Ann Taylor Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This Mother’s Day, Ann Taylor has the perfect presents to say “thank you” to the mothers in your life.

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Show the woman who works around the clock how much you care for her with gifts such as the pretty pineapple skirt, intriguing gingham pants and crisp safari-inspired ensembles. For versatile gifts, look into accessories such as sleek spring shoes, effortless large bags, stylish drop earrings and a soft pashmina scarf – perfect for every mother, aunt or even friend.


For suggestions of gifts under $150, $100 and $50, please see below.

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Mother’s Day Celebration Event 

Tuesday, May 3

12 pm to 4 pm

1140 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20036

Amazon Prime One-Hour Flower Delivery and Date Night Looks

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 10, Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service will offer one-hour delivery of roses. These fresh flowers will be available via the Prime Now app through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

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In Baltimore, Prime Now is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is available for $7.99. All Prime members can download the Prime Now app, available on iOS and Android devices, and will be notified when the service is available in their zip code.

Date Night Looks via Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime Now – One Hour Delivery Service

Prime Now, Amazon’s one-hour delivery service, now features a “Father’s Day Gifts” section full of items that dad would LOVE to get his hands on this year. Customers in Baltimore can order through the Prime Now mobile app and have gifts delivered to their door in an hour, including:


Prime Now also offers tens of thousands of daily essentials and is currently available in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Miami and New York.


Brave Williams and Embellish Fragrance

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Bigger, Better and Braver…that is Christina “Brave” William’s approach to 2015, and she is doing just that with our biggest announcement yet for our client B Fragranced, a trending fragrance line. Reality TV star of “R&B Divas” and Billboard hit artist, Brave is the new official ambassador of B Fragranced

Brave’s new album “Fearless” is fitting for both her personality as well as the fearlessness that women feel with Embellish Eau de Parfum’s scent.

The essence of class, romance, and glamour, Embellish embodies all of the characteristics of female sophistication. Indulgent yet light, the fragrance infuses sparkling notes of apple and peach with a splash of citron. With B Fragranced’s mission to encourage women to embrace their feminine individuality, the effervescent notes of jasmine and honeysuckle balance the sultry base of soft amber and sandalwood to make Embellish any woman’s signature scent. Once the fragrance touches your skin, it will adjust to your body chemistry and enhance your natural scent in order to emit a fragrance that is simply your own.

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Embellish retails for $54.00 for a 1.7 oz. bottle and $76.00 for a 3.4 oz. bottle at

Summer is just beginning, and Embellish is the ideal summer scent for any woman. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion, a new fragrance is the perfect gift, and a one-of-a-kind scent that adjusts to each woman is the perfect way to celebrate her. Show your loved one how much you appreciate her individuality with a gift that’s as unique as she is.


The creator founder of B Fragranced, Marilyn Jones, lost her mother to breast cancer at an early age. Her only true memory of her mother was her mother’s scent. This sparked a passion to create a fragrance as unique as the woman who wears it. The new face of B Fragranced, Brave, is persevering through her father’s diagnosis of prostate cancer and early signs of dementia. Fate brought these two fearless women together, and with a product that they both believe in, they are working side by side to empower all women.

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Mother’s Day 2015 – Chic Fragrance Gift Ideas

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the woman in your life with a scent that will take the guess work out of gift-giving. Whatever her most unforgettable, beloved quality, there’s a perfect scent for her:

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  • Killer Queen Spring Reign by Katy Perry: Perfect for the mom that is young at heart, this limited edition floral fragrance opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cederwood oil (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00, mass retailers).


  • Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga: Give your mysterious and daring mother the intoxicating scent of Lady Gaga’s newest fragrance. Built around a beautiful heart of white violet, this scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime to counterbalance woody-floral intensity, and evolves into a sensual trail based on leather ($34.00, mass retailers).
  • Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid: For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality (15ml/0.5 oz $20, mass retailers).


Don’t forget about dad on this holiday. For the refined father who is always there for you, give him a fragrance that captures his greatest qualities –Nautica LIFE. With notes of sea salt, marine seamoss and natural violet lead, Nautica LIFE unleashes a revitalizing splash of energy while creating a blissful feeling of magnetism and seduction ($62,50, Macy’s).

Don’t forget to purchase a beautiful bracelet for under $60 from

Hostess Gift Ideas and DIY Inspiration

How many times have you been invited to someone’s home and asked yourself, “what should I give the hostess?”  Proper etiquette states that we should gift something that “evokes a memory” but we want to be creative and thoughtful.

My first suggestion would be to consider the occassion.  Is this a housewarming party or game night?  Next, take inventory of small trinkets you already own.  Have you purchased a beautiful basket or set of mason jars?  Also, try to think of the interests or hobbies of the hostess.  Does she enjoy cooking or gardening?

Ultimately, giving the perfect gift can be delightful for both you and the hostess.  You’re adding a special touch to sincerely say, “thank you for having me at your home!”

Hostess Gift Ideas

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Valentine’s Day 2015 in DC – Specials and Gift Ideas

Treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day they won’t forget. Up the ante this year by indulging in specials from Mari Vanna DC, Shinola, Union MarketDCanter and The Still Point. Whether it’s a relaxing spa day at The Still Point, decadent Russian caviar at Mari Vanna, luxurious leather goods from Shinola, delicious wines at DCanter or a heart-opening yoga session at Union Market, there’s something for every loved one this season.

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Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Ave., NW,
Spoil your sweetheart with an extravagant delicacy at Dupont hotspot Mari Vanna with their special Caviar Prix-Fixe Valentine’s DayMenu. On Saturday, February 14, guests of the Russian eatery will indulge in a menu of one cold appetizer, one hot appetizer and one hot entree for $125 or $150, depending on your caviar choice. Cold appetizer options include Olivier, Vinegret or Herring. Hot appetizers options include red caviar Blinis ($125) or black caviar Blinis ($150). Available entrees include Chicken Tabaka, Chicken Kiev, Sea Bass, Salmon, Beef Kebob or Beef Stroganoff. Diners will be treated to a bottle of champagne for two and a complimentary dessert.

Shinola (1534 14th St. NW,
Give a gift of timeless elegance with this Detroit-based luxury design brand, dedicated to producing handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and pet accessories – all made in America. Adorn wrists with the Valentine’s Bracelet in Lollipop Red ($125). Explore the city with The Runwell bike ($2,950) or make sure your sweetie never misses a minute with the Triple Wrap Runwell watch ($825).

Union Market (1309 5th St. NW, www.unionmarketdcom):
Open your heart – and your chakras – with an invigorating free yoga practice on Sunday, February 15 at Union Market’s Dock 5 with yogi Nya Alemayhu. The 90 minute session will channel the flow of love and compassion, bringing harmonious balance to mind, body and spirit. Bring a mat and an open mind.

DCanter (545 8th St. SE,
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without popping some bubbly, and what better way than with a champagne tasting? Make a toast with your sweetie on Saturday, February 14 from 6 – 7 p.m. ($65 per person). Sample 6 champagnes and nosh on artisanal cheeses. Take home a bottle of wine at a special discounted price. RSVP to reserve a spot.

The Still Point (1 Columbia Ave. Tacoma Park, MD | 12451 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD | 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy. Columbia, MD.
Pamper that special person all month long with luxurious treatments from the Maryland-based wellness spa, with three locations. Choose from two unique experiences, the Chocolate Sweetheart Facial ($55/30 minutes) and the Couples Massage ($218/50 minutes, $290/80 minutes Add on Cocoa Sugar Polish +$140/25 minutes. Price includes 2 guests). The facial includes cleansing and exfoliation treatments followed by a TOMA Skin Therapies #14 Hydrating Antioxidant Mask. The soothing facial is finished off with a blissful 10 minute massage over the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. The couples massage offers a full body exfoliation in relaxing rooms with heated massage tables and heated floors.

Gift Ideas:


Shinola’s Valentine EnvelopeDouble Wrap Bracelet or Contrast Dog Leash

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DIY: Creating Inexpensive {Last Minute} Gift Ideas

I like to give holiday gifts to my kids teachers and special friends in the community.  Unfortunately, the budget doesn’t always allow for expensive gifts.  I would love to purchase (everyone) something special from Bloomingdales but that’s not always realistic.

Being a true southerner, I come from a family that loves arts and crafts and this time of the year inspires me to pull out the ribbon box.  I search for inexpensive gift ideas such as baked cookies, mason jar trinkets, or gift baskets.

Honestly, anyone (whether they love arts and crafts) can add a special touch to gift giving.  The trick to DIY gift ideas is figuring out what inspires you and those people in your life.

Below, you will find ideas from Pinterest that can be prepared in 10 minutes or less.

Steps for DIY Inexpensive Holiday Gifts:

1.  Create a budget for the project.

2.  Make a list of supplies.

3.  Locate your favorite craft store and ask for assistance (if that’s needed.)

4.  Set up your holiday craft station and create!