Tag: jewelry

Sew sweet: DIY embroidery gifts for under $15

I realize it’s not even November yet, but since I’m a fan of DIY holiday gifts–especially for my family from my kids–I try to start early. And in my search for easy, affordable crafts that my daughter and I can make, I found these lovely little needlepoint kits from Red Gate Stitchery. I snatched up a bunch of these affordable DIY embroidery kits that include everything you or your kiddo needs to make a pretty holiday gift. These are so small and easy that your child can finish one in only a sitting or two, like the pretty DIY bamboo pendant...

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Star power: these customized constellation pendant necklaces really shine

I’ve said before that I love Braille jewelry as a more subtle option for mom jewelry than traditional printed text. I’m feeling the same way about these handmade pendants. Do they look just like dots to you? Look again… In fact, these are hand-drilled constellation pendant necklaces, which I think are a cooler way to wear your baby’s birth sign without some cheesy illustration or a typical astrological symbol. Shown here is Scorpio, but there are 11 more to choose from, of course. They’re all made in Brooklyn by artist Julie Nolan, who bases her designs on a Swiss calendar...

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl with Cool (Girl) Picks

October 11 is an exciting day at Cool Mom Picks, because what’s more amazing than girls? Initiated by the United Nations, today is the very first International Day of the Girl Child, a day highlighting the challenges and injustices that girls all over the globe continue to battle. So today, along with sharing our favorite girl-related charities, we celebrate the amazing young women of the world by sharing our favorite “strong girl” picks.  Artist Amanda Visell’s gorgeous strong girls prints (above) remind us: sometimes the knight in shining armor a girl needs most is herself.  Want your smart little...

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Beautiful braille jewelry: understatement is always in style

If you knew me in person, then you’d know by the tattoo on my inner wrist that I’m a little obsessed with braille. (It’s my kids’ initials, if you’re curious). Now, I’ve seen some cool braille jewelry before, but these gorgeous, subtle pieces definitely caught my eye. LeighLuna creates beautiful custom braille necklaces–wonderful if you’re visually impaired of course, but if not, it’s a wonderful, subtle way to keep your kids close to your heart (without emblazoning their names across your chest in Comic Sans which can be read from 6 blocks away, for instance). Each brass pendant is created...

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7 smart tips for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month the right way

October is here, which means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In other words, prepare for the influx of pink ribbons on everything and loads of Facebook “awareness” memes on your wall. In the past, we’ve been happy to support great companies with their hearts in the right places who are donating a percentage to a reputable charity. But as this month has become more and more commercial (BCA fried chicken? Really?) and talk of “pinkwashing” abounds, here are a few things to keep in mind when you consider how to do some real good for a really important cause. 1....

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A teacher gift that gives back to teachers? I give it an A+!

I panic whenever it’s time for teacher gifts. How many apple mugs does one person need? Does she have food allergies? Will the collection of Starbucks gift cards send him spiraling into caffeine-induced madness? But here’s one gift that’s beautiful, useful, and gives directly back to something dear to any teacher’s heart: other teachers. We’re always excited about new offerings from the Leakey Collection, and we’re extra pleased to find these affordable and do-good-able Beads for Learning bracelets. Each one is handmade of Zulugrass remnants by Maasai artisans, which means that each 26″-inch wrapped bracelet is different and striking. ...

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

From saving your gadgets to saving your sanity, here are a few of our favorite picks from the past week, just in case you missed them. 1. Our very favorite developer is back with a brilliant new kids’ app that rocks. Literally. 2. If you need a good laugh, we’ve rounded up 7 funny parenting videos that actually are funny. In fact, none of them contains poop jokes or swagger wagons. 3. This fantastic science app will turn any kid into a budding mad scientist. You wanted Alien Monster Eggs in your kitchen, right? 4. This gorgeous camera won’t...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? If so, here are 5 pins we loved this week.Tons of cool Halloween ideas on our new Halloween board, including this icky-yummy treat idea. One of the prettiest apps we’ve seen for preschoolers, and educational, too. The awesome bracelets that every mother needs. Easily the funniest video for parents that we’ve come across in a long time. A no-carve Halloween pumpkin idea incorporating this year’s biggest design trend. (Can you...

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Baby-friendly bling: necklaces safe for little nibblers

When my son was a baby, he was fascinated by my jewelry–a fascination that led to his stuffing fistfuls of my necklaces into his curious mouth. Worried that my necklaces might be sporting some not-so-friendly chemicals, I stopped wearing them altogether. At the time, I didn’t have any other option–because I didn’t have any Chewbeads. Chewbeads, which we love so much you’ll find them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide, are every bling-crazy mom’s salvation. These non-toxic, silicone jewelry pieces are stylish for mama and intriguingly colorful (and mouth-safe) for babies who like to chomp. And now I’m loving...

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Sparkle on: these rings rock however you roll

I admit it. Finding unique accessories that stand out from what I see on the wrists and fingers of the other women in my neighborhood gives me a little caffeine shot of joy. I love it when someone asks, “Where did you get that?”  Sometimes I want to keep my fun finds all to myself. But here’s a shop I’ll share with you, because these rings just plain rock. (Not to mention they are handcrafted from rock–how nifty is that?) Rablabs creates lovely, shimmery, hand-crafted rings from solid pieces of natural agate druze. They’re just the right balance of...

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Affordable bangles for fall that you can start wearing now

August is a bit of a weird jewelry-buying time. I want things that will feel all light and happy with my sleeveless dresses, but I’ve also got an eye towards fall. Which his why these affordable skinny bangles are the perfect thing to take me from one season to the next. The Adele Skinny Bangles by Voz Clothing and Art are stained walnut, which means they’re not as summer-like as say, embroidery or light beading; but they’re hand-painted with colors that can suit any season. I happen to love this combo of black, peach and gold, but the Karen O set (named for the...

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Pop goes the cocktail ring

After my TODAY show appearance last week, I think the number one question I was asked was” “who made your ring?” (A far better question than, “did you know you had spinach in your teeth the whole time?”) I was fortunate to find my lavender k2o by Karen Ko POP ring at a very sweet discount earlier this year, and boy do I love it. Should you love it too–enough to pay full price (and I wouldn’t blame you)–you can find them at Modern Mix Shop right now. The rings are handwoven out of Swarovski crystals and mounted on...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 pins this week that we’re digging. If you’re going to do “mom jewelry” do it with this spectacular gold and diamond pendant. Playmobil toys as hooks – so genius. Crazy good party idea: Serve fruit popsicles in Prosecco. Just the photo makes us thirsty. An adorable, affordable back to school outfit for boys hitting preschool or kindergarten. We don’t always like inspirational quotes, but this one is hilarious. And true. We hope you’re following us on Pinterest – we’d love to see you...

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Beautiful jewelry for tweens – buy them or make them yourself

My 8-year old is just starting to accessorize her outfits, which is probably no surprise considering I have a little addiction to accessories myself. If you’ve got a tween that’s ready for something better than play jewelry but not Tiffany, we’ve found the perfect, handmade option. This isn’t the first time we’ve featured the adorable children’s jewelry from Bloesem but since then, they’ve added a slew of limited edition kids’ necklaces that I’m actually coveting myself, each handmade with threads and beads to make a lovely gift for your tween girl.  Plus if you (or your tween) are crafty,...

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One of these things is not like another

I’m definitely a devotee of handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry. And some of my favorite pieces are the ones that can’t be replicated at all, because the form comes from the imperfect shape of the stone, like a geode or a swath of quartz. So I love this San Francisco Etsy artist who features beautiful, affordable pieces that do justice to that very style. The limited edition jewelry of Frieda Sophie is treat to browse. Just a quick look, and I’m drooling over pieces like the vanilla agate druzy necklace (above) which would go with pretty much anything I own in...

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Fresh flowers for every outfit

It happens again and again: one dress-up lap around the living room and the creepy faux-metallic paint on your daughter’s “jewelry” is already flaking off and the molded plastic clasp has begun to warp. It’s not always easy to find dress-up accessories that don’t look (and act) like you bought them from a gumball machine. And then someone showed me the fantastic, hand-crafted, textile dress up delights offered by artisan momma Rebekah Desloge.    The Crocheted Flower Necklace is a sweet addition to the dress-up madness in your home, and would make such a great gift, as well. The leaves and...

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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. A gorgeous camera bag that looks nothing like a camera bag. 2. Spectacular handmade bangle bracelets in yummy colors, all one of a kind. Want! 3. 9 S’mores recipes with photos so yummy it’s kind of cruel. Sorry. 4. Probably the most hilarious outlet covers we’ve seen. (Can an outlet cover be hilarious?) 5. The perfect affordable baby shower gift, because books are always...

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Falling in love with geometry

As minor as my kids’ milestones might seem in the great scheme of things, I still do my fair share of celebrating them. All night in your own bed? Yes! So I decided that I too deserve to treat myself with a little reward for making it through another milestone with them. Fair, right? I’ve got just the thing, if beautiful handmade jewelry looks like your kind of grownup treat. I just love the geometric rings from Israeli-based Osnat Har Noy that are a little larger than a thin everyday band but not as bold as a cocktail ring....

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as much as we are? Here are 5 pins we loved this week 1. Gorgeous leather cuffs that can go from summer to fall and beyond. 2. One of our favorite retro kids’ books turns out to be one of our readers’ favorites too. 3. Yummy herbal teas made just for kids make extra yummy iced tea for them when you want a break from juices and sugary drinks. 4. A cool way to keep your desk beautifully tidy. 5. Hilarious merit badges made just for moms. Are you following Cool Mom Picks on Pinterest? We’d love...

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Are foxes the new owls?

Last year, owls were the hot animal motif of the season. While they’re not going anywhere, I do think that the cool cute animal du jour is now the fox. Which is replacing the dragonfly, butterfly, and octopus trends I’ve noticed over the years. If it were up to Delilah, narwhals would be huge, but until then, here are some of the coolest of the fox art and decor we’ve seen around lately. This fox print from Gingiber for children is beautifully done. It might even be my favorite of the set of animal prints she’s created, and is...

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