Sunday, May 27, 2018

FOOTWEAR IN FOCUS

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.
Dorith

Denia


Alcudia


Vanna

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.
Cover-Ups

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 marialuisaboutique.com and Shoptiques.com.

Monday, May 21, 2018

GETTING AWAY IN STYLE


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.
HOILIDAY WEEKEND ESSENTIALS

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.
PERUSE OUR FOOTWEAR

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.
BE BBQ READY


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).
SUMMER EXPRESSIONS

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

CELEBRATING 30  31 YEARS

Monday, May 14, 2018

MARIA LUISA HITS THE STREETS


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 marialuisaboutique.com, where we spotlight Maria Luisa events as well as community happenings we think you’d like to know about.

Monday, May 7, 2018

THE NEXT GENERATION…

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.
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For more, or to donate to the 2019 effort, visit marialuisaboutique.com/maria-luisa-scholarship-fund or rocklandgives.org.


Monday, April 30, 2018

MARIA LUISA EVENTS… AND MORE

You know that at Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, we consider ourselves a very active part of our Nyack community.
To us, that means everything from supporting and participating in village events to grabbing a bite – or drink  – in town after work, getting our hair done nearby or stopping in one of our neighboring shops to pick up a gift.

We know that your visits to Nyack are sometimes prompted by a desire to stop in at Maria Luisa and shop – or to take part in some of our local events.

That’s why we offer our Community Calendar – a listing put together for you, our loyal customers, to help you keep up on not only on our own store events but also the famed Nyack events (such as street fairs, concerts and the blockbuster Halloween Parade). 

We also spotlight benefits and events hosted by our local nonprofits whose work we support, as well as showcase the wealth of local art exhibitions, educational programs, films and theatrical events that we think you’d like to know about. 

We hope you’ll use our curated calendar of events to plan your visits to Nyack, or simply to check in and see what’s going on in town the next time you plan to stop by Maria Luisa.

We look forward to seeing you – in our shops – or at some of these events we spotlight.
Work local. Shop local. Enjoy local!

Check out our community calendar at marialuisaboutique.com.

Join Us!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

MAKE A WISH

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – May 13.
As we all know, it’s a chance to recognize our mothers – but it’s also a bit more than that.
It’s about recognizing those in your life who are “like a mother” to you – perhaps a sister, aunt, grandmother, best friend.
Wouldn’t it be nice to let those special ladies know how much they mean to you?
We love getting into the Mother’s Day spirit at Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, especially as our shops are filled with fashions, accessories, home goods and plenty of ideas that make an ideal gift, whether it’s a beautiful little token or a really elaborate presentation.
If you’re a mom and want to make it “easy” on those shopping for you – as we do during the holiday season – we’ll again be offering a “Mother’s Day Wish List,” and kicking it all off with a special party May 3.

Here’s a quick run-down of how it all works:
You come by our shops on May 3 – create a “wish list” of items that you’d love to receive (we’ll help you with suggestions and filling out the lists) – and then we’ll hold onto it. Your family and friends can then come in and shop for you from that list, knowing that they are purchasing you something that you’ll truly want – and love. It’s our spin on a gift registry.
As mentioned, we’ll begin our lists May 3, with a special party that evening. Stop by from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and have a snack, create your list – and simply enjoy the experience.
 
MARIA LUISA GIFT CARD
If you do some of your own shopping that night – you’ll receive 10% off your purchases up to $100 and 20% off your purchases of $100+.
And then, when those shopping for you return and shop off your list – from May 4 to May 10 – we’ll also offer then a 10% discount on those items.

Pretty much a win-win all the way around.
We hope to see you on May 3 – and Happy Mother’s Day in advance.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

EARTH DAY-MORE THAN JUST A DAY AT MARIA LUISA

You all know how much we at Maria Luisa care about our environment, so it’s no
surprise to hear that for us, Earth Day is more than just a single day.
That commitment to protecting our environment is at the core of our philosophy,
something perhaps best evidenced by our “Say NO! to the Bag” initiative. Our reusable
Maria Luisa market bags are a signature item for us, one that we hope you proudly use
(and if not, don’t worry as you’ll see by reading on).


As the world marks Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, we’ll certainly be joining in, but our
efforts to recognize the importance of protecting our planet are already under way.
Here are a few highlights of what we have in store in both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML
by Maria Luisa.


Our kids’ Earth Day Contest has already begun with entries being accepted via
Instagram and Facebook. Starting Tuesday, April 17 – come into our shops and have
your youngsters add their thoughts to our Earth Day question – “What’s Your Earth
Day/Every Day Wish for Our Planet
?” The winner will be selected on Earth Day with a
prize to be awarded.


Where do you take your ML tote?

• Also under way is our “Say No! to the Bag” initiative contest. This is another
interactive campaign, with entries to be sent via Instagram and Facebook. Simply snap a
photo to show “Where do you take your purple ML reusable tote?” Do you BYO-bag to
the grocery store or the gym or the park? Let us know. Tag @marialuisanyack and use
the hashtag #saynotothebagpledge” in your posts. All submissions received through
April 22 will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Maria Luisa gift card. (And help our
earth even further: If you’re merchant, employee or volunteer in a retail setting, pledge
to ask “Did you bring your own bag today?”
If the reply is no, then ask if they need a
bag. (You’ll be surprised how many people will say “no” and tuck the purchase into
their tote or backpack). And finally, as a consumer, recommit to our initiative: “I pledge
to forgo a bag and bring my own bag when shopping.
” Share the news and we can truly
create change!


Throughout the week, April 17 to 22, those who spend $100 or more and request it,
will receive one of our signature market bags for free – and also be added to a drawing
for a $50 gift card
good in either of our shops. The drawing will be held on Earth Day.


• We also hope you’ll stop by on Saturday, April 21 if you’re in town for Nyack’s official Earth Day celebration, as our own observance will be in full swing.


• And finally, we hope you’ll sign up your little ones for our child-friendly Earth Day
Project,
when we’ll invite children to stop by and create an earth-friendly project such as
creating a bird feeder out of re-purposed materials such as milk cartons or jugs. There is
no fee to participate but we do ask you to please sign up in advance at mlgifts@marialuisaboutique.com to help us ensure there are enough supplies on hand. Just include

Child-friendly Earth Day Project and the number of children attending.

As you can see, we really do care about you, our customers, and the Earth – our home!


And don’t forget, if you’re not already a subscriber to our blog – sign up to follow us by
Earth Day and you’ll be entered into our Earth Day Blog Contest – the winners will receive their choice of a Maria Luisa re-usable market bag or our signature upcycled ML
drinking glass.


Happy (everyday) Earth Day to all!