Mama Mia!

Great gifts for Mother's Day


When Beauty Is Your Bag -- A roomy, one-of-a-kind shoulder bag by Baby Peach, $68, has a floral background, accented by geometric details in suede and felt; "Beauty" is the name of the hard-shell clutch bag with a lovely face on it by Revamp Productions, $110, which offers purchasers special gifts and chances for prizes when they register their handbag. Finally, add special Sadie Loves Billy lipsticks to your makeup wardrobe, $19 each. They come in a range of colors and were inspired by a love story from the 1930s-40s; each lipstick contains a memory or piece of the story; all from Rouge Beauty Boutique (539 Dumaine St., 525-8686).


Kiss and Makeup -- You'll get the kiss when she gets these special cosmetics: a "summer beach bag" with body glitter and nail polish in a clear holder by Lorac, $28; a quartet of individual body glitters in a rainbow of colors by Tarte, $34; a compact of four "Refresh" lip gloss colors by Lorac, $28.50; liquid gold coast bronzing glow by Sue Devitt, $36; and a lovely brocade makeup bag to put them in, $22; all from Tracy Ewell Cosmetics and Skin Care (5500 Magazine St., 269-8490).


Double the Charm -- This unique reversible slide pendant has 14-karat yellow gold with an emerald on one side and 14-karat white gold with a sapphire on the other side for twice the versatility, designed by jewelry artist Tom Mathis, starting at $800; from Symmetry (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925).


Opposites Attractive -- Classic colors of black and white take on a decidedly contemporary look in a checkered, patent-leather purse with a chain-and-leather shoulder strap by Escada, $149.99; and soft leather high-heel sandals that criss-cross in the front by Christian LaCroix, $249.99; both from Prima Donna's Closet (1218 St. Charles Ave., 525-3327; 4409 Chastant St., Metairie, 885-3327; Plus-sizes shop: 1206 St. Charles Ave., 522-3327).


The Art of Beauty -- Choose from a full line of products by Ole Henriksen -- a skin care specialist to movie, music and fashion celebrities -- including: Escape Tranquility Muscle Soak, $38; Firm Action Pore Refining Mask, $25; Loofah Body Scrub, $28; On the Go Exhilarating Cleanser, $16; and Balancing Cucumber Face Mist, $16; all available at Dr. Marilyn E. Pelias' Medispa (324 Chartres Street, second floor, 566-1706;


Cool and Flowing -- Butter-colored cotton gauze embroidered with flowers and vines is made into a layered handkerchief-hem skirt, $28; a matching layered blouse with a V-neck and arm cuffs, $24.80, both by Color Me Cotton. Top it with a crocheted raffia hat, $16; with a colorful scarf, $14; all from Out of the Box (5246 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie; 888-6666).


Strength in Age -- The mineral composition near Tibet gives this marble vase its unique colors and patterns, and families that have produced products from the marble for 4,000 years (including commissions for the emperors of China), give it a beautiful style, $580, from Nabors (4524 Shores Drive, Metairie, 779-3515)


Heart to Heart -- Let your true feelings show through with a white ceramic heart plate, $13; and a necklace with teardrops of red coral and round jet beads made by local jewelry designer Eleanor Baugnies de St. Marceaux for Norfleet Designs, $150; from Judy at the Rink (2727 Prytania St., The Rink, 891-7018).


Fresh and Fragrant -- Freshen the air throughout the house with the clean scent of bamboo and narcissus with sticks of bamboo in a square glass vase that absorb liquid and release it into the air, $49.50; or a spray bottle of room fragrance, $24.50; both by Influence, from Intimate Home (4121 Magazine St., 269-8020; 218 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 875-7600;


It's Personal -- Make your mother a gift she'll always cherish: a personalized bracelet with her children's names and birth stones on it, about $25 per strand; or a watch with her favorite beads as a band. Specific prices depend on the beads, dividers and clasps chosen. Letter beads are $1.95 each, and the watch face is $8; all from The Bead Shop (4612 Magazine St., 895-6161; 800 Metairie Road, 837-0371).


Fun and Frivolity -- Play to her fun side with Mother's Day gifts such as an orange terry cloth "Botox" cosmetic bag, $34.99; a green silk "Gems" jewelry travel bag, $24.99; a green polka-dot dress jewelry holder, $16.99; pink terry cloth "Wallflower" slippers by LaDoux, $41.99; a jeweled, blue enamel dress frame, $11.99, and fuchsia glitter "#1 Mom" frame, $6.99, both by Photo Accents; and all-natural "Lemon Grass Tea Tree Lotion Balm for the Delightful Diva," $19.99; all from Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; 518 Chartres St., 566-7525;


Her Feminine Side -- Help Mom feel lovely and fashionable at the same time with a sheer, red-and-white patterned camisole and capri pajama set by Bed Head, $130.95; whimsical aqua satin thong slippers with gold dots that come in their own bag by Ciccia Bella, $24.95; and lusciously scented candles packaged in silk brocade coin purses by VoluSpa, $16.95 each; all from Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 434 Chartres St., 581-4999; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133).

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