Tag: handbags

5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks on Cool Mom Tech this week, just in case you missed them.   1. You won’t believe what this cool iOS app does to your kids’ doodles. 2. Does mama need a brand new bag? We say yes. Or in this case, YES. 3. Our readers are going nuts for these creative ideas for photographing your kids’ first days back to school. 4. What a cool way to wear your Instagram photos. 5. Breaking Bad LEGO. Enough said (and we know, not for kids. Still awesome). BONUS: Have you seen our...

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The Orla Kiely baby bag: designer on the outside, diapers on the inside

Since I love everything Orla Kiely, I’m so glad to see this London designer out with a cool new diaper bag for moms who don’t want to trade their sense of style for their sense of practicality. The Orla Kiely Baby Bag is so great looking for fall. I love that while it looks all fancy, it’s made from a coated canvas that wipes clean, has tons of pockets, and the nylon interior is made for those spills we moms wish we didn’t have to deal with but always do. There’s even a coordinated changing pad–which might be the only way...

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A girl’s first purse? Make it cute and uh, make it strong. Trust us.

My girls have hit the age where they like to have their own purses. Well, we’ll use that term loosely, considering what they put in them. While I’ve given them my share of hand-me-down handbags, I know they’d adore the sweet handmade little purses and change purses from Octopurse on Etsy. Find them in little sizes that are great for change (or rocks, if you’re my six-year-old), or medium sizes that feel just a wee bit more practical–change and rocks? And LEGO minifigs and lip balm? You know, all the essentials when you’re a tween on the go. Some...

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Cool backpacks for big kids: Back to School Guide 2013

One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned. Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport) Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79) MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel,...

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Beaba goes from baby food to diaper bags in style

We’ve made no qualms about expressing our love for Beaba’s cool baby feeding products, from the awesome BabyCook Pro (included in our Baby Shower Gift Guide) to their folding bottle-drying rack. So when we found out that Beaba had entered the realm of diaper bags with a new line, we knew we had to check them out. The verdict? Nice work, Beaba. The new line of Beaba Diaper Bags is definitely a departure design-wise for the company, but, hey, we love a good surprise. These diaper bags come in several new styles with our favorites being the New York (shown...

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The new leather goods from FashionABLE do a whole lot of good

Anyone who knows me knows I love FashionABLE. And I am entirely, 100% biased. I’ve visited the factory in Ethiopia, I’ve seen firsthand how their gorgeous scarves are helping at-risk women rebuild their lives, I’m currently living in their Genet Scarf (oh man, it’s awesome), and I bought out half their store for holiday gifts last year. So of course I’m so excited to let you know that they’ve just launched a whole new line of leather goods, expanding the opportunities they can provide to women. In collaboration with the Modern Zege, a leading leather manufacturer in Addis Ababa, gorgeous...

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FEED plus Target: a collaboration we can get behind.

I’m a big fan of the FEED mission, which sells products to directly feed schoolchildren both at home through Feeding America and abroad via the UN’s World Food Program. Whenever I carry my FEED bag, I’m reminded of the good it did. So I’m excited about their collaboration with Target–but it’s ending soon. So if you haven’t checked it out, now is a great time.        The FEED + Target collaboration includes so many kinds of products; check the Target website and there’s surely something in there that you want, especially considering it supports Feeding America. And...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are, or just hoping to finally get started? Follow us and we’ll show you the ropes! 1. Dying over this adorable collection of summer dresses for girls. 2. Kristen’s coveting these hot summer shoes for herself. We don’t blame her. 3. We’re loving these iPhone cases for the fashionista. Hilarious! 4. Fabulous totes and tech cases on sale from one of our favorite designers. Go! 5. A sweet project if you have kids going off to camp this summer....

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Hearts.com: Gorgeous accessories for a cause. Is there a better kind?

I hardly need an excuse to shop for new jewelry or handbags, but hey, when they support an amazing cause, I have to buy them, right? Here are a ton I’m coveting for more reasons than one. Hearts.com is a new-to-me site that works with more than 2000 artisans all over the world to make a positive impact on world issues and support people who need it most. And their original designs actually help the environment too, thanks to low-impact manufacturing processes and responsible materials. Here’s just a few of my favorite items. Be sure to click over and...

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French stripes from skip*hop, ooh-la-la!

My obsession with stripes runs deep, so much so that I’m coveting yet another  skip*hop diaper bag (love them!) even though I’m waaaay past the diaper bag stage. But…but…this one is limited edition! Snatch up the Duo Luxe French Stripe bag while you can. This looker features everything we’ve always loved about skip*hop bags, but in a cool limited fabric pattern and with rolled handles, which makes it look a bit swankier than some of their other choices. But just because it looks stylish doesn’t mean it’s not functional. You can still wipe it clean, and pop it easily...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Follow us on Pinterest and discover awesome finds like these every day: 1. A grapefruit sake mojito and other irresistible spring cocktail recipes. 2. Super cute girls’ bathing suits that don’t make them look like teens before their time. 3. No more baby-book guilt with this great find for parents new and not so new. 4. Super cool decor trick for a kids’ room. 5. Why, yes, we would like one of these handbags. Thank you for...

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The eco beach totes that look like summer heaven

With our family living at the pool all summer long, a strong, sturdy tote bag is a summer must-have. This year, I’m thinking of switching from my standard canvas bag to one of these amazing totes made from recycled sails. Sea Bags are an old favorite of ours, designed and crafted in Portland, Maine from recycled sails and the result is a tote you’ll use for years to come. I mean, is there anything sturdier and weather-resistant than a sail? I love thier fresh new designs for this summer like the Chain Design Tote Bag, which features a unique, bold...

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The new Jonathan Adler diaper bags you’ll covet (no baby required!)

Even though I’m only in my second trimester (!), I’m all about planning, so naturally, I’ve already bookmarked some of my most coveted diaper bags (thanks to Cool Mom Picks). Too many choices! But it may have just gotten easier. The new line of Light & Luxe Jonathan Adler diaper bags in collaboration with Skip*Hop is a joy. We’ve long been fans of Skip*Hop diaper bags and accessories, and this one combines all the smart design and practicality with that modern look that Adler fans can’t get enough of. I love that the bag is incredibly lightweight, yet holds...

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What do do with the kids’ wet bathing suits? Take a lesson from pro surfers.

You know what really irks me? When my boys have their swimming lessons, and then I’m left with several wet trunks and towels when the lesson ends and no wetbag to tote them home. I usually shove the drippy mess into a backpack, but then everything around it gets wet. Not the biggest problem on the planet (yes, I know I can use baggies and plastic grocery bags) but still, I’m thrilled to find a swanky wetbag that doesn’t look “mom” at all.  And it’s a far cry from Ziplocs. Who better to come up with a solution to...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are five of our favorite tech picks from this past week. Enjoy! 1. Look what this cool geeky dad did for his daughter. Love! 2. Here’s an amazing gadget that will make your iPhone camera even more versatile. (Our pinterest fans are going nuts for it!) 3. The hottest bag for spring happens to hold your DSLR. Or diapers. Or both. 4. Never lose your keys, your phone, or anything else for that matter, ever again. Whoa. 5. Drop those pounds before spring hits with this fantastic new app we...

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Snazzy snakeskin bags that, okay, you can call them diaper bags

The more kids I added to my brood, the more I actually wanted (and needed) a smaller diaper bag. Since I was already juggling children, I didn’t need to add a child-sized bag to the mix, you know? If only the new python bags from CMP-fave My Cocolime were around when I was in diaper bag mode. {Don’t miss an amazing giveaway after the jump!} We’ve been longtime fans of My Cocolime, from their awesome lunch bags for kids as well as their diaper bags, so it’s no surprise we’re digging their newest collection, all designed by a mom...

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Wool for spring? Absolutely!

After seeing so many talented Etsy artisans use wool in creative ways, I’ve learned that it’s really perfect for any season and not just winter. And I bet you’ll think that too when you take a look at these gorgeous cases, jewelry and accessories. I’ve had my eye on The Loft Full of Goodies for awhile now, but with her addition of such pretty spring colors, I figured now was the perfect time share her work. I can think of a hundred uses for her adorable wool felt pouches, which come in various sizes to fit everything from pencils...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for fun finds like this daily. 1.Turning Instagram photos into artwork just got easy and affordable. 2. The most hilarious baby hats we’ve seen? Entirely likely! 3. A gorgeous handbag in one of the season’s hottest colors. Want! 4. The ultimate road trip coloring book for kids. Especially loooooong trips. 5. Okay, can’t stop laughing at this one. Are we just hopelessly...

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Spring hits the Cambridge Satchel Company and we’re in love all over again

I’ve been coveting the gorgeous bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company since we first featured them on Cool Mom Picks ages ago. And every season, the temptation grows stronger and stronger, especially as they add new, fabulous colors. don’t miss a great offer after the jump Their brand new Chelsea Collection features four pretty pastel colors in both the 11- and 13-inch bags — all of which I can easily imagine slinging over my shoulder. Funny how that works. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with sweet pea—a great take on mint–which would be the perfect...

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Blue is the new whatever color you like wearing best

While the whole fashion world has been overly focused on emerald green lately as the favored Spring Pantone Color of 2013, I’m still a little more charmed by all the blues I’m seeing. The right blue can actually be an awesome neutral, and a great alternative to black, as I’m finding recently. (Let me say, as a New Yorker, anything that can gently pry me away from black is a Very Big Deal.) Here are just a few investment pieces that I have my eye on this season to up the fashion quotient without a complete wardrobe overhaul. I...

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