Tag: handbags

Booty Wrap – The fanny pack gets a much needed makeover

I’m dying to make a reference to the fanny pack as being the butt of all tourist jokes — oh wait, I think I just did. But let’s be fair, there is something to be said to a hands-free way of carrying a little cash and your keys when you’re out for a walk. One that doesn’t make you look like a Jay Leno punchline. Kathy Kramer, inventor of the very cool Invisibelt has done it again with the Booty Wrap – which is so simple, it’s brilliant. Think fanny pack-meets-faux-sweatshirt. The Booty Wrap ties at your waist with...

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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Baggu bags – Now for your back

Sometimes when I’m chasing four kids around the zoo, the playground, or the pool, I’ve wished for a bag that I can just pop on my back. Yes, I know that’s called a “backpack,” however, I’m not really a backpack kind of a gal. Plus  I don’t need to carry the weight of an actual extra kid on my back– just something small and light to carry a few sippy cups, snacks, and my personal items. Leave it to Baggu to make just that. The new Baggu Daypack is the perfect lightweight nylon backpack for busy moms, or even...

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Leave it to Kate Spade to make you covet a diaper bag

There are a few things that I haven’t really used since having my second kid, and one of them happens to be a diaper bag. I’ve got enough on my hands traveling with four kids; I’d rather not lug all their crap in a gigantic bag too. But leave it to Kate Spade to make me say something I haven’t said for a long time: I really want this diaper bag. Maybe it’s because this bag makes me think of a fancy party at the Hamptons that I’ll never get invited to, but I have strong, covetous feelings for...

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Orla Kiely inspires spring handbag lust

Okay, so I have a decent sized crush on designer Orla Kiely. I have only owned one of her bags which I bought with a Christmas bonus, and I wore it to death. I am holding out until my next birthday for a replacement, however her spring rhododendron pattern is really making me wish September was sooner. The Orla Kiely rhododendron bag comes in 3 colors as I have discoverd through my ebay stalking, though her website only shows granite and poppy, both stunning! And the granite is a nice alternative to black if you have trouble leaping to color,...

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The sporty convertible that won’t mess up your hair.

It’s sleek, sporty, and goes from backpack to messenger bag in less than thirty seconds. But, unlike those $60,000 convertibles, it won’t mess up your hair, and you probably won’t swallow a bug while using it. Oh, and it’s called Annie. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] If you’re looking for something stylish to take you from the playground to the airplane to the hiking trails, the cool Annie bag from Ellington is just the ticket. Made of easy-to-clean nylon, Annie is the right size for someone who’s done with the gigantic diaper bag but still needs...

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Oh Ellington Bags, I just can’t quit you!

It’s no secret that I have a bag addiction, which is exacerbated at the season’s change. Because really, if there’s a point in time that I could actually rationalize a new bag (or four) it would be right at the heels of spring. My first and probably only stop–Ellington. At least today. Their new lines of leather handbags and nylon travel bags feature rich colors and versatile styles that will last me all season long and beyond. My personal fave, the Bella Tote, is luxe and stylish but still roomy enough to carry all the diapers, wipes, and snacks...

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A new website offers designer handbags at bargain prices (just ignore the name)

Some women are shoe shoe addicts. Not me. My vice is bags. I’ve got a closet full of hobos, totes, clutches and now diaper bags. Storage space is tight these days, so I’ve had to limit myself to just browsing designer handbags on the web. But a new site is really, really making me want to pull the trigger. Despite its name. It’s called (don’t laugh),Bags Bonanza. Okay, before you stop reading, I promise you Bags Bonanza does not sell pleather purses with plastic daisies affixed to the zipper–but rather lusty confections from Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch....

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Design your own handbag without all that cutting and sewing business

Attention all you picky handbag ladies, daughters of picky handbag ladies, sisters or nieces of picky handbag ladies. –yeah you. You know who you are. Behold the brilliance of the design-your-own handbag line from boston Etsy seller Eclu. If you’re already starting to think Mother’s Day, this is a neat shop to have on the radar. The platinum peony clutch would happen to look awesome with my own mom’s naturally silver hair. Not your style? The cool thing with a design-your-own handbag line is that you’ve got other options. You choose the colors inside and out, the style of...

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Diaper bag chic, minus the diapers. Nice.

Over the course of a mama’s diaper bag carrying years, there will be times she may curse that heavy bag and long for the carefree and fabulous purses of her youth. But as time goes by, that longing to be rid of the diaper bag turns into–or at least it has for me–a wistful longing to keep it around forever. Diaper bags aren’t only practical and convenient, but if you’re buying the right ones (of course you are, you’re reading CMP, after all!)  they’re also beautiful. Never fear diaper bag loving mamas! Petunia Pickle Bottom has come to your...

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Chic new diaper bag alert!

Chic and diaper bag are not two words you see in the same sentence very often, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and declare the new offering from Timi & Leslie just that–chic! The Charlie bag, from one of our favorite designer diaper bag labels, is made from a very realistic feeling faux leather and comes in six stylish shades. I happen to love the goes-with-everything light brown and the Hermes-esque tangerine shown here. Charlie’s accessories are what make him stand out from the crowd. And helps justify the cost. You’ll get a changing pad...

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We like you so we want to put some bling on it

One of our favorite sections of Cool Mom Picks is titled Baubles & Bags (and one of yours too, based on the comments here), because we know that being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up your bling. From diaper bags that are prettier than regular purses to necklaces that celebrate your sweet baby while foiling her grabby little paws, we do the work and let you reap the blingy benefits. If you want to up the accessory ante, we highly suggest becoming a Cool Mom Picks subscriber. Much like a long rope of pearls, the possibilities...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest jewelry and handbags

This year, once again, we’re thrilled to announce some of our favorite picks of the year which we’ll share all week long. Yes, it’s like picking amongst our children, because we really really love everything we feature here. Enjoy our editors’ favorite jewelry and handbags that were covered in 2010. Jewelry I adore the sexy bracelets from Paula Lapkin of Yara Jewelry¬†(at top)–so much so, we gave one to each of our editors for the holidays. Let’s just say they weren’t disappointed. -Liz There’s just something about the simple, stunning designs by Laurel Denise that have me mesmerized. I’ll...

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Finally, a cool backpack diaper bag

I have nothing against backpack diaper bags. In fact, with four kids in tow, I completely understand their usefulness. I just haven’t yet found one that fits my style. And while I can’t say I’ll be trading in my beloved leather bag anytime soon, I’m definitely digging the new 2 in 1 backpack diaper bag from CMP fave Timi & Leslie. If you are an avid backpack diaper bag fan, then you’ll probably love this bag. And if you haven’t yet jumped on board yet, you’ll find it pretty intriguing. The Timi & Leslie 2 in 1 convertible backpack...

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The handbags that make me go all slack-jawed and tingly inside

You know that feeling when you’re browsing the racks of a favorite boutique and your eyes lock on something, and suddenly you feel yourself getting all sweaty and anxious and your heart is racing and your eyes widen and you just know you’re going to have to go to prom together? I mean…the cash register together? That’s how I felt the first time I laid eyes on one of the stunning handbags from Hayden-Harnett. It was exactly what I had been looking for for a year. Exactly. Well now you might feel the same way, only spending a whole...

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Accessories make the world go round. (Says us.)

Now that I’m expecting baby number two, accessories are the only fashion items I will allow myself to indulge in. I mean, who knows what form my figure will take after I pop out this little dude? To that end, I will certainly be hitting up Style Tryst, a new online shop devoted to both up-and-coming and well-known accessories designers. [BLACK FRIDAY ALERT: Don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] With price points ranging from $10 all the way up to $5,000, there’s literally something for everyone at Style Tryst. (Don’t you love that name?) I’ve been on...

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Diaper bags that go beyond the diaper phase

Having a baby right at the change of season is very dangerous for my wallet because it’s far too easy to rationalize a new diaper bag purchase. Something swanky. Something current. Something that makes me feel more stylish and less enormous and leaky than I’m actually feeling these days. The brand new Nest Dexter Diaper bag may be that very thing. I’m talking myself into the Nest Dexter Diaper bag as we speak, although it’s not quite as pricey as some of the other designer bags that start at least a good $100 more. And what you get with...

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Looking for the non-diaper bag diaper bag?

Just when I think I’m over diaper bags, I see the new It diaper bag and I think I must have it. However, what I really need is a non-diaper bag diaper bag. In other words, one that functions like a diaper bag, but really is just a cool bag. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] The Carina Collection by Clava has a few sporty handbags that fit the bill. With their roomy size and plenty of pockets, they can hold and organize all my stuff–including the diapers. It’s made from waterproof, coated canvas (good news for...

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Versatile doesn’t even begin to describe this diaper bag

Some days, I tend to be a bit of an over-packer. What if the kids get really thirsty and they finish their water bottles? Better pack an extra. What if they have a run-in with a mud puddle? Better pack clean outfits for each of them. What if they get hungry while we walk two blocks to the park? Better pack three meals’ worth of food. You can imagine, then, the size of my diaper bags. (And I don’t even have a kid in diapers right now!) At the other extreme, though, my over-packing tendencies sometimes cause me to...

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Mary Poppins, eat your heart out

I remember when I was a kid watching Mary Poppins, and I couldn’t figure out how she could fit so much stuff in her purse. And then, when I had my first baby, I got all wistful over the thought of a cute, bottomless carpet bag that would fit all the necessities I needed to keep my little snookums happy and dry. But I’m wistful no more, because I have tried the Wistful Weekender from the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Organics collection. And not to go too Chim-Chimney on you, but when you’re with this bag, you’re in good...

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