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Best Bets: Mother’s Day Edition

Map by Jason Lee  

The West Village perfume district—now including Parisian Annick Goutal’s first overseas outpost—has a scent for every mom.

1. Annick Goutal: Honeysuckle stem, lemon-tree seeds (397 Bleecker St.).
2. Bond No. 9: Lily of the valley, pink-pepper oil (399 Bleecker St.).
3. Diptyque: Bourbon geranium, bergamot (377 Bleecker St.).
4. Jo Malone: Sweet apricots, jasmine (330 Bleecker St.).
5. Aedes de Venustas: Iris, patchouli (9 Christopher St.).

Floral Arrangements
Say it with parrot tulips.

From left, arrangements by Caffé Spina and Tin Can Studios.  

Well-Priced/Warm: Peonies, billy buttons, eryngium supernova, from $45 at Caffé Spina, 107 Franklin St., Greenpoint; 347-457-5385.
Splurgy/Warm: Parrot tulips, ranunculus, astrantia, thistle, $120 at Tin Can Studios, 57 Commerce St., Red Hook; 347-251-0447.

From left, arrangements by James’s Daughter and Gardenia Organic.  

Well-Priced/Cool: Eremurus, nigella, tulip tree, $45 at James’s Daughter; call 602-705-6936 to schedule pickup in Greenpoint.
Splurgy/Cool: Succulents, herbs, grasses, roses in a birch-wrapped vase, from $150 at Gardenia Organic, 120 W. 28th St.; 646-688-5753.

Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

How to Buy Mom Jewelry

Three tips from custom jeweler (and mom) Jennifer Fisher, in anticipation of her first brick-and-mortar, coming to Flatiron this summer.

1. Monogram out of the box. “Instead of a pendant, put her initials on a burnished cuff. Or add up the whole family’s initials in an equation: J + K = S & D.”
2. No hearts. “Choose a charm that’s really her—if she’s spiritual, maybe a hamsa. And get creative: Go into her drawer and add it to a favorite bracelet.”
3. And no chunky diamond studs. “Pick something she wouldn’t buy herself: mismatched studs, like a pyramid and an arrow for a hip mom, or long earrings for when she wears her hair back.”

Illustration by Jason Lee  

First Look
Treat her to celebrity stylist Julien Farel’s new 10,000-square-foot, lavender-scented spa in the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Ave.).

Treatment Rooms:
Anti-aging bamboo scrubs, French face-lift facials; multitasking chairs accommodate a simultaneous pedicure.

Cutting Stations:
Thirty-two chairs, arranged in privacy-maximizing pentagons; in addition to cuts and color, the hair menu includes keratin protein boosters, Japanese straightening, and the Power Coif (quick updo, braid, or ponytail).

Massage Rooms:
The pressure is invigorating, with stretching and Shiatsu mixed in. Plus, lower-back-and-hips-focused prenatal massage for moms-to-be.

Shampoo Beds:
Hair-washing stations that recline back—all the way.

Fitness Center:
1,700 square feet; available for personal-training sessions by request.

Daisy Chain
Shop clerks pick the ideal gift from a fellow store. We start it off.

The Primary Essentials:
Hopewell quilt ($365 at 372 Atlantic Ave., Cobble Hill).

Goods for the Study:
Carl Auböck brass egg ($130 at 234 Mulberry St.).

Will Boone Elvis booklet ($15 at 39 Great Jones St.).

Kikkerland vintage timer ($20 at 231 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg).

Home of the Brave:
Indigo pillow ($98 at 67 West St., Greenpoint).

Critics’ Picks
Beyond the bathrobe: The magazine’s experts suggest ways to get on her good side.

“Mika Rottenberg’s ‘Bowls Balls Souls Holes’ (from May 7 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W. 24th St.) is strange enough to spark tea-talk, without being naughty.” —Jerry Saltz

Around the World in 72 Days, by Nellie Bly ($19 at Greenlight, 686 Fulton St.), is a classic from one of the first prominent female journalists in America.” —Kathryn Schulz

“Chuckle at Cher’s Vegas hokum if you want (May 9 at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave.), but know that she’s laughing along with you.” —Jody Rosen

“Get the margherita pizza, branzino al forno, and killer gelato at Stella 34 (151 W. 34th St.), the undersung trattoria inside Macy’s.” —Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

“The Trio ($1,050 at Céline, 870 Madison Ave.) is hands-free when you’re out with the kids. I like to designate one whole compartment for Cheerios.” —Amy Larocca


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