Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Valentine’s Day provides an occasion to celebrate moms with hearts, flowers, champagne, escargot, and any the following items — which will surely be accepted with love.

Alligator Band

Wendy Culpepper designs unique, affordable and gorgeous pieces of jewelry, including gold or sterling silver rings, necklaces and bracelets. Her handcrafted pieces come in a variety of styles, and are elegant and original. In addition, when you purchase anything from Wendy Culpepper’s website, you can also support charity and take advantage of generous sale. Check out

In addition to fresh, modern clothing such as dresses, onesies, tops and t-shirts for kids and babies, new moms will find an array of useful Kit & Lili totes, hip zip bags, cuddly toys and ultra-mod throw pillows in the distinctive Kit & Lili textile designs. Moms with daughters will also love the latest batch of Kit & Lili dresses for spring (or for under sweaters). Visit, to see why so many parents at New York City parks and museums are donning this distinctive brand.

The Me 2 We Style’s Bali Bamboo Dress can be worn five different ways for a multitude of looks, and is one-size-fits-all dress — which is ideal for moms of varying sizes and situations: pregnant or post-pregnancy. Made with 100% organic bamboo and cotton, this versatile dress comes in red, blue or black and is lightweight for traveling. Me to We Style is available at Whole Foods and at

Marie Belle in Soho offers an exquisite Valentine Day assortment of its fine chocolates in a variety of sizes, either boxed or as vintage-wrapped bars. Peruse the offerings at, yet nothing compares to the shop itself at 484 Broome Street. The shop is reminiscent of a Havana café, with a cacao bar and tea salon in the back. Here you’ll find Aztec Hot Chocolate Bars, artisan caramels, fine teas in iconic tins, Croquette au Chocolat bars, Belle-Helena bars and so much more.

Slip mom a box of mini, germ-killing Giovanni Towelettes for her purse, and she’ll think of you each time she freshens up. She’ll be able to moisturize, recharge, relax and refresh with these lightweight, soft wipes infused with organic grapefruit, peppermint and lavender essential oils. They’re great for in the diaper bag and at the playground too; available at Whole Foods stores.

However you say “I love you” will be music to a mom’s ears.

Originally published February 2010
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