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Mother’s Day

    5 Style Tips From a Nigerian Mom to Her Daughter

    Vintage Mommy

    Vintage image of my mom in her 20’s

    Growing up, I didn’t care too much about style, hair or anything super girly. My attitude was a nuisance to my very feminine mom. I would forget to put on my earrings, or chose to wear pants over a skirt, or preferred to wear baby powder over scented body sprays. One time, I remembered being so bored during one of my mom’s weekend shopping excursions at Bloomingdales, that I stood in the middle of the Eileen Fisher department and started dancing to the music piped through the intercom at my mother’s dismay just cajole her to leave. The only mission I accomplished was a sharp stare and a verbal warning of punishment when I got home.

    Years later, I became that feminine woman. A woman inspired by my mom. I eventually worked at the same Bloomingdales as a Visual Merchandising Intern in the Marketing Department. It’s funny where life takes us; depending on the seeds that were sown. Watching my mom cultivate her signature style over the years gave me a blueprint for my own.

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    6 Unconventional Mother’s Day Gifts

    Mother’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for ways to make this Mother’s Day more special than last year, than I’m here to help. I compiled a list of thoughtful gift ideas that would make your mom smile a little brighter this year.

    1.  Sophisticated Painted Art 

    Remember the finger paint artwork you used to make in pre-school?  Well, fast-forward to 20 years later and your mom still has it on display at your family house or at least tucked away in a memory drawer.  Now that you are older and comparably more sophisticated, exercise your creative ability by creating a not-so-difficult floral watercolor drawing or a super easy chevron design in your mom’s favorite colors.  The then and now comparison would probably blow you and your mom away. Who knew she raised a budding Picasso? Just remember to frame it when you’re done, so mom can instantly put it on display for the next 20 years.

    2.  Downloaded Apps for New Moms

    Being a first time mom isn’t easy AT ALL.  There are a lot to think about and to try and figure out. Sometimes, it’s hard for new moms to keep track of important info like doctor’s appointments, monitoring behavior, milestones and so forth. But, there are phone apps available that can make her life a little more easier and organized. Start by taking your new mom’s phone (probably while she’s taking a quick nap), browse for apps or try these suggested ones for monitoring breast feeding time, journaling those special moments, and getting the baby to sleep. Purchase a few apps and download. Now, your new mom can spend more time on other important things like more playtime and kisses.

    3.  Custom (By Her Children) Floral Arrangements

    Most people will probably deliver their mom flowers from a big chain retailer.  But of course, you can do better than that. You can create custom floral arrangements that your mom would appreciate even more. It’s, as simple as, going to your local grocery store like Trader Joe’s, where there are a variety of blooms, greenery and herbs to reconstruct into your own floral interpretation. Try this candy stripe rose and lemon leaves tutorial or this sweet and charming all-rose design.  I personally like to work with roses, because they are easy to find and are reasonably priced. Add a nice brass vase and you’ve got perfection.

    4.  Specialty Tea Kit

    If your mom is a tea drinker or even a coffee drinker, she will convert for her child’s personalized tea set. First, source some specialty tea recipe combinations like Ginger & Lemon Green Tea or a classic Chai Tea and note the ingredients. Then, go to a specialty tea store to get a base loose leaf tea like green tea or black tea in bulk.  Go to your local healthy food store, like Wholefoods, to source whole herbs and spices like ginger and cinnamon. Put the ingredients in cute containers with labels to complete the kit. However, if you like the idea, but you’re cringing about actually doing the project on your own, than you can purchase a pre-made tea kit.

    5. Vintage Decor Scavenger Hunt

    This idea is for the vintage connoisseurs and the mom’s who appreciate their design & style aesthetic. Sometimes sourcing sites like Craigslist & Etsy can be daunting for a busy or retired mom, who loves to re-style her home every so often. This is where you come in. Source Craigslist & Etsy for vintage decor items on her behalf.  Make the purchase more meaningful by choosing decor styles in either your mom’s birth year or yours.  Get the job done faster and more accurately by using a Craigslist app like cPro.

    6. Perfume Subscription Box

    If your mom is anything like my mom, she loves her perfumes.  But instead of buying her favorite perfume the 3rd time in a row or buying a scent that you like, but isn’t forgiving with her body chemistry…lavender anyone?…get her a gift she can experiment with. Olfactif is a perfume subscription box that sends a collection of three deluxe-size samples of perfume monthly. They also give you an $18 credit towards the full version of the featured samples. The gift subscriptions can be purchased month-to-month, 3- months, 6-months or 12-months at a time. She may find a new signature scent in the process and will thank you for it.