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Introducing:

TRANSCEND by Paige Denim

This weekend at Bliss, we are having our very first Paige Denim Event & we're extra excited about their latest fabric. Introducing.... TRANSCEND.

Paige Denim redefines the standards of luxury, recovery, and comfort with TRANSCEND. Using the latest in performance fiber technology, this fabric features an innovative formula that yields luxuriously soft denim that won’t stretch out and will turn heads with its flawless fit.

Come in & give this new denim a try!

P.S. Stop by our Portland store on Saturday to meet our Paige sales rep, Elizabeth – and enjoy some sangria & macaroons too! 

Paige Denim Event

Thursday 6/12 – Monday 6/16

What's better than a denim event heading into the weekend? Not a whole lot, if you ask us.

Starting tomorrow, we're having a Paige Denim Event in both store locations and online. It promises to be a fun, denim-filled weekend with lots of extra perks:

10% Off all Paige Denim. Whether you're looking for a slouchy boyfriend, high-rise skinny or a classic bootcut, you won't be disappointed with our large selection of Paige jeans. We'll also have exclusive hand-picked jeans in our stores just for the event too. Think summer overalls!

FREE gift with any Paige purchase. While supplies last, so hurry in! (Hint hint: It's cute and practical.)

Meet our Paige sales rep, Elizabeth. Stop by our Portland store on Saturday to meet her – and enjoy some sangria & macaroons too!

Just a reminder: Our Paige giveaway ends today! Be sure to like our Facebook page (or share one of our posts about the event) by midnight tonight for a chance to win a FREE pair of Paige jeans! (We will announce our winner tomorrow!)

(Thursday, June 12th – Monday, June 16th. Event in both store locations and online. Free gift with any Paige Denim purchase while supplies last. Limit 1 free gift per customer. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.)

WIN A PAIR OF PAIGE DENIM!

We are so excited for our Paige Denim Event starting Thursday, June 12th, that we're giving away a free pair of Paige jeans!

TO WIN: Head over to our Facebook page and like us for the first time or share any of our posts about Paige Denim! (The winner will be chosen 6/12/14.)

<3 Bliss

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

We're celebrating Valentine's Day weekend with a sale (and chocolate, of course!). Hundreds of items in our stores will be marked down. Wayyy down.

60% OFF all previously marked down sale items. It's the perfect time to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe.

40% OFF newly added sale items. Steven Alan classic shirts, Susana Monaco dresses, Splendid thermals and some denim favorites – including coated jeans from Citizens of Humanity that are perfect for your Valentine's Day dinner date!

Plus, we will have a $25 – $50 denim rack with over 150 pairs of jeans (between the two stores!).

We hope to see you soon! <3

(Sale starts on Friday, February 14th in both store locations. All sale items are final sale. Sale cannot be combined with any other special promotion. Not valid on previous purchases.)

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Our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show starts tomorrow (at 10am!). We hope that our daily blog posts over the past 10 days have helped inspire your next denim purchase! 

Now that all the girls from the stores have dished on their favorite COH jeans, it's my turn. I'm almost 7 months pregnant and at first, I thought about excluding myself from these series of blog posts. After all, my wardrobe these days consists of empire waist dresses, leggings, tunics – and sweatpants as soon as I get home from work! This all turned around for me last week when I received a pair of COH maternity jeans. I've worn them 3 days within the last week; needless to say, I've found my new go-to jean (at least for the next couple of months!).

The Maternity Avedon Slick. It's skinny leg, black stretchy wash and high belly panel were love at first sight. It felt wonderful to slip on a pair of jeans again – especially since denim was such a huge part of my wardrobe before I got pregnant. Trust me, these are a must-have for all those soon-to-be-moms. I don't know how I went 7 months without them.

Although we won't have any maternity jeans at the Trunk Show, you will be able to special order a pair (or two!). With fall fast approaching, you'll be glad you did – the Maternity Avedon Slick will fit perfectly into your boots and look great paired with all your cute maternity tops.

Next purchase from COH?

My "after-baby" shopping list keeps growing and growing with all the beautiful new arrivals for the fall season! Since I love my Maternity Avedons so much, one of my first purchases will be the Avedon Ultra Skinny in Midnight. Made from a soft, stretchy velour, I plan on pairing these skinnies with my Frye Melissa Button boots and an oversized cable sweater. 

Stay tuned – we'll be sharing all the exclusive event details later today!

<3 Keriann

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The Racer by Citizens of Humanity

We're just days away from our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show! We've been busy prepping & planning to make this one of our biggest denim events yet. 

Before Laura started working at Bliss, she was a big fan of COH. She admits that last year's oversized denim cocoon vest & floral print skinnies really won her over – and she's been wearing the brand ever since! 

How long have you worked at Bliss?

One year this fall!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

I love all my COH jeans, but my favorite are my Racer Low Rise Skinnies in Solstice. The dark wash is perfect for all seasons! 

How have you been wearing them this summer?

I like to cuff the bottom and pair them with a cute pair of sandals & a v-neck tee. 

How will you switch it up for fall?

I'll trade in the sandals for some booties, add a long sleeve knit, an infinity scarf... and voila!

Next purchase from COH? 

Next on my shopping list is the Rocket Skinny in Icon – a great new denim wash for fall & winter!   

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The Carlton by Citizens of Humanity

Our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show starts this Thursday! Only 3 more days...

Althea, our Portland store's assistant manager, has been helping customers find that perfect-fitting pair of jeans for five years now. Denim is also a daily part of her own wardrobe, so it's no surprise that her denim tips are highly welcomed.

How long have you worked at Bliss?

5 Bliss-ful years!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My favorite COH jeans are the Carlton High Rise Retro Slim in Secret. They're ankle-length which means they are the perfect length on me (I'm 5'2")! The high-rise is both slimming & elongating and the wash is a soft, lightweight medium-blue with tonal stitching.

How have you been wearing them this summer?

A slim-straight cut is perfect for cuffing or rolling. Typically I will roll them up at the ankle and wear a little tank, either tucked in or knotted at the waist. I love how these look with my signature shoe – a high-heeled clog!

How will you style them this fall?

I will probably keep them rolled and add a scrunchy sock, ankle boots and a cropped sweater.

Next purchase from COH?

Definitely the Rocket High Rise Skinny in Icon. These have the high waist I love, a skinny ankle for tucking into boots and a really versatile, clean dark wash.

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The Rider by Citizens of Humanity

If you've been following our blog posts this past week, it's clear that we're counting down the days to our big Citizens of Humanity event. Obviously, we're just a tab bit excited. Be sure to stop by starting on Thursday!

Lauren is our next Bliss gal that's sharing all about her COH faves. She's a college student who comes back to work at Bliss during her summer & holiday breaks – and definitely adds a healthy dose of laughter to our stores! And like the rest of us, she's very passionate about her jeans.

How long you've worked at Bliss?

About 2 years.

Favorite pair of COH jeans?  

I love the Rider Low Relaxed Boot. I usually wear a mid or a high-rise jean, but the relaxed fit makes the lower rise super comfortable! I am also 5'11" and often have a hard time finding a bootcut that is long enough – but these have a lovely 34" inseam!

Favorite way to style them during the summertime?

I love these in the summertime with the white linen Teton blouse by CP Shades, clogs, a long necklace and a cluster of silver bangles. 

How will you wear them this fall?

For fall, I plan on wearing these jeans with a fitted black long sleeve shirt, a floral scarf, a chunky leather belt and my Frye harness boots peeking out at the bottom!

Next purchase from COH?

Definitely the Rocket in Crispy! They're the perfect jean for strolling the streets of Italy while studying abroad this semester!

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The Arley by Citizens of Humanity

Next weekend at this time, our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show will be in full swing! Clearly, we're a little exited & hope you are too. After all, what's better than new jeans, free gifts and delicious treats? 

If you've been in our Portland store lately, you've probably had the pleasure of working with Diana. She's been at Bliss for almost a year now and has some serious style. Drawing inspiration from high fashion magazines & blogs, Diana has no fear when it comes to creating unforgettable denim looks. 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My favorite pair of Citizens are the Arley in Admanos. I love the combo of a high waist and straight leg –  a fit that you don't see that often.

What are your summertime styling tips?

In the summer, I love to pair them with racer back tanks or silky white blouses from CP Shades. I usually tuck the front of the shirts in to show off the high waist and add nude strappy sandals or flat pointy-toe shoes. Some layered necklaces add a unique touch too. 

Looking ahead to fall, how do you plan on wearing them once the colder months hit?

I'm going to switch the sandals to cool fashion sneakers and add a slick black oversized blazer. Ankle boots will also look great with the Arley!

Next purchase from COH?

I'm going to get the Dylan, which is a relaxed boyfriend fit – they're one of the rare boyfriend styles that actually fit me well!

(Diane Kruger in Citizens of Humanity Arley jeans. Photo courtesy of Deminology.)

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The Mandy by Citizens of Humanity

We're trying not to sound repeatitive here, but it's hard not to get excited when our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show is NEXT weekend! Trust us, we've planned a 5-day event that will surely get you ready for the season ahead. Just think – denim, denim and more denim (oh, and maybe some Frye boots too!).

Our new Portsmouth assistant manager, Chelsey, admits that Citizens of Humanity have been her go-to jeans since she started working at Bliss almost a year ago. But what's her favorite jean in her closet? Keep reading to find out! 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

My Mandy High-Rise Slims are my favorite! They are the perfect length to wear with sandals and the wash is great for summer. I love that they are high rise – it adds that extra bit of comfort when at home or at work!

Favorite way to style them during the summertime?

I like to wear them with flowy striped tops from Splendid! I complete the look with sandals or roll up the hem & wear them with flats.

How will you wear them this fall?

Luckily the Mandy is slim enough to wear tucked into boots, which is how I plan on wearing them this fall. I'll pair them with an olive-colored top which is a big color for the upcoming season!

Favorite memory in your jeans?

I got them for my 24th birthday and I wore them out that night to the Cold War Kids concert in Boston! I couldn’t have been happier – and even received lots of compliments that night! They made my birthday a night to remember.

Next purchase from COH?

My next purchase will probably be another pair of Rocket Skinnies (I already own them in the Crispy wash!) or maybe even the Arley High Rise! There have been so many new arrivals for fall that it will be hard to choose just one!

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The Dita by Citizens of Humanity

ONE WEEK until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show! Get ready for fashion's favorite season at Bliss – all COH will be 10% OFF (or 20% OFF if you recycle an old pair of jeans!) during the event. We're looking forward to seeing you & helping you find that perfect denim match.

There's no one more qualified to handpick jeans for you than Michelle, Bliss' general manager. Not only does she have over 11 years of experience with designer denim, but she also accompanies Angie on all our buying trips. Trust us, she's practically a denim expert. 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

I am loving the Dita Petite Bootcut in Pacific. It's a classic style that flatters just about any figure, and it has a shorter inseam which is great for me (since I definitely fit into the petite category!).

Tell us how you've been wearing them this summer? And how you'll wear them once the temperatures drop?

This summer I have been wearing them with an American Vintage tee and my Frye ballet flats. Once fall arrives, I will pair them with my Frye boots and a cropped Skif sweater layered over the same American Vintage tee. These jeans are part of my go-to wardrobe – when you're a busy mom that works full time, it's smart to have a great pair of jeans that you can wear so many different ways!

Next purchase from COH?

The Rocket in Icon (a nice dark wash for fall) have been calling to me for some time now. This high waisted skinny will be an easy staple for fall!

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The Carlton by Citizens of Humanity

8 Days until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show – and we're buzzing with excitement. Not only have our free gifts arrived (you'll get one with any COH purchase!), but we're also planning some tasty treats to sweeten up the event. It's going to be a weekend you don't want to miss here at Bliss!

Lucky for us, the owner of Bliss is dishing on her COH favorites in today's post. (Hopefully this will give you some ideas for the trunk show!) Angie has a seriously good eye for denim & has been buying for the store since she started Bliss almost 12 years ago! 

Favorite pair of COH jeans?

Carlton High Waist Retro Slim in Freefall – a super soft black wash. I love them because they're an easy go-to style that you can wear with ANYTHING! 

How have you been wearing them this summer?

With a pair of the Carson Ballet Flats by Frye and a Bella Dahl silky-rayon tunic in any color. These jeans also look really cute with any of our CP Shades tunics.

Transitioning into fall, how will you wear them in the colder months?

With a cozy New Scotland sweater or a Prairie Underground Long Cloak Hoodie.

Favorite memory in your jeans?

My son Sebastian's 2nd birthday party. The pool... wet. The hot dogs... dripping with ketchup & mustard. The cake... messy. The ice cream... melted. All of which were on my jeans by the end of the day!

Next purchase from COH?

The Rocket Leatherette in MIDNIGHT!! The color and fit are perfection. They will look so good with any color Frye boot – short or tall (totally up my alley). Or dress them up with a heel (which I rarely do!).

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The Dylan by Citizens of Humanity

We're counting down the days until our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show – only 9 more days!  With new fall styles arriving daily, the anticipation is building for sure.

Today our Portsmouth store manager is dishing on her favorite Citizens of Humanity jeans. Combine Erin's cute style with her denim knowledge and it's a winning match. Personally, I'd take denim pointers from her any day of the week.

How long have you worked at Bliss?

I’ve been apart of the Bliss family for 3 years this September!

Favorite pair of COH jeans? 

My favorite pair of COH jeans (aside from the Rocket, of course) are the Dylan Boyfriend Jeans! They are so soft and having them be a little slouchy makes them feel like I’m wearing pajamas. Also, with being on the shorter side, the length of the Dylan is ideal because I can wear them rolled to create a more casual feel or leave them uncuffed & they’re the perfect length for flats.

How do you style them during the summertime?

In the summer, I’m all about comfort. I like to wear the Dylan Boyfriend with a white t-shirt and leather sandals. I’ll add a headscarf for a small pop of color (and to get the hair out of my face!).

How do you plan on wearing them come fall?

I cannot wait to wear the Dylan Boyfriend slightly rolled with ankle booties, a chunky sweater and a constant rotation of scarves!

Next purchase from COH?

Next on my list is the Arley High-Rise Straight Leg. I love the idea of a straight leg paired with flats, a silk tee and a fitted blazer. The Arley is soft (again, I’m all for comfort!) and the dark wash allows for them to be dressed up or down without much effort. And they’re high-rise! Who doesn’t love a good high-rise?

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Our Citizens of Humanity Jeans

In just 10 short days, we will be kicking off our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show (in both store locations)! Starting on Thursday, August 22nd and extending through the weekend, our focus will be on DENIM – specifically Citizens of Humanity. And what better way to countdown to the event then by hearing from our Bliss ladies & their favorite picks from the brand.  

Our first post is by Kelly, our inventory manager at Bliss. She inspects & processes every pair of jeans that we receive in our stores – so it's no surprise that she knows her denim inside and out! 

How long you've worked at Bliss?
I am heading into my 4th fall at Bliss!

Favorite pair of COH jeans?
My favorite Citizens are also a Bliss favorite! They are the Rocket in Crispy – the higher rise and skinny leg are perfect with whatever top I want to wear with them. Plus, I can play with different boots or cute flats.

Favorite way to style your jeans during the summertime?
After a long day at the beach, I love to take a shower and throw on my Rockets with a white tank and airy Chan Luu scarf. I am good to go even if the night cools off.

Looking ahead to fall, how do you plan on wearing them once the colder months hit?
In the fall I will swap my flip flops for cute black ankle booties and a chunky cable knit sweater.

Next purchase from COH? 
Since I'm such a fan of the Rocket, I am thinking of getting the same fit in the Midnight Leatherette (go vegetarians!). It would be an amazing way to bring my favorite cut into the fall and holiday seasons!

Cotton From Blue to Green

Recycle Your Old Denim at Bliss!

Every pair of jeans has a story. Many times we associate our clothes with a particular memory – what you were wearing on your first date, at your big job interview or at your family reunion. And if you're anything like me, this may be the reason we hold on to our clothes for so long. The good news? Those memories never have to end, thanks to the Cotton From Blue to Green™ denim recycling program. 

Since 2006, the program has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills across the nation and recycled it into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. A portion of this insulation has been distributed to help communities in need. In just two weeks from today at our Citizens of Humanity Trunk Show, we're giving you the chance to contribute. Just think – that old, trusted pair of jeans can find a new home & help jumpstart an entirely new story!

This year marks a milestone for Cotton From Blue to Green™ – they are on their way to collecting nearly one million pieces of denim! Let's help them meet their goal. Stop by our stores on August 22nd – August 26th to recycle your old jeans. We'll even sweeten the deal by giving you 20% OFF your Citizens of Humanity purchase when you contribute an old pair of jeans to the recycling program.

Stay tuned for more details about our upcoming Trunk Show... and in the meantime, start cleaning out your denim closet! Recycle your denim & help change the world one pair of jeans at a time.

<3 Keriann

{Cotton From Blue to Green™ is a trademark of Cotton Incorporated. UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation is a trademark of Bonded Logic, Inc.}

DENIM SALE

Going On Now!

What's more exciting than a denim sale at Bliss? Not a whole lot, in our opinion (though we may be a bit biased!). Start the weekend out right with some shopping & score some major deals on your favorite denim brands. AG, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, Joe's Jeans, Paige, 7 for All Mankind and MOTHER will all be represented on our sale racks – and priced at just $50, $75, $100, or $125!

With over 350 pairs of jeans on sale – between both stores and online – you will find that perfect fit & size in no time! (We even have a bunch of petite styles that are on sale!) Hurry in for the best selection... the sale is going on NOW!

In addition to our denim markdowns, all shorts are 40% OFF! Choose from high waisted shorts, denim cut-offs and even some relaxed boyfriend styles.

Happy (sale) shopping!

Summer Photo Shoot

Behind the scenes... and more.

Welcome to June: one of our favorite months here at Bliss. So far its been a busy couple of weeks with a denim trunk show, an exciting photo shoot and prepping for an upcoming sale (stay tuned for details next week!).

Denim Days

Our AG Try ‘Em & Buy ‘Em Event just ended on Monday and was a huge success (and super fun too!). Our stores were packed with new styles from AG, along with candy, lemonade and in-store giveaways. We just announced the winners of our try & buy giveaways yesterday: Karen Fagan won a free pair of AG jeans and Kara Welch won a $50 Bliss gift card! {A special thank you to everyone who came out for the event – we’re already looking forward to making it bigger & better next year!}

Bliss Photo Shoot

Backtrack to June 2nd – the day of our summer photo shoot! After rescheduling three times due to rain, we arrived at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport with the sun shining! Third times a charm. We couldn’t have asked for a better day – and a more beautiful location. Hidden Pond is everything that a Maine resort should be; we were in complete awe of their lovely cottages surrounded by birch groves & balsam fir trees, their serene pool & lounge areas, their outdoor gardens and their incredible service. If you’ve yet to visit this southern Maine gem, you are missing out. We enjoyed every minute of our day there & can’t wait to reveal the photos (coming soon!).

Our talented photographer & friend, Christina Wnek, spent the day with us capturing the essence of Bliss in the summertime. An avid shopper in our stores, she knew our vision for the photo shoot & worked all day shooting our models in the gardens, woods and by the pool at the resort. Working along side her was our set stylist, Liz Lapan of Paper Posy Designs. Liz’s creative eye & fresh ideas made this photo shoot a success. Not only did she find us the perfect location for our summer shoot, but she handmade gorgeous floral backdrops... from paper. (Ahem, did we mention that she’s made a paper wedding gown for a Martha Stewart event? So awesome.)

Our two models – Diana and Margo – were so easy to work with & looked amazing in our clothes (of course!). We were also lucky enough to have the owner of Primp Salon in Falmouth with us all day. Holly styled our models' hair after each outfit change – whether it was soft waves with a turban headband, a side ponytail, or a high bun. Each hair style pulled the entire look together & we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome! Holly also brought along Primp’s makeup artist, Ellen. She gave each of our models a soft, natural look for our casual outfits and added drama for our gowns & evening looks. Both Holly and Ellen are amazing at what they do & we highly recommend them for any occasion.

Looking back at our day, it was packed full of outfit changes, different backdrops, and hair & makeup touch-ups – all which worked together to make our shoot a major success. We can hardly wait to share our photos with you, but until then, here are some behind the scenes images that I snapped throughout the day!

Enjoy & stay tuned – for our new photos and our upcoming sale!

<3 Keriann

AG Trunk Show

Starts Tomorrow at Bliss!

We're excited to start the month of June with our AG Try 'Em & Buy 'Em Trunk Show! Always a Bliss favorite, AG jeans have something for everyone – whether you're looking for a slouchy boyfriend crop, a mid-rise cigarette jean or a high-rise skinny. Oh, and we'll have exclusive hand-picked jeans in our stores just for the event too. Here's a little preview of what's in store for you:

Try 'em & buy 'em. Starting on Thursday, June 6th and ending on Monday, June 10th, anyone who TRIES on a pair of AG jeans will be entered to win a $50 Bliss gift card. And for every pair of AG jeans that you BUY, you'll be entered to win a FREE pair of jeans!

10% OFF all AG! All AG jeans, denim jackets and tops will be on sale for our trunk show.

Free gift with any AG purchase! While supplies last, so hurry in! Hint hint: They're cute AND practical.

Meet our AG sales rep, Jenny. On Friday, our AG sales rep will be in our Portland store helping you find that perfect pair of jeans. She's super helpful and sure knows her denim!

Two words: Candy Bar. We'll have a bunch of candy and lemonade in our stores to indulge your summer sweet tooth (and ours too!).

Hopefully this has you excited for the days ahead at Bliss! Be sure to mark your calendar & stop by one of our stores for the event. Or plan on shopping our selection of AG jeans online at blissboutiques.com!

See you soon,

<3 Keriann

Q&A with Jennifer Downes

AG's East Coast Sales Manager

Summertime in New England is a time of happiness... for many reasons really. Sunshine, beach days, drinks on the patio, bright additions to our wardrobes – I could go on and on. It’s also the kickoff of our event season here at Bliss, and what better way to start than with our AG Trunk Show!

If you’ve been to this event in years past, you know that it’s always a good time full of the best fits and styles from AG. Along with our try & buy giveaways, free gift with purchase and yummy treats, our AG sales rep will be visiting our Portland store for the event! She will be here to offer her expertise on denim and help you find that perfect pair (or two!) that you’ve been searching for.

Meet Jenny. She’s someone we love working with and a very dear friend of Bliss. Keep reading to find out more about her career at AG, her denim secrets, and her advice for finding that favorite pair of jeans:

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this Q&A blog with us. Our AG Trunk Show is one of our most anticipated events of the year and we love having you in town for it. For our readers who are not as familiar with AG, can you share a little background about the company?

AG was started in 2000 by Yul Ku – a pioneer in the denim industry!  Since 2000, we have been one of the few premium denim brands that is 100% vertically integrated – which means we cut, sew, launder, finish and ship all under one roof.  We take pride in the quality & craftsmanship of our product, the fabrics that we use that are exclusive to us and our amazing FIT! Our DNA is rooted in denim; however, we have truly evolved over the years as a contemporary lifestyle brand. As a company we believe in being socially responsible and active by using eco-friendly technology and fibers, as well as our partnerships with charitable organizations. AG stands to be Chic. Sophisticated. Classic.

How long have you worked for AG?

I have been selling AG on sales floors since 2003; it has always been my favorite go-to jean when it comes to fitting a customer! But now that I am on the wholesale side, I have been repping the brand since 2009 – so it has been a little over four years!


What’s your favorite thing about your job? 

Since working with AG, I have been able to travel and meet so many amazing people all over the midwest and east coast! I have made such wonderful relationships and have seen so many different types of stores – it's interesting to see how each store is unique and in tune to their customers' needs! I love helping all of the stores that I work with pick the right assortment of AG for their customers.

What jeans do you find yourself reaching for time and time again? How do you normally style them?

I am a sucker for black skinnies! They're my everyday go-to! I love wearing them with a great pair of ankle boots.

MiH Jeans

In Stores Now!

This week has felt much like, shall I say, a denim dream. We’ve gotten in such a large amount of denim (jackets too!) that we can’t help but be in a state of euphoria about it. And nothing has us more excited than our very first shipment of MiH. Our initial impression upon opening the box... to. die. for. denim. Seriously, this denim line lives up to its name of ‘Britain’s most iconic denim brand.’

The Backstory:

Founded in London in 1969, MiH was originally named ‘Made in Heaven’ with the goal of providing the most perfect-fitting, bum-enhancing, leg-lengthening jeans around. Worn by the coolest 70s icons, from Jane Birkin to Farah Fawcett, the jeans made their debut in the legendary Jean Machine stores. Owned by Tony Lonsdale (the man referred to as London’s ‘Blue Jean King’) and his denim model wife, Chekkie Maskell (the original muse for MiH), Jean Machine was the retail phenomenon credited for MiH's startup success.

“I grew up with denim in my blood. It was almost inevitable that the denim industry would be my calling.” - Chloe Lonsdale   

Then in 2005, the company re-launched as MiH when Chloe Lonsdale - the goddaughter of MiH’s founder and daughter of Tony & Chekkie - spotted a gap in the denim market for beautifully tailored jeans with a cleaner, more refined look. More than 4 decades later, the brand has remained true to it’s authentic heritage by creating ultra-flattering jeans, with higher waists, in the finest quality denims. Today their original dove logo & jet front pockets make their jeans recognizable all around the world.

The Fit:

The Bonn. A great alternative to low-rise skinnies, this new fit by MiH combines a high rise fit with a super-slim ankle leg. And it gets better - this jean is available in a soft, stretchy, sateen denim that has been lasered to create a subtle dot pattern. So cute I can hardly stand it.

The Ellsworth. This jean’s shorter 30” matchstick leg is a modern update to the skinny jean. A perfect option for our petite customers & available in two washes, this jean will make the transition from winter to spring practically effortless.

The Marrakesh. MiH’s best-selling archive fit is a high-rise flare. Designed to elongate the leg, this jean was made for date nights & casual Fridays at work.

The Casablanca. A slightly scaled down version of the Marrakesh, this mid-rise flare features a 32.5" inseam - meaning you can wear it with flats (hooray!).

The Shirts:

To complement their oh-so gorgeous denim, MiH has introduced a collection of beautiful shirts, luxurious tees & limited edition pieces. Our first shipment included several classic shirting pieces (great for work & play!). Everything about them - the prints, the colors, the fits - all work together to create a modern twist on the classic button-up. For us, it was love at first sight.

Now that’s you’ve been introduced properly to our newest denim line, all that’s left to do is try it! Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

<3 Keriann

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 everyone who 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!

<3 Keriann

It's Here Again...

AG Trunkshow!

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most-anticipated weekends of the summer for us.  Not only is it a time of remembrance, family gatherings, barbecues, beach trips and shopping, it’s also our annual AG Trunkshow!  And this year promises to be bigger (and better!) than ever.

Jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses & knits - we’ll have a super large selection of all your AG favorites (including many new styles coming just for the trunkshow!).  Take your pick from over 75 different styles of denim & let our AG rep, Jenny, help you find the perfect pair for summer (she’ll be in our Portland store all day on Thursday!).  There will also be a discount on all AG & a free gift with purchase!  You won’t want to miss this.

In addition to the stacks upon stacks of denim, we’re adding a new element to our weekend of fun - The Ropes will be part of our trunkshow!  Local designer, Shana Ready will be in our Portland store with TONS of her highly-sought after bracelets & necklaces.  Now’s your chance to get that bright, Maine-inspired bracelet at an unbeatable price - just in time for summer.

And like always, we’ll have plenty of sweets & Prosecco to ring in the unofficial start to summer.  Yes, that means gelato (The Gelato Fiasco will be here on Thursday!) and Holy DonutsSo, so good.

Stop by Thursday thru Monday - we look forward to seeing you soon! 

<3 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 RascalMOTHER'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!

<3 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!

<3 Keriann