April 19, 2021 4 min read
Let’s face it, Mother’s Day is different for everyone. It can be the ultimate affirmation if you celebrate it surrounded by wonderful family. But also spare a thought for friends who are missing their mothers, those who can’t have children, or friends who have more strained family relationships. There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but for those who want some inspiration, here are a few tips on how to make it a great day – whether it’s for your own mother, or to give a boost to another mother-at-heart.
The best way to show you care is to give something personal – whether that’s the gift of your own time, something you’ve made, or something you’ve really carefully chosen. Here are some ideas.
For those with a hectic lifestyle, brunch is always a winner. Invite the wider family over so no-one misses out. The menu doesn’t need to be complex, just think about what she would order when she goes out for brunch and try to model the menu on that. For example, homemade bircher muesli can be made the night before while eggs, or smashed avocado on toast are quick to whip up in the morning. Here are links to some easy favourites:Taste's 5 Star rated Bircher muesli
If she’s into breakfast bowls, try these recipes from Delicious which are full of flavours and options
If you can’t wrangle all the nearest and dearest over for brunch, afternoon tea is another low-key way to celebrate. Get everyone together with this fail-safe Coconut, Almond and Blueberry cake recipe from Ottolenghi’s Sweet cookbook. I can’t recommend this cake highly enough, every time I serve it, it receives rave reviews.
Nothing says I care about you more than when you create something yourself. Hand-drawn cards and paper flowers are fun but options like Canva and Spotify can take it up a notch. Have some great photos of you all together? Upload them to Canva and create your own card. (I recently did this for my father. I found a picture of him aged three, uploaded it to Canva, added some text and overlaid some icons of a birthday hat, balloons and whistle. With the help of foam core and a printer, I turned it into an oversized 80th birthday card that took pride of place on the mantel piece for quite some time!)
Another great idea to bring back happy memories is putting together a Spotify playlist of favourite tunes and play them for her at your brunch or afternoon tea (you’d be amazed at some of the golden oldies you can find on there!).
Offering to do the chores for the day is a simple gesture while mum takes some time for pampering. Think about what she least likes doing and then do it for her (personally I hate vacuuming but am okay with ironing, but everyone is different!). Or if your mum is already super organised when it comes to chores, she may prefer that you join her for a day at her (or your) favourite spa. If your mum’s elderly, a day spa may not always be her ideal way to relax, but don’t forget manicures and pedicures are other excellent ways to be pampered (believe me, touching your toes does get harder as you age, so pedicures are a great option!).
Sometimes you can’t be there but a personal gift can make the difference.
Of course we think jewellery is a winner, so we’ve put together a small edit of of Brave Edith's picks here, not least of which is the Precious Pendant which can be personalised with one or two initials. This can be delivered direct to mum, gift-wrapped and with a hand-written note from you.
If your mum is a plant lover, then a beautiful ceramic pot of with one of her favourite flowering plants is sure to go down well. If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, The Plant Society is a wonderful store; they have a beautiful array of pots by local makers and can help you choose the ideal plant.
Another idea for those in Melbourne is a bouquet (or series of bouquets) from The Beautiful Bunch. It’s a social enterprise that gives training and employment to women from refugee backgrounds who are finding it challenging to find employment. You can order a daily bunch from $60.
And don’t roll your eyes, but given slippers have gone next level, this may finally be the year when slippers really are a good idea. I love these Mayberry sheepskin slippers from Emu. If your mum is older, these pure cashmere slippers available at Rose Street Trading Co have to be worn to be believed. (They’re also a little safer than slides).
And let’s not forget, mothers and true friends are forgiving – it’s not about perfection in what you give and do, it’s about the thought and care. Hope you have a great day, whatever you decide to do.
October 07, 2020 4 min read
It’s an understatement to say that life is getting a little simpler these days. We’ve had to learn how to deal with life’s restrictions and to make the most of simple pleasures. And while we are definitely buying more online and in places like Melbourne, “click and collect” is a wonderful excuse to leave the house, perhaps now is the time to start to spend more wisely.
With that in mind, it seems fitting to share some suggestions on how to create a wardrobe that you can keep looking fresh, rather than constantly replace.
July 21, 2020 3 min read
It’s clear COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, so the more we learn to live with it, the better. We are all getting used to keeping our distance and washing our hands regularly, however one thing that isn’t often talked about is keeping your jewellery clean.
Jewellery that is worn every day is wonderful for harbouring bacteria in its nooks and crannies. The good news is diamonds and precious metals are quite resilient and with the right attention to detail, are very easy to clean. Here are some tips on how to clean some of the most common everyday gold and silver jewellery.
March 12, 2020 4 min read
When it comes to making a fashion statement, you should always dress in a way that makes you feel fantastic. It's also lovely to get compliments on how wonderful YOU look rather than on just the pieces you are wearing.
So how do you choose items that bring out your best features? When it comes to statement earrings, the best way to create an impact is to ensure that you choose earring styles that suit your face shape and features. Find out your face type and tips on earring styles to complement you.
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