Spa Gregorie's in Newport Beach will be celebrating women of all ages in a major way from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday with its 5th annual Women are Wonderful: In Full Bloom event. It's a women's expo featuring beauty demonstrations, exhibits, presentations and spa gifts, and the evening benefits local charities.

More than 50 vendors will be participating, including spa and wellness experts (like Clarisonic and Epicuren) as well as local boutiques, fitness studios, fashion and more. Experience high-end service demos, including tanning and shimmer applications, a Spa Gregorie's custom skin analysis and facial prescription, and a Nuface brow lift demonstration — the only FDA-approved device to utilize micro-currents for non-invasive "face-lifts." You can exchange your outdated fine jewelry, charms, gold and precious metals at the Hidden Treasures booth for cash.

Other vendors include Jo Malone, Bluewater Grill, True Food Kitchen, YogaWorks and Whole Foods Market, plus a photo booth for free photos.

All guests will receive a generous "swag bag" full of goodies and will be eligible for more than 40 prize drawings.

The entry fee costs $20, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the American Heart Assn., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greet the Day and Working Wardrobes. Tickets are available at all three Spa Gregorie's locations and at

Spa Gregorie's Newport Beach is located at 200 Newport Center Drive., Ste. 100, Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 644-6672.

This Chameleon is vanishing

One of our favorite home furnishing stores, Studio Chameleon in Newport Beach, is closing its retail division.

Owner and interior designer Eve Lowey will be continuing with her Chameleon Design firm for both commercial and residential clients. Lowey and her talented team of designers can help you create the perfect home that's a reflection of you and your lifestyle.

In the meantime, through Aug. 31, you can find some incredible furniture, art, accessories and more on sale. Furniture and pillows are reduced from 40% to 60%, and art and accessories are reduced at least 30%. It's time to shop and take advantage of great savings.

It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1733 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information, call (949) 650-7979 or visit

It's a wonderful World

Costa Mesa has a new neighborhood nursery that promises to offer better prices than large chain nurseries. Plant World Nursery and Garden Center just opened, next to Lu Lu Boutique & Gallery (a favorite local boutique for casual designer fashions) and it's offering Greer's OC readers a special on one gallon succulents for just $5 through Sept. 1.

Plant World also carries a wide selection of outdoor plants including flowers, shrubs, hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, palms and garden accessories, like pottery, arbors, soil, fertilizer and more.

It's open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 1724 Tustin Ave., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 200-9904.

Pasta the pure way

It's hard to beat freshly made pastas, and now Atrium Court at Fashion Island has a spot serving made-from-scratch pastas every day.

Sbarro is a new Italian concept restaurant where you watch the entire process of pastas and pizza dough being made. There's also a create-your-own-pasta station, where a sauté chef prepares fresh pasta to order.

Get as creative as you want or order classics such as penne alla vodka, fettuccine alfredo or spaghetti pomodoro.