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

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

The Skinny Jean Alternative

FLARE JEANS!

If you were to take a peek in my closet, you would find a quickly growing stack (or two!) of jeans! Seriously though, can one ever have too many jeans? I'll admit that on more than one occasion I've even thought about how cool it would be to have bookshelf-like storage for all my jeans - much like the floor to ceiling shelves of denim we have in both of our stores! (Can't a girl dream?) I know, I may be denim-obsessed.

With that said, most of the jeans that make up my daily wardrobe are skinny jeans. They're easy - especially since most of my shoes are either boots with a small heel or ballet flats. But as I wrote about earlier in my denim resolutions for the year, I'm determined to branch out my denim selection... and what better way than with a great pair of flare jeans for spring/summer! Join me, won't you?

Below are my picks for three of the best flares of the season:

If you're looking for an extreme flare, look no further than Citizen's Charlie Super Flare jean. Special insets at the ankle give this flattering, mid-rise jean an extra 70s-inspired kick, a look that is making a huge comeback this spring. Pair them with a white peasant top and a pair of Spendid's wedge sandals for a covet-worthy look.

Fall 2012 Buying Trip

Day 3 Recap

Day 3 was our much anticipated "denim day" at Coterie! The majority of our day was booked full of denim appointments at all of our favorite lines. We knew it would be a lot to take in, but couldn't wait to see what the denim industry has in store for fall.

Joe's Jeans

Our appointment at Joe's Jeans started with their ready-to-wear collection, which consisted of covetable tops, darling dresses and novelty jackets. They capitalized on the mini-dot trend with adorable flannel button-ups - something you'll be seeing in our stores come September! Their denim was a sure thing as well; we ordered plenty of our customer's favorite denim staples... and threw in a red skinny jean too!

AG

AG's booth is always very recognizable at the show. Their walls are made of huge wood panels, they have doll-size displays on their walls of all their denim styles (so cute!), and they even have an AG bar at the front of their booth. It's slightly over the top, but if anyone can get away with it, it's AG!

The mini-dot trend was seen here as well - both in a sheer top and on their jeans! I can't get enough of this trend; it's cute, wearable and women of all ages can get away with wearing it. In addition to the dots, AG had some note-worthy denim washes and a large selection of colored corduroys for fall - a wardrobe staple here in New England!

New Arrivals!

It's always exciting when new shipments come in - and lately we've been getting something almost every day! Since not everyone is willing to brave the arctic temperatures to shop, I'll give you a little preview of the awesome boots, clothes & accessories that are new to our sales floors. They're fun, fresh and even bright - a sure way to beat those winter (and post-holiday) blues!

Harness Boot

In a cracked, distressed leather, the Wyatt Harness is our newest arrival from Frye. Picture them paired with black skinnines and a chunky wool sweater... or a feminine frock for a hard/soft combo. Whether you're looking for a shorter ankle boot or a mid-calf style, we have both options for you to incorporate into your winter wardrobe. The best part - these will transition easily into spring too!

Mother May I?

Rules are often broken in the popular children's game Mother May I. "Yes, you may take 3 giant steps forward" usually means run forward as fast as you can. Similarly Mother denim breaks a lot of rules (but in all the right ways!) that has put them leaps and bounds ahead in the denim scene. With impressive washes & creative names like "Honkeytonk Cinderella" and "Maiden & the Unicorn," Mother denim makes you want to be a kid again. 3 new washes & cuts came in this week - one crop, one skinny and one slim boot. With this many choices, it's hard to pick just one.

Leather Love

Recently, our stores seem to be over-flowing with belts - and that's definitely not a bad thing! We just received a huge shipment from Motif 56 full of skinny braided belts and wide leather belts. Wrap them around an oversized sweater to show off your waist or wear one to give your look a subtle update. Either way, you can't go wrong with a Motif 56 belt.

The First Sign of Spring

CP Shades is a brand we all know and love. Their American-made clothing is easy-to-wear, and though we sell the brand year-round, their early spring arrivals always have a way of brightening up our stores. Crisp, white linen blouses, striped tunics, airy dresses and gorgeous mid-length pleated skirts are here... and we couldn't be more happy about it. Wear them now or wear them later - these iconic CP Shades pieces make getting dressed every morning fun (and easy!).

Hues from the Heart

Bright blues and vibrant reds were the theme in our recent Only Hearts shipment. Six new styles of dresses are on our racks - a striped bateau dress (love the long-sleeves!), a tank dress with a cut-out back detail, a simple short-sleeve dress (great for the office!) and even a few printed dresses. If you're looking to add a little cheer to your closet, these dresses are a great place to start. After all, when it comes to Only Hearts, it's okay to wear your heart on your sleeve.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick glimpse of what's new on our shelves. And trust us, this is justthe beginning. If you ask me, it's a pretty fabulous start to a much-anticipated spring!

♥ Keriann

Denim Resolutions

A New Year. A New Look.

Now that we're officially back into the swing of things after a busy, yet wonderful, holiday season, I find myself thinking about new year's resolutions. Admit it, there's something about this time of year that is inspiring - maybe you're inspired to shed those extra holiday pounds or redecorate your guest room (something you've been putting off for years!)... or maybe you're like me and want 2012 to be the year that you dress better & invest in premium denims.

Let me start by giving you a quick glimpse into my denim background: 9 months ago, when I started working at Bliss, I bought my first pair of designer denim - a pair of AG Charlotte straight-leg jeans. Up until that point, I had no idea how crucial a great pair of jeans was in pulling my entire look together. Now I can proudly say that in addition to AG, I own a bunch of J Brand's and a few pairs of Paige and Joe's Jeans too. I love them ALL. My denim wardrobe underwent a total transformation and this is something I'm eager to carry over into the new year with renewed vigor and focus.

Here are my denim resolutions for 2012 that you should try too:

Play with patterns: No doubt about it, Spring is going to be full of color and print - and denim is no exception! I have always loved my wardrobe classics - i.e. dark wash skinny jeans - but after falling in love with a pair of leopard-print Joe's Jeans at the Trade Shows in NYC this past September, I knew I had to branch out. The jeans came in a few weeks ago & I've already worn them twice! I know you must be thinking that I can check this one off my list, but I want to push my limits even more and try other prints too - including these Citizen's of Humanity Floral Jeans that were featured in Vogue recently.

Try a new cut: For a while now, my go-to jeans have been my J Brand's Maria high-rise skinnies in a dark, stretchy wash. They are easy, classic and look great tucked into my Frye boots. But lately, its been a flare or wide-leg jean that stands out to me. It's a completely different proportion than I'm used to and changes the game as far as shoes go... but I'm up for the challenge. Not quite convinced? These AG Lula flare jeans with the adorable braided detail are sure to change your mind!

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