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Shining Stars

San Diego Style


 Charlotte silk sequin clutch, $248, by Lauren Merkin. Available at L.A. Fairchild, Cardiff by the Sea, 760-487-1277; lafairchild.com.
 Cleo lambskin clutch with Swarovski snake, $128, from Lucia Bella, 760-473-4246; lucia-bella.com.
 Madison gold leather clutch, $348, from Coach, Horton Plaza, 619-531-8815; coach.com.
 Zeus gold snakeskin clutch, $525, by Alexis Hudson. Available at Garys Studio, Del Mar, 858-794-0740; alexishudsoninc.com.
 Nara aluminum lambskin clutch with 18k goldplated hardware and Brazilian beads, $199, by La Chica Chic, lachicachic.com.
 Nite Fan clutch in taupe satin with crystals, $375, from Stuart Weitzman, Fashion Valley; 619-542-1692; stuartweitzman.com.
 Hand-stitched leather clutch with gemstone accent, $215, by M. Barnes for Rebecca Norman, Solana Beach, 888-420-7327; rebeccanorman.com.

’Tis the Season

From sexy party frocks to timeless clutches, here’s your go-to guide for writing your wish list——no matter if you’ve been naughty or nice.


All That Glitters

Shoshanna Metallic Brocade
Minidress, $350, at Neiman Marcus

A mod look takes a sophisticated turn with an ornamental texture on this looks-good-on-everyone shift. Too short for your style? Pair it with opaque black tights and let your dress do all the sparkling.

Brushes with Greatness

Benefit Betty Brushes Up on Beauty,
$44, benefitcosmetics.com

Painting yourself pretty has never been so easy as with this kit of artist-worthy tools. Whether you’re a beauty maven or a beauty novice, this collection guarantees perfect application, and it comes with a storage pouch for makeup. Buyer beware: It’s a limited edition, which of course only makes us want it more.

In the Bag

Kooba Olivia Clutch in Pewter, $345,
at select Saks Fifth Avenue

Anchor a frilly outfit, or dress up jeans and a tee with this wear-it-anywhere clutch. The granite-injected color and gentle ruching make for a more interesting choice than your basic black bag, yet the simple structure and metallic, neutral shade make it practical for any occasion.

Big Deal

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair
Gift Set, $75, bumbleandbumble.com

Holiday hair has long been subjected to mild assaults by a stylist’s hand (translation: “the updo”). Not anymore. This year, save a few bottles of hairspray by going au natural. Hair with volume and a slight tousle is the style to steal. Get it with this one-two punch of thickening shampoo and conditioner, plus a thickening spritz. Your hair achieves great body and envy- inducing shine. Bonus: The boudoir-inspired black-and-white package makes a cute keepsake.

The Great White Way

GoSmile Package GoTravel, $39, at Sephora
Traveling for the holidays? Stuff your stocking with this: A compact toothbrush, lemonade (yum) toothpaste and GoSmile’s signature case of breath-freshening, whiten-up ampules in a host of different flavors are housed in a portable case. This one’s a savior on the red-eye.


On Your Mark, Get Set . . . SHOP!

Where To Get the Goods
Fashion Valley——known to many as San Diego’s shopping mecca——has an influx of new stores that help it live up to its name. On top of department-store powerhouses like the new Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, the Mission Valley mainstay is also home to exclusive designer boutiques. You can browse the funky frocks at Betsey Johnson, try on a Burberry trench or ogle at the Gucci bags just as easily as you can score a bargain at the Gap, stock up on tees at James Perse and grab some running shoes at Lady Foot Locker. Don’t forget to check out Geppetto’s toys, the Apple store and Eddie Bauer for the children, teens and men in your life.

What To Look for in 2008
We can barely wait to see the hipster duds at Barneys New York COOP, the feminine confections at the Carolina Herrera boutique, the chic classics of Hermès, the drool-worthy watches at Tourneau and the killer stiletto heels at Jimmy Choo. In keeping with Fashion Valley’s mix of high-end designer stores and cutting-edge boutiques, expect to see quirky and quaint ensembles at Anthropologie, cult-favorite denim at True Religion and the Euro-brand, trend-making styles of H&M. Happy new year, indeed!

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