Category: Fashion

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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April showers bring a good excuse to shop online for Hunter boots and bags. Yes, bags!

I love my Hunter rain boots. Unfortunately, I live in LA where it almost never rains, even as the rest of the country wades through those upcoming April showers. Okay, I lie; It drizzles, sometimes. And that’s when I climb into my fabulously green Hunters and I rock them all day long…even when the sun comes back out. But you may not know Hunter makes more than boots. [don’t miss some of their most gorgeous spring items after the jump] In addition to those signature boots, the Hunter collection also includes cute sandals, bright clogs, trenchcoats, and a fantastic...

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5 gorgeously green accessories for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond

I love the idea of going green for St. Patrick’s Day, but not so much with a “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” shirt. I’d much rather grab something I can use beyond March 17. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite green bags and accessories that we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks that are still on trend, long after the corned beef, cabbage, and green beer hangover has worn off. I’ve been coveting a Cambridge Satchel ever since we featured it, particularly the Flouro bag in the super trendy neon green. This After the Rain Brooch is a...

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Marni for H&M – the ultimate cheap chic collaboration

At the very top of my bucket list of designers I hope to have hanging in my closet one day is Marni. I’ve always loved the Italian design house’s eclectic mix of prints and modern offbeat silhouettes. Now, thanks to a collaboration with fast fashion chain H&M, I won’t have to wait (or save a zillion dollars) to snag a piece of Marni for my wardrobe. The collection promises to be a stunner. Expect Marni’s signature geometric prints and creative mixes of color on everything from formal suits to loose dresses and summer coats. I have my eye on...

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These boots are made for empowering

I’ve had our eye on Atlanta-based artisan Jessica Swift ever since I discovered her gorgeous reversible ceramic necklace at the Indie Craft Experience. She’s since expanded with a fabulous line of cool iPhone cases, and now, these adorable rain boots that, along with this warm patch of weather, have me wishing for spring. Her pretty new line of rain boots feature her beautiful art work on the outside along with a sweet, surprise message on the inside. The Carmindy boots (pictured) say “You are perfect just the way you are” and the bold, bright Ennika style have “This is...

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New shapewear you can wear just about everywhere

Ah shapewear. How essential you are. After all, the beginning of every new year starts with the same pledge: “I will get in shape.” But this year, I didn’t even dare make that resolution–with a baby who doesn’t sleep through the night and a busy three-year-old, heading to the gym falls somewhere on my list between reading War and Peace and cooking four-course meals every night. That’s why I was psyched to discover two pairs of pants that hold it all in for me. The pants are from shapewear golden child Spanx and a new kid on the block...

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TOMS jumps on the ballet flats trend

My TOMS wedges might just be my favorite pair of high-heeled spring and summer shoes, but even as comfy as they are, they’re still high for chasing after four kids. And while I’ve yet to feel hip enough to pull off the Classic styles, the new TOMS ballet flats might just be the shoe for me. Available in a slew of different patterns and fabrics, like suede, burlap, even leather, the TOMS ballet flats are not only on trend this year, they’re the perfect combination of fashion and function for me. They’ve got a a sleek square-round toe with...

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The end of hat head

After taking the time to blow dry my mane, the last thing I want to do is pull on a claustrophobic thick wool hat and destroy all my hard work. So what? Just suffer the cold? Deal with the hat head?  Etsy artist Cheryl Bryan has my answer.  We just discovered these totally sweet and rather pretty knit headbands from 4th Generation Designs. Cheryl’s handmade cozy creations will keep you warm, looking lovely and won’t leave you with a flat top. Plus, I have to admit, the crochet flower accent is mighty cute. It’s like saying “Yes, it’s bitter...

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Infinitely beautiful

Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...

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Crushing on Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango

Pantone has decreed that 2012 is the year of Tangerine Tango, which they describe as “a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been nurturing an orange obsession for years. It’s a bright look-at-me neutral. Yes, a neutral. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s a color that amazingly goes with everything. Plus you don’t have to wear it head to toe in order to feel its power. A little pop of orange goes a long way.  If you’re...

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To infinity and beyond!

I’m completely obsessed with infinity scarves after accidentally purchasing one on sale at the Gap (don’t ask) and I can’t stop wearing it. The tail-less scarf is soooo comfy and warm, and my favorite part: no annoying tassles for my toddler to pull. Since then, I’ve been combing Etsy to find another, and that’s how I landed upon Louise Dungate’s beautiful handmade scarves. I ended up purchasing her chunky infinity scarf or Supersnood, which is exactly what you might imagine it would be — super thick and super long, which means you can wear it a myriad ways. Made...

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Charity begins in your t-shirt drawer

We love finding ways to make our purchasing dollars do good in the world. Now we have another one to add to the list, along with Tiny Revolutionary,  Jedidiah, and do-gooder deal site Pure Citizen. Welcome, Sevenly! Each week, Sevenly sells one gorgeously hip and huggably soft t-shirt. And for each shirt sold, $7 goes directly to that week’s charity. That’s one design, seven days, seven dollars. Super easy, and super effective.  They’ve already donated more than $171,000 to charities like Drop in the Bucket, War Child, Water.org, and CURE Childhood Cancer. And the shirts are fair-trade, American-made, cozy-soft...

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These tights were made for booting

I pretty much live in boots all winter long. Which means my drawers are also home to a healthy stock of stocking and leggings. The problems with stockings and boots though, is that I often still need to wear socks over them to keep my toes warm, and keep the stocking from catching on any boot innards that might be less than gentle. And then, depending on the boot, that may mean it starts feeling a little snug for comfort. Enter a brilliant new product called Bootights. You can see where this is going, right? Bootights are like a...

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Getting dressed up for New Year’s Eve without spending a fortune

It’s time to ring in the new year, which is a perfect excuse to get dressed up. Whether you’re waving goodbye to 2011 or running to greet 2012, your party deserves a little pretty. But don’t rush out and buy something you’ll never wear again; with just a few sparkly upgrades, you can turn your existing duds into a party-worthy look. [find affordable New Year’s Eve style tips after the jump] Jewelry is an easy way to dress up even your most basic jean-and-tee look — and for New Year’s you really can bring the bling. Stella & Dot...

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Great shirts for stylish dreamers, wanderers, and do-gooders

It should always be a joy to do a little online shopping, especially when you’re hoping to see your money do a little good in the world. That’s why Jedidiah is so nice. Every one of their lovely adult shirts and accessories you buy contributes to a worthy cause. This season, a portion of all proceeds from sales goes to StandUp for Kids to help homeless teenagers and at-risk youth. Jedidiah recently raised over $24,000 for their previous charity, Amor, including building two houses and stocking a food pantry in Tijuana–so this is serious business. What do I love...

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Surviving winter days with color

At the risk of this turning into the Fab.com blog (I can’t help it!), today I discovered a new textile artist there that I’m so excited about, because she makes the most lovely scarves. And wildly affordable too. The lightweight scarves and wraps from Portland artist Chelsea Heffner are just beautful. Even more so when they’re 40% off. I love the soft, colorblocked mrieno wool scarves, in both muted palates and the bolder ones like the fuschia/scarlet shown here. There’s also a mulberry/suede combo with just 5 left at the time of publishing that I love; plus some stunning...

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And a hug around the neck

When I came across this gorgeous lilac crochet scarf on Etsy, I just about clicked “add to cart” right on the spot. Good thing I didn’t because then I would have missed all the other beautiful colors. Brooklyn’s VitalTemptation is a name that pretty much says it all. I adore their handmade crochet scarf in vibrant colors like the purple, red, or emerald, but over a heather gray wool coat, that black one is pretty fabulous too. Perfect for this time of year when scarves tie an outfit together more than they keep the snow out of our v-necks....

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You know what they say about gals with big feet…

Jackie O wore a size 11. Julia Child wore a 12. Me? Well, I am somewhere in-between the two. Yes, I’ll say it, I have big feet. I spent many years trying to hide my long and narrows, then eventually I began to accept my fate. But when not a single shoe store carries your size what can you do?  Enter Tess. Tess, a woman in Baltimore with the same affliction, took matters into her own…uh, feet? Teaming up with her mother, she created Barefoot Tess, which sells stylish footwear to ladies like me. You’ll find larger sizes from...

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No glove…

When the heat started clicking through the radiator this past week, I knew it was time to start trading the cotton for wool and bringing the gloves out of the back of the closet. The handknit gloves from Etsy’s Reflections By DS are making me mourn the loss of summer just a little less. While I love the look of the mohair fingerless gloves and cowl set, I’d have to save them for non-child days. (Not sure how well they’d hold up against the velcro of diaper bags.) For every day, I’m totally digging those wool fingerless gloves in...

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Umba Box: the monthly gift you give to yourself

If you’re the Mom, that means you probably buy the birthday presents, the holiday presents, the housewarming presents, the Your First Recital presents, the Sorry Your Husband Got Fired presents. And the only time you ever get a surprise involves the question, “Mom, what did the cat throw up?” Or maybe that’s just me. Ahem. But do you put as much care into giving yourself gifts? If not, you need to check out this fun new service. Umba Box is a monthly subscription service of curated handmade goods. It could be an organic scarf, jewelry, soaps, hair clips, mittens,...

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All hail the ponytail

Whether I’m ready or not, it’s officially fall, and the hats and scarves are starting to fill the stores, as I needed another reminder that cold weather is on its way. If you’re starting to track down fall accessories for your daughters, there’s a new label making hats for girls and women with a twist. Or really, with a ponytail. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump] At Fit to Flick, you’ll find really adorable knit hats that look not too different from similar hats I’ve seen. With one big exception: they actually have a hidden slit in...

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If you’re going to wear a ponytail, might as well rock it

Prior to chopping all my hair off a few months ago, I was the queen of the ponytail. I used to feel bad about pulling my hair back on a daily basis, mostly because I could never quite master making my ponytails look like anything more than an afterthought rather than a style. Too bad I didn’t discover these beautiful hair accessories sooner. The mother-daughter team behind Eden’s Wake hand creates each of these beautiful flower hair clips from chiffon, with details like lace and black beads. I think it would look just fabulous clipped just slightly angled above...

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