Whether you had the Valentine’s Day you always dreamed of last week or ended the day looking forward to the annual February 15th Chocolate Sale, here’s one gift you can happily give yourself: pretty leather wrap bracelets. I love that each one is made in a Brika collaboration between leather aficionado Mariah of Btwn Wind & Water, and metal expert T of Upper Metal Class. The end result is striking, with a simple elegance that works just as well with jeans and a tee as it does with a little black dress. And at just $25 each, consider getting a few–the...Read More
My obsession with indie designer bag and accessory label Hayden-Harnett is getting–well, a little obsessive. And these new clutches are an amazing gift for the stylish women on your list, especially at a sale price this week only. Through Sunday, save 25% on the new wallets, including this fabulous leather Bardot Pouch with python print. I’m having trouble choosing between the solid practical black (always my inclination), a poppy fun green, or the more daring multi colored python print. Considering the price is already good at $58 but drops down to $44 with the discount, maybe I don’t have to choose...Read More
I’ve been smitten with Wunway since I discovered their lovely, non-hoochie clothes (it’s true) for girls earlier this year. It’s no surprise I’m loving their new collection of girls clothes, but since my 9-year old picks out her own outfits these days, I thought I’d let her browse the website and share her own 7 favorites and why she loves them. I promise, I didn’t edit her one bit. Bellanie tutu skirt (above): The length of this skirt is so unique and not like other skirts of its kind. Etoiles top: 100% cotton means it’s very soft (What? That’s...Read More
Three years ago, a small company was founded that would forever change the lives of so many women and mothers in Ethiopia. You may already know how much we love FashionABLE, their beautiful handmade scarves and leather goods, and everything they’re doing to bring women out of poverty to create better lives for themselves. Now it’s time to celebrate their third birthday in style, with a super awesome sale this week only. Starting today, FashionABLE will be celebrating three years with a sale on every beautiful item in their shop including their new fall collection. Every writer from Cool Mom Picks got one...Read More
As much as I’m often running out of the house in my mom uniform of a button down shirt, jeans and ankle boots, I still love to keep up with the style trends, particularly when they’re ones I can easily fit into my existing wardrobe. Even if you’re not a big metallic fan like I am, there are simple ways to add a splash of golden shine into your life for fall, whether it’s a little sparkle for everyday wear, or big fat bling for a date night. Either way, you’ll want to be sure you’re not covered in...Read More
Anyone who knows me knows I love FashionABLE. And I am entirely, 100% biased. I’ve visited the factory in Ethiopia, I’ve seen firsthand how their gorgeous scarves are helping at-risk women rebuild their lives, I’m currently living in their Genet Scarf (oh man, it’s awesome), and I bought out half their store for holiday gifts last year. So of course I’m so excited to let you know that they’ve just launched a whole new line of leather goods, expanding the opportunities they can provide to women. In collaboration with the Modern Zege, a leading leather manufacturer in Addis Ababa, gorgeous...Read More
If the baby I’m having next month is anything like me, the kid will appreciate a really good pair of shoes. (I’ve already passed that gene onto my daughter, who clamors for any beautiful pair of heels she sees.) I find most people focus on the baby clothes, but adorable shoes really make the outfit. And in the case of this Etsy shop I discovered? That cute romper set from Grandma might go unnoticed if Baby is wearing these. Sorry, Grandma! Warning: Visiting the Ajalor shop on Etsy will either make you want to have another baby stat, or you’ll...Read More
If you’re thinking about some splurge-y accessories or gifts that you can easily justify for fab craftsmanship, super practicality, and timeless elegance, I may have found just the thing. I am so happy to have discovered the gorgeous leather goods from YUE, which range from office-ready leather envelopes for papers or thin tablets to naturally tanned backpacks that are ready to hit the road this summer and never ask once, Are we there yet? It’s that easy, no-fuss styling that’s often hard to find outside leather markets in European capitals. Although, yeah, you’re going to pay for that...Read More
Discovering Melissa Zook jewelry last year was the best thing to happen to my wrist since…I don’t know. Something else good that happened to my wrist. I immediately splurged on one of this Brooklyn artist’s black leather cuff bangles and not only have I worn it nearly daily ever since, the compliments don’t stop coming. Now there’s some new items in the shop I am wanting big time. First off, her leather cuff bracelets now come in colors that are so great for the warmer weather when more black goes back in the closet. Use the light grey as...Read More
There’s a reason why we keep coming back to raven+ lily. Between their gorgeous baubles and the wonderful cause they support, you just can’t go wrong. And that’s still the case with these new earrings for spring. We’ve featured their affordable leather earrings before, but now the shop has added a few cool new designs to the mix, in particular the Zia Gold Vine earrings, which are made with locally sourced leather by marginalized women in North India. And we love that proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for women and children in this community. All the more...Read More
A passport case is one of those small indulgences I’ve always wanted but it never seemed necessary. But with a few international trips under my belt recently, and seeing how ratty mine is getting compared with my kids’ less-used passports, I’m ready to the take plunge. This snake-print leather passport case at Hayden and Harnett is calling my name. The snake pattern is so cool right now—but don’t worry. It’s not a real snake. Heck, if you’re going to have a real snake passport holder you’d better have killed it, skinned it and tanned it yourself. (Too much?) ...Read More
You’d have to know that the Chinese Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10, would be the perfect excuse for designers to get down with some snakeskin prints. Which is perhaps why we’re starting to see the print everywhere, including this one unexpected place: the Converse shop. The Chuck Taylor Year of the Snake line includes some really fabulous styles for both women and men in the Converse “Premium” category. In other words, $100 sneakers. But what awesome $100 sneakers they are. The pricey ones are real snakeskin on a leather upper (I’m crushing on the tawny...Read More
Metallic feather-look earrings crafted from leather? Yes, please. The style is super cool and party-perfect. Even better, these earrings look ridiculously expensive, but only cost 24 bucks. But wait, there’s something more amazing about them. Raven + Lily is a longtime favorite of ours, for their beautiful items and their goal to empower women through design In keeping with that, these earrings are each handcrafted by marginalized women in India, using locally sourced leather. The proceeds go straight back to these women, in the form of literacy programs for them, their children, and their community.This holiday season, I can’t...Read More
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...Read More
You never forget your first pair of Docs. And I imagine you’ll never forget your first Doc Martens bag that melds their steadfast styling with the gorgeous fabrics of Liberty London. Who said punk couldn’t be pretty? When two British style institutes merge, you know the product is going to be impressive. We love the new bags by Doc Martens and Liberty London, so much that one of our editors already bought one–and that’s without a discount code. There are four bags in the Doc Martens x Liberty collection, two large satchels and two medium satchels. Each bag is...Read More
Don’t even get me started on the hassle of shoe shopping for kids. The second my son started walking last month, I knew we were in for a new pair of shoes every couple of months, just like I had done for his older brother. But then I discovered a new shoe brand that expands along with your tot’s ever-growing tootsies and I’m smitten. The idea behind Shupeas, a new collection of expandable baby shoes that fit sizes 3 to 24 months, is pretty genius. Thanks to some strategic straps and Velcro, you are able to custom fit the...Read More
Not everyone gets excited about cool passport holders. But I do. While I’m not the most organized of people in my normal, day-to-day life, I turn into an organizational queen when my family travels, so I’m always on the lookout for organizational tools so amazing, I might actually get to relax a little. All the better if said tools are upcycled and totally gorgeous. Poketo’s Upcycled Leather Passport Holders will do the job quite nicely. These sleek cases are handmade entirely from leather of vintage sofas. Cool right? The results are textured collages, and no two are the same. Kind of a...Read More
My summer wardrobe uniform remains the same season after season–flowy skirt, plain tee, and chunky cuff–all of which I update with a few trendy pieces. Take a peek at what I have my eye on right now to complete the outfits! This gorgeous circle cuff by designer Mimi Jung of LA-based Brook & Lyn is an eye-catching piece that’s completely hand molded from saddle leather. I love the simple nude circle centerpiece which stands out against the black, making this super versatile for night or day as well as summer or fall, though I’m digging the stencil pair cuff as well;...Read More
I fully admit to being something of a bag addict. I have a closet full of every style, shape and designer you can imagine. But that doesn’t mean I ever stop looking and purchasing yet another one. For Mother’s Day, there’s a bag from Longchamp that has my name written all over it—literally. The custom Longchamp bags from one of our favorite French accessory labels are practical, chic and totally personalized for your tastes. I’m having a hard time deciding which style I want to order, or um have my husband order for me. On one hand, there’s the...Read More
I love my Baggu bags so much that I’ve been tempted to use them as actual handbags, especially with all the junk I schlep around in my purse. Well, now I can actually do it without having to compromise my love for a swanky bag. The new Baggu leather bag is the same shape as their popular reusable shopping bags, just much fancier. Made from super soft leather, you get the laidback feel of a less-structured bag but with loads of style. I’m partial to the Platinum myself, which I think adds some flair to what might seem like...Read More
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