Author: Melissa

Bid, borrow or swap your way to a fabulous wardrobe

If eBay, Net-a-Porter, Rent the Runway and Gilt Groupe (all of my favorite shopping websites) had a baby, their progeny would look like I-ELLA.com. Launched by a fashion-obsessed entrepreneur in New York, I-ELLA weaves enough elements into the shopping experience to make my head spin (in a really good way). Here’s the gist. I-ELLA translates the social aspect of shopping with friends to the online setting by letting you “share” your closet with the rest of the invitation-only community, which includes celebs, models and assorted fashionistas. Once you post your new or gently worn goods on the site for...

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Cool headband alert!

I’ve always had a thing for headbands. It probably dates back to the first grade when I fell in love with a ribbon and bead headband a cool older girl made for me. Now CMP (and mom) fave Giddy Giddy is taking me back to my grade school days with their ultra-adorable new collection of handmade corduroy headbands. Giddy Giddy, which is a riff on the Japanese-Hawaiian term for cowlick, is a goldmine for cute hair things. The crafty founder started the company with the goal of creating pretty clips, barrettes and hairbands to disguise her daughter’s unruly mess...

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Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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The Maclaren Denim Quest stroller – James Dean would be proud

My favorite new jeans have wheels on them. I’m talking about the new Maclaren Denim Quest stroller. As part of their Objects of Design series, the denim stroller is meant to be the coolest thing on wheels at the playground, but it’s definitely not all style and no substance. Aside from its dashing good looks, there really are reasons for you stroller junkies to take a closer look. The durable denim fabric has stitching to make it look like a real pair of jeans, though the canopy’s weather resistant coating makes it more protective than one. And unlike some...

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Teething rocks

Ok so maybe teething doesn’t really rock. In fact, it can be pretty painful for all parties involved. I recall more than my share of sleepless nights when my son’s teeth were coming in. Not fun. But maybe the teethers can be? I only wish I had known about this solid organic wood guitar teether from perennial CMP favorite, Little Alouette. The Gibson-shaped teether is made from locally-sourced Ohio hardwoods. The finish is as smooth as your baby’s bottom and you can feel safe knowing that any treatment on the wood is only certified organic flaxseed oil. I am...

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The Family Dinner – So much more than just a cookbook

There are some women out there who seem to overachieve the pants off of the rest of us. Environmentalist, author, producer and mother of two Laurie David is one of those ladies. Her latest project is The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, a cookbook/memoir/inspirational ode to the importance of family mealtime. David has packed the book full of easy tips on everything from how to set the table for take-out Chinese food, ways to get the kids to taste everything on the table, dinner table conversation starters, and of course,...

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Maia – Not your average yogurt

I’d like to think of myself as somewhat of a yogurt connoisseur. I grew up on Dannon and over the years have tried everything from the healthy and organic to the junky and gimmicky. And apparently I’ve passed on the yogurt gene to my son because the first thing he wants every morning is his YoBaby. So being the yo-family that we are, I was thrilled to discover  a new brand on the block that makes my taste buds do a little dance. Maia Yogurt was created by an entrepreneurial New York City 20-something with the dietary needs of...

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Tres chic for tres cheap!

It’s quite possible that I might never set foot in an actual store again. I mean why bother schlepping outside when everything you could possibly want is a few clicks away? When I say everything, I mean the most gorgeous French designer baby clothes, all at super affordable prices.  At least if you know where to look. The Dior linen baby dress above can be found for less than 30 bucks, and an adorable baby snowsuit for less than 20 at a fabulous new baby clothing e-boutique called Apricot Culotte. Created by a Parisian transplant with the goal to...

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Hello Kitty gets in on the pop-up store craze

Is it wrong that I’m still a little obsessed with Hello Kitty? If it were up to me, I’d still wear those HK barrettes I had from the third grade. But, alas, I’m a grown-up now (ish). Well, this holiday season, I’m going to indulge myself in full-on Hello Kitty nostalgia as Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of the big 5-0, Hello Kitty and her friends will be traveling around the country in a trailer festooned with graphics of all the Sanrio characters from over the years, including my other fave, Keroppi Keroppi. Small Gift, the mobile...

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Cute boy clothing – yay!

I love having a son. The way he has to touch every wheel he sees–even if it’s on some random stranger’s Rollerblade–is so cute. My only complaint about giving birth to a boy, as opposed to a girl, is the sheer lack of cool clothing options. That’s why when I discovered Little Dudes Only a site devoted to awesome boy wear, that’s become a CMP favorite, I got super-pumped. Their fall merch is over-the-top cute. I’m crushing on the Malcolm cardi from Knuckleheads, an adorable collegiate-esque number with a shawl collar and ribbed cuffs. So perfect for the new...

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Silhouette yourself into the bride of Frankenstein

Anyone can pick up a package of boring old jack-o-lantern paper plates at the grocery store. But guess what you can’t get there? Customizable Halloween plates featuring your kiddos, all Halloween-ized with a spooky bride of Frankenstein hair, devil horns or a witch hat. [don’t miss an awesome giveaway after the jump!] Simply Silhouettes, a longtime CMP favorite, just launched their Halloween shop on Etsy, allowing you to turn your favorite pics into tableware. Commemorate your son’s goblin costume or your daughter’s princess getup, by sending them an image of your little one all dressed up. They do head...

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Get in the Halloween spirit in a pin(ch)

As the final countdown to my favorite holiday of the year begins, I can’t help but want to break out the package of fun size M&Ms and throw fake cobwebs around my foyer, like right now. Since I know I’ll only eat all the candy and end up accidentally vacuuming the cobwebs, one thing I can do to get in the holiday spirit is sport some adorably festive accessories. Made with super soft felt and stuffed with polyfil, these plump little Happy Ghost Brooches from Em & Sprout will add a touch of Halloween cheer to any outfit, be...

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T is for tushie

If you ask me, babies’ butts might be the cutest things in the whole wide world: Squeezable, kissable and downright delish. (Am I revealing too much here?) So when I saw this new collection of custom baby bloomers and boxers with initials sewn onto the tush area, I couldn’t resist. Cutey Booty was created by two moms of three (each!) from Charleston, South Carolina, who know a little something about needing grab-and-go baby clothing. The bloomers for girls or slouchy boxers for boys come in white or colorful fabrics all the way up to size 8, and you personalize...

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The ultimate cute bookends

I don’t know about your kids’ book collection, but my son’s always looks like a cyclone tore through it. And as I’ve found out the hard way, toy trucks make pretty rotten bookends. Enter these insanely cute forest friends bookends from Graphic Spaces Wood. Each of the 10 creatures, including Orson the Owl, Finley the Fox, Mabel the Mushroom and Eugene the Sapling, is laser-cut from sturdy walnut. While they’re not super-cheap, each bookend is handmade with love in a family woodshop (very Pinocchio!), lined with protective cork and branded with a birthdate. I love that you can mix...

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live – The hot kids’ ticket of the year.

Calling all Yo Gabba Gabba fans! I know from the gazillion times my son has been entranced by the show that it’s always full of surprises (ie Erykah Badu appearing out of nowhere). Well the live show that’s launched yesterday promises to be the same way and we can’t wait. Let’s just say previous on-stage guests included Sarah Silverman, The Roots and Devendra Banhart. There’s still tickets left and we’re excited to have a few to give away. [don’t miss two great giveaways after the jump!] If you’re in the NYC area, we’ve got four tickets up for grabs...

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