Author: Melissa

Once place to find Missoni for less, that isn’t Target

Maternity wear is a tricky thing. Looking like a slob for nine months is not what most of us want. On the other hand, spending a ton of cash on clothes with such a short shelf life can seem like a big old waste. The answer might be in a new online boutique offering designer maternity clothes on consignment–including everyone’s favorite designer of 2011, Missoni. Encore Maternity was founded by a celebrity stylist/mom who was faced with that same pregnancy fashion conundrum. She wanted to look chic during those nine months, but still wanted to save up for her...

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Britax makes that car seat to stroller dance so much easier

I think having a baby would be so much easier if the getting from point A to point B wasn’t such a pain the butt. In my family, we’ve tried pretty much all of the travel systems that are supposed to make life simpler; let’s just say that most of those stroller/car seat combos never really live up to their promises and often make things even more difficult. But then I discovered the new ultra-lightweight, ridiculously easy travel system from Britax, I actually started leaving my 10 block radius with baby in tow. The Britax B-AGILE Stroller manages to...

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How to wear color when you’re not inclined to wear color

My signature look is pretty consistent–jeans and a top that’s either black, white or grey. But when it comes to the accessories department, I’m up for any bold, crazy colors you throw my way, which is a lot of what we’re seeing for fall. In my opinion, jewelry is really the place to make a statement. That’s why I’m loving all the bright colored pendants on Urban Dencity. [don’t miss an amaaaaazing exclusive offer after the jump!] I recently discovered the gorgeous handmade trinkets on Urban Dencity even though the CMP editors have loved them for years. Each piece...

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Little Rue is made for kids and their grownups

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally addicted to all the flash sale sites out there. These days you can snap up everything from design-y coffee tables to contemporary art at awesome prices. Now, one of my favorites, Rue La La, has launched a a sister (or should I say daughter) site for stylish and adventurous families, with a charity angle we love. Little Rue is the newest launch from one of the original flash sale leaders. I love browsing Rue La La for deals on fancy jewels, weekends at the Canyon Ranch spa in Arizona and Orrefors...

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Gorgeous baby clothes that are neither baby pink or baby blue

I never understood why 90% of baby clothes are either pastel pink or little boy blue. Don’t babies have the right to exercise their fashion sense as much as the rest of us? [don’t miss a fabulous giveaway after the jump!] We fell in love with ridiculously soft baby clothes from Paige Lauren Baby a while ago and we knew she had an eye for color when she came out with her new candy-colored summer collection. But her new fall threads prove that she’s onto something new in the baby clothing department. The new autumn/winter collection of baby clothes...

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A new hipper-than-thou men’s shopping site from the folks at Gilt Groupe

The day my husband and I got engaged is the day he stopped clothes shopping for himself. Partly upon my request. It’s now up to me to pick out everything from his sleeping t-shirts to his ties. Seeing as how I’m not a big fan of department store shopping for myself, I’m even less into venturing out to the retail world for men’s clothing. Now, thanks to those fashion-savvy geniuses at Gilt Groupe, I can order up my man the coolest threads without leaving my comfy couch. Park & Bond, which refers to two very stylish streets in Manhattan...

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Clothes that are easy to get baby in and out of–and now easy on the eyes, too.

I’m all about finding ways to make life easier, especially when there’s a newborn at home. To that end, we raved about the clever designs from Magnificent Baby when it first launched. The magnetic closure baby clothes make getting baby dressed a zillion times easier than snaps or buttons. And now they’ve teamed up with one of our favorite mom websites (no, not us!) for a brand new design that’s just too cute. Magnificent Baby and A-List Mom founder Elina Furman put their minds together and designed the adorable Elephants on Parade fall collection. It’s the same thoughtful sleepwear...

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A new website offering haute couture for the highchair set

As if I needed more cute kiddie clothes to covet, an uber-hot European shopping site for kids under 14 is launching stateside, with free shipping to boot. Hold on to your credit cards! Alex and Alexa is every fashionista-in-training’s dream come true. With the latest mini-me styles from very grown up labels like Chloe, Dior and Marc Jacobs (well, Little Marc Jacobs), this site is not for the frugalista. That said, their sale section does have some awesome deals–70% off a cool striped skirt by Kid by Phllip Lim, or a pair of fab skinny trousers for $17 down...

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Suddenlee – your own personal shopper. And it’s gooooood.

I love shopping online. Real brick and mortar stores can’t compete with the ease and convenience of e-commerce. The only real drags are the cost of shipping, especially when you’re shopping from a dozen different online retailers, and the waiting for your stuff to arrive. Thanks to the geniuses behind the new shopping site, Suddenlee, multiple shipping fees and the 7-10 day delivery becomes obsolete. And I am rejoicing. [don’t miss a huge gift card giveaway after the jump!] Suddenlee lets you shop from over 300 retailers for both you and your kids, including CMP faves like Giggle, J...

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Maternity and nursing lingerie you can live in

Having just had a baby three months ago, I know oh so well the need to be comfy during pregnancy–especially when you sleep. Forget about getting up to pee every 20 minutes, there’s also the issue of sleeping on your back or your side (I’m a tummy sleeper) and let’s not forget the muscle aches. So when I slipped into the ridiculously comfy–and yet stylish–maternity lingerie from Belabumbum, I yawned with excitement. I packed a set of Belabumbum’s lounge pants and a nursing camisole with me for my hospital stay and lived in the pants the entire time. I...

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Isabella Oliver’s fall collection makes pregnancy clothes actually covetable

There are very few things that would make me miss being pregnant. But the gorgeous fall collection from genius fashion designer Isabella Oliver actually has me wishing I could wear maternity clothes again. I ogled the uber-chic maternity pieces from Isabella Oliver all through my last pregnancy, but never actually pulled the trigger. The thing about maternity clothes is, since their lifespan is so short, I felt guilty about shelling out money on anything maternity-specific. But then I hit the point in my pregnancy where there was nothing to cover my enormous bulge except for real pregnancy clothes. And...

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Hello Kitty. In yo face!

When Hello Kitty launched Hello Kitty Beauty a while back, I was thrilled. Sure, I’m a Hello Kitty fan, but I was mainly excited because the collection offered perfect gifting ideas for all the teens in my life, like my makeup-obsessed niece. But now with Hello Kitty’s fall makeup collection, Graffiti, I’m thinking I need to snap up a few pieces for myself, believe it or not. The Hello Kitty Beauty Graffiti collection, sold exclusively at Sephora, gives the world’s most famous cat some major street cred. The line includes an eyeshadow and blush palette, roller-girl perfume and a...

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Cool baby booties made for sleep deprived parents

The last thing I need as a mom of a newborn is an article of clothing that takes actual brain power to figure out how to put on. Give me no-fuss onesies and slip-on pants and I’m a happy camper. I always thought booties fell into the too-much-work-to-put-on-baby category until checking out the new Uno booties from Puj. Puj, the company famous for the foldable foam Puj infant bathtub that’s so smart it’s in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, just introduced Puj Unos. Aside from the glaring Puj label right smack dab in the middle of the bootie, these...

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A stroller sunshade that makes sense

I can get a little crazy about sun protection (just ask my husband). I douse myself in SPF 30 every single day–no matter the time of year–and I run for the shade at the playground and the park. So it’s only natural that I want the same safe sun vigilance for my kids. I’ve been looking for a good stroller sunshade–a non-black one that still lets my sons see the world–and I finally found one. Thank you Maclaren! The new Sunshade from Maclaren is a smart and stylish light grey color. I never understood why so many stroller sunshades...

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The best food on Fresh Direct for the time-starved NYC parent

Like so many New York area parents, I’ve been an avid user of Fresh Direct for years now. For me, shopping for groceries online is the best way to avoid the stress and mess of supermarket shopping with a curious toddler who wants to stick his fingers into packages of raw chicken and take bites out of everything in the produce section. So I did not need convincing that it’s a seriously great way to stock my kitchen. What I did need convincing about, was that the prepared meals didn’t taste like hospital food. Fresh Direct sent me a...

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Zutano baby clothes just got way easier to find

I remember with fondness my very first Zutano purchase. It was a cozy fleece newborn hat with perky animal ears for my son, who’s now almost three. I immediately became hooked on the affordable, well-made and adorable options from Zutano, but their website was definitely not a shopper’s paradise, more geared towards wholesale than me. Well finally, with an awesome redesign, Zutano.com is so fun and easy to peruse that I added a dozen things for my boys to my cart on my first visit. My fave purchases include the kimono wrap Lions Short Sleeve Newborn Onesie, pictured, ($18),...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray¬†bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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From the makers of the cutest swaddlers come the cutest baby bibs

Like so many moms, I’m obsessed with those feather-soft muslin swaddle blankets from the beloved aden + anais line. I use the beautifully printed blankies for everything from hiding my nursing newborn to protecting him from the sun and, oh yeah, swaddling him. Now their new collection of bibs has me pumped for feeding time. The new aden + anais snap bibs are made with the same 100% cotton muslin in three super-absorbent layers, as their uber-popular swaddle blankets. Which makes perfect sense, since one of the other uses I have found for the blankets is as a napkin...

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It’s raining younger looking skin. (Were you expecting men?)

I tend to shy away from products specifically made for anti-aging. As much as I love my skincare, I figure a good moisturizer and tons of sunblock should do the trick in terms of fighting old father time. But when I heard the philosophy behind Luxtural, which is all about hydration, I was immediately intrigued. I’m always a little wary of skincare products touting dubious new ingredients like Pacific Ocean rainwater, but it turns out Luxtural works for my fickle skin. The line consists of a tightly edited collection: Mystique Fountain (a hydrating mist), Silk Premonition (anti-aging/hydrating lotion) and...

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Bugaboo Donkey double stroller review: The ultimate mommy status symbol has arrived

Dear reader, I jumped for joy at the opportunity to test drive the hot-off-the-presses Bugaboo Donkey for you all. (Right. For you.) It is the most talked-about stroller I’ve ever seen, and I had been ogling it online ever since I first heard about it last fall. Let me start off by saying that I had never used a double stroller before this month. I just had my second baby in late April and was determined to force my toddler son into walking everywhere rather than buying a double stroller. Boy was I in for a rude awakening. I...

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