Bliss in Coastal Living Magazine!

Hooray for Bliss! We're so honored to have been featured in this month's issue of Coastal Living Magazine - especially with the good company (our friends at Blanche & Mimi were also featured!).

The article highlights our denim wall, mentioning our newest denim line - MiH Jeans. Perfect timing since we just received a large shipment from the British brand today! Also pictured in the article were two of our faves - the Rocket High Rise Skinny by Citizens of Humanity and the most adorable dot socks from Lisa B.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine next time you're out... but until then, here's a peek at our write-up!

(A special thank you to Coastal Living Magazine for including us in the article!)

♥ Keriann

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.}

Our Holiday Wish Lists

What we're coveting this year!

With Christmas less than a week away, it's starting to feel like crunch time. Don't stress just yet if you're still shopping - you've still got some time & we're here to help. Last year the Bliss gals shared their gift ideas for their family & friends. This year to switch it up a bit, I've asked them to pick just one item that's on their wish list. Hopefully our picks will help while you're making those last-minute gift purchases.

Here are some gift ideas that she's guaranteed to love:

Frye Veronica Short boot for Angie:

"I'm obsessed with the cognac stonewashed leather!"

Brahms Mount Alpaca & Merino Wool Throw for Kelly:

"This cozy Maine-made blanket is the perfect mix of classic style & warmth - I would love to cozy up under it with a hot cocoa & a good book for the rest of the winter!"

The Pendleton Canyonville Tote for Tiffany:

"This tote in "Painted Hills Black" is definitely at the top of my wish list. It's the perfect weekend bag, especially during the holidays."

Chan Luu Cashmere/Silk scarf for Erin:

"I adore the Chan Luu Cashmere/Silk scarves. With their undeniable softness & gorgeous colors to choose from, it's so hard for me not to want another one (I already have four)!"

Paige Hoxton Ankle Jean for Althea:

"I've been waiting for Paige to come out with a high-waisted skinny jean for a while now. Let's just say, this jean was worth the wait!"

Sundry Racer Back Tank for Sophie:

"Paired with some light-wash destroyed denim, this will be a great look for my California spring break trip!"

Pendleton Ram's Horn Robe for Michelle:

"I love the print & it will keep me warm all winter long. It looks like it's going to be a cold one!"

Velvet Farah Sequin Dress in Pewter for Tonia:

"Perfect for a fun, festive New Year's - a night of all nights!"

Frye Shearling Melissa Button boot for Keriann:

"My feet are always cold, so I'm convinced these boots were made for me! I love that they're functional AND super stylish."

Prairie Underground Long Cloak Hoodie for Chelsey:

"Warm, cozy and perfect for lounging around on my days off!"

Butter by Nadia Signature Jersey Wrap Dress for Laura:

"I can go from day to night with this dress - pairing it with tights & Frye boots during the day and my favorite heels at night!"

Citizens of Humanity Rocket High-Rise Leatherette for Diana:

"They'll add a special twist to my everyday wardrobe. I can't wait to pair them with cable knit sweaters & girly blouses!"

New Scotland Hat for Lauren:

"What a splendid addition to my hat collection!"

Building a Legacy

Industry experts discuss Citizen of Humanity Adriano Goldschmied's impact on the denim industry.

As we gear up for the first day of our Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow (it's tomorrow!), we've enjoyed learning more about COH, one of our favorite denim brands. It's really interesting that AG, another one of our favorite (and best-selling denim lines!), is a partner & visionary for the COH brand. Adriano Goldschmied "always brings the next thing," and it's certainly clear in his work that he is paving the way for the future of denim.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend at our Trunkshow! Come early & get the best selection of COH jeans - you'll be glad you did!

♥ Keriann

Q&A with Deena Lender

Our Citizens of Humanity Sales Rep

Some may say that September is a month of switching gears. This is certainly true for us. Instead of dreaming of sunny days at the beach, we have apple-picking, fall-scented candles, football and Frye boots on the brain.

I mean, how could we not be excited for this transitional month, especially when we have so much exciting stuff planned for Bliss - it involves "fall makeovers" for both our stores (think cashmere sweaters, plush corduroys and wool scarves!), a NYC buying trip, and our first-ever trunkshow with Citizens of Humanity! We're thrilled (and you should be too), particularly since there will be free giveaways, denim raffles, mountain-high piles of jeans, and our COH sales rep will be in town.

Meet Deena, our super helpful & knowledgeable sales rep from COH. Trust us, she knows her denim! That said, keep reading to find out more about her career at COH, details on her (denim)wardrobe, and other secrets - all pertaining to denim:

First of all, thanks for taking the time to do this Q&A blog with us. For our readers who aren't as familiar with Citizens of Humanity as we are, can you tell them a little about the company?

Here's a little history about the brand & our founder, Jerome Dahan. It's pretty interesting stuff:

Parisian-born Jerome Dahan founded Citizens of Humanity in 2003, but his passion and experience in denim started long before then. In 1981, he discovered his talent for design & took a job with Guess Jeans - a job that would forever change his life. At Guess, he felt like something was missing & made it his goal to one day recreate the market for the next generation of jean wearers; he had a plan for the future of denim.

In 1999, Dahan conceived the idea that became 7 for All Mankind - a brand that would change the industry like only a few brands ever have. Dahan introduced new fits, new denim fabrics, new washes and new finishing techniques (which included Dahan's signature vintage center crease line that made both a flare and boot leg look slim & sophisticated).

After leaving 7 for All Mankind in 2002, Dahan took the opportunity to fully bring his vision to life with a new brand - Citizens of Humanity! Dahan set his company up for success by bringing in a skilled team & joining forces with his long-time mentor Adriano Goldschmeid (in 2007). Today, he takes great pride in being a brand that is not only about craftsmanship & quality, but also about people and creating a culture that focuses on creativity & inspiration. Made in the U.S., COH jeans have truly changed the denim world with their cutting-edge details, supreme comfort and perfect fit.

"We are all Citizens of Humanity." - Jerome Dahan

How long have you worked for COH?

I have worked for COH for the past 9 months; however, I had been the showroom fit model for over 2 years and an avid promoter of the brand before that. I still have my first pair of Citizens I bought back in 2007!

Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow

Here's your personal invitation...

What? We're hosting our first-ever Citizens of Humanity Trunkshow! It's going to be one super exciting & extra special event. Here's what you can expect:

Take 10% OFF all COH! Now that back-to-school shopping is done, it's your turn to treat yourself.

Allow our denim experts to find you the perfect pair of jeans while you sit back & enjoy champagne & sweet treats!

Deena, our COH sales rep, will be in our Portland store on Thursday & Friday of the event. (Stay tuned for our Q&A with Deena - it will be on our blog tomorrow!)

Free gift with any COH purchase - it's a good one too! (While supplies last, 1 per customer.)

And lastly, we're having a daily RAFFLE for a free pair of jeans (of your choice!). You'll receive 1 raffle ticket for every COH item you purchase... and we'll draw a winner each day of the trunkshow! (Those are some seriously good odds!)

When? Thursday, September 13th - Sunday, September 16th

Where? The event will take place in both our Portland & Portsmouth stores! (However, our sales rep will be visiting our Portland store only!)

Why? Because we love denim, especially Citizens of Humanity jeans! Come check out our new fall arrivals - plush corduroys, a high-waisted straight leg (so awesome!), and we're even getting a skinny black "leatherette" (coated denim that looks like leather!). Start making room in your closet...

We hope you're as excited as we are! It's the perfect way to start the fall season.

P.S. Be sure to tell your friends! After all, aren't shopping trips with friends even more fun?

♥ Keriann

A Short Story

With the official start of summer just two weeks away, it's time to start thinking about shorts weather. If you're like me, you have tons of simple sundresses and tanks for summer but not enough shorts options. (And lets be honest, skinny jeans just won't do on a hot July afternoon!) Jean shorts, or "jorts," are the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe & here's why:

Citizen's of Humanity Gibson Loose Fit Shorts
These slouchy denim cut-offs are a dream when it comes to summer dressing. Roll them up a few times for a midi short or wear them longer for that boy-meets-girl look (both are big trends for summer!). I'm picturing them paired with an American Vintage tee for a laid-back Sunday afternoon... or dressed up with a silk blouse & platform sandals for drinks on the patio. Summertime can't come soon enough!

Citizen's of Humanity Chloe High Waist Cut-Off Shorts
Nothing says "short and sweet" like these high-waisted floral denim cut-offs. You may be sick of hearing that printed denim is a summer must-have, but it's not going away anytime soon! Come on, it's hard not to oohhh & aahhh over these beauties. And they'll look great with your summer tan!

Obsession of the Week

Citizen's of Humanity Anja Long Skirt

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?}

♥ Keriann