Posts from April 2012

Bliss is Turning 10!

Lately, we’ve been in party-planning mode.  Why, you may ask?  Because our 10th birthday celebration is just one week away!  Come celebrate with us all weekend long on April 27th - 29th (in both store locations!).  Here’s a little preview of what you have to look forward to:

Gelato Fiasco’s gelato cart will be in our Portland store on Friday & in our Portsmouth store on Sunday!  (My mouth is watering just thinking about it!)  As well as other sweet treats & refreshments...

Adorable Bliss bags are free with any $50 purchase!  Oh, and I probably should mention that they’re full of awesome swag too.

Do you love David Aubrey jewelry?  We will have an even larger selection of the designer’s beautiful earrings & necklaces the weekend of our birthday... and all of it will be on sale!

Mark your calendars - this is one birthday celebration you don’t want to miss!  And we couldn’t imagine the party without you.  See you soon! 

{P.S. We’ll be sending out an email next week with more exciting party details!}

<3 Keriann

Q&A with Shana Aldrich Ready

Colorful, eye-catching and unique to our way of life here on the coast of Maine - it’s The ROPES bracelets!  Available in 4 trendy styles (The Portland, The Kennebunk, The Scarborough and The Cape Elizabeth) these items are on high demand in both of our stores - and for good reason! 

The talent behind these highly sought-after bracelets is local Portland designer, Shana Aldrich Ready.  She’s a mom, wife and designer with some serious style up her sleeve (literally!).  And she’s giving Dish readers a closer look into her booming business.   

First of all, congratulations on all your success thus far with The ROPES.  We absolutely love all your designs - and our customers do too!  How did The ROPES get started?
I started making The ROPES by accident actually!  It was about a year and a half ago; we were in the middle of winter and I was playing around with some rope, twine, and string (basically whatever I could get my hands on around the house!).  As many of my close friends know, I’ve always had a love & talent for making friendship bracelets - dating back to my Maine summer camp days!  So I made my first two bracelets and began wearing them all the time.  It didn’t take long before my friends noticed the brightly colored bracelets on my wrists.  My sister-in-law (Tyler Karu Ready) started to REALLY push and encourage me to go around to local stores with my bracelets, and to my surprise, they were a hit!  I still can’t believe how popular they’ve become... and so quickly!

What part of the design process do you like most?
Definitely coming up with new designs & different color combinations!  When something stays the same it does not evolve.  I am constantly searching for 'the next' bracelet, colors and/ or ways to improve my designs.

Summer DRESSing

With the promise of sunny days ahead, it’s time to start thinking about that one great dress (or two or three!) that will accompany you all summer long.  Maybe it’s going to be a summer packed full of weddings, or multiple family vacations, or just hanging out with friends at the beach - whatever it may be, we’re confident we have the dress for you!

It’s hard to ever overlook Susana Monaco dresses.  If it isn’t her chic designs that stop you while you’re browsing our racks, then her top-quality supplex fabrics will surely leave a lasting impression.  With all the new styles we’ve received lately, it’s the gathered tank dress that has really stolen the show.  It’s versatile - simple enough to wear to a summer barbecue, but dressy enough to wear for date night.  (It’s simple cross-back will really show off all the hard work you’ve been putting in at yoga too!)  This dress gives you options - and with 5 saturated shades to choose from, you may find yourself wanting (or needing) one of each color!

If there’s one thing you embrace this spring/summer, let it be stripes!  They will never go out of style, especially here on the East Coast.  With that said, this nautical striped waldo ruffle cami dress from Ella Moss will be one you’ll wear this year... as well as many more summers to come!  It’s ultra soft fabric (50% tencel, 42% cotton, 8% lycra) and sweet ruffle detail will quickly become your best friend once the warm weather hits.

A classic white dress and summertime - it’s as if you can’t have one without the other.  They just go together (maybe because it showcases a summer tan so well).  But with an abundance of strappy white dresses to choose from everywhere you look, it puts pressure on finding just the right one.  Lucky for you, we’ve done the work for you and found the perfect white dress for summer - Bella Dahl’s asymmetrical hem tank dress.  With a high/low hem (a trend I‘m crazy about right now), this dress is a little rock n’ roll, a little sweet seduction, and will score you some serious style points.  And it’s only $120!

We’ve got a case of dress fever - hopefully, you’ve caught it too! 

<3 Keriann

C.P. Shades

Billowy tunics.  Crisp, white linen tops.  Breezy silk tanks.  It’s summer dressing at its best - and no one does it better than C.P. Shades!  Over the past thirty years, the company has perfected the art of casual, easy-to-wear wardrobe basics.  Something that keeps our customers (as well as our Bliss staff!) wanting more season after season!

Rather than beginning with a design, the team at C.P. Shades places the highest importance on fabric.  The result is a low-maintenance, machine washable garment that only gets better with time.  Plus, every piece is manufactured in Sausalito, California, something that founder David Weinstein takes great pride in - “We live here, so it makes sense to do it here!”  We couldn’t agree more.

Needless to say, C.P. Shades is a company that we adore.  Even with our racks overflowing with new merchandise, their pieces create an almost ethereal feeling in our stores.  They’ve done more than create top quality clothing... they’ve succeeded in creating a lifestyle.  One that I, among many others, want to be a part of.

My newest obsession?  Their square, 100% cotton bandana scarves.  Flawlessly printed and only $32, these are a no-brainer for my spring wardrobe!

{Tell me:  What’s your favorite C.P. Shades piece?  How do you plan on wearing it this spring/summer?}

<3 Keriann

The Skinny Jean Alternative

If you were to take a peek in my closet, you would find a quickly growing stack (or two!) of jeans!  Seriously though, can one ever have too many jeans?  I’ll admit that on more than one occasion I’ve even thought about how cool it would be to have bookshelf-like storage for all my jeans - much like the floor to ceiling shelves of denim we have in both of our stores!  (Can’t a girl dream?)  I know, I may be denim-obsessed.

With that said, most of the jeans that make up my daily wardrobe are skinny jeans.  They’re easy - especially since most of my shoes are either boots with a small heel or ballet flats.  But as I wrote about earlier in my denim resolutions for the year, I’m determined to branch out my denim selection... and what better way than with a great pair of flare jeans for spring/summer!  Join me, won’t you?

Below are my picks for three of the best flares of the season:

If you’re looking for an extreme flare, look no further than Citizen’s Charlie Super Flare jean.  Special insets at the ankle give this flattering, mid-rise jean an extra 70s-inspired kick, a look that is making a huge comeback this spring.  Pair them with a white peasant top and a pair of Spendid’s wedge sandals for a covet-worthy look.