Tag: Asian

If the shoes fit…

Having three kids means I also have a lot of shoes sitting by my front door. Aside from the fact that the messy pile is probably bad enough to give the president of the neighborhood association a minor heart attack, I’m also pretty tired of tripping on them every time I walk past. Which might explain why I am in love with the look of the adorable Japanese shoe racks over at My Sweet Muffin. In love. They aren’t just ridiculously cute. They’re also brilliant. Four pairs of shoes where I’d otherwise fit one. Perfect. I think I need...

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Boots! Boots! B-O-O-T-S!

“Made in China” isn’t necessarily a selling point these days. Unless you’re the founder of Kazowe Shoes. And you’ve designed and manufactured those adorable kids shoes and boots specifically so your own children, adopted from China, can retain some ties to their homeland. [don’t miss an exclusive discount code after the jump!] In addition to having a backstory that a mom like me wants to support, the funky, stylish shoes from Kazowe, all adapted for Western tastes from Eastern styles, are the kinds your kids will fall for hard. The Kazowe Fall Rider Boots are the star of the...

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Egg-cellent lunchbox idea

In light of our recent peanut butter alternatives post, I’ve been really thinking about other ways to get protein into my kids at lunchtime, whether it’s school mandated or not. They’re hot-and-cold on hard-boiled eggs, but I’m wondering if this fun little doodad I just spotted might give them a nudge in the right direction. You just pop a freshly hard-boiled egg into the Japanese Egg Shaper, let it cool in cold water for ten minutes, and suddenly you’ve turned a boring old egg into a cute fish, car, heart or star. And as any parents know, if it’s...

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Hello Kitty BabyLegs. Prepare to squee in Japanese.

If you don’t yet know how awesome BabyLegs are, we’re happy to remind you every few months or so. They not only respect the accessibility of the onesie and keep little legs warm in heavily air conditioned places, but diaper changes are a breeze. Now we’ve got one more reason to love them: The all new Hello Kitty collection. The Hello Kitty BabyLegs are not only cute and sweet, but practical, too. Any of the seven styles will funky up any outfit, but without interfering with the business at hand. You know, the free wheeling crawling kind. Plus she...

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How to help Japan–and make dinner–with a beautiful new cookbook

I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks. But that may change, now that there is a gorgeous new cookbook which makes traditional Japanese cooking accessible for families to create in their own homes. And your purchase can also help Japanese families recover from the recent natural disasters. PEKO...

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What’s up, doc? Baby gifts for the Year of the Rabbit.

Today starts the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac, and after last year’s “Year of the Tiger”, I’m more than ready to settle down with something a little more cuddly and sweet. This means our kids will roar less, right? To commemorate the start of the year 4709, I’ve dug up a bunch of adorable Chinese New Year gifts for the little bunny in your life — or any that may hop your way before the year is done. -Christina Gotta love the little buck teeth on Colette Kids’ Beta Bunny Onesie (at top), and the bright red color...

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Crafty gifts for kids with an artist’s eye

Kids need a little ink too. (No, not tattoos. We may be hip and fashion-forward, but we’re not crazy.) I’m talking about the kind of ink that creates together time, yields beautiful artwork, and teaches an interesting lesson. The all-in-one handy sumi-e painting kit by the award-winning art educators at Eye Can Art provides everything you need to share the art of Chinese brush painting with your kids. Even better: no needles are involved. Sumi-e, also known as Chinese brush painting, is the ancient art of capturing an image with carefully controlled brush strokes. You’ve probably seen them on the...

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What’s new is what’s old

What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...

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Hello Kitty gets in on the pop-up store craze

Is it wrong that I’m still a little obsessed with Hello Kitty? If it were up to me, I’d still wear those HK barrettes I had from the third grade. But, alas, I’m a grown-up now (ish). Well, this holiday season, I’m going to indulge myself in full-on Hello Kitty nostalgia as Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. In honor of the big 5-0, Hello Kitty and her friends will be traveling around the country in a trailer festooned with graphics of all the Sanrio characters from over the years, including my other fave, Keroppi Keroppi. Small Gift, the mobile...

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Not just a nightlight, a magic nightlight. Magic, I tell you!

My kids are in that nightlight phase right now. (They’re also in a Silly Bandz phase, a make me a sandwich and then I won’t eat it phase, and a fighting about who gets to drink out of which princess cup phase. But that’s besides the point.) So when I see something that calls itself a magic nightlight, how can I not check it out? The magic nightlight spotted at Chloe in Style is not one for the eco-istas out there, but it is one for those who covet quirky little Japanese bits of random coolness. It’s like your...

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Clothes for your little baby Buddha

Come on, you know your little man fits the bill. Chubby cheeks, laughing eyes, and a perfectly round Buddha belly. Wouldn’t he look utterly delicious in a kimono? A masculine (but snuggly) kimono? [see our giveaway after the jump!] We’ve always loved Noko baby clothing for girls but we’re thrilled that they’re now offering clothes for boys in 100% pima cotton prints and solids inspired by tenugui, a traditional Japanese fabric that draws on the diverse patterns and colors in nature. But more importantly, these boy clothes are cute, soft, and definitely built to last.   You know how...

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Summer is here, which means good news for moms of boys from Tea

Two of my favorite words are “simply elegant”, but I’ve never gotten to apply that concept to my son’s wardrobe before. Which is why I have a total adoration for the summer Daily Tea collection just out for boys and girls. We’ve already described how much we love the spring collection, and the summer collection is a perfect follow-up. [killer giveaway after the jump!] I love the gorgeous but masculine palette of the boys’ clothes, which goes from newborn to age 8. The designs marry boy-friendly symbols with Korean aesthetics for animal shirts that are miles from cutesy. I...

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Having a ball

With my daughter’s birthday coming up, I’ve got party decor on the brain. (Expect more on these pages in the coming weeks!)  So when I saw these awesome beach ball decorations made out of waxed Japanese washi paper I went oooohh…You just blow them up like a balloon, but unlike balloons you can actually reuse them again. I love this for a summer party of any kind. Just don’t let the kids try and toss them around the pool, okay? -Liz Find wonderful Asian-inspired party supplies and paper goods at Ginko Papers. [via...

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A new app that teaches kids Chinese? Xie Xie! (Thank you!)

Yesterday my son had a playdate with a little Chinese girl, coincidentally the same day I downloaded Chinese for Munchkins to my iPhone. The amazed look on her face when I asked them if they had seen a hóu zi or a lóng (a monkey or a dragon) at school was priceless. The look on my son’s face was decidedly more, Woman, what are you doing!? Stop being a dork! Chinese for Munchkins is an adorable app to teach words for animals and numbers to kids, or frankly anyone who wants to learn a little bit about a language...

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We see cool crayons in your future

We’re always on the lookout for cool party favors that do not include small plastic toys that last all of four minutes, or sugar-infested treats that seem to last four hours. So if you’ve got a party coming up, stuff those goody bags with these cool fortune cookie crayons. Handmade from upcycled crayons, these adorable crayons come complete with their own fortune and are packaged in a Chinese take-out box. Pair them with a funky coloring book as a birthday gift or split them up and use them as party favors. Either way, I foresee them being a big...

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Bags with a most interesting birth story

I’m not the flashiest dresser, but I love to wear accessories that have people asking Where did you get that? This spring, the objects of my obsession include Eco Party Mearry’s new bags at CMP fave Poketo! online. Repurposed from Seoul nylon advertising banners that would normally spend the next gazillion years decomposing in a dump, their Recycled Street Banner Bags are each one-of-a-kind, and are the perfect size for running errands or a day at the park. And if you like to pat yourself on the back, tell everyone how the bag is made by a non-profit from...

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Bit’z and totally awesome pieces

On a near daily basis, I find myself thinking, “Dude, I wish I were in NYC.” The museums, the subway, the food, the conferences, the shopping, the excitement, the hanging out with CMP editor Liz. [ed note: Come visit any time! -Liz] Life in The Big Apple just seems so bright and shiny and hip compared to my lazy days in the suburbs. Okay, my days are not lazy at all, but you get what I mean. Once I saw the cute collection of clothes and doodads at Bit’z Kids, I had one more reason to sigh wistfully. Located...

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Trend alert – Kimonos are hot this spring

The kimono may have been around since the 8th century, but we are seeing its influence this season in everything from clothing to accessories to chocolate (hello!). The vibrant colors and gorgeous patterns are so fitting for these months following the drab of winter.  Check out how some of our favorite shops and designers have taken their inspiration from kimonos, giving it a modern twist. -Christina NoKo’s Japanese-inspired dresses (photo above) echo the kimono and obi sash with bright contrasting colors and traditional patterns on soft cotton. I love that the style is ready to play, while the look is dressy...

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Three dresses for Mother’s Day

Despite our incredible devotion to tracking down the most awesome Mother’s Day gifts around here, we recognize that not every family is gift-y. Sometimes it’s indeed the thought that counts, and that a beautiful card inscribed with a heartfelt sentiment goes a long way. The origami dress Mother’s Day cards from Kitty Kat Kards are just the thing to make more of a statement than your typical off-the-shelf card. Each of the three dresses are hand folded with love in Maryland, and subtle rhinestones are the finishing touch. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a donation to her...

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The Easter dresses of my dreams

This will be the first Easter in a very long time that we’ll actually be celebrating with extended family. Other than a plane flight with three young children (help!), the toughest item on my agenda will be tracking down cool Easter best clothes for my kids. In years past, I’ve gotten away with more casual attire on Easter, but if I had my druthers, my girls would be wearing Easter dresses from the gorgeous new spring line from CMP fave NoKo. I’m completely in love with the Nico dress (at top), particularly that stylish sash. It’s Easter-fancy but not...

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