Bliss Fall Party

A Celebration of Fall and Erin's Last Day

If we weren't in the mood for fall before last night, we certainly are now. We all gathered at Angie and John's house (the owners of Bliss) for some smoked bbq, pumpkin carving, a bonfire and a celebration of Erin. Yesterday was her last day as our Portsmouth store manager - and the truth is, we miss her already! Sad as we may be, we wish her nothing but the very best in her new city, new apartment & new job.

Wishing you a happy (and stylish!) fall - from our Bliss family to yours!

♥ Keriann

Behind the Scenes:

Our Fall Photo Shoot

Fall is one of our favorite seasons here at Bliss -- and you'll quickly see why! Watch our behind the scenes video from our Fall Photo Shoot at Hardy Farm - a restored 18th Century Farmhouse.

Enjoy! (And be sure to shop our fall collections in stores and online!)

Video Editing & Sound: Mikel Durlam
Videography: John Foddrill
Still Photography: Christina Denham Wnek
Set Stylist: Elizabeth Lapan
Hair Stylist: Holly O'Reilly, Primp Salon - Falmouth, Maine
Make-Up: Ellen Maloney, Primp Salon - Falmouth, Maine

Fall Winds Bring!

Cashmere & Change

I love the possibilities of fall - everything about it channels change. From the most obvious transitions like beach days to school days, to the more subtle changes like the chill at night causing you to reach for that extra blanket. When I was in school, I used to use fall as an excuse to reinvent myself... and my wardrobe. Name a phase and I've probably gone through it at one point. Butterfly clips and awful blue eye-shadow to huge flares whose only necessity was to be big enough to cover up my sneakers. Luckily, I've since moved out of these phases; while I still love to switch up my look every now and again, I'm far more consistent and I've been able to find my style. When it comes to fall, I make sure I'm stocked up in my basics:

Boots - My poor Frye Melissa Button's have seen some serious tough love and I can't wait for my new Lucinda Short's to experience the same devotion.

Scarves - I didn't have a security blanket as a child and I think it has finally caught up with me. Once the bathing suits are packed away, there's rarely a day when I don't have a scarf around my neck. I have my silk/ cashmere Chan Luu's (which are - and I'm not kidding - like wearing a cloud around your neck! They're that soft. I may or may not have a small addiction!) that I wear in constant rotation.

Jeans - Like the rest of the Bliss team, I'm forever a fan of a high-rise. AG's new body the Middi offers the same slim fit of their Leggings but with a higher rise, perfect for tucking into my boots while still allowing me to eat my way through the holidays!

These are pieces that are not only crucial to moving into cooler weather, but if purchased wisely can move with you seamlessly into spring and summer too. Versatility is key. With the change of seasons and change of wardrobe, there comes another change this year.

After 3 amazing years with the Bliss family, countless laughs and many pairs of boots later, I am embarking on a new endeavor. Like all major decisions, this one was not an easy one to make. My job allows me to work with some of the most wonderful, hard-working, sweet & funny people. I get to help women find pieces that outwardly represent who they are. That alone is my favorite part about my job - helping our customers. When a customer comes out of the dressing room smiling and feeling confident, then I did my job.

I'm a stylist, a confidant, a friend, a wrap-dress wrapping machine and sometimes just the strange blonde girl who says "have a great night" at 11am (hey, it can happen...). Bliss has been a second home to me and it will be so weird to leave. I can't wait to come back though. I can't wait to see how far Bliss will go!

So, where am I going? Well, I have the opportunity to move to Brooklyn. It will be strange to trade the tugboats for skyscrapers and what am I going to do without Ceres St Bakery?! Still, Portsmouth will always be home but I truly feel this would be an opportunity I'd regret if I didn't give it a chance.

I'm sorry for the length of this blog post but for those of you who know me, once I start on a roll, I can't stop very easily! I just want to say thank you lastly. Thank you to the best boss I've ever had. Thank you to the best coworkers and thank you to our sweet customers! My last day at Bliss will be this Thursday so please, stop by before then! I'd love to see you.

And if you're ever in New York, look me up!

Cheers,

Erin (Portsmouth Store Manager)

Welcome Fall!

with our Storewide Sale!

Sunday marks the official start to fall - but we've been in sweater & boot mode for weeks now. With new fall collections arriving daily, our stores are bursting full of rich jewel tones, chunky sweaters and gorgeous leather boots (and bags!). Fall is one of our favorite time of year - stop by our stores or shop our website & you'll quickly see why!

Starting today, everything in our stores and online will be 10% OFF! It's the perfect time to stock up on some dark skinny jeans & Frye boots for the colder days ahead. Plus, you'll definitely want to check out Prairie Underground's new Fall Collection. It's a must see.

We hope you'll kick-off the new season with us! Hurry in, our sale ends on Monday.

(Friday, September 20th - Monday, September 23rd. Sale in both store locations and at blissboutiques.com. Use the code FALL for 10% OFF online. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.)

It's Coming!

Our Annual Skif Trunk Show

It's the start of sweater weather. That means cozy cashmeres, thick cottons, warm wools... and our favorite knits from Skif.

Don't fret, we have a weekend of Skif planned for you! Normally our Skif Trunk Show takes place in August, but this year we're having it in October. In just a few weeks, our Portland store will be filled with one-of-a-kind sweaters - all handmade & dyed in St. Louis, Missouri. Trust us, their gorgeous pieces will forever be favorites in your closet.

Mark your calendars for October 3rd-7th... and start telling your friends! Not only will all Skif sweaters be on sale for the event, but we're planning to kick off the first night of the Trunk Show with hors d'oeuvres & fall-inspired spirits too.

Stay tuned for more exciting details! Until then, be sure to stop by our stores (and shop our website) for new fall arrivals.

♥ Keriann

Prairie Underground

The Brand Everyone's Talking About!

If there's ever a season for Prairie Underground, it's definitely fall. In fact, I'm wearing my military green long cloak hoodie today & it's the perfect choice on this rainy Friday. Plus, our first fall shipment arrived this week (I'm already planning my next Prairie Underground purchase!). Be sure to check out the new hoodies in our stores - and coming soon to blissboutiques.com!

On another note, a congratulations is in order - Prairie Underground was highlighted as the Editor's Choice in the September issue of Seattle Magazine! We love it when our favorite brands get the recognition they deserve. It has us smiling from ear to ear.

Happy Friday!

♥ Keriann

Fall Photo Shoot

Behind the Scenes of our Latest Photo Shoot

Just over a week ago we spent the day at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine - the charming location of our fall photo shoot. Nestled in the White Mountains of Maine, Hardy Farm is a restored 18th Century Farmhouse with an attached barn featuring white-washed wooden walls, original barn doors, expansive windows and high ceilings. If that wasn't enough, their grounds boast stone walls, herb gardens and the perfect little clearing in the woods - all of which we captured that day.

With clouds looming, the moody weather just added to the beauty of our surroundings - and our new fall collections. Denim, leather bags & boots and luxurious cashmere sweaters all paired together for our dream fall wardrobe. Capturing every detail and look was our photographer Christina Wnek; we can hardly wait to reveal the photos online (coming soon!). Working along side her was our set stylist, Liz Lapan of Paper Posy Designs. We're still swooning over her handmade flower crowns. Sigh.

Our team also included Holly and Ellen from Primp Salon in Falmouth. Their talent and expertise in hair & makeup made each look we put together even more beautiful.

Until we can share all the photos with you, here are some behind the scenes images that I snapped throughout the day. Enjoy!

Here's to a stylish (and hopefully long-lasting) fall!

♥ Keriann

{A special thank you to everyone who helped make this photo shoot a success! We're already looking forward to the next one.}

Our Portland Store is Hiring!

Part-Time Sales Associate

Do you love clothes? Especially denim? If so, Bliss may be the right fit for you. We're looking for an outgoing retail associate to join our team in our Portland, Maine store.

The Role:

You'll be responsible for helping our amazing customers shop our large selection of denim, boots/shoes and clothing. Greeting customers, knowing our brands & answering questions, completing sales, helping with merchandising and general store upkeep will be among your daily tasks. This is a part-time position - approximately 10-15 hours a week.

The Requirements:

You are available on weekends and holidays. You have at least 2 years of retail experience (preferably in a boutique setting). You are outgoing and friendly. Customer service is something that you excel at - as well as enjoy. You are organized, self-motivated and a quick learner. You work well in a team environment and on your own.

Interested? We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Please email your resume to info@blissboutiques.com.

We look forward to hearing from you,

♥ Keriann