Category: Fashion

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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Chic women’s rain boots for spring: Staying stylish, not soggy

Go ahead, spring. Rain on my parade. There are so many chic women’s rain boots available nowadays that I’d be happy to slosh around in puddles from now until… well, maybe just May. Stylish rain boots may elevate my wet-weather ensemble, but my hair will still be a frizzy mess. Although if my shoes make a big enough statement — and any of the ten rain boots below certainly would — maybe nobody will be looking at my hair. Plenty of these are investment rain boots, but unless you’re living in the Pacific Northwest and wearing them 200+ days a...

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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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The Peace Exchange: Fair trade accessories from an organization that just gives you more faith in humanity.

I admit that like a lot of you, that it can get really hard, day after day, learning about yet another violent incident around the world; another area facing political unrest, turmoil, and terrible conditions, especially for women and children. But as I recently heard Nicholas Kristoff describe at a ONE Girls + Women’s summit, every time he visits these countries he returns feeling less discouraged, not more so. Because there’s always one person, one group he encounters, doing absolutely remarkable things to help the lives of other people. Maybe that’s why I’m always looking for these kinds or organizations to support; it’s a necessary reminder...

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5 fashionable things I’m coveting right now

With all this warmer weather, I can practically taste spring, which means slowly putting away the sweaters and boots and maybe, just maybe, getting ready to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. The kind that aren’t designed primarily to keep me warm and dry. After poking around my favorite online shops, here are 5 fashionable items  I’m crushing on right now that I hope you love too. -Kristen CMP is an rstyle affiliate   1. I know, I know, it’s hardly time for sandals. But I’m all about being prepared should it happen warm up sooner than expected. Wishful thinking?...

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We’re flipping over these Crayola dresses from top designers. So, what’s your kid made with crayons lately?

While my daughters love taking their Crayola crayons to paper and whipping up their dream wardrobes, I think they’d flip over these top designers who each turned actual crayons into life-size dresses for the new Bloomingdale’s NY windows. It’s like a Project Runway assignment, only created by established designers like Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Minkoff, Rebecca Taylor, Clover Canyon, and Ronny Kobo, and without some crazy rules like, and you have to do it using only one hand, in 45 minutes, without wearing pants. Now make it work! Just take a look at Matthew Carasella’s photos of the windows. Wow.  I hope it’s seriously air conditioned behind...

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VIDA scarves by Karen Walrond: Gorgeous photos brought to life around your neck

We always love sharing awesome style collaborations between artists and cool companies, but even better when it’s a friend, like the amazing author and photographer Karen Walrond, who’s launched a line of VIDA scarves. We’ve known Karen and her outstanding work for we-won’t-say-how-many years, so how exciting that she’s collaborating to bring her beautiful photographs to life and with such a wonderful company that brings the vision designers, artists, and creatives alive with the help of artisans in Pakistan, who are paid a fair wage and provided with literacy programs to help them further their own lives.   The scarves,...

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Unicorns: They exist. On awesome scarves by Snoozer Loser

One of the fun things about curating our own indie shop is the ability to discover and showcase really cool artists and makers that you probably wouldn’t come across unless you’re spending your free weekends browsing funky boutiques in New Paltz or Portland. And yeah, I don’t have too many of those weekends anymore. Our newest addition for you: The hip Brooklyn label Snoozer Loser, which is known for sophisticated prints that are more offbeat than you’d expect on closer inspection. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. My top pick is the...

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An Elements of Style t-shirt for those who don’t have to ask what that is.

As a bona fide (oh look, I used a fancy Latin word!) word nerd, I have a particular fondness for gifts that we’ve featured here like the grammar police mugs or fun books for kids that play with language. But then, alas, I am imperfect. I spell occasionally wrong the first three times, every time; and I can never remember the difference between toward and towards. So I thank the heavens for Mr. Strunk and Mr. White, whose dogeared Elements of Style I bought in college—yes, the actual paperback book–still remains within arms-reach of my computer. So of course I’m happy to see that our friends at...

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Home T shirts : When you’re proud to be…well, from wherever you’re from.

I smiled right away when I discovered Home T shirts, and you probably will too. Because hey, Texans aren’t the only ones happy to show a little state pride. These super soft, US-made adult tees, kids tees, and baby onesies cover all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, Cuba, the UK, and even the entire continents of Australia and Africa, simply featuring the word Home over a screen-printed state silhouette. And in a thorough nod to democracy, even DC gets representation here. I support that.   I only feel bad for Colorado Home T wearers, because it just looks like the word Colorado over a big...

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Mavenhaus Collective: Limited edition women’s fashion that you will want. Warning you now.

I’m not surprised that Mavenhaus Collective instantly turned me into a fan before I was even off the homepage, especially considering it was created in part by our friend, Pinterest tastemaker extraordinaire Traci French of Blissful Blog, along with equally desing-passionate sister, Tara Schlosser. The site features limited-edition designs from amazing designers who specialize in women’s fashion. In other words, if you see something you love, grab it now or forever hold your peace. I could link to my favorite items, but with no more than 50 of each–and often fewer–who knows if they will still be there by the time you get to...

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Cool boot socks that make your old Hunter Boots new again.

Who can’t live without their Hunter Boots, raise your hand? (Oh look! It’s my entire Brooklyn Neighborhood!) While they’re not the snowboots that my Sorel boots are, I adore the versatility of my Hunter Boots, which are the perfect wellies in a summer rainstorm; or pop in a pair of fleecy Hunter Boot Socks and make them toasty enough for cold winter morning walks to school. When I first got my own boots, I was sure to grab a pair of the microsoft sock inserts in black. But now it turns out there are so many cool designs, you can pretty much turn...

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Snow boots worth the investment: The Sorel Tofino boot

There are a few items worth splurging on in your life, and as I’ve learned the hard way, an awesome pair of warm, sturdy, comfy winter boots is one of them. At least if you’re not in LA where everyone seems to drag out the UGGs in 65-degree weather and complain about the chill. (You only laugh because it’s true.) If I can recommend the best ever pair? The Sorel Women’s Tofino Boot. And truth be told, at $150 they’re not even a huge splurge. After two seasons of adding to cart then never actually buying them, I finally bought my pair during last...

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‘Tis the season for snood scarves

Since moving up north after almost ten years enjoying mild southern winters, I have become addicted to chunky scarves, like these snood scarves from IRISMINT on Etsy which I’m pretty sure I’d wear non-stop until spring. Each piece is made completely by hand from natural fibers like merino wool and cashmere (ooh!), in a gorgeous array of colors and patterns. I’m in love with the geometric pattern, which is so on-trend right now, and the herringbone and the ikat are gorgeous, too. All can be worn pulled up, or folded over if you prefer them to be lower on your neck....

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11 hot holiday dresses, all under $100. For real.

When you think hot holiday dresses, you probably imagine your budget flying out of the window. And if you’re like me, you’d rather save the money for holiday gifts and not necessarily drop a couple hundred dollars on a dress you might only wear once or twice. Of course, you could always rent a fabulous holiday dress on Rent the Runway, but for close to the same price, you could snag a stylish dress for yourself that you’ll wear for New Year’s or even way beyond the holiday season. Here, I rounded up 10 hot (and dare I say...

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10 hot designer accessories under $100 that make awesome holiday gifts. (We can’t believe we found them either.)

It used to be that the idea of designer accessories under $100 was an oxymoron, but these days it’s increasingly not the case. Personally, I’m polyamorous–when it comes to my accessories that is–because if it looks fabulous, I don’t really care what name is on it. But that doesn’t mean I’ll turn my nose down at a great piece from big name designer, especially when it doesn’t break the bank. Here, I’ve scoured the web and found ten really hot designer accessories all under $100 that will make perfect holiday gifts for designer-name lovers or equal-opportunity accessorizers like me.     Kate...

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To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives.

Recently I was honored to attend the ONE.org Girls & Women Initiative’s AYA Summit, in which my eyes were opened to so many remarkable ways that people devote their lives to women and girls around the world who are disproportionately affected by poverty. One of the women I was amazingly impressed with is Jane Mosbacher Morris, who cut her teeth in the counterterrorism department of the State Department (whoa), then turned her life towards humanitarian action with a focus on woman’s issues, and in particular, anti-human trafficking. She also happens to have great style and a sharp mind for business. So you can see how this is all coming together. This week I’m so...

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Mitscoots: Stylish socks on a mission

When I first moved to New York City I quickly realized that good shoes and socks are a must in this town of walking, walking, walking.  Since then I have become something of a sock connoisseur. Seriously. I need socks that are stylish, comfortable and, of course, warm. Our newest find, Mitscoots socks give me all that, and then they give more. US-made Mitscoots socks (who does that anymore?) were conceived from the founders’ time volunteering with the homeless in Austin. They created a company that’s more than the buy one/donate one model we love–they added the idea of employment to the equation. Which means they...

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Trend alert: The best ways to wear plaid, hold the kilts.

So maybe you’re wondering the best ways to wear plaid because you’re seeing it everywhere and you’re a little tempted but it is kind of preppy and you’re just not sure since the last time it was hot you were in college and..hey! Get out of my head!  Yes, yes, plaid is everywhere these days. But it can be a little tricky to pull off without a professional stylist (or a yacht club membership), so I did a little searching to find some of the coolest plaid pieces that I think will make awesome additions to any fall and winter...

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Our favorite scarves and accessories that give back now give back to you, with a huge sale

It’s been two years almost to the date that I first visited Ethiopia and got to know some of the amazing women behind FashionABLE , making me instantly committed to helping the company with their mission to offer a living wage, medical care, education, and dignity to women in need. In fact, I’m wearing my Genet scarf this very second. Not even kidding. However FashionABLE has been around twice as long as I’ve known them, and in celebration of their fourth birthday they’re having a huge sale. As in, everything in the shop is up to 45% off for four days. Starting today, find...

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Hot trend alert: Cool camouflage clothing and accessories for non-hunting enthusiasts

I have to admit that I’ve loved wearing cool camouflage clothing and accessories even before they were all over the runways. Now it’s everywhere you look. If you shy away from camouflage because it seems a bit outdoorsy for your taste, you’re not alone. Just ask our Editor Liz, who feels similarly–even though she has an amazing shiny, silk-looking camo t-shirt I’ve always coveted. But I’m here to show you that camouflage can absolutely be stylish with the right pieces. Just not as a complete outfit–A.K.A. a uniform. Here, eight of my favorite pieces that I think look fabulous and can be worn even after...

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The new Spanx faux leather leggings, A.K.A. our newest fashion obsession

I popped over to my local lingerie shop to stock up on some new Hanky Panky thongs for fall (What, TMI? We’re all friends here!) and I spotted the new Spanx faux leather leggings on the owner. Instantly I was all What are those fabulous things you are wearing?  because they looked amazing on her. Turns out, they looked amazing on me too (if I do say so myself) and well, I’m in love. I’m probably the last person on earth to learn that Spanx makes leggings, but that’s probably because I’m not really a Spanx wearer, unlike every other woman I know. However...

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3 hot accessories from fashionABLE, only one place to get them

We know our readers are huge fans of the handmade scarves from fashionABLE, because of course you all have fabulous taste and big hearts. (Two of our favorite traits.) Last year the company did a very smart thing, working with our friends at ONE.org along with Gabby Blair of Design Mom and the talented Alt Summit attendees to crowdsource a new design. The winner: The Genet scarf by Janette Crawford which was such a huge hit they sold out in a flash. Even Christie Turlington and Minka Kelly were spotted wearing one.  As for me, I live in mine. Best travel scarf ever....

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Jen7 Jeans: Jeans for moms that aren’t mom jeans.

So you should know a couple of things about me right off the bat. I live in jeans all fall and winter, like every single day. And I will happily spend a fair amount of money on them if I find a pair that fit me really well, which after having four kids is no easy feat. That’s why I’m really digging the new Jen7 jeans from 7 For All Mankind. Now I’ve been a long time fan of 7 For All Mankind jeans. In fact, they are probably the first pair of higher-end jeans I ever purchased back before I...

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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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Banned Books Week: Rallying book lovers right down to their toes.

If you love the written word, if you’re an avid supporter of your local library, or if you think Fahrenheit 451 should be required reading for anyone over the age of five, you might already know that this is the start of Banned Books Week which, honestly, it’s hard to believe there’s still a need for. And yet, there is. If you’re nodding along, you’ll probably be as taken with these literary socks as I am, and the excellent cause they support. From our friends at Out of Print Clothing, who make everything from e-reader covers to  cool kids’ tees featuring original book cover art, they’re now making...

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Mia Berglund scarves for fall: Gorgeous designs from a beautiful heart

My favorite accessories are those one-of-a-kind pieces designed by artists that I know are supported directly by my purchase, wherever they may be. While I’m all for finding the best prices on clothes for me and my kids, I’m also happy to splurge on a few special accent pieces, especially when I know how important the purchase can be to the people who make them. Thus, my obsession with fashionABLE. And along those lines, my newest find is the stunning selection of eco-friendly, fair trade scarves from Sophia Costas by Mia Berglund. If you’re not familiar with Mia Berglund, she’s an Iranian-born, Swedish-raised designer who made her...

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