A reader, Mandee, recently sent me an email with a request for help. This is how it went:
So, I'm knee deep in campaigning here in Utah, but have been asked to help find an "Election Night Party" dress for our candidate's wife. She's young, 5 kids, tall, and brunette. You have great taste, and always find cute stuff in not so regular places. Any suggestions? I need to find something for myself, too.
Fun! I love shopping with other peoples' money! I don't know about not-so-regular places this time. When you're shopping for a special occasion/cocktail dress, department stores seem to have the best selection. Here are some fun options from Boden, Nordstrom, Macy's, Dillards and Shabby Apple, any of which I'd buy and wear to a party! They're all conservative yet flattering in cut, and appropriate in color, especially for the tall, brunette candidate's wife. How nice to be tall! Links are below each dress.
I'm so excited to be participating in Dana and Disney's Celebrating Mom posts! I love this idea, and am glad that there are bloggers who take the time to make our lives easier by filling our minds with ideas and projects. Thanks, ladies! I thought it would be fun to showcase some gift ideas for our moms (I'm assuming most of you are between 20 and 40 and might have young children!), the ones who are new-ish grandmothers, who are still hip enough to shop at Anthropologie, but who get a little tear in their eye when they receive something sentimental and thoughtful.
Most of our mothers would say, "Oh no, don't get me anything!" and if they're like my mom, she really doesn't want or need any things from me at all. So I like to give memories, either by sharing old ones or creating new ones. These are all things I would get for my own mom. She is intelligent, well-traveled, spiritual and loving. She revels in history and reads constantly. She's just who I want to be.
Other meaningful Mother's Day gifts:
- pictures drawn or letters written by your children, put into a scrapbook or otherwise memorialized and sent directly to grandma
- a seriously meaningful letter (not just a note) from you, describing all of the ways your mom has influenced your life, all the things you're glad she taught you and all the little things she did that showed her love. Moms love being thanked.
Happy Mother's Day to all of you! You deserve every moment of happiness you can find. My best moments are with my family, as I'm sure yours are as well. Many wishes from me to you for a fabulous, peaceful, love-filled Mother's Day!
[In our new home,} we are thinking we want to incorporate a bit of a seashell theme, but with a modern and subtle twist. Have you seen anything recently that was beachy, yet understated- like lamps, prints, etc.?I've had a post composing itself in my head for at least a month now, sorry it's taken so long, Claire! I love a beachy-type room, nothing is more relaxing! Since Providence is near the ocean, or at least the bay, the look would be believable and not too kitschy, as long as you do it with a certain amount of restraint. Trying to pull off a beach-inpsired room in, oh, say, Dallas, would be more of a stretch.
I had a question submitted lately from my dear friend, Natalie. She said,
"I have a couple of beautiful embroidered handkerchiefs, some are family heirlooms while others are just pretty ones I've picked up here and there. Do you have any ideas for display or turning them into something pretty and useful?"