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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happening Now: Jewels+Mints New Year's Eve Mints Collection Bash & Giveaway!

Who's Invited: Everyone!
What: Celebrate JewelMint's & StyleMint's December Collections and the launch of ShoeMint in a live chat hosted on JewelsAndMints.com, StyleAndMints.com, BeautyAndMints.com, and ShoesAndMints.com!
When: Saturday, December 31st, 2011 from 10pm - 12:30am PST
Where: Same chat modules will be posted live on all four blogs!
Giveaways: Prizes will be given away to chat participants throughout the party! JewelMint giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Promo codes are valid for all U.S. and Canadian residents. Winners will be announced and chosen at random during the party! Please note that only 100 participants can join the chat at any given time. You will be able to view the chat until someone leaves a new spot opens if we hit the 100+ mark.

*You may log into the chat using your Facebook or Twitter account. The chat has a limit of 100 participants at any given time. If the chat fills up, you can still follow along with the conversation, but you will not be able to join until someone leaves. Thanks.

Please note that fowl language and just plain rudeness will not be tolerated and you could be blocked.

Message in a Bottle Pendant
Heart of Clove Bracelet
Flabella Earrings
Smooth Sailing Necklace
Parisian Dream Earrings
Lucky Charms Pin
Casablanca Necklace
Call to Arms Bracelet
Wing It Earrings
Plume Divine Necklace
Spellbound Earrings
Lady Luck Rings
Madison Avenue Ring

Mercer Henley T
Harlem T
Broadway T Dress
Georgia T
Benson Water Cardi
Lexi Mini Skirt 

Jolly (Black Suede)

Tonight!!! LIVE New Years Mint Collections Bash 10pm-12:30am PST | JewelMint Giveaways, etc!

Tonight: New Year's Eve 2011 Mint Collections Bash!
When: Tonight - Saturday, December 31, 2011 from 10pm - 12:30am PST!
Where: Log on here via Twitter or Facebook to join the chat LIVE here! Up to spots are available in the chat at any given time. If the chat gets full, you will be able to join as soon as a spot frees up.
Giveaways: Join in for a chance to win JewelMint, etc. during the course of the night!

See you tonight starting at 10pm PST!

, Lily

Thursday, December 29, 2011

JewelMint Mail: New Members Get 70% Off - Best Offer this Year + Existing Members $19.99 Any Piece!

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New Members:
Get 70% off your first piece using JewelMint Promo Code: XMAS70
Expires 12/29/11 at 11:59pm PST. Not valid on Prestige Collection, Daily Deal bundles, or the AdornMint Jewelry Box.

Existing Members:
Get any piece for only $19.99 using JewelMint Promo Code: ANY1999
Expires 12/31/11 at 11:59pm PST. Some restrictions apply.

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Private JewelMint Sale Going On Now! Unlimited Pieces For Only $19.99 Each!

Photo: JewelMint

It's the end of the year and major sales are popping up left and right including one totally awesome JewelMint Private Sale going on right now over on Facebook!

Click here to check out all the pieces that are all currently only $19.99 each! The best part? You can buy as many pieces at this price as you wish - no limit!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. What?! StyleMint too? Read all about it over at StyleAndMints.com!

A Perfect New Year's Combination: JewelMint's Petit Coeur Necklace + ShoeMint's Edith in Blush (Refashioned)!

Two of the best things in the entire world: jewelry + shoes! I got some Mint-Spiration from Cher Coulter's jewelry and shoe creation from this StyleCaster photoshoot with Kate Bosworth as seen here!

As you can see, I've refashioned JewelMint's Petite Coeur Necklace by adding it as a cute little charm on the buckle of my brand new ShoeMint Edith's in Blush Suede!

Check out the rest of the photos and a review of ShoeMint's Edith in Blush (Refashioned) over at Shoes+Mints!

xoxo, Lily

Monday, December 26, 2011

FabFitFun: The EleMint of Surprise JewelMint Mystery Bag!

While JewelMint's newest WonderMint Mystery Bag made it's huge debut earlier today, I thought I'd still mention this offer I found over at FabFitFun.com featuring their very own FFF JewelMint Mystery Bag. Like WonderMint, this bag is available through tomorrow (12/27) until 11:59pm PST.

Click here to check out the FFF Mystery Bag now!

The details:
This New Year, grab a WonderMint Mystery bag and resolve to welcome 2012 as the most fabulous version of yourself! Complete with at least 2 best-selling JewelMint pieces, plus StyleMint, ShoeMint and BeautyMint coupons and special Mystery Bonus Prizes, you'll savor the surprise packed in every bag! Why not buy one…or two, or three?

Wear this with: A fabulously, festive New Year's Eve frock!
Perfect for: A foot-popping, heart-racing kiss at midnight.
Inspired by: All that glitters this year and the next!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. The WonderMint Bag offers the possibility of up to $700 in each bag + a chance at a $2,000 Apple shopping spree.

WhoWhatWear.com JewelMint Deals: Existing Members 20% Off + New Members Buy 1, Get 1 Free!

Existing Members: 
Get 20% off any one piece using Promo Code: WEAR

New Members: 
Buy 1 Piece, Get 1 Free using Promo Code: WWWJM

All promo codes are valid now through December 31st, 2011!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

JewelMint Mail: Get the New Year Mystery Bag - At Least 2 Pieces Per Bag (up to $700 in Each Bag) + Grand Prize: $2,000 Apple Shopping Spree!

Photo: JewelMint

The holy grail of all JewelMint Mystery bags are here! For the next 48 hours, you may purchase as many JewelMint WonderMint Mystery Bags your heart desires! No promo code is necessary to get this deal!

Click here to get your JewelMint WonderMint Mystery Bag now!

Each bag will include the following:
  • 2 Mystery JewelMint pieces
  • Up to $700 worth of gifts in each bag that may include the following: Amazon Kindle Fire; iPod Nano; StyleMint, BeautyMint, and ShoeMint discount codes; or gift cards from Apple, Amazon, Restaurant.com, Rent-the-Runway.com, or Care.com!

Grand Prize: $2,000 Apple shopping spree! Read the fine print below to find out how to enter the contest without purchase.

Here's a look at the fine print:
No exchanges and no refunds. Offer valid beginning at 12:00 am PT on December 26, 2011 and ending at 11:59 pm PT on December 27, 2011 ("offer period"). Purchase any Jewelmint item during the offer period and receive a free surprise gift. Valid on first purchase only. Surprise gifts each valued at $29.99. In addition, you will be entered for a chance to receive 1 Grand Surprise consisting of a $2,000 Apple gift card or one of 20 Bonus Surprise Gifts ranging from a Kindle, iPod Nano, $20 Amazon gift card or $20 iTunes gift card. Limit one free gift per household. May not be combined with any othercoupon, discount or promotional offer. Limited quantities; offer available only while supplies last. Bonus piece of jewelry depends on inventory. Product purchase excludes taxes, shipping and handling. Not valid on previous purchases or purchase of gift certificates or gift cards. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Not valid for employees of Beachmint. Beachmint reserves the right to terminate, cancel or modify this offer at any time. Void where prohibited. Beachmint reserves the right to substitute anyfree item offered with an item of equal or greater value. Other restrictions may apply.

The customer receiving the Grand Surprise Gift and each customer receiving a Bonus Surprise Gift will be required to execute and return an Affidavit and Publicity/Liability Release which will, except to the extent prohibited by applicable law, release Beachmint and its respective officers, directors, employees, agents, members, affiliated companies and subsidiaries, from any and all liability,loss, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury and/or damage, theft, loss, or another harm suffered in connection with this offer whetherdirectly or indirectly from the acceptance, possession, or misuse of any surprise gift or participation in this offer. To be eligible to receive the gift, the affidavit must be received by Jewelmint within 14 days of thedate of notification before such person is presented with the gift.

All costs and expenses not specifically listed above, including, without limitation, sales or use tax, shipping and handling charges to be incurred in connection with the redemption of the surprise gift are the gift recipient's responsibility. Beachmint shall have no responsibility or obligation to any gift recipient who is unable to accept or utilize the surprise gifts described herein.

No purchase necessary. Each entrant may register one (1) time during the Contest Period. Registrations received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit will be void. You may enter the promotion by sending an e-mail to: JMmysterycontest@beachmint.com writing "JewelMint Mystery Bag" in the subject line.

Good luck everyone!!! I hope everyone gets what they've been longing for and more!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. Click here to check out StyleMint's newest WonderMint bag over at StyleAndMints.com!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

JewelMint Xmas Day Offers - Existing Members Buy One Get One for $12 + New Members $8.99 Any Piece!

Photo: JewelMint

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas! While all other stores may be closed today in observance of Christmas Day, this won't stop some of us from taking advantage of today's online Christmas deals for sure!

Existing Members:
Buy 1 piece, get 2nd for only $12 using Promo Code: 12JEWEL
Expires 12/25/11 at 11:59pm PST

New Members: 
Buy any one piece for only $8.99 using Promo Code: XMAS899
Expires 12/25/11 at 11:59pm PST. Not valid on any Prestige Collection pieces, Daily Deal Sets, or the AdornMint Jewelry Box.

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

JewelMint Mail: Get Last Minute Gifts + up to 2 Pieces on Us with Gift Cards! Chance to Win a Kindle Fire, Year of JewelMint or StyleMint!

Photo: JewelMint

Last minute Christmas shopping can be the worst, yet thrilling when on the hunt for that last minute gift for someone special.

If you're anything like myself then you can't stand crowded malls, stores, and hoards of people blocking the aisles. I like to get in and out of the chaos as soon as possible. On the other hand, I love shopping. And who doesn't? So this year, I did most of my shopping online for the holiday season without, thankfully, any delays.

This year, I've purchased a couple pieces of JewelMint for the women in my family, but time has quickly slipped away in terms of ordering other last minute items online in time for delivery by the 24th.

While I'm happy to say I've completed with my shopping this season early (for once), some of you may have thought to hit up those clever little gift card sections in your nearby grocery or Target stores like I've done in the past in a last minute scurry.

The nice thing is, we don't even have to leave the house to give what we love most...the gift of JewelMint. Furthermore, they're now offering their instant gift cards with gifts for us in return! If you've finished you're shopping early, why not get a gift for yourself? You know you deserve it! :)

If you purchase...
1 Gift Card Credit: Get $5 off any one item
2 Gift Card Credits: Get $15 off any one item

3 Gift Card Credits: 1 Free Piece
4 Gift Card Credits: 2 Free Pieces + $10 off coupon

10 lucky gift card buyers will receive a Free Kindle Fire!
5 lucky gift card buyers will receive a year of JewelMint absolutely Free!
5 lucky gift card buyers will receive a year of StyleMint absolutely Free!

Here are the details:
Your loved ones' gift cards never expire.
You will receive your discount coupon via email by December 26th (9:00 PM PST)
Recipients of Amazon Kindle Fire or 1 Year of JewelMint or StyleMint will be notified via email or phone by January 5th.
Your discount coupon expires December 31st, 2011 (11.59 PM, PST)Only valid for gift cards purchased between Dec 20th and Dec 24th (11:59 PM, PST)
Limit 1 discount awarded per customer
Discount coupons cannot be used towards Prestige Collection or Daily Deal bundles.
No returns or refunds on Gift Card purchases.
JewelMint will combine total gift card credits you buy between December 20th and December 24th (11:59PM PST). You will receive the highest discount coupon that you are eligible for.

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. Good luck everyone! Which would you rather win - a Kind fire, a year of JewelMint or a year of StyleMint?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

JewelMint Mail: Get a Surprise Gift with Purchase Up to $200 Value! Today Only!

Photo: JewelMint

New and Existing Members:
Buy any one JewelMint piece, get a Free surprise gift with purchase!
No Promo Codes are necessary for this deal. Simply place your order before 12/16 at 9am PST.
This deal is limited to one per household (aka one per shipping address).

Also, don't fret if your email says "Valid only to first time customers and only on their first piece.". JewelMint emailed out two versions of this email - one to New Members and one to Existing Members. This offer is in fact available for All Members.

Here's a list of all the FREE GIFT possibilities:
  • An Amazon Kindle Fire, iPod Nano or iPod Dock Station
  • StyleMint Leggings
  • StyleMint Tote
  • BeautyMint Product
  • Best-Selling JewelMint Piece
  • StyleMint, BeautyMint or ShoeMint Coupons ($10-$30 Value)

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. StyleMint is running a similar deal today too! Click here to check it out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happening Now! JewelMint Exclusive Reserves Chat Party!

JewelMint Exclusive Reserves Chat Party hosted by JewelsAndMints.com
Who's invited: Everyone
When: Starting at 5pm PST
Where: Here on JewelsAndMints.com! You may log in using your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Up to 100 participants will be able to join the chat at any given time. If the chat is full, you may enter when another space open's up!

xoxo, Lily

CyberMint Monday Remix on Facebook Now! Prizes, Promos Codes & More!

Photo: JewelMint Facebook - BeachMint TV

Right now over on the Facebook pages of JewelMint, StyleMint, and ShoeMint you can tune into the CyberMint Monday Remix. A live stream of CyberMint Monday is on display along with a featured chat full of promos and fun giveaways. 

Click here to check it out!

Some of the current codes include:

New Members - 50% off your first piece using Promo Code: REMIX50
Existing Members - 20% off any one piece using Promo Code: REMIX20

New Members - 20% off your first T using Promo Code: SMRMIX20
Existing Members - 10% off any one T using Promo Code: SMRMIX10

New Members - 20% off your first pair using Promo Code: SHREMIX20 
Existing Members - 10% off any one pair using Promo Code SHREMIX10

xoxo, Lily

P.S. Don't forget to join in tonight right here on JewelsAndMints.com starting at 5pm PST for our JewelMint Exclusive Reserve's Party!

You're Invited: JewelMint Exclusive Reserves Party LIVE Tonight Starting at 5pm PST!

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Tonight is the BIG NIGHT!!! For the first time ever, JewelMint is holding an Exclusive Reserves Event starting at 6pm for qualifying members (click here to sign in to see if you're in). As mentioned here and here, inventory will be split up between the first access crowd at 6pm and then to all members starting at 8pm.

Also, a super huge thanks to the anonymous poster (in this post here) who clarified that discounts will not be allowed on reserve pieces. Additionally, a fair stipulation of only one of each item per customer will also be in effect during tonight's frenzy.

I also want to give kudos to JewelMint for giving us fans the opportunity and a last chance to pick up some of the rarest pieces tonight including some that may never be reproduced ever again. It's obvious that a lot of thought went into planning tonight's event, and I think that it's so great that they took fan feedback into consideration as well!

Lastly, I know tonight will be complete insanity and so many of us are already getting hyped up about tonight's event. So join us tonight here on JewelsAndMints.com for a JewelMint Exclusive Reserves Chat Party starting at 5pm PST!

JewelMint Exclusive Reserves Chat Party hosted by JewelsAndMints.com - Tonight at 5pm PST!
Who's invited: Everyone
When: Starting at 5pm PST
Where: Join us in a live chat here on JewelsAndMints.com. You may log in using your Facebook or Twitter accounts. Up to 100 participants will be able to join the chat at any given time. If the chat is full, you may enter when another space open's up!

Join us in all the craziness to chat live about tonight's exclusive event as it's happening!

See you tonight!
xoxo, Lily

Monday, December 12, 2011

Confessions of a Jewelaholic: Tips on How to Score Your Exclusive Reserve Favorites on Wednesday, December 14th!

Photo: ecouterre.com / Touchstone Pictures - Confessions of a Shopaholic

Being a huge fan of sample sale sites such as HauteLook, Gilt Group, and Rue La La, there are a few tips and tricks to scoring what you want when quantities are limited. As for JewelMint's upcoming Exclusive Reserve Sale, some of my favorite sample sale tips still apply and a game plan for the big day (December 14th) could be the difference between scoring those Cosmopolitan Drops and dropping the ball.

While it may seem a little silly to have a 'game plan' in an attempt to score all those favorite JewelMint pieces you've missed out on, this is some serious stuff! If you're a girl who loves her JewelMint (like myself), you know just how exciting this exclusive reserve sale is and just how cutthroat this event will be!

I mean, could you actually imagine if this sale were taking place in a physical location? It would be absolute insanity. On the other hand, makes you wonder if all the site traffic on Wednesday could actually cause the site to crash. We're talking exclusive (possibly last-to-be-seen pieces) here - a site crash honestly wouldn't surprise me at all! For the sake of all of our jewelry boxes, let's hope this doesn't happen. :)

So without further ado, here are a few tips I'm sharing with you to keep in mind come 6pm & 8pm PST on Wednesday, December 14th!

Tip 1 - Remember that shipping on all JewelMint items is FREE

Use this to your advantage by placing multiple orders, especially on the first one, two, or three items you know will be available in extremely limited quantities. If you can narrow down one specific must-have item on your list, snag it and check out - fast! I'll go into detail below listing the current availability for each specific piece as a reference to help you to...

Tip 2 - Make a list and check it twice!

Write out a list of the pieces you know you want in the order of importance. Next to each piece, notate the current availability of each piece to help you then rearrange the list based on what will most likely be first to sell out. Lastly, keep this information in mind to help you determine the sequence of your purchasing. Having this final list handly will help you to stay on track and hopefully help to ease your nerves knowing you have a plan. It may also help to...

Tip 3 - Gather your codes - if they're allowed.

While the email (here) didn't specify anything about the use or non-use of promo codes, you may still want to be prepared and gather your codes just in case they are allowed. This is especially important if you have multiple one-time use promo codes you plan on using during the event. Write your codes down or type them out for easy copying and pasting. Fumbling for your codes at the last minute could hold you up at checkout. And even though you may have codes you may even want to...

Tip 4 - Determine if using codes on multiple purchases outweighs the risk of missing an item.

As stated in Tip #1, placing immediate orders on the most rare pieces could be a strategic move. However, if you spend too much time placing multiple orders for the sake of using multiple promo codes (especially those one-time use codes), it could set you back in terms of items selling out faster than you can enter a code and finalizing your check-out. By the time you enter your codes, the item(s) may already be gone, as in snagged by someone else who was faster. One alternative could be to hold off on using any one-time use codes for items with a higher availability - while this doesn't guarantee you will still score an item, the time saved could help you get one of those pieces that have only 2 or 3 in stock.  Again, this is only applicable if promo codes are allowed for reserve pieces. Prevent another hold up by...

Tip 5 - Making sure all your account information is up-to-date.

Prior to the event, make sure your shipping information, billing address, and all other info is accurate and up-to-date. This will make for a quick checkout and less fumbling during all the frenzy! Also, don't forget...

Tip 6 - You may still get a second chance.

For qualifying members that will have exclusive "first dibs" on the first half of the event, know that just because you missed out on some of the items in the first half, the second half of the event will begin at 8pm PST. At this time, the second half of all the pieces will be fair game for everyone! Cross out any of the items you scored during the first half and, if necessary, rearrange your list for the second half of the event. And last but not least...

Tip 7 - Know the availability of each Exclusive Reserve piece.

Below please find links to the lists I've compiled of all the pieces that are currently on the Exclusive Reserves list and their current availability. Use these lists to help you get your shopping game plan (as mentioned above) ready for action!

(Side note: Prior to the finalization of this post and the list below, it seems as though JewelMint has made the available quantities listed to be less specific. For example, a couple hours ago the Celestial Wreath Necklace was showing as 2 available in stock. It's now showing that "less than 10" are available. While this kind of hinders the shopping 'game plan' idea a little bit, I guess we'll just have to work with what we now have.)

Exclusive Reserves Availability:
JewelMint Exclusive Reserves List - Alphabetized
JewelMint Exclusive Reserves List - By Availability

How will you be gearing up for JewelMint's Exclusive Reserve sale on Wednesday 12/14? Which pieces are on your must-haves list? Will you be using of these tips? Do you have any additional tips of your own?

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

P.S. Join us live here on JewelsAndMints.com on Wednesday, December 14th staring at 5pm PST to chat live about JewelMint's Exclusive Reserve Event! See you there!

JewelMint's Exclusive Reserves: Rare Pieces Available Starting at 6pm PST on 12/14 - Do You Qualify for Exclusive First Acess?

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JewelMint released an email this afternoon to select members announcing the new exclusive reserves system becoming a reality! Starting at 6pm PST on Wednesday, December 14th the reserves will be available for qualifying members and will then open to all members starting at 8pm PST!

So how will JewelMint's new reserve system work?
"Exclusive Reserves are new-condition pieces that are now out-of-stock . We have at most a few dozen of each that we saved for the purposes of exchanges or returns. Most of these pieces will never be available ever again. We plan to offer a half of these items first to valued JewelMint members and to those who have wait listed, and then offer the other half to everyone else. These items are not eligible for discounts, returns, or exchanges. In addition, you may not purchase more than one item of the same name."

Who is eligible to purchase first? 
"Current JewelMint subscribers who have been members for a certain amount of months or members who have purchased over a certain number of products. In addition, current members who have wait-listed for one of these items before December 8th will receive access to these at 6:00 PM PST."

The schedule:
Wednesday, 12/14 6pm PST
First half of Exclusive Reserve inventory available for:
  • Wait List members for those pieces
  • Long time JewelMint subscribers
  • Members who have purchased a certain number of pieces
Wednesday, 12/14 8pm PST
Second half of Exclusive Reserve inventory is open to all members.
Click here to log in to see if your account qualifies for the first half of the event and to browse the selection before it becomes available!

Additionally, if you plan on purchasing any of the items from the exclusive reserves, a "game plan" may be in order. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help prepare scoring all those items on your wishlist!

Friday, December 9, 2011

StylePath v. BeachMint - Alleged Patent Infringement Over Image-Based Style Profiles?

I've been following this for a few days now and it looks as though a lawsuit tracking website called RFC Express is reporting that a company called StylePath has filed lawsuits in California against BeachMint, JustFabulous, and even ShoeDazzle citing Patent Infringement.

Looking a little further into the details of the alleged patent infringement possibilities, I found an article over at MassHighTech.com highlighting StylePath's image/aesthetic platform dating back to 2007...

After aging seven years, StylePath uncorked
By Christopher Calnan
December 31, 2007

A Lincoln architect has launched a company with online technology designed to allow more narrow web searches based on users' aesthetic tastes -- seven years after the dot-com collapse postponed the release of the technology that powers it.

David Hornstein developed the algorithms for StylePath Inc., which publicly released its online recommendation technology in October. That's nearly a decade after Hornstein, founder and president of StylePath, first came upon the idea. And it's seven years since Hornstein's concept received a second-place award worth $150,000 in the B-Plan Slam competition from the former Lycos Labs, an incubator arm of Lycos Inc. that was reabsorbed into its parent after the dot-com collapse.

Hornstein said he revitalized his idea last year when awarded a patent for his concept of matching visual preferences to products -- based on profiles of site users either user-created or site-generated -- confirming the value of StylePath's technology, he said.

"It seems to me that, as the web evolved, that's the way people would search for things," said Hornstein.

In the late 1990s, Hornstein collaborated on the technology with Dan Ariely, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. Ariely said developing recommendation algorithms is a "useful" but complex task because the algorithms need to reflect how a consumer thinks about products.

Hornstein, who has been working full-time on StylePath instead of his architecture firm since the patent was awarded at the end of 2006, has pitched four local angel groups to raise $1 million for a marketing campaign. Such an investment would enable the company to become profitable in 16 months, he said.

The StylePath website generates revenue through commissions it receives when users purchase items from affiliate retailers through StylePath.

The website attracted 10,000 users during beta tests of its product during August and September. Since its October public launch, StylePath has attracted 30,000 users, Hornstein said.

Other shopping recommendation website operators include Cambridge's StyleFeeder Inc., which launched in the spring, and Kaboodle Inc., a California company started in 2005. In August, Hearst Interactive Media acquired Kaboodle for a reported $30 million to $40 million.

Unlike StylePath, products listed by StyleFeeder are recommended and posted by user, which now number approximately 250,000, founder Philip Jacob said.

The six-employee StyleFeeder is backed by Lexington venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners and Schooner Capital LLC, a Boston investment firm. The demand for such "collaborative filtering" is likely to increase as more and more content makes its way on the Internet, he said.

"Recommendation systems enable things that just aren't possible in the real world," Jacob said.


As we all know, BeachMint is the parent company of sister-sites JewelMint, StyleMint, BeautyMint, and ShoeMint. JewelMint, StyleMint, and ShoeMint's sign-up processes all require a one to create a "StyleProfile"; BeautyMint - a "Skin Consultation".

While ShoeDazzle.com, Inc. has been functioning the longest with a huge fan-base, BeachMint, Inc. and JustFab, Inc. have both made it big within the past year as well. All three share similar sign up processes - requiring one to choose images based off of their personal interests in order to learn one's personal style.

This should definitely be interesting to see how these suits unfold as it seems the particularly clever idea of a StyleProfile and matching one's preferences based off of images is claimed to be patented by StylePath founder David Hornstein.

A more defined explanation of this patent is as follows (source: patents.justia.com):

"A system for selecting products is described. The system includes a computer executing a process to retrieve a product aesthetic tag associated with a particular product type selected by a customer. The aesthetic tag contains values that represent aesthetic features of the product and a process to form a result tag that contains a value corresponding to how well aesthetic features of the product match to aesthetic preferences of the customer."

Makes you think to yourself "Gosh, why didn't I think of that?" and "Geez, how will council for these companies respond?" Guess we'll have to wait and see what happens...

Let's hope all parties involved can work it out somehow so that everyone can continue taking fun style profiles on these particular websites (if this does happen to be the issue at hand). However, if it ever actually came down to these sites no longer being allowed to use this feature, I believe all sites could easily find a way to survive without it.

Gosh, who knew that the world of fashion and style profiles could be so complicated?

xoxo, Lily

What are your thoughts in regards to these alleged patent infringement lawsuits? Do you think JewelMint and all other BeachMint sites could easily function without a StyleProfile if necessary?

Friday, December 2, 2011

JewelMint Mail: Your December Holiday Showroom is Ready! Buy 1 Piece, Get 2nd 20% Off - Existing Members

Photo: JewelMint

Existing members:
Get 20% off your second piece using Promo Code: DECSHO20
You have until 11:59pm PST tonight (12/2) to use this code!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

JewelMint Mail: Your December Holiday Showroom is Ready! Buy 1 Piece, Get 2nd 50% Off - New Members

Photo: JewelMint

New members only:
Get 50% off your second piece using Promo Code: DECSHOW50
You have until 11:59pm PST tonight to use this code!

xoxo, Lily
If you're new to JewelMint, click here to sign up!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

JewelMint Restocks December Pieces - Backorder Now Availble For Select Jewelry!

Photo: JewelMint

Quite a few of you (including myself) were shocked to see so many of the new pieces from December sold out in less than a day of their release!

JewelMint's Crystal Cascade Earrings, Bombshell Bracelet, Easy Rider Necklace, and Gemma Earrings have are all available again for purchase as of tonight! The Crystal Cascade's, Bombshell, and Gemma's all have back order notices that read: "ITEM IS BACKORDERED. WILL SHIP MID-DECEMBER."

The Lucky Charms Necklace is still listed as sold out, but here's hoping that will change again soon! I love this necklace as it reminds me of something you would see from Juicy Couture - and who doesn't love JC? :)

xoxo, Lily
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