Orange County has never seen anything quite like the new Fixtures Living, a one-stop, wonderfully interactive showroom for premium kitchen, bath and outdoor living products at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.
It's an emporium of state-of-the-art kitchen and bath vignettes designed by some of the hottest local interior design firms, including Audra Miller Interiors, Kitchen Interiors and Brittney Fischbeck with Abodwell.
You can literally walk in and find your dream kitchen, schedule a meeting with a designer and have it recreated at home.
Warning: You may experience symptoms of dream-home envy. You'll discover mirrors with built-in TV screens, toilets that look like pieces of art and kitchen cabinets by Neff Kitchens that are actually finished with photographs of wood.
And, in keeping with its concept to offer a multi-sensory experience, many of the products, like showers, the sauna, ovens and even washing machines, are operating so that you can test them out. You can even do a load of your own laundry to test the machines.
At Fixtures Living, you can also relax at the Bliss Cafe coffee bar featuring Kéan Coffee, enjoy a glass of blood orange lemonade or visit the exhibition kitchen for a complimentary cooking demo and tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Guest chefs and local farmers markets will be preparing recipes for Taste Bud Tuesdays, Recipe Wednesdays, Something Else Thursdays, Farmer Fridays and more.
It's open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.
For more information, call (949) 429-0800 or visit http://www.fixturesliving.comhttp://www.fixturesliving.com.
A sale like no other
Eilatan Shoes' motto is "A shoe store like no other," and is a good time to see for yourself during its current sale with some styles marked down by 50%.
Eilatan carries alternative styles for fashion-forward types, from its cutting-edge designs by Jeffrey Campbell to basic hip sneakers from Pro Keds and vintage styles from one of Japan's oldest shoe companies, Onitsuka Tiger by Asics.
Eilatan recently opened at Costa Mesa Courtyards and also has a store at Irvine Spectrum Center. It's packed with popular footwear trends for men, women and kids, such as Ugg Australia, Toms, Seychelles, Rainbow Sandals, Penguin, Converse and more.
It's open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1835 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 642-0081.
The Irvine location is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive. For more information, call (949) 453-1222 or visit http://www.eilatan.com.
Drop off school supplies
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launched the Orange County Blend Coffee and OC Sunshine Blend Tea earlier this year (which raises funds for local schools' needs), and it's also holding a school supplies drive to support adopted schools through Sunday.
You can drop school supplies off at any of the 24 OC Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations, including Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. For more information, visit coffeebean.com.
A night of ingenuity
Celebrate the advances in science through research to find a cure to type 1 and type 2 diabetes at the UCI Center for Diabetes Treatment and Research's fifth annual cocktail party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22, at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach.
The evening, with the theme "Toasting American Ingenuity," will be a night to enjoy regional American fare, select wines and craft beers,and find out about diabetes research updates.
You can also support the center through incredible opportunity drawings with a chance to win premium wines, a night at the Montage Laguna Beach resort and dinner at Asada in Laguna Beach, a double pearl necklace from Lugano Diamonds and much more.
Tickets to the cocktail party cost $100.
The Balboa Bay Club & Resort is at 1221 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach. For more information, call Summer Simaan at (949) 824-1678 or visit http://www.ucidiabetes.com.
Garden is in bloom
Just once a year, Stephen Frank Garden & Home in Laguna Beach offers huge savings throughout the store. And now, you can save up to 70% on European pottery and decorative accessories, lighting and furnishings for indoors and outdoors. Included in the sale are handmade Italian table lamps from Vietri, ceramic table lamps from John Derian, Thomas O'Brien chandeliers and Murano-style chandeliers.
And it's a great time to save on two special fragrance lines, Paris-based Carriere Freres candles and Dr. Vranjes, a line of diffusers from Florence, Italy.
It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 477 Forest Ave. in Laguna Beach.
For more information, call (949) 494-2014 or visit http://www.stephenfrank.com/store/sc/home.asphttp://www.stephenfrank.com/store/sc/home.asp.
Go with the Guild
Looking for a fashionable, charitable organization to join? The Dream Guild of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Orange County offers members exclusive events at must-have designer boutiques, luncheons and more, all the while raising much-needed funds to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.
The Dream Guild is hosting a new membership luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Silver Trumpet Restaurant in Costa Mesa. Not only will you meet new friends and enjoy a delicious lunch (I'll be the guest speaker sharing tips on OC trends and hot spots), you'll be contributing to curing diabetes.
The lunch costs $100 per person ($25 per ticket is tax-deductible). If you join the guild, use the $100 cost toward your dues. A champagne reception and opportunity drawing starts at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
You can RSVP at (949) 553-0363 or contact Donna Mogilski at JDRF at (949) 885-5021.
Silver Trumpet is at the Wyndham Hotel at 3350 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa.
*Be an Amigo to ocean
You can do your part to help clean up our beach by participating in the 26th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Join Amigos de Bolsa Chica at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve to show your support for nature and learn about how debris impacts the ocean, the beach and marine life. (It's a great activity for families, students and service groups, too.) Volunteers will be picking up debris and recording everything for data collection. The Ocean Conservancy's international database needs to know the sources of debris to help plan for solutions. For more information, contact Laura Holdenwhite at (714) 840-1575 or email@example.com.
For more information about California Coastal Cleanup Day, visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov.
GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of greersoc.com, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.