Tag: retro

Vintage paper dolls that feel right at home on your couch

When I was a young girl, my favorite pastime was playing with paper dolls. I loved dressing them up and creating stories with each of them. I think it’s great that they have made such a comeback into toys and decor because my own daughter loves them as much as I did. These vintage paper doll pillows hail from one of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite little shops, Baby Gardner, and are the perfect accent for accessorizing a little girls bedroom or play space.  Betty and Sally originate from an authentic 1940s paper doll set and are now dressed up in...

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Take a hike, kid.

Keep it simple is my personal motto. So l get an extra kick when I see simple meet clever. And a little bit of cute doesn’t hurt either.  Canadian “picturemaker” Terry Irwin achieves all of the above with his funky retro vibed prints and I am really digging these designs. This lil’ hiker print is a clear winner to jazz up a kids room. Makes you want to step out for a brisk morning walk and take on the day doesn’t it? I also happen to love Terry’s happy monster kids’ prints. That would solve some bedtime issues here. See? They are...

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Cool vintage toys, gifts, and clothes for kids, all in one place

When I had my first daughter almost eight years ago, I decided that my gift to each of my children would be to start a collection of some kind. And so, whenever I’m at an antique show or making my weekly Etsy rounds, I look for the perfect items to add to their collections– from old vintage pretzel tins from the Quinlan company (my daughter’s first name) to vintage Fisher Price fire truck toys for my son.  So of course I was instantly drawn to the well-curated Wary Meyers Kids Shop, which is chock full of some of the...

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Pretty cameras fit for the wall

As much as I love seeing my camera savvy friends’ own photos on their walls, I think this cool print from Project Type might just be the next best thing for that favorite shutterbug in your life. The colorful Oh Snap retro camera print features a set of six cool old skool cameras and is such a perfect gift or addition to your own office or studio. Each print is signed, dated, and ready for framing. Just be prepared to feel your age when your kids ask you what those things on your wall are. Film? What’s that, Mom? ...

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Vintage meets handmade meets gorgeous

I have a soft spot for stitch art and it’s not just because I live in the embroidery capital of the world (yes, there is such a place). As a gal who can’t even sew a button onto a pair of pants, I greatly admire those patient enough to create detailed designs out of those tedious little stitches. Designer Jamie Davis offers a fresh take on the use of embroidery with her line of vintage luggage pieces. Jamie refinishes her finds with sweet yarn stitching and updates the inner lining with retro inspired bold designs. One of my favorites is...

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The Perfect Puff

Boys need accessories. It really takes their outfits to another level. The trick is one or two key pieces that emphasize fun, comfort, and flavor. That’s why I am just loving Little Z Kids green puff vest. If you don’t know Little Z Kids, it’s a great company to support. It’s completely family owned and priced just right. The styles are all so different and worldly, with lots of Japanese influence. It’s like Harajuku meets hipster. As for their Puffer Vest, it’s the perfect piece for layering this winter, and I know all three of my boys will fight over it....

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Roller Girl

With the 70s coming back hard everywhere from music to fashion (hello, Ella Moss) to Broadway revivals, I am not surprised at all to see the most fabulous pair of old school roller skates, front and center at Fred Flare. The colorblock roller skates by Keith Skates are so hot, they’re already flying off the virtual shelves in preorder mode. You have to love the fashioned fabulousness of the white bootie style roller skate–no inline wheels, no splashy athletic shoe logo, no thermoformed X-rib pattern. Just awesome colored wheels, long white laces, and a heaping dose of irony that...

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Happy Chaos – parenting words to live by.

As a child of the 80’s, Soliel Moon Frye and I go way back. I have a glorious memory of dressing up as Punky Brewster for Halloween one year, which involved mainly pig tails and lots of bandanas. Her character was so bold and confident and I loved everything about her. Now, 25 years later (has it been that long?) I’m falling in love with her again as the author of a brand new parenting book, Happy Chaos Soleil, if you weren’t aware, happens to be one busy mama. She’s got her own organic kids’ clothing shop in LA,...

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Handmade kids clothes with a retro Preppy feel

Summer is here, and once it gets hot, the temptation to just let the baby loll around in a diaper — or maybe a onesie — is almost overwhelming. But if you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to keep the baby cool and cute, all at once. Because the baby can only go so many places in just a diaper. Here’s the solution: Mabo Kids’ line of hand-crafted childrens wear is a dream come true for Preppy moms. Each piece is made of beautiful fabric, and everything is hand-sewn in small batches by seamstresses in Washington state....

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A touch of vintage for your newest addition

I am a longtime fan of the look of vintage prints and posters in a baby or child’s room. But for those of us who don’t have myriad hours to go trolling eBay or our local flea markets, Swedish artist Ingela P Arrhenius is creating beautiful posters with a mid-century flair, and they’re accessible right from your laptop. The vintage style posters are all so colorful and fun, I hardly know which I like best. Tonight On Stage is such a cool gender-neutral choice that kids will like long after they can read the words themselves. I also really...

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Vintage paper dolls turned beautiful children’s clothing

Recently I attended a Brooklyn mommy event and discovered one local indie kids clothing designer whose pieces were being oohed and ahhed over by eager parents. I suppose the innocent 1930s, ’40s and ’50s paper doll-inspired clothes were such a refreshingly far cry from the edgy Brooklyn fare we’re used to seeing. The designs from mom-run Dressing Em are not cheap but they are lovely–think romantic floral dresses, tailored pinafores, and 40’s era high-waisted sailor pants with accents like grosgrain ribbon trim and flower buttons. The original designs are all conceived and manufactured right in New York. I’ll be...

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A pacifier case to keep you feeling groovy

Here’s one for you combination germaphobes-70s nostalgia buffs: A vented neoprene pacifier case that will keep two binkies close at hand, and deliver twice the smiles of the leading pacifier case. The Keep on Suckin’ pacifier case might be my favorite of all the styles from our friends at Wry Baby. And a smart, simple design means you just  clip it to your diaper bag or right to your stroller. It’s definitely better than “If this stroller is a-knocking…” Yeah. You know the rest. –Liz Find 10 clever styles of pacifier cases online at Wry Baby For more awesome...

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Appaman launches mod suits for mini Mad Men

Sometimes having a son instead of daughter can be disappointing when it comes to sartorial selections. Although our cool clothes for boys category has been blowing up with new finds in recent weeks. Now, it’s the new Appaman Fine Tailoring collection of super-hip suits makes me want to break out in a rendition of Let’s Hear it For the Boy. Appaman‘s co-founder/head designer Harald Husum was inspired by the ultimate suave dresser, Mad Men’s Don Draper. Husum made sure all the details on the mini suit measured up to the meticulous standards of a grown-up hipster. The suit’s lining...

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SLAPlets are bringing back slap bracelets. Say that ten times fast.

I sent my daughter to kindergarten with the new version of the slap bracelet that’s out, and she was instantly the most popular girl in class. Which means absolutely nothing has changed in 25 years. Yep, slap bracelets are back. This time it’s called the SLAPlet , and it’s made of a a sleek-looking silicone which beats the cheap glitzy metal ones we wore back in my days of yore. Of course these come ready-made with a marketing angle–little “customizable” colored rings sold separately that you can slip on and off to make your bracelets your own. 3 come...

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Bookplates that make me fall in love with books again

There’s something so precious about that pride of ownership that comes with one’s very own storybook, clearly marked with one’s very own personalized bookplate. I remember having fond memories of my own bookplates, and I’m so excited for my children to have their own. It’s been a while since I checked in to see what’s new at Oiseaux, who we first featured in a back-to-school shopping guide. And what’s new is what’s old. Their gorgeously illustrated bookplates from vintage storybook illustrations can all be customized with a name, and range from 1920s jungle creatures to a vintage castle for...

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Hello Kitty the water bottle, inspired by Hello Kitty the now retro-cool icon

I’ve been a fan of Hello Kitty since long before she was retro. Which, now that I write it down, makes me feel kind of old. But truly, that Hello Kitty watch I wore so proudly back in the day would be totally amazing to have now that she’s all cool again. Until someone invents a way for me to shrink my wrist to fit a kid-sized watch, though, I figure I’ll just go with something equally cute. Like this SIGG Hello Kitty water bottle. It just so happens to be on sale right now at one of our...

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The coolest TV moms and the fashion they inspired: 1970’s and 1980’s

Because we are such TV junkies, we are happy to present the second in three-part series on our favorite TV moms through the ages, and the fab fashion they inspired. After all, who doesn’t love fab retro fashion? And cool moms? It’s all sponsored by XFNITY from Comcast which helps you keep up with your favorite entertainment–even the reruns. 1970s: Shirley PartridgeIn this, the decade of the Feminist mom, it was hard to pick a favorite. While we loved Maude and Ann Romano and Edith Bunker, when it comes to fashion we have to go with Shirley Partridge. Come...

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All the bestest animated Christmas movies all together

To me the holidays is nothing without our annual viewing of Rudolph. Herbie! The Abominable Snowman! The Isle of Misfit Toys who aren’t quite misfits! It’s all pure magic. So who’s with me in jumping for joy that this year, A four-DVD series of some of the best animated Christmas classics are are bundled together and out on Blu-ray. The Original Christmas Classics features four of the greatest animated classics — or at least three of the greatest. I’m not as big a fan of 1992’s Frosty Returns, but I sure do love the original Frosty the Snowman, Santa...

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The long lost potholder loom of my misspent youth!

With all the awesome Black Friday sales online today, I’ve had the best morning avoiding the crowds at the stores. I’ve been cuddling up with my girls, watching the Mahna Mahna video for the zillionth time on you tube, and jumping online to grab a deal or two. When I got word that CMP fave Oliebollen was offering 25% off everything in stock today only, I clicked right over and oh man, am I glad I did. I was so excited to find the potholder loom of my own youth! I grabbed two right away. I can only hope...

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Rag dolls from simpler, battery-free times

I’m kind of in love with anything vintage, especially when it comes to toys. We always joke that generations of children somehow made it through life without dolls that walked, talked, or did the cha-cha, and ours can too, darn it. And get off my lawn, you kids. If you’re also shaking your arthritic fist at the lack of wholesome, adorable, battery-free dolls for kids out there, you have to check these sweet–and very affordable–rag dolls I just found. The two Best Pals Rag Dolls are exact replicas of the dolls made by grandmas Kathy and Janet Lennon’s own...

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