Do something for you
Fall Spa Week is here! That means you can indulge in luxury spa treatments for less by taking advantage of Spa Week specials through Sunday. For 50 bucks, you can receive a designated spa week special treatment from a participating spa in Orange County.
At CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach you can choose a 60-minute hot stone or deep-tissue massage; a 60-minute facial with diamond peel or sinus/allergy relief massage; or a 60-minute low tide manicure and pedicure with pumpkin peel. http://www.cloudmover.com/
At Clarins Skin Spa at Bloomingdales at Fashion Island or at Clarins Skin Spa at Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza receive a 60-minute Clarins signature facial treatment.
At Ergonique in Newport Beach you can enjoy a 60-minute wellness massage and detoxification experience, with healing stones; a 60-minute rejuvenation and hydration facial; or a 60-minute back-to-school teen facial.
At Fresh at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa enjoy a 45-minute Umbrian clay purify and balance facial experience; a 45-minute black tea age-delay facial; or a 45-minute Ancienne ultimate age-delay facial.
At Pure Blu Spa at the Newport Beach Marriott enjoy a 45-minute spa week facial; or a 50-minute spa week paraffin pedicure.
To book an appointment or for more information, visit http://www.spafinder.com/dealdays.
Get a Taste of Newport
Newport's premier food and entertainment festival, the Taste of Newport, celebrates 22 years at Fashion Island from Friday to Sunday. The weekend party attracts more than 50,000 guests who come to sample gourmet foods from more than 30 local restaurants; to taste wines, cocktails and handcrafted beers; and to hear live bands perform throughout the event.
This year's main acts include Gin Blossoms on Friday, Foreigner on Saturday and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on Sunday. Sample cuisines range from casual to fine dining choices throughout the event including prime rib, tiramisu, chicken empanadas, and lobster hand rolls — just to name a few.
General admission tickets at the gate cost $25. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $125 each. A VIP experience includes valet parking, event admission, up-front section seating, private restrooms, etc. from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call (949) 729-4400 or visit http://www.tasteofnewport.com.
Order your UGG Choo collaboration now
UGG just collaborated with Jimmy Choo to come out with limited edition boots. You can pre-order your favorite UGG meets Jimmy Choo boot at http://www.jimmychoo.com/us/page/home?notify=yes. The actual sample boots will arrive Oct. 6 at Jimmy Choo South Coast Plaza to try on and pre-order (boots should arrive to pick up Oct. 12). Although by Oct. 6, they could already be sold out. Prices range from $495 to $795. Choose from five styles with decorative Jimmy Choo studding, stars, grommets, leopard, zebra and hobo fringing detail. For more information, call (714) 327-0644.
Try Pilates for free
Core Reform Pilates just opened at Westcliff Plaza in Newport Beach. In celebration, the Pilates studio is offering new customers an introductory offer through Sept. 30. First-time clients can receive a free Pilates group reformer class; a special rate of $199 for a first package of 10 Pilates group reformer classes, and a free eco tote for the first 75 clients who buy a package for $199 or more. Westcliff Plaza is at 1058 Irvine Ave. For more information, call (949) 646-8600 or visit http://www.corereform.com.
Get mad over hats in Laguna
Hats are in. And the young set can't get enough of them, especially retro looks — toque, cloche and classic downbrim hats. Orange County's premier hat shop, a tiny hidden gem, is The Hat Box in Laguna Beach. The specialty boutique for casual to couture hats offers the finest collection of beautiful, colorful and custom-made hats. The new fall collection just arrived in shades of wine, and through the end of the month just mention Greer's OC, for a 10% discount. It doesn't sound like much, but if you're buying a couture hat, you'll thank us.
Milliner Paula Del Percio is on hand daily at her boutique from noon to 7 p.m. She has more than 20 years of experience in making and selling award-winning hats, and she can help you with style selection for the perfect fit. One of Paula's creations even won the "Most Glamorous Hat" at Del Mar a few years ago.
And they do offer men's styles: fine Panamas, small-brimmed Fedoras, Italian straw boaters, as well as winter and summer weight felt hats. The Hat Box is at 550 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 497-7335. http://www.thehatbox.com.
Look fabulous and help abused children
Images Salon in Corona del Mar will offer $40 haircuts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with 100% of the proceeds going to Childhelp group homes in Orange County, which are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Appointments must be pre-booked. Raffle baskets and incredible silent auction packages are also on the table. Images Salon is at 2515 E. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 675-5531 or visit http://http://www.imagessalon.net/index.htm or http://www.childhelpoc.com.
Firefighters heat things up for CHOC
Local heroes from the Newport Beach Fire Department will be wearing the hottest fall fashions for a great cause at the Firefighters Fashion Show at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bloomingdale's Fashion Island. Bloomingdale's will donate a percentage of event day sales for the Glass Slipper Guild supporting the Neuroscience Institute of Children's Hospital of Orange County. For more information, call (949) 729-6600 or visit glassslipperguild.com.
Nigel Barker appears at Laguna Beach Books
Meet Nigel Barker, fashion photographer and judge on "America's Next Top Model," at a special book signing event at 5 p.m. Sunday at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy. It's your chance to ask Nigel questions and have him a sign copy of his new book, "Nigel Barker's Beauty Equation." It's a ticketed signing only. Books cost $20 and must be bought in person. Tickets will be issued up until the event begins, so arrive early. For more information, call (949) 494-4779 or visit http://www.lagunabeachbooks.com.
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 at http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.