Posts from May 2012

7 Days of MOTHER Denim Giveaway

We have a WINNER!  As many of you know, we did a week of MOTHER Denim on our blog a couple weeks ago where we highlighted one of our favorite denim lines & were even giving away a FREE pair of jeans!  Denise DeMarco is the lucky reader to score the pair of MOTHER jeans - in the style of her choice!  Congratulations, Denise!

Thank you to everyone who commented on our blog, Facebook & Twitter pages during our blog series.  We're thrilled with all the positive interaction & can't thank you enough for your continued support.  I truly hope you enjoyed learning about MOTHER Denim - give them a try next time you're looking for a new pair of go-to jeans (you'll be hooked)!  Oh, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the near future!

<3 Keriann

Obsession of the Week

Meet the ultimate denim skirt.  In a light-weight, ultra soft denim, this Citizen's of Humanity skirt fits and flows in all the right places.  Guaranteed to reinvent your look - it may be the smartest purchase you've ever made.

The truth is we've been crushing on this piece since we first saw it at Coterie back in February.  Since this skirt is so special, we ordered only a few pieces... so hurry in!  You're friends will have closet envy for seasons and seasons to come.

{Tell me:  What do you think about this dramatic denim skirt?  Do you love it as much as we do?}     

<3 Keriann

It’s Here Again…

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most-anticipated weekends of the summer for us.  Not only is it a time of remembrance, family gatherings, barbecues, beach trips and shopping, it’s also our annual AG Trunkshow!  And this year promises to be bigger (and better!) than ever.

Jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses & knits - we’ll have a super large selection of all your AG favorites (including many new styles coming just for the trunkshow!).  Take your pick from over 75 different styles of denim & let our AG rep, Jenny, help you find the perfect pair for summer (she’ll be in our Portland store all day on Thursday!).  There will also be a discount on all AG & a free gift with purchase!  You won’t want to miss this.

In addition to the stacks upon stacks of denim, we’re adding a new element to our weekend of fun - The Ropes will be part of our trunkshow!  Local designer, Shana Ready will be in our Portland store with TONS of her highly-sought after bracelets & necklaces.  Now’s your chance to get that bright, Maine-inspired bracelet at an unbeatable price - just in time for summer.

And like always, we’ll have plenty of sweets & Prosecco to ring in the unofficial start to summer.  Yes, that means gelato (The Gelato Fiasco will be here on Thursday!) and Holy DonutsSo, so good.

Stop by Thursday thru Monday - we look forward to seeing you soon! 

<3 Keriann

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

We’re wrapping up our week of MOTHER Denim with a Bliss favorite - denim skirts!  We’ve got a bunch to choose from in our stores (all different lengths), but in my opinion it's MOTHER’s denim skirts that have stolen the show.  If you like curve-hugging mini skirts, these are a must.  And the best part - they’ll work with anything in your closet & look great against your sun-kissed skin! 

The S.N.S. Skirt - it’s your everyday, classic denim skirt.  Sitting low on the hips, this mini is perfect for those hot days of summer... and you’ll fall in love with it’s vintage-looking wash.  It’s definitely a summer essential.

The High Waist Mini - this dark denim skirt is the ultimate piece for summer; it’s sexy while still being practical.  With MOTHER’s signature “M” stitched on the back pockets, a slim fit & a higher rise, you’ll have a hard time leaving the store without it.  And just think - it will make the transition from day to night practically effortless.

{Tell me: Do you love these denim minis as much as we do?  What's your favorite style from MOTHER?}  It’s the LAST DAY to comment for your chance to win FREE jeans (or a skirt - it’s your pick!) from MOTHER. We'll be drawing for a winner next week!  

I hope you've enjoyed reading about our newest denim line.  Give them a try next time you're in the market for new jeans - trust me, you won't be disappointed!  

<3 Keriann

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

“We want people to come back to the store, saying I love my MOTHER so much.”
- Tim Kaeding, co-founder of MOTHER

We couldn’t agree more with Tim Kaeding’s statement.  At Bliss, we believe in every jean that we sell in our stores and customer satisfaction is always our main focus - each and every day.  The truth be told... MOTHER makes our job easy.

If you walked into our stores and were looking for a new go-to jean for summertime, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend our wide-leg jeans from MOTHER.  Available in bleached out summery-washes, their fuller legs allow some breathing room during an unexpected heat wave.  (Nothing is worse than wearing slim-fitting jeans in 90 degree weather!)  Mix them in with your rotation of sundresses and cut-offs, and consider your summer wardrobe complete.

The Wilder - actress Rachel Bilson has been spotted numerous times wearing this trouser jean from MOTHER, both in real life and on the set of her hit TV series, Hart of Dixie.  If you’re a fan of her style, you’ll love these jeans!  With a 22 inch leg opening, this ultra-soft jean works for all occasions - casual Fridays at the office, summer picnics, or late-night drinks at Sonny’s.

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Some may say that variety is the spice of life.  Personally, I have to agree - especially when it comes to one’s wardrobe.  If you live in your skinnies, switch it up with bootcut or flare jeans - I think you’ll be surprised at how refreshing a new look can be.  Plus, some of MOTHER’s key players are part of the bootcut and flare world. 

The Slacker - this jean demands attention with it’s clean lines and medium blue “honkytonk cinderella” wash.  It’s 8 inch rise and slim bootcut gives this jean a slightly provocative feel; pair them with some killer heels and you’ve got a winning look (just ask the cute boy who’s starring at you from across the room!).

The Outsider - MOTHER’s signature bootcut jean has been getting a lot of play in our stores lately.  Maybe it’s the sleek cut.  Maybe it’s the two incredible washes & fine details (“peppermint kisses” is my absolute favorite wash with light pink stitching and golden rose buttons).  Or maybe it truly is a denim essential.  I’ll let you decide! 

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

For today’s post, I’ll be shining some light on The RascalMOTHER's straight-leg jean.  Not quite a skinny or a bootcut, I feel as if straight-leg jeans are often overlooked... when, in my opinion, they are the most versatile jeans out there!  Having some doubts?  Just try finding something they don’t go with.

With a 7.5 inch rise, 31.5 inch inseam and a 14 inch leg opening, these jeans work for a wide range of body types.  Most of the straight-leg jeans that we carry have a longer inseam (32-33 inches), so many of our customers are thrilled to find a jean that doesn’t require a trip to the tailor’s.  In fact, most customers love the fit, feel and length so much that they end up asking to wear them home (and I can’t say I blame them!).  Available in a dark wash called “aka goddess,” don’t be surprised when these jeans make you feel just as the name implies!  You owe it to yourself to give this style a try.

{Tell me: Do you own a pair of straight-leg jeans already?  Which style of MOTHER jeans do you like best so far?}  I look forward to hearing from you - especially since a comment qualifies you to win a FREE pair of jeans!  Not a bad trade-off if you ask me!

<3 Keriann
 

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Here in Maine & New Hampshire, we rely on this specific denim style to transition us from spring to summer.  It’s true, we never really know what to expect from the weather forecast and that’s why this particular cut has proven time & time again to be our saving grace.  As you may have already guessed - it’s the cropped jean!

The various fits of MOTHER jeans are all extremely wearable, but none are more so than their cropped styles.  The proof is in the 4 different cuts we have in stores now:

The Teaser - available in the adorable “queen of dixie” wash, this relaxed-fit skinny jean has a 28 inch inseam & is a no-brainer for this time of year!  With a rolled cuff hem, they’ll look darling with a pair of wedge espadrilles.

The Looker Crop - this jean is sure to win hearts!  Available in two summery washes, this skinny crop guarantees to make getting dressed in the morning a no-fuss ordeal.  With the same rise as The Looker full-length jean (7.5 inch), a slim-fitting silhouette, and a 26 inch inseam, they’ll look just as good on as they make you feel (if not better!).

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

It’s our week of MOTHER Denim - and honestly, we couldn’t be more excited about it!  Throughout the week, my goal is to give you an insider look (and fit session!) for all MOTHER has to offer.  I think you’ll see right away that they strive for nothing short of perfect fit, feel and finish.  And their cashmere-like fabrics will change your whole outlook on jeans (trust me!)

Enter: The Looker Skinny.  This low-rise skinny jean by MOTHER has quickly become a best-seller and has gained a loyal fan-base in just a few short seasons in our stores.  With a 7.5 inch rise and 10.5 inch leg opening, this style embodies MOTHER’s play on opposites.  It’s sleek without being too serious.  It’s sophisticated while still being playful.  It’s a jean that will become like second-skin in not time at all.

Whether you’re looking for a faded black, a crisp medium blue or a super-light wash, I’m confident you’ll find it in the 12 distinct washes we have available in stores now.  That’s right, we’re giving you 12 options!  And did I mention that their washes all have cute, and sometimes humorous, names?  (“Tickle fights & BBQ” and “bright eyes” are two of my favorites at the moment!)  Their creative names create more than just fun conversation; they’re just another way that MOTHER is setting itself apart from other denim lines.

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Mother - it’s a word that means something to everyone.  It’s iconic, nurturing, and holds strong emotional value.  And in honor of Mother’s Day (& all you stylish moms out there!), we thought it would be perfect timing to highlight one of our favorite (and newest) denim lines - MOTHER Denim.  Trust me when I say, these jeans are not your typical “mom jeans.”  In fact - and I think you’ll quickly see - MOTHER is a play on opposites.  They’re soft, yet still sexy.  They’re comfortable, yet they still turn heads.  To us, MOTHER is the best of both worlds.

Here’s their story:

Experts Lela Tillem (former head of sales and marketing at Citizen’s of Humanity) and Tim Kaeding (former creative director at 7 for All Mankind and The Gap) joined forces in 2010 and created MOTHER Denim.  Kaeding had the idea to use soft, luxurious fabrics that feel like cashmere and pair this texture with the sleek look and unmatchable fit of authentic West Coast jeans.  Each pair of MOTHER jeans is sewn on-site at their production locations in Los Angeles, where they are also treated with elaborate used-look techniques, decorative seams and stone-washing.  No detail is overlooked - from the choice of buttons, seams and pocket sizes, down to proportions and positioning.  With such a keen eye for the fine details, it’s no surprise that MOTHER’s first collection in Spring 2011, was proclaimed by fashion magazines and bloggers to be the new “must-have” label.  Now in their third major season, the young brand holds it’s own as an innovative leader in the denim market.

I absolutely love MOTHER's inspirational story, but let’s be honest - we buy jeans based on how they look and feel.  Maybe you want a casual wide-leg jean for summer - MOTHER has you covered.  Or you’re in the market for the perfect cropped jean - MOTHER is the answer again.  And here’s the good news:  All week I will be covering the different cuts that MOTHER has to offer - "7 Days of MOTHER Denim!"  By the end of the week, you’ll be fully-educated... and finding your new favorite jean will be that much easier!

You’ll also want to stay tuned because...

We’re giving away a FREE pair of MOTHER jeans!  All you have to do is comment on this blog (or any of the posts throughout the week) to be entered!  (I’ll be posting it on our Facebook & Twitter pages as well - so any comments or re-tweets will get you entered too!)  Oh, & all MOTHER Denim will be 10% OFF in our stores - all. week. long.

{Tell me: Who’s excited about the giveaway?  Do you own some MOTHER jeans already?}

Happy MOTHER’s Day!

<3 Keriann 

WE LOVE:

Just like you, we have a summer wish-list that just keeps growing & growing (especially with new treasures arriving daily)!  And with warmer temperatures on the horizon, we’re keeping our eye on the prize.  We’ve mapped out our favorite things for summer - whether it’s an essential (and super cute!) denim dress or the perfect pop-of-color accessory.  Take it from us, these items will add just the right amount of newness to your closet.

The Looker Crop by Mother
“Mother denim is a must-have for spring/summer!  My favorite right now?  The Looker Crop!"”
- Angie, owner of Bliss

Round Tortoise TOMS Sunglasses
“I don’t normally splurge on sunglasses, but I can’t help myself with these!  They’re cute, they come with a nice case AND they support a great cause.”
- Michelle, Portland store manager/buyer

Steven Alan Classic Shirt Dress
"It’s a summer staple - I’ll wear it with a skinny belt, floppy hat & big sunglasses!"
- Erin, Portsmouth store manager

AG Racerback Tank with Ruffle
“I would wear this tank with high-waisted denim shorts & a strappy sandal!”
- Althea, Portland assistant manager

Prairie Underground Draper Jean Dress
“This fitted denim dress & Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market - sounds like a winning combination to me!”
- Kim, sales associate