To say I'm a Gilmore Girls fanatic is the understatement of the century. I live and breathe the show—from The WB to ABC Family (now Freeform) to Netflix, my obsession has never wavered. I was there, watching, as Rory started Chilton, and I held my breath when she and Dean fell asleep after the dance. I checked my debit card balance when Christopher couldn't afford the Oxford English Dictionary. I wanted to try the snacks Lorelai brought up to her room before Suki's wedding. I, too, would have chosen Jess at the dance marathon (poor Dean, bless his heart). We were all there, jumping from the ledge with Logan at the Life and Death brigade gathering, and we hated Luke during their trip to Martha's Vineyard. But we still love him anyway.
Now that the revival is about to drop (today on Netflix!), I couldn't help but take all the references, quotes, and caffeine-infused jokes in my brain and create the ultimate Gilmore Girls gift guide. My magnum opus, if you will. This is not like every other article on the internet, it's a deep-cut.
If you're as captivated by Lorelai, Rory, (a special mention to my girl Emily Gilmore), and the rest of the Stars Hallow crew—this is for you. Relish in your fandom and keep scrolling for every possible Gilmore-themed beauty gift you'd ever want or need.
Rory's first uttered word in the pilot is "lip gloss." The one she's looking for? Something that doesn't resemble a breakfast cereal. Lorelai hands her an option and says, "It has no smell but it changes colors with your mood"—or your pH.
Each Ellis Brooklyn scent (founded by Bee Shapiro, a beauty columnist for The New York Times, RIP the Reston fellowship) has a literary-inspired name—which makes it absolutely perfect for Rory and her relationships with Jess and Logan (sorry, if you're #TeamDean, you're kidding yourself).
The first, Verb ($60), is a scent that comes from "the frank, action-oriented prose of Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut." So Logan, no? He's frank, he takes action, and he mentions Hemingway many times throughout the series. First, their disagreement about the transcript of his novel was misplaced. Then, the argument that transpired from Jess's visit: "Hey, if Hemingway could take it, so can he! Hey, if he wanted to, he could have taken a pop at me, pugnacity! It's a vital component of literary life, again, consult your Hemingway."
For our Jess devotees (I salute you), try the Raven candle. Described as "witty, mysterious and captivating yet imbued with a sense of humor"—which is basically Jess in a nutshell. That, and when the Poe Society came to Stars Hallow, two Poes performed "The Raven." Rory agreed, "It could have used some editing."
Even if no one was going to see Rory's toes on her first day at Chilton, her mom insisted she paint them anyway: "Everybody knows that private school girls are bad. And bad girls always wear red nail polish."
One special afternoon Lane exclaims, "Nothing's gonna change unless I change it, and now's the time. I need to make a clear statement, one I can't go back on or chicken out on, one that everyone can see. And this is my instrument, it says 'This is me, this is Lane Kim' [holds up a container of dye]." But, after a little burning, salad water, and one quick Polaroid, Lane changed her tune: "The shock will kill her and then she'll kill me; we're talking bloodbath here. We've gotta put it back." And it was back to black.
After Dean took Rory to her first dance (swoon) and refuses to fight Tristan because "it'd be like fighting an accountant," they fell asleep at Miss Patties. "Oh my God! We fell asleep. How could we have fallen asleep?" Rory exclaimed. One thought: They didn't take Sun Potion Mucuna Pruriens Powder ($48) for energy and a balanced mood.
Rather than devil-egg Jess's car, put Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask ($24) on it. Because, duh, Jess is too cool to graduate high school and it has hydrating and nourishing benefits (who doesn't need a little TLC, right?). "I don't think there's been a better use of deviled eggs in culinary history."
Lorelai had a strange interaction with her parents at Friday night dinner, and it made her say, "I can remember the first time I had a Pop-Tart. It was at my friend Erica Catcha's house, and she said, 'Do you want a Pop-Tart?' And I knew my mother would recoil at the very idea of me having a Pop-Tart. I could just picture her. And so I had one. And I opened the little silver wrapper, and I took a bite, and I thought nothing had ever tasted so good. I thought it tasted like freedom. It tasted like I was my own person. The Pop-Tart tasted like freedom and rebellion and independence."
Just in case you're looking for a Pop-Tart reference that's a little less on the nose—try Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter ($28) to really make your cheekbones pop. See what I did there?
Mike Armstrong of the Durham Group, a guy trying to woo Lorelai into letting him buy her inn, gifted her with a fancy basket of goodies. "Oh, my God! Look at all this stuff! Travel soap, travel candles, a travel blanket, cashmere travel pillow, cashmere socks, oh my God. This is La Mer youth serum. Apparently, you put this on before you get on a plane, and by the time you get off you're Dakota Fanning," Lorelai quipped.
After the Bracebridge Dinner, when Richard reveals he's retired and Emily is left stunned, eye cream makes a quick cameo back in their room. Rory watches as Lorelai and Emily both apply cream to their face in exactly the same way and says, "Behold my future." I chose Charlotte Tilbury because it's glam enough for Emily but new and exciting enough for Lorelai.
This one is pretty self explanatory. When Lorelai says, "I need caffeine. Whatever form you've got. I haven't had any all day. I'll drink it, shoot it, eat it, snort it, whatever form it's in," the form she probably means is a scrub.
Yes, this lip balm is called Vicious Trollop. I know what you're thinking, Oh, stop it! Now why would you name a lipstick something like that? Well, it's because "Dirty Whore" was taken.
Just in case you can't afford a Birkin and want to carry something "snazzy and classy" around with you by Hermès… "Oh, smell it," Rory said when Logan gifted her the exclusive bag. "It's got that great new car smell, except it's not a car. Oh, I love it, Logan. I love it."
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