Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hot Trends 2014--Get Primal

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I'm gonna be revealing the Fall 2014 trends over the next couple of weeks...

Today let's talk about animal print and fall.  Historically in autumn animal prints, especially leopard comes onto the scene.  Portland ladies, get over your fear of leopard print. It's fabulous and classic.

Because I LOVE animal print, the Carla Mink label will be debuting a leopard dress--look for it around holiday. And right now the piece I'm most in love with this little lovely:

The Silk Back Cardigan by Charlotte Tarantola. It's perfect for my P-town girl. Subtle enough to wear to work, but chic enough to dress up for date night! Pair with coated denim by Joe's Jeans and you have a look that nods towards trend but has staying power for seasons to come.

Here's a fierce animal inspired collage courtesy of our friends at Travexura. This collage sums up the animal on the runway for fall 2014.

Stay tuned for more Fall 2014 trends! XO-Carla

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are hiring! Spread the Word!

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Social Media Guru/Stylist/Web Connoisseur 

This is an awesome job for someone who likes a lot of job diversity!

Social Media:
  • ·       Post daily on Instagram, Facebook and whatever social media comes up. Ideally you have social media experience, understand successful hash tags and keyword combinations, and are able to write a post in the “voice” of the store.
  • ·       Blog at least 2x a week. You are able to successfully use Blogger, hyperlinks, keyword combinations, and can write in the style of the store.
  • ·      Put together eBlasts 2x a month.

  • ·      Serve as sales floor backup during busy times, when sales staff asks for time off, and as needed for daily lunch breaks. You must be well versed at ringing at the cash wrap, which will be a semi-regular back-up duty.
  • ·      Additionally, you need to be able to converse confidently with customers about fashion and how to style outfits. After training, you must be able to select flattering and fashionable outfits for each customer when working the sales floor.

Web Connoisseur:
  • ·      Edit photos in Light Room & Photoshop (we are willing to train on this).
  • ·      Use shopping cart system to post photos to our online store.
  • ·      Write brief, snappy text to accompany photos.
  • ·      Update our Amazon store inventory daily.
  • ·      Make each order look lovely for our online customers and ship using USPS.
  • ·      Actively email and continue contact with online customers. This part of the job requires active selling, which means integrating your Stylist duties with your web-based skills.

This position is part-time-ish 20-30 hours per week.  Wage DOE. You must be available to work weekends, however you will not work every weekend. Expect 1-2 weekends per month.

To apply for this job please write a brief cover letter stating why you would be great at the job along with your availability. Please include the cover letter in the body of the email. No attachments please.

Please email to shopminkwebsales@gmail.com  

Thanks and good luck!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Introducing the Soap and Paper Factory to Mink!

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Introducing the Soap & Paper Factory! This gorgeous brand includes delectable smelling hand creams and perfumes, piney diffusers and candles, and pretty lip gloss.We love them because they smell wonderful, are made in the USA (my old stomping grounds in upstate NY, YEAH!), and are so, so pretty to look at. My favorite right now? Roland pines diffusers and candles. They seriously smell like a cool, moist forest. I want that scent around me always. I guess I'm a true NW girl at heart! 

The line was created to combine all natural, beautifully scented, handmade products 
wrapped in exquisite, earth friendly packages. Each pattern and fragrance are created 
together. Each fragrance is designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Each pattern 
starts as a hand drawing often inspired by nature and finished with a modern flair.
Mink has the whole collection! It's the perfect gift or treat for yourself. We don't have them online yet, but come in the shop to check it out. The Soap Paper Factory display is eye candy if I do say so myself! XO-Carla

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meet the Maker-Favor Jewelry

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 At Mink Favor Jewelry has been a staple of our collection for a long time. What we love about Favor is it simple enough to wear everyday but so unique that it will become a stand-out "piece" in your collection.
  Favor is composed of thoughtfully designed jewelry that will be relevant and beautiful for years to come. The details are as important as the object, from the care that they put into making the perfect curve, to the high quality materials that feel better and last longer. The collections and individual pieces are designed to complement one another. Their simplicity and clean lines mean they can be added to an existing wardrobe easily, stand on their own as a thoughtfully chosen piece, or collected and added to over the years. Regardless of how the pieces are styled, Favor is made to be worn and loved.
  Monika Reed began making jewelry over ten years ago and, other than a brief stint studying cultural anthropology, has been at it ever since. She finds inspiration in the way shadows move, the shapes of leaves, and the elusive perfect curve. She designs jewelry to covet. When she’s not making jewelry, she is planning her next trip or hiking in the forest.

Mink carries a huge assortment of Favor. It is truly one of our favorite lines! Come in today and check out Monika's new pieces for fall 14. While you're at it check out all our great new fall arrivals! See you in the shop soon. XO- Carla

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Maker at Mink- Anna Sukardi

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Usually at Mink we carry all local and NW makers. Every once in awhile a jewelry line comes along that I think is so cool I just have to venture out of the NW. Anna Sukardi is the latest new line at Mink.

What I love about Anna Sukardi is her pieces make a huge statement and are light as a feather. Yep, they're made of leather, so they're super light. Since leather is a natural hide, the pieces have great texture and will actually look better the more you handle and wear them.

Anna Sukardi‘s truly unique aesthetics is the result of a collaboration by Swedish designer Anna and Javanese master-artisan Sukardi. Created in their home-based workshop on the beautiful island of Bali, Anna Sukardi‘s handmade pieces present an exciting union between Nordic cool simplicity and the warm colorful Bali.

Anna explains: "We founded Anna Sukardi in 2006 with a vision for the long term. We use responsibly sourced materials and provide fair wages, training and education for our artisans. By using vegetable-tanned leather, water-based dyes and beeswax for conditioning, we ensure our jewelry is both eco-friendly and safe to wear."

Come see the pieces from this amazing new line--and check out all our new fall arrivals while you're here! See you soon. 
We haven't gotten this line on our web store yet, so if you would like to purchase please call the store at 503-232-3500 XO-Carla

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Transition: Scarves

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Fame Accessories' Color Block Leopard Scarf in Yellow
 Fall transition is the perfect time of year to whip out those lightweight scarves.  Lightweight scarves are great because you can pair them with some of your favorite summer pieces, add a pair of tights, and have a great transition outfit.  Scarves are also awesome because there are so many different ways to accessorize and tie them so you get totally different looks.
Fame Accessories' Color Block Leopard Scarf in Yellow
Fame Accessories' Arrows Away Scarf in Neon Pink
Many people think that there are only a few ways to wear an infinity scarf, but the reality is that there are dozens of ways to wear them as well.  Here are just a few great ideas about how to tie the same infinity scarf to get different looks. 
Fame Accessories' Arrows Away Scarf in Neon Pink
Fame Accessories' Arrows Away Scarf in Neon Pink
Fame Accessories' Arrows Away Scarf in Neon Pink
Fame Accessories' Arrows Away Scarf in Neon Pink
 And here are some different ties to add to your repertoire for your regular scarves. 

Fame Accessories' Yellowstone Scarf in Gray
Fame Accessories' Yellowstone Scarf in Gray
Fame Accessories' Yellowstone Scarf in Gray

Happy almost fall!  

Call or email us at 503-232-3500 and info@shopmink.com.   Whether you have questions or comments, we are here to help you look and feel your best!
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