Fall is my favorite time of the year, because boots! Also coffee and pumpkin spice and back to school, but cool boots are way up there. Right now I’m thinking about ankle boots, because it’s really still too warm to be wearing anything taller than that. Plus, they’ll go with anything all season long — from jeans to a little black dress. You can even get three seasons out of lots of styles. I’ve been doing a lot of shopping around to see what’s new and cool in the classic boot styles I think you’ll want to consider for your closet this fall. From stilettos to moto...Read More
I just laid my eyes on the new Bugaboo Van Gogh special edition stroller, featuring Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic Almond Blossom design on the Bugaboo Bee³ stroller, and I’m drooling. Or swooning. Or both, maybe. What a perfect collaboration between the iconic Dutch stroller brand and the country’s Van Gogh Museum. It is, hands down, perhaps most stunningly gorgeous stroller I’ve ever seen, should you be the type who would even see a stroller that way. But you know, a great impressionist master can do that to a piece of baby gear. I love that Bugaboo didn’t do a stylized representation...Read More
I am a total adherent to the “thought that counts” school of Valentine’s gift giving, but sometimes that thought counts just a little more when you really know your sweetheart’s taste. There’s nothing wrong with classic jewelry from big-name designers, but if you have someone special in your life who likes her heart necklaces just a bit funkier than most, here are a few I have my eye on. The clear pave sapphires set into a rose gold heart pendant (well, gold-plated sterling) are blingy in a very modern way. There are other styles too, in various combos of hot pink, black, silver...Read More
I’ve been using BB creams since I first discovered them years ago thanks to my Birchbox subscription, and I’ve never gone back to using anything else, though surprisingly enough, not a lot of women I know have used one. If you’re wondering what the heck a BB cream is, it stands for Beauty Balm, but I describe it as a product that falls in between a tinted moisturizer and foundation; light to medium coverage that evens your skin tone and gives your skin an extra boost of nutrients and SPF. I realize that everyone’s skin is different, and I’ll...Read More
The Mini Life: When you feel like you’ve seen every baby and kid gift out there, here’s where to go.
I’m always happy to introduce you to beautifully-curated independent web boutiques and here’s one more new one that’s caught my attention since its launch just a few weeks ago. Mini Life is an exquisite children’s lifestyle boutique packed full of gorgeous toys, decor, home items and more, all cultivated from around the world. It’s definitely not the kinds of gifts you see in every shop in the mall. Founder Athena Rotolo has a modern sensibility I just love, and if you’ve got little ones to shop for–or maybe, splurge on–then you must look around this exquisite site. Here are just...Read More
This year, I was delighted to be treated to a most surprising gift: A bottle of Revitalizing Body Oil from the brand Tata Harper, which is not new to these pages but was new to me. Since then, I have not stopped telling friends about it. Seriously. Ask the rest of the Cool Mom Picks team and they’ll be like, “we know! we know!” As someone who is super picky about lotions, oils, and other beauty products (and gets to sample a whole lot of them) I’m not often so impressed so quickly. If you’re looking for an incredibly indulgent, luxury...Read More
While all the Starbucks gift cards over the years have been pretty cool, I’m person number 65,474 who saw the brand new, limited edition sterling silver Starbucks gift card and immediately knew someone on my list would be needing one. Which is easily why you can’t even get one online anymore. But if you do pop into your favorite Starbucks, or hey, even the Starbucks across the street from your favorite Starbucks (that one was for the Christopher Guest fans) you can grab one in person. And yes, it’s real, jewelry-quality 925 sterling silver and comes in that gorgeous pouch. It’s a $200 card with $50...Read More
Neither of us ever went on a babymoon or even looked at all the gorgeous, luxury babymoon destinations out there. It seemed silly at the time. It seemed indulgent. And yo, we were too busy on message boards asking about lamaze breathing to actually plan one. But if we had to do it all over again? We’d be all, sign me up! We’re going on a babymoon! And now, knowing what we know now about travel deals, we probably wouldn’t be looking at hotels, but at the world’s beset rental properties which offer outrageous amenities at really terrific prices. So...Read More
10 completely over-the-top, absolutely gorgeous, seriously splurgy baby gifts for a lucky kid (that’s not ours)
One of the obvious—and awesome—perks of writing for Cool Mom Picks is that I get to scope out the newest, coolest products for moms. And sometimes, those products fall into the I-can-only-dream, outrageously chic, over-the-top gorgeous category. Then again, sometimes we get emails make us ask, are these for real? Here are ten seriously splurgy baby gifts I’ve seen lately, in no particular order. If you’re a 90201-er or $4500 for a crib doesn’t blow your mind, have fun. My wish list can be your shopping list. 1. Silver Cross Kensington Pram Stroller, $2,750 Feel like Kate Middleton when you stroll your baby around town; she has one...Read More
I tend to think that making my kids’ Halloween costumes is a great idea. I also tend to be wrong. Not only does it always take way much time than I have, but it can end up being every bit as expensive as buying something. My 9-year-old is feeling like maybe a full costume isn’t cool anymore, so this year I’m helping him plan a simple Halloween costume around a really exquisite mask like these gorgeous handmade Halloween masks I’ve been admiring on Etsy for the last few weeks. As for my daughter, she still wants an elaborate costume, but maybe she can...Read More
When I finally figured out how to get my babies in a good, tight swaddle, it changed my life. My night life, at least, because mama finally got to sleep. So I mean it when I say a good swaddling blanket makes all the difference in the world, because no matter how well you swaddle your baby, if it comes undone 30 minutes later it’s useless. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Aden + Anais since the day they first hit shelves. But now that I’ve seen their new Pure Merino Muslin collection of luxury swaddling blankets, I’m almost looking forward to...Read More
I basically consider myself a liquid eyeliner beginner. I dabbled with it years ago then walked away as I exited my twenties. But after years of fearing look like a toddler with a shaky hand took a black Sharpie to my eyelids, I’ve finally tracked down some of the best liquid eyeliners and I’ve given in completely. Here are two I’ve really taken to, at two price points, both of which are being put to excellent use in my makeup bag these days. Hope it helps you discover the joy of the modified cats eye too. [CMP is an rstyle...Read More
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...Read More
If you’re starting to think special gift for a special girl, especially one who likes to dance around the living room to the Nutcracker the second the weather gets nippy (I am familiar with this phenomenon, intimately) then our good friends at Ivory Row have introduced just the thing. The luxury cashmere brand has been so successful, that their customers have asked for something for their own kids. Thus, the cashmere shrug for girls was born. – Don’t miss an exclusive discount for our readers below! – Designed in collaboration with professional ballerina and celeb fitness guru Mary Helen...Read More
With Fashion Week here in New York (yeah, try getting a cab these days), it’s a signal to me that it’s time to put away my favorite pale pink glosses (sniff) and make way for the bold lipsticks for fall that are popping up in every fashion magazine right now. There are so many fantastic shades of plum, deep berry, sultry wine, bright red, or even punchy orange; and what’s especially nice is that these days, you can find them in so many forms. There are traditional lipsticks in tubes, wand applicators, or even lip crayons. So fun to play! Here are just...Read More
My kids wear uniforms to school, which makes it hard for them to find ways to express their personalities while staying within the dress code. One great option is of course custom backpacks (and backpack accessories) that reflect their fun spirits, like the new ones we just discovered from Adelaide NYC, already one of our favorite spots for kids’ accessories. They’re pricy, but definitely something we haven’t seen before. DIY backpack in this case means design it yourself, which is definitely easier and less messy than handing your kids a sewing machine and some backpack fabric. Kids can choose from 12 different geometric...Read More
EDITORS’ NOTE (Jan, 2015): We suggest you read our postscript below, as well as the comments beneath this post, if you have arrived at this page with intent to order from Elizabeth Anne Boots. The overwhelming number of complaints regarding customer service, lack of communication, egregious shipping delays, and failure to provide refunds in any prompt manner (if at all) compels us to completely rescind our recommendation of this company. —– While we’re still swooning over the cross body phone cases we found for carrying around our precious smart phones, hands free, along comes another brilliant solution: The new boots with a pocket for a cell phone...Read More
It’s the oldest joke in the world that we spend so much time looking makeup that makes you look like you’re not wearing any, but that’s exactly what Dr. Perricone is going for with the new Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup collection. The brand makes a very compelling argument: When you’re older than 29 (ahem), wearing makeup is less about creating drama and more about hiding any weird broken blood vessels or sun spots. Not that any of us here know about such things. [Note: this post has been edited to add more information about other products in the line] Now let me say right...Read More
In an effort to tame my locks sans chemicals, I rounded up the best anti-frizz hair products for the summer for you all. Because I know that I’m not alone here! At the first sign of humidity in the air, my thick and wavy hair goes crazy. Forget blow drying– the minute I step outside, I’ll basically have a mushroom on my head. A frizzy, frizzy mushroom. Many of my friends swear by their keratin straightening treatments–and their hair does look pretty amazing–but I’d rather pass on the formaldehyde, thank you very much. If you’re in the same boat, here are some of the best...Read More
You know the dad who has everything? The one who’s impossible to shop for? Yep, so do we. So even though we’ve now suggested dozens of Father’s Day gifts of all kinds, you might still be looking. And we feel for you. So here, we present some of our favorite gifts for the dad who seems to have everything. Some are splurgey, some are free, some just a little off the beaten-path. Hopefully there’s something here for the lucky paternal superstar in your life. Besides your undying love and affection, of course. Which may in fact be all he needs. We’re happy to welcome our friends at Dove...Read More
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