Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

There’s no one better to salute, celebrate, and pamper than your own dear mom, so pay tribute to that tireless lady this month with something from this Mother’s Day roundup. The woman who tucked you in at night deserves extra special treatment, along with every excited new mom-to-be.

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Nahui Ollin’s gorgeous, eco-friendly bags blend whimsy with ethical global fashion and the result is a perfect Mother’s Day gift. In addition to the eye-popping, candy wrapper bags that are meticulously hand-made by artisans in Mexico, Ollin offers organic canvas bags, pillow cases, Artesanal handbags, Nude Ollin bags, change purses, and much more. Visit www.nahuiollin.com and prepare to be dazzled. Mothers everywhere will want to tote around a little bit of sunny Mexico this summer!

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The universally appealing spring lineup at www.effiesheart.com is sure to please metro mothers and moms all across the globe. With a mix of vintage, radical, modern and practical styles, there’s fashion for all types of moms in the distinctive Effie’s Heart collection. The Billy Dress is ideal for warm weather and comfortable for burgeoning tummies, and the Sasha Jacket is a timeless piece that will last for decades – perhaps even handed down to daughters! Shop online at www.effiesheart.com.

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Oovoo handbags are handmade in a range of styles and lavishly embellished with hand-stitched embroidery. The careful selection of color, cotton, leather and silk renders each bag unique and therefore, ideal for mom! Oovoo is an artistic collaboration between Pauline Lewis in Virginia and a group of women in southern Vietnam. Oovoo’s Vietnamese artisans are paid 15% above market rate and given a month’s salary as a bonus during the Vietnamese New Year. Support this impressive collaboration by ordering a beautiful, one-of-kind bag at www.oovoodesign.com.

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Token Tags are a unique way for mom to treasure her loved ones and pass on a keepsake for future generations. Designed by Elizabeth Lindsay, these delicate hand-stamped, mini tag charms feature the names of loved ones, special dates, events, phrases – anything a heart desires. Mom has probably received her share of roses, chocolates, perfume and more, but this personal gift will be remembered for years to come. Affordable and elegant, Token Tags elevate jewelry to the truly artful. What would you want to put on yours? Order them at www.elizabethlindsay.com.

Peaceful Company is a web site devoted to making the world a better place, and one whiff of the Mandarin Friandise Nuts Organic Cream Perfume found here will convince you it’s true. Notes of linden accord, mandarin, cardamom, iris, vanilla honey and cedarwood in a lush, creamy base will surely make mom swoon. Also available in Rose and Raspberry, and Peaceful Company also features clothes and toys for babies and kids, as well as recycled items, lamps, candles, home décor, wellness products and chimes. Check out the wares at www.peacefulcompany.com.

Pregnant and new mothers deserve as much pampering as is humanly possible! If you can’t provide a 24-hour assistant and butler, send an expecting mom one of these:

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Glowing and pregnant moms will luxuriate in the essential Basq Mom2Be Kit, which includes everything for an at-home spa experience. When you’re pregnant, tired and your feet hurt, anything that involves staying at home sounds perfect! The Mom2Be kit includes resilient body oil to fight stretch marks and maintain skin elasticity, infused with essential fatty acids, hazelnut and sweet almond oil, rosehip, vitamin E, and wheat germ, a Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy blend of lavender and pear, a face cleaning brush and Rebalancing Facial Cleanser. Give this to everyone you know and love with a baby bump! Find it at www.basqnyc.com.

Here’s another skin-saving new pregnancy product: expecting moms will cherish Curel Nurturing Comfort Moisture Cream, a seriously effective product introduced to tackle the challenges of pregnancy by relieving itchy, dry skin and imparting suppleness. Infused with shea butter, vitamin E, collagen, and elastin, you can order it at www.curel.com/pregnancy.

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Belli Cosmetics is a one-stop source for pregnancy and post-baby care, encompassing Belli Pregnancy, Belli Baby and Belli Motherhood. Discriminating celeb moms such as Jennifer Gardner, Anjelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, Cheryl Hines and Courteney Cox reach for Belli in the nursery. Find stretch mark cream, diaper rash ointments, acne products, eye brightener, testimonials and everything under the motherhood sun at www.belliskincare.com.

Mustela, the number one brand in European pharmacies, is another trusted brand in pregnancy and infant skincare — offering 100% mineral sunscreen with double cellular protection, gentle facial cleansing cloths, baby shampoo, bubble bath, vitamin barrier cream, massage oil, cold cream, milky bath oil, scalp cream, bust support, and ultimate hydration cream. Their light, alcohol-free perfume called Musti Eau de Soin is a fragrance that adults will love, too! Order it by the baby basketful at www.mustelausa.com.

MamaMio, providing skincare for supermamas, has a heavenly-scented, all-natural line of mod and luxurious pregnancy products to soothe and smooth skin, and provide emollient aromatherapy. The SuperMama Kit and Emergency Repair Kit are both a godsend for pregnant skin, as is the velvety new O-Mega Body Oil. Order kits for expecting and new moms at www.mamamio.com and receive free Preggie Pops for good measure.

The Earth Mama Angel Baby I Love My Mama Gift Set offers toxin-free products and is chock full of earth’s goodness for baby. The Happy Feet soothing organic foot soak and mint herbal lip balm will pamper, the 1-ounce Happy Mama Spray will ease morning sickness, and the nipple butter will provide comfort. Pair the Peaceful Mama Tea with the foot soak for ultimate relaxation! Check out www.earthmamaangelbaby.com for this line’s extensive offerings for a happy, healthy pregnancy and baby.

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Moms of all shapes and sizes can snuggle with children of all shapes and sizes in this oversized, comfortable Kangaroo Blanket by Hollandia International. Made from exclusive material that contains aloe vera for extra softness, this blanket is ideal for nursing, reading, watching movies, traveling and napping. Deep pockets can store everything from wipes, books and a pacifier to the remote and a cell phone. Washable and hypoallergenic, the material is completely safe for babies. Available at Hollandia International, a company founded by a former Israeli artichoke farmer, where some of the world’s most luxurious sleep systems can be found. Take note, pregnant moms! www.hollandiainternational.com.

Wrap mom in an aloe-infused blanket, give her a gorgeous handbag or distinctive vintage clothing, or say it with Token Tags. If she’s expecting, pamper her with products from the best pregnancy skincare lines. Most of all, tell her you love and appreciate her – that’s the best gift of all.

Originally published May 2008
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