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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Santana Row

The holidays are fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about last minute holiday gift shopping! If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, then you are already familiar with Santana Row in San Jose; which by the way, has FREE parking! Why not drive down from the city and enjoy a day of shopping and dining at some of the Bay Area’s most renowned restaurants; while parked for FREE!

Since this time of year can be stressful, I put together a little holiday shopping guide with a few gift ideas from select Santana Row shops. Of course, to get the full effect, you will need to stop by Santana Row to see these beauties in person! If you are time strapped, or do not live near Santana Row, never fear, I have inserted shopping links throughout the article so that you can stay in fuzzy slippers and continue drinking hot cocoa while shopping 🙂

For the hip man or woman: Scotch & Soda


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From top: All items Scotch & Soda: Barfly EDT  (in-store only, call 1-408-217-0032) / Sweaters (on sale!) / Clutch (on sale!)

The three gift ideas pictured above are from Santana Row’s newest shop; Scotch & Soda. This is one my new favorite shops. The store is cozy yet full merchandise which would make great gifts for both men and women. In addition to warm sweaters and great outfits, the store has fragrances, handbags and accessories. There is also a lot on sale! If you haven’t stopped by Scotch & Soda yet, please do! You will love it!

For the perfect gift, for anyone: C. Wonder

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From top: All items C. Wonder: Bike / Clutch (on sale!) / Pillow covers /Bracelets / Jewelry Boxes (30% off and comes in more colors!)

The above photos are from my all-time favorite gift shop; C. Wonder! I love this store so much because it has something for everyone on your holiday list. The store is packed with monogrammed items which will make the perfect, personalized this gift this holiday season; not to mention they are VERY on trend! Love that!

C. Wonder is also stocked with holiday foods such as candied popcorn and chocolate. There are scarves, sweaters, jewels, mugs, cheese trays; you name it, it is in stock. If I could have fit the entire store in this article, I would have! If you need to do some heavy shopping, I recommend stopping in at C. Wonder, Santana Row. You might just find everything you need in one place!

For the home decorator on your list: Z Gallerie

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From top: All items from Z. Gallerie, Santana Row: Light fixtures (in-store only, call 1-408-615-9865) / Clock / Budda / “The Godfather classic quotes” book

Z. Gallerie is the perfect place to find that something for the home decorator on your list. Not only does Z. Gallerie have fabulous home decor in stock, they also carry artwork and a fabulous book collection which will start interesting conversations when displayed on one’s coffee table. Perfect gift!

For the resort traveler on your list: Calypso St. Barth

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From top: All items Calypso St. Barth, Santana Row:  Candles / Clutches  (in-store only, please call 1-408-551-0024)  / Scarves / Necklace / Handbag (in-store only, please call 1-408-551-0024) /  

Calypso St. Barth is perfect for the world traveler on your list. The store is filled with beautiful pieces which evoke a tropical beach vacation vibe. There are unique handbags, jewels, scarves and beautiful sweaters which will make the perfect holiday gift for the globe-trotter on your list. Many of the Calypso St. Barth stores carry merchandise from local designers, so when you purchase an item in-store, there is a good chance it is limited edition or even one of a kind! Your globe trotting gift recipient will be quite pleased 😉



So make sure you stop in at Santana Row this holiday season to complete your gift shopping! There are many stores to choose from and since the restaurants are amazing too, you can make a fun-filled, luxurious day of it! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

*This post brought to you by Santana Row. All opinions are my own.

California casual and Twisted Silver’s new Eureka earrings

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Temperatures have been in the mid to high 90’s this week, so of course clothing made from lightweight, summer fabrics are the most comfortable type of apparel. This dress from Calypso St Barth at Santana Row worked perfectly on a recent, 96 degree day! I decided to play off the golden sequin details on the dress with Twisted Silver’s new Eureka earrings.

Twisted Silver’s new “Eureka” earrings are the perfect staple for summer. The golden, antiqued brass hue combined with sparkling rhinestones make these earrings very California; and full of sparkling sunshine! Inspired by the California Mother Lode, Twisted Silver’s new “Eureka” earrings mimic a gold pan filled with sparkling nuggets found in a Gold Rush country stream. How perfect is that for a warm California day! Love it!

The “Eureka” earrings are also lightweight which makes them easy to wear from morning until night. The antiqued brass makes the “Eureka” earrings blend well with daytime attire while the sparkling rhinestones allow the earrings to be paired with a warm weather, evening ensemble.

Twisted Silver’s “Eureka” earrings can be found online at Use coupon code INSIDERS for a 15% discount. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 

Outfit details:
Earrings: c/o Twisted Silver
Dress: Calypso St. Barth
Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gentle Monica
Beach tote: Coach
Nail Polish: Chanel Mysterious
Bracelets: FEED for TargetJCrew and c/o Twisted Silver.
Flip flops: Valentino
Toe nail polish: Chanel Fracas

What you cannot see:
Fragrance: Creed

Silver and black with Rose Royce jeans

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Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we love denim. Let’s face it, San Francisco is the birthplace of the denim pant as know it! Therefore, anytime there is a fabulous new denim company in the world of jeans, I have to try them out!

Rose Royce jeans is a hot new denim company who designs unique styles with fabulous pockets! I love this! No-one wants boring pockets, denim pants are ALL about the pockets! And the fit too 

What makes Rose Royce unique is the fact that the pockets vary on each style of denim the company makes. This means you can buy multiple pairs of great-fitting jeans from the same brand and no two pairs will look alike! Love that!

In this article I am wearing the black Rose Royce “Royce” skinny jean. I love the flower buttons on the front and back, as well as the fit! The jeans offer a little bit of stretch which helps them fit perfectly and feel comfortable. Rose Royce fit true to size too; which makes ordering online easy.

Contest: Rose Royce has assembled together fourteen fashionable and fabulous bloggers in a style contest! The bloggers photos’ are on Rose Royce’s Facebook Page and the blogger who receives the most “likes” on their profile picture in the slideshow will win a prize! So now, I must do some shameful begging and ask you to pop over to the slideshow and cast your vote for who you think styled their Rose Royce jeans the best. The contest slideshow is online here. Thank you for your support and don’t forget to “like” Rose Royce on Facebook too!

Outfit details:
Jeans: c/o Rose Royce
Top: Calypso St. Barth (on sale!!)
Handbag: c/o Jill Milan (color not available, in black here)
Earrings: LaVladi Jewelry
Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gentle Monica
Bracelets: Leather wrap bracelet by Tory Burch, black bead bracelet by Swarovski, silver bangles c/oTwisted Silver
Ring: c/o Twisted Silver
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Nail Polish: Chanel Paparazzi

What you cannot see:
Fragrance: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Desire

Photos: Rob/Bay Area Fashionista 2013©