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.”

Ark & Co Romper

 

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!

Chelsea Crew Shoes, Lace Romper Ark & Co

 

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.

Chelsea Crew Mint Shoes

 

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.

Ark & Co Romper

 

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!

Minx Boutique

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! 

 

Spring Sale- 30% OFF SITEWIDE + EXTRA 30% OFF SALE ITEMS

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It’s official, spring has sprung!

Help us welcome spring with a sitewide sale! We’ve stocked up on all your spring must-haves; flirty frocks and colorful pumps, neon shifts and nautical stripes, new accessories and more! And now, it’s all on SALE!

Today- Friday, 3/20- 3/27:

 

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

*This promotion is for purchases made online at MinxAsheville.com between 3/20-3/27/15. 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.

Spring Forward in Matisse Moccasins and Shades of Cream

Fashion Trends 2015: Layering of the Pale

This ensemble unfolds, layer upon delicate layer, like the smooth and breathtaking interior of a shell. Subtle shifts in pale hues create an esthetic that has a rounded depth impossible to achieve with a mixed color palate.

Minx-blog-1-28-15-136As well as building on the variations of shades of cream, we are helping to build depth with the variation of textures that we have chosen to incorporate within this look. The light tunic, almost a chiffon, is enveloped by the more substantial weight and texture of the sweater.

Texture is sometimes of the utmost of importance. Imagine if instead we layered two sheer fabrics, two weights of sweaters, or two jerseys. One would come up with such different outcomes! How a Minx layers fabrics will say a great deal about what a Minx is trying to convey within her look.

Again, this juxtaposition in textures brings to mind a seashell: the more durable outside protecting the delicate, more vulnerable interior.

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 Spring 2015 Fashion Trends: How to be Grounded and Versatile

We paired our creamy tops with dove-grey Cielo jeans. The jeans ground the look and make it really wearable and versatile while still playing within the soft color palette.

This is a look that knows no boundaries. A Minx could move from home, to work, to errands, to a meeting, to dinner out, to a gallery, to cocktails without a second thought devoted to whether she is dressed appropriately for any of these situations!

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 70s Fashion Trend Rising

Put your best foot forward for Spring with our Matisse Moccasins! The 70s trend is huge this season, and not in just one area of dress or inspiration. Across the board designers, stylist, and the public at large can simply not get enough of 1970’s inspired looks. Runways are filled with everything from hats, bohemian dresses, trousers with wider legs and bell bottoms, leather boots and moccasins.

We love the Matisse Moccasin to finish off this look. The light, radiant leather adds a warmth to the base of this outfit, yet stays within the pale glory of its subtle mission.

Matisse Moccasins

 Spring 2015 Trends: Highlight on Golden Jewelry

Delicate gold jewelry keeps topping our list of favorites this Spring. The slim lines and warm glow that yellow gold gives off adds a subtle, yet essential vitality to this look.

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 Final Pop of Color

Creams are so beautiful partly because of how they interact with the colors around them. We added a pink lip which enhances the pinks tones within the cream of the tunic and sweater. A Minx really has endless options of how to play off a light pallet when it comes to makeup. A very small amount of green, gold or pink is always a win when it comes to cream!

Minx-blog-1-28-15-138Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Belted Button Down Tunic in Ivory – $44
Heavy Knit Open Cardi, Mo Vint – $104
Best Basic Cami, Nikibiki (in-store and online) – $22
Benchmark Necklace – $12
Sparkle Ring, Marcia Moran – $119
High Waisted Skinny Jeans, Cielo – $30
Wood Stock Booties, Matisse- $139

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

 

 

Latest Fashion Trends: Neon Pastels and Frye’s Fashion Sneakers

Spring Fashion Springing From Our Imaginations

Neon Peach Shift Dress

The sound of waves breaking against the sand is soft, yet all-encompassing. Seagulls swoop over you. You lay, eyes shut, stretched out on your towel. The smells of salt and suntan lotion always tickling at the edge of your thoughts.

It’s getting late. You check under the hip of your bikini bottom for how much sun you’ve gotten: white skin left over from your long winter hibernation is flanked by two strips of pink, un-sunscreened skin that couldn’t quite stay undercover during the day. The pink skin, in turn, is framed by the lovely brown expanse of your newly tanned body. Since your hips are beginning to look like Neapolitan ice cream you decide to call it a day.

After a shower outside and then another inside, and a quick nap on a wicker sofa that resembles your grandmothers handbag, you are ready to go out. You want to slip into something  that will transition you effortlessly from day to night. Something that is as much at home eating cotton candy on the boardwalk, as it is sipping cocktails on a moonlit patio. Something that is as playful and as sophisticated as you are.

Latest Fashion Trends: Spotlighting Neon Pastels Neon Peach Shift Dress

The Neon Punch Shift Dress has the delicate whimsy of pastels and the electric vibrancy of neon. When looking for key pieces for spring, many a minx will be wise to incorporate this frock into their spring wardrobe.

Peach, Neon, Shift Dress

Peach Pop Shift Dress

For such a little item of clothing this the Neon Punch Shift Dress has a lot to say! It is just as much a 1960’s shift dress as it is a 1990’s skater dress. This clean lined dress allows the wearer to move around freely. The simple and flattering silhouette likes to pop up from time to time throughout modern times, often when youth culture is ready to stand up and say something. When there is something worth saying a Minx wants to be able to move comfortably, to “shift” about as she makes her stand.

Neon Peach Shift Dress

The color is amazing. It retains that unattainable glow of sunrise and sunset. It is the love child of acidic sorbet and pastel sherbert. While the tailoring and lines are mod, the deep V of the neck, short sleeves, and the gorgeous keyhole back make it a softer and more feminine envisioning of the classic shift dress.

Neon Peach Shift Dress

Fashion Sneakers Brought To You By Frye

We paired this dress with a low top Frye sneaker. The black leather helps to nudge this look into a casual direction without loosing any of the sophistication. This shoe choice gives yet another nod to the skater look, but we think that this look would be equally as brilliant paired with a sandal.

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Melanie Low Top Sneakers, Frye

Double Strand Necklace

We chose a delicate geometric double chain necklace to keep the look fun, fresh and on trend. The triangles create a nice geometric focal point on the neon pastel background, like a sailboat silhouetted against the setting sun. Now take sail Minxs: wear the sunset, be a sunrise. Stand up and shift!

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Peach Pop Shift Dress – $41
Paper Plane Necklace, Minx- $12
Melanie Low Top Sneakers, Frye- $137

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

 

Let’s Hear it for the Lumbersexual (and Sendra Boots too!)

You must have noticed that the number of flannel shirts and work boots worn outside of lumber camps has been on a steady rise.

To A Tee-Shirt A Minx pops into a cafe. She settles into a cozy corner with her Mocha and unfolds the crossword puzzle that she has been saving. Suddenly she realizes that Paul Bunyan has just walked through the door. But, no! It can’t be the real Paul Bunyan for everything that he is wearing: work boots, work jeans, flannel shirt, suspenders, knitted toboggan – all of it is clean and shiny and she notices that he has the softest of hands.

Then from across the coffee counter another Paul Bunyan look-alike has just come on shift. He puts an apron on over his flannel shirt and waves at a table across the cafe where three people are seated: all wearing flannel shirts and work boots!

This is not bring your Blue Ox Babe to work day. No, what this Minx is experiencing is a fashion trend that has spanned gender, sexual orientation and now several decades. A fashion trend known lovingly as the Lumber Sexual look.

2015 Fashion Trends: Making Them Your Own

Now, how can a Minx make this historical look her own? There are a variety of options whenever one is customizing a look. We recommend having fun!

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Here we have incorporated the iconic oversized red and black plaid in the form of this oversized flannel shirt which we have styled as a duster. The shirt is worn open to frame the rest of the look, which is much edgier and darker, in a warm and playful glow.

Adding a Little Rock-n-Roll to Your Spring Outfits

The tight coated level 99 jeans almost look like leather. The coated denim has a really sexy shine to them which is great for nighttime and elevates the plaid to a rocker chic. Imagine Little Red Riding Hood all grown up and out to shoot some pool with the boys before their gig at the new rock venue!

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Key Pieces Your Wardrobe Needs for Spring: Sendra Boots

Instead of work boots we chose these amazing booties by Sendra. These boots are incredibly versatile. They can be dressed up for a nice dinner out, just as easily as they can be worn to the office, or to see your favorite band.

Handmade Marsa Boots by  Sendra

Handmade Marsa Boots by Sendra

Sendra is a boot company that has made stunning, handmade boots for over a hundred years. The company began making cowboy and riding boots, and those beautiful lines are present to this day.

Some shoes have an innate vibrancy within them. They seem to be illuminated from within the very grain of the leather: these boots practically hum with that magical glow!

Final Touch for Spring Clothes

To finish off our look we added Verdier Jewelry’s perfectly edgy swarovski crystal skull pendant and paired the jeans with  a Final Touch t-shirt. This t-shirt is soft, cut just right, and really is the final touch to any outfit. Available online in four colors, this tee is a crowd favorite! Need more proof? Check out how  our friend Emily of Life With Emily is rocking hers!

Final Touch T-Shirt Verdier Swarovski Crystal Skull Necklace

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Oversized Flannel Button Down, Audrey 3+1 – $62
To a Tee-Shirt, Final Touch (available online in 4 colors!) – $20
Rose gold stacking rings, Gorjana Griffin – $78
Swarovski Rose Gold Crystal Skull, Verdier – $130
Jagged Coated Jeggings, Level 99 – $128
Marsa Handmade Boots, Sendra- $361

Big thanks to Amelia Brommer for the post, Jameykay Huffman of Jameykay and Arlie Photography for the images, Grace for modeling, and The Lazy Diamond for the great location!

Folk Fantasies for Spring in THML

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Bohemian Fashion and Your Spring Wardrobe

Every Minx does it: has a secret fantasy of wearing some form of peasant clothing or folk costume. We may have elaborate daydreams conceiving of opportunities, or the right shoes, that will allow us to incorporate Thai fisherman pants, Guatemalan wrap skirts, lederhosen or dirndls, comfortably into our wardrobes. The Bohemian fashion trend this Spring will make it easier for our folk fantasies to come true.

Latest Fashion Trends: A Nod to The Peasant Blouse

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Luckily, one of these iconic folk items of clothing has persistently and gracefully followed the ebb and flow of the fashion currents. The peasant blouse has consistently inserted itself into the consciousness of fashion designers decade after decade. Spring 2015 will see it front and center once again, firmly updated and instep with today’s fashion wants and needs.

THML Clothing and the Embroidered Top

The peasant blouse is flirty and sophisticated in her most recent reincarnated form sprung from the minds behind THML. THML’s spring line is chalk full of flirty and sophisticated pieces that are right on point with the seasons biggest trend!

THML blouse

Key Pieces within the Fashion Canon

The all white blouse has been a fashion staple since time immemorial, and one can only imagine that its status as icon will never falter. But, sometimes a Minx needs a beautiful and feminine top with more graphic appeal than classic white.

We love this printed blouse. It really turns up the dial on edgy more than a few notches. Plus the 3/4 length sleeves and neon embroidery elevates it from a beautiful blouse to a brilliant-flattering-classy-all-around-versatile-day-to-night wardrobe save all!

 

One of the many reasons that we are drawn to folk clothing is that it is often enhanced with gorgeous hand work: beading, smocking or embroidery. In contrast, most modern clothing does not usually have these details. That’s why we are so happy that embroidery is a vital element of the 2015 Spring fashion trends.

THML Embroidered Blouse

We have kept with the concept of flowy top and form-fitting bottoms with this look. Last time, we paired the Navy Ark and Co. Butterfly Tunic with skinny jeans. This time we have tucked the THML blouse into a high-waisted jean by Cielos, creating a simple elegance that one could wear almost anywhere.

Shoes and Jewelry and Spring

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Low red heels and simple gold jewelry finish the look off. A look that is just at home at a gallery opening or a party as it will be in many work situations. It is both modern and classically feminine: this is a Spring look we can see on all you Minxes, from all your different walks of life, as you relax into this glorious Spring!

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Embroidered Graphic Blouse, THML – Sold out, but similar styles available
High Waisted Skinny Jeans, Cielo – $30
Fringe Necklace, Minx- $12
Christie Woven Sandals, Chelsea Crew- $85

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!