Author: Susan

Hit me with your best 80s tee

When my kids were little, I was constantly on the lookout for cool kids tees–something a little different.If you’ve got a thing for rock-inspired tees for your toddler, I’ve got the answer: Little Trendstar. The shirts are clever without being snarky, sweet without being saccharine, and the colors and graphics are fantastic. And as an extra bonus, Little Trendstar’s line is loaded with 80’s references, and who’s not a sucker for those? The Benatar tee (at right) is a perfect combination of punk and princess, without being too much of either. I also really like the Beat Goes On...

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Getting dressed up for New Year’s Eve without spending a fortune

It’s time to ring in the new year, which is a perfect excuse to get dressed up. Whether you’re waving goodbye to 2011 or running to greet 2012, your party deserves a little pretty. But don’t rush out and buy something you’ll never wear again; with just a few sparkly upgrades, you can turn your existing duds into a party-worthy look. [find affordable New Year’s Eve style tips after the jump] Jewelry is an easy way to dress up even your most basic jean-and-tee look — and for New Year’s you really can bring the bling. Stella & Dot...

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Our favorite colorful handbags to brighten your winter

Once the diaper bag years are over, it’s time to move on to a great day bag. You’ll still need something big enough to tote toys and snacks and enough Kleenex for a small village, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty. A basic black or brown bag is practical and versatile — and kind of boring. This winter, opt for a bright colored bag; it’s so on trend right now, and I promise you’ll be happy to tote it, even if it is chock full of kid stuff. Here, just a few of my favorites. –Susan Lancaster...

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Jonathan Adler Skip Hop Diaper Bags – Maybe the only ones that would make me want to change diapers again.

I’m particularly envious right now of the Jonathan Adler¬†Skip Hop line that launched yesterday. Which is funny, because I do not miss the days of hauling a baby bag around with me. I love a great bag, don’t get me wrong, but when my kids were in diapers, there were precious few diaper bags that could be described as “great.” But now? Wow. My favorite is the Pronto clutch, because I’m all about the small bag, especially one that holds a changing pad, wipes, and up to four diapers. And the wristlet means that when you’re wrangling your squirmy...

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Etsy Kids makes online shopping even more fun!

I am a total Etsy junky; it’s my first stop when I’m looking for cool, quirky accessories or for gifts for friends and family. I’m always particularly amazed by the beautiful handmade kids’ clothing on Etsy, which is why you see so much of it on these pages. Now Etsy has made it even easier to find the best of the best in one-of-a-kind children’s wear — and all other things kid-related. We’re so happy to discover the launch of the Etsy Kids hub. Here, all of Etsy’s offerings for the wee folk are gathered in one convenient and...

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sneakpeeq turns Facebook into a boutique

These days, I keep up with most of my friends via Facebook, even the ones who live close to me; our schedules are so crazy, with carpool and homework and sports commitments, that the only way we can visit is virtually. Which is sad, because those women are some of my favorite shopping partners. Now, with sneakpeeq, I can shop with my Facebook friends, and get a great deal at the same time — all without leaving the house (or the little league field or the karate gym, wherever it is that I’m logging on to Facebook). This app...

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kicokids Comes to Anthropologie

I have a soft spot for Anthropologie; their clothes have a kind of romanticism that makes me want to run off to Paris and spend my days eating macaroons in little sidewalk cafes. But this fall, Anthro brings that same dreamy style to kids’ clothes! I’m happy to discover that they’re partnering with kicokids one of our favorite indie kids’ labels, to create a capsule collection for girls, in sizes 2-6. The pieces, designed by kicokids founder and creative director Tia Cibani, offer a nice mix of patterns and textures, all created with a sense of whimsy. One standout...

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In silhouette

As I’ve learned, finding the perfect holiday gift for nieces and nephews can be tough, particularly when I’m trying to avoid picking out some random thing from the giant toy store chain. This year, I’m thinking about something personalized and special that they will love for years to come–and my sister-in-law will adore right now. Each of the canvas silhouette pillows from CMP favorite Le Papier Studio is handcrafted; you choose the fabric and one of 25 silhouettes, or send a photo and have the artists create a custom silhouette. Instant keepsake. I love that these aren’t pillows that...

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Make lunch less of a chore with the world’s cutest personalized lunchboxes

School’s back in session, and I’m back into my daily routine of packing lunches for my sons. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this less of a chore, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the answer. {don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Each of these uber-cute retro preppy personalized lunchboxes from Pencil Shavings Paper is made of lead-free tin and covered in a printed, laminated high-tack adhesive. You can choose from gingham (my fave), chevrons, polka dots or stripes, and each box can be personalized with your child’s name or just an initial. But...

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Shop it to Me turns your laptop into a personal sale shopper

I love a bargain, but I often hate the effort it takes to find one. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone keep tabs on all your favorite retailers for you, and let you know when the things you love go on sale? Yeah, that would be super. Fortunately, that is totally doable, thanks to Shop it to Me. This free service updates you on sales at your favorite brands and stores via their Sale Mail; you fill out a profile that includes size and brand information, as well as specifics of what you’re shopping for (dresses, shoes, accessories)....

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