Posts from August 2013

End of Summer Sale

The upcoming long weekend just got even better. Starting tomorrow, stop by Bliss for our huge End of Summer Sale. We're making room for new fall merchandise – arriving daily! Now's the time to stock up on those summery items you've been eyeing all season long!

Over 400 pieces of clothing (between both stores & online!) will be on sale for 50% OFF! We're talkin' Splendid tanks, Velvet & Susana Monaco dresses, Sundry graphic tees, Steven Alan button-ups, CP Shades tunics and much more.

Our sale will also include select TOMS shoes and Frye boots – along with a large selection of summer hats, scarves, bags and belts! All 50% OFF!

Hurry in, this major sale comes to a close on Monday evening! We hope to see you soon.

<3 Keriann

(Sale in both store locations and at blissboutiques.com. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.)

Tailored by Joe’s

New to our stores for the fall season is Joe's Jeans special collection of denim suits – "Tailored by Joe's." The Ankle Trouser and Suit Jacket arrived about a week ago, and we're already getting great feedback about these sleek & sophisticated options from Joe's. Trust us, these trousers and suit jackets are an instant confidence booster... just what you need before that big presentation at work or blind date!

The Suit Ankle Trouser is a great piece for the workplace – and beyond. The "Never Fade Black" denim is stone washed and given 100 home washes to insure that it truly will never fade. Since our style is more laid-back here at Bliss, I can't wait to pair these trousers with a half-tucked in graphic tee and some casual sneakers. Oh, and a cargo jacket once the temperatures drop!

The Suit Jacket – available in "Never Fade Black" and a dark denim wash – is the definition of timeless style. This beautiful jacket pairs well with trousers, skirts and denim making it super versatile in any woman's closet. 

Hurry in to our stores to check out this new collection from Joe's Jeans! We have a feeling you won't be disappointed.

<3 Keriann

Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show

Our 2nd annual Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show starts tomorrow – in both store locations & online! We have a fun, denim-filled weekend planned at Bliss:

10% OFF all Citizens of Humanity! There's never been a better time to stock up on denim essentials... whether it's for back-to-school or some much-needed retail therapy.

We will be partnering with the Cotton From Blue to Green denim recycling program all weekend. For every pair of old jeans (any pair in your closet!) that you bring in to recycle during our Trunk Show, we'll give you 20% OFF that many pairs of COH jeans! It's our first time doing something like this in our stores and we need your help to make it a success!

FREE gift with any COH purchase! Plus, we will put your name in a raffle for a free pair of jeans too. We'll have one winner in our Portland store and one winner in our Portsmouth store at the end of the event (some seriously good odds!).

Our Citizens of Humanity rep will be in our Portland store on Thursday and Friday of the event. She'll help you find that perfect-fitting pair of jeans in no time.

We've got a sweet tooth – enjoy some candy & champagne while you shop!

Mark your calendars. Set up a phone alert. Tell your friends. This is one event you don't want to miss!

<3 Keriann

(Trunk show in both store locations and online. Free gift with COH purchase while supplies last. Limit 1 free gift per customer. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.)

Cotton From Blue to Green™ is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated.

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Our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show starts tomorrow (at 10am!). We hope that our daily blog posts over the past 10 days have helped inspire your next denim purchase! 

Now that all the girls from the stores have dished on their favorite COH jeans, it's my turn. I'm almost 7 months pregnant and at first, I thought about excluding myself from these series of blog posts. After all, my wardrobe these days consists of empire waist dresses, leggings, tunics – and sweatpants as soon as I get home from work! This all turned around for me last week when I received a pair of COH maternity jeans. I've worn them 3 days within the last week; needless to say, I've found my new go-to jean (at least for the next couple of months!).

The Maternity Avedon Slick. It's skinny leg, black stretchy wash and high belly panel were love at first sight. It felt wonderful to slip on a pair of jeans again – especially since denim was such a huge part of my wardrobe before I got pregnant. Trust me, these are a must-have for all those soon-to-be-moms. I don't know how I went 7 months without them.

Although we won't have any maternity jeans at the Trunk Show, you will be able to special order a pair (or two!). With fall fast approaching, you'll be glad you did – the Maternity Avedon Slick will fit perfectly into your boots and look great paired with all your cute maternity tops.

Next purchase from COH?

My "after-baby" shopping list keeps growing and growing with all the beautiful new arrivals for the fall season! Since I love my Maternity Avedons so much, one of my first purchases will be the Avedon Ultra Skinny in Midnight. Made from a soft, stretchy velour, I plan on pairing these skinnies with my Frye Melissa Button boots and an oversized cable sweater. 

Stay tuned – we'll be sharing all the exclusive event details later today!

<3 Keriann

Frye’s Anniversary Collection

It's here, it's here! Just when we thought The Frye Company couldn't get any better, they introduce their 150th Anniversary Collection – and we're speechless. Crafted from genuine USA leather, the collection boasts a recreation of their most iconic styles from the past century... and beyond. Drawing inspiration from their archives, these vintage-inspired designs are antiqued and stained by hand to show the richness of the materials used. The leather outsole also features a heat embossed limited edition 150th logo. Trust us, these boots are really special.

Meet our new arrivals from the collection:

Campus 14L

It's the same iconic Campus Boot that was chosen to be featured at the Smithsonian Institute in the 1960's. They remain on display in our nation's capital – a true testament to Frye's celebrated place in American history. This anniversary boot features gorgeous whiskey-colored leather that was tumbled with stones in a wooden drum, before being polished by hand. This boot is the definition of tried-and-true.

Harness 12R

Known as a Frye original, the Harness boot is an American classic. The dark brown stonewash leather, rubber outsole, Goodyear welt construction and chunky heel will pair perfectly with your wardrobe favorites. It's an instant hit... again.

Jet Engineer Tall

Inspired by a classic Frye style, this tall pull-on boot features a sleek, black antique leather that's been polished to perfection, a comfortable 1" heel and an inside zipper. Plus, the slanted shaft will do wonders for your legs.

Jet Engineer Short

The shorter version of the Jet Engineer, this ankle boot in dark brown promises to be a keepsake in your wardrobe for years to come. We're already planning how we'll wear it as we transition into fall!

We can't think of a better way to commemorate Frye as the oldest operating footwear company in the USA. These boots are a must-see (and a must-have)!

<3 Keriann

Photo courtesy of The Frye Company.

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We're just days away from our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show! We've been busy prepping & planning to make this one of our biggest denim events yet. 

Before Laura started working at Bliss, she was a big fan of COH. She admits that last year's oversized denim cocoon vest & floral print skinnies really won her over – and she's been wearing the brand ever since! 

How long have you worked at Bliss?

One year this fall!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

I love all my COH jeans, but my favorite are my Racer Low Rise Skinnies in Solstice. The dark wash is perfect for all seasons! 

How have you been wearing them this summer?

I like to cuff the bottom and pair them with a cute pair of sandals & a v-neck tee. 

How will you switch it up for fall?

I'll trade in the sandals for some booties, add a long sleeve knit, an infinity scarf... and voila!

Next purchase from COH? 

Next on my shopping list is the Rocket Skinny in Icon – a great new denim wash for fall & winter!   

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Our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show starts this Thursday! Only 3 more days...

Althea, our Portland store's assistant manager, has been helping customers find that perfect-fitting pair of jeans for five years now. Denim is also a daily part of her own wardrobe, so it's no surprise that her denim tips are highly welcomed.

How long have you worked at Bliss?

5 Bliss-ful years!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My favorite COH jeans are the Carlton High Rise Retro Slim in Secret. They're ankle-length which means they are the perfect length on me (I'm 5'2")! The high-rise is both slimming & elongating and the wash is a soft, lightweight medium-blue with tonal stitching.

How have you been wearing them this summer?

A slim-straight cut is perfect for cuffing or rolling. Typically I will roll them up at the ankle and wear a little tank, either tucked in or knotted at the waist. I love how these look with my signature shoe – a high-heeled clog!

How will you style them this fall?

I will probably keep them rolled and add a scrunchy sock, ankle boots and a cropped sweater.

Next purchase from COH?

Definitely the Rocket High Rise Skinny in Icon. These have the high waist I love, a skinny ankle for tucking into boots and a really versatile, clean dark wash.

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If you've been following our blog posts this past week, it's clear that we're counting down the days to our big Citizens of Humanity event. Obviously, we're just a tab bit excited. Be sure to stop by starting on Thursday!

Lauren is our next Bliss gal that's sharing all about her COH faves. She's a college student who comes back to work at Bliss during her summer & holiday breaks – and definitely adds a healthy dose of laughter to our stores! And like the rest of us, she's very passionate about her jeans.

How long you've worked at Bliss?

About 2 years.

Favorite pair of COH jeans?  

I love the Rider Low Relaxed Boot. I usually wear a mid or a high-rise jean, but the relaxed fit makes the lower rise super comfortable! I am also 5'11" and often have a hard time finding a bootcut that is long enough – but these have a lovely 34" inseam!

Favorite way to style them during the summertime?

I love these in the summertime with the white linen Teton blouse by CP Shades, clogs, a long necklace and a cluster of silver bangles. 

How will you wear them this fall?

For fall, I plan on wearing these jeans with a fitted black long sleeve shirt, a floral scarf, a chunky leather belt and my Frye harness boots peeking out at the bottom!

Next purchase from COH?

Definitely the Rocket in Crispy! They're the perfect jean for strolling the streets of Italy while studying abroad this semester!

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Next weekend at this time, our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show will be in full swing! Clearly, we're a little exited & hope you are too. After all, what's better than new jeans, free gifts and delicious treats? 

If you've been in our Portland store lately, you've probably had the pleasure of working with Diana. She's been at Bliss for almost a year now and has some serious style. Drawing inspiration from high fashion magazines & blogs, Diana has no fear when it comes to creating unforgettable denim looks. 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My favorite pair of Citizens are the Arley in Admanos. I love the combo of a high waist and straight leg –  a fit that you don't see that often.

What are your summertime styling tips?

In the summer, I love to pair them with racer back tanks or silky white blouses from CP Shades. I usually tuck the front of the shirts in to show off the high waist and add nude strappy sandals or flat pointy-toe shoes. Some layered necklaces add a unique touch too. 

Looking ahead to fall, how do you plan on wearing them once the colder months hit?

I'm going to switch the sandals to cool fashion sneakers and add a slick black oversized blazer. Ankle boots will also look great with the Arley!

Next purchase from COH?

I'm going to get the Dylan, which is a relaxed boyfriend fit – they're one of the rare boyfriend styles that actually fit me well!

(Diane Kruger in Citizens of Humanity Arley jeans. Photo courtesy of Deminology.)

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We're trying not to sound repeatitive here, but it's hard not to get excited when our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show is NEXT weekend! Trust us, we've planned a 5-day event that will surely get you ready for the season ahead. Just think – denim, denim and more denim (oh, and maybe some Frye boots too!).

Our new Portsmouth assistant manager, Chelsey, admits that Citizens of Humanity have been her go-to jeans since she started working at Bliss almost a year ago. But what's her favorite jean in her closet? Keep reading to find out! 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My Mandy High-Rise Slims are my favorite! They are the perfect length to wear with sandals and the wash is great for summer. I love that they are high rise – it adds that extra bit of comfort when at home or at work!

Favorite way to style them during the summertime?

I like to wear them with flowy striped tops from Splendid! I complete the look with sandals or roll up the hem & wear them with flats.

How will you wear them this fall?

Luckily the Mandy is slim enough to wear tucked into boots, which is how I plan on wearing them this fall. I'll pair them with an olive-colored top which is a big color for the upcoming season!

Favorite memory in your jeans?

I got them for my 24th birthday and I wore them out that night to the Cold War Kids concert in Boston! I couldn’t have been happier – and even received lots of compliments that night! They made my birthday a night to remember.

Next purchase from COH?

My next purchase will probably be another pair of Rocket Skinnies (I already own them in the Crispy wash!) or maybe even the Arley High Rise! There have been so many new arrivals for fall that it will be hard to choose just one!

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ONE WEEK until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show! Get ready for fashion's favorite season at Bliss – all COH will be 10% OFF (or 20% OFF if you recycle an old pair of jeans!) during the event. We're looking forward to seeing you & helping you find that perfect denim match.

There's no one more qualified to handpick jeans for you than Michelle, Bliss' general manager. Not only does she have over 11 years of experience with designer denim, but she also accompanies Angie on all our buying trips. Trust us, she's practically a denim expert. 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

I am loving the Dita Petite Bootcut in Pacific. It's a classic style that flatters just about any figure, and it has a shorter inseam which is great for me (since I definitely fit into the petite category!).

Tell us how you've been wearing them this summer? And how you'll wear them once the temperatures drop?

This summer I have been wearing them with an American Vintage tee and my Frye ballet flats. Once fall arrives, I will pair them with my Frye boots and a cropped Skif sweater layered over the same American Vintage tee. These jeans are part of my go-to wardrobe – when you're a busy mom that works full time, it's smart to have a great pair of jeans that you can wear so many different ways!

Next purchase from COH?

The Rocket in Icon (a nice dark wash for fall) have been calling to me for some time now. This high waisted skinny will be an easy staple for fall!

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8 Days until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show – and we're buzzing with excitement. Not only have our free gifts arrived (you'll get one with any COH purchase!), but we're also planning some tasty treats to sweeten up the event. It's going to be a weekend you don't want to miss here at Bliss!

Lucky for us, the owner of Bliss is dishing on her COH favorites in today's post. (Hopefully this will give you some ideas for the trunk show!) Angie has a seriously good eye for denim & has been buying for the store since she started Bliss almost 12 years ago! 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

Carlton High Waist Retro Slim in Freefall – a super soft black wash. I love them because they're an easy go-to style that you can wear with ANYTHING! 

How have you been wearing them this summer?

With a pair of the Carson Ballet Flats by Frye and a Bella Dahl silky-rayon tunic in any color. These jeans also look really cute with any of our CP Shades tunics.

Transitioning into fall, how will you wear them in the colder months?

With a cozy New Scotland sweater or a Prairie Underground Long Cloak Hoodie.

Favorite memory in your jeans?

My son Sebastian's 2nd birthday party. The pool... wet. The hot dogs... dripping with ketchup & mustard. The cake... messy. The ice cream... melted. All of which were on my jeans by the end of the day!

Next purchase from COH?

The Rocket Leatherette in MIDNIGHT!! The color and fit are perfection. They will look so good with any color Frye boot – short or tall (totally up my alley). Or dress them up with a heel (which I rarely do!).

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We're counting down the days until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show – only 9 more days!  With new fall styles arriving daily, the anticipation is building for sure.

Today our Portsmouth store manager is dishing on her favorite Citizens of Humanity jeans. Combine Erin's cute style with her denim knowledge and it's a winning match. Personally, I'd take denim pointers from her any day of the week.

How long have you worked at Bliss?

I’ve been apart of the Bliss family for 3 years this September!

Favorite pair of COH jeans? 

My favorite pair of COH jeans (aside from the Rocket, of course) are the Dylan Boyfriend Jeans! They are so soft and having them be a little slouchy makes them feel like I’m wearing pajamas. Also, with being on the shorter side, the length of the Dylan is ideal because I can wear them rolled to create a more casual feel or leave them uncuffed & they’re the perfect length for flats.

How do you style them during the summertime?

In the summer, I’m all about comfort. I like to wear the Dylan Boyfriend with a white t-shirt and leather sandals. I’ll add a headscarf for a small pop of color (and to get the hair out of my face!).

How do you plan on wearing them come fall?

I cannot wait to wear the Dylan Boyfriend slightly rolled with ankle booties, a chunky sweater and a constant rotation of scarves!

Next purchase from COH?

Next on my list is the Arley High-Rise Straight Leg. I love the idea of a straight leg paired with flats, a silk tee and a fitted blazer. The Arley is soft (again, I’m all for comfort!) and the dark wash allows for them to be dressed up or down without much effort. And they’re high-rise! Who doesn’t love a good high-rise?

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In just 10 short days, we will be kicking off our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show (in both store locations)! Starting on Thursday, August 22nd and extending through the weekend, our focus will be on DENIM – specifically Citizens of Humanity. And what better way to countdown to the event then by hearing from our Bliss ladies & their favorite picks from the brand.  

Our first post is by Kelly, our inventory manager at Bliss. She inspects & processes every pair of jeans that we receive in our stores – so it's no surprise that she knows her denim inside and out! 

How long you've worked at Bliss?
I am heading into my 4th fall at Bliss!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?
My favorite Citizens are also a Bliss favorite! They are the Rocket in Crispy – the higher rise and skinny leg are perfect with whatever top I want to wear with them. Plus, I can play with different boots or cute flats.

Favorite way to style your jeans during the summertime?
After a long day at the beach, I love to take a shower and throw on my Rockets with a white tank and airy Chan Luu scarf. I am good to go even if the night cools off.

Looking ahead to fall, how do you plan on wearing them once the colder months hit?
In the fall I will swap my flip flops for cute black ankle booties and a chunky cable knit sweater.

Next purchase from COH? 
Since I'm such a fan of the Rocket, I am thinking of getting the same fit in the Midnight Leatherette (go vegetarians!). It would be an amazing way to bring my favorite cut into the fall and holiday seasons!

Cotton From Blue to Green

Every pair of jeans has a story. Many times we associate our clothes with a particular memory – what you were wearing on your first date, at your big job interview or at your family reunion. And if you're anything like me, this may be the reason we hold on to our clothes for so long. The good news? Those memories never have to end, thanks to the Cotton From Blue to Green™ denim recycling program. 

Since 2006, the program has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills across the nation and recycled it into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. A portion of this insulation has been distributed to help communities in need. In just two weeks from today at our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show, we're giving you the chance to contribute. Just think – that old, trusted pair of jeans can find a new home & help jumpstart an entirely new story!

This year marks a milestone for Cotton From Blue to Green™ – they are on their way to collecting nearly one million pieces of denim! Let's help them meet their goal. Stop by our stores on August 22nd – August 26th to recycle your old jeans. We'll even sweeten the deal by giving you 20% OFF your Citizens of Humanity purchase when you contribute an old pair of jeans to the recycling program.

Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming Trunk Show... and in the meantime, start cleaning out your denim closet! Recycle your denim & help change the world one pair of jeans at a time.

<3 Keriann

{Cotton From Blue to Green™ is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated. UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation is a trademark of Bonded Logic, Inc.}