Month: May 2008

Science geek fashionistas, your jewelry is ready

The notion of art, science, technology and fashion colliding can be a little odd–I’m thinking a line of Steven Hawking hair accessories might not be ideal. But in the case of Nervous System, it works completely. Two MIT grads find jewelry inspiration from patterns in nature, like the stainless steel full moon necklaces which mimic seaweed patterns using randomly generated dots. The coral necklaces are super cool too, as are the gold-plated radiolara pendants with a description unlike any other we’ve ever seen: “To create the radiolaria line, we used a particle system (a physics simulator which works with...

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Two Tinas Are Better Than One

I love the idea of a stunning high-end baby blanket as the perfect shower gift, except for one thing: What do you do with a blanket that’s too pretty to use? Enter Two Tinas, a small company just starting to make it big (hello Nordstrom!) with their gorgeous but still 100% baby friendly designs. Bright cotton fabrics, like their brand new “Rocket Man” (pictured) combined with a lovely plush underside are accented by the company’s signature and distinct washable felt initial. Truth be told, these blankets are still cute enough that I’m wary about letting my son actually use it. But based...

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The Lazy Hazy Dress of Summer

If you’re to catch a glimpse of Quinlan and Thalia (the CMP co-founders’ oldest daughters) at the pool or beach this summer, chances are they’ll be wearing a Made U Look dress found at CMP retail hot spot The Silly Wagon. Aside from the fact that they are completely adorable, these dresses are super soft and comfortable. In fact, my daughter has begged me on more than one occasion if she can wear it to bed. My personal fave of the new summer line is the Hopskotch Champion (pictured), but the Gumball dress comes in at a pretty close second. They definitely...

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Play Mats Fit For Trust Fund Babies

Well it’s about time that someone created the high-end, fancy pants, gorgeous version of all those ubiquitous fugly play mats. Here the honor goes to Plain Mary, creator of the Kensington Baby Play Mat. And it is indeed very fancy. Did I mention it’s fancy? This padded play mat is substantial at 56″ long, and beautifully constructed of quilted microsuede which resists spills and stains far better than cotton or poly. If the ivory color is still scaring you practical moms, there’s also a lovely camel or chocolate.  I must say I think that a baby can be perfectly...

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Lead-Free Toys, 100% Totally Guaranteed.

Last year’s scandals about lead levels in toys were really a wake-up call for many of us. Toy safety became serious business, and while you can always turn to resources like our Safer Toy Guide (and a new one coming out soon!) what’s a Mama who just wants to go shopping to do? Are the days of just browsing and buying over? Au contraire, my cautious friends. Check out No Strings Attached Toys, an online and brick-and-mortar store that really gets how important it is to us to know that safe toys are truly safe. Every single item they...

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Color By Name

Ever since my daughter was pegged as The Budding Artist, she gets about 14 boxes of crayons at every gift-giving holiday. Boy would she love to get her hands on the custom name crayons from Story Blox. For around $5, depending on the length of your kid’s name, the company will melt down recycled crayons to form one of the best and most inexpensive kid’s gifts around. You can also order a random bunch of letters or the first letter of each party attendee’s name for some pretty great goodie bag favors. Who knew those annoying broken bits of crayon...

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Give Hippos a Chance

I like the concept of animal decor for the baby nursery but circus animals? No. Noah’s ark? Not so much. Parade of cutesy farm animals? Pass. The Delicate Hippo might just be the key to my heart. This hilarious vinyl wall sticker set from Toronto-based So-deco made me giggle. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate a little humor into your nursery without subjecting your child to goofy cross-eyed elephants or swinging monkeys. If you end up with a kid who’s infatuated with hedgehogs – or farm animals –  fear not.  You can easily remove the hippo if the need...

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Boys Get the Grills in the Back

Feminism and other gender equality issues aside, I’m more than happy to relegate the grilling to the sigOth. Men just have some primal need to play with fire, and I’m more than happy to let them. My guy would totally love Grill Charms, which is a smart little thingamabobby for chefs serious about their bbq. Invented by mom (and breast cancer survivor) Leslie Haywood, Grill Charms basically look like little thumbtacks to help differentiate the meat on the grill or on the buffet table- same concept as a wine glass charm. Use the steak collection to indicate cooking temperature...

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Memorial Day: The Beginning of Outdoor Ride-On Toy Season

It’s hard to be one, or so it seems to my one-year-old niece who longs to keep up with her older brother. Try as she may, her wobbly legs are no match for her brother’s racy, zig-zaggity gait. Things have changed now that she rides the Cheeky Chic, a sturdy and smooth walker/ride-on toy for babes as young as one. With large wheels and a low seat, even those who are barely standing can get themselves on and off this stylin’ ride. And parents will love that the Cheeky Chic comes with the best three-word phrase in children’s toys:...

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Surfing Safari

Today officially marks the beginning of swimwear season. And if there’s one complaint that I have about boy’s swim suits (okay, make that one of maaaaaaany), it’s that it’s nearly impossible to find regular length shorts and swim trunks. Everything I’ve seen could be categorized as board shorts, or as I call them, boy capris. So when I saw the Blue Island Swim Trunks at Bean New York, I immediately added them to my son’s summer wish list. Not only am I smitten with the vintage style Hawaii motif, but I love that these trunks fit snugly at the...

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