Greer's OC: Newport gets Sweet and Saucy

Could Orange County become any sweeter?

We just celebrated the new 'lette Macarons at Fashion Island, a place for authentic French macarons. We can order French pastries at Pandor Artisan Boulangerie that taste as delicious as ones in Paris.

And now we have Sweet and Saucy Shop, a celeb favorite dessert spot that just opened at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast.

Co-owner and pastry chef Melody Brandon, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, opened her first Sweet and Saucy three years ago in Long Beach with her mother, Eileen Francabandera. Their desserts are already favorites of Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling and LeAnn Rimes.

Sweet and Saucy Shop creates elegant and contemporary custom cakes, cookies, and mini desserts for all occasions. Stop by the dessert bar for a mini key lime pie, cake lollipops, mini s'mores tarts, and assorted desserts in shot glasses filled with chocolate mousse, lemon cream and berries.

Or, order a beautiful custom cake, or custom cookies with corporate logos or photos for celebrations. Sweet and Saucy Shop also stocks vintage-inspired and collectible cake platters, bowls, and cake stands.

Crystal Cove Shopping Center is at 7922 E. Coast Hwy. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (949) 715-0920.


Manna mania

We're about as loyal to M•A•C Cosmetics as can be. We always get excited to run out and try M•A•C's limited time collections, like its recently released Casual Colour and Beth Ditto collections.

But now we've discovered Orange County-based Manna Cosmetics, which is all about simplifying beauty, and we're making room in our M•A•C makeup bag for these must-have products.

Founder Manna Kadar has more than 15 years experience in the beauty industry, and she's spent years perfecting her debut line of signature products to streamline and improve your makeup routine. Her Manna Beauty Simplified line provides flawless looks that can last all day, plus Manna's signature products are multi-functional and save you time.

Just grab Prime Time and use it as a primer on your lids, lips and even as an eye shadow highlighter. Manna's Transfix transforms any eye shadow into a beautiful smudge-proof liner, and the HD Powder makes a perfect finishing powder.

Manna Cosmetics' signature line also includes Camera Ready, an essential makeup base; Sheer Glo, an incandescent liquid to give skin a youthful glow; and a Lash Primer that enhances and conditions lashes. Other great products include long-lasting eye shadows, powders, lip sticks, glossware and blushes.

Kadar owns two tanning salon and spas in Fullerton and Laguna Niguel, Island Tan Salon and Spa, where you can find her fabulous namesake cosmetics line and receive premium services like custom airbrush tanning, VersaSpa UV-free sunless tanning, Mystic tan, and eyelash extensions.

Island Tan, is at 2986 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, and at 30232 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel.

For more information about Manna Cosmetics, visit


New rooftop dining hours

Nirvana Grille in Laguna Beach is ready for summer, and its rooftop Bliss Bar just opened for dinner on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Also, at the Bliss Bar, singer/songwriter Anesha Rose will perform live at 6 p.m every Sunday.

The Bliss Bar is open Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 5 p.m. Nirvana Grille is at 303 Broadway, #101. For more information, call (949) 497-0027, or visit


She'll get under your skin

We just discovered an aesthetician worth knowing. Robin Marie Lawrence, based in Costa Mesa and Palm Springs, offers expert skin-care therapy to clients who seek out her expertise.

She has more than a dozen years experience working with plastic surgeons; however, she can work magic on skin without Botox, fillers and surgical treatments. Her specialties include skin resurfacing like DiamondTome and Dermaplaning treatments, as well as holistic chemical peels using natural products such as Vitamin A peptides, red wine vinegar distillate and acids derived from exotic lotus roots.

The treatments can give your skin a healthier glow, stimulate elastic tissues beneath the surface of your skin, and lessen appearance of wrinkles. She's offering a special to new clients including $50 off DiamondTome and Dermaplaning treatments, 20% off all chemical peels, and 30% off all packages of four treatments.

For more information call, (949) 331-3779, or visit

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, a free daily email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed and she can be contacted at

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