Shop Like Mother, or Like Daughter

Fashion / May 26, 2017

Mother’s Day may be over, but it doesn’t mean the habit of treating our moms right and spending some time with her also ends. As a mom myself, I know how it feels to be left behind by my growing children.

I nurse a constant fear that they’ll live their own lives faster than I want, spending more time with others than with me.

It took an exclusive shopping event at The SM Store Aura with moms I know and their daughters I admire to make me realize that growing old isn’t all too bad. If it means being able to do my favorite hobby of scouting luxuries in the city with my boys any time we want—granted, they don’t end up as crazed shopaholics like girls—then Mother’s Day won’t always feel like the only chance to spend time with our loved ones.

The time I spent tailing mother-daughter duos Candy and Jacque Dizon, Bambina and Jessica Wise, and Judith and Janina Manipol, I’ve seen a wide range of “giftable” brands available only in The SM Store Aura that will please anybody at any time of the year. (By the way, they have so many new brands that I suggest you ask a personal shopper to lead you to even more items.)

Judith and Janina Manipol

Trying out the linens at the home department

Trying on lipsticks

Gifts that keep on giving

For moms who love all things domestic, add touches of sophisticated china and stoneware to mealtimes and it’ll just be like dining outside in fancy hotels and restaurants. Claytan tableware is a beautiful addition to her dining set. Another option would be the Noritake chinaware, a favorite of the Japanese Imperial Household and a constant feature in government banquets.

Top this luxurious experience with English brand John Lewis and their quality glassware; pour all your fine wines and spirits in this crystal fine-tuned to bring out the flavor of every drink. Extend this fantasy to the bedroom by gifting her duvets by Margaret Muir. These covers are made from 100% pure cotton percale and embroidered, not printed, with meticulous design.  

Bambina Olivares Wise and Jessica Wise

Looking for scents

Mother and daughter looking for kitchen appliances to send to sister Sam in London

Mother and daughter loving the same top at Sfera

If they fancy something less elegant and more offbeat and rock n’ roll, French Bull offers mugs with quirky designs sure to perk up even the young ones. The brand stands out for their rebellious art, elevating mugs from being boring gifts to unique ones. Speaking of perking up, Breville espresso makers like the Barista Express brings the café to your home. Join in playing pretend master brewers as you experiment with beans in this easy-to-use, precise machine.

I understand, however, that not all moms and daughters enjoy these homey things. Don’t worry, there are plenty of choices for the adventurous ones out there. If your mom enjoys the outdoors like you do, shop for a functional knapsack with great storage like FjallRaven Kåken bags. Designed to spare the backs of school children, these bags will surely lighten load for the both of you, too.

Jacqueline enjoying the chic selection of Parisian

Candy and daughter Jacqueline Dizon

Checking out the gowns for their next event

Candy looking for vases for her table at home

Remind each other to hydrate in long, tedious trips through stainless steel tumblers from Klean Kanteen. These insulated products come with innovative cap designs and vacuum insulation, making it perfect and safe for consumption. Protect yourselves from the sun, too, with colorful Rayban specs that not only shield your eyes from the harmful rays, it also lends a whole lot of style.
Now if you want to flaunt ultimate sophistication together, buy matching rose gold Michael Kors watches that look good on any occasion. Gift your mother or daughter with tangible time as you make up for what you’ve lost.

Bambina Wise, Candy Dizon, Jacque Dizon, Janina Manipol, Jessica Wise, Judith Manipol, The SM Store Aura