Need last-minute Mother's Day gifts?
Island Cowgirl in Huntington Beach just celebrated five years and has plenty of options for mum, according to designer and owner Heather Kraty.
The shop originally began as a flagship store for Kraty's own line of inspiration jewelry, Kraty said in an email.
"As time went on, I began carrying artists from around the U.S.," she said. "Most of them are friends' work that I have admired for years."
A big seller is anchor-type of jewelry, according to Kraty.
"People are digging anything with anchors on them," she said. "Our most popular being our Anchor bracelet. And anything with words on it; inspirational sayings are hot."
These days, accessories are trending toward bolder and chunkier, said Kraty, who added "It is a good way to take a plain outfit and immediately make it look dressier."
Island Cowgirl is at 320 1/2 Main St. in Huntington Beach; (714) 963-6200.
Calling all beauty junkies
Beauty lovers just got one more place to shop — Beauty Collection in the Corona del Mar Plaza is the newest go-to spot.
A grand opening will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. May 18 and guests will enjoy drinks, appetizers and free beauty services from Minx, G Body Art, as well as makeovers, mini-facials and hair care consultations, according to a news release.
The first 50 attendees will receive a beauty gift bag valued at more than $500. And following that are a slew of events including a "Make Me Over Day" May 19, "Beauty Education Day" May 21, and "Love To Go Naked Day" May 25.
Beauty Collection carries some top brands, including GOA Par Rodrigo Diaz, G-Glitter Body Art, Gorgeous Cosmetics and Doop men's hair products, exclusive to the Newport Beach shop. Of course, the shop carries the brands loved by many like Ren, Sweet Spot, Philip B., Deborah Lippmann, Jane Iredale, Naked Princess and much more.
The 1,500-square-foot shop is also wrapping up final touches on a treatment area for hair and skin services.
Beauty Collection is next to Sprinkles Cupcakes in the Corona del Mar Plaza, 932 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.
Menswear shop opens at The Lab
Menswear line Klein Epstein & Parker has come to Orange County, opening a 700-square-foot shop at The Lab last week.
Klein Epstein & Parker "is the perfect blend of fashion and classic style with an affordable price tag," according to a news release.
The label is known for using Italian fabrics and providing personalized touches on fashion, offering shoppers a customized wardrobe.
The Lab is at 2930 Bristol, St Costa Mesa; (714) 966-6661.
Time for a moms night out
Everyone needs a night out, especially moms. The second annual Moms Night Out Extravagance will take place May 17.
Guests will enjoy a "Mom Comedy Show" with comedian Katie Massa Kennedy, get pampered with "mini-mama" massages, indulge in a dessert bar, "Mamatini" bar, fashion show, the UpDo Hair Dry Bar, music, dancing and a Burlesque dance party to finish off the evening, according to a news release. Guests will also will receive swag bags with up to $100 in gifts and discounts.
"Our last moms night event was sold out, which tells me that moms just want to get away for an evening and have some fun," Jennifer Griner, founder of National Assn. for Balanced Moms, the organization hosting the event, said in a statement. "We design these events to give moms a place to relax and laugh with each other, connect, get pampered and celebrate motherhood. It's a night where it's all about them."
Proceeds from the event and the raffle will go to Kristie's Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides programs for very ill children and their families.
Tickets are $49 for members and $59 for nonmembers and include one drink and the swag bag.
The event is from 7 to 11 p.m. at Crowne Plaza, 3131 S. Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.
For tickets or more information, visit mno.nafbm.org.
Lorna Jane opens at Fashion Island
Women's active wear label Lorna Jane opened last week at Fashion Island, its 15th store to open in the U.S.
Founder and Creative Chief Officer Lorna Jane Clarkson was excited to open the new shop, to "...share our move, nourish, believe philosophy with the local women of Newport Beach," she said in a statement before the store opened.
Lorna Jane offers workout clothes for just about any type of activity: Pilates, yoga, running, dancing and so on, with about 70 to 100 new styles released each month, according to a news release.
Fashion Island is at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach; shopfashionisland.com.
Bareti opens in Laguna Beach
A new modern and upscale jewelry and watch boutique, Bareti in Laguna Beach, just opened, unveiling some unique pieces from international designers, according to a news release.
"Bareti's goal is to focus on showcasing an unsurpassed selection of new and unique designers from around the world," a press release stated. "Offering hand-selected pieces from brands that have rarely been seen or heard of before, they intrigue curiosity about the designers, the origins, the special handling of the materials, and the unique finishes."
Jewelry collections include those from Yvel and Roni Tochner. Watch brands include Itay Noy, Cuervo y Sobrinos and Louis Moinet.
And for Mother's Day, Bareti introduced Marika, a collection of hand-crafted jewelry including rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants, the shop said.
"Lacy cut-out edges accent bangles and rings and intricately set round brilliant diamonds dance on delicate gold flowers, and on the edges of cuffs and rings," a press release states about the line. "Marika jewelry is feather light to wear and designed for any time of day and any event – the ultimate gift for your mother."
Jewelry runs from $500 to $5,000 and watches cost $2,500 to $15,000.
Bareti is in downtown Laguna Beach, across from the Wyland Gallery, at 490 S. Coast Hwy.; http://www.bareti.com.
Thursday trunk show and launch party
Two fun events are taking place Thursday.
Pink Laundry in Newport Coast is hosting a Cynthia Vincent Trunk Show from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the shop, 21159 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast; (949) 640-2206.
And Nekter is hosting an "On the Rocks" launch party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., which will feature a hosted margarita and martini bar with Nekter cocktails, a D.J. spinning tunes, Tamarindo Fresh Mexican food truck and more.
Nekter is at 474 17th St. in Costa Mesa. Reserve a spot at the event by emailing RSVP@nekterjuicebar.com.
ALISHA GOMEZ is the managing editor of the Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (714) 966-4618.