Sunday, August 7, 2016

A thought-provoking evening

A group of nearly 20 – primarily women but a few intrepid gentlemen – gathered at Maria Luisa
Boutique on a recent evening to attend the Susan Travis author appearance.
Travis, a veteran licensed mental health worker, therapist in private practice and local resident,

was our guest, with the focus being her book, “I’m My Own Worst Enemy… NO MORE.”

As hoped, the evening proved to draw a thoughtful group together in a laid-back environment –

the home-furnishing section at the rear of the boutique.
As Travis observed of the surroundings at the start of her talk, she said, “It’s comfortable without

even speaking.”
But she did speak, in a most inviting and conversational manner, about the book and how it is

part of her goal “to help as many people as possible see the beauty inside themselves.”

She took the group on a virtual exploration of her book, explaining her approach (developing a

prison analogy) and showing, often through examples, that “you have the keys to get out of any

prisons you have created.”

For those who have long struggled with issues including being too nice, of constantly feeling guilt

and worry, of searching for perfection at all costs… and so many other “prisons,” the program

offered plenty of food for thought.

Travis, who noted that “courage is not always on the battlefield,” connected with the group – and

offered a refreshing perspective while effortlessly creating a sense of camaraderie.

Toward the end of her presentation, Travis summed things up in a most inspiring manner.

“I believe we are works in progress til your last breath, til your very last breath,” she said. “We

can change.”

And who wouldn’t be inspired by that?

We thank Travis for sharing her perspective; her book remains on sale at Maria Luisa.

– Mary Shustack for Maria Luisa Boutique

And we remind you that we’re open to hosting special events in both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML
by Maria Luisa. In addition to book and poetry readings, our special events have included art

exhibitions, musical performances, creativity workshops, beauty seminars, movement/exercise

events and more. Contact Maria Luisa Whittingham to discuss planning an event here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Let there be light…

So you don’t think of us when it comes to lighting?

We’d like to convince you to think otherwise.
Throughout ML by Maria Luisa – and even spotted here and there in the original Maria Luisa Boutique – you’ll find plenty of options for lighting, from funky accents for the bedroom to more formal floor lamps, including a stylish choice with a stand fashioned out of reclaimed wood.
Have a party planned? You might want to pick up a few of our more playful options to help set the festive mood – or maybe you’re thinking about a gift for someone who in coming months may be settling into their first dorm room or apartment.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s in store.
Stop by soon and see what we’ve got.
Maybe you’ll be inspired to lighten things up.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


These warmer days give us the perfect excuse – as if we need one – to pick up a new bag.

After all, who doesn’t want to greet summer with something fun?

And at both Maria Luisa Boutique and ML by Maria Luisa, we have options and … well, more


If you are on the hunt for a colorful backpack, we’ve got them. Same goes for straw or fabric totes

ideal for waterside destinations. We’ve got tiny bags for evenings out and plenty of clutches to

slip into bigger bags or your weekender (and yep, we have those, too.). And of course, when

you’re juggling all those fun summer activities, we’ve got you covered with a variety of crossbody

bags, too.

So stop by or visit us online to see the latest – and we promise, we’ve got something to suit your

style, from bold to classic, colorful to calm, playful to the most practical.
And as we all know, we definitely can have more than one bag – no matter the season!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Graphic impact

Sure, we love our florals, stripes and abstract prints when it comes to accents.

Sure, we love our florals, stripes and abstract prints when it comes to accents.
We also love splashes of colors, from light pastels to bolder hues.But sometimes, you can take it down to the basics – and create amazing impact.

What are we talking about? Think decorative goods that carry starkly simple imagery – letters and numbers.
Who wouldn’t love a mug with their initial?

And how about a handful of the tiniest charms to spell out their name – or any other message?
Perhaps you’d like to hang up the number of your kids, your apartment …  maybe even your area code?   

It’s all about experimenting.
Take a spin through the alphabet. Count from one to 10 – or beyond.
You may be surprised at how these straightforward accents add an unexpected layer of meaning to your surroundings.

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Have you heard about Duke Cannon Supply Co.?
For a clue as to its approach, just know that it bills itself as “America’s Most American Brand” and “The Choice of Champion Barbers.”

As its attitude-heavy homepage states, “Duke Cannon isn’t for everyone. And quite frankly, he prefers it that way.”

If you have — or know — a man of singular style, of old-fashioned values, one with a hint of rugged and an old-school swagger, then you will want to check out our new line of products seemingly designed just for him.

Among the Duke Cannon grooming products we are offering are the Superior Grade ShaveCream, which features aloe vera and shea butter; and the Tactical LipProtectant, created using premium, natural and organic ingredients and featuring SPF 15.

And one guaranteed to elicit a chuckle — the Big Ass Brick of Soap. Available in four scents, this is a full military-grade product modeled after the rough cut “brick” style soap used by GIs during the Korean War.

Wondering how well these no-fuss, no-frills products work? All Duke Cannon products are field tested by active duty U.S. soldiers, so you know they’ve made the grade.

And in appreciation for the men — and women — who have and continue to serve our country, Duke Cannon Supply Co. donates a portion of its proceeds to veterans’ causes.

Come in — or visit — to shop for “America’s Most American Brand".

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sock it to us!

You know when you need a gift that has to make a splash but can’t be serious?
Maybe it’s a pick-me-up for a friend who just got dumped.
Maybe it’s a little birthday extra for someone you simply want to make laugh.
Or perhaps you want to pop something in the mail to someone simply to show you’re thinking about them.
We have the answer: A pair of socks.
Yes, we know. You’re probably thinking, “Did they just say ‘a pair of socks’?”
Yes, we did – and if you have seen the selections from Blue Q, featured in ML by Maria Luisa, then you know we are right.
These fun – FUN! – socks are not only made well – but they will make you smile.
Stop in and take a peek at the options – we carry styles for both women and men – and we bet you’ll pick up a batch, for gifts now and later, maybe even one for yourself.
It’s fun to shake things up a bit!
BUT don’t think our socks are only about fun.
We have several new socks — have you seen just how many socks we carry in both our shops?  — that are also really connecting with our customers. 
Some of our new selections have a decidedly therapeutic angle, but it’s one that doesn’t forego fashion.
For example, check out the Sedona Ultra Light Micro Sock from Goodhew.
This sassy little number features spandex throughout sock, arch support, mesh breather panels, Y-heels and seamless toe closure.
And the Plantar Ease Sock from Sockwell works by firmly supporting to the Plantar Fascia and the Achilles Tendon and applying pressure that encourages blood flow upward to reduce swelling which ultimately minimizes pain and discomfort.
And finally  – in a classic example of ‘last but not least’ – we are featuring a selection of Conscious Step socks. These stylish creations, fashioned out of GOTS organic cotton and manufactured in a Fair Trade manner, not only feature comfort and durability — but really do good. Opt for the style (and cause) you feel strongest about, from hunger to education to water. The company behind these fun socks has teamed up with global nonprofits to make donations (food, books and clean water) for each pair purchased. Take a look – and you’ll likely be considering more than one pair.
So whichever sock catches your eye, there are some real winners here. Who knew socks could be such an easy way to look good, feel good — and do good.
Visit — or stop by our shops — to check it all out.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


This time of year, when we are so ready for spring to

arrive, we’re looking for things that feel fresh and new.

And you can add something quite fresh and new to your

kitchen with our newest arrival, a collection of white

porcelain dinnerware from Japan. The Miya Company’s Omakase collection — its name

(pronounced O-ma-ka-say) is translated as “It’s up to you”

— is the perfect phrase to sum up these versatile pieces.

Take one look, and you’ll agree that they serve as the ideal

blank canvas for your culinary creations either simple or

more elaborate.

Maria Luisa Whittingham was captivated by the line’s

strong, sleek design — and the undeniable fact that they

are, quite simply, “very nice looking.”

We think you’ll agree — and want to stock up on the

collection, which features pieces ranging from sauce

dishes to plates to mugs (and all priced from $4 to $14).

Whether you have a dinner party in the works — or

simply want to give your latest recipe a fitting

presentation, look to the Miya Company’s Omakase collection for that finishing touch.