Mother’s Day Gift Guide – All Under $100!

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Under $100

Mark your calendars! Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11, 2014. Taking mom out to brunch or dinner is always a nice gesture, but I love to get a nice gift for her as well. Moms do so much, even for us adults. It’s really nice that we get to celebrate her with nice meals and goodies! I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am kind of an awesome gift giver (well, when I like the person). These 6 suggestions will be sure to make any mommy happy! Unless your mom is the natural, outdoorsy type – in that case maybe be a gift card to REI? My mom is a girly gal, so I can’t really help you there.

1. Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay, $52 – I have already purchased this for my mom for Christmas and she loves it! All of the Naked palettes are worth the hype, but I especially like this one for an occasion like Mother’s Day because it is so romantic and ladylike with the pink hues. This assortment of creamy shadows will compliment any woman’s skin tone. I’d say Urban Decay has the lady crowd pleasin’ down!

2. Too Faced “Better Than Sex” Mascara, $23– I know what you are thinking – RAUNCHY title. Too Faced just loves shocking us with their branding – we get it. Hopefully your mom has a sense of humor and this will tickle her pink with giggles – bonus gift! I have to say, this mascara is pretty fantastic. If you don’t like clumpy mascara, or you have a tendency to be picky with full texture in a mascara, stick to Lancome Difinicils. If you like some volume and a lil’ Kardashian on your lashes, you will be quite pleased. Your mom I mean! Who’s shopping for who now? #shopaholic

3. Banana Republic Starlet Necklace, $35 – Give mom a little icing! If you can’t afford diamonds, this necklace is a pretty great alternative. Statement necklaces are huge again this spring, and this necklace sure makes a statement. Again, I love the pink color for Mother’s Day and this necklace just happens to be on sale so act now! Buy, buy, buy!

4. Jo Malone’s Cologne in Peony and Blush Suede, $60 for 30 ml – Jo Malone fragrances smell like Princess Di – I swear. If you have yet to sniff one, go to your nearest department store and sniff, sniff, sniff. This fragrance is one of their most popular and you will see why. With notes of red apple, peony, and suede, the oils and fresh aromas sink into your skin and become your own musk. I think all of the Jo Malone’s colognes are perfect, but my mom especially likes peonies, so party with the peonies!

5. Banana Republic Annie Scarf in Wild Orchid, $44 – This pop of color will brighten anyone’s day. Scarves are a pretty easy gift, one size fits all, and they really jazz up a plain ensemble. This scarf also comes in a “blood orange and “bright citrus” – just in case your mom’s not a PINK gal.

6. Nars Blush in “Orgasm,” $33 – Yes, another raunchy name, but I think we are over this one. This blush is lovely and peachy and it flatters most skin tones. This blush will give your mom a lovely glow and make her feel special. Nars blushes are a tad pricey, but the product is beautiful, pigmented, and easily blended. No wonder “Orgasm” is a universal best seller!

“We’re the Gladiators” (now, sing all together with Lorde)

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I can remember in 2008 (yes, I am going to get year specific here) when gladiator sandals were starting to merge onto the scene. My initial thoughts were, ‘guuuuurlllll you goin’ to a toga party?’ (Because that is completely how I articulate my thoughts). I was too judgmental. Like any new trend, we evaluate the lasting power. Who knew with the skinny jeans? Bootleg jeans are now the new mom jeans, and mom jeans are the new Topshop best seller! Gladiator sandals can be subtle or “in ya FACE.” These sandals are quite versatile, they always look cool and boho, and they give those flip flops a rest. We all know flip flops are sloppy and we should limit them to the poolside and gym shower. They are fungus protectors, not fashion. I think the versatility and effortlessness is what makes gladiators a favored sandal choice. We are going on almost 8 years now, gladiator sandal. You go Glen Coco. Snaps for you! Here are my four different takes on the gladiator for four different types of women. I would wear them all, but it would’t be the first time I have been told “it’s like you’re four different people, Hannah!”

1. Steve Madden “Plato” Sandal, $46.86. These “pop-a-color” sandals are super fresh. I am really fond of the tangerine hue. There is also something about these sandals that reminds me of the salt water sandals I used to wear when I was little, but much more modern and sophisticated. Can we just comment on he name as well… Plato? Get it? Greek philosopher! So fetch.

2. Stuart Weitzman Nappa Leather Gladiator Sandals, $398. These bad boys are daaaarrrrring. I think “gladiator inspired” is too lenient for these sandals – hashtag: Russel Crowe. I used to be afraid of the gladiators that came up so high, but now I think they are supes amaze. I can just see these paired with little bohemian tunic dresses and beachy waves – a spring and summer staple for the boho ladies.

3. Tan Metal Heel Gladiator Sandals, $38. These need a new name, but these are a sophisticated take on the gladiator. Never too much, and very classy, these sandals would be very versatile in any lady’s wardrobe. Also, a tribute to the petite women, these sandals will offer that relaxed bohemian feel, but still offer that little bit of height you lose with flats (your feet will also thank you for the arch support, real flat sandals all day can make your pups bark!)

4. “Cachetta” Metalic Gladiator Sandal, $995. I loved these before I knew they were Louboutins! These are just so luxe and visually interesting. The straps almost mimic bangles for your feet. The gold sheen and the beautiful lines make these gladiator sandals truly remarkable. I do not think I can justify the almost 1k price tag, but I can appreciate the design and visualize possible outfits in my head.