Jennifer Geisman
Haute Alpine Couture

Haute Alpine Couture: Celebrate your mountain mama — local gift guide with everything she wants and deserves

It’s time to celebrate Mom. She has traded in stilettos for hiking sneakers, washed and re-washed your favorite jeans, found the perfect hair accessory for prom and has given you her undivided attention during the worst break ups. Show her your appreciation by finding the best gift for Mother’s Day.

Hey, people, Mom is Mom. Nighttime activities don’t always include translucent lingerie and champagne with low-lit candles. Sometimes, Mom needs some serious R&R and the Hanro of Switzerland melange cotton robe in grey ($214, Lacy’s The Top Drawer), or the Hanro of Switzerland plush wrap robe ($198, Lacy’s The Top Drawer) will envelop her in pampering style. Complete the super-soft enclosure with Lollia candles ($39, Blitz) in Wish, with the soothing scent of warm vanilla and rice flower, or Calm, which features the aroma of a serene wildflower meadow.

If these don’t automatically whisk Mom away into pure, uninterrupted bliss, top her Mother’s Day experience off with the Lollia bath set in Relax ($35, Blitz), a rich blend of fresh lavender, bee blossom honey and a hint of Tahitian vanilla. As the weather transitions once again into full days of sunshine and warm temperatures, Mom’s skin may need a little TLC. The rich and luxurious Royal Apothic hand cream ($22, Cashmere & Coco) is lightweight, super-moisturizing, but without that greasy film.

Just for Mom

Ditch the crazy notion that your personalized gift should come in the form of a “I <3 Mom” tatt. Instead shower her with appreciation with a personalized sterling silver and brass charm (small: $8, large: $18, Rouge Boutique) necklace. These custom made charms can include children’s initials, words of inspiration or feature a Swarovski crystal birthstone ($16, Rouge Boutique). All charms are engraved, can be ready in 24-hours (great last minute gift) and are picture perfect. To place your order, simply stop by Rouge Boutique or email the style gals at rouge.boutique@live.com.

The aqua fresh hue of Pantone’s 2014 Fashion Color Report — dazzling blue — was sprinkled throughout spring’s runways and is considered the color that will give your ensemble the pop you are craving. If head-to-toe azul is a little too aggressive, dazzle Mom with the teal, arrowhead-shaped Kendra Scott “Skylar” earrings ($65, Cashmere & Coco). Spring’s color palette also features vibrant pinks including the carefree and vivid pink. This pigment is super-feminine and gives you the ability to accessorize with color. Show your love with the Sydney Evan pink agate “Love” bracelet ($905, Gorsuch), featuring a diamond “Love” charm and the calming effects of a mountain sunset.

You’ve got this Mother’s Day all in the bag with the sunny side up Rebecca Minkoff spring handbag collection. Favorited by celebrity moms including Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry and Brooke Shields, Rebecca Minkoff’s citrusy collection will brighten up any spring storm. Our picks: the Rebecca Minkoff Wallet on a Chain ($195, Blitz) in Saffino leather, the Rebecca Minkoff The Swing handbag ($295, Blitz) in marigold and the Rebecca Minkoff Toki Tote ($195, Blitz), which features black pinstripes for a more Sunday casual style.

Classic and casual

When Mom is less garden-party-brunch and more on-the-go, she still wants to look tres chic. Perfect for moving about this summer, the Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Crossbody Bag ($198, Cashmere & Coco) in Minty and Smoke Almond will hold everything she needs while traveling during mud season.

Although the mountain has closed and skinning up opportunities have come and gone, outfit Mom for next season with Soul Poles ($175, Gorsuch). Founded and designed by former U.S. Ski Team racers competing at the World Cup and Olympic levels, Soul Poles are the eco-conscious way of merging sustainable design without compromising performance quality. Gorsuch carries Soul Poles Original, Vibrant and the LTD Soul Pole, which is hand-painted by impressionist artist, R. Nelson Parrish. Poles are handmade in Park City, Utah and help curb emissions that cause the climate change threatening our snowy slopes.

Sometimes just being together is a gift in itself. On Mother’s Day, treat Mom to the Bottomless Brunch at Maya ($35 per person) at The Westin Riverfront, or Mother’s Day Brunch at Atwater on Gore Creek at the Vail Cascade Resort (adults: $35, children: $15). Bottomless Brunch at Maya features unlimited Mexican small plates and free brunch cocktails such as Guava and Mango Mimosas. Brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and offers complimentary valet parking. For reservations, call 970-790-5500. Mother’s Day brunch at Atwater on Gore Creek highlights house-cured salmon, made-to-order omelets and specialties such as orange-ricotta blintzes and Mediterranean saffron cous cous with meyer lemon. Brunch begins at 11:00 a.m. and reservations are welcome: 970-479-7014.

As every fashionista knows, a one-for-you-one-for-me gifting philosophy has many benefits. Book spa appointments for you and Mom at the Aria Spa and give your minds and spirits a spring recharge with the spa’s 30/20 Special (valid through May 31), which takes 30 percent off any 50-minute or longer massage, facial or treatment and 20 percent off nail services. After a day at the spa, go one step further on the pampering scale and create a special local staycation at the Vail Cascade Resort — you don’t even need to get out of your robes. Enjoy AAA Four Diamond perks such as a heated infinity-edge pool, hot tubs, outdoor fire pit, Aria Athletic Club & Spa, indoor tennis, Fireside Bar and more. With rates beginning at $110, an overnight getaway will be a sweet reward to thank Mom for everything she does.


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