Tag: 80s style

Bitchen! Found these totally tubular 80’s clothes for rad babies, like, yours, you know?

So like, the 80s are toooootally back, you know? And like, as much as we loved the rad shark romper from Rosie Pope that we just shared, turns out there’s a lot more to love in her collection of righteous new 80s inspired baby clothes for little dudes and dudettes? All those rainbows, surfboards, and unicorns like, make me want to dig up some Bangles cassettes and do that Molly Ringwald in Breakfast Club happy dance. The prices teeter between Target and Gap; you can grab a five-pack of 80s baby bodysuits at our affiliate Amazon for just $32, or a five-pack of awesome bibs on Rosie’s...

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Lisa Frank adult coloring books! Because who can’t use more rainbows?

When I was a kid, one of the most exciting things about going back to school was getting to pick out a new Lisa Frank notebook. What would it be this year? A unicorn with wings and a flowing, rainbow mane? A dolphin family swimming in an exotic cove while a neon pink sun sets above them? It was a highlight. So the fact that a new line of Lisa Frank adult coloring books is just out, as the illustrator herself announced on her Instagram feed recently, gives me all kinds of happy feels. Related: 21 of the coolest coloring books for adults We...

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One of David Bowie’s greatest hits, reissued

There’s no question that David Bowie had a huge impact on the world of music, which is partly why we can’t stop talking about him. So today we are so happy to discover that the iconic 1987 David Bowie READ poster has been reissued by the American Library Association. As part of an entire series of ALA celebrity posters started in the 80’s, David Bowie, an avid reader, was one of the first celebrities to agree to pose for the campaign. He looks pretty spry for 40 in his letterman jacket, doesn’t he? A far cry from his look in Labryinth. At 22″ x 34″,...

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David Bowie, cassette deck memories, and me. | Thinking : Parent

We’ve had conversations around here from time to time about musical artists, and the few of them who are able endure over time, even managing to evolve and experiment and remain relevant for four or more decades. David Bowie is easily on that list for us and we were all pretty devastated to learn of his passing today at just 69. David Bowie heroes greeting card by Etsy’s Lost Plots Shop. I know that some think it’s strange to cry for “a celebrity” you never personally knew; but that’s the genius of real artists. They have an amazing way of burrowing their way into your soul,...

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Fresh Prince nail decals? Parents just don’t understand.

The team at Cool Mom Picks always makes fun of me because of my strange aversion to nail art. (Seriously, do you see any nail art on our Pinterest boards? Exactly.) The way some people hate feet, I’m a little weird about close-up photos of nails. And yet I’ve finally come around — something I never thought I’d do — if only because I can’t stop laughing at the awesome assortment of pop culture nail decals from our friends at indie shop Shana Logic, illustrated by That Jane Designs. When I was a kid, I never in a million years thought there would...

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5 fun, easy ways to celebrate 10-21-2015, or Back to the Future Day. Whoa, the future really is now.

Though there have been many incorrect memes circulating on social media over the years, today, October 21, 2015, is the actual day that Doc Brown, Marty McFly, and Jennifer first left their cushy 1989 lives to travel “to the future” in Back to the Future Part II. Meaning that, today, we are finally the future that was envisioned 30 years ago. While the future as conceived in 1989 isn’t quite what we have today–check out this entertaining article in The Guardian which compares Back to the Future predictions with 2015 reality, here are a few cool ways to take advantage of the...

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Pillows that make you want to rock. Or mosh. Or possibly moonwalk.

Sometimes you just see some random thing that you didn’t know you were looking for at all and say okay, now I want that. But in the case of the fun music genre pillow covers from Quirk & Rescue, I also get to okay, I want to carry those in our Indie Shop. So now you can want them too. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. I’m totally smitten with these colorful pillows that proclaim your love for pop, funk, rock, disco or punk, or possibly...

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13 outrageously cool sneakers for kids not satisfied with the same old same old.

If your kids are like mine, and want to express their personality through cool kids’ sneakers, you’re in luck. That’s pretty much what’s on the shelves these days, and they’re not just the so-called fashion brands. Even the big athletic sneaker brands are getting loose with design, which means we don’t have to compromise between sturdy fit for our kids and the fun styles they want. Here are just some of my picks for some of the more fun sneaker designs for boys and girls, toddlers to big kids, that can take them back to school in style this fall. All affordable too,...

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Underoos! They’re baa-aaack.

I guess I’ve got super heroes on the brain, because first it was the Wonder Woman Havaianas that I found this past week, and now it’s….wait for it…Underoos. Underoos! The same ones you may remember from your childhood.  I had no idea they even still existed, did you? Kids can choose from a limited number of retro-fabulous brief/tank sets featuring the likes of Batman and Robin, Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Super Girl, all to help them fly into bed each night, and perhaps use their super human strength to stay in bed a little longer on weekend mornings. The girls’ sets...

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A great bag from the Great Bag Co, now at a great price

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting fashion stylist to the stars Robert Verdi a few times, and he is as fun, and sweet, and charming and wonderful as you probably think he is, if you’ve ever caught him on E! or pretty much in any fashion magazine. So when I heard he launched a new handbag label called The Great Bag Co, I was so excited. Turns out the first bag in the line has got all the style plus that surprising wink I’d expect from him — and even better, if you’re a Bezar member, they’re on sale this week. (You can use our...

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My Little Pony shoes for kids are here. And like friendship, they are magic

With a seven-year-old who has yet to outgrow the My Little Pony obsession, I’ve conceded. All things being equal, I realize I’d rather her hide in her room with her friends role-playing stories about friendship and teamwork than whatever it is other cartoons are teaching–or not teaching. (Ahem, Sponge Bob.). So of course she flipped out, in a shriek-til-your-eardrums-bleed kind of way, when she first saw these My Little Pony Rainbow Dash slip-on shoes. (Update: This style shown no longer available, but visit the website for a full selection of My Little Pony sneakers for kids.) The design is pretty great,...

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The Breakfast Club is coming back to theaters! Brains, athletes, basket cases, and princesses all welcome.

We’re fist-pumping, Bender style, over the rerelease of John Hughes’ arguably best movie ever (sorry, Home Alone), The Breakfast Club.  Say it with us: Could you describe the ruckus, sir? In honor of the 30th anniversary of the film that made every girl question whether she was a Claire or an Allison–although we all tried the lipstick trick, admit it–The Breakfast Club is showing in select theaters across the US on March 26 and 31. And despite being oh, just a little bit older than when it first came out (it was my own first R-rated movie) I am so going to be...

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Slip happens.

Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more...

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Groovy and modern batik shirts and clothes for kids that don’t feel hippie at all.

The hippie in me has a soft spot for batik style. I love dressing my child in a way that softly suggests our family’s peacekeeping ways, and yet, I know it’s not 1966. So I am all over the funky modern batik  shirts, dresses and pants for kids new from Hiho Batik. Hiho Batik’s new spring collection for kids really has us seeing the handmade light. With throwback images like ring pops, hipster headphones, dreamy clouds and the radness of Brooklyn, I love the 60s-meets-80s vibe. (Except for the Woodstock tee which is definitely 60ss-meets-60s, although the 80s did bring back the whole hippie batik thing…but...

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Trend alert: heart-shaped sunglasses and cat eye glasses straight from the ’80s.

As if the legwarmers, puffy sleeves, and the neon weren’t indication enough, the 80s are back in full force — as evident in the crop of campy heart-shaped sunglasses just in time for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we’re seeing tons of cat eye glasses all over the new spring collections. Okay, so maybe it’s really the ’10s with a nod to the ’80s with a nod to the ’50s. Isn’t that how fashion goes? Should you be daring (and fun) enough to give it a go, here are a few favorites. At top: Hollywood If I Could cat eye glasses...

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A black and white striped bracelet that means the ’80s are back, and coming to a wrist near you

I am so happy that black and white clothes are back on trend, never having entirely given up my love for that look a few decades back. So of course I love this strikingly simple black and white bracelet from one of my favorite brands.      The Marimekko Juna Bracelet is a lightweight resin, but with enough chunk that it makes a stylish impression. Wear it on its own, or go nuts and pair it with the teal and black striped bracelet to match. I think it would look great with all black and white, or even with a strong statement color...

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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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Appaman gets me excited for warmer weather. Like, swimming pool warmer.

While we’ve had baby shower gifts on the brain this week, we haven’t forgotten our bigger kids–and neither has one of our favorite brands, Appaman, which just launched their hot new spring/summer line. Fans of the ’80s? You’re going to like this one. Crank up the Donna Summer, dim all the lights sweet darlin’, and check out the cuteness. I’m now officially counting the days til snow is no longer a possibility, since getting a look at the new Appaman clothes on preorder at Psychobaby for spring/summer. Girls really score this season with a great selection of bright, candy-colored...

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Turn around! It’s a total ellipse of the heart.

Once upon a time there was bare space on the wall Now I’m really digging this art. Let’s go hang it up, this Total ellipse of the heart! Math geeks and fans of Bonnie Tyler will dig this Total Ellipse of the Heart print by Michael Paukner from the Design Milk Dairy collection on Society 6. It’s available in four different sizes, all printed on archival-quality 100% cotton rag with advanced digital dry ink. That means it has a much longer shelf-life than Bonnie’s feathered hairstyle.   For extra points, combine it with one of our favorite mathematical gift picks...

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Hit me with your best 80s tee

When my kids were little, I was constantly on the lookout for cool kids tees–something a little different.If you’ve got a thing for rock-inspired tees for your toddler, I’ve got the answer: Little Trendstar. The shirts are clever without being snarky, sweet without being saccharine, and the colors and graphics are fantastic. And as an extra bonus, Little Trendstar’s line is loaded with 80’s references, and who’s not a sucker for those? The Benatar tee (at right) is a perfect combination of punk and princess, without being too much of either. I also really like the Beat Goes On...

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