Category: Fashion

Star Wars x Sperry: A match made in a galaxy far, far away. (Or Massachusetts, really.)

Forget having the coolest shoes in school, the Star Wars x Sperry mashup that just released this week may be the coolest sneakers in the galaxy. Classic shoe styles meets classic geek culture design?  Yep, we’re probably going to be stealing these Star Wars sneakers from our teens’ closets. Or maybe grabbing our own, considering these all come in adult sizes. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: This 40th anniversary Star Wars clothing collection is a force Although our whole household has become huge fans of the new Rogue One crew, I do love that these shoes feature original...

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The best, most affordable places to buy jeans for tall girls.

I’m 5’11 and while I love my height now, middle school me wasn’t thrilled about the perennial challenge of buying jeans for tall girls. Especially since my parents didn’t want to spend a bundle on jeans that would only last one BTS season at best. With my willowy nieces now facing the same long-legged shopping problem, I decided to do some digging and find the cutest, most affordable jeans for tall girls to help them out — and any of your own kids, too. Because #TallGirlProblems are real. But with the XL inseam jeans these stores offer, they don’t...

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US means all of us

I was so happy to come across the beautiful US means all of us message, which started as a grassroots campaign from Selman Design to help attack ignorance and fear, especially about the Muslim-American community, while promoting equality and respect for all Americans. The message was so well-received (it originally accompanied a NY Times editorial board op-ed) they turned this simple statement of tolerance and love into a fantastic graphic t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds support the essential work of the ACLU. Beautiful message for a really important cause? I’m all in. Relate: A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity,...

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Made in America shirts with the ultimate made in America story.

While it isn’t realistic that every article of clothing we all own is made in America, I’m always thrilled to share ones that are. And I just discovered a company called Bridge & Boro that’s getting ready to design and manufacture gorgeous some new premium US-made denim shirts for men and women. I love the shirts — and I love the backstory just as much. Carmelo Bari, an immigrant pattern maker and tailor from Italy, perfected his craft over fifty years then passed his skills onto his son Fabio who just launched this campaign on Indiegogo to help them get up and...

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The 90s are calling. They want you to wear these handbags.

Holy 90s redux! The Rugrats, one of my favorite all-time cartoons is back in the form of fabulous handbags, t-shirts, backpacks, hats and pet accessories. But wait! It’s not just Rugrats! It’s more like an entire 1993 Nicktoons marathon collided with Boxlunch and the result is awesome. Surely there’s something in the upcoming collection for any man, woman, or canine pining for Saturday mornings with Ren & Stimpy (my very favorite of all), Fairly Oddparents, Hey Arnold, Aaahh!! Real Monsters, and Spongebob‘s more arcane characters. But me? I’m all about the bags. Related: Cool Wonder Woman gifts that boys and men will...

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The best white t-shirts for women, from a white t-shirt junkie. (Psst…lots on sale if you hurry!)

One of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten from Spawned listeners is: what is the best white t-shirt for women? Well, hey! I’m the perfect, super opinionated person to answer that question because white t-shirts are a staple for me year round; over skirts, over shorts, under blazers or cardigans, with an open denim oxford tied at the waist over top…there is pretty much no style that doesn’t require at least a few perfect white t-shirts in your bureau. So if you want a few options, here are my picks, with a little more about why I like each...

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How to wear stars this summer. Stripes, optional.

If you’ve ever bought that awesome American flag t-shirt for July 4th only to feel like it’s kind of passé on July 5th, I just found the perfect fashion solution in these totally fab new star-adorned Lily flip-flops from TKEES spotted at ShopBop. They come in three different colors, black, blush, and post-Memorial Day white, and they even make the star sandals in kids’ sizes. I love them! Like, mad love. (Though those aren’t my own legs shown here; I haven’t bought them yet, and my pedicure is not nearly as fresh.) Related: Hot trend alert: Rose sneakers are this...

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Hot trend alert: Rose sneakers are this summer’s new neutral

This summer we’re seeing a new trend that — I’ll admit — I was skeptical about at first. But now, I’m hooked. Rose-colored sneakers are everywhere. In fact, I’m declaring them the new neutral. The pretty, soft color dresses up our jeans-and-a-tee outfits, and I might even follow my daughter’s lead and start wearing them with casual dresses for a sporty look. So, here are 6 great rose sneakers I’ve found at some of my favorite shops, from Target to Barneys. A little something for every price range. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Greek boho sandals: the fun summer trend anyone can pull...

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A fun summer fashion trend anyone can pull off. Seriously, we’re obsessed.

We’ve been keeping our eyes on hot shoe trends lately (it’s hard work, but someone has to do it) and we’ve noticed a new look coming out of the Mediterranean that we’re completely obsessed with: tassel, lace-up, blinged-out boho sandals. These shoes are so fun, and the best part? They’re a hot summer fashion trend anyone can pull off. If you’re looking for a way to add some big personality to your summer style, check out these five boho sandals we’ve picked as our favorites. For each shop, click through and look around at all their styles. They’re all handmade, so each pair is...

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A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!

As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...

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People are leaving hilarious reviews of the Clear Knee Mom Jeans and we can’t stop laughing

There’s a good chance that by now you’ve seen the Topshop Clear Knee Mom Jeans at Nordstrom that have been making the social media rounds (along with that weird tank top from Urban Outfitters). But, what you might not have noticed is that people are now leaving reviews on the Nordstrom website, and they are cracking us up. Side note: Why are they called “mom jeans?” No mom we know would ever pay $95 for jeans with clear knees. Well, no mom we know would every pay any dollars for jeans with clear knees but that’s beside the point. But name...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: Our review of the True & Co. Second Skin bra

As you might already know if you read our site regularly, we’re suckers for Facebook ads, which is why you see our reviews of everything from THINX period underwear to Bombas socks, even those Like A Glove leggings that help you buy jeans that fit you. These ads pop up in our Facebook feed and we just can’t stop ourselves. But hey, you get the reap the benefits of me being a guinea pig because we share the honest scoop on these popular products. That’s why we decided to start a new feature here called, “Damn you, Facebook ads.” First up, the True & Co....

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5 fabulous new pairs of spring shoes I want at Nordstrom right now

I’ve always been a fan of Nordstrom. The company pays their employees well, they offer a lot of flexibility to part-time or telecommuting workers (like parents),  they’ve lead the way with strong anti-discrimination policies, and they always make the Fortune list of the top 100 companies to work for. Plus, best customer service. (Especially you bra fitters in the White Plains store. Yeah, you!) And if you’re online…free shipping! So I thought it was a good day to do a little online window shopping and check out some of the hot new spring shoes I’d love from Nordstrom right now. A little...

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#TeacherLife

Because we know how much teachers do for our kids, and how awesome they are, we just had to share this hilarious Netflix and Grade shirt from Look Human (we love that shop, by the way). It’s a pretty clever (and school appropriate) play on the whole “Netflix and Chill” thing. If you’re anything like us, you’ve got a teacher (or two) in your life who would appreciate something like this (on sale now for $29.99, by the way). Or, just send this link along to them in a thank-you email to give them a smile and a well-earned laugh....

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2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do.

Our friend Christine Koh, she of the wonderful gold personalized unicorn tee (featured as one of our favorite cool birthday gifts for tweens and tweens) is at it again. Her shop, which features beautifully designed advocacy tees each supporting an excellent cause, now has two new designs with 20% of the proceeds going to one of our favorite orgs, the ACLU Nationwide. Check out the shop for the fierce Rise Up tee and the gold stamped Equality tee, both of which I love so much…well, considering the cause, the designs themselves, and the opportunity to support an indie maker mom with my purchase,...

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When That Girl becomes That Woman: Meeting Marlo Thomas

Last week, I was fortunate to attend a reception hosted by Marlo Thomas (!) and spend some time talking about life, womanhood, Free to Be You and Me, education, kids, femininity, being sexy at any age, and of course, her chic new throwback clothing line, That Woman by Marlo Thomas. Which I’ll get to in a minute. But first, ZOMG Marlo Thomas. Please know this is a woman who has inspired me my entire life. And yes, she’s just as charming and uplifting and funny and smart as you’d hope. She’s also reaffirmed my commitment this year to surround myself with as many...

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OMG! American Apparel is closing. Here’s how to comfort yourself with 40% off.

Bad news, cool kids: American Apparel is closing their factories and basically being cannibalized and moving to Canada. So much for “designed, cut, and sewn in Los Angeles.” Yes, the company has their share of controversies, but they always did make solid basics we loved for our kids. So sad. The silver lining in all this is a 40% off sale that can help you grab some great basics for women, men and kids. But you’ve got to hurry! I poked around the site to see what’s what. For women, you’ll want to check out the ongoing sale on tees, leggings, dresses, and more....

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The perfect stocking stuffer is…more stockings. If they’re these rad Star Wars socks.

You can only gift so many Star Wars shirts and toys, and — wait. Who am I kidding? You can never gift too many Star Wars shirts and toys to the fan in your life. And these posh Star Wars socks are the perfect geeky gift they’ll enjoy all year. And they’re sized just right to fill out that R2D2 stocking. The Star Wars Collection of socks by Stance has oodles of great choices — we even covered their kids’ socks over at Cool Mom Tech. But we’re really digging their luxe Limited Edition Collector Sets that bring together Light Side,...

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13 sparkly holiday dresses for girls: Bring on the dazzle!

If your family’s holiday schedule is anything like mine, and you have daughters, you know why I’m looking for sparkly holiday dresses for girls right now. I have a calendar full of holiday parties, recitals, school concerts, and a gazillion other special events coming up, all excuses for my daughter to get fancy. But with a budget that doesn’t allow for a whole wardrobe of holiday dresses, I’ve been searching for a fun, sparkly dress that she can wear more than once, from holiday parties to New Year’s Eve with lots of playdates and family visits in between. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: 2016 Holiday...

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Chic winter accessories that look great, and give back in a big way too.

Everyone has that person on their list who’s impossible to buy for because they already have it all. And while I try to opt for more meaningful gifts in these situations — like donations to a cause they’d appreciate — a printed receipt shoved in an envelope always feels a bit anti-climactic in the midst of the ribbon-snapping, wrapper-flinging reverie. But since working at Cool Mom Picks, I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world of amazing tangible gifts that also give back. Which is why I love these chic winter accessories by Echo and their Share the Warmth initiative. For every scarf, hat, or pair of gloves...

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We found 5 fab waterproof boots that also keep you warm this winter

Weather experts from Europe to the US are warning us to brace ourselves for the coldest winter in years…again. So, when life gives you snow, I say go shopping for a great pair of snow boots! When it comes to a good snow boot, I want something that will keep my feet warm and dry when I’m trudging through snow and slush, or just tip-toeing through those massive puddles that accumulate at street corners after a storm.  But I want them to feel comfortable and look at least as cool as I can in sturdy winter boots. Not too much to ask, right? So I’ve...

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Cool ways to tie scarves: 7 videos that make it easy. Winter style, check!

Forget sweater weather; for me, fall is all about scarves. They’re always on trend, and to top it off, they’re practical, which is important to me. (#momlife, yo.) Having a couple of scarves in your closet gives you a lot of affordable ways to spruce up your wardrobe for the season, but the key to looking stylish is knowing how to wear them. So to help you get ready for winter, I found these 7 terrific video tutorials that offer lots of cool way to tie scarves. Thanks to these women, I feel like I have my own personal stylist! Only, free. Related: Fall accessories with big style that...

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What the world needs now… you know the rest.

So many shopping holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re busy keeping a spreadsheet of all the best deals around. (And, hey, if you’re late to the task, don’t worry, we’ll be sharing all our best deals finds and holiday gift ideas with you soon!) But as you juggle the upcoming deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday, don’t forget about Giving Tuesday, which is exactly as it sounds — a day promoting the selfless acts of volunteering, donating, and generally showing love. With the new collaboration between Nest and QVC, you can give back and shop, thanks...

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Gorgeous pajamas by Sudara that help women in India find safe, sustainable work.

I may be the only person I know who gets excited about daylight savings time because the earlier sunset gives me an excuse to slip into something soft and forgiving for many more hours of the day. Oh yeah, and being pregnant hasn’t helped with this habit, at all. As a shameless pajama fiend, I was super excited to learn about Sudara, a company that makes gorgeous loungewear inspired by the art and culture of India. What’s more, is that these pants by Sudara are handcrafted by women in these communities who have bravely escaped sex trafficking. Sudara actively fights sex slavery in India by providing safe,...

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Stunning Native American bracelets that do more than dress up an outfit

Recently, I had the joy of attending the annual Martha Stewart American Made event, or what I think of as Cool Mom Picks gift guide central. Truly, it’s always a joy to discover amazing new makers and other small businesses (a few are on the @coolmompicks Instagram feed right now) and you’ll be hearing about some of my favorite finds in the weeks to come. But I really wanted to start off with an amazing company that’s new to me, Etkie. I was instantly drawn to their stunning, truly high-quality Native American bracelets, produced by actual Native American artisans in New...

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Le Tote: A fab fashion subscription service that keeps you in style, affordably | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Le Tote If you’ve got a love of fashion, but don’t necessarily have the budget to support your fabulous taste, check out Le Tote, a fashion subscription service that lets you borrow from hundreds of popular brands without the huge investment.   Sign up, then pick the clothes and accessories that best suit your style. Le Tote will curate your very own box of items, which you can even change before they ship it to you. No dressing rooms with screaming kids, no waiting in checkout lines, and definitely no laundry or dry cleaning. Just return your worn, unwashed items to...

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Savitude lets you shop based on body type, so every woman can feel her most beautiful | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Savitude   If you’ve ever struggled to find stylish, quality work clothes — let alone the time to buy them — the new Savitude app and Savitude website are about to make it easier than ever.  Especially if you’re switching careers, returning to work post-baby, or just trying to update your wardrobe for the new season without spending time you don’t have. What makes Savitude different is a clever “shape-driven” shopping experience that helps you build a personalized, curated list of clothing options that’s just perfect for your own body type and tastes, thanks to combo of expert guidance and smart technology....

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Cool sneaker makeovers that leave the white shoes behind after Labor Day

If you stand by the old “no white after Labor Day” fashion imperative, we want to point you to this fantastic post with 9 cool DIY sneaker makeover ideas to help you — or your kids — turn those plain white shoes into something that looks great all fall long. From galaxy prints to ombre fades, even glitter sneakers in every color, click over for 9 super hip DIY sneaker styles that people pay good money for at indie boutiques and craft fairs — only you can do them yourself. Related:The coolest fun, easy fall nature crafts for preschoolers...

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6 driving distractions people without kids will never understand

Whether you’re hitting the road for Labor Day weekend, or you’re back in the saddle as your kids’ own personal Uber driver, we parents know that driving with kids in the car comes with its own special challenges. Let’s just say it can be… tough.* So I had so much fun putting together this video depicting 6 driving distractions that people without kids will never understand on behalf of our sponsor  ZEISS Better Vision. They make the DriveSafe eyeglass lenses that actually help you see more clearly — especially when you’re driving — so you can be sure to focus on all the other distractions. Like those...

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