Tag: women’s accessories

The Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Collection: Have your cake and wear it too.

Having three kids is just fine by me, but Petunia Pickle Bottom almost makes me want to keep having babies just so I can keep using their gorgeous diaper bags year after year. I said almost. And kids or no kids, I think any woman would be excited to use a bag from Petunia’s new Cake Collection launching today, which we’re happy to give you a first look at exclusively on Cool Mom Picks. We have been fans of the highly coveted Petunia diaper bags (and clothes and accessories!) for a long time now and the re-imagined Petunia Cake Collection of bags still has us ogling its beautiful wares....

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Cool travel accessory alert: The reinvention of the travel neck pillow

I don’t travel light. It’s hard to with two kids and an affinity for shoes, which is why a neck pillow is one of those useful travel accessories that never really make it into my carry-on. For the first time I’m reconsidering, now that I’ve discovered the new Sleeper Scarf, which reinvents the travel neck pillow and looks way better than those garish things in the airport gift shops. Essentially it’s an inflatable neck pillow, only smartly hidden inside an infinity scarf that you can wear any time. The Sleeper Scarf sounded a little As Seen On TV-ish to me when I first...

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Our gift to you: The most gorgeous indie accessories and fashionable accents for less

When we first opened up the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop a few months ago, we were so excited to get to support so many of the indie makers and artists we’ve loved for years, while getting a chance to discover new ones. But what’s been even more fantastic is the reception we’ve gotten from our reader–wow, do you mamas have great taste! So we’re so excited that great.ly wants to thank you all with a fantastic limited time offer: This week only, every item in our fashion + accessories collection ships for free.  Whoo! Update: April, 2015: Now everything in the shop ships for free...

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Banned Books Week: Rallying book lovers right down to their toes.

If you love the written word, if you’re an avid supporter of your local library, or if you think Fahrenheit 451 should be required reading for anyone over the age of five, you might already know that this is the start of Banned Books Week which, honestly, it’s hard to believe there’s still a need for. And yet, there is. If you’re nodding along, you’ll probably be as taken with these literary socks as I am, and the excellent cause they support. From our friends at Out of Print Clothing, who make everything from e-reader covers to  cool kids’ tees featuring original book cover art, they’re now making...

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Navajo-inspired accessories with a modern twist: this fall’s big trend

This fall we’re loving the patterns and details in fashion inspired by iconic Navajo art and textures and those that bring to life other tribal imagery. Leather, turquoise, feathers, fringe and those bold geometric patterns are statements that can work for everyone, even if you’re strolling down a city sidewalk. (In fact, we’ve seen that very thing!) I’ve collected some of my favorite Navajo-inspired accessories here that I’ve been seeing around the web. They’re absolutely stunning, and I’m tempted to max out my credit card to get one of each if I can’t choose a favorite. Editor’s Note: please be aware of one important thing when shopping: Under 1990’s Indian...

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Faux leather handbags as luscious as the real thing

Years ago, we discovered the wonderful faux leather handbag designs of Crystalyn Kae, and became fast fans. Our love of her work was only solidified after the breaking news that lots of faux leather handbags contain high levels of lead, but hers were not among them. Still, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in with her shop and wow, there are some great new handbags out for fall, including a Women’s Hobo Bag which comes in seven cool colors.   One of the benefits of vegan leather is that it’s way lighter than real leather, water-resistant, and can be more durable...

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Our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like this every day from our site and beyond.   1. Super cute teacup craft for kids from one of our favorite craft bloggers. 2. Baby shoes to make you squee. (Well, we did.) 3. The hilarious kids’ t-shirt that every child in the world needs. 4.  Best ever free app for organizing your child’s artwork. 5. A designer handbag for fall that we’re crushing on. Hard. That...

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Web Coolness: The new Frozen movie, a good reason to buy more children’s books, and important breaking news for kids with peanut allergies.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Ooh, gorgeous new accessories from a new-to-us designer in our indie shop this month. Like our kids won’t go totally nuts for the new Frozen short film that’s coming out next spring. Turns out peanut oil is in the least likely place. Must-read for parents of kids (or their kids’ friends) with serious allergies. 5 much-needed tips from our editor Kristen on how to bring your vacation back home with you. Sigh. It’s Child Protection Month, and our friends at Little Pickle Press are donating 25% of...

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Mia Berglund scarves for fall: Gorgeous designs from a beautiful heart

My favorite accessories are those one-of-a-kind pieces designed by artists that I know are supported directly by my purchase, wherever they may be. While I’m all for finding the best prices on clothes for me and my kids, I’m also happy to splurge on a few special accent pieces, especially when I know how important the purchase can be to the people who make them. Thus, my obsession with fashionABLE. And along those lines, my newest find is the stunning selection of eco-friendly, fair trade scarves from Sophia Costas by Mia Berglund. If you’re not familiar with Mia Berglund, she’s an Iranian-born, Swedish-raised designer who made her...

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The new FashionABLE fall line has us ready for cooler climes. Yes, it’s just that good.

I’m pretty sure my closet looks like a FashionABLE storefront, so now that scarf weather is around the corner, you can bet I’ve got my eye on the new FashionABLE fall line, which just so happens to be exclusively at Great.ly for a limited time. Add in free shipping for the rest of the weekend, and there is just no reason to wait. We’ve stocked the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at Great.ly with all of our favorites from the new FashionABLE fall line. And don’t forget about the not new, not fall items in there either. Seriously, those leather bracelets are killer in any...

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Rent the Runway Unlimited: Designer accessories delivered to your door monthly. Hold us!

I am already a huge fan of Rent the Runway, so when I discovered their new Unlimited service, I may have scared the neighbors with my screeches. And trust me, if you love accessories as much as I do, you are going to want to sign up for this, stat. Rent the Runway sends your choice of gorgeous designer dresses, jewelry, and handbags right to your home (or anywhere you’re going to be, really) with free return shipping. In other words, it’s my favorite invention since the iPhone. And that’s saying something. The Unlimited service however, is just for us junkies; it allows you to rent...

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Handcrafted leather bags as gorgeous as those from any big name designer

I love designer bags from big names, don’t get me wrong. But there’s also just something awesome about handcrafted bags from indie designers and smaller names, especially when they are as modern, sophisticated, and hot (did I mention hot?) as the ones at Opelle Creative. For the price of a big name mass-produced designer bag, you can get a handcrafted leather bag made to order especially for you at Opelle,  a Toronto-based label on Etsy that creates each of their gorgeous designs from original patterns. Let’s just say it’s as close to getting a bag made just for me as I’ll probably ever get. I already feel like...

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Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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Slip happens.

Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these daily.    1. The designer shoes we’ve woken up dreaming about. Not even kidding. 2. Love this decor idea for a kids’ bathroom. 3. Holy Mojito recipe! 4. Coolest looking babyproofing idea for your outlets. 5. Need a laugh? This should do it.   Are you a type geek? Check out our new typography and design board for lots...

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You won’t believe who makes these stunning handmade necklaces.

I love jewelry. I don’t love spending money on jewelry that I only wear once and then gets lost in my tangle of necklaces and bracelets. Marbelous, a new collection of artsy handmade necklaces crafted from beautiful shades of clay, will not get lost in the shuffle. Marbelous is the brainchild of two 9-year-old Brooklyn besties–one of the things we love about this. The girls, who happen to share a birthday, were playing around with some balls of clay on a family vacation and ended up making cool necklaces that looked like funky chic marbles. When their moms were...

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Feeling foxy

Okay, so maybe sloths are the new hedgehogs, which are the new foxes–but foxes are still the new owls and that counts for something. Also, we like foxes. So of course we’re totally smitten with these cute Say Fox Purses. It is such a ridiculously cute gift for your favorite tween or ironic tween, or just for the young at heart.   The leather purses are handmade in Minnesota and the price is just amazing. I also think it’s absolutely perfect how well the shape is suited to a fox. Although with the narwhal coming up fast and furiously as a contender...

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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. We’ve never seen an activity tracker like this before. So pretty! 2. A chic, hands-free way to carry your smart phone. 3. A brilliant method for managing your kids’ screen time this summer – our readers are flipping for it. 4. A cool board game that teaches kids programming? We’re in. 5. One of the most protective smart phone cases on the market just got waaaay more stylish....

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Handmade travel bags and accessories that get you more excited for travel.

I have an obsession with toiletry bags and dopp kits. As in, I believe that you can’t have too many for travel. I use them for my many cords and adapters, for wayward pens and a small notepad, for toiletries of course, and even for underthings–tuck a little lavender sachet in one and fight that not-so-fresh feeling on the road. Ha. So I got all happy finding the beautiful handmade travel bags and pouches from Hallie Gray that we’re carrying at our indie shop through GREAT.LY. Clockwise: Tribal Stripe Toiletry Bag, Zip Pouch Travel Bag , Raspberry Toiletry Travel Bag, Moshi Toiletry Travel Bag They’re all...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week: Summer’s Here!

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find fun pins like this every day.   1.  Pro tips for building better sand castles. 2. Perfect recipe to bookmark for summer cooling off. 3. Our new favorite fashion accessory: If you have a phone, you need this. 4. Check out these sexy summer shoes for date night. 5. A no-frizz hair solution we swear by this time of year.   Ready to get some Vitamin D? Our Outdoor Play Pinterest board has lots of toys and...

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