Tag: handbags

Traveling to France with the accessories, but not the plane ticket. Le sigh.

I’ve had Paris on the brain lately. Leave it to Petunia Picklebottom to come out with new French-inspired prints on pretty new accessories and make me even more wistful. In fact, you don’t even have to be a mom to carry these. The Strolling in St Germain fabric rounds out the gorgeous city print collection to make an even dozen. I love it on the new boxy diaper backpack from Petunia. It’s so beautifully classic and sophisticated. The crimson-and-navy coated cotton fabric coupled with hand-embroidered accents make it a piece reminiscent of some $400 scarf you might find on Rue St Honoré. It’s...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are five of our favorite pins this week. Super cute metallic moccasins from Umi. (Darn, no adult sizes.) The Marc Jacobs bag we’re drooling over. Personalized baby announcements that look like tour posters. Free printable lunch cards just in time for back to school. LEGO-inspired bunk beds–pretty...

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Designer diaper bags for fall: fashionable + affordable

As we start heading towards fall, I’ve got new diaper bags on the brain. (Why should back to school shopping time be just for the kids?) It’s been a while since I took a look to see what diaper bag label JP Lizzy has been up to, and it’s a good thing I had a mind to do just that this week. Ages ago we liked their diaper totes, but they don’t quite feel like something I’d wear today. And wow, turns out JP Lizzy has come a long way with their 2012 styles. The new diaper bag satchels...

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Get on your bikes and ride

One day the humidity will pass, right? One day soon? And those days, I imagine a few of us are going to get back on those bikes. When you do, this cool bike accessory might just have to go with you. I’m not sure if it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch for bikers, or whether it’s the prettiest ever bicycle handlebar clutch that willcreate more bikers, but either way I just think it’s so pretty. (Can you tell?) More practical than a plain old basket, strap it on the handlebars, pop in your small must-haves, and hit the cobblestones.  It...

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7am enfant diaper bags, equal parts style and function

Considering how much we love all the products from 7am enfant, I’m not surprised at all that I’m in love with their new luxury diaper bag.  I’ve seen many a stylish diaper bag that looks fantastic but doesn’t exactly hold up to the test of kids and their 400 Cheerios and sippy cups. But that’s not the case here. The new 7am enfant roma baby bag looks like a stylish tote on the outside, but on the inside, it’s got handy zippered pockets and pouches to keep everything organized. I really love the water-resistant nylon fabric (on both the inside...

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A Truffle you’ll love, without all the calories

Lately, my handbag has become a bottomless pit, full of everything from loose business cards to computer cords and bottles of milk and lip gloss. And my idea of using old make-up bags to keep everything separate was brilliant until I couldn’t remember what I had put in each one.  But now thanks to these beautiful see-through pouches, I can find everything I need, without having to unzip or rifle.  {Don’t miss the exclusive limited-time discount after the jump!} The Truffle No 1 clarity pouch is a busy mom’s dream, with a sturdy waxed cotton canvas trim, clip zipper,...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest like we are? Here are 5 cool pins we loved this week.  1. One of our all-time favorite summer toys as a kid, now back for our own little ones to enjoy!  2. A fabulous addition to any nursery or kid’s room. Even better, it’s free!  3. Gorgeous bags we’re dying to get our hands on. We’ll just have to give up groceries this week. 4. Send a personalized paper thank you card without having to pick up a pen.  5. Some much needed help for those of us with picky...

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Punk goes pretty (says the Doc Martens fan)

You never forget your first pair of Docs. And I imagine you’ll never forget your first Doc Martens bag that melds their steadfast styling with the gorgeous fabrics of Liberty London. Who said punk couldn’t be pretty? When two British style institutes merge, you know the product is going to be impressive. We love the new bags by Doc Martens and Liberty London, so much that one of our editors already bought one–and that’s without a discount code. There are four bags in the Doc Martens x Liberty collection, two large satchels and two medium satchels. Each bag is...

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Kids’ purses that don’t try to be anything but

With three little girls in my house, you can bet I’m completely addicted to the handmade barrettes at Giddy Giddy, one of our very first picks a long time ago. Since then, the original felt hairclip designer has added a slew of amazing items from hair clip holders to accessories. And now, I’ve got my eye on their new line of pouches that might just be the cutest little purses for girls that I’ve ever seen. I was completely smitten with the elephant pouch handbag when it first launched on their site, but now they’ve got even more options, like...

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Subscribing is one of the best tricks in the bag

This coming week, Cool Mom Picks subscribers have a chance to win that gorgeous Mia Bossi Lyndsey Bag, a $330 value. Even if you’re past the diaper bag stage, it looks absolutely nothing like a diaper bag. Plus the roomy size and those cool citron straps are great for an overnight jaunt. All you have to do is click here to subscribe. You’ll get access to our monthly subscriber-only giveaways like this one, and you’ll also find great offers, picks not seen on our site, and exclusive discounts all right in your inbox. But no spam. Because that’s not...

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A bag that will weather the storm

When shopping for the perfect bag, I always look for something that is unique, pretty and durable. While unique and pretty are important qualities, durability goes a long way with me. As a mom, I don’t have time to shop constantly, so when I make that purchase I want it to last a long time. Sea Bags is a home-grown Maine based business that makes bags, totes, baby bags and now memory books out of recycled sail-cloth. Their adorable baby bags are decorated with boats, stars or anchors. They have six interior pockets and one outside pocket making them...

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The newest designer diaper bag that you’ll be carrying long after the diapers are gone

When I first got a look at the newest designer diaper bag design from CMP fave Mia Bossi, I thought there was just no possible way that it was a diaper bag. But like their other bags we’ve been drooling over for years now, it is — and oh my, it’s gorgeous.  The Mia Bossi Lyndsey Bag is so swanky I nearly drooled all over it the second I saw it. It’s made from the Mia Bossi signature dotted canvas, with contrasting leather trim and straps in black, red, brown and even a sophisticated silver. This is easily a...

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The yellow bag of happiness

I am a “winter,” which some of you might remember from those days we classified our skin tones by season and were told never ever to wear whatever was probably our favorite color at the time. But to this date, I know that I just don’t look good in yellow, which is popping up everywhere this season. So if there’s any way for me to wear it, it’s going to be a slim patent belt, maybe a pair of shoes, and most definitely an unapologetically bright handbag. Here are some of the yellow handbags I think would look great...

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Ooh la la! A market tote at a not so upmarket price.

Only a few days until pool season officially starts for us here in the the deep south, which means I’m stocking up all our swimming staples: swimsuits, flip-slops, and our pool bag.   With all the straw baskets and totes taking up shelf space in almost all of my favorite shops, I’m thinking I might forgo our typical canvas bag for something a little different. And I found just the one that I want.  I’m completely in love with the look–and price–of this French Market basket from Harabu House, which is hand woven in Morocco by farmers looking to earn extra income....

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Spare me a tote?

I’ve really grown to love those compact totes that are so common these days, but one thing I don’t like is just how common some of them are. If you want a spare bag to tote around that still has the look of one that’s not a spare at all, here’s a few beautiful options. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] The George Roll-Up Tote from Brooklyn’s Goodship is calling my mid-century loving name. I love the funky pink and black pattern which reminds me of a vintage couch I had back in my younger, more interesting...

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Our favorite Mother’s Day Gifts (And we should know. We’re moms!)

With Mother’s Day creeping up, we thought it would be fun to ask our contributors which special goodies from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide they’ve got their eyes on. Lots of different mamas, lots of different choices. Do they match up with yours? What a gorgeous, personalized, grown-up, non-diaper bag! With no diapers in it! – Lexi I am one of Those Moms who can’t bear to part with any of my kids’ artwork. But there’s one “family portrait” in particular that I’d love printed on canvas so I could hang it over my desk and sigh over it...

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A Petunia Pickle Bottom bag made for all women. No babies required.

We’re always fans of Petunia Pickle Bottom bags, thanks to smart design, elegant patterns, and a rugged refusal to succumb to ruination. But once you’re past the gigantic diaper bag phase and even the maybe-it’s-just-a-purse diaper bag phase, you might enjoy this lovely new option. The exterior of the Travel Train Case is made of the same easily cleaned, PVC-free, matte-glazed canvas we’ve come to love, and all the beautiful fabrics are available. However the inside is made just for you. And that means no bottles. The six interior pockets are great for dividing jewelry for travel, or maybe for...

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My Mother’s Day dream gift. Honey, are you reading this?

I fully admit to being something of a bag addict. I have a closet full of every style, shape and designer you can imagine. But that doesn’t mean I ever stop looking and purchasing yet another one. For Mother’s Day, there’s a bag from Longchamp that has my name written all over it—literally. The custom Longchamp bags from one of our favorite French accessory labels are practical, chic and totally personalized for your tastes. I’m having a hard time deciding which style I want to order, or um have my husband order for me. On one hand, there’s the...

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You like designer handbags. We like giving away designer handbags. Perfect combination!

As handbag-crazy mamas, we’re pretty excited about this week’s monthly subscriber-only giveaway: Three Cool Mom Picks subscribers will each win a chic new bag from Ellington Handbag’s brand new Spring 2012 collection. You’ll win a Joni Hobo, a Mia Folding Tote, or an Annie Carryall in your choice of color. To be eligible, just click here and subscribe to Cool Mom Picks today (you might even find an exclusive discount code for Eilington on the subscriber page, hint.) All the details about how to enter will be in your inbox before you know it, along with other stuff you’ll...

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Keeping it clean

Sippy cup: check. Snacks: check. Wipes: darn tootin’. This is my leaving the house with a toddler checklist, and they come even before my own sunglasses and lip gloss. If wipes are still one of your must-haves when you head out, then, this nifty new carrying case for them can’t hurt. This adorable and bright wipes case by Funktion is both handy and cute. This bag comes from Mommassentials, a new line of mom and baby goods designed to fit a not so frilly family lifestyle. As a woman drowning in princess accoutrements, I am thankful.  We road tested...

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