Category: Fashion We Love

The ultimate maternity camisole, made simple

I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m cold all the time, or just like wearing lots and lots of layers, but for many years now, a camisole has always been a staple in my wardrobe. It also continues to be, now that I’m shopping for maternity clothes again only I want a really, really good one.   I like how a good cami just smoothes everything out but with my expanding belly, the camisoles that I used to wear are quickly becoming halter tops. Not a good or comfy look. Luckily, I have discovered a line of...

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Pink sunglasses: la vie en rose

Rose-colored glasses. Cliché? Or awesome fashion statement? I’m going to go with awesome. I saw these pink Oscar Magnuson sunglasses in Lucky Mag this month and was like…ooh, could I pull those off? The truth is, this kind of pink looks great on any complexion, and besides the designer shades price (and the extra duty since they ship from Paris), I could justify them 100 ways. I’m good at that. But the truth is, there are other options if you’re thinking pink, like the classic Ray-Ban wayfarers in pink at Nordstrom. Or the subtle pink Prada sunglasses from Paris...

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A beautiful scarf to do beautiful things for mothers. Not just the ones who wear it.

It was only 6 months ago that I first discovered the wonderful FashionABLE scarves on a humanitarian trip to Ethiopia, and fell in love with their process–and of course their gorgeous scarves–which are doing a world of good for women and mothers in great need. In fact you all fell in love with them too–Cool Mom Picks readers helped sell out the entire store over the holiday season! So I’m beyond thrilled to announce a brand new, limited edition scarf from the organization, with a pretty awesome story behind it. The Genet Scarf is available for preorder starting today...

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Bueno! The sassiest sandals for spring come from Spain

Shoe shopping with my oldest daughter, now 8, has become quite a struggle. Not only are her feet hard to fit, they’re also tiny for her age. That means the cooler older-girl styles often don’t come in her size. But that all changed when I found these gorgeous sandals. Since they arrived in our house, my daughter has not taken off her Avarcas Pons sandals, a brand I’d seen around but never actually tried. Who knew they’re handmade in Spain using soft leather and recycled tires (cool, right?).   The classic colors are the perfect casual spring and summer...

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The perfect pop of color: vibrant voile scarves for almost spring

It’s almost spring. Almost. That’s what I tell myself as I pull on knee-high socks, boots, and a coat. I’m not ready for full-on pastels, but these gorgeous, block-printed scarves are a great way to dip a toe into the bright, carefree colors of spring.  The founder of Rikshaw Designs, which we introduced to our readers years ago, has traveled the globe to bring traditionally block-printed textiles into the design world. We love the luscious bedding and clothing for women and children, but I’m especially digging the 100% cotton voile scarves. Especially for spring. Because some of us can’t...

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5 hot emerald green accessories you’ll want to wear long past St. Patrick’s Day

Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, I scour my closet for something–anything–green, and end up with the same sad sweater. Though this year, with emerald green a Pantone Color of Spring 2013, I’m seeing lots of gorgeous wearables that I can recommend all year long–not just on March 17.   –Christina This upcycled jersey t-shirt necklace looks so bright and spring-y against a white tee. It’s such a fresh change from my regular necklace picks. I also love the removable flower clip which I would wear exactly as shown. Way cooler than a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” button. (and only...

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Eco-excellent wooden eyewear (and each purchase plants a tree!)

If you’re pining for cool shades, here’s a collection that might bamboozle you. Because they’re made of woods like pine and bamboo. Whether you’re on the hunt for cool frames or love collecting unusual, attention-grabbing sunglasses, I’m digging how Anni Shades delivers on style and eco-consciousness. Each pair of glasses frames is made by hand in Ohio of exotic, eco-sourced wood in a special process that’s fairly detailed, but they got me with “no stains or paints.” The sunglasses automatically come with SOLA by Carl Zeiss lenses, or you can have your own prescription lenses dropped right in. For...

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Stylish maternity wear for working mamas who want to work it

If I were pregnant right about now (and I am so not–just to be clear) I would be all over the new spring maternity line at Hatch Collection. They make the kind of splurgy, sophisticated pieces for working mamas who need to invest in a few great items they can live in without feeling frumpy. I think my favorite is the slouch dress which comes in either a comfy jersey (my vote!) or a few washable silk-poly options in bright, fun colors. It’s the kind of versatile dress you can wear to work with great shoes; over leggings on...

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Spring hits the Cambridge Satchel Company and we’re in love all over again

I’ve been coveting the gorgeous bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company since we first featured them on Cool Mom Picks ages ago. And every season, the temptation grows stronger and stronger, especially as they add new, fabulous colors. don’t miss a great offer after the jump Their brand new Chelsea Collection features four pretty pastel colors in both the 11- and 13-inch bags — all of which I can easily imagine slinging over my shoulder. Funny how that works. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with sweet pea—a great take on mint–which would be the perfect...

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Black and white stripes for spring: loving this trend!

It’s a good thing we’ve loved seeing stripes all winter, because this trend is showing no signs of going away for spring. It’s all over our kids’ clothes in a rainbow of colors, but for us, we’re especially digging it in clean, striking black and white. From handbags to dresses to sandals, check out some of our favorite stripey picks and let us know what you love too. Grab Kate Spade’s Small Weekender Bag from her new Saturday collection before everyone else through this special Fab.com preview sale ending tomorrow (use our invitation link if you’re not already a...

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Blue is the new whatever color you like wearing best

While the whole fashion world has been overly focused on emerald green lately as the favored Spring Pantone Color of 2013, I’m still a little more charmed by all the blues I’m seeing. The right blue can actually be an awesome neutral, and a great alternative to black, as I’m finding recently. (Let me say, as a New Yorker, anything that can gently pry me away from black is a Very Big Deal.) Here are just a few investment pieces that I have my eye on this season to up the fashion quotient without a complete wardrobe overhaul. I...

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The Year of the Snake: coming soon to a shoe near you

You’d have to know that the Chinese Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10, would be the perfect excuse for designers to get down with some snakeskin prints. Which is perhaps why we’re starting to see the print everywhere, including this one unexpected place: the Converse shop. The Chuck Taylor Year of the Snake line includes some really fabulous styles for both women and men in the Converse “Premium” category. In other words, $100 sneakers. But what awesome $100 sneakers they are. The pricey ones are real snakeskin on a leather upper (I’m crushing on the tawny...

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4 fabulous outfits to match 4 fabulous pairs of glasses

There’s no faster way to make people say, “Wow, you look great–what’s different?” than new glasses. Faster even than a haircut. Seriously. And possibly cheaper, considering there is hardly a pair over $95 on Lookmatic, including your prescription. So we’re thrilled to welcome them as our newest sponsor (yay!), especially because they were so kind as to allow me to put together some cool outfits around some of my favorite Lookmatic frames on their site. And there’s a lot. Narrowing them down may have been the hardest part. –Liz [Don’t miss a big giveaway PLUS an exclusive, limited time...

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It’s National Hat Day! Why not celebrate with a new hat?

Cover your noggins, people! It’s Hat Day, a tragically overlooked holiday, in my opinion. Here it is, January 15. And to my knowledge, there have been exactly zero fez parties planned, zero berets exchanged, and zero Viking helmet cards sent. A crying shame, particularly given how much we here at CMP like hats, hats, and more hats. And so in honor of National Hat Day, I’m going to let you in on two little hat secrets of mine. I’m talking hats so spectacular, you will get stopped in the streets daily by people wanting to know where you got...

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Is Rent the Runway worth it?

With a business trip covering the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on the horizon and nary a sparkle or fun party dress in my wardrobe, I figured I’d use the cool coupon I received in my monthly BirchBox subscription and give Rent the Runway a test ride. I’ve heard a few awesome success stories about this website that allows you to rent designer dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for a fraction of the purchase price, and I figured Las Vegas nightlife would be the perfect test. So I ordered two dresses to be delivered to my hotel room...

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Rock star science shirts for rock star kids

The thing about smart kids is that most t-shirts out there are not made for them. You know what I mean. So I was so excited to find this awesome shop that pays homage to everyone from Carl Sagan and Marie Curie to Tesla and Dr. Who. (Who smart kids know was not actually a real doctor.) If you’ve got a science-minded kid who rocks, you’ll both see stars over these science t-shirts for kids from meganlee on Etsy. Science, astronomy, geek chic, and Doctor Who feature prominently. Trust us–they have about the coolest Hawking or Copernicus shirt around....

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FashionABLE scarves get more fashionable, if that was possible

I feel a personal commitment to the amazing company fashionABLE, since having visited their operation in Ethiopia and meeting so many of the women who actually made the scarves. It’s even one of my very favorite picks this year in our Holiday Gift Guide, under the category of chic gifts that give back. Now, there’s two more styles that I’m extremely excited about, in part because they support an organization I love; and in part because I (along with some other amazing bloggers) helped make them. Really!   When we visited at fashionABLE, as part of our Ethiopian trip...

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Affordable designer goodies right from home? And a happy holiday to you too, eBay!

Holiday shopping is here. Even with Black Friday approaching, I still feel not ready.  Could it be the hour-long lines and giant crowds that give me this sense of panic?  Ummm, yes. Well, friends, even eBay has stepped up with an amazing online shopping destination for the holidays…and I think you’ll love it.                                     I’m so excited to tell you that eBay has collaborated with seven of my favorite designers, including Billy Reid, Tibi, and Jonathan Adler, to create the limited edition eBay Holiday Collective. You will find gifts spanning men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, travel and electronics...

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Change the world by changing your socks. Really.

I don’t tend to spend much time thinking about my sock purchases. Half of my socks tend to get lost in that treacherous journey from laundry hamper to dryer, anyway. But I’ve just found an incredible site that makes shopping for socks–and good-looking socks, at that–an opportunity to change the world. I kid you not. The good folks at PACT have what they call “a movement designed as a clothing company.” (Love.) Each season, they design a collection of clothing inspired by someone doing something good. And then they donate money from the sales of the clothing to that very cause. ...

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Hair ties that are way prettier than a hair tie should be

I’m not one to get too excited about hair bands, but when I saw the ones from Emi-Jay, I gasped. Seriously. I know that sounds lame, but for those of us bored of ponytail holders and not up for fussy poufs and clips, this is a beautifully brilliant alternative. The coolest part? Guess who made them. Emi-Jay hair ties are simple, handmade ties that remind me of shimmery ballet slipper elastics only a little wider. It’s really just a wide, stretchy band tied in a pretty knot, but they’re very nicely made. And I have to admit, I was extra...

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Game of Thrones Converse! Pledge your royal allegiance with your feet

Calling all Game of Thrones addicts: Whether you took the Facebook quiz or already had a favorite character, chances are you feel an affinity for one of the seven Great Houses. Personally, I’m Team Khal. For those of you with official mottos and coats of arms, you’re going to be on these kicks like Jaimie Lannister on…ew. Never mind. Tannim on Etsy created these custom Game of Thrones Converse All-Stars in tones to suit even the most finicky royal. There’s no design to rub off or painting to crack–Converse actually embroiders the house name and builds the shoe, and...

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The new Cambridge Satchel: be still my colorblock-loving heart

Last year I fell in love with the Cambridge Satchel. Not just because of the fabulous styling, hand craftsmanship, and relatively affordable price for such a hot handbag, but in part because of the beautiful story of Julie Deane and her mother, Freda Thomas, starting the company to be able to afford to send Julie’s daughter to a better school. Well, today they launch a new style that makes me realize this is no one-trick, one-season pony of a handbag. The new Downing Bag from Cambridge Satchel is so up my alley. Named for the bag Julie wore to...

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Baby blankets and silk shawls to make you dream of India

One of my favorite things about having a newborn was swaddling. My babies both loved to be swaddled and I must say, while I did a lot of things badly, I was kind of a swaddling master (please hold the applause). However I did learn that it took the right blanket to calm my kids. So I’m loving these gorgeous Indian blankets that also do double duty as soft, breathable cotton swaddlers. Textile company Mela & Roam has some of the prettiest baby blankets to choose from.  They are actually called dohars, or traditional Indian summer blankets, and are made from...

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The Havaianas that give back

It’s summertime which means if you’re like us, you probably rock flip flops like they are going out of style. And to lots of us, flip flops are synonymous with Brazil’s stylish, comfy, long-wearing Havaianas. And now there’s a new collection to support one of our favorite charities, with some lovely celebrity designed shoes. (Really, they’re actually nice!) The limited edition celebrity designed Havaianas for Baby Buggy come from a few moms and style icons you may be familiar with. (Does Courtney Cox ring a bell?) Each of them, including Nina Garcia, Rebecca Romijn, and Tori Spelling, worked with...

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When everything at Bluefly goes on sale, you kinda have to take a look, right?

With everything now at Bluefly up to 75% off I thought I’d poke around there and point out a few (a very, very few) great deals on gorgeous things. Should you be in a shopping-for-less kind of a mood. Just hurry–by the time you read this, who knows what will be left. But remember, it’s Bluefly, not Old Navy. It’s still going to be a bit spendy. Pour La Victoire Tote: $177.75 , was $395 Ray-Ban Havana Tortoise Glasses: $87 was $145 Kooba Handcrafted Leather Bucket Tote: $240.75 , was $535 Shoshanna Ikat Dress: $163.50, was $363Set of 13...

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Shoes of Prey – Shoegasm, defined

Four words: design your own shoes. No, really. Choose the shape, the toe, the leather, the cloth, the bow. Everything. Just don’t blame us if you get addicted. Shoes of Prey is possibly the most magical shopping site I’ve visited in a while– because I design the shoes. For example, how cute would this be with a little black dress? And, yes, my taste is a little eccentric. But I absolutely love that luscious plum hair with the pop of kimono fabric on red rosettes. As for our Editor Liz, she designed the tan/black pumps at the very top....

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Target and Gwen Stefani launch Pride shirts to support kids and families. (And we’re proud of them!)

This month being National Pride Month, and we all being proud supporters of kids in all kinds of loving families–well, we’re thrilled to see Target’s new Pride Collection of tees that helps support a really amazing cause: kids. 100% of the purchase price (that’s more than 100% of the profits) of any of the Target Pride Tees will go to support Family Equality, a wonderful organization that does some wonderful things for the 2 million kids in the US being raised by two mommies or two daddies. As for the shirts, they come in mens and womens sizes, and...

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Well Helloooo, Kitty

I have a thing for Hello Kitty (as you may well know) and I also have a thing for Vans. [see more awesome kicks after the jump!] The collection of Hello Kitty Vans Sneakers for kids is adorable, as you’d expect, but I think what I like more is that they’re available in women’s sizes too–provided you’re amply ironic enough to pull them off. (Hint: not with mom jeans.) I’m not sure that I fit that description, so I’ll just be happy watching my girls skip down the street wearing these classic low-top lace-ups. It makes me very happy...

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Comic Cons

Let’s face the facts: you might be Supermom to your kids, but you can’t drive a Batmobile. Most of us don’t want to be seen in Catwoman’s black leather suit. And, much to my personal dismay, Christan Bale has yet to show up at my door, caped or otherwise. Fortunately, you can now own your own, customized chunk of the Batman legacy. And you can wear it, too. The new custom DC Comics Converse sneakers just launched, and there’s an entire world of superhero (and supervillain) action waiting to happen– on your feet. Or your kids’ feet, if they’re...

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Mad Men is back! And so is Mad Men style

Has anticipation overwhelmed you yet?  Are you ready  for the new season premiere of Mad Men tonight?  We can’t get enough petticoats, pencil skirts, Jackie O scarves and cat-eye sunglasses. (To say nothing of the actual storylines. Promise, we’re not just watching for the wardrobe!) To celebrate the series that’s taken fashion by storm this season, I have found a few Mad Men inspired items that are fresh and modern for spring and summer of 2012–but don’t make you look like you’re wearing a costume. Or a pointy bra. This flattering striped dress from ModCloth has a slightly pleated...

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