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Hair and Makeup By: Audra René of AudraRene.com
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I no longer have to set the air conditioner to 69 degrees, the scent of firewood lingers in street corners, smiling people are overly abundant downtown, and Starbucks has their Eggnog Latte at their Camino Del Mar location. Christina Aguilera’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” just played over the radio waves, the morning anchors are eating way too many gingerbread cookies, and little dogs are wearing red Santa outfits in La Jolla. Okay people, either I’m going completely mad or it’s the start of the holiday season. For my sake, let’s hope for the latter!

Having indulged at our parents’ Thanksgiving table in Ohio, Britt and I must nevertheless continue to button our size 26 skinny jeans and welcome the very important upcoming dates with open arms, brave bellies and thirsty throats. Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve are undoubtedly marked on our calendar, but that’s not all – at all. We’ve got Ugly Sweater and Bad Santa parties to attend, a Jewmas invitation, Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Land and several other themed parties with lots of mulled wine and eggnog in the descriptions. What’s constantly on our minds, though, is our own holiday party. But not just any old holiday party, a lavish party that will be remembered and go down in history as the holiday party of the decade – kind of like how Gatsby’s parties were known throughout New York. Because that’s what we do best – Host Fun Parties!

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In the following glossy pages, we’ll show and tell you how to throw a holiday party, because it’s not too late to do so yourself – and you’ll find that everyone within your social circles is glad to attend. It’s time to start thinking Christmas tree sugar cookies, candied fruit, dough, cheese plates and candy canes in the same sentence as Dresdner stollen, truffles, pecan pie, pumpkin loaf, reindeer pies and chocolate mint bûche du noël. And when you conclude your thoughts with hot toddys, spiced cider, glühwein and Maryland Eggnog, you’ll find participants who want to support you and your party planning skills.

Don’t shy away from a holiday debauchery of your own because of the dollar sign attached to a pretty party. We’ve included special DIY decorations that you and your girls can create late one night, from the gold painted apples to the hand-decorated, glitter invitations. Not sure where to begin, what to wear, or much about really anything? Read on for our holiday party shopping list, style recommendations, party tips, holiday soundtrack ideas, men’s etiquette and skinny mannerisms, such as how to navigate the cheese plate. Now that we’ve cleared up all questions about why you would want to host a holiday party, we’d like to move on to what food and drink to serve, invitations, décor, decorations, etiquette for him and her, and of course, beauty and fashion. Well, shall we commence?

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We Olive
1158 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
 www.weolive.com

Nestled in La Jolla Village, adjacent to Starbucks on Prospect Ave., is the most unexpected place that will get your taste buds thinking. Standing at the entryway, you are greeted with an over abundance of olive oil, infused oil and chutney samples that you can test out with cubed baguette pieces. As you make your way through the store, you’ll find eclectic copper pans, breadboards, olive trays, wooden bowls, serving trinkets, and more olive oils than you could ever imagine. After finishing your shopping, you can enjoy a glass of wine with cheese pairing, while overlooking the cove. How fab is that?

Blink Lash Boutique 
337 S. Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
858.436.4456
www.blink-boutique.com

Don’t we all want to be bombshells? Blink Lash Boutique does all sorts of magic!  Eyelash extensions save you time on your makeup routine and look super amaze. From short lashes to extra long lashes in the blink of an eye, you now have one more reason to wink your eye at that gentleman across the room. You may even find yourself batting those eyes at him, because pretty eyelashes really do give great confidence. 

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
1139 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
www.rmcf.com

Across the street from We Olive is a child’s dream candy land and an adult’s guilty pleasure. A window shopper is initially drawn in by a display of caramel covered, extra large granny smith apples topped with candies, chocolate, toffee and more. Once inside, you’ll be able to choose from fudge, bark, toffee and truffles to chocolate covered oreos, orange peels, marshmallows, gingerbread and so much more.

BevMo
844 Pearl St
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-729-0775
www.bevmo.com

A one-stop shop for your alcoholic beverage needs, this conveniently located La Jolla store has everything you will need to concoct your holiday drink menu. From beer, spirits and wine of many types to sodas, mixers, snacks, cheese, crackers and glassware, this neighborhood store will help you mark many items off your holiday shopping list. Here’s a perk, each Saturday BevMo hosts wine tastings, just to make your shopping experience a little more desirable.

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Paper Source
8843 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-550-5986
 www.paper-source.com

Just walk into this store and seriously you’ll lose yourself in wonderland. Come here to be inspired, to get ideas, and to unleash your creative juices. Weather just buying a pack of unique cards or the means to create your own invitations, The Paper Source is a must go-to spot for throwing your own party. The store associates will help you find the right color cardstock for your party, the glitter and glue to decorate your card’s border, and the extra party accessories you didn’t realize you needed! Pick up one of the store calendars to see when they’re throwing a crafting class—believe me, you wont regret taking part in these handy dandy, how-to workshops.

Blended Industries 
1025 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
 858-255-8205
www.blendedindustries.com

On the second level of Prospect Street, directly between Sushi On The Rock and Prospect Bar & Grill, is a fabulous boutique that only insiders know about, so here’s your cue. A large, open, warehouse space, this shop has minimal racks with meticulously curated pieces. There isn’t an item you won’t be attracted to, because owner, Summer Albertsen, knows her stuff. Cocktail dresses from BCBGMAXAZRIA, RVN and Parker, fancy clutches, Terracotta NY scarves, coated J Brand skinny jeans and statement costume jewelry fit your every holiday need, and you don’t have to go at it alone. Summer not only styles the celebs, she’ll also style you!

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Cos Bar
7912 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-456-6249
 www.cosbar.com

Our favorite makeup boutique traveled all the way from Aspen to see us in La Jolla. Cos Bar has the best brands under one roof from the latest, most exclusive Tom Ford fragrances and Oribe hair products to YSL lip stains, Natura Bisse skincare, Cle de Peau concealer and Laura Mercier must-have gift sets. The Cos Bar team is an expert at knowing skin types and know-how to have you looking your best. No fast selling here! They will spend time showing you the prettiest lip color, most hydrating moisturizer, best facial SPF and the silkiest hair thermal protectant – all products from a large variety of the most sought-out brands. Heading out for dinner in La Jolla Village, say to Herringbone or Eddie V’s? Leave a little earlier and get a makeover at Cos Bar. Heading to the Rocky’s for the holidays? This team of ladies knows how to give you that Snow bunny glow!

Nail Lounge of La Jolla
7514 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-456-7171
www.thenailloungeoflajolla.com

Always packed with stylish women from all parts of San Diego, this super cute nail lounge has massage chairs that really work, an adorable manicure bar and nail colors for days – surely the best assortment of nail polish colors in San Diego!  Shellac, Gelish, Axxium, acrylic, glitter polish, glitter…check! Rest assured, this place offers the highest level of hygiene by sterilizing its equipment in a high-pressure steam autoclave. Once seated, a menu is offered that allows you to pick out the level of pampering you require on your tootsies. Fresh, green tea? Obvi! Make sure to call ahead and reserve your appointment as this is the hot spot for nails. But don’t be intimidated by the group of power women, we’ve met some of our best friends here!

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