Handy bags, cool shoes, chocolate and more

Keds Are Cool Again

When I was young all the girls had Keds. They were the perfect shoe for the playground, and our moms loved them for their comfort. Styles were limited, but who could beat a pair of blue or white Keds sneakers for everyday wear?

Fast forward a few decades, and Keds are still around, although they’re not what you might expect. They have seemingly kept up with the times and now are available in numerous styles, colors and fabrics. Still known for their comfort, you may find yourself choosing them based more on their chic look.

The Crawford Scratch Mary Jane is a great slip-on that combines Keds’ athletic heritage with modern sporty chic. These are perfect for running errands or spending a day sightseeing at the zoo.

The Stunner is another great new style from Keds that will really surprise you. True to its name, the Stunner comes in red or black patent and is trimmed with stripes. A pointy toe gives this shoe a modern edge and makes it a little dressier. Pair it with a pretty skirt and top and you’re set for a casual dinner out or backyard barbecue. When there’s a chill in the air, these will look great with jeans and a sweater while keeping you comfortable.

So next time you’re shoe shopping, take a look at Keds. What you find just might surprise you! Available from www.keds.com.

Have Your Chocolate and Eat It Too!

Make sure you’re getting enough calcium and indulge in a little chocolate, too. Adora makes a decadent chocolate that comes in dark or milk varieties and provides 1,000 mg of calcium in each serving for 100 percent of your calcium needs. Women need plenty of calcium to keep their bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. Getting your daily dose never tasted so good! Look for Adora at Whole Foods, Eckerds, Walgreens and Kroger stores.

Pink and Green are Back

But this time around, don’t wear them together. Remember those preppy days from the ‘80s, with pretty Fair Isle sweaters, rich argyles and tailored menswear pants? They’re back with a twist. Here are a few key styles to update your closet:

Pair a Fair Isle sweater with a tweed skirt or pants and add a splash of hot pink or green.

Wear wide-legged jeans with a tailored jacket and throw on a cashmere argyle scarf.

Create an updated boho look by pairing an ethnic print top with tailored trousers.

Put a great pair of riding boots with a denim skirt and a varsity or athletic-inspired top.

Handy Bags

Carrying the Groceries

Next time you run to the grocery, don’t forget your Baggu. Baggu Bags are designed to encourage shoppers to provide their own tote bags when shopping at the farmers market, grocery, drugstore, even their favorite boutique.

Designed by a mother/daughter team, each Baggu holds up to 25 pounds and is practical for both city dwellers and suburban shoppers alike. Using a permanent bag such as Baggu for one year can keep from 300 to 700 plastic grocery bags out of the landfill. That’s reason enough to grab a Baggu and keep it on hand. Plus, the style will keep you coming back for more.

Available from www.baggubag.com for $8, including a pouch.

Traveling with Baby

When traveling with baby, moms often lug around lots of gear. The EuroTote offers an easy solution to this problem. The EuroTote is a cradle carrier that morphs into a bunting and stroller bag as well as a play blanket and travel bed. The tote has both a cozy, faux-shearling top for cold weather and a mesh top for hot days.

When flying, use the EuroTote to provide a calm and consistent environment for baby. Once you arrive at your destination, the carrier fits into a car seat and can be a clean, comfortable and familiar place for baby to play and sleep.

Once the child is over 25 pounds, use the EuroTote as a stroller bag and a bunting until age 3. Priced at $120, the EuroTote offers a lot of bang for the buck. See www.lillebabyUSA.com for retailers.