Mother’s Day

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Luxury Watch Countdown: Exceptional Styles to Give or Get

Time flies. Time reveals all things. There’s no time like the present—and there’s no present like a timepiece. If you’re looking for a gift that will stand the test of, well, yes, a luxury watch is the high noon of gifting. Sentimental and practical, watches rest intimately on the wearer’s wrist, subtly reminding her of the day’s hours and the bestower’s generosity.

For generations, companies have excelled at elegantly matching state-of-the-art mechanics and materials with aesthetics. Now, here’s what you should know when shopping for watches (no matter the recipient) as well as our favorite models this season—but their appeal is truly timeless.

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Mother’s Day Gift Picks from the Founders of MOTHER

Mother knows best. It’s true. And if said savvy mom also has impeccable taste, she’ll want to peruse the musings of Katie Hintz-Zambrano and James Kicinski-McCoy, journalists, mamas and founders of MOTHER. Their digital digest shares maternal inspiration, news roundups, lifestyle tips and profiles in courage of mommies everywhere. What sets MOTHER apart from mommy blogs is its high-mindedness and sophistication. Sample topics include “Why Being a Stay-at-Home Mom & Feminist Aren’t Mutually Exclusive” and “The Many Benefits of Roughhousing with Your Kids.” Sample shopping lists feature Stella McCartney shoes, beautiful and bougie baby clothes, hemp oil and oil paintings. “My background is in journalism and as soon as I had my son, Diego, in the spring of 2013, I could see a gaping hole in the market for a full-service parenting site with a stylish bent,” explains Hintz-Zambrano, who resides in San Francisco. “Something that treated women as multi-dimensional people beyond being mothers. I met James [who’s in Nashville] a few months later on a press trip and we decided to join forces.”

The result is a parenting destination that’s as layered as the ladies who run it. In anticipation of Mother’s Day, we asked the multi-hyphenate hyphenates at MOTHER to share their celebration plans and gift ideas, because they definitely know best.

SEE THEIR MOTHERLODE

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Beauty Hair Skin Care

Wish New Moms a Happy Mother’s Day With These Mom-and-Baby Beauty Essentials

There is nothing better than the blissful baby bubble, where nothing can peel you away from that delicious newborn smell. Enjoy every second with the help of a few mom and baby must-haves beyond the bottles and the binkies—all of which are nontoxic and gentle enough for skin-to-skin contact.

A BUNDLE OF BEAUTY PICKS

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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: 3 Editor-Approved Gifts to Give Your Mom This Mother’s Day

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We’ll admit that searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be quite the challenge. Considering that this woman brought you into the world, raised you and has loved you unconditionally, the pressure to find something appropriately thoughtful is pretty high. In an effort to spark some worthy gifting ideas within you, we Who What Wear and Byrdie editors decided to team up and brainstorm what we’ll be giving our moms this Mother’s Day. As a group of people who are always in the know when it comes to the latest and greatest items on the market, it’s safe to say our opinions are trustworthy. From luxurious skincare devices to sparkling earrings, these are the items we all can’t wait to hand to our moms come May 14.

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Modern Icon Hari Nef Teaches Her Mom (and Us) How to Take a Selfie

Want to take the perfect selfie? Model, actress and writer Hari Nef has a few tricks up the sleeve of her Vetements dress. Want to be the best mom to your extraordinarily talented kid? Robin Neff Clebnik might know a thing or two about that.

While we had this mother-daughter dream team on set for our Mother’s Day video shoot, we asked them to show us how to work all our angles—and to share the Mother’s Day love.

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Mom’s the Word: Talking Motherhood with Emily Schuman of cupcakes and cashmere

Don’t call Emily Schuman a mommy blogger. Before giving birth to her adorable little one, daughter Sloan, she already had an established online following for her lifestyle and fashion blog, cupcakes and cashmere. Her online musings were so popular that she went on to launch a successful—and lovely—clothing line and pen several books about entertaining, decorating and living with style.

So we couldn’t think of a better lady to talk to about how to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere with her daughter

Do you have plans for Mother’s Day this year? What are they?

It’s only my second Mother’s Day as a mom, so to say that this is our tradition sounds a bit early, but it’s what we’ve done two years in a row. We go for a walk together and out for breakfast. We then spend the day as a family, and I treat myself to something on my own in the afternoon—like a mani/pedi or a massage.

Emily Schuman of Cupcakes & Cashmere with her daughter

Do you remember something really special you gave your mom on Mother’s Day?

As a kid, I remember always thinking that if I could just afford to buy her something, that would be what she really wanted. But the truth is, the gifts I made for her—whether it was a poem or a piece of art—were what meant the most.

What would be the best Mother’s Day gift your daughter could give you?

Something she made with me in mind. I can’t wait for her to be able to draw pictures that I can frame.

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Food & Drink

How to Outfit Your Mother’s Day Table with Designer Lela Rose

Call it the double life of Lela Rose: the Texas-bred, New York-based designer isn’t just beloved for the dresses and separates line that bears her name, she’s a top-notch hostess and inspired party thrower as well. Her recent book, Pret-A-Party, is all about elegant good times around the table with friends and family. Oh, and Lela’s a mom, too—so naturally, we had to ask….

lela_rose_entertaining_bookAll images from Pret-A-Party, courtesy Lela Rose

“The real magic of a meal are the stories and memories that come from it,” she said in reply to our request for some stylish Sunday plans. And then she pointed us toward some easy-to-follow directions and a couple of dress options too.

CLICK HERE TO DO MOM’S DAY THE LELA ROSE WAY

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Beauty

12 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas to Pamper Mom with Beauty and Fragrance

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8, but don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with unique gifts perfect for any mom out there. We’ve rounded up 12 ideas ready to provide all the pampering she deserves. What mom wouldn’t love the gift of an at-home spa day?

THOUGHTFUL GIFTS MOM WILL NEVER KNOW YOU GOT LAST-MINUTE

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Pampering Yourself, the Perfect Breakfast in Bed and the Best Part of Being a Mom with Antica Farmacista’s Founders

Shelley Callaghan Antica Farmacista

Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan

Co-founders of the luxury (and just downright dreamy) home and body fragrance brand Antica Farmacista, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan are moms, successful businesswomen and delightful human beings. They spent some time telling us all about their Mother’s Day traditions, the benefits of a good bottle of wine and what’s new that has them excited.

THE BEST MOM’S DAY GIFTS AND KEYS TO RELAXATION

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What to Get for Mother’s Day with Creative Director Aerin Lauder

Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches. See more of our featured mothers on The Thread.

 

Aerin-Lauder-Mothers-Day-1 As the founder and creative director of AERIN and the style and image director at Estée Lauder, Aerin Lauder wears a lot of hats. Oh, let’s throw wife and mother of two into the mix. We’re not quite sure how she manages all of that with such stylish aplomb, but she did take a few minutes away from it all to give The Thread a glimpse into her life as a mom who’s long on to-dos and short on time (read: every mom out there)—and what makes it all worthwhile.

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