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.