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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Indulge Her With the Best

by Mark Thompson
EDGE Style & Travel Editor
Thursday Apr 28, 2011

Ever since Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in 1914, Americans have turned the second Sunday in May into the single biggest day for long-distance calls and dining out.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a phone call and a nice Sunday brunch - but hello, we’re talking about Mom. Whether she’s "Mother" or "Mommie Dearest" or simply "Ma," she deserves to be feted and celebrated. She brought you here. She taught you how to eat and how to dress - and she let you go to school in that sheer Swiss dot voile blouson number with the suede cowboy boots. She might have been confused, but she still hugged you and sent out into the world with her blessing and love.

Return the favors; give your mother something nice for all the times she turned a blind eye to your fashion faux pas - and to all the bad boys she knew were wrong for you, right from the start.

Indulge your mother like you would your boyfriend - or yourself.


By Kilian: Incense Oud Gold Travel Spray Set

Much like Midas, nearly everything that Kilian Hennessy touches becomes more golden. The scion of the Cognac family and luxury goods house, Hennessy produces a line of decadently delicious fragrances, By Kilian, that are for true fragrance aficionados. By Kilian’s elixirs are precisely the sort of intoxicating scents about which Donizetti’s wrote his opera, "L’elisir d’amore."

In keeping with the fragrance industry’s renewed interest in oud, By Kilian recently debuted his latest addition to his Arabian Nights collection: Incense Oud. Oud is the Arabic word for "wood," which is a definition that barely scratches beneath the hypnotic appeal of the potent resin from the heartwood of the agar wood. So potent and seductive is oud that it is referenced in the Sanskrit Vedas. By Kilian’s Incense Oud layers the two primeval scents, incense and oud, with rose, cardamom, and labdanum, to create a mystical perfume that is as modern and romantic as it is timelessly sensual.

A fragrance this opulent merits an equally indulgent vessel - and By Kilian has created a gold travel spray set specifically for By Kilian Incense Oud. Handcrafted in black enamel, one side of the gold flacon features the By Kilian signature Achilles shield in an antiqued gold, while the reverse side has an ultra glossy gold finish - thereby evoking the fragrance’s duality between incense and oud.

In keeping with By Kilian’s eco-luxe philosophy, the gold travel spray is refillable - and sold as a set with four .25 oz. vials of By Kilian’s Incense Oud. Available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and select Saks for Spring/Summer 2011.

Go ahead and splurge - your mother merits indulgence.

PRICE: $235 / 1 oz travel set
LINK: By Kilian
By Kilian @ Bergdorf Goodman
By Kilian @ Saks Fifth Avenue


Allen Brothers: Red Velvet and Hummingbird Cupcakes

In 1978, the magazine Southern Living published a recipe for hummingbird cake, a long-time Southern favorite, which subsequently became the magazine’s most popular and most requested recipe. Given what you might think you know about the South and its eating habits, you’ll be happy to know that the cake is completely avian-free - and instead, loaded with a particularly delicious combination of bananas, pineapples, coconut, and pecans, and then frosted with a cream cheese frosting.

In keeping with the nation’s cupcake craze, hummingbird cakes are sometimes sold as cupcakes - and one of the best hummingbird cupcakes comes from Allen Brothers. Founded in 1893 in Chicago, Allen Brothers is better known for their beef than their baked goods - but that might change, thanks to the addition of celebrity chef Art Smith of Chicago. Apart from his tenure at Chicago’s Table Fifty-Two, Chef Smith also served as Oprah’s personal chef - and after one (or two or three) of his hummingbird cupcakes, you’ll better understand why Oprah has trouble keeping off the pounds. Chef Smith miniaturized his award-winning cakes, turning them into four-ounce treats (with a surprise filling inside) that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat.

Order a box of cupcakes, which comes with a half dozen hummingbird cupcakes and another half dozen red velvet cupcakes - and share a cupcake with your mother. Remember when she used to bake for you? Now, it’s your turn to treat her well. And what’s more endearing than a red velvet cupcake. Just saying the words - "red velvet cupcake" - makes you smile, and once you taste one of Chef Smith’s decadent cupcakes, you’ll understand the joy of tasting something as good as it sounds.

And another thing, these cupcakes are as red as Dita Von Teese’s lips - and every bit as sinful. Go on; take a bite - because your mother taught you right.

PRICE: $59.95 / one dozen cupcakes, approximately 4 oz. each
LINK: Allen Brothers Red Velvet and Hummingbird Cupcakes


Ormonde Jayne: Osmanthus Soap and Dish

The Chinese have long understood the potent power of the fruity, floral osmanthus flower, using the dried flowers for a seductively fragrant tea called guìhuā chá, which, to some, is similar to jasmine tea.

Ormonde Jayne takes this fragrant flight one step further with its Osmanthus Soap. Created with Japanese Osmanthus absolute and embellished with notes of golden citrus, Ormonde Jayne’s Osmanthus Soap is as refreshing as it is uplifting - and precisely the emollient one desires in a long and leisurely bath.

Created by perfumer, Linda Pilkington, Ormonde Jayne has become the toast of London town with its perfectly-placed perfumeries on Old Bond Street and Sloane Square. Pilkington sources the world for rare essential oils to make her award-winning range of products, including parfum, scented candles, and bath collection - and admiring fans include the eternally-fashionable Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Emma Thompson, as well as New York Times fragrance critic, Chandler Burr.

Ormonde Jayne’s Osmanthus Soap is both triple- and hard-milled, which allows for lather and consistency - and retention of shape. As for the fragrance, Osmanthus Soap opens with a top note of pomello (similar to a mild grapefruit, without the bitterness), before segueing into the heart notes of water lily and osmanthus absolute. The basenotes are cedarwood, musk, and vetiver, with labdanum resin - and in the bath, the result is nothing less than complete surrender to spring’s bounty.

In short, Ormonde Jayne’s Osmanthus Soap is a spring bouquet unto itself - complete with bone china dish. And your mother deserves nothing less than what Elton John uses.

PRICE: £52 / includes 2 x 125g soap (paraben free) and bone china soap dish
LINK: Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus Soap and Dish


Kat Burki : Freesia & Pink Grapefruit Scented Soy Candle

Of course you could send her a bouquet - and lovely though that is, what is she going to have a week later? That’s right, wilted flowers. Instead, think about a scented soy candle, with more than sixty hours of burn time.

Kat Burki’s Freesia & Pink Grapefruit Scented Soy Candle will remind your mother of summer flowers and fresh fruit. Slightly citrus, with a floral fragrance, this eleven-ounce soy wax candle in a tumbler with the Burki gold signature medallion is perfect for the nightstand or alongside the bathtub.

Interior designer Kat Burki started her own design firm in 2002. Based in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Burki has been a design participant in Albert Hadley’s "Rooms with a View" as well as the Hampton Designer Show House. Awarded "Best in Design" by Haute Living magazine, Burki has also been featured on HGTV’s "Top Ten." All of which is to say that Burki understands the high standards of her clientele - and her line of signature soaps, crèmes, and candles adheres to her philosophy of luxurious design.

Recognized for her glamorous dressing rooms, Burki has created objets that befit the Hollywood dreams of every mother. Indulge your mother with a Burki scented soy candle - and watch her face take on a celluloid glow.

PRICE: $38.00 / 11 oz.
LINK: Kat Burki Freesia & Pink Grapefruit Scented Soy Candle


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