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What Would Jane Do?

Hi Spring! The Minxies are thrilled you’ve arrived! The time has come for strolls in the park, outdoor picnics, riverside get-togethers, Easter celebrations, weddings galore- and so, so much more! And believe us, we are READY. Needing that staple piece to seamlessly guide you through all of your Springtime events? Two words: Susana Monaco. Now, if you’ve been with us for awhile this shouldn’t come as a surprise. We love the sturdy, yet extreme comfort of the fabric used in all her pieces. The fit is incomparable and these pieces are made to hold their shape through many, many wears. This lilac color is the epitome of Spring to us! Its pastel and bright, yet can still be styled as a neutral if that’s more of your color pallet. Grab a light layer for those crisp mornings and cooling breeze, and you’ll be totally set for whatever comes your way this season.

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Shop similar looks in our Downtown Asheville boutique!

Lilac Maxi Dress, Susana Monaco – $241
White Crop Top, Cotton Candy LA – $47
“Jasmyn” Gladiator Sandals, Dolce Vita – $95
Cameo Necklace, Extasia – $150

Thanks to Breigh for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the beautiful images.

Ark & WHOAH

Happy Spring! Monday was the official first day of Spring, but to be honest we have been enjoying the spring-like temperatures and showers for awhile. And with Spring officially among us comes Spring weddings, holidays, and special occasions. We love that this dress from Ark & Co seems to have the fresh buds of spring woven into every inch. This dress can stand alone at any outdoor get together and depending on shoes and accessories can easily be dressed up or down. We love the hint of metallic thread that catches the light (because trust us, you’re going to want to twirl in this one!)

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Shop similar looks in our Downtown Asheville boutique!

Floral Dress, Ark and Co – $144
Astonish Sandals, Seychelles – On Sale $52!
Brass Cuff Bracelet, Roost – $60

Thanks to Ellen for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the beautiful images.

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!

 

Swiss Dots and Sendra for Spring

The Reassessment of Key Pieces for Your Wardrobe

The world is warming up again and the result, at least in the realm of fashion, is an opportunity for every Minx to experience a refreshing re-examination of her closet. There is an agitation in the breeze, but it a positive agitation. A creative energy buzzes around us imploring us to take stock of our lives and tempting us to add some innovations to it.

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Bare Those Legs and Do it Now!

After months of tights, legs are finally busting out all over Asheville, and the hills and valleys beyond. Now, tights are fabulous and do create a whole array of looks with a utilitarian grace that can not be achieved without them.

But, the freedom afforded by the bold and sensual simplicity of a naked leg under the ruffling layers of skirts and dresses is second to none. The feeling of freeing one’s legs from a winter of tights and trousers could be best expressed in nothing short of the battle cry of a kilt clad Highland Laird.

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Mid Layers Re-cast as Outerware

The spring chill still clings to our days, so even though our down coats have been packed away one can’t be living in a fully sleeveless wardrobe.

Yet, who among us has not noticed the protective outer-layers of our fellow citizen’s outfits peeling off like so many dyed eggshells at an Easter brunch?

It is time to re-evaluate our mid layers of clothing and re-cast them as out-layers. Flannel shirts, cardigans and light jackets, it is your time to shine. (Flannel look familiar? We styled the same piece previously- check out an entirely different way to wear it here!)

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Key Pieces for Your Spring Wardrobe

It seems that in late spring many Minxes banish their dark clothing to the backs of their closets. We are not there yet. No, we are still in the transition of the seasons, still firmly rooted in early spring. Now is the time of year when dark-colored linens, dusky sheers and delicate weights of dark-colored cottons reign supreme.

This Sheer Swiss Dot Dress is a perfect example of dark-colored spring essentials. These are the items that will be a Minx’s key pieces in her spring wardrobe. Something with the breath and movement of warmer days reflected in the weight of the fabric, but dark in color.

Think of them as the welcoming committee for the rest of your spring wardrobe, ushering in the lace, the florals, the sundresses and the shorts. They are the key pieces striking a careful balance between the budding leaves and the stirrings underground of thing not fully awake.

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Finish Off with the Soft Touch of Leather

We have accessorized our transitional spring look with our favorite wrap belt by ADA and these beautiful handmade boots of Spanish leather by Sendra.

Find this look in our downtown Asheville boutique!

Sheer Swiss Dot Dress, Beautifully – $71
Oversized Flannel, Audrey 3+1 – $62
Skinny Wrap Belt, Ada – $62
Marsa Handmade Boots, Sendra- $361 (now 1/2 off in-store!)

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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.

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Stripes and Shirts

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 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.

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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.