In Our Closet: Victorian Carpet Bag

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One of our main goals at The Emerald Closet is to provide inspiration by highlighting the fashion worn by the fabulous citizens of Seattle. However, while out scouting, we’re often asked where we found certain items we’re wearing. That’s when it hit us: we should tell you where we got some of our most complimented pieces. So here we are, turning the tables, and giving you a glimpse of what we own ourselves. These are items and outfits that we receive a lot of comments on, so we wanted to spread the love so you can find these pieces to add to your fashion collection. So kick back, relax, and enjoy browsing through what is in our closet.

Probably one of the most commented pieces in all our closets combined is the infamous carpet bag. Most of the time it’s praising compliments. Other times, it’s pursed lips and chuckles. One man even went so far as to stare at it for 30 seconds straight while walking next to me along a crosswalk with this “bitch please” scowl on his face before saying, “Girl, pleasssseee.” Either way, this bag gets attention.




Victorian Traveler Carpet Bag Purse


This bag is by The Victorian Traveler. Each “Mary Poppins” bag is handcrafted by couple Kathy and Jerry, and they come in a variety of sizes, fabrics and uses. From luggage to purses, these are customized to your specifications. Our bag is made with the Black Knight fabric and classified as the “small bag,” but let us tell you, it is anything but small. It can fit a huge wallet, planner, a journal, umbrella, and SLR camera with room to spare. Besides the classic aesthetic, one of the best features is just how durable it is. It carries at least 15 pounds of our junk in it and the strap still hasn’t even shown signs of wear and tear, one of the main reasons all our other purses fail us. We first spotted the purse in a Lucky magazine about 2 years ago, never knowing the reaction it would get every time we wore it. But we welcome the attention because, after all, what is the point if people aren’t talking about it?

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American Apparel Pants Worn Two Ways

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We love multifunctional wardrobe pieces. Here, we found two individuals wearing the same pants. It just so happens one wearer was female, while the other male. They both wore American Apparel’s high-waisted trousers and both look equally stunning.

Women's American Apparel

American Apparel Employee

Dolce Vita Wedges

American Apparel pants and top, Dolce Vita shoes





Seattle street style

Hare Bag

Men's Shoes from Value Village

Value Village shoes, American Apparel pants and shirt, bag purchased on eBay





Spotted: Capitol Hill, Broadway & Olive Way

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Designer Lauren Moffatt for Covet Fridays

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Designer Lauren Moffatt: Plaid Shorts and Navy Cape with Red Piping

Designer Lauren Moffatt: Plaid Bomber Jacket

Designer Lauren Moffatt: plaid jacket and skirt

Designer Lauren Moffatt: Long Gray Jacket with Stripes

Designer Lauren Moffatt: Heather Gray Jacket with Yellow Piping

Designer Lauren Moffatt: Striped Shirt Dress





We want every single piece in Lauren Moffatt‘s fall 2010 collection. We are especially coveting the plaid wool pieces. We purchased a cashmere scarf in Scotland with the same pattern, so it holds a dear, nostalgic place in our hearts. The vintage chic collection is best channeled by a walk through Anthropologie, with a heavy emphasis on texture, layering, and cozy fabrics. Moffatt’s designs are worn by the likes of  Ashley Olsen and Michelle Williams, both of which embody that fresh, subtly bohemian style.

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In Our Closet: Necklaces

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Vintage Watch Necklace from London

We got this necklace in London’s Camden Town market during the summer of 2007. We loved the aged brass finish and etching on the clock cover’s face. We get a ton of compliments on this one, and we get a lot of sighs when we say we got it in London, but lucky for us, it seems menswear is making a comeback.

These necklaces are both from Urban Outfitters, the spoon purchased during the Christmas 2008 season and the mint gem necklace purchased spring 2010. Again, we’re partial to brassy, gold finishes and eclectic, vintage themes.

JCrew Drop Gem Necklace

It’s impossible not to turn heads with this necklace. It’s from J.Crew, purchased winter 2009. It is an easy, instantaneous way to dress up any outfit. We often wear it with skinny jeans, a black blazer, slouchy silk tank and either pumps or black pointy-toed flats (and not to forget the fishnet trouser socks :-). Though this precise piece can’t be found at J.Crew anymore, they are all about chunky statement necklaces, so you’ll be sure to find something just as fabulous.

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Seattle’s Fashion Night Out 2010

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We stopped by Fashion Night Out at The Bravern in Bellevue, WA this past Friday and can we just say, wow. Everyone came out decked in their best garb…Louboutins, Chanel bags and coats, over the top fur, even turbans. It was like a kid let loose in the candy shop when we got there. Champagne, hors devours, DJs, Neiman Marcus’ fashion show, nude fitness trainers wearing only paint and their skivvies. We were overwhelmed…we just wanted to take pictures of everyone. The crowds inhibited this a bit, but we were able to capture some great fashion. Here are some of our favorite looks in case you missed the festivities. Our suggestion? Don’t miss it next year. It is a fabulous time, even if it’s just for the eye candy.

2010 Fashion Night Out Seattle: Fur coat and fashion turban

BCBG fur, Jessica Simpson pumps, Fendi bag, Guess dress, vintage turban

Fashion Night Out Seattle: Alexander Wang Dress and Louboutins

Alexander Wang dress, Chanel Quilted Purse, Louboutins

Fashion Night Out Runway Model

Neiman Marcus fashion show model

Fashion Night Out Seattle 2010: Men's Chanel Coat

Chanel coat, H&M jeans, scarf and glasses

Fashion Night Out 2010 Seattle

Left: Elizabeth and James jacket, Nine West shoes, Kooba clutch

Right: Marni boots, Chanel bag

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