari will make the earrings when you order, to be ready in 10 days. Click here to purchase.
IT’S PARTY TIME!
Mark your calendars! Our End-of-Summer Trunk Show is coming!
Date: Wednesday, August 23
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Where: MaJe Gallery, 409 Main St, Edmonds
What: Our sales rep will be here with winter and holiday samples from both Testimony Los Angeles and Zen Knits.
How it works:
Look through the samples.
Find what you want.
Manya will order it in your size.
Pay at 25% deposit.
Most items will arrive the first week of November.
Until then, stay in the know by following us on Facebook!
The perfect summer dress is here! Great choices from Zen Knits, Color Me Cotton, and Marcia Bloom’s one-of-a-kind skirts with matching tops. These will sell fast, so don’t wait!
The Perfect Summer Dress
Zen Knits offers easy elegance in these four great dresses. Check out the details here.
The perfect summer dress in shades of blue and green tie dye is brought to you by Zen Knits. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear.
An easy elegance dress in teal! A favorite color of many of you. Also from Zen Knits, this dress is great to be casual, or pair it with jewelry or a scarf to take it upscale. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear.
Another perfect summer dress that’s great for all your summer parties. The pink and white pattern is sweet while the design is sexy. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear. (Update July: Sold Out!)
If you’re 5’4″ or above, you’ll love this easy elegance dress in color blocks of black, white and gray. Made of comfortable rayon jersey, it’s machine washable, easy to pack, and easy to wear. SOLD OUT!
The Perfect Summer Dress for HOT Weather
The extra light weight cotton fabric in this skirt and top combo make it the perfect outfit for all your summer events that anticipate soaring temperatures. Two layers mean you don’t have to add a slip! 100% cotton, machine washable, in a lovely white and black fabric.
The Perfect Summer Dress – a Skirt!
The one-of-a-kind skirts by Marcia Bloom are a constant best seller at MaJe Gallery. Featuring a full circle of fabric in drapey fabrics, these look good on everyone, and fit size 6 – 16 with ease. Yes, they are “one size fits most”. Shown here with coordinating tank tops from Luxe Junkie, which are also “one size fits most.” They stretch out to fit anyone! This is just a small selection of a new collection, so stop by to see them all. (Update: The floral skirt on the right, paired with the watermelon tank, has sold)
Thanks for catching up with our newest selections! If you see something here you think a friend might like, please send them a link! And be sure to follow us on Facebook to be among the first to know what deliveries we get each week.