When it comes to style, South Coast Plaza has it down from fine dining to luxury shopping to world-class beauty boutiques, concepts and salons. The shopping destination is now taking style to a new level as it kicks off South Coast Plaza Style, Friday through Sunday.

The shopping center is launching the highly anticipated MAC's Posh Paradise exhibit in Jewel Court as well as holding nonstop beauty events, exclusives and promotions for the entire three days.

More than 20 stores will join the festivities, including Aveda, Aveda Richard Michael Salon, Bulgari, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, Carlton Hair International, Crabtree & Evelyn, Fresh, Jo Malone, Kiehl's Since 1851, MAC, Make Up Forever, Molton Brown, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sasson Salon, Sephora, and Spa Nordstrom Escape.

And if your same-day receipts total $500 or more, you'll receive a limited edition tote from South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. For more information, call (800) 782-8888, or visit http://www.southcoastplaza.com/.


Indulge yourself

Crabtree & Evelyn just went through a major redesign at South Coast Plaza, and it's celebrating by hosting a Day of Indulgence on Saturday. It's the best day to experience the world of Crabtree & Evelyn by trying its new fragrances and body care, like its antioxidant rich pomegranate and argan and grapeseed oils collection.

The entire line is formulated without chemicals that health enthusiasts like to avoid, including sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, phthlates, mineral oil and propylene glycol.

You can also indulge in a complimentary hand care ritual. Be one of the first 30 guests to arrive and you'll receive a travel-size soap, gel or lotion. And receive a Special Hand Care Gift (a $42-value) with a $75 purchase.

The brand has a long history of focusing on natural and wellness products that elevate daily rituals. Its original fragrances are made with fruit, flower and plant essences. Also choose from fine soaps, luxurious toiletries, gourmet foods and gifts.

The store is open from 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. For more information, call (714) 546-3056, or visit http://www.crabtree-evelyn.com.


Restless in Newport Beach

No Rest for Bridget, a budget-minded fashionista's fave boutique for in-style apparel, just opened its third store in Orange County. Now, Newport Beach has its own No Rest for Bridget at the new Landing Shopping Center, a few doors down from Crow Burger Kitchen on the Balboa Peninsula.

It's a place for teens or women of all ages to shop for affordable apparel including tops, dresses, denim, sweaters, basics, accessories and more. You can perfectly mix finds with expensive designer apparel or just wear pieces on their own. New merchandise arrives weekly and moves quickly.

Want the latest in fall trends? No Rest for Bridget says trends include leather, black lace, chunky knits, masculine-feminine dressing, tweeds, colored pants and utilitarian parkas.

The store, at 3121 Newport Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; and 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (949) 566-0332 or visit http://www.norestforbridget.com.



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