Category: Handbags

A taco truck on every shoulder

While I’d personally be thrilled to have a taco truck on every corner (especially those ones from Austin, mmm…), I would happily settle for this hilarious taco truck lunch tote dangling from my shoulder. Especially because it doesn’t have to be a lunch tote at all; just wear it as a handbag and bask in that 2017 zeitgeist. Related: The taco truck playhouse for kids not satisfied with those boring castles. For the price, I can’t imagine it’s made of genuine nappa leather (or anything even remotely close to that). But then, for the cost of a few tacos pollo con mole — or two tickets...

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Fringed handbags: How to get this stylish fall trend in any budget, from $15 to…way, way more.

For the last few years, we’ve been loving the Navajo-inspired designs in everything from jewelry to home decor, and so it’s no surprise we are big fans of the fringe trend for fall that we’re seeing on gorgeous handbags from top designers to way more affordable ones on Amazon. And we love that it works for any budget. Depending on your personal style and budget, you can make a big, bold statement with all-over fringe on a designer handbag or go for a more simple look by adding a fringed tassel to your favorite bag. Even if you’re like me and a bit hesitant to buy a...

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: 5 cool fall and winter staples we love

I love a Nordstrom sale, and their Anniversary Sale is no exception, because you can get great discounts on brand new items. So, if you’ve got a little cash stashed, here are 5 of my favorites, all fabulous fall and winter staples, if I do say so myself, that I’m coveting. Cool Mom Picks is a reward style affiliate.  Related: Cool shorts alternatives – Yes mamas, you can wear culottes Spanx faux leather leggings I’m a huge fan of these faux leather leggings, because they’re super flattering and pretty comfortable, at least for Spanx anyway. I wear them all winter long,...

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The handiest travel bag for parents? Found it.

I’m not even sure when I got the Baggu tote pack, but over the years (yes, it’s been that long), it has been a huge travel lifesaver for me, time and time again. And even better, it’s currently on super sale. This bag is an upgraded drawstring backpack, carrying just enough essentials for you or your kids, whether you’re on a plane, a hike, a camp, you name it, but in my opinion, much more comfortably (and stylishly). They’ve since added tote handles to the newer version of the bag, which means you can carry it on your back or as a...

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7 Pantone inspired rose quartz handbags to help you swing into spring.

By now, the fashion fans among us surely know about the Pantone colors of the year, a dreamy serenity blue and a pretty rose quartz. While the colors were announced during the winter, I know I’m not generally big on pastels until the weather warms up. Which means that now, I’m excited to check out some new rose quartz handbags in particular. New accessories can be a fast, affordable way to get your wardrobe on trend without swapping out every item you own. Or…a fast, not affordable way to get your wardrobe on trend. Totally depends on your budget. (Or the budget of a generous...

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Gorgeous accessories to help moms in need, thanks to Jessica Seinfeld’s Good+ Foundation.

We’ve been fans of Jessica Seinfeld’s charity Baby Buggy for a long while now. For the past 15 years, they’ve provided more than 20 million essential children’s supplies to low-income families in NYC and LA, and our own editor Liz is among their “Friends” board of advisors. Now, they’ve rebranded as the the Good+ Foundation to be able to help even more families, with a broader mission. For one of their first initiatives, right in time for Mother’s Day, they’ve teamed up with HSN to launch a line of fashionable items that may be perfect for a mom in your life. Or hey, maybe even...

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A hot new line of diaper bags from a designer who’s not so new to them at all.

I recently got wind of the hot new line of Newlie diaper bags created by Leslie Newton, who might be best known as the Leslie of Timi and Leslie. I have to say, I’m impressed. And I’m a mom who doesn’t impress that easily when it comes to accessories, whether they’re meant to hold spare diapers or not. As with so many diaper bags these days, Newlie diaper bags are designed to look like nothing of the sort. It’s only the a wipe-clean interior, zillions of pockets, and a sizeable insulated pocket on the inside of each bag that gives its primary use away. That pocket is perfect...

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Crazy cat ladies? We’ve found our handbag!

I’ve just discovered the cutest new handbag, The Kinsley Kat, and it’s likely to be pouncing to the top of a few of our accessory wish lists for spring. Designer Sylvia Soo created this adorable clutch for her young niece, but its understated styling (and not so understated price) makes it a lot more versatile than your average tween/teen animal accessory. I can picture it as a clutch that complements a little black dress for a full-grown woman with more whimsical style, but it could also look great worn with the optional strap and jeans if you’re going for a more everyday look. I also love...

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Trend alert: diaper bags are going chic with black and white this spring

We’re happily getting ready for kid number four at our house, and with that, a return to diapers. While I’m not exactly excited about the wiping bottoms part, again (because, really, who is?), I am excited to find a new chic diaper bag to tote around all my stuff. I’m happy to report that this spring the trend is black and white. Very classic! Plus, it really goes with anything you choose to wear (barring baby spit-up). Related: 10 of the best diaper bags under $150 From florals to stripes and everything in-between, we’re seeing lots of statement-making black and white diaper bags....

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Pouch goals. Is that a thing? Because it should be.

With everything you can find at Society6 — smart phone cases, laptop bags, even leggings — they’ve now added carry-all pouches and let’s just say I’ve spent waaaaaaay too long flipping through all the fabulous choices. These canvas pouches with wraparound artwork come in three different sizes, with the smaller ones a good choices for pencils or make-up, and the bigger sizes able to double as a clutch. And well, the choices are endless. Almost literally. Here are some of my favorites (whew, it was hard to choose). Related: Society6 leggings – Be still my stylish geeky heart weapons of mass...

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Swanky metallic cosmetics cases: Coveted accessory? Or organizational essential.

Buying a new cosmetics case isn’t a bad annual tradition, at least if yours gets as beat up as mine do, with spills and smudges and that glittery who-knows-what embedded in there. It’s more affordable than buying a whole new handbag, and a great way to stay organized if you tend to carry bigger bags and totes all day like we New Yawkahs do. If you’re in the market, I am loving these handmade metallic leather cosmetics cases from Etsy’s Gift Shop Brooklyn.  Artist Annie Olean Bukhman claims they can work on their own as small clutches when you’re running quickly out the...

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8 awesome diaper bags and totes that give back to other mothers

The most essential (or at least the most fun) part of your new-mom gear collection just may be a great diaper bag. Since you’ll have it with you all the time, you want it to be well made, look great, and let you find that paci immediately when your baby starts to fuss. So while I’m waiting to be matched with a baby for adoption, I’ve been searching for a cool new diaper bag, and started to discover so many diaper bags that give back to moms in need. Because as essential as my diaper bag is to me as a new mom, the benefits these...

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FashionABLE rocks fall with big style that gives back to women in a big way

While I may still be desperately combing the summer sales racks for swimsuits that fit my girls, I’ve also got an eye toward fall fashion, and I am so happy that CMP beloved maker, fashionABLE, has extended their line of wearable scarves into more fall-weight materials and added some cool new accessories, too. And not only do they help you look fantastic, you’ll feel fantastic knowing the women you’ve helped with your purchase. Here are some of my own favorites from the new collection. CMP is an rstyle affiliate The checked Assefa scarf comes in two beautifully muted palettes, while...

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A great bag from the Great Bag Co, now at a great price

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting fashion stylist to the stars Robert Verdi a few times, and he is as fun, and sweet, and charming and wonderful as you probably think he is, if you’ve ever caught him on E! or pretty much in any fashion magazine. So when I heard he launched a new handbag label called The Great Bag Co, I was so excited. Turns out the first bag in the line has got all the style plus that surprising wink I’d expect from him — and even better, if you’re a Bezar member, they’re on sale this week. (You can use our...

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7 fun, funny and fab book totes for all your summer reads, whatever your style

Along with sunshine, cloudless skies and seriously earned chill time, this time of year also brings with it the celebrated Summer Reads season. You know, those great books filled with thrills, mystery, laughs, romance, history, and frolic that everyone is saying you absolutely must read this minute. We’re all for it; let’s turn those pages! But first, how about nabbing a cute book tote to stash all that summer reading? Hey, if you can’t put your book down, might as well take it with you. So we’ve got 7 fun, funny and fashionable book totes perfect for trips to the library or honestly,...

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Another reason to love FashionABLE: Wallets!

Most of my friends, family, even my kids’ classroom teachers know by now that FashionABLE is my go-to for gifts because they’re all wearing something from them. Gorgeous scarves, fabulous totes, the list goes on. Well, now they’ve added wallets, I have to say might just be the gift from them I finally give to myself, and not just because they match their amazing leather totes I carry around daily. Okay, maybe a little.   As I just mentioned, I’m a huge fan of black and cognac leather, which is exactly what these handmade leather wallets are made from. But the size is perfect for...

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3 cool tote bags for Mother’s Day gifts that help support other moms right back.

One of the bonuses of becoming a mom is being celebrated by my family. And by being celebrated, I mean receiving Mother’s Day gifts, of course. I love everything my husband and sons pick out for me, whether it’s something I’ve always wanted but felt guilty buying for myself or an upgrade of something I use all the time. However, I love it even more when it’s a gift that also supports a great cause, like tote bags from two companies we love. Related: The leather tote bag that feels divine, and so will you If you’re not familiar with fashionABLE (what?...

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Accessories to covet for spring: Cream, off-white and ivory, oh my.

This all-black loving woman is suddenly eyeing spring accessories in various shades of cream, and I can only imagine that it’s some sort of uncontrolled visceral reaction to 8 million years of winter that we just got through in the northeast. (That’s a rough estimate; it could be closer to 9 million years but I’d have to do the math.) If you’re starting to freshen up your own wardrobe with a few lighter, brighter accessories, take a look at these gorgeous options in various shades of ivory, cream, ecru, and off-white. They’re definitely little splurges, but the kind that can...

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Angela and Roi Crossbody bags for a cause. You know, beyond your spring wardrobe.

I only have one crossbody bag in my closet, which given my bag obsession seems ridiculous, I know, but I use it so much that I think it might be time to add another, like say this new one from Angela & Roi. How convenient! I love how each color of their bags connects to a specific worthy cause, so not only are you getting a gorgeous vegan leather bag, you’re also giving a little back to a charity with your purchase. The new Arc Crossbody definitely fits in with their line of sleek, simple bags, though I have to say I like how this particular...

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Foxes and pandas and trees, oh my!

I don’t know what it is about girls and purses. Maybe it’s that even the youngest of us naturally feel the need to have a bag for every occasion. But it’s never too early to start a healthy obsession with fun accessories, right? Which is why we love the sweet little coin purses from NYC-based Oktak that were just added to the Cool Mom Picks indie shop.   Featuring cute pandas and foxes in fun colors, these tiny handmade coin purses would make a special gift for any girl — or young-at-heart woman — who needs a way to tote coins, jewelry, hair clips, or other precious knickknacks that we wouldn’t...

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The tote bags that could get your kids to carry their own stuff

Lately I’ve been asking my kids to be responsible for carrying their own things to practices, school, playdates—pretty much everywhere. It’s not an easy task, as some days a headband or bookmark is a burden to heavy for them to lift. (Cue violins.) But I’m thinking these adorable illustrated tote bags we found from the Etsy shop Sobiegraphie might help get them excited about carrying their stuff around so I don’t have to. We love them so much, we even included the unicorn tote among the coolest birthday gifts for tweens and big kids, in our Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide.     Kids shouldn’t get...

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SheNative: Gorgeous accessories that support women right here at home

We write a lot about brands from around the world that help empower women and provide meaningful job skills and careers, from FashionABLE to To the Market and beyond. And now I’m so happy to learn about SheNative leather bags and accessories, which is doing that very thing specifically for Native North American women. Founder Devon Fiddler herself is an Indigenous woman of the Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, and is crowdfunding through an Indiegogo campaign to help support the launch of her new socially-driven company, but there isn’t much time left and I hope we can help them reach their goal...

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Hot bags for a cause from Angela and Roi

I have no specific name brand requirements for the bags that I carry. As long as it’s stylish, functional and well-made, I’m happy. And even happier if it happens to give back to great causes, which is exactly what happens when you buy an Angela & Roi bag. Every single one of these simple yet stylish bags gives back to a charity, with the brand creatively connecting each one’s color to a specific charitable foundation that will receive $5 with your purchase. So a green bag helps support the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. The yellow bags give back to the American Childhood Cancer Association. Red goes towards the fight against HIV and AIDS.  There are 11 colors in all, each dedicated to a particular health-minded charity. What’s so wonderful is that these beautifully-crafted, vegan leather bags are the kinds you’d drool over at your big department store or small neighborhood boutique. Each one has a small embedded stamp or engraved ribbon logo on the outside–though both  are extremely subtle because I’m sensitive to that–and each comes with a special paper tag explaining the charity that’s being supported by your purchase. I know that $5 isn’t a huge amount when you’re talking about a $70 or $100 bag, but it’s a wonderful gesture. And hey, to make this a really special gift, perhaps you pick one for someone already dedicated to that particular charity and include an additional donation in her name. That’s...

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10 funny reusable grocery bags: Because even eco-crusaders have a sense of humor

It used to be that you couldn’t find funny reusable grocery bags. Back when we started seeing them blow up for the first time, if anything at all was printed on them, it was usually some chest-beating statement about how super eco-friendly you are–pretty obvious considering you’re carrying a reusable grocery bag. Also, is a message on a bag really going to shame people into changing their habits? Eh, probably not. Well, now we’re seeing more and more reusable grocery bag that are less preachy, and more downright funny. Here, 10 of the funniest ones I’ve found that will give you (and your fellow shoppers) a giggle while you...

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10 fabulous handbags under $100. So you can buy two! Or shoes. And a necklace. And…

As much as I love designer bags, when I can find handbags under $100, especially when they’re hot and trendy, you might need to hide my credit card from me. It’s true, I have an obsession with bags, but thankfully, these won’t break my budget, or yours. Here are 10 fantastic bags that I’d love to have on my shoulder for fall and winter, all under $100.   Chartres Messenger Bag by Christian LaCroix ($99 at Nordstrom) If you’re looking to go bold for fall and winter, I’m digging the emerald of this Chartres Messenger Bag. It’s definitely on the smaller side, which...

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Dagne Dover: Hot designer bags from a designer you probably haven’t heard of. Yet.

I’ve got a very particular formula for selecting hot designer bags, which includes style, function, and versatility. Because as much as I love those super tiny crossbody bags with spikes, if I’m dropping a pretty penny on it, I need to be able to use it all the time. That  is why I’m very pleased to introduce you to Dagne Dover. The label was created by three women with extensive fashion and business backgrounds who were tired of having to carry around two bags for all of their stuff (here here!)–and clearly these ladies know what they are doing. The bags are classic in appearance and color,...

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Kale just got a whole lot cooler. Or at least funnier.

I realize that kale does not need any more positive publicity these days, but now it’s not only super healthy and delicious (mostly, anyway) but it’s funny too, thanks to this reusable grocery tote bag at West Elm. Especially perfect for those of us currently suffering Halloween candy hangovers. I’m a total sucker for a little word play so when I saw the Oh Kale Yeah! market tote bag I let out a hearty chuckle, and my guess is anyone who sees you carrying it at your local food co-op will too. Made from 100% cotton canvas, it’s perfect for carrying your...

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It’s a tote bag. It’s a backpack. It’s at the top of our Christmas wish lists.

Some days, when I leave the house in the morning I may not be back until after dinner, so I need to carry it all: Laptop, kids’ practice uniforms, snacks and toys to keep the kid waiting at said practice happy—you know how it is, right? The Ashton bag by the altruistic State Bags (who we discovered last year) is now available at our Cool Mom Picks indie shop and we’re so happy about it. This one is definitely on my wish list as a stylish, versatile tote bag for my busy schedule. These bags are so cool. I love the heavy canvas fabric with...

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Our gift to you: The most gorgeous indie accessories and fashionable accents for less

When we first opened up the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop a few months ago, we were so excited to get to support so many of the indie makers and artists we’ve loved for years, while getting a chance to discover new ones. But what’s been even more fantastic is the reception we’ve gotten from our reader–wow, do you mamas have great taste! So we’re so excited that great.ly wants to thank you all with a fantastic limited time offer: This week only, every item in our fashion + accessories collection ships for free.  Whoo! Update: April, 2015: Now everything in the shop ships for free...

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Faux leather handbags as luscious as the real thing

Years ago, we discovered the wonderful faux leather handbag designs of Crystalyn Kae, and became fast fans. Our love of her work was only solidified after the breaking news that lots of faux leather handbags contain high levels of lead, but hers were not among them. Still, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with her shop and wow, there are some great new handbags out for fall, including a Women’s Hobo Bag which comes in seven cool colors.   One of the benefits of vegan leather is that it’s way lighter than real leather, water-resistant, and can be more durable...

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