Tag: handbags

Probably not a bag for the kids.

I love everything about this shopper bag by Wild & Wolf — the color, the size, the price, and the fact that it somehow magically knows exactly what is in my bag at any given moment! If you’re a parent, probably best that you carry this tote around before the kid is old enough to actually be able to read it. Or hey, just hang it on that hook behind your bedroom closet door for you know…randomness. That’s what it’s made for. Get the Random Crap tote bag at Burke Decor. And then you know what to fill it...

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Breast pump handbags that pump up the style

I’m always on the lookout for anything that makes life easier for nursing moms like myself (like these excellently cool nursing tops). And I can tell you from experience that returning to work after maternity leave is a particularly daunting process if you’re nursing and need to schlep a breast pump and bag of pumping accessories. Ugh. I feel like a Grand Canyon mule, lugging all of my pumping gear wherever I go. So I’m pretty pumped (heh) about Juno Blu‘s gorgeous line of bags — all specifically designed for pumping moms. How awesome is that? Juno Blu purses fit most breast...

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The coolest jewelry, handbags and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2013

As much as we love picking gear, goodies, and gifts for kids, we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to picking pretties for ourselves, especially from indie brands and small artists. From cool jewelry and handbags to gorgeous accessories to bring our wardrobe staples to the 21st century, we think moms need special somethings too. Maybe even lots of them. So to close out our Editors Picks of 2013, here are our very favorites from 2013, which we think will still look fabulous in 2014 too. Good, because we’ll still be wearing them.   K20 by Karen Ko...

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Crafty gift kits for the creative people on your holiday list

Have a budding Martha Stewart on your holiday shopping list? Go ahead and check them off — these sweet little craft kits from Purl Soho (the folks behind The Purl Bee) are just perfect. Knitting, embroidery, and other craft projects are all packed in perfect kits ready for holiday gifting. You’ll find  coasters and tea towels, even iPhone covers you can make yourself. I happen to dig the coin purses, embroidery kits and DIY barrette kits, which make excellent stocking stuffers. And oh my goodness, the tiny felt animals (look at the penguin!) are also pretty freaking adorable too. The felted dove craft kit is...

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Hallmark rewards you for sending the cards you’d send anyway. Hey, thanks!

– Don’t miss a $500 giveaway we put together just for Cool Mom Picks readers! – As big proponents of sending cards (and saving the ones we receive ourselves, for all of eternity), we’re pretty excited to see just how many beautifully designed, modern cards are being offered by our partner Hallmark these days. Because let’s be honest, we’re often the ones in the local drugstore days before Christmas, stocking up for all those last minute invitations and visitors. And we are picky. As you well know.  No, we didn’t design this but we want to hire whomever did.  ...

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The new Hayden-Harnett clutches and wallets: Awesome holiday gift on sale, check.

My obsession with indie designer bag and accessory label Hayden-Harnett is getting–well, a little obsessive. And these new clutches are an amazing gift for the stylish women on your list, especially at a sale price this week only. Through Sunday, save 25% on the new wallets, including this fabulous leather Bardot Pouch with python print. I’m having trouble choosing between the solid practical black (always my inclination), a poppy fun green, or the more daring multi colored python print. Considering the price is already good at $58 but drops down to $44 with the discount, maybe I don’t have to choose...

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The Cambridge Satchel goes rock ‘n’ roll

When we first discovered the (then) itty-bitty mom-founded Cambridge Satchel Company, who knew it would become a huge fashion phenomenon?   I love that while staying true to their traditional, veddy British structure and shape, they’ve taken risks with colorblock bags, neon bags, pastel bags, and now a great looking studded Cambridge Satchel. The 13″ bag meshes the classic preppy schoolgirl shape with silver studs, giving it a punky, funky edge that I think is way cool. Even if I am years past my mosh pit days. –Liz Find the studded Cambridge Satchel and other new styles online at their US...

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The designer diaper bag you won’t give up with the diapers

It’s been a while since I’ve found a designer diaper bag that made me wish for a do-over on the diaper bags I carried during my own early stroller-pushing days. And now, here are three from one of my favorite designers.     While Marc Jacobs may not know nothin’ about birthing no babies, the Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-a Baby Bag shows he still has it when it comes to chic accessories. The quilted nylon bag looks luxe in wearable taupe or black, whether or not anyone realizes there’s a changing pad in there, or a bottle in one of...

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How to wear the Pantone colors of the season: Mykonos Blue and Turbulence Grey

I always get a little fashion geeky about Pantone’s colors of the year, and I’m so glad to see that the Pantone colors of Fall 2013 are eminently wearable. Or, most of them are. Two of my favorites, which also go great together, are the soothing Mykonos Blue, and Turbulence Grey, which is described as a dark, mercurial grey, and a really nice neutral alternative to black. Designer Kelly Wearstler‘s concept drawing here is a gorgeous example of them together, and here I’ve rounded up some other favorite pieces to help you put them to work. –Liz   1....

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3 adorable craft kits for tween girls

It can be hard to find quality, not-neon-and-rubber-bands craft kits for girls in the ten to twelve age range (not that we don’t love Rainbow Looms!), but these three projects are sweeter than tea and crumpets. [Don’t miss a big exclusive discount for our readers after the jump!] Our pals at Cattiwampus have three sweet craft kits for tween girls from Brit company The Little Experience that are just right for those outgrowing the little kid stuff. The Tea Time Cakes Pincushion Sewing Kit pictured above includes everything needed to make three delicious-looking tea cakes, including felt, thread, needle, pins,...

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5 ways to wear the the gold trend this fall without looking like a Goldfinger victim

As much as I’m often running out of the house in my mom uniform of a button down shirt, jeans and ankle boots, I still love to keep up with the style trends, particularly when they’re ones I can easily fit into my existing wardrobe. Even if you’re not a big metallic fan like I am, there are simple ways to add a splash of golden shine into your life for fall, whether it’s a little sparkle for everyday wear, or big fat bling for a date night. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you’re not covered in...

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Classic, clean new fall handbags from Coach: Prep those credit cards

The way my kids look forward to a new backpack each fall is pretty much the way I look forward to finding a new handbag each fall (whether I need one or not). My standards: Something I know I can wear every single day, that goes from day to night, and that goes with pretty much anything I might be wearing. I will admit I wouldn’t normally think to visit Coach, but wow, their new fall handbags are subtle, sleek, and right up my alley. If you’re looking for a splurgey designer bag that you know will last foreeeever,...

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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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