Not Your Mother’s Mother’s Day Guide


She’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom

Among the many gifts that the hit aughts movie Mean Girls gave us—namely, a reason to wear pink on Wednesdays, numerous quotable gems that we use at a moment's notice ("You go, Glen Coco," "I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me. But I can't help it that I'm popular," "Stop trying to make 'fetch' happen," "Don't have sex because you will get pregnant and die"), and Lindsay Lohan at her height—it gave us Amy Poehler in the role of Regina George's mom. Mrs. George wasn't just any mom, she was a cool mom, ready to offer protection to her daughter and boyfriend ("Can I get you guys anything? Some snacks? A condom?") and alcohol to her daughter's friends ("If you're gonna drink, I'd rather you do it in the house"). And, as big fans of our own matriarchs, we like to think there's a bit of the pink tracksuit-donning Mrs. George in all of them, which makes them even more awesome. Mothers are really the best, aren't they?

With that in mind, just in time for Mother's Day on Sunday, here's our gift guide to everything that your non-regular mom deserves in her life. From tools for the mom with a green thumb to bubbly for the mom who would rather use her thumb to pop open a bottle, we rounded up 20 gifts that are worthy of the most important lady in your life. They say you can't buy love, but if you could, we bet it would be through one of these picks ahead. Happy hour is from four to six!

Photograph courtesy of Goop.

Cool moms love Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle website, Goop. They will love even more the new intoxicating fragrance from the brand, which exudes the mysterious and mystical notes of shiso leaf (which generates bioelectrical energy and manifests sexual attraction), oakmoss (which encourages creative expression and alleviates past wounds and trauma), and palo santo (which reduces stress and clears negative energy). GP puts it best, "It has a great, spicy green quality to it." It's truly something.

Goop, Edition 2 - Shiso Eau de Parfum, $165, available at Goop.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."