Tag: French style

Our gift to you: The most gorgeous indie accessories and fashionable accents for less

When we first opened up the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop a few months ago, we were so excited to get to support so many of the indie makers and artists we’ve loved for years, while getting a chance to discover new ones. But what’s been even more fantastic is the reception we’ve gotten from our reader–wow, do you mamas have great taste! So we’re so excited that great.ly wants to thank you all with a fantastic limited time offer: This week only, every item in our fashion + accessories collection ships for free.  Whoo! Update: April, 2015: Now everything in the shop ships for free...

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Let your children’s feet do the happy spring dance in super cool new sneakers

Spring is coming (can you feel it? I can feel it!) which means facing the reality that when the kids’ snow boots go to the back of the closet, last year’s sneakers and shoes may not make it to see the first crocus. Darn those growing feet.   The new spring and summer kids’ shoes from Bensimon are just…wow. I’ve loved these European children’s sneakers for so long, because the modern styling plus the durable, rubber sole and classic canvas construction are simply the perfect combo. Plus, I’ve been able to pass a pair down to a second kid...

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Saying I love you en citron

It’s been a long time since I checked in with the Paris Print Shop (formerly known as Little Brown Pen), and with Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminded me to stop by their Etsy Shop and see what they’re up to. I’m so glad I did. I think this yellow heart photograph is just so lovely. Taken from graffiti on a Paris wall–the fact it’s Paris just makes it more romantic, right?–it’s the kind of thing I could convince my sigOth to mayyyybe hang on the wall, when red or pink would never fly. If you really love it,...

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Bonjour, organic baby playmat. Au revoir, fussy baby.

Sure, babies are cute and all. Still, sometimes a mama has to set her wee one down in a safe place so she can do something really exotic–like wash her face, or maybe flush a toilet. Quelle horreur! When they can’t crawl yet (oh, the luxury), those baby playmats sure do come in handy. Bonus points if they happen to be chic, fair-trade, organic cotton playmats designed in France. Created by a pair of French sisters who were looking for a comfortable, safe, modern design option for one of their own babies, this delightful, interactive Organic Baby Playmat from Deuz is bright...

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Traveling to France with the accessories, but not the plane ticket. Le sigh.

I’ve had Paris on the brain lately. Leave it to Petunia Picklebottom to come out with new French-inspired prints on pretty new accessories and make me even more wistful. In fact, you don’t even have to be a mom to carry these. The Strolling in St Germain fabric rounds out the gorgeous city print collection to make an even dozen. I love it on the new boxy diaper backpack from Petunia. It’s so beautifully classic and sophisticated. The crimson-and-navy coated cotton fabric coupled with hand-embroidered accents make it a piece reminiscent of some $400 scarf you might find on Rue St Honoré. It’s...

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Crayons straight from the farm. In France. Via schoolbus.

Since a shiny new box of crayons is de rigeur for back to school season, I am loving this awesome set of crayons that might make a perfect “You’ll do great, honey!” gift for a new preschooler or kindergartener. And of course, her mom can borrow them too. The French-made Animal Crayon Set at Giggle is beyond cute. It’s those plastic based crayons (you know the ones) and not wax, so they’re not only semi-erasable, they’re great for keeping little hands–and your coffee table–clean. Yes, even if you use the piggie. –Liz Find the Animal Crayon Set and other...

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Bensimon kids sneakers + Bakker made with love = Beautiful!

My love for Bensimon sneakers is no secret; I wear my own purple pair almost every day. And the kids’ styles are simply adorable. So when their new style collaboration with Bakker Made With Love, well my only wish, after I recovered from the cuteness overload, was that they came in my size.  The new Bakker Made With Love Bensimon sneakers are the perfect little back to school shoe that transitions well from summer playdates to school playgrounds. The reinforced rubber toe is a must for active little ones, and the cotton canvas fabric is hearty and breathable. And since they’re...

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Free printable French alphabet flashcards, from abeille to zèbre

Whether you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to sneak a little bilingual education into your day, I’m totally smitten by these adorable flashcards from our recent favorite freebie find, Mr. Printables.  With the same cute, colorful illustrations that we recently saw on their French Alphabet Poster, this set of French Alphabet flash cards can be in your hands today: Just print on card stock and cut out the set.  I love that each card includes the feminine and masculine articles “le/la” or “un/une” since this can be such a tricky thing for us English speakers. I only...

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If they had a hammer. . .

When my kids were little, they had a bunch of plastic “tools” that they could use around the house. But once they outgrew these toys and actually wanted to “saw” something, I was at a loss since our real tools were just too big and dangerous. But here, at last is a compact tool kit out of France that’s sized perfectly for their little hands. Moulin Roty’s Wooden Tool Box is such a nice gift for the young aspiring carpenter. With a child-size hammer, two screwdrivers, and a mini saw, this beautifully constructed and packaged kit is a great...

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The Jacadi summer sale- up to 50% off. Let the rejoicing begin!

There’s hardly a mom who doesn’t imagine that it would be nice to own at least one fancy, beautiful garment for the kids from a label like France’s Jacadi. So hooray– because they’re making it even easier with a huge sale starting today, featuring styles up to 50% off.    After the jump, see our picks for what’s cute and on sale right now! As our featured sponsor of the week, we are thrilled to peruse the virtual racks and share some of our favorite items from the Jacadi sale right now, for those of you in need of...

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Ooh la la! A market tote at a not so upmarket price.

Only a few days until pool season officially starts for us here in the the deep south, which means I’m stocking up all our swimming staples: swimsuits, flip-slops, and our pool bag.   With all the straw baskets and totes taking up shelf space in almost all of my favorite shops, I’m thinking I might forgo our typical canvas bag for something a little different. And I found just the one that I want.  I’m completely in love with the look–and price–of this French Market basket from Harabu House, which is hand woven in Morocco by farmers looking to earn extra income....

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My Mother’s Day dream gift. Honey, are you reading this?

I fully admit to being something of a bag addict. I have a closet full of every style, shape and designer you can imagine. But that doesn’t mean I ever stop looking and purchasing yet another one. For Mother’s Day, there’s a bag from Longchamp that has my name written all over it—literally. The custom Longchamp bags from one of our favorite French accessory labels are practical, chic and totally personalized for your tastes. I’m having a hard time deciding which style I want to order, or um have my husband order for me. On one hand, there’s the...

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60% off pre-loved French couture for kids. Ooh la la!

We absolutely hate watching one of our favorite boutiques go… especially when it’s a sweet shop like Apricot Culotte. The one good thing about it is their closeout sale. We said je t’aime to Apricot Culotte when we fell in love with its concept: pre-loved baby and kid clothing from top French designers like La Queue du Chat and Petit Bateau offered at astonishingly low prices. Now, those prices are even lower: 60% off the entire site. Apricot Culotte is closing its doors, so every last item of gorgeous French clothing has got to go. Sigh. We’ll miss you, Apricot Culotte, but...

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Pearls & Popcorn – Parisian kiddie style now available stateside

I often get stuck in a rut when it comes to buying clothes for my kids. I automatically order their jeans and sweaters from big name chains and then am continually disappointed about the fit or the fact that a hole appears after only a couple times on the playground. With the U.S. launch of a beloved French kids’ label, I’m now vowing to branch out and buy some basics from somewhere besides the mall. The French children’s wear brand Pearls & Popcorn launched in the states at Bloomingdale’s in the fall and is now available online through their...

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Glove love

It feels like only yesterday that I was making excuses for forgetting the kids’ sunscreen, and now I’m making excuses for forgetting the kids’ gloves. It’s the season for cold fingers, at least in my neck of the woods, and gloves make a great last minute stocking stuffer–or gift–maybe even for yourself? If you haven’t yet found the perfect hand warmers, and want something a little more unique than the $4.99 poly-blend special from a street vendor, here are just a few cute gloves that have caught my eye, all under $40. The wool-cashmere girls’ gloves from Jacadi are...

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The kids holiday collection from Jacadi. Try and keep your drool marks off the cashmere blends.

We’ve adored the gorgeous baby and kids luxury brand Jacadi since we first discovered them at our own baby showers (thanks to some very generous friends!). The name conjures up what you might imagine from any top-of-the-line French clothing designer: beautiful construction, classic lines, and fabrics that feel as gorgeous as they look. It just so happens that this one delivers all that for some very lucky kids. Let’s be honest, if there’s a time for a little extra splurge on your kiddos, it’s the holidays. After all, we’ve got those Santa visit photo ops, holiday photo cards, holiday...

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Slipper socks with oh-la-la

I hate the feeling of cold feet — yuck! — but my kids must not mind because they kick off their slippers at the slightest provocation, freezing floors be damned. Kids! They just don’t appreciate cozy toes. Or baths. Or naps. (Silly children.) Thankfully, my in-laws keep us stocked with slipper socks. They are considered basic kid’s gear in Europe, and they’re genius because once they’re on they’re so comfy and hard to take off that the kids keep them on. And now there’s one more brand I’m so excited to discover. I love the quirky cute slipper socks...

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Animal themed nursery prints with a French accent

As I have mentioned here before, I have a real sweet spot for nursery art prints. While my daughter’s room may be the size of your suburban walk in closet, I will always keep an eye out for another something special to squeeze onto her tiny walls. Especially when it’s accompanied by a cause as nice as this one. Once again temptation presents itself with the discovery of the smart animal series from Tiny Us. We have already declared our love for Virgine Dreyer’s noble charity project and her mission to raise funds for Presence, a special institute for handicapped...

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Shades of gray – Jacadi’s fall collection

I will be honest, I don’t tend to think of Jacadi as my first back-to-school shopping destination. The name has become synonymous with gorgeous French baby and kids clothing–but also with expensive French baby and kids clothing. However when I took a look at their fall offerings this year all inspired by back to school in Paris (uh, yeah. Those Parisian kids must be super well-dressed.)  I was surprised to find it wasn’t all about $600 cashmere baby booties after all. [don’t miss an exclusive discount just for CMP readers after the jump] While this is still very much...

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Euro style for your-o little ones

The announcement of a new online children’s clothing boutique is not necessarily big news these days, but when the store in question stocks chic, luxurious finds from Europe, my ears perk up. The story behind Cochonnet Boutique goes something like this. A mom from Canada becomes utterly obsessed with the je ne sais quoi style of French children and thinks to herself ‘why can’t my kids and other non-Frenchies have that sort of uniquely gorgeous wardrobe without hopping on the next Air France jet?’ Cochonnet carries beloved EU brands such as Talc, TroiZenfantS and La Queue de Chat. And...

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