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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide!

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If you’re like me, you’ve waited until the absolute last-minute to get your gift list together for the Christmas Holiday.  I do it every year, and I don’t know if I’ll ever learn to be proactive and do it earlier.

So what I’ve done is found some really cool gift ideas that are a bit outside of the norm, and only one requires actual gift wrap.  Cheers and happy shopping!

 Caffeine Crawl 2015 Tickets

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The Caffeine Crawl takes place January 23-24 2015, and showcases 16 different coffee houses in San Diego.  Tickets range from $23-30 per route, but it looks like you get some goodies along with your tickets.  This is a great gift for the coffee lover in your life!

Tickets include an event packet with Crawl goodies and souvenirs, admittance to all stops on your selected route which includes a drink or chocolate sample provided and determined by each shop, and short, educational presentation.

 Afternoon Tea at Mary’s English Kitchen

Marys English Kitchen from YelpI had such a wonderful time during my own afternoon tea experience at Harrods (original post here), so I have been looking for another experience to match it.  When Katie from the blog La Jolla Mom mentioned Mary’s English Kitchen in La Jolla, I thought about getting that as a gift for me and my girlfriends as a great afternoon out.  If you want to do the same, you can call them at (858) 263-4614 to inquire about gift certificates or to make a reservation.

(Photo courtesy of Yelp!)

ClassPass Gift Cards

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Recently, I was able to take part in a month membership to ClassPass (post here), where one month’s membership gets you unlimited access to participating exercise studios in the San Diego area.  If you have someone in your life who would like to do the same, gift cards are available for one class, a one month membership or three-month membership.  Click on the link for details! ClassPass Gifting

 Duty Free City Gift Certificates

IMG_3506 (2) (1280x1280)After I won my Furla bag from Duty Free City and attended their grand opening (posts here and here), I truly feel it’s a wonderful place to spend a day with family or friends because it’s not just about the shopping, but the experience.  Gift certificates are available to give that experience to someone you love by calling (619) 621-2600.

The Sand Cloud Beach Towel

DSC04225 (2) (1280x1280)Finally, the only gift in my little gift guide that may need actual wrapping paper: The Sand Cloud beach towel.  When I first posted about this fantastic little beach blanket/towel (post here), it was merely a start-up.  Now they have a full-blown shop where you can purchase one for $32.50 and they come in six cool colors.  I have two of them myself: one in Ocean Blue and the Mint Green one pictured above.  Stay tuned…I may have a surprise in the new year for you regarding Sand Cloud!

Grand Opening Glamour at Duty Free City

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A couple of months ago, I posted about a contest to win a Furla Candy Bag from Duty Free City (original post here).  Last Thursday, I was invited to attend their official grand opening, with red carpet coverage by none other than Cindy Matalucci of The Pulse!  It was a fun and glamorous event, where I saw some familiar faces, like Tiffany (model, fellow San Diego Style Bloggers contributor and blogger of Glitz and Glam pictured above left) and the girls of Nubry (not pictured).  I also had the chance to finally chat at length with Katie of La Jolla Mom (pictured above right), and meet someone new, like Heather and her lovely pug, Chloe of The Stylish Bisou (scroll down for our picture below).

As I’ve mentioned previously, Duty Free City is more than just a place to shop for luxury goods.  Touted as a “lifestyle destination”, Duty Free City has it all:  not only can I pamper myself for an afternoon, but I can take my whole family and they can also enjoy themselves in the process.  Thank you to Be Social PR and Duty Free City for a lovely evening and congratulations on your newest location!

Duty Free City is a lifestyle destination that inspires consumers to connect with their favorite brands through a luxurious, service-focused and interactive shopping experience. The company offers consumers an exceptionally crafted and elegant atmosphere, carrying designer accessories and beauty products, fragrances, leather goods, confectionary, wine and spirits and tobacco within its 14,000 square foot space. The store’s talented salon experts and Men Shoppe associates offer guests unique one-on-one services on-site, including personal shopping, manicures, pedicures and hair styling. The store also provides children with an area designed just for them, as well as the convenience of valet parking. Featuring the most sophisticated products in beauty and lifestyle, Duty Free City boasts an impressive brand portfolio, including the entire Estee Lauder Group (Clinique, Smashbox, etc.). Chosen as the only border store to carry its big name brands, Duty Free City offers a wide range of highly reputable products not seen in other border stores.


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Cindy from The Pulse with Philippe Dray, CEO of Duty Free City.

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Beer & spirits with wine tasting, a cigar lounge, sweets & treats, and a little café are all available to enhance the shopping experience!

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Cindy interviewing La Jolla Mom writer, Katie Dillon in the “Kids Town” section, a fun place for kids to hang out and play!

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Make-up demos by Gorgeous Cosmetics in the salon services area

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Music for the evening provided by world-renowned Gypsy Band

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With Cindy of The Pulse. She is so gorgeous!

IMG_4113 (2) (960x1280)With Heather and Chloe of The Stylish Bisou.  I absolutely adore this lady, and it so lovely to finally meet her and her stylish pug!

My outfit details: House of Cannon Silver Robot Summer Dress; Forever 21 coat (old); Nine West “Genarosao” Boots (bought on ebay); Furla Candy Bag won from Duty Free City (original post here); Topshop necklace; Lookmatic “Tippi” glasses; ring by Suki Bijoux

I Won a Furla Candy Bag From Duty Free City!

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If you recall, I posted about a contest not too long ago where you can win a Furla Candy Bag from Duty Free City’s Facebook page (original post here)?  Well, I won!  I completely wasn’t expecting to win, but I’m so glad I did, because the bag is adorable.  The contest is still open until October 22, 2014 so click on the link in this post for the details on how to win.  Additionally, their store is beautiful and they have a grand opening on November 6, 2014 (flier on their Facebook page).  I’ll be there (with my Furla Candy Bag).  Hope to see you there, cheers!

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Furla Bag Giveaway at Duty Free City!


I always love sharing contests because it’s SO much fun to win, right?  For instance, I won a Lego set for my hubby and new Michael Antonio shoes for myself recently on Instagram (click to see pictures of my prizes).  Here’s the latest contest I just entered, and I’m sharing it with all of you who live in the San Diego/San Ysidro area.  Duty Free City is giving away a Furla Candy Bag every Friday, no strings attached, totally FREE until October 22, 2014! Details are below from their official Facebook page, which includes a link to the contest.  Good luck to all and cheers!

Enter for a chance to win a Furla Candy Bag!

Simply enter your name and email, and you’re entered to win a Fulra Candy Bag. We are choosing winners weekly from August 22, 2014 to October 22, 2014. Winners are announced every Friday at 12:00 PM PST through Duty Free City’s Facebook. Winners are required to pick up their Furla bag at Duty Free City within five (5) days of notification on Duty Free City’s social media.

Store Location:

601 East San Ysidro Blvd
San Diego CA 92173

(To enter, click here!)