Mother’s Day Guide 2010


A watch hemmed with diamonds to charm the special lady in your life. . .the refined and elegant Captive de Cartier Watch for Ladies debuts in May. The sensual Captive de Cartier watch pays homage to Cartier’s greatest watch making heroines. Its enigmatic form and the radiant roundness of the dial are enhanced by an alluring jeweled clasp. The spellbinding Captive de Cartier watch is extravagant, dazzling, and elegant, and sure to dazzle anyone who is given this gift of time.

Cartier at Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


The Grill on The Alley at Aventura Mall is creating a special Mother’s Day Brunch menu that Mom will not soon forget. Available on Mother’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the tempting menu features the traditional Toasted Bagel and Lox, served with cream cheese, tomatoes, red onion, capers and zest of lemon; a twist on Mom’s favorite salad – the Cobb Omelette with diced chicken, green onions, avocado, tomatoes, bacon and bleu cheese; the Egg White Omelette with mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions and an avocado-tomato salsa accompanied by sliced vine ripened tomatoes; Blueberry Pecan Pancakes, served with warm maple syrup and topped with powdered sugar; and the Filet Mignon Benedict, two poached eggs on grilled filet medallions topped with béarnaise sauce. Now if that doesn’t make you mama’s favorite, we don’t know what will! And if you’re looking for a gift to give mom at brunch, here is a selection of fabulous gift ideas from over a dozen Aventura Mall retailers. Or, always a hit, present mom with an Aventura Mall Gift Card that she can use in any of the 280 stores, a dozen casual and fine dining options, posh spas, and a 24-screen movie theatre, Aventura Mall is certain to please. Visit the website or call for additional mall information and hours.

The Grill on The Alley at Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura
305-466-7195 (Reservations at The Grill)
305-935-1110 (Mall Information)


The original Santa Maria Novella apothecary in Florence (the oldest continually-open and most prestigious pharmacy in the world) is nearly 800 years old, and the products you find at the Santa Maria Novella boutique in Bal Harbour have a long and illustrious history. From the Santa Maria Novella Eau de Cologne, their signature scent (a mix of citrus and bergamot first concocted by the monks at Santa Maria Novella for the Queen of France and Catherine de Medici) to their world famous potpourri, a masterly mix of grasses, resins, berries and flowers, SMN products have been coveted for centuries by faithful customers and A-list celebrities.

Santa Maria Novella at Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


Jackie Abraham & Co.’s contemporary selection of fine jewelry features the exclusive French brand, Dinh Van, a wearable and timeless collection perfect for the active Mom! Or make an appointment for Mom to have Jackie review any estate piece that she is no longer wearing and trade it for a piece she just can’t live without. Jackie Abraham & Co. is concentrating on estate jewelry, buying and selling vintage, estate and antique diamond jewelry, as well as modern jewelry and investment quality solitaires and wedding bands, pre-owned watches, and, Jackie’s specialty, pieces from the Art Deco period.

Jackie Abraham Jewelers
1027 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands


The American Nicaraguan Foundation, along with Maria Amanda Rodriguez and Theresa Cardenal-Pellas, cordially are hosting a Mother’s Day Trunk Show. See Colombian handbag designer Adriana Castro’s unique creations; Paola Pacheco’s high-end jewelry; innovative accessories by Ananay; brand name sunglasses by Spiffy Shades; and skin care products by Goldfaden. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to The American Nicaraguan Foundation. RSVP please.

Cocoplum’s Club House
155 Isla Dorada Boulevard, Cocoplum
305-374-3391 (RSVP)


Light up spring with the irresistible high spirit and candy colors of the Cosmic Collection, a limited edition by Louis Vuitton. In a creative collaboration with Takashi Murakami, the celebrated Japanese Neo-Pop artist, Cosmic Blossom playfully pairs the iconic Monogram flowers with flower faces, a recurrent theme in Murakami’s art. It’s fun, frivolous and cute and impossible not to smile at! Cosmic Blossom is available in three silkscreen-printed canvas colors with a glossy finish that will effortlessly transition from city to beach. The Cosmic Blossom collection is available at Louis Vuitton stores.

Louis Vuitton at Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


Take Mom for afternoon tea and a Mother’s Day concert at the picturesque Solea in The W Hotel South Beach. Known for his fresh approach to outdoor gourmet cooking, Executive Chef Michael Gilligan will prepare a traditional high tea menu of tea sandwiches, Devonshire clotted cream, cheddar cheese scones, and fairy cakes and cookies for the children in us all. The Magic Flute, Mozart’s famous German singspiel, will be performed by the Center For Emerging Art Chamber Ensemble with the story narrated by Ava Rado, telling the charming tale of a bird seller, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen, a priest and, of course, a magic flute. Seating is limited and RSVP is required.

Solea, W Hotel South Beach
2201 Collins Avenue, South Beach
305-938-3111 (RSVP)


Pink roses have been bestowed as an expression of admiration, elegance and appreciation, making Saks-en-Rose, the latest fragrance from Bond No. 9, the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. A modern interpretation of a classic rose scent with notes of dates, amber and musk, this light, floral scent features a contemporary blend of top notes, including lantana leaves, dry dates and spicy mace. With just the right hint of musk, the scent lightly segues into the floral heart of a pink rose. Available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue at Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


A must have for any woman with jewelry, the Sharper Image jewelry steam cleaner will keep favorite pieces sparkling clean. With its powerful professional steam action, the steam cleaner works without the need for soaking, chemicals or harsh abrasives. A built-in spotlight enhances visibility when cleaning, and the Sharper Image jewelry steamer comes with tweezers for handling jewelry and a custom-designed tool for holding multiple pieces. Available online at Bed, Bath & Beyond and at select Sharper Image store locations.


In 2007, Grace Sun left a nine year career in the graphic design industry to produce her first women’s wear fashions, a collection that is extraordinarily wearable and perfect for the fashion forward Mom. The collection offers wardrobe staples in bright prints and soft, light fabrics perfect for Miami style. Melding the designer’s two loves of fashion and graphic design, Sun’s collection is a harmonious balance of structure and ornate elaboration. Grace Sun’s aesthetic is for the social elite – clean minimalism, feminine silhouettes and sophisticated glamour. Look book available online at Grace Sun.



Give Mom beauty in a bottle with this tinted, anti-aging treatment by Le Metier de Beaute. Named editor’s favorite by InStyle magazine, Peau Vierge offers amazing lightweight coverage that leaves skin luminous and flawless. Light diffusing pigments help fade away lines and instantly impart a renewed radiance and healthy appearance to skin. With SPF 20, Peau Vierge helps guard against the damaging effects of the sun while the tinted treatment fluid stimulates collagen production to increase blood flow; lessening dark circles, smoothing fine lines, blurring blemishes and tightening pores within a week of once-daily use. Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex Tinted Treatment Fluid, $125.

Neiman Marcus at the Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables


Send Mom a beautiful gift basket of blooming tulips and daffodils, baked fresh just for her. These vibrant cookie flowers are a sure way to tell her how much you love her!

Cookie’s by Design Cookie Bouquet, $51.99.


Give Mom a gift card from 1160 Hair, and a complimentary $10 bonus will be automatically added to the card. Gift cards start at just $20, and then the sky’s the limit. They can used for all services offered at this cutting-edge beauty salon and spa, including hair styling and cut, color, Keratin treatment, spa or Minx manicure, soothing pedicure, facial, waxing, hair extensions and more.

1160 Hair
1160 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbour Islands



It began with a simple idea 23 years ago when Nespresso set out to create the perfect cup of Espresso coffee with exquisite crema, tantalizing aroma and full-bodied taste at home – just like skilled baristas. Nespresso redefines the way coffee lovers enjoy their espresso coffee, with a unique combination of premium quality Grand Cru coffees, smart coffee machines and exceptional customer services. You’ll find an array of stylish and smart coffee machines at the new Nespresso Boutique on Miami Beach in a variety of designs, colors, functions and prices for both the stay-at-home or professional Mom!

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


Jay Strongwater’s jewelry collection began as modest gifts he made for his mother and soon after was seen sparkling on runways and in fashion magazines. Following this success, he turned his attention to home and then to beauty, using his trademark old-world, handcrafted techniques and Austrian crystals. The ornate and beautiful frames make a memorable and unique Mother’s Day gift. Available online at Jay Strongwater for Neiman Marcus.



Moms are known to spoil their it’s time to return the favor! Spoil your mom this Mother’s Day with this funky Village Medium Zip Pouch in Limeade Print ($58) from Cole Haan at Aventura Mall. If lime green’s not her cup of tea, this adorable pouch also comes in gold metallic, optic white and raspberry. Or perhaps an everyday carry-all is just what she needs. Cole Haan’s Raleigh Small Tote ($348) comes in the same array of dazzling, summer brights. And if you’re still not sure what to get Mom for her special day, let her decide. Give her an Aventura Mall gift card! With 280 stores, a dozen casual and fine dining options, posh spas and a 24-screen movie theatre, you simply can’t go wrong. And there’s even more fabulous gift ideas from over a dozen Aventura Mall retailers that will show Mom how much you care this Mother’s Day.

Cole Haan at Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
305-931-0125 for Cole Haan Store
305-935.1110 for Mall Information


The critically acclaimed feature film Valentino: The Last Emperor has captured the hearts and imaginations of viewers worldwide with its unprecedented access to the high temples of Haute Couture. The film follows the legendary designer Valentino and longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti for the final two years of their careers. See the adversities that faced the men during the final act of their nearly 50-year career at the top of the world’s most glamorous and competitive game. The struggle of art against commerce is at the center of the film. In the end, however, the story proves to be not one about money or expensive clothes, but about love. Valentino: The Last Emperor DVD signed by Valentino Garavani, $199.



Chopard offers a new addition to its famous Happy Diamonds collection just in time for Mother’s Day. The teddy bear, forever a treasured childhood companion, symbolises warmth, trust and tenderness, and just the shape of the Happy Diamonds Teddy evokes precious moments. This darling charm is available in two sizes: a small one to wear around the neck for everyday and a larger one that can be worn on a long chain over a blouse or sweater. In finely cut 18ct rose gold, the teddy bear charms carry 1 or 3 mobile diamonds, depending on their size, in their small round tummies. The Happy Diamonds Teddy retails at $4,890 for the large size and $2,260 for the small.

Chopard Boutique at the Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour


Accessories you’ll love to give are handmade in dark Belgian chocolate with delicious polka dot designs. A purse and a shoe are packaged in a fabulous leather-look box. Due to the perishable nature of SweetBliss products, they must be shipped via rush delivery. Orders will be delivered within one week and are not returnable. Available online at Saks Fifth Avenue, $52



Initially Speaking offers custom crafted accessories stylized with your own initials. From signature jewelry and fashion pieces to creations for the home and office, your initials make it uniquely yours. Initially Speaking will modernize outdated pieces and make everything old, new again! Fran Brooks and Barbara Courshon are the founding partners, and they create jewelry and gifts that are of the highest quality, versatile, and completely unique, all at wholesale prices to you. Available online at Initially Speaking.


Treat Mom to brunch in the beautiful tropical gardens of Pincrest, formerly Jungle Garden, in the Village of Pincrest. Seating is limited so make your reservations now. The cost for brunch is $55 for adults, $30 for children 5 to 12, and free for children 4 and under. Brunch seating is 11:30 a.m.

Pinecrest Gardens
11000 Red Road, Village of Pinecrest
305-284-0900 Reservations


Spend a glorious day with Mom at The Kampong, a hidden oasis located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. A specially arranged two-hour guided tour is available at 10:30 a.m. You’ll take in the peacefulness and beauty of The Kampong as soon as you enter its gates. See the hundred-year-old baobab from Tanzania that weighs nearly 50 tons, the jakfruit, the world’s largest tree fruit, and the feathery foliage of the canary yellow royal Poinciana from Guyana. The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. Space is limited for the tour, and reservations are required so call today. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (age 62 and over) or students with I.D., children 4 to 12 $10, and children 3 and under free.

The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden
4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove
305-442-7169 (Tour Reservations)
Saturday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.


Pamper mom this Mother’s Day with a special Mother’s Day Off Package at Lapis Spa or indulge her with gastronomic delights and sweet confectioneries at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Her spa day-long retreat includes a facial, Lapis manicure and pedicure, use of Lapis’ rejuvenating water therapies and all day access to the gym and Fontainebleau pools for just $144. Special Mother’s Day menus are available at La Côte and Gotham Steak or bring home handmade chocolates or a delectable dessert from Solo. Take in the scene, sun and flavorful cuisine of La Côte with a prix fixe menu offering refreshing and delicious items such as Tuna Tartare with Field Greens and Smoked Salmon Fatoush with a passion fruit dressing. Serving from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – $35 per adult, including a selection of Arabica tea. Treat mom to Brunch at Gotham Steakhouse with its lavish sushi stations, seafood displays, carving stations, cheese and charcuterie, made-to-order eggs and sumptuous desserts. Your feast fit for a queen can be enjoyed in the two-level dining room or al fresco. Serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – $75 per adult, including unlimited mimosas. Children 7 and under eat for free and ages 8 to 12 for $37.50. Solo’s pastry team has truffles, chocolate prelines, dainty dress-shaped entremets or divine purse-shaped cakes ready to take home. Solo will also create made-to-order treats specially for mom. One hour parking for Solo patrons from May 3 through 9.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Call for Reservations and Information:
Lapis – 305-674-4772
La Côte & Gotham Steakhouse – 305-538-2000
Solo – 305-674-4740

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