Tag: handbags

Backpacks aren’t just for the kiddos

I’m off to the park and I have my twelve-month-old in one arm, diaper bag on my shoulder, another hand holds the sand toys, my three-year-old needs my hand to get down the stairs and maybe we’ll need a blanket to sit on… wait, I’m out of hands. This is when I could really use a backpack. I haven’t owned a backpack since college, but now, more than ever, I could use an extra hand, and the Packsack from one of our favorite stores, Poketo, is streamlined, classic and slightly retro. These colorful, canvas (nice break from nylon) backpacks...

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The perfect back to school bag–for mom

I love the back-to-school rush–the shopping and planning and anticipation. But because I both have boys and send my kids to a school with uniforms, I always wind up feeling a little short changed in the back-to-school shopping arena. For me, fall meant new shoes and a new bag, always. In fact, I still typically treat myself to a new bag when school starts, just because. This year, I’m totally coveting the Eva Satchel from Ellington, in Italian leather. I have professed my love before for Ellington’s bags; they are beautifully made and well designed and will withstand even...

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On my Target shopping list: Milk. Apples. Awesome art from Poketo.

Cool Mom Picks favorite Poketo has a very simple philosophy: Make real art available to everyday people. Which is good, because I’m at my local SuperTarget pretty much every day, and that’s where their latest collection will land on August 10. From water bottles to umbrellas to totes, this 52-piece limited edition collection brings together 21 international artists and a whole lot of pretty. The art covers all the high points of design for the season, including birds, birches, abstracts, and… um… monsters? I especially love the ethereal art on the Oksana bag shown above, which was previously available...

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Couture diaper bags without the couture prices

I’ve owned my fair share of diaper bags, and I’ve definitely got a sweet spot in my heart for the huge, honkin’, very pricey bags that might just fit all your personal belongings and your baby. But by the same token, it’s just not feasible for me to lug something like that around, especially with three kids and another on the way.   [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] Thus, my infatuation with the Diaper Satchel from the Everyday collection at Momma Couture. This is a bright, sporty nylon bag that could easily pass as your everyday purse,...

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Moop, there it is!

In the summer, I tend to let my handbags go a little more casual and a little less structured. Messenger bags can do the trick, but frankly, I don’t want to look like a messenger. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] That’s where Moop comes in. Their meticulously handmade line of bags includes a handmade messenger bag that’s the right balance of functional and understated style for women who don’t like to be too fussy with their handbags. It’s great for the gym or as an easy diaper tote, and the heavyweight organic cotton easily takes you into...

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The perfect little summer bag, for under $30. Hello!

With a Caribbean business trip coming up (I know, cry for me) I started looking into cute little summery bags. Something just big enough for a room key, a camera and maybe a little scarf for my shoulders should the breeze fall below oh, say 75 at night. When I happened upon this adorable straw bag at J Crew I loved everything about it – the hue of the cornhusk straw, the subtle metallic straps that make it a nice easy evening bag too, and most especially the price. It’s on sale now for just $29. Is it awesome...

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Buy buy birdie

I’m a self-confessed bag junkie so it’s no big surprise that I flipped when I saw the Stack of Birds tote from Spur Stor. It’s oversized enough to fit all my beach stuff and cute enough for me to use for every day stuff. And, of course it’s perfect for grocery shopping, because who doesn’t use reusable bags nowadays, right? [don’t miss the great offer after the jump] The totes are only $24 and are printed in orange (my fave) and aqua on 100% natural cotton. And, I don’t know why, but the funky retro bird design just makes...

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Canvas bags aren’t just for the beach

I reluctantly retired my favorite brown leather handbag for the summer and decided to give canvas a try. And let’s just say, I’m going to have a hard time going back once it starts to get cold again. Indeed this adorable houndstooth bag from Quote still features a bit of leather in the straps and drawstring. But it takes the idea of a canvas bag–which I admit I almost always associate with a more casual, plain beachy tote–to a whole new level. This extremely well-crafted handmade bag features a bright yellow lined interior with a zipper pocket and a...

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Timi & Leslie – taking the diaper out of diaper bags

The season has definitely changed around here, which means I’m putting away the sweaters and long pants, and switching handbags. Of course this leads to much hand wringing considering I’m completely attached to my super great, but very wintry, brown leather bag. But I have to say that I’m digging the new line of diaper bags from Timi & Leslie, which, unless you dig through the bag itself and discover diapers, just looks like a fantastic spring/summer handbag. My personal fave, the Hannah Diaper Bag (pictured), is awesome. I love the super trendy and versatile metallic tones (which by...

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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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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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Cashmere out, yak hair in

I love all the flower-embellished accessories right now, even if it’s so ubiquitous that Gap and J Crew are all over it. But so are our favorite indie labels. Take a look at this sweet hand-knit rose clutch from CMP’s beloved site, Shokay. It’s soft and unstructured, made of 75% yak hair which is pretty much Himalayan cashmere. The rest is a bamboo fiber. It not only looks beautiful, it does beautiful things, like providing a sustainable income to the Tibetan herders and artisans that Shokay sources from. Sounds like a great backstory for a great Mother’s Day gift....

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The nursing bag that’s like little magic elves are carrying your sippy cups

I have a very valuable piece of information that I will share with you. It’s the Number One Thing that you should consider when buying a diaper bag, and it comes from a mother that has had at least quadruple the number of diaper bags as I have had kids.  Your number one consideration should be: How much does the bag weigh before I load it up with wipes, bottles, sippy cups, snacks, toy cars and princess cell phones? Because I promise you, no matter how much you like the look of a bag, if you feel like you...

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Give it a wrist

Last week, I went on a tear searching for sugarless alternatives for my kids’ Easter baskets, to make up for the caloric annual care package from my inlaws.. For my oldest daughter, I was so glad to have discovered the sweet handmade felt wristlets from Cheryland. My near 6-year-old is definitely at the age where less is more, and she doesn’t need room for much more than a couple of bucks so the small size works for her little hands. If you want something a little bigger, grab a pencil pouch which also make a fun gift bag alternative when...

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Mother and child reunion

The world of parents are divided into two kinds: Those who swear by child leashes and those who…well, don’t. Admittedly, I’m in the second camp (wayyyy in the second camp), but I do understand that everyone has their own circumstances and makes the decisions they think are best for their families. Even so, I do like the products out there that help us get a rein on our kids in the least leash-like way possible, which is why I think the new Mother Child Bag has got it going on. These colorful modern totes have both a shoulder strap...

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Just because it’s a diaper bag doesn’t mean it can’t be grown up

Here’s why I hate most diaper bags: So many of them are made with the baby in mind, not the mama. They have ducks or sailboats on them, and they don’t have any place for your own gear. But Ellington’s Hannah tote, that’s different. It isn’t necessarily a diaper bag; it’s a tote, designed to carry files or a small laptop — or all the diaper gear and snacks and stuff that it takes to get out the door with a baby or toddler or kid of any age, really. The inside is divided by a zippered center pocket,...

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Spring bags, ahoy!

When I’m window shopping the web, it’s always dangerous to stop on the Etsy homepage, where their editors are carefully curating millions of items down into just the very ones that I have to have. (How do they do that?) A recent find: The bags from Bayan Hippo. The styles are modern, the cotton canvas fabrics are durable and the prices can’t be beat – most are in the $35-$47 range. There’s a lot here to covet, but really caught my eye is the roomy sailor tote bag which has that classic nautical look, only with narrow stripes for...

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Is your faux leather handbag carrying high levels of lead?

I’ve coveted Shiraleah’s handbags after spotting them on CMP favorite Darlybird, and I recently scooped up a forest-green pleather style which has gone with me everywhere. Until this morning. That’s when my mother told me she’d heard that hundreds of non-leather handbags were found to have excessive levels of lead in them. Yes, lead, which doctors warn has the worst effects on children, pregnant women and women of childbearing age. [Update: Darlybird – who we continue to love and respect – originally stocked Shiraleah bags because of the very strong eco clams made by the company, and is as...

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The football widow’s reward

Congratulate me. As of today, I’ve officially survived another full football season of Sundays home alone with the kids, never knowing whether my sigOth would come home from the bar happy or Stay away from me, they lost again. (He’s a Redskins fan, so I’ll let you guess which it is.) I’d say I deserve a little something for my patience, understanding, and ability to fall so easily into stereotypical gender roles. You too? Well what perfect timing. Because the new spring handbags are just starting to creep into Barneys. While what I’d really like is the Prada Saffiano...

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The handbag that makes the world a better place

I love handbags. I mean, really, I love handbags — they’re the perfect accessory, because they’re beautiful and practical. Your stuff has to go somewhere, after all. And right now, I am extra super in love with the Tabitha bag from HelpingHandbags, because it’s pretty and useful — and because this bag will make the world a better place. When you buy a Tabitha bag, HelpingHandbags donates 100% of the net profits to help abandoned and institutionalized children in Bulgaria. The money provides one child with 60 hours of time with a “Baba,” or grandmother, through the Give a...

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