Posts from January 2012

Fall in Love with Frye

Valentine’s Day is just two short weeks away.  Let’s be honest, there’s always pressure when it comes to buying that special gift for your loved ones.  This year can be different... easy... painless... and most importantly, it can be something she’ll want to wear every day (the perfect reminder of your love!).  Yes, I may be specifically talking to the men here, but keep an open mind ladies.  Your mom, sister, daughter or best friend would adore these just as much as you! 

I’ll cut to the chase - the Jackie Button boot is here!  It’s a classic knee-high boot with the same features as our best-selling Melissa Button boot - only with a 2.5 inch stacked heel!  Available in marbled cognac, deep chocolate and creamy black leathers, the Jackie Button boot is a sure-thing this Valentine’s Day.  Make chocolates, flowers and teddy bears a thing of the past.  She’ll be thrilled about the boots and the extra thought you’ve put into her gift this year (this can be our little secret!).

Timeless, beautiful and long-lasting - nothing says love like a Frye boot!

Obsession of the Week

Just in this week: the most adorable jean jackets from J Brand.  In two great washes - white and a super light denim - these jackets are a sure way to change up your look.  Throw one on over your favorite LBD to create a more relaxed look or play with texture & layer it over a flannel button up paired with your favorite weekend jeans.  Both options work - that's the beauty of this jacket.  You can pair it with just about anything!

Maybe you're kicking yourself for giving your jean jacket away years ago... or maybe you just need to unpack it from the attic.  Regardless, the denim jacket is back and may even replace the leather bomber in the coming years!  This jacket by JBrand is classic, but still has the brand's exclusive touches that we all know & love.  It's fine details, cotton comfort and slim fit will make this a denim staple in your closet in no time at all.    

Trust us... if you love J Brand's denim, you'll love their take on the jean jacket! 

Obsession of the Week

Disclaimer:  Each week I will be featuring an item in an "Obsession of the Week" post.  This is the first post of many to come & trust me when I say, this piece is truly worth obsessing over.  Read on... but don't say I didn't warn you.

While in New York City for the trade shows this past September, we came across the WILL Leather Goods booth.  Their leather goods, bags and accessories were too beautiful to pass by so we stopped & were introduced to the family-run business.  Impressed and excited, we left the booth with our first order placed.  All there was left to do was wait.

Our waiting ended yesterday... and in no way were we prepared for just how stunning each piece would be in person.  Yes, they had samples at the show (that's how we were reeled in!), but we learned at their booth that each piece would be one-of-a-kind.  Any and all expectations we had, has been exceeded with this first order.  

We ordered 4 Oaxacan Duffle bags - 2 for each of our stores.  Each bag is made with a hand woven, vegetable-dyed Oaxacan wool rug and high-end leathers creating a classic, and almost vintage feel.  With a detachable cross body and top handle, these bags are highly functional too.  It's the perfect weekender bag!  In all honesty though, it's the company's history that makes the product even sweeter - WILL Leather Goods started as a small leather belt stand in Venice, CA ("Billy's Belts") and today their goods are sold in Nordstrom's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barney's New York, and countless boutiques around the world.  Even with their growth, they have maintained their American-based roots and continue to operate in Eugene, Oregon.  How awesome is that?!          

These bags are definitely a must-see... I'll let you decide if they're a must-have! 

<3 Keriann

New Arrivals!

It's always exciting when new shipments come in - and lately we've been getting something almost every day!  Since not everyone is willing to brave the arctic temperatures to shop, I'll give you a little preview of the awesome boots, clothes & accessories that are new to our sales floors.  They're fun, fresh and even bright - a sure way to beat those winter (and post-holiday) blues!

Harness Boot

In a cracked, distressed leather, the Wyatt Harness is our newest arrival from Frye.  Picture them paired with black skinnines and a chunky wool sweater... or a feminine frock for a hard/soft combo.  Whether you're looking for a shorter ankle boot or a mid-calf style, we have both options for you to incorporate into your winter wardrobe.  The best part - these will transition easily into spring too!

Mother May I?

Rules are often broken in the popular children's game Mother May I.  "Yes, you may take 3 giant steps forward"  usually means run forward as fast as you can.  Similarly Mother denim breaks a lot of rules (but in all the right ways!) that has put them leaps and bounds ahead in the denim scene.  With impressive washes & creative names like "Honkeytonk Cinderella" and "Maiden & the Unicorn," Mother denim makes you want to be a kid again.  3 new washes & cuts came in this week - one crop, one skinny and one slim boot.  With this many choices, it's hard to pick just one.

Leather Love

Recently, our stores seem to be over-flowing with belts - and that's definitely not a bad thing!  We just received a huge shipment from Motif 56 full of skinny braided belts and wide leather belts.  Wrap them around an oversized sweater to show off your waist or wear one to give your look a subtle update.  Either way, you can't go wrong with a Motif 56 belt.

The First Sign of Spring

CP Shades is a brand we all know and love.  Their American-made clothing is easy-to-wear, and though we sell the brand year-round, their early spring arrivals always have a way of brightening up our stores.  Crisp, white linen blouses, striped tunics, airy dresses and gorgeous mid-length pleated skirts are here... and we couldn't be more happy about it.  Wear them now or wear them later - these iconic CP Shades pieces make getting dressed every morning fun (and easy!).  

Hues from the Heart

Bright blues and vibrant reds were the theme in our recent Only Hearts shipment.  Six new styles of dresses are on our racks - a striped bateau dress (love the long-sleeves!), a tank dress with a cut-out back detail, a simple short-sleeve dress (great for the office!) and even a few printed dresses.  If you're looking to add a little cheer to your closet, these dresses are a great place to start.  After all, when it comes to Only Hearts, it's okay to wear your heart on your sleeve. 

I hope you've enjoyed this quick glimpse of what's new on our shelves.  And trust us, this is just the beginning.  If you ask me, it's a pretty fabulous start to a much-anticipated spring!  

<3 Keriann


Denim Resolutions

Now that we're officially back into the swing of things after a busy, yet wonderful, holiday season, I find myself thinking about new year's resolutions.  Admit it, there's something about this time of year that is inspiring - maybe you're inspired to shed those extra holiday pounds or redecorate your guest room (something you've been putting off for years!)... or maybe you're like me and want 2012 to be the year that you dress better & invest in premium denims.

Let me start by giving you a quick glimpse into my denim background:  9 months ago, when I started working at Bliss, I bought my first pair of designer denim - a pair of AG Charlotte straight-leg jeans.  Up until that point, I had no idea how crucial a great pair of jeans was in pulling my entire look together.  Now I can proudly say that in addition to AG, I own a bunch of J Brand's and a few pairs of Paige and Joe's Jeans too.  I love them ALL.  My denim wardrobe underwent a total transformation and this is something I'm eager to carry over into the new year with renewed vigor and focus.

Here are my denim resolutions for 2012 that you should try too:

Play with patterns:  No doubt about it, Spring is going to be full of color and print - and denim is no exception!  I have always loved my wardrobe classics - i.e. dark wash skinny jeans - but after falling in love with a pair of leopard-print Joe's Jeans at the Trade Shows in NYC this past September, I knew I had to branch out.  The jeans came in a few weeks ago & I've already worn them twice!  I know you must be thinking that I can check this one off my list, but I want to push my limits even more and try other prints too - including these Citizen's of Humanity Floral Jeans that were featured in Vogue recently.

Try a new cut:  For a while now, my go-to jeans have been my J Brand's Maria high-rise skinnies in a dark, stretchy wash.  They are easy, classic and look great tucked into my Frye boots.  But lately, its been a flare or wide-leg jean that stands out to me.  It's a completely different proportion than I'm used to and changes the game as far as shoes go... but I'm up for the challenge.  Not quite convinced?  These AG Lula flare jeans with the adorable braided detail are sure to change your mind!