Trend Forecast for Spring: The Romantic Bohemian

Winter has, at least for a brief and wondrous spell, released us from it cold, iron grasp. Crocuses and daffodils have begun to tentatively pop their little translucent heads out of the thawing ground. The breeze is warmer and more generous, the very quality of the light shining down between the still-bare branches is full of hope.

This is the time of year to unwind winter scarves from pale necks, peel off layer after layer of sweaters. We unzip and unbutton until we can delight in the freedom of unencumbered movement. There is no time like the present to embrace the Bohemian trend that is taking over this Spring.

Romantic Bohemian Spring Fashion

Bohemian Fashion for Spring

How to Wear Bohemian Fashion

As the weather continues to warm we will be seeing a rise in Bohemian influences in fashion from the runways to the sidewalks. Airy garments with plenty of movement, embellished with embroidered details will be popping up with the same speed and vigor as the tulips in the coming months.

We recommend pairing the floaty blouses and tunics associated with this 2015 trend with skinny jeans. This creates a pleasing contrast of different volumes within the outfit.

Bohemian Fashion for Spring

A Minx will be wise to remember to delight in the play of volume while planning her outfits. Volume is just one element of how we chose our clothes. Some Minxes like only loose, flowing clothes, while others prefer tight, streamlined garments. We challenge you to pinpoint your comfort level of volume. It may inspire a fun and welcome change for your spring outfits yet to come.

Blue Butterfly Tunic, Ark & Co.

Blue Butterfly Tunic, Ark & Co.

Cute Spring Outfits: Don’t Forget the Shoes!

It is easy to automatically think of sandals when thinking of the Bohemian aesthetic. The hippies of the 1960’s and ‘70’s, the women of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, and classical Greek sculptures all influence the look and what is has come to mean to Minxes the world over. Like all Minxes that came before us we must stand up and embrace this enduring style as our own. We must mold the style to fit our time, allow the look to be worn and not to wear us.

Nicola Sandals, Chelsea Crew

Nicola Ankle Strap Sandals in Lemon-Lime, Chelsea Crew

This brilliant citrus heel by Chelsea Crew is the statement shoe to compliment the 2015 version of the Bohemian look. (Look familiar? We’re already getting tons of wear out of these! See how else we’ve styled them here!)

Embellishment:Less and More

 Just as we are seeing a subtlety coming back into jewelry trends for this year, so are we seeing a soaring amount of embroidered embellishment on blouses, dresses and tunics. It’s as if the garment itself is taking on the role of accessory and giving the accessories free license to exude understated class.

Shape Shifter Earrings

Shape Shifter Earrings

Whatever the reason may be, we are loving these two trends, how they are relating to each other, and how they are influencing the overall look of fashion for 2015!

Find most of this look in our online store!

Blue Butterfly Tunic, Ark & Co. – $69
Shape Shifter Earrings, Minx – $12
High Waisted Skinny Jeans, Cielo – $30 (available in-store)
Nicola Ankle Strap Sandals, Chelsea Crew – $64

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of  Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, and Grace for modeling! 

Trend Forecast: Nautical Fashion For Spring

Call Me Ishmael: Setting out to Procure a Spring Wardrobe

Nautical Fashion for Spring

The restlessness of the late winter and early spring feels akin to that of the sailor for hire. Ishmael, when he felt that he needed a change, a cleansing of his soul, went to sea.

This powerful, symbiotic relationship between the sea and the land is ancient and deeply ingrained in the human heart and mind. Time and time again we are drawn to the adventure of the sea and every trapping that it offers us: from the promise of new horizons to the amazing historical lineage of nautical fashion.

Thankfully, nautical fashion is right instep with 2015 Spring trends. It is showing up in many collections, Michael Kors and Sacai just to name a few. Many designers and stylists are embracing rope detailing, double breasted jackets and sailor stripes.

We love the nautical look for it combines the classic beauty of its traditional silhouettes and patterns with its equally as strong tradition of function. The cloths of sailors were made to be durable and functional and it just so happens that they were also created with a lasting visual appeal.

Double Breasted is the Bested for Spring Fashion

We have chosen an olive green double breasted jacket that is reminiscent of the iconic peacoat. Peacoats were given a double breasted front to keep out the winds of the high seas, and a slim fit to allow optimal mobility when climbing the rigging. Like the peacoat of yore, our jacket is just as good as keeping out the March winds.

Olive Green, Double Breasted Jacket, The Hanger

The Pants

Most sailor pants through time were cut loose enough in the leg so that they could easily be rolled up in order to scrub the decks. We have chosen a slimmer leg and an alternate activity to do while wearing them: perhaps combing the seashore for shells or going to the farmers market. We love these high waisted, cinch-waist jeans. They are just the right mix of casual and fashionable.

Light Denim, Paperbag Pants, The Hanger, Spring fashion

Paper or Plastic Pants, The Hanger

Stripes and Shirts

Striped, Sailor, Top, The Hanger

Sandstorm Top

 Let us not forget stripes! The classic look of the striped sailor short came about in the early 1800’s so navel crews could easily spot sailors who had fallen overboard. Nice to know that stripes are not only fashionable, but a safety measure as well. Perhaps a good pattern to wear on large field trips or to an unknown dance club. Note the beautiful detail in our shirt as the stripes change direction from the main body to the sleeves.

Lastly, Key Pieces: Shoes and Jewelry

Check out these beautiful coral flats by Chelsea Crew. The T-strap, delicate ankle-strap, and perforated toe box, combined with the lush color are perfect examples of the attention to details that Chelsea Crew offers us shoe after beautiful shoe.

Chelsea Crew, Red, Albino, Sandals

Chelsea Crew Albino Sandals

Right on trend for spring 2015, we chose thin gold jewelry to accent our look. The understated pieces keep the look fresh and unencumbered while still gilding it with the perfect amount of magic.

Delicate Gold Jewelry

To your stations Minxes, we are ready to set sail!

 Find parts of this look online and the rest in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Sandstorm Top, The Hanger – $44
Double Breasted Jacket, The Hanger – $102
Paper or Plastic Pants, The Hanger- $50
Forward and Backward Cuff, Marcia Moran- $177
Faceted Oval Necklace, Minx- $17
Albino Sandals, Chelsea Crew – $79

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, Breigh for coming back to model.

 

Opposites Attract in Our Eco Chic Maxi Dress and Frye Boots

This outfit is fraught with opposing forces, but therein lies its beauty. While styling this look we found it had an amazing amount of inherent kinetic energy. It is a romantic and very pretty look, but don’t let the soft feminine movement of the outfit overshadow the artistic power that lies just beneath its surface.

Eco Chic Maxi Dress, Frye Boots

The Eco-Chic Maxi Dress

The dress is long but made out of the lightest of fabrics. It’s structured, but it’s sheer.

The play between the sea green and black in the fabric’s pattern is reminiscent of the expressive brush strokes in a modernist painting or Chinese calligraphy. The lines slashing across the fabric, creating a vivid and energetic conversation between colors.

Sheer Maxi Dress, Tall Frye Boots

The boots are tall, constructed with high end leather, the seams raw, a large exposed zipper boldly positioned at the inner ankle, but worn over a bare leg.

The face of the model is clean and fresh, hair worn pulled back from the face, but a bold, red pop of color accentuates her lip.

Let Us Feast Our Eyes!

The look is a delicately balanced landscape, it brings to mind Ezra Pound’s poem:

L’ART, 1910

Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth.

Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.

The Frye Company

We love this tall brown boot. It has a classic, clean look that can easily be paired with many different looks. Paired with the sheer maxi dress it give a nod to Stevie Nix!

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Leslie Artisan Tall Boots, Frye

Somehow Frye has managed to build its line of shoes and boots in what appears to be an always evolving arch of effortless growth. The Frye company stands proudly behind a line that not only delivers everything that a Minx could ask for in the staples of footwear, but enthusiastically continues to be on point with the latest fashion trends year after year. This is not an easy task: to balance classic and trend. If you are looking for a line with these abilities look no further than Frye.

The Sheer Maxi Dress

We will be seeing a lot of sheer blouses and dresses this season. Some of them will have a clearer way to be worn, as with this sheer maxi dress, but many will be very versatile. Keep an eye out for sheer shirt dresses that can be worn open as dusters in a layered look, as tunics, or a dresses in their own right.

Eco-Chic Maxi Dress

Add a Pop of Color

Both makeup and jewelry are laying low in this look, as well as in this season’s trends at large. Jewelry is saying more with less for the moment, and makeup can best be summed up with the idea of a pop of bold romantic color on the lips.

Eco Chic Maxi Dress

Fun mission for Spring 2015: go out foraging for a new vibrant shade for your Minxy mouth!

Find the boots in our downtown Asheville boutique and the dress in our online store!

Eco-Chic Maxi Dress, Beautifully – $54 
Half Moon Studs, Gorjana Griffin – $40
Leslie Artisan Tall Boots, Frye – $457

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of  Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, and Grace for modeling! 

Neon Floral and Frye Accessories

Frye Sneakers

Nothing will help you shake off this cold snap like this Neon Floral Shift Dress!

KC and the Sunshine Band can shake, shake, shake it. Taylor Swift can shake it off, shake it off, and by golly so can you Minxes! This is the dress you don and instantly experience a surge of self confidence.

This dress walks an inspiring line between beautiful and cool. The large cabbage roses are rendered in a very traditional and nostalgic style. The fabric is slightly raised, giving the floral pattern a nice depth and texture. The sweetness of the print is balanced by the neon color palette for a dress that will definitely turn heads.

Short History of the Short Shift

There is nothing quite as simply cool as the shift dress. It heralds back to the 1960’s and then the 1920’s before that. These were two eras where popular culture stood up on the tables and broke with tradition. Perhaps we can pin this brazen and invigorated spirit on the shift dress itself! Its slim fit doesn’t infringe on your waist, is perfect for dancing everything from the Twist, the Roger-Rabbit, or whatever move moves you!

Neon Floral Shift Dress and Frye Sneakers

Please note the detail of the two pockets set into the waistline. The perfect twin pockets for nonchalantly hooking your thumbs!

The Frye Company, Keeping You on the Go

Unencumbered movement was at the forefront of our thoughts while styling this look. Even if you don’t go out dancing in this riotous dress, you will be built for speed wearing these cool sneakers from the Frye company.

Frye, at this point, is almost synonymous with boots, but they have been making these cute sneakers for a while now and they are not only stylish but incredibly comfortable as well. The low profile sneaker is perfect for the Minx on the go!

Melanie Hightop Sneakers by Frye

Melanie High Top Sneakers by Frye

After pairing our feisty neon shift with this black leather high top sneaker, we added this clever Frye backpack for good measure. As you dash from one blood warming activity to the next, in and out of the freezing temperatures, you can shake all you want while this fashionable carryall ensures that your personal items stay securely stowed away.

Campus Backpack Frye Company

The Campus Backpack by Frye

Don’t Forget Your Accessory

Accessories are trending towards an elegant and streamlined simplicity this spring. This knotted necklace adds an edgy yet classic layer to a wide variety of outfits. The woven wire design comes in a few different colors. We chose the blue to pull out one of the darker tones within the Neon Floral print. Because the neon of the floral print says so much, so loudly, and so perfectly our low profile sneakers, simple backpack, and subdued necklace support this fun look without overpowering it.

Wire Knot Statement Necklace

However, how  brilliant would this look be with a nod towards the golden era of country or rockabilly? Think big hair and big heels, just a thought!

Ok Minxes, get shakin’!

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Neon Shift Dress, Beautifully – $69
Campus Backpack, Frye- $269
Knot Necklace, Minx- $20
Melanie High Tops, Frye- $165

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, Breigh for coming back to model, and The Lazy Diamond for the great location!

Be the Bouquet in Ark & Co. this Valentines Day

It’s Valentines!

Sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics of a tradition. With Valentines it’s chocolate and flowers, and who doesn’t like chocolate and flowers, right?

Flowers are one of the magical wonders of this world. Sure, a Minx can get by without them in her life, by why would she? If you’ve ever walked by a flower shop on a regular basis, one day it hits you, as you stare at the bright bunches of roses, calla lily and spider mums, “My gosh, I could buy those flowers for myself!” Suddenly your apartment is transformed by scent, color and the soft texture of petal and leaf.

Ark & Co. Floral Maxi Dress

Valentines Day Outfit: The Self as Valentine

This Valentines be the bouquet. Drape yourself in the rich and vibrantly colored play of a bold floral pattern with this elegant maxi dress. The way that the fitted bodice and long slim arms balance the voluminous paneled flare of the skirt will make you feel as beautiful as any flower.

This floral gown is reminiscent of a flamenco dress in silhouette and movement. It’s a dress you could really stamp your foot in with a look of fierce passion on your face. However, the detailing and tailoring of the waist and neck hail more from the 1930’s silver screen, think Ginger Rogers or Nora from the Thin Man film.

Ark & Co. Floral Dress

 Then imagine yourself in motion in this dress. It’s mid February and you are moving through Valentines with grace, moving towards spring, better yet: bringing spring. As you walk the flowers from your gown multiply, spilling out behind you, leaving a soft carpet rich will color and the clean true scent of roses!

Ark & Co. Floral Maxi Dress

How to Style this Look

Ark & Co., the line that created this beautiful floral maxi dress, is a brand you would be wise to keep an eye on. We love the Ark & Co. clothing line because they are directly inspired by couture fashion. They always deliver very wearable pieces that retain the same special details gleaned from the runways.

Ark & Co. Floral Maxi Dress

While we love the romance that this long sleeved maxi dress creates, we added some edgier pieces to round out the look and give it a little more street style. We love to layer two seemingly different styles within one look. This creates a fun, dynamic and versatile experience. If you will, a little salty with your sweet!

Both the black motorcycle jacket and citron Chelsea Crew heels are vegan! Chelsea Crew heels are a Minx staple and can be found both in-store and online! Chelsea Crew Nicola Heels

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique and (soon) in our online store!

Floral Flamenco Maxi Dress, Ark & Co. – $73 (In-store now, online soon!)
Silk, Wool, & Bijoux Ivory Necklace, $51
Bomber Jacket, Model’s Own
Nicola Ankle Strap Sandals in Lemon Lime, Chelsea Crew – $64

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of  Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, and Grace for modeling! 

 

Need to Switch Things Up? Check Out Our Favorite Date Spots in Asheville

The tradition of sending “Valentines” is in fact a very old one. It seems to have arisen from the belief that birds begin to pair off on February 14th, which happens to be the feast day for St. Valentine.

The celebration of birds finding one another! That’s what it’s all about: the charged space between two creatures and what will come of that charge.

Perhaps the feeling of love and connection, of seeing and being seen by another person, is rarer than we would like it to be. But does this have to be true? No! We can embrace love and connection this year!

We at Minx want to challenge you to fill your heart with Valentines this year. Perhaps you are single or your significant other is just not the celebrating Valentines day type: fine, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the celebration of love birds this year! You can still find a connection. We have compiled our short list of romantic things to do in Asheville NC. We would like to expand the idea of a date to incorporate not only the traditional romantic date, but also to include treating yourself to some precious alone time, and to the elevation of the friend date! Our fun date ideas are versatile and inspiring. We suggest trying them all!

The Lazy Diamond

Our lovely Katherin’s favorite cocktail? The Cisco Pike from The Lazy Diamond!

Taking Yourself Out

If you enjoy making time for you and you alone, there is no better night out then the Fine Arts Theater/French Broad Chocolate Lounge solo date. The Fine Arts Theater, in downtown Asheville, is a beautiful and cozy theater that not only offers an ever changing list of exceptional films, but also offers up a great selection of upscale concessions. After your film is over, stroll up the street to the Chocolate Lounge’s new location on Pack Square. There you can choose from any number of chocolatey treats. We recommend the maple and sea salt hot chocolate. It tastes like you’re making out with Captain Ahab!

Delighting In The Romance of Friendship

Maybe this is the year of the friend’s Valentines. Perhaps Fifty Shades of Grey, in theaters next weeks, is really better suited to a night out with friends then a romantic date. We also love the Battery Park Book Exchange for an intimate and comfortable place to gather with friends. They have a long wine list, are dog friendly, and have created a very inviting space for conversation. But the shelves of books surrounding each sitting area is reason alone to make it one of our favorite meeting places.

The Best Bars in Asheville

The Lazy Diamond

Asheville boasts a wide variety of excellent bars. MG Road, Imperial Life and the Double Crown all make our short list. But, right now we have a new darling: The Lazy Diamond. There is nothing better in life then a good dive bar. The Double Crown, and now its’ new sister bar, The Lazy Diamond, are the dive bars of ours fantasies.

The Lazy Diamond

Very simply: they are bars where happy people go to have a good time. The interior of the Lazy Diamond balances a rich vibrancy with a dark and intriguing edge. The ceiling over the bar is covered in old band flyers which connects the new venue with the long history that the owners, bartenders and patrons have with Asheville’s music and cultural scene.

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It affords all the desirable amenities that one would want from a bar: music, dancing space, booths for intimate conversations and a long solid bar that it is a pleasure to sit at! So come bathe in the glow of the sparkling Christmas lights, have a cocktail and open yourself to magical time of year when birds pair off!

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The Lazy Diamond can be found at 98-A N. Lexington Ave/ Asheville/NC 28801. Check them out on Facebook!

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of  Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, Chris Bower and Jamie Hepler for facilitating, and The Lazy Diamond for the gorgeous location! 

Floral Print, ADA Belts, and Mani Designs

It’s Spring right? No, wait it’s snowing out! Oh well: when the world won’t bring a Minx flowers a Minx will have to bring flowers to the world! It’s true that delicate petals will freeze and wither during the winter months. Even flowers reproduced in fabric designs and prints can seem pale and out of place amongst the leather and wool landscape of February.

Still, that hopeful longing for Spring has crept into our bones. We are on a mission for blooming, leafy fashion. We have found some hearty varieties of botanical inspired adornment that can withstand the dim light of the low winter sun, and strengthen our hearts with the promise of Spring!

Ada Obi Wrap BeltThis floral dress can stand up to a winter debut because of its deep blue background, and rich texture of fabric and pattern. These elements ground it within the winter season. The pleating at the neck gives it a depth and weight that adds a complementary juxtaposition with the fun and flirty skirt length. To finish off the look pair this floral gem with a cardigan, a wrap belt, and your favorite Mani Design studs!

Have you met Mani Designs?

If you want to add some more botanical elements to your pre-Spring look there is no better place than local designer Amber Mahler’s jewelry line. Originally from California, Mahler has studied the local flora of Western North Carolina with a true artist’s passion. All the designs are cast from natural forms found on the designers walks. Her botanical collection is comprised of everything from blueberries to flowers to delicate sticks. These small wonders from nature are then cast in silver and gold plated silver to create jewelry straight out of collective imagination of the realm of fairy tales.

Mani Designs

Don’t Forget to Add an ADA Wrap Belt

Our perfect finishing touch is the tried and true ADA wrap belt! With one deft motion of donning a belt and cinching it snugly at the natural waist you can instantly add style and texture to any outfit. Around Minx, ADA Belts are a styling staple. If you’ve been following us, our love for ADA wrap belts is obvious- just check out this post for proof!

Why ADA? The ADA wrap belt line offers a spectacular selection of vividly dyed leathers and unmatched versatility. Tie them into a bow, a rosette, a sailors knot- with ADA, the options are limitless! Besides just beautiful, these belts boast fantastic craftsmanship- each belt is cut from the highest quality Argentine leather. They are supple and soft enough to hug your curves all day!

Ada Obi Wrap BeltAda Obi Wrap Belt

Already an ADA fan? Check out this fantastic How-To video for more styling tips and tricks!

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Metallic Open Cardigan, Tulle
Pleated Floral Dress, Tulle – $77
Purslane Studs, Mani Designs – $98
Fringe Soga Wrap Belt, Ada – $62 (online and in-store)
Pumps, Dolce Vita – Model’s Own

Big thanks to our newest contributor Amelia Brommer for the post, Paola Nazati Photography for the images, Battery Park Book Exchange for the location, and Meagan for modeling!