Category: Fashion

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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The perfect little black (and white) maternity dress

Back when I was pregnant with my kids (you know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), “nursing dress” was synonymous with “giant chest flaps on something shapeless and ugly.” Sad but true. So you’ll have to pardon me for feeling like you pregnant and nursing mamas today have it easy when there are options like this striped jersey dress from Polarn O. Pyret that we just came across I mean, forget that it’s totally versatile and on trend, and the soft jersey will work through the summer and well into fall with the addition of leggings; forget that the...

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Spring shopping fever? We’ve got the cure.

My heart is aflutter after taking a peek at Magpie Lovely again. We’ve raved about the site before, and its enchanting selection of original handmade work by a number of different independent artists, but I have to admit, I’m spending the most time drooling over the clothing section for kids right now. Check out this incredibly adorable and surprisingly affordable upcycled Vespa dress (shown). Once a man’s button-up, this little number is somehow sophisticated and heart-meltingly cute all rolled into one. Now when you’re done looking at the dress, don’t miss this amazing scarf made from recycled men’s oxford...

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Versatility – the hot trend for moms any season

As someone who used to have a reputation for keeping up with style trends, I have to admit that it pains me now, as a busy mom, to have to shop for everyday clothes with limitations – you know, can I wear it with almost all my outfits? Will it hide my post-partum belly rolls? But sometimes you find pieces, like the reversible short sleeve open sweater from Smitten, that are stylish and versatile. Now while I don’t own this particular one, I’ve got a few like it, and let me just say I wear it all the time....

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Your legs look FABULOUS, darling. And the rest of you too.

Yes, it’s true. My body is…wait for it….imperfect. I know that’s shocking with me being a 40-something mom of two and all but, you know. Biology. It’s no secret that I’ve always been a big Spanx fan, so I haven’t really found much need to venture into the rest of the world of shapewear. But then I had the chance to try Sculptz, and wow, call me impressed. The shapewear tights are a far cry from the control top L’Eggs I remember dabbling in (before I needed them) – the shaper top is super comfortable, and really does uh,...

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Boots that don’t make you say Ugh

The chic streets of Manhattan on foul weather days belong to Hunter Boots this year. These all-weather, all-natural rubber wellies in colors from pine green to flashy silver are keeping the annoyingly toned calves of stylish New Yorkers warm and dry everywhere I look. But what I didn’t realize is that they come in children’s sizes too. Children’s Hunter Boots are just like the grown-up versions: Strong, sturdy, and built on an orthopedic last so kids won’t clomp around in them the way they do with less fitted galoshes. They’ll get you through winter and right into spring…and if...

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We don’t have to get pregnant to wear Liz Lange. Or some of us don’t.

And as a Canadian mama, it was with much excitement that I used to take trips south of the border and bring home some lovely Liz Lange maternity clothes. Well now I’m going to have to get myself an American address since it looks like there are some brand new Liz Lange designs I’ll want to wear. And no, Mom, I’m not pregnant–it’s just that she’s about to release her first-ever non-maternity collection on HSN.com. Launching on February 19, the Completely Me by Liz Lange collection has got me reminiscing about the good old days. (Wow, did I just...

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Helping Haiti, one shirt at a time

We’ve been blown away by the number of companies, big and small, that are donating 10%, 20%, or even more of their sales to help the people of Haiti. But when Threadless announced they were donating 100% of the proceeds, up to $100,000, from the sale of a specially-designed tee to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund, that definitely got our attention. Featuring the words men anpil chay pa lou which translates to many hands make the load lighter, Threadless’ tee was the work of Thomas De Santis and Ivan Tarrazo Sanchez, two designers from the...

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Giving high heels the boot

Oh please tell me I’m not the only woman on the planet (or at least the island of Manhattan) who just can’t do the spiky stiletto heel thing. I know they’re trendy and fabulous and make your legs look great and all – but uh, no. So I’m always delighted to find some fashion-forward footwear that can take me from the office to child-wrangling all in the same day, like the selection of boots at Shop Modern Vintage. I’m coveting any number of the funky reasonably-heeled European boots made of leathers so soft and yummy, no one will even...

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Shapewear for sexy mamas

You know how after the baby is born, you have that extra bit around the middle that just doesn’t fit into your clothes? My baby is seven and I’m still fighting that. (Sorry, mamas, it’s true.) But wait! DuMi Shapewear has a solution! These lightweight camisoles are surprisingly comfortable, considering what a great job they do of pulling your midsection back to where it used to be. And each style comes with a built-in bra, so smaller chested mamas (ahem) can wear the cami on its own. DuMi’s camisoles come in three styles; my favorite is the Body Sculpting...

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For when that BBQ apron just won’t cut it.

You’re having a holiday party. You’re dressed up. You’re serving food  and drinks. An apron would be nice to protect your perfect cocktail dress, but who wants to drag out the old marinara-stained “Kiss the Cook” monstrosity? Well if it were me, I’d prefer covering it with something like this Rollings of Cinnamon full apron from IceMilk. Not only will it protect your clothes from those delectable hors d’oeuvres you’ve whipped up from scratch (right?) but it will make you look like you have it so together that even the tiniest details in your life are full of style....

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Maternity Spanx! At last, at last!

I can say, in all honestly, that there have been times when I would not have gone out out in public had I not been wearing my Spanx. That has everything to do with the way Spanx just makes everything feel so supported, both in the lift-and-smooth kind of way and in the this-helps-me-stand-up-straighter kind of way. Which is why it would have been so awesome to have had some kind of Spanx product to slip on when I was pregnant and my belly was all ponderous and swingy and out there. Because you know those maternity jeans with...

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Underwear to the rescue!

Clearly the green movement is everywhere, including, now, your underwear. Indeed your skivvies are the next if not final frontier for a demonstration of your commitment to all things eco, as we’ve recently discovered. At the UK’s Love Eco, the Pants to Poverty undies are made of fair trade organic cotton, with a cute little waistband to spread the word, should yours accidentally poke out of your jeans. All the profits are put back into the farms and manufacturing coops and I’d imagine there will be quite a bit of it, considering the skivvies are about $15 US each....

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5 favorite picks for celebrating National Adoption Day

With some of our closest friends and family (and yes, even you, our fabulous readers) taking the plunge into parenthood through the amazing gift of adoption, we’re always on the lookout for amazing finds as a way to celebrate their journey. So in honor of National Adoption Day today, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite adoption-related picks.   1. The beautiful My Journey, My Family adoption journal  written by Zoe Francesca and illustrated by CMP fave Susie Ghahremani, is a lovely way for parents to document their adoption story without fudging around some of the traditional baby book categories. 2. We...

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Hanky Panky opens and Naughty Santa is delighted

For years I was mystified by the thong, an article of clothing that felt more “medieval torture device” than comfy undergarment. But, after hearing about Hanky Panky’s thongs, I gave them a try and have been a convert to their comfortable yet super-sexy lace thongs ever since. Heck, there may be days when I haven’t brushed my hair and have more stains on my shirt than I care to think about, but I always have a little more swing in my hips with Hanky Panky on underneath. Just this weekend, in time for me to drop a ton of...

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Make every day a good hair day

I can’t believe I’m already thinking of holiday accessories but, yup, I am. Mainly because I’ll be among those “shopping my closet” this year and looking to update old looks with affordable new accessories. On a wild Etsy tear this week, I came across this lovely headband from artist Paige Redwine of HouserWallis that is screaming my name. The rosettes lined with zippers give it a modern downtown edge, but the sophisticated colors and the teeny pearl in the middle mean I can wear it with my uptown holiday party clothes. Paige is a brand new etsy seller but...

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Keds stomps out breast cancer

I’m not entirely a fan of a pink ribbon as a fashion statement, even if it is supporting a great cause. Generally I think you can just give that money directly to the cause and make your own pink or red or white ribbon to wear on your jacket. But in the case of Keds Pink Ribbon shoes, you can actually do both. Because 100% of the proceeds are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 100%. So great. I love how subtle the design is — just a teeny pink ribbon at the heel and on the...

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Frye gives sneakers the boot

Together in NYC this week, Kristen and I browsed a few boutiques and noticed that Frye Boots are making a crazy comeback. I still remember my first pair back in the early 80s, and how sad I was when I outgrew them. And could no longer wear them with prairie skirts and a Ralph Lauren sweater. Ahem. The Frye Women’s Boots make a great investment for moms (and yes, they’re an investment) because they’re comfy, they’ll only get better with age, and they help you rock the jeans way better than any pair of sneakers. Seriously, stop relying on...

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Hot red fashion for fall – CMP does Etsy

If you’re looking for a little sumpin’ sumpin’ that will brighten your day and class up your look for fall, take a look at the hot color this season – red. Think of it as a little reward for surviving summer (and all those pastels) intact. The Sweet Red Rose ring from Spiderella Studio (above) made me catch my breath. It’s small, inexpensive and just the right size to wear to a Back-to-School night in jeans and a nice sweater. If you’re going somewhere a bit nicer (date night?) this Jersey Knit Tunic Vest from erinleighheart would be perfect, maybe...

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Mod Cloth makes mamas thrift shop fabulous

I have been in the market for a new handbag recently and somehow stumbled onto Mod Cloth, which is fast becoming my top new online obsession. This vintage and thrift webshop is the closest thing I have yet discovered to my favorite ever thrift shop in the Berkshires that went out of business years ago – and without the mothball smell and dangerously narrow aisles. Founder Susan has an incredible eye and you’ll find clothes, accessories, housewares and bags (oh the bags) from indie designers mixed in with vintage and standard thrift store finds. It’s all nicely organized and...

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Swimsuits for moms who might have forgotten to do their pilates. All year.

Waaaay back before I had kids, I could get away with wearing any old cute little swimsuit found at my local boutique. But now the thin layer of spandex accompanied by teeny tiny straps just doesn’t cut it anymore, so I often turn to a couple of our secret swimwear sources each Summer. Popina Swim has just added a few new vintage-inspired items that give moms a little extra help where they need it. The tops and bottoms are sold separately, which is awesome. Bottoms range from a retro hipster to a high waisted boy short which isn’t for...

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Shirin Genius

Artist and designer Shirin Roubeni has been called a tee-shirt couturier, which I suppose is her fans’ way of saying that no, all tee shirts are not in fact created equal. I recently got a look at some of the tees from ShirinKIDS, her pint-sized offshoot of Shirin NYC and I totally get it. The kids’ tees, while not cheap, are really exquisite, featuring elegant hand silkscreens of floral patterns, dragonflies or leopards on eco-friendly lyocell/cotton blend tees that feel nearly like silk. There’s also cool detailing that makes each shirt really special. (And ignore that handwash instruction —...

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Bespoken? Word.

Every woman needs to one one perfect, crisp button-up shirt. And by perfect I mean it fits at the shoulders, the collar isn’t better suited to the Ringling Bros. wardrobe department, and your chest isn’t busting the buttons every time you inhale deeply. Rebecca & Drew has just introduced a very cool custom made shirt for women that may be the next best thing to heading to a tailor for measurements. You specify the fabric, your chest size and cup size (!!) and whether you prefer the classic oxford shirt (or custom shirtdress) longer in length. You can also...

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70% off sales. All the time. Not just Christmas time. (I know!)

The online sales are staggering right now (seriously – amazing) but as we all know, the delightful madness will be gone with the December calendar page. Unless you’re a member of Rue La La, the latest in a string of online designer sample sale sites that we’ve unearthed this year. The brands are on the accessible side of fashion-forward, including Splendid, BCBG Max Azria, and my fave, Theory. In fact, sign up now and you’ll still get a crack at gifts that can get to you in time for Christmas, including Alexis Hudson bags and Theory clothes and accessories....

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