My mother made it her duty for us to dream, create and invent. I have memories upon memories of fabric stores, crafts shops, and art supplies. Everyone of us children always had a drawing pad at our disposal, though I was a terrible artist. Unlike my brothers who could draw X-Men characters with their eyes closed and went through sketch paper like water; I drew tables, chairs, awkward faces, and dresses in barely used notebooks.
Despite my inept rendering skills, my mother's arty enabling was infectious. I barely noticed my lack of genius. I even remember standing in the backyard with my dog, wondering if I was going to be the next Picasso. I was that young and that adored by my mother, the possibilities of who I could be and what I could do seemed endless. It was more out of boredom, then realizing I had no talent, that had me drop the pencil and pick up Vogue and Instyle. The moment I saw my mother tear out sheets of beautiful images from the Condé Nast pages, I wanted part. I only had to ask once before she started giving me most of her fashion and decór magazines, and eventually my own subscription. Once the magazine was in my hands, I followed suit and tore out the images I found interesting or beautiful. My drawing pads were no longer empty. Soon they were filled with stylish collages.
I have only realized recently the moment I began tearing up Instyle, I began my path as a stylist. As a stylist, you curate, not create. Sifting through the magazines, finding the best images, then putting them together to form an attractive and balanced collage was practice for what I do today. Realizing how powerful this practice was, at such a young age no less, made me realize my mother's influence on my career. It was my mother that provided me the prerequisite tools to becoming a stylist... Mom deserves some recognition. In fact, let's give her a day. Let's give her May 12th. Let's give all mothers May 12th to thank them for all they have done for us. I shall call it Mother's Day. Let's talk gifts.
This is what my mom gets this year. Not to worry, I am not publicly spoiling her gift as she has already received it. Since I am in London most of May, I gave it to her early. She watched it every day until the last episode and now awaits the next season. She is wild about the 20's decadent fashion as well as the fiery heroin of the series.
I love holding and smelling a good book, but with all the traveling I've been doing, books have become a weighty nuisance. I just bought the e-reader Kindle and am really impressed with the light weight reading. All those books on one little thing? Seems like magic. If your mother travels a lot for work, retirement or other reasons, a kindle is divine. Particularly now that a new ergonomic Kindle case is coming out, your mom will love it.
A go-to gift, I love a beautiful scarf, especially a colorful one like Jonathan Adler's retro floral. The navy tones will wake up her skin, while the yellow says fun. A bonus, have her watch Nordstrom's "4 Ways to Tie A Scarf" series. I am sure she will learn something new.
4) Sentimental Jewelry
There is something so beautiful about jewelry. It can become an everyday piece - a constant reminder of someone's affections, in this case, yours. Or it can be a special occasion piece that makes the evening or event that much more memorable. Tiffany's Paloma Picasso olive leaf collection has caught my eye as a perfect gift that will last for years. From the earrings to the necklaces, they are stylish yet subtle pieces your mother could wear often. I also love Argento Vivo jewelry as a gift, especially the Chalcedony's pendant necklace.
An odd choice, especially if you don't know her size, but I have fallen in love with Zoe + Luca flats at Macy's. Oddly, they are not available on Macy's website and literally cannot be found on the internet. But in San Diego's Fashion Valley Macy's there they sit: weaved, comfortable (!), stylish and available in various colors. I am putting them on so many clients, including myself, and I can't emphasize enough their everyday-fabulousity. Plus, who gives a shoe? It's a unique gift. Pop into Macy's or give their shoe section a call and ask if they have Zoe + Luca flats.
What are you planning on getting Mom? Please share in a comment below.