Tag: vintage

Dress your baby in Marimekko

How merry does Marimekko make us? When it’s in the form of this vibrant bodysuit, it makes us very, very merry indeed. These sweet Marimekko onesies at Always Mod feature original Finnish Marimekko designs. And that’s Marimekko with a capital M– the real, original deal designed by artist Maija Isola in the 1960s. They’re bright, hip, mod, and available in three color schemes, all in a cozy and stretchy cotton blend. Do note that they’re all long sleeved– but maybe they’ll come up with some short sleeved or sleeveless ones, if we beg a little? They’re a little pricey,...

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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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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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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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Sew up some quiet time with vintage lacing cards

When my kids were younger, they adored lacing cards, though I can’t say any of them had illustrations quite so adorable as the Lacing Cards from House 8810. What I do remember is how quietly and intently they would sew their cards, and how pleased they were with the final results. Unlike heavier wooden lace-up cards, this set of six cards is made of thick cardboard so it is lightweight enough to take it with you wherever you go. And with two needles and six cards in this set, a pair of kids can keep busy without having to...

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Etsy Kids makes online shopping even more fun!

I am a total Etsy junky; it’s my first stop when I’m looking for cool, quirky accessories or for gifts for friends and family. I’m always particularly amazed by the beautiful handmade kids’ clothing on Etsy, which is why you see so much of it on these pages. Now Etsy has made it even easier to find the best of the best in one-of-a-kind children’s wear — and all other things kid-related. We’re so happy to discover the launch of the Etsy Kids hub. Here, all of Etsy’s offerings for the wee folk are gathered in one convenient and...

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Web Coolness – Photo ideas, iPhone add-ons, and Halloween treats

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Have a lot of photos or kids’ art work to display? Check out these cool ways to show them off. Do girls only care about cupcakes, ponies and looking cute? A sobering look at the disparity in t-shirt messages marketed to our girls and boys. Are you getting a shiny new iPhone 4S? Here are Kristen’s recommendations on what you should get next. Get ready for Halloween with some adorably creative Cake Pops. Just save a few for us, ok? We love...

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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Ready for Cars 2? Now you will be.

With Cars 2 coming soon to theaters at the end of the month, we’re going to be drowning in licensed merchandise any day now. I love Lightning McQueen as much as the next mama, I just hate for my kids to strut around looking like walking advertisements for the flick of the moment. What do you do with a little boy obsessed with Cars and a momma hoping for something slightly cooler than ye olde licensed polyester tee? Cue Peek Kids, one of my favorite West Coast shops to outfit my boys. Peek clothes tell moms of boys: you...

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Nice buns!

I can’t help loving these artist-created bunnies made with vintage fabrics from some of our favorite designers. I just want to squeeze them and love them; especially the one with the apples. The vintage bunnies and rag dolls from UK Etsian Jane Foster have faces hand printed on linen, and bodies handmade of vintage Scandinavian fabric from designers like Orla Kiely.  They stand at a rugged fifteen inches, meaning they’re a fantastic, affordable kids’ gift; or a stand-in for the glass rabbit statue in a recreation of the final scene in Jewel of the Nile. The handmade rag dolls...

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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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Surprise! It’s goodies!

Know what once arrived on my doorstep bearing a vintage gold cuff, a flower hair clip, 3 pairs of earrings, a journal, 2 dozen animal-print cupcake liners, and a baggie of carrot-riding-baby cake toppers? It was a Bag O’Goodies from CMP crush Darlybird, and I only paid $16 for the lot. Now you can get one, too. Once again, for just $16, you get a cavalcade of treats totaling at least $45. Each Bag O’Goodies includes a selection of limited edition, one-of-a-kind, and generally super cute stuff ranging from jewelry to vintage ephemera to baking goods and stationery. You...

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Vintage upcycled luggage makes travel fun again

We all know that any time you go on the road with kids, it’s not really a vacation, it’s a trip — but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack in style. In fact, the right suitcase can really get you in the vacay state of mind. Even if you are filling it with sensible shoes and kid clothes. I’m smitten with GetReadySetGO’s upcycled vintage luggage. Rachel Demsick takes classic pieces — train cases, messenger bags, suitcases — and embellishes them with beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork. The pieces themselves are in impeccable condition, and come in stunning shades (no more black...

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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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Paper dolls meet building blocks

My go-to standard baby shower gift was, for a long time, either a baby bathtub, or infant footie sleepers. Useful, and admittedly a little uninspired. These days, I want to give something unusual, beautiful and creative: both moms and babies deserve them. My latest find? Blocks for more than building. Another offering from one our fave shops, Magpie Lovely, these chunky 2″ Paper Doll Blocks feature sweet vintage illustrations and are priced at $20 for the set of three. They’re hand-sanded and sepia-inked to achieve an heirloomy look and feel, but they’re safe and eco-friendly, with untreated wood and...

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Frames with flair. Fun. Possibly fuchsia.

DIY is great–no doubt about it. But those of us with a passel of kids and a craft room full of unfinished projects sometimes settle for DFY for now. That’s Done For You. Well these gorgeous DFY frames can help bring a pop of unique, vintage-y color to your walls, and all you have to do is shop the adorable store–and then take credit for having great taste. “Color is happiness” is the tagline for the amye123 Etsy shop, and judging by her wares, I tend to agree. The shop is a veritable rainbow of perfectly spray-painted vintage picture...

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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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Shop vintage jewelry right from your couch

I’ve long been obsessed with vintage jewelry, but with four kids in tow these days, it’s nearly impossible for me to peruse the local boutiques and flea markets. But then I discovered Charm and Chain, and my credit card hasn’t gotten a rest in days. This online jewelry shop stocks its virtual glass cases with gorgeous modern pieces from a huge array of hot designers like Alexis Bittar,  Badgley Mischka and FALLON, right along with the beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry too. The well-edited selection and easy navigation makes finding must-have (or must-covet) pieces a breeze–perhaps too easy actually–from...

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What’s new is what’s old

What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...

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