Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mother's Day Gift Guiding

For those who let it slip, Mother's Day is coming up on May 14th.

Here's a helpful gift guide so you don't go crazy at the last minute.

For The Super Stylish Expectant Mother:

Fortune Tees. These adorable (and hilarious) fortune message tees -- created by co-founders Carla O'Brien and Megan MacEachern -- come packaged in take-out boxes and have been a serious favorite among celeb moms Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Hudson. Stop by their same-monikered store in Los Feliz (4647 Russell Ave., Los Angeles CA, 323.663.0169) to snap up shirts declaring, "A Surprise Will Appear In My Pants" (for the little tyke) or "Woof" (for those still celebrating Year of the Dog).

But for those uber-moms who juggle kids, a household and a career, then this is the one for you: "A Cocktail Is In The Near Future".

For The Chic Party Mom:

Jl Marks. Jessica Marks is an east coaster turned western and a Journalism major turned fashion designer. Her creations are a little Betsey Johnson and Dolce & Gabbana, sprinkled with a bit of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper -- circa the 80s, of course. Jessica travels the world searching for the best vintage fabrics, meaning one-of-a-kind ready to wear you can find at her Moulin Rouge-inspired store on West 3rd Street (8216 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA, 323.655.4111). Lounging on a comfy couch, drinking a mimosa, and trying on pretty dresses? Sounds like the perfect Mother-Daughter day to me.

For the Mother Who Likes To Put Her Best Foot Forward:

Skandlz shoes. Founder Patricia Wells is a SoCal gal who knows the Pacific beaches like the back of her hand. She also knows that beach-faring fashionistas need footwear that can go from a day shopping trip in South Bay to a dressy dinner along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Each shoe in the original line is hand-made, polished, then embellished with a mother-of-pearl inlay in pump, wedge, and sandal silhouettes. Find them in various boutiques in Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. Nothing wrong with mothers being a little Skandl-ous sometimes.

For The Eco-Conscious Momma:

The three R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) are taken to heart with this eco-friendly line of dresses by Anna Mkhtarian. Using vintage, recycled, and organic fabrics, she spins anything from kimonos to the 40s to vintage muumuus. Joining the surge of celebrities advocating for the environment, Annatarian is not only making the world a more beautiful place, she's making you more beautiful, too.

For The Jewel-Obsessed Mother:

Erica Flaum Designs. Like Annatarian, Erica Flaum is inspired by nature: the color of wild flowers, of late afternoon sun, of the ocean. Whether it's her Swarovski crystal belts or chunky turquoise necklaces, A-listers like Eva Longoria, Cheryl Hines, and Hilary Duff have fallen in love with her creations. Your mom might say skip on a present this year, but there's nothing like gorgeous gems to put a smile on her face.

For the Fashion Critic Mom:

Her Style Source by Susana Mercedes. After taking a leave from the world of high-falutin' couture fashion, Susana decided to embark on a new path: vintage, either restored or inspired. With a background in local and international art museum boards, Susanna combines her knowledge of garment history and her Guatemalan fashion roots (her mother was a skilled seamstress) to restore vintage and to create new vintage-y looks. How ecstatic would your mother be if you gave her a near replica of her favorite dress from the 50s? Nothing beats a walk down memory lane.

That leaves you 10 days to buy your madre a present.

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