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Need Mother's Day Gift Ideas? Let Lauren Conrad and Pal Hannah Skvarla Help You Out!

May/02/2014 at 05:30 PM ET

Lauren Conrad Little MarketCourtesy 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?

RELATED: Conrad and Skvarla tells us more about The Little Market’s mission!
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Friendship Bracelets Are Back (and Way More Stylish This Time Around)

Apr/28/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

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.

–Zoë Ruderman

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Our May Giveaways Will Make You Want to Go on Vacation (Like, Tomorrow)

Apr/17/2014 at 03:48 PM ET

March StyleWatch Giveaways

Did you plan your summer vacation yet? You’re about to as soon as you enter to win our fabulous May giveaways. If you don’t feel like running to the newsstand, you can download the new issue on iTunes, but you’ll want to do it quickly, because we’re about to fill you in on all the free stuff you can win. To be a bit more specific, $4,498 worth of swag is up for grabs. Excited yet? Read More

Two Rings You've Gotta Have in Your Jewelry Box

Mar/31/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

There’s one kind of ring every woman should own at this point: the midi. It looks stunning on its own or stacked with rings you already wear everyday. And then there’s another kind of ring, one that every woman who loves cats, should own. Watch the video to see both — and shop each (discovered at one of our favorite Brooklyn jewelry stores) with an exclusive discount.

Now, before you click the “Buy” button, we’d suggest doing two things: Enter STYLE15 for an extra 15% off. And take a moment to think about all the cat lovers in your life and how excited they’d be to get this gift from you. Shouldn’t you really add a ring to your basket for each of them?

Since the cat ring is very affordable, you can do just that. (And by the way, there’s nothing cheap feeling about the design. It’s made like jewelry that would cost much more and looks like it too, thanks to the delicate style, metal and the Catbird Brooklyn box that they come in.)

And hey, let’s not forget the also very affordable midi rings. While they don’t have adorable cat ears, there’s something about them that’s such a perfection combination of classic and on-trend. We guarantee you’ll never regret wearing a midi (not like how we’re sure to feel about those overalls we just bought) and you’ll get tons of compliments.

OK, now that you’ve ordered the rings, we give you permission to go back to your other internet cat videos…

–Zoë Ruderman

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The Last Water Bottle You'll Ever Buy (P.S. It's Great for Mixing Cocktails, Too)

Mar/24/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

We know drinking water is good for us and that there about a million and four health benefits to getting enough of it. Our complaint, though, is that it’s not that exciting. Which is where this genius water bottle comes in…

We’ve become a bit addicted to fruit-infused H2O since discovering the Flavourit bottle. And unlike just dropping slices of lemons and berries in a pitcher, this water bottle is designed to get a ton of flavor out of whatever you’re adding to your drink.

And if you watched the full video, you’ve realized that we’re, uh, not using the Flavourit for just water. This thing has seriously elevated our at-home bartending since we can now make strawberry-flavored vodka-tonics, Dark-and-Stormies with actual pieces of ginger and rum-and-Cokes with a couple cherries added in.

Get an exclusive 15% discount (to bring down the price to 12.75 a bottle) by entering STYLE15 at checkout. And be sure to let us know how you’re flavoring your water (or other beverages!).

(Oh, and if hot coffee and tea are your thing, you must check out this other amazing bottle that keeps drinks hot for a full 12 hours and cold for an entire day.)

Happy shopping and sipping!

–Zoë Ruderman

This Water Bottle Does Something Very, Very Cool

Feb/24/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

Actually, it does a few very, very cool things. The bottle keeps drinks cold for a full day and hot for half a day. The big one fits an entire bottle of wine. They magically don’t create condensation (so you can throw it in your bag and not worry about getting everything wet). Watch the video to get the scoop — and to find out the one other thing that makes this metal water bottle better than all the rest.

Basically, if you bring a water bottle to the gym, drink coffee in a travel mug, are trying to save money/the planet/your health by not using plastic, ever go on picnics and want to bring vino with you or you just want to leave sweet notes in chalk on a bottle full of coffee for your significant other, you should order this.

And if you’re a first-time Joyus shopper and enter STYLE15 at checkout, you’ll get 15% off, which means the price comes down to under 30 bucks.

Now all that’s left to do is decide how many to get. Let’s see, one for the gym, one for coffee in the car, a big one for wine, one as a gift…

–Zoë Ruderman

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Exclusive: YouTube Beauty Star Michelle Phan Has a Very Special Valentine's Day Message For You

Feb/13/2014 at 07:25 PM ET

You probably already subscribe to Michelle Phan’s YouTube channel. (Seriously, her tutorials are really helpful whether you are a total makeup pro or still have trouble applying foundation.) But the beauty guru’s latest clip doesn’t involve mastering the perfect smoky eye or bold lip. It’s has a much more sentimental meaning (warning: Your mascara might run, so keep her channel open in a new tab in case you need to fix it!). She’s talking all about l’amour and we have the exclusive first look. Read More

 

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