Tag: handbags

Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Chic new diaper bag alert!

Chic and diaper bag are not two words you see in the same sentence very often, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare the new offering from Timi & Leslie just that–chic! The Charlie bag, from one of our favorite designer diaper bag labels, is made from a very realistic feeling faux leather and comes in six stylish shades. I happen to love the goes-with-everything light brown and the Hermes-esque tangerine shown here. Charlie’s accessories are what make him stand out from the crowd. And helps justify the cost. You’ll get a changing pad...

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We like you so we want to put some bling on it

One of our favorite sections of Cool Mom Picks is titled Baubles & Bags (and one of yours too, based on the comments here), because we know that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your bling. From diaper bags that are prettier than regular purses to necklaces that celebrate your sweet baby while foiling her grabby little paws, we do the work and let you reap the blingy benefits. If you want to up the accessory ante, we highly suggest becoming a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Much like a long rope of pearls, the possibilities...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest jewelry and handbags

This year, once again, we’re thrilled to announce some of our favorite picks of the year which we’ll share all week long. Yes, it’s like picking amongst our children, because we really really love everything we feature here. Enjoy our editors’ favorite jewelry and handbags that were covered in 2010. Jewelry I adore the sexy bracelets from Paula Lapkin of Yara Jewelry¬†(at top)–so much so, we gave one to each of our editors for the holidays. Let’s just say they weren’t disappointed. -Liz There’s just something about the simple, stunning designs by Laurel Denise that have me mesmerized. I’ll...

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Finally, a cool backpack diaper bag

I have nothing against backpack diaper bags. In fact, with four kids in tow, I completely understand their usefulness. I just haven’t yet found one that fits my style. And while I can’t say I’ll be trading in my beloved leather bag anytime soon, I’m definitely digging the new 2 in 1 backpack diaper bag from CMP fave Timi & Leslie. If you are an avid backpack diaper bag fan, then you’ll probably love this bag. And if you haven’t yet jumped on board yet, you’ll find it pretty intriguing. The Timi & Leslie 2 in 1 convertible backpack...

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The handbags that make me go all slack-jawed and tingly inside

You know that feeling when you’re browsing the racks of a favorite boutique and your eyes lock on something, and suddenly you feel yourself getting all sweaty and anxious and your heart is racing and your eyes widen and you just know you’re going to have to go to prom together? I mean…the cash register together? That’s how I felt the first time I laid eyes on one of the stunning handbags from Hayden-Harnett. It was exactly what I had been looking for for a year. Exactly. Well now you might feel the same way, only spending a whole...

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Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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Diaper bags that go beyond the diaper phase

Having a baby right at the change of season is very dangerous for my wallet because it’s far too easy to rationalize a new diaper bag purchase. Something swanky. Something current. Something that makes me feel more stylish and less enormous and leaky than I’m actually feeling these days. The brand new Nest Dexter Diaper bag may be that very thing. I’m talking myself into the Nest Dexter Diaper bag as we speak, although it’s not quite as pricey as some of the other designer bags that start at least a good $100 more. And what you get with...

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Looking for the non-diaper bag diaper bag?

Just when I think I’m over diaper bags, I see the new It diaper bag and I think I must have it. However, what I really need is a non-diaper bag diaper bag. In other words, one that functions like a diaper bag, but really is just a cool bag. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] The Carina Collection by Clava has a few sporty handbags that fit the bill. With their roomy size and plenty of pockets, they can hold and organize all my stuff–including the diapers. It’s made from waterproof, coated canvas (good news for...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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Mary Poppins, eat your heart out

I remember when I was a kid watching Mary Poppins, and I couldn’t figure out how she could fit so much stuff in her purse. And then, when I had my first baby, I got all wistful over the thought of a cute, bottomless carpet bag that would fit all the necessities I needed to keep my little snookums happy and dry. But I’m wistful no more, because I have tried the Wistful Weekender from the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Organics collection. And not to go too Chim-Chimney on you, but when you’re with this bag, you’re in good...

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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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