Meet The Designer:

Shana Ready of The ROPES MAINE

Meet Shana - the designer of the original rope bracelet. We're super proud to carry a large selection of her bracelets at Bliss, and we love seeing local artists get the recognition they deserve.

Watch L.L.Bean Signature's feature to get a glimpse into Shana's passion & inspiration behind her popular jewelry line. Then be sure to shop her new Fall Collection - in our stores and online!

Congratulation Shana!

Nashelle Identity Collection Trunkshow

Thursday, April 18th - Sunday, April 21st

Timeless. Special. And personal. Our first-ever Nashelle Trunk Show starts tomorrow, and we're thrilled to show you their Identity Collection. Customize your own charm necklace or bracelet, name plate necklace, and more. Whether it's a treat for yourself or a gift for someone else (Mother's Day is right around the corner!), these will make the perfect addition to every woman's jewelry box.

Pick your own necklace or bracelet chain and start adding charms - it's that easy! We'll have samples in our stores, along with our friendly Bliss staff who will help process your special order. From there, Nashelle will make your one-of-a-kind jewelry piece and ship it back to us (within 2-3 weeks).

In addition to Nashelle's customizable Identity Collection, we'll have a large selection of their earrings in our stores too. And the best part?All Nashelle jewelry will be 10% OFF through the weekend!We'll even have champagne & cupcakes to celebrate the event too.

Can't make it to the event? Email us at info@blissboutiques.com and we'll send you the look book! If you get your order in before the weekend ends, we'll give you the Trunk Show price.

As always, we look forward to seeing (or hearing)from you!

♥ Keriann

{Trunk show is in both store locations. All sale & special order items are final sale. 50% deposit required for special orders. The remaining balance is due at the time of pick-up.}

One-of-a-Kind Trunk Show

Create: Your Story. Your Inspiration. Your Identity.

Ever wanted to customize your own charm necklace or bracelet? Maybe with your name or the name/initials of loved ones? Well, now's your chance - our NashelleIdentity Collection Trunk Show starts this Thursday! It's our first-ever event that allows YOU to be the designer and create a piece of jewelry that's unique to you & your story. Or give a really special gift (Mother's Day is right around the corner!).

Nashelle's delicate hoop earrings, memorable state necklaces and customizable Identity Collection keep us wanting more. It's true - this jewelry line really speaks to us.And the company's roots have a lot to do with it:

Heather Nashelle Straw always thought she would grow up to be a shoe designer or dress maker. Believe it or not, she admits that jewelry design didn't feel as natural to her. However, that quickly changed - after studying metal arts at the University of Alaska Southeast, a whole new world of design was revealed to her; one that was inspired by simplicity and the combining of metals & stones. All of a sudden Heather started paying close attention to the changing of seasons, the beauty in nature and the many facets of women. And that's when she started her own jewelry line - Nashelle! She would spend all day designing & creating on her living room floor and would sell her jewelry just by wearing it in public. From that point on, she worked diligently to turn her new-found passion into her lifelong career.

Now over twelve years later, Nashelle is a team of 20 talented designers, jewelry makers and office assistants. Each & every piece is handmade in their warehouse in Bend, Oregon from recycled 14k gold fill and sterling silver materials, as well as natural gemstones. The pride Heather takes in her work, along with her vision, truly make her designs wearable works of art.

Pretty inspiring story, huh? Just wait until you see the jewelry line in person.Join us this Thursday, April 18th - Sunday, April 21st for some shopping, champagne & cupcakes! And stay tuned, we'll be sharing more exclusive details about the event tomorrow...

♥ Keriann

Spotted:

The ROPES on the Atlantic-Pacific Blog

With over 20K followers, Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific wows us with her impeccable style and strong fashion sense. She is also a loyal fan of The ROPES bracelets - she includes the bright arm candy in many of her looks and even visited Maine this past fall. So, needless to say, we were thrilled to see that her first post of the new year included The ROPES Cape Elizabeth bracelet! Pair it with a preppy anchor sweater like Blair did, or add it to your otherwise neutral winter wardrobe. Either way, it just works. Get this bracelet here... and be sure to browse our large collection of ROPES bracelets too!

♥ Keriann

New Arrivals From Ponomo

Hand-picked for the holidays!

Hannah Tarkinson, the founder & head designer of Ponomo, stopped by our Portland store this morning with some seriously jaw-dropping new necklaces & earrings. Some of our favorites were the victorian-inspired choker necklace, cut-steel earrings (so gorgeous!),and the earrings made from vintage guitar tuners. They're unique, one-of-a-kind and are all made from re-purposed & reconstructed vintage materials.

Stop by today & find that perfect gift to put under the tree. Trust us, she'll love it... and cherish it forever.

♥ Keriann

Q&A with Jewelry Designer Dominique Mattozzi

Tell us about yourself, including what you do & how you got there.

My days of making jewelry probably started as soon as I could tie a knot. I was obsessed with making friendship bracelets as a kid - I must have made them for everyone in my family. Then, as I got a little older, I started making jewelry as a hobby with my mother. In high school, I even took a few jewelry-making classes and I loved it. Funny enough though, it wasn't until I started graduate school studying childhood education that I more seriously got into making wire-wrapped jewelry. At that time I wanted something fun and relaxing I could do for myself when I was not writing papers. So, I bought a couple books and taught myself. I really don't know how I found time for it, but I think it helped me get through grad school.

Tell us about your jewelry line & your design style. What do you draw inspiration from?

The inspiration for my jewelry comes from a combination of the natural beauty of Maine, where I spent my childhood, and the vibrancy of living in New York City. My line reflects this in both the colors and materials that are used. This collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leather, weaved wool and cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Boho with clean lines yet intricate attention to detail.

Where are your pieces made?

All of the jewelry in my collection is handmade by myself at my home studio in New York City.

What's the most difficult challenge you've faced as a jewelry designer?

Honestly, I'd probably have to say marketing and promotion of my jewelry. It's one thing to make a collection, but if no one knows about it nothing is ever going to come of it.

Our Annual Skif Trunkshow

It's the most anticipated event of the summer!

Our Skif Trunkshow is almost here, and there's a lot to be excited about. In addition to the 250 new Skif pieces we're bringing in exclusively for the trunkshow, you'll have a chance to meet our rep Emily from St. Louis, munch on some sweet treats, and enjoy a glass of delicious Prosecco. Oh, and get 10% OFF all Skif items too!

And it gets better. Not only will we have racks upon racks of the best-ever sweaters, but we will also be showcasing a special jewelry collection. Jewelry designer Dominique Mattozzi will be in our Portland store with over 20 of her hand-made designs. This detail-oriented collection is full of gold-filled jewelry mixed with hand-cut leathers, weaved wool & cashmere yarns, and semi-precious stones. Pretty impressive stuff, if you ask us! (Be sure to check back tomorrow for our Q&A with Dominique & a preview of her work.)

The event kicks off on Thursday, August 9th (one week from today!)and goes thru Sunday, August 12th. Mark your calendars - this is our biggest event of the summer!

♥ Keriann

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of our buying trip started much like every other day - with coffee! We stumbled upon a quaint little cafe a few blocks from the show that kind of reminded us of Bard Coffee (only not quite as good, of course!), and we went there every morning for the rest of our trip. With caffeine in our system, we headed towards the Javits Center for our first day at Coterie...

Nashelle

Our first stop was Nashelle's booth, and I can't think of a better way we could have started the show. Her jewelry is so unique; every piece is handmade and it truly shows in her fine details & craftsmanship. Everything looked stunning as usual, but there were a couple standouts. The first one was her mini collection - basically she made some of her best-sellers in a smaller size (something I really appreciate since I can't wear heavy, large earrings all day). Practical and still super stylish - it's a win-win combination! The other standout was Nashelle's charm necklaces. With a wide variety of charms, there was something there for everyone. (Stay tuned - there's talk about having a charm necklace trunk show in our stores sometime soon!)

Butter by Nadia

If you've ever been in our stores, you've seen our wrap dresses by Butter. They are a crowd favorite... and for good reason. Their design, fabric and overall look sets them apart, and you will continue to see this for fall. Color blocking was a big theme at their booth, along with mid-length and maxi-length skirts. We're excited about the new three-quarter length wrap dresses as well - it's the perfect dress for any occasion! You'll want to wear it everyday (and you can!).

6TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

20% OFF all Alkemie Jewelry

For a while now, we've had a huge crush on Alkemie. The jewelry line is made by a husband & wife team who takes great pride in their social and eco-friendly best practices. All their designs are made of 100% reclaimed metals & are manufactured by hand in their studio in downtown Los Angeles. With today's special sale, we're offering 20% OFF all Alkemie jewelry - yes... that includes that awesome brass leaf cuff you've been eyeing for months now. Or maybe it's the seahorse ring, cobra earrings or pinecone necklace? Admit it, you deserve to treat yourself this holiday season!

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