Introducing the Emerging Thoughts Loyalty Program

The more money you spend at Emerging Thoughts, the more Emerging Thoughts will give back to you!


Loyalty Program Overview:
You will be automatically enrolled in our loyalty program once you spend $200. This can happen over the course of a year through several purchases. We will mail you a Loyalty Program letter and personalized discount code that is good for 1 year from the time you reached the $200 transaction mark. For example, if you made a $200 purchase on January 4, 2013, you would  remain in the loyalty program until January 4, 2014.  See example above.

For example: if you spend $50 on January 1, $50 on February 1, $50 on February 15 and $50 on March 1, then you become a Loyalty member on March 1 2013 - March 1 2014.  You will be able to use this code for all future orders placed while you are a loyalty member. You will also receive more perks as your spending increases. In essence, the more you spend, the better the perks.

The Loyalty Tiers:
-Spend $200 and you will receive a personalized loyalty and discount card eligible for all orders placed while you are in the Loyalty program. At $200 you will also receive a gift on your birthday.

- Spend $400 and you will receive the items from the $200 tier. You will also receive one gift each season for the remainder of your qualifying year. 

- Spend $800 and you will receive all items from the $200 tier plus one gift each month (as opposed to each season) for the remainder of your qualifying year.

- Spend over $1000 and you will receive all items in the above tiers  but your monthly gift will be a "special"  upgraded gift each month for the remainder of your qualifying year.


DETAILS:
Emerging Thoughts must be notified of any change of address, or if you would like to opt out of the program at any time.
A purchase must be made within 4 months of the last qualifying purchase or you will remain in the previous tier for the duration of the year.
You can always start on a higher tier based on your purchases. For example, if you spend $400 in one order, you will remain on that tier for duration of your Loyalty year with the same 4 month  rule applying for a tier upgrade.





25% off store wide with code "SLEIGHBELLS". Now until Christmas Eve.  


Merry Christmas!!

On the 18th day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Eighteen: Take 18% off all orders.  Just enter
"EIGHTEEN" at checkout.



On the Seventeenth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me... 
Day Seventeen:  17% off on all Sugarhill Boutique.  Just enter
 "SEVENTEEN" at checkout.

 
On the Sixteenth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Sixteen: Take 16% off all orders.  Just enter
"SIXTEEN" at checkout.

On the Fifteenth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Fifteen: Take $30 off all orders > $150.  Just enter
"FIFTEEN" at checkout.

On the Fourteenth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Fourteen: Take 25% off all orders > $200 Just enter
"FOURTEEN" at checkout.

On the Thirteen day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Thirteen: We're sending you a surprise! The only clue is that it'll be excellent.  Just enter
"Thirteen" at checkout.

On the Twelfth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Twelve: It's 12/12/12! Take 12% off store wide.  Just enter
"Yikes" at checkout.

On the Eleventh day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Eleven:
Buy the Dusen Dusen silk stripe dress and receive a complimentary pair of magic tights. Just enter the code "Eleven" at checkout.

On the Tenth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Ten:
Take an extra 20% off all handbags. Just enter the code "Ten" at checkout.
On the ninth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Nine: Happy Hannukah! We hope you have 8 days filled with love and happiness.  To celebrate, we're offering 20% off store wide with code "LIGHTS".  Ends Sunday at Midnight.

On the eighth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Eight: Take an extra 20% off all Dusen Dusen items. Just enter the code "Eight" at checkout.

On the seventh day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Seven: Take an extra 20% off all Dear Creatures items. Just enter the code "Seven" at checkout.

On the sixth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Six: Take an extra 25% off all Beatrice Holloway items. Just enter the code "Six" at checkout.

On the fifth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Five: Take $50 off all orders > $200. Just enter the code "FIVE" at checkout.
On the fourth day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Four: Spend $75 and receive a $20 gift certificate towards your next order. Just enter the code "FOUR" at checkout.
On the third day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Three: Spend $75 and we will include a complimentary Sea of Bees fox ring. Just enter the code "THREE" at checkout.




On the second day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Day Two: Spend $150 and we will include a complimentary amethyst cluster necklace. Just enter the code 'TWO' at checkout.








On the first day of December, Emerging Thoughts gave to me...

Throughout the month of December, we want to show our customers how grateful we are, and what better way to show our appreciation than 25 deals for 25 days. Check daily, because each day will bring something new! So start knocking some people off of your Christmas list or maybe pick up a little something for yourself. Hurry, the code will only last 24 hours! Who knows, maybe we'll throw in a partridge in a pear tree. 


Day One: Take $15 off all overs > $75. Just enter the code 'ONE' at checkout.



Small Business Saturday: Designers

 

We asked five designers to tell us why they support Small Business Saturday (today!).

 

Postlapsaria: When you support small businesses, you're supporting entrepreneurship - and that's the fundamental basis of the American Dream. With large corporations outsourcing so many jobs, we need small businesses more than ever - they keep our economy afloat and our citizens employed. Support small and local businesses and keep the American Dream alive.

Dear Creatures: Not all big corporations can tailor to your individual taste.  In general mass retailers are reluctant to take chances in design and new ideas so it's important to support independent designers who can cater to a more niche market of people who want something unique and different.

Hansel from Basel:
what would we be without small businesses? we would lack creativity, independence, and an identity all together! that would be so sad...our socks would all be black and grey. 


Snoozer Loser:  Supporting small businesses is supporting product diversity.

Sea of Bees:
When you support a small business you are not only supporting an independent entity but a dream backed by hours, months, (even years) of dedicated hard work, unruly passion and unique ideas in a civilized world where mass produced ideas reign and individualism is easily overshadowed, often lost. When you support small businesses you are supporting art, culture, a movement, independent ideas, a story, the hardworking man (or woman), and not waste, excess and overall corporate greed. Support the dream, support small.




Giving Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving! Here are 10 things that we'e grateful for:

1. All of our customers, new and old. Since we are a small business, we have very little money for advertising, and we rely solely on word of mouth. We are so incredibly grateful for everyone who has a great experience and then shares emerging thoughts with their friends. This has been our most successful year in business, and each month is better than the next.  Thank you x 500,000,000 for helping us grow.

2. Our designers. We love working with independent and emerging designers. We are so passionate about exposing their work and making it available to the public. To us, it is so meaningful to have one of these unique pieces in your wardrobe. 


3. Robyn. Inevitably, when working 18 hour days (which during the holidays is necessary), we need to keep our energy up. Midnight office dance parties are vital to our well-being. Play “Dancing on my Own,” and try to stay seated. We dare you. 


4. Fleetwood Mac. Inevitably when working 18 hour days (which during the holidays is necessary), we sometimes need to cry.  And when we do, Rumours is on repeat. In all honesty, midnight crying sessions to Fleetwood Mac are pretty cathartic.

5. Pinterest. What do vintage Balenciaga, donuts, glitter walls, and Dan Mountford photography have in common? They were pinned mere minutes apart and eclectically assembled on our boards. Basically, it's our favorite website to waste time on. Tell us your pinterest account so we can follow you. Let's waste time together.


6. Glitter. It’s so easy to get sucked into the mundanity of everyday life, and dreary city winters don’t help. Sparkle is a surefire way to perk up any case of the doldrums in our office, and it’s rare to catch one of us without a touch of bedazzle here and there. Seriously, one of our staff layers Druze necklaces like it’s her job, which in a way, it is.


7. Paris Is Burning. This is still the most quotable movie in our office. If you haven't watched it, watch now.
Two words: Drag Realness.

8. All of our friends that have helped us this past year.  Emerging Thoughts would not be where it is today if it weren’t for all of our friends who have helped with social media, especially Keiko (read more) Katie, Diana, and all of the bloggers we've worked with this year. Thank you to everyone who makes us laugh on twitter and our customers who are now friends. We've met a lot of really wonderful people via our 6 years in business and we're incredibly grateful to have them in our lives. A special thanks to our *gasp* offline friends and family who keep us (fairly) sane.

9. The staff (written by Lauren): Thank you to our hard working staff. We are lucky to have a fun and exciting working environment, but it's occasionally filled with printer jam meltdowns. Thanks to my web designer for keeping his cool when we call him at 2am because we need help editing photos. Thanks to my office staff for always playing it cool, even when I make them listen to R Kelly's Trapped In The Closet all day. I am incredibly lucky to have such a creatively talented, hardworking and stand-up team.


10. Humility. Because at the end of the day, if you can’t laugh at yourself, what do you really have?



Small Business Saturday!!!



We asked a few of our favorite bloggers to tell us why they support Small Business Saturday (November 24th!) and why you should, too.




Kaelah of honeybeeinthecity
"It's important to support small businesses because for most 'Mom and Pop' shop owners, it's about the experience of selling and interacting with the consumer. Small biz owners are driven by the love of sharing emerging talent, advocating for a better shopping experience and for growing organically as opposed to just being money-hungry in the mass-market game. The experience is always unique so it's more interesting than the robotic and somewhat-anonymous consumerism you see with large chain-retailers."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item
Dear Creatures Charlotte coat








Diana of ourcitylights
"Shopping locally benefits not only the small business but you the shopper because you're putting money back into your community. Also, you can live in your neighborhood for months and not realize the treasures your area has."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item
"I really like the bee hair clips. I remember in college they said when women wore bee images, it gave off a visual sense of power. I think that's how Oprah got started, wearing those exact bee clips."





Arabelle of fashionpirate

"Small business owners care personally about the brands they sell, the service is friendly and it's supporting your friends and talented artisans."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item
"I wear this skirt year round, it's gotten so much life as a layering piece with dresses. I don't wear denim very often but this is great because of the cut and pattern."














Magali of Magalic
"I like buying from small businesses because it's a lovely feeling knowing that something you bought was created by another person just like you. I'm a big advocate of following your passion and I enjoy supporting people that do."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item 






Meagan of Latterstyle
"Supporting a local business isn't just about helping your local economy, though that's certainly a good thing. I think, on a much broader level, it speaks to heart of what makes America great - that anyone with an idea and drive can work for themselves. That's not jingoism, it's an important American value! I love Emerging Thoughts for its edit of timeless pieces from designers who themselves run a small business."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item 
Ombre tights












Melissa of bubbyandbean
"As a small business owner myself, I try to show small business support as much as I can throughout the year. But during the holiday season, I shop almost exclusively with small and independent companies because I'm able to give my friends and family unique gifts made with love. Small businesses also return more of each dollar into the local economy and provide more new jobs than large chain stores, so it's a way to help the economy grow. AND shopping small means getting higher quality products and better customer service. Woot!"

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item
"This dress would be the perfect piece to wear to my husband's band's New Year's Eve show!"








Bianca of avantblargh
"This year, I'm starting my resolutions early by supporting small businesses like Emerging Thoughts. With awesome pieces like the Endless Bummer tote, I know I'll be the coolest girl in my hood."

Favorite Emerging Thoughts item

Emerging Thoughts of the Week




Emerging Thoughts of the Week is a weekly collection of stuff that inspired our staff. This week we loved:
Champagne truffles
Glitter + champagne + chocolate


Cotton candy man
Our favorite delivery of the week. 5 in every color, please.


Dahlias
These structural flowers are so delicate and beautiful. We love how they inspired the Dahlia Bed Jacket by Postlapsaria in our shop:

Dahlia Bed Jacket
Alexandra Valenti's photography
Her pictures are vibrant and dream-like. One of our staffers has this picture above her desk and we love it!

"Usually" by Trashcan Sinatras

Latest song addiction.

What inspired you this week?

5 questions with Meghan Lorenz

5 questions with Cities in Dust designer Meghan Lorenz:
1) How did you become a jewelry designer?
I've always been interested in doing my own thing, and for a short period of time I had a little business doing window displays and visual merchandising. During that time a friend and I (now called Shikama Jewelry) were collaborating on a project called Aragon Jewelry. We made a bunch of fun little series of necklaces and earrings and sold them online and locally. Sarah Shikama and I decided to split up and start our own collections, and Cities In Dust was born. I've always had a lot of ideas for pieces I've wanted to wear or own, and that is where my initial designs came from. I had a collection of sketches and images of inspiration that had been accumulating for a long time. That is where my first collection: Spellbound came from. 

2) Why is it important to support independent designers?
I personally am a huge advocate of shopping independent designers. I feel it's just the right thing to do.  I think quality control is much more attainable at an independent level. I think of it as an investment versus an impulse splurge.  I'm a big supporter of indie designers and the arts in general. 

3) Cities in Dust is a song by Siouxsie and the Banshees.  Is music a big influence on your design process?
Music has always been a big inspiration to me. The song Cities in Dust is about Pompeii. My first collection: Spellbound contained a couples pieces with lava. It seemed appropriate to tie the two variables together, but more specifically what inspired me about the song was the music video, and Siouxsie Sioux herself. I'm very much inspired by people and their personal style. I love documentaries and I love biographies. I think people are the absolute most fascinating thing on earth. But back to music, when I was a kid I used to listen to a new favorite song over and over. Almost to the point of embarrassment. As an adult I find if I'm in the zone listening to a particular song I do the same thing. I remember reading the booklet inside of Royal Tenenbaums Soundtrack and Wes Anderson said he did the same thing. It made me feel less bad for nearly ruining every song I love. For me music is definitely the best way to get into a grove. 

4) Where do you see Cities in Dust in 2017?
5 years from now I hope to see my line has seriously evolved. I hope to continue enhancing my metalsmithing skills. I hope to possibly branch out into alternative accessories, and collaborate with other designers and artists. Fingers crossed. 

5) Do you have any hidden talents?
In 94 MTV hosted a strange show called Oddville. I believe it only lasted about 1 season, but it was the summer before 5th grade and I was totally into it. Basically a bunch of people had about a 2 minute cameo performing weird hidden talents. Through Oddville I've adopted an array of sound effects. My claim to fame is a Car Alarm, but that's all I've got. 

Pinterest contest: My Favorite Book




It's time we finally embrace Pinterest! We're kicking things off by hosting a Pinterest contest, combining our favorite clothing with old school literature! The prize is a $50 gift certificate on Emerging Thoughts, and the rules are pretty simple:
  1. Create a Pinterest board inspired by your favorite book. Think of the characters, the setting, representative objects, but also dress style. Name the board "Emerging Thoughts: My Favorite Book". Make sure you mention the title of the book in the description of your board. 
  2. Follow Emerging Thoughts on Pinterest.
  3. Tag each pin with the hashtag #emergingthoughts. 
  4. Make sure you include at least 3 items from emergingthoughts.com in your board.
  5. Leave the link to your board as a comment below. 
Our favorite board will win the gift card! We'll consider the overall aesthetic and creativity of your board. You can submit your comment until May 20th, and the winner will be announced the next day, here on the blog.

If you don't have a Pinterest account and you need an invitation, email lauren@emergingthoughts.com and we'll send you one asap!


Dear Creatures & Coury Combs

Dear Creatures classic inspired line combines old with contemporary new, creating a unique staple. Their pieces are always timeless. Coury Combs of fancytreehouse is the perfect blogger to model the Spring line. Her doll like appearance and love for pretty clothing makes this the perfect collaboration.

Here's a little Q/A with Coury:

When did you start blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog? I have been blogging for over 10 years now. I've been on livejournal, myspace, xanga, and now blogspot. I only started style blogging almost 2 years ago, in September 2010. It felt like a natural way to document my life and I just have a lot of fun doing it.

How would you define style? Style is something that is inherently in us. I think we all have style, it just might be hard to find it sometimes. It takes some inspiration and a lot of confidence to wear exactly what you want to wear and feel comfortable in it.

Why do you like Dear Creatures? Dear Creatures always makes my favorite girlie pieces. Every single season. I just love the sweet details and how well made and well priced the line is. Dream line!

Which were your favorite pieces? So hard! There's definitely a lot to love about all of them but if I had to choose I would say the Bow back dress. I am just a big fat sucker for anything with a large bow on it! :)

Why do you think it's important to support independent designers? Independent designers put everything they have into their designs. It means more to them so the quality is usually better and one of the best things is that there aren't as many of these pieces in production so there is a better chance of being unique.

You also have your own online vintage shop. Yes, I have been selling vintage and reworked pieces for almost 4 years now. I get so much joy from it and it makes me so happy to see the new owner enjoying the piece that wouldn't have made it into their closet otherwise!

Dusen Dusen meets Fashion Pirate

I have been obsessed with Brooklyn based Dusen Dusen since the brand first launched. The prints are killer and the cuts are perfect. Who knew that bugs could look so cute? There's no better blogger to pair Dusen Dusen with than one of the coolest girls, Arabelle Sirardi, from fashionpirate.net.

Here's a little Q&A with Arabelle:

How long have you been blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog?
More than 4 years now, my 4th anniversary was this January. I started mine because I needed somewhere to record my fascination with fashion.

Are you surprised by the success and popularity of your blog?

Yeah it weirds me out sometimes. I'm lucky.

How would you define "style"?
Tangible personality.
What are you studying in college?
Gender Studies & Journalism.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don't know, hopefully I'll be working in the beauty industry. I try not to think too far ahead because I get caught up. I'm just doing what I want right now and hopefully this stuff will lead to further opportunities.

Which are your favorite Dusen Dusen pieces?
The insect collared dress and the denim dress, definitely. BUGS EVERYWHERE.

Why do you think it's important to support independent designers?
Because the entire system is working against them. It's very easy to come out of Parsons or FIT or what have you and just get swept up into a larger house and never even set up your own brand even though that's what you may have worked for your entire college life at design school (if you even went). It's very cut throat and if you aren't lucky enough to get backing by a major magazine or picked up by the CFDA or what have you, you have so little chance of succeeding even though you may have the talent and vision that others who were luckier don't have.

Favorite music? Are you still K-POP's number 1 fan?
Yeah, right now I'm listening to Hot Clip and GDTOP and Block B like, religiously haha. My top plays on iTunes are Azealia Banks, Beyonce, and korean hip hop. Diva music.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can curse in 10 languages? Does that count? I'm pretty useless. I mean I can climb things really, really fast...I used to pretend I was an elf when I was little so I had a lot of practice climbing trees.

Blogger/Model collaboration

I am really excited about the new way that we are going to model the clothing in my boutique. Going forward, my favorite fashion bloggers will be modeling the pieces. This will be a great way to have an already close community supporting each other, and that is essentially the spirit of Emerging Thoughts To start things off, Beatrice Holloway will be modeled by Katie Shelton of skunkboycreatures.blogspot.com/

I chose Katie because her style represents Beatrice Holloway's sweet and feminine knit pieces.

Here's a little Q&A with Katie:

How long have you been blogging? Why did you decide to start a blog?
I have been blogging for about 4 years, but only seriously for a little over 2 years. I originally started blogging as a way to share different bits and pieces of my handmade business, but it has grown into something so much more. Now I share about my life, music I love, outfits I wear, my kids, and DIYs.

You also own your own small business Skunkboy Creatures. Why is it important to support small businesses like ours?
I'm all about supporting small businesses. As someone who runs their own handmade shop, I know what kind of work goes into starting, growing, and maintaining a business. It is a true labor of love and I want to help support others with the same dream.

How would you define your style?
My style is very girly and feminine. I love a great dress. Actually, there aren't a lot of things better than a really great/wearable dress. I'm totally smitten with and inspired by fashion from the 60s and some of the 70s.

Which are your favorite Beatrice Holloway pieces?
Easy: the Made in the Dark blouse, the Flounce Dress, and the Coltrane Dress.

Favorite bands? Which are your favorite records?
Three of my favorite bands/albums right now are Sam Roberts' Collider, Dr. Dog's Be the Void, and St. Vincent's Strange Mercy.

Where Is My Mind: Packing Orders



About 99% of the orders that we send out are perfect. I take so much pride in making sure my customers are taken care of. While it's rare, we've had a few cringe worthy moments where I ask myself, where is my mind? In no particular order here are a few of my favorite blunders that were too ridiculous not to share:


1. Yesterday, I inadvertently included my apartment keys in an order. I packed and sent out over a dozen orders, so it's tough to figure out who's going to receive them. Maybe you will be the lucky recipient!

2. Up until a year ago I co-owned an online children's department store and emergingthoughts was just a side business. I would work a 9am to 7pm job in the New Jersey department store, then come home to work on emergingthoughts. To better manage my time I started shipping the emergingthoughts orders from the New Jersey office. One day I received an email from a distraught mother. This is where things get weird. The package was addressed to her daughter and when she opened it she found baby bottles and pacifiers. The mother was freaking out because she assumed her teenage daughter was secretly pregnant. It took me about an hour to realize that I had commingled the emergingthoughts orders with the childrens' department store orders, and that her daughter actually ordered a Snoozer Loser dress. Yikes. Luckily we were both able to laugh it off.

3. 10 months ago I accidentally sent 5 separate orders to the same person. I’m not sure how this happened and I think it’s best left that way.

4. This one wasn't my fault but fits among the tales of emergingthoughts bloopers:

I used to also have all emergingthoughts packages be delivered to the New Jersey department store as I previously mentioned. So, after we were vendors at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival in 2010, I had all of the remaining merchandise shipped from Chicago to the New Jersey store. Apparently, no one at the department store knew about my side business, and even though the boxes were addressed to me, they opened them without my approval. One morning as I walked to my office, I passed by the sales floor and to my amazement an employee had priced and put out my entire collection of women's clothing on the sales floor, next to baby onesies. This is a children's department store mind you. I seriously can't remember the last time I felt so shocked.

I'm sure customers rarely wonder about the little problems that occur with small businesses. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed a few embarrassing mishaps. Fear not, if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of a blunder extra goodies will be coming your way.

Sea of Bees Jewelry Guest Post

Hey everyone! Its such a pleasure to be a guest post on the Emerging Thoughts Blog! Let me introduce myself: My name is Stephanie, I'm an artist based in Orlando, Florida, but you may know me better as the lady behind Sea of Bees Jewelry. Before starting Sea of Bees I worked as graphic designer at a fast paced visual design firm where I felt like I was squandering my creative juices on projects with short turnarounds and limited imaginations. Having been a creative hands on artist since I was a child and wasn't happy until I was working or thinking up my next production. After a few years of working in fast paced design, going back to art was a natural migration. After creating small sculptures of birds and other woodland animals I could see in the woods of my back porch, I decided to subsequently incorporate the pieces into jewelry designs and create pieces that I've always longed to wear.

Biggest Inspirations for the Jewelry Lines:
Flora and fauna have always been one of my biggest inspirations as well as ornate realism and vintage kitsch. Personally, I have always been a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci's intricate futuristic pieces for that very reason; he took to nature as his artistic inspiration and developed a style uniquely his own. Another more modern artist I admire is Lindsey Carr, her art work is a very ornate modern interpretation of a very beautiful vintage style. I strive to combine woodland nature with ornate vintage flair, which was my how the idea for the woodland fantasy line got started.

The basis of the new Lux Frontier collection is a more evolutionary geometric / abstract style with a modern approach to elements found in nature and space. The new work under the Lux Frontier Line “galactic in nature” features hip, edgy and modern statement pieces that head into a new metaphysical direction, an appreciation for an interpretative study of and how these elements coexist happily in nature.

I am so happy to be apart of Emerging Thoughts because its an incredible online powerhouse that showcases whats amazing about up and coming talent and handmade work.

One of the newest pieces coming to the shop is the the “Day and Night” statement necklace. The necklace is intended to have dual wear, making it the most versatile piece in your wardrobe! The necklace features color on one side and full golden brass on the back, just flip to match your occasion whether fun or elegant- it's got you covered! To see whats in stock click here!

Stay tuned for pieces of our new collection in the shop soon!