Monday, June 18, 2018


It was a few months ago when we first announced our plans to again participate in the Women’s Distance Festival.
The 31st annual edition of this fun – and more important, fundraising – event will be held July 14 at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers.
To register,  click HERE.  To donate, click  HERE

And we’re appealing to you again in hopes you’ll spread the word and hopefully join us as we join hundreds of women raising funds for the important work of the Center for Safety & Change, the New City-headquartered organization formerly known as the Rockland Family Shelter.
If you recall, the ML Faves for Good team made quite the splash last year. A team of us – some 80 women and girls of all ages – participated in recognition of both the event’s 30th anniversary and what also happened to be the 30th anniversary of Maria Luisa doing business in Nyack (not to mention the day of Maria’s birthday).
To register,  click HERE
To donate, click  HERE

It was a fun day full of camaraderie, exercise and yes, even a bit of competition – all in the name of helping women throughout our county.
This year, we hope you will join us as we again commit to running, jogging or walking the approximately 3-mile paved path/course around the beautiful lake.

Last year, more than 1,000 women registered for the event, with our ML Faves for Good team the second-largest group of participants – and one that raised more than $2,000.
With registration now open for next month’s event, we are looking forward to another great morning at the lake – and have set an ambitious goal of raising at least $2,500.  Donate HERE

As you know, the festival last year – and the way the ML team came together – also inspired us to formalize the ML Faves for Good initiative in which we continue to come together to “do good.”
For those who have already registered, we thank you – and can’t wait to see you on July 14.

For those who haven’t yet, we hope you’ll consider joining our team – and also help us spread the word. It makes for a great way to bond with family members, friends you don’t see as often as you’d like to – or even co-workers.

If you can’t make it on the day, we ask you to consider making a donation to our team effort and even ask your friends and family not able to participate to donate, as well.

To register,  click HERE
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To register,  click HERE
To donate, click  HERE

And as our thank you, those who:
• Make a $31 WDF ML Faves for Good donation, will receive a free ML T-shirt.
• Make a $75 WDF ML Faves for Good donation, will receive a free Cutting Board, a made-in-Vermont product ideal for smaller cutting chores and sporting the Maria Luisa logo.

We thank you in advance for considering.
Hope to see you all July 14!!
To register,  click HERE.  To donate, click  HERE

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Monday, June 11, 2018

ART + WALK: The Return of an annual Favorite

Art Walk is back – and this year’s 13th annual edition will take over Nyack’s downtown this weekend, June 15 to 17.
Artists and their work will once again be filling the shops, restaurants and businesses of the village, offering residents and visitors alike the chance to see new work, add to – or start – your own collection or simply offer another way to explore our downtown, its merchants and their offerings.
More than 25 artists – photographers, painters, sculptors and those working in mixed media – will be on hand to set up “mini galleries” in dozens of businesses throughout town.
We will be hosting an artist again, in ML by Maria Luisa.
This year’s Art Walk theme is “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” and jumping off that, each artist was asked to incorporate an image of a penny into their work – see how many you can spot.
In addition, this year’s event is including a theatrical element with costumed actors strolling the streets offering interpretations of characters from Hudson Valley’s rich history.
Maps of participating artists and locations will be available for free throughout the village, including both our shops, so we hope to see you at the event, scheduled for Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday.
And remember, when you’re in town for Art Walk, also check out all we have in for those graduates, teacher gifts – and yes, even for Father’s Day, which is also Sunday, June 17.
Come to think of it, why not bring Dad to Nyack for an artful celebration of Father’s Day?
See you soon.
Maria Luisa and the MLFavesf or GOOD are Running/Walking to benefit Rockland's own Centerforsafetyand Change. >---Please suppurt our fundraising efforts.---<   Together, we will make a possitive difference.

Monday, June 4, 2018


Nyack is once again about to show its PRIDE – and we’re joining in the celebration.
We’ve already begun selling #pride2018 collectible buttons, official merchandise supporting the Rockland County Pride Center and its work as “The Heart And Home Of the LGBT Community –Celebrating Unity And Inspiring Social Change.” Stop by to choose one – or a few, to share.
Festivities will be held June 8-10, starting with Pride Walk Nyack June 8 & 9, when people are invited to stroll the village’s streets. Pay special attention to the rainbow-painted crosswalks that will offer a colorful – and meaningful – welcome to those taking part in the events.

The festivities culminate June 10 when the 20th annual Rockland County Pride Sunday hits the road for a mega-celebration set from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garner Historic District, at 55 W. Railroad Ave. in Garnerville.
There will be live music, kids activities, art, dancing, food trucks, a Drag Queen Story Time, a teen space with Youth Pride Rockland & SAEDA (Student Activists Ending Dating Abuse), a name change clinic with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley – and more.
The “Pride Wind Down” will follow, from 5 to 9 p.m., with even more entertainment highlighting the community celebration. For more details on all the official events, visit
Here at Maria Luisa, we’ll also be joining in the annual Pride Window Decorating Contest – yes, we won last year’s award for our “Most Unique” window – so we hope you’ll stop by to check out our display designed in support of equality and justice for and acceptance of – everyone.
We will also offer 10% off purchases June 8-10 to those who present a PRIDE map – and we’ll be handing out PRIDE tattoos, as well.
Finally, on social media, we’re asking everyone to join in, filling your feed with the colors and hashtags of the #rainbow. #YourPrideisCalling #DreamBig #BeBold #MLfavesforGood
Stop by this weekend for Maria Luisa's PRIDE Windows

And don’t forget if you’re in town for the events, stop in to also see our selection of great gifts ideal for Father’s Day (June 17), teachers and all the graduates you know.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018


With Memorial Day and its much-anticipated long weekend, most consider summer having arrived.
If we’re going to be picky, though, it’s really only the symbolic start of summer, with the season officially kicking off June 21.
But why be a stickler for details? After all, one thing is pretty clear – sandal season is here, so get ready to show off those pedicures.




Here at Maria Luisa Boutique, we’ve got sandals in styles that range from classic leathers to cutting-edge metallics, from strappy options to clever lace-ups and sporty picks, as well.
Come to think of it, we’re well stocked not only with sandals but also all kinds of warm-weather footwear including flats, wedges, platforms, sneakers and more.
As you know, footwear is one of our signature offerings, a favorite of both the Maria Luisa team and our loyal customers. Our selection is a mix of tried-and-true brands with a few newcomers to mix it up. The common threads? Quality, comfort, thoughtful design – and yes, a bit of personality.
LA Wind Slingback
LA Wind Sporty
So remember, we’ve got you covered, whether you’re looking for something to wear on the boardwalk or for a day out in the city, for a summer wedding or a family picnic.
Come see what’s new – shop now before sizes start to sell out - and we’ll help you find that new pair, or two, or three…
And don’t forget, you can build an outfit around a great pair of shoes – or select something that just adds that finishing touch to your warm-weather fashions.
Speaking of those fashions, we’ve plenty of new styles in house, from tops to pants, light wraps to dresses, totes to hats.

Before you know it, we’ll have you suited up in that singular style you’ve come to love.
Can’t wait to see you – to catch up and show off our latest offerings.
And don’t forget, you can always shop 24-7 at both and

Monday, May 21, 2018


With Memorial Day weekend just a few days away, it’s once again the start of the getaway season.
Whether you have plans for a few long weekends, an extended vacation or just a quick day trip here and there, you’ll definitely want to set off in style during these last weeks of spring and throughout the summer.

Stop by Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, where we’re now filled with all kinds of fashions and accessories to take you wherever you’re going, even if it’s just your own backyard or local park.
There are summer dresses and skirts, light wraps and sweaters for cooler evenings (or rooms with heavy air conditioning), funky pants and fun-and-functional hats and totes.

No matter the pick, it’s all about color and ease, comfort with flair – and of course, we’ve got the seasonal footwear to accompany it all, whether you want sporty or funky, chic or casual.
Did you say jewelry to really finish it off? Oh yes, we have all kinds of necklaces, earring and bracelets, too, to take you from the beach to dinner out.

And don’t forget to pack along a hostess gift if you’re making a visit - or pick up some toys or games to keep the kids busy during the journey (perhaps even a present for any young ones you may be visiting or welcoming this summer).

Remember, spring and summer are all about relaxing, sharing meals and music, spending time outdoors… making memories.


Monday, May 14, 2018


The street fair season in Nyack continues this Sunday, May 20, with the first 2018 edition of the Nyack Famous Street Fair

As always, vendors will be lining the downtown streets of Main and Broadway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with more than 350 exhibitors expected. There will be the classic mix of arts and crafts plus traditional retail and collectibles, along with refreshments, live music and children’s events.

And of course, Maria Luisa will be a part of all the fun. We’ll be “taking it to the street,” as we do for every street fair, setting up in front of both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, extending our shops into the great outdoors.

Stop by throughout the day for our unadvertised special promotions and activities.

There are two more editions of the Nyack Famous Street Fair this season, July 8 and Oct. 7.
The May, July and October events are run by P.J.’s Promotions. April’s SpringFest and the Sept. 9 SeptemberFest fairs are sponsored by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce.
Admission to all is free.

If you forget, you can always consult the Community Calendar at, where we spotlight Maria Luisa events as well as community happenings we think you’d like to know about.

Monday, May 7, 2018


This week marks a bit of a milestone in the Maria Luisa world.
It was some four years ago when Maria Luisa Whittingham was able to fulfill a longtime dream, creating a namesake scholarship program that would support and encourage the next generation of female leaders.
She launched the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship program, administered by the Rockland Community Foundation, back in 2014. 

And this week, she will – for the first time in the program’s young history – present not one but two scholarships to local graduating seniors.

These awards will be given during the 2018 ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Presentation reception, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (May 10) at Maria Luisa Boutique.
Family, educators, friends, community members and our ML community – you, our loyal customers – are invited to join us as we celebrate the achievements of this year’s winners.
Scholarships of $1,000 each will be presented to Ruth Uriarte of Nyack High School and Katherine Marie Bacolas of Clarkstown South High School.

These young women were selected as best exemplifying the award’s criteria: being Rockland County high school female seniors who, through their actions or beliefs, embrace the principles of ML by Maria Luisa that include civic and community involvement, as well as a commitment to social justice, social equality, and environment/eco-friendly lifestyles.
The awards are designed to assist with costs of attending a college of their choice. This year, the program was expanded in two important ways. A second scholarship was added to specifically recognize a student attending Nyack High School, in honor of the community that has long supported Maria Luisa and her business. The 2018 program was also expanded to include nominations from those who identify as female, as well.

It’s been quite the year for the program that continues to grow.
As Maria has said, “The empowerment of young women is high on my list of priorities.”
And in a nod to the way she herself benefited from a scholarship during her college years, one that allowed her to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, she has also noted, “The ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship Fund is my way of paying it forward.” 

We hope you will join us from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday as Maria Luisa officially presents the 2018 awards – and recognize the accomplishments of these young women.
And we thank you, of course, for your ongoing support of our scholarship program.

For more, or to donate to the 2019 effort, visit or