Great Gift Ideas, Pop-up Stores and Local Finds

Exalting Exir , Home Haven

Nestled in the heart of Santa Monica’s beachy, bustling Montana Avenue is a charming little shop called Exir. The store has been selling home goods and tableware since 2015 and has become a neighborhood go-to gift resource, with a rotating stock of beautiful one-of-a-kind items from artisans around the globe. Reza and Maryam Torab, the gregarious and knowledgeable owners, are longtime Santa Monica residents who travel the world to visit craftsmen and artists’ studios to handpick Exir’s merch. Mother-of-pearl champagne saucers, sculpted concrete wine chillers, elegant serving dishes, nubby linens, and fine fragrant candles are artfully displayed on tables and shelves like works in a museum gift shop. The result is a chic abundance of simple, modern design, organic textures, and earthy palettes, creating a refined and relaxed shopping experience. Exir has a popular gift registry service and hurry so you don’t miss out on the unique Christmas ornaments.

Exir Home


1134 Montana Avenue 

Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Falling in Love, the perfect Gift

It was destiny for Larissa Love to become a fashion and accessory designer. As an extension of her talented designing family, Love’s “love” for designing goes back several generations. Growing up as a young girl in Europe, Love’s first taste for designing started when she would travel with her father throughout Europe visiting world wide celebrity designers like Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. She would become excited to see the final product of their fine craftsmanship of leather goods. At that moment, she knew that she wanted to be a part of that amazing phenomenon of taking an idea created on paper and bringing it to life.
She opened a new concept boutique that featured women’s clothing and accessories, along with an apothecary in Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. Throughout her career, Love has designed everything from luggage to high end dog collars to women’s clothing. She always wanted to experience what she saw in the factories as a child and today; she joins the ranks of other high fashion designing entrepreneurs by focusing her efforts on her creations of luxurious African Shea Butter and natural sugar cane bath and beauty products, and her designs of fashion and accessories. Her ambitious drive has been based on her personal philosophy, that now makes her a success.
Larissa Love Cosmetics creates unique and luxurious lines of unisex bath & body products, which have been featured in all of the top beauty magazines in America. All products are made with natural & organic ingredients and proudly made in the USA.
Larissa Love
(310) 729-0156
1129 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

French Connection, Godeleine, Natasha and Pascale

GdR is born in Northen France. She garduated from Art school (Ecole de Recherche Graphique) in Brussels and started a career as a painter and illustraror in Paris.
In 2001 she relocated in Los Angeles with her Californian husband.
She has published more than 20 books with French and Belgian publishing companies. They have been translated all over Europe as well as China and Russia.
She started to work in ceramics 10 years ago and her work is regularly exhibited in art galleries around town. Giant robot carries a nice selection of her amazing work and it makes the perfect gift for this holiday season.

We’ve been crushing hard on Natasha Barrault’s delicious bag line. The globe-trotting French designer uses vintage trimmings and men’s necktie fabrics from the 1960s and 1970s, instilling her creations with a timeless individuality.  

Barrault designs and produces her unique brand of arm candy between the South of France and Tunisia, though she says her heart still beats for Los Angeles. She started her line while she was living here and working as an interior and landscape designer. Each bag is part of a very limited edition and comes with an embossed, hand-numbered ID card and a super cute drawstring dust bag that can be used all day long. 

Natasha Barrault


French born, Los Angeles based potter Pascale Vaquette uses free form hand work to shape her interesting, artful ceramics. The Bump vase is tactile and minimally beautiful on its own or with flowers.

Pascale Vaquette

Finish with a BANG!!!

Some of our favorite people can be found at this eclectic come together of talented French/ American mix. Great gift ideas for the beautiful jewelry of Eve’s stone, one of a kind sunglasses, original art and so much more…and the beauty of it all, you can enjoy the wonderful selection of wine from French sommelier Lauren Caro, Enjoy!

Eve’s Stones

Lauren Caro, a sparkling sommelier from Lyon who is now living in Los Angeles, has started offering two-hour “Tour de France“ crash course tasting sessions to share her knowledge of and passion for French culture and wines. She is available for private fêtes and corporate team building shindigs, and participants can expect to learn the dos and don’ts of wine tasting like a pro as they listen to her cellar stories and sample bottles. Caro also delves into the basics of food and wine pairings, suggesting and serving complementary cheeses, charcuterie, and even crepes on this educational and fun degustation. She will have you living la vie rosé in no time. 

Girls Gone Wine


Lauren Caro 





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