Gifts for Mamas

Mother’s day is May 11th. I repeat….Mother’s Day is May 11th! That’s 24 days away, if you’re keeping track. I teamed up with Uncommon Goods to compile a list of unique, customized pieces that suit every lady on your list. I wanted to get the Whitney Mother + Child Necklace for my mom—-but the most kids you can have on it are 3! Way too small for our family. Instead, I got it for my sister, who has two little girls. The quality was beautiful and I loved the detail in the skirts! Uncommon Goods has so many great gifts for both guys and gals, we love getting their catalog in the mail! They were founded in 1999 and feature unique designs that are created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people.  Here are a few personalized gift ideas from their collection:

For a New Mom : Custom Baby Footprint Necklace ($220.00). Provide a picture of your baby’s footprints and the artist will create a one-of-a-kind necklace just for you! (this necklace takes 4-6 weeks to arrive…try printing off the product page and wrapping that up in a card!). Also a great gift for Moms-to-Be! Pay for the necklace and let them submit the image once baby arrives.

For the Adventurous Mama : Custom Map Bracelet ($160.00).  Does your mom love to travel, have a city she dearly misses, or a trip she is anxious to plan? Fuel her dreams to travel with a customized map bracelet.

For the Proud Mama : Whitney Mother + Child Necklace ($54.00-74.00). Customize the gender and number of children holding onto the mother figure.

For the Furbaby Mama : Custom Pet Nose Print Necklace ($210.00-$290.00). Includes a kit for taking a print of your pups nose to submit to the artist.

For a Mom Overcoming Her Fears : She Believed She Could Ring ($78.00). Is your mom going back to school, launching her own business, training for a marathon? Tell her you believe in her with this ring embossed with a quote.

For a Mama-to-Be : Personalized Love Birch Cuff ($100.00). Is your wife expecting? Remind her of the bond the two of you share with this bracelet that replicates initials carved into a birch tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.

Does anyone else share this sentiment? This latest system hasn’t brought any snow to Madison, but I know some of you weren’t quite so lucky. Cheers: to the winter that just wouldn’t die!

This is probably the longest graphic I have ever put together. But there were so many bags. So many pretty colors. I just couldn’t stop. As my friend Laura says…everything is better in rainbow order.

Where to Get It (Top to Bottom, L to R): Neiman marcus Vertical Zipper Tote ($45.00), Tory Burch Amanda ($235.00), Diane Von Furstenberg Sutra Mini Bag ($150.00), Kate Spade Cobble Hill Ellen ($239.00), Juicy Couture Larchmont Bag ($148.00), Tula Originals Cross Body Bag ($165.00), Fossil Erin Crossbody ($158.00), Sandra Cadavid Ava Bag ($75.00), Flippa k Tyra Purse ($115.00), Latique Easton Tote ($81.00), Yellow Bag from Etsy ($225.00), Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini ($195.00), Coast Envelope Clutch ($58.00), Almala Leather Bag ($115.00), Jessica Simpson Jackie Tote ($55.00), TopShop Tote ($72.00), Olivia + Joy Payton ($78.00), Forever21 Satchel ($25.00), Proenza Schouler Chain Wallet ($785.00), Matt & Nat Purse ($85.00), GUESS Flap Bag ($77), Nardelli Leather Bag ($98.00), Kate Spade New York Audrey ($260.00), Fossil Mini ($88.00),  Ted Baker Handbag ($380), Kate Spade Cobble Hill Little Minka Satchel ($378.00), Marc Jacobs Classic Q Lil Ukita ($475.00), Amorous Saffiano Satchel ($325.00), Kate Spade Park Avenue Sweetheart ($398.00), Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Blue Lindy Tote ($37.00), Loeffler Randall Rider Satchel ($495.00), Old Navy Womens Canvas Bag ($18.00), Marc by Marc Jacobs Globetrotter Mini Rei ($428.00), Astor Pebbled Satchel ($310.00), Vince Camuto Riley Tote ($360.00), Rebecca Minkoff Cupid ($425.00), Henry Bendel West 57th Crossbody ($178.00), Botkier Valentina Mini ($195.00), Mari Wrist Wallet ($29.00), Rebecca Minkoff Marlowe Mini ($157.50), Kate Spade Veranda Bee Wallet ($98.00), Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Isabelle ($365.00), Dome Rivet Mulberry ($470.00), Michael Kors Selma ($360.00), Mulberry Bayswater Bag ($1490.00), Vegan Twistlock Handbag ($46.00), Marc Jacobs Too Hot Hobo ($306.00), Liebeskind Paris Tote ($220.00), Modalu Twiggy Cross Body Bag ($72.00), Vegan Bags Pushlock Satchel ($50.00), Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch ($300.00), Marion Shoulder Bag ($875.00), Mulberry Tassel Bag in Ink ($ ), Versace Collection Argilla Bag ($780.00).

Own Your Dreams

It’s almost 50 degrees today, so when I finished my work around 1:45 I had to open some windows and paint. I put these simple brushstrokes onto white paper, took Walter for a walk, and by the time I got home they were dry and ready to work with (thanks, weather)! Open windows are the greatest thing….and I’ll be savoring every moment since the weatherman says it won’t last long. I love this quote and the way the final product turned out. Download it to use as your phone background by clicking here (then right click and save).

Opening Day Attire

I’ve gathered that baseball season has started. I’m impressed with my fellow mid-westerners who actually went and sat through outdoor baseball during yesterday’s insane wind. Anyways, I’m not a die-hard baseball fan but I certainly don’t mind a day (or night) at the ballpark. Especially if I can wear a baseball cap from J.Crew (yeah, I’m that girl).

Where to Get it: J.Crew Chino Shorts in Melted Caramel ($45.00), Hollister Springs Tank ($13.97), J.Crew Chambray Baseball Cap ($35.00), Ray-Ban Aviators ($285.00), J.Crew Silk Snood ($60.00), Mario Giordano Sandals ($115.00),  Wallis Cross Body Bag ($21.00).