Author: Melissa

Hair color from a box that’s not scary or confusing

I’ll be honest, I haven’t used hair color out of a box since high school, which I like to refer to as my Kelly Bundy years. But I’m seriously considering now for the first time, having discovered a new line of luxury DIY hair color. Colorist Kelly Van Gogh is the mind behind Master Blend, a formula designed to actually repair the hair as it colors. (It’s infused with mica shine minerals and caviar!) There’s also a touch-up product called Root Rehab, and various hair tonics and shampoos to help keep your color looking good. Ignore all the cheesy...

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Gourmet organic meals for the teething set

Finding a meal that satisfies all members of my families is a mission impossible these days. Add a baby just starting solids into the mix and that spells H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E. But there’s a new line of organic baby foods that just might do the trick. Sprout Organic Baby Food was co-founded by celebrity chef and dad of three Tyler Florence, and they already have a stage 1 and stage 2 meals for six and seven-month-olds. Now they add a line of new Stage 3 Advanced Foods for babies 8 months and up, offering chunkier textures, larger portions and fuller flavors...

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Sole Society: A monthly club perfect for Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos types

Imagine a club where you receive a brand new pair of shoes hand-picked just for you, every single month. And at a killer sale price too. Dream no more. The people behind the private sample sale site HauteLook just launched a site to do that very thing. Through Sole Society, $49.95 a month gets you a new pair of flats, wedges, sandals or platforms delivered to your doorstep every month. Here’s how it works: You take a personal style quiz so the folks at Sole Society can determine your “Style Bio” and curate your virtual shoe closet. Then each...

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Chic new diaper bag alert!

Chic and diaper bag are not two words you see in the same sentence very often, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare the new offering from Timi & Leslie just that–chic! The Charlie bag, from one of our favorite designer diaper bag labels, is made from a very realistic feeling faux leather and comes in six stylish shades. I happen to love the goes-with-everything light brown and the Hermes-esque tangerine shown here. Charlie’s accessories are what make him stand out from the crowd. And helps justify the cost. You’ll get a changing pad...

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Boden launches maternity. Brilliant!

When I heard that Boden, my favorite clothing company from across the pond was launching maternity, I felt like doing cartwheels. But, being seven months pregnant, I opted for a fist pump instead. Not only am I fan of Boden’s women’s collection, but I’d say about 75% of my son’s wardrobe comes from Mini Boden, their affordable and ridiculously cute collection for babies and kids. (I mean, how adorable are these faded denim board shorts with a skull print?). The Boden maternity clothes have a slightly limited selection at the moment, but it’s still chock full of the staples...

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A crocheted gift set for those who can’t really crochet

Of the many talents I wished I possessed, crocheting is at the top of the list, right along with singing in key and being able to sketch something other than stick figures. Since I don’t expect to inherit any of those talents any time soon, I look to outside sources for my fix. Which is why I was thrilled to discover a beautiful hand crocheted baby gift set. Personally, I can’t think of anything sweeter–and more classic–for a baby gift than something crocheted. Loralin Design owner Lynne Buchman designs this Booties and Hat Gift Set herself and then has...

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Hunter rain boots that stand out from the crowd

When the weather in New York City involves any sort of precipitation, it’s hard to open an umbrella without hitting a pair of Hunter boots on the sidewalks, my own chocolate brown pair included. In fact the waterproof wellies are so ubiquitous in my neighborhood, I have often wondered if they sponsor rainy days. So how to stick out in a sea of Hunters? Order up a pair of their new lace-up style! The Verbier boot  features an 80mm wedge, a brand new idea for Hunter, which, if you didn’t know, supplies waterproof footwear to the Royal Family (well,...

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Heartfelt Valentines musings, totally erasable

I love the idea of leaving sweet little notes for my son and husband on a daily basis. You know, like: You’re perfect; I love you; and Put your dirty socks in the hamper. Which is why this Chalkboard Heart from Wall Candy Arts is the perfect accessory for my daily musings and directives. Less of a commitment than painting a wall with chalkboard paint, these chalkboard heart wall decals still let you and your little ones have some erasable fun. You can peel and stick this set of fun hearts (including some XOXOs) multiple times without worrying about...

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BOB Strollers – rolling out the Revolution SE for 2011

There’s a running store on my block with a BOB stroller displayed in the window. Every time I pass it, I marvel at the lean, mean, baby-transporting machine. So when I had the opportunity to give their new 2011 Revolution SE a road test, I was both excited–and a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to handle the three-wheeled speedster. What I discovered surprised me. First, BOB jogging strollers are not just for marathon running moms. Yes, their line does include special strollers made in collaboration with Stroller Strides and Ironman, but I chose the sidewalk-friendly Revolution SE....

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Hooray, it’s Hooray by Cynthia Rowley’s spring collection

I love it when a cool designer creates a less expensive line for the masses. I’ve swooned over the adorable styles and appealing price tags of the Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby and Splendid Littles for Target lines; and now I can add Hooray by Cynthia Rowley to the list. Rowley’s collection of baby and toddler clothing and accessories, designed exclusively for Babies R Us, does in fact make me want to do a little cheer. The spring 2011 offerings from Hooray, which just hit Babies “R” Us stores yesterday, feaures a line of cute clothes for...

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Valentines Day treats for your foodie sweetheart

My husband spends his spare time watching Top Chef, reading restaurant reviews and weeding through the artisanal chocolates at our local gourmet markets. So needless to say, a box of red hots isn’t going to cut it for his Valentine’s Day gift. Which is why I breathed a sigh of relief when I found Tasting Table’s Valentine’s Day marketplace. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tasting Table, it’s a free daily email that delivers delicious tidbits of culinary info to adventurous foodie types. Their city editions, which at this time include New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC,...

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An organic remedy for little chapped lips

The harsh, dry winter weather has not been nice to my toddler son’s skin. He has red, rough patches of skin on his face and his tiny lips are all chapped (sad face). I had been afraid to put any ointment on his lips until I discovered Erbaviva’s Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm. All products from both of the Erbaviva lines–Mommy-to-Be and Baby–are certified USDA organic and free of harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and unhealthy additives. The Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm, made with soothing chamomile and healing rosemary extracts, helped my son’s cracked skin disappear in...

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A pretty reusable bag for all your gross, smelly, leaky stuff

I have a drawer in the kitchen full of plastic bags. As much as I’d like to consider myself a green(ish) mom, it’s the one thing I can’t say no to at the grocery store. The reason? I use the bags to transport leaky sippy cups and discard stinky diapers while on the go. But all that eco-waste (and guilt) may be coming to an end. The Stuff Sack by Go Gaga. is entirely waterproof, leak proof, odor proof and stain proof (that’s a lot of proofs!). Which means you can stick unfinished cartons of Yo Baby, half-eaten bagels...

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Stroller blanket smackdown: The best of the cold weather best

Not sure how everyone else is feeling about their winter so far, but in my neck of the woods, the weather gods have not been kind. We’ve had snow, sleet, frigid temps…we’re only missing hail storms. Ever since the first below 40 degree day hit, I’ve been hot on the hunt for the perfect, all-weather stroller blanket. Not such an easy task. Here’s what I’ve found so far to be the best of the best. 7AM Enfant Blanket 212 Evolution Besides the fact that 7AM wins in the style department, their newest offering–the 212 Evolution (at top)–is also the...

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Look ma, there’s a monkey in my food!

My son is the proud owner of a Skip Hop Zoo Backpack (a froggie, in case you were wondering), so when I found out they were making a line of tableware to match, I got excited about the idea of luring my son to dinner with something besides bribery. Skip Hop’s new collection of children’s tableware feature matching plates and bowls, which come in bee, monkey, owl and dog. (For some reason the frog didn’t make the cut. They’re BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free, but because they’re made of melamine we’d still recommend hand-washing. And if you can’t get enough...

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An heirloom-worthy stacking toy

I’m one step closer to becoming a treehugger. My new toy crush is made with organic maple, cherry and walnut wood and tackles balance, problem solving, pattern recognition and fine motor skills. Oh, and it’s for babies. The Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches (Brainbow! Love that name!) from Little Sapling Toys is the antidote to those brightly colored plastic stacking toys found at every big box toy store. It’s the toy I can imagine safely storing away after my son grows out of it to save for his kids. I love the handcrafted look and feel of it; each piece...

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Your baby’s first pillow

Trying to figure out the culprit behind your baby’s fussiness can prove to be one of the most frustrating tasks around. There are a ton of products out there that try to remedy the crying and overall miserableness (ie the pacifier, swings, teething toys). Now there’s an ergonomic head-support pillow, that aims to provide some much needed relief. When her infant son was in a constant state of discomfort, the founder of Baby Elephant Ears, took him to a number of specialists, including a chiropractor, who explained the root of the fussiness was most likely due to neck strain the...

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Splendid Littles comes to Target. Splendid, indeed!

This might be the most exciting thing for my son’s wardrobe since Stella McCartney’s first collection for BabyGap: Splendid Littles, the brand known for comfy chic clothes for babies and toddlers is hopping on the Target train and I couldn’t be happier. The adorable becomes the affordable on December 26th, when the first Splendid Littles limited edition collection arrives in Target stores and on Target.com. I, for one, will have my plastic at the ready to get in on the sporty striped hoodies, slouchy cargo pants and layered polo shirts in cool shades like heather gray, tomato red and...

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The Maclaren 2011 preview – Stroller junkies, take note!

When Maclaren invited me to their NYC showroom to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2011, this was one preview I was not going to miss. From fun and flashy stroller shades to cool new buggy blankets, Maclaren has loads of goodies I’m super-excited about. And if you’re in the market for some new gear or an upgrade, it’s great to know what’s coming around the corner so you can decide whether to hold off a few months on that big purchase. Here’s the lowdown on my faves: [after the jump, catch the latest from Maclaren...

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LBDs for little ladies

As all grown up women know, the LBD (little black dress) is the secret weapon in every wardrobe. We can pull it out whenever we need something a little nicer than a pair of jeans and we can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. And now, so can our children. After discovering the website Little Little Black Dress Shop, it turns out it’s never too early to invest in an LBD. It’s stocked with mini black frocks from our fave children’s designers, including Ses Petites Mains, Velvet & Tweed (their tier dress shown here) and Maria...

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