Retail Therapy: The best of N.Y. in O.C.

Fashion flash: Wish you were able to attend Fashion Week in New York City? South Coast Plaza is bringing the hottest in apparel, beauty and home décor to locals with its Live the Look event Thursday through Sunday. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Jewel Court, when E! Fashion Police's George Kotsiopoulos hosts an opening-night fashion show, and continues with a MAC beauty exhibit and model demonstration from noon to 7 p.m. Friday in the Jewel Court (along with public makeovers at certain times daily). A Fashionably Late Friday fall preview event takes place at 7 p.m. at AnQi by Crustacean; live fashion and beauty modeling is from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Crate and Barrel/Macy's Home Store wing; and catch a discussion on Hollywood home trends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in South Coast Plaza Village, along with special displays, offers and parties at participating stores. For a full rundown, visit or follow #pretareporter on Twitter and view the conversation at #LiveTheLook.

Seasonable sale: Piecemakers Country Store, 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, is hosting A Festival for the Season from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. About 100 booths offering handicrafts, antiques and collectibles will be onsite, along with demonstrations in classic craft techniques by Piecemakers teachers, live entertainment and food. Parking and admission are free. Information: (714) 641-3112 or

Raise a glass: Bayside Restaurant, at 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, is celebrating Oktoberfest with a classic Bavarian three-course prix-fixe menu through Oct. 31. The meal is $39.95 per person; beer and wine pairing recommendations are available. First-course salad options include a smoked trout or Weinberg salad. Main courses include Black Forest ham-stuffed chicken or traditional Bavarian weisswurst sausage. For dessert, enjoy chocolate hazelnut bread pudding. Reservations or information: (949) 721-1222 or

A cornucopia of products: Seeking the latest in fall crafts? Sugar Plum Festivals returns Thursday through Saturday to the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Admission is free. The event features more than 150 vendors offering made-in-the-USA products, as well as food stalls. Sugar Plum Festivals is wheelchair accessible, but patrons are asked to not bring strollers. Information:

Warrior pose: The Lorna Jane activewear store at Bella Terra (7777 Edinger Ave., Unit 150, Huntington Beach) has introduced a new Warrior Body fitness class. It is held at the store at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The class is a blend of yoga, martial arts and strength-building exercises and is led by instructor Litz Roll. First-timers can attend for free, but subsequent classes are $14. All levels are welcome; participants are asked to wear sportswear and athletic shoes and to bring a water bottle and yoga-style mat. RSVP at (424) 216-6106 to reserve a spot.

New digs: GARYS Newport Beach is celebrating its reopening in a new, 12,500-square-foot space down the way from its previous store. The venerable menswear shop is known for its wide range of high-end apparel, shoes, furnishings and more. Information: (949) 759-1622 or

Think pink: Wild Goose Tavern, 436 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, is holding a Give Cancer the Bird! breast cancer charity fundraiser this month. All proceeds from related merchandise and sales of this month's featured pink cocktail benefit the Hoag Breast Care Center in Newport Beach. In addition, $5 will be donated for each bra hung on the wall of the tavern by patrons. Information: (949) 722-9453 or

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