OC's guru of glam, Jerrod Blandino, the creative director and co-founder of Too Faced Cosmetics, is an O.C. native who still lives and works in the area with his partner Jeremy Johnson, creating products for one of the hottest indie cosmetic brands today. Jerrod will be visiting Sephora at South Coast Plaza from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday to offer one-on-one consultation, a personalized face chart and recommendations for creating a perfect look. Be one of the first 75 customers to purchase the exclusive Sephora Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland 19-piece gift set while Jerrod is in the store, and you will receive a full-sized Too Faced Lava Gloss black eyeliner — he'll even autograph limited-edition Holiday pieces. Customers can book a complimentary makeover with the Too Faced artistry team by calling Sephora at (714) 429-9130. Consultations can be booked from noon to 6 p.m.
Jerrod, once a Beverly Hills makeup artist, founded Too Faced Cosmetics nearly 12 years ago after he became frustrated with the lack of creativity, color variety and selection available for his celebrity clients. So Jerrod developed custom blends in chic color choices and one-of-a-kind formulations. The Too Faced craze began after Madonna called about his first glitter shadow. Today, Too Faced Cosmetics is available worldwide and has an impressive roster of celebrity fans including Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Rachel Zoe and the Kardashians. The store is on Level 2 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 429-9130 or visit http://www.toofaced.com/home.aspx.
Zschoche closing down
After more than 15 years of running Zschoche on Balboa Island, multi-talented owner Michael Zschoche is closing his eclectic lifestyle store. He's not disappearing, however; he's just taking time to pursue and work on his other projects. He runs Nzsch, a Laguna Beach-based branding and advertising firm; Larry, a recycled vintage clothing line found at Sydney Michelle and Queen Bee in Newport Beach; and Troy Lee Designs at the Lab in Costa Mesa. His products are also available online at LarryParts.com. Zschoche is also working on the growth of the new quarterly Locale Magazine, which focuses on living like a local.
Zschoche is liquidating all inventory — merchandise is reduced 40 to 65% off. It's a great time to stock up on holiday gifts and save on personal items, innovative decorative pieces and home furnishings. The store carries high-end brands including Missoni Home, Judy Ross, DayNa Decker, Flor, Shine, Home, Cop-Copine and Arnold Zimberg. Zschoche was the first to carry Toms shoes in Newport Beach. The store is at 209 Marine Ave. in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 673-2220 or visit http://www.zschoche.com/index.php?o=stores.
Barefoot Contessa book signing
Make some room on your bookshelf! The beloved Ina Garten from the Food Network's popular "Barefoot Contessa" show has graced us with another cookbook to add to our favorites! And she's making a stop in O.C. on Friday at noon at Williams-Sonoma South Coast Plaza for a book signing of "Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips."
Here's a hot tip to make certain that you will indeed meet Ina and get a book signed: Buy your book now at presale for $35 and have it available at will-call. The store will open at 8 a.m. Friday; plan on getting in line early. Ina will only be signing from noon to 1:30 p.m. Since we were lucky enough to get an advanced copy, we can tell you this book is a must-have for your kitchen. Ina takes into account the craziness of our lives and focuses on simple yet delicious dishes that save valuable time and money and minimize stress. Our favorites so far are the watermelon and arugula salad, the chicken with shallots, spicy turkey meatballs and the French toast bread pudding.
As you read through each recipe, you can almost hear her calming voice and charming laugh reassuring us that all will be good in the kitchen. She's not one to make you labor through time-consuming, complicated recipes that require a boatload of ingredients. She's the master of creating no-fuss dishes that taste and turn out fabulous every time. We say buy two copies, one for you and one for a holiday gift. It's one of the best gifts you can give a neophyte to a seasoned cook: a collection of recipes that will become favorites forever. Williams-Sonoma is on Level 1 at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 751-1166.
Shopping at the OC Fair
The four-day annual shopping extravaganza the Christmas Company returns to the OC Fair today through Sunday! It's the major fundraiser of the year for the Junior League of Orange County's supported charities. This year's theme, "Home for the Holidays," features more than 90 unique vendors and a variety of special events.
Special events include the preferred shopping breakfast ($35) from 9 to 11 a.m. today kicking off the shopping extravaganza. Guests will enjoy a glass of champagne and breakfast during their exclusive two-hour VIP shopping experience. Other events include a motivational luncheon with Olympic medalist Janet Evans ($35), a culinary class and book-signing by award-winning restaurateur Zov Karamardian ($35), tea parties with "Fancy Nancy" Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser ($25), a "Friends, Fashion, and Fun" event sponsored by Macy's in Mission Viejo ($15), and breakfast with Santa ($15 to $30).
Admission is free for military personnel with a valid military-issued ID and their dependents on Veterans Day, and just bring four cans of food on Sunday for the Second Harvest Food Bank for free admission, which otherwise costs $10.
Parking at the OC Fair & Event Center costs $5. General admission hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for special events are available at http://www.jlocc.org. For more information, call (949) 263-3785. The OC Fair & Event Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.
Ante Up for Autism
Try your luck for a worthy cause. The fourth annual Ante Up for Autism is going all out this year for its mission to support and provide resources for families touched by autism. The premiere gala and casino night at the St. Regis Monarch Beach starts at 7 p.m. Saturday for general admission (red-carpet entrance starts at 5:30 p.m.). Join special celebrities, professional poker players, sport stars and attendees for a fun event to gamble the night away. The event will offer a VIP red carpet entrance, cocktails on the resort lawn, tournament poker, a live and silent auction and tips from poker stars.
Pro athletes attending include Scott Niedermayer (retired Anaheim Ducks hockey player), Jim Everett (former NFL quarterback), Brian Lopes (world champion cyclist), Lolo Jones (Olympic track and field athlete), Felix Sanchez (Olympic gold medal hurdle winner), Jim Gott (retired professional baseball player) and Ernesto Fonseca (motocross racer). Tickets cost $250 for general admission; $750 for poker tournament (includes general admission) and $1,000 for poker tournament plus general admission (couple).
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.anteupforautism.org. For more information, please contact Violette Prentice at (949) 640-4401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Regis Monarch Beach is at 1 Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.
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 email@example.com.