With Mother's Day right around the corner (it's Sunday May 14th for those of you not in the know), I've been thinking a lot about not only how to properly convey the depths of my love and appreciation for my mom this year on her special day, but also about just how much my mom has given to me since the day I was born. For the unconditional love, unending wisdom and guidance that wasn't always necessarily what I wanted to hear, but was always what I needed to hear. For the years of almost incomprehensible and basically saint-like sacrifice, unwavering support and bright burning fires of inspiration. For the always consistent example of strength, fortitude, intelligence, kindness, compassion and truth. For 32 years, my mom has given me everything a mother could possibly give, and she's done it with grace and style. She has been a mom unlike any other mom I've ever known, and I still can't believe my luck that I, of all of the daughters on this Earth, get to call her mine.
So what do you give to the woman that has given you everything? These are the kind of deep-dive questions that I asked myself when I decided that I should probably be spending more than just a moment figuring out how to celebrate my mom for Mother's Day. And even still, I feel like I should have been planning and plotting the many ways to tell her she's perfect, she's amazing, she's superwoman, she's everything months ago. So in contemplating all of this, I started thinking that I'm probably not alone in this feeling - the feeling of wanting to go all out for the mom in your life who has dedicated so much of her life to your happiness, but being completely paralyzed by the enormity of the task ahead and not knowing where to start. So to alleviate a little bit of that, I teamed up with my friends at JORD watches to offer you guys not only a little Mother's Day gift-giving inspiration, but to also give you a major leg up in your quest to show your mom the love and appreciation she so deserves by hosting an awesome, mom-hug-sized giveaway right here on the blog with JORD, offering one lucky reader a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! And that's not all, my friends... I told you it was mom-hug-sized and that's pretty big so there's more we're giving away! One lucky person will win the $100 gift code to use on JORD's site, but EVERYONE who enters will receive a consolation code worth $25 once the contest ends. So basically, everyone's a winner! And that's my favorite kind of contest.
ENTRY DEADLINE: This contest will end on 04/30/2017 at 11:59pm
And I'm so excited to be partnering with JORD for this super special Mother's Day giveaway because I've fallen in love their gorgeous wood watches, and I'd definitely consider myself a discerning watch-wearer and gifter. Wearing and collecting watches has been a long-loved tradition in my family, and gifting each other the perfect, beautiful, timeless timepiece on a really special occasion is one of the small ways we tell each other "I love you, I appreciate you and and I'm proud of you." And that's not because gifts are the way we show love in our family. No no no... we're an outwardly affectionate clan and show our love in so many ways... thoughtful, detailed cards and letters, tons of huge hugs and of course, acts of support, kindness and care. But when we're really wanting to go all out and give a gift to a family member that they'll have forever and can look at every day and remember that they're loved and supported, we go for the watch. For as long as I can remember, my grandparents, parents and sisters have all been gifting each other watches at important moments throughout our lives, and it's never just any old watch. The watches that are gifted for these major life moments are classic, elegant, versatile, unique timepieces of superior quality and craftsmanship that transcend trends and can be worn year after year and passed down from generation to generation. They're watches that take time and thought to carefully choose to match that person's unique personality and sensibilities.
And of course, classic, elegant, versatile and unique are all qualities that I'd use to describe my own mom, and I'm sure so many moms out there that all of you know, which is why I thought JORD was such a good place to start in offering you guys a little inspiration on the Mother's Day gifting front (we need all the help we can get, right?!) - they make stunning watches that stand out from the crowd in a natural and organic way without being loud or obnoxious. Exactly what my mom would want! And a big side note on the inspiration front - their timepieces would also make the perfect graduation gift for the grad in your life too. Graduation is such a perfect time in your loved one's life to gift them a watch that they'll have and wear for years to come, so JORD has you covered on that front too (in case you were wondering, their watches aren't just for the ladies in your life. They make tons of cool men's styles too!)
Here I styled the Frankie in Dark Sandalwood and Smoke and I basically haven't taken it off since it arrived. Each of the few watches I own was gifted to me by someone near and dear to me, so they've all been in heavy rotation in my accessory arsenal for many, many years. And I absolutely love each watch that I own and feel naked without one, but after seeing the same watch styles from the same brands for years on end, I haven't been compelled to add a new timepiece to my collection... until I saw this one! The wood is so beautiful, the craftsmanship is absolutely impeccable and the the color combination of the dark brown wood grain and the grey face with rose gold accents is the stuff my watch dreams are made of and make it the ultimate versatile piece. I also can't stop wearing this off-the-shoulder embroidered gingham top that I just picked up from, where else, Zara! It's such a soft, breathable fabric and I feel like I could just live in it. Zara's spring hits just keep on coming and I'm kind of loving every second of it. And as always, it helps that it's under $50, which only gives me room to go grab more good old Zara tops!
I hope I've given you guys a little bit of inspiration on your way to planning an unforgettable Mother's Day for that oh-so-special lady in your life, and prompted a moment of pause for you to think about all of those amazing memories you've collected over the years with the mom in your life and the impact she's had, no matter who she is, on shaping the person you've become. The moms of the world really do live pretty incredible and selfless lives, and one day doesn't seem even close to enough days to properly celebrate all that moms do. I'd love for you guys to leave a comment in the comments section below and tell us what your favorite mom memory or moment throughout your life is - I'll happily add a few of my own in there too!
And don't forget to enter our awesome giveaway with JORD (link below again) before the contest closes at the end of the month, and remember, even if you're not the $100 winner, everyone who enters will win a $25 discount code to use on JORD's website! Good luck and happy planning!
ENTRY DEADLINE: This contest will end on 04/30/2017 at 11:59pm
NOTE: The giveaway codes will expire on 06/30/2017 so be sure to use yours before the deadline if you want to get your $25 off one of their gorgeous watches!