Tag: summer fashion

4 stylish summer diaper bags to make schlepping your crap bit more glam

Now that my son is 4 months old, I’m craving a diaper bag that’s a little more stylish and summery than the workhorse tote I hauled around when he was a newborn. Because now that he’s screaming slightly less often — or at more regular intervals, anyway — I’ve been bringing him to so many more places, like the local paleta shop or an al fresco dinner with friends. So I searched around and found some really fun and stylish diaper bags that might make you feel a little sunnier during those dog days of summer schlepping. CMP is...

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The best white t-shirts for women, from a white t-shirt junkie. (Psst…lots on sale if you hurry!)

One of the most frequent questions I’ve gotten from Spawned listeners is: what is the best white t-shirt for women? Well, hey! I’m the perfect, super opinionated person to answer that question because white t-shirts are a staple for me year round; over skirts, over shorts, under blazers or cardigans, with an open denim oxford tied at the waist over top…there is pretty much no style that doesn’t require at least a few perfect white t-shirts in your bureau. So if you want a few options, here are my picks, with a little more about why I like each...

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Tea Collection summer clothes go on sale, parents rejoice!

Several times a year, I stalk my inbox for notifications about the seasonal Tea Collection sales. And now, right in time for summer (and my kids’ outgrowing everything, sigh), here it is again! With nice prices on their Australian-inspired summer collection, and more. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Click over for 40-70% off all kinds of styles for boys, girls and babies, with more items being added all the time. And use the discount code BIG40 for an extra 40% off sale prices! But hurry because the sizes are limited, of course. Related: 6 of the snappiest water shoes...

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How to wear stars this summer. Stripes, optional.

If you’ve ever bought that awesome American flag t-shirt for July 4th only to feel like it’s kind of passé on July 5th, I just found the perfect fashion solution in these totally fab new star-adorned Lily flip-flops from TKEES spotted at ShopBop. They come in three different colors, black, blush, and post-Memorial Day white, and they even make the star sandals in kids’ sizes. I love them! Like, mad love. (Though those aren’t my own legs shown here; I haven’t bought them yet, and my pedicure is not nearly as fresh.) Related: Hot trend alert: Rose sneakers are this...

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We’ve found the cutest pool floaties known to man…or bird.

Pool accessories have come a long way since I was a kid. Back then, we made do with inner tubes and foam noodles, but now there’s larger-than-life, lounge-able swans and rainbow unicorns. Not to mention huge floating hashtags. But my favorite new pool must-have takes the trend small-scale, with these magical inflatable Pink Flamingos Arm Floaties. OMG, adorable. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: We’ve got five of the cutest reusable swim diapers for boys.  Love that these long-legged wonders have graduated from kitschy lawn art (no offense, Grandma!) to seriously cool summer garb, and we predict they’ll be...

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Pom poms: They’re not just for cheerleaders.

I’ve been kind of tickled looking at the colorful new boho pom pom sandals that have blowing up my feeds lately, but I’m not entirely sure I can pull them off. Then I saw this amazing woven trapeze pom pom bag from Ted Baker and I thought, oooh…now that I could do. It reminds me of some of the vintage woven raffia handbags I collected back in the days I used to scavenge flea markets and tag sales for such things, only a little more practical, with that smart fabric lining and zippered pocket. Ted Baker’s BARLIEE bag is is casual enough for beachy weekends, playful...

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Hot trend alert: Rose sneakers are this summer’s new neutral

This summer we’re seeing a new trend that — I’ll admit — I was skeptical about at first. But now, I’m hooked. Rose-colored sneakers are everywhere. In fact, I’m declaring them the new neutral. The pretty, soft color dresses up our jeans-and-a-tee outfits, and I might even follow my daughter’s lead and start wearing them with casual dresses for a sporty look. So, here are 6 great rose sneakers I’ve found at some of my favorite shops, from Target to Barneys. A little something for every price range. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: Greek boho sandals: the fun summer trend anyone can pull...

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A fun summer fashion trend anyone can pull off. Seriously, we’re obsessed.

We’ve been keeping our eyes on hot shoe trends lately (it’s hard work, but someone has to do it) and we’ve noticed a new look coming out of the Mediterranean that we’re completely obsessed with: tassel, lace-up, blinged-out boho sandals. These shoes are so fun, and the best part? They’re a hot summer fashion trend anyone can pull off. If you’re looking for a way to add some big personality to your summer style, check out these five boho sandals we’ve picked as our favorites. For each shop, click through and look around at all their styles. They’re all handmade, so each pair is...

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We found the most adorably modern, modest, mix-and-match swimsuits for kids. So many problems solved!

Each spring, one of our readers’ favorite posts is our recommendations for cute, modest swimsuits for girls that are stylish but not…you know…a little old for them. We’ll have our latest version coming soon! But in the meanwhile, I’m so excited to share this brand new swimsuit line for kids that launched today. From our friends at mom-run Primary, whose wonderfully wearable, affordable basics for kids and babies pretty much fill my girls’ closet these days, there’s now an awesome line of swimwear for girls and boys that will make a picky swimsuit-searching parent dance with glee. You’ll find a colorful, kid-appropriate collection...

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5 too-cool girls’ rompers FTWW! (For the wardrobe win.)

You will not be seeing me in a romper… this summer. I mean, I have learned never to say never (see also my snark about skinny jeans in the early CMP days, ha), but until I’m size supermodel (hahahaha hahaaha haaaaa!!) I will happily leave the rompers as the purview of my daughters. Turns out there are so many cute girls’ rompers for spring and summer right now that are just so playful and fun and everything warm-weather clothes should be when you’re playground-age. So I hope my 5 picks for spring and summer help you find something cool, in all senses of the word....

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Rockets of Awesome: The clothing subscription box for kids that is, well, awesome.

I admit I am very skeptical of subscription boxes of clothing like Stitchfix (we published a terrific, brutally honest she said/she said post on it that’s worth a read) since I have very particular tastes and I tend to know what shapes I can wear and what I can’t. So, no surprise, my kids also have very particular tastes and I have had yet to try one of the new trends in boxes of clothing for kids — until Rockets of Awesome, which was founded by former Cricket’s Circle CEO and mom, Rachel Blumenthal. Mamas? I am a total convert. They sent me a credit...

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Sonnet James: Stylish dresses made just for busy moms. Like us!

Hooo boy, is it easy to get in a style rut as a busy mom. I can speak to this from experience, even as someone who prides myself on staying fairly on trend. While getting out of jeans and into a dress is one way to feel more put together, as much as I love wearing dresses, it can be hard for me to find ones that let me do everything I need do during my day — which means I end up saving them for special occasions. (In other words, not wearing dresses all that much.) Like lots of other moms, what I...

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Real Kids Sunglasses: Blending style with UVA/UVB protection

I’m like a lot of parents, in that I know my kids should be wearing sun protection for their eyes, but I’m not inclined to drop a lot on kids’ sunglasses. Then I started thinking, if I’m spending $15–20 on safe kids’ sunscreen that gives you maybe a week’s worth of protection before you need a new one, why wouldn’t I spend around that much on good, polarized kids’ sunglasses? So now I’ve got a new mindset. Related: 6 pairs of perfect sunglasses for kids We’ve recommended some terrific kids’ sunglasses over the years, including Baby Banz and Babiators. And now I’m happy to add Real Kids Shades...

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FinFun: Mermaid tails for swimming that take summer fun to new heights. Or, depths.

The coolest thing you’ll encounter in the water this summer may be my daughter, who has transformed herself from a normal 13-year-old into a full-fledged mermaid. And, whoa, if you have a child who would love to swim like one of these creature of the sea, you’ll want to check this out this awesome product my kids had the chance to try out. FinFun Mermaid Tails are real swimmable tails for kids, teens, and adults (though I’m leaving this trend to the kids) that actually let you swim through the water like Ariel — or Ponyo, depending on your family’s animation preferences. Related: Blankie Tails turn...

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Our favorite summer sports bra to keep you stylish and supported

The ladies in my Zumba workout class have been seriously bringing it when it comes to stylish workout gear lately. And even though I remind myself that it’s not a competition (something I have to tell myself a lot when we get to the Latin dance portion), I sometimes like to step up my usual I’m-just-here-to-get-gross-and-sweaty look. So what’s hot right now in the world of workout clothing? The fancy back sports bra, like this Free To Be sports bra from Lululemon, which I’ve been wearing way more than at the gym. This bra is simple enough that I don’t need a team of experts...

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Cool shorts alternatives: Yes, mamas, you can wear culottes

I admit, that while I totally rocked culottes the first time they came around, I was a little hesitant to try them again. But I have to say, that I really do love them, especially with all the short shorts every where I turn. If you’re looking for cool shorts alternatives, I definitely recommend checking out culottes. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the denim culottes, but rather, the fun flowy kind that make you do a “is that a skirt?” double-take. I know a lot of women think they can’t wear them, but if you can find the right...

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Web Coolness: Iron Man gets one amazing makeover, rooting for Simone Biles, the most popular baby names of 2016 and more

Here are some links that have been brightening our week. We hope you like them too.   Marvel’s next Iron Man comic is going to look a little different and it’s awesome. (But perhaps their writers should look a little different too?) We’re all paying close attention to Simone Biles as the next breakout US gymnast superstar — and the other remarkable young athletes who are going to bring it home this summer! Thanks Washington Post for including Spawned with Kristen + Liz among your list of 11 parenting podcasts worth checking out. We’re glad you find us friendly and entertaining! Speaking...

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6 of our favorite stylish, comfortable wedge sandals you can wear even if you’re chasing kids around

I’m so happy that wedge sandals are back in style! Because the best part of summer fashion is that it’s all about being casual, breezy and relaxed, right? So, on the rare occasion when we leave the pool and I need to dress up a little more than my go-to flip-flops, I much prefer my comfortable wedge sandals over dressy heels. They’re versatile enough to work with shorts at a backyard barbecue or with a dress for dinner out. Plus, they’re not nearly as wobbly as heels, which is great since I’m still going to be chasing my kids around most of the time....

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Web coolness: 4th of July fun, the funniest podcasts, the celebrity comeback we’re ready for

Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   How adorable are these chocolate dipped ice cream cones for the 4th of July! More easy red white and blue recipes for an Independence Day celebration. 6 fun 4th of July crafts for kids that are safer than sparklers. What you should know before you see Finding Dory. What you hope you don’t see before you see Finding Dory. Amazing campfire recipes that actually make us want to go camping. Thanks for HuffPost for including Spawned among 15 funny podcasts for parents...

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Hot fashion trend: Fringe bikini tops hide your not-so-favorite trouble spots

Confession: I don’t love my stomach. And while I really want to feel super confident sporting a bikini, I just never have been able to get there. That was until I discovered the fringe trend, which is a very cool way to still wear a bikini but keep my not-so favorite, post-4-kids part under wraps. If you’re like me and don’t necessarily want a tankini or one-piece bathing suit, but still want to camouflage your stomach a bit, then check out these five fun fringe bikinis that will do just that. CMP is an rstyle affiliate 1. Luli Fama underwire fringe bikini...

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