Month: November 2008

Dipping a toe into the scarf craze of 2008

Since scarves are The Thing these days, I’ve been keeping a more focused eye on the NYC street vendors to see if any of their knockoffs are jumping out at me. Nope, not yet. Mostly, the same old fake Burberry and pashminas from 2000. So I was happy to stumble onto the long jersey scarf from Shade Clothing, which is a great deal at less than 10 bucks, and comes in some nice bright colors. Did I mention it’s less than 10 bucks? As you poke around the shop, keep in mind that the label was started by two...

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Holiday baby gifts for baby that are actually more appealing than the wrapping paper

Oh I just can’t wait for all those obligatory stuffed animals that my baby will get over the holidays because really, what else do you give a newborn for Christmas? So here’s a suggestion: An adorable  duck rattle baby toy from Estella NYC. Hand crocheted by Peruvian artisans and designed by the smart folks at Estella, this soft cotton duck has a satisfying rattle inside, beating out any stuffed bear, bunny, or even Rudolph. If ducks are too conventional for you, then you’re in luck; the goat is equally as cute and is guaranteed not to eat the crib bedding...

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Good news for the immature among us (ahem)

While I submit that no one in their right mind gives a kid a harmonica–even with a how-to book–I got the chance to poke around the Klutz site recently and there are definitely some cool new options from one of my favorite childhood mainstays. My favorite is easily The Encyclopedia of Immaturity, which actually may be a little more fun for me than for the kids. Where else can you get bad jokes plus directions on how to make shrunken heads all in the same volume? That’s my kind of gift. Oh, and my kids’....

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Silhouette cards – Make sure they get your good side.

Every year, our families bug us about our holiday cards because we only send pictures of the kids. I guess my husband and I never figured that anyone would actually want to see our mugs too. Besides, it’s pretty hard getting a candid family shot that doesn’t look like total cheese.  If you’re looking for a creative card option to represent the family, skip the photo options and try the silhouette ornament cards from Chick Print. Mom and artist Madeley Rodriguez will create your silhouettes (pets too!) and print them along with your holiday message in archival inks. Plus, black silhouettes...

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Yak yak yak

Merino wool? Old hat. Soy cotton? So last week. The new hot luxury fabric of the day it would seem is hand-combed yak hair. Heavenly soft like cashmere, thick and yummy in every way. Sound appealing? Then check out Shokay (Tibetan for yak), a socially conscious company that supports struggling Tibetan yak farmers through the sale of exquisite kids clothes, women’s accessories, plus indulgent pillows and throws all made of the luxury fiber. It is painfully hard to pare down the wish list from the shop into a single manageable paragraph, but I think I’m going to go with...

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Berry beautiful holiday cards

These days  you can spread “good will on earth” while being kind to it as well. But let’s be honest, not all eco-friendly cards are created equal. The Winter Berry Holiday Cards we spotted from the new line of eco-friendly cards available at Red Stamp are just beautiful–simple yet elegant. And they’re printed on thick, high-quality, 100% recycled paper with vegetable based inks. No flimsy, flecked paper here. I also like the fact that they are “general” enough to send to anyone on my holiday list, for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice…I think I still have that one Wiccan...

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Scrub-a-dub-dub, Zoo Zuds in the tub

I love the idea of all-natural soaps, but often I don’t actually love the actual all-natural soap. Sometimes they just seem… I don’t know. Fussy. Slimy. And weird-smelling. So you have to believe me when I tell you that hand-made Zoo Zuds, currently on sale at Bitsy Birdie, are something of a trifecta of awesomeness. First, each bar is named for an animal and the label gives you cool stats about that animal. Second, these are solid (read: not slimy!) bars of substantial soap, with gentle veggie oils as a base (suitable for even the most sensitive skin). And...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The time our holiday shopping guide launches.

The winter sweaters are out, the tinsel is already in the store windows, and the annual Cool Mom Picks Holiday Gift Guide is live and, if we do say so, kicking. We’ve scoured the web to help you solve your every gift giving dilemma, from your adorable pirate-obsessed son to the grandparents to your hard-to-shop-for vegan sister. Even tons of cool ideas under 12 bucks for the kids in your life. Plus, lots of discount codes. Must have the codes! And since it’s often better to give than to receive, we’ve got two $250 gift cards up for grabs...

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A bag that brings your work and your babies together in one

Yes, I’m an avowed bag fanatic, but that doesn’t mean I want to carry a second one for my laptop along with my diaper bag. However I had yet to come across a hybrid diaper/laptop bag that I’d actually carry until I discovered the classic Vert Tote from Acme Made. Okay, so it’s not really a diaper bag at all, but this sharp tote bag can definitely work as one, particularly if you loathe diaper bags that scream “mommy.” I’m loving the bright red canvas paired with the chocolate leather, along with the reasonable amount of pockets, extra strap...

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Definitely not your granny’s crochet

Thanks to my not-so-quickly shrinking postpartum body, the only items that are guaranteed to fit me are accessories. So at the top of my “dear santa pleeeeeeeeease” list are these Floral Crochet Earrings spotted at Three Lovelies. Artist Claudia Lobao actually crochets gold wire (seriously!) to create these dainty earrings that will be perfect for the holidays and beyond–like when I can actually fit into more than just jewelry. I promise Santa, I will continue to treasure them long after they’ve left the pages of In Style. -Kristen Get 15% off your purchase through 12/23/08 with code...

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