Holiday Memories From Home

I Loved Visiting my Grandparents’ House on Christmas Eve

Some of my fondest holiday memories of my grandparents’ house in Malibu took place in the Studio--the room on the second floor with the large slanted windows. That room has always been my family’s favorite place to come together. We have had several holidays, birthdays, and celebrations there. The tradition started as far back as the late 1960’s when my grandparents celebrated Christmas in that room before I was even born. I especially love the photo of my mom as a little girl next to the silver and blue Christmas Tree. She’s holding her first camera that Santa brought her!

As a child, I loved visiting my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve and being allowed to open one gift from under the tree. I would walk around the tree shaking the packages trying to pick the perfect present to open. As the years went by, I remember celebrating our birthdays in that room, anniversaries, holidays, and Thanksgiving!

It was tradition that when each of my siblings turned 12, we could have a big sleepover at my grandmother’s house with all of our friends. Being the youngest, I was counting the days until I turned 12 so I could go have a cool “slumber pool party” at Grandma’s House like my older siblings had. I remember that birthday party like it was yesterday, it was one of the highlights of my childhood.

This year it is a true blessing to be able to create new holiday memories at their home with our JAFRA Family! When JAFRA USA’s General Manager, Judith Sanchez, walked into the Studio she exclaimed “we must have a silver and blue Christmas Tree up here.” I couldn’t believe that she had said that! It is as if Jan Day was whispering in her ear! LOL! I ran to retrieve and show her the photograph of my grandparents sitting next to the silver and blue Christmas Tree and we had a ton of laughs. JAFRA placed one gift for each of our JAFRA Leaders under that tree which they could open before Christmas Day. I had not told anyone at JAFRA that it was a family tradition to open one gift before Christmas Day ... that was yet another magical JAFRA holiday coincidence!
Granddaughter of JAFRA’s founders, Jan and Frank Day, Estel has more than 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. Through her brand, MARK AND ESTEL, she designs custom bespoke fashion for some of today’s most stylish fashionistas including Lady Gaga, Kendall Jenner, and Kelly Osbourne. Her vast experience on the fashion runway, fashion photoshoots, designing for celebrities and growing up as a JAFRA Baby with Jan and Frank in Malibu gives her a unique perspective on beauty, style, high-fashion, and our JAFRA founders!


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