Aug 30, 2014 8:15 AM
This Balancing Tree ($15) toy helps kids from three and up develop their fine motor skills as they work to properly stack this series of colorful blocks and birds. Kids two and under might also enjoy using these sustainably-manufactured pieces for chewing, losing under couches, and hitting you in the shins.
Aug 30, 2014 8:10 AM
We're more than ready for the Jamberry trend to go away forever. It's not that we're against nail wraps, but we're so over the constant Facebook Jamberry party invitations from the girl we sat next to in high school History that we haven't talked to in 10 years. If you're in the market for fun nail art, we suggest these black marbled wraps from NCLA ($16). It takes way less time than applying polish, and they last up to two weeks. Oh, and you won't have to attend any dumb online parties.
Aug 30, 2014 8:05 AM
Ever since your first viewing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, you've dreamed of having a chocolate river of your own. Sudsing up with Philip B.'s Chocolate Milk Body Wash ($8) in the bath may be the closest you'll ever get to realizing your childhood fantasy. (Just don't pull an Augustus Gloop and try to drink the bathwater when you're done.)
Aug 30, 2014 8:00 AM
"9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
"My hair is, like, totally flat today!"
Don't get caught with limp, lifeless hair - keep this Flat Fix Emergency Kit ($10) on hand at all times and use the volumizing shampoo, conditioner, and re-shaper to keep your 'do looking amazing at all times.
Aug 29, 2014 11:10 AM
Are y'all sick of '90s throwbacks yet? Autumn is feeling the grungy influence; fall flannel and plaid are back but this year, they're slouchy and casual. Strap on your Doc Martens - this trend isn't going anywhere for awhile.
Steve Madden N-OMBREPLD ($24 with coupon code AUGBDAY14
UNIF Nevermind Cardigan ($106 with code FALL2014)
American Apparel Unisex Plaid Flannel Long Sleeve Button-Up ($52 on sale)
LA Hearts Plaid Faux Leather Trim Backpack ($24 on sale)
Circus by Sam Edelman Cruz Shoe ($48 with coupon code SHOELUVA)
Our mothers told us to avoid looking cheap, but we can't help but think frugality is flattering. Does This Make Us Look Cheap? is your Friday dose of sale items to snag over the weekend - because being a tightwad doesn't mean you don't have taste.
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Aug 29, 2014 11:00 AM
What could be better than having the flavor of smoked sea salt, burnt sugar, molasses, and vanilla bean on your lips all day? Well, a piece of actual cake, maybe. Until we convince the local bakery to start delivering a slice of burnt sugar sea salt cake straight to our desks every afternoon, we'll settle on using some of this lip elixir ($7) every time we start to crave sugar.
Aug 29, 2014 10:55 AM
You reach into the cupboard for your trusty bottle of extra virgin olive oil almost every time you cook a meal - wouldn't it be easier to leave it on your counter 24/7? We're not advocating trying to incorporate a Bertolli bottle into your kitchen decor - rather, pour it into this beautiful cruet ($36) for easy (and stylish!) pouring and drizzling.
Aug 29, 2014 10:50 AM
Real talk: your date is more likely to kiss your face if they don't have to dodge giant pimples in order to find a patch of smooth skin to smooch. If you find yourself dealing with frequent breakouts, try treating your skin with this Break Out Botanical Acne Gel ($19). Tea tree extract and organic mint work together to calm your angry skin, leaving it perfectly kissable at all times.
Aug 29, 2014 10:47 AM
We hate to even bring it up, but it's better to be prepared, right? We're rounding the corner on fall, and all the non-high-heel-friendly weather it's gonna bring with it. Wear your favorite Hunters to work and slip your shoes into the Shoe Along Shoe Bag ($20). The bag slips over the handles of your handbags and holds onto your flats, heels, sneakers - whatever you need it to - without you having to make room inside (or worry about damaging the leather on) your purse as you make the commute to work.
Aug 29, 2014 10:40 AM
All right, child of the '90s. Don't act like you never owned a Tamagotchi. You carried that digital pet with you everywhere in the hopes of keeping it alive as long as possible. The new iteration, the Tamagotchi Friends Digital Friend ($20), is more of a human-like pal than an alien pet. It's a needy childish friend, though, who requires a lot of attention. If your biological tock has been ticking extra loudly lately, this Tamagotchi might be the reminder you need to shut it up.
Aug 29, 2014 10:35 AM
We're sure that at this point you already have a number of keratin and argan oil-infused hair serums in your bathroom, but do you have any products that combine the two? If not, we recommend checking out Pink Addiction ($25). The keratin and argan work together to pack quite a punch - distribute a couple pumps through damp hair and blow dry to reveal super healthy-looking locks, even if your hair is brittle and damaged.
Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM
Halloween isn't exactly a Hallmark holiday, but that won't stop us from trying our damndest to make it one. Start the spookiest day of the year on the right foot by leaving this handmade card ($4) on the pillow of your cherished (if not slightly weird) significant other.
Aug 29, 2014 10:24 AM
We sorta wish that this Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Caring Cooler ($35) came with four bottles of vino already packed inside of it, but that's getting a little greedy, isn't it? We suppose we're just happy to have a cute place to stash our wine as we scramble to enjoy every last iota of summer by packing up the car and heading out to the beach... and the park... and basically everywhere that's not an office cubicle! Even cooler (ha!) than coming stocked with wine is the fact that each purchase of a cooler supports Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
Aug 29, 2014 10:20 AM
If you haven't yet abandoned all of your other lip colors to try Shiseido's Lacquer Rouge ($25), then you're missing out. The long wear lipstick/gloss goes on smooth and thick (but doesn't leave you feeling like you've got plastic lips!) and stays put for hours longer than your old stuff. We're currently in love with Nocturne, a berry-to-reddish shade that's perfect for fall.
Aug 29, 2014 10:15 AM
This Gola T-Shirt Dress ($225) pays homage to so many aspects of the beach - its colors range from the gold of the sand to the blue of deepest ocean, and its wide stripes echo the design of beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas. The translucent garment is meant to be worn over a swimming suit, but unfortunately the end of summer is in sight. Wait... so what? Stock up for next year or, better yet, just wear it around the house.