Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Editors Picks :: Karen

This week's Editors Picks focuses on an easy, yet elegant, look
featuring breezy vibrant blues with a splash of 
summer white.

See the whole look!

Shop Karen's look in-store and online:

Parker Anna Dress 
(in-store only)

Lizzie Fortunato Totem pendant I
(in-store only)

Anna Sui La Vie de Boheme
eau de parfum

Rag & Bone Jefferson Blazer

Reece Hudson Stendahl Miniaudiere Clutch

Dr. Lancer Skin Care

Stop by McMullen or call
for more information 
on this weeks Editors Picks.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Getting to Know Our Designers :: Epice

When customers come into the store looking for a little something extra 
to brighten up their outfit, we love showing them beautiful scarves from Epice. Each piece is a wearable work of art, with beautiful and whimsical prints that inspire a Parisian-like chicness for the wearer. 
Bess Nielson, co-founder and Creative Director of Epice, graduated from The Design School in Copenhagen, and then combined her design skills with her love of Indian art and textiles (along with some inspiration from her many years living in France), to create the Epice line of scarves, bags, and sweaters. Using a Scandinavian approach to her designs, Nielson created a purposeful, simple, and elegant line of easy-to-wear accessories that are coveted the world over. 
Jan Machenhauer, co-founder and designer for Epice, also received his education at the Design School in Copenhagen, and collaborated with Bess on numerous projects before founding Epice with her in 1999. Jan heads the Epice design team in Copenhagen, and applies his keen eye for detail, as well as an obsession with perfection to the line. 
We love the versatility of Epice scarves, from a pant suit to jeans and a favorite t-shirt. The artistic prints and beautiful linen and silk textiles provide a sense of everyday luxury.

Stop by McMullen to shop 
the Spring 2013 Epice collection
or shop online at

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Editors Picks :: Alex

This week's Editors Picks focuses
on a casual work-to-play look
featuring geometric print
paired with springtime basics.

See the whole look!

Shop Alex's look in-store 
and online:

10 Crosby Derek Lam Drop Shoulder Jacket

Bluma Project Adrin Choker
(available in-store only)

Carven Zip-up Skirt
(available in-store only)

Veronica Beard Shirttail T-Shirt

Bobbi Brown "Beach" eau de parfum

Nars Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties
in Grey Canvas

Stop by McMullen or call
for more information on
this week's 
Editors Picks.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekly Inspiration :: Take a Deep Breath

"Feelings come and go like clouds 
in a windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Within each of us is the ability to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. We strive and strive to do what we think is right, to focus on as many things as possible, and to worry about everyone and everything.
While it sometimes seems impossible to have even a moment of personal time, perhaps one of the
most important things we can do for ourselves and the people around us
is to stop and take a deep breath. Let all of your anxieties and troubles flow out of you and
feel your inner light start to burn a little brighter.
Something as simple as a deep breath has the ability to make us feel better, appreciate our surroundings, focus our priorities, and greet the day with a smile.
Generate positive energy from within and show the world how beautiful the inner you truly is.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Getting to Know Our Designers :: Veronica Beard

Sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard decided to combine forces to create a brand that could bring women modern, beautiful clothing, while simplifying the activity of dressing for women with busy lifestyles. 
In 2010, the Veronica's used their backgrounds in finance and fashion to launch Veronica Beard, their eponymous line now famous for their tailoring and perfect blazers. 
The sisters-in-law wanted to create a "uniform" for women like them who do it all. 
Between the two of them, they raise 8 children while building their fashion brand. 
They wanted to create an easy to wear, effortless style that would appeal to the modern working woman and mom. They did just that with their iconic blazer (complete with interchangeable dickies), and launched themselves into a full ready to wear sportswear brand.
Each piece in their collections acts as a "cornerstone" to a woman's wardrobe, fit to be worn alone, and easily incorporated into an existing wardrobe. Their prints are subtle and fun, their silhouettes are impeccable, and their styling is modern and easy.
We love that they are a team of sisters (in-law), and how effortlessly their pieces work for a busy lifestyle. 
See an exclusive interview with Veronica and Veronica and McMullen below, 
as well as details on shopping the collection.

McMullen: What is the best part about working with family? has it brought you closer?

Veronica Miele Beard: I can honestly say that I have a sister now after working with my sister-in-law.  We are so close that she was the first to know when I was pregnant with my last baby.  I tried to keep it from her because we had just started the business but she is that perceptive!!  On a more serious note, working with family can be heartfelt.  Even though we might fight it out (in a good way) on some design or business decisions, I never feel alone.  For us, sharing the VB brand is what family is all about!

Veronica Swanson Beard: I am one of 3 girls and my sisters are my best friends. VMB is my fourth sister from another mother. Working together makes all of it so much more worth it!

MM: Veronica Beard focuses on simplifying the way a woman dresses.  How does this concept shape the designs and collections? 

VMB: We design for the superwoman of today who does it all and wants to look gorgeous in any situation.  Iconic layering pieces like the jacket with upstate dickey or staples like the scuba legging with the silk/lace tunic are examples of key pieces every woman should have.  

VSB: Our motto is “we are our customer.” We have to love it and want to wear the clothes we design. We always think about how to make pieces that we can wear to a meeting for work and then go straight to a dinner. 

MM: Which do you prefer? Spring sunshine or spring showers?    

VMB: I love the fashion worn during a spring shower.  Umbrellas are a fantastic accessory and every girl looks good in a spring weight trench/raincoat!

VSB: Both! Spring took forever to arrive in NYC so I’m even relishing the allergies that go with the flowers. 

MM: What are your go-to outfits for a breezy spring day?

VMB: The army jacket (mine has some bling on it) over the amethyst tile print peasant dress.  Style it with a raffia open toe bootie or a strappy sandal.

VSB: Short suit with heels or a blazer thrown over a dress

MM: What are some specific inspirations that led to the spring 2013 collection?

VMB: The color palate and prints are reminiscent of the colors of Morocco.  
The best fitting jacket is a beige chainmail cotton/linen schoolboy with silk hoodie dickey.  Style with the beige chainmail trek pant and you have a blank canvas for a brightly colored shoe or bag.      
VSB: We were inspired by the colors of Morocco; Rich, sexy and vivid.

Stop by McMullen to shop the Veronica Beard Spring 2013
or call 510.658.6906
for more information.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Editor's Picks :: Michelle

This weeks Editor's Picks focuses on pretty feminine neutrals 
paired with vibrant yellow. Shop Michelle's look and see
product information below.

See the whole look!

Shop Michelle's look in-store
and online:

Carven Quilted Cotton Moto Jacket
(In-store only)

Ali Golden Yellow Tank
(In-store only)

Ali Golden Yello Midi Skirt
(In-store only)

Jerome Rousseau "Pop" 
Nude Stamped Lizard Heels

Alexis Bittar Gold Pyramid Necklace
(In-store only)

Jo Malone Orange Blossom
Bath Oil

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick
in Mouthwatering Berry

Stop by McMullen
or call 
for more information on this week's 
Editor's Picks.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekly Inspiration :: Young at Heart

"Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers.
The only fights worth fighting are of the pillow and food varieties."
~ Terri Guillemets

We all like to daydream about when we were young. When we had few cares beyond making it home in time for dinner or making sure mom didn't see those fresh grass stains on your shirt.
Children see the world with all of its possibilities and hopes and dreams laid out before them. Their imaginations are free to run with reckless abandon, providing a self made happiness.
As we grow older we are sometimes forced to face reality, and to push our childhood memories and dreams to the side.
But every once in a while, the perfect remedy for the soul can be letting go
of adult worries and going back to the inner child that exists in every one of us.
Splash in spring puddles on your walk home, dress up in your craziest outfit, or just lay in a sunbeam and let your imagination run free.
Always remember that age is but a number when you're young at heart.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Editors Picks :: Lynna

This weeks Editors Picks focuses on
neutrals with a splash of on-trend neon.
Shop Lynna's look and see product information below.
See the whole look below!

Shop Lynna's look in-store and online:

Timo Weiland Stacy Top

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb eau de parfum

Parker Crepe Skirt in Dust 
(in-store only)

Jerome Rousseau Juda Woven Black Bootie

Michael Kors Chronograph Watch

Stop by McMullen or call
for more information
on this weeks Editors Picks

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Getting to Know Our Designers :: Melissa Joy Manning

Melissa Joy Manning began her highly coveted and eponymous line in 1997
after seeing one of her designs on a t.v sitcom. 
Manning had studied traditional silversmithing in Mexico, design in Barcelona, art history in 
San Diego, and jewelry design and sculpture in San Francisco.
A bay area native, Manning took her extensive background in the arts and applied it to her true passion, creating beautiful, heirloom style pieces that combine the traditional with the modern.
Her aesthetic crosses many genres, and her inspirations from traveling, art, and different cultures shine through in her designs. They range from simple and delicate 14k gold and mixed metal chains to large statement pieces featuring raw cut crystals and stones.
Manning lets her materials speak for themselves, allowing the gems or metals to become the focal point in order to show their natural beauty. 

Melisa believes her pieces speak to the individual rather than the masses. Each piece is special and unique becoming "not an accessory, but an expression", as Manning says of her work. 
Mannings materials also come from social and environmentally sustainable vendors
and are handmade to order in her Berkeley based studio.
We love Mannings attention to natural beauty, as well as her range of style and choice. Each piece is truly unique, and we love how her pieces stand out when worn alone, and the bold statement they create when layered together.
Stop by McMullen to shop the Melissa Joy Manning collection and find the perfect Mother's Day gift, or a pretty treat for yourself.
See limited styles online at 
or call 
for more information on Melissa Joy Manning.

Mother's Day Picks :: Great Gifts for Mom

Take a look at some of our favorite gifts for 
Mother's Day!

Shop these pieces and find product information below.

In clockwise order from top left:

Etten Eller 1/2 Round Bar Collar 

Jerome Dreyfuss Momo Bag 
(See other color option online)

Melissa Joy Manning Agate Cuff

Demy Lee Jonathan Sweater

Kai Eau de Parfum

Lizzie Fortunato Port of Call Clutch 
(white available in store only; see other color options online)
Kathy Kamei Trust of Self Earrings
Find matching necklace here: 

Rhie Back Pleat Dot Top

Shop these items in store and online
call 510.658.6906
For more information.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Editors Picks :: Sherri

This weeks Editors Picks focuses on pretty spring pastels
with a pop of vibrant color.
Shop Sherri's look and see product information below.

Check out the whole look!

Shop Sherri's look in-store and online:

Westward Leaning "Louisiana Purchase" Sunglasses

Collection by Giada Forte Placket Blouse

Jerome Dreyfuss Bobi Bag

Rag & Bone Jefferson Blazer

Collection by Giada Forte Long Skirt

Stop by McMullen or call
for more  information on this weeks Editors Picks!