Tag: handbags

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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Eye-tricking handbags now for less. (No trick!)

I remember when I first linked to the amazing cartoonish-looking handbags from Taiwan’s Jump for Paper, I spent a lot of minutes trying to convince my brain that these were indeed handbags and not flat pictures.  Created by designers Chay Su and Rika Lin, JumpFromPaper get its distinctive look from cartoon-like outlines and bright color accents that make the bag look like it was ripped out of a comic book. I half expect to see cartoon bubble “WOW”‘s popping up as I walk down the street. Made from polyester, not cardboard, these bags can be wiped clean with a...

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April showers bring a good excuse to shop online for Hunter boots and bags. Yes, bags!

I love my Hunter rain boots. Unfortunately, I live in LA where it almost never rains, even as the rest of the country wades through those upcoming April showers. Okay, I lie; It drizzles, sometimes. And that’s when I climb into my fabulously green Hunters and I rock them all day long…even when the sun comes back out. But you may not know Hunter makes more than boots. [don’t miss some of their most gorgeous spring items after the jump] In addition to those signature boots, the Hunter collection also includes cute sandals, bright clogs, trenchcoats, and a fantastic...

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A camera to carry your camera

Finding a unique yet stylish camera case can be sometimes daunting.  When I first invested in a good camera, I felt pressure to use the case that so generously came with the camera, but I hated it.  I’m never a fan of lugging around the typical black bag. Happy Sew Lucky has created the perfect solution for us. The Retrotastic camera camera bag pattern creates this iconic design inspired by the Diana camera sold in the 60’s.  And because it is a pattern, you are saving dollars and creating a fantastic product with your own hands. One fat quarter...

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Colorblock handbags from Hayden-Harnett – be still my heart

I have absolutely loved the colorful handbag trend that’s helped get me through winter, and I’m thrilled to see it shows no signs of taking leave come spring. Which is less than a month away, incidentally. Feel free to squee at your leisure. Hayden-Harnett, my very favorite little Brooklyn handbag co that seems to be getting bigger by the minute, has a nice little lineup of new arrivals for spring. But my favorite has to be the Hayden-Harnett Mondrian tote bag in wild rose and candy apple. Even the colors sound yummy. The colorblock tote comes in five color...

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Baggu with a bang

I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...

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Designer bags without the designer labels

I was lucky enough to receive an amazing cross body bag for Christmas last year and while at first I wasn’t sure if this giganti-bag addict would be able to pull it off, I stand corrected. It’s now my go-to bag for day and night. So it’s no surprise that I’m on the hunt for more, including this one that I’m hoping my valentine will surprise me with in a couple of weeks. Meet Stella, the cross-body (or over-the-shoulder) bag with attitude. It’s part of an amazing new collection from leoluca that I’m swooning over. Made from 100% black...

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All in favor of gorgeous diaper bags, say Oi.

I can’t say that I mourn the fact that my diaper bag carrying days are over. But really, it’s the diapers I’m glad to be over with, not the bags. Especially when they’re as awesome as this one. When I got a first glimpse of this OiOi hobo sack in silver, the word oooohhhhh may have escaped my lips. Last season I loved their jungle leather slouch bag, but now I’m liking this one to get me through the dreary days of winter, into spring, and possibly summer. Silver is pretty awesome with white, after all. It’s made so...

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Crushing on Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango

Pantone has decreed that 2012 is the year of Tangerine Tango, which they describe as “a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been nurturing an orange obsession for years. It’s a bright look-at-me neutral. Yes, a neutral. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s a color that amazingly goes with everything. Plus you don’t have to wear it head to toe in order to feel its power. A little pop of orange goes a long way.  If you’re...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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