I love a Nordstrom sale, and their Anniversary Sale is no exception, because you can get great discounts on brand new items. So, if you’ve got a little cash stashed, here are 5 of my favorites, all fabulous fall and winter staples, if I do say so myself, that I’m coveting. Cool Mom Picks is a reward style affiliate. Related: Cool shorts alternatives – Yes mamas, you can wear culottes Spanx faux leather leggings I’m a huge fan of these faux leather leggings, because they’re super flattering and pretty comfortable, at least for Spanx anyway. I wear them all winter long,...Read More
It’s no mystery that crafts for kids are great for when they’re feeling a little listless (or demanding to go to the pool yet again). But tons of prep work and shopping for supplies (Dremel tool. Um, no)? Not really worth the hour or two of entertainment they might provide. Thankfully, these DIY friendship bracelet tutorials require little more than colorful string and some focused attention (theirs, not yours). And hey, along the lines of the adult coloring trend, you might get a little respite and relaxation making them yourself. Ah, nostalgia. Related: 3 DIY dreamcatchers for happy crafting and sweet dreams....Read More
To commemorate the Cool Mom Picks 10th anniversary (!!) I wanted to share a special gift with Liz, something that would visibly remind us of this exciting milestone. It didn’t take too long to land on the idea of jewelry, considering we’re both accessories junkies — as our readers no doubt know by now — but it couldn’t be just any jewelry. I finally committed to a truly beautiful custom karat gold necklace from Julian & Co, one of our favorite indie, mom-run businesses. So I’m thrilled to share the journey behind my design collaboration with designer Tania Condon of Julian & Co and the gorgeous final result both Liz...Read More
How do you repay the woman who gave you endless encouragement, provided countless meals, sacrificed hundreds of hours of sleep, put a roof over your head, and stood cheering in oppressive heat or laughable rainstorms for an unforgivable number of soccer tournaments? With a necklace made of stale pasta and string, obviously. Of course I realize now I can never really repay my mother’s love. Not with any jewelry. But I do think she’ll love this gorgeous throwback Porcelain Macaroni Necklace that we spotted at Food 52. Cue the nostalgia. Related: The 2016 Cool Mom Picks Mother’s Day Gift Guide I think this clever macaroni necklace delivers...Read More
With just two weeks until Mother’s Day, I need to get serious about finding the perfect gift for my own mom. And I’d better start dropping hints like crazy if I’m hoping for something extra-special like one of these beautiful and timeless lockets that I can wear close to my heart. We found 6 of the prettiest lockets — so sweet and heartfelt, it might be hard to choose a favorite. But pay attention to lead times for ordering and delivery. If you think you may be cutting things too close, message the jeweler directly to see if they can get your gift here in time. After all, we don’t...Read More
This Mother’s Day I will be shopping not only for the woman who brought me into this world, but also (and for the first time ever) for my mother-in-law. Which is probably why the Like a Mom necklace from Dogeared caught my eye in a big way. This delicate necklace is specifically intended for those nurturers in your life who don’t necessarily share your genes but deserve thanks (and a shiny new pendant) this Mother’s Day. My other mother list includes my aunt, my therapist, and Amy Poehler. But the only one I will be buying for is my husband’s mother. Believe me when I say I could use some...Read More
You know what they say: If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough. Yet on St. Patrick’s Day, we couldn’t resist posting about his adorable little wishbone lucky charm from one of our favorite indie jewelry companies, Julian & Co. We have loved supporting mom-run Julian & Co. since their launch back in 2007 when she was making tiny ID tag bracelets and baby footprint jewelry to commemorate her own very premature baby — who we’re happy to report is now a healthy, amazing tween. Also growing is artist Tania Condon’s selection of handcrafted jewelry which is impressively top-of-the-line in quality and design, but still...Read More
While I’m not big on fake flowers (sorry fake flower fans!) I am big on real flowers, especially when they’re used in a way as gorgeous as the modern, made-to-order resin floral jewelry spotted at Modern Flower Child on Etsy. Each piece from this Oregon artist is entirely one-of-a-kind, as Sarah incorporates real flowers, grasses, and bits of foliage into resin to beautiful effect. It’s funny but from that description alone, I wouldn’t think I would like them. Then I take a look at the result and actually I think they’re quite stunning. That birch bark bangle is just awesome. Or if you’re crushing...Read More
I’m so happy to find this new addition to our list of cool, affordable Valentine’s gifts for her: The new Kindred Cord heart bracelet from Alex and Ani, designed to help support Project (RED). For just $21, you get this sweet red nylon cord bracelet with a sterling, gold, or rose-gold plated heart. It’s expandable, meaning it should fit anyone from your favorite tween or teen to an adult sweetheart. I’ve even seen it on some cool dudes; the kinds who can get away with a wristful of bangles. But the nicest part might be that a full 20% of...Read More
Paper jewelry kits are a pretty awesome gift, giving your crafty kids something wonderful they can make and wear — even when you’re sure you want one more little bead, button, or plastic charm strewn about your house. I adore paper jewelry kits as much as my kids because they are fun and can turn out some pretty cool-looking pieces. Plus, they can go right in the recycling bin once my kids have moved on to something else, unlike the cheap jewelry that they covet by the counters of clothing stores. So for a great jewelry-making gift that uses paper as its medium of choice, I’ve got four fun...Read More
Each year, we love putting together some of our favorite gifts that give back in substantial and specific ways — not just some undetermined percentage of your purchase going to “charities.” While we try to share these kinds of gifts year round, it has special meaning to us today on #GivingTuesday, in which we take a moment to count our proverbial blessings, while finding ways that we can do good for others. Now we know that with Giving Tuesday coming right on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (phew) you may be experiencing a little bit of shopping...Read More
If you happen to have a cool grand or more to spend on a very special, one-of-a-kind gift for a rock fan in your life who you love a lot, we’ve just discovered maybe the coolest ever gift that will connect them to some of the biggest rock icons of our time. And also to help them keep get to places on time; something musicians are not always known for. The brand new Nixon Rock LTD Watch Collection, goes on sale in mid-November, and fuses music and fashion in such an amazingly cool way; they’re taking donated leather from some of the some major rock legends’ personal items and...Read More
Everything you need to know about Handmade at Amazon: Is it the Etsy competitor everyone says it is?
We started Cool Mom Picks shortly after Etsy launched, and we’ve been big fans ever since, discovering and happily sharing some of the coolest indie artisans and their handmade goods here on our site for nearly ten years now. So as huge supporters of the handmade movement and indie artist in general, it’s probably no surprise that our interest was piqued when Handmade at Amazon launched last week. So, we took a closer look to understand what it’s all about, and whether we think it’s something you’ll want to have on your radar, as a consumer, and for those...Read More
If you aren’t familiar with CHARM IT, the wildly popular charm bracelet brand for girls, then you haven’t ever browsed at the black hole of impulse purchase crack by the register at your favorite kids’ boutique. Well now there’s a fun, albeit temporary way to get your kids in on the action with Tattly’s CHARM IT Temporary Tattoo Party Set. My own girls first discovered it when they were lured over to the booth at the NY NOW gift fair last month for a sample. Instant hit. Are you surprised? Related: Metallic temporary tattoo jewelry, new from Tattly The premise is the...Read More
Once again, Martha Stewart has announced her American Made competition finalists and I always love supporting them. It’s such a great platform for smaller, indie makers to get more exposure, especially those producing wonderful products right here in the U.S. There are pages of 2015 finalists you guys! If you need a little help knowing where to start, here just a few (very few) of the dozens and dozens finalists who stood out to me in the categories of crafts, design, food and style. I’m sure I missed plenty more that I adore. In fact, let me know in comments if you have a favorite...Read More
As a New Yorker with strong emotions each year on 9/11 (not mention someone with a 9/11 birthday), I am acutely aware of how many of us are profoundly connected to today’s events, even 14 years later. I still leave the TV off all day, and I can’t watch any video of the towers falling. Seeing it live, once, was enough. And yet I found myself oddly comforted by the subtly beautiful WTC earrings by Andrea Panico of Pico Design and I really wanted to share them. Andrea grew up right across the Hudson from the towers, and as a jeweler who finds her inspiration from architecture (like her...Read More
This post is sponsored by Plenti. If you’ve been using our sponsor Plenti, or if you’re considering joining their rewards program (hey, it’s free to join after all), we thought we’d take you on a little virtual shopping trip through Macy’s. Why? Because it’s fun to spend virtual money. But it’s even more fun to imagine all the things we could save on there, after using Plenti points. There are so many terrific deals right now at Macy’s in time for fall shopping, so we’ve put together 10 fantastic items we’d love to get ourselves, all under $20. In other words,...Read More
While I may still be desperately combing the summer sales racks for swimsuits that fit my girls, I’ve also got an eye toward fall fashion, and I am so happy that CMP beloved maker, fashionABLE, has extended their line of wearable scarves into more fall-weight materials and added some cool new accessories, too. And not only do they help you look fantastic, you’ll feel fantastic knowing the women you’ve helped with your purchase. Here are some of my own favorites from the new collection. CMP is an rstyle affiliate The checked Assefa scarf comes in two beautifully muted palettes, while...Read More
I love going to my local flea market or browsing the rows of antique stores downtown to score some cool vintage finds for my house. There’s just something special about furniture that has history. Or, just having furniture that doesn’t come in a flat-packed box, to be honest. But honestly, how often do any of us get to spend our weekends at swap meets after having kids? Well now you can find very cool vintage finds at Chairish, an online marketplace where you can shop all kinds of vintage furniture, decor, and even jewelry and accessories from individual sellers and boutiques across the country. It’s been around...Read More
It’s time for the big Nordstrom sale, which means up to 40% off on lots of goodies I might have kept on my wish list for a whole lot longer. Here, my 5 favorite fashionable items I’m crushing on right now that I hope you love too. CMP is a reward style affiliate. 1. It’s no secret that I’m an MZ Wallace junkie and for good reason; the nylon makes them great all weather bags. For summer, I need something smaller and preferably brighter, which is why this gorgeous blue satchel caught my eye, especially since it can be worn as a...Read More
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