Posts from August 2012

Our Biggest Summer Sale. Ever.

30% OFF summer favorites! We're talkin' dresses, denim skirts, tank tops, tees and more.

Up to 75% OFF select boots & shoes! We've marked down a bunch of styles just because we only have a few sizes left.

30% OFF a large selection of denim shorts & jeans! Denim will never go out of style - stock up on these wardrobe essentials while they're on sale.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

<3 Keriann

EPICE

Introducing... the latest scarves for fall. Full of color, floral prints & plaid (of course!). Honestly, there isn’t a better time to score that perfect scarf; after all, a great scarf is a girl’s best friend once the temps drop (goodbye summer tan, I’ll miss you!)

Here at Bliss, we take our scarves very seriously. We believe that a great scarf can transform a t-shirt & jeans into a special, eye-catching look. Not to mention it can easily travel everywhere with you - from an airplane shawl to a movie theater “blanket” to a stylish solution for the overzealous office air conditioner. No outing (or outfit!) is complete without a gorgeous scarf.

That said, let’s talk scarves. Epice scarves.

The two creative geniuses behind Epice (Bess Nielsen & Jan Machenhauer) launched this Danish line in 1999. Since then, their brand is known worldwide for their high-end materials (fine silks, cotton & wool) and their prints, patterns & color combinations. You really have to see these scarves firsthand to fully grasp how wonderful they are - they truly are wearable art.
 
So, as we shift into the fall season, let us help you find that ultimate accessory piece - a beautiful scarf! {Tell me: What’s your must-have accessory for fall?}

<3 Keriann

We’re HIRING!

Our Portland store is hiring!

Our Bliss team is growing... and we want you!  The following skills/requirements are a MUST: retail experience (1-2 years, preferably in a boutique setting), flexible schedule - must be available to work weekends & holidays, highly self-motivated, great team player, exceptional communication skills, committed/eager to learn, friendly & outgoing; interacts well with customers & co-workers, 20 hours per week.

Please send your resume to info@blissboutiques.com by September 10th.  We look forward to hearing from you!

New this Week:

With the end of the summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking (and getting excited!) about those key summer-to-fall transition pieces.  Our top pick?  The Carson Tab Short Boot.

It’s all in the details with this boot - from it’s reverse tabs to the perfect antique full grain leathers (camel & dark brown).  Guaranteed to take the guesswork out of pre-fall dressing! 

Does it get any better than this?  You already know our answer.  Stop in today & see why we’re giving you 2 more reasons to love Frye.

<3 Keriann

Q&A with Jewelry Designer Dominique Mattozzi

Tell us about yourself, including what you do & how you got there.

My days of making jewelry probably started as soon as I could tie a knot.  I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets as a kid - I must have made them for everyone in my family.  Then, as I got a little older, I started making jewelry as a hobby with my mother.  In high school, I even took a few jewelry-making classes and I loved it.  Funny enough though, it wasn’t until I started graduate school studying childhood education that I more seriously got into making wire-wrapped jewelry.  At that time I wanted something fun and relaxing I could do for myself when I was not writing papers.  So, I bought a couple books and taught myself.  I really don’t know how I found time for it, but I think it helped me get through grad school.

Tell us about your jewelry line & your design style.  What do you draw inspiration from?

The inspiration for my jewelry comes from a combination of the natural beauty of Maine, where I spent my childhood, and the vibrancy of living in New York City.  My line reflects this in both the colors and materials that are used.  This collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leather, weaved wool and cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Boho with clean lines yet intricate attention to detail.

Where are your pieces made?

All of the jewelry in my collection is handmade by myself at my home studio in New York City.

What’s the most difficult challenge you’ve faced as a jewelry designer?

Honestly, I’d probably have to say marketing and promotion of my jewelry.  It’s one thing to make a collection, but if no one knows about it nothing is ever going to come of it.

Our Annual Skif Trunkshow

Our Skif Trunkshow is almost here, and there’s a lot to be excited about.  In addition to the 250 new Skif pieces we’re bringing in exclusively for the trunkshow, you’ll have a chance to meet our rep Emily from St. Louis, munch on some sweet treats, and enjoy a glass of delicious Prosecco.  Oh, and get 10% OFF all Skif items too! 

And it gets better.  Not only will we have racks upon racks of the best-ever sweaters, but we will also be showcasing a special jewelry collection.  Jewelry designer Dominique Mattozzi will be in our Portland store with over 20 of her hand-made designs.  This detail-oriented collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leathers, weaved wool & cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones.  Pretty impressive stuff, if you ask us!  (Be sure to check back tomorrow for our Q&A with Dominique & a preview of her work.)

The event kicks off on Thursday, August 9th (one week from today!) and goes thru Sunday, August 12th.  Mark your calendars - this is our biggest event of the summer!

<3 Keriann