FASHION

Behind the Office: Product Development

August 30, 2016

I have officially been a part of the Mud Pie team for 3 years – Boy, how much it has changed in that short time! But what many of you may not know is that I’ve been an unofficial employee since the day I was born. Growing up as Marcia Miller’s daughter, I was bred into the Mud Pie lifestyle. Ever since I was a girl, I can remember filing invoices and ticketing products for market weeks. I’ve worn many hats, and each one has provided a new, exciting challenge for me.

After many (many) years of learning the company, I’ve found my role as Assistant Vice President in Product Development.

The product development department is the place at Mud Pie where all the magic happens. Our team is always busy- samples floating everywhere, dogs running about, and constant meetings anywhere we can find available space. With the busy lifestyle, we are fortunate to have the freedom to create and express our personalities. Every work space you walk by is a collage of inspiration unique to that employee. This stands true beyond product development. Mud Pie believes that employees should feel at home, and our office as a whole is a reflection of that.

Here is a short, but fun behind the scenes of a few creative spaces + some office puppy love (a daily necessity).

 

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Everyone in PD has a cork board wall. We use these to hang inspiration, current projects, photos – really anything relevant to working in a creative environment where product is developed on a crazy fast pace every single day. Take a look at the different ways some of our designers and merchandisers design their cork boards!

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If you are a PD girl there is basically one requirement- YOU. MUST. LOVE. DOGS. There is a steady stream of Mud Pie dogs in our department on any given day. Many of them have grown up here. Having a furry coworker to snuggle up with on a crazy busy day makes a stressful day so much better.

Meet Olive! – She has been coming to work since she was 8 weeks old!

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Maybe “baby” is testing out some Fall 17 Living developments!

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Be sure to follow Mud Pie on Snapchat & Instagram for more behind the scenes moments! <3

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Summer to Fall Fashion: The Dakota 4 Ways

August 24, 2016

The hot summer days are slowly turning to fall. The nights are cooling off, and fall layers are creeping into the minds of fashionistas. While fall brings perfect outdoor weather, and weekends full of activity, we still have yet to send off summer. Some are ready for the seasons change, while others are still holding on to the last drop of sunshine and summertime.

For now, we stand in a transitional period where summer pieces are being mixed with fall knits. We’re still looking forward to a Labor Day beach weekend, while also thinking of outfits for the fall football season.

The perfect piece is one that can swing from season to season with you. One that can be dressed up, accessorized, and layered with other staple pieces. A piece just like the Mud Pie Dakota Fringe Cover-up. A beautiful piece with lots of personality. And let’s be honest – the tassel trend isn’t going anywhere, but it is certainly changing with the seasons.

We asked four girls in the office to style our Dakota Fringe Cover-Up. There were no other guidelines and the results were just what we wanted. One item worn for the end of summer and beginning of fall.

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1. Resort: A late summer outfit for those final vacation days. But who says you can’t style the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up this way at dinner during your winter beach getaway? Katie looks like she belongs in a resort with a cocktail in hand. She pairs the White Dakota Fringe Cover-Up with a Chloe bag, chic sunglasses, a fedora and booties to die for. Talk about effortlessly cool style!

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2. Date Night: Who says a cover-up is only an item for a bathing suit? Black and navy are together at last as a perfect duo this fall. Jordan transforms the Navy Dakota Fringe Cover-Up into a dress fit for date night on the town. Throw on chunky jewelry, booties and a suede moto jacket to spice up the look.

3_Poolside3. Poolside: The weather may be cooling off, but the pool will be open for a couple months to come. Let us just say, Katy is as adorable in person as she is in this photo. Go for a classic poolside look in the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up by pairing it with flat sandals and the Mud Pie Madison Gingham Fedora.

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4. Brunch/Shopping: For those casual weekend days, who knew that the Dakota Fringe Cover-Up could be transformed for fall by pairing it with your favorite ripped jeans? McCay proves that this piece is not just for summer days. Add a tassel necklace, bucket bag, and open-toed booties for a day spent with mimosas and girlfriends.

Summer to Fall Fashion

1. Courtney Essential Dress // 2. Melanie Scarf // 3. Belle Bow Tunic // 4. Emerson Essential Pant // 5. Delany Ruffle Short (ON SALE!) // 7. Ansley Skirt

Cheers to summer to fall fashion!

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LIVING

Mud Pie Lake Decor

August 17, 2016

The final splashes of summer are here. We’ve sipped cocktails, lounged on the beach, vacationed near and far, BBQ’d every weekend, and a personal favorite – jumped in the lake all day before sailing away on a sunset boat cruise. For some of us, the coming of fall is just the start of lake days. The weather and water begin to cool off, and it’s the perfect season for long weekends on the boat.

But even when fall creeps into winter, lake days don’t disappear. Instead, the lake house becomes a cabin escape to curl up in during the cold. The boat may stay covered, but the fire pit gets lit and the hot tub is always in play.

One thing is a fact – no matter the season, the lake house is a home away from home. It’s a place to escape with family and a place to entertain guests. It’s a sanctuary with open doors to relaxation. And with that, comes lake decor that sets the theme.

Mud Pie lake decor is evergreen. Every piece is an ideal fit no matter the time of year. It’s ageless, homey and inviting to any feet that walk through the door.

Here are some of the best Mud Pie lake decor items from this years collection. All items are linked below!

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1. Lake Wall Plaques // 2. Lake Pitcher // 3. Boat Oar Wall Decor (Find in a retailer near you!) // 4. Anchor Wall Art // 5. Anchor Wood Tray // 6. Lake House Definition Art // 7. Lake Pillow // 8. Lake House Frame 

Happy (almost) Fall, y’all!

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ABOUT, KIDS

Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids

August 3, 2016

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What are Mud Pie’s designers lusting after?  Whether it’s fabric or color trends, clothes or home decor, our designer obsessions are what the Mud Pie girls see as the most up and coming trends. Hillary Duncan, a product designer in our baby department, has picked her Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids. She has hand selected the best of the best from our Fall 2016 Baby & Kids collections!

All items featured are hitting a store near you soon and online at mud-pie.com this fall. Enjoy!

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1. GOLD ACCENTS: Gold details are all the rage.  Our most popular Fall/Holiday 2016 pieces come complete with a touch of gold.

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2. COSTUMES: It’s a new category for us! Little ones will steal hearts in Mud Pie’s adorable (and comfortable) costumes!
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3. GO GREY!  The palette for baby clothing and accessories is trending softer and more neutral.  Grey is the new gender neutral!designer_obsessions4

4. ALPINE VILLAGE: We can’t get enough of Buffalo check! This look reminds us of falling leaves, crisp fall weather, and hot apple cider.

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5. DEAR SANTA: Get little ones excited for Christmas with our Santa evidence kit, Santa mailbox and Santa welcome set.

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Fit Fridays + Holiday Sneak Peek

July 29, 2016

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As a technical designer, patterns are the key for opening the door to many problems you will have with the fitting of the garments. When you are looking at a sample on a mannequin or on a person it may be hard to see exactly what needs to change. Once you unfold your patterns and start piecing them together, you may find that the answer to the solution is laying in front of you! An AHA moment might occur. Patterns are a technical designers best friend. The reason why I personally love patterns so much is because they are like puzzles. You need each piece to complete the picture and every pattern piece relates to another to complete a garment. It is very intriguing.

The most difficult style I have worked on since my start at Mud Pie in October was during the Fall 2016 line. This style was a raglan sleeve one-piece that was fitting so strange at the shoulder and top portion of the sleeve. Raglan styles tend to be more difficult, making it tough to shape them perfectly correct. For those of you who do not know exactly what a raglan sleeve is, it is a diagonal seamed sleeve that comes from under the arm, across the body, to the collar bone and connects at the front and back neckline. If you didn’t quite get all of that nonsense you will see below during today’s Fit Friday.

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The diagonal aspect is what makes a raglan sleeve challenging. There are so many ways for it to go wrong – the angle of the diagonal, the shape of the diagonal, the placement and more. For this particular style below the width of the raglan at the shoulder/ neckline was too narrow, causing the sleeve to fit very tight. And trust me, that fit would be very uncomfortable for your little.

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The position of the raglan on the front and the back of the garment is in the wrong place. It is too far over onto the shoulder. So we had to move the placement of the front and back.

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In a correction like this, the sleeve pattern is adjusted and what we add to the sleeve pattern we take away from the front and back body of the pattern.

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The next sample came in and looked much better. The placement of the raglan was almost perfect and the sleeve fit better as well! Now this style was not fixed all in one fitting. We had to rework it a few times, but after all of the other pattern adjustments we made, I think it turned out great!

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Here is a sneak peek of today’s Fit Friday piece – the Reindeer One-Piece – coming Fall 2016!

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FASHION, KIDS, LIVING

Mud Pie Flash Sale

July 27, 2016

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Wardrobe & home update starts now. Shop the Mud Pie Flash Sale now through Friday 7/29 for an extra 25% off already reduced sale items! Favorites from baby & kids, fashion and living are all on sale for a limited time!

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We’ve rounded up our Mud Pie Flash Sale top picks in each category. Shop before prices go back up! Items won’t last long <3.

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Baby & Kids – 1. Flamingo Tunic // 2. Striped Sock Set (supports March of Dimes) // 3. Bear Overall // 4. Navy Stripe Diaper Bag // 5. School Bus T-Shirt // 6. Birthday Bloomer // 7. Bunny Dress 

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Fashion – 1. Samantha Shirt Dress // 2. Harper Track Short // 3. State Bracelet // 4. Chelsea Initial Weekender // 5. Casey Sun Hat // 6. Harlow Pant // 7. Reese Tunic Navy Mediterranean Mosaic

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Living – 1. Game Day Tailgate Bucket // 2. Burlap Celebration Wine Bags // 3. Initial Wall Hanger // 4. Today’s Catch Platter // 5. Bunny Yard Stake

Happy shopping, Pies!

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Meet the Mud Pie Office Dog

July 24, 2016

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Happy weekend, Pies! One of the top reasons we love the weekend is a no brainer…more play time with our favorite fur babies, obvi. Today you get to meet the largest fur member, but also the absolutely sweetest Mud Pie office dog. Your mouth may drop due to his size, and you may be wondering how on earth he comes to the office for play dates. So for the record, Mud Pie accepts all doggies, no matter the size.

Without further due, meet the Mud Pie office dog, Angus.

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Q & A:

NAME: Angus Atkins A.K.A “Associate Director of Squirrel Activity.”

HOW DID ANGUS COME ABOUT? I adopted Angus when he was 4 months old from a local veterinarian in Savannah and it was love at first sight! I couldn’t adopt him right away because he was malnourished and needed to gain weight first, so I visited him every day for 2 months while he got bigger. The veterinarian said he loved grazing in the field and eating grass like a cow, so we named him Angus like a black steer.

OWNER: Mallory Atkins – Associate Technical Designer.

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FAVORITE FOOD: Beef jerky, spaghetti, and ice cream!

HOBBIES: Chasing squirrels and chips monks, riding in the car, going to the dog park, and taking extremely long naps.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Plush toys that look like squirrels.

CELEBRITY ALTER EGO: Angus is 11 years old so,I always say he’s a real George Clooney for his salt and peppery beard, not to mention they have both aged with such grace!

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Shop Mallory’s look:

Whitney Sleeveless Tunic

Kenzie Pants

Day Tripper Tote Navy Gingham (similar styles)

Adriana Scarf Sarong

Shop pet related items HERE

Stay tuned for more meet the Mud Pie office dog!

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Mud Pie Wedding Gifts

July 21, 2016

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For most people, wedding season falls during Spring and into Summer. For some of us, especially those of us in our late 20s & early 30s, wedding season never ever ends, or at least it seems that way. But we aren’t complaining! Weddings are an exciting and beautiful time to see family and friends become one. Plus, who doesn’t love a great reception?

With all those weddings, come all those wedding gifts. These gifts are something that last a lifetime. They are more than just an item received. Wedding gifts are cherished and hold memories for the Mr. and Mrs. And while registries are a great guide, it is also meaningful to gift the bride and groom with an item that is perfect for them. One that will go down in their memory box, or be displayed in their home for years to come.

I’ve round up my favorite Mud Pie wedding gifts for the future Mr. & Mrs. in your life. No matter the couples age, or style, Mud Pie has a gift fit for their special day. Not to mention – all are at very attractive price points. We know how expensive weddings can be!

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1. Initial Napkins to celebrate her new last name

2. A keepsake Wedding Invite Clip Frame that will hang for a lifetime (my personal favorite)

3. Something they can both agree on, like the His & Her Cork Display Box (I have gifted this item almost every wedding!)

4. The Mr. & Mrs. Black Square Frame is the perfect decor piece for their new home

5. Guys, let’s admit it – The Mrs. Right Towel Set speaks the truth.

6. A table piece for their future dinners with or without guest – Wedding Hostess Tray Set / Initial Cutting Board Set 

Shop ALL Mud Pie Wedding Gifts for that extra special touch!

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Meet The Mud Pie Designer

July 15, 2016

Hi Pies! It’s time for another “Meet The Designer” post. Today we’re talking to the talented and newest Mud Pie fashion designer, Afsina. Get ready to take a look into  the mind behind the magic in our Atlanta headquarters.

Meet the wonderful Afsina!


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What’s your design role here at the Pie HQ? Associate Fashion Designer

How long have you been a part of the Pie family? 4 ½ months, I’m still pretty new:)

What ignited your passion for fashion? Initially I wanted to be an architect, but I had change of heart when I visited MET Museum in New York City. It was the curiosity of how everything was made; the pattern, construction, color and  what were the designers inspired by. I believe if you’re not curious enough to learn and make mistake then there is no room for creativity.

Where does your inspiration come from? As a designer, I find myself planted in front of a computer screen for hours.  While it’s easy to say that I find loads of inspiration through social media websites like Pinterest and visual blogs, but it’s necessary to step away from the screen. Street Style is my go-to source for inspiration as well as shopping around small boutiques.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be? I wish I could have meet late Alexander McQueen. I would also love to meet Josep Font, Creative Director of Delpozo. They both would be quite amazing!

Where are you most creative? In my comfy bed, all ideas seem to flow when I am comfortable.

What culture(s) inspires your design? I am originally from India and there couldn’t be anything more fascinating then India with all the different cultures in one country. The nation holds so much to be inspired by: Artisan techniques, prints, intricate embroideries, and colorful silhouettes.

Talk personal style to us: Recently I have started experimenting with colors and textures but before my style was minimalist with statement block heels. It’s really important to play off different silhouettes to feel confident and comfortable.             

We all have that one timeless item. What’s yours? My gold bangles. I wear them every day. They are the perfect accent for everyday.

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Style us! What’s your favorite style tip? Classic Tee with black jeans or pants. Pair it with statement block heels for an easy, comfortable, and stylish look! A look that can be worn year round!

Anything else? On my spare time, I apply Mehndi (henna) doodling on my calendar.

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Tell us about designs you’re working on now! I am currently I am working on SPRING 17’. It is very fun and different from what we have done in the past, while maintaining our Mud Pie look. I am excited to see the customer’s reactions!

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xoxo,

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Travel: Moda in Italy

July 12, 2016

 

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Wheels Up to Italy!
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First stop Paris! With a 9 hour flight to Paris and then a 2.5 hour flight to Florence and multiple train rides through Italy, I needed a reliable carry-on with room for all of my traveling necessities.
The Weekender from Mud Pie’s Bombay Collection surely did not disappoint!  It is monogramable too!!
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With our first full day in Florence, I needed a comfortable & breathable, yet CUTE dress (but of course!).  The Marley Shirtdress in white chambray is my go-to dress.  I brought along a scarf and paired it with my blue converse to walk the lovely streets of Florence from sun up to sun down, panini caprese in hand…and of course, making a stop for Rose’ at the Duomo.
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While touring the vineyards in Tuscany and shopping through the streets of Montepulciano, a cross body is a MUST.
Try Mud Pie’s Bailey Crossbody in tan.
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“When in Rome” the Marley Shirtdress made an appearance, yet again, but this time in the classic, blue chambray.  This was perfect paired with a printed scarf for the day and for night, paired with a camel bootie and linen scarf…while choosing the perfect pizza and vino!
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Sighh…one of my favorite parts of this trip was the beautiful Italian Coast!
While “island hoping” from Amalfi to Positano and then on to Capri, I found myself using the carry-all case from Mud Pie’s Bombay Collection to carry all of my beach & boating necessities.  The Melanie Poncho in white was a great beach to bar piece.  I paired it with both white jeans and denim cut-offs, as well. While boating through Positano and Capri, I went with my favorite cover-up, the Dakota Fringe in navy.
I wore it with sandals on the boat and then slipped on a camel wedge sandal and gold necklace for the island-it was PERFECT!
“Vivere una vita bella”
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