Category: Fashion

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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Treat yourself to a natural nail polish

We tend cover the kind of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in tiny little bottles with colors like Bubblegum and Blueberry Slushie.  But not today. This one’s just for mom. The Megan Miller Collection of nail polishes is sold through Anthropologie, if that tells you anything, and they’re a fabulous mix of high quality ingredients and grade A pretty. They’re Big 3 Free, which means no dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde or toluene. So you’re breathing minimal fumes–although I wouldn’t recommend them for your little ones, mainly because they’re pricey and, like most premium polishes, take longer to dry.  But...

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Maternity and nursing lingerie you can live in

Having just had a baby three months ago, I know oh so well the need to be comfy during pregnancy–especially when you sleep. Forget about getting up to pee every 20 minutes, there’s also the issue of sleeping on your back or your side (I’m a tummy sleeper) and let’s not forget the muscle aches. So when I slipped into the ridiculously comfy–and yet stylish–maternity lingerie from Belabumbum, I yawned with excitement. I packed a set of Belabumbum’s lounge pants and a nursing camisole with me for my hospital stay and lived in the pants the entire time. I...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Medela Nursing Cami

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was quite surprised at how quickly my daughter and I both took to breast feeding. It turned out my girl had a fierce appetite and suddenly I needed to be at the ready 24/7. The Medela nursing cami made my life unbelievably easier when we got the hang of it and were in the full swing of nursing. With the nifty straps that made me easy access without having to expose my entire body I felt more comfortable and in control. And...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Milk Nursingwear Halter Dress

This week, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. I was lucky– nursing was easy for me. Dressing fashionably while nursing, however, was impossible. In between spit-up, juggling the baby, and babywearing, I spent a sum total of four years in oversized, stretched-out henleys– yes, even in summer. If I had seen a nursing dress as easy, beautiful, and smart as this gorgeous halter dress by Milk Nursingwear, I would have totally swooned. The self esteem boost alone is worth the price tag! – Delilah More Breastfeeding Week Picks: The...

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Breastfeeding Week Pick: Bella Materna Nursing Bras

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, we’ve asked our contributors to share their favorite nursing picks. When it comes to nursing, I’m an anywhere, anytime kind of gal. In grocery stores, while talking on the phone, while walking with baby in a carrier (maybe even all of those at once if I’m feeling particularly crazy). I couldn’t do it without my very favorite nursing bras from Bella Materna. I love all of their styles, but the Anytime Bralet makes my life especially easy. The Italian microfiber (fancy!) is so great that I’m still using the same bras with baby...

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Renting a maternity dress? Totally.

When I was six months pregnant with my second baby, the company I worked for was putting on a big, fancy shindig. Said shindig required me to go on a stage and speak in front of 800 people. I started to stress–mostly about what to wear. I wanted a stylish, non-mall-bought maternity dress–but I didn’t want to spend tons of cash on a frock I wouldn’t be able to wear ever again, no matter how designer it was. Mine for Nine, where were you 18 months ago? The site is a treasure trove of maternity dresses that would normally...

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Handsome in Pink

Did you know that pink was originally a color for boys? It’s true. Up until the 1940’s, boys were dressed in pink and girls in blue. And then it got all confusing. But we live in a time when barriers are being broken all over the place. In the wake of our review of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, if you have a boy who likes pink or a girl who likes tools or a child of any type who just wants to be hip, you’re going to want to check out the boutique Handsome in Pink. Or HIP, as...

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Booty Wrap – The fanny pack gets a much needed makeover

I’m dying to make a reference to the fanny pack as being the butt of all tourist jokes — oh wait, I think I just did. But let’s be fair, there is something to be said to a hands-free way of carrying a little cash and your keys when you’re out for a walk. One that doesn’t make you look like a Jay Leno punchline. Kathy Kramer, inventor of the very cool Invisibelt has done it again with the Booty Wrap – which is so simple, it’s brilliant. Think fanny pack-meets-faux-sweatshirt. The Booty Wrap ties at your waist with...

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TOMS sunglasses help the world see better

We’re already big TOMS fans; their offbeat espadrille-inspired shoes are the perfect combination of looking good and doing good, since a child in need is given a pair of shoes for every one you buy. But it gets better: TOMS is now getting in the sunglasses business. The new line of TOMS eyewear include chic retro sunglasses that are equal parts old school and of-the-moment. No matter what your look, there’s a pair that will work for you. These are investment sunglasses, and while we think they’re worth the investment just for the hip factor, you’re really buying more...

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Looking for the Old Navy Gay Pride t-shirts? We found them!

We know that many of you, like us, have been trying to track down the very cool Old Navy gay pride t-shirts. At this point, they won’t be available online, but rather in 26 select stores across the country. (Our fingers are crossed that more will follow.) Curious to see if your local store is on the list? We’ve got all the retailers right here. Here’s a tip: Go to your local Old Navy store, ask them to call a store that is carrying it and pay shipping to have it shipped to you like you would with an...

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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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