Made in the USA – Freakers

You’ve probably dressed up your pet before, so why not dress up your drink? Prevent that icky feeling you get from holding a condensation-soaked iced coffee with our latest obsession – Freakers. They’re like sweaters for your favorite frosty beverage and they’re part of our latest series, Made in the USA.

Few things are worse than that cold, drippy sensation that accompanies clutching a cold frappuccino or iced tea. Beyond that, those little cardboard sleeves sometimes just don’t cut it. With that in mind, Freaker USA has solved this problem with their array of fun and feisty beverage insulators. With names like “Baberaham Lincoln” and “The Dude”, they have somehow managed to take a mundane object and make it cool.

Which ones is your favorite? Post a comment or stop by select Barnes & Noble College campus bookstores and pick one up!

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Made in the USA – Pretty by Caren

You asked and we listened! Back in October, we posted a blog raving about one of our latest skincare obsessions, Pretty Please by Caren. Our stores got tons of feedback from you guys asking for the full-sized bottles of the Pretty Please Body Lotion. Well…your wish is our command! These fun – and pretty –  products are back for Round 2 in our Made in the USA series, large bottles included. Keep reading for the full scoop on these fresh fragrances and why we love them.

Hand & Body Lotion


Both of these moisturizing lotions are sure to make your skin feel nourished and smooth. The winter months can be harsh, so indulge your skin with the rich blend of olive oil and aloe vera. With splashes of juicy mango and wild freesia, you’ll smell as great as you’ll feel. Silky skin and yummy scents? We’ll take it.

Shower Sponge & Lip Balm

We still can’t get enough of this ingenious soap-infused sponge. It’s good for 15 washes and smells as fresh as can be. Lather up with these luxurious, moisturizing bubbles while you exfoliate and nourish your skin. Keep the lip balm with all of your everyday items. Swipe some on whenever you need a little boost!

Body Wash & Sparkle Spray

Our last set of items feature the same fresh fragrance we can’t get enough of. Lather up with the moisturizing body wash which will leave you smelling fresh and ready to go. Add a little shimmer to your day with the Pretty Please Sparkle Spray! You’re ready for whatever comes your way.

As if you haven’t fallen in love with these products already, the mission of Pretty by Caren is to educate young girls about the importance of protecting their skin. They use naturally-derived ingredients and all products are Paraben and Sulfate free!

Stop by select campus bookstores and see for yourself! This skincare line is pretty amazing!

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#WhatsTrending: Penny Laine Papers Water Bottles

What do you get when you cross health and hydration with…social media? These amazing water bottles from Penny Laine Papers, that’s what! These awesome foldable water bottles make a statement using social media’s best hashtags. With phrases like #eco-happy and #glamping emblazoned on the front, there’s one for any event.

Staying hydrated has never been more convenient – each bottle folds, rolls and flattens when empty for easy storage. In addition, they’re all dishwasher safe, freezeable, and can stand only when filled. So whether you’re #rockingout at a concert or #urbantrekking through the city, you’ll never have to worry about having a water bottle on hand.

So which one is our favorite? We can’t get enough of the #tooninjaforthis bottle because – really – how can you resist the hilarity of the hashtag?

Which one is your favorite? Where would you bring your water bottles? Tell us in the comments below! And don’t forget – these are available at select campus bookstores, so come by today!

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#WhatsTrending: Pretty Products by Caren

Are you looking for a newer, more fun approach to skincare? The beauty buffs at Caren believe in empowering girls and teaching them the importance of protecting their skin. From moisturizing lip balms to soap-infused shower sponges, they’ve got everything you need to keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful. Now available at select Barnes & Noble campus bookstores, beautiful skin is only a few steps away! Keep reading to find out more…

Whether it’s your lips or hands that need a little extra TLC, Pretty Products help your skin stay nourished and healthy. What else do we love about them? Each product comes with a small inspirational message on it – just a little something to make you feel confident and PRETTY!

One product we find particularly unique is the Pretty Natural cleanser-infused shower sponge. These colorful sponges come with body wash right in them, making it easy to lather up. They’re good for up to 15 washes, leaving you fresh and clean.

The Pretty by Caren website will be up and running soon but, in the meantime, check out their Facebook Page for all up-to-date information regarding the Pretty Line. Want to see their products in person? We now have them available at select B&N College Campus bookstores. Come by today!

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Style That Gives Back: I AM Charm Bracelets

Look good, do good. That’s the mantra we’re living by this summer with our Style That Gives Back series. We’re happy to be back this week with The Leakey Collection’s “I AM” Charm Bracelets. The Leakey Collection is an organization that focuses on creating work opportunities in East Africa, while maintaining both environmental and cultural integrity. Their “I AM” Bracelets don’t just look beautiful, they are designed to remind us of the important things in life.

Made from fallen branches, these bracelets symbolized important values that all women cherish. Each charm is branded by hand with a meaningful sign: Peace, Heart (which represents love), or Flower (which represents beauty).  They definitely will be a beautiful and meaningful addition to any outfit.

The Leakey Collection operates using a Fair Trade business model. They research innovative ways to use natural materials in order to create beautiful lifestyle and Fair Trade products, while also providing  employment opportunities for those in rural Kenya. Those who bead for The Leakey Collection for only two months then have the resources to educate their child for one year. In addition, all workers receive a living wage and 5% of sales are donated back into the community.

You can find these accessories on our Trend Tables at select campus bookstores. Help a worthy cause and add some color to your wardrobe – it truly is Style that Gives Back.

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Style that Gives Back: SEAsTra Open Weave Scarves

During this next installment of our Style that Gives Back: Look Good, Do Good series, we’re moving eastward to Thailand to focus on SEAsTra’s beautiful, hand-woven scarves. SEAsTra , which stands for Southeast Asia Trade, is a member of both the Fair Labor Association and Fair Trade Los Angeles. Their main goals are the prohibition of child labor and fair compensation, sustainability, and individual and cultural respect.

All of the scarves are handwoven by artisans in northern Thailand.

SEAsTra works with artisan groups throughout Southeast Asia in order to promote their handmade items to consumers all over the world. They operate under a Fair Trade business model and are dedicated to making sure 10% of their profits are reinvested back into the local communities. We’re happy to feature their gorgeous Open Weave Cotton Scarves on our Trend Table, carefully crafted by Klum Doi Tao in the hills of northwestern Thailand.

A draped blue open weave scarf.

These funky and fun scarves have interesting origins. The area they come from is home to both Karen and Tai people who have long worked side-by-side. As farmers, they grow their own cotton and also mix their own dyes. This has allowed them to develop a sustainable and eco-friendly enterprise that produces high-quality products that are each unique. All of the dyeing and weaving support the agricultural work of the local farming communities.

The dyes are made by the agricultural communities.

These scarves come in a variety of sizes, textures, and colors. The dedication and skills of the artisans also ensure that each product is of incredibly high quality. They are loose enough to spice up a summertime outfit but are also sure to add a pop of color during the winter season.

If the inspiring and harmonious cooperation of the Thai communities isn’t enough, the stunning design of each scarf is sure to make a statement.  With the proceeds being reinvested in these agricultural communities, this truly is Style that Gives Back.

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