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My Mother Drives Me Crazy!

Let’s face it, not all moms are created equal. Whether your mom reminds you more of Mrs. Bates, Madea or Mother Theresa, they all all come in different shapes, creeds and characters. From Tan Mom or Microwave Mom to Octomom, they all share the same unique ability to drive us crazy. Yet even if your mother was Joan Crawford you’d still love your matriarch (ok, perhaps not the best example).

In anticipation of celebrating our special moms this weekend, we’ve compiled some of our favorite mom archetypes.

Happy Mother’s Day – you are all indeed loved very much by all.

The Saint

Spiritual Candle by Apothia, Anima Dulcis by Arquiste, Santa Maria Novella Rose Water, Kenneth Jay Lane Gold and Crystal Cross Necklace, The Boudoir Bible by Benony Vernon

Spiritual Candle by Apothia, Anima Dulcis by Arquiste, Santa Maria Novella Rose Water, Kenneth Jay Lane Gold and Crystal Cross Necklace, The Boudoir Bible by Benony Vernon

The Perfect Mother

Kenneth Jay Lane Enameled Floral Collection, Lamy Fountain Pens, I love New York for Her by Bond No. 9, Happy Times by Lee Radziwill, Yosi Samra Ballet Flats

Kenneth Jay Lane Enameled Floral Collection, Lamy Fountain Pens, I love New York for Her by Bond No. 9, Yosi Samra Ballet Flats, Happy Times by Lee Radziwill

The Mrs. Focker Mom

Hindu Grass by Nasomatto, Missoni Headband, Serpui Marie Woven Clutch, Susan Hannover Bracelets, Lisa Battaglia Hat

Hindu Grass by Nasomatto, Missoni Headbands, Serpui Marie Woven Clutch, Susan Hannover Bracelets, Lisa Battaglia Hat

Mommie Dearest 

Cruel Intentions by Kilian, Clara Kasavina Mink Clutch, Assholes: A Theory by aaron James, Marvis Licorice Toothpaste

Cruel Intentions by Kilian, Clara Kasavina Mink Clutch, Assholes: A Theory by aaron James, Marvis Licorice Toothpaste

The Cougar Mom

Monies Fossil Bone Bracelet, Cosabella Lingerie, Geste by Humiecki & Graef, Sex Games Book, RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Oil Makeup Remover.

Monies Fossil Bone Bracelet, Cosabella Lingerie, Geste by Humiecki & Graef, Sex Games Book, RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Oil Makeup Remover.

It’s Elemental, My Dear Issac

We recommend a similar regime daily, but with Isaac as one of this week’s main topics, conquer the elements Babalu style.

Your guide to continued bliss in 8 easy steps:

1 – Set the tone – light up with a Bond No.9 Signature scented candle – Oud Extract, Rose, Tonka Beans and Musk. Cozy and romantic…

2 – Play a tune – choose your favorite play list and hit play.

3 – Start with good intentions – apply Malin+Goetz detox face mask and let it to the work for you.

4 – Lather up – enjoy a warm bath with your favorite Claus Porto bath soap.

5 – Languish in style – slip into a plush Missoni bathrobe.

6 – Do some reading – get some “Damn Good Advice” by George Lois.

7 – Be inspired – write your thoughts with your Lamy fountain pen in a pocket diary from Moleskine.

8 – Pop a cork – savour your wine with Salviati crystal glasses.

Let the wind run through your hair…

Make Mom Proud!

   Mother’s Day comes but once a year, the poor dears. Carrying baby in her belly for nine months was tough enough, not to mention all the meals she had to make, all the frills she had to forsake, all the carpooling, the pooh-poohing, the soccer games, the ballet and piano lessons, the hair-pulling, the boyfriends, the girlfriends, your messy room. Then one day you left home. Now that you’re on your own, don’t forget who taught you how to make bread pudding from heels of bread, who showed you how to iron a button-down shirt, who said I-told-you-so when you got married the first time. Ah, yes, Mamma mia! What have you done for her lately? Suggestions?

For starters, breakfast in bed served on a Fornasetti tray: An Aranciata Mimosa in a beautifully etched Salviati crystal champagne flute. One yellow rose lying next to a frothy cappuccino in a Paul Smith graphic coffee mug. Soon as she picks it up she’ll see what’s underneath — an I-Love-You coasterby Ruff House. Awwww. Instead of the Sunday New York Times, get Mom a year’s online subscription on her brand new Apple iPad 2. Splurge with Paul Smith’s vintage-striped leather cover that doubles as a stand. Special! Tuck these into her napkin — festive Kenneth Jay Lane beaded earrings for day, Philippe Audiber‘s gold cuff, Yvone Crista gold danglies for night.

Why not surprise Mom with a new gift every hour? Say you wouldn’t be who you are today if it wasn’t for her. (You can lie a little.) Now start pampering. Tell her you prepared her bath. A plush Missoni bathrobe and flower-powered towel await her. Light the room with Malin+Goetz new Absolute Rose candle. Apres tubber, give her lovely Santa Maria Novella body milk to slather all over. That pink, star-shaped bottle of Bond No. 9’s Madison Avenue looks absolutely Shiaparelli on her toilette next to its sister jar of Bond’s Rose Body Cream. See the grass-green Deco-Moderne rose-blossom centerpiece wound around the perfume cap? Presto — wrap its double rows of beads on your wrist, and it’s a bracelet. Detach the rose and wear it as a brooch. Double-duty spritz glam, thank you, ma’am.

Then take Mom and Dad to lunch! Drape this hot pink Lanno leather necklace around her neck. Stunning! Weighs nothing. Then slide this gorgeous Serpui Marie clutch under her arm. Guaranteed to instill purse envy across a crowded room. When the check comes, smile and sign it with this elegant white Faber Castel pen, then pop it into her purse. She’ll thank you later.

At cocktail hour back home, help Mom put her feet up, then slip these comfy Yosi Samra rose-gold portable ballerina flats on her tired toesies. One martini later, light Mom’s cigarette with a hot Babalu pink DuPont lighter — it’s small and chic — petite and sweet, just like Mom on a good day.

Hey, you’re not excused yet. It’s payback time all day. What’s left in your bag of tricks? Light a candle, not just any candle — Malin + Goetz’s relaxation special — the Cannabis candle, a contrast of fresh citrus with wood-oakmoss, enhanced with sweet patchouli. Don’t worry. It’s legal, be it addictive, and, well, an aphrodisiac. It’s the perfect accompaniment to M+G’s Detox Face Mask Treatment. Apply. Close eyes. Breathe.

G’night, Mom. G’night, Dad.

Holy Magi-a-Go-Go!

Photo & Text: Cyn. Zarco
Illustration: Paolo Ambu

It has been written that on Three Kings Day, January 6, the day of Epiphany, Three Wise Men (in our case, 2 men + 1 woman) traveled from afar to Bethlehem to welcome the Christ child, to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus —  gold, frankincense and myrhh.

GOLD: CdG 8 88, Santa Maria Novella Gold Musk. FRANKINCENSE: CdG Avignon, CdG Zagorsk. MYRRH: Bond No.9 Cooper Street, Odin No.3

How did they know to bring room scents? Oh, I forgot — they’re wise men. Jesus was born in a manger, after all, in a barn, surrounded by farm animals, including one tired donkey. It could not have been pleasant. No indoor plumbing. Not even at the inn. So we, the B-Team, a. k. a. Melchior, Balthazar and Caspar, got creative: What would a savior want on his birthday? Playsam’s red Speedy Mini LeMans, natch. Trumpette’s Silver Crystal-Set Piggy Bank to grow on. Perfume is key. Balthazar’s choice, the gold star — Bond No. 9 Fire Island, every man’s must-have for personal appearances among the masses in the scorching Middle East. After all, isn’t good grooming next to godliness?!? Preach.

Not pictured above are gifts we wise three stashed in our camel-packs: Trumpette gold penny loafers, Etiquette striped socks, baby Aviator Ray-bans, Comme des Garcons Play! boy polo, Havaiana baby blue sandals, Jao hand sanitizer, Klen wash-on sunscreen. Hey, life is tough on the road, even for a miracle.

HOLY MAGI STYLE

(The Three Kings are wearing Missoni hooded bathrobes.)

GREG
Mosley Tribe hand-beaded, Hillyard shades, ltd. ed.; Ipanema graphic flip flops

CYN.
Mosley Tribe Cheyne blue-mirror shades; Lanno leather necklace;  Melissa sandals by Gaetano Pesce

PAOLO
Ray-ban platinum gold Aviators, Ipanema flip-flops; Babalu Miami cigar

Bond No. 9 Loves Andy

One whiff of Andy Warhol by Bond No. 9 is Proust’s madeleine to me. It sends me right back to that night at the Palladium when Steve Rubell peeled off a roll of drink tickets and made me give my VIP table to Andy and his boys so they could sit closer to Anthony Quinn.

Or, flashback to the Mike Todd Room when Andy’s assistant, Ming Vase a.k.a. Benjamin Liu, introduced us after Andy and Jean Michel Basquiat’s opening at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. I remember taking Andy’s hand — limp as a dead aunt.
“Is Keith [Haring] here?” he said, looking into the crowd. “Is Jean here?” Years later, when all three artists had passed, I imagined Andy at the pearly gates, asking the same question. But, I digress.
No one conjures up New York like Andy Warhol. Not even Liza. Which is precisely why Bond No. 9 pays homage to the mad, mod boho life of Pop Daddy with the December launch of the sixth in a series of fragrances honoring his favorite haunts — Silver Factory, Union Square, Montauk, West Side, Lexington Avenue, and Success is a Job in New York.
No matter where I went in New York, there was Andy. Not that I planned it. In the ‘80s, I preferred Basquiat and Francesco Clemente. Then I wrote for Interview. Later, I became thrift-shopping pals with Warhol filmmaker Paul Morrissey and Interview editor of 10 years, Gael Love. When Andy came to Miami, said Gael, he’d head straight for Jimmie’s Chocolates on Dixie Highway in Hollywood. Who could blame him? The little shop looks like a giant cookie jar. (Andy collected vintage ones.)
Bond No. 9’s bottle design of Andy Warhol, the Parfum, is a front-and-back, Photomat Sixties portrait of a young, Mad Men-esque Warhol at 35, wearing sunglasses, a trench coat, white shirt and tie. The scent is androgynous, yes — honeyed centifolia rose, white patchouli and cistus ambre against outspoken jasmine, lemony-spicy frankincense, and riveting oud. The drydown is a blend of sultry amber, intense red sandalwood, mulled plum, Madagascar vanilla bean, and, not least, musk. A portrait of the artist as a young scent.
Snag a flacon for you and a friend. Top it off with a side of DynoMighty’s Campbell’s Soup Wallet designed by Terrence Kelleman featuring Warhol’s infamous silkscreen. Its ingenious origami construction is tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable. Made from Tyvek (think express mail envelopes). Wow! Put your money where your art is.

cyn. zarco

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