Here’s a La Jolla Christmas Book … Neiman Marcus-style


By Kathy Day

Every year, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book wows people with its Fantasy Gifts section. We probably all wonder if they really sell items like this year’s 27-foot Solid Mahogany Hacker Craft Speedboat with a 425 HP engine priced at $250,000 or the $45,000 Black Rubber Table Tennis gift designed by artist Tom Burr. (Disclaimer: Both in limited editions of 10 include a donation to a charity.)

This year, we decided to create a Livin’ the La Jolla Lifestyle gift catalog to tempt our readers with NM-like luxuries available right here in The Gem. So if you’re in the shopping mood, here’s what you can find around town. Note: Prices do not include tax, gratuity or shipping charges, where applicable.

2012 Bugatti Veyron Gran Sport

First shown at the Frankfurt International Auto Show then air freighted on Luthansa Airlines to San Diego and available through Symbolic Motor Car Company, 7440 La Jolla Blvd., the beaming red luxury sports car is described on as the “convertible version of the fastest production car in the world.” It comes with an 8.0 liter W1 6, 1011 HP engine.


Roughly $2.2 million. (As an option, Symbolic can offer you a pre-owned 2006 black and red model for $1.25 million.) Courtesy: Symbolic Motors

Exceeding the Extraordinary

For Her:

With a 12.30-carat natural Colombian emerald hand-selected by Vahid Moradi of CJ Charles Jewelers, 1135 Prospect St., this spectacular platinum drop necklace includes a 3.18-carat, GIA-certified natural fancy yellow diamond and 0.99-carat GIA-certified D-VS1 pear shape white diamond. (For the same price you could opt for diamonds only in a “Riviera” necklace with 54.89-carat total weight “Collection Quality” set it in platinum with the center stone of 5.3 carats graduating down to 0.33 carats.


$1.5 million (Pair it with earrings for $2 million.)

For Him:

A Panerai watch (model Pam00350 with a black ceramic case, skeleton dial, 48mm diameter face, Tourbillon escapement and GMT and six-day power reserve) is so limited that Moradi says they will select the client to purchase it. It will be featured in the store’s Paneria Boutique opening Jan. 15. Courtesy: CJ Charles



The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Romantic Getaway for Two

This two-night stay in the luxurious Thorsen Suite, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road,

that sits on the south end of the lodge overlooking the 18


hole of the golf course with sweeping views of the ocean, too, includes a large patio overlooking the courtyard and boasts three fireplaces and a Jacuzzi tub. The weekend includes a specially crafted Dinner for Two by Chef Jeff Jackson at A.R. Valentien, a 50-minute couples massage at The Spa at Torrey Pines, a round of golf for two, a guided hike through the Torrey Pines State Reserve, and a picnic basket lunch for a day at The Beach. Use of an Audi can be arranged for an additional fee.


$5,476. (Golf fees based on the time of year.)

Courtesy: The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Day of Majestic Luxury

Relax, rejuvenate and let someone pamper you completely for 7 ½ hours. This package at SK Sanctuary, 6919 La Jolla Blvd., includes an aromatherapy scrub, a mud wrap, bath of your choice, a European massage, manicure and pedicure, hairstyling, and makeup. You also get to keep your SK robe and have a tasty lunch.



Extend the luxury and have a limousine from La Jolla Star Transportation pick you up (in La Jolla) for an estimated $40 plus gratuity for the round trip.

Courtesy: SK Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve Ensembles

For Her:

The friendly ladies at Laura Gambucci’s boutique, 7629 Girard Ave.,

will dress you from head to toe for a lively night on the town. Start with a silk chiffon skirt topped with a strapless quilted dress from Philosophy, shoes from Barbara Bui, a vintage deco clip rhinestone necklace by Thea Grant, and a fur handbag with an 18-carat removable bangle and 18-carat and quartz brooch by Melissa Joy Manning. Stay snuggly warm with a beaver on cashmere cape by Rizzal. (Outfit is displayed with a belt from Laura’s private vintage collection, although it’s not for sale.)



For Him:

Ascot Shop’s Andrew White chose a coordinating three-piece, gray flannel handmade Canadian suit by Samuelson. Match it up with a Robert Talbott’s hand-made estate shirt in a brown plaid, a Talbott wool-striped tie and a Talbott brown-plaid, silk pocket square. Finish it off with Alan Edmonds shoes.



Or you could pick a handmade Corneliani Italian suit in gray, with a white handmade estate shirt by Talbott with one of his hand-hewn, silk-striped ties and Alan Edmonds to keep your feet comfy while you dance the night away.


$2,680 Photos: Daniel Lew

Private Dinner for Eight

Eddie V’s Prime Steak & Seafood

The restaurant’s Executive Chef Bill Greenwood will prepare a custom VIP menu for your guests as you watch the sun sink into the Pacific from the rooftop bar with its warming fire pit as La Jolla harpist Sonia Maria Oliva sets the mood at 1270 Prospect St.

Start off with a toast of 2004 Louis Roederer, Cristal and your own satellite bar with top-shelf liquors. Hors d’oeuvres may be tray-passed or set at tasting stations paired with wine of your choosing. (Select from the likes of Mini Lump Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Ahi Poke with Jalapeno Confit on Fried Wonton or Lobster & Ceviche Cucumber Cup Cocktail Fraiche.)

Your second course includes a choice of salad or the chef’s seasonal soup. For entrees, we’ve picked Sautéed New England Lemon Sole in Parmesan Crust, Lemon & Garlic or a 22-ounce USDA Prime Rib Eye, accented by your choice of two family-style side dishes.

We can’t forget the dessert. We like their Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, but you can opt for other choices.


$2,187. (Add $200 if you’d like a surf and turf option to dinner.)

Courtesy: Eddie V’s

Just for Fun

We can’t forget the youngsters 8 or older — or the young at heart — so head over to Geppetto’s Toys, 7850 Girard Ave., for nanoblock’s Castle Neuschwanstein, a deluxe set of micro-sized building blocks. The model of German’s 19


century Romantic architecture includes more than 5,800 tiny pieces — really! — and LED lights to show off your creation. They promise, “you don’t have to be an engineer to create with nanoblocks,” that are so tiny they allow for very fine details.