By IONA KIRBY
The day before she was seen looking a little frazzled as she took her daughters to a festive party. But by the time Sunday arrived Jessica Alba was far more calm and collected.
The actress and mother-of-two had even mastered the tricky art of the balancing act.
Jessica was accompanied by youngest daughter Haven on a Christmas shopping trip and toted her 17-month-old in a functional baby carrier.
It left the star’s arms relatively free to lug gifts around, although she also made sure to keep a protective hand on her youngster.
As usual Jessica, who also has four-year-old daughter Honor, looked every inch the cool customer in her casual California girl outfit.
The 31-year-old was dressed in a pair of tight green tartan trousers, white tank top, black leather jacket and matching clunky ankle boots.
Haven meanwhile was adorable in ballerina inspired pink tights, silver shoes and a cute cream knitted jumper complete with a hood to keep her warm.
The mother and daughter duo were stocking up on last-minute presents ahead of the holiday at Williams-Sonoma in Beverly Hills.
The pair were also joined by Jessica’s mother Catherine for the retail therapy trip, who at one point was tasked with carrying the star’s gorgeous daughter.
Jessica was clearly ensuring her tot was bundled up well and as well as a hooded jumper, Haven had an adorable hat with cat ears.
With the countdown on to Christmas no doubt Jessica is in full preparation mode, as the Spy Kids 4 actress told Us Magazine she was holding Christmas day at her house:
'People will be bringing dishes but I'm taking care of the turkey....I love spending time with my family.'
Now that little Haven is a bit older and understands the celebration this year will be even bigger for the family of four.