Category: Sales, Whoo!

Once place to find Missoni for less, that isn’t Target

Maternity wear is a tricky thing. Looking like a slob for nine months is not what most of us want. On the other hand, spending a ton of cash on clothes with such a short shelf life can seem like a big old waste. The answer might be in a new online boutique offering designer maternity clothes on consignment–including everyone’s favorite designer of 2011, Missoni. Encore Maternity was founded by a celebrity stylist/mom who was faced with that same pregnancy fashion conundrum. She wanted to look chic during those nine months, but still wanted to save up for her...

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Little Rue is made for kids and their grownups

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally addicted to all the flash sale sites out there. These days you can snap up everything from design-y coffee tables to contemporary art at awesome prices. Now, one of my favorites, Rue La La, has launched a a sister (or should I say daughter) site for stylish and adventurous families, with a charity angle we love. Little Rue is the newest launch from one of the original flash sale leaders. I love browsing Rue La La for deals on fancy jewels, weekends at the Canyon Ranch spa in Arizona and Orrefors...

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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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Hello, cute back to school clothes! (Also, Hello Kitty)

Every year, I promise my kids one special back to school outfit, and now that it’s officially September (eek!) I guess it’s that time again. Generally I’m a big believer in $8 jeans, but one splurge always seems reasonable, especially when they love it love it love it. Fortunately, we’ve scored you an exclusive discount on some of the special new fall kidswear at one of my favorite online boutiques. Arte Bebe always showcases all that’s hip and stylish for babies and young kids, and this fall is no different. I’m loving the new line of Misha Lulu Hello...

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What’s hot for kids in summer 2012? The stuff on sale during summer 2011.

I’m not quite why I never think to shop Zara for kids. I’ve been shopping there myself for years, but it never crossed my mind to check out their selection for little people until wardrobe stylist (and mom) April Johnson, suggested it to me recently. I figure, hey, she’s dressed Julia Roberts and Ryan Reynolds; she can certainly find something cute for my girls. If you’re not familiar with Zara, they make crazy affordable, decently made clothes with European styling. And fortunately, they go from 0-14 so you moms of bigger kids and tweens are in luck. Especially considering...

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How to make MYHABIT your habit

I love shopping for clothes. But what I really, really love is shopping for clothes and getting a great deal. That’s why finding out about this private fashion deal site set off my Pavlovian response–just subtract the drool. Oh, who am I kidding; add the drool back in. Especially considering they just launched an entire section for home decor too. MYHABIT is the private fashion deal site by Amazon. Think Gilt or Rue La La, but with at least 60% off designer clothing for men, women, and kids, plus free shipping (always!). The brands are rad, trending toward things...

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We’re sending you back-to-school shopping for less. Or maybe free.

We can never resist the chance to give away cool stuff to all of you cool moms out there. (But only the cool stuff. Just so that’s clear.)  So we love that our sponsor ShopRunner is asking our readers to fill out this short (and fun!) survey about back to school shopping, and in exchange, six CMP readers will win a little gift card goodness to help out with the back-to-school shopping this year. Just answer 10 short questions, enter your email address if you want to be eligible, and you could win: -GRAND PRIZE: A $50 gift card...

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Affordable organic kids’ clothes that aren’t just available in “natural”

When I’m shopping for clothes for my kids, I find it a challenge to get good organic cotton. Sure, it exists, but sometimes it’s way out of our budget and the rest of the time it seems to be only available in “natural.” (I know you know what I’m talking about.) [don’t miss a terrific gift card giveaway after the jump!] When I discovered Mini Mioche I did a little dance of joy. Not only are the clothes nicely constructed and very adorable, they also fulfill my wildest fantasies of being both organic and not way out of my...

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Why should kids get all the great clothes?

So many times I wish that my favorite kids designers were designer for us adults too. And now–hello! Thank you, kit +lili! I’m loving their line for adults, including beautiful dresses, flowy peasant tops in bold modern patterns, and cheery reversible tote bags that are like buying two bags in one. They’re all made with the same beautiful original fabrics that make their kids clothes so distinctive, and they really do work perfectly as grownup-wear. Right now, so many of the designs are now on sale at Nonchalant Mom that if you need to round out your spring/summer wardrobe,...

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Social Goodies blends great shopping deals with great causes

I don’t know about you, but these days, my inbox is totally overwhelmed with messages from good-deal sites. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all awesome deals–I’m glad I signed up for all of them, and wish I could nab every bargain. But for me to sign up for a new one these days, it has to be different from the others. That’s why Social Goodies is rocking my casbah. Social Goodies is the newest in daily-deals sites–but with a twist. Every day, there’s a new, awesome deal up for grabs, like $12 for $24 worth of trendy sunglasses from 80’s...

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Gorgeous designer kids clothes on crazy sale. (Don’t you love June?)

If your daughter needs a new party dress this summer, or you’re just one of those smart moms who remembers to stock up on sale clothing for next year, one of my favorite labels, Ses Petites Mains, is having their annual sidewalk sale right now. And it’s awesome. Gorgeous handmade dresses for girls that are normally in the splurge-y category of childrenswear are now super affordable. I loved this petal slip dress before, but I think I love it even more for $24. That’s 2/3 off. Same goes for the amaryllis dress we featured earlier this year, now down...

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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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Vincent Shoes, now on sale for the very last time.

My daughter has worn Vincent Shoes all four years of her life. In fact, Cool Mom Picks was instrumental in launching Vincent Shoes back in the very beginning, so plenty of our kids are familiar with the adorable Swedish styling and rugged construction–and the many compliments we get on our kids’ kicks. So, we are all terribly sad to hear that Vincent shoes is closing their virtual doors this spring. Of course, with every store closing there is an awesome sale, which makes it bittersweet. [don’t miss a huge huge special discount after the jump] Look around now and...

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Orange you glad spring is here?

What is it about orange on children that just makes me feel happy? It’s so springy and bright and optimistic–although of course, I look terrible in it myself. Wah. I love what one of my favorite small designers, Beth Miles of Ses Petites Mains, is doing with orange by tempering it with a seersucker plaid and some romantic ruffles to turn it into the cutest little dress for girls. [don’t miss a great discount and awesome giveaway after the jump!] The Betty Shirtwaist Dress, like all of the designs, is produced and designed entirely in San Francisco and made to...

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A Swedish sale on kids clothes as good as their meatballs

Man those Swedes are stellar when it comes to bringing beautiful design to the masses. We’ve long been fans of Vyssan Lull, an online purveyor of gorgeous, cheerful and eco-friendly kid’s clothing with style to spare. And even more so, now that they’re on crazy amazing sale. Usually clothes coming from of some of the best, high-end, Scandinavian fashion companies would have pretty steep price tags, but right now you’ll find them up to 70% off. The clothing, and accessories, range in size from Preemie to 7-years old and a lot of the merchandise is unisex (red and yellow...

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A ride on toy that the non-riders can love too.

I’ve found the degree to which children love ride-on toys seems to be in inverse proportion to how ugly they look in your living room. Cute sleek and modern? Eh. Big, shiny and plastic? Home run! But now there’s one that my kids will love just as much as I’d love looking at it. The Metal Speedcar Racer is one stunner of a ride-on toy. This 1930’s era replica is low-maintenance, it doesn’t guzzle gas, and it’s a snap to parallel park. Plus there’s no passenger seat, meaning your kid will never get stuck with carpool duty. It’s all...

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Calling all NYC area mamas and mamas-to-be!

Besides brownstones and indie coffee shops, Brooklyn is also known for being home to oodles and oodles of families. (As our Ed-in-Chief Liz can attest.) So it makes perfect sense that the first ever Child Grows in Brooklyn Baby Expo would take place in New York’s most family-friendly borough this coming Sunday. What makes this expo different than, say, a car expo? Well, first of all, it’s not boring. Second of all, it’s hosted by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, one of our favorite local blogs devoted to all things kids and parents. Register and you’ll have complete access...

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Thank you, oh thank you

One of my resolutions this year: Get better at sending thank you notes. Have I broken that resolution already? No comment. But I’m here to tell you that it is not too late to send out thank you notes for your holiday gifts. I know how it gets as the weeks blow by and suddenly you’re like eh…I’ll thank her in person when I see her in a few weeks. However I can’t think of a nicer surprise at the end of a blustery, dark January than a handwritten note in my mailbox. I was browsing the selection of...

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A winter clearance sale at the beginning of winter? Count me in

I love how when my son loses his glove–yes, glove; always the left–the stores are completely sold out of them. In January. Well, there’s one “make way for the spring inventory even though winter just started” clearance sale I think you’re going to want to know about. [don’t miss a great discount after the jump!] Estella is a fancy pants (and tops and onesies) Children’s Boutique in New York City which carries fabulous kid’s clothes in sizes 0-6 that most of us could normally only lust after. Until now; starting today they are taking 75% off all their winter...

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Great post-holiday sales from the boutiques we love

While we all know the department stores are slashing prices in their annual post-Christmas frenzy right now, some of our favorite small online shops are having amazing post-holiday sales too. The snow being what it is in my neck of the woods right now, I’m very content to cozy up with hot chocolate and do it all from home. In my sweats. Without showering. Oh yeah. Here are a 7 nice sales that I think are worth a look.  –Liz ModCloth is having a Cheers to New Year’s Eve Sale. Get a dress, new shoes, and accessories all at...

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The handbags that make me go all slack-jawed and tingly inside

You know that feeling when you’re browsing the racks of a favorite boutique and your eyes lock on something, and suddenly you feel yourself getting all sweaty and anxious and your heart is racing and your eyes widen and you just know you’re going to have to go to prom together? I mean…the cash register together? That’s how I felt the first time I laid eyes on one of the stunning handbags from Hayden-Harnett. It was exactly what I had been looking for for a year. Exactly. Well now you might feel the same way, only spending a whole...

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Online shoppers – prepare to save a ton of money

If you work on Firefox–as about half of you do, judging from our site stats–you probably know that there are all sorts of interesting add-ons you can add to the browser to make things faster, easier, and more functional for you. I’ve been poking around looking at apps for our sister site, Cool Mom Tech, and came across a really nifty one that’s already saved me a ton of money as I shop online. The PriceBlink add-on for Firefox essentially price compares the baby doll or shearling boots or garden hose you’re looking at on a major retailer site,...

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A coupon worth its weight in gold glitter glue

Something strange happens to me every December. I don’t usually have much patience for craft projects, but every holiday season, something comes over me and I feel the need to do something with glitter. Well, here’s a holiday gift for all of us crafting mavens and want-to-be crafting mavens (that would be me at the moment). Get 50% off all Martha Stewart craft items at Michael’s until December 24. Martha Stewart’s glitter is a glitter lover’s dream. It’s fine and elegant and fabulous and each color shines like shimmering gems. But beware–it does tend to get everywhere, so this...

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It’s Small Business Saturday – Have you hugged your mom + pop today?

Well hello! And happy Small Business Saturday –quite possibly our new favorite shopping day. (It certainly sounds better than Black Friday, right? So dark! So ominous!) Today is an amazing opportunity to devote some of that holiday budget to the local merchants you know and love–online or off. For some of our own writers’ favorite mom and pops in their hoods, from Boston and New York to Albuquerque and Santa Cruz, check our own Small Business Saturday recommendations and you’ll even get some awesome holiday ideas. Or heck, search this site. 99% of what we do is support the...

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The long lost potholder loom of my misspent youth!

With all the awesome Black Friday sales online today, I’ve had the best morning avoiding the crowds at the stores. I’ve been cuddling up with my girls, watching the Mahna Mahna video for the zillionth time on you tube, and jumping online to grab a deal or two. When I got word that CMP fave Oliebollen was offering 25% off everything in stock today only, I clicked right over and oh man, am I glad I did. I was so excited to find the potholder loom of my own youth! I grabbed two right away. I can only hope...

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25 super cool Black Friday shopping deals from sites we love. Aka Stay in your pjs tomorrow, mamas!

I’d like to think I’m fairly adventurous, but get up before 2AM to join the crowds running out on Friday to get a flat screen? That’s one adventure I think I’ll miss. So instead, we’ve gathered the best deals, discounts, and free shipping offers that start this weekend, from some of our favorite shops. Your first stop of course should be the Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide, with discount codes towards toys from shops like Wild Dill,  Franklin Goose, Creative Toy Shop and Jade’s Toy Box (shown here), decor from O’Brien Schridde, jewelry from Lisa Leonard and Darlybird, and up to 20%...

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Tres chic for tres cheap!

It’s quite possible that I might never set foot in an actual store again. I mean why bother schlepping outside when everything you could possibly want is a few clicks away? When I say everything, I mean the most gorgeous French designer baby clothes, all at super affordable prices.  At least if you know where to look. The Dior linen baby dress above can be found for less than 30 bucks, and an adorable baby snowsuit for less than 20 at a fabulous new baby clothing e-boutique called Apricot Culotte. Created by a Parisian transplant with the goal to...

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Easy-peasy deals on local stuff you just might love

I’m not what you’d call the decisive type. When I shop online, I put my almost-purchases in the cute little cart icons and let them rest there while I construct (and reconstruct) mental pro and con lists as to why I should get them. (Yeah. I know.) Who has the time for this complex decision-making process? No one! That’s why Plum District is sorta right up my non-decisive alley. It’s a deal site geared mostly toward mamas, offering special prices on cool kiddo- and parent-gear from your city’s own local stores. Once a day, you get an email from...

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Rockin’ deals on Rockin’ Baby Slings

I more than happily paid full price for my Rockin’ Baby Sling, and considering I wore it almost every day for six months with two out of my three kids, it was well worth it. But they’re currently selling all their stock for an exciting relaunch early next year, which means you can score amazing deals on one for yourself. There’s a reason why these were both Liz and my all time favorite sling, in particular their rockin’ baby pouch, which features gorgeous fabrics and a super smart zipper system that makes it adjustable without having to deal with a sometimes...

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Gaggle of Chicks – If you can get over the name, there’s savings to be had

I am not going to mince words here, so let me just say it: I hate that this site is named “Gaggle of Chicks.” Truly. I am not a chick, I am not part of a gaggle, and since when are great deals only for moms? C’mon. So, yes, if you need to take a minute to get past the name, please take it (with my blessing) and then read on. But what Gaggle of Chicks gets wrong on the name, they get absolutely right on the concept.  This is a site for NYC moms to hop on the...

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