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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

Hello, stars!

Our newest (and most exciting!) arrival from J Brand.

Summer DRESSing

Warm-weather frocks hand picked for you!

With the promise of sunny days ahead, it’s time to start thinking about that one great dress (or two or three!) that will accompany you all summer long.  Maybe it’s going to be a summer packed full of weddings, or multiple family vacations, or just hanging out with friends at the beach - whatever it may be, we’re confident we have the dress for you!

It’s hard to ever overlook Susana Monaco dresses.  If it isn’t her chic designs that stop you while you’re browsing our racks, then her top-quality supplex fabrics will surely leave a lasting impression.  With all the new styles we’ve received lately, it’s the gathered tank dress that has really stolen the show.  It’s versatile - simple enough to wear to a summer barbecue, but dressy enough to wear for date night.  (It’s simple cross-back will really show off all the hard work you’ve been putting in at yoga too!)  This dress gives you options - and with 5 saturated shades to choose from, you may find yourself wanting (or needing) one of each color!

If there’s one thing you embrace this spring/summer, let it be stripes!  They will never go out of style, especially here on the East Coast.  With that said, this nautical striped waldo ruffle cami dress from Ella Moss will be one you’ll wear this year... as well as many more summers to come!  It’s ultra soft fabric (50% tencel, 42% cotton, 8% lycra) and sweet ruffle detail will quickly become your best friend once the warm weather hits.

A classic white dress and summertime - it’s as if you can’t have one without the other.  They just go together (maybe because it showcases a summer tan so well).  But with an abundance of strappy white dresses to choose from everywhere you look, it puts pressure on finding just the right one.  Lucky for you, we’ve done the work for you and found the perfect white dress for summer - Bella Dahl’s asymmetrical hem tank dress.  With a high/low hem (a trend I‘m crazy about right now), this dress is a little rock n’ roll, a little sweet seduction, and will score you some serious style points.  And it’s only $120!

We’ve got a case of dress fever - hopefully, you’ve caught it too! 

<3 Keriann

C.P. Shades

A company that makes our hearts go pitter-patter.

Billowy tunics.  Crisp, white linen tops.  Breezy silk tanks.  It’s summer dressing at its best - and no one does it better than C.P. Shades!  Over the past thirty years, the company has perfected the art of casual, easy-to-wear wardrobe basics.  Something that keeps our customers (as well as our Bliss staff!) wanting more season after season!

Rather than beginning with a design, the team at C.P. Shades places the highest importance on fabric.  The result is a low-maintenance, machine washable garment that only gets better with time.  Plus, every piece is manufactured in Sausalito, California, something that founder David Weinstein takes great pride in - “We live here, so it makes sense to do it here!”  We couldn’t agree more.

Needless to say, C.P. Shades is a company that we adore.  Even with our racks overflowing with new merchandise, their pieces create an almost ethereal feeling in our stores.  They’ve done more than create top quality clothing... they’ve succeeded in creating a lifestyle.  One that I, among many others, want to be a part of.

My newest obsession?  Their square, 100% cotton bandana scarves.  Flawlessly printed and only $32, these are a no-brainer for my spring wardrobe!

{Tell me:  What’s your favorite C.P. Shades piece?  How do you plan on wearing it this spring/summer?}

<3 Keriann

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.

Havaianas

We're bringing them back for Spring/Summer!

Obsession of the Week

Frye Coral Ankle Strap

We've all attempted to walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Port in heels at some point or another - and it's anything but easy (or graceful!).  Thankfully, Frye came through for us yet again with their new take on the ever popular kitten heel!  (Go ahead, it's okay to let out a sigh of relief!)

The "Coral Ankle Strap" shoe is functional, comfortable (soft, leather-lined interior) and charming!  It's 2 inch wooden heel, along with it's sleek, polished black leather, adjustable ankle strap and peep-toe, makes this an ideal shoe for women who are always on the go.  Plus, it's made by Frye so you can be confident that it will withstand the harsh outdoor elements that we're subject to here in New England.  (And if the Frye name isn't enough, they offer a two-year warranty against any defects for all their products.)  If you ask me, it's everything you could ever want in a shoe!

No more avoiding Milk Street and Fore Street while you're out on the town... just slip these on and go!  Your feet will love you for it too.  

<3 Keriann

Show Your True Colors


Each year around this time, I find myself longing for fresh, vivid colors.  Anything but grey... since outside has got that covered (come soon, springtime!).  With that in mind, just think how refreshing a few pops of color would be in your closet?  Admit it, we all need a little pick me up - and I'm not talking about a late afternoon coffee run! It's time to show your true colors.

Splash Blue

It's hard to overlook this royal blue color - I love that it is so eye-catching!  Mix that with Calypso's classic elegance, and it's a win-win combination!  This 100% crinkle silk fabric and slight a-line silhouette makes for an effortless wardrobe staple.  And if you ask me, the braided tie and u-shaped neckline makes this piece even more divine.  Clearly, I have a little crush (or maybe a big one!).

Crayola Green

I can't get enough of this cucumber green color.  Yes, it's bold but it's also totally wearable.  My favorite new arrival in this color is a Trapeze Tuck Tank by AG.  Flowy and soft (50% supima cotton, 50% micro modal), this racerback top is an easy way to add some cheer to your everyday look.  Wear it now over a fitted long-sleeve shirt, or layered under a structured blazer, or tucked into your favorite pair of high-rise jeans.  Whichever way you spin it, it works.  I've always been a firm believer that getting at least three different looks out of one item, it always money well-spent.  And at $58, these will go fast!

Tomato Red

This crushed orange/red is popping up everywhere - it's a huge trend for spring!  Why not jump on board with this lovely AG Tunneled Asymmetrical Dress.  Mid-length and slightly shorter in the front (another spring/summer trend to watch for), it will quickly become your go-to for a wide variety of occasions.  For those of you lucky enough to get away for a mid-winter vacation, this is a must-have!  Cinch the waist with the matching tie or wear it flowy for a look that will leave you feeling gleeful & confident.  Winter blues, what?  This dress (and color!) is just what the doctor ordered.

What do you think about these bright, primary colors?  If you already enjoy wearing color, our stores are filling up with other colors too - mint greens, mustard yellows, and even a little fuchsia.  It's going to be a colorful spring!  And if you're still somewhat hesitant about color, try starting small with a bright accessory (The Ropes bracelets would be a great option!).   

Happy coloring!

<3 Keriann 

Obsession of the Week

New Scotland Sweaters

Welcome February: the shortest month of the year (even with the extra day for leap year!), the month of love and a month FULL of new arrivals!  Just in the past 3 days, we've been hustling around putting out new scarves, new boots, new dresses (and the cutest Susana Monaco romper!), new tops & of course, new denim.  Believe me when I say, it was tough to pick just one item to feature in our "Obsession of the Week" post.  That's why, I've decided to feature all of the gorgeous New Scotland sweaters that we just added to our sales floors.  We can't stop thinking about these luxurious knits (and you won't either).

1.  According to the groundhog, we have 6 more weeks of winter.  New Scotland's ribbon crew sweater will make this news slightly more bearable.  Available in two earthy colors (natural cream and a soft, taupey grey), you will be able to wear this cotton/linen blend now... and when spring finally arrives! 

2.  There is just something about a hand-knit cable sweater.  It's as if you can feel (and see) the hours upon hours that were spent making each special piece.  In a way it makes it feel more exclusive... more coveted... more unique.  This sweater fits the bill in every way; it's a work-of-art that will never go out of style.

3.  Oh spring cashmere, you never cease to amaze me.  Take your pick between a guazy cashmere cardigan with cute little buttons, a classic cashmere crew neck, or a navy & white striped cashmere crew neck.  They are all so great, you'll have a hard time picking just one.  These wispy, cashmere sweaters are the perfect indulgence this time of year - stop by & see for yourself!

Obsession of the Week

J Brand Jean Jacket

Just in this week: the most adorable jean jackets from J Brand.  In two great washes - white and a super light denim - these jackets are a sure way to change up your look.  Throw one on over your favorite LBD to create a more relaxed look or play with texture & layer it over a flannel button up paired with your favorite weekend jeans.  Both options work - that's the beauty of this jacket.  You can pair it with just about anything!

Maybe you're kicking yourself for giving your jean jacket away years ago... or maybe you just need to unpack it from the attic.  Regardless, the denim jacket is back and may even replace the leather bomber in the coming years!  This jacket by JBrand is classic, but still has the brand's exclusive touches that we all know & love.  It's fine details, cotton comfort and slim fit will make this a denim staple in your closet in no time at all.    

Trust us... if you love J Brand's denim, you'll love their take on the jean jacket! 

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 just the beginning.  If you ask me, it's a pretty fabulous start to a much-anticipated spring!  

<3 Keriann