LFrank ♥ Mothers
It's that time of year again! There are less than two weeks until Mother's Day on May 9th. And this year, more than any other on record, the mothers in your life deserve something extra special.
To honor those indefatigable goddesses, we offer a special, limited time only, Mother's Day sale on all in-stock lingerie. Through Wednesday May 5th, please enjoy a discount of 30% using code MOTHERSDAYLOVE. It's limited to our current inventory, so not applicable to special orders. Consider this my gift to you, from one mother to another, in appreciation and celebration for making it though this year of all years. We will also have a special sale rack with even steeper discounts in the boutique, if you feel like coming over for a visit and leaving with something silky.
We have lots of beautiful pieces to choose from at the moment. We even have one of these Liberty of London print Claudette robes in the shop, and I think it might be my absolute favorite robe ever. It manages to feel both glamorous and cozy, and boasts the most flattering fit. I would wear it at home, over one of my longer slips, or with a camisole and trousers for heading out, which is exactly what we are hopefully all getting ready to do in the new phase of re-entry that we find ourselves in.
If something silky isn't what you're dreaming of for a Mother's Day treat, I would suggest a pair of simple earrings to make you feel ready to reenter society in a more festive way. We all absolutely adore the new stud earrings, which are little flowers in an assortment of sizes, with or without tiny stones for a bit of color and sparkle. They look equally lovely alone as they do in clusters, and we can customize them for you if you like.
I'll remind you that we also have smaller items, for a little token of sweet appreciation. Our masks, both face and sleep, are much appreciated gifts always, as are the candles, and now too are the beautiful silk scarves that we have recently introduced.
I love them for a dramatic hair tie, but they also look really chic peeking out from beneath the front of a blazer as a little feminine touch.
We will most likely be wearing face masks for awhile longer, so a beautiful option would definitely be welcome. It makes such a difference when it is the "face" you are presenting to the world. If they can't see you smiling, then at least let there be a well-fitting, beautiful fabric in place that keeps you both safe as well as lovely. In addition, we donate a percentage of our face mask sales to No Kid Hungry, an amazing organization that is doing the important work of putting an end to childhood hunger in America.
I don't know if it's the season, but the color green feels quite restorative and optimistic to me right now. Any of these green tourmaline rings would make a spectacularly impressive Mother's Day gift. If you haven't listened to this episode of the New York Times podcast The Daily, then do yourself a favor. I was laughing out loud, which was medicine in and of itself, and it definitely drove home the point that this year, Mother's Day gifts should be particularly generous in spirit and if at all possible, BIG.
Speaking of big, I really do feel that sometimes we just need a bigger earring. Not just for evenings out, which seem to be on the horizon, but for the day. Wear them for just making an emphatically gorgeous statement, for bringing a dose of beauty to your day, and really, just because. For whether your day is spent on endless zoom meetings, or actually going out and about in person, sometimes a dramatic earring is the boost we all need.
I actually made an appointment at the newly reopened LACMA to walk through the Yoshitomo Nara show. Visiting museums and galleries is an activity that I have sorely missed over the last year. It was overwhelmingly nice to be back in the galleries, looking at art, nodding hello to the guards, losing a bit of the afternoon to the joy of having an inspirational wander. I highly recommend it, if you haven't been already. It was such a good experience in every way, from making the appointment, to anticipating the day, and then finally to actually being inside a museum in person. I selfishly went alone, and enjoyed every single second.
This is salad I've been making again and again, as the fennel and citrus have been incredible at the farmer's market, and we had a couple of friends drop off avocados from their trees (lucky us!) recently. It's so easy to compose, and completely crunchy and delicious. It might be perfect for Mother's Day brunch with a buoyant soufflé.
1-2 bulbs of fennel, thinly sliced, plus a bit of the fronds for sprinkling on top
1 orange, or any other sweet citrus à la suprême
1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
1/4 of a red onion, sliced paper thin
1 tablespoon or so of gently toasted pine nuts (or walnuts, pistachios, etc...)
a handful or two of chopped herbs, or arugula
juice of a lime
extra virgin olive oil (make sure to use a really good one. I really like this one!)
flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place the fennel, citrus segments, red onion and avocado slices in a bowl. Add the toasted nuts, if using, and the herbs and fennel fronds. Dress with the lime juice and the olive oil, with a pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Toss and Enjoy!
The first bloom of the season! I wanted to share it with you, because I'm just so delighted and proud. I am very new to looking after roses, so indulge me.
"It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important... People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
So to all the Mamas out there, I wish you the most heartfelt and grateful Happy Mother's Day! We got through one of the most challenging years in recent history, and as we know... WE are the ones who held it all together, who cooked more meals and did more dishes, folded more laundry, and suffered more worry than anyone else. I just feel beyond grateful for my own Mother this year, and even more profoundly so, as she made it through her own bout with Covid-19 in January. At 91, she is still amazing to me every single day, as she effortlessly shows us all how it's done, with optimism, joy, and true love of the most simple and important things in life. Thank you Mama... you're the best of the best of the best.
With so much love,