AG Trunk Show!

Our AG Trunk Show starts tomorrow - Here's a little preview of what we have in store for you!

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)

AG Trunk Show

Starts Tomorrow at Bliss!

We're excited to start the month of June with our AG Try 'Em & Buy 'Em Trunk Show! Always a Bliss favorite, AG jeans have something for everyone - whether you're looking for a slouchy boyfriend crop, a mid-rise cigarette jean or a high-rise skinny. Oh, and we'll have exclusive hand-picked jeans in our stores just for the event too.Here's a little preview of what's in store for you:

Try 'em & buy 'em. Starting on Thursday, June 6th and ending on Monday, June 10th, anyone who TRIES on a pair of AG jeans will be entered to win a $50 Bliss gift card. And for every pair of AG jeans that you BUY, you'll be entered to win a FREE pair of jeans!

10% OFF all AG! All AG jeans, denim jackets and tops will be on sale for our trunk show.

Free gift with any AG purchase!While supplies last, so hurry in! Hint hint: They're cute AND practical.

Meet our AG sales rep, Jenny. On Friday, our AG sales rep will be in our Portland store helping you find that perfect pair of jeans. She's super helpful and sure knows her denim!

Two words: Candy Bar.We'll have a bunch of candy and lemonade in our stores to indulge your summer sweet tooth (and ours too!).

Hopefully this has you excited for the days ahead at Bliss! Be sure to mark your calendar & stop by one of our stores for the event. Or plan on shopping our selection of AG jeans online at blissboutiques.com!

See you soon,

♥ Keriann

Q&A with Jennifer Downes

AG's East Coast Sales Manager

Summertime in New England is a time of happiness... for many reasons really. Sunshine, beach days, drinks on the patio, bright additions to our wardrobes - I could go on and on. It's also the kickoff of our event season here at Bliss, and what better way to start than with our AG Trunk Show!

If you've been to this event in years past, you know that it's always a good time full of the best fits and styles from AG. Along with our try & buy giveaways, free gift with purchase and yummy treats, our AG sales rep will be visiting our Portland store for the event! She will be here to offer her expertise on denim and help you find that perfect pair (or two!) that you've been searching for.

Meet Jenny. She's someone we love working with and a very dear friend of Bliss. Keep reading to find out more about her career at AG, her denim secrets, and her advice for finding that favorite pair of jeans:

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this Q&A blog with us. Our AG Trunk Show is one of our most anticipated events of the year and we love having you in town for it. For our readers who are not as familiar with AG, can you share a little background about the company?

AG was started in 2000 by Yul Ku - a pioneer in the denim industry! Since 2000, we have been one of the few premium denim brands that is 100% vertically integrated - which means we cut, sew, launder, finish and ship all under one roof. We take pride in the quality & craftsmanship of our product, the fabrics that we use that are exclusive to us and our amazing FIT! Our DNA is rooted in denim; however, we have truly evolved over the years as a contemporary lifestyle brand. As a company we believe in being socially responsible and active by using eco-friendly technology and fibers, as well as our partnerships with charitable organizations. AG stands to be Chic. Sophisticated. Classic.

How long have you worked for AG?

I have been selling AG on sales floors since 2003; it has always been my favorite go-to jean when it comes to fitting a customer! But now that I am on the wholesale side, I have been repping the brand since 2009 - so it has been a little over four years!


What's your favorite thing about your job?

Since working with AG, I have been able to travel and meet so many amazing people all over the midwest and east coast! I have made such wonderful relationships and have seen so many different types of stores - it's interesting to see how each store is unique and in tune to their customers' needs! I love helping all of the stores that I work with pick the right assortment of AG for their customers.

What jeans do you find yourself reaching for time and time again? How do you normally style them?

I am a sucker for black skinnies! They're my everyday go-to! I love wearing them with a great pair of ankle boots.

Denim Blues

New Arrivals for Spring!

Now that spring is here, we find ourselves with a real case of the denim blues (but in a good way, of course!). It's no secret, nothing gets us quite as excited as new denim in our stores - and there's been a lot of it lately. Whether it's light, medium, or dark, we've handpicked some new favorites that are sure to grab your eye.

Light Wash

The wonderful thing about pale, light wash denim is that they have a certain love-worn appeal - as if you've owned them forever. An instant fave from MOTHER is their new skinny ankle with a side zip in light kitty; it's perfect for springtime. Or if you prefer a more '70s-inspired silhouette, MiH's Marrakesh High Rise Flare in sugarblue is just the ticket. Wear them with a tucked-in blouse & TOMS wedges for a covet-worthy look. Whichever you choose, both these styles promise to lend your look a casually cool vibe that's spot-on for spring.

Medium Wash

If you love your tried-and-true medium wash jeans, we've got a few recommendations for your collection. J Brand's Mid Rise Rail jean in bayside is perfect for everyday; it's slim straight cut will have you hooked. Or try AG's Aubrey straight leg jean in 10 years-rio for an effortless vintage look. Lastly, put on a pair of Joe's skinnies in ceece for movie dates and afternoon barbecues. Denim has never been so easy.

Dark Wash

Dark jeans are a go-to for many due to their versatility; they can easily be dressed down for the weekend or dressed up for a night out. Step out in Citizens of Humanity's Riley Boy Boot in venus for a relaxed, low-maintenance look. Or try 7 for All Mankind's Mid Rise Skinny in dark rich blue. Their second skin Slim Illusion has 100% elasticity and is made to hold you in while having an ultra soft feel. Either one will leave you feeling polished and ready for whatever the day (or night) brings!

♥ Keriann

(Image courtesy of MiH Jeans)

Outfit Ideas:

Handpicked by our Portsmouth Team!

Our Portsmouth Team put together three looks for three of their favorite outings:

Moxy Mondays

This outfit is ideal for grabbing tapas at Moxy and catching up with friends!

Top: MiH 'The Oversize Shirt'
Jeans: AG Legging Ankle in 18 Year Destroyed
Shoes: Frye Coral Ankle Strap (now 50% off!)
Belt: Hyde Contour Hip Belt
Sunglasses: TOMS Aviators
Wallet: Frye Melissa Snap Wallet

Casual Saturdays

For those lazy Saturdays wandering the Farmer's Market (or indulging in Eggs Benedict at Colby's), this outfit is perfect in pairing color & comfort.

Top: Splendid Baseball Pullover
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Dylan Boyfriend
Shoes: Frye Jillian Oxford (now 50% off!)

Date Night

For a date night out with your special someone! Whether you're catching a concert at the Music Hall or getting martinis at 2 Ceres, this outfit is guaranteed to turn heads.

Dress: Only Hearts Shirred Wrap Dress
Rings: Shell Ring & Seahorse Ring - both by Alkemie
Necklaces: Various Initial Necklaces by Nashelle
Shoes: Frye Coral Ankle Strap (seriously, we can't get enough of this heel!)

End of the Year Denim Clearance

Saturday 12/29 thru Sunday 12/30

The gifts have all been unwrapped... and now it's time to get what you really want (and let's be honest, what you really need). Thanks to our end of the year denim clearance, your denim wish list is totally within reach!

Starting tomorrow morning at 10AM in both store locations, shop over 375 pairs of jeans all priced from $25 to $100! Sound too good to be true? Here's the breakdown: 125 pairs of jeans will be priced at $25, 75 pairs at $50, 125 pairs at $75 and 50 pairs at $100. Come early for the best selection, these will go fast! (We sold out last year!)

Stock up for the new year with a wide range of cuts from all your favorite brands - AG, J Brand, Joe's Jeans, Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity and MOTHER. It's our biggest denim sale of the year! Oh, & if you have a Bliss gift card, there's never been a better time to use yours!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

♥ Keriann

{Sale in both store locations on Saturday & Sunday only. Our Portland store has over 250 pairs of jeans for the sale. Our Portsmouth store has over 100 pairs of jeans for the sale. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion.}

Summer Flashback

It's been our best summer season yet!

Well hello, September. In the fashion industry, this is the month of thick fashion magazines, must-read fall trend guides, New York Fashion Week, and for us here at Bliss, one of our biggest buying shows of the year - Coterie. There's no denying it, we're just 4 days into September & we have fall on the brain. Maybe it's because we can hardly wait to trade our iced coffees for warm pumpkin spice lattes at Bard Coffee, or because we can't keep our hands off our new cashmere sweaters... but whatever it may be, it's safe to say that fall is officially here.

So, before we fully dive into our new season of coats, scarves, corduroys & leather boots, let's take a look back at our summer here at Bliss. (It sure has been a good one!)

MAY:

We entered the month of May on a high; our store celebrated our 10 year anniversary during the last weekend of April. We had a party full of things we love: gelato, Prosecco, our customers, free giveaways and a storewide sale (of course)! It was a memorable event that really set the tone for the months ahead.

Next up was our AG Trunkshow! With stacks & stacks of the latest denim styles, our AG rep in town, and a gelato cart, this event reminded us why we love summertime (oh, and AG jeans!). We're already looking forward to bringing this event back next year.

JUNE:

One of the biggest highlights of our summer was being featured on Elle.com's "50 States of Shopping!" In the article, Elle profiled the country's best boutiques & we were selected to represent the state of Maine! Needless to say, we are super honored (and very flattered!) to have made their list. Thanks Elle!

It's Here Again!

AG Trunkshow!

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 Donuts. So, so good.

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

♥ Keriann

WE LOVE:

Here are some of our favorite things

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

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