Author: Melissa

A green pacifier that doesn’t suck

Pacifiers, I had always thought, were for other people’s babies. My toddler never needed one when he was little. But then we had number two, a fussy little guy who needs some help in the soothing department. Luckily there’s a brand of rubber pacifiers that’s as good for the environment as they are for the little sprouts who suck on them. Made from 100% pure natural rubber from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree, Hevea pacifiers are free of PVC, phthalates, BPA and artificial colors. Not only are the pacis worry-free, they also look very cool, with cut-outs resembling stars, cars,...

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Quite possibly the most comfortable pants ever

There have been many times during my pregnancy that I’ve been tempted to leave the house naked. Not to flaunt my maternal form, but rather because wearing clothing during pregnancy can be so darn uncomfortable. Sure maternity jeans are forgiving, but until I stepped into B.D.A. Pants from Belly Bandit, I didn’t realize just how comfortable a pair of pants could be. Made from insanely soft bamboo, B.D.A. pants (which stands for Before, During and After) are literally the next best thing to going naked. Better actually, since they cover my half-shaven legs. The slim fold-over drawstring waist allows...

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A comfy maternity top that holds it all in

Pregnancy presents some interesting sartorial challenges. Wearing a bra can feel torturous, but keeping the girls supported is a necessity. Covering the belly can feel oppressive, but not keeping it sheathed is out of the question. So what’s a mama-to-be to do? A multitasking bra/tank combo is one of the best options out there. Sure, there are many tank tops on the market with built-in bras, but the new Maternity Bra Tank from Glamourmom was designed especially for the wardrobe challenges every pregnant woman (including me!) face. The ruched detail on both sides of the belly area allows for...

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Euro style for your-o little ones

The announcement of a new online children’s clothing boutique is not necessarily big news these days, but when the store in question stocks chic, luxurious finds from Europe, my ears perk up. The story behind Cochonnet Boutique goes something like this. A mom from Canada becomes utterly obsessed with the je ne sais quoi style of French children and thinks to herself ‘why can’t my kids and other non-Frenchies have that sort of uniquely gorgeous wardrobe without hopping on the next Air France jet?’ Cochonnet carries beloved EU brands such as Talc, TroiZenfantS and La Queue de Chat. And...

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The anti-photo mug for grandma

Finding a non-cheesy Mother’s Day gift for grandma is no easy feat. There aren’t many obvious options, besides the expected grandchildren paraphernalia (ie anything that bears a photo of said grand-spawn). Not that we don’t love giving grandmas something with your kids’ actual mug on it, but an alternative is an actual mug–if it’s as cool as this one. The Postcup allows you to write a sweet message for grandma to see every time she goes to have a sip of her morning coffee or tea. Making the gift is half the fun. Create a fun message with your...

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Who says pregnancy can’t be sexy?

At 38 weeks pregnant, I can honestly say I feel about as unsexy as a sack of potatoes. But just like putting a smile on your face is supposed to make you feel happier, wearing sexy lingerie should do the same thing, right? That was my mindset when I tried on a set of aggressively saucy purple and black lace lingerie. We’ve all heard the term “hot mama” before, but You! Lingerie, a collection of nursing bras and maternity lingerie is taking the yummy mummy look to extremes. The Azalea Orchid (pictured), the set I was sent, is a...

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Appaman launches for Target making coolness more affordable

At this point, it’s not news that Target is spot-on in the designer collaboration department. They seem to keep churning out awesome new collection after awesome new collection with the hottest kid brands around. And now it’s Appaman’s turn. Hooray! Appaman, the beloved Brooklyn-based brand with the fun-loving mascot ape is partnering with Baby Buggy for their foray into Target-world. The Appaman for Target collection is the final collection in the partnership between the retailer and Jessica Seinfeld’s charity. The collection includes adorable onesies, ruffled tank tops with bubble shorts, and polos with matching pants, many adorned with the...

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House cleaning – now fierce.

I’d have to say that cleaning the kitchen has always been one of my least fashionable moments. I’m usually in an old t-shirt, with a scowl on my face and schvitz on my brow. But a new designer sponge (that’s right, designer sponge!) may actually make the whole cleaning experience a little more glamorous. O-Cel-O just introduced two new no-scratch sponges designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.Yep, Christian Siriano sponges.  These designer cleaning utensils brings new meaning to the term “sponge-worthy.” As in, is that spill on the kitchen floor really sponge-worthy? Or can I just use a...

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New bunk beds from Oeuf take room-sharing to stylish new heights

Living in a big city has tons of benefits, but ample living space is not one of them. Which is why bunk beds are the urban dweller’s most functional answer to shared bedrooms. It will certainly be the answer for my sons’ room when the time comes. Sure, there are many bunk beds on the market, but you’ll be hard pressed to find some as cool and functional as the new double sleepers from design groupie fave Oeuf. The Perch Bunk Bed from Oeuf is the Brooklyn-based design company’s next foray into the juvenile furniture market after their popular...

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The best best best hand lotion

I like to think I’m something of a hand lotion connoisseur. With the constant post-diaper hand washing, I’m glopping on the stuff at an alarming rate. I’ve tried pretty much every brand on the market and have always walked away wringing my (dry) hands in frustration. Some are too greasy, not hydrating enough or just plain smell bad. Then I met eos everyday hand lotion and was immediately smitten. The cool, modern looking orb holds some of the best lotion I’ve every gotten my thirsty paws on, and I’ve tried a lot. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the...

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Beauty tips for moms from Allure beauty director Amy Keller Laird

If there’s someone who knows about beauty products for moms, it’s Amy Keller Laird. As the beauty director of beauty and style bible Allure, she gets her hands on practically every product on the market (I know! We’re jealous too!) and helps decide which ones receive Allure‘s prestigious Best of Beauty award. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to her about her mommy must-haves, since Amy’s a mom to a 21-month-old son herself. Here’s all the scoop on which products she thinks are not to be missed. [don’t miss a ton of great products and ideas...

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Bite Beauty – Younger looking lips in a swipe

I usually prefer lip balm over lipstick, but a new line of anti-aging lip products (yes, anti-aging) is totally making me reconsider. Bite Beauty, which launched exclusively at Sephora last month, is the first lipstick line to contain resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine. Each lipstick has the antioxidant equivalent of five glasses of red wine, an amount I could have put away in my pre-kids years no problem–but now, not so much. Have you ever tried chasing a toddler around with a hangover? The main reason I don’t normally use lipstick is due to all the nasty...

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dearjohnnies – Hospital garb you’ll want to wear after your stay

I’m getting closer and closer to the pregnancy finish line and as I do, I’m starting to mentally pack my hospital bag. I remember from last time that I basically lived in a bathrobe and hospital gown for the duration of my stay. The thought of lounging around Hugh Hefner-style sounds appealing, if only it weren’t for those drab and dowdy (not to mention used) hospital gowns. This is where dearjohnnies comes in. We’ve praised the collection of designer hospital gowns when we first discovered them, and are excited to share that they have launched some lovely new prints along...

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New crib bedding sets from Maclaren – the inside scoop from David Netto himself

I’m a firm believer in color therapy, especially when it comes to kid’s rooms. So when I saw the bold and peppy new crib bedding sets from Maclaren, which happens to be the complete opposite of their very chic and very white nursery furniture, my mood magically began to lift. [don’t miss a huge awesome giveaway after the jump!] “If you look around at children’s bedding, it’s vastly light blue and light pink,” Maclaren’s chief designer (and modern design icon) David Netto explained to me. And who could disagree? “I wanted to create something that didn’t exist in the marketplace, which was...

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A t-shirt that does a pretty darn good job of hiding my bump

While my belly has been massively expanding over the last eight months, my wardrobe hasn’t. My pregnancy dressing tactic has been to buy a few key maternity pieces and then fudge the rest with my regular threads. Fake it ’til you make, if you will. I hate spending money on something with such a short lifespan. But then I found a middle ground where maternity meets postpartum wear. Aussie brand Elk Accessories makes a line of A-line T-shirts that are insanely soft (thanks to a blend of cotton, modal and spandex) and incredibly forgiving. The swingy bottom half of...

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A chic accessory for your growing bun

I’m in the final stretch of my third trimester and no matter what I put on, I have a tendency to feel like, well, someone who’s eight months pregnant. So when I spotted a recent pic a of a pregnant celeb with a multi-hued scarf from new accessories line Theodora & Callum effortlessly tied around her neck and covering her belly just so, I knew I had found what I was looking for–an accessory that actually made me look and feel less huge. Theodora & Callum is created by former Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield and co-creator/executive producer of Project...

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Appaman launches mod suits for mini Mad Men

Sometimes having a son instead of daughter can be disappointing when it comes to sartorial selections. Although our cool clothes for boys category has been blowing up with new finds in recent weeks. Now, it’s the new Appaman Fine Tailoring collection of super-hip suits makes me want to break out in a rendition of Let’s Hear it For the Boy. Appaman‘s co-founder/head designer Harald Husum was inspired by the ultimate suave dresser, Mad Men’s Don Draper. Husum made sure all the details on the mini suit measured up to the meticulous standards of a grown-up hipster. The suit’s lining...

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SPF Moisturizer that’s green and clean? Sold!

Relying on an SPF moisturizer alone has always worried me just a little bit. With hours of playground and beach time ahead of me this summer, I need my skin to be well protected (and to look pretty, too). But I’m a tough customer when it comes to my sun protection. My SPF has to be a physical block, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, and be free of as many toxins as possible. It’s hard to find that all in one facial moisturizer. And yet, I found a new product that fits the bill: Super by Dr. Nicholas...

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Fancy Finnish foot prints

I’m a sucker for designer collaborations, so when I heard Converse was partnering with Finnish design house Marimekko for the Converse Hearts Marimekko limited edition collection, I kicked off my All-Stars and ran to the computer to check out the offerings. I’ve always loved Marimekko’s bold geometric prints and bright hues, probably a residual effect from growing up sleeping on their pillowcases. If you’re a plain white Keds type, then these are probably not the kicks for you. But seeing as how I like to wear my flair on my feet (probably explains my affinity for leopard-print ballet flats),...

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A new website offers designer handbags at bargain prices (just ignore the name)

Some women are shoe shoe addicts. Not me. My vice is bags. I’ve got a closet full of hobos, totes, clutches and now diaper bags. Storage space is tight these days, so I’ve had to limit myself to just browsing designer handbags on the web. But a new site is really, really making me want to pull the trigger. Despite its name. It’s called (don’t laugh),Bags Bonanza. Okay, before you stop reading, I promise you Bags Bonanza does not sell pleather purses with plastic daisies affixed to the zipper–but rather lusty confections from Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch....

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