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All Of Her Favorite Things
By Ezinne Ukoha
Our favorite time of the year is upon us again! The time to celebrate, pamper and honor our mothers. And if there is anything our current first lady Michelle Obama has demonstrated to us, it’s that you can look like a million bucks while balancing your family and professional life. Thankfully there are so many fun and cool options to choose from that can cater to your mother’s unique and individualistic taste.
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As we all grapple with the consequences of an unstable economy, being able to bequeath our mothers’ with impressive and unforgettable gifts can be challenging. But it’s not that bleak out there.As with most themed seasons, there are a lot of great deals offered during Mother’s Day’s week depending of course on what you are looking for.
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The tote featured from Banana Republic is the perfect accessory to add a bit of hipness and chic to your mom’s wardrobe. The neutral hue makes it easy for her to pair with anything. It’s also the ideal size to comfortably hold all of her essentials. This stylish linen and leather trim combo has just the right amount of sophistication any mother would appreciate and it’s available at Banana Republic stores or on their website: www.bananarepublic.gap.com.
Jefferson linen tote ($165) from Banana Republic.
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Fine jewelry is always a sure bet to warm any woman’s heart, and your mother is no exception. The pieces shown below are delicate, simple and timeless. The gold crest button bangle from CK ($72) is a classic stunner that will definitely compliment any outfit and will certainly be a welcome addition to her jewelry collection. Another must have item will be the turquoise teardrop double hoop earrings from Mashka ($63). Its soft and feminine design matched with the intricate architecture makes it the perfect gift your mom will always treasure. Both pieces are available at Bluefly.com. Photos Courtesy of www.bluefly.com/
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As we are all aware, cardigans are virtually a staple item in our mothers’ closet. So for an updated twist to this classic apparel why not opt for the Herringbone Graphic-Print Cardigan ($51) from Cable and Gauge.
This stylish cardigan not only features length sleeves and a bejeweled neckline but its ideal blend of silk and nylon makes it the feel and shape you mother will adore. The black and white herringbone design gives this sweater texture and structure with a little bit of edge.This is an item that is sure to garner praise from your mom and anyone who catches her modeling it. Photo Courtesy of www.cableandgauge.com
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There is nothing like a light, floral and youthful fragrance with that subtle hint of elegance to subdue your mother’s cravings. Daisy, from Marc Jacobs ($32 for the 3.4 oz bottle) definitely fits the bill. Aside from the beautifully assembled bottle, this whimsical and airy scent is reminiscent of the designs Marc Jacobs is known for – edgy, simple, and sophisticated. Any mother would relish the opportunity to wear anything that inspires the thought of daisies, knowing they represent everything that is fresh, playful and spirited. Daisy, by Marc Jacobs is available at any of the Sephora stores in your area. Photo Courtesy of www.sephora.com
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Finally, if you really want to give your mother a day she will remember, a pampering session at a spa will perk her up while calming all those nerves she’s built up over the years. As expected there are a lot of irresistible deals being offered to attract all over-stressed moms out there looking for relief.
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The Natural Balance Massage & Wellness Spa, 3013 Quentin Road Brooklyn, has a great package deal that’s worth the price considering the benefits. Your mom will get a Series package that includes (3) three 60 minute Natural Balance Massages for only $244 with tax included. This is a gift she’s sure to enjoy long after Mother’s Day.
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Another enticing option would be to treat you and mom to a day of indulgence at The Spa and Wellness Center, 8804 Third Avenue, Brooklyn. The package appropriately named Royal Duo features an array of services including the Organic Lavender Oil Duo Massage (60 minutes), a French Lavender Salt Glow Body Exfoliation for two. And to top it all off there is a Mother and Daughter Champagne Toast with Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Not to mention a single Departing Rose for mom to take with her.
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Mother’s Day should be a time for us to give our mothers’ that extra attention and love that they always deserve. So let these gift ideas inspire you to put a permanent smile on her face.

To read more from Ezinne Ukoha, you can visit her blog at http://www.trendybuzz.blogspot.com/

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