Category: Fashion

6 of our favorite stylish, comfortable wedge sandals you can wear even if you’re chasing kids around

I’m so happy that wedge sandals are back in style! Because the best part of summer fashion is that it’s all about being casual, breezy and relaxed, right? So, on the rare occasion when we leave the pool and I need to dress up a little more than my go-to flip-flops, I much prefer my comfortable wedge sandals over dressy heels. They’re versatile enough to work with shorts at a backyard barbecue or with a dress for dinner out. Plus, they’re not nearly as wobbly as heels, which is great since I’m still going to be chasing my kids around most of the time....

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Our favorite summer sandals for women and kids from the massive new Target sale: Most under $12!

This post presented in partnership with Target If you’re not a total Target addict like I am (seriously, my daughter and I spent a good two hours in their Brooklyn store yesterday and I have the biceps to show for it), you may not be aware that they just kicked off their Deal Days of Summer Sale. Let’s just say…huge. Discounted items are even more discounted. And if you happen to have the Cartwheel app, which saved me a sweet 20% off the sheets I was buying anyway, then even better. Each day from now through July 4, you’ll find a different deal on home goods,...

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6 of the snappiest water shoes for kids that like to splash all day

Nothing beats running around barefoot in the summer, until those soft little feet hit a rock or your kids refuse to go into the lake because of a few “icky” leaves on the bottom. So now is a great time to stock up on comfy and durable pairs of water shoes for your toddlers or bigger kids, who will be in and out of water all day. We’ve roundup up a handful of our favorite water shoes from companies we love and trust — the snappiest, sturdiest pairs of water shoes that are an essential part of summer fun. CMP is an...

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The coolest eco-friendly sunglasses we’re coveting this summer

Sunglasses have the power to make a cute summer outfit very hot. That said, I often find myself buying cheap sunglasses hurriedly, without too much thought for style, at the point that I realize I’ve lost, or, uh, sat on, a go-to pair and need a quick fix. But because sunglasses can be such a crucial accessory (for the health of our eyes, naturally, but more importantly for our everyday summer style), I love the idea of finding sunglasses that are high-quality and classic. Shades that I’ll want to take care of and wear year after year. And these Sideroot sunglasses from Sweden, handmade by a husband...

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Our favorite summer sun hats for people who don’t think they can pull off sun hats. Because, you can.

I love that this year skin is…well, out. Or at least, it’s a little more covered up, as we can see from the trends toward more stylized rash guards, high-waisted swim bottoms, and sexy one-pieces instead of bikinis. And let’s not forget about our faces; I know mine is the first place to freckle if I stay out in the sun too long. And while sunscreen helps, it’s tough to remember to reapply as often as I need to to keep from getting flushed then burned by summer’s strong rays. So I’ve been thinking a lot about summer sun hats. And once I started...

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The new TOMS shoes let you dip a toe into the political process

You may be vaguely aware that another US presidential election season is upon us, unless of course you’ve been sequestered in a Himalayan yurt somewhere, totally unplugged until just this very second. (In which case, hey! Thanks for making a visit to Cool Mom Picks one of your first stops!) While we can all agree that the next several months should be…interesting, to say the least, leave it to TOMS Shoes to turn our civic responsibilities into some generous do-gooding with the new election edition TOMS shoes. You’ve got your choice of two styles, featuring a patriotic pattern of either Democratic Donkeys or Republican Elephants....

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Why Bombas socks are the bomb

With summer slip-on shoe season finally here, it’s also officially stinky feet season, which is why I’ve been on the hunt for peds that don’t suck. You know, those no-show socks that keep your feet dry while you wear your favorite TOMS, Chuck Taylors, Vans (or if you’re like Liz, Superga sneakers). Well, since trying Bombas socks, I’m a happy girl and my feet are too. Related: The newest TOMS let you dip your toes into the political process  I actually purchased Bombas socks through a Facebook ad (yes apparently, they do work!) and I’m so glad I did. Their no-show socks...

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What are words for?

One of the coolest gift ideas I’ve ever seen for bibliophiles — besides another book, of course — is Litographs’ literary tees that beautifully transpose the text of your favorite novel and print it, in its entirety, across a cotton tee (trust us, it looks even prettier than it sounds). And now, through a very successful Kickstarter, Litographs is coming out with the ability to customize your text with (almost) anything you choose on one of their comfy tees or an infinity scarf. Litographs can reprint any text in the public domain, including song lyrics, famous speeches, plays, historical works, and even the list of endangered words for...

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A Mother’s Day necklace for anyone who loves you like a mother.

This Mother’s Day I will be shopping not only for the woman who brought me into this world, but also (and for the first time ever) for my mother-in-law. Which is probably why the Like a Mom necklace from Dogeared caught my eye in a big way. This delicate necklace is specifically intended for those nurturers in your life who don’t necessarily share your genes but deserve thanks (and a shiny new pendant) this Mother’s Day. My other mother list includes my aunt, my therapist, and Amy Poehler. But the only one I will be buying for is my husband’s mother. Believe me when I say I could use some...

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Marimekko for Target! Can you hear us cheering?

I have always loved the bright, bold patterns from the iconic Finnish design house Marimekko, and now I can refresh our summer wardrobes with some of their famously fun outfits without running up my credit card (well, too high) as Marimekko becomes Target’s newest designer collaboration. The collection has a whopping 200+ pieces including kids and women’s clothing, home decor and even a bocce ball set. Because if you’re going to play bocce, you might as well do it with Scandinavian style. Related: More than 40 ideas for the coolest black and white nursery   Marimekko for Target clothing is definitely geared toward beach and resort styles, with lots...

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8 flattering fit and flare dresses that curvy women can wear this spring.

So I get an email this weekend from Nordstrom informing me that the new spring dresses are coming in, and I have to admit, my excitement about warmer weather tends to be tempered a bit with, oh man…please tell me it’s not a pencil dress year. And that peplums have died a slow, painful death. Yep, I’ve got hips. And we curvy girls live for those years that A-lines are in style, or as the department stores are calling them now: fit-and-flare dresses. (Which I still see as kind of like A-line, only sometimes more hourglass. In fact, lots of dresses are...

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The NSFW socks from Blue-Q

We love seeing crazy fun socks for women have become such a massive trend. And since I’m hoping that my socks continue to be not-boring, I started digging around for more statement-making socks. And naturally we fell down laughing when we saw the sassy socks from Blue-Q on a friend’s Facebook page. Warning: Blue-Q socks aren’t your typical socks you want to be wearing when you’re kicking back, feet up, on the couch with your kids watching Saturday morning cartoons. They’re a bit more…shall we say, spirited than that? Second warning: If you’re uncomfortable with four-letter words, don’t click over to the site. Just stay here with us. We’ll protect you.   There are definitely...

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Andy Warhol Converse. What else needs to be said?

When saw the new Andy Warhol Converse collection, well, mic drop. Or whatever Andy would have said twenty years ago. Which is likely nothing at all; he’d just sit and stare at them and smile. After all, if any pop artist could totally get being the commercialism of his work it would be Warhol, especially when its executed in such an awesome way. Created in collab with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, you’ll find four ready-for-spring styles of Andy Warhol floral Cons for women and men in both hightop and low-top styles. I’m usually a hightop gal, but I’m drawn...

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3 smart, stylish waterproof winter boots for women now that it is, in fact, winter

Okay so December was a balmy 70 in New York City but how quickly things change. Now that we’ve gone from tropics to tundra, I’m pulling out the puffer coats, earmuffs, and winter boots so I can make it through those surprise knee-deep puddles that disguise themselves as a little harmless slush . With that, here are three of my favorite, tried-and-tested winter boot styles that I love because they’re all waterproof, toasty warm, relatively affordable, and guaranteed to last for many frigid moons. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   Sturdy and stylish: Sorel Tofino Winter Boot I am still absolutely in...

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Winter is coming. Which just means Sorel boot season for some of us, and not a new season of Game of Thrones. (Sorry.)

You Game of Thrones fans are all “Winter is coming!” and when this non-fan (yes, I know) hears it, all it means to me is “Time to buy boots!” And yes, we’ve featured a slew of cool ankle boots already, but if you’re in the market for a new winter boot, then you’ll want to take a peek at the ones I’ve noticed some of our staff sharing with each other through email and Facebook. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Our pick for the best snow boots worth the investment So, it all started when Lisa, our Director of Sponsorhips, sent...

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The ultimate source for hip, hand-knit hats and accessories. Whether you are the one hand-knitting them or no freaking way.

First, you have to laugh at a shop called Wool and the Gang. (Take a sec…okay, there you go.) But when you look at their amazing selection of hand-knit accessories, and the knitting patterns you can buy, it turns out it’s a massive resource for hip, cheeky accessories that can update your wardrobe for winter. While they have all kinds of scarves, sweaters, and other goodies for men, women, and kids, I’ve mainly got my eye on the funky hand-knit hats to help me beat the winter chill with a smile. The thing that’s exceptionally cool about this company is that...

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Book cover tees that promote smarts over sass

RJ Palacio’s Wonder is one of those rare books that simply stays with you for a long time. At least for me and for my daughters, who often bring up this phenomenal YA novel in the course of everyday conversation, and refer back to it  when we have those hard talks about injustice or social dynamics or the politics of friendship. So when I saw our friends at Litographs had added a new Wonder tee to their collection of graphic tees all designed from the words of novels, I knew I had a new favorite. Big news all around for Litographs t-shirt...

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Crazy fun socks for women: Hot trend alert

I was so in love with Kristen’s photo of her super stylish daughter on Instagram sporting some cool knee socks, and she admitted to me that her daughter stole them from her own sock drawer! That’s when I realized, this is one of those few times that a fashion trend started with kids then jumped to the adults. It’s a fact — fun socks for women are everywhere you look, peeking out of pumps, booties, knee-boots, layered over fishnets…you name it. And I’m loving it. Especially because it’s such an affordable way to punch up your wardrobe ,and even show off your...

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In NYC? Shop Rebecca Taylor with us for a great cause!

Next Thursday, September 24, I’m so pleased to be co-hosting a Rebecca Taylor shopping event with Jessica Seinfeld, on behalf of the awesome folks at Baby Buggy. And I’d love our NYC readers to join! What? You say you can come? Awesome! Just be sure to RSVP to rebeccataylor@babybuggy.org so we can get your name on the list!   Drop off the kids Thursday, then join us for a very nice way to start your day. 20% of all the proceeds will go right to Baby Buggy, for meaningful programs that support new families in need. Not that I need too much...

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18 of the coolest ankle boots for fall: The best deals and the big splurges.

Fall is my favorite time of the year, because boots! Also coffee and pumpkin spice and back to school, but cool boots are way up there. Right now I’m thinking about ankle boots, because it’s really still too warm to be wearing anything taller than that. Plus, they’ll go with anything all season long — from jeans to a little black dress. You can even get three seasons out of lots of styles. I’ve been doing a lot of shopping around to see what’s new and cool in the classic boot styles I think you’ll want to consider for your closet this fall. From stilettos to moto...

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10 super hot purchases under $20 at Macy’s right now.

This post is sponsored by Plenti.   If you’ve been using our sponsor Plenti, or if you’re considering joining their rewards program (hey, it’s free to join after all), we thought we’d take you on a little virtual shopping trip through Macy’s. Why? Because it’s fun to spend virtual money. But it’s even more fun to imagine all the things we could save on there, after using Plenti points. There are so many terrific deals right now at Macy’s in time for fall shopping, so we’ve put together 10 fantastic items we’d love to get ourselves, all under $20. In other words,...

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Is Stitch Fix worth it? Two brutally honest she said/she said reviews from two of our editors

As busy mamas, we admit we don’t always find the time to shop for ourselves. As we’ve heard more and more about Stitch Fix from friends posting photos of themselves in cute outfits from the online shopping service on social media, we’ve grown intrigued. We also had heard some controversy about the style choices, the return policies, and the mark-ups on the items they send, so we wondered whether paying fees for a service like Stitch Fix is worth it. So we thought it would be helpful for our readers to have two of our editors, each with different tastes and different lifestyles, try it out for...

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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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Behind every product is a person: Excellent reminder from Krochet Kids.

We first featured Krochet Kids a few years back, and immediately loved this non-profit’s mission of creating gifts that give back, to help provide job training and a sustainable income source in impoverished communities around the globe. While they have big hearts, they have great taste too; their items are really stylish and wearable, something I also look for when we find fantastic fair trade companies to share here. Related: To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives. Now the organization has added one more cool item to their catalog: A t-shirt created in collaboration with Jeff Sheldon, who you might better know as Ugmonk. The...

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Wonder Woman Havaianas: All the feet are waiting for you.

While searching around for a new pair of flip-flops for my kids, I came across shoes of supreme coolness: Wonder Woman Havaianas! Everyone’s favorite affordable Brazilian flip-flops are now a colorful homage to the great Princess Diana of Themyscira and they come in both women’s and kids’ sizes. However I may have to get them just for me. My younger daughter said, but I didn’t even see the movie yet! (Sigh. Kids today.)  Then all I’d need is a pair of those awesome Wonder Woman bracelets in our Indie Shop and my childhood fantasy would be complete. But I’d settle for Diana’s legs. And maybe that invisible jet....

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Post maternity wardrobe wins to keep you looking fresh and fabulous

Any woman who has recently given birth, like I have, has been there: Suddenly the baby is a few months old and you are finding yourself mentally ready to rejoin the other functioning members of society. There is just one problem… you have literally nothing to wear. Which means, time to look for post maternity clothing. Because with the extra [insert your own number here] pounds that are still clinging on post baby, your favorite wardrobe pieces may seem like a distant dream and the overworn maternity clothes that do fit are far less than appealing to you. I think most...

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The new TKEES are here! Behold our disproportionate excitement about such things.

To say I’m a TKEES sandals fan is a bit of an understatement. Ever since I discovered them about four years ago, they’ve slowly become the only flip-flop style sandals I own. They’re comfy and can take a bit of a beating, plus they’re chic enough for me to wear into the city, but casual enough for a pool party or walk to the beach. And unlike the Havaianas I used to hoard (sorry, Havaianas!) they will never be mistaken for gym shower shoes. So when I saw some of the new TKEES styles out, which can get me exploring beyond the...

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5 fashionable things I’m coveting right now

It’s time for the big Nordstrom sale, which means up to 40% off on lots of goodies I might have kept on my wish list for a whole lot longer. Here, my 5 favorite fashionable items I’m crushing on right now that I hope you love too. CMP is a reward style affiliate.  1. It’s no secret that I’m an MZ Wallace junkie and for good reason; the nylon makes them great all weather bags. For summer, I need something smaller and preferably brighter, which is why this gorgeous blue satchel caught my eye, especially since it can be worn as a...

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How to wear skinny jeans without flaunting a muffin top. No Spanx required…maybe.

I’ll be honest that after having four kids, I wasn’t sure I’d ever be adding skinny jeans to my wardrobe. While I eventually lost the baby weight (well, most of it anyway), the extra skin made me feel self-conscious. But with some careful shopping and lots of trial and error, I feel like I’ve at last mastered the art of wearing skinny jeans as a not-anywhere-near-size-2 woman. To show that you can do it too, I’m thrilled (like, super thrilled) to welcome AYR as our newest sponsor. They’re a really smart company that was founded to offer perfect fitting jeans, along with versatile, high quality...

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Shopping indie this Mother’s Day: A good thing to do.

No sooner is Easter behind us that we’re already thinking Mother’s Day gifts. And since it’s on May 10 this year that’s less than a month away already! Of course we’ll be launching our annual Mother’s Day gift guide (whoo!) this week, but we’ve also put together some of our favorite items from the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop into one Mother’s Day boutique. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. Stop over and see some of our favorite picks from indie makers for all...

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