Fab mama


Kate Pancero


Fancy footwork

You have plenty of frames filled with your family photos, but they just aren’t creative enough. Do something different with your favorite snapshots by making them into shoes.

Zazzle.com—a company that allows consumers to custom design a variety of merchandise—has teamed up with comfy shoe company Keds so you can take the reins and design your own shoes in the Keds Studio, www.zazzle.com/
custom/shoes. Choose the shoe style, size and add your favorite patterns, photos and text to your new pair of shoes. Fab Mama borrowed photos of Associate Editor Jennifer Gilbert’s 6-month-old son Landon to create our own pair (pictured).

Choose from lace-ups, slip-ons and mini slip-ons in women’s sizes and lace-ups and slip-ons for kids to feature your designs. Kids’ shoes retail for $50 and women’s sizes sell for $60.


Cuff it to me

Celebrate your special mother-child bond with a custom cuff from Emmie Kate, www.emmiekate.com. The company started when founder Maquel Christopher wanted the perfect jewelry for her daughter, Kate, and Kate’s cousin and best friend, Emmie.

All of the pieces are hand-made from sterling silver. The most popular and classic from the line is the personalized cuff that makes a fabulous present for a new mom and her baby or for yourself and your little one.

The custom cuffs cost $50 for mom, $35 child sizes and $30 for infants. For more information and other styles, visit the Web site.


Your own personal shopper

Everyone has their favorite brands, from jeans to shoes, purses to jewelry. Although money may be tight, that doesn’t mean you can’t budget and bargain your way to your favorite clothes. The free e-mail service Shop It To Me, www.shopit
tome.com, provides subscribers with an endless source of sales and bargains. You choose the brands, sizes and how often you receive the e-mails. The average deal is around 41 percent off the suggested retail price.

Pamper your sweet tooth

reat yourself to the delectable, mouthwatering indulgence more commonly referred to as chocolate. But not just any chocolate will do for a chocolate-loving Fab Mama.

Beginning Dec. 1, ethel’s chocolate will launch a limited edition holiday collection that includes many favorite holiday dinner side dish and dessert staples encased in the company’s famous gourmet chocolate. Cranberry, Egg Nog, Orange Spice, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie—each bite is a scrumptious experience. The pies and Gingerbread chocolates taste almost homemade, while the Egg Nog, Orange Spice and Cranberry varieties play on the familiar scents and tastes of the season. An added bonus: the chocolates look as good as they taste.

The chocolates come in holiday tins that range from 24 pieces in a snowflake for $35, to a tower filled with 16 pieces of ethel’s assorted chocolates and 24 pieces of the holiday collection for $55. Medium and large baskets are also available for $65 and $85, respectively. For more information and store locations, visit www.ethelschocolate.com. Ethel’s holiday chocolates are sure to be a great gift for your girlfriends—or even for yourself because you deserve a little chocolate treat every now and then.

Tees brewed with style

rewing tea in little bags was enough to inspire designer Danielle DiBenedetto to create the clothing label Proper Tea. "I was dipping this green tea in my little thing of water," DiBenedetto says of her aha moment. "All of the sudden I was like, ‘a tea bag!’ And everything spun from there."

The shirts, dresses, scarves and cami sets in her collection reflect different tea varieties and come packaged in labeled tea bags made from cotton interfacing. Sparing nothing in the details, the bags come complete with instructions, "Preparation: Place shirt on body, steep in personality, allow to infuse." Her first shirt, Raspberry Tea, has a flocked print with subtle hearts, a symbolic gesture dedicated to DiBenedetto’s family, whom she credits for helping her launch her business.

Her recent fall collection introduced tunic dresses, which DiBenedetto has found serve as great maternity dresses as well. But that doesn’t mean that only pregnant moms can wear them. "I wanted them to be cute, so I wanted to design something anyone could wear," DiBenedetto says of the dresses that come in three tea flavors, Sangria, Dark Chocolate and Midnight.

Proper Tea clothing ranges from $27.50 for scarves, $40-$46 for T-shirts, $48-$54 for long- and bell-sleeved shirts, $64 for hoodies and $76 for tunic dresses. Currently the line runs in small, medium and large with larger sizes planned for future launches. For more information or to order, visit www.properteawear.com.



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