Tag: leather

Gathre’s bonded leather playmats are wipeable, waterproof, and so chic.

I can still vividly remember the playdate I had for my toddler the same week we laid new carpet in our house. You know where this is going, right? Within minutes, the mom’s mega-venti-grande-whatever coffee was all over the place. And yes, the stain is still there. What would have saved me then — and the countless other times my kids or their friends have made a mess all over the floor — are these chic bonded leather playmats by Gathre. These simple, waterproof leather mats are so pretty…and so functional! They can be used for everything from a picnic blanket to a...

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Crazy cat ladies? We’ve found our handbag!

I’ve just discovered the cutest new handbag, The Kinsley Kat, and it’s likely to be pouncing to the top of a few of our accessory wish lists for spring. Designer Sylvia Soo created this adorable clutch for her young niece, but its understated styling (and not so understated price) makes it a lot more versatile than your average tween/teen animal accessory. I can picture it as a clutch that complements a little black dress for a full-grown woman with more whimsical style, but it could also look great worn with the optional strap and jeans if you’re going for a more everyday look. I also love...

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The Originals: Freshly Picked baby moccasins by Susan Petersen

Next up in our series The Originals, in which we honor makers whose original designs are so wonderful that we start seeing knock-offs everywhere, features a longtime favorite of ours, mom and designer Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked. We fell in love with her adorable, handmade leather baby mocs about four years ago, before she hit it big with Shark Tank, before she had a zillion different colors and styles, before she was making larger sizes and a few coordinating accessories, and certainly before she was making trompe l’oeil pepperoni pizza moccasins or kitten face moccasins. (Really.) Top photo:  Jessica Shyba...

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Freshly Picked Moccasins for kids and babies get funky for spring

When we I first met Susan Petersen four years ago and discovered her start-up Freshly Picked Moccasins — well, wow. We knew her totally handmade in the US moccasins were truly special. What we didn’t know is that her brand would grow into a major empire with oh, like a hundred zillion Instagram fans and a whole catalog of styles and accessories, thanks in part to a successful appearance on Shark Tank. We also didn’t know that we would end up with so many pitches from brands completely knocking off Susan’s designs so closely, they get an instant delete from me. (You know who you are, ahem.)...

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5 fashionable things I’m coveting right now

With all this warmer weather, I can practically taste spring, which means slowly putting away the sweaters and boots and maybe, just maybe, getting ready to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe. The kind that aren’t designed primarily to keep me warm and dry. After poking around my favorite online shops, here are 5 fashionable items  I’m crushing on right now that I hope you love too. -Kristen CMP is an rstyle affiliate   1. I know, I know, it’s hardly time for sandals. But I’m all about being prepared should it happen warm up sooner than expected. Wishful thinking?...

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Our favorite Hayden-Harnett cuff bracelets, now 75% off! That’s your cue to shop.

Editor’s note: Post updated with new sample sale link on June 25, 2015. Happy shopping! If you want to score an amazing deal on one of our favorite accessories that we pretty much wear every single day, hurry over to the Hayden-Harnett sale section. Their cool leather cuff bracelets are marked down all under $25, which is a huge savings considering they’re usually $98. Yes, you read that correctly.   I have Liz to blame for making me a Hayden-Harnett fan, and since discovering them a few years ago, I keep an eye on their sales because the deals are pretty...

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These bags are so clutch

Sometimes I will spring to come through my accessory purchases, and right now, I’m eyeing the colorful new leather clutch bags from local label Campos. While I love the metallics–my go-to when I’m not stocking up on even more black (don’t judge me)–I am actually raising an eyebrow at the pretty lemon yellow, ballet pink, and mint green. I’m thinking this could be the retail version of light therapy that can beat my awful winter ennui that always sets in for me about this time every year. Maybe? Possibly? The small clutch bag is great too, but I really like the large clutch bags, which, at 10-inches...

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It’s a tote bag. It’s a backpack. It’s at the top of our Christmas wish lists.

Some days, when I leave the house in the morning I may not be back until after dinner, so I need to carry it all: Laptop, kids’ practice uniforms, snacks and toys to keep the kid waiting at said practice happy—you know how it is, right? The Ashton bag by the altruistic State Bags (who we discovered last year) is now available at our Cool Mom Picks indie shop and we’re so happy about it. This one is definitely on my wish list as a stylish, versatile tote bag for my busy schedule. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation....

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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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Our gift to you: The most gorgeous indie accessories and fashionable accents for less

When we first opened up the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop a few months ago, we were so excited to get to support so many of the indie makers and artists we’ve loved for years, while getting a chance to discover new ones. But what’s been even more fantastic is the reception we’ve gotten from our reader–wow, do you mamas have great taste! So we’re so excited that great.ly wants to thank you all with a fantastic limited time offer: This week only, every item in our fashion + accessories collection ships for free.  Whoo! Update: April, 2015: Now everything in the shop ships for free...

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Don’t hate the cold. Love Winter.

The hardest person to keep warm in winter always seems to be the baby–they’re just too small to layer too much, and I hate trying to wrangle them into a coat. So other than layers of baby blankets, I turn to hats, booties, and mittens. This year I’m already obsessing about the Love Winter line of warm winter accessories for toddlers I just discovered from Elks & Angels.     The Love Winter hats, booties, and mittens are each available in almond, pink, or grey Australian sheepskin leather, accented with shearling wool, and they are sooooo soft. Seriously, this is pure luxury for your smallest family members....

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The new FashionABLE fall line has us ready for cooler climes. Yes, it’s just that good.

I’m pretty sure my closet looks like a FashionABLE storefront, so now that scarf weather is around the corner, you can bet I’ve got my eye on the new FashionABLE fall line, which just so happens to be exclusively at Great.ly for a limited time. Add in free shipping for the rest of the weekend, and there is just no reason to wait. We’ve stocked the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at Great.ly with all of our favorites from the new FashionABLE fall line. And don’t forget about the not new, not fall items in there either. Seriously, those leather bracelets are killer in any...

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The Mamuye Bag from FashionABLE is the leather tote that feels divine – and so will you

I know, I know – this is going to turn into the FashionABLE blog if they don’t stop coming out with gorgeous, very wearable handmade accessories that help support the women in Ethiopia who made them. Recently we introduced you to their new leather wrap bracelets, and we were thrilled to see  how many of you snatched up the affordable bracelets–sometimes three or four at a time for layering. (Nice!)  Now they’re out with a new leather tote that is so amazing, even I was impressed when I saw it in person. And I’m pretty picky with my leather....

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Feeling foxy

Okay, so maybe sloths are the new hedgehogs, which are the new foxes–but foxes are still the new owls and that counts for something. Also, we like foxes. So of course we’re totally smitten with these cute Say Fox Purses. It is such a ridiculously cute gift for your favorite tween or ironic tween, or just for the young at heart.   The leather purses are handmade in Minnesota and the price is just amazing. I also think it’s absolutely perfect how well the shape is suited to a fox. Although with the narwhal coming up fast and furiously as a contender...

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Leather wrap bracelets with a big heart to help little hearts

I’ve been deeply committed to supporting FashionABLE since visiting them in Ethiopia on a humanitarian trip with ONE nearly two years ago. These guys get it right, producing gorgeous handmade scarves and accessories that are not only incredibly wearable, but they get the women of Addis Ababa off the streets, train them in a viable career, and help with education and medical expenses so the artists can support themselves and their families with dignity. Today they’ve introduced some lovely, affordable leather wrap bracelets that are not only on trend with all the gorgeous wrap bracelets we’re stacking up our wrists right now, they do so much...

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New Baggu leather bags feel like a breath of fresh spring air

Well, Baggu has certainly come a long way since we first discovered their durable, stylish reusable nylon totes back in (eep) 2008. The collection has grown to include so many gorgeous styles and colors, and now Baggu leather bags are fast becoming a staple of the collection. In addition to the original Leather Baggu, they’ve introduced accessories ranging from an $18 leather coin purse to a small leather clutch in fun spring colors (shown at top). Affordable Mother’s Day gift perhaps? The 8″ leather pouch would be a great staple in my existing tote, to stash my earbuds, phone charger,...

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Trend Alert: Leather Wrap Bracelets – 8 of the coolest styles for spring

Leather wrap bracelets are so hot right now and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t go anywhere soon. It’s the right balance of casual, fun, and a little edgy, and you can pull it off whatever your style. Especially since multi-layered bracelets are really in right now (check out Kristen’s swanky arm on our Instagram feed) and bracelets that already wrap around a few times make it even easier to pull off. Wear one of these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets on their own, or layer with a few other coordinating pieces around your wrist. Or hey–not so coordinating. That’s what’s...

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The new Coach bags: The coolest of colorblock for spring

Ooh, how the new Coach bags are tempting me this spring. I’ve loved the whole colorblock trend even before it was hot, which means I’ve got lots of pieces I can pull right out of my closet and wear in a snap. But these stylish handbags are giving me a little something new to freshen up my wardrobe. I’m a little obsessed with stripes, but you don’t have to be to fall immediately in love with the Coach Borough bag. It’s one of the coolest and most chic of the new Coach bags, let alone any of the black and white bags I’ve...

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These blingy baby booties are made for walking

We’re head over smoochable, pudgy heels for these soft and sweet heirloom leather baby moccasins that will make tiny toes look like blingy candy. And our pals at Freshly Picked make baby moccasins in suede and metallics, too, in case you’re a little more low-key. When I was a kid, heirloom meant “your grandmother will kill me if I throw this ugly thing away.”  As applied to these amazing, butter-soft moccasins, it means “built to last and look beautiful doing it.” Each pair of baby booties is handmade of durable leather, and made to stay on the sweet feet of...

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The chic new bags from Brit-Stitch. When you’ve outgrown the need to carry your entire life in your bag.

As many things as I miss about having little ones, I love that I can now leave the house with little more than my phone, wallet, keys, and maybe an emergency lollipop for the kids. This means I can also revert back to my smaller handbags more frequently than date nights. And the new bags from Brit-Stitch are a gorgeous new option for spring. Taking a very strong cue from the original Cambridge Satchel, and the myriad traditional British satchel bags that are so popular now, Brit-Stitch adds something new to the purse party with a selection of make-your-own...

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