Dressing for Holiday Parties!

Dressing for holiday parties can be stressful.  What outfit do I wear?  How should I dress for the weather?  Can I mix fancy with casual?  Fear not, we have put together the perfect holiday outfit for this season by using a fun and fancy dress but mixing it with casual boots and accessories.

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Casual leather boots, gold bangles, tights (to keep warm) and Maven Collection’s olive clutch

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We went for a neutral dress that had gorgeous embellishments on the top
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We love how Maven Collection’s Olive Clutch works perfectly with the dress and accessories.  This clutch is perfect for a party.  It is large enough to hold all of your “must have”  items but small enough to tuck under your arm.
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Instead of using a winter coat, we suggest grabbing a long chunky sweater coat to put over the dress to keep warm.

 

xo, Sarah

THE BOWLER BAG!

Last month we did a style shoot with one of our favorite Chicago Stylists and fashion show guru, Savvy Souk. We always have such blast with her, so we asked her to pair an outfit with our bowler bag. Typically, these bags make for the perfect overnight or weekend bag. You can fit A TON of stuff in there AND they have a zipper, so perfect for any travel plans!  However, with winter approaching, we tend to carry more stuff with us so I think they make for a great everyday  bag. You can pack a laptop, clutch, scarf, mittens, keys, book ( honestly anything really) and look fabulous toting it around your city with you!

We love how Souk played off the studs on our black bowler and wore a kitten heel with a metallic toe and a blouse that has metallic studs! So cute!  Since it’s winter, you can get away with a whole black ensemble, maybe add a textured piece like Souk did with her faux fur vest!  She looks fabulously chic and the bowler just completes her outfit! Check it out!

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Our bowler bag was made by Rachid in Marrakech, Morocco.  He runs 2 small workshops and a retail space on the outskirts of the Marrakech Medina.  He employs over 12 leather artisans, including pattern makers, tailors, and leather dyers.  He began learning the trade at the age of 16, after finishing high school, and apprenticed with three different master leather workers before opening his own workshop five years later.  He has an eye for combining Western design with Moroccan craftsmanship and reads Elle and Marie Claire to come up with new designs.

SHOP OUR BOWLERS HERE!

ps, we are getting an oxford red bowler in for the holidays:) stay tuned!

 

How To: Style with a Statement Necklace

We recently did a photo shoot with the lovely stylist and editor behind Savvy Souk, Souk Supantavong.   Souk is also a fashion show producer, we can just called the ‘Mary Poppins’ of the fashion world here in Chicago.  We asked her if she would style her wardrobe with Maven’s accessories and I think she created some fabulous looks if I do say so myself!

This is a sneak peek at my favorite look!

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‘AWAJUN ENKUPA’ STATEMENT NECKLACE ($190) — Made entirely out of seeds that have fallen in the Peruvian Rainforest
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I am continuously blown away that is handmade, I mean seriously?!

When styling with a piece that is so BOLD make sure to pair it with something simple. See how Souk did it below:)

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Keep the look simple when wearing such a statement. Souk did this perfectly.
Black fitted blazer, black legging, & black heeled boots. You could wear this look to almost ANY occasion. It’s professional, chic & edgy all in one. Fabulous!

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Simply stunning.

Thanks again, Souk!  We had so much fun!!!

– Laura

Our Favorite Fall Pairings!

BRRRRR, it’s cold outside!! That Fall chill is most definitely here……. Are you ready for it?

Here are some of our favorite jacket and scarf pairings of the season:

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1. Keep Me Warm Hooded Parka by Free People ($248) + ‘Music In The Park’ Brown Stole by Maven Collection  ($110)

2. Quilted Leather Moto Jacket by Anthropologie ($388) + ‘That’s A Wrap’ Moroccan Scarf by Maven Collection ($54)

3. Quilted Tack Jacket by J. Crew ($158) + ‘Pushkar Persimmon’ Silk Scarf by Maven Collection ($126)

What’s your favorite pairing! #stylewithmaven

-Heather

Day-to-Night with Maven

Why change your clothes when you can simply change your accessories?

Here’s how to wear the same dress from day to night:

MORNING

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Not sure what to wear to your morning brunch with the girls? Dress up an easy black dress with a fitted leather jacket, a pair of cute boots, a scarf, and a neutral clutch!
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Shown: ‘Evening Out’ Black Stole / ‘Seaweed’ Leather Foldover Clutch / Kilim Boots (Coming soon!)

MID-DAY

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Heading downtown to meet your beau? Switch into some comfy, yet fab, flats! Don’t forget your carryall, too!
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The ‘Oh Sooo Studly’ Black Bowler is fantastic for a day out – store your iPad Mini, iPhone, wallet, water bottle, a book, and anything else you might need while you’re commuting!

NIGHT

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Dinner time, already? Dress up your outfit by wearing a stole as a shrug over your dress! We love the bold ‘Music in the Park’ Brown Stole!
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The ‘Little Olive’ Leather Foldover Clutch is not only gorgeous, but the perfect size for your phone, a small wallet, and some lipstick!
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Our leather ‘Tiny Spotted Leopard’ Flats are so comfortable and versatile! Such a great statement piece for your night out.

Show us how you transition from day to night #stylingwithmaven!

-Heather

5 Ways To Wear A Scarf

Let’s face it: Everybody LOVES scarves, but not everybody knows how to wear them! In fact, I myself struggle on coming up with ways to tie them that are different than the obvious. Instead of wearing your scarves the same way everyday, here are 5 ways for you to change up your look… One for every workday of the week!

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The “Muffler II” – Wrap your scarf this way for extra neck coverage!
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“Loose Wrap” – A fabulously easy way to wrap a large scarf or stole.
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The “Slip Knot” – Probably the easiest, and most popular, of the scarf ties!
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The “Shrug” – Wearing a sleeveless dress? Try this style to add some flair to your outfit, or to keep you warm on a chilly night!
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“Scarf Belt” – Replace a belt by tying a scarf around your waist (or hips). Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns and solids depending on what you’re wearing!

We’d love to see how you wear your Maven scarves! Show us #stylewithmaven!


-Heather

Maven in Morocco – Our Latest Giveaway!!!

This season, we have SO many one-of-a-kind goodies from Morocco! Our flats, bags, wedding blankets, and rag rugs are just a few of these special items, all of which are handmade with love by the country’s artisans. New colors and styles just launched today on mavencollection.com!

In other news, we are so excited to announce that we have a featured giveaway on D E S I G N L O V E F E S T today!

We are giving away a $550 gift certificate to use toward our merchandise! (You may have seen one of our Moroccan Blankets on Bri’s Instagram feed last week, maybe you’ll want one of those!!). If you love Maven, you definitely won’t want to miss this! After you enter to win, don’t forget to share with your friends so they have a chance, too!

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Our Animal-Print Flats, available in zebra, python, small leopard, and large leopard prints. (Photo Credit: Hannah Eloge Photography)

 

One of my favorites, 'Oh So Studdly' Bowler Bag!
One of my favorites, ‘Oh So Studdly’ Bowler Bag! (Photo Credit: Hannah Eloge Photography)

 

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Our gorgeous fold-over clutches, available in a variety of colors and textures. (Photo Credit: Hannah Eloge Photography)

 

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Made of natural wool, cotton and silver sequins, our wedding blankets can be easily used as wall hangings, rugs, or draped on a bed or couch. (Photo Credit: Hannah Eloge Photography)

 

These boots are being made for out fall line! WE or OH so excited about these beauties:)
These boots are being made for out fall line! We are so excited about these beauties!  (Photo Credit: Hannah Eloge Photography)

 

As always, don’t forget to show us how you style your Maven! #stylewithmaven

-Heather

Personal Stylist!!!

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need another opinion when choosing an outfit or rearranging a room in your house. Our husbands, roommates, or siblings just don’t always have the answers we are looking for:)  Maven is SO thrilled to launch our personal styling service! Whether you are trying to figure out how to stage our new floor pillow in your living room or putting a new outfit together with one of our killer statement necklaces, LET US HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY!!!

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 Meet our Styling Maven, Sarah!  We wanted you to get to know her a little before you start working with her, so we asked her a few questions!

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Who is your style icon?  My style icons are Kate Middleton and Rachel Zoe.  I love Kate’s classic and elegant look and I love Rachel’s boho style.

 Describe your style in 5 words!   Unique, classic, free-spirited, bohemian and fun
 Why do you want to be a stylist for MAVEN?  I believe in unique one of a kind pieces and Maven not only offers this but all of the pieces are handmade and from passionate artisans around the world.
 
 What is your favorite MAVEN product?  My favorite Maven For Her product is the fold over clutch.  I love the variety of colors that it comes in.  My favorite For the Home products are the luxurious Moroccan wedding blankets.  These blankets are absolutely stunning!
 
 Do you have a country that influences your design/style the most?  I would have to say Paris!  I love the pride they put into their clothing and home designs and the flea markets are amazing!
 
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So next time you see a product on our site and are wondering how to use it in your house before you purchase it, CONTACT SARAH! Or if you are going to BBQ and are in need of some outfit suggestions to pair with your new zebra flats, CONTACT SARAH!

She is happy to answer any styling questions you may have!

She can be reached directly at Sarah@mavencollection.com

The Moroccan Handbag: For the Girl-on-the-Go!

Our Moroccan handbags are très gorgeous, and so perfect for any girl-on-the-go!

'Oh Sooo Studly' Brown & Black Bowlers
‘Oh Sooo Studly’ Brown & Black Bowlers
'Slouchy Shopper' Black Tote
‘Slouchy Shopper’ Black Tote

WHERE THEY’RE FROM

These bags (as well as our fold-over clutches!) were designed and produced by Studio Rachid. Rachid, who began practicing the trade at just 16 years old, apprenticed under three different master leather workers before opening his own workshop five years later. Now, he runs two small workshops and a retail space on the outskirts of the Marrakech Medina in Morocco, employing over 12 leather artisans, including pattern makers, tailors, and leather dyers. He has an eye for combining Western design with Moroccan craftsmanship and reads Elle and Marie Claire to come up with new designs.

WHO THEY’RE FOR

First of all, the ‘Oh Sooo Studly’ and ‘Slouchy Shopper’ bags are LARGE! The bowlers are 9″ x 15.5″ x 10″ are feature inside compartments. The black tote is 6.5″ x 15″ x 12″ with zipper compartments on the inside. What’s so good about bags that have so much space? Umm, everything!

Here are just a few examples of girls-on-the-go that could greatly benefit from such large, yet so chic, bags!

  • The Yogi: There’s something so boring about typical gym bags, so spice it up a bit and bring the ‘Slouchy Shopper’ with you! It’s large enough to fit a small towel, your water bottle, a snack, your iPod, your yoga mat, and anything else you might need on your way, during, and from your trip to the studio!
The Yogi can fit everything she needs in a 'Slouchy Shopper' Tote! (Photo Source)
The Yogi can fit everything she needs in a ‘Slouchy Shopper’ Tote! (Photo Source)
  • The Business Woman: Our Bowlers & Black Tote are the perfect size for the woman traveling in and out of the city for work! Fit your personal items in the ‘Oh Sooo Studly’ bag, along with your iPad Mini! Then, replace your old canvas tote or dull briefcase with the ‘Slouchy Shopper’! It’s great for folders of paperwork and a small laptop.
This chic business woman would totally benefit from our handbags! (Photo Source)
This chic business woman would totally benefit from our handbags! (Photo Source)
  • The Mom: Let’s face it, moms need big bags! You need a bag for snacks, diapers, crayons, activity books, band-aids, and everything else! Our ‘Slouchy Tote’ is the answer for your endless list of on-the-go necessities. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)
Mommy Beyonce would look fab with our 'Slouchy Shopper'!
Mommy Beyonce would look fab with our ‘Slouchy Shopper’! (Photo Source)
  • The Student: There is nothing I hated more in school than a book bag. Totes and over-sized purses were always the answer! Load up your Bowler on days with a light class load, and include your small notebooks, journals, calculator, and novels. On your heavy class load days, use your Tote! Your notebooks, light textbooks, MacBook Air, and nalgene water bottle will thank you!
This fashionista would LOVE our Brown Bowler for her school books!
This fashionista would LOVE our Brown Bowler for her school books! (Photo Source)

Show us how you wore your Moroccan handbag! Tweet us using #stylewithmaven!

-Heather

 

Ending the week with a little Oscar!

Don’t mind if we do!  With the recent release of Oscar De La Renta’s Fall 2013 line, I just think we can all end the week on a high note… FEASTING OUR EYES ON THESE BEAUTIES! Words can not describe the craftsmanship, impeccable detail, and fabulousness in each piece!

What can we forecast from this collection? Vibrant pinks, tangerine, and acai purple will be a must in your wardrobe.

-Godere!

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Thanks Oscar!
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The perfect one shoulder LBD!
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These prints are to die for!!!
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This is for sure my favorite!
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So flattering. And those shoes:)

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Tangerine!
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This color!

Thanks Oscar! You have left me feeling nothing but inspired!

-Laura