If your New Year resolution involves healthier eating habits, you're in luck.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 11, Whole Foods Market Huntington Beach is bringing in celebrity chef Raya Belna from Seabirds Food Truck for a New Year Raw Foods Detox class.
She'll be sharing tips on how to choose healthy eating options. And you'll learn how to make a raw detox smoothie and raw soups for just $5 per person.
Whole Foods is at Bella Terra, 7881 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (657) 200-4200.
Winter clearance sale
Michael Nusskern, home to some of the most fashion-forward apparel in Newport Beach, has pitched a tent for a winter clearance sale through Jan. 11 at its Harbor View store.
Take advantage of great designer fashions, shoes, bags, and accessories on labels such as Barbara Bui, Hoss, Humanoid, Inhabit, Nicholas K, Ter Et Bantine, Hache and Giada-Forte reduced up to 70%. Inside the store, newer fall/winter fashions will be reduced by up to 40%.
The store, at 1630 San Miguel Drive #B, Newport Beach, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (949) 759-5500, or visit michaelnusskern.com.
Barclay Butera's upholstery furniture sale is underway at its Westcliff store in Newport Beach.
If you need new home furnishings, check out these deals: buy one upholstery piece, receive 30% off; buy two pieces, receive 40% off; or purchase three or more pieces and receive 50% off total sales.
The offer is good for floor samples and special orders through Jan. 31. It's open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.
Barclay Butera is at 1745 Westcliff Drive. For more information, call (949) 650-8570, or visit http://www.barclaybutera.com/default.aspx.
For a fragrant home
We recently came across a home fragrance diffuser like we've never seen before. We're giving Michael Aram's orchid or lotus blossom diffuser our vote for the most attractive diffuser we've ever seen.
The striking piece has a hammered nickel plate base and frosted glass, and the scents are heavenly. The fragrance fills the air and adds a nice artistic touch to your décor. Pick one up for $99 at Bloomingdale's Home Store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.
For more information, call (949 729-6600, or visit http://www.bloomingdales.com.
We're sad to see Madison's Day Spa & Boutique in Laguna Beach closing its doors Jan. 16.
However, it's a good time to take advantage of offers like skincare and makeup reduced 35% or a 60-minute Swedish massage or custom facial for just $55.
The store, at 1833 S. Coast Hwy. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (949) 715-0444, or go to http://www.madisondayspaandboutique.com.
More than a tan
Island Tan Salon and Spa in Laguna Niguel isn't just about tanning. Their services include facials, threading, eyelash extensions and they carry the popular Crybaby mascara.
Island Tan is at 30232 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite A-4. For more information, call (949) 249-0456 or visit http://www.islandtansalon.com.
Hunting for food trucks is a snap at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. You have two opportunities a week to eat gourmet food truck fare until your stomach is content.
Food Truck Fare After Dark, takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, and Food Truck Fare Thursdays takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. All of your food cravings will be satisfied, from made-to-order crepes from Crepe Bonaparte to gourmet German bratwurst from Brats, and everything in between.
Trucks convene in Lot D (at Gate 4, off Arlington Drive). The O.C. Fair & Event Center is at 88 Fair Drive. Parking and admission are free. For more information, call (714) 708-1500, or visit http://www.ocfair.com/ocf/ for an up-to-date list of visiting food trucks.
New Zealand native Rebecca Taylor opened her first namesake boutique in Orange County at Fashion Island.
The store carries the entire Rebecca Taylor collection of feminine and sexy designs with whimsical details as well as accessories. It's an oasis for women who love to shop, sip a glass of Champagne, and enjoy private appointments and personalized customer service.
The boutique is in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard at Fashion Island. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
For more information call, (949) 610-0922, or visit http://www.rebeccataylor.com.
Wine and dine
Wine enthusiasts and foodies won't want to miss the upcoming wine dinner at Antonello Ristorante at South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana.
At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Frank Family Vineyards will showcase its soon to be released 2009 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with an incredible Italian dinner. The cost is $119 per person. Antonello is at 3800 Plaza Drive.
For more information, call (714) 751-7153, or visit http://www.antonello.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 email service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.