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August 2016


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).



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!






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!



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


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



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.


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!


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.


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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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!

Mud Pie Lake Decor


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!




Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids

August 3, 2016


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 this fall. Enjoy!

5 Designer Obsessions for Baby and Kids


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


2. COSTUMES: It’s a new category for us! Little ones will steal hearts in Mud Pie’s adorable (and comfortable) costumes!

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.

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

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