Four words: design your own shoes. No, really. Choose the shape, the toe, the leather, the cloth, the bow. Everything. Just don’t blame us if you get addicted. Shoes of Prey is possibly the most magical shopping site I’ve visited in a while– because I design the shoes. For example, how cute would this be with a little black dress? And, yes, my taste is a little eccentric. But I absolutely love that luscious plum hair with the pop of kimono fabric on red rosettes. As for our Editor Liz, she designed the tan/black pumps at the very top....Read More
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Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Two yummy mocktail recipes for summer, from our own Stacie Billis. (We’ve got you covered in this heatwave, pregnant mamas!) Rootbeer float popsicles? Save one for us! Is Sesame Street coming to the big screen? Great decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy for your next summer party without spending a fortune or tons of hours of prep time. Design fans will be blown away by these ceramic dishes. So cool. Loving this gorgeous boy’s nursery which blends modern with vintage. What baby products...Read More
If there is a stage called “Booster Seat Battles,” none of the parenting books have mentioned it–but that’s exactly what my family is currently dealing with. The 2-year-old has refused to sit in a booster, preferring instead to reach up over his head with his spoon and try to dribble his cereal down to his mouth. And the 5-year-old suddenly must have a booster seat to sit in–or at least be offered one–or we’re in for all kinds of dinnertime drama. So let’s just say Luv Chicken is helping us out tremendously right now. Besides being awesome to say...Read More
If you’re a design blog fan, you are surely familiar with the fabulous Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy. This graphic designer, mega blogger, and food enthusiast has done it all from designing her own wallpaper to co-writing a book. And now she can cross children’s clothing designer off the list, thanks to a collaboration with one of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite indie labels. Joy has teamed up with Winter Water Factory and if you take a look at the new Oh Joy collection you will find adorable rompers and baby dresses from 3-24 months. Each style features Joy’s...Read More
When I think of Father’s Day, two things immediately come to mind: ties and cards. Both of which can be awesome, and not trite–provided you know what to look for. Two years ago we discovered the gorgeous indie label ties from Pierrepont Hicks, which we loved so much, we included them in our 2010 Father’s Day Gift Guide. (Italian linen–hello!) So we’re thrilled to hear that they’ve partnered with our favorite mobile ecard purveyors at Red Stamp to create some really beautiful ecards based on their textile patterns, that you can customize and send right from their free app....Read More
When looking for decor and something lovely for my home, one of my first stops is Design Public. If you love modern, contemporary design, this is the site for you to find a wide variety of home accessories, furniture, art and much more. Well lucky for us, Design Public has an outlet. It turns out that if you hit the Design Public Outlet online at their web shop, you can save anywhere from 40-80% off regularly priced items. They list new inventory daily which includes open box items still in new condition. At the time of posting, you’ll find lots...Read More
Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...Read More
Well lookie here at what Gap is doing these days: taking a page from the Target Shops, West Elm’s indie artist selections, and other mainstream retailer partnerships with the little guys. Because starting today, Gap has joined forces with the quirky, uncommon tees from Threadless in a brand new collection made just for kids. The Gap Threadless tees for kids have launched with five cute designs–of course. After all, they’re all crowdsourced and chosen by you. Lim Heng Swee’s bunny shirt is crossing fingers, ears and legs–not sure if she’s hoping for something or just really has to pee....Read More
High chairs can really be the bane of style aficionados everywhere. Cumbersome, big, and frankly….ugly. Is it too much to ask for a high chair that looks cool, functions well–oh, and doesn’t cost $500? [don’t miss a great high chair giveaway after the jump!] The babyhome EAT high chair is simply sweet. It’s a burst of color (I love the green, although the orange is spectacular), it rolls on demand, and it does its job with a smile. There are no hidden corners that cheerios can find there way into, I thoroughly checked. That doesn’t mean that your floor...Read More
London designer Orla Kiely has had me under her spell for a few years now. I have always found her patterns and designs bursting with life, color, energy and a wonderful sense of playfulness. Orla has shown her love to mommies before with her gorgeous line of diaper bags. Now, she has gone even further catering to our little ones with her two new baby books. Orla Kiely’s Colors and Orla Kiely’s Numbers are board books featuring Orla’s signature shapes and patterns–stems, flowers, cars, pears and beyond. The books are rewarding to fans and are delight to the child’s...Read More
As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life. If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...Read More
It’s exciting for us when our favorite design bloggers become new moms (or aunts!) themselves. Because that means more cool products, design, clothing and gorgeous inspiration for parents everywhere. Here, 4 phenomenal design blogs that are starting to feature more mobiles and fewer handcut steel coffee tables with sharp edges. (Ha.) DESIGN FOR MINIKIND One of our favorite design bloggers and all around adorable gals, Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, has announced Design for Minikind. As well as the pending birth of her first baby. Expect gorgeous products, clean beautiful photography, and inspiration from around the globe you...Read More
We imagine that it’s every jewelry-loving woman’s dream to have a special piece custom designed just for her by an amazing designer. So when we were approached by designer Emily Maynard of Elva Fields for just that, we jumped at the chance. As part of her monthly “Leading Ladies” series, we’re so honored join a long list of incredible design bloggers (how much do we love Joy Cho of Oh Joy!?) with own signature Elva Fields necklaces. We thought it would be fun to show you the cool process that goes into creating a one-of-a-kind piece from start to...Read More
At the International Gift Show this year, I was so happy to come across the very cool jewelry from MEANING, a design collective that creates art, jewelry and other objects all based on typography. And that doesn’t mean they stamp a scripty letter B on a charm and call it a day. At the MEANING store, you’ll find rings that at first just seem like really cool, graphic, geometric shapes. But upon closer look, they’re all dingbats–those little swirls and symbols which, in 3-D make absolutely cool baubles. The polymide rings are all laser cut and hand dyed like...Read More
The greatest thing about kid’s fashion is not only can kids get away with being whimsical but they can make statements that adults can’t necessarily make. My daughter has a tutu skirt that she pairs with neon-green-polka-dotted leggings. Enough said? If your kid wants to DIY in the clothing department, here’s a really wonderful new option. My Milk and Hunny designed a t-shirt for Petite Parade’s Vogue Kids Fashion Week in a collaboration with the non-profit organization Free Arts NYC, which offers educational arts and mentoring program to underserved kids. Grab this cute tee, and your own kids can...Read More
Decorating the nursery is one of the best–or most frustrating, depending on your point of view–rituals of pregnancy. Whether you’re a perfectionist that knows exactly what you want and can’t find it anywhere (oh, how I feel you!) or are seriously design-challenged, we’ve found a great online tool that helps you visualize your dream nursery and have a lot of fun while you’re at it. The Nursery Designer by Carousel Designs is a cool online tool that lets you design your own custom crib bedding online, right to the smallest detail. You can mix and match fabrics freely or...Read More
I came home one day to find my six year-old sketching out her dream wardrobe. (My future fashion designer!) My mother, a former clothing designer herself, turned some of them into real clothes, which I thought was one of the sweetest things ever. So I kind of fell in love with the story behind Luna Leggings, which were inspired by the drawings of a little girl, whose parents then decided to bring them to life by collaborating with a small, family-run knitting factory. Sienna has a thing for bright colors, fanciful designs and nature motifs, meaning she and my...Read More
When I think of quilts, modern isn’t the word that jumps to mind. Cozy and comforting? Yes. Hip and fresh? Not really. So when I came across the quilts made by Etsy seller Deer and Hippo I was delighted and more than a little surprised by just how at home they would be in the most modern of nurseries. They’re just the thing to add a bit of warmth to baby’s room. Each quilt is a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece meant to be loved and used for many years, just like a traditional quilt. But unlike a traditional quilt, these will...Read More
My kids favorite pastime is measuring themselves. Everyday I hear, “Mom, have I grown? Am I taller than Eden?” All this on our handmade growth chart behind our closet door that includes pencil markings. The Growing Like a Weed growth chart from Wee Gallery is the perfect solution for parents and children. Stylish enough for the parent to be proud to display it and practical enough for the child to understand how tall they really are. Handwritten numbers mark birthdays on the stem, and make it easy for your little one to chart his progress. At least up to...Read More
When dressing my daughter, I am constantly looking for unique clothing. Something that the entire pre-school isn’t wearing. It can be a hard task, especially when living in middle America, where large department stores are our best friends. But here’s a company that can make your daughter’s look totally her own, wherever you live. When I first saw these leggings from Polkadot What, I squealed with delight. They created this line so that your little girl can create what she wants. For example, girls can mix the triangle and hollow circle shape to create “The Confident and Creative You”...Read More
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