Tag: women’s fashion

Splurge or steal: Cool ombre scarves for spring and how to wear them

When I saw this Chan Luu ombre scarf on Net-a-Porter I nearly died with envy. I want to eat it it’s so gorgeous. Or at least wrap myself in the gorgeous cashmere-silk blend fabric and never take it off. If you’re wondering how to wear a scarf when winter is a memory (buh-bye, won’t miss you), ombre is hot right now, and light scarves are a fabulous way to pull together even a t-shirt and jeans, soften up a biker jacket, or add interest to a dress instead of more jewelry. But alas, as much as I love everything...

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Trend Alert: Leather Wrap Bracelets – 8 of the coolest styles for spring

Leather wrap bracelets are so hot right now and I’m hoping the trend doesn’t go anywhere soon. It’s the right balance of casual, fun, and a little edgy, and you can pull it off whatever your style. Especially since multi-layered bracelets are really in right now (check out Kristen’s swanky arm on our Instagram feed) and bracelets that already wrap around a few times make it even easier to pull off. Wear one of these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets on their own, or layer with a few other coordinating pieces around your wrist. Or hey–not so coordinating. That’s what’s...

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If you’re not a Gilt member yet, here’s 25 very good reasons why you should be.

It’s crazy to imagine that anyone who shops isn’t yet a member of Gilt Group yet. We’ve seen them grow over the years from mere flash sale site, to a major retail force, with men’s clothes, maternity, food, and even city-specific sales. They’re one of the few sites of their kind that have managed to keep quality up and stay relevant–and if you’re not a member yet, now there’s a good reason to join. As in a $25 reason to join. If you sign up now using our invitation link then place your first order of $50+ by April 30...

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Handmade gifts from Far and Wide Collective that look good and do good.

After scooping up some handmade jewelry at a street bazaar during a recent trip to Mexico, I started yearning for even more handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories with an origin slightly more interesting than what I see in mall store chains. We love finding awesome international Etsy shops from time to time, along with wonderful companies like FashionABLE that make gifts that give back. And now there’s Far and Wide Collective, a new site started by international development expert Hedvig Christine Alexander, that’s full of the wares of artisans around the world. More so, they’re all from emerging economies like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and...

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Gorjana jewelry: Affordable, adorable, and ready for spring

I was so excited to be introduced to the affordable, very wearable Gorjana jewelry by a friend whose necklace I couldn’t stop ogling. Of course the one she wore is no longer online (d’oh) but so much in the shop caught my eye, like this superstar necklace, for one. I love the asymmetry of the two star charms on the gold-plated or sterling chain, and it’s such a sweet delicate piece to consider as our clothes start getting a little lighter too. There’s tons of affordable jewelry to browse in the shop, most of it designed with on-trend layering in mind. It’s...

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Steal this look: The Lupita Nyong’o headband at the Oscars

We try not to play favorites (too much) but we admit to cheering loudly the second Lupita Nyong’o hit the Oscars red carpet in that stunning sky blue Prada dress accessorized with a fabulous gold and diamond headband–right through her well-deserved Oscar win and her perfect acceptance speech. What a fabulous new It Girl we have in Hollywood now. While the increasingly famous “Lupita Headband” was actually designed for her by Fred Leighton, I’d venture to guess it’s a weeeeee bit out of our price range. I’ve put together a few more affordable options if you like the look of...

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The new SJP shoes by Sarah Jessica Parker have arrived at Nordstrom! But which ones are worth the designer prices?

Today, Nordstrom launched their exclusive, and much-awaited new line of SJP shoes designed by Sarah Jessica Parker. And as someone who’s seen her a couple of times in person (from afar), they are very her. Lots of high heeled, strappy sandals in hot designer styles plus a few fun flats and some pretty handbags–all with the designer prices to match. It’s hard not to think of Carrie Bradshaw realizing she had no money for a mortgage, but an entire closet full of $400 shoes. I don’t love everything in the collection; but with 64 items to choose from in all...

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Storq: Stylish maternity basics just got way easier to find, wear, and match.

My maternity basics during my two pregnancies pretty much consisted of black leggings (one pair I washed every other day), tees long enough to cover my belly and a couple of dresses with stretch. Everything else–blazers, button downs, hoodies–had been pulled from my existing wardrobe and layered on top–buttons open, of course. Operating under the same premise, that you can totally get by stylishly during those nine months with some very basic maternity clothes, is a chic new maternity collection called Storq. We’ve found a crop of new maternity collections targeting cool moms-to-be lately, but what makes Storq different...

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Trend alert: 6 fabulous open-toed booties just in time for spring

I’ve been a fan of booties, or short ankle boots, ever since I can remember. (Just take one quick look at my closet.) But they were limited to closed-toe weather months until I discovered the joys of open-toed booties. Now, they are my go-to shoe style for nearly everything. I even own two of the same style in different colors, I love them that much, and hooray for those of you in the same camp, because right now open-toed booties are everywhere! They can actually help make a shorter skirt or dress seem a little more um, age-appropriate, for those...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great finds on Pinterest daily, like these.   1. A handmade baby mobile we’re going nuts for. 2. Whoa, sexy shoes for spring we could actually walk in. Must. Have. Now. 3. Hilarious board book for babies. Smart babies. Nerdy babies. 4. A Valentine’s Day gift that’s making us all sentimental. Sniff. 5. Kitchen drawer organization tips from Martha. We need these! Also, don’t miss our Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board, chock full of gift ideas, crafts, recipes, and a whole lot of things with...

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Trend alert: heart-shaped sunglasses and cat eye glasses straight from the ’80s.

As if the legwarmers, puffy sleeves, and the neon weren’t indication enough, the 80s are back in full force — as evident in the crop of campy heart-shaped sunglasses just in time for Valentine’s Day. In fact, we’re seeing tons of cat eye glasses all over the new spring collections. Okay, so maybe it’s really the ’10s with a nod to the ’80s with a nod to the ’50s. Isn’t that how fashion goes? Should you be daring (and fun) enough to give it a go, here are a few favorites. At top: Hollywood If I Could cat eye glasses...

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To maternity and beyond: Fourth Love looks chic even after your 9 months are up.

The idea of a stylish maternity clothing line that still fits after your nine months are up is a relatively new thing. And a welcome one. While some creative (and super fit) moms can get away with buying their normal designer faves a few sizes up to compensate for their growing middle, it’s nice for the rest of us to find maternity clothes that actually grow–and un-grow–with your body. The new label Fourth Love enters this growing market (bad pun, I know) with a chic line that works on the way up and down. I’m skeptical at the thought of...

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The coolest jewelry, handbags and accessories: Editors’ Best of 2013

As much as we love picking gear, goodies, and gifts for kids, we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to picking pretties for ourselves, especially from indie brands and small artists. From cool jewelry and handbags to gorgeous accessories to bring our wardrobe staples to the 21st century, we think moms need special somethings too. Maybe even lots of them. So to close out our Editors Picks of 2013, here are our very favorites from 2013, which we think will still look fabulous in 2014 too. Good, because we’ll still be wearing them.   K20 by Karen Ko...

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The FashionABLE birthday sale: You get the gifts, and so do women halfway around the world.

Three years ago, a small company was founded that would forever change the lives of so many women and mothers in Ethiopia. You may already know how much we love FashionABLE, their beautiful handmade scarves and leather goods, and everything they’re doing to bring women out of poverty to create better lives for themselves. Now it’s time to celebrate their third birthday in style, with a super awesome sale this week only. Starting today, FashionABLE will be celebrating three years with a sale on every beautiful item in their shop including their new fall collection. Every writer from Cool Mom Picks got one...

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More to love: Rent the Runway adds plus sizes

You could say a few of us here have become quite the evangelists for Rent the Runway. After seeing Kristen strut her stuff on a Las Vegas business trip in two gorgeous designer dresses, I tried it myself for an event this past spring, and fell in love with the clothes, the service, the style–everything. So I’m glad even more women will get to reap the benefits with the addition of their brand new plus size line.   Rent the Runway Plus is so awesome for women sizes 14-22 who feel more Badgley-Mischka than Lane Bryant. In fact, they happen...

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True & Co: Bra shopping just got more amazing than ever. Because you don’t have to go.

The idea of a service that let’s you order bras online with “virtual” fitters–well, call me a skeptic. A big skeptic. Until I found this brilliant (seriously) service that…wow. This is not like any online bra shop I’ve ever seen. True & Co is like having a personal lingerie shopper at your service, without the indignity of her feeling you up in the fluorescent-lit dressing room. You just answer a few very specific, multiple choice questions about the fit of your bra: Things like how the bra straps fit, the shape of your breasts, which hook on your bra...

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Gorgeous accessories we bet no one else will have

One of the many things I love about online shopping is that you can find all sorts of cool hidden gems in faraway places without having to actually go there. And that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon The Little Drom Store. Now, if you happen to be in Singapore, you can pop into their storefront, but if you’re like me, you’ll be shopping from their online shop, which is full of gorgeous, unique baubles. I’m completely smitten with these fabulous knitwear necklaces (though they’re not actually made of knit). What a cool style statement over a white...

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Gorgeous, fashion-forward accessories straight from…Tibet

I’ve loved Shokay since I first discovered their gorgeous baby clothes and gifts, all made from a yak hair cashmere that’s unbelievably soft and gorgeous, and all made sustainably to support Tibetan artisans. Now they’ve redone the site and made the leap into a lot of great fashion-forward accessories. I love the Turkana necklace, which is all knit out of bamboo, cotton and yak hair. (And yes, I wish there were a sexier term for “yak hair,” the way we don’t call cashmere “goat hair.”) There are also some spectacular shawls and scarves, like the spring/summer-weight black and white...

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The Marimekko summer sale has us clicking “add to cart” way too much

My love for the Scandinavian design of Marimekko goes back to when I slept on their sheets as a kid myself. (My parents had great taste, lucky me!) So when I see the whole shop is on sale up to 50% off, I’m all over it. Visit the Marimekko sale for truly amazing deals on all kinds of great things from housewares, tech, kids clothes and even stylish goodies for you. You can also shop some of our favorite picks directly through Luvocracy, like the Converse Marimekko high tops (now $45 down from $75), gorgeous cotton-silk scarves (this one...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are, or just hoping to finally get started? Follow us and we’ll show you the ropes! 1. Dying over this adorable collection of summer dresses for girls. 2. Kristen’s coveting these hot summer shoes for herself. We don’t blame her. 3. We’re loving these iPhone cases for the fashionista. Hilarious! 4. Fabulous totes and tech cases on sale from one of our favorite designers. Go! 5. A sweet project if you have kids going off to camp this summer....

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