Category: Fashion

The new FashionABLE fall line has us ready for cooler climes. Yes, it’s just that good.

I’m pretty sure my closet looks like a FashionABLE storefront, so now that scarf weather is around the corner, you can bet I’ve got my eye on the new FashionABLE fall line, which just so happens to be exclusively at Great.ly for a limited time. Add in free shipping for the rest of the weekend, and there is just no reason to wait. We’ve stocked the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at Great.ly with all of our favorites from the new FashionABLE fall line. And don’t forget about the not new, not fall items in there either. Seriously, those leather bracelets are killer in any...

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Rent the Runway Unlimited: Designer accessories delivered to your door monthly. Hold us!

I am already a huge fan of Rent the Runway, so when I discovered their new Unlimited service, I may have scared the neighbors with my screeches. And trust me, if you love accessories as much as I do, you are going to want to sign up for this, stat. Rent the Runway sends your choice of gorgeous designer dresses, jewelry, and handbags right to your home (or anywhere you’re going to be, really) with free return shipping. In other words, it’s my favorite invention since the iPhone. And that’s saying something. The Unlimited service however, is just for us junkies; it allows you to rent...

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Slip happens.

Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more...

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Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker sunglasses = Cool shades for a cause

Over the years, I’ve gotten a little more playful with my shades — actually purchasing more than just my one go-to “please children don’t break them” pair per summer.  So when I saw the new Karlie Kloss and Warby Parker sunglasses collaboration that supports an awesome cause, well, heck yeah I’m in.     If you wear glasses then you know Warby Parker, so how fun that they teamed up with Karlie Kloss to create three cool sunglasses styles. I’m partial to the Marple cat-eye style myself,  but the Julia aviators (at top) are a classic that seem to look great...

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High-waisted bikinis: The summer trend that has us channeling our inner ’50s pinups.

High-waisted bikinis are trending in a big way this summer for women, and we’re loving the fun retro vibe that has us channeling our inner Brigitte Bardot. (In our dreams, we know.) Those of us with less-than-flat abs are excited for the extra forgiveness that comes with the coverage, and many of these styles have nice ruching to hide that donut (or three) that we may sometimes sneak in after the kids have gone to bed. It’s also a great option for women with longer torsos, as it makes your core look not quite so long. One tip for this trend: some...

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5 cool Birkenstock alternatives. Yes, they’re back.

If you feel the way I feel about Birkenstocks, then you’ll be very happy to see I’ve got some stylish Birkenstock alternatives for you. Oh don’t get me wrong, I wore them proudly 15 years ago, but these days, I’m not so sure I can pull them off as well. Even though I know I’m seeing them on the feet of all my cooler-than-me friends. I guess they’re the kind of thing that are either you…or they’re not. So since Birks are super comfortable and very on trend, so I decided to round up  5 cool sandals that let you ride the trend without...

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The ONE FashionABLE scarf: A cool accessory for a cause, but hurry!

As if I didn’t love FashionABLE enough, they’ve just collaborated with ONE.org to launch their limited edition ONE FashionABLE summer scarf and wow, is it gorgeous. Even better, the profits now help two great charitable organizations. I’m hard-pressed to find an occasion where I don’t have a FashionABLE scarf around my neck or in my tote–and Liz would say the same. Not just because they’re beautiful, like this summer scarf in a luscious Mediterranean blue cotton that demands sunny days, but because they double so well as a wrap, a sizeable blanket for my kids on the go, even an emergency diaper changing table cover....

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The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund design contest winners now available at J. Crew. And they are wonderful.

Each year we love to see what comes out of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, which highlights the work of upcoming designers.  J. Crew has partnered with the winners for the past four years to bring their names and work to those of us who are more likely to step through the doors of a J. Crew than to attend New York’s Fashion Week. (Not because we wouldn’t love to, mind you.) This year’s theme was Indigo. The results are stunning—and now you can shop the J. Crew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winning designs. Yay! Check out the gorgeous designs from winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell...

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Star Wars Vans: Coming in June, these limited-edition kicks are the Sith.

For Star Wars fans, every day is May the Fourth (Be With You). That’s why I have a LEGO Boba Fett riding shotgun in my cup holder. Heh. But if you like your Star Wars with high fashion and limited-edition bling, you’re going to dig the just-announced Vault by Vans x Star Wars, which combines the classic sneakers with Yoda, Vader, At-Ats, and a galaxy of star style. The line includes six Star Wars Vans in high and low styles–and they’re only making 300 of each.   Whether you’re into classic leather skate shoes, pirate-inspired prints with helmets with crossed lightsabers, or...

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Splurge or steal: Cool ombre scarves for spring and how to wear them

When I saw this Chan Luu ombre scarf on Net-a-Porter I nearly died with envy. I want to eat it it’s so gorgeous. Or at least wrap myself in the gorgeous cashmere-silk blend fabric and never take it off. If you’re wondering how to wear a scarf when winter is a memory (buh-bye, won’t miss you), ombre is hot right now, and light scarves are a fabulous way to pull together even a t-shirt and jeans, soften up a biker jacket, or add interest to a dress instead of more jewelry. But alas, as much as I love everything...

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Jonathan Adler TOMS = Be still my shoe loving heart

It’s no secret that I love TOMS shoes and I love Jonathan Adler. Now there are Jonathan Adler TOMS and you guys, it’s like a match made in style heaven. Cue silent shrieking. Of course, my favorite multi-geometric sandals (which happen to be vegan, by the way) are almost sold out. However, the navy TOMS sandals run a close second. I’ve been sporting a pair of TOMS sunglasses for ages now and while I personally haven’t dove into TOMS’ classic shoe styles, these new ones featuring Jonathan Adler’s signature bold patterns and bright colors (chevrons are not going anywhere, it seems) are pretty darn...

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Spring trend alert: Cool floral accessories for women that have nothing to do with Laura Ingalls.

I’ve had my eye on this floral trend for awhile now, but it took seeing the gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff floral trim cross body bag below to finally convince me that I could pull it off–with the caveat that I need to be focusing on cool floral accessories. No flower pants or gauzy floral skirts for me. And now that it’s finally spring (YAY SPRING) it’s time to make my move. If you love the floral look but want a modern, on-trend way to wear them, take a peek at these cool floral accessories for spring that you can wear all...

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Designers, makers and thinkers of the world, we salute you

Considering the heart of Cool Mom Picks is supporting entrepreneurs, undiscovered designers (they’re called makers now), and small businesses, of course I fell in love with this Designer Maker Thinker pin set the moment I set eyes on them. Can you think of a cooler little gift for someone who’s just started a new venture, raised their first round of capital, opened an Etsy shop, or hit a benchmark for their design blog? Let alone graduation gifts for your favorite soon-to-be alum from FIT or RISD. The enclosed card describes the imagery fire which ties together the set of pins: Designers...

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Handmade gifts from Far and Wide Collective that look good and do good.

After scooping up some handmade jewelry at a street bazaar during a recent trip to Mexico, I started yearning for even more handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories with an origin slightly more interesting than what I see in mall store chains. We love finding awesome international Etsy shops from time to time, along with wonderful companies like FashionABLE that make gifts that give back. And now there’s Far and Wide Collective, a new site started by international development expert Hedvig Christine Alexander, that’s full of the wares of artisans around the world. More so, they’re all from emerging economies like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and...

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Steal this look: The Lupita Nyong’o headband at the Oscars

We try not to play favorites (too much) but we admit to cheering loudly the second Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscars red carpet in that stunning sky blue Prada dress accessorized with a fabulous gold and diamond headband–right through her well-deserved Oscar win and her perfect acceptance speech. What a fabulous new It Girl we have in Hollywood now. While the increasingly famous “Lupita Headband” was actually designed for her by Fred Leighton, I’d venture to guess it’s a weeeeee bit out of our price range. I’ve put together a few more affordable options if you like the look of...

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The new SJP shoes by Sarah Jessica Parker have arrived at Nordstrom! But which ones are worth the designer prices?

Today, Nordstrom launched their exclusive, and much-awaited new line of SJP shoes designed by Sarah Jessica Parker. And as someone who’s seen her a couple of times in person (from afar), they are very her. Lots of high heeled, strappy sandals in hot designer styles plus a few fun flats and some pretty handbags–all with the designer prices to match. It’s hard not to think of Carrie Bradshaw realizing she had no money for a mortgage, but an entire closet full of $400 shoes. I don’t love everything in the collection; but with 64 items to choose from in all...

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FashionABLE scarves’ new spring line warms us up in lots of ways

We love FashionABLE scarves. They’re gorgeous and well made– some of the most stylish scarves we’ve seen anywhere–and their human touch makes us even more devoted fans. In fact, see our editor Liz sporting the Genet Scarf along with three other blog publishers we love, in this Cool Mom Picks Instagram photo. They all confess that it’s the one time they don’t mind showing up at an event wearing the same thing! -Don’t miss a great limited time offer below- It can be hard to find a personal connection to the clothes we wear in our mass-produced culture, so I really love that every...

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Typography humor: Gets us every time.

We admit it: We stopped in our tracks and immediately emailed a dozen Type Geek friends with the link when we saw this Seven Deadly Sans t-shirt at one of our favorite little online shops, Shana Logic. From the name alone you could probably tell where it was going. And if that’s not cool enough, it’s now on sale for just 12 bucks. Now of course we have to believe they mean “deadly” as in killer, because the only actual deadly sans serif I can think of is Comic Sans and all of its horrifying variations. Find the Seven Deadly...

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Trend alert: 6 fabulous open-toed booties just in time for spring

I’ve been a fan of booties, or short ankle boots, ever since I can remember. (Just take one quick look at my closet.) But they were limited to closed-toe weather months until I discovered the joys of open-toed booties. Now, they are my go-to shoe style for nearly everything. I even own two of the same style in different colors, I love them that much, and hooray for those of you in the same camp, because right now open-toed booties are everywhere! They can actually help make a shorter skirt or dress seem a little more um, age-appropriate, for those...

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Trend alert: heart-shaped sunglasses and cat eye glasses straight from the ’80s.

As if the legwarmers, puffy sleeves, and the neon weren’t indication enough, the 80s are back in full force — as evident in the crop of campy heart-shaped sunglasses just in time for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we’re seeing tons of cat eye glasses all over the new spring collections. Okay, so maybe it’s really the ’10s with a nod to the ’80s with a nod to the ’50s. Isn’t that how fashion goes? Should you be daring (and fun) enough to give it a go, here are a few favorites. At top: Hollywood If I Could cat eye glasses...

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6 chic, affordable accessories for New Year’s Eve. Plus, a way you could score them for free.

Featured Partner With all the holiday shopping I’m doing for everyone else, it’s been hard not to snatch up a few things for myself too. But then I remembered my New Year’s Eve plans, and oh look! Another excuse! Still, I may want a glitzy sequin bag for New Year’s but hey, I’m a mom. As much as we like splurges around here from time to time, I’m not about to spend $300 on a fancy clutch that I know I won’t use too often. I presume you’re the same way? Which is why I always like sharing smart ways...

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Ivory Row: Gorgeous cashmere gifts that never go out of style: A splurge we can justify

The older we get, the more aware we are of having more mindful clothing spending habits. The hot leather pants for $300 that you’ll wear for one season? Yeah, not so much. *Besides, we’re not sure we have hot leather pants bodies anymore.) So we’re thrilled that our dear friend, fashion-industry veteran, and cool dad Pierre Kim co-founded Ivory Row which is filled with gorgeous cashmere gifts that are meant to become wardrobe staples for life. And no surprise, we’re smitten. *Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers below* Along with his friend and fellow fashion maven Grace Chang,...

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What’s black and white and pink all over?

The Of a Kind website is fast becoming one of my go-to sites for finding great indie design. And as a Brooklyn mama myself, I always save a special little corner of my heart for other Brooklyn artisans. Even if this one comes by way of Wisconsin. And just in time for the cold weather to come back too. All Knitwear is a nifty local (to me) maker of handmade hats helmed by Annie Larson now with exclusive editions at Of A Kind, and I absolutely love her sensibility–fashionable with a wink. While the graphic black and white patterns will look...

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A socially conscious marketplace curated by TOMS. In fact, it’s called TOMS Marketplace.

Mamas, get ready to handle all your holiday shopping in one place. Our pals at TOMS have done the hard work for you, curating a delectable marketplace of jewelry, accessories, bags, apparel, home decor, tech, and more. This is the good stuff too. And with their usual flair for warm fuzzies, they let you know with each purchase exactly how you’re making the world a better place. The TOMS Marketplace brings together more than 200 products from over 30 companies, each carefully chosen for their contributions to those in need–and their outstanding style. You can shop by gift category, by...

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Leg warmers are back: Oh, what a feeling

While I’m not looking for a return to Flashdance fashion per se, I love the new trend of seeing legwarmers and woolly knee-highs poking out of tall boots. It’s not just chic, it’s so practical. The boot warmer leg warmers  from uber-knitter Ozetta on Etsy are calling my name. I love the slouchy, loose-weave at the perfect length and thickness. The lamb’s wool and acrylic will keep you warm (especially with those Hunter Boots when the mercury drops). Plus you can pick from among more than 30 gorgeous colors. If you are worried about sizing, I love that the artist can create...

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PACT: Altruistic underwear and do-good organic baby goods? Win.

Oh, mamas. If you like your cotton organic, your prints limited edition, your quality high, and your heart and conscience light, have we found the clothing shop for you just in time for the gift season where charity is top of mind. PACT is the kind of company we just want to snuggle. First off, they have a great story centered around kind and impactful business practices. Their clothing is raising $50,000 to help PACT and Whole Planet Foundation provide microloans to community-based entrepreneurs around the world who really need it. As for you, you’ll find organic cotton basics for...

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How to wear the Pantone colors of the season: Mykonos Blue and Turbulence Grey

I always get a little fashion geeky about Pantone’s colors of the year, and I’m so glad to see that the Pantone colors of Fall 2013 are eminently wearable. Or, most of them are. Two of my favorites, which also go great together, are the soothing Mykonos Blue, and Turbulence Grey, which is described as a dark, mercurial grey, and a really nice neutral alternative to black. Designer Kelly Wearstler‘s concept drawing here is a gorgeous example of them together, and here I’ve rounded up some other favorite pieces to help you put them to work. –Liz   1....

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5 ways to wear the the gold trend this fall without looking like a Goldfinger victim

As much as I’m often running out of the house in my mom uniform of a button down shirt, jeans and ankle boots, I still love to keep up with the style trends, particularly when they’re ones I can easily fit into my existing wardrobe. Even if you’re not a big metallic fan like I am, there are simple ways to add a splash of golden shine into your life for fall, whether it’s a little sparkle for everyday wear, or big fat bling for a date night. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you’re not covered in...

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The new leather goods from FashionABLE do a whole lot of good

Anyone who knows me knows I love FashionABLE. And I am entirely, 100% biased. I’ve visited the factory in Ethiopia, I’ve seen firsthand how their gorgeous scarves are helping at-risk women rebuild their lives, I’m currently living in their Genet Scarf (oh man, it’s awesome), and I bought out half their store for holiday gifts last year. So of course I’m so excited to let you know that they’ve just launched a whole new line of leather goods, expanding the opportunities they can provide to women. In collaboration with the Modern Zege, a leading leather manufacturer in Addis Ababa, gorgeous...

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True & Co: Bra shopping just got more amazing than ever. Because you don’t have to go.

The idea of a service that let’s you order bras online with “virtual” fitters–well, call me a skeptic. A big skeptic. Until I found this brilliant (seriously) service that…wow. This is not like any online bra shop I’ve ever seen. True & Co is like having a personal lingerie shopper at your service, without the indignity of her feeling you up in the fluorescent-lit dressing room. You just answer a few very specific, multiple choice questions about the fit of your bra: Things like how the bra straps fit, the shape of your breasts, which hook on your bra...

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