The emotional charge of Mother’s Day is two fold for me – firstly as a mum, it’s a reminder to stop, stand still and savour and cherish my little brood. As a daughter, it’s all about honouring the strong women and mums in my life (I am lucky enough to have three – my mum, step mum and mother in law!). But best of all, it’s a fabulous excuse to set aside some dedicated time to spend with them. My mum will be back at her home in Queensland on Sunday so we celebrated with a day of shopping and lunch last weekend. I’m taking my mother in law to Gillian Adams Day Spa for some pampering and I will shower my step mum in skincare over brunch (she’s a K-beauty junkie!). As for me, I can’t wait to see what gorgeous handmade things come home from daycare and school – laminated book marks, hand written cards and Max’s beautiful origami are among my most treasured possessions.
I do love being a mummy! I am grateful every day that I have been able to be a mother – the mini humans I was able to create keep me on my feet, forever teaching me patience and kindness in return the unconditional love (and tantrums). My two children, Jackson and Billie, complete me. For Mother’s Day, all the mummies get together in one of our family homes – this year it’s mine. I’m expecting fun, food, laughter and lots of kids!
At the moment, I want to be there for my husband as he lost his mother a month and a half ago – so this Mother’s Day, we will do whatever he would like us to do. My own beautiful Mom is sadly far away as my family lives in the Netherlands – but next month, we will visit my family in the Netherlands and I would love to just spoil her. My Mom never spoils herself, and having a baby on the way myself I can already see why mothers care so much more for their kids than for themselves. So I would love to pamper my Mom with a spa and massage and maybe a beautiful Chanel fragrance, as it’s her favourite.
My mum lives in Perth and my stepmum’s in Victoria, so sadly I won’t be able to celebrate in person with them this year. But we’ll be going out somewhere special to celebrate when mum visits Sydney soon. In the meantime, I’ll be padding out her collection of Stila Magnficent Metals Eyeshadows – she adores them and has quite the collection already. She is also obsessed with Huda on Instagram and always stocks up on her range when in Sephora, so these falsies wouldn’t go amiss. And some of the very clever Dry Sheet Masks from Charlotte Tilbury, for some much deserved TLC.
On Sunday morning, my brother and I’ll be descending on my parents’ place to whip up Mum’s favourite poached eggs and present them to her in bed. As for gifts: this Chanel eye palette is the ultimate curation of shades to add definition to one of her best features. Mum is (rightly) obsessed with Charlotte’s glow-giving wonder. This oversized version will look amazing in her bathroom. And Jo Malone’s classic fragrance Lime Basil & Mandarin is now available in a shampoo and conditioner, giving Mum an unexpected way to experience her signature scent.
My love of all things beauty can be traced back to my mother. Typical of a Russian woman, I grew up watching her taking great pride in her appearance and looking perpetually polished – even a quick trip to the grocery store called for a slick of mascara and a spritz of perfume. Her go-to scent that is now synonymous with my childhood? Angel by Mugler. Seeing as she already has a Angel perfume bottle that’s running low, my ethical gift option is to simply take said bottle into a MYER or David Jones store and purchase a refill at the eco-friendly refill station (for a fraction of the price of a brand new perfume). Also typical of an Eastern European woman? Her bimonthly trips to the salon to upkeep her blonde mane. Hence why I think she would appreciate this Brush It Off gift set from Aussie cult hair brand, evo – it features the Ritual Salvation Shampoo and Conditioner duo, which I swore by and used religiously when I was a blonde myself. Last but not least, as a fellow skincare fanatic, I know she’ll love this Ultraceuticals Super Serums Set, featuring a full sized perfecting, hydrating and firming serum, delivering powerful A, B and C vitamin boosts in a clutch bag that doubles as a makeup bag (because she’s always stealing mine!)
This Mother’s Day, my brother and I are presenting my mother with a customised gift voucher book. It’s our own novel take on the gift cards you can buy in department stores, except we’re not presenting her with a monetary giftcard, but rather a book with 12 pages of “favours” that she can redeem from us. Some of the products my mother can redeem from our personalised voucher book include the cult classic Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. With winter approaching, it’s our favourite balm to sooth dry skin and look perpetually glowing. Having permed and dyed her hair repeatedly, she’s noticed her hair’s starting to look dull and frizzy – that’s where this baby comes in: Pureology Superfood Mask. It’s like Chapstick for damaged hair – one application and your hair feels virgin soft. Finally, she loves foundation but hates how most of the formulas are too heavy – so I’m going to surprise her with a formula that’s soft, silky and airy, Koh Den Go Moisture Foundation.