Greer's OC: Brews and food on 9/11

The OC Brew Ha Ha is hailed as the best craft beer festival in Orange County, and who am I to argue with that? It's the place for beer enthusiasts to convene Saturday at Hidden Valley Park in Irvine, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation in remembrance of 9/11.

More than 60 breweries will bring 150 crafted and import beers for you to sample. Also, enjoy food and entertainment and learn more about craft beers at seminars.

A $40 general admission ticket (noon to 3 p.m.) will buy you a keepsake festival glass, 10 four-ounce tastes, soda and water. A $55 VIP ticket will get you an extra hour from (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), plus four additional tastes and an exclusive seminar with renowned beer expert Dr. Bill Stone. Or you can attend as a "designated driver" for just $10 with a guest.

OC Brew Ha Ha is at 8800 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 363-1774.


This Ella is bella

Now that L.A.-based Ella Moss opened its first freestanding store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, you can find the full spectrum of its playful feminine collections for all ages — Ella Moss, Ella Girl and Little Ella — under one roof.

The boutique fashioned after a girl's dream closet reveals the bohemian lifestyle-inspired fall collection and a glimpse of holiday selections. Shop from an eclectic mix of casual and dressy pieces meant to be mixed and matched in its signature dress-up, dress-down look. Seasonal trends include pleating and lace, faux fur and chunky knits as well as printed silk chiffon dresses.

Design elements in the boutique to take note of include custom wall coverings in the dressing rooms and a mix of flock, mirror-like foil by British wallpaper designer Karen Beauchamp in collaboration with Swarovski.

It's open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fashion Island (near Kate Spade and Anthropologie) in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 644-4261 or visit


Doheny Days (and nights)

No need to say goodbye to summer just yet. Stay in the kick-back mood with a weekend music fest at the beach! Doheny Days Music Festival at Doheny State Beach is back and better than ever Saturday and Sunday with headliners like Weezer, Ben Harper, CAKE, Ziggy Marley and more.

The festival includes a mix of rock, reggae, surf and roots music, as well as attractions like a Ferris wheel, eco-exhibits, local art works, games, food and drinks. Support eco living by riding your bike and leaving it with a free bike valet.

You'll be entered to win a brand new beach cruiser, thanks to Nirve and Wahoo's.

To purchase tickets and get more information on scheduling of performances, visit It's open 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday

at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive in Dana Point. For more information, call (949) 360-7800.


Salon by the beach

Shop and save 50% at Salon One, the boutique at Montage Laguna Beach, through Friday! You can find women's and men's fashion apparel, handbags and accessories from designers such as Bailey 44, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenburg, Milly, Trina Turk, Ya-Ya and more.

It's open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at Montage Laguna Beach at 30801 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-6190.


Week on the runway

Mark your calendar for a week of dozens of runway shows, fashion festivities, cooking demos and events as Style Week Orange County returns bigger and better this year Sept. 30 through Oct. 8. The fashion event is outdoing itself with the addition of two top designers, David Meister and Rachel Roy, presenting fall runway fashion shows at Fashion Island, in addition to events at Irvine Spectrum.

You can attend a runway show of modern dresses and gowns by David Meister at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Neiman-Marcus Bloomingdale's Courtyard; and see Rachel Roy's chic and modern fall fashion presentation at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard.

Other highlights will be updated as they are announced, or you can visit


Love that Leiber

If there's one luxe handbag on your want list, make it a one-of-a-kind Judith Leiber minaudière to benefit Festival of Children Foundation, an O.C.-based nonprofit that's improving the lives of children. The iconic American luxury brand created the limited-edition bag, with all proceeds from tickets sales benefiting Festival of Children Foundation.

You could be the lucky winner of the special Swarosvki crystal clutch featuring the Festival of Children's carousel horse logo, but you need to purchase an opportunity ticket. (Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each for this rare luxe handbag.) Tickets to win the bag will be available through September in the Judith Leiber boutique at South Coast Plaza until all tickets are sold. The winner will be chosen Sept. 29.

Judith Leiber is at Level 1 in the Nordstrom wing at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 549-7177.

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 e-mail 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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