Giving the Bold Shoulder
Radley of London has taken the UK by storm. Last fall, they hopped across the pond and launched their flagship store in Roosevelt Field Mall. Their whimsical designs are perfect for the gal who’s tastes are fun but not silly, and reliable but not stuffy. The pocketbooks exude “Englishness”. The lightweight linen drawstring tote (left, $168) from the Winslow collection is the perfect grab-n-go summer accessory, while the leather Tewkesbury barrel-shaped tote (middle, $248) in ginger tan is a smart-looking pick for a more conservative outing. For a colorful zing, try the celery green or soft purple versions. Or if your Mom goes out painting the town, the Cheadle (right, $225) in classic black promises to stay out until last call. All styles are available in a variety of colors, and limited selections can also be found at Bloomingdales and Lord & Taylor or visit www.radleylondon.com for more.
State of the Art Mom
For the hip, super-organized, high-tech Mom, the iPad is it. She can read all of her favorite books and magazines, organize her schedule (and everyone else’s), have satellite and street maps for when she’s out and about, keep track of email, maintain photo and music files (yes, even video), it—well, you know by now, it does everything. And the early reviews are all raves. If you’re considering a gift for Mom that is anything but the same ol’ same ol’, go for the gold and get her something that will make her the envy of everyone in her book club. Prices from $499 for the standard to $800 for the 3G version (plus monthly data plan).
Artist in the Kitchen
Some moms think a PB&J is a culinary adventure, but not yours. Your mom’s exemplary talent in the kitchen never disappointed. Why not encourage her to take the next step in culinary arts by signing her up for cooking classes? It’s something she already loves to do, so there’s the safety of staying within her comfort zone. Plus, it’s a good way for her to make new friends and even something she can do with her best gal pals. Mom’s been cooking because she had to for so long, praising her for doing it well and taking the next step in pursuing it as a passion is the ultimate way to thank her. Viking Cooking School (Garden City) and Culinary Academy of LI (Riverhead) both offer a range of courses.
Mom’s Best Friends
Mom has many of these precious beauties, but adding to her collection never gets old. To coincide with spring, and her special day, premier diamond jewelry designer Ritani has released Floral by Ritani®. True to the tradition of this leading jeweler, and Mom’s sense of grace and elegance, the line embraces a nouveau style. Center stones are surrounded with diamond-encrusted micropavé petals and mountings are organically derived. Feminine and classic, these are designs she’ll love to pair with everything for many years to come. A full line of handcrafted rings, pendants and earrings in platinum, 18k gold or palladium are available. Retail prices begin at $1,716 and are available at many fine jewelers. Find out more at ritani.com.
The Golden Age
When it comes to jewelry (especially if you’re buying for Mom), you want the best of the best. Shown here from left is the Memory Cuff, leaves dipped in gold, $219; triangular trapeze earrings, $132; aspis drop earrings, $162; and snake square necklace, $86, all from SURevolution, a brand that helps small businesses from Bolivia to India set up sustainable economies by bringing their wares to shoppers like you. You’ll find these statement pieces at Rexer-Parkes, along with the latest from designer Judith Haas. Her green tourmaline quartz ring, $216; abstract ring, $165; and brushed cuff, $185 are all shown here. Haas finds inspiration in natural elements, and she catches the glint of the sun and the restrained beauty of plants and water in her striking creations.