It’s no secret that I’ve got an obsession with bags, so when I saw these leather summer totes from CMP fave Ellington (so pretty!) the only question in my mind was which color to get. I really love that Ellington took their popular classic totes and went back to figure out how they could be made in the U.S.A., which is really something extra special these days. And the colors are amazing. I’m immediately drawn to the turquoise, but the bright red is definitely an eyecatcher. Take a peek at the other more subtle color swatches if you prefer your shades a little more neutral....Read More
Web Coolness: Important sunscreen news, what to do with bored kids this summer, and totally fun Orange is the New Black trivia
Here are the links to what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Important sunscreen news: Why not to spray. (Also, our favorite non-toxic sunscreens.) OITNB Junkies: A guide to all the books the women of Orange is the New Black are reading. We’re proud supporters of this mom’s right to breastfeed somewhere people say she shouldn’t. The best grilling and cooking apps for summer 10 hotels to visit before you die. Probably not with the kids. Wow, twins delivered holding hands at birth. Confessions from our editor Kristen about really listening to your kids when their words hurt....Read More
If you feel the way I feel about Birkenstocks, then you’ll be very happy to see I’ve got some stylish Birkenstock alternatives for you. Oh don’t get me wrong, I wore them proudly 15 years ago, but these days, I’m not so sure I can pull them off as well. Even though I know I’m seeing them on the feet of all my cooler-than-me friends. I guess they’re the kind of thing that are either you…or they’re not. So since Birks are super comfortable and very on trend, so I decided to round up 5 cool sandals that let you ride the trend without...Read More
As if I didn’t love FashionABLE enough, they’ve just collaborated with ONE.org to launch their limited edition ONE FashionABLE summer scarf and wow, is it gorgeous. Even better, the profits now help two great charitable organizations. I’m hard-pressed to find an occasion where I don’t have a FashionABLE scarf around my neck or in my tote–and Liz would say the same. Not just because they’re beautiful, like this summer scarf in a luscious Mediterranean blue cotton that demands sunny days, but because they double so well as a wrap, a sizeable blanket for my kids on the go, even an emergency diaper changing table cover....Read More
The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund design contest winners now available at J. Crew. And they are wonderful.
Each year we love to see what comes out of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition, which highlights the work of upcoming designers. J. Crew has partnered with the winners for the past four years to bring their names and work to those of us who are more likely to step through the doors of a J. Crew than to attend New York’s Fashion Week. (Not because we wouldn’t love to, mind you.) This year’s theme was Indigo. The results are stunning—and now you can shop the J. Crew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winning designs. Yay! Check out the gorgeous designs from winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell...Read More
This summer we’re going nude–with our handbags, at least. So many great designers are creating sophisticated looks in chic neutrals, and we’re in love. This also means that I don’t have to switch handbags to match my clothes every day, but let’s be honest; when I’m trying to get three kids out the door I’m more likely to leave home with a bag that doesn’t match what I’m wearing at all. That’s about to end, because I’m determined to get at least one of these ten neutral handbags for summertime for myself. So many great choices, where to start? CMP is an rstyle affiliate/ some of these...Read More
Web Coolness: Best commencement speeches ever, mind-blowing cardboard creations, and Breast Milk: The Movie
Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like it too. With Father’s Day coming up, we have dads on the brain. This week, it’s Cardboard Dad. Awesome. [via Handmade Charlotte] NPR features the best commencement speeches. 5 special needs friendly amusement parks near NYC. Thanks, Mommy Poppins. 9 cool Google Maps features you may not know about. Just in time to save you from Memorial Day weekend traffic. We want this gorgeous scarf for summer so badly! Oh boy, our kids cannot wait until this awesome toy is available. More on what it’s like to...Read More
Web Coolness: Team Jill Ambramson, the world’s best and worst countries for moms, and funniest baby trend ever.
Here are our favorite must-reads, must-sees, and must-clicks from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. We are all on team Jill Abramson. 25 reasons to leave your kids alone with Dad. Our favorite: craft projects. (image: @TheDaddyComplex on Instagram) Mothers who say they hate motherhood: Great conversation sparked by our editor Liz. What parents need to know now about SnapChat’s new texting service. The world’s best and worst countries for moms. Yikes, where’s USA? Funniest baby trend ever? Eyebrows on babies. [h/t lifetime moms] Must-watch: The LIzzie Velasquez documentary trailer on Kickstarter. No idea what the criteria were, but here’s Working...Read More
As you can tell, we’re gearing up for Mother’s Day around here (our gift guide will be up soon, promise!) and just in time, we got wind of this exclusive collaboration between Shopbop and the fashion elite to support a brilliant cause. Born Free has a very specific mission to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth, something that is entirely achievable. To help make that happen, 22 major designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Prada, Stella McCartney, Tori Burch, Rachel Roy, Marni and more, have parntered with ShopBop and Vogue, and created exclusive designs with 100% of the profits going right to...Read More
When I saw this Chan Luu ombre scarf on Net-a-Porter I nearly died with envy. I want to eat it it’s so gorgeous. Or at least wrap myself in the gorgeous cashmere-silk blend fabric and never take it off. If you’re wondering how to wear a scarf when winter is a memory (buh-bye, won’t miss you), ombre is hot right now, and light scarves are a fabulous way to pull together even a t-shirt and jeans, soften up a biker jacket, or add interest to a dress instead of more jewelry. But alas, as much as I love everything...Read More
One of my favorite trends for kids this spring, besides the whole dip-dye ombre look, is floral clothes. Normally I think of them as a little twee, but what I’m seeing is bold, fun without frills, and nothing like what Laura Ingalls wore back in the day. Here are a ton of great girls’ floral clothes and even a little something just for fashion-forward boys who are digging the look too. Cool Mom Picks is an rstyle affiliate Girls’ floral printed dress ($42.90 pictured above at Zara Kids) How great is this pattern which starts and stops at the bottom...Read More
I’ve had my eye on this floral trend for awhile now, but it took seeing the gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff floral trim cross body bag below to finally convince me that I could pull it off–with the caveat that I need to be focusing on cool floral accessories. No flower pants or gauzy floral skirts for me. And now that it’s finally spring (YAY SPRING) it’s time to make my move. If you love the floral look but want a modern, on-trend way to wear them, take a peek at these cool floral accessories for spring that you can wear all...Read More
Leather wrap bracelets are so hot right now and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t go anywhere soon. It’s the right balance of casual, fun, and a little edgy, and you can pull it off whatever your style. Especially since multi-layered bracelets are really in right now (check out Kristen’s swanky arm on our Instagram feed) and bracelets that already wrap around a few times make it even easier to pull off. Wear one of these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets on their own, or layer with a few other coordinating pieces around your wrist. Or hey–not so coordinating. That’s what’s...Read More
It’s crazy to imagine that anyone who shops isn’t yet a member of Gilt Group yet. We’ve seen them grow over the years from mere flash sale site, to a major retail force, with men’s clothes, maternity, food, and even city-specific sales. They’re one of the few sites of their kind that have managed to keep quality up and stay relevant–and if you’re not a member yet, now there’s a good reason to join. As in a $25 reason to join. If you sign up now using our invitation link then place your first order of $50+ by April 30...Read More
After scooping up some handmade jewelry at a street bazaar during a recent trip to Mexico, I started yearning for even more handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories with an origin slightly more interesting than what I see in mall store chains. We love finding awesome international Etsy shops from time to time, along with wonderful companies like FashionABLE that make gifts that give back. And now there’s Far and Wide Collective, a new site started by international development expert Hedvig Christine Alexander, that’s full of the wares of artisans around the world. More so, they’re all from emerging economies like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and...Read More
I was so excited to be introduced to the affordable, very wearable Gorjana jewelry by a friend whose necklace I couldn’t stop ogling. Of course the one she wore is no longer online (d’oh) but so much in the shop caught my eye, like this superstar necklace, for one. I love the asymmetry of the two star charms on the gold-plated or sterling chain, and it’s such a sweet delicate piece to consider as our clothes start getting a little lighter too. There’s tons of affordable jewelry to browse in the shop, most of it designed with on-trend layering in mind. It’s...Read More
We try not to play favorites (too much) but we admit to cheering loudly the second Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscars red carpet in that stunning sky blue Prada dress accessorized with a fabulous gold and diamond headband–right through her well-deserved Oscar win and her perfect acceptance speech. What a fabulous new It Girl we have in Hollywood now. While the increasingly famous “Lupita Headband” was actually designed for her by Fred Leighton, I’d venture to guess it’s a weeeeee bit out of our price range. I’ve put together a few more affordable options if you like the look of...Read More
Ooh, how the new Coach bags are tempting me this spring. I’ve loved the whole colorblock trend even before it was hot, which means I’ve got lots of pieces I can pull right out of my closet and wear in a snap. But these stylish handbags are giving me a little something new to freshen up my wardrobe. I’m a little obsessed with stripes, but you don’t have to be to fall immediately in love with the Coach Borough bag. It’s one of the coolest and most chic of the new Coach bags, let alone any of the black and white bags I’ve...Read More
The new SJP shoes by Sarah Jessica Parker have arrived at Nordstrom! But which ones are worth the designer prices?
Today, Nordstrom launched their exclusive, and much-awaited new line of SJP shoes designed by Sarah Jessica Parker. And as someone who’s seen her a couple of times in person (from afar), they are very her. Lots of high heeled, strappy sandals in hot designer styles plus a few fun flats and some pretty handbags–all with the designer prices to match. It’s hard not to think of Carrie Bradshaw realizing she had no money for a mortgage, but an entire closet full of $400 shoes. I don’t love everything in the collection; but with 64 items to choose from in all...Read More
The chic new bags from Brit-Stitch. When you’ve outgrown the need to carry your entire life in your bag.
As many things as I miss about having little ones, I love that I can now leave the house with little more than my phone, wallet, keys, and maybe an emergency lollipop for the kids. This means I can also revert back to my smaller handbags more frequently than date nights. And the new bags from Brit-Stitch are a gorgeous new option for spring. Taking a very strong cue from the original Cambridge Satchel, and the myriad traditional British satchel bags that are so popular now, Brit-Stitch adds something new to the purse party with a selection of make-your-own...Read More