Meet the Ladies of Bella Bliss: Rena Spears

Meet Rena!  Rena has been an amazing addition to the bella bliss® team!  She has been working here for about a year making sure that our computer systems and website are working properly!

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Favorite piece from the Spring 2013 Collection:

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My favorite piece from the Spring 2013 line is definitely the Molly Dress with Bow. I love both the patterns that it comes in and the bow at the shoulder seals the deal for me.

What was your favorite movie this year?

I haven’t seen a movie this year that I absolutely loved…but my favorite movie from last year was definitely The Avengers. I’ve always been a Marvel fan.

 3 things you couldn’t live with out:

My family, my church, and candy.

Favorite TV show?

Definitely Doctor Who…Netflix is taking over my life.

What are your hobbies?

I love reading, eating, and picking on my little brothers.

What is your favorite part about working for bella bliss?

rena3Short Sleeve Pima Polo / Essential Khaki Pant / Pima Shirt Dress / Tassie Tank / Chino Cuffed Shorts

I love seeing all of the hard work that everyone puts into making bella bliss what it is today.  It is such an amazing and involved process that I am glad I can be a part of!

What is your favorite Lexington restaurant?

What is your favorite vacation spot?

A little country town in Ohio where I spent some happy times as a kid.

Mother’s Day Bliss

Lets make Mother’s Day exceptional with bella bliss®!  May 12th is almost upon us so let’s spoil Mom and give her something she can truly enjoy and relax in!

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Women’s Pima Loungewear

Nothing is more luxurious than our woman’s pima loungewear! Our high quality loungewear was featured in Oprah’s magazine as one of her favorite things!  This is the perfect gift for that special someone.  Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL.  Coming in white with either blue or pink trim or solid blue and pink with white trim.

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Women’s Pima Robe

This lightweight and luxuriously soft robe hits right above the knee.  Available colors include white with blue or pink trim or solid blue or pink with white trim.   Our Pima cotton is durable and incredibly soft!  A must have for everyone!

terri tunic kelley dotWomen’s Terri Tunic

Our Women’s Terri Tunic is adorned with dramatic ric-rac accents and 3/4-length sleeves.  This fashion-forward v-neck falls just below the hip to flatter every figure!  Looks perfectly paired with white jeans!  Conveniently machine washable and 100% cotton available in Garden Floral or Kelley Dot.

All About Pima: Play Wear!

 Some of our biggest compliments stem from our Pima cotton; love at first touch!

“Just one touch of our luxurious , super soft fabrics and cotton will let you know that our line here at bella bliss® is different from anything else you have ever outfitted your children in before.” –Lisa McLean, Owner and Designer

S732 whale 2Boy’s Appliqué Tee / Boy’s Pima Play Short

Our creations are imported from South America, where we work closely with local artisans to create one-of-a-kind garments.

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Short Sleeve Pima Polo / Boy’s Pima Play Short / Tassie Tank / Pima Beachcomber Short

Exceptional craftsmanship, exquisite detailing and the highest quality of cotton and fabrics define the bella bliss difference. All Pima fabric is lovingly cut and stitched by hand. This grueling process had totally paid off and we have some amazing pieces to show from it!

RompersGirl’s Pima Romper / Boy’s Embroidered Pima Romper

This light-weight and durable cotton is perfect for all occasions. Even better yet it is machine washable!

S096 rogue blue stripeScoop Neck Dress / Sally Swing Top with Bloomer

 From infants to adults, bella bliss has the most amazing fit and feeling clothes for everyone in your family!

2013 Customer Faves : Spring Break Applique Tees!

Applique Tee

Applique Tee

It is Part 2 of our Facebook Customer Faves…and this is a fun one!  (Click here for Part 1)  The Applique Tee (for boys or for girls) is an essential addition to your child’s spring/summer wardrobe.  Made from our soft and durable pima cotton, these bella bliss® original tees are available in four fun choices for boys and girls, so there is a perfect one to suit every child’s style! Looking for coordinating quality pieces in styles for your older children? Check out our Short Sleeve Boatneck Tee for the girls, and the Short Sleeve Pima Polo for the boys!  To complete the look, choose from our wide range of pima bottoms! Stylish, fun and comfy – everyone wins!

Boy Applique Tee

Boy Applique Tee

Girl Applique Tee

Girl Applique Tee

2013 Customer Faves: Spring Break!

We asked, you answered! Over 150 of you responded to our Facebook “Spring Break” promotion and our Swim Collection was an overwhelming favorite!  We listened to customers requests and  expanded the swim collection to include new looks for everyone! We’ve added new embroidery and color combinations you’re sure to love!  And don’t forget our Sunhats – these are perfect for protecting your little ones from the sun, while coordinating with all of our bathing suits and trunks. Want to see what everyone is talking about?  Check out our swim collection and see what you’ve been missing!

2013 Girls Swim Collection

2013 Girls Swim Collection

2013 Boys Swim Collection

2013 Boys Swim Collection

Spring 2013 Staff Faves – Rouge

One color that is catching everyone’s eye in our Spring 2013 collection is our beautiful rouge. Many of our staff and customers have picked this as their favorite color of the season.  It is fun and bright and pops on any skin tone.  Several of our gorgeous dresses are available in rouge, including the Ellie Dress pictured below!  You can also find it in our pima stripes and knit solids!  Rouge is a great color for your little girl OR boy and a wonderful addition to any spring wardrobe!

Click here to see which items we offer in rouge!

Knit Half Zip Sweater (F630)Ellie Dress (S704) in rouge

bella bliss at the boutique

bella bliss at the boutique

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With two ladies away at market in New York, we decided it was perfect timing to add a monthly post about our wonderful wholesale customers!  Jonnie Miller from Fancy Pant’s was gracious enough to chat with us about why she carries bella bliss® in her store.  Located in the beautiful city of Charlotte, North Carolina, Fancy Pants is a premier children’s clothing boutique.  Jonni has been purchasing the bella bliss collection to stock her shelves since the late nineties.  Fancy Pant’s carries only quality lines and we are proud to be one of their biggest sellers from the selective group of designers they carry!

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Jonnie has expressed her love for all things bliss and wanted to share a few of her favorite must-haves! From the Spring 13 Collection.  Fancy Pant’s just loves the Frances Floral print.  Jonni loves how crisp, clean and fresh this pattern is for any occasion.

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frances floral

A customer favorite for her is the  Sleeveless A-Line Party Dress.  This versatile dress comes in a variety of colors including the rouge pique, which is complementary with any skin tone.

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Sleeveless A-line Party Dress

 

Last year the Zoe Pima Dress was one of their best sellers and they were thrilled it was in the Spring 13 line as well.  The Sleeveless Zoe Pima Dress comes in navy and red stripes and will add style to any occasion.

Zoe Pima Dress

Zoe Pima Dress

 

What keeps bringing Fancy Pant’s back to bella bliss?  Jonni says she just loves how happy the colors are and how great the clothes look on everyone.  She is always looking for clothing that feels great, with a prefect fit. The Pima cotton is just amazing and if you just feel the clothes you know how high quality they are.

boys pima polo

boys pima polo

“Fancy Pants, The Children’s Boutique offers Charlotte’s best selection of fine children’s clothing from newborn to teen, including an extensive boys department.” –Jonni Miller

Spring 2013 Staff Faves – Jersey Half Zip

Choosing our favorite items from the 2013 Spring Collection is not an easy task – there are just so many pieces we love!  However, we finally put our head’s together, and one item that made almost everyone’s list is our boys Jersey Half Zip (F009).  This item is also a customer favorite, so it makes the list as a “must have” for every boy’s closet.  Made from our comfortable jersey cotton in a number of color options, this item is the perfect layering piece for school or even lounging at home.  Pair with one of our coordinating Button Down Shirts (F200) and it is perfect for dressier events.  Order yours today and make your favorite guy ready for any occasion!

Pima Half Zip (F009 - Navy)

Pima Half Zip (F009 – Navy)

Pima Half Zip (F009 - Red/White Stripe)

Pima Half Zip (F009 – Red/White Stripe)

Pima Half Zip (F009 - Royal/White Stripe)

Pima Half Zip (F009 – Royal Blue/White Stripe)

Pima Half Zip (F009 - Red/White Stripe)

Pima Half Zip (F009 – Rouge/Blue Stripe)

Timeless Bliss : Appliqué Blanket

Born amid the rolling hills of thoroughbred country, this classic line of beautiful children’s wear is the product of two creative mothers. Pretty enough for holidays, enduring enough for the playground, and captivating enough to entice every child. Only one line of children’s clothing is 100% pure bliss- bella bliss.

One piece that exemplifies our love of all things “timeless”  is our  Appliqué Blanket (S010).  Our signature blankets are one the very first items we designed when we first launched bella bliss.  They are warm, soft and exquisitely made – with appliqué designs handmade by Peruvian artists. This blanket is perfect for wrapping around your newborn and, as your child grows, the blanket is made specifically so that it can be folded across a twin bed.  A perfect memory maker, this item will surely withstand the test of time.

Available in a variety of colors, this unique blanket will be a perfect gift for any child, and the best way to welcome a newborn into the world!

Applique Blanket (S010)

Applique Blanket (S010)

Fall ’12 Concept to Closet

Fall has arrived at bella bliss and we are so excited to share it with you!  Our Fall 12 collection pairs some of our favorite bliss basics with new prints and updated styles we know you will love!  Lisa, our owner and designer, sat down with us to discuss the fall line.  She gives us an inside look of Fall ’12 from concept to closet.

bliss basics and new styles for fall 12

How long did it take you to design the fall line?

I start a full year in advance because the majority of our prints are custom.  The design/color process can take awhile to perfect each print.

Lisa working on the fall line.

Without giving away too many secrets, what’s the general process you go through to design a piece of clothing/put together a line?

I’m ALWAYS looking at clothes.  For myself, for my kids…it’s an obsession.  And, as a classic collection, my challenge is always to keep our line beautiful but interesting.  I usually start by looking at our existing patterns (our archives have hundred of patterns by now) and update them.  I love to look through my own childhood wardrobe and anything vintage for inspiration.  A lot of my pieces are honestly a combination of several favorite things…a neckline from one dress paired with a silhouette from another.  My favorite new boy piece for Spring ’13 was inspired by something I found from the 1800′s.  It was this complicated, fussy piece, but I loved the shape of it.  I sketched it as this simple little piece and it turned out amazing!

Lisa looking over the Fall 12 look book.

What are some of your favorite places to shop?

I am 100% an online shopper when I’m at home because I don’t have time to really shop in stores.  But, when I travel, I love to shop local boutiques…that’s where I find my favorite pieces.  I avoid Malls at all cost.  My favorite sites are Saks, Bergdorfs, JCrew, revolveclothing.com, Gilt and OneKingsLane.

What do you believe makes bliss clothing the top quality it is?

We never take the easy road…in fact, we make things harder on ourselves all the time.  If it’s not perfect, we reject it.

The Riley Overall took some time to perfect.

What do you like best about designing a children’s clothing line?

I like seeing an idea turn into an entire collection.  There is nothing better than getting those boxes of samples.  It’s a lot 0f work but I enjoy the creativity involved!  My brain never stops.

How has the whole process changed as the company has grown?

We started as just a sweater company.  I would sit at my kitchen counter and draw the designs that would be appliqued on each sweater with my little colored pencils.  When we added clothing, I used to have to measure everything, and I was so tied down to getting every pattern perfect.  It is so much easier now because we have so  many patterns under our belts.  Now, I am freed up to focus on creating more prints and more pieces…the line has grown so much it is unbelievable.

early bliss sweaters

Where did you get your inspiration from Fall ’12?

It always starts with the prints.  I always “overdesign”…I create more than we need in case something doesn’t work.  Once I got the berry and orange peony right, I knew which direction to go.  But a lot of my inspiration came from the fact that it’s so hard to find clothes for my own daughter in sizes 10-14.  I really pushed myself to create things that she would want to wear.  The Becca Skirt, Zoe Dress and the Brooke Dress were the first things I worked on.

Katharine (Lisa’s 13 year old) in the Becca Skirt with Bow in Orange Peony.

Daisy is in the Brooke Dress.

Katharine in the Zoe Dress

What are your favorite colors/prints to work with this fall?

Obviously navy and hot pink…we went a little crazy, but I still love it!!

Stormy looks adorable in our Straight Leg Pant in the Hot Pink with Navy ric rac and the navy vivi jacket! We can’t get enough of these colors!

What is your favorite piece in the line?

I can’t pick just one!  For Katharine, my 13 year old, I love the Becca Skirt with Bow.  For Mac, my 11 year old, it’s the essential Khaki (we worked so hard to get the fit just right)! And for Shep, my two year old, it’s the Riley Overall!

Another shot of Katharine in the Becca Skirt with Bow in the berry print!

Mac in the Essential Khaki…the perfect fit!

Shep in the Riley Overall!

During the entire process of Fall ’12, what has been your favorite part?

Seeing the finished catalog!  So many hours go into it, and so many people are involved…the feedback for this collection has been amazing and our team has done such an incredible job!