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COATS

The Most Important Layer of the Season

Now that the days are getting shorter and we've consistently had the heat on, it's time to talk COATS. Plus we all woke to our first snow of the season this morning (it came early this year!)and it's freezing out there! Be prepared for the cold (wind, rain, snow, blizzard - you name it!) with our favorite coats from Spiewak. Believe me, these are not your average winter coats that you'll be sick of before December even ends. With a Spiewak coat in your closet, you'll be welcoming the cold-weather season (okay, maybe that's a stretch...) for years & years to come!

Spruce up your winter style with 3 brilliant coats that truly work for all body types:

Liscome Bay Coat

As warm as it is stylish, this menswear-inspired coat is a quintessential wardrobe staple for every east coast gal. The olive brown color fully embraces the popular military trend and would look great paired with a slouchy cream-colored hat & gloves. And, it's tall folded collar is the best we've seen from anyone. Seriously, this coat is calling my name.

Ranger Fishtail Parka

Parkas. I would argue that they're the most functional of all coats with their sporty, yet classic look. Our top pick? Spiewak's Ranger Fishtail Parka - specifically designed to protect you from the elements with warm polyfill lining, a removable hood and a weather-resistant dry wax cotton shell. Combine that with a cinch-able waist, decorative buttons at the shoulders & cuffs, and slight high-low hem and you'll want to wear it everyday (and everywhere!). In our opinion, the classic hooded parka has never looked better.

Wool McElroy Coat

Fur-trim around the hood and toggle buttons? Apparently you can have it all. One of Spiewak's best-sellers (and ours too!) is the Wool McElroy Coat - and this season, it's clean lines & easy fit makes this coat even more appealing. It's heavy wool shell & thinsulate lining are definitely added bonuses when it comes to battling our winters here in Maine. Give it a try - you'll be glad you did.

And there you have it - our top outerwear picks of the season. Stop by our stores for an even larger selection of coats from Spiewak... OR shop some of our styles online at our Pop-Up Shop (with FREE shipping)!

♥ Keriann

Shop Maine Blog

Another great write-up about Bliss!

Maine Magazine launched a new style blog yesterday that highlights local boutiques & their standout pieces for the season. And the writer? Mara from MainelyMara - our favorite destination for local deals! Lucky for us (and such an honor!), Mara chose to write her very first blog about us! Our large selection of cozy, cashmere sweaters, Epice scarves and Frye boots took the spotlight in her write-up of fall trends. Along with our denim wall ("yes, an entire wall"), adorable Tiny TOMS and Butter by Nadia's wrap dresses (always a fan favorite!).

Click here to read the article... and be sure to follow the blog too! Trust me, Mara has some seriously good insight when it comes to style & trends. Oh, and be sure to stop by to see Mara's seasonal picks firsthand - you won't be disappointed.

♥ Keriann

New Arrivals from Three Dots

Everyday basics & wardrobe staples!

We're huge fans of Three Dots - and we have been for a while now. Season after season, their wardrobe basics seem to get better and better. Case in point - our new arrivals.

They're luxuriously soft and cut to perfection. A polyester, cotton, viscose and spandex blend, you just found your new go-to for this chilly weather. This long-sleeve raglan tunic/dress (in a gorgeous burgundy color!) is destined for dinner dates & holiday festivities. And the heather gray cowl sweater has us planning our weekend wardrobe already. Hurry in & scoop up these closet necessities before they're gone!

♥ Keriann

The Bliss Pop-Up Shop

Featuring Spiewak Coats & Frye Boots

Coats & boots. They really are the most important staples of the season. Just think - not only do they keep you warm & dry on those chilly fall days, but they also have a way of bringing an entire look together. Or in the case of coats, they have the ability to cover up a wrong outfit choice (hey, we've all had them!). This season, we're helping you take the guesswork out of cold-weather dressing with our limited-time Pop-Up Shop featuring Spiewak coats & Frye boots.Fall is here!

For many, many seasons now, we've been carrying Spiewak. Their rugged wool parkas & super warm down coats, classic silhouettes and esteemed brand name have us (and our customers!) hooked. And they have quite an impressive history too:

Isaac Spiewak started his business in 1904 producing handmade sheepskin vests for the dockworkers on New York's booming waterfront. Now, over a century after its founding, I. Spiewak & Sons has grown into one of the premier names in outerwear. With a history of producing jackets for soldiers, pilots & sailors in WW1 and WW11, the company takes great pride in not only the quality of their coats, but their durability & functionality as well. They're iconic, trusted & the starting point for any warm (and fashionable!) fall wardrobe!

And I can't say enough good things about Frye! If you already own a pair, you know exactly what I'm talking about. With zero break-in time, quality leathers and a 2 year Frye warranty, these boots are worth the investment. Just don't be surprised when you wear them everyday!

This year, bundle up in style with Spiewak & Frye - you'll be glad you did. Especially on those sub-zero degree days!

Now thru November 9th, shop our fall Pop-Up Shop here:
http://shop.blissboutiques.com

P.S. Remember to stay tuned - another new shop will be "popping" up soon! Hint: Our next collection will feature a large selection of our favorite hoodies! It's going to be a good one.

{Can you guess what collection we'll be featuring next?}

♥ Keriann

Line We Love:

The Portland Collection by Pendleton

The Portland Oregon designers behind The Portland Collection by Pendleton have delivered again. Back with their second season, this new collection has a wider range of woven styles, knits, accessories (super cute clutches & umbrellas!), and blankets. With fabrics woven exclusively in Pendleton's Northwest Mills and everything produced in the U.S.A., the collection's heritage-influenced designs are better than ever.

Following great success from their first collection for fall 2011, the design team created a unique color story for this season - olive greens, copper, mustard yellows and beautiful creams & neutrals. Using fresh silhouettes & timeless patterns, the collection is designed to be versatile. Not only can the pieces be worn all-season long, but many pieces (scarves & cardigans) can be worn by men too! Just don't be surprised when your BF asks to borrow your new favorite Pendleton scarf.

This eye-catching collection takes the best of Pendleton's 150-year heritage & interprets it for a new generation of consumers. Trust us, one glance at this gorgeous collection & you'll be hooked. Stop by tonight (5PM to 8PM) for our Wool & Whisky Event - enjoy authentic Pendleton Whisky all while getting FIRST DIBS on this collection. All Pendleton will be 10% OFF too! Did I mention I want to buy everything?!

See you soon! ♥ Keriann

Pendleton Wool & Whisky Event

Thursday, October 11th - Sunday, October 14th

Back for their second season, The Portland Collection by Pendleton is better than we could have imagined. And to make it even more special, we're debuting the collection at our Pendleton Wool & Whisky Event this Thursday thru Sunday!

Get a first look at some seriously warm essentials for fall - sweaters, 100% wool fringed scarves, the best-ever plaid shirts, a circle skirt and a beautiful cape coat. Oh, & the collection also includes cozy blankets (in 3 fun prints!), umbrellas, totes and clutches. The Portland Collection truly is a must-see... and what better time than at our Pendleton Event! Here's what we have in store for you:

To kickoff the event, we'll be serving Pendleton Whisky cocktails on Thursday night from 5PM to 8PM in our Portland store. Warm up with "The Portland Hot Toddy"or sip on "The Pendleton," a mixture of whisky & apple cider... all while shopping, snacking on a cheese plate & listening to fun music. Whether you stop by on your way home from work or make it a girls' night out, this is one event you don't want to miss!

Take 10% OFF all Pendleton... all weekend long (in both store locations)!

FREE gift with any Pendleton purchase! Hint: It's cute... and practical.

Start counting down the hours - your fall wardrobe awaits you!

♥ Keriann

{10% OFF Pendleton in both store locations. Event & gift with purchase in Portland store only. Free gift with Pendleton purchase while supplies last. 1 free gift per customer.}

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

EPICE

The fall collection has arrived!

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?}

♥ Keriann

New this Week:

Carson Tab Short Boot by Frye

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.

♥ Keriann

Pre-Fall TOMS Shoes

9 new reasons to adore TOMS shoes...

Kick off shoe season with our early fall arrivals from TOMS. Think corduroy wedge booties, chambray botas, and fleece-lined classic slip-ons - and that's just the beginning! Our TOMS selection is growing & looks oh-so good for fall. (Of course, we don't expect you to wait until then to wear them!)

Look stylish, be comfortable and support a great cause. These new arrivals are just what the (shoe) doctor ordered.

{Tell me: What's your favorite new style?}

♥ Keriann

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