When it comes to finding the perfect fitting bra, we highly recommend shopping at Intimacy at South Coast Plaza. On a recent visit to meet Intimacy founder Susan Nethero (dubbed "The Bra Whisperer" as seen on Oprah), we were reintroduced to some eye-opening, bra-fitting facts — like 85% of women aren't even wearing the right size bra.
We found out that you most likely have a preconceived idea of the bra size you should be wearing, but until you have an expert fit, you're most probably wearing an ill-fitting bra.
And with breast enhancements being so popular, Intimacy is a great place to go before surgery to find the ideal bra size you want to be, and post-surgery to make sure you're wearing a great supporting bra so that you'll feel more comfortable and confident.
The boutique may look like there isn't a huge selection to choose from, but it's deceptive. There are thousands of premium bras to choose from — more than 90 sizes from A to K cups, plus beautiful matching panties, lingerie, nursing and sport bras, too.
If finding the right bra has always been an issue, you will have come to the right place at Intimacy. Choose from designer labels like Marie Jo, Marie Jo L'Aventure, Chantelle, Aubade, Lejaby, Simone Perele and Prima Donna.
Intimacy is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Level 1, Bloomingdale's Wing at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (657) 622-0595 or visit http://www.myintimacy.com.
Here comes the Sun
Discover one of the best self-tanning lotions on the market, Sun, made in Beverly Hills and sold at Bella Faccia in Costa Mesa.
Sun Self-Tanning Lotion Tan Overnight is a favorite because it doesn't have a chemical smell, and it has natural ingredients like hazelnut and pecan oil and aloe vera extract. It was designed to moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin without the harmful effects of the sun.
It goes on in a dark temporary color so that you can see exactly where it's being applied to avoid streaks. It costs $19.90 per 8-ounce bottle.
Bella Faccia is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 269 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa.
For more information, call (949) 642-1515 or visit http://www.beautyproductsorangecounty.com.
This one's on the Duke
John Wayne Airport just opened its first concession, a new wine bar.
Vino Volo offers an international selection of wines by the glass or bottle, wine tasting and gourmet foods. Vino Volo is in Terminal B across from Gate 7 and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
John Wayne Airport is at 18601 Airport Way, No. 41 in Santa Ana. For more information, call (949) 252-5200.
Bright shining Stars
Stop by Michael Stars at Fashion Island now for its semi-annual end-of-season sale going on through Sunday. You can save up to 50% on summer dresses, tanks, tees and more. Hot colors for summer include geranium, sorbet, green apple, sapphire and shades of red. Michael Stars basics that everyone loves: cardigans, tees, three-quarter-length shirts in classic colors. Black, white and gray are not included in the sale.
Michael Stars is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 999-0750 or visit http://www.michaelstars.com.
Food with a family twist
At the tiny Maro Wood Grill in Laguna Beach, you're in for a casual yet sleek dining experience inside, or patio seating near a fire pit with a focus on sustainable, fresh ingredients and simple, wood-fired cooking.
Maro is a family-run spot (in the former A La Carte location) with owner Maro Molteni working the wood grill, his sister Fiore Molteni serving and Chef Debra Sims cooking up fresh organic cuisine with an Argentinean twist like baked empanadas, Argentinean pizza and mesquite grilled meats. (The Moltenis hail from Buenos Aires).
Before you go, you need to know that a prix fixe menu is offered at dinner Thursday through Saturdays with two seatings at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Thursday is chef's choice, Friday is fresh seafood, and Saturday the focus is grilled meats.
Maro's varied menu is available at lunch and dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and it includes one of the best burgers in OC, the Maro burger, with grass-fed ground beef, potato bun, aged white cheddar, organic lettuce, ross bruno tomatoes, Nueske's bacon, homemade pickles and aioli; a variety of empanadas that can include grass-fed beef with Spanish onions, Mozzarella cheese and Argentinean spices; apple and fennel with peaches, white cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses; housemade pizzas; grilled fish, lamb with homemade chimichurri; and you must save room for the organic chocolate chip cookies or dulce del leche cake.
And you should also know that Maro offers gourmet summer bags to go that are ideal for picnics, the beach or Sunday concerts in the park at Bluebird. The jute bag includes artisan bakery breads and your choice of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie and fruit plate; or a gourmet chicken dinner with salad and organic grilled vegetables and San Pellegrino water. Prices range between $50 to $60.
It's open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday; noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and dinner seatings 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Maro is at 1915 S. Coast Hwy. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 793-4044, or visit http://www.marowoodgrill.com.
Trumpet heralds new menu
If you still haven't been lucky enough to indulge in the incredible flavors and seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Robert Biebrich at the new Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar in Costa Mesa, this weekend would be a perfect time. It just unveiled an all fresh, delicious weekend brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Here's a sneak peek of the menu: lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berry syrup; crispy chicken and waffles; Southern California Benedict with roasted carnitas, fried eggs, blended salsa, corn tortillas, queso cotija, cilantro Hollandaise and the trumpeter's egg white omelet with farm fresh organic egg whites, fresh basil and roasted tomatoes, Drake Family Farms goat cheese, served with a fresh seasonal salad served with all-time classic brunch items like granola, waffles and eggs, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes. Also, sip on a gourmet cocktail like a Bee Sting, Shandy or Bloody Mary.
It's a perfect place to dine in Costa Mesa, with its proximity to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and within walking distance from South Coast Plaza. All menus incorporate free-range and organic market-fresh ingredients, seasonal ingredients from California's finest purveyors, farmers and artisans.
It's open for breakfast 6 a.m. to 11a.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday; open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; open for dinner 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday; and it's at 3350 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 751-5100 or visit silvertrumpetrestaurant.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 http://www.greersoc.com and she can be contacted at email@example.com.