MOM’S THE WORD
by Fiona Clarke and Kathryn Brooks
Still struggling to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Just four days away, little time remains. After searching high and low, we’ve come to the rescue. All but two are available locally, the others are just an e-mail or phone call away. So get on it – pronto! Here are our ten picks that are sure to elicit “wow, you shouldn’t have” from that wonderful woman who has always been, and continues to be, there for you.
LEARN FROM THE BEST
Whether your mom’s an art lover, a foodie, a film buff or a fashionista, Masterclass is sure to have an offering that strikes her fancy. The online site offers a wide assortment of topics that are taught by some of the biggest names in their respective fields. The lineup includes such notables as chef Thomas Keller, photographer Annie Leibovitz, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, novelist James Patterson, actress Helen Mirren, comedian Steve Martin and tennis superstar Serena Williams. Each class has video lessons, exercises, workbooks and interview sessions with the instructor. A typical class has about 10-25 video lessons that are 2-5 hours each. The positive feedback from participants is that the classes provide insight into the grueling nature of artistic pursuits and endless striving for perfection while inspiring a love of the craft. An All-Access Pass is $180 per year. www.masterclass.com
IT’S IN THE BAG
The Italian luxury fashion house of Fendi, long known for its iconic Peekaboo handbag, got down to business with this updated version. Projecting an air of utility, the function-specific exterior pockets will help mom locate her cellphone, sunglasses, spare change and other essentials in record time. Made of only the finest materials, the purse is roomy but not bulky, practical yet stylish. Paneled in supple 100-percent calf leathers, there also are interior pockets and compartments to help keep everything organized inside. An adjustable, detachable crossbody strap will make it hands-free. Shown above in clementine orange, similar models are priced at $3,000 and up. Available at the Fendi Boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park.
A watch that is also a beautiful piece of jewelry, Panthère de Cartier is one of the most distinctive designs created by the Parisienne House. Introduced in the 1980s and more contemporary than ever, it is a true style icon, wonderfully feminine without being too dainty. Like its namesake, the Panthère is both strong and slinky. The case and bracelet are 18K rose gold and 44 diamonds surround the face. The movement is quartz. $27,100. Available at the Cartier Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square.
CLASSIC, WITH A TWIST
While flowers are a classic, there is nothing traditional about a gift from Camelback Flowershop. Gift your mom with the Fresh Flower Delivery Subscription, and the designers will hand select the most unique stems of the season and create a lush blush pink wrap placed in their signature bag Delivered to her door as often as you’d like – weekly, bimonthly or monthly – just choose the day and the frequency, and they’ll take care of the rest. There’s a 12-time commitment, priced at $540. Or, what about The Mother’s Day Tea Box? Neatly packed in a large wooden box, filled with excelsior and tied with a ribbon, are the makings for a spot of tea: a Jar of Pure Arizona Honey, Rüze Cake House Lemon/Lavender Shortbread Cookies, Teaspressa Black Tea, a Tea Infuser and Luxe Cube Sugar Sticks. To complete the setting, there’s a Mason Jar filled with fresh, seasonal florals. $135. Available at Camelback Flowershop, 4214 E. Indian School Road, Suite 101, Phoenix.
How fabulous are these mules! The pointy toe design, modern twist and minimalist style that characterize these mid-heeled embossed leather slides scream Prada. Crafted in punchy colors of lime green and fuschia pink, the signature buttoned-strap allows for easy wear. Perfect with a floral dress, tailored pants or distressed jeans, they will keep mom on trend right down to her tippy toes. $750. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park.
Frédéric Malle, born into a third generation French family of industrialists, artists and perfumers, acquired an extensive knowledge of raw materials and olfactory balance at the prestigious perfume laboratory Roure Bertrand Dupont. Reacting to the commercially driven perfume trade of the mid-1990s that favored image over the perfume itself, Malle set out to restore quality to the industry and transform the way people viewed perfumers: to publish perfumes under their own names and establish their status as artists. Thus was born the idea of a publishing house for perfume, Editions de Parfums, where perfumes are created and published as unique works of art. Malle, whose role is much like that of an editor, accompanies his perfumers individually on their paths to compose the perfume classics of tomorrow. The line boasts 30 perfumes as well as candles, home scents and a body line. Perfume prices range from $195 to $1,500. Available at Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square.
No one deserves a day of pampering more than mom. Whisk her off to the Spanish-inspired Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spat at Montelucia for their Ultimate Relaxation Package. First, she’ll be treated to an 80-minute Joya Signature Massage. A strong touch is used incorporating circular movements and stretching borrowed from traditional Thai to stimulate blood and lymph circulation while easing tension. Then a 50-minute Ultra Plump & Glow Firming Facial will firm, hydrate and resurface her face, neck and décolleté area. A hydrating Manicure or Pedicure will complete the experience. Add a Spa Day Pass and she can enjoy the rooftop pool, sauna room, whirlpool and relaxation lounges. $475, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spat at Montelucia, Paradise Valley. www.omnihotels.com
In 2005, Tom Ford, the award-winning fashion designer and creative director, added the beauty brand to his ever-growing business empire. Having created exceptional products, it’s no surprise that the line now ranks in the top three brands at specialty stores worldwide. “There is no more dramatic accessory than a perfect lip,” says Ford. “It is the focus of the face and it has the power to define a woman’s whole look.” Each lip color is Ford’s modern ideal of an essential makeup shade. Rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity. With over five formulas and 100 shades, choosing will be difficult. Individual tubes and Boys & Girls Sets are priced from $55 to $1,585. Available at Nordstrom, Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Let mom see herself in the best light.The simplehuman compact sensor mirror gives the confidence of tru-lux lighting for the gal on-the-go. Simulating natural sunlight, your mom will know when her makeup is color-correct and flawless. The 3x magnification gives a hyper-clear view of every detail. Easily slipped into her purse, the mirror comes with a protective pouch and the mirror’s sensor turns the LED light ring on automatically when taken out of the pouch, and turns it off when put back in. A fold-out ring handle is secure and comfortable in the hand, or can be used as a stand for hands-free viewing. With typical daily usage, one charge lasts up to one week and can be recharged with the enclosed USB port cable. Colors include black, brushed silver and rose gold. $100. Add the stylish, protective zip case for $20. Available at Neiman Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square.
ONE OF A KIND
New York-based jeweler Sharon Khazzam graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology. After nearly a decade working for exclusive jewelry labels, Khazzam launched her eponymous line in 1993, drawing praise for her intense colors, carved gemstones and polished gold settings. Drawn from her original sketches and paintings, each of her stunning creations is handcrafted and meticulously catalogued, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. Pictured above are Khazzam’s Norma Drop Earrings. These delicate, small clusters reminiscent of pebbles in a stream bed or budding flowers in a field, are in high demand for those seeking day-to-night options with a modern twist. Prices range from $3,400 to $3,800. Just a phone call away, contact Barneys New York in Manhattan, 212.826.8900 or Beverly Hills, 310.276.4400. Be sure to request overnight shipping.