Month: April 2009

Off to the Hamptons, if only in my dreams

In our house, it’s not Easter that requires a fancy new spring dress, it’s Mother’s Day. I can’t think of a better excuse to get the girls dressed up in their finest than an excursion to some overpriced prix fixe Mother’s Day brunch (free carnation included!). One of the more lovely options that we recently discovered are the sweet US-made girls’ dresses from Kookie, which is actually a collaboration between the labels mini mommee and myKy. Or as my three year-old put it, “Look! All those pretty dresses!” The easy A-line shape of the Off to the Hamptons dress...

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Inhabitat opens their new online shop and you must go there immediately. (For more reasons than one.)

I think the final nail in the outmoded “eco=crunchy” coffin has been set firmly in place by our friends at the wonderful blog Inhabitat, who have just announced the opening of their brand new Inhabitat Shop. I want absolutely everything in there. And by everything I mean evvvvverything. There’s a dandy selection of kids and baby gifts (like the knit octopus at right), stylish home accessories, cool clothes, and the beginnings of an awesome furniture department. But we’re particularly excited for the jewelry category which doesn’t have a clunker in the bunch. Our pick – in time for Mother’s...

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This will be the year you don’t procrastinate and get your Mother’s Day cards done early. Right? Right?

I would say that now is a good time to start tracking down Mother’s Day cards so you’re not freaking out on May 9, and emailing us all Wah! You have to save me! Who makes e-cards that don’t suck? Not that we wouldn’t totally help you out. But still — a little preparedness in honor of the awesome moms in the world? I totally love the Most Lovely Duck Mother’s Day card from Foxy and Winston, just on sheer originality. It’s hand screenprinted in Brooklyn, NY (whoo!) using eco-friendly everything by artist Jane Buck, whose sensibility I just...

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Hip bibs – Yes, you read that correctly

Since discovering so many fabulous baby bibs here, I’ve crossed over to the dark side and now I love dressing my daughter in them. Good thing too, since she’s teething and starting solids, making them more of a requirement, and less of an optional accessory. On the top of my list are the lovely handmade baby bibs from Hip Violet, handcrafted by mom Jesi Josten. Combining fun fabrics and adorable fleece appliques, these sizable bibs will definitely keep baby’s clothes protected. And the fleece backing actually wicks away moisture and helps to keep drooly babies dry. Which really, isn’t...

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A sling that helps support other babies too

Leave it to textile mavens and cmp fave Serena & Lily to come up with a sling that’s both simple and chic. And we all know how important both of those factors are in a sling. The organic cotton  market baby slings are constructed from a single piece of fabric, which means no buckles or straps to futz with or irritate your baby’s skin. And it gets even better: From now through May 31st, for every sling purchased from Serena & Lily, they’ll donate a care package to a homeless child via Project Night Night. That means you get...

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Miami Ink for babies. Too cool.

As a bit of a tattoo fanatic, you can bet I religiously tune in for TLC’s Miami Ink. Okay, and the hot guys. Seriously, Ami. Hello. Now, five of the Miami Ink guys, including popular stars Darren Brass, Chris Garver, and former apprentice Yoji (YOJI!), have taken their artistic talent and channeled it into Ruthless & Toothless, an awesome line of baby and kids’ clothing. If you’ve been coveting a tattoo from one of these guys, then you’ll want to get your hands on one of their stunning pieces for your cool kid, like the geisha onesie (shown) or...

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Who’s Your Mama?

I thought I knew what to expect when I saw the cover art on Mama Mac’s self-titled kids’ CD: I was sure there would be an acoustic version of Kumbaya and maybe a few 70’s folk songs. Boy, was I wrong. A veteran of the LA indie music scene, Amy Elkins, aka Mama Mac, can take a toddler-friendly song like Rocket Ship and turn it into a rocking tune that makes me want to sing along, much to my children’s chagrin. I know why my kids adore listening to Mama Mac sing: She encourages them to jump around a...

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Children’s blocks for all

I notice when I hit the mass kids’ toy stores that the blocks are always in the boys section. It’s bizarre to me because both my daughters love blocks like a frat boy loves Spring Break. And I can assure you they’d go flat out bonkers for the vibrant, children’s blocks at Quiet Hours Toys. Canadian educator Matt Hiebert designed these fair trade kids’ building blocks out of sustainable wood, all in unique shapes to get those fine motor skills going and help expand the idea of imaginative block play. Put one of those long pieces inside one of...

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Not your mama’s charm necklace

Until this personalized necklace from the husband and wife team behind Searcey Designs, my only foray into the world of personalized jewelry was an ID bracelet purchased in my middle school years when they were all the rage. And that was just a cookie-cutter affair bought at Macy’s. That’s a far cry from having someone personally hand stamp your children’s names on sleek little bars made from reclaimed sterling silver. Hand stamping is such an earthy and modern way to customize jewelry; it has a clear human touch to it, and no two pieces can ever be exactly the...

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An alphabet with attitude, dude

Frankly, I’m not certain I’m actually cool enough for this Alphabet Learning Poster, but let’s just say I desperately want to be. What’s not to like about an alphabet where L is for Love, X is for Malcolm, and Z is for Zeitgeist? Oh, and don’t forget my personal favorite: Q is for Question, and the illustration is a thought bubble reading What would JOE STRUMMER do? Ha. These posters are being offered as limited edition prints, and there are just 200 available. Get to ordering if you must have it. And because this is Learning Poster No. 1,...

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