The Best Impromptu Mother’s Day Gift Guide

So you might have noticed a couple of Mother’s Day promos have been popping up lately, and as much as you hate to admit it, you can’t lie that you forgot and have absolutely no clue (and/or no cash) as to what to get your mum for Mother’s Day.

Truth be told, I don’t know what’s the perfect gift for my mum either. She doesn’t need another candle, and getting her another bag is just so I can borrow it whenever I’m bored with my own collection.

One of the things I love about my mum is that she always cooks great food almost every single day without fail. So what better way to show her my appreciation than to treat her with great food with the skills she taught me?

 

Decadent Darling

If mum is a classy lady who enjoys the occasional high tea session, a great way to impress is to her is to bake your own scones. Typically a teatime treat, a great cup of tea paired with scones and jam are an easy to create breakfast that will surely get a motherly nod of approval. We like Marcella Kriebel’s Strawberry Rhubarb scones (recipe here).

© Marcella Kriebel

© Marcella Kriebel

 

Plus points given if you attempt making your own clotted cream and jam.

Alternatives:

To pack a punch, we sourced the world wide web in search for cool additions to amp up your breakfast scones for mum. We love Clipper Tea‘s classic blend of fruity and floral teas, and we believe they’d go well with Pantler‘s Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam. For interesting local flair, Ette Tea has creative flavour combinations, such as Chicken Rice and Nasi Lemak tea!

 

WANDERLUST WONDER

Your mum is generally quite on trend. She’s adventurous and probably has tried and tested trends way before you have even heard of it.

© Natalya Zahn

© Natalya Zahn

Surprise mum with a sweet and savory combination with a maple-bacon donut. While not many might enjoy a cacophony of flavours in one shot, maple-bacon donuts are a fun yet simple recipe to try and makes for an entertaining morning breakfast.

Alternatively, why not get your mum to join in all the baking fun? Tell her you’re making donuts, but make no mention of why your recipe calls for a pack of bacon and maple syrup.

 

Everyone’s Favorite Auntie

The entire estate knows who your mum is. She’s the one that is constantly bumping into her friends at the market, or the one who can strike a conversation with almost anyone at all. She wants nothing more other than good coffee and great company.

© Minty's Table

© Minty’s Table

Remember when you were younger and your mother would always assign someone older (and apparently more wiser) to spread your nutella or kaya on your bread for you? Remember when you couldn’t wait to spread as much velvety smooth peanut butter on your own piece of bread when you were older?

Whether you have it at home or have a piece or two on from the little stall on your way to school, there’s just something incredibly homely and welcoming about great kaya on toast (recipe here).

If you’re not too keen on the idea of cooking or doing anything in the kitchen to surprise your mum, a pleasant surprise would simply be joining her for breakfast this weekend. It’s not a lot, but your presence will surely be noticed.

Our StyleMaker’s belief is that great gifts need not be extravagant or pricey (though we’ll never pass up a nice perfume or a well-made watch).

At the end of the day, it’s a terrible feeling having to admit that most of us hardly ever spend good, quality time with our parents and often times, we don’t even make it a priority to schedule a time slot around them in the first place.

Mother’s Day is the best day to show your appreciation to your mum, treat her like the queen that she is and shower her with all the affection and attention that’s long due and deserved.

Gifts are great, and I’m sure she’ll love whatever you have to offer, but don’t forget that sometimes the time spent together with someone is the best gift ever.

 

How do you plan on celebrating Mother’s Day? Tag us on Instagram, we’d love to see what you’ve prepared!

 

How to Work Prints

“Money talks. Style doesn’t has to.”


 Is your workwear looking even bleaker than your actual job? Perhaps it’s time for a style update.

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Classic, formal menswear is simple and formulaic. You can never go wrong with a crisp, ironed-shirt paired with a matching tie and nicely fitted pair of pants. Heck, maybe even throw on a blazer.

No matter how cut and dried it is, the complexity in day-to-day menswear is in the little details. Most people can’t tell the difference between a plaid shirt from a checkered one, and most people don’t care. However, we’ve found that the people who pay closer attention to the finer details are always the ones that end up looking dapper, stealing the promotion you wanted and perhaps even leaving with the girl.

Now we’ll never tell, but here are some prints, patterns, tips and tricks to updating and reinventing your wardrobe and work towards being the dapper gentleman that you are.

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2 Steps to Looking Sharp

“The Joy of Dressing is an Art”


 Just like a lady’s Little Black Dress, shirts are an undeniable staple in every man’s wardrobe. At least, they should be.

There are a lot of shirts available in the market. From affordable brands such as G2000 to higher-end retailers such as Ben Sherman alongside departmental stores offering the best of the best, it’s easy to get lost in all the options available.

From smart casual Oxfords to sleek dress shirts, we break down the things you should look for when purchasing and investing in a shirt.

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SOS Call to Cupid

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
― William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well


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Did you space and completely missed the memo that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away?

Well, whether you need a last minute gift for a significant other or you’ve decided to make something special for your friends and family, we’ve gathered a couple of quick Valentine’s themed gift that you can make and create at home.

We would never pass up an opportunity to dress up and indulge in a really fancy dinner or an extravagant gift, but nothing beats a simple date and a well thought out and sincere gift(s).

So while you’re making arrangements and/or doing some last minute gift hunting, don’t forget the people you’re doing it for. Amidst all the planning and preparation, don’t forget to show them your appreciation and how much you love them.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Redy or Not

When in doubt, wear red.

- Bill Blass


The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, and we sure hope you’re prepared to usher in another auspicious year ahead. Between busy schedules and a long list of things to prep for the occasion, it’s totally forgivable if you chose to skip out on purchasing new clothes for the new year.

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While dressing in red for the new year might have been the longstanding tradition for most families during this festive season, some of us might have outgrown the tradition of wearing and purchasing new red garments, either for practical reasons or fear of looking a little too over-excited.

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Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign Review: Bold in Balmain

There’s a (new) army this season.


The year has barely even started and all of social media is already sizzling and buzzing with back-to-back teasers on this year’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

One of our favourite advertising campaigns so far has got to be the unveiling of this year’s new #BALMAINARMY, featuring our all-time favourite industry players, the original queens of the runway and fashion editorials: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer.

#BalmainArmy 2016

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Holiday Gift Guide: One of the Boys

Dressing well is a
form of good manners.


It’s the last few weeks into the new year and a couple days away from Christmas. The festive season is in full swing and there’s nothing we’re eagerly anticipating more right now than good food and the company of our loved ones.

Aside from polite formalities and empty small talk, we’re sure most of us are hoping to rebuild some of the bridges burned and catch up with the people we did not manage to keep in close contact with throughout the year. This week, we’ve curated a list on our take on the best gifts for the gentlemen in our lives.

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They’re probably one of the few people we show our appreciation to. So whether they’re a man of few words or the constant life of the party, the festive is the best time to show how much we value the strong, funny and sometimes weird male figures in our lives.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Femme Fatale

White paper packages
tied up in string,
these are a few of
my favourite
things.


As the year slowly comes to a close, we’re out to celebrate the end of another chapter in our lives. While we bask in our triumphs and reflect on the failures that we’ve encountered over these twelve months, we want to show our appreciation for the supporting characters in our lives that stayed by our side throughout.

Gift-giving is hard, especially for the people you love. You want to show how much you love them, but you’ve also exhausted every possible option. Step away from the Victoria’s Secret gift set, we’ve extended our holiday gift guide and picked the things we are lusting after and we’re almost certain your female contemporaries are too!

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Navigating the Festive Sparkle

All that glitters is gold.


The festive season is fast approaching and we’re expecting a never-ending to-do list and a packed back-to-back weekend. Between last minute gift shopping, meeting year-end deadlines or the impromptu meet up with the friends you didn’t manage to meet as often over the past few months, it definitely seems like there’s not enough time to breathe, let alone worry about what to wear.

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We’ve curated a few looks for the festive season and incorporated PANTONE’s 2016 colour of the year to get you kick started and hopefully give you inspiration when putting together your own festive season ensemble!

 

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