Shop South Coast Plaza boutiques and restaurants with your Angelitos Card. The card, which may be purchased for just $60, is 100% tax deductible and the entire amount goes to Angelitos de Oro, a program that raises funds for one-on-one mentoring programs for at-risk children through Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County.
You can get your holiday shopping done early, find the perfect birthday or wedding gift or just complete your fall wardrobe with the exclusive savings for cardholders, all while improving the lives of children in the community.
The 20% savings is off regularly priced merchandise and some exclusions apply, but there is no limit to how many times you can use the card during the week.
For a full list of participating boutiques, visit http://www.angelitosdeoro.org/boutiques.
Purchase your Angelitos Card by visiting any South Coast Plaza concierge or by calling (949 )642-9883. South Coast Plaza is at 3333 Bristol St. in Costa Mesa.
Going back to the roots of beauty
Luckily for Laguna Beach, one woman did crazy research to hunt down the best in non-toxic cosmetics and brought them into one new shop, Roots The Beauty Underground.
Owner Laura Linsenmeyer said many big-name beauty products have "mind-blowing toxicity," yet there's a whole other world of lesser-known products that are non-toxic and high performance.
"They're just not plastered in magazines," Linsenmeyer said. "I find privately-owned companies making non-toxic beauty lines. Ninety percent of them I personally know. They have integrity and passion."
Roots is a fantastic, old-fashioned beauty supply store that just happens to stock the best in non-toxic products for men, women and children. Choose from hair, body, makeup, nail, skin and fragrance products. There's even an Organic Color Systems certified salon inside the store.
Linsenmeyer proudly offers something for everyone's budget, from high-end to affordable. And her shop carries hard-to-find products like Gwyneth Paltrow's favorite body shimmer, Prtty Peaushun; organic Chocolate Sun sunless tanner; and Suntegrity, a five-in-one face cream that's a moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, primer and treatment.
She also sells chic nail polish like Priti NYC, Sheswai Lacquer, Vapour Organic and water based Acquarella that don't include the three evil ingredients: formaldehyde, DBP or Dibutyl phthalate, and toluene.
And mention Greer's OC at Root and receive a gift with purchase. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It's at 384 Forest Ave. #9 in the Lumberyard shopping center in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 424-4266, or visit http://www.roots-beauty.com.
Annual Diamond & Pearl Ball
The black tie gala, An Evening in Russia, will be hosted by actress and national spokesperson Eva LaRue. Farrah Fawcett who succumbed to cancer in 2009 will be the honoree, and Ryan O'Neal will be accepting the award with special recognition going to Fawcett's longtime friend Alana Stewart.
Guests can enjoy a contemporary version of the traditional Kalinka dance, boutique wines, a gourmet feast, and "vodka girls," who will be pouring Russian Standard Vodka as they descend from the ceiling.
There's also an opportunity to bid on the 2013 Robb Report Car of the Year experience in Napa Valley. The event will raise funds for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation's mission of improving quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Tickets cost $500 each.
Moscow Red Square will be at Building 18, Gate 5, Arlington Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.beckstrand.org.
Wells of Life hosting fundraiser
Wells of Life is a local Laguna Beach nonprofit that provides clean water to the villages in Uganda at a rate of 100 wells per year.
With their help, they can improve the quality of life for 1 million people in 10 years. The organization's most important fundraiser of the year is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mission Viejo Country Club.
The evening includes an Italian dinner buffet with appetizer, live entertainment and auction. Tickets cost $125 each. More information about their event and mission can be found at wellsoflife.org.
Mission Viejo Country Club is at 26200 Country Club Drive.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.