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Gifts They Wouldn’t Buy Themselves

5 Dec

minjun bagI LOVE giving gifts around the holidays. Always have.

One of the things I love most is getting people things that they wouldn’t necessarily get themselves. Things I think they’d enjoy, but probably not think to buy for themselves out of “need.”

Here are a few from this year’s list.

For the woman who’s always running around LA, the list of options is long!

That said, I’m a teensy bit obsessed with the patent leather cuteness of this backpack by Harper Ave. It’s sleek, shiny, hands-free, and grown up enough to carry everything from your laptop to diapers. Who wouldn’t want one??

Another idea for those on the run (literally) is the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File. Sounds random, right? Wrong. It’s fantabulous – and it’s bladeless! This thing exfoliates with a roller head, leaving feet free from all signs of hiking and stiletto-wearing damage. Find it on Amazon or most national drug stores.

Stocking stuffers or fun hostess gifts?

The-Royal-3d-Liquid-Lustre-Set-Groupshot2-600x800I usually don’t opt for sparkly eye shadows but this LORAC The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set is awesome! Encased in a chic velvet box, the collection includes 4 Limited Edition Shades: Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz & Amethyst. They go on in liquid drops, so they look beautiful alone or over an opaque shadow. Plus, at under $30 they’re practically impossible to pass up. Look for it at LORACcosmetics.com.

33539198_060_b14Royal Apothic has come out with adorable Tinties Lip Butters made with sweet almond, grape seed and argan oils. Encased in a rose gold-colored jar, they make for a beautiful bedside balm. Again, who wouldn’t want that?? Pick up a few at Anthropologie in The Grove and keep them on-hand for charming hostess gifts.

Know a guy who grew up road-tripping with the fam?

original_a-licensed-vw-wash-bagSend him this sweet toiletry bag replica of a 1965 VW van from ModCloth.com! This vintage-inspired classic opens easily through a groovy retractable zip roof. Awesome. And, measuring 6 x 12.5 x 5”, it’s big enough for all his favorite hair products and travel essentials.

When it comes to kids, I generally get them the toy or gadget they want for their birthday… then opt for something their parents will appreciate for the holidays. Here are a few gifts I picked up this year for the cool kids in my life…

For the best nieces ever, I got fuzzy short-sleeved sweaters and mini skirts from GUESS Kids. They’ve got sweet ice cream colors that go great with striped tights and winter boots. The girls will love the short, foiled skirts and festive sweaters – and their mom won’t kill me for buying one more thing from American Girl! Everyone wins.

For your favorite little rugged guy, Joules’ Boys Brushed Cotton Shacket is super LA-cool. It’s lined in Sherpa fleece but looks like a plaid shirt. See above right. Half shirt, half jacket… hence shacket.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to put out a few more gift lists before the holidays are over. So stand by. ; )



HGTV Takes Over Santa Monica

18 Nov


This Saturday, HGTV is taking over Santa Monica Place with a Holiday House and Pop-Up Showroom!

There will also be a super HGTV-style light show at 6:30 pm, plus cool activities for kids – like photos with Santa in his life-size gingerbread house.

Plus, stick around for an Il Volo performance at 8:00 pm. I’m not so familiar with this group, but who doesn’t love a good outdoor performance…and apparently they were nominated for a Latin Grammy.

Grab the fam and get down there this weekend for a west coast-esque Holiday celebration.


HGTV’s Holiday House & Pop-Up Showroom

Santa Monica Place

Center Plaza (by Nordstrom)

395 Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica, CA 90401


L’Occitane Hits Hollywood

4 Dec

This is such a no-brainer. If you need holiday gifts, stop by the beautiful new L’Occitane boutique at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The team there is so helpful and the products are by far the best quality I’ve seen of all the chain stores in this category.

They’ll give you a hand massage, wrap up your gifts, and have you on your way in under 15 minutes. Plus the energy in this this shopping center is incredible right now – it’s a great time to swing by, do some shopping, and welcome them to the ‘hood.


L’Occitane Boutique

Hollywood & Highland

6801 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028

(They’re on the first level, by MAC, Sanrio and Kitson)



Help for Procrasti-Claus

21 Dec

It’s come down to the wire…

Whether you’re going home for the holidays or just need a few hostess gifts to keep on-hand, here are a few unique ways to say, “I had you in mind when I bought this!”

One of my all-time favorite gifts…  A rockstar chic way to show appreciation for all things Naughty and Nice.  Naughty & Nice Candle Set by DL & Co. Maxfield, Los Angeles.


Everyone brings a bottle of red. You arrive bearing Rosso Nobile by Dr. Vranjes on New Year’s Eve. A gorgeous room diffuser filled with fabulous fragrant essences of fine wines.  Scent Bar, Los Angeles.

Order Sweet E’s minis for the Globes’ viewing party. For every fête prior, hand-deliver some crystal frosted treats on milk white glass. Cupcake Icon Candle by Primal Elements. Lemon Tree Bungalow, West Hollywood.



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West Coast Prescription: Dry Skin Care

19 Dec

Coast to coast, the weather is dry this time of year. Even in sunny Los Angeles, we’re trading our light moisturizers in for heavy body crèmes. This season, a few body treats are topping must-have (or must-give) lists on the west coast.

Kiehl’s has launched a new sumptuous option for skin hydrating. A more indulgent version of their original Crème de Corps, the new formula debuts just in time for the holiday season! Promising up to 24 hours of moisturizing, the new Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is air-whipped with Shea Butter, Jojoba Butter, Beta Carotene, and Squalane oil.

Perfect for gift giving, the holiday label features artwork of Jeff Koons’ TULIPS (1995-1998 Oil on Canvas) from the iconic Celebration Series. 100% of Kiehl’s net profits from collection sales will benefit The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Grove in Los Angeles

Another addicting treat comes from ALBA Botanicas’ Hawaiian collection. The Sugar Cane Body Polish is exfoliation-heaven. Skin is smoothed with fine grains of sugar cane, and then nourished with nutrient-rich honey, tropical macadamia, kukui nut and almond oils. It’s great for even the most sensitive or dry skin, is hypo-allergenic, and made with 100% vegetarian ingredients.

Check it out at Alba Botanica or any local Whole Foods Market. 

For perpetually dry winter hands, TokyoMilk hand creams don’t disappoint. Though it’s almost a shame to throw out such charming packaging, rest assured that the cake is just as good as the icing here. All the scents are delish but our favorite is Honey & The Moon No. 10 Bon Bon Shea Butter Rich Lotion – a sweet recipe of Japanese Green Tea, Dandelion, Shea Butter, Macadamia and Brazil Nut Oils mixed with honey, Sugared Violet, Jasmine and Sandalwood.

Pick one up for yourself or as a surprise stocking stuffer – Anthropologie or Fred Segal Santa Monica.

Finally, if you really want to improve the texture of skin, check out Dr. H. Bellin’s Scar & Stretch Mark Body Cream. Perhaps not the sexiest of products – but this cosmeceutical cream claims to replenish dehydrated skin AND produce a filling effect, thus reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Personal note: I honestly take all do-away-with-stretch-mark promises with a grain of salt. That said, this formula is a highly concentrated blend of peptides, specially treated hyaluronic acids, Vitamin B, and pure Swiss Edelweiss extract. While I’m not promising erasure miracles, I will say that you’ll undoubtedly notice a difference in firmness and overall texture with regular usage.

And what are the holidays anyway without a little eggnog, peppermint bark, and preventative skin damage cream…