Category: Fashion We Love

Old Navy offers a Gay Pride tee and we love them for it

We’ve always been proud to support all types of families at Cool Mom Picks–the ones with one mommy, the ones with two mommies, the ones with no mommies at all. So we’re thrilled to see that Old Navy is doing the same, by making a stand in favor of love and tolerance with their new line of Gay Pride T-shirts launching next week. This is a pretty big corporate statement and we admire the guts. But we really like that 10% of Old Navy sales on the items will go to the It Gets Better Project, a truly amazing...

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Swankify your spring wardrobe for 40% less.

If you like swanky designer clothes but not the swanky designer clothes prices, one of my favorite ever boutiques is having a 40% off sale right now that’s definitely worth a few clicks. New Yorkers can pop into Scoop in person (I love the one in the Meatpacking District), but for the rest of you, just hit the website. I’m seeing deals on items like Seven Skinny Jeans, designer handbags from labels like Philip Lim and Zac Posen, and the awesome Alice + Olivia dress shown here. (Though darn, not in my size.) Be warned, non New Yorkers—this is...

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It’s not a necklace, it’s a Necklush

As we move out of scarf season (at last!) I love the stylish blending of scarf and necklace from Necklush, which seems at once futuristic and retro. Kind of like a gypsy space pirate. Although I’m not sure space pirates have accessories like these. These seamless cotton loops can be wron as a scarf-like cowl, as light loops in summer, in a bow-like neckpiece, or as chains, depending on which version you choose. In fact, there are oodles of delicious– or is that de-lush-ious?— Necklush colors and styles up for grabs, and I think they’re just phenomenal with summer’s...

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TKees make your feet feel pretty too

For those of you addicted to summer flip-flops, but who want something that’s a step up in the style department from thick rubber beach-ready thongs, I have just found the sweetest new option. The Brazilian-made TKees are promoted as “cosmetics for your feet,” which…okay. Gimmick. But a gimmick that works. I fell instantly in love with the “Foundations” line of flip-flops, which offer sleek, stylish leather flip-flops in 5 skin-tone shades. I think the palest shade, Seashell, is a great neutral alternative to white no matter what your own skin tone, but I ended up grabbing the slightly darker Coco Butter for myself. If you’re...

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Missoni loves Havaianas (and So Do I)

Let’s face it: flip flops are a summer must-have. But instead of defaulting to a cheapie pair that will fall apart or fade the first time you wear them, think about investing in a really good pair and wearing them all summer — or forever. My pick for perfect summer flip flops is always Havaianas, and this summer, they’re cuter than ever. Havaianas has teamed up with Missoni (designers of the world’s best retro-pattern knit dresses) for a line of fun and funky flip flops that will make your toes happy all summer long. Made of the same high-quality...

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dearjohnnies – Hospital garb you’ll want to wear after your stay

I’m getting closer and closer to the pregnancy finish line and as I do, I’m starting to mentally pack my hospital bag. I remember from last time that I basically lived in a bathrobe and hospital gown for the duration of my stay. The thought of lounging around Hugh Hefner-style sounds appealing, if only it weren’t for those drab and dowdy (not to mention used) hospital gowns. This is where dearjohnnies comes in. We’ve praised the collection of designer hospital gowns when we first discovered them, and are excited to share that they have launched some lovely new prints along...

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A chic accessory for your growing bun

I’m in the final stretch of my third trimester and no matter what I put on, I have a tendency to feel like, well, someone who’s eight months pregnant. So when I spotted a recent pic a of a pregnant celeb with a multi-hued scarf from new accessories line Theodora & Callum effortlessly tied around her neck and covering her belly just so, I knew I had found what I was looking for–an accessory that actually made me look and feel less huge. Theodora & Callum is created by former Scoop owner Stefani Greenfield and co-creator/executive producer of Project...

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Fancy Finnish foot prints

I’m a sucker for designer collaborations, so when I heard Converse was partnering with Finnish design house Marimekko for the Converse Hearts Marimekko limited edition collection, I kicked off my All-Stars and ran to the computer to check out the offerings. I’ve always loved Marimekko’s bold geometric prints and bright hues, probably a residual effect from growing up sleeping on their pillowcases. If you’re a plain white Keds type, then these are probably not the kicks for you. But seeing as how I like to wear my flair on my feet (probably explains my affinity for leopard-print ballet flats),...

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Monogrammed rain boots keep you singin’ (and stylin’) in the rain

This week we had a taste of spring – not the sunny, warm spring, but the rainy, cold spring that you know is right around the corner. And nothing cheers us up around here on a rainy day like a fun new pair of rain boots ready for puddle jumping. Ever since I got my first monogrammed LL Bean bag, I’ve had a soft spot for monogrammed items. Rain boots by Zou Baby are the first monogrammed rain boots I’ve seen and I love the classic design. Available in adult and youth sizes, both you and your child can...

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Hunter rain boots that stand out from the crowd

When the weather in New York City involves any sort of precipitation, it’s hard to open an umbrella without hitting a pair of Hunter boots on the sidewalks, my own chocolate brown pair included. In fact the waterproof wellies are so ubiquitous in my neighborhood, I have often wondered if they sponsor rainy days. So how to stick out in a sea of Hunters? Order up a pair of their new lace-up style! The Verbier boot  features an 80mm wedge, a brand new idea for Hunter, which, if you didn’t know, supplies waterproof footwear to the Royal Family (well,...

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Pantone’s 2011 color of the year keeps you pretty in pink. Or honeysuckle.

This week on Blogher Style, I wrote about the new 2011 Pantone color of the year: Honeysuckle. Well slap me silly, I would have thought it would be some sort of yellow shade but nope. It’s pink all the way. And why yes, I am laughing a bit at Pantone’s promises that honeysuckle elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life. Will pink nails and rosy scarves instill us with the confidence to meet life’s exhaustive challenges? Maybe not. But I do like the...

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The coolest TV moms and the fashion they inspired: 1970’s and 1980’s

Because we are such TV junkies, we are happy to present the second in three-part series on our favorite TV moms through the ages, and the fab fashion they inspired. After all, who doesn’t love fab retro fashion? And cool moms? It’s all sponsored by XFNITY from Comcast which helps you keep up with your favorite entertainment–even the reruns. 1970s: Shirley PartridgeIn this, the decade of the Feminist mom, it was hard to pick a favorite. While we loved Maude and Ann Romano and Edith Bunker, when it comes to fashion we have to go with Shirley Partridge. Come...

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The Coolest TV Moms and the fashion they’ve inspired – Part 1, The 1950’s and 1960’s

We love TV. Love TV! No apologies here for our pop culture addiction. It seems so far back that TV moms were just you know…funny. And not because they got Botox live in front of cameras. (Or maybe we’re watching too much Bravo?) So we are happy to present a three-part series on our favorite TV moms through the ages, and the fab fashion they inspired, sponsored by Xfinity from Comcast which helps you keep up with your favorite entertainment. 1950s: LUCY RICARDO Sorry Donna Reed, you’ve got no chance against Lucy Ricardo, who might just be the best...

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Cool headband alert!

I’ve always had a thing for headbands. It probably dates back to the first grade when I fell in love with a ribbon and bead headband a cool older girl made for me. Now CMP (and mom) fave Giddy Giddy is taking me back to my grade school days with their ultra-adorable new collection of handmade corduroy headbands. Giddy Giddy, which is a riff on the Japanese-Hawaiian term for cowlick, is a goldmine for cute hair things. The crafty founder started the company with the goal of creating pretty clips, barrettes and hairbands to disguise her daughter’s unruly mess...

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Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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Perfect gifts for scarfaholics. Or anyone, really.

First I was excited about boot weather. But now that I’m firmly settled into my kickers, I’m ready for the next stage — scarf weather. Even though I’ve got a killer line-up waiting in my closet, like any good scarfaholic, I always need just one more. Right now, my neck is pining for the plume scarf by multi-talented artist and CMP favorite Alena Hennessy. Her new line of organic scarves are completely green — as in handmade of organic cotton and printed locally with earth-friendly inks. But it’s the designs that closed the deal for me. I adore the...

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Designer Tory Burch takes on National Women’s Business Week.

It’s National Women’s Business Week this week. Or at least, officially. Because in my mind, every week women should be in business. One of the big supporters of this week is uber designer, mom, and friend-to-women everywhere Tory Burch, and she’s asked us to share with you some of the cool stuff she’s doing right now. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Her amazing dot-org, The Tory Burch Foundation was set up to help women in this country with business opportunities through needed microloans. It’s a great org to consider supporting on its own. Or, you know,...

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The 6 most fabulous purchases for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shopping is not really our first line of defense against breast cancer. But even so, we’re proud to support some of the companies, big and small, that are offering special items to help raise funds for research and patient support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve worked hard to only pick out the items that are so great, they really do justice to this noble cause. Every day I pass a photo of my sister-in-law’s smiling face and am reminded of how breast cancer tried to take that smile from all of us who love her so much. So, mamas, remember: Do those...

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Do these jeans make my butt look big? That would be a no.

I have reluctantly embraced leggings over the past few years to the point where I now own five pairs–all black. (What? They’re all different!) So when I got wind of the jeggings craze I did think ooohh…wardrobe diversity. Even so, when I went to a fashion event at the Blogher conference recently, and had the opportunity to be fitted for a pair of Miraclebody Jeans, I was skeptical. I don’t just stick my butt out for anyone, let alone celeb stylist Robert Verdi who was doing the honors. Besides, they promise to take 10 pounds off and uh…yeah. Right....

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She’s got le-e-egs.

Fun prints on tights are in this fall, as we’ve been told by oh, pretty much every fashion guru anywhere. (No, we don’t have a direct line to every fashion guru everywhere but we read a lot!) I love the idea of pairing more neutral color palates with funkier prints; it’s such a fabulous way to upgrade last year’s skirts and dresses without spending a ton. Especially if you grab the right designs. [don’t miss lots of coolness, plus a great offer after the jump!] The 80s redux thing continues with the plaid tights spotted at ModCloth (above). I...

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It’s never too early to think about fall accessories

Even though it’s still in the 80s here in the deep south, I’ve heard rumors that the weather is already starting to change in other parts of the country. Lucky you! But whether you’re still in shorts like me or you’re pulling out your fall trenches, it’s never a bad time to look at cute accessories. Boy am I loving this handmade pink bubble scarf at By Clarice. As someone who tends to wear simple coats and jackets, a cheerfully colored scarf like this one is the perfect way to keep warm and snazz up what my husband calls...

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Preppy is back! Three (very respectful, understated) cheers.

Preppy is back, mamas, if you haven’t noticed. My once and future idol, Lisa Birnbach of Preppy Handbook fame, is out promoting her follow-up book True Prep; loafers are everywhere; and Kanye West is influencing a whole new generation to choose blazers and suspenders over boxers and butt cracks. In other words, it’s Katherine Hepburn’s world again, and we’re just living in it. So I was thrilled to learn that the new LL Bean Signature shop is our newest sponsor (thanks for the support, guys!), because I looooove what they’re doing in their women’s line, thanks to creative director...

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We like WeWe (and so does Hollywood)

Some kids put on a Superman cape when they want to run super fast. But my kid puts on her “Cheetah Dress,” which is actually the Jasmine Shell Puff Sleeve dress from WeWe Clothing. And she has good taste, according to celebs like Halle Berry, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jessica Alba, who also love the label. (Not that I needed the affirmation.) If you’re looking for something different to shift your kids’ (or your own) wardrobe from summer into fall, look no further. WeWe means “little ones” in the Yoruba language from Nigeria. The owner and design force behind WeWe,...

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Shopafrolic has us frolicking! And shopping. Not necessarily in that order.

Most of us know designer Liz Lange for her fabulous maternity clothes, to which I’m eternally grateful for saving me from trapeze shirts. Four times. You may also know about her new Completely Me line of non-maternity clothes, at least if you’re an avid Cool Mom Picks reader. But what you might not know is that Liz, along with her sister and graphic designer Jane Wagman, are dishing out invaluable shopping tips totally free of charge. Each day, at their new site, Shopafrolic, the style mavens apply their fantastic taste to selecting various accessories, beauty products, and clothes and...

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TOMS Wedges – Now for Fall

It seems like just yesterday I was proclaiming my love for the new TOMS wedges for summer. And I pretty much was, actually, but now that fall is around the corner, wouldn’t you know TOMS launched a new line just in time for me to make the switch. These shoes are as fun and comfortable as a pair of your favorite canvas sneaks except they’ve got an awesome wedge heel and an adorable peep toe. The new line of TOMS wedges features the exact same design that I love, except in rich, gorgeous colors, like the cranberry (pictured) and...

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Hospital gowns get a (much needed) upgrade

I know none of us cared what we looked like during the moments our babies were born. The health of baby and mama were the most important things in the universe, and there was very little room for vanity. But when I think back to all the hours (many many hours) before and after that newborn snuggle came, I know I would have liked to feel a little bit less like a linebacker and a little more feminine. I would have loved to be wearing this Pretty Pushers delivery gown. It would have eliminated the inevitable cringe at that...

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TOMS Wedges – The perfect summer flip flop alternative

I’ve kept my eye on TOMS shoes for a long time, hoping for a style that might just fit my fancy over their classic flat slip on that I just don’t think I can pull off. And I think I just found it in the newest member of the TOMS shoes family. Lucky for me, TOMS’s awesome new canvas wedges launched just when I was on the hunt for some summery footwear other than my beloved flip flops, and they do not disappoint. These sporty, ridiculously comfortable shoes are like your favorite bright canvas sneaker with a little “umph”...

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Busty mamas of the world, unite and take over

As I recently told a reader who commented on a post about maternity lingerie, we laugh when we receive size 32A nursing bras for review. Um, yeah, I’ll have my four year-old try that on for you, stat. We busty girls have it harder than you think! And while it’s becoming easier to find clothing for plus-sized women, when you’re average (or small) sized but your chest is of gawking proportions, you need a shop like Carissa Rose. This mom-run boutique is all about clothes for the well-endowed. Not lingerie, but actual clothes that fit as they’re supposed to...

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Saying no to gladiator shoes

I have been coveting this one pair of Michael Kors slides since I slipped my feet into them at local trendanista boutique, Scoop. On three different occasions. The buttery leather and comfy flat sole coupled with the perfect shade of neutral made it tops on my casual summer shoe covet list. (Yes, I have multiple shoe covet lists subdivided by usage occasion. What? Doesn’t everyone?) Then I happened to spot the very same Michael Kors sandals for $50 off at Zappos and hello! Guess who has a fabulous new pair of shoes? While the upper had to break in...

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Sex and the City 2, and a peek into the wardrobe of my dreams

The premiere of Sex and the City 2 hits tonight, and the women I’ve talked to seem to be divided into two groups: Those who care, and those who won’t admit they care — just a little bit. I admit it! I care! I want to gawk at Aiden, and marvel at everyone’s perfect triceps, and learn why the heck they’re riding camels in $16,000 outfits. For those of you who are interested in the always fabulous Patricia Field styling above all, check out the Sex and the City Closet on the movie’s website. This interactive app lets you...

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