Today-otherwise known as day two of our Gift Guide-is dedicated to a real superwoman type: the Alpha Mom. Surely you're familiar with this do-it-all woman who manages to juggle a career, play dates, and everything else the world throws at her, while still looking supremely stylish from head-to-toe. Much like Reese Witherspoon, the Alpha Mom is cool and sophisticated, yet has a special appreciation for functional things in life-especially if that means a splurge-worthy pair of flats or some ridiculously chic sunglasses! So what do you get a professional multi-tasker who is always on-duty, wherever she goes? Well, to answer that query, we've rounded up a lovely selection of gifts are sure to please your top mom tremendously. Plus, since we know the Alpha Mom appreciates smart and convenient ideas, we've also included an amazing tip for easy holiday shopping, courtesy of the lovely team at Rightcliq by Visa.* (More on that in a moment!) But first, let's talk presents!
Babycakes by Erin McKenna ($13)
We simply couldn't resist including one of our favorite guilt-free pleasures for the super mom who loves to bake. Erin McKenna, the mastermind behind BabyCakes Bakery in New York and Los Angeles, delightfully shares her trade secrets in this oh-so delicious cookbook. Filled with all the need-to-know tips and recipes for making the most talked about healthy treats-each delightful goodie is either vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, or all three-this is a gift the whole family can enjoy. Since the Who What Wear office consumes these desserts as often as possible, we can authoritatively recommend the Spelt Biscuits and the Chocolate Cupcakes-they're to-die-for indulgences!
Jimmy Choo Witty Leopard-Print Flats ($365)
Whether she's dashing home from the office or running after the kids at the park, an Alpha Mom needs her shoes to be fabulous and foot-friendly. Grab her a pair of these splurge-worthy flats and we guarantee she'll really be able to do it all in style. The playful leopard print will bring out your supermom's cosmopolitan side and instantly enliven a minimalist or monochromatic ensemble, while the slightly shoe's square toe offers a subtle twist on the classic ballerina flat.
Scotch Naturals Nail Polish ($15) in Flying Scotsman
It's safe to say an Alpha Mom isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, but she knows that perfectly manicured nails are essential to staying chic and feeling polished. Now, we don't expect this health-conscious momma to reach for just any product, which is why we're positive she'll appreciate the eco-friendly lacquers from Scotch Naturals. Launched in 2009, the water-based, non-toxic collection includes thirteen amazing shades (all of which deliver a long lasting, salon-quality finish), like the Flying Scotsman, a rich navy hue that is the perfect complement to fall's many neutral-hued pieces.
Celine Harness Natural Linen Tote ($1550, 305.866.1888)
For the woman who has it all-literally and figuratively-a small purse won't do. She needs a carrier that can hold all of her daily essentials and more. This linen tote bag by Celine is both practical and uber-chic, making it the ultimate day bag. Her friends are sure to be jealous! Not quite in your holiday budget? Marc by Marc Jacobs' Pretty Nylon Tate Tote ($198) in Reed Tan is an excellent alternative that will surely bring a smile to her face.
Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor e-Reader ($249)
She may be able to do it all, but an on-the-go supermom definitely has her hands full. Instead of letting her lug around bulky books and fashion magazines, you should lighten her load with Barnes & Nobel's NOOKcolor! This slim, portable e-reader now features a spectacular seven-inch color touchscreen, which makes for an incredibly rich and engaging experience. And who could resist a virtual bookstore and newsstand that carries over two million titles? Plus, for the first time, the NOOKcolor offers hundreds of kids' interactive picture books (a necessity for the Alpha Mom) and allows viewers to surf the web with its built-in Wi-Fi connection. Convenient, cool, and fun: now that's something our yummy mummies can definitely get on board with!
Etoile Isabel Marant Mohair-Blend Sweater ($405)
Whether she's playing with the kids or running errands around town, comfortable clothing is an absolute must for the Alpha Mom. But that doesn't mean drab daytime ensembles are her only options-oh no! Our suggestion is to pick up a super soft, chunky sweater; it's is a pitch-perfect way for our stylish momma to stay on-trend and cozy. And although it's on the pricier side, we know she'll love its unfussy nature and relaxed fit for many seasons to come.
Elizabeth and James Hudson Sunglasses ($185) in Tortoiseshell
When we heard Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were launching an Elizabeth and James eyewear collection, we knew they'd be the perfect finish for the Alpha Mom-or anyone, really. After all, every fashionable femme needs a great pair of sunnies to get her through the day. Of the two obsession-worthy styles available now, the Hudson is certainly a standout in our book, as it gives the classic aviator shape a modern update with its sleek, thick frames. With these cool shades on hand, we promise the yummy mummy in your life will never be out of style.-Jessica Baker
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Photo of Reese Witherspoon, courtesy of X17