There is no one-size-fits-all approach to mothering. Any difference that you can think of – whether in ethnicity, spirituality, ability or sexuality – is embodied by moms in this city, and we are all the richer for that diversity. Beyond simple greeting-card platitudes, Mothers’ Day is a day of empowerment; a tribute to mothering in all its ways, shapes and forms. For our own Mothers’ Day celebration we present five Calgary moms and their kids modelling breezy fashions ideal for a special brunch or lunch or other springtime outing, along with a variety of gifts, all locally available and all perfect for saying “thank you for being amazing.”
Cooking instructor, artist and at-home mom
The gift: Gift Coffee beans, mugs, canvas tote bag and lattes to-go from Monogram Coffee
On Chaitali Backless tunic, $460, and pants, $480, both by Nonie; Everleigh earrings in onyx, $95, from Hillberg & Berk; shoes, $79, from Nine West. On Shravan Jeans, $115, and T-shirt, $9.99, both from Simons; shoes, $31.50, from Gap Kids. On Neysa Skirt, $39, and tunic, $29, both from Simons; shoes, $39.90, and backpack, $29.90, both from Zara Kids; sparkle ball stud earrings in amethyst, $80, from Hillberg & Berk.
Realtor, Tanya Eklund Group
The Gift: Sweet treats from Mari Bakeshop
On Tanya Alice & Olivia dress, $1,120, from Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, $150, from Nine West; Miu Miu bag, $2,640, from Miu Miu Calgary Holt Renfrew. On Ruby (baby) Dress, $75, from Culla Clothing; tank top, $24.95, from Baby Gap; sandals, $19.95, from Gap Kids. On Ophelia Dress, $34.99, from Marshalls; bomber, $29.99, and sandals, $19.99, from H&M; hair bows, $7 each or $19 for a set of three, by Abby Girl.
Stylist, co-founder, Styleista
The Gift: Chocolate roses (available in one-dozen or half-dozen gift boxes) from Cococo Chocolatiers
On Brenna Ulla Johnston dress, $820, from Holt Renfrew; shoes, $117, from Nine West; necklace, $360, by Neshka. On Parker (middle) T-shirt, $14.90, and pants, $35.90, both from Zara Kids; shoes, $24, from Joe Fresh. On Preston (far right) T-shirt, $9.90, and pants, $35.90, both from Zara Kids; shoes, $24, from Joe Fresh.
Galien Johnston Hattori
Co-founder and director of ballet, Hattori/Williamson School of Ballet
The Gift: Flowers by Philip Chong Flower Bar
On Galien Chlo dress, $532, from Nordstrom; Steve Madden boots, $190, from Steve Madden; Miu Miu necklaces, $1,050 to $1,310, from Miu Miu Calgary Holt Renfrew; Sofie pav rose-gold-tone smartwatch, $465, from Michael Kors. On Luka T-shirt, $10.94, from Old Navy; sweatpants, $14.99, from H&M; Nike sneakers, $29.99, from Winners. On Mae Overalls, $54.95, and T-shirt, $24.95, both from Gap Kids; boots, $59, from [pre]shrunk; Miu Miu headband, $540, from Miu Miu Calgary Holt Renfrew; Lokai bracelet, $36 (USD).
Photographer, makeup artist, blogger, libertee.ca
The Gift: Giant stuffed balloon from Calgary Party 50
On Libertee Malorie Urbanovitch jacket, $695, and skirt, $450, both from Simons; Miu Miu hip pack, $1,060, from Miu Miu Calgary Holt Renfrew; Steve Madden booties, $140, from Steve Madden. On Oscar Onesie, $17.99, and pants, $14.99, both from H&M.