Wednesday, November 29, 2017

GOOD GIFTS … THAT DO GOOD

If you’re looking for a holiday gift with an extra layer of meaning, we have a couple of options.
These are gifts that are not only good in and of themselves – but they also help do good.

The first is a musical option, a CD called “Season of Love: A Musical Tribute to the Nyack Center.” 
All proceeds of the $15 release – an effort organized by a 10-year-old named Josie, recorded at the Center’s new recording studio and featuring performances by children throughout the Nyacks – go to the Nyack Center, an organization whose works we have long supported.
And as you well know, we also not only support but often also team up with Keep Rockland Beautiful.
This year, KRB is selling a 2018 “Beautiful Rockland” wall calendar in honor of its 20th anniversary. Billed as an ideal gift for friends, family, employees and customers, the calendar is a tax-deductible purchase ($19.95) that showcases the work of local photographers. The quality product, created thanks to a grant from Rockland County Tourism and Harrington Press, is a great way to celebrate the works of Keep Rockland Beautiful throughout the new year.

Both the CD and the calendar, all proceeds go to each organization, are on sale at Maria Luisa Boutique, so we hope you’ll consider them as part of your holiday shopping.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SCENTS OF THE SEASON

Spring has its flowers. Summer has its salty sea air.
There are scents that just seem to be associated with certain seasons.
And if you stop by Maria Luisa Boutique these days, you’ll be transported directly into the holiday season with a few product lines that are just captivating.
First up is Frasier Fir from Thymes, which takes you either to the heady heart of the forest or in front of the Christmas tree. It’s a scent that seems forever associated with the holidays, and you can savor it through candles, triple-milled soap, reed diffusers and hand cream.
And then there’s Patch NYC Stag, a collection featuring a scent drawn from Siberian fir, cilantro, citrus and a touch of raspberry. A collaboration with local favorites The Soap & Paper Factory, the line includes 100% soy candles, artisan handcrafted soap and eau du cologne.
More? Well, we also have scented products from Illume. We’re loving its Balsam & Cedar candle, which is poured into a “Radiant” metal holder. The company’s proprietary sox wax blend offers “higher fragrance throw” and a clean burn, all housed in a precious-metal finish with just a touch of shine. Then, there’s its Winter White, an aromatic evergreen and frosted cypress scent the company tells us is “dusted with white peppercorn, spicy-cool cardamom and a sparkling citrus nuance, perfectly wrapped in glowing amber.”
It all adds up to some seasonally lush scents.
As Maria herself says, when you’re near the display area for these ideal home or gift products, just, “Close your eyes, and you think you’re in a cabin.”

   



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Friday, November 10, 2017

TAKE A DEEP BREATH…

Thanksgiving’s not even here yet, but you’re already feeling that ol’ holiday stress building?
We can certainly relate… as much as we love this time of year, it’s hard to keep feeling laid-back when there’s so (so!) much to do.
But, fear not – our shops are chock-full of relaxation products designed to take the edge off.
And they’re not only ideal to help you de-stress but also make oh-so-thoughtful gifts that allow you to share the serenity.
A new product we’re very excited about is called Pinch Me – and it’s therapy dough. You’ve never heard of it? Well, one quick test run, and we bet you’ll be hooked. It’s a holistic, drug-free portable stress-reduction “tool.” You simply squeeze, knead or mold it – it feels like clay – while you’re doing something else (reading, watching TV, etc.). Not only will you feel your blood pressure dropping, but using Pinch Me also releases a heavenly scent (ocean, sun or citrus) that adds to the experience. You can also chill it for a real “cooling off.” And when you’re done, you just put it back in its tub, and it’s ready for next time. Best part – as good as you’ll already feel, you’ll get an extra boost knowing that every Pinch Me purchase helps pay for a soldier’s stress management training. Believe us, you’ll love this – and it will make a really unique stocking stuffer or gift for anyone in need of really kicking back.
If stress is giving you a headache, you might want to check out the products we’re now carrying from Clear My Head, a natural sinus and headache relief collection. Options include room spray, linen mist, herbal inhalation and more.
We’ve also got a wide selection of options for the bath – or just a bit of pampering. Among them are Handmade Luxury Bath Blasters (think sage & citrus, sea breeze or Cleopatra’s Desire, for example); Sonoma Lavender products, ranging from soaps to diffusers; Spinster Sisters Co. Bath Butta Bomb Trios; and SallyeAnder Soaps, 100% handmade and hypoallergenic since 1982.
And that’s just for starters – stop by to see (and smell) more – or shop 24/7 at  marialuisaboutique.com.
Don’t you feel more relaxed already?


Friday, October 13, 2017

OUR ANNIVERSARY PARTY APPROACHES…


As you well know, Maria Luisa is marking its 30th anniversary this year – and the “official” Maria Luisa Boutique 30th Anniversary Celebration is almost here.
We hope you will join us THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 – when we have a full slate of activities planned to mark the milestone.
First and foremost, we thank you for your loyalty, support and friendship that have made these 30 years possible – and so memorable. 
It’s hard to believe Maria Luisa Whittingham opened her doors back in 1987. So many memories – we’ll be sharing some of our own and hope you will share your favorite “Maria Luisa memories” when you visit on our special day.
And to make this anniversary party really memorable we have a lot planned – starting with quite a sale.
During all hours Oct. 19, in both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, we will be offering 30% off all purchases of $30 or more. In addition, we will be offering a special in-store gift with purchases on final sales of $30 or more.
And that’s not all.
We’ll uncork some bubbly (alcoholic and not) around midday to kick things off, along with light bites. As the afternoon continues, we’ll serve up some fruit and juices to coincide with our “just for the little ones” hour, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., when we offer complimentary face painting by Maria Rocco.
We’ll keep the food and drink coming, leading into our OneHope wine tasting around 6. Sample the varieties, shop for the holidays – and remember a portion of the proceeds benefit nonprofit causes.
In addition, have a henna design created by Jamie Baldwin Gaviola between 6 and 7:30 p.m.
And don’t forget to take a photo or two in our own “photo booth,” watch our “30 Years of Maria Luisa” video, take part in our giveaways and meet our “#30Looksof30Years models.
Remember, join us Oct. 19 as we raise a glass to our first 30 years – looking fondly back and toasting what’s yet to come.

Hope to see you then!!
www.marialuisaboutique.com

Monday, October 9, 2017

AUTUMN AT MARIA LUISA


New arrivals
                    New activities
and OUR 30th ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!
 Welcome to our latest seasonal newsletter.
Yes, autumn is here.
Summer flew by, as did Labor Day, back-to-school
- and just about everything else of late.
But...
We are all about embracing this new season.
We have two shops filled with a stunning array of new fashions and accessories, gift ideas and ways to spruce up your surroundings.
We have some new brands, many tried-and-true favorites - and yes, BOOTS - one of our favorite things and yours!
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AND OF COURSE....
This is the season when we officially mark - and CELEBRATE - our 30th anniversary in business.
Yes, the original Maria Luisa Boutique opened its doors in Nyack back in 1987 - and your loyalty and support have helped us reach this milestone, so it's only fitting you join in the celebrating, as well.
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Stay tuned for full details on the event but hopefully you've noticed - and are participating in our anniversary events already under way:
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Looking good
We hope you've been enjoying our "30 Looks for 30 Years" fashion show featuring some of our most loyal customers modeling their favorite finds from Maria Luisa.
It's our way to celebrate the individual styles of the women who have made our offerings their own - and celebrate their unique styles. 
Check out our Facebook page for the stylish ladies.
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Trivia time
Think you know Maria? Prove it- ha! Through Oct. 18, we are posting a daily trivia question on Facebook about Maria, the store or the Nyack community. Let us know how much you know.



Lend a hand
We are conducting a clothing drive for the Center For Safety & Change through our MLfavesForGood initiative.
We are collecting much-needed essentials, which include:
New underwear (bras and panties), in all sizes;
Sweatshirts and pants; 
And pajamas. FB Event Link
We thank you for joining us in this effort that will have a very real impact.

Don't forget we also have BIG plans for this year's edition of Nyack's famed Halloween Parade, which is also marking its 30th anniversary.
Join us during the day on Oct. 28 when we offer our annual Halloween Doorbuster sale (details to come) - but also plan to join us that evening as we join in the march, set for 5 to 8 p.m.

As part of the fun, we'd love to have you join our #MLfaves group, as we're planning a creative way to send a message about the ongoing importance of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
We are gathering all kinds of recyclable and non-recyclables to create some one-of-a-kind costumes. Think plastic, cardboard, foam, coffee-cup lids, plastic bottles and all kinds of packaging materials.
Here's how you, as an MLfave, can help:
* Join the MLfaves parade group. 
FB Event Page Link
* Help us collect materials - what others might call "garbage" - for our costumes.
* Create - or let us help you to create - your themed costume.
Keep in mind, we welcome children, who are encouraged to participate.
We are really excited about this event - and hope you are, too. Stay tuned for more details, but get in touch now if you'd like to know more.
   
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As always, thank for reading this, our seasonal update.
In each edition, we'll continue to share details with you on new fashions, accessories, furniture, home goods and gift ideas that seem to arrive all the time in both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa
(and always available 24-7 online).
 And of course there are the seasonal SALES that you'll definitely want to know about.
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As always, we continue to keep in more frequent touch through social media, with steady postings to our InstagramFacebook and Pinterest accounts, 
as well as our blog and community calendar.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

VISION QUEST

For many of us, our eyes just ain’t what they used to be… it’s a fact of aging.
A fact of life.
But there’s no need to feel a pair of reading glasses will crimp your style.
No… they can actually add a fashionable touch.
Our readers, in a wide range of strengths, come in a variety of shapes – from retro cat’s eye to classic “Ray-Ban” to aviator –  and color themes. 
And yes, we even have sun readers with 100% UV protection, bi-focals and polarized features.
Come on in, try some on – and get ready to be reading with ease… and flair.