Monday, May 7, 2012

Mom's the Word

She spent nine months ballooning to epic proportions, with an achy back and swollen feet. Then came painful hours in the hospital room, juggling contractions and a hyperventilating husband. After that, she served years of hard labor as a cook, maid, chauffeur, doctor and bank teller.

Your job? Not so hard in comparison. Just get her a Mother's Day gift that shows you owe her. Big time. Here are 11 ideas to help you get started.


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Bright of Her Life
This clutch will add the perfect pop of spring to Mom's wardrobe. Its bright peach hue and laser-cut detail fuses cutting-edge design with timeless style.
$40, Aldo, Ala Moana Center.
Lei Chic Scarving Artist
These soft ombre scarves provide a colorful, elegant accent to any look. Pick up a few colors so Mom can mix and match with any outfit.
$11.97, Nordstrom Rack, 330 Kamakee St.
Lei Chic Mother's Em-brace(let)
Mom will take a shine to these delicate sterling silver bangles with 18-karat gold plating and colorful gemstones. The sooner you pick one up the better - Mija Jewelry is available this week only.
$345 and up, prices vary by size and style, Riches, Kahala Mall.
Lei Chic Table for Blue
You'll coast through Mother's Day with these handmade Oliver coasters made out of recycled wood. Score bonus points by picking up a matching frame for 15 percent off.
$28 for 4, $14 for 2, Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St.
Lei Chic For Good Measure
These ladybug measuring cups make baking fun. Plus, they're totally cute enough to put on display.
$13.56, Pier 1 Imports, 1108 Auahi St.
Lei Chic A Sure Sign
The writing's on the wall. Mom will love telling picky eaters who's boss in her kitchen.
$29.80, SoHa Living, Kahala Mall.
Lei Chic Shot in the Dark
Give Mom the ultimate box of chocolates with Oialla dark chocolate harvested in the Amazon. Bite into six different flavors for luscious fondant or caramel fillings in flavors like orange and salt, black currant and lemon and mint.
$115 for 25 pieces, $190 for 50 pieces, Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center.
Lei Chic Breakfast in Bread
The easiest yet scrumptious breakfast ever requires a simple trip to the farmer's market for flaky chocolate and almond croissants. Crisp them up in the toaster oven, then serve with fresh fruit and a hot cup of coffee.
$4 for 2, La Tour Bakehouse, click here for availability.
Lei Chic Juicy Fruit
This low-speed Hurom juicer crushes then presses fruits and vegetables to extract more juice and vitamins than your typical juicer, with less waste.
$359.95, Williams-Sonoma, Ala Moana Center.
Lei Chic Need a Lift
Estee Lauder's newest lifting/firming skincare set is perfect for moms on the go, with an award-winning moisturizer, cleanser, overnight treatment, serum and instructional DVD packed neatly into an adorable travel bag.
$88, Estee Lauder, all Macy's stores.
Lei Chic Read to Know
Before she became one of the nation's top political figures, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was a young girl from Czechoslovakia exiled to London during World War II. In Prague Winter, she recounts her childhood memories in gripping detail.
$20.99, all Barnes & Noble stores.

Posted on Monday, May 7, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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