Stormy Weather

You heard right. It’s a blustery, moody blue, rainy day at the brick building today. Stormy weather. Definitely not my favorite weather, since I’m deathly afraid of tornadoes, etc. But sometimes, soooooometimes, doesn’t a good, gray day just feel right? It makes the day cozier, and leads you straight into comfy knit pants, a great book you’ve had sitting on the shelf for far too long, and my all time favorite thing, COMFORT FOOD.  Oh yes, I suppose the stormy weather does have a few positives. But doesn’t everything have a silver lining if you look at it the right way? Come on, just tilt your head. I know you’ll see it.


My silver linings for today have been answering my Facebook messages and learning I’ll be traveling to Europe so, soo soon! I love it when I find a few moments to read emails, not work emails, but the fun stuff that I get with feedback from Platinum or the recent release of Secret Fields or just cute photos of your gals wearing items that I designed. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ll ever get used to saying “I DESIGNED.” I MAKE CLOTHES FOR A LIVING, WHAT?!!??!) I always take forever to go through my personal messages, but when I do, it gives me an extra skip in my step! You have no idea how much your feedback drives me. I might have gotten that from Denise? Ha, I’ve said it once before, but I’ll say it again, I read through all of our social media outlets trying to absorb your thoughts. It’s my addiction! A fun, safe one I’d like to think:)

Umm, where was I…. Europe. Yep, you read that correctly! I got so pumped on emails that I almost forgot to tell you about it! I’m so excited to continue with our new design tradition….the inspiration trip. OH YA! It will be Madeline and my first trip together, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Way back when, in the early ages of MJC, I was lucky enough to go to Germany with Denise, David, and Lynette. We shopped, we ate, we visited long lost friends, we talked and we shared….probably TOO much with each other. But it was the most amazing experience. I’m sure this trip will be totally different, but in a really good way. The first time it was almost more about us – as people, as friends, as family. The actual uniqueness of the country and all that good stuff came second. This time, I’ll be with Madeline who is a seasoned traveler and will be showing me the ropes and all the shopping secrets of Europe. I can’t wait! Don’t worry, I’m looking forward to sharing and eating with Madeline, too.

When I began writing this blog post, I was like…dang, I don’t have a whole lot of stuff to do today. But of course, within the couple hours it has taken me to get back to my chair and finish it, about a million things have piled up. I love this place. There’s always something creative to do or add to the list. And man do I love lists! Back to the grind for me.

As always..





Luvmi Webber - September 12, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Great Hope you all have fun in Europe!

Michelle Gresham - September 12, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Thank you for taking the time to write us back and listen to our thoughts! We are loving the new line and all our Platinum pretties! <3 Can't wait to see and hear about all your European adventures! :D

Gran - September 13, 2014 - 12:34 pm

So excited for you and Madeline and your inspiration trip!!!

Angela - September 15, 2014 - 8:47 am

Sam, I love that you are keeping us in the loop through the blog! Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication! And for listening to all of us who love MJC too! By the way, Secret Fields is ahhhh-mazing! And, I love walking into a store, seeing a skater skirt or asymmetrical zippered jacket and think, MJC has that! WE have that! :)

KaMarlowete - September 15, 2014 - 3:56 pm

I’ll be staying here, working on classes and in practicum, (and probably walking to classes and practicum, if the recent behavior of our old family car is any indication). Your “voice”, always makes me feel like your news is MY news. Thanks for the spring in My step, Sam. I’m seeing silver clouds today in Easter NM, not grey, and am looking forward to your European blog posts! I love today.

Bridgette Lott - September 15, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Can’t wait to hear about Europe! Thanks for blogging-I miss the blogs you all used to post all the time.

Stacey C - September 17, 2014 - 2:00 pm

It has been so fun to see your creative ideas and design inspiration through the new line… I can’t wait to see photos of inspiration from Europe, and know it will be an incredibly eye-opening and fun trip! Salut… ;)

Release Two – In Real Life

There’s nothing quite like playing dress up in all the new items on release day! It definitely brings out the little girl in each of us. Seeing IRL pics on the first of the month is always a treat.

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For Release Two, we partnered with Brown Town for some great in real life photos to share with you all!

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These are just a few of our favorites. Visit our Facebook page to view the full photo album.

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Becky - September 3, 2014 - 9:02 pm

Sam, loved, loved, loved this release!!! I actually got more for me this time than I did for my girls. :-) Thank you for beautiful clothes for all ages.

Release Two is here!

Did anyone see where August went? I swear I remember the beginning of the month, but where did the middle and the end go? Time, man. I’ll never wrap my head around it. A day can last forever, but a month can pass by in the blink of an eye. How does it do that?? 

I’ll put these existential thoughts aside to focus on the real reason I’m wondering where August went… today is September 1st! And you know what that means; an exciting new release of Secret Fields is here! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I’ve been reading all the comments on sneak peeks so far, but I never truly feel it until you all get your hands on the items at trunk shows. I’m sure that’s how you feel too, right?


In Release Two, you’ll see lots of new styles and some old favorites, too. They’re designed in a slew of cheery colors with happy, hopeful thoughts in mind. Every piece makes me smile and reminds me of a certain conversation or trip that helped to create it. Because, as I’m sure you know, every item has a story. Every. Single. One. If you had a few hours, I could tell you the ideas, the locations, the jokes, and, heck, even the weather that happened while the design was created! But, if you asked me what my best friend’s phone number is… well, I’d scratch my head and back away quietly. My memory is funny like that. I either remember everything or nothing at all. For now, maybe I should share just one?


Or two. Oh, you know I can never choose a FAVORITE, because I love them all! This little beauty, however, has stolen a nice chunk of my heart. Denise and I designed the Citronella Dress at her home in Indiana, sitting at the same red table we’ve been looking at for years. We wanted to capture the femininity of the women’s Fairest Navy Dress from Paint by Numbers while keeping it bright and playful for your sweet darling daughters. The end result is a dress that’s so comfy you could mistake it for a soft knit lap dress, but with extra bells and whistles that truly make it shine. This super special, cozy dress is exactly how I see Fall – still bright, like the sun is just setting, but with cool blues that say “Winter IS on its way, you know.”

And the second.. Does anyone remember Teacake from You&Me? My VERY first collection that I designed with Denise from start to finish? Well… there was something about looking back to You&Me that really helped me move forward with Secret Fields. I’m sure for a million sentimental reasons, but also because it felt like we really started taking design to the next level with You&Me. And that’s what I want us to keep doing! Evolving our designs, while keeping in mind the gorgeous classics that helped build MJC into what it is today. And hey, I’m calling the Blue Orchid Crochet Sara Top a classic, folks!


Secret Fields has given me an encyclopedia of memories to hold on to. How lucky am I? I get to design sweet, beautiful items, and also build the most rewarding memories at the same time?

One of the biggest memories is Kayla’s and my trip to visit Denise in Houston. What an inspiring place to dive into Release 2. Not just the city, although Houston was so very nice and SO very hot! But… being with Denise and Kayla, who are both SOOOO different, yet two of my absolute best friends and favorite style icons. And being told to shop, shop, shop (David gave Denise permission to spoil the bejeezus out of us! As if she needed his permission.;)) opened my mind to about a million new possibilities. Being at the forefront of the collection for the very first time, I really decided to go for it. I made it my own and hoped to goodness that Denise and the team would love it as much I did.

Long story short and a few meetings later, we added the second release to Secret Fields and while doing so, turned another page in the story of Matilda Jane. Turned another page in the story of Sam, too. And if you’re anything like me, I can’t wait to see/read/feel what happens next.

Enjoy, my friends!



Michelle Gresham - September 1, 2014 - 10:09 am

Thank you for sharing the inspiration behind some of the pieces! Because I’m a teacher, I think I get extra geeked when you delve into the history of MJ. =D <—- Life-long learner over here! =) Thank you again for putting together such a beautiful release; I am SUPER excited for the Clever Fox sweater and the Sunset Benny leggings! I CANNOT WAIT for little Hope to rock that at story time! =D

Christy Hruska - September 1, 2014 - 10:38 am

The collection is beautiful Sam! I love very piece of it.

Stacie Petta - September 1, 2014 - 12:23 pm

I love the colors of the release! The crochet sara top is one of my favs too and yes I still have mine from You & Me! I also love hearing the story behind it all!

Amber - September 1, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Everything is Amazing..I Love it All!!!

Casey Schneider - September 1, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Bravo, Sam. It’s absolutely gorgeous!!!

Gem - September 1, 2014 - 2:39 pm

I’m just so in love with this collection. I’m blown away at how creative and talented you guys are. Thank you for blessing us with your passion. Xoxo

natalie - September 1, 2014 - 7:59 pm

you knocked it out of the park. You have created gorgeous, sweet pieces that will have little girls all over making special memories of their own. Keep doing what you love and I’m proud of you!

Kristen - September 1, 2014 - 9:26 pm

This release is a home run! You should be very proud of your accomplishment! I can’t wait to see the rest!

Brooke - September 1, 2014 - 9:27 pm

It is all so lovely! all the sweet knits and vibrant rich colors are right up our alley! Thanks for the beautiful unique pieces – AND you rocked the Women’s wear this release!


Kiley - September 2, 2014 - 6:59 am

Beautiful collection!!!! I don’t have any little darlings to spoil with your clothing so thank you for making the Mama line so fabulous!!! #iwantitall #mjaddiction

Amy S - September 2, 2014 - 7:57 am

One of the many things I love about MJ- the passion behind it all!

Missy J - September 2, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love your passion and LOVE LOVE LOVE R2! You have done well!

Brandi Crowell - September 2, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Sam! These are the stories I love, the stories behind the pieces, the names, the designs. The stories of you and Denise designing. Thank you!! It is such a fabulous collection, cograts!!!

Brittnie - September 2, 2014 - 12:58 pm

By far best adult collection yet! Love the girls line too but the women’s is practical and cohesive. I have no idea how im going to narrow down my wish list!! Love love love :) :)

Nicole S - September 2, 2014 - 2:12 pm

I love the cintronella dress even more knowing the story behind it’s design. It was by far my favorite piece and reminded me of fairest navy. I can’t wait to see my little girl twirl in this dress!

Becky - September 3, 2014 - 9:05 pm

What a beautiful blog, beautiful pictures, and beautiful collection. I am so proud of you and what you created with Secret Fields.

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