We know it’s not an easy job. Behind every Insta-perfect photo, we know the truth. To all of the mothers who have days when they feel like they are just barely hanging-on, who feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders, who feel like it’s not quite like they dreamed it would be. To all of the mothers who feel guilty, to all the mothers who feel guilty for not feeling guilty. To all of the mothers who didn’t say the F word out loud today. To all of the mothers who eat cookies in the bathroom and tell their kids there are none. To all of the mothers counting down to bedtime at 3 pm. To all of the mothers who used to think that their child could be the next brilliant something-or-other, but now is just praying that they make it through high school without any major screw-ups. To all of the mothers whose child made it through the teen years – the late nights worrying, the screaming matches, the power struggles. We see your lines and your greys. You’ve earned every single one. To the grandmothers, who raised a generation and did the hardest thing there is to do: let go. To all mothers, biology be damned, we honour you. We are one of you and, we know it is without question, regardless of race, class or religion a role that unifies us. Happy Mother’s Day!
For the Beauty Buff
The True Glow Pedi from Conair is specifically designed to take your feet from the shadows of winter to the sunshine of spring with three easy-to-use attachments: brush head, callus softener and sponge. Perfect for the DIYer (at a cost of less than one professional pedicure!) or for stretching out the time between salon visits. Available at www.conaircanada.ca, $49.99
What if I told you that you can clean your skin AND possibly increase your circulation, eliminate waste and toxins, reduce fat deposits and even tighten the skin? You’re in the shower already anyway, so why not try the fully waterproof True Glow from Conair, a new cleansing and exfoliating system that uses Sonic technology Available www.conaircanada.ca, $99.99
There has been a lot of hot air about hair dryers this past year but you don’t have to spend a fortune to have salon quality locks. Conair has upped their game and improved their hand-held dryer with the 3Q Hair Dryer. With up to 70 % faster drying time, 40 % less noise and 10X longer the life- up to 5,000 hours, you’re guaranteed stylish locks. Available at www.conaircanada.ca, $99.99.
But if you’re more the wash ‘n go gal, then this is the product for you!
Redken is a brand name that is synonymous with luxe haircare and I was lucky enough to try out one of their newest at-home styling products Redken Bossy Cream for coarse hair (don’t worry ladies with fine or medium hair, they have specially designed formulas just for you too). Featuring Air-Flex Technology with flexible polymers for control with movement and Quick-dry polymers for faster air drying time – trust me, it works. Beauty and brains! Tip: visit the website for NBD styling tricks to get effortless waves. Available at Redken salons, $23.59.
With your toes looking fit for spring, it’s time to turn your attention to your nails. Sensational Express Gel is a revolutionary, all-in-one gel formula. Brush on, cure, and voila, done in as little as 5 minutes! The one step application is chip resistant and provides up 10 days of vibrant gel colour + shine. No top or base coat is needed, just cure for 30 seconds and go! Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall and Walmart stores, suggested retail price $59.99.
A true beauty buff knows the importance of a luxe makeup bag, and Etsy seller SpoonsAndCo creates bags made of high-quality cotton and vegan leather. Fully lined and waterfproof, don’t let the functionality fool you, the designs are all the way chic. Available online from Etsy, $32.15.
For the Fashionista
Sometimes an ordinary bag simply gets in the way. So go hands-free with this classic leather backpack. Ideal if you’re cycling, walking or just want the convenience of an over-the-shoulder style, it has plenty of storage inside and subtle detailing outside. Available ECCO stores or eccocanada.com, $420.
A beautiful collection of mix and match bikinis, stylish tankinis and figure-flattering one pieces are available in a variety of sizes (even maternity!). What sets Rosa Faia apart is the craftsmanship and attention to detail. These suits are made for women’s bodies, curves and all. As someone who struggles to find the perfect fitting top, one that’s supportive but not matronly, Rosa Faia delivered! Available at retailers across the country and www.Anita.com
Based out of Montreal, Canadian retailer Frank + Oak design clean, modern functional fashion. Often overlooked are their artfully crafted accessories like this classic satchel with adjustable cross-body strap. The pale pink is a pretty alternative to nude but works just as well as a neutral. Available online and at select stores, $255.
Simple, affordable dresses are always a great addition to your closet. Express has a variety of springy florals, cheerful prints and pretty pastels to wear to this season’s showers, weddings and other fetes. None of those on your social calendar this summer? At these price points why not dress-up date night? Available at Express, $88.
Jewelry that celebrates what is near and dear to a mother’s heart is always a good idea for Mother’s Day. The custom necklaces and bracelets from Citrus Silver can be engraved with her children’s names, a special time and place, or her mantra. The possibilities are endless. When we were offered a sample of Citrus Silver’s wares, I chose a leather cuff with a silver circle that reads “Nevertheless, she persisted.” It makes me happy every time I look at it! It can be worn as either a cuff or a necklace, making it a versatile piece of jewelry. The fact that this is a woman-owned and local business is icing on the cake. Available at online at Citrus Silver and select boutiques.
Based in Toronto, Ontario HoneyThistle creates whimsical miniature terrarium jewelry and bold geometric brass cuffs like this one that would look fashionable worn either loose around the wrist or more snug further up the arm. Available online from Etsy, $98.94.
For the Earth Mama
Wolven Threads fabric patterns are inspired by sacred geometry found all around us in nature. Each fabric pattern at Wolven Threads is created in house by designers Kiran Jade and Will Ryan. From surfing magnificent waves to flying on aerial silks, you can feel confident that our fabric is created for athletic performance of all needs. Their garments are made with OEKO-TEX certified Recycled P.E.T fabric, a fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles. Philanthropy is also very important to Wolven Threads. For each sale they make, they donate 5% of their profit to bring the sacred practice of yoga into incarcerated settings, teaching yoga to at-risk youth. Available online, tops from $40, pants $75.
The Dreamland Necklace from Caroline Neron is intricately designed and adorned with a Swarovski crystal and leather. Available online, $195.
I recently learned that Tilley is a Canadian company and my love for the iconic brand grew. Known for their traditional topper, spend some time browsing their collection of fashionable fedoras and other city hats to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. I picked up the fedora and I love that there is a secret pocket in the brim, ideal for a room key or a few dollars so walking on the beach just became even more care free! Available at Tilley.com, $120.
Kerry McGean of Effie Handmade from Halifax, Nova Scotia is following her dream by creating beautiful and functional modern accessories like this yoga mat tote. Made with attention to detail and the details of every day living (like a secure pocket for keys and cell phone), this tote is the ideal gift for any yoga lover who wants to have her mat at the ready. Available online from Etsy, $62.19.
For the Luxury Lover
For the ultimate in luxurious comfort, slide into Minnie Rose’s new cashmere slippers. Created to provide comfort and warmth, they are the perfect treat for any and all mothers in your life. “Mom’s the Word” this Mother’s Day. Available www.saksfifthavenue.com, $158.
We’ve shared so much about the importance of a proper bra fitting, and recently even encouraged you to consider a bra makeover. Rosa Faia’s lingerie collection will have you editing your underwear drawer, and why not? Don’t you deserve it? Available at anita.com, prices vary.
Unique doesn’t cut it when it comes to the Orchard Double Wrap. With one of our most coveted watch faces completed with a universally loved vegan leather strap, which wraps twice around the wrist, this collection takes the crown for “ultimate arm candy.” Oh, and let’s not forget about those metal studs — an ode to New York’s rock n’ roll spirit. Available from RumbaTime online, $65.
Luxury, and comfort collide with a healthy dose of cool factor, with these quilted high tops from ECCO. Crafted in premium full-grain leather for a remarkably soft wear experience, the supportive inlay sole helps to keep footwear fresh and dry. Available at ECCO stores, suggested retail price $200.
Alison Gledhill of Grace Design based in Toronto, Ontario creates stunning bags. She finds inspiration in her extensive travels and her appreciation for the cultures she’s been fortunate to visit are evident in her chosen textiles. Take some time to visit her online shop and get lost in the wide array – it’s a journey unto itself. Available online from Etsy $96.11.
I am loving the simplicity of this limited edition freshwater pearl necklace by Caroline Neron for Mother’s Day. The Toi et Moi necklace is meant to represent the unique relationship between a mother and daughter . . . or in my case the unique relationship between a mother and her son. Available online, $85.