May 5, 2015

GOODIES FOR MOM (or other favorite gals in your life)

It's almost here! That one day where you tell your Mum how much they mean to you. No pressure right? As a friend recently told me, "Mother's Day is like being a father one day of the year."

I will admit, I do think dads get off easy and get to play more than moms. But I'll also admit that I think Moms, and all of us fabulous chicas bonitas, enjoy our lives and relationships maybe a little more than guys even know how to. It's about quality and not quantity, and we all certainly know how to work hard, play hard! (hence the wine…but I digress)

So to honor those you love, or if you know a guy who needs a little prodding, here's a handy little shopping guide to make Sunday your FUNday!

For the Gardener (or those who just like to get muddy)
These boots are really cool and unique since they were created out of a special collaboration between the venerable British firm, Hunter Boots, and The Royal Horticultural Society. To make them, Hunter was able to use historic floral prints to create the design. These just may fall in my shopping cart! oops!
Hunter Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Tall Boots $170

For the Mixologist and Drink Diva
Okay, so I don't usually like to suggest things that aren't immediately available and thus gratifying, but these are so cool that they deserve to make this list. The company, Julia B., can also send a pretty little gift certificate that tells your recipient of their amazing gift to come! The name of the napkin says it all, "They Drink Like Fish", but what's even neater is that you can personalize the fish! There may soon be a set with "Nanny" and "Peter" in the bodies. Just sayin'… 
"They Drink Like Fish" Julia B. cocktail napkins - set of 8, $400

For the Glamour Gal (or the girl who aspires to be so)
I just can't help myself in promoting my best college friend, Meg's, GORGEOUS jewelry! When she wears this piece, and she does so often, it truly is a show-stopper. This necklace adds the perfect touch for a dressy night, and if you're more like me, it makes jeans look intentional and chic instead of something I just grabbed and put on, like I do everyday. Go for it!
"Falmouth" Necklace, Meg Carter Designs $210

For the Dreamer
Every time my friend, Traci, walks by me when she wears this fragrance, I stop her in her tracks and say something dumb like, "What's that perfume you're wearing?" I never remember the name, but I can't ever forget the tuberose gardenia bliss that takes me away. I sound weird, but it IS that amazing! If you've ever stuck your nose inside a tuberose or gardenia, then you know what I'm talking about. And then imagine those scents combined. I'm in a floral coma just thinking about it! Available from Estee Lauder, you can also find it at Sephora. (p.s. I know there's an accent in Estee's name, I just can't figure out how to do it on this blogger system :) 
Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia Perfume, 1 oz. $90

For the Roving Cocktailer
With spring and summer soon upon us, we all want to carry our drinks poolside, or to the beaches and on boats. Glass is never a good option for those occasions. And while there are plenty of acrylic options, the colorful party gal wants flair, and Lilly Pulitzer's stemless acrylic wineglasses fit the bill perfectly! The BEST part about this pattern, is the cheeky monkey (I've always wanted to name a bar with that) hiding amongst the oranges.
"Lilly's Pink" Stemless Acrylic Wineglass, Set of 2, $20

For the (nautical) Golfer
In a town near where I live, formally known as Manchester-By-The-Sea, is a tiny little store with the greatest items. Mimi, as the store is named, is owned and operated by a dynamic mother-daughter duo who, combined, have the knack for collecting the coolest things. This "TEE TIME" pillow, in a nautical blue replete with the sailor type of stenciling, is too much fun to pass up especially for a golfer who lives on the coast. And the best part? You don't even have to have decent handicap to own it!
TEE TIME  canvas pillow, $46

For the Decorator or Realestalker
My friends and I coined the term "realestalker" because we tend to "pop in" our neighborhood's broker open houses. They always happen on Wednesdays and are less crowded and without the snoopy people who are at the regular open houses. The Broker open houses also usually have a light lunch so we try to grab a cookie or two. World Peace could be solved over chocolate chip cookies. Anyway, The Kips Bay Decorator Show House is the Gold Standard when it comes to these kinds of events. And I think even the most famous decorators don't consider themselves as having arrived until they've participated in one way or another in this show. This book about all these show houses is selling fast, so grab your copy now!
"40 Years of Fabulous", $75

For the Athlete and Cruiser
If you've ever been lucky enough to travel to Amsterdam, then you'll recognize this bike immediately. These kinds of bikes zoom past you on the streets filled with babies and groceries and bodies of all types hanging all over. It's one of the coolest and most amazing sites in a city filled with canals, wooden shoes and FLOWERS galore! But anyone in the US who likes a cruising-style bike will also love the low profile and places to attach woven baskets and carry friends. This Amsterdam beach cruising bike is such a fun way to see the world and get exercise all at the same time!
Hollandia Land Cruiser $349.99

Simply for Love
If a place has my heart permanently, then it is Nantucket. I feel an affinity for this little island off the coast of Massachusetts unlike any other place (except maybe New London, NH). At Nantucket Looms, an institution on the island, is where one can find this amazing heart-shaped Nantucket basket. I have loved this store since I was a little girl and managed to "borrow" a sweater of my Mum's. I wore this woven cotton sweater with it's signature Nantucket Looms label sewn inside, until it literally fell apart. I remedied the situation today and ordered myself a new one and I can't wait! The store also sells so many other perfect gifts, that the website is worth a full examination. The ever-iconic Nantucket basket is sought after by all lovers of this island. But it's the sweet heart-shaped version that I'm smitten with as a Mother's Day present.
"Be Mine" Heart-Shaped Nantucket Lightship Basket, $600

For the Arm-Chair Traveler and Lover of All Things Flowers
Oh Flower Magazine, how I love thee! I can't remember the happy day I stumbled upon your pages, but big am I glad I did! I literally (okay, well maybe not literally) drool over the pictures and articles in this yummy magazine! Filled with stories of gardens and gardeners, floral arrangers, cool locations, markets, you name it, this is the kind of magazine where you fill a glass of wine, find a quiet spot, sit and savor each and every page. A subscription to this magazine would make the perfect gift!
Flower Magazine 1 Year Subscription, $19.99

For the Dog Lover
My beloved dog, Woody, died more than a year ago and I still miss him terribly. His picture is even my personal Facebook page's picture and I can't get the strength to take it down. So, when I was reading another favorite magazine, Garden and Gun, I saw that they have a little market associated with the magazine. After a little look-see, I found these amazing DOG TOPIARIES! The funniest thing is that they offer a bunch of different breeds of dogs to beautify your grounds. Since Woody was a golden retriever, I think I may have to get one. And then maybe if he's in my yard again, I'll gain the strength to move on. Maybe.
Golden Retriever Dog Topiary $368 (some other dog breeds are less, some more)

So, raise a glass (or three) to those who make your life special, whether in the traditional sense or not. There's a lot to celebrate on Mother's Day. And finding joy in your daily life is a virtue needed now, more than ever.

Happy Mother's Day, or Happy Make-a-Gal-in-Your-Life-Feel-Special Day!


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