Stores like Touch of Modern

Have you heard the buzz about Touch of Modern? I feel like it's all I see on the interwebs. It has become one of my first stops when I need a gift for one of the men in my life. When it first opened it was more decor and architecture, but it has grown to include fashion and watches and cufflinks and lots of different sales.

Anyway, see below for a number of stores and sources that are like Touch of Modern. Also, I should mention that I support this blog through some of the links below, but wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them!

Happy shopping!

Stores like Jack Wills

"Fabulously British" is the tagline for preppy store Jack Wills, and for good reason. The pastels, chinos, stripes, and floral patterns are fantastic for jumping into Spring--or for reading the gossip pages about whether Prince Harry and Emma Watson are really going out on a date. Plus, even though it is British, you can get great deals on shipping and our globalized world it's so easy to shop there. 

Here are some stores and sources that are like Jack Wills! In full disclosure I'm affiliated with some of these stores and sources but I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them!
  • J. Crew: Also wonderfully preppy, J. Crew is a great American staple. I really do love them for Spring.
  • Lacoste: This store makes me me want to buy a boat it's so preppy. Seriously though, I love their beachy style and the way it translates into land life as well.
  • Vineyard Vines: Especially their clothes for women are fantastic.
  • Loft: For most of my professional wardrobe, I rely on Loft. I love the way their clothes fit.
  • Gap: All-American and so adorable, Gap is a long-standing staple for those who like the more preppy, structured look.
  • Old Navy: Owned by the same company as Gap, Old Navy has updated fresh style at affordable prices.
  • Madewell: Well-structured clothing that you can count on over the long term. I love Madewell's effortless looks on the weekend.
  • Banana Republic: The other part of my work wardrobe is composed of Banana Republic clothing.
  • Land's End: Not just for your mother's summer vacation wardrobe any more, Land's End has great clothe for men, women, and children.
  • Ralph Lauren: Perfect for the urbanite who longs for the country, Ralph Lauren has that really classic look.
  • The Limited: While it may have receded slightly from the limelight, The Limited is still alive and well, and has great sales.
  • Tommy Hilfiger: I love the way that Tommy Hilfiger has reinvented itself over the past few years. No longer is it just deep blues, reds, and whites--it has an expanded and fantastic color palette.
  • Free People: Slightly more whimsical than Jack Wills, but still wonderfully structured and fabulously fashionable, Free People is one of my favorites.
Happy shopping!

Stores Like Accessorize

It was in London more than a decade ago that I fell in love with Accessorize on a trip. Having grown up in the US my accessories store was Claire's, and I found Accessorize to be much classier, and with a wider variety of things. Now it's located in the US as well (in the mall closest to me, actually!), and I love going there to look at what they have.

Here are a few stores that are like Accessorize. Some of these are stores that I'm affiliated with to help support my blog, but I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them.

  • Claire’s, like I mentioned, is the accessories staple that I grew up with. It followed me to prom and to many many college social dances.
  • Icing tends to be the most like Accessorize, I suppose. They have ear piercing services there as well.
  • Charming Charlie is ridiculous in terms of its selection, and if you go there don't say I didn't warn you if you end up getting lost.
  • Sam Moon is an online store as well as a giant warehouse in Texas with unbeatable prices.
  • H&M has some great jewelry if you're willing to wade through the chaos to browse there.
  • Forever 21 has a fairly good stock of jewelry again if you're willing to wade through chaos. And many end up being on sale.
  • Limited has a really nice jewelry selection, many of which go with professional clothes, which is much needed from my perspective.
  • Express is my go-to when I need professional jewelry.
Happy shopping!

Stores like Marshalls

I've previously written about stores that are like discount store T.J.Maxx, but I can't believe I've never written about stores like Marshalls! It's one of my go-to stores for discount clothes, but there's one complaint I have with them, and that is that they don't have an online presence. So when it comes to shopping from my couch, there are a few other online shops and stores that I gravitate towards.

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments! Oh and I should mention just like I did when I wrote the post on T.J.Maxx that I'm associated with some of the links below, but wouldn't recommend them if I didn't absolutely love them. And frankly, it's not all of them--just a few. Hope you enjoy.

Nordstrom Rack is a store I really like for professional clothes. And they have a great online selection.

Joss & Main is one I adore for home decor.

One Kings Lane is also one I like for stuff for the home.

Cost Plus World Market is my go-to for interesting and unique stuff from around the world.

Ross, similarly to Marshalls, has a huge selection of things that people didn't want when they were in the major designers' stores.

T.J.Maxx needs no explanation, but I will say I really like going there for interesting dresses.

HomeGoods is home stuff.

Dot&Bo has really fun and funky furniture sold at a discount

Gilt has clothes worthy of your mom's fancy holiday meal or lounging around at home when you still want to look good.

Everlane has really simple, elegant design.

Ideel is top designers up to 70 percent off.

Touch of Modern has, again, some of the top designers but they discount everything. It's great especially for men's clothes.

Fab has awesome (and sometimes hilarious) gifts and home goods.

Don't forget the sale sections of:
Happy shopping!

P.S. Photo credit: Dana Robinson @ Flickr

Stores Like Land of Nod

Land of Nod has such an amazing inventory that I could just get lost in. They have furniture, bedding, toys, and more, and I love looking through their catalog when it comes in the mail. They always so inspire me.

Buuuuuuut they're a little pricey. I'm in love with their stuff, but can't always afford it and or there are sometimes thing that I want beyond Land of Nod. So here's a list of stores like Land of Nod that sell furniture, bedding, toys, and more. Oh and I should mention that I'm affiliated with one or two of the links on this list, but wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them.

  • Restoration Hardware Baby and Child is something I just learned about. But I love Restoration Hardware and I love kids' decor, so what could be better?
  • Amazon is the source for just about everything, and they have a subscribe and save program for moms that is super great.
  • Ikea has very sweet furnishings and toys, and I always recommend it to my friends who are starting out furnishing a kids' room.
  • Pottery Barn Kids is the same Pottery Barn style, but scaled down for childrens' rooms. I once spent hours in there with my little niece, and really recommend it.
  • Target has some nice furniture and decor ideas for kids. You could totally get lost there looking through their kids section.
  • Garnet Hill Kids is the same high-quality Garnet Hill style for bedding and bath, but made specifically for children.
  • Company Kids is a store run by the Company Store that is geared just for kids.
  • Rooms to Go Kids is just what it sounds like--a one-stop shop for decor for kids' rooms.
  • The Children's Place is more clothing than furniture, but they do have some decor that I would recommend having a look at.

Happy shopping!

Stores Like Pottery Barn Kids

I have a niece who is the most adorable thing in the world, and she has a distinctive sense of style. When she was two years old (TWO!), she was impatient at a restaurant we went to. Rather than make everyone quickly finish their meals, I took her to a Pottery Barn Kids. No joke, she and I were in there for a full hour, and she was as happy as a clam. She kept picking out furniture for her room.

I don't have babies myself, but because of her I love decor. If you're looking for stores like Pottery Barn Kids, this list might get you started. I should let you know that I'm affiliated with a couple (not many) of the sources on this list, but I certainly wouldn't suggest them if I wasn't a ginormous fan. And feel free to suggest more stores and sources in the comments below.
  • Amazon has a huge range of items, from furniture to diaper changing station essentials and beyond. Basically, if you need it, Amazon has it. Plus, they have the fastest shipping this side of the Mississippi (whichever side you happen to be on).
  • Ikea cannot be ignored on any list of stores that carry children's furniture. I love how simple and low-cost their selection is.
  • Restoration Hardware Baby and Child is something I just learned about. Restoration Hardware? Love. Babies and children? Love. What could go wrong here? Nothing, my friends. Nothing.
  • Land of Nod has a lovely selection of furniture. I especially love their beds and sheets.
  • Company Kids is the kids' version of The Company Store, a classic furniture store for adults. Their kids section is lovely.
  • Garnet Hill Kids has really fun bedding, of the same great Garnet Hill quality.
  • Target is also a place you can go to find anything. Anything. Anything. And everything you ever knew you didn't want.
  • Rooms to Go Kids is a great budget source, and has everything you need for kids' rooms.
Happy shopping!

Stores Like Warby Parker

I just got glasses for the very first time. FROM AN ONLINE STORE. This blew my mind, actually. It was driven by necessity. My optometrist's featured glasses were ridiculously priced--like $200 over what my insurance was willing to pay. Warby Parker came to the rescue. Their whole process was so incredibly easy. I picked out glasses that I liked, they sent them to me in a sweet little box, I figured out the ones that I liked from the box, and then they did all the work of calling my optometrist and breaking the news to his very nice salespeople that I would not be buying their overpriced glasses.

I love Warby Parker, and would highly recommend them. But true confession: I also undertook this same process with two other companies on this list, and they similarly had great customer service and I loved the glasses (I tried Classic Specs and Fetch, if you must know). I just liked the Warby Parker ones the best, which is why I went with them.

The prices of these are generally under $100 for a pair (and often way cheaper), which is a far cry from the optometrist prices.

Anyway, here's a list of online glasses stores like Warby Parker. I haven't tried all of them, but I really do like all of them. And I should tell you that I'm affiliated with a few of these (but not all of them), so if you end up buying some glasses, double bonus: you're supporting this blog, and I am so grateful!

  • BonLook is a highly curated source, with about 30 styles of European-inspired glasses. Plus, they donate a portion of their profits to Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program.
  • Lookmatic has a really nice virtual try-on feature, and I love that they started with a truly hipster soul.
  • Classic Specs are a true Brooklyn brand, with the address and presence at the Brooklyn flea to prove it.
  • Mezzmer thinks glasses make you look smarter and more creative. They were started just this year, and while I haven't tried them I do like their start up story.
  • Eyefly is like Bluefly but for your eyes. Enough said.
  • Collins Bridge is fairly "fashion forward." It's named for the bridge over their headquarters in Miami.
  • Eyebobs is so sweet. Sounds like a British firm, doesn't it? But it's not--they're from Minneapolis. And while they don't do at-home try on, they do have a presence in New York City.
  • The Monocle Order is for people who see glasses as art. They're an exclusive, members-only store. Let me know if you try them.
  • Tortoise and Blonde donates to Eye Care 4 Kids with their profits, and they are nothing if not consistent. They have two new lines that they release every year, and they are classic.
  • Fetch donates its profits to animal glasses. Just kidding. Actually, they donate profits to animal care and rescue. Again, great virtual try-on system, and I love the colors they offer.

Happy shopping!