These beautiful individuals are the heart and soul of Blush! Take a minute to get to know them a little better!
Amber Hews, Manager
Favorite Color: Dusty Pink
Favorite Season: Summer is by far my favorite season, but I love a warm fall day.
Favorite way to spend a day off: My favorite days off are spent with my husband and two little girls.
Favorite thing about working in the industry: I have worked in this industry for over 4 years and not one day has been the same. I enjoy coming to work and helping brides make unforgettable memories finding the perfect dress for one of the biggest days of their life. I have made unforgettable relationships with brides and their families from working so close with them through the whole process till the wedding day. And of course it’s always fun playing dress up for social media posts!
Favorite article of clothing you own: White skinny jeans, because they are so easy to pair with any top. You can easily dress them up or dress them down. And they are comfortable!
Danielle Peterson, Assistant Manager
Favorite Color: Emerald preferably with gold. I love the art deco feel of this amazing shade of green. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also my birthstone.
Favorite Season: You can't beat Autumn in northern Maine! I love the crisp feeling in the air and colors of the trees. The scents and autumnal flavors and foods give me such a cozy vibe. I was raised on a farm and still have an appreciation for the smell of potato dirt during harvest too.
Favorite way to spend a day off: I'm a busy mom of three so days off are usually filled with errands, appointments and taking care of the babes! But a perfect day would be spent outdoors with the kids followed by a date night with my husband.
Favorite thing about working in the industry: It doesn’t feel like work! I’m truly passionate about what I do. That moment when a bride finds their dress is an amazing one every time. I love being part of that moment and it never gets old. Our clients become our friends and part of the Blush family- which is unique in this industry and sets us apart from the rest. I am privileged to be part of some very memorable moments in our customer’s lives.
Favorite article of clothing you own: It is so hard to narrow it down to just one article! Any LBD. I have a very classic style and nothing is more classic than a little black dress. It is such a versatile piece that can be styled in so many different ways by changing up jewelry and shoes. “One is never over-dressed or underdressed in a little black dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld
Kaitlin Sand, General Manager
Favorite Color: My favorite color is green because of its versatility. It can be fun, energizing, and youthful when worn in a lighter shade, or bold, sophisticated, and alluring when worn in a darker shade.
Favorite Season: My favorite season is Fall. I love everything that ties it together. From the crisp air to the changing of the leaves and the flavors of the season. There's nothing better than looking out my kitchen window to admire the beautiful foliage while pulling some pumpkin spice muffins out of the oven. One of my favorite things is watching my little ones jump in a pile of leaves, pick fresh apples from our neighborhood orchard, and tend to the pumpkins in our garden.
Favorite way to spend a day off: Since we have Saturdays off, I love to start my day off by taking my kids to Belfast's farmers market to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies for dinner. We then walk to the downtown and get some meat and cheese from a local cheese shop. After that we head to the beach to collect rocks and seashells and enjoy the sunshine. Once we get home my husband and I like to put together a cheese board and lay out a blanket on the lawn to have a little picnic while we watch our little ones play.
Favorite thing about working in the industry: Most people would think the best thing about the fashion industry is the ever-changing designs, or the chance to view new collections before they reach the public, but my personal favorite is watching a bride's face when she first steps in front of the mirror when finding her dream dress. Seeing her eyes light up with emotion and watching her smile is absolutely contagious! As a stylist, you can't help but smile and sometimes cry along with her and her family. It's the best feeling in the world knowing that you've helped her put together a piece that is so crucial to her "perfect wedding day" vision. Most women struggle with confidence and some can't even see themselves as beautiful, elegant, or even desirable, which breaks my heart. Every woman deserves to not only look beautiful, but feel beautiful as well. From seeing our prom girls find "the dress" that builds their confidence, to helping a Mom find something that makes her feel elegant at her son or daughter's wedding, every person who walks through our doors doesn't get treated as just another customer, but as a friend and someone of value. It brings me great pleasure to not only dress the women of our community, but to empower them with the confidence they need to feel comfortable in their own skin again.
Favorite article of clothing you own: Although I love to get dressed up for work and look forward to all the amazing new items we get in our stores, I would have to say that my favorite piece of clothing is a comfy night gown. It's the first thing I want to put on when I get home after a long day. Nothing beats cuddling up on the couch with a soft blanket and some popcorn to have a movie night with my family.
Jeff Hannigan, Assistant Manager
Favorite Color: I love white. It’s bright, clean and goes with everything!
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite way to spend a day off: In the garden or at the local nursery, I’m always planting and tending to my flowers.
Favorite thing about working in the industry: My absolute favorite thing is making every woman feel beautiful, not just in that moment, but for long after working with them. Every woman deserves to look at themselves and feel that way!
Favorite article of clothing you own: A button down shirt. I love dressing them up with a textured tie, and I love the laidback look of an untucked linen shirt.
Katherine Meservier, Operations Manager
Favorite color: Emerald Green. It’s fresh, vivacious, and gives of the feeling of life.
Favorite Season: Summer! Nothing beats the ocean views, grilling with friends and family, and being active outdoors especially when the weather is warm, and the days are long.
Favorite way to spend a day off: At home spa. My home is my safe haven away from the world, and getting to pamper myself in the comfort of my own home is the right touch to help rejuvenate and recharge.
Favorite thing about working in this industry: When thinking of clothing most don’t understand just how much wearing the right clothes can affect your self-esteem. Whether searching for a casual dress or their wedding dress, I truly enjoy working with women to help them feel the most empowered and beautiful. Many of the women who walk through our doors have never felt beautiful a day in their life, and it is so rewarding to see them feel the way they look when they find THE ONE. My favorite moment when someone finds their wedding dress is the little glimpse they give themselves in the mirror before walking out of the fitting room to show their loved ones, because in that moment they see what the love of their life does.
Favorite article of clothing you own: Jumpsuits hands down! They are so easy to wear, and comfortable to boot! Plus they look incredibly put together with minimal effort when paired with the right accessories.
Emily Montplaisir, Sales & Marketing Manager
Favorite color: I feel like every few years I fall in love with a new color. Right now I am loving light pink.
Favorite Season: As much as I would love to say summer, fall has to win as my favorite season. It is still warm enough to plan outdoor activities, but cool enough to feel refreshing. Also, you can’t beat the foliage in Maine, it’s unreal! You also can’t forget about the fun fall fashion trends!
Favorite way to spend a day off: I moved to Portland in 2017, so I still love exploring this new city. There are so many restaurants to try! I also love long bike rides along the coast, and beach days. As much as I love spending time outside in Maine, I also love spending time on my couch with my cat, catching up on The Real Housewives (Beverly Hills & New York City are my faves).
Favorite thing about working in this industry: My favorite thing about working in the industry is the support. The professional support you get from other wedding professionals is amazing. Everyone wants to see each other succeed because it is what is best for the clients. The client support is AMAZING. I love working with clients and helping them see their visions come to life! It is so hard to capture into words what it feels like to put a bride in her dream dress and that moment when she looks at herself in awe. She sees herself in a different way; the way that we all see her- beautiful.
Favorite article of clothing you own: My favorite article of clothing is hands down my Beyonce “Flawless” sweatshirt. It’s super comfy, made by Beyonce, and it makes me feel like the diva herself when I know I do not look my best.