Category: Fashion We Love

Isabella Oliver – Taking the Maternity Wrap Dress to a Whole New Level

If there’s one essential in any maternity wardrobe, I’d have to go with a wrap dress. It’s generally flattering to all body shapes, regardless of which direction your belly and butt tends to spread, although if not done well, it can definitely look heavy with all those ties and extra fabric. Enter Isabella Oliver, a fantastic maternity wear company featuring some of the most amazing clothes I’ve seen. The ruffle wrap dress is so lovely that it’s almost making me wish I wasn’t at the tail end of my pregnancy. The superb fit and construction combined with beautiful rich...

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Getting Your Pre-Baby Figure Back with the Belly Bandit and HipSlimmer. Or So We Hope. (And Pray.)

Exercise, eat right, and that baby weight will come off…eventually.  That’s the common wisdom anyway.  But I’m impatient, so in addition to bike rides and bowls of broccoli, I went looking for a little extra help and found two interesting options: the Belly Bandit and the HipSlimmer. The Belly Bandit (left) is an abdominal compression binder; or in human terms basically a wide, elasticized wrap for your postpartum gut. We first spotted it at one of of the new mom sites we really like, The Cradle. Out of the box, it looked a bit bulky, but it’s virtually invisible...

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Mama For Obama? Cool T-Shirts On Tap.

Cool Mom Picks takes no official position on the presidential candidates besides keeping our eyes out for the coolest tees of the season on both sides of the aisles. Apologies to the GOP readers amongst us, but I believe the winner goes to (ding ding ding) the funky tees from There’s Something About Barry. Barry as in Barack. You know, tall guy? Cute kids? On CNN every four minutes or so? From the shop’s namesake slogan against a sleek Obama silhouette to modern interpretations of the good ol’ “Obama ’08” declaration, it’s nice to see some clean, contemporary political...

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Haute Looks for Kids That Moms East of Hollywood Can Afford Too

It seems like everywhere we look, there’s a super cool new site popping up that hosts limited-time online sample sales of designer kids clothing. First it was Gilt Groupe, and now it’s Haute Look. Essentially, Haute Look emails you about steep online sales that only last a day or two. Their designers are truly excellent–they launch kidswear with Primp on July 30, move onto Splendid Littles on August 5, then hook you up with the likes of of Neige, Jigsaw (shown), and Tea Collection. And the discounts are spectacular. Like in the “how can they get away with it?”...

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I, glasses

While I’ve got way too many little pouches and cases to keep all my kid’s items clean and safe, I tend to just toss my own things right into the depths of my diaper bag without even thinking twice. That’s probably why I’m on my third pair of sunglasses this summer, and why I should think about investing in an eyeglass case from Field of Roses. I can’t say I’ve ever coveted an eyeglasses case before, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. Made by hand using various cotton fabrics, like the Joel Dewberry pattern (pictured) or this equally lovely...

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Autism Speaks Through Very Cute Tees

When there’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, I have no problems letting my child’s chest be a billboard for raising awareness.The shirts from FiveHumans, like the Autism “Mind Speak” tee, helps get the word out about this developmental disability that’s now affecting a whopping 1 out of every 150 US children. By purchasing the shirt, you’ll not only be helping to spread the word about the need for continued Autism research, but 10% of the proceeds will go directly to Autism Speaks. Make sure to check out the other fantastic causes that are stylishly represented and supported by FiveHumans. And...

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C-Section Undies: Hot. For Real.

I realize that it took nine months for my body to complete its baby-making journey, so I really ought to be patient and give it nine months to recover. Especially after a c-section.  But patience has never been my strong suit and I want to wear cute undies again. Is that so much to ask? Since I’ve moved past the initial healing stage, I’m loving Czela Bellies, a great intermediary solution before you’re ready for your lacy stuff again. This cute boy-short style underwear has an ultra-soft waistband that won’t irritate those still-tender scars. Not only are Czela Bellies...

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Swimwear Season: Don’t Panic Just Yet.

Swimsuit shopping has never been one of my favorite outings – not even in the days before I had to reconcile my hot mama ideals with my postpartum realities. The suits that look great on a hanger generally become total fashion don’ts on me; but browsing the retro swimwear at Popina Swim is actually a pleasure for this third-time mom. Several of this year’s new styles are just as cute and flirty as the ones we featured last year, still mom-friendly without being matronly. I love the new halter styles, as well as the Anabel tankini in chic espresso,...

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Clogs: They’re Baaa-aaaack.

Remember those clunky wooden shoes with the suede leather strap that were all the rage about 25 years ago? Yeah, I’m trying to forget about them too. They were our generation’s Crocs, another trend I’m happy to avoid. I’ve found a much more fashionable option at Cape Clogs. These Swedish-made shoes feature alder wood soles and all-leather uppers in such a wide variety of cool patterns,  like dinosaurs and ladybugs, that any little girl can find one (or six) she likes. Plus, they make that wonderful clomping sound when you walk. What kid doesn’t love that? They make them...

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Message Shirts We Can Definitely Get Behind

I had decided that 2008 was going to be the year to move past the message shirts. But then BreeAnne Clowdus, owner of CMP fave Tiny Revolutionary sent me her new "This Shirt Saved a Life" tee (available in mama sizes now too!) and I was totally sucked in. It’s hard to hate a super soft tee featuring original screened art in new non-toxic ink. But then add the fact that a whopping $20 from the purchase of each shirt will be donated directly to Africa Aid to fund a child in a Ghanaian school lunch program for an...

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Babies Get the LA Treatment

Chic moms and non-moms alike are fans of the great tee shirt basics from LA’s  Michael Stars. That capsleeved scoop neck does such a nice job of containing my cups that runneth over, that I own one in nearly every color. (Seriously, look at my summer photos – it’s embarrassing.) And now babies, long before they have to worry about such things, can get in on the yummy supima cotton goodness with the brand new Michael Stars baby line. I am totally digging that sweet bubble onesie – grab a couple for an excellent baby gift. Or if the...

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The Perfect Spring Skirt

I was surprised to realize, after having written up Louise Hedley and her wonderful little girls’ skirts last year, that she in fact was the designer behind one of my own favorite Spring skirts. Who knew? Not that I’d match my daughter at all – Louise’s one-of-a-kind handcrafted Spring skirts may be light and a little twirly, but they’re definitely made for mamas. Me and my pear shape are partial to the A-line bias skirts which alternate strips of complementary fabrics into sort of a tromp l’oeuil pleat. (How’s that for pretentious fashion speak?) The other standouts are the...

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Art, Charity and Shoes. Three of Our Favorite Things.

Raise your hand if you owned a white pair of Keds in Junior High and drew all over them and then your mom yelled at you but you didn’t care because they were your Keds and you could do what you want with them, so there.   Seriously, I can’t be the only one. Well now kids everywhere have an excellent reason to go all Jackson Pollack on their white shoes – only they’re not Keds, they’re Airwalks (cool!) and you get them at Payless. It’s called The Friendship Shoe and you not only can color on them, you’re...

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C-Section Unmentionables Worth a Mention

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that trying out lingerie for CMP would entail me wiggling into a pair of post-cesarean underwear. But after my most recent of three c-sections last month, I couldn’t help but be curious about C-Panty, underwear that’s designed to help scars heal and look less…scar-y.  The underwear itself is a soft, seamless bikini-cut. But the support panel and silicone insert are the real secret ingredients with wound care and scar management technology straight from the very impressive sounding Bio Med Sciences. While it might seem that plain cotton underwear would be just...

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Giving Cold Shoulders the Cold Shoulder

I admit (don’t kill me, urban fashionistas) that I mourned the day the pashmina went out of style. I loved the versatility of this great piece and was glad to tuck one into my bag to keep for unexpected forays into too-cold offices or airplane cabins. Last week, when I first got my mitts on the Shoul Shoulder Wrap, I knew I had found a wonderful alternative. The Shoul (pronounced shole. Like, um, a shoul-der.) is a lightweight knit acrylic wrap that’s soft as anything, drapes beautifully, actually stays on your shoulders (really!) without tying, and doesn’t have the...

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Time To Work Off Those Pregnancy Kit-Kat Cravings?

Now that the baby is out and spring is on its way, I’m itching to get back on my bike and out on the trails in my neck of the wild, wild west. But breastfeeding the kiddo through three layers of activewear isn’t feasible – or is it? Turns out, it’s not only feasible, but fashionable as well. Founded by an outdoorsy Canadian mother, Mountain Blue Eyes combines real athletic activewear with nursing-friendly functionality. They’ve got tees and fleeces in lightweight, breathable fabrics with easy (and modest) nursing access. But these clothes aren’t just for athletes;  stroller-pushing moms on...

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Ponytail Moms, Be Not Ashamed

As an avid ponytail wearer, I’m always left with a conundrum when it comes to winter hats. Do I just suck it up and deal with hat head? Not according to Girl32, a company founded by two women with a love of fashion and a knack for clever design. Their beanie cap with buttons up the back that allows you to pull your hear through the back just might be a mom’s new best friend. Well, a lazy mom that always sticks her hair in a ponytail like me. Make sure to check out Girl32’s equally smart scarves with...

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Look Prettier As You Wrestle That Turkey into Submission

Next week, as you tirelessly slave over a hot turkey and your eighteen meticulously prepared and garnished side dishes (What? You don’t do that? Really?) I can only hope that you are looking as lovely and fresh as can be. This of course is nearly impossible. So instead, I’d happily settle for a flattering handmade apron from Domestic Darlings. And really – they are flattering. The two moms, best friends and neighbors behind the shop created surprisingly slimming aprons out of light and medium weight modern cotton fabrics. So even if you do end up nibbling while you cook,...

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Sort of Like an Undershirt Only Nothing Like It

The belly-baring maternity trend has to go down as one of the single worst ideas ever. Or maybe I’m just bitter because I did not have that cute little bump worth baring. If you think I’m wrong, go enjoy your size 0 hoochie-wear (Bitter! I told you!) and leave the rest of us in peace with our Blush Topless Undershirts. You heard me: Topless undershirts. In other words, a layering piece under your tees, over your open button-flies. They are super soft and comfy, not at all girdle-like. More like a slouchy tube top. They’re also great for belly-hiding...

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Nursing Bras, Not Training Bras

I’m taking a stand on behalf of my bigger-boobed sisters out there: Where are the freaking DD nursing bras? And I mean the decent ones that hold the girls high and proud – not the ones you’re dying to toss the second you wean. Allow me to share with you the secret that’s making its way around the CMP staff: The padded nursing bras from Bella Materna. Don’t let the word “padded” scare you away. These underwire, soft-cupped beauties look smooth under tees, with the thickness you need to keep that nursing pad from showing through. (Which it does....

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Buh-Bye Mom Shoes

Mom jeans definitely get more than their fair share of negative press. But hit the playground and you’ll see that mothers can be just as big fashion offenders in the shoe department. Comfort is one thing, but running shoes? Really? Like, all the time?

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Minty Fresh

Moms are people too which, I know, is hard for some non-moms to believe. Sometimes we even like to shop where cool people shop. And sometimes–just once in a very blue moon–we like dress like we’re not moms. You know, pants from this century? Shirts with no formula stains?

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