This year, Chinese New Year was celebrated on the 25th of January. As the 12th day of the 15 day festival, Lunar New Year is a special time to reconnect with family, share gifts, eat (and drink) too much, and enjoy the possibilities that the new year will bring.
Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, Stanford Shopping Center tops my list when it comes to shopping for luxury brands and exploring local favorites. Adjacent to the world renowned Stanford University Campus, this upscale outdoor mall features more than 140 world-class specialty stores. As we celebrate the Year of the Rat, I’m proud to bring to you a very special feature highlighting EIGHT of their most luxurious retailers. Each store presents a unique experience, so I’m excited to walk you through a day at Stanford Mall starting with Jeffrey.
Personal Styling Service with Jeffrey
Jeffrey is a luxury lifestyle boutique. With two other locations in Atlanta and NYC, Jeffrey Palo Alto has been opened for a little over a year and a half. Un undiscovered gem, Jeffrey curates the best of every collection every season. By featuring only the best of the best, Jeffrey is a fashion authority that provides a one-stop, easy shopping experience. Each associate is trained to be a personal shopper for their client. The one on one service encourages creativity and passion, and I was pleasantly surprised by the closet picks recommended by Sankil. Taking account of my style and body shape, he not only challenged my comfort zone, but expanded my fashion horizons.
The history of Jeffrey: I learned from Sankil that Jeffrey goes to all of the fashion shows each season and personally picks what he feels are important or must have items for that season. Because of Jeffrey’s relationship with design houses, Jeffrey has a very curated assortment of well-known designers (he was one of the first stores to carry Brandon Maxwell) as well as up and coming designers (like Richard Quinn and Cecilie Bahnsen).
Thank you for the fabulous styling; not only is your store one of the most aesthetic places in the entire mall, but I enjoyed the top notch service and personalization of the entire experience. If you’re interested to check out Jeffrey Palo Alto, make an appointment @ (650) 798-1020.
Jetset with Louis Vuitton
Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house and luxury retail company. When it comes to the art of travel, LV has the most iconic trunks, luggage, and bags. To kick off the new year, I worked with LV to bring you only the best when it comes to traveling throughout the world with class, elegance, and style.
Please call your local LV store for availability.
ONTHEGO GM Monogram Empreinte Leather- $2,950 (Launch date 1/31/2019)
HORIZON luggage size 50 & 55 ($2800-$3250)
The versatile and stylishly oversized Onthego GM tote fits a laptop and is a perfect bag to add to any woman’s ensemble. Carried by hand or worn over the shoulder on its two long straps, this tote goes from workday to weekend with a seamless transition, and most definitely touts an upgrade from the popular Neverfull MM style. I absolutely love how it fits like a tee on the the Horizon rolling luggage, a lightweight 4-wheeled carry-on that is innovative and light. Travel in ultimate style like a Queen with this GM tote and Horizon 50 luggage, and don’t forget to add the leather bag holder which is used to secure your bag on the top of your rolling luggage.
I also want to highlight LV’s fragrances made in Grasse, France. With unparalleled proportions of natural raw materials, the fragrances have long lasting scents and outstanding quality. If you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one this year, opt in for personalization in the form of perfume engraving – now available online and in-store. What an amazing collection to kick off the Lunar New Year with LV. Thank you so much again for hosting me, and such a pleasure to share the newest and latest in the world of Louis Vuitton!
Celebrate a Milestone with Tiffany & Co.
As a female entrepreneur and influencer, I am a strong believer in the self-purchasing power of women. Today in our modern world, strong and independent women should embrace buying her own diamonds (and gold) for her special moments. This feature with Tiffany’s is all about celebrating the power of being a successful woman at any age!
High School Graduation or 21st Birthday: Tiffany T Smile Pendant: $800
College Graduation or First Job: Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Pendant: $1,410
30th Birthday: Tiffany T Diamond and Mother-of-pearl Square Ring in 18k Rose Gold: $1,750
Job Promotions & Beyond: Tiffany T Wire Bracelet: $3,600 | Tiffany T Two Hinged Bangle: $5,700 | Tiffany Victoria Earrings: $6,000 | Read more about the Tiffany Diamond here.
The history of Tiffany & Co.: Born in 1837, Tiffany’s has become a global design house at the forefront of innovative jewelry design and expert craftsmanship. Throughout the decades, the Tiffany designs have continued to remain relevant in the luxury goods space. Special thanks to Jill Grande and Shima Safaei for hosting my visit to Tiffany’s Stanford. If you want to see colored diamonds and big, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind pieces, go see Shima as you will get a very specialized private appointment to check out all the high jewelry pieces.
Taste the Winter Menu at True Food Kitchen
Inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, True Food Kitchen never disappoints! The marriage of delicious dining and conscious nutrition makes for a positive dining experience focused on better living without sacrificing flavor, creativity, or indulgence. With a revolving seasonal menu, True Food selects and prepares food based on an anti-inflammatory pyramid, which helps people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime. The menu caters to nearly every food preference with a variety of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian, and vegan offerings.
Overall, we had a fantastic dining experience and it was so nice to be greeted by Executive Chef Scott Caygill. Can’t wait to brunch / lunch again at True Food Kitchen again! With 23 nationwide locations, most locations in California and Texas, be sure to dine at your local True Food by checking out the list of locations here.
Healthy Skin Customization with Kiehl’s
Skin first, makeup second. Since 1851, Kiehl’s has grown from a single pharmacy and old-world apothecary in Manhattan to becoming a leader specializing in skin, hair, and body care products. With formulas powered by nature and science, you can surely discover healthy-looking skin by visiting a local store and getting a complimentary consultation.
Skin Consultation: Miesha, the Kiehl’s skin expert measured my moisture barrier with a device called the Dehydration Analyzing Tool or D.A.T. This device measures the water level in the skin. I learned that a healthy balance of oil and water provide what we call healthy skin. My reading came in at 21.4% = dehydrated. Here are the ranges: 0-29 very dehydrated, 30-49 somewhat dehydrated, 50+ hydrated. After this quick check, Miesha asked me questions about my skincare routine and help me fill out the Kiehl’s Healthy Skin Check on the iPad. Then, she recommended several products based on my skin concerns, and I was given a complimentary bag full of Kiehl’s skin care samples. This consultation is offered for both men and women.
Beyond the skin consultation, Kiehl’s also offers express treatments for the person that only has 5-10 minutes to be pampered. There are also elevated 20-minute services available with purchase:
- “Keep It Calm Facial” which soothes and de-stresses irritated and/or blemish-prone skin with their Jade-Roller treatment. Complimentary with a $65 purchase.
- O2 Glow deeply hydrates and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier with their Airbrush Oxygen Sprayer for improved radiance. Complimentary with an $85 purchase.
- Super Youth Boost service is focused on reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s targeted for the guest who wants to achieve a smoother surface of their skin, and a Micro-Firming Massager is used for younger looking skin. Complimentary with a $125 purchase.
It’s time to get your personalized and targeted skincare routine. Call Kiehl’s Palo Alto at (650) 617-4599 to schedule your healthy skin consultation and experience healthy nourished skin!
OOTD to OOTN with Tory Burch
With more than 250 stores globally, Tory Burch embraces a philosophy of family first and the work of the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women entrepreneurs. To celebrate this mission of empowering women to #EmbraceAmbition, I partnered with Tory Burch Stanford to bring this message alive through Tory’s fashion and colors with the Spring Collection.
The OOTD featured a beautiful printed pleated skirt covered in birds, butterflies, and lush florals. Worn with Tory’s cream fringe bow blouse and styled with the nude gigi embellished pointed-toe pump, I felt like a boss babe ready to make big strides in my work week!
As for the OOTN, the sequin embellished dress paired with the black penelope grosgrain cap-toe pumps made for an excellent evening look. Without a doubt, both outfits made me feel especially empowered and fearless. This aspirational and luxurious brand certainly embodies the style and spirit of its CEO, Tory Burch, and I’m so proud to feature these two outfits in the new year and make a bold statement through these fashion choices. Thanks for working with me, Tory Burch Stanford!
Get in shape with Barry’s Bootcamp
Finally popped my Barry’s cherry at Stanford’s location to kick off the new year! You can expect a high-intensity 1-hour workout where your heart rate will spike – 50% of the class is interval cardio on a treadmill, while the other 50% is strength training using free weights and traditional military exercises. You can expect loud music, low lights, and the red room.
Monday | Arms & Abs
Tuesday | Full Body (Lower Focus)
Wednesday | Chest, Back & Abs
**Thursday | Abs & Ass
Friday | Total Body
Saturday | Full Body (Upper Focus)
Sunday | Total Body
**I got my abs & ass kicked last Thursday. Felt sore the next day, but very energized!
Ready to take my next Barry’s class :).
It may take a couple of times to learn the class flow and how to transition between the treadmills and floor, but it’s for sure that the Barry’s community loves supporting and helping newbies. I felt so welcomed by all the staff, and loved my swag bag and customized Fuel Bar shake after the class to re-energize. Totally recommend the Skinny B*tch, which contains blueberries, coconut meat, cinnamon, L-Carnitine, chia seeds, coconut water, and vanilla vegan protein. Note: You can PRE-ORDER your drink so it’s ready for you right after class, what an awesome service! Or you can just stop by to the Fuel Bar to grab a shake on the go without taking a class.
Barry’s is totally for everyone. As long as you want to burn fat, tighten up the body, and build muscle, Barry’s is for you. It’s definitely more than a workout, it’s a lifestyle. Are you ready to join the community?
Luxurious HydraFacial with LaBelle Day Spas & Salons
You can never have enough facials! Self-care is a must, especially around the new year. I was most excited about trying LaBelle’s Signature HydraFacial service, which uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. This 40 minutes treatment seriously revived and renewed my skin! The super serums are made with nourishing ingredients and filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to create an instantly gratifying glow.
Step 1: Cleanse + Peel – Uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing.
Step 2: Extract + Hydrate – Remove debris from pores with painless suction. Nourish with intense moisturizers that quench skin.
Step3: Fuse + Protect – Saturate the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow.
If you haven’t heard of LaBelle Day Spas, I encourage you to check it out! You get what you pay for. The high quality service, professional staff, and executive menu of services ranging from facials to glycolic peels to spa services, nail artistry, make-up and specialized hair boutique make it an oasis for the finest in personal pampering. After all, beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle. Book your HydraFacial at LaBella Day Spas & Salons. Say goodbye to tired, dull, and dehydrated skin. Thank you to Bella for sponsoring my visit!
THERE YOU HAVE IT: 8 LUXURIOUS RETAILERS AT STANFORD MALL TO VISIT IN THE NEW YEAR!
While luxury is not everyone’s cup of tea, I highly encourage you to check out the shopping center and bask in the comfortable seating, fire pits, phone charging stations, artwork, lush planters, and beautiful fountains. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable environment for lunch and shopping, or at least window shopping.
As they say, one year goes by taking with it a set of hopes and aspirations. Another year comes in with bundles of new opportunities to relive your dreams and realize your goals. Wishing you prosperity, joy and success this new year, and Gong Xi Fa Chai.
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Stanford Shopping Center & Simon Malls, but all opinions are my own.