Release Three – In Real Life

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Gina Brown and Suzy Stecki, MJC Janes, and Trunk Keeper, Jennifer Lempesis, style Matilda Jane in adorable and inventive ways. Their photos are a favorite of ours, and we’re so happy to share their Release Three pictures! Visit our Facebook page for more.

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Gina Brown - October 2, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Thank you so much for sharing our photos! We love MJC <3 :)

Nicole Bowen - October 3, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Finally! Gina’s photo shoots are perfection!!! I wait for the Brown Town pics before ordering.

Amy S - October 3, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Love Brown Town!!

Erica S - October 4, 2014 - 3:24 am

Absolutely LOVE the styling. Caught it on @browntowngirls instagram feed and had to get a closer look! These combinations are so adorable!!

Erica S - October 4, 2014 - 3:26 am

(and the designs are fabulous, too!) You never cease to amaze me and make us smile!

Kellie Barlow - October 5, 2014 - 10:37 am

Super cute pictures!! How fun!

Warm & Cozy 2014

“Unless someone like you cares a while awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

These are just a couple quotes that come to mind when I think about Warm & Cozy, the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and ALL of the amazing people who have made this story even possible.

Warm & Cozy is an annual fundraiser started by Matilda Jane in collaboration with other local organizations that benefits the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. The Center is made up of a group of amazing nurses and staff who dedicate their lives to helping women, children, and men during the darkest times of their lives. They help in a time where the most important thing is knowing that you are not damaged, you are loved, you are beautiful, and you are worthy of all the happiness one can hold.

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The Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center’s services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year at no cost to their patients. They serve all of Northeast Indiana, including: Allen, Adams, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Just meet Michelle, one of the forensic nurses from the center, and you will understand why Warm & Cozy was formed. She is one of the most passionate, caring, and strong women I have ever met. She has done so much for our community, and it was time for our community to come together to support her and the other nurses. They are extremely under staffed, and funding was cut. The staff works long hours, and lack the necessary time and funds to spread awareness.

In September of 2013, A Party Apart (a Fort Wayne based events company) and Matilda Jane Clothing came together along with the center to host the first annual Warm & Cozy. The event raised a little under $90,000, which was a great start. But it takes a lot of money and support to keep the center running. Here are some examples of how far a donation will go.

  • $20 monthly contribution – helps purchase care packages filled with toiletries and other items for patients
  •  $50 one time contribution – purchases two $25 gas cards for patients who travel an hour or more to get to the center
  • $150 contribution – purchases new clothing items for patients who must leave their clothing at the center as evidence
  • $500 contribution – provides training to one dozen first responders
  • $2,500 contribution – pays for one (1) Forensic Nurse Examiner to attend a training conference and receive the CNEs/CEUs necessary to maintain her SANE certification. In 2015, the center will have three nurses requiring CNEs/CEUs.

As you can see, we have our hands full. Our goal this year is to raise over $100,000, and with the support we have already received from local companies and community members, I am confident that this is possible. If you are located in Fort Wayne area, we would love to see you at this year’s Warm & Cozy. The event will have individually sponsored campfires, a live auction, a raffle and other games, a light dinner, live music by ReMEDy, and tons of fun!

There are lots of great items available at the live auction, including: a photo shoot with Matilda Jane Clothing; dinner for 8 from the Oyster Bar served in your home; a week on the beach in Bonita Springs – 2 bedroom, 2 bath, sleeps 4; and Party with a Start, and more. Some of the raffle items include: dinner for 4 from Club Soda; a Joseph Decuis Harvest Dinner for 2; a Warm & Cozy Gift Basket; and a behind the scenes tour of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for 8 people.

When: September 24, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 P.M.

Where: The Paddock, 7195 East State Road 14, Columbia City, IN

Tickets: $40 for 1 or $75 for 2

Click here for more information about Warm & Cozy, or to order tickets. For more information about the center or to donate, please visit www.youspeakwelisten.org.

 

Thank you.

XOXO

Kayla

 

     
Katief - September 19, 2014 - 10:59 pm

This act of kindness and philanthropy is why I love working for Matilda jane .. It really is “knot just clothes “

Meg W - September 21, 2014 - 7:50 am

Seeing you partner with this cause makes me love your company so much more. The battles people face from this are so real and it means so much to me the awareness you are bringing. Thank u

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.

HAPPY-MANTRA

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..

LOVE,

SAM

 

 

     
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… ;)

Erica Scott - September 18, 2014 - 9:13 am

“It’s better to be super everything, than super nothing.” -Madeline You girls are ALL super everything. I can’t help but think of this book when you mention going to Europe with Madeline!! I adore Secret Fields and can’t wait until we have a part of the collection!

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