Greer's OC: Holiday bazaar happening at Paula Hanson

Join our favorite eclectic fashion boutique, Paula Hanson in Newport Beach, for a holiday bazaar on Friday and Saturday.

Paula Hanson is stocking up with refreshments and unique holiday gifts. These include Moroccan pouf bags and accessories by Woodroots, Evlove perfume, vintage holiday décor and French accouterments, sweet treats, ethnic home goods and apparel that you can't find anywhere else.

The boutique carries an array of international designer apparel in sizes XS to XL. Stop in also to support Jack and Milly's education in Kenya by purchasing a $1 Jack and Milly gingerbread man decoration. With your help, Hanson is supporting two young Kenyans in Nairobi to receive a life-changing university education.

Paula Hanson is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The store is at 1827 Westcliff Drive. The phone number is (949) 515-3811 or visit



Check out the weekly swap meet

On a recent visit to the Orange County Market Place we were in awe of the incredible values of merchandise, delicious foods and the range of vendors available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday at the O.C. Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Be forewarned: You'll leave disappointed in yourself for paying top dollar for the same merchandise at other retailers. The OC Market Place gives life to entrepreneurial businesses and it's a treasure for shoppers.

Start or finish your holiday shopping at the swap meet — not only will you be saving money, but you'll find great gifts. Right now, you can find surf/skate and snow apparel at bargain prices at Jack's Surfboards.

You can also buy furniture, bicycles, overstock deals on top name-brand merchandise, 1,000-thread count sheets, salon-grade shampoos, beautiful succulents and cacti at incredible prices, and designer denim. You can even get a great haircut, purchase a car, and find vintage designer purses such as Louis Vuitton.

Bring the entire family; you'll find something for everyone. Live entertainment changes weekly on stage across from Carlo's Cantina, and get free photo ops with Santa Claus this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There's also an artisans' and crafters' corner, and fun activities for the kids.


Mike and cookies show

Active Rideshop is hosting its second Milk and Cookies children's art show from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The benefit also features children's apparel featuring art deigned by children from Mini & Maximus (MIMA); an art auction, arts and crafts tables, musical guest Son of Heatwave, live art, and milk and cookies.

MIMA is bringing pieces made by renowned MIMA artists and their children to be auctioned with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. The address is 1085 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949)494-2535.


Box Tops for education

We just received a heartfelt letter from the third-grade students in Room 28 at Carrillo Elementary School in Westminster.

The students are in desperate need of Box Tops for Education to help purchase higher-level thinking games for their classroom. The students use the games each week with fifth-grade tutors to build a community within their school:

"Dear Readers,

We are 3rd graders at Carrillo Elementary School in Westminster, CA.

We are asking you to save Box Tops for Education for our class. They are pink labels on cereals, cake mixes, yogurts, binders and drinks.

The money we earn helps us get math supplies and books to help us be better students.

Thank you so much.

Please send your box tops to:

Carrillo School Room 28

15270 Bushard St.

Westminster, CA 92683


The Students in Room 28"


The mother lode of sales

Get ready for the Riviera Paddlesurf's Motherlode sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday in San Clemente.

Stop by for the best holiday parking lot sample sale. It will feature stand-up paddleboards and accessories from Riviera Paddlesurf; snowboards and gear from Flow Snowboarding; apparel from Stella & Dot, Bloq Generation, Hinano, Independent Trading and Saltwater Society.

Other participating vendors include EFX Performance Jen Optics, Capo Beach Watercraft, and coffee from Zebra House Coffee, and Kona Brewing Co., as well as foods from Rasta Taco.

The lot is at 1341 Calle Avanzado.


Check out the Giving Tree

Make a child's season brighter by stopping by the Giving Tree at Nordstrom now through Dec. 24 and picking up a $20-gift tag that represents a pair of New Balance shoes.

Nordstrom at Fashion Island in Newport Beach is partnering with Shoes That Fit and New Balance to provide new, properly fitting shoes to children in need during the holidays. Shoes That Fit will distribute the shoes to kids in need in Orange County. For more information, visit


Casey's opens at Fashion Island

Casey's Cupcakes is celebrating its newest store opening at Fashion Island on Saturday with festivities starting at 2 p.m. The first 150 people to arrive will receive a Casey's Cupcakes pink and black logo bag.

For the opening weekend, founder Casey Reinhardt will create stiletto-themed cupcakes for $4 in honor of her favorite designers. A portion of the Glitter Stiletto Cupcake will be donated to Olive Crest, dedicated to preventing child abuse, treating and educating at-risk children.

Casey's Cupcakes are available in 16 flavors including gluten- and sugar-free options, and a special cupcake of the month. Casey's Cupcakes also offers signature cupcake wedding cakes and custom cupcakes, and will be adding new specialty items such as Casey's Pretty Pies, Dazzling Doggie Cupcakes for dogs and Cupcake Lollipops.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more information, visit Casey's Cupcakes is also at 303 Broadway St. in Laguna Beach. (949) 715-8245.

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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