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Mother's Day Myself. A Luxe Gift Guide for Moms

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by Noelani at Mode


What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than an indulgent gift for the hardest working mother you know? YOURSELF.  Cause if you don't treat yourself, no one else will.

This is my chance to make sure I am properly recognized for all the sleepless nights, poop explosions, loads of laundry, and the endless meal prep that I do week to week, month to month, and year to year. But seriously, who knows what you want better than yourself?

I suggest you drop a similar list, tailored to your own needs, on your husband. Or just do the shopping and thank him later.


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Mom & Daughter Matinee at the Boston Ballet's Kaleidoscope

Above: Rachel Comey Rhoads jumpsuit, H&M coat, Club Monaco turtleneck, Miu Miu flats (old), Free People clutch On Sadphne: Tea dress, H&M tshirt, H&M flats


Daphne loves ballet. Loves taking ballet. Loves watching it on Utube. Loves watching Katerina Kitty on Daniel Tiger when she does ballet. You get the general idea. Girl likes ballet.

So when I heard about Kaleidoscope at Boston Ballet, I thought....self, this might be an amazing chance to get our prima ballerina to an actual BALLET. 

The ballet is a Kaleidoscope in name since it is a fusion of three works: Kammermusik No. 2 by George Balanchine, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe, and Léonide Massine’s Gaîté Parisienne. Basically a little bit of everything, from the simply sublime to raucous can-can. 

Now, let's talk about the day itself. Daphne fretted about her outfit for hours, deciding to wear a ballerina-like tulle skirt and sweater. Which she put on early, got sick of, and stripped off about 30 minutes before departure. Instead, she chose to wear a breezy embroidered maxi from last summer. In the totally maddening way that toddlers do. We attempted to coax her. Cajoal her. Really, just get her into anything weather appropriate as it was a very chilly day, to no avail. As you can see from the pictures....I even brought out chocolate Easter eggs as blatant bribery.  She is holding them in her hand and eating them in EVERY SINGLE SHOT we attempted to take and document this fun mother daughter outing. Once we opened pandora's Easter basket there was simply no going back. And no way to get a picture without an egg in her mouth.

I dare you not to smile over her "cheese" face. Every kiddo has one, once they hit a certain age. Daphne's is more like a grimace of pain. But totally adorable at the same time. 

All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better day. Or more hilarious pictures to look back on. Do we have a future as a mother-daughter blog duo? I think not. Should you take your little ballerinas in training to a performance at Boston Ballet? Most definitely. They have boosters for seats, plenty of intermissions, snack galore, wine for the rents, and of course a case stocked with tutus and wands of every shape, size and color. In retrospect, I should have waited to buy her wand until we left. The people sitting behind us may have appreciated the performance a bit more without a magical pixie waving her wand through out. Oh well. Next time. 


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Beauty Hacks and Products for Tired Moms: Spring Edition


Slim on time. Slim on sleep. But not quite slim in body yet (post baby weight loss still going strong;)......that is my current beauty regimen. In order to make my routine roster a product needs to be easy to use, and provide brightening results for a very tired mom of a teething six month old and toddler transitioning to her big girl bed. Translation, a mom who needs sleep but ain't getting that any time soon. SO sad.


On the docket:

Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Coconut hand and body lotion. A lighter lotion for skin shedding that winter state of constant dehydration. The bright smell wakes me up immediately. A must pre-coffee.

Clarins Ombre Iridescente cream to powder eyeshadow, you had me at hello. It's creamy, easy to apply, and doesn't get all stuck and gunkified on your eye (or gasp, wrinkles!). It's a no-brainer for an easy pop of color that makes it look like you tried. Even though you didn't. 

This Works In Transit No Traces wipes. When you don't have time to wash le face these will get you out of jail for free. Not full of all the gunk these types of wipes are usually full of, it gives you a quick clean post sleep.......or lack of.

Clarins Plus HP Tinted Daily Shield. It's tinted SPF magic. Layer over some moisturizer. Cause if you say you're a mom and use foundation daily, I'd call your bluff.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. The jar says for 'instant glow'. They do not lie my friends. The key to looking even a smidge brighter is getting all those dead cells off. I use it weekly or more often for emergency purposes.

RMS nail polish in Sublime. This is a bold shade that screams sping and a polish I can use on my toddler without fear- free from formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, resin and camphor.

Clarins Eclat Minute Instant Lip Perfector in Plum Shimmer. Don't let this dark exterior scare you, it is the perfect shade for nearly everyone. It nourishes, repairs, and promises not to run off into any lines around the mouth. If you have those. 


*Products were supplied by Clarins

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