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Gifts that Show Mom You Care

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Neutral territory -- Team a white pleated skirt with beige floral embroidery on it and a border around the hem by Anne, $68; with a white shelf-bra cami by Michael Stars, $38; under a tan mesh knit scoop-neck sweater with bell sleeves by Purple7, $68; all from Gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 865-9625).
Love letter -- Show Mom you love her with a custom 14-karat yellow or white gold necklace by jewelry artist Mauri Pioppi that has a monogrammed charm set with a diamond bindi (you can add a charm to represent each child) and a cluster of gemstone beads available in pink or blue sapphire, ruby, emerald, coral, turquoise, pearl, gold beads, opal, citrine, peridot, white or blue topaz and aquamarine. Necklace with one charm $390; additional letter charms $130 each; from Katy Beh Contemporary Jewelry (3708 Magazine St., 896-9600; www.katybeh.com). Photo courtesy Katy Beh.
Soft touch -- Wrap up a super-soft fuchsia robe by Pine Cone Hill, $64.99; for mom to wear over a lime, blue and pink print cotton gown with a printed border along the hem and bell sleeves by Pine Cone Hill, $44.95; add pink thong slippers with embroidered flowers on them by Ciccia Bella, $25.95; and Kimono Rose gift set by Thymes that includes body wash, body cream, bath salts and a perfume roller ball, $28.95; all from Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133; www.earthsaversonline.com.
Bold stripes -- Turquoise and purple stripes are beautiful on a sundress cinched with a maroon mock-croc leather belt by Twelfth Street for Cynthia Vincent, $290, from Angelique (7725 Maple St., 866-1092).
Glorious green -- Help her carry essentials beautifully with a green silk patchwork handbag with beaded trimmings and bamboo handles, $30; and stretch bracelets with beads that are painted, covered in silk or crochet, $8 each; all from Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060; www.orientexpressed.com).
Home spa treatments -- Luxurious products make everyone feel special -- and Mom deserves the best: Caribbean Therapy Body Créme with amyris, bay leaf, cocoa butter, lime, mango, vetiver and meadowfoam seed oil, $26; Caribbean Therapy Bath Soak with a special blend of moisturizing oils to soften your skin and seal in moisture and island aromas that rejuvenate the senses, $24; both by Aveda, available at Paris Parker Aveda Concept Salons (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 106, Metairie, 888-990-2468; 4900 Prytania St., 888-992-2468; 4900 Hwy. 22, Suite 1, Mandeville, 888-990-2468; 333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 888-990-2468).

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Hand jive -- Her hand movements will be very expressive when she dons a beautiful 18-karat gold and sterling silver bracelet like this filigree cuff embellished with pearls and rubies, $1,525; or a highly detailed wide bracelet with a pin closure studded with large garnets by Konstantino, $1,995; both from Sabai (3115 Magazine St., 899-9555; 924 Royal St., 525-6211).
The eyes have it ­ You can get high fashion and protection all rolled into one with designer sunglasses and a beautiful "La Loop" necklace with a loop that doubles as a glasses holder. The necklace is made with split-New Zealand shells and a sterling silver clasp, $200 (comes in a range of styles starting at $90). The glasses include a gold-wire frame with large earpieces in brown on gold by Chanel, $300; sand-colored frames with wrap-around lenses and gold embellishments on the earpieces by Prada, $270; and a white "Isis Jewel" frame with Swarovski crystals on the earpieces by Oliver Peoples, $420; all from St. Charles Vision (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311; 138 Carondelet St., 522-8026; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 837 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 733-0406; 817 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 712-3551; 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Northlake Shopping Center, Mandeville, 985-626-8103; 200 Southwest Railroad Ave., Hammond Square Mall, Hammond, 985-542-9410; 3909 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 328-9733; www.stcharlesvision.com).
Beach mama -- Make her trip to the beach (or anywhere else) fashionable as well as pleasant with a large, straw carryall with brown leather straps and trim, $30; dressed up with a orange, brown and cream scarf tied on the strap by Echo, $48; and throw in some cream leather strappy thong flats with a stone bead on the top by Carlos Santana, $72; all from Ah-ha (3129 Magazine St., 269-2442).
Happy gathering -- A cream linen silk V-neck blouse has a gathered skirt and a beaded floral pattern on the suede midriff by Lafayette 148, $398, from Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025; www.ballinsltd.com).
Homecoming -- Celebrate her love for New Orleans with its emblems artfully portrayed in a red stained-glass cross hanging, $12; a "blue-roof" fused-glass house mounted on a piece of recovered slate roof tile, $40; or a gold stained-glass fleur de lis mounted on a piece of recovered slate roof tile, $30; all from Lizano's Glass Haus Inc. (3400 Cleary Ave., Suite B, Metairie, 454-1144).
Beauty bath -- Add lasting beauty to Mom's bath with a solid wood vanity with an etched glass sink and chrome faucet (drain kit included), about $699, prices vary according to components chosen, from Elite Home Products (5630 Salmen St., Bay 4, Harahan, 818-2838; www.800saving.com).

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