I have no specific name brand requirements for the bags that I carry. As long as it’s stylish, functional and well-made, I’m happy. And even happier if it happens to give back to great causes, which is exactly what happens when you buy an Angela & Roi bag. Every single one of these simple yet stylish bags gives back to a charity, with the brand creatively connecting each one’s color to a specific charitable foundation that will receive $5 with your purchase. So a green bag helps support the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. The yellow bags give back to the American Childhood Cancer Association. Red goes towards the fight against HIV and AIDS. There are 11 colors in all, each dedicated to a particular health-minded charity. What’s so wonderful is that these beautifully-crafted, vegan leather bags are the kinds you’d drool over at your big department store or small neighborhood boutique. Each one has a small embedded stamp or engraved ribbon logo on the outside–though both are extremely subtle because I’m sensitive to that–and each comes with a special paper tag explaining the charity that’s being supported by your purchase. I know that $5 isn’t a huge amount when you’re talking about a $70 or $100 bag, but it’s a wonderful gesture. And hey, to make this a really special gift, perhaps you pick one for someone already dedicated to that particular charity and include an additional donation in her name. That’s...Read More
As much as I love designer bags, when I can find handbags under $100, especially when they’re hot and trendy, you might need to hide my credit card from me. It’s true, I have an obsession with bags, but thankfully, these won’t break my budget, or yours. Here are 10 fantastic bags that I’d love to have on my shoulder for fall and winter, all under $100. Chartres Messenger Bag by Christian LaCroix ($99 at Nordstrom) If you’re looking to go bold for fall and winter, I’m digging the emerald of this Chartres Messenger Bag. It’s definitely on the smaller side, which...Read More
I’ve got a very particular formula for selecting hot designer bags, which includes style, function, and versatility. Because as much as I love those super tiny crossbody bags with spikes, if I’m dropping a pretty penny on it, I need to be able to use it all the time. That is why I’m very pleased to introduce you to Dagne Dover. The label was created by three women with extensive fashion and business backgrounds who were tired of having to carry around two bags for all of their stuff (here here!)–and clearly these ladies know what they are doing. The bags are classic in appearance and color,...Read More
So maybe you’re wondering the best ways to wear plaid because you’re seeing it everywhere and you’re a little tempted but it is kind of preppy and you’re just not sure since the last time it was hot you were in college and..hey! Get out of my head! Yes, yes, plaid is everywhere these days. But it can be a little tricky to pull off without a professional stylist (or a yacht club membership), so I did a little searching to find some of the coolest plaid pieces that I think will make awesome additions to any fall and winter...Read More
Some days, when I leave the house in the morning I may not be back until after dinner, so I need to carry it all: Laptop, kids’ practice uniforms, snacks and toys to keep the kid waiting at said practice happy—you know how it is, right? The Ashton bag by the altruistic State Bags (who we discovered last year) is now available at our Cool Mom Picks indie shop and we’re so happy about it. This one is definitely on my wish list as a stylish, versatile tote bag for my busy schedule. These bags are so cool. I love the heavy canvas fabric with...Read More
It’s been two years almost to the date that I first visited Ethiopia and got to know some of the amazing women behind FashionABLE , making me instantly committed to helping the company with their mission to offer a living wage, medical care, education, and dignity to women in need. In fact, I’m wearing my Genet scarf this very second. Not even kidding. However FashionABLE has been around twice as long as I’ve known them, and in celebration of their fourth birthday they’re having a huge sale. As in, everything in the shop is up to 45% off for four days. Starting today, find...Read More
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find coolness like this from our site and around the web every day. 1. Now that’s one Halloween lunchbox idea that we can actually do. 2. iPhone cases that bring back childhood memories. Awwww. 3. The designer handbag we just added to the fall fashion covet list. 4. Awesome educational app for kids that they’ll love. 5. An easy no-carve pumpkin decorating idea that even little ones can help with. And if you’re looking for more Halloween help, don’t miss our boards for Halloween Coolness, Halloween DIY, Printables + DIY, and of course,...Read More
I have to admit that I’ve loved wearing cool camouflage clothing and accessories even before they were all over the runways. Now it’s everywhere you look. If you shy away from camouflage because it seems a bit outdoorsy for your taste, you’re not alone. Just ask our Editor Liz, who feels similarly–even though she has an amazing shiny, silk-looking camo t-shirt I’ve always coveted. But I’m here to show you that camouflage can absolutely be stylish with the right pieces. Just not as a complete outfit–A.K.A. a uniform. Here, eight of my favorite pieces that I think look fabulous and can be worn even after...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy! 1. Our review of the new Minecraft books you might be seeing at your kids’ Scholastic book fairs. 2. 10 cool things Siri can do for you, including making your life a whole lot easier. 3. We rounded up 30 of the coolest iPhone 6 and 6 plus cases. And we want them all. 4. You’ve got to see the amazing digital art from these design students. 5. A hot tablet clutch purse to add...Read More
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...Read More
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