This year buy something local for Mom

Posted May 02, 2012, at 4:08 p.m.
Laura Lynn Michaud is both a mom and a fashionista. Her business, Laura’s Style Boutique, is located in Veazie and offers a stylish option for women’s jewelry. With a style that is decidedly vintage, her creations often use repurposed vintage items.
Debra Bell
Laura Lynn Michaud is both a mom and a fashionista. Her business, Laura’s Style Boutique, is located in Veazie and offers a stylish option for women’s jewelry. With a style that is decidedly vintage, her creations often use repurposed vintage items. Buy Photo
Michaud has created earrings specifically for mother’s day. The floral earrings shown in this photograph are part of her Mother’s Day Bouquet Collection. From left to right counter clockwise: &quotEverything's Coming Up Daisies", &quotRed Rose Rapture", and &quotThe Grass Is Always Greener". She used glass millefiori beads, Swarovski crystals and gold plate bead caps and ear wire.
Debra Bell
Michaud has created earrings specifically for mother’s day. The floral earrings shown in this photograph are part of her Mother’s Day Bouquet Collection. From left to right counter clockwise: "Everything's Coming Up Daisies", "Red Rose Rapture", and "The Grass Is Always Greener". She used glass millefiori beads, Swarovski crystals and gold plate bead caps and ear wire.

VEAZIE — One Veazie woman knows that when vintage meets chic great things can happen.

Laura Lynn Michaud should know: She’s the creator of jewelry made with vintage looks, occasionally repurposed vintage beads, and an eye for style.

Michaud is a beading artist and the owner of Laura’s Style Boutique in Veazie. “I was born liking girly styles and fashion,” she said. The boutique, which features handmade earrings by Michaud, is an outgrowth of her style.

“This started as a passion, not as a job,” she said. “I love older homes, vintage, and any fashion style from the early 1900s. My earrings are very much like what would be designed in 1912-1920s: art deco.”

Michaud has worked in fashion and retail since graduating from high school. She most recently began making jewelry. She learned the art of creating beaded jewelry from Maria Weinberger, now the Orono town manager, at Downeast Sticks and Stones located in Brewer.

Michaud provides some tips for shopping for Mom this Mother’s Day (psst… it’s Sunday, May 13).

Jewelry

“I always feel naked without my earrings,” Michaud said. Many women, especially those who love to look stylish, identify with that statement. Jewelry is a classic gift for any woman. Instead of looking to expensive diamonds or gems, consider Mom’s personality and find a set of earrings, bangles, or a necklace that will showcase her inner beauty.

If Mom doesn’t wear earrings, consider a necklace, bracelet, or ring. It doesn’t have to be expensive to mean a lot to Mom.

To view Michaud’s jewelry, visit her online store at ww.laurasstyleboutique.blogspot.com.

Creating a personal “look” book

In addition to her handmade beaded earrings, Michaud also writes a style blog and helps women create looks from clothing in their own collection.

“I love helping others find their own style and come out of the box. I love to inspire people and give them ideas,” Michaud said. “My [personal] style is very classic, but always has a twist.”

For busy women, especially busy moms, Michaud recommends giving them a little boost by developing a “look book” that can be referenced on chaotic mornings.

“I work with women to set up a fashion photo album,” she said. “That way if they’re lost, they can look at the photos and see outfits that are all laid out for them.”

Art-fully celebrate Mom

Maybe it’s been awhile since Mom got some new art for her home. Personal photographs, a painting she admires, or a trip to the art museum could be in order to celebrate Mom.

Local artists, photographers, and graphic artists all have items that could not only accent the home, but lift her spirit.

Give her a personal shopper

Let’s face it. Sometimes we ladies need a little bit of help (and some sage advice) when choosing clothing. Michaud recommends taking advantage of personal shoppers to provide some “different ideas” about clothing, accessories, and shoes.

Personal shoppers don’t have to cost much, or anything. The next time you go shopping, find out if the store offers a personal shopper experience. Stores like Talbots, located on Stillwater Avenue in Bangor, offer advice to women who are looking for the “right look.”

Other ideas

Many local restaurants are doing specials to celebrate Mother’s Day. If she has a favorite restaurant or cafe, call ahead to ensure seating or surprise Mom by bringing home her favorite treats.

Is Mom a cancer survivor? Events by Mackie and Champion the Cure Challenge will host a “Celebrate Mom/Fight Breast Cancer” Brunch from 12 noon-3 p.m. on Mother’s Day at the Sea Dog Brewery Banquet and Conference Center in Bangot. Funds from the brunch will be donated to Champion the Cure Challenge. Tickets are $24 per adult or $9 for children 12 and younger.

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