Here we are once again, another weekend enjoyed, another week begun and nearly over! I do hope you all enjoyed Valentine’s Day, whatever plans you may have had, as we hop from one celebration straight on to the next. This week it’s all about the wonderful mamas out there – with March creeping up on us not so stealthily, Mother’s Day will soon be here.

Where would we be without our dear mums I wonder? Those cuddles and words of wisdom which are so often unasked for yet the best medicine for whatever seems to be ailing us. Maybe you’ve long flown the nest, maybe you’re still living at home, maybe you’re getting used to being a mother yourself – taking each day as it comes with your beautiful new arrival – or you’re now a proud grandmother. No matter how old we get nothing quite compares to quality time spent with mum does it?

We may tell them we love them, we may help around the house or do the odd errand here and there but it will soon be the time of year when we can go that extra mile to show them just how much they mean to us. And as it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference, a little treat to spoil your dearest mama certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

Having been here, there and everywhere lately, I enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the shop earlier this week organising the second RIXO drop – that’s right, it’s in store now but more about that next week when I take a look behind the brand. After some steaming, hanging and ogling, I just ended up having a nose around to see what lovely little bits I could find to help you choose a fab Mother’s Day gift.

When it comes to gifting, my thoughts almost always turn to jewellery first. Initially, because I always know I can find something to suit each lucky recipient but secondly, because to receive jewellery is always such a pleasure. I don’t suppose there are many people out there who wear a frown rather than a smile on opening a delicate little box now are there?

This time is it Olia Jewellery which is ticking boxes for me. Founded in March 2013 by Caroline Ollier, the brand has made itself known for timeless, feminine, sophisticated pieces. Accessible, without compromising on quality, the Olia range is the result of 15 years in the fashion industry. Each necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings is made from the highest quality brass or mixed metals, with many pieces being silver and gold plated. Each piece too is both lead and nickel free which means no allergies or discolouration here!

Out of the new pieces to arrive in store, the stretch silver mini bead bracelets make perfect gifts. Not only are they on point design wise, but the prices paint a pretty picture too. I love the Bess Bee charm, as well as the Shiela Love charm and Irene Starfish charm which also has a little added sparkle. Each bracelet is finished with an Olia branded tag too.

For something with a little more wow-factor, the necklaces should be just the ticket. The Estee Starfish boasts multiple charms with echoes of the sea, while the Sienna Heart necklace is bestowed with a cluster of charms in mixed metals. For something a little more left field, the Ann Starburst necklace should dazzle. Available in two sizes there is something slightly Aztec about this beauty.

Next up on my go-to list of pressies mums love it has to be purses. If it’s a penchant for bags that you’ll be looking to satisfy, some gorgeous new arrivals from Vivienne Westwood have landed. I just love the oh so cute mini bucket Opio Saffiano bag in this burnt orange hue. It pairs perfectly with the Derby Tartan purses, also available in blue, which come in three varieties – the coin purse, zip wallet and clutch.

Lastly, and purely because, well… the shoe needs to fit… is footwear. Perfect for busy mamas who are always on their feet, Hogl would be my choice. And these embellished loafers have just arrived in store. Available in nude or a fresh, zesty orange shade a pair of these will certainly make mum smile this Mother’s Day. Designed to be chic and comfy, the Austrian footwear label combines classic design with exceptional quality and comfort, resulting in collections which are sophisticated and utterly cosmopolitan – perfect.

So, there you have it. I know I’d be thrilled to open any one of these gift ideas come Sunday, March 11th – if it isn’t already in your diary grab a pen! Happy shopping poppets.

Ta-ta for now ,

Agatha x



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