Month: September 2008

Sillydot art – more dreamy than silly

The artwork from San Francisco (by way of Brazil) artist Vera Costa of Sillydot is pretty much made for Nursery Decorating 101 – ten sets of three sweet, happy designs, each of which look great mixed, matched, or anything in between. They’re also made for different budgets, since you can choose from giclee paper prints, giclee printing on stretched canvas, or even a small selection of silkscreens on linen. I like the graphic birds and trees myself but I could imagine the more message-y prints with themes like green planet or my family in a dining room -turned-classroom setting....

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Personalized, adorable, affordable. What more do you want in a baby gift?

Personalized items make spectacular baby gifts because it shows you’ve gone an extra mile beyond the burp cloth sets, beyond the registry essentials. The one catch is, the gift can’t be returned. The pressure is on! I can’t imagine a single mama who wouldn’t love getting one of the personalized pillows from So Bright Designs. The personalized letter pillows are beautifully crafted by Liz Farnsworth with really lovely fabrics, but if you don’t have an initial to go on, check out designs like a giraffe, princess castle, or magic wand with streaming ribbons. Prices are amazing too – $15...

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You’re never too little to be a bibliophile. Only to know how to spell it.

Like tons of practical moms like me, my favorite gift to give or to get is a book. And if you want to get fancy about it, check out Bookworm Baskets, where the great book is just the beginning of a fantastic gift. It starts with a fabulous read like The Giving Tree, Olivia, or baby faves like Ten Little Rubber Ducks and  includes other eco-friendly, educational items all themed around it. Even the packaging is eco-friendly. But what’s really special about the service is that your book comes with an Eco-Libris sticker to show that a tree was...

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When labeling kids is a good thing

We’ve certainly seen our fair share of personalized gifts here at Cool Mom Picks, but we’ve yet to run across a service such as the one offered by Sweetwater Street. Design savvy owner Lisa Burnett will transform one of her modern designs (or one of your very own) into an incredibly unique label that can be affixed on anything from a kid’s shirt to a pillow case. Check out the Little Logos line and you’ll find great baby tees, tote bags that make a cool party bag option, and towels which certainly make the “whose is who’s” routine at...

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Grandpa sweaters from Georgie World. Why wait til you’re an actual grandpa?

I’m not so inclined to follow the trends when it comes to clothing my son, unless that trend happens to be self-washing clothes that withstand blueberry stains. But if the trend is cute and practical, say cardigans for fall, then I’m all over it. Which is why I’m totally into the Grandpa Sweater at Georgie World. What I love most (other than the name and the fact that it totally does look like a Grandpa sweater) is that it’s actually made out of fleece, so it’s machine washable. Add the diamond trim detail and the fancy buttons and you’ve...

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Don’t know much about teratology, but Belli does

I’m conspicuously absent from photos taken after the birth of each of my babies. I know a lot of you mamas knows what I’m talking about. But it wasn’t even my complexion and weight that were making me camera-shy; it was my lady parts–my tender c-section incision and my ravaged nipples–that were making it nearly impossible for me to crack a smile. I wish I’d known about Belli’s pregnancy and motherhood skin care lines back then. Originally created by Dr. Jason Rubin for his own wife during her pregnancy, all the ingredients go through strict teratology screening process. Yeah,...

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Candles Worthy of that Special Birthday Cake

I tend to spend so much time worrying about the gory details of my kids’ parties that the birthday candles are the last thing that I think about. In fact, one year, I almost forgot them. Bad bad mommy. So, if you’ve got a kiddo with a birthday on the horizon, snag one of these awesome number candles from Modern Lola. They’re a welcome change from those plain old number candles, which I almost hate to stick in my very carefully hand baked birthday cake. You know, by my local bakery, of course. And since we wouldn’t expect you...

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Isabella Oliver – Taking the Maternity Wrap Dress to a Whole New Level

If there’s one essential in any maternity wardrobe, I’d have to go with a wrap dress. It’s generally flattering to all body shapes, regardless of which direction your belly and butt tends to spread, although if not done well, it can definitely look heavy with all those ties and extra fabric. Enter Isabella Oliver, a fantastic maternity wear company featuring some of the most amazing clothes I’ve seen. The ruffle wrap dress is so lovely that it’s almost making me wish I wasn’t at the tail end of my pregnancy. The superb fit and construction combined with beautiful rich...

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Tweed: In. Cool.

CMP fave indie handbag designer Crystalyn Kae has taken the plunge into tweed and I’m not complaining a bit. The fabric formerly known as stuffy gets a fabulous makeover with Crystalyn’s innovative shapes, judicious use of hardware, and contrasting accent fabrics. Her pleated clutch with vintage fabric kick pleats is awesome for those rare nights that you’re not toting baby bottles and a change of diapers. But if you need something more substantial the troubadour tote is both practical and totally on trend. Marc Jacobs, eat your heart out. –Liz Save 10% of purchases with code FALL through...

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The perfect kids jeans jacket. At last! At last!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect children’s jeans jacket ever since my baby outgrew the one handed down from her sister. And by outgrew I mean I continued to stuff her into it until it simply became cruel and unusual punishment. Gimos Kidswear has totally saved the day with their delicious little mao-styled jeans jacket. The styling is modern, the cotton soft and light enough to serve as a fall jacket or a winter layering piece, and the denim wash is the perfect shade of indigo. Plus? No bling, no gratuitious hardware, no big logos across...

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