Category Archives: Tidbits

100 Years of Fashion (in only 2 minutes!)

As all you savvy students of fashion know when it comes to trends, history tends to repeat itself. A look through any fashion magazine reveals brand new looks drawn from decades long gone. What once was mainstream mall fashion is now being sought out and sold online to the ironic youths of today. Denim jumpsuits from the 70s? Yes, please! Those baby tees and jelly shoes of our childhood? They’re, like totally, back!

Part of the fun of fashion is its connection to our past. Sometimes, the influences are clear and intentional, sometimes it’s natural evolution- but either way, when you get dressed in the morning, your outfit of choice is likely a product of decades of trends, history, and design. So let’s take a minute to appreciate how far fashion has come (or how little it’s changed) with this fabulous video from Mode!

 

One Dress, Every Occasion: Spring’s Most Versatile Dress is Here

Like any good relationship, the perfect wardrobe is all about symbiosis. Trendy tops and fancy designer duds are balanced by beautifully cut basics. While we’re all keen on sequins, leather, and tulle, it’s the simple and versatile silhouettes that form the base for more complex outfits. The best basics are simple, timeless and happy to play second fiddle to that statement piece you’ve been dying to wear.

We’ve declared our love for great basics before- but now, we want to show you! We started with spring’s most versatile dress- the Kelly Scoopneck Shift Dress from Yerse!

Whether you’re working on building a dream wardrobe or just hoping to get a little more wear out of your pieces, add this shift to the mix and you’ll be styling like a pro. With tweaks a simple as swapping out the shoes and playing with layering, this dress will take you from a sunny Sunday afternoon to your next work party in no time! Seriously, this shift is it!

But, don’t take our word for it!  Check out the photos below to see just how versatile a great shift dress can be!

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Cheap Monday Chambray Vest Dress

Joules Yellow Raincoat

Line & Dot Striped Blazer

Seychelles Gamble Heels

Just Female Black Trench Coat

Closet Hi-Lo Skirt

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 Shop these looks in our downtown Asheville boutique!

The Base:

Kelly Scoop Shift Dress, Yerse – $109

Daytime:

Heart dress, Cheap Monday – $73
Studded Low Tops, Frye – $179 (now 40% off!)
Yellow Rubber Raincoat, Joules

Work Party-

Striped Blazer, Line & Dot – $131
Elyse Heels in Salmon, Chelsea Crew – $57
Lariat Necklace, Minx – $12

Date Night:

Classic Fedora, Brooklyn Hat Co – $42
Tassel Necklace, Zacasha – $75
Sylvia Trenchcoat, Just Female – $263
Gamble Heels, Seychelles – $103

Cocktails:

Hi-Lo Flamenco Skirt, Closet – $98
Have I Got News Heels, Seychelles – $103
Abstract Floral Earrings, Minx – $12

Thanks to Grace 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!

 

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!

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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.

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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! 

What to Wear on New Years Day

New Years Breakfast Outfit

After you count down the New Year, drink the token champaign, and eat your good luck marzipan pig (google this tradition if it is new to you) you will have arrived in the year 2015. What will 2015 hold in store for you? For your wardrobe? Make New Years Day brunch plans now, so that you and yours can ponder these questions together.

There is a thought that you should spend your New Years Day engaged in the activities that you want to emulate for your coming year. Minx encourages you to go one step further, and dress in the style that you want to adopt for 2015.

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French Connection Dress

A New Years Day breakfast outfit needs to be straightforward (who knows how late you were up last night!) and solidly beautiful (like you.) This is a time to recover with some coffee and toast. This is not a time to attempt overly fussy ensembles or go overboard with accessories.

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This French Connection dress is both easy to wear and beautifully feminine. The pattern of abstracted birds creates an illusion that the jewel toned feathers are perhaps organically belonging to the wearer as opposed to simply the pattern of the dress. There is that sense on the first day of the New Year that anything is possible. Let a dress covered in wings help usher you towards your new journey.

The simplicity of a short, tailored dress in the winter begs to be paired with tights (you can never go wrong with black tights) and a great shoe. Don’t underestimate the power that a shoe has over your outfit. We have chosen a low boot because it instantly makes the outfit practical and fashionable. Have fun with your shoe choice. Try a taller boot, flats, or a heel to customize the look to fit your wants and needs.

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The Faux Shearling Jacket by Numph

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Let’s not forget that it’s only the first of the year and still cold out! This faux shearling jacket from Denmark’s own Numph creates a fantastical addition to this New Years Day breakfast look. Numph prides themselves on creating fashions that both accommodate the practical side of our daytime lives with the glitz and fantasy of our nighttime lives. Brunch is an in between time, blending those two worlds together for one brief and magical meal.

Imagine running into your breakfast venue, perhaps a bit late. Your friends are already seated around the table. They are excited to see you so that you can all share the stories form your New Years Eve parties. Before you sit, you slip your fairy tale shearling jacket off revealing your immaculate dress of feathers. You are transformed, you are freshly made for the next chapter of your life, fresh for the New Year!

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Shearling Jacket, Numph- $218
Calliope Dress, French Connection- $158
Glitzy Statement Necklace, Minx – $18
Colie Wedges, Dolce Vita – $242

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

Introducting: Linx We Love- Orange You Glad We Shared Them?

Here at Minx, we have always valued the idea of ‘True Style’- the kind of personal style that is sometimes trendy, often timeless, but always full of inspiration from all parts of life. Style, like life, is built by a series of experiences- it requires love, attention, and risk: but sometimes you’ll still end up in stirrup pants.

Our true style inspirations are everywhere- from things that make us think, make us feel, and make us squeal aloud with joy. Sometimes they’re obvious, others are hiding, but we’ve shortened the search and want to share them with you!

So, we’re proudly introducing a new segment: “Linx We Love!” Each week, we will share 5 inspiring finds, selected on a theme, from around the web to pass along to you. This weeks theme? Minx orange.

1. Feeling Daring? Find the Best Orange Lipstick For Your Skin Tone– From Harper’s BAZAAR

2. A Funky Chic Decorating Retreat – from The Designer Pad

3. The Perfect Blood Orange Summer Cocktail–  from Culinary Musings

4. Our Darling Pleated Top by Everly– from Minxasheville.com

5. An all time favorite inspiration- Orange Skies by Love– from Da Capo (1967)