When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, Aranelli Design from Italy is truly exceptional. In fact, each of the ten-plus full kitchen displays at PIRCH Kitchen features a variety of luxury appliance, plumbing, and surface brands—all installed in Aranelli Italian Design cabinetry. Aranelli has kitchen designers who work on-site full time to help you realize the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle. They can collaborate with all the exceptional brands you’ll find at PIRCH to create a kitchen that meets all your aspirations. PIRCH Kitchen, 118 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach 858.966.1655 pirch.com

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Our skin acts out during stressful times like the holidays. Acne, eczema, and other common skin disorders have a way of flaring up just before that special party or family get-together. And cooler days and nights can lead to drier skin. Thankfully, Natura Culina makes Chamomile Face Oil. Naturally rich in antioxidants and Vitamins C, A, and E, it is an exclusive blend of Jojoba Oil, Calendula Flower Oil, and Chamomile Essential Oil. Designed to nourish all skin types, this rich oil saturates the skin with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties helping to reduce redness and dryness. Our editor and publisher use this product regularly and think you should too! Natura Culina, Santa Barbara, naturaculina.com

A brand-new hotel in the heart of Point Loma? Yes, and it’s a beauty. The sleek Monsaraz puts a spin on the peninsula’s fishing heritage in its new design. Its spacious courtyard works as an extension of Westerly Public House. Here, you can settle in and order anything from a handcrafted latte or cocktail to a sumptuous meal. Located just steps from the harbor and minutes from the airport, this is a great spot for out-of-town guests. Fun events are in the works, so stay tuned for more.  The Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 1451 Rosecrans St, San Diego 619.790.5700 hilton.com


What does your eyewear say about you? Designed and handmade in Toulouse, France, Anne et Valentin eyewear is designed to flatter your face and express who you really are. At Be Seen Optics, you might start by trying on these frame styles (Very, Broadway, and Nuuk) and go from there until you find the frames that are totally you.  Be Seen Optics, 5702 La Jolla Blvd, Ste 102, La Jolla 858.291.8211 beseenoptics.com

We have some great news for La Jolla. Soon Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza, the owners of PARU Tea Bar, will open another shop at 7441 Girard Avenue! The shop will feature the same light and airy feeling as the shop in Point Loma, but it will also feature “Bow Hall,” an enlightening room filled with art that will double as a gallery and tasting room. The design concept by Miki Iwasaki and Jess Falstad of Sunset Projects was accepted for Mingei International Museum’s San Diego Design Week 2021 in September. Prepare to walk through the doors this fall! 

PARU Tea Bar, 3034 Cañon St, San Diego; Coming soon: 7441 Girard Ave, La Jolla 619.539.7391 paruteabar.com


As the name implies, the ON Cloudflow is an excellent lightweight and ultra-responsive performance shoe. It’s cloudlike, thanks to its elite underfoot cushioning technology—yet solid, with a rubberized heel and an engineered upper mesh for reassuring support. Drop by Just Run, try them on, and feel what it’s like to fly. Just Run has a 60-day Guaranteed Fit policy so—on your mark, get set, go! 

Just Run, 5490 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla 858.412.4247 justrunsd.com

Is your holiday “to do” list getting you down? Slip away to Julian’s Orchard Hill Country Inn for a couple of stress-free days. This peaceful and romantic resort is set on four wooded acres where you can hike, listen to the birds, and stargaze at night. For a little—but not too much—excitement, walk to downtown Julian, less than two blocks away.

Orchard Hill Country Inn, 2502 Washington St, Julian 760.765.1700 orchardhill.com

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Every visit to Village Consignment in Solana Beach is like a treasure hunt. They always have an amazing assortment of one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, artwork, and dishes. And now, there is twice as much treasure—with a second retail space in the same building, just a few storefronts away! Look for the outdoor furniture marking both entrances.

Village Consignment, 415 S Cedros Ave, Stes 160 & 120, Solana Beach 858.847.0345 facebook.com/villageconsignmentinc

Know our secret for a stress-free holiday shopping day? Show yourself some love along the way! La Plaza La Jolla is a sleek, three-level piazza with enough eateries, shops, and salons to keep you going all day. After a morning coffee or espresso drink and the amazing avocado toast at Elixir Espresso & Wine Bar, browse the intriguing shops and indulge in some self-care in the studios and salons. Before you know it, it will be time to meet a friend up top at Catania to enjoy Italian cuisine (share the crispy octopus!) and their panoramic view of the ocean.

La Plaza La Jolla, 7863–7877 Girard Ave, La Jolla, laplazalajolla.com


Did you know that 40 percent of San Diego’s senior citizens live alone? With COVID-19, we learned the importance of technology in the lives of lonely seniors who need to connect with loved ones, order meals, access medical records, and more.
The La Jolla Community Center first launched virtual iPhone/iPad classes, with instruction on how to make those connections using FaceTime, email, and apps. Now, they are developing Senior Connect, a community technology hub for seniors, complete with a modernized computer lab and multilevel instruction. To help build the lab and bridge the gap between seniors and technology, visit the website and become a sponsor.

La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla 858.459.0831 www.ljcommunitycenter.org/seniorconnect

Celebrate the holiday season with new fashion from top brands and thoughtfully curated accessories by ICONS owner, Jenna Motta. Featuring gift items like Spongelle body products, cozy cashmere wraps, Hanky Panky undies, and other eye-catching accessories, ICONS is known for translating current trends in a modern and sophisticated way. Be on the lookout for virtual and in-store events starring Joseph Ribkoff, Lisette, MARBLE, Dolcezza, FDJ, and Charlie B. Visit Jenna in the store Wed–Sat 11am–4pm to enjoy ICONS personal shopping and complimentary gift-wrapping services. ICONS Boutique, 263 S Hwy 101, Solana Beach 760.402.5366 iconsfashion.com

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Aveda Botanical Repair Intense Strength Masque Rich, $59; shampoo, $35; conditioner, $37
Aveda Botanical Repair Intense Strength Masque Rich, $59; shampoo, $35; conditioner, $37

Barbara Iacometti, the owner of Details SalonSpa in Ocean Beach, swears by Aveda’s Botanical Repair system because she has used it in her salon countless times. “It really does improve the look and feel of damaged hair,” Barbara says. “I like to use the Botanical Repair products because they add strength to the hair without adding a lot of weight. This is especially beneficial to my clients with fine or chemically processed hair.” Make an appointment at Details to see and feel for yourself!

Details SalonSpa, 4993 Niagara Ave, Ste 205, Ocean Beach 619.222.6777 detailssalonspa.com