Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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.

Dolce & Gabbana The One 2014 edition review


Photo: c/o Dolce & Gabbana The One 2014 edition

Dolce & Gabbana “The One” is a beautiful, warm fragrance which has been on the market for several years. For 2014, Dolce & Gabbana has redesigned the popular eau de parfum and housed it in a beautiful polished, golden bottle. This fabulous bottle launches November 2013; just in for the holiday 2013 season! Love it!

Dolce & Gabbana “The One” EDP is on of my favorite fragrances. It is a light yet warm and sensuous fragrance experience which is easy to wear lightly during the day with one spritz, and heavier at night with two or three spritzes. “The One” by Dolce & Gabbana can also be worn heavier by layering it with the corresponding body lotion or shower gel.

The 2014 edtion of Dolce & Gabbana’s “The One” offers the same, woody floral fragrance experience yet offers the luxury of a golden bottle. Perfect gift for the holidays!

Dolce & Gabbana “The One” 2014 edition starts off with a fresh, fruity floral scent. After about thirty minutes the fruits settle down and a warm, smooth floral scent takes over from the Madonna Lily heart. As the day wears on, the floral scent mixes with a woody, warm base which lingers at the end of the day. The overall fragrance experience is a warm, woody floral which is smooth and not too sweet. Perfection!

Top notes: mandarin, lychee, peach, bergamot

Middle notes: Madonna Lily, muguet, jasmine

Base notes: amber,  musk, vanilla, vetyver

Dolce & Gabbana “The One” 2014 edition is priced at $108 and can be found online here and here.