Tag: jewelry

Year-end charitable donations and purchases that put people to work

Before you close the books on 2014, there is still time to make a big difference in the lives of other people. Supporting an organization that gives people in need a chance to earn a living for themselves and their families is a great way to make your dollars matter, so I put together some favorites. Plus, for many of the organizations featured here, you can purchase something wonderful for yourself or friends and family as a way to support others. Of course the purchase of goods won’t be tax-deductible, like an outright donation. But we love any way that helps ensure great organizations like these will...

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The coolest jewelry and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2014

It’s no secret that we have a thing for jewelry, handbags, and accessories. Have you seen our own style Pinterest boards? Yeah. That’s a thing for sure. So after a whole year of browsing, shopping, curating, and pinning, we’ve pared it down to just a few favorite picks of the year from small companies we adore. Not that we don’t love big designer brands too; but if you’re in the market for a little something for yourself, considering giving one of these cool accessories a look. You might discover a new favorite. This is post is part of of our annual series...

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Stunning holiday jewelry gift ideas for under $75? We have tons.

Some women obsessively collect shoes or handbags, but for me it’s jewelry. It always fits (of course), and makes me feel polished no matter how raggedy the rest of me may be. I love giving jewelry as gifts, too, as it just seems to make everyone feel special. Luckily for you we made it easy to find some gorgeous steals in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop with a category solely dedicated to killer jewelry gifts all under $75. From statement cocktails rings and gemstones to initial pendants, here are some of my personal favorites from our collection, all made by so many independent artists we really love...

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Keepsake lockets from With You come with more than just a sentimental photo

The first thing I notice about the keepsake lockets from the brand new company, With You, is how pretty and sweet they are—in fact, we listed them as one of our holiday gift ideas for a special mother-in-law or grandmother in our gift guide this year. But I’m always a sucker for a good backstory, and co-founder Mikki’s Story brought me to tears. Mikki designed  her first locket for her sister’s wedding. She placed a picture of their father, who had passed away a few years earlier, inside the anklet as a way to let him “walk” her sister down the aisle. (I warned you about the tears.) That...

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Beautiful personalized jewelry ideas that you can still get in time for Christmas

We love personalized jewelry which makes such a special gift, but buying personalized jewelry–or personalized anything, really–also means planning ahead, especially at the holidays. And hey, sometimes we parents aren’t able to look further ahead than what we’ve planned for tonight’s dinner. So I did some planning for you and put together some wonderful personalized jewelry options with all the last order dates for holiday shipping. Of course there are some rush shipping opportunities for a little extra too. Hey, we’re all about making you (and someone very lucky in your life) look good.   Stacking rings are so popular these days, and these cool ones...

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The very best Black Friday deals around the web: Stay in your PJs when you shop!

If you’re looking for the best Black Friday Deals from retailers both big and small (you know, the ones who can’t afford to buy huge ads) we have the biggest and best deals and discount codes here. Plus, we’ll be updating it with new Black Friday sale info as the day goes on, so keep checking back and follow us on Twitter (what, you’re not already?) to keep up as well. Also, don’t forget we have tons of great discount codes from small businesses in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, all good through the end of the year. Happy holiday shopping! And...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. You guys! A hashtag necklace under $50. Our work is done. 2. One of our favorites from Top Chef visited our site this week to share her favorite app. So cool. 3. 14 of the best YouTube (this means fun!) videos for kids. 4. A coupon app that might be the easiest way to find coupons and save money when you shop. 5. We found safe headphones for kids that just so happen to...

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10 hot designer accessories under $100 that make awesome holiday gifts. (We can’t believe we found them either.)

It used to be that the idea of designer accessories under $100 was an oxymoron, but these days it’s increasingly not the case. Personally, I’m polyamorous–when it comes to my accessories that is–because if it looks fabulous, I don’t really care what name is on it. But that doesn’t mean I’ll turn my nose down at a great piece from big name designer, especially when it doesn’t break the bank. Here, I’ve scoured the web and found ten really hot designer accessories all under $100 that will make perfect holiday gifts for designer-name lovers or equal-opportunity accessorizers like me.     Kate...

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To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives.

Recently I was honored to attend the ONE.org Girls & Women Initiative’s AYA Summit, in which my eyes were opened to so many remarkable ways that people devote their lives to women and girls around the world who are disproportionately affected by poverty. One of the women I was amazingly impressed with is Jane Mosbacher Morris, who cut her teeth in the counterterrorism department of the State Department (whoa), then turned her life towards humanitarian action with a focus on woman’s issues, and in particular, anti-human trafficking. She also happens to have great style and a sharp mind for business. So you can see how this is all coming together. This week I’m so...

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12 cool STEM gifts for girls. (And hey, for boys too.)

With a STEM-loving daughter (and STEAM as it’s now being called by some, because yay Arts too!), you can bet I’m always on the hunt for cool STEM gifts for girls. And, while we’ve come a long way in the last few years, I still find that great ones can be tough to find. Just take a look at the racks at clothing stores and toy shops. Eep. I know I’m not the only one who sees awesome science or computer tees filed under “boys” and thinks, hey-0 my daughter would love that! So on behalf of our sponsor GoldieBlox, who launched three...

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Architectural jewelry for women and girls. Because jewelry can be educational.

Your little girl might be too young to wield a power saw, but she can learn to appreciate the craft of woodworking at any age with, of all things, tiny architectural jewelry. I’m impressed by the Joinery Series earrings from Pico Design, which is designed to introduce girls to the concept of wood joinery. Four pairs of sterling silver studs featuring miter, dado, rabbet, and tongue and groove joints, all from Andrea Panico, an industrial-turned-jewelry designer and mother of a six-year-old daughter. She’s on a mission to teach young girls about technical concepts in architecture and design and this is such a cool way...

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Our favorite scarves and accessories that give back now give back to you, with a huge sale

It’s been two years almost to the date that I first visited Ethiopia and got to know some of the amazing women behind FashionABLE , making me instantly committed to helping the company with their mission to offer a living wage, medical care, education, and dignity to women in need. In fact, I’m wearing my Genet scarf this very second. Not even kidding. However FashionABLE has been around twice as long as I’ve known them, and in celebration of their fourth birthday they’re having a huge sale. As in, everything in the shop is up to 45% off for four days. Starting today, find...

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Faery of Tales: Keepsake fairy tale jewelry from storybooks, not animated movies.

I think the ultimate 2014 holiday gift for a whole lot of girls may have just hit the scene. And not too surprisingly, it’s themed around fairy tales. With Frozen mania showing no sign of subsiding, I am seeing renewed interest in the original fairy tales everywhere; on the runways, in theaters with movies like Maleficent and Into the Woods, even as a theme at a recent holiday tech press event. (Yeah, a little strange to see Red Riding Hood handing out flash drives.) So even this sometimes princess-averse mama is capitvated by the limited edition Faery of Tales fine jewelry line which features...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. Now this gorgeous necklace is our kind of hashtag. 2. Organize your iPhone camera roll once and for all with this awesome app. 3. If you’re thinking about upgrading, here are helpful tips (and ways) to sell your old iPhone. 4. A travel charger that’s really hard to lose. Stylish, too. 5. Here’s a fun smart phone case for you Star Wars fans....

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Navajo-inspired accessories with a modern twist: this fall’s big trend

This fall we’re loving the patterns and details in fashion inspired by iconic Navajo art and textures and those that bring to life other tribal imagery. Leather, turquoise, feathers, fringe and those bold geometric patterns are statements that can work for everyone, even if you’re strolling down a city sidewalk. (In fact, we’ve seen that very thing!) I’ve collected some of my favorite Navajo-inspired accessories here that I’ve been seeing around the web. They’re absolutely stunning, and I’m tempted to max out my credit card to get one of each if I can’t choose a favorite. Editor’s Note: please be aware of one important thing when shopping: Under 1990’s Indian...

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The 2014 Martha Stewart American Made award finalists: A few of our favorite shops worth voting for

We are thrilled that Martha Stewart is again shining a spotlight on those gifted American makers who brings us so many gorgeous items to decorate our homes, dress our babies, and beautify our lives through the 2014 American Made awards. And now it’s time for you to vote for the Audience Choice Winner  from over 1,000 finalists. That $10,000 prize could go a long way towards helping one of your favorite American companies succeed. Though you can vote up to six times in a 24 hour period from now until October 13th, good luck narrowing your votes down to only six companies....

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Finally, a thumbprint that you won’t want to wipe away

Thumbprints, fingerprints, paw prints, nose prints, maybe even a butt print–not mine, of course. My curious kids tend to leave their unique mark on every bit of glass they come across, and no amount of Windex in the world can keep up. With these pretty pendants, however, you’ll have one perfect thumbprint that you’ll want to keep with you always, especially since those little thumbs will one day be big thumbs. These elegant thumbprint necklaces are the perfect gift for moms, dads, and grands, no Windex required. Canadian artisans at Jewel.re will send you an impression kit to take a highly detailed...

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I want to see you be brave: Kids’ jewelry to help them feel strong

Going to school can be an adventure for many kids, but I know firsthand what it’s like to have a preschooler clinging to my leg and begging me not to leave her. If you too are feeling like back-to-school–or any change in your kids’ lives lately–has been causing more anxiety than excitement, check out this new kids’ jewelry that will help remind you both of the power of a little courage and support. Created by mama Sandy Magura, the silver-plated Brave bracelets are sold in packages of two; one for your child and one for you. It’s a reminder to her that you aren’t...

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7 of our favorite Made in the USA gifts just in time for Labor Day

If you’ve read our site for any length of time, then you know that American-made products are our heart and soul; celebrating them (and the indie makers behind them) is actually one of the reasons we started Cool Mom Picks in the first place. It’s why we love having our own Cool Mom Picks indie shop at Great.ly, which allows us to support local, indie artisans in another way. So, in honor of Labor Day, we rounded up some of our favorite American-made goodies featured in our indie shop. Whether you’re looking for a special treat for yourself, someone close to you, or just want to get...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 cool Pinterest pins plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. 6 school lunch ideas beyond sandwiches. It’s that time, parents. 2. A sweet DIY family necklace craft to help make the first day of preschool easier on kids. 3. Hitting the road this weekend? Load up the iPad with these cool math apps for kids. Bonus: They’re fun. 4. Our pick for the hottest studs for fall. (And no, we’re not talking about Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Sorry!)....

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