Flower Power: Marimekko’s Unikko Print Turns 50

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Sunny prints and Marimekko go hand in hand, but one of the Finnish mega-brand’s most recognizable motifs almost didn’t see the light of day. In 1964, despite founder Armi Ratia’s company-wide ban on florals, trailblazing designer Maija Isola was inspired by the flower power revolution of the times and rebelled to create the classic Unikko pattern, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The striking poppy graphic has made its mark on everything from double-decker buses and Finnair jets to super-cute clothes for baby and kids. Want to get your own little ones in on the festivities? Shop our mix to score this signature set and soft cotton onesie stamped with Unikko blooms, plus more colorful picks for pint-sized wardrobes.

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New on Gilt: Rebecca Minkoff Diaper Bags

Photo c/o Lucky Magazine

Photo c/o Lucky Magazine

Considering A-list moms have raised the bar when it comes to what constitutes a diaper bag — we’re looking at you and your Birkin, Kim K. — it was only a matter of time before go-to downtown designer Rebecca Minkoff got in on the diaper-toting game. Second-time mom-to-be Minkoff is known for her instantly covetable pieces (must-have Mini M.A.C.s and more are available on Gilt Women’s today), and her mommy bags don’t disappoint, featuring un-frumpy details like splashy graphic prints and edgy studded hardware. And there’s plenty of function savvy parents can get behind: Think interior bottle pockets, stroller attachments, and bonus changing pads for clean-ups on the go. Equal parts stylish and practical, these city-ready carryalls will be on your arm long after your tots are potty trained — shop them now.

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Mommy Must-Have: Win a (Fully Stocked!) Danzo Diaper Bag

Spring marks the official start of baby shower season, and since modern moms-to-be are just as busy as the proverbial stork, we’ve got a can’t-miss sweepstakes prize to lighten your registry load. One lucky winner will snag a fully stocked Danzo diaper bag (valued at $600!), featuring perfect-for-baby must-haves like the softest swaddle wraps from Aden + Anais, a Jonathan Adler changing station from Skip Hop, and a brightly printed bottle bag from LeSportsac. Enter for your chance to score it all now, before the contest wraps on April 21 at 11:59pm EST (see official rules here). And for all you shower guests, your search for the perfect gift is over — cue the oohs and aahs.

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Molly Sims on Motherhood and Strolling In Style With Orbit

Okay, so saying we identify with all-around-bombshell Molly Sims may seem like wishful thinking, but the reality is, she’s a remarkably down-to-earth mother to almost-two-year-old Brooks—with a few tricks up her stylish sleeve. She knows the power of a good parenting book, a well-packed travel bag, and a smart stroller (namely, the new Orbit G3, launching on Gilt tomorrow at noon ET!). To celebrate the big roll-out, we caught up with Molly to chat about all things motherhood.

Gilt: You juggle it all—acting, modeling, and being a mom—what’s your secret? Any tricks to keeping it all together?
Molly
: When I’m working out of the home, I find myself always wondering what Brooks is doing and what he is up to…I miss him like crazy! Just last week I was working on a sitcom and I swear to you, at every break I would call just to check up on him. But, the thing is, when I work at home, I feel guilty because he is close by and I want to give him all my attention! But, I’ve really learned that I have to have an equal work/life balance.  I make time in my day to focus on work and other times where I don’t touch my laptop or phone and I just focus on my Brooksie. I also have an app on my phone where I can see him in his crib when he is sleeping! It’s great for me when I am out and want to check up on him.

Gilt: What’s the coolest part about being a mom? The most challenging?
Molly
: The coolest thing about being a mom is how much I love having my little partner in crime with me! I love our date nights! We go out at 5pm. Any later than that, Brooks falls asleep at the table. And there is nothing better than hearing him say, “mama”.  It melts my heart. 

The most challenging aspect would have to be, finding that balance to do my job well while still being a good mom to Brooks.

Gilt: Any great parenting advice you’ve picked up from your A-list friends? Any that you always share with other new moms?
Molly
: I am always reading books on parenting and I love having a village of mothers to go to and ask questions. I take a great class with other mothers from Jill Spivack – she has an amazing book, “Sleepy Planet”. I recommend it to everyone!

Gilt: What are your favorite things to do with Brooks?
Molly
: One of my favorite things to do with him is take him to the park so he can run around with all the other kids.  He loves to play on the swing set and jungle gym. I also love taking him to music class.  We have dance parties to his favorite songs!   

Gilt: What’s your approach to kids’ clothes? Brooks always looks baby-chic! Is there anything in particular you love to dress him in, or that we’ll never, ever see him in?
Molly
: Shopping for Brooks is so much fun!  I love him in Gap Kids, Eggy, and I love shopping for him on Gilt.  Brooks never met a stretch pant he didn’t like!  He also got his first suit for his very first graduation from a baby class!

Gilt: Speaking of chic, let’s talk strollers—they’ve kind of become the new status symbols for moms. What made you choose Orbit?
Molly
: I love the whole system! My hubby and I have two bases in each car, so we can easily transfer the car seat from one to the other.  It’s basically an all-in-one system. We can lift him out, lift him in, and never have to take him out of the baby seat. Orbit is a no-hassle stroller!

Gilt: Talk to us about your customized version of the G3—why did you choose that combination?
Molly
: I love black and grey because it’s neutral.  I can mix it up with different color blankets, and the neutral palette goes with everything. I love the baby carrier because we travel so much and I got the sidekick for Brooks so he can ride along with a little sister or brother one day!

Gilt: Any tips for traveling with kids? How can you minimize the stress?
Molly
: I always make sure I have things packed for Brooks to play with, like Hot Wheels, a DVD player, and kid-friendly headphones.  I also wrap his Hot Wheels individually (like little presents), and he gets to unwrap one every hour we are on the plane. I really try to change up his activities every 20 minutes or so. Okay, with him it’s more like every 5 minutes…

Gilt: Your good friend Rachel Zoe just had her 2nd baby—do you think there’s another one in your future, too?
Molly
: I am so happy for Rachel and her family! And yes, we are trying to have another bun in the oven!

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