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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Turn up the design factor at home with Fab

As a design junkie, imagine my delight at learning that Fab.com, a new flash-sale site featuring daily design deals, just launched today. Fab is a carefully curated collection of all the coolest stuff, for your home and your life, all at seriously great discounts. [don’t miss an invitation link after the jump!] I’ve been getting rid of things around my house this summer, which means that suddenly I have no lamps in the guest room and no coffee table in the game room. I’m tired of the cluttered, hand-me-down look of our space. What I really want is to...

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TOMS sunglasses help the world see better

We’re already big TOMS fans; their offbeat espadrille-inspired shoes are the perfect combination of looking good and doing good, since a child in need is given a pair of shoes for every one you buy. But it gets better: TOMS is now getting in the sunglasses business. The new line of TOMS eyewear include chic retro sunglasses that are equal parts old school and of-the-moment. No matter what your look, there’s a pair that will work for you. These are investment sunglasses, and while we think they’re worth the investment just for the hip factor, you’re really buying more...

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Handmade kids clothes with a retro Preppy feel

Summer is here, and once it gets hot, the temptation to just let the baby loll around in a diaper — or maybe a onesie — is almost overwhelming. But if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to keep the baby cool and cute, all at once. Because the baby can only go so many places in just a diaper. Here’s the solution: Mabo Kids’ line of hand-crafted childrens wear is a dream come true for Preppy moms. Each piece is made of beautiful fabric, and everything is hand-sewn in small batches by seamstresses in Washington state....

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Lipstick that makes you pretty. And makes the world a little better looking too.

Lip color makes a big difference — that slight hue of berry or pink can compensate for years of sleep deprivation. Right now, I’m digging a line from PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics (get it?); natural, philanthropic lipsticks and glosses that can truly change the world. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Lip Paint comes in 16 shades; each is sheer and easy to wear. I’m not a big lipstick girl (too heavy for me) but PeaceKeeper’s lipstick is lightweight and feels more like lip balm than lipstick. PeaceKeeper also makes lipgloss — I’m head over heels in love with the Fairness gloss, a light gold...

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Paper dolls so pretty you might play with them yourself

I’m a sucker for beautiful vintage-y paper dolls; they’re the perfect antidote to the plugged-in life my kids are living. And beautiful vintage-style paper dolls that help kids with disabilities? Sold. TinyUs is a creative charity set up to raise funds for Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. The entire price of each card or paper doll purchased at their web site goes directly to Présence. Even better: the pieces have no set prices — you choose your donation. The site offers paper doll cards, traditional paper doll sets, and party invitations,...

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Bobbi Brown helps you Dress for Success

A scarf is a simple way to change the look of even the most casual shorts-and-tee mom outfit — and if your scarf is also making the world a better place, then you’re really dressing for change. Makeup maven Bobbi Brown — an expert at making women look good — has teamed up with Echo to support Dress for Success with this super pretty, super-wearable ikat scarf. For every scarf sold, $20 ( nearly half the purchase price) goes to Dress for Success Worldwide, a great organization that helps economically disadvantaged women get back in the job market with...

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Frames that will inspire you to get out the camera

Summer is here – hooray! Something about being outside in the sun makes kids happy to be photographed. But instead of shooting all those photos and then just leaving them in a drawer (or on the hard drive of your laptop), I suggest you get some summer-worthy frames for them. We’re crazy about Obrien Schridde frames, which are understated and classic, with clean antique finishes. This summer though, those same simple frames come in a rainbow of stunning new colors — blueberry, tangerine, strawberry and grape — that will go perfectly with all those pool and beach photos of...

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Vintage upcycled luggage makes travel fun again

We all know that any time you go on the road with kids, it’s not really a vacation, it’s a trip — but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack in style. In fact, the right suitcase can really get you in the vacay state of mind. Even if you are filling it with sensible shoes and kid clothes. I’m smitten with GetReadySetGO’s upcycled vintage luggage. Rachel Demsick takes classic pieces — train cases, messenger bags, suitcases — and embellishes them with beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork. The pieces themselves are in impeccable condition, and come in stunning shades (no more black...

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Missoni loves Havaianas (and So Do I)

Let’s face it: flip flops are a summer must-have. But instead of defaulting to a cheapie pair that will fall apart or fade the first time you wear them, think about investing in a really good pair and wearing them all summer — or forever. My pick for perfect summer flip flops is always Havaianas, and this summer, they’re cuter than ever. Havaianas has teamed up with Missoni (designers of the world’s best retro-pattern knit dresses) for a line of fun and funky flip flops that will make your toes happy all summer long. Made of the same high-quality...

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The perfect back to school bag–for mom

I love the back-to-school rush–the shopping and planning and anticipation. But because I both have boys and send my kids to a school with uniforms, I always wind up feeling a little short changed in the back-to-school shopping arena. For me, fall meant new shoes and a new bag, always. In fact, I still typically treat myself to a new bag when school starts, just because. This year, I’m totally coveting the Eva Satchel from Ellington, in Italian leather. I have professed my love before for Ellington’s bags; they are beautifully made and well designed and will withstand even...

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