Jennifer Geisman
Haute Alpine Couture

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May 11, 2013
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Gifts for the fashionista momma

When it comes to showering the woman who has done, and will do, everything for you (like, for-evah), you can’t just send her a run-of-the-mill bouquet for Mother’s Day. Instead, think exceptional — something pretty, decadent or luxurious. Glamming up your leading lady is a no-brainer, and we’ve got your must-have guide to spoiling Mom.

Splendor at the spa

All fashionistas need a reset button, and a day at the spa with a Sex in the City twist will do exactly that. Skin Authority, known for its advanced technology in skincare, and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa understand exactly what Mom (and, daughter too!) requires in granting pardon to the endless carpools, dance recitals, ski races and late nights. On Mother’s Day (Sunday), Skin Authority and The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa offer mom an exclusive Mother’s Day Package, which features a Skin Authority classic anti-aging facial with spa mani-pedi, a complimentary glass of Champagne and a complimentary Skin Authority Go! Spa Kit ($199 not including tax or gratuity; value: $350). After a day at the spa, Mom will be ready to face the next phase of parenthood — packing for summer camp.

‘The Great Gatsby’

The Look: This Alpine Couturist (and mom) can’t get enough of the passionate Daisy Buchanan’s defiant ways that translate into her alluring look and exquisite ensembles. The much-anticipated Mother’s Day weekend flick “The Great Gatsby” (Warner Bros.) has created an epidemic of fashion and beauty trends, including the flapper-girl bob, rebellious smoky eyes, soft aristocratic skin paired with blood red lips, garden party fashions with contemporary flair, vintage-inspired jewels and objects of desire. In the movie, Carey Mulligan becomes a playful, yet demure, Mrs. Buchanan with attention focusing on her eyes and lips. Every mom will love the Gold Coast stylishness of a Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick ($32, Cos Bar) in scarlato or ripe, which has a luxuriously creamy texture and feather light application. Create your own Hollywood glamour with the Laura Mercier Cinema Noir Eye Colour Duet ($22, Cos Bar) for a lighter take on the smoldering eye and add high-drama with the flawless Yves Saint Laurent Eyeliner Noir ($34, Cos Bar). Complete Mom’s 1920s-inspired makeup with YA Los Angeles’ high-low sundress ($58, Kiwi Boutique). The flirty synthesis will wistfully conjure up feelings of lush Long Island gardens and glorious sunsets over the Sound.

Embellishment: Tiffany & Co. launched The Great Gatsby Collection of stunning jewels. The Vail Valley has its own version of striking glamour. Vintage 1920s-inspired jewelry will give mom a morning-after-smirk when she lays eyes on the dramatic Estate Betteridge Collection Pearl Strand with diamond and 18k gold floral clasp (Betteridge, $9,000). This epoch style is an investment that will make all those runny noses and juice boxes worth every minute. The 5th Avenue price tag a little out of reach? Betteridge also has more moderately priced items that still portray the distinct, lavish lifestyle of West Egg — Patrick Mavros Silver “ZoZo” Elephant Drop Stud Earrings ($145, Betteridge) and the Gabriele Frantzen Chantal Necklace ($528, Betteridge).

Desire: “The Great Gatsby” epitomizes the lackadaisical opulence of America during the roaring ’20s — a bit of grandeur to adorn the boudoir is not much for a Mom to ask for. Mulligan’s ingenue is no stranger to objects of desire, and we’ve found the perfect drool-worthy tray for displaying jewelry, the 24K gold L’OBJET leopard rectangular tray ($120, Gorsuch) and the L’OBJET Pour Fortuny Box ($450, Gorsuch) for holding sentiments. Scent your mother’s bedchamber with the elegance of pink Champagne with L’OBJET Luminescence Malachite Candle ($125, Gorsuch) or L’OBJET Luminescence Butterfly Candle ($100).

Down to earth

If your madre is a little more Rockies and less Gold Coast, a vibrant Aspen Yoga Mat ($49.95, Spa at the Vail Mountain Lodge) for her namaste will bring the calming essence of beauty and balance into her everyday. The designs on each mat help you find inner stillness, alignment and energy for a reflective and blissful exercise experience. And, she’ll need it after a hectic day of drop offs, pickups, art projects and bedtime stories. Custom-designed, Aspen Yoga Mats are available in five colors, including pink, tangerine, aloe, plum and turquoise, and five different embroidered icons, including laughing Buddha, yin-yang, an orchid branch, the symbolic aspen leaf and the word “balance.” Before or after yoga, Mom will love the way the prAna Angie Hoodie ($70, Ptarmigan Sports) fits. This velvety-soft hoodie has a contoured shape to show off your yoga-curves with quick-dry and moisture-wicking properties. She’ll also look tres mountain chic in PrAna’s Julz Hoodie Top ($65, Ptarmigan Sports), especially when the watercolor-washed shirt is paired with cute white capris or boyfriend jeans.

Before yoga, make her a healthy shake with One Blissful World’s powdered green drink ($65 for 21-day supply, Freshies market and Village Market, both in Edwards). Featuring a nutrient-rich blend of superfoods including herbs, antioxidants, probiotics and enzymes, Mom will feel invigorated from the inside out.

Haute Alpine Couture quenches your thirst with a cocktail of cravings and elan that turns an “insider’s favorite” into your monthly buzz. With an eye for uncovering the most sought-after trends, Jennifer Geisman is a self-professed product junky. Geisman fuses her expertise in PR and the beauty and fashion worlds to deliver quintessentially modern hot spots, styles and trends. Email comments about this column to cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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