This year we celebrate our fourteenth year of Bliss Boutiques. Fourteen years of building relationships with our customers, offering the brands whose ethics, style, and quality we believe in, and enjoying the Portland and Portsmouth (and online!) communities. We believe there is just something special about the boutique shopping experience. In the spirit of another year of Bliss, we asked our employees which Bliss item they hold most dear, and we loved hearing what they had to say!

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7 Days of MOTHER Denim Giveaway

We have a winner!

We have a WINNER! As many of you know, we did a week of MOTHER Denim on our blog a couple weeks ago where we highlighted one of our favorite denim lines & were even giving away a FREE pair of jeans! Denise DeMarco is the lucky reader to score the pair of MOTHER jeans - in the style of her choice! Congratulations, Denise!

Thank you to everyonewho commented on our blog, Facebook & Twitter pages during our blog series. We're thrilled with all the positive interaction & can't thank you enough for your continued support. I truly hope you enjoyed learning about MOTHER Denim - give them a try next time you're looking for a new pair of go-to jeans (you'll be hooked)! Oh, and stay tuned for more giveaways in the near future!

♥ Keriann

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Denim Skirts!

We're wrapping up our week of MOTHER Denim with a Bliss favorite - denim skirts! We've got a bunch to choose from in our stores (all different lengths), but in my opinion it's MOTHER's denim skirts that have stolen the show. If you like curve-hugging mini skirts, these are a must. And the best part - they'll work with anything in your closet & look great against your sun-kissed skin!

The S.N.S. Skirt- it's your everyday, classic denim skirt. Sitting low on the hips, this mini is perfect for those hot days of summer... and you'll fall in love with it's vintage-looking wash. It's definitely a summer essential.

The High Waist Mini - this dark denim skirt is the ultimate piece for summer; it's sexy while still being practical. With MOTHER's signature "M" stitched on the back pockets, a slim fit & a higher rise, you'll have a hard time leaving the store without it. And just think - it will make the transition from day to night practically effortless.

{Tell me: Do you love these denim minis as much as we do? What's your favorite style from MOTHER?} It's the LAST DAY to comment for your chance to win FREE jeans (or a skirt - it's your pick!) from MOTHER. We'll be drawing for a winner next week!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about our newest denim line. Give them a try next time you're in the market for new jeans - trust me, you won't be disappointed!

♥ Keriann

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Wide-Leg Jeans

"We want people to come back to the store, saying I love my MOTHER so much."
- Tim Kaeding, co-founder of MOTHER

We couldn't agree more with Tim Kaeding's statement. At Bliss, we believe in every jean that we sell in our stores and customer satisfaction is always our main focus - each and every day. The truth be told... MOTHER makes our job easy.

If you walked into our stores and were looking for a new go-to jean for summertime, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend our wide-leg jeans from MOTHER. Available in bleached out summery-washes, their fuller legs allow some breathing room during an unexpected heat wave. (Nothing is worse than wearing slim-fitting jeans in 90 degree weather!) Mix them in with your rotation of sundresses and cut-offs, and consider your summer wardrobe complete.

The Wilder - actress Rachel Bilson has been spotted numerous times wearing this trouser jean from MOTHER, both in real life and on the set of her hit TV series, Hart of Dixie. If you're a fan of her style, you'll love these jeans! With a 22 inch leg opening, this ultra-soft jean works for all occasions - casual Fridays at the office, summer picnics, or late-night drinks at Sonny's.

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Bootcut & Skinny Flares!

Some may say that variety is the spice of life. Personally, I have to agree - especially when it comes to one's wardrobe. If you live in your skinnies, switch it up with bootcut or flare jeans - I think you'll be surprised at how refreshing a new look can be. Plus, some of MOTHER's key players are part of the bootcut and flare world.

The Slacker - this jean demands attention with it's clean lines and medium blue "honkytonk cinderella" wash. It's 8 inch rise and slim bootcut gives this jean a slightly provocative feel; pair them with some killer heels and you've got a winning look (just ask the cute boy who's starring at you from across the room!).

The Outsider - MOTHER's signature bootcut jean has been getting a lot of play in our stores lately. Maybe it's the sleek cut. Maybe it's the two incredible washes & fine details ("peppermint kisses" is my absolute favorite wash with light pink stitching and golden rose buttons). Or maybe it truly is a denim essential. I'll let you decide!

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

The Rascal

For today's post, I'll be shining some light on The Rascal - MOTHER's straight-leg jean. Not quite a skinny or a bootcut, I feel as if straight-leg jeans are often overlooked... when, in my opinion, they are the most versatile jeans out there! Having some doubts? Just try finding something they don't go with.

With a 7.5 inch rise, 31.5 inch inseam and a 14 inch leg opening, these jeans work for a wide range of body types. Most of the straight-leg jeans that we carry have a longer inseam (32-33 inches), so many of our customers are thrilled to find a jean that doesn't require a trip to the tailor's. In fact, most customers love the fit, feel and length so much that they end up asking to wear them home (and I can't say I blame them!). Available in a dark wash called "aka goddess," don't be surprised when these jeans make you feel just as the name implies! You owe it to yourself to give this style a try.

{Tell me: Do you own a pair of straight-leg jeans already? Which style of MOTHER jeans do you like best so far?} I look forward to hearing from you - especially since a comment qualifies you to win a FREE pair of jeans! Not a bad trade-off if you ask me!

♥ Keriann

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

Cropped Jeans!

Here in Maine & New Hampshire, we rely on this specific denim style to transition us from spring to summer. It's true, we never really know what to expect from the weather forecast and that's why this particular cut has proven time & time again to be our saving grace. As you may have already guessed - it's the cropped jean!

The various fits of MOTHER jeans are all extremely wearable, but none are more so than their cropped styles. The proof is in the 4 different cuts we have in stores now:

The Teaser - available in the adorable "queen of dixie" wash, this relaxed-fit skinny jean has a 28 inch inseam & is a no-brainer for this time of year! With a rolled cuff hem, they'll look darling with a pair of wedge espadrilles.

The Looker Crop - this jean is sure to win hearts! Available in two summery washes, this skinny crop guarantees to make getting dressed in the morning a no-fuss ordeal. With the same rise as The Looker full-length jean (7.5 inch), a slim-fitting silhouette, and a 26 inch inseam, they'll look just as good on as they make you feel (if not better!).

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

The Looker & The High-Waisted Looker

It's our week of MOTHER Denim - and honestly, we couldn't be more excited about it! Throughout the week, my goal is to give you an insider look (and fit session!) for all MOTHER has to offer. I think you'll see right away that they strive for nothing short of perfect fit, feel and finish. And their cashmere-like fabrics will change your whole outlook on jeans (trust me!).

Enter: The Looker Skinny. This low-rise skinny jean by MOTHER has quickly become a best-seller and has gained a loyal fan-base in just a few short seasons in our stores. With a 7.5 inch rise and 10.5 inch leg opening, this style embodies MOTHER's play on opposites. It's sleek without being too serious. It's sophisticated while still being playful. It's a jean that will become like second-skin in not time at all.

Whether you're looking for a faded black, a crisp medium blue or a super-light wash, I'm confident you'll find it in the 12 distinct washes we have available in stores now. That's right, we're giving you 12 options! And did I mention that their washes all have cute, and sometimes humorous, names? ("Tickle fights & BBQ" and "bright eyes" are two of my favorites at the moment!) Their creative names create more than just fun conversation; they're just another way that MOTHER is setting itself apart from other denim lines.

7 Days of MOTHER Denim

MOTHER Knows Best!

Mother - it's a word that means something to everyone. It's iconic, nurturing, and holds strong emotional value. And in honor of Mother's Day (& all you stylish moms out there!), we thought it would be perfect timing to highlight one of our favorite (and newest) denim lines - MOTHER Denim. Trust me when I say, these jeans are not your typical "mom jeans." In fact - and I think you'll quickly see - MOTHER is a play on opposites. They're soft, yet still sexy. They're comfortable, yet they still turn heads. To us, MOTHER is the best of both worlds.

Here's their story:

Experts Lela Tillem (former head of sales and marketing at Citizen's of Humanity) and Tim Kaeding (former creative director at 7 for All Mankind and The Gap) joined forces in 2010 and created MOTHER Denim. Kaeding had the idea to use soft, luxurious fabrics that feel like cashmere and pair this texture with the sleek look and unmatchable fit of authentic West Coast jeans. Each pair of MOTHER jeans is sewn on-site at their production locations in Los Angeles, where they are also treated with elaborate used-look techniques, decorative seams and stone-washing. No detail is overlooked - from the choice of buttons, seams and pocket sizes, down to proportions and positioning. With such a keen eye for the fine details, it's no surprise that MOTHER's first collection in Spring 2011, was proclaimed by fashion magazines and bloggers to be the new "must-have" label. Now in their third major season, the young brand holds it's own as an innovative leader in the denim market.

I absolutely love MOTHER's inspirational story, but let's be honest - we buy jeans based on how they look and feel. Maybe you want a casual wide-leg jean for summer - MOTHER has you covered. Or you're in the market for the perfect cropped jean - MOTHER is the answer again. And here's the good news: All week I will be covering the different cuts that MOTHER has to offer - "7 Days of MOTHER Denim!" By the end of the week, you'll be fully-educated... and finding your new favorite jean will be that much easier!

You'll also want to stay tuned because...

We're giving away a FREE pair of MOTHER jeans! All you have to do is comment on this blog (or any of the posts throughout the week) to be entered! (I'll be posting it on our Facebook & Twitter pages as well - so any comments or re-tweets will get you entered too!) Oh, & all MOTHER Denim will be 10% OFF in our stores - all. week. long.

{Tell me: Who's excited about the giveaway? Do you own some MOTHER jeans already?}

Happy MOTHER's Day!

♥ Keriann