Cool iPhone Applications for Stylish, Creative and Savvy Mamas

iphoneI see you raising your artfully plucked eyebrow (or creatively unplucked ones if you will)… Well, this blog is not just about how to dress little boys in style, it’s also about raising boys and living my life day by day: sometimes in style, sometimes not so much. And this also includes creative quick dinner solutions, my thoughts and opinions on various subjects and yes, iPhone applications. I am not a gadget honcho or a tech wiz, but I happen to know a few Moms who would need a surgical intervention should some Evil Force decide to separate them from their precious iPhones. Besides being a body extension, the iPhones have become our life managers, our libraries, our photo albums, our dictionaries, our junk drawer… our ever-present butler but without the eye rolling or disapproving sniffing.

Naturally zillion iPhone applications springing to life daily add to this addiction.  I rounded up some really awesome (in my opinion) applications that would work nicely with some aspects of modern Mom’s complex personalities and multitasking.

Chic-onomic Mom is the one who mastered the secrets of looking like a million dollars on a shoestring budget. The following four applications are right on spot aiding in juggling family finances, organizing closets and shopping.

Friday Kaleidoscope February 19th, 2010

KaleidoscopeAnother grueling week is almost over and we are ready to relax by the fireplace gazing at the dancing flames and sipping chilled chardonnay, while the roasting something fills the air with mouthwatering aroma and Norah Jones purrs softly in the background. Sike! Sounds like Danielle Steele’s cheesy opus but why not? Really? We all could use some nice treatment, some love and a pop of color to spice up our life. So here you go!

Friday Kaleidoscope February 26th, 2010

KaleidoscopeIt’s Friday again and weather shows no signs of improvement! Bone penetrating wind gusts, never ending snow… Gosh! Can’t wait to go back to my beloved LA, plop down on the plastic chair outside the Coffee Bean and do some serious chilling and relaxing of body and soul. Why do I bring up Coffee Bean all the time? Because I miss it, because Starbucks coffee can’t hold a candle to CB and they carry these apple shaped glass jars of surprise… apple juice! In the meantime, let’s keep looking at the bright side of life Laughing

ThredUP - Netflix for Children's Clothing

Swap Kids' Clothes Online

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"thredUP is the place for America’s busy, green and
frugal parents to conveniently exchange kids’ clothes.
Think: Netflix for children’s clothing".

If you say FRUGAL, you’ve got me listening. I am always up to anything frugal, effective and efficient, especially when it comes to my kid’s clothes. So, how do you recycle, utilize and reuse gently worn kids clothes with the minimal effort, downtime and fees, besides giving them away?  thredUP Kids is to the rescue, claiming to do 95% of this tedious work for you saving you time and money. So, let see what you can do on thredUP?

Friday Kaleidoscope March 5th, 2010

KaleidoscopeHey there! It’s amazing how brightly shining sun changes an entire life perspective and turns a cautious grouch into a singing optimist. II will tear down the mountains and change the attitude towards the boys’ fashion. Speaking of changing the attitude, there is a little fashionista rebel out there who is doing exactly that with her tomboy chic style.

Pink or Blue? The Brief History of Gender Color Stereotyping

Blueboy_PinkBoyYou all know my firm position on a gender appropriate colors' BS. Why aren't boys allowed to come anywhere near pink or purple, or even red or orange in especially severe cases of colorgenderphobia? Why is the public so disturbed by the lack of pink ruffles and neutral colors of Shiloh Joile-Pitt's tomboy clothes? So, why is Blue for Boys and Pink for Girls?
Recently I came across this brilliant post of Rachel Perls, which was a delightful revelation. Rachel Perls is a an Architectural Color Consultant and shares her passion for color on her blog Hue.

Friday Kaleidoscope – March 19th, 2010

Shop Now! Stella McCartney Spring 2010 Collection for GapKids

KaleidoscopeFirst of all, Happy Birthday to me (well, it was yesterday)! Happy Birthday to all fellow Pisces, mysteries, romantic and impossibly creative creatures.   I’ve been on a short hiatus due to my move back to warm and crazy LA! Amidst the boxes, bags and scattered around toys and shoes, lack of internet connection and access to boysbecool.com I’ve managed to celebrate my brave move with a cup of Coffee Bean mocha. To be honest, my move is insane. The taxes are out of control in CA! Everything, including diapers and OTC medication is taxed. Electronics and cell phones are taxed based on their actual costs regardless of contracts. For example, a $99 iPhone would cost you $50 more, because the sales tax is charged based on the actual price of this device without a contract ($499)!

Top this!- 77kids' Tops Sale and Little Dancer

BBC_Bird_LogoFirst of all I would like to introduce new LoobaLee widget created especially for BoysBeCool. This widget sorts and filters zillions of listings on LoobaLee.com and then only displays boys’ clothes and footwear listings on Boys Be Cool. So, you guys could see what’s cooking on this marketplace and grab a cool deal before it’s gone. Browse cool brands for sale at more than reasonable prices at this online marketplace for buying and selling children’s clothing.

Material Daughter: Madonna To Launch Junior’s Line Inspired By Lourdes

fashionnews_madonna_lourdesQueen of Pop Madonna is collaborating with Macy’s for a junior’s lifestyle collection inspired by her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes. The collection will include apparel, handbags, footwear, and jewelry with prices ranging from $12 to $40. Lourdes is said to be involved with the line, attending design meetings with Macy’s executives. The junior’s collection is expected to be available in stores around the time students are heading back to school.
But that isn’t all for Madonna. The legendary pop singer just inked a huge fashion deal that will allow her to have control in several existing brands and create her own brands. Her manager Guy Oseary and she have formed MG Icon with brand-management firm Iconix. The duo will own 50 percent stake in the company and Iconix, which owns labels like Candie’s, will own the other 50 percent.

Friday Kaleidoscope – March 26th, 2010

KaleidoscopeThis week had flown by and I am stunned it’s already Friday. It’s not that I haven’t collected colorful bits and pieces for your pleasant Friday reading. I have lots of fab finds to share with you. It’s just this neck-breaking speed of life that never ceases to amaze me. My son who was blowing bubbles just yesterday recites two-line long dinosaurs’ names, differentiating between herbivores and carnivores plans weekend dates with his girlfriends.

Happy Passover!

passoverI would like to wish our fellow stylistas who celebrate the miraculous escape of Jewish people from enslavement in Egypt, very Happy and Healthy Passover. I wish you a happy Exodus from your personal Egypt. I am sure everybody has one.


Friday Kaleidoscope April 2nd, 2010 – Happy Easter!

imagesFirst of all, Happy Easter to all our Christian friends!  As an important part of Easter celebration, Eggs Hunt is not to be taken lightly. The preparations, the excitement, big smiles, colorful eggs, cheering parents, beautiful clothes and the memories… Heartwarming memories captured in the pictures.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Report – Best Dressed Little Dudes

Zahara__DilonWe had a blast last Sunday, watching our little treasures rushing about in an excited frenzy, searching for the eggs. We have followed all the tips of the professional photographer Rachel Hudgins posted in my last week’s Friday Kaleidoscope: Tried to take pictures before and after the hunt, placed ourselves strategically around the locations with the massive amounts of hidden eggs, hovered over the excited kids examining their baskets’ contents. Here are the carefully filtered results.



The Boys' Best  Easter Outfits

Friday Kaleidoscope – Cool Finds’ Mashup

Leather Dinosaur, Glow-in-the-Dark Pillow, Groovy Chest for Little Treasures and Salvor Onesies

Friday bits and pieces for Friday frayed ends of sanity.

d°light Huggable Pillow

Glowig_PillowYou know how you brave little soldier refuses to stay in his bedroom alone just because some seemingly friendly at a daylight creatures have morphed into terrifying monsters and they are everywhere… This Glow  in the dark fuzzy- cozy pillow might be a solution; a friend that will always be there for  your kid, warding off the fears and making him feel warm and blissfully calm and secure.

Brilliant, truly enlightened both visually and emotionally design by Diana Lin!  d°light Huggable pillows’ strangely life-like power comes from the 12 LED lights, encased in small silicone bubbles and stashed inside a translucent pillow cover.

Uncommonly Creative Mother’s Day Gift and More…

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It’s past Friday and I didn’t manage to post my Friday Kaleidoscope, so this is more of a Saturday Mashup. I have to get it out so you can hurry up and place an order for the amazingly Uncommon Mother’s Day gift.

Link Love

Great Mommy Sites You Would Love Following

linkloveI don’t think you need a degree in molecular physics to figure out I am obsessed with fashion, style, trends, design… though the main focus of my blog is on the boys fashion, I still need some soul food to satisfy my grownup fashion cravings. And I am not easy to please, guys!

Here come my sisters in blogging, Supermoms who somehow manage to raise their kids, remain gorgeous, run their businesses, spread the love, give back and stay on top of all the fashion and shopping trends. Their blogs are worth following and sharing.