Tag: retro

Arne Clausen: Looking pretty awesome for 126, right?

As I approach 35, I realize that I need to face the facts: I am a full-on grown-up. But as I look around our house, I realize that some of our decor and family habits don’t reflect this fact. Knowing that I want to be the family with the pitcher of milk–not the carton–on the breakfast table, I set out on a quest to find just the right piece; the one that said responsible, together, and happy. I think I found it at the Brooklyn-based LEIF webshop. My ideal sugar and creamer set is fresh, clean, cheery and oh-so-mature–much like everything in this gorgeous shop. This beautiful...

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Cool unicorn clothes for girls who are obsessed with uh….unicorns

I remember keeping a certain unicorn tee in heavy rotation when I was about nine, so girls’ obsession for unicorns is hardly new. If you know what I’m talking about, I’ve tracked down some cool unicorn clothes for girls out there to satisfy any girl who dreams of flying off into the night with one. Or wait–is that a pegasus? I’m  loving the handmade-to-order unicorn hoodie hoodie from a cool little Etsy boutique (pictured above). It may not make it into the everyday rotation, but with unicorn horn, mane and tail attached to a super-soft micro-fleece hoodie, our girls would race for it when they need something to throw over a sundress...

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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 tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. An awesome wireless speaker that does so much more than blast your tunes. 2. Coolest iPad accessory ever. 3. We’re loving this new feature on one of our favorite photo editing sites. 4. You won’t believe what someone did with upcycled vintage toys. We want all of them! 5. Don’t miss these smart tips that could save you from a worst case tech...

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High-waisted bikinis: The summer trend that has us channeling our inner ’50s pinups.

High-waisted bikinis are trending in a big way this summer for women, and we’re loving the fun retro vibe that has us channeling our inner Brigitte Bardot. (In our dreams, we know.) Those of us with less-than-flat abs are excited for the extra forgiveness that comes with the coverage, and many of these styles have nice ruching to hide that donut (or three) that we may sometimes sneak in after the kids have gone to bed. It’s also a great option for women with longer torsos, as it makes your core look not quite so long. One tip for this trend: some...

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Web Coolness: Children as women through history, the history of pink, and the case for not “leaning in.”

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we all have.   This fun photo series models children as great female role models through history. [h/t buzzfeed] Speaking of which, Happy 80th birthay to Jane Goodall! Did we get you with this April Fool’s joke on Cool Mom Tech? (Sorry!) Why people associate pink with girls. (For the record, we’ve always thought boys look great in pink.) A case for not leaning in and more sanity in our lives. Top children’s book authors and illustrate protest excessive school testing, including...

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Ceramic dishes that make it a mod mod mod mod world.

Gray skies, dirty snow, and drippy slush of winter? I reject you. Give me color and shine! Especially if it arrives in the form of these vibrant, mod, ceramic dishes by Ceramica Botanica. Handcrafted in Texas by Susan Rodriguez, each ceramic work of art is hand built of clay and decorated with stencils and slips before firing to a food-safe shine. The artist calls the collection Modern Retro. We call it deliciously bright. Imagine the black and white bowl filled with apples and oranges.   We kind of want everything at this shop. And there’s a lot, so that’s saying...

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DIY cross-stitch patterns meet pop culture? Inconceivable.

Of course we love Westley, even in tiny yarn form. But it doesn’t stop with the crew from The Princess Bride. Whatever your favorite iconic movie is, chances are, the adorable Wee Little Stitches shop on Etsy has a DIY cross-stitch pattern and instructions ready for instant download. In fact there are more than 100, from the geeky to the 80s to a custom design of your family. So grab your needle, you’re going to need it. Does anybody want a peanut? Check out patterns from Star Wars and Doctor Who, to Labyrinth and the Goonies with a quirky shot of The...

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You guys can see the Snuffleupagus, too, right?

I still remember how frustrating it was when the adults on Sesame Street couldn’t see fuzzy, lovable Snuffy, and Big Bird always got in trouble for whatever trouble that big, clumsy critter caused. Boy, was I glad I didn’t have an imaginary friend — or a sibling! But I always believed in the Snuffleupagus. And I still do. Don’t you? These sweet I Believe in Snuffleupagus shirts and onesies by Hot Mess T-Shirts and available at Babesta let everyone from the tiniest baby to the biggest kid get in on the Snuffy fandom. Choose from 100% cotton onesies in sizes 3 to 18 months,...

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Is it ever too early to introduce your kids to Saved by the Bell?

Ah, the 90s. It was a time of tight-rolled jeans and cell phones the size of a couch cushion. But we will always have a soft spot for the TV shows that kept us company after school every night. If you loved Saved by the Bell, Full House, and Rainbow Brite as much as we did, get ready to relive it all with cute shirts for babies who have never heard of Screech and Slater.  Time out, mamas. Ro Sham Bo Baby has an adorable line of super soft 90s TV baby shirts that rock harder than Zack Attack. And...

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Unique nursery decor ideas: vintage toys galore

If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy.  Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating! Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing...

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A black and white striped bracelet that means the ’80s are back, and coming to a wrist near you

I am so happy that black and white clothes are back on trend, never having entirely given up my love for that look a few decades back. So of course I love this strikingly simple black and white bracelet from one of my favorite brands.      The Marimekko Juna Bracelet is a lightweight resin, but with enough chunk that it makes a stylish impression. Wear it on its own, or go nuts and pair it with the teal and black striped bracelet to match. I think it would look great with all black and white, or even with a strong statement color...

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

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 5S, 5C, and iOS7. Hint: It’s pretty exciting! 2. This phone is taking us back. Waaaaaay back. Did you desperately want one as a teen like we did? 3. You will be so glad you bought this amazing universal USB charger. Trust us. 4. If you’re list makers like us (and use an iPhone), you’ve got to see these! 5. We can’t decide which of these smartphone cases we like...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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Black and white for babies. (You were expecting pink and blue perhaps?)

With black and white back as a hot trend this fall, my eye went right to these super cute handmade baby onesies and accessories on a very cool Etsy shop that’s new to us. At Mabelretro, you’ll find all kinds of fun, vintage-inspired baby clothes, from 40’s-era diaper covers to baby spat booties and dribble bibs that look like old sailor collars. Every single item is handmade by Andrea in Vancouver and it’s hard to pick a favorite. But I’m definitely digging the fun collared onesies, especially in bold black and white patterns that we know are best for an...

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The only thing better than a cupcake? A cupcake tucked into this gift box.

It’s still a little toasty outside for me to consider baking, but I’m busy lining up recipes for when the temperature takes a dive. And because I usually bake more than my family can eat, I’m also collecting creative ideas for sharing my wares with friends and neighbors. One of the top finds on my list: The printable retro oven cupcake boxes from Claudine Hellmuth’s Etsy shop. Just download the PDF files, gather the materials on her list, print and assemble. Plus, there’s a link to a super detailed how-to video. You can even omit the cupcake tray and...

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A Muppets birthday party with vintage cool

Back when my daughter was a toddler, the only show she’d watch was the Muppets Show. Let’s just say Kermit and Miss Piggy got me many a quiet shower, and to them, I’m mighty grateful. These days, there’s no shortage of awesome Muppets paraphenalia, like Muppets artwork, cool t-shirts, even iPhone cases. If only I had this fun birthday party decor back when she was little and begging me for a Muppets party. We’ve been long time fans of the Mary Had a Little Party shop on Etsy, and now, our love has grown even stronger thanks to the...

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Fab vintage-style posters to feed your travel fantasies

Israel, London, Venice, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Trinidad, Hawaii–I absolutely loved traveling in my younger years. Though I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything, let’s face it: world travel is not simple (or cheap) when parenthood enters the picture. These days, it seems the farthest I get away is the annual family trek to the Jersey Shore. Happily I’ve found a wonderful way to satisfy my culture-hungry eyes.  The gorgeous retro-vibe prints in the World Travel poster collection from the Anderson Design Group is where it’s at (and where I wish I could be). Their vintage-style travel posters have a fab...

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Muppets go modern with the coolest prints for your nursery

Of all my parenting achievements, I’m particularly proud that I’ve passed on a love for The Muppets to my own three kids. And now that they carry their own torch for Kermit, Beaker, and Fozzie Bear, I think they’ll love decorating their rooms with some very cool, very style-forward prints of the gang. Designed by London’s The Retro Inc, our iconic Muppets friends have gone through a mod makeover of sorts, and I just love the results. Grab a trio of your favorite characters for only $10, and the 5×7″ prints will be shipped to you. Or, if you can’t...

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It’s fun, it’s a wonderful toy.

I am absolutely fascinated with these posters, which bring classic toys to life in new…or old ways really, by use of vintage patent drawings. The Slinky Poster from art collective Oliver Gal might be my favorite, with it’s 40’s-era textbook style industrial drawings. It seems like a parody at first, only it’s not at all. There’s also a LEGO toy figure from 1979, the original LEGO brick from 1961, a Mr. Potato Head, and then another series of faux blueprints inspired by architectural drawings. But grab them quick–they’re on sale at Fab only another day or two.   They’re...

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Say cheese. This fun LEGO Polaroid “camera” has us grinning.

Summertime is serious LEGO time around here. The kids and I are always looking for novel ways to enhance LEGO play. So I’m really digging this new LEGO hack (meaning it’s not an official LEGO product, but it’s officially fun). This groovy “camera” comes from LEGO wizard Chris McVeigh. It takes ninety-nine pieces of brick-building goodness, and some sweet Instagram-y looking decals really seal the deal.  Although the camera doesn’t actually work (well, duh), it’s fantastic for imaginative play. My favorite part? It even has an ejectable photo tile. Who knows? Maybe the next edition will sport some working parts....

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