Month: December 2007

Mommy’s Little Headbanger

If there’s one lesson that I’ve learned about being a mom in 2007 it’s that I have layette options. Lots of them. Just ask baby bearers from the good old nineties about trying to find a Vivenne Westwood-style onesie or socks that didn’t have cutesie pink bows on them. Lucky us, mothers of the ‘OOs, we’ve got head to toe alternatives for our little rockers, and taking care of the toes is Baby Socks that Rock, maker of these punkalicious socks. We found them at one of our favorite rock n’ roll baby clothes hotspots, Babesta. Because certainly it’s...

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Hungarian Beauty: Beyond Zsa Zsa

As moms, we all know that personal hygiene isn’t what it used to be in our pre-baby days. Needless to say, regular pedicures and bi-monthly facials are a thing of the past for me. But hey, a mama needs her pampering. Darn it. And I’ve been taking matters into my own hands with Eminence Organics. Introduced to me by aestetician to the stars, Claudia Colombo of Fabula (okay, so I admit getting a little thrill that the hands that have touched Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston and Ashley Judd’s skin have also touched mine), this stuff is just awesome....

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I’d like to buy a vowel

Calling all word freaks who happen to dig cool jewelry: We’ve just found a loquacious charmer which speaks volumes about your percipience. A piece more rare than kunzites and zeugmas that won’t cost qintars and zolaties. It’s a Scrabble charm that doubles as a smart take on a baby initial necklace. Pizazzy! The clever wordsmith-slash-silversmith behind the designs is Los Angeles artist and talented mom of three, Kritty Zurek (whose own name is 31 Scrabble points). After studying metal-smithing in college, and having, oh just a tad bit of professional success (like jewelry designs featured in Vogue), Kritty started...

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The Best Wrapped Package of All

So we swore we weren’t covering any cutesie Christmas onesies this year. No Baby’s First Christmas shirts, no Jingle Bells jingly caps, no Bwing Me Pwesents Santa bib. (Eek.) And then we found this clever little holiday design snapsuit from My Rock Star Baby. And we agreed oh okay, just this one. In red or green, the trompe l’oeil design seems to wrap your bambino up in a big white ribbon ribbon and stamp him fragile. You’ll almost be tempted to leave him under the tree Christmas eve....

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Crankypants Makes Us Not So Cranky

Handknit baby stuff, as we’ve seen, runs on a remarkably broad continuum from scratchy grandma styles to painfully amateur designs that seems sized for dolls. With three legs. And then there are the few amazing rock star knitters who totally dominate with the needles, from concept to design to fit. In this final camp is Crankypants.  Amy Kett’s ridiculously in-demand designs speak for themselves. Her classic "longies" are made of soft merino wool, with a little monster face, sock monkey, or jolly roger making your baby’s bum even cuter than it already is. Amy also takes custom orders if...

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Watch the Birdie

Piggy banks? Isn’t that like sooooo every year since 1582? For a fresher take on money management I’m loving the idea of trading piggies for birdies with this modern silver and pewter helicopter bank found at CMP fave boutique, Flying Peas. The propellers even spin. For just 25 bucks, it’s such a cool addition to a modern nursery or kid’s room, whether or not your kid is old enough to know to save his pennies instead of eating them. The eating pennies thing? Been there. Don’t recommend it. –Liz  Save 10% off any order at Flying Peas with code...

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Dieter-in-the-Box

Spurred on by one of our favorite readers seeking a not made-in-China Jack in the Box for her daughter this holiday, we went on a mad internet quest to help a mama out. Especially considering that the category leader has had its share of recalls this year. Oh joy! Oh happy day! For our mad google skillz has lead us to the coolest Jack in the Box toys, beyond even our own expectations. These are not your classic monkey in a tin box playing Pop Goes the Weasel. They’re old fashioned (i.e. no crank), teeny at just 4", and...

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Tutus for Even the Tutu Wary

As my toddler grows old enough to express clothing preferences, I’m a little less averse to frilly tutu kind of stuff and a little more into making her happy. (Don’t make me admit it in public.) Still, it’s nice to come across a compromise that allows her to twirl like a ballerina without looking like the magic fairy of pink sparkles threw up all over her. Hooray for Tu for Tee, a wonderful line of mom-made tops for girls, each with the teeniest little tulle skirt at the bottom. The thermal line I checked out is super soft, and...

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A clutch that has absolutely nothing to do with diapers

The only clutch I own these days is the kind that holds diapers and their best friends, diaper wipes. But when I stumbled on the leather Mail Clutch from Toronto label Cha Cha, I started booking a babysitter for New Year’s Eve, like, yesterday. Handmade from 100% Italian leather, it’s lined with the designer’s signature limited edition wool "duro" print, and includes a handy key clamp and small matching change purse. Keep in mind, these are one or two-of-a-kind pieces, so if this purse is speaking to you as it is to me, I strongly suggest you snatch it up right away.   The...

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When Not Just Any Old Stocking Will Do

Considering I grew up with a gorgeous handmade felt stocking given to me by my godmother, it’s not in me to settle for some $18.99 mass-produced one for my own kids. And so I’ve searched high and low to find the perfect Christmas stockings this year. Perennial favorite Ahna Holder, known for her brilliant wool appliqué work, has a stunning new addition to her collection this holiday season with the festive poinsettia. It features a small photo holder as a clever way to identify whose stocking is whose without a monogram. Nine styles (at decent prices) are available at...

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My Baby Wrote Me a Letter

Now that my older daughter is reading and writing, I’m eager to share my love of personal correspondence with her. But then, I’m not ready to spend the cash on the fancy monogrammed stuff for her just yet. Mabel’s Labels, the same company that makes those awesome labels for everything from sweatshirts to shoes, has launched a line of smart, affordable personalized stationery kits just for kids. I like that the simple designs and bright colors are fun without getting cutesy or babyish. Whether you’re mom to a budding poet or a clown who claims he can’t write because...

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Wait, So Moms Breastfeed in the Winter Too?

We’ve seen our fair share of nursing cover-ups ’round these parts. The interesting thing is, designers seem so worried about keeping their pieces lightweight–as if a baby didn’t just come out of a 98.6 degree environment–that most of the covers look and feel like Summer designs. So I was impressed to come across the 4-in-1 nursing shawls from mom-run L’oved Baby. The soft microsuede fabric is light and breathable but substantial, and it comes in subdued earth tones and neutrals ("grand sand" looks spiffy in person) that suit the cooler weather. It definitely looks a little more Sundance than...

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Gift Wrap Without the Guilt

If you’ve been around the web anytime in the last few weeks you’d know there are eco gift guides galore. But I always have to snicker at the idea of some biodegradable hemp-based lipstick (or whatever) beautifully gift wrapped in one-time use paper. Of course there’s always recycled craft paper or (eek) last week’s real estate section. But as a decent enough compromise, we’re loving the ready-made gift wrap kits from Crinkle Co, for those few gifts you really want to look spectacular. Every design is printed on recycled paper with earth-friendly soy inks. But these are no hippie...

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Baby’s First Vanity Plate

The latest hilarious, totally unnecessary, but absolutely fun item out for the parent who has everything: BabiePlates, customized European-style license plate for your carriage or stroller. Give them a name or message up to 11 letters (sorry, How’s my driving – call 1800EATSH*T is too long) along with your kid’s birth date, and get back a dandy plate to help distinguish your black MacLaren Quest from all the other black MacLaren Quests outside your overcrowded Mommy & Me class. You could also simply hang it on your child’s wall. Or on the crib. In case, you know, you forget...

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Hair Clips That Make the Other Hair Clips a Little Envious

In our house, stocking stuffers weren’t the cheap crappy things you didn’t feel like wrapping, but rather the really nice (and sometimes expensive) loot that just so happened to fit in our stockings. Thus is the case with the sweet appliquéd and embroidered barrettes from Little Something. Handcrafted from wool felt by Mara Greenaway, these adorable hair clips will make any little girl squeal, including the little girl inside you. My must-have favorites are the flowers, but if you’re looking for something fun, try the set of seven (of course) day-of-the-week clips that we spotted at Tiny McSmall. Way...

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Mommy likes the leather

Having just picked up the sad, scattered remains of a beaded ring just now destroyed by my brute of a 6 month-old, I forgot how tough babies can be on mommy’s baubles. With that fresh in my mind, I’m very happy to have found artist Allison Sattinger’s Marshmallow Blossom Bracelet at the Succulent Wife. (Is that the coolest shop name or what?) It’s made of neither marshmallows nor blossoms, but of hand-tooled, painted leather and a big old snap. So it makes an awesome statement without risking demise at the hands of a grabby baby. Of course you don’t...

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