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Turning Heads at Ascot


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Royal Ascot is approaching on the 16th June! An opportunity for women to display their fine dressing and abide to the tradition of knee-length hems or longer.

 

Me and Maya have a selection of lady like dresses suitable for events like Ascot, for example the Rita black and white polka dress. Appropriate for the temperamental weather with its gathered long sleeves. This item fits the tiered dress trend of 2021, and at the same time embodies a classic elegance through the monochrome print.

 

The Rebecca dress is another great example of a unique piece that will guarantee a stylish and sophisticated look. This dress comes in both a white and black colour way with a gorgeous colourful print inspired by the fifties.

 

Paired with hats from our personal favourites:  John Boyd or Laura Cathcart, it is essential to accessorise  as it makes an important part of Royal Ascot dressing.

 

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Collar Comeback ~ Gigi Blouse


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Text Box: COLLAR COMEBACK ~ GIGI BLOUSE

It can’t go unnoticed that statement collars and bows are making their comeback; from oversized collared shirts to the ‘Peter Pan’ collars, fashion has blessed us with these statement pieces during the pandemic. Whilst this is arguably the recurrence of previous fashion trends for example the YSL pointed collar of the 1960’s or Princess Diana’s prairie collar - it is now being styled in a more contemporary way.
  In light of this topic on collars, it would only be appropriate to mention our best-seller Gigi Blouse with its elegant, timeless style. It is the perfect item to use for day-to-day wear or even to dress up for an evening drinks party. Seeing as the broach is back in trend too this works gorgeously on the collar. Check out our shop to see the wider selection of colour options we have available!      

A short Q&A with Me & Maya founder, Lalita Russell-Smith


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What inspired you to start up Me & Maya?

“It was originally started as a mother and daughter line, so I used it to make children’s versions of mothers’ clothes - hence the name ‘Me and Maya’ [Maya is the name of Lalita’s daughter]. But when I moved to West Sussex, the children’s line was not selling as well as the grown-up line, so I switched to only clothes for mothers or women in general. I decided I wanted to do clothes for occasions that didn’t cost a tremendous amount. That’s how it all started.”

 

 What do your clothes incorporate or represent?

“The most obvious thing my clothes incorporate is that it is not mass produced and also, it’s made in England, made in London. So not only am I creating something; a special piece for your wardrobe, and something that you will wear for a long time, but I am also supporting the Country by having things made here which I would really like to see expand. England was once a leading world manufacturer, exporting lots of items – so why can’t we do it again?”

 

You mentioned that Indian fabrics and culture were hugely influential on your company?

 “Yes, so when I started my label for adults, I wanted to do something that also reflected my heritage. I was very much inspired by an Italian company called ‘Etro’ who used paisley, and as we all know paisley comes from the middle east and India, it’s used in their culture an awful lot so I decided to try to work on something with this in mind. I bought a whole lot of sarees and I thought I’m just going to do one design which was a shirt, 70’s inspired - and by that, I mean, quite a big collar with a pussy cat bow and fitted. I produced that in all the different sizes and colours of the sarees I had bought. It was an instant sell out; customers just loved it. So I took it from there: it has evolved from just blouses, I’ve made skirts, palazzo pants and I now sell these under the Limited Edition because from one saree you can’t get all the sizes – so its limited edition and a lot of people buy it as resort wear. That’s what it’s become, resort wear.”

 

Could you tell us more about your recycling of the old sarees? 

“Well with the wastage of the manufacturing, I decided to make little tops and use fabric placement, so I wasn’t wasting so much fabric – and that also became quite a popular thing. I have now more recently started to do cushions and hopefully the range will expand to more things.”

 

Do you have a favourite look?

“Well I’m quite a classic dresser, so for me simplicity in outfits is the key thing. I would probably wear either a top with matching trousers or a modern take on your jacket. Or I would wear a nice simple dress, probably fitted as I’m quite short. But I will always accessorize things differently so that every time I wear the same outfit, it can look different with the accessorising. The shoes, the bag, maybe scarves, jewellery – the choices are limitless!” 

 

Christmas is coming up soon – is there a seasonal trend that we may be missing?

Well, we’re all missing dressing up aren’t we! But as we are all having more of a lowkey image with our wardrobe, I would probably go with some nice velvet palazzo pants; easy to wear, easy to move in and maybe a lovely cashmere jumper; something with a bit of colour. Maybe a nice little row of pearls, I adore pearls - and some comfortable shoes, and that’s me done!

 

What can we look forward to next year from Me & Maya?

That purely depends on what COVID is going to be doing - it has put everything on hold unfortunately. I think if this vaccine proves to be successful, then of course it’s back to event dressing. I think people will want to dress up and look glamorous and get out of their comfortable home-wear, so I am going to be looking at glamour for Me and Maya, reinvigorating people’s outfits again.

The New Normal At Me & Maya


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THE DAY HAS COME!

Finally most of us can officially retire our - stay at home -  attire. Our days spent dreaming of breezy dresses, sandals, and basically any warm weather gear is now a reality. As we step into summer, what do you need to wear to start going out of the bubble and start this new normal ? Your favourite Me & Maya pieces, that's what!

Now that I've convinced you to invest in a couple of Me & Maya items that will not only look great on your Instagram, but will also keep lasting for summers to come, I've highlighted a few of our Must Haves for this season below.

THE GIGI BLOUSE

Lovely Gigi is available in many colour ways, each one a one off. The removable bow tie makes it a versatile piece, & If we are talking about trends, the saree material not only looks great but it's also easy to maintain requiring no ironing.

This is a holiday Must Have!   

     

THE REBECCA DRESS

Stunning Rebecca is available in 2 prints. After months of isolation this is the perfect garment to show the world some joy with the gorgeous & colourful prints inspired by the 50’s.

     

THE RITA DRESS

Our tiered Rita dress comes in a classic monochrome colour way. Light and floaty ideal for day and evening. Don’t forget that Polka dots are always going to be on trend & a racing favourite.

Whether stepping out in the countryside, a garden party, or a formal occasion you will be stepping out of the lockdown looking fabulous and confident. 

And don't forget that...

WHAT TO WEAR | Easter Holidays


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We love our Naomi dress, is the perfect choice for this festivity.

Lalita Rusell-Smith

Style Tip | Stop Fearing Colours


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Let’s pop up with us! 

Lalita Rusell-Smith

We Love | Christian Dior


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I was at the V&A's #Dior exhibition on 10th of March and what an amazing display of simply the most stunning gowns!

I had the chance to experience the enduring influence of the fashion house. Across 11 special sections, the exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him.

Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives, the exhibition presents over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, illustrations, magazines and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.

"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking" - Christian Dior

Colour Trend – Pink


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"Think Pink!" is the right mood after what we have seen during Spring/Summer 2019 collections. From London to Paris fashion week we understood that no matter how we wear the colour, pink will always be a clear statement.

   

Check out our Natasha dress for our take on the trend.

         

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