Tag: women’s fashion

Snow boots worth the investment: The Sorel Tofino boot

There are a few items worth splurging on in your life, and as I’ve learned the hard way, an awesome pair of warm, sturdy, comfy winter boots is one of them. At least if you’re not in LA where everyone seems to drag out the UGGs in 65-degree weather and complain about the chill. (You only laugh because it’s true.) If I can recommend the best ever pair? The Sorel Women’s Tofino Boot. And truth be told, at $150 they’re not even a huge splurge. After two seasons of adding to cart then never actually buying them, I finally bought my pair during last...

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‘Tis the season for snood scarves

Since moving up north after almost ten years enjoying mild southern winters, I have become addicted to chunky scarves, like these snood scarves from IRISMINT on Etsy which I’m pretty sure I’d wear non-stop until spring. Each piece is made completely by hand from natural fibers like merino wool and cashmere (ooh!), in a gorgeous array of colors and patterns. I’m in love with the geometric pattern, which is so on-trend right now, and the herringbone and the ikat are gorgeous, too. All can be worn pulled up, or folded over if you prefer them to be lower on your neck....

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The coolest jewelry and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2014

It’s no secret that we have a thing for jewelry, handbags, and accessories. Have you seen our own style Pinterest boards? Yeah. That’s a thing for sure. So after a whole year of browsing, shopping, curating, and pinning, we’ve pared it down to just a few favorite picks of the year from small companies we adore. Not that we don’t love big designer brands too; but if you’re in the market for a little something for yourself, considering giving one of these cool accessories a look. You might discover a new favorite. This is post is part of of our annual series...

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11 hot holiday dresses, all under $100. For real.

When you think hot holiday dresses, you probably imagine your budget flying out of the window. And if you’re like me, you’d rather save the money for holiday gifts and not necessarily drop a couple hundred dollars on a dress you might only wear once or twice. Of course, you could always rent a fabulous holiday dress on Rent the Runway, but for close to the same price, you could snag a stylish dress for yourself that you’ll wear for New Year’s or even way beyond the holiday season. Here, I rounded up 10 hot (and dare I say...

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Hot bags for a cause from Angela and Roi

I have no specific name brand requirements for the bags that I carry. As long as it’s stylish, functional and well-made, I’m happy. And even happier if it happens to give back to great causes, which is exactly what happens when you buy an Angela & Roi bag. Every single one of these simple yet stylish bags gives back to a charity, with the brand creatively connecting each one’s color to a specific charitable foundation that will receive $5 with your purchase. So a green bag helps support the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. The yellow bags give back to the American Childhood Cancer Association. Red goes towards the fight against HIV and AIDS.  There are 11 colors in all, each dedicated to a particular health-minded charity. What’s so wonderful is that these beautifully-crafted, vegan leather bags are the kinds you’d drool over at your big department store or small neighborhood boutique. Each one has a small embedded stamp or engraved ribbon logo on the outside–though both  are extremely subtle because I’m sensitive to that–and each comes with a special paper tag explaining the charity that’s being supported by your purchase. I know that $5 isn’t a huge amount when you’re talking about a $70 or $100 bag, but it’s a wonderful gesture. And hey, to make this a really special gift, perhaps you pick one for someone already dedicated to that particular charity and include an additional donation in her name. That’s...

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10 hot designer accessories under $100 that make awesome holiday gifts. (We can’t believe we found them either.)

It used to be that the idea of designer accessories under $100 was an oxymoron, but these days it’s increasingly not the case. Personally, I’m polyamorous–when it comes to my accessories that is–because if it looks fabulous, I don’t really care what name is on it. But that doesn’t mean I’ll turn my nose down at a great piece from big name designer, especially when it doesn’t break the bank. Here, I’ve scoured the web and found ten really hot designer accessories all under $100 that will make perfect holiday gifts for designer-name lovers or equal-opportunity accessorizers like me.     Kate...

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10 fabulous handbags under $100. So you can buy two! Or shoes. And a necklace. And…

As much as I love designer bags, when I can find handbags under $100, especially when they’re hot and trendy, you might need to hide my credit card from me. It’s true, I have an obsession with bags, but thankfully, these won’t break my budget, or yours. Here are 10 fantastic bags that I’d love to have on my shoulder for fall and winter, all under $100.   Chartres Messenger Bag by Christian LaCroix ($99 at Nordstrom) If you’re looking to go bold for fall and winter, I’m digging the emerald of this Chartres Messenger Bag. It’s definitely on the smaller side, which...

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Dagne Dover: Hot designer bags from a designer you probably haven’t heard of. Yet.

I’ve got a very particular formula for selecting hot designer bags, which includes style, function, and versatility. Because as much as I love those super tiny crossbody bags with spikes, if I’m dropping a pretty penny on it, I need to be able to use it all the time. That  is why I’m very pleased to introduce you to Dagne Dover. The label was created by three women with extensive fashion and business backgrounds who were tired of having to carry around two bags for all of their stuff (here here!)–and clearly these ladies know what they are doing. The bags are classic in appearance and color,...

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Cool personalized jewelry gifts for the holidays, now 20% off. Yes, please.

If I put it out into the universe that I really like personalized jewelry gifts, do you think people will get the hint? If not for me, then for everyone else–perhaps the special people on your own holiday lists, especially when it’s all 20% off for a limited time. I’ve loved everything I’ve ordered from Charm and Chain, and my guess is these personalized pieces would be no exception. Here are a few of my favorites that I think would make amazing gifts for every single budget. If you’ve got a zodiac lover in your life, this custom zodiac necklace...

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Trend alert: The best ways to wear plaid, hold the kilts.

So maybe you’re wondering the best ways to wear plaid because you’re seeing it everywhere and you’re a little tempted but it is kind of preppy and you’re just not sure since the last time it was hot you were in college and..hey! Get out of my head!  Yes, yes, plaid is everywhere these days. But it can be a little tricky to pull off without a professional stylist (or a yacht club membership), so I did a little searching to find some of the coolest plaid pieces that I think will make awesome additions to any fall and winter...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week.

While you work off that Halloween sugar high, take a minute to follow us on Pinterest where you’ll find fun pins like this every day.   1. Awesome recipes using leftover Halloween candy. Should you have any. 2. Fun, creativity-building app for kids that they’ll love long after the costumes are away. 3. Really clever idea for nursery decor. 4. A hot look for fall and winter  that you can adapt for your own body type. 5. Really interesting home organization tips. We need...

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The new Spanx faux leather leggings, A.K.A. our newest fashion obsession

I popped over to my local lingerie shop to stock up on some new Hanky Panky thongs for fall (What, TMI? We’re all friends here!) and I spotted the new Spanx faux leather leggings on the owner. Instantly I was all What are those fabulous things you are wearing?  because they looked amazing on her. Turns out, they looked amazing on me too (if I do say so myself) and well, I’m in love. I’m probably the last person on earth to learn that Spanx makes leggings, but that’s probably because I’m not really a Spanx wearer, unlike every other woman I know. However...

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3 hot accessories from fashionABLE, only one place to get them

We know our readers are huge fans of the handmade scarves from fashionABLE, because of course you all have fabulous taste and big hearts. (Two of our favorite traits.) Last year the company did a very smart thing, working with our friends at ONE.org along with Gabby Blair of Design Mom and the talented Alt Summit attendees to crowdsource a new design. The winner: The Genet scarf by Janette Crawford which was such a huge hit they sold out in a flash. Even Christie Turlington and Minka Kelly were spotted wearing one.  As for me, I live in mine. Best travel scarf ever....

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The best liquid eyeliners: Steal vs Splurge

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...

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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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Jen7 Jeans: Jeans for moms that aren’t mom jeans.

So you should know a couple of things about me right off the bat. I live in jeans all fall and winter, like every single day. And I will happily spend a fair amount of money on them if I find a pair that fit me really well, which after having four kids is no easy feat. That’s why I’m really digging the new Jen7 jeans from 7 For All Mankind. Now I’ve been a long time fan of 7 For All Mankind jeans. In fact, they are probably the first pair of higher-end jeans I ever purchased back before I...

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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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Web Coolness: The Portlandia cookbook, how to get the most for your old iPhone, and tips for taming after-school clutter

Here’s what we found on the Internet this week. Hope you like them too.   We can’t wait to get our hands on the upcoming Portlandia cookbook! (via Laughing Squid) This travel guide for chocolate lovers has us drooling. We can’t believe our friend, fellow blogger and former Cool Mom Picks contributor Rebecca Woolf’s twins have turned three. Her birthday post to them is lovely. 9 questions moms are tired of answering, from our own Nicole Blades. Get the very most money for your old iPhone (as in $200 for an iPhone 4!). How fun are these DIY headboards for kids? A helpful...

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This Mother Tucker’s Not Your Average Nursing Tank

I probably would’ve loved the Mother Tucker just for the name itself, but after taking it for a test run, I’m comfortable saying that every nursing mom needs to try this nursing tank right tucking now. Full disclosure: I’m not nursing again until baby numero dos arrives in November, but since I just had my son a little over a year ago, stretch marks, love handles, and public nursing debacles unfortunately aren’t too distant from my memory. Designed by the clever folks at Belly Bandit, the Mother Tucker nursing tank is the closest thing I’ve experienced to what I would imagine a Spanx nursing...

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Hot nail polishes to match the hot Pantone fall 2014 colors

It may still be on the warm side outside for some of us, but fall fashion is officially in full swing. In my kid-free days the new season meant a shopping spree was in order, but today I’m more apt to update my look with a new nail polish shade. Checking out the Pantone fall 2014 Color Report, I’ve put together a guide to fantastic polishes that hit all the right color notes. Hey, is it so wrong to want my toes to match my bag?     Radiant Orchid Deborah Lippmann Good Vibrations, ($17, Deborah Lippmann Online) I love this color, and we all have since  radiant orchid was announced...

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