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It’s May, and with a new month comes new things to celebrate!  The weather getting increasingly nicer, those April showers paying off (you know the saying), and most importantly, recognizing that amazing woman in our lives that raised us, whoever that may be.  I certainly look forward to paying my mom a little special attention come May 12th, from a distance since we’re in different cities.  I’m not sure what I’ll be doing or buying for her, but I have plenty of ideas!  Try and be creative this year, but at the same time it doesn’t hurt to keep it simple.  Just put a little extra thought into it, and she’ll be thrilled!

Proenza Schouler wallet

Proenza Schouler wallet

1. FASHION MEETS FINANCE:  I love the idea of buying a great wallet, like this holographic one by Proenza Schouler, and filling it with a little (or a lot) of cash, movie tickets, and/or gift cards to her favorite shops and restaurants.

Equipment shirt

Equipment shirt

2. THE PERFECT SHIRT:  Whether your mom is a fashionista like mine is or not, clothing is always appreciated, and a great basic is fail proof.  The ‘Signature’ shirt by Equipment is one of my favorite staples for women, and it comes in so many beautiful shades and prints.

Loeffler Randall sandals

Loeffler Randall sandals

3. SPRING IN HER STEP:  My mom definitely deserves a medal for raising me and my 5 older siblings, and even though they would all be gold medals, I would certainly give her these bronze, silver, and gold sandals by Loeffler Randall, just in time for summer!

NARS x Pierre Hardy nail polish

NARS x Pierre Hardy nail polish

4. DESIGNER COSMETICS:  Perfume is a classic Mother’s Day gift, and is still great, although I tend to only buy fragrance as a gift when I know what that person wears, because scent is a very personal thing really.  A colorful nail polish or lipstick on the other hand is a great idea for color lovers that like to experiment, or those you want to try to get to be more playful with makeup.  There are so many great designer collaborations right now, like Lanvin‘s Alber Elbaz x Lancôme, and accessory designer Pierre Hardy with NARS.

Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collection

Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collection

Stella McCartney scarf

Stella McCartney scarf

5. TIE ONE ON:  Along with some summer-ready sandals, a lightweight scarf is another great accessory idea for mom.  Make sure it’s in a great print and maybe even a bright color(s).  I love this one based on patterns used in Stella McCartney‘s spring 2013 collection.

Rablabs jewelry box

Rablabs jewelry box

6. OBJECTS OF DESIRE:  A pretty little object or decorative box like this amethyst one from Barney’s is lovely all by itself, but what a great surprise it would be to hide something else inside!

Holst + Lee necklace

Holst + Lee necklace

7. BOLD JEWELRY:  Here’s a suggestion for something to hide in a pretty jewelry box…a great piece of jewelry!  Classic pearls, gems, and gold are always great, but think about giving her something by one of the fresh names in jewelry, like Eddie Borgo, or Holst + Lee.

Bellocq tea

Bellocq tea

8. TEA TIME:  If you can’t sit down for tea with your mum, then at least you can give her something delicious to sip on by herself.  Bellocq has an amazing atelier in Brooklyn, and I’m in love with their yellow tins.  Get her an enamel teapot with a bentwood handle from West Elm Market to go along with her favorite tea variety.

enamel teapot

enamel teapot

The Flower Recipe

The Flower Recipe

9. INSPIRING BOOKS:  I love a great new coffee table book as a gift for myself, so I in turn love to give them as gifts.  The Flower Recipe is a favorite of the books fresh off the press and is also available soon at West Elm.  This book has tons of great ideas and techniques for perfect and effortless flower arrangements.

flowers from Marigold and Mint

flowers from Marigold and Mint

10. FABULOUS FLOWERS:  If you’re going to give flowers as a gift, keep some things in mind.  NO mixed arrangements with Baby’s Breath from the grocery store, and no dyed carnations.  I would first suggest going to a skilled florist for a beautiful seasonal mixed arrangement, or if you’re doing things on your own, you can’t go wrong with a bouquet of one type of flower and one shade, like white or lavender roses, or something more springy like tulips.  I know my mother would be so excited to receive this hand-selected arrangement of organic spring blooms from Marigold and Mint.

Whatever you choose, make sure it represents your mom and genuinely captures your love for her.  If all else fails, a handwritten note speaks volumes more than any gift.  Happy Mother’s Day!!

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