While some stars take an extremely disciplined approach to “shedding for the wedding,” Lauren Conrad‘s not sweating it — literally or figuratively.
We’re always excited when a celebrity has a new mane change, so when Kim Kardashian shared a series of pictures with new blonde tresses yesterday, our inboxes flooded with emails saying, “OMG! Did you see?!” Despite our suspicions that it might be faux, we couldn’t just ignore her new do — and of course, hours later, the reality star shared another picture of herself with the caption, “It’s just a wig! Looks so real though right?” Though she managed to fool many with her fake locks, she hasn’t been the first celeb to try a hair hoax.
Sure, she’s a former reality star-turned-style mogul whose accessible style and gorgeous hair are constantly on PEOPLE StyleWatcher’s “most coveted” lists, but even Lauren Conrad admits to having some best-tressed envy of her own.
Courtesy The Little Market
Lauren Conrad is our unofficial arbiter for all things chic and personal. Her Instagram alone is a treasure trove of gifting and party-throwing inspiration. So who better to give great Mother’s Day gift advice than the designer/entrepreneur/star herself? We tapped into her expertise for some ideas for moms both young and older.
And any mom could tell you, the best gift is a meaningful one. Conrad and her best friend Hannah Skvarla tend to agree with that sentiment, which is why they founded e-commerce site The Little Market. The site’s mission is to “build sustainable partnerships with artisans in developing countries, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace,” according to its website. “We seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families.”
That’s why the duo included a few of their own finds from their world travels in the gift list, below. “Growing up, the best Mother’s Day gifts were handmade by us and were all about expressing our gratitude to our moms,” Conrad and Skvarla wrote to us. “This year, The Little Market is full of handmade gifts for moms that will generate income for the mothers who make them.” Read on below to see their gifting ideas, from DIY to too cute for words, and tell us in the comments: What are you planning to give to your mom for Mother’s Day?
Back in the day, we loved friendship bracelets, those braided string creations we made at summer camp or in middle school. So it should come as no surprise that editors here are really into the upgraded version of the bracelet: These ones are made with luxe materials, feature a little sparkle, play well with bangles and watches, have a celeb following (Rachel Zoe and Lauren Conrad are fans of the brand) and are the perfect boho-bling-y touch to all your spring and summer outfits. And we should also add that these friendship bracelet stacks of three normally go for $150, but we nabbed ‘em for you for way less than half that price. Because that’s what friends are for.
Click on your favorite color way above in the video (or just click here), add ‘em to the cart and enter STYLE15 at checkout for an extra 15% off the already-reduced price (if it’s your first time shopping Joyus.com).
Now you just have to decide if you’re going to keep the whole stack for yourself (yes, that’s what most of us did) or divide it up and give two to your best friends.
While skimming our social media outlets today, we noticed that all of the things we clicked on seemed to connect one way or another. You may think that Marc Jacobs has nothing to do with Nick Cannon (and Marc might think so too) — but you’re mistaken! Just to make sure didn’t miss some of the major moments on Instagram and Twitter today, we rounded em up and made the connections just so you can see how small (say, six degrees apart) the fashion world actually is.
Lauren Conrad has always loved fashion (she designs two lines, Paper Crown and LC by Lauren Conrad), so we’re expecting some pretty big things from her wedding dress. The bride-to-be told Martha Stewart Weddings that she’s been thinking about her gown since high school. “Bridal is unique because of the quality of the fabrics and the silhouettes,” she said. “It’s such an important part of someone’s big day, and I always thought that was cool.”
Will she go classic or modern? What would go best with her signature cat eye? How will she wear her hair? So many questions, and they’re only partially answered in her list of 25 gowns she loves, complete with notes on how she’d style them. We’re not shocked she’d ditch the “rocker” black leather gloves with this Vera Wang strapless design, and we’re pretty convinced the girl won’t go short or A-line or tea-length — she could do that any time (and in fact, she does — a lot).
So we carefully went through her list and picked three dresses we think are legitimate contenders for Conrad’s big day. From left …
Courtesy Oscar de la Renta;Courtesy Marchesa;Courtesy Elizabeth Fillmore;Inset:Monica Schipper/FilmMagic
Oscar de la Renta: The designer has a penchant for all things precious, which is why we think this Oscar De La Renta dress could be perfect. “There’s something so sweet about this one,” she says of the gown paired with a scalloped veil. And yes, we totally peg her as a veil girl. Based on her engagement shoot, Conrad loves anything diaphanous and gauzy. Plus, she praises how the layers on the veil work with the layers on the dress without being too “matchy-matchy.” Amen, LC.
Marchesa: Remember when you thought peplum was dead and then it showed up everywhere at the Oscars? If someone else was going to rock it, it’d be Conrad in this Marchesa sheath dress. She says that the lace makes the waist detail “not overwhelming.” She’s also the voice of reason about the practicality of the peplum: “Peplums are much more flattering than people think because if you have the curves, it shows them off, and if you don’t have them, it gives the illusion.”
Elizabeth Fillmore: Since she now has a simple (and stunning!) solitaire round engagement ring, what better to wear it with than this dramatic Elizabeth Fillmore piece. Described as “eyelet-embroidered high-low wrap ball gown with ostrich feathers,” it’s a high-fashion mouthful. But as Conrad points out, “It’s already styled.” Throw on some delicate shoes (we’d pick these gold Manolos to go with her ring) and prance down the aisle in style.
Do you agree with our picks? What type of dress would you like to see Conrad wear? Share your thoughts below.