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Trend Watch: Taking the guesswork out of denim

Trend Watch: Taking the guesswork out of denim
Me-Ality, seen here at a New York Bloomingdale’s. The technology matches shoppers with their best fits for denim. It’s available at the South Coast Plaza Bloomingdale’s.

The greatest shopping friend known to women may have just arrived at Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza.

The Me-Ality takes the guessing out of sizing, style and best fit when it comes to finding that perfect pair of jeans. I recently tested it and was pleasantly surprised at its measurement accuracy.


Here’s how it works: You step inside this special booth — fully clothed — for about 10 seconds where scanners take your measurements via a special imaging system. When it’s done, you get a bar code with your specific data, which is used to help select the perfect size and fit for you in a style of your choice — boot cut, skinny or straight leg. No endless trips to the fitting room to try on various denim.

You can even sort the selection by your preferred designers: AG, Hudson, Citizens of Humanity and so on. Me-Ality will also tell you which styles and brands are your best fit. The results are pretty spot-on and even better is that prices are listed. And your profile is kept in the database and can be updated as well.


The Me-Ality sizing station in the ladies’ denim section of Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St.; (714) 824-4600.


Feel the burn at Sweat HB

Get ready to sweat.


Pilates and indoor cycling studio Sweat HB hits Huntington Beach on May 1. The new studio, at 21184 Beach Blvd., is the “brainchild” of Trina Elmore, a personal trainer. Elmore has “helped people return to a life of confidence, strength and freedom in movement for more than 20 years,” according to a news release.

“We offer a full schedule of classes six days per week and provide something for everyone regardless of age, condition or fitness level,” Elmore said in the release. “Our studio utilizes state-of-the-art equipment in combination with a modern understanding of human bio mechanics to deliver the remarkable healing power of exercise.”

Sweat HB will feature RealRyder cycling bikes, which allow riders to “turn, tile and lean, closely simulating the fluid sensation and total body challenges of actual road cycling.”

The result is a workout that “delivers a comprehensive, cardio-intensive upper and lower body workout, going well beyond the limits of a traditional stationery bike or a spinning class.”


And in honor of Pilates Day, Sweat HB will host free Pilates classes for all from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3. Instructors will offer free 30-minute Pilates classes such as mat, reformer and jumpboard sessions.

More information is at


Bruxie now open in H.B.

Gourmet waffle sandwich restaurant Bruxie is now open in Huntington Beach.

The newest location offers “unique takes on authentic Belgian waffles, alongside salads, locally produced old-fashioned cane sugar sodas, real Wisconsin frozen custard, shakes, sundaes and floats,” according to a news release. Items on the menu are $10 and under.

Bruxie is at the Strand on 5th Street, 180 5th St., Suite 120. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

More information is at


Wine and Spice on Thursday

Nothing to do Thursday night? Savory Spice Shop in Corona del Mar is hosting a Wine and Spice event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Guests will sip award-wining wines from Pierce Ranch Vineyards in the San Antonio Valley, and they will sample “spiced” hors d’oeuvres that feature Savory’s unique spice blends, according to a news release. Those who attend will also get to take home spice samples and order their favorite wines.

Cost is $15 per person. Savory Spice Shop is in the Corona del Mar Plaza, 928 Avocado Ave. Reservations required. Call (949) 717-7776 for more information.


Gift for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is practically here and Newport Beach’s Lugano Diamonds is offering a “Cake and Pearls” package.

For $500, the limited-edition package includes “a 65-inch strand of lustrous 8-millimeter to 10-millimeter fresh water pearls,” according to a news release. Lugano Diamonds also teamed up with Newport Beach-based Sweet & Saucy Shop to create a custom cake that mirrors the jewelry shop’s exclusive gift box.

All orders have to be placed by May 3 to ensure they’re ready in time. Orders will be picked up on or before May 10 for Mother’s Day.

For more information, call (866) 584-2666 or email James Bishop at


The right stuff

Get the right fitting bra at the We Heart a Great Fit event, which hits Nordstrom stores this weekend.

“A bra that fits you perfectly can make you look three inches taller and five pounds lighter,” said Nordstrom spokeswoman Kristin Frossmo in a news release. “It’s an instant wardrobe update — all your clothes look better and you feel better, too.”

“Fit Stylists” will be on hand Friday and Saturday to help shoppers find the perfect bra, which will only take about 10 minutes, and the fitting is complimentary. Not thrilled about a professional in-store fitting? Shoppers can also use Nordstrom’s online bra guide.

For every bra bought in the store or online, Nordstrom will donate $2 to the Young Survival Coalition, which is dedicated to the issues young women face after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nordstrom is at South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum. For more information, visit


Trunk show at Bardot

Bardot in Newport Beach is hosting a Hudson + Bleecker trunk show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Shoppers will meet the designer of luxury travel accessories, Eram Siddiqui, and will receive 10% off all styles. Cocktails will be served.

Bardot is at 2043 Westcliff Drive, Suite 103; (949) 515-2710.


Kendra Scott opens at Fashion Island

Plenty of A-listers love Kendra Scott’s jewelry. Now locals can get the killer accessories at the brand’s first Orange County shop at Fashion Island. More to come on the jewelry and the shop next month. Kendra Scott is at Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, near the Koi pond and BCBG. Phone number is (949) 258-9285.

ALISHA GOMEZ is the managing editor of the Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. She can be reached at or (714) 966-4618.