November 2020 Collection Inspiration

With the arrival of November, we can’t help but be over-the-moon excited for the upcoming holidays. Although we love fall, we’re eager to pack away the pumpkins and transition to festive holiday décor. November ushers in feelings of nostalgia and the love for all things warm and cozy. With several upcoming holidays, family photos and intimate gatherings, the last weeks of the year are always filled with holiday fun — and plenty of opportunities to dress up! We are so excited to share our latest collection, filled with festive and cozy styles fit for the season. We chatted with Design Director, Meagan, to hear all about this exciting upcoming release!

MJC: What inspired you for the November release?

Meagan Miller: “The November release was inspired by a throwback to the happy, holiday décor used in homes in the 40s and 50s. I remember celebrating the holidays at my grandmother’s house and her tree was always filled with the most beautiful, vibrant ornaments. We wanted to use fun colors with a vintage spin, while still using traditional reds and greens, along with icy blues, pale pinks and rich jewel tones.”

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MJC: Tell us about the prints!

MM: “Maggie created a beautiful poinsettia print, perfect for holiday dresses that I just love. Of course you will also find dots, stripes and gingerbread houses. Some of my favorite color pairings are featured in holiday like pink and red — don’t those colors just make you so happy?!”

MJC: What can we expect from November that may be different from previous releases?

MM: “We focused on all the special moments that happen during this time of year — lots of parties, gatherings, traveling and celebrating the New Year. We wanted to make sure there was something for everyone — dressed up, comfortable and effortless. Lots of memories are made during this time, so why not have the most perfect outfit for the occasion?”

MJC: Which girls’ style is your favorite from this release?

MM: “It’s really hard to choose for this collection. I’m loving the Party In Blue Velour Dress, which features a rib velour that is super soft and sweet for girls of any age! Pair it with fancy mary janes or fun sparkle sneakers. I also love The One That I Want Dress — it’s happy, whimsical and great for any time of the year, not just the holidays.”

MJC: Lastly, which November women’s style are you most excited to wear?

MM: “I love the Enjoy The Party Tee. It’s so flattering, super soft, and with a touch of gold, she offers a bit of magic. You can definitely dress this top up for any party, or pair it with Big Ruffles or jeans to run errands and drop the kids off at school, all while feeling comfortable.”

Which style are you most excited to shop this November? Comment below!

     

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Two of our sweetest dresses ever just arrived in our October release. The Sweetie Pie Dress and Best Recipe Dress are a coordinating sister set, both featuring a super-fun caramel apple pie print. Not only is the delicious pie included in the print, but also the recipe! When designing the fall release, Design Director Meagan drew inspiration from her favorite parts of fall and childhood memories. Each Thanksgiving, Meagan and her mom bake a homemade apple pie, which has turned into one of her favorite traditions. Meagan worked closely with Print Artist Maggie to bring this nostalgic tradition to life through the caramel apple pie print!

Ready to whip up this delicious pie? Here are the full instructions…

Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes
Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 deep dish pie crusts, rolled out
  • 1 egg white, beaten with 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

For the salted caramel sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 light corn syrup
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

For the apple filling

  • 4 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and each cut into 8 slices
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

Roll out both pieces of pie crust, placing one of them in the bottom of a 9″ pie dish, gently pressing into the dish. Trim excess dough and re-roll the scraps, cutting out shapes using decorative pie cutters. Refrigerate the pie shell, cutouts and remaining dough for 30 minutes.

To prepare the apples, in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, stir together the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the cornstarch.

To prepare the caramel, in a heavy 4-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Cook until the mixture is bubbling vigorously, about 9 minutes, stirring only during the first 2 – 3 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and carefully stir in 1/4 cup of the cream, then stir in the remaining 1/4 cup cream. Let cool until just warm.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Let the pie shell, cutouts and dough round stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the apple mixture and 3/4 cup of the caramel; reserve the remaining caramel for serving. Pour the apple filling into the pie shell and place the top crust over the pie. Trim the edges flush with the rim and press the top and bottom crusts together. Brush the underside of the cutouts with egg wash and gently arrange them on the pie. Brush the entire top crust with egg wash and sprinkle with the granulated sugar.

Place the pie dish on a baking sheet. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 1 hour; check the pie after 30 minutes and cover the top and edges with foil if they become too dark. Let the pie cool on a wire rack for at least 2 1/2 hours before serving. Warm the reserved caramel sauce and serve alongside the pie for drizzling.

     

How to Mix and Match Our Girls Fall Separates

One of our very favorite things about our Girls line is that each piece is designed to mix and match back to other pieces in the line. Our fall collection, particularly the October release, is filled with gorgeous autumn styles that all pair beautifully together. Just a few pieces can create so many outfits for endless pairing possibilities!

We want to help you get the most out of each item by creating a mini capsule wardrobe. You’ll want to select pieces that all pair back to each other with ease (which is super easy at Matilda Jane). We recommend starting with five items, which can mix and match into seven different outfits. You’ll want to choose two tops, two bottoms and one dress. Here’s how you can do it for October.

For the tops, we chose our new Flower Forest Tunic and the Oh Sugar Tunic. We selected two different styles of bottoms — the Just For Fun Benny and the Ruffle Jegging. Although we have so many lovely dresses to choose from, we opted for the Sweetie Pie Dress, which has a super fun skirt! Now it’s time to mix and match!

october mix and match guide - girls separates

Now it’s your turn! Share with us how you mix and match your Matilda Jane styles on Instagram using the hashtag #mjmixandmatch so we can see your combinations!