Spring Cleaning Online Sale!

Spring Cleaning Online Sale

 Today- Saturday, 4/18- 4/25,

Take 30% off SITEWIDE
+ an extra 30% off sale items!
Use coupon code: CLEAN at checkout!

Free In-store Pickup. Free Standard Domestic Shipping at $75.

Shop now at Minxasheville.com! 

This promotion is for purchases made online at MinxAsheville.com between 4/18 – 4/25/15. As always, in-store pickup is free for NC residents. US orders over $75 + Intl. orders over $250 USD ship free too. All sales are final on discounted items over 20% off. An item may be exchanged for a different size of the same item if it is in stock.

Tonight’s the Night to Party at Minx!

Love Multiplies Party

Today’s the day, let’s party!

Help us celebrate our new ‘Love Multiplies’ customer loyalty program with an evening of springtime fun at Minx!

Join us today, 4/17 from 4-9, for tasty treats, party favors, springtime shopping & more!

A portion of today’s proceeds will be donated
to local nonprofit, Homeward Bound,
to aid in their work to end homelessness in our community.

Come on in and join the fun! This is not a party you want to miss!

XOXO,
MINX

Global Soul for Spring

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Spring Fashion Trends 2015: “Global Soul”

At the heart of the Eurasian continent a myriad of cultures convene in an ever shifting collage. Scandinavia seeps into the Middle East and Europe presses up against Asia. It’s the home of the Silk Road and the Trans-Siberian Railway: ideas and goods have been distributed and traded across the many and changing boarders of the expansive swath of land since time immortal.

This, one of the great cross-roads of our dear planet, is our inspiration today. Imagine nomadic Mongolians, the many roaming tribes of reindeer herders,  and the Roma people, all crossing mountains and tundras.

Amidst the movement and the exploration bloomed a rich depth of style all its own. Varied patterns, and varied weaves of clothe multiplied as China and France and everyone in between traded cloths and art. Conceive if you will the blankets, coats, head scarves, skirts, rugs and wall hangings that came to be and the combinations that were now available!

Think of the bold stripes, the vibrant florals, the beading and embroidery! This is the essence of Global Soul.

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Trend Forecast: Stripes (Wider Stripes with Mixed Prints)

Let us definitely put the idea to rest that only certain body types can wear stripes. Also, that horizontal strips are akin to adding 20lbs to the wearer.

Stripes are all about personality. If you are a Minx who is drawn to stripes than by all means continue to channel your French pirates, your adventuring sailors and your Scandinavian brethren.

Likewise, if stripes are not your bag, but you long to try the mixed pattern look then play with polka dots, gingham and checks.

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Vibrant Prints & Accents that Pop: All within Reach for Asheville Shopping

Let the nomad’s yurt be your fashion icon this month. Go out and rent Gadjo Dilo and Time of the Gypsies, leaf through Tove Jansson’s Moomintroll novels and comics. Explore how Japanese pop culture has embraced Jansson’s characters and suddenly you will be dressed in Too-ticky’s stripes, citing Little My as the inspiration for you top knot hairdo, and feeling Moominmamma’s love for handbags and flowers.

This is an era of fishing out the great gems of fashions past and reinvigorating them with your own moxy and passion.

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2015 Spring Fashion Trends for Lips and Nails

Keep the color coming with fun shades of polish on nails and bright pops of color on the lip. And as always, gild with gold!

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Chelsea Crew Shoes, Yes Please!

Check out these amazing Chelsea Crew shoes. They are bold and fun and a must have take on the saddle shoes of yore.

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The Mixed Prints, Tactile Appeal and Varied Textures of Global Soul

So, after you are done devouring a satisfying stack of National Geographic go ahead and say yes to everything. Piece together every look and color that sparks your interest and them make it your own.

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 Shop this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Floral Crop Top, Eight Sixty – $69
Chrome Midi Skirt, Line & Dot – $117
Point Me in the Direction Necklace, Minx – $12
Cut Out Ring, Minx – $12
Mandy Spectator Pumps, Chelsea Crew – $64

Thanks to Sarah Jane for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the photos!

 

3 Must Have Pieces for a Fairytale Wardrobe

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With Spring Comes Fashions Wishes Great and Small

If you could have one fashion wish granted, what would it be?

Ultimately, we think it is an interesting question to pose: if you could dress any way (if lifestyle, budget, and time were not constricting factors) how would that be? Would it be cool and edgy, floral and feminine, clean and sophisticated?

On our sales floor, here at Minx, that is what we are committed to doing, helping each and every customer who walks through our door to build on their own personal look in their own way.

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How to Find and Own Your Look

How does a Minx pinpoint the essence of the look that they are after? Sometimes it’s hard to discern if the look is made by the silhouette, the color, the fabric, the tailoring, or a paring of these elements.

Spring is the perfect time to get excited about clothes again. Here are a few thoughts on how to break down a look and achieve it for yourself.

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Fairy God Mother or Simplification?

Our look for today is one straight from the Fashion Fairy’s bag of tricks. No-fuss and huge impact. It is both brilliant and effortless and one of the main reasons for this is that it is only composed of 3 items: the Metallic Shift Dress, the Black Blazer and the Matisse Folk Shoes.

Only 3 items and yet this outfit speaks volumes. This is a look that is chic, sophisticated, clean, cool, feminine and edgy.

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The Magical Qualities of the Blazer

Not all blazers are made equal, nor do they say the same thing. But if you can find the right one and incorporate it into your wardrobe almost any outfit can be magically lifted to the status of professional, evening and edgy, simply by donning it.

This Black Blazer is crisp and feminine with a shorter arm and a perfect shoulder fit. This is just the jacket to proclaim that business and fun can happen simultaneously.

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Must Have Item: The Metallic Shift Dress

The Metallic Shift Dress has something of the 1960’s silver and gold lame about it. The pattern is decorative and flattering. This is a dress to make you feel truly special again and again.

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The Perfect Bootie, Night or Day

The Matisse Folk Shoes create a practical and fashionable look that states “Yes, I can walk all over town for hours on end, from bar, to show, to party and never lose my balance or my cool factor!”

These shoes are a great item to help build any Minx’s wardrobe. They are so versatile: jeans, dresses, work, play, they can take you through it all!

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Makeup and Jewelry

To really push your evening look to the next level, go red. Nothing ever has, or will, define a mouth like red lips. Be bold, have fun and own the color in whatever shade suits you best. Everyone can wear a red lip.

Try it tonight and add a chunky gold necklace to insure that the pavement and lights aren’t the only things sparkling into the wee hours.

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Metallic Shift Dress, Beautifully – $69
Cropped Sleeve Blazer, The Hanger – $66
Golden Statement Necklace, Minx – $18
Folk Open Toe Booties, Matisse – $159

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

 

Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On Its Way!

Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On Its Way!

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hoppin’ down the bunny trail
Hippity hoppin’, Easter’s on its way

He’s got jelly beans for Tommy
Colored eggs for sister Sue
There’s an orchid for your mommy
And an Easter bonnet too

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In an Era Devoid of Easter Bonnets

Hello Minxes! Easter IS almost upon us. Does everyone have their Easter bonnet properly frilled and fitted? No? Alas how fashion changes and changes until Easter bonnets are just the stuff of a Irving Berlin tune.

If we are to be the finest lady in the Easter parade what are we contemporary Minxs to do when it comes to Easter attire?

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The Country Bunny And The Little Gold Shoes, the brilliant 1930’s feminist picture book by Du Bose Heyward, is the story of a young single mother bunny who manages to secure herself a spot as one of the 5 Easter Bunnies. To get the job you must be kind, swift and wise. Even though our heroine is super speedy from chasing after her 21 babies she ends up needing a little help form a pair of magic golden shoes that allow her to jump mountains in a few hops.

My point Minxes is this: if not bonnets then an outfit that imbues us with marvelous amounts of stealth and speed. If one can move well and efficiently then one can spread twice the kindness and wisdom to the world. Speed is also helpful in aggressive Easter egg hunts!

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Golden Shoes Or Golden Jewelry: Either Way Keep It Golden

If you have golden shoes for Easter we say wear them! But, if not then champion The Country Bunny with golden jewelry!

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New Sporty Trend for Spring

We chose this look with a nod towards the sporty trend that is popping up this spring. Light clothes that move with you. Clothes that are easy to throw in an overnight bag, but that keep a laid back sophistication regardless of the situation.

This pastel top is simple and refreshing. It is the perfect complement to these fabulous trousers straight out of a jungle paradise.

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Sporty Heels in Bold Tropical Colors

Wide ankle straps are everywhere this spring. With a chunkier heel and a bold color, this heel fits firmly into the sporty trend. This is a heel, but one with an attitude and stamina for adventure. Most Minxes, regardless of their heaps of kindness and wisdom, are not chasing 21 babies or delivering Easter treats to children all over the world. So, what will you chase or gift in these swift heels?

Whatever you choose, we recommend popping by YouTube first and watching Judy Garland and Fred Astaire sing Easter Parade!

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Happy Easter weekend! Have fun!

Shop this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Periwinkle Half Sleeve Top, Eight Sixty – Sold out, (but similar styles available)
Pastel Floral Trousers, Eight Sixty – $91
Golden Knot Necklace, Minx – $20
Elyse Sandals in Salmon, Chelsea Crew – $57
(Elyse Sandals are now also available in Lemon-Lime and Black!)

Thanks to Grace for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the photos!

Get to Know: Stalworth Handmade Shoes & Boots

You may have noticed the brand new handmade Stalworth sandals gracing the shelves of our downtown boutique. Curious about the story behind these shoes? You’re in luck! Read on & get to know the Brommer sisters, the local Asheville designers behind Stalworth Shoes & Boots!

An Interview Between Sisters Jessica and Amelia Brommer About

Stalworth’s  New Spring Sandals 

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A: So, you are a shoemaker, or a cordwainer if we are being proper. How long have you been doing this?

J: I started studying shoemaking in 2008 at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) and then apprenticed with Sharlot Battin, a theatrical shoemaker in NYC.

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A: And you teach shoemaking classes now in, and around, the Asheville area?

J: Yes. I’ve been teaching for 3 years, and it’s awesome. I love teaching. With shoemaking being a dying art, it’s important to share the knowledge in order to revive the art and the industry.

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A: Why shoes?

J: I was raised in a creative environment. People sewing, knitting, weaving, spinning, working with metal and wood. I knew people who could do everything, but not shoes. No one knew how to makes shoes.

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A: What is your personal background with making things with your hands?

J: Well, it started with the pine cones, right? As a kid.

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A: What was your inspiration for these sandals?

J: My background is in men’s shoes. I thought that I would only be making men’s styles. But, over the past few years I’ve had some design ideas for women’s shoes. The ideas were delightful, so I pursued them. This sandal was inspired by childhood memories of the 70s and our mother. Of some beautiful women wearing beautiful sandals. They are in earth tones and evocative of that period of history, of Farrah Fawcett, Diane Von Furstenberg, but filtered through my memories which may not be reliable.

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A: Do you make the sandals all by yourself?

J: No! And thank god. The process is long and they take a lot of time. I make them with you.

A: That’s true. Do you have any questions for me?

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J: What is your history with shoemaking?

A: My first experience with shoemaking was when I worked in costume craft in regional theaters under Kristin Pondy (now Kristin Tidwell) in NYC and San Diego. Mainly we altered existing shoes, added buckles, painted them, created new uppers to fit the characters in the plays that we were working on. More recently I worked with her again doing product development and design and we created a few prototypes for some yoga shoes. But the concepts and tools are all the same.

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J: What are your ambitions for Stalworth and your involvement within it?

A: I love making shoes. I think that you brought up a great point earlier, that this is not a very commonplace craft at this point in history. Given the choice between working on a computer or with wood and leather I will always pick the latter. I’m really excited about helping you to build the business and expand our line of ready to wear shoes.

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J: Well, do you have anything else to say?

A: Yes! Get down to Minx and buy a pair of these babies before they are all sold out!

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Stalworth Sandals are in-store now! Available in two colors, $150 a pair. Hurry on down, these handcrafted treasures are going fast!

local Ready to take on the art of shoemaking yourself? Check out Stalworth Shoes & Boots on Facebook for information on classes! 

Let Us All Romp, For Spring is Here at Last!

Minxes: We have arrived! This past weekend ushered in the first glorious day of Spring 2015. The time for light colored clothing, lace, and flowers in hair is upon us.

For our first post of spring we have chosen this exquisite romper by Ark & Co. In celebration of the season we have enhanced the look with a wreath of flowers upon our lovely model’s head.

Lace romper and flowers in hair create an almost bridal feeling, and don’t we all fall in love with spring? This magical change of seasons elicit a feeling of such deep love. It feels as if spring is the bridegroom of our souls.

This, of course, brings to mind Aaron Kramer’s poem “Prothalamium.”

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Prothalamium 

Come, all you who are not satisfied
as ruler in a lone, wallpapered room
full of mute birds, and flowers that falsely bloom,
and closets choked with dreams that long ago died!

Come, let us sweep the old streets–like a bride;
sweep out dead leaves with a relentless broom;
prepare for Spring, as though he were our groom
for whose light footstep eagerly we bide.

We’ll sweep out shadows, where the rats long fed;
sweep out our shame–and in its place we’ll make
a bower for love, a splendid marriage-bed
fragrant with flowers aquiver for the Spring.
And when he comes, our murdered dreams shall wake;
and when he comes, all the mute birds shall sing.

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What Does a Minx Wear with a Romper?

The romper is such an inherently fun item of clothing. It echos back to both the play-suits of our childhoods and the spectacular disco outfits from the 70s and our imaginations.

Rompers come in all different fabric types and in a full range of levels of formality. Depending on how these elements are arranged a Minx could garden in one and just as easily attend a cocktail party in another!

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Chelsea Crew We Love You

Chelsea Crew heels keep consistently hitting the mark this spring. The color palate is both now and nostalgic, as are the lines of the shoes. Both vegan and non-vegan Minxes can be sure to find the perfect shoe when it comes to Chelsea Crew.

These powdery blue heels give our romper just the right amount of structure while the cutout detailing lightens the look and mirrors the lace of the romper.

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As for Necks and Lips

Here again, we see the lush pop of color on the lip lighting up the whole look while still keeping it really fresh.

A delicate gold necklace and ring warm up this look while keeping it classy.

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Now that Spring has Sprung

Our lives are in the process of picking up speed. With the beginning of spring comes that renewed momentum of life.

Let’s all remember to take a moment to stop and admire the cherry blossoms, to feel the warm breeze against our skin.

Let us all romp: with or without the aid of this fabulous lace romper for we have made it out of winter!

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Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Lace Romper, Ark & Co – $75
Crystal Necklace, Minx – $28
Rosie Perforated Pumps, Chelsea Crew- $64

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, and to our springy model, Breigh!