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Lydell NYC Jewelry: A Site Worth Knowing About

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Don’t you hate when you fall in love with a piece of statement jewelry, only to find it costs way too much to justify a purchase?

Enter Lydell NYC, an affordable designer selling statement costume jewelry. What we find interesting is that the collections are quite different – meaning there is a style for everyone. Some of our favorites are the architecturally bold and minimalist pieces as seen below. And did we say this is affordable?

gold statement necklace

To check out more, visit http://www.lydellnyc.com.

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Introducing Nordstrom’s New Style Card Feature

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A few weeks ago Nordstrom approached us with a secret project in Beta, asking if we’d be interested in testing it out. Of course we wanted to give our readers the opportunity to see this new project first, so here it is: The Nordstrom Style Card.

Essentially, it’s a program that allows readers to find similar items featured on their favorite fashion blogs. While we try to tell you where we purchase all items featured here on the EC, sometimes “thrifted” isn’t very helpful. Well, Nordstrom is here to help you recreate the look.

So check out our looks below and the items we curated from Nordstrom. Shop by price point and/or brand, click on items you want to add to your outfit, and purchase. It’s as easy as that. Click on the banner for both Adria and Travis’ looks to get started!

nordstrom style card shopping experience
blue paisley mid length skirt, chambray shirt, and orange pumps and clutch
orange skull clutch
orange pumps
nordstrom style card shopping experience
mens smart casual style
jeans, oxfords, dress shirt, and tie
oscar de la renta tie, banana republic shirt, gap jeans, cole haan oxford shoes
popped blazer for men

Now that you’ve seen it, what do you think? Tell us in the comments!

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Eye Candy for the Men: Fashion Curating Websites Worth Knowing

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That online fashion world heavily favors women. Fact of life. From LOOKBOOK to countless female-focused blogs, where are men who crave style inspiration to turn to? We all know of the Sartorialist, but what else is out there? We’ve curated some of our favorite men-focused fashion portals that are full of swagger and class.

Mr. Porter
Website: http://www.mrporter.com

The awesomeness that is Mr. Porter’s fashion hub never fails to blow our mind. Not only does it sell clothes, but it has a thorough content portal that helps men bring their fashion A-game. Its Style Council is made up of fashion insiders who contribute advice and inspiration. It has a Tumblr and print newspaper that can be delivered right to your door. It provides style guides for different occasions and, in sum, is just all around awesome. It’s our favorite men’s destination on the web thus far, so if you don’t know it head over there immediately.

Street Etiquette
Website: http://www.streetetiquette.com
These men continue to impress; the look books are insanely refreshing. You’ve probably seen them all over the web by now, but their site never fails to disappoint. The style is full of layering inspiration for a prep look that will make the ladies weak in the knees.

Men’s Health Lookbook
Website: lookbook.menshealth.com
You wouldn’t think of turning to Men’s Health for fashion inspiration, but it has some great finds on its look book, ranging across lifestyle interests that can help any man live a sartorial existence.

Guy Style Guide
Website: guystyleguide.tumblr.com
We’ll be the first to admit we’re not a big fan of Tumblr sites (the UI is just RIDICULOUSLY bad in most cases!), but the Guy Style Guide brings a lot to the table via street style, product closeups, the runway, and fashion editorials. The aesthetic varies, but tends to lean toward the urban prep variety

The Urban Gentleman
Website: http://www.theurbangent.com
The Urban Gent has a lot to offer on its site, from how-to’s to fashion news. However, our favorite will always be the street style portion in which the founders share both their own photo shoots and carefully curated looks from across the web.

Boys Life Blog
Website: boyslifeblog.tumblr.com
This Tumblr has a very strong aesthetic, the type of men you’ll see donning the cover of GQ or the Sartorialist. The curator has an impeccable editor’s eye, making each look more lust worthy than the next.

Quiffs
Website: quiffs.tumblr.com
This is a bit more broader than the other Tumblrs on here, a bit more abstract, but still worthy of inclusion. It has a lot of variety in angles of shots, too, which can appease to a variety of artistic onlookers. You’ll see women’s looks in here as well, but it seems most of them are lewd, so it still speaks to the man audience :)

Aso’s Fashion Finder
Website: fashionfinder.asos.com
If you like looks of the hipster variety, you’ll love Asos online community of real people showing how they interpret fashion. While not as robust as LOOKBOOK, it is equally as real and definitely worth a gander.

Pinterest
Website: http://www.pinterest.com
You’d think this one would be a no brainer, but Pinterest seems to be still dominated by women. Just a quick “men’s fashion” search can bring countless boards to the table for your viewing pleasure. Some of our favorites include Kyle Newton’s Men’s Fashion board and Shawna Kitty’s When Men Dress to Impress board. However, there are countless boards so sky’s the limit.

Did we miss any? Tell us in the comments!

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Snapette: App Worth Knowing About

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We’re changing up Web Wednesdays this week to bring you an app you should know about. Especially if you like Pinterest, listen up.

Have you heard of Snapette? It’s like Pinterest for shopping on the go. Created by Sarah and Jinhee as part of a Harvard start-up competition, it encourages users to snap photos of shoes and handbags they find while out shopping. It aggregates these looks into a Pinterest-like view board, allowing shoppers to browse items near them and share cool finds with their followers.

Not interested in the app? Snapette is also available online, where you can browse before heading out to go shopping or just look at the eye candy uploaded from the users in over 130 different countries. The only drawback with the online version is that browsing by location isn’t as intuitive as we would like, but overall you’ll see a lot of Instagram-eque photos of drool-worthy shopper curated inspiration.

Interested in learning more? Check out http://www.snapette.com for more.

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Thrift Store Fresh: A Website Worth Knowing About

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Founded by Antdilla Jones, Thrift Store Fresh is an online “fashion recycling shopping experience.” Jones scours second hand shops to bring carefully selected vintage pieces.

mens second hand look book
mens urban prep style

Prices are reasonable (we saw barely anything over $50, most in the teens) and the aesthetic leans toward urban prep. The collection is mostly for men, though there are some jewelry and accessory pieces for women, seeming to be aimed toward the fashionable man looking for a unique gift for his lady.

The user experience could use a boost, mainly with better navigation (search by sizing and “view all” are some of our favorite functionalities). However, we love the clean, graphic site design and its street style-ish look book that offers style suggestions for its curated pieces.

mens vintage style

We’re looking forward to seeing more from this online shop, particularly more items available for purchase. To check out more, visit http://www.thriftstorefresh.com.

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SNOBSWAP: A Website Worth Knowing About

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We love opportunities to score designer pieces for less, so when we heard about SNOBSWAP we were pretty ecstatic.

This new website, currently in beta, describes itself as bringing “the thrill of consignment shopping and swap parties to the web.” It offers the flexibility of choosing from four different types of payment for the items you list: 1) swapping, 2) swap credits, 3) cash offer, and 4) a fixed cash price. Think of it like eBay only for the girls and boys with the wardrobe everyone covets.

The site is really easy from a usability perspective when you are trying to list items. However, when shopping for items it’s a bit difficult to navigate – we would really have appreciated a way to filter by size rather than just item type. However, it does have the “thrill of the hunt” aspect going for it.

To learn more, visit http://www.snobswap.com.

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Jack Willis British Prep for Covet Fridays

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In light of Britain’s Jubilee Weekend, we thought it fitting to highlight this British outfitter that recently started opening more stores throughout the US. If you mix J.Crew’s typical summer collection with a Ralph Lauren ad, you pretty much have Jack Willis.

relaxed british styleteal pants and gray blazer mensmens brick red trousersnavy shorts suit mens

It’s a great option for quality basics, and when mixed and matched you can make some colorful combinations. To check out more, visit http://www.jackwillis.com.

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Happy 2nd Birthday: Our Two Year Anniversary

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We can’t believe another year has gone by since we started The Emerald Closet.

It seems like only yesterday when we were fighting with each other over the site design and trying to find our voice. What originally started as a street style blog turned into a styling services business idea and a site full of fashion and grooming inspiration.

Looking at our goal list from our first anniversary post, we are so happy that we accomplished some of the ideas on that list, including hosting more contests and showcasing more of our personal style. We also had the pleasure of surprising ourselves by forming amazing partnerships with the likes of the GAP, Kate Spade, and Shop Paris With Love. And forming solid friendships with taste makers like Bryan Carle, Laura Cassidy, and Melissa Middleton.

We find it fitting to make another list of goals we hope to accomplish in this coming year.

1. Update the site’s design and add new features – We have plans to make a few updates and add new features to bring our EC readers a better user experience.

2. Roll out our styling services – We’ve always styled some clients on the side, but we’ve held off on really pursuing our styling services as a full-fledged business. With Travis’ new baby and Adria’s new move and job, this has been put on the back burner, but hopefully we can bring it to the front this year.

3. Continue to forge new partnerships and host epic contests – We were blown away by the opportunities from last year, and hope to have even more amazing fashion events and contests this year.

4. Increase our newsletter subscribers – We’d really like to increase newsletter engagement and offer new exciting discounts with partners that will make readers want to be an EC insider. You can help us reach this goal now by signing up for our newsletter on the right sidebar!

5. Increase our social media presence – We went on a bit of a hiatus with social media mid year because of some big life changes. We’re hoping to up our presence and engagement, and in turn increase followers!

Thank you again to all our readers and supporters. You have no idea how much it means to us, and we’re so happy to see how far this site has come in just two years. Here is to many more fashionable years to come!

Here are some of our favorite highlights throughout 2011 (click through to see post):

Our letter to GQ

Seattle Shopping Guide by Neighborhood

Women’s Essential Beauty Products

Our Go To Beauty and Fashion Destinations in Seattle

London Shopping Guide

Do Good Eye Wear

Brooklyn Shopping Guide

New York City Photo Diary

candid street style photo
The Emerald Closet style guide
dark circle beauty products
caged bootie style guide
women at Fashion Night Out

male grooming products
womens purse contents
womens new years eve outfit ideas
mens street style
editors pick holiday wish list
womens gift guide 2011
mens denim on denim
makeup every woman should own
Emerald Closet founders at Kate Spade party
womens toiletry packing list
London fog trench for men

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Where I was From: A Site Worth Knowing About

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We’re still on a high from our trip to New York and thought we’d give a new Williamsburg haunt some love.

Where I Was From is a vintage retailer stationed in Williamsburg founded by Claire Lampert and Darroch Putnam in winter 2012. Its goal is to make vintage available for the modern man and woman, showcasing pieces in a very cool and effortless way – think Urban Outfitter’s catalog.

One of our favorite features is its “Worn With” page, in which it has friends style some of their favorite pieces with their regular street wear.

vintage clothing look book

All in all, you will find huge pictures of pieces that are part of an impeccably curated collection of vintage pieces you actually want to wear. To check out more, visit http://www.whereiwasfrom.com.

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Faith Connexion for Covet Fridays

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We’ve had our eye on French Connexion for almost a year now, but it wasn’t until it announced a new debut collection made in collaboration with model sensation Annabelle-Dexter Jones that it really caught our attention.

We love its effortless rock n’ roll vibe mixed with minimalist androgynous pieces. It’s utterly chic and pretty affordable, which for being sold on Net-a-Porter is a feat.

Here are some of our favorite looks from the Spring/Summer 2012 and Fall/Winter 2011 collections:

Faith Connextion chambray shirt and white denim
graphic long flowy skirt from French Connexion
Faith Connexion womens
black leather leggings with black blazer
studded leather jacket womens
black suiting casual women

To check out more, visit http://www.faithconnexion.com.

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