holiday gift guide 2017

Beauty gifts for the holidays

Beauty gift ideas for the holidays from top left: YSL lipstick gift set / Estee Lauder skin care gift set / Elemis skin care set (I own this and love it!) / Laura Mercier gift set / Clarisonic gift set (I own this one and it’s amazing!) / Chanel gift set (be still my beating heart!) / Fresh skin care set / MD Perricone no makeup set (watch for my upcoming review-love it!) / MAC lipstick set (On my gift list!) / Makeup gift set / Dior lipstick gift set (I need this one!) / Colleen Rothschild skin care gift set (I love these products!) / Burberry nail polish set (love these blues!)

If you have been following along, you know I test out, and review, a ton of beauty products. Since I have tried so many products, it was easy to put together this beauty gift guide for you; I just included all of my favorite products!

I always try to give people something I know they would like, and I also would buy for myself. I like to give people the same quality I buy for myself. This is why I am only featuring products in this gift guide which I already own; since these are gift sets, ,this could be one or more products featured in each set.

The brands I am featuring in this beauty gift guide are beauty brands I use, love, and trust. Only the best for you!

Lipstick beauty gift sets

Skin Care beauty gift sets

More fabulous beauty gift sets

Beauty gifts on my holiday wish list-hey hubby, are you reading this? Hint, hint 😉

Happy Holidays!



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Holiday Gift Guide to Santana Row 2017

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‘Tis the season! The holidays are my favorite season of the year. One of the things that make the holidays special, is spending time at San Jose’s premiere lifestyle destination, Santana Row. I love strolling the Row with my family in tow, brunching at Left Bank, lunching at Maggiano’s, and enjoying dinner at Sino. In addition to eating and hanging out, Santana Row is special during the holidays because of the decorations, and wide variety of shops to find that perfect somethin’ somethin’ for everyone on my holiday list.

Since I know the Row like the back of my hand, I wanted to share with you some special new shops at Santana Row which feature fabulous gift ideas! There is something for everyone at these new shops; as well as the established stores we have all grown to love at Santana Row.

Holidays Gifts from Makers Market

How fabulous is this jewelry and decor from Makers Market! I love their local, handmade wares which make amazing holiday presents. You can find artistic pieces from local, emerging designers who put their heart and soul into their craft. I am pretty sure I need at least one of those bracelets in my life. Which will you choose?

You can see these gift ideas and more at Makers Market located on Santana Row or call 408.320.1868

Holiday Gifts from Liberatone

Have you checked out Libratone yet? If not, then run there now! They have the most amazing speakers with blue-tooth capability. I especially love their speaker which is water resistant. It is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The colors are just as bright as the sound. My daughter, pictured above, declared these the “best headphones on the market!” This means a lot, she is a headphone snob. The headphones are blue-tooth wireless and produce crystal clear sound. They would make the ideal gift for the teen or college student on your list!

To see these gifts and more, check out Libratone on Santana Row or call 888.429.6133

Holiday Gifts from Amazon Books

There is a new bookstore on the Row! Amazon has opened an Amazon Bookstore which offers shoppers local favorites, a vast children’s section, and some electronic toy demonstrations. This is a great place to start if you plan on shopping with Amazon this holiday season.

You can find plenty of gifts from Amazon online at, check out local favorites and test out toys at Amazon Books on Santana Row, or call 408-346-0212

Holiday Gifts from Aesop

Aesop is a fabulous beauty product line filled with hair and skin care products. They have a large assortment of gift boxes for the beauty fan on your list. Plus, if you like to test before you buy, they have the cutest testing station I have ever seen. Isn’t it fabulous and hip! Love!

You can find all these fabulous beauty products at Aesop on Santana Row or call  408.320.1866

Holiday Gifts from Sugarfina

So you know I have a sweet tooth! I can’t walk into Sugarfina without buying something. After taking these pictures to scout out all the yummy treats you can give this holiday season, I walked out with enough candy to fill my empty bento box at home. You too, can find the perfect sweet treats to give this holiday season at Sugarfina. They have holiday themed bento boxes available to ensure you have the right presentation too. The little individual boxes also make the ideal stocking stuffers. Love!

You can find these gifts, and taste a little too, at Sugarfina on Santana Row or call 855.784.2734

There you have it! Old and new shops with fabulous gifts for the holidays at Santana Row. Which if these gifts are you hoping to find under the tree this holiday season?

Still can’t decide to what to buy? Why not give a Gift Card to Santana Row! They not only make shopping easy, but they are also fabulous stocking stuffers! You can purchase a Gift Card, in any amount, at the Santana Row concierge, or online at

Happy shopping, and have a fabulous holiday season!



*sponsored by Santana Row. all thoughts and opinions are my own

Handbag Addict Gift Guide 2017

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The perfect handbag gifts for the holidays, hot IT bags from top left: classic cross body under $1000 / Gucci cross body bag under $1000 / red shoulder bag under $2000 seen on the streets of NYFW / mini cross body bag seen on the streets of NYFW / bamboo half circle bag-2017’s hottest IT bag under $300 / burgundy shoulder bag from a hot new IT designer under $1000 / classic drawstring bucket bag-IT bag that should be in everyone’s closet under $1000 / classic premiere designer top handle satchel

You knew it was coming! My gift guide for the handbag addict on your shopping list; which could very well be you! Featured above are the hottest of the hot IT bags you can give this holiday season. Below, are more handbags to covet from both established, and emerging designers; in all price points of course!

This holiday season while handbag shopping, be sure to look for the IT factor in order to make your handbag gift the most memorable, and special, gift she receives all season!

What type of style does the handbag addict on your list have? Does she like to invest in handbags she can wear season after season? Does she work in a conservative, corporate environment? Does she value function and practicality in her handbags? Then she sounds like the perfect candidate for a classic IT bag! Here are my recommendations:

Classic IT bags which should be in every handbag addict’s closet:

Is the handbag addict on your list always the most fashionable at the party? Does she always wear the hottest new designer from the hottest boutique in town? Is the sidewalk her runway? Then she would love one of the hottest IT bags of-the-moment. These are perfect IT bags for the fashionista on your list:

Hot IT bags we all need now:

There are so many IT bags priced under $1000 on the market! Is your handbag addict always reaching for the latest IT item? Does she prefer a more understated style? Then these are the bags for her!

Affordable IT bags under $1000:

Looking for a recommendation on an IT bag to give this holiday season which has been tested and loved by me? These are the bags in my closet I highly recommend to give as gifts. They have been amazing for me; and I love reaching for them time after time.

Handbags featured in this post I own and recommend:

Which handbag, or handbags, are you wishing for this holiday season? I have so many handbags on my Christmas wish list; I hope Santa hooks me up!

My Christmas handbag list:

Happy Holidays!