The forecast is iffy on whether to sun will RSVP this weekend, so while you’re driving upstate, the Hamptons, or any other weekend getaway consider this: Bermuda is a mere two hours away from the East Coast and our Accuweather app is reporting it’s currently a lovely 80 degrees. Now, we know that when you think of Bermuda it’s easy to picture stodgy Englishmen golfing and downing G&TS. But the island, much like it’s monarch, the Royal family, has become a lot younger and cooler. Think chic, sleek modern hotels, fashion-forward shops and a landscape that’s awash in millennial pink and the ideal Instagram backdrop.
Hintd regular contributor and founder of NYC Shopping Tour, Barbara Hodes, just returned from the island and gave us the inside scoop. Check out her list here. Can’t wait to get some of those Bermudian vibes now? Shop our picks from Bermuda’s best beach style boutique, Atelier. While they don’t have e-commerce yet, we got sneaky and found our favorite pieces for you.
Lucy, our founder, likes to tell a story about a friend of hers who graduated from Harvard who bought herself a diamond ring for graduation—rather than wait for a guy to give it to her. Don’t freak, this was the late ’80s when lots of women felt a husband was the best graduation gift around. Lucy’s remembers being completely wowed by her friend’s hutzpah about giving herself what she wanted.
This graduation, you can give yourself your own diamond ring of sorts by making a list of things you want. We know that 95% of grads get cash, according to a study by Hallmark. We’re not anti-cash, we know it equals time and freedom. And we know that making a list of what you want is the best way to plan how you’ll spend it. If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite graduation gifts, including a ring you just might want to give yourself.
Diaper bags are to new moms what comforters are to freshman in college. They say a lot about your aesthetic and like that college comforter, they are in a way your home away from home. Which is why we’re obsessed with J.Mater’s diaper bag. As the co-founder Johanna Almstead likes to say, “Although life is clearly not the same, our tote is meant to make you feel like yourself again (sort of!).” Our favorite line from J.Mater’s design manifesto: “We believe it is possible to ‘keep it together’ while being a Mom.” Praise Be! Here’s the scoop: There’s one bag, in three colors (black, navy, poppy) with ample pockets for bottles, a pouch for mom (which can easily double as a clutch) pouches for baby, convenient stroller straps in easy to clean coated canvas. Her Hintd list has this and more to for new moms to discover.
Their big idea is that function is luxury and luxury is function, which we wholeheartedly agree with, especially when you are trying to find that beloved teething toy to soothe a screaming child. And this made us wonder if Johanna can design a bag this good, what other things does she love and rely on as a mom.
First Mother’s Days are the sweetest because, well it’s your first, and as a new mom it’s your chance to celebrate in your own way. We asked Nell Diamond, founder of Hill House Home and mom to son Henry, about her traditions, wish list gifts and how to make any present even more special.
What’s a Mother’s Day tradition did you have as a child that you are looking forward to continuing? “Hand-written notes! I used to love writing notes and cards to my Mom, and it was so fun to pick out stationery and greeting cards I thought she’d like. My mom and my son Henry are total best friends, so I’d love for Henry—when he’s old enough—to write her little cards for Mother’s Day, too! And I guess I wouldn’t exactly complain if he wrote me some. They’re such wonderful keepsakes—my Mom still has most of the cards I wrote her!”
As a new mom, what’s something you love and rely on for yourself? “Good skin makes me feel amazing, especially when I don’t have as much time to spend on makeup in the morning! I live for those two products.”
What are the things you’d share or recommend to new moms to help them take care of themselves? What makes them special? “My big new tip: Change your iPhone screen settings to limit the blue light you’re exposed to before bedtime. Blue light from phone, computer and television screens can inhibit melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep, and potentially even disrupting the quality of your sleep cycles. It’s almost impossible to spend hours without your phone before bed, so this little trick limits the damage by changing your phone display to warmer colors closer to bedtime. I tell pretty much everyone I see to do this. Go to Settings —> Display & Brightness —> Night Shift –> then schedule Night Shift from Sunset to Sunrise.”
What have been your go-to Mother’s Day gifts or the best Mother’s Day gifts you have given? What were they special? “Personalized things always mean so much. Hand-written, monogrammed, stamped – it shows you really went the extra step!”
What are your favorite gifts from Hill House Home for Mother’s Day? “I usually say our best gift items are robes, pajamas, and our mini monogrammable pillows. But for this holiday—trust me, moms want anything to enhance their sleep experience! Start with the Quick Snooze set and even if she already has sheets she likes, these can be easily added to the rotation.”
And what are your mother’s day wish list gifts? “Here’s a few things from my dream list, but truthfully all I ask for on Sunday is a lot of ice cream, and some nice weather for an afternoon walk with Henry!”
How do you make gifts feel special? “Wrapping counts! A little ribbon can go a long way.” We agree. For Nell’s full list check out “My First Mother’s Day.”
Let’s face it: When your mom says, “You don’t need to get me anything for Mother’s Day,” she’s lying. You do. Come Monday, when she’s telling friends what you did, you want her to feel a giddy mix of pride and delight. And that’s the real gift, right there, that peacock moment. How you treat Mother’s Day is a reflection of how she’s raised you. It’s your opportunity to show off and let her know that yes, she’s raised a thoughtful, awesome human being, even if you forget to call her back sometimes.
Now, we’re not saying all this to stress you out. First, it’s only Tuesday and there’s express shipping. Second, if you’re stumped, we’ve got the best, original, unexpected, cheap-and-cheerful or splurge-with-impact gifts for every type of mom. A few weeks ago, we were invited to a tea with beauty maven Bobbi Brown, hosted by the Accessories Council (who knew there was a non-profit council just for accessories?) where we talked about the best and worst Mother Day gifts. The best: A cleaning woman for a year. The worst: A scale. And we got to see some great companies that make the kind accessories that would make even the most modest mom feel like bragging. Here are a few of our favorites:
See more gift ideas on our “Accessories for every Mama” Mother’s Day List and enter to win the mother of all prizes a solitaire necklace just for her.
It’s a great time to visit the technicolor town of Mexico City. Non-stop flights are cheap and easy, which is only one reason it’s quickly becoming the latest must-see destination. NYC Private Shopping Tour explores the great clubs, fab food, and even better shopping make it a heady cultural cocktail. Book now and you could be there by the weekend.