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Coastkeeper Garden is the Perfect Fall Family Outing

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Sunday, Nov 27, 2016

Looking for a family friendly outing with the littles? There's a hidden OC gem nestled in a peaceful corner adjacent to Santiago Canyon College campus called the Coastkeeper Garden in the city of Orange. This unique, sustainable 2.5 acre garden is just the spot to take the kiddos for a gentle walk and play through six garden landscape vignettes that harmonize with the California native plant habitats throughout.

The Beachkeepers' Garden Fall Festival hosted OC families for an outdoor Fall season celebration. The mild Fall temps are perfect for activities available at the Beachkeeper's Garden.


Kids went on a garden scavenger hunt to search out butterflies, bees, plants and trees.


There was a creative craft area for kids to turn found bits of nature into works of art while enjoying breakfast refreshments and acoustic guitar.

Fall refreshments and fresh air: a nice way to make new friends!
Deer grass makes for the perfect play hide and seek game in the natural lay area.


The Beachkeeper Fall Festival was a perfect morning outing to celebrate nature, friends and fresh air.



Want to learn how to create your own drought-tolerant paradise?

Check out the SmartScape program


The Garden welcomes visitors each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9am - 4pm (subject to periodic closure due to inclement weather conditions) and offers Saturday Workshops highlighting gardening practices and current topics relevant to Southern California. Regional experts provide hands-on experience and knowledge for all skill levels. Spend an hour in this tranquil setting and go home with inspiration and new skills!


Family Workshops offer morning explorations to discover the diversity and importance of plants and nature. Workshops are designed to spark creativity and learning and offer families a hands-on opportunity to experience the natural world. Each Family Workshop focuses on a creative theme and features activities, songs, stories and a whole lot of fun!


Check out the Coastkeeper Calendar for upcoming workshops.

Coastkeeper Garden's vehicle entrance is located on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Avenue and Jamboree Avenue. The address of the vehicle entrance is 1560 East Santiago Canyon Road Orange 92869.

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South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping Guide Series - Gift Ideas for Her

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016

Black Friday Sales are just around the corner and if you plan on getting a headstart on your holiday shopping, this last installment of a holiday gift guide series at South Coast Plaza may come in handy when gift shopping for her. Although the items featured in this shopping series may or may not be included in Black Friday promotions at South Coast Plaza, these gifts make for stand-out presents to your loved ones. Check out the rest of the Holiday Gift Giving series by clicking here for babies & kids gifts and here for men gifts.


Phone: (714) 850-9995 

Diptyque, a leading Parisian Perfumer is full of gift options this holiday season offering luxury, limited edition fragrances, scented candles and gift sets. As an avid collector of luxe candles and fragrances, I was immediately smitten with all of the holiday items and gifts in Diptyque's holiday collection. Every holiday season, Diptyque releases three limited edition candle scents in the most detailed designed glass votives. This year, the three scents tell a story called A Night at Diptyque, through three theatrical fragrant acts. Stop into Diptyque to discover the sparkling incense aroma, spiced gingerbread and lush pine fragrances for yourself. If you're shopping for a Diptyque enthusiast, these limited edition holiday candles are the perfect gift, but there are also a variety of soap, fragrance and mini candle discovery sets, as well as the brand's most unique limited edition items such as a Bais Deluxe Holiday Candle and Advent Calendar (which sells out quickly).
  • Act 1: Un Encens Étoilé (Sparkling Incense) Candle (190g or 70g)
    Fairies caroling, sparkling incense, and crystalline elegance. A burst of dazzling elemi and spicy cloves mingle with mysterious swirls of incense and sweet vanilla.
  • Act 2: Épices et Délices (Delicious Spices) Candle (190g or 70g)
    An exclusive treat, a unique recipe of delicious spices. Warm gingerbread notes mingle with tasty honey laced in hints of star anise.
  • Act 3: Le Roi Sapin (The Festive Fir Tree) Candle (190g or 70g)
    Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches... The incredible smell of a lush, pine-laden forest steeped in the woody tones of resin, cedar, and patchouli. 
  • 5 or 12 Mini Candle Set 
    Choose from the 5 Mini Candle Set to create a warm winter ambiance (includes Wood Fire, Opopanax, Amber, Pomander, Benjoin) or the 12 Mini Candle Set - a selection of timeless fragrances composed of woody, spicy, floral and fruity creations. Twelve scents, one for each month of the year to pick from according to your mood (includes Mimosa, Berries, Roses, Fig Tree, Jasmine, Cypress, Hazelnut Tree, Amber, Tuberose, Wood Fide, Pomander, Benzoin).  
  • Eau de Parfum Discovery Set (Set of five 7.5ml sprays)
    An invitation to discover the universe of diptyque Eaux de parfum through its five signature fragrances - Tam Dao, Philosykos, Do Son, L'Ombre dans l'Eau, Oud Palao
  • 3 Soap Holiday Coffret
    Discover a selection of timeless body care treats. Three scents, dear to the brand Do Son, L'Ombre Dans Leau, and Philo.
  • Baies Limited Edition Deluxe Holiday Candle (1500g)
    Indoor/Outdoor Candle. During this holiday season, the giant Baies candle is adorned with gold stars for the very first time. Each enamel pot is unique, entirely manufactured by hand at Virebent, a pottery house renowned since 1924. Before indulging in the scents of roses and black currant leaves, discover the candle in its special hat box illustrated with little scenes.
  • Advent Calendar (25 little treasures to enjoy before Christmas)
    An exceptional gift offering a unique selection of fragrances to enjoy during the holiday season and bring you to the new year. Includes 10ml miniatures of eaux de toilette,15ml miniatures of skincare, 35g mini candles and a 70g candle.

Massimo Dutti 

Phone:(646) 771-8067 

Massimo Dutti is a new global store concept from the Spanish-based parent company of Zara, and it recently opened it's doors as the first West Coast location at South Coast Plaza. If you're shopping for a fashion forward individual, there's a plethora of winter leather goods and accessories as well as style staples that make for a timeless and fashionable gift. Shop from a vast wall display of items from gloves, hats and wallets to shoes, scarves and leather jackets. 


Phone:(714) 427-0998 
If you're shopping for a skincare afficianato, Kiehl's will have the holiday gift sets you need. The brand has gone above and beyond with holiday gift giving this season through multiple dedicated holiday wall displays filled with fun and festive packaged skincare gift sets. If you're not quite sure what skincare product or gift set to purchase, ask a Kiehl's associate to demo any of the products you are curious about. 


Phone: (714) 979-1771 

Coach recently launched their new eau de parfum, COACH THE FRAGRANCE (which I am the proud owner of), featuring airy and contrasting notes inspired by the spontaneous energy and downtown style of New York City. Coach has the fragrance in a three piece set which includes the bottled eau de parfum, perfume body lotion, and tube eau de parfum spray all beautifully package in a pink gift box. Accompany the fragrance with one of Coach's exquisitely crafted leather handbags, such as the Tea Rose Applique embellished crossbody bags or a convertible wallet clutch. 
  • Coach the Fragrance Eau de Parfum
    Coach introduces a fragrance full of contrasts inspired by the spontaneous energy and downtown style of New York City. Spirited and sparkling, yet sensual and feminine, Coach Eau de Parfum opens with bright, sparkling raspberry, which gives way to creamy Turkish roses, before drying down to a sensual suede musk base note. 
  • Tea Rose applique DINKY Crossbody
    Luxury craftsmanship meets the whimsicality of hand-placed leather blooms on a charming little silhouette that reimagines a beloved Coach design from the 1970s. The bag is crafted in modern glovetanned cowhide with an iconic turnlock and a chain strap woven through with a slender ribbon of leather.
  • Tea Rose applique DINK Crossbody 24
    Luxury craftsmanship meets the whimsicality of hand-placed leather blooms on a charming silhouette that reimagines a beloved Coach design from the 1970s. The bag is crafted in modern glovetanned cowhide with an iconic turnlock and a chain strap woven through with a slender ribbon of leather.
  • Drifter Wallet in Exotic Embossed Leather
    A striking new turnlock plaque inlaid with semi-precious stones anchors this 2-in-1 design. Well-organized, accordion-style wallet and sophisticated clutch in one, this edgy new silhouette is crafted in smooth and snake-embossed leathers with a detachable curb-chain strap

Saks Fifth Avenue

Phone: (714) 540-3233 

Saks Fifth Avenue will not disappoint when it comes to the most sought after, high-end luxury designer pieces. Each department from beauty to eveningwear is filled with a variety of gift options for her. Starting at the front in the fragrance department, I was drawn in by the spectacular perfume displays from brands such as Creed and Alexander McQueen. Moving into Handbags I loved seeing the range of styles available; you can shop classic handbag styles to more contemporary brands. Designer labels such as Prada and Louis Vuitton have their own in-store shops that you can easily pop into.

There's also an exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue collection of Edie Parker acrylic clutches that are sure to make an unforgettable present, each clutch is a beautiful work of art. Just on the other side of the Edie Parker clutch display case lies a vast array of jewelry pieces, shop from trendy fashion jewelry brands like Chan Luu or fine jewelry brands such as Zoe Chicco.

I made a stop in the shoe department which not only had a spectacular collection of designer names but a great selection of shoe style and color options for each brand. Brands that caught my eye include Valentino, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. I ended my Saks Fifth Avenue journey in the Women's Evening Wear department that seemed to cover almost an entire floor.
Before making my way over the displays of sparkling dresses, I noticed that there was a luxe lingerie section in which there were quite a few intimiate pieces and holiday gift sets that would make as a great gift from a husband to wife.

The eveningwear selection is quite awe striking and you can't help but want to peruse through every rack, as well as the mannequin displays to see styled evening looks. Although it may be difficult to shop for her when it comes to evening gowns, this may be an opportunity that you can gift someone a shopping trip in the evening wear department for a special piece to wear for an upcoming holiday occassion or event.


South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

Photos taken by Amanda of Feast.Fashion.Faves, all product information is pulled from each brand's website. 

A Season of Giving at Families Forward

Posted by: Ellen Bell
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

The Holdays are here and the dedicated volunteers at Irvine's own Families Forward are busy serving local neighbors in need.

Since 1984, Families Forward has been helping families in crisis. By providing emergency housing, nutrition  and counseling, Families Forward helps to reestablish a stable home environment so that families in need can to regain their independece and to return to self-suffiency. Last year, the local non-profit organization improved the lives of nearly 9,000 children and adults by providing safety-net services through the framework of their values: Dignity, Empowerment, Accountability, Community Spirit and Hope.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Every year, during the week before Thanksgiving, volunteers choose to give thanks by giving to others in their community.

In 2015, more than 250 citizen and corporate volunteers distributed nearly 900 Thanksgiving-themed baskets filled with all the fixings to make a warm, delicious meal so that families in need can enjoy a holiday meal at home. Recipients are enrolled in either the housing program for homeless or food pantry or referred by local schools and churches as needing special help this holiday season. 


The entire operation is community driven; thousands of donated food items are organized by volunteers who fill hundreds of laundry baskets with turkeys, stuffing, fresh produce, canned goods and holiday treats. Many of these volunteers return year after year, making this act of service an annual Thanksgiving tradition.

"The families receiving the Thanksgiving Baskets are overwhelmed with the warm welcome our volunteers give them and the generosity of the community to provide a holiday meal they can prepare in the comfort of their own home with family and friends," observed Margie Wakham, Executive Director, Families Forward.

Adopt-A-Family Program

Orange County is known for its prosperity, but for many who live here and struggle to make ends meet the holiday season can be a very stressful time. Imagine being among busy holiday hoppers who are filling their baskets with packages, and realizing that you can't afford to give your children a special holiday gift.  

The Adopt-A-Family Program gives individuals, companies and community organizations the opportunity to spread warmth and bring holiday cheer to local families in need. Last year, Families Forward provided holiday happiness to more than 800 struggling families, with gifts for more than 2,000 children.

How Can You Help?

Adopt-A-Family Volunteers Needed Now!

Donations are accepted at the beginning of November through early December so that children's "wish lists" can be filled. Please deliver holiday gifts to the Families Forward office in Irvine as early as possible. Donations made after December 16th may not reach the families in time. On average, donors can expect to spend between $100 and $200 per family, depending on the family size. 

Many Ways to Get Involved

Adopt A Family

Receive a family's wish list and deliver items to Families Forward office as soon as possible.

Donate Gift Cards

Purchase gift cards that can be used throughout the year; Target, Walmart, Grocery Stores, Gas Stations.

Host A Toy Drive

Help Families Forward fill additional gift bags for families who were not specifically adopted by local donors. Delivery and pick up barrels are available with larger toy drives. 

All Gift Donations are needed at Families Forward by December 16th, 2016

Click Here to Find Out More and Get Involved

One Family's Story 

Lauren, a single mother of two, found herself "completely broken" after losing her job and experiencing a tumultuous divorce. With nowhere else to go, Lauren was accepted into the Families Forward's Housing Program. After receiving counseling and career coaching, Lauren was able to secure a job that would sustain her family, and graduated from the program.

Recently, Lauren reached out to express her gratitutde.

"I didn't realize the magnitude of your program until later. "Families Forward taught me about perservering and never giving up. When life was so daunting that I couldn't see straight, I was given the steps to succeed." 

Lauren now wishes to "pay it forward" and will be bringing her children to Famiies Forward to volunteer this holiday season.

The beauty of Families Forward, an Irvine-based non-profit organization, is that it connects service-minded members of the community with those in need locally. What better way to express gratitude for your city than to actively give back in the place where you live?

So this Holiday Season, when it comes to sharing with those in need, remember that there's no place like home.  



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South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping Guide Series - Gift Ideas for Him

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Nov 14, 2016

Massimo Dutti


Opening its first West Coast store at South Coast Plaza, Massimo Dutti is the new global store concept from the Spanish-based parent company of Zara. Massimo Dutti showcases versatile, sophisticated men's and women's contemporary fashion pieces at a great price point. This store certainly offers a variety of casual to formal styles that make fantastic gifts for men. From outfit accessories such as ties, scarves, and watches to backpacks and shoes, all the necessary elements for the perfect weekender outfit or a formal-suited look are here. Some key items that caught my eye include the:

  • Super Light Quilted Jacket with Hood - Stright cut, feather down lightweight jacket with adjustable hood, made from nylon fabric with feather quilting. This looks great over a light knit sweater, button down shirt or t-shirt.  
  • Leather Bags, Backpacks & Toiletry Bags - made from the finest leather with beautiful finishes, these pieces are great for the guy on the go.
  • Shoe Collection - Choose from the finest crafted leather loafers or oxford shoes to rustic ankle boots or suede sneakers.


Phone: (714) 979-1771 

This quintessential leather goods store has the perfect three items for the man in your life. A pair of classic suede sneakers that can be dressed up or down, a wonderfully crafted textured leather backpack, and a leather wallet (available in a variety of colors). All three items are versatile, stylish additions that will complement any man's wardrobe. 

  • Campus Backpack with Varsity Stripe -  a special take on the Campus Backpack nods to iconic American sportswear and our baseball-inspired heritage. Crafted in richly grained buffalo-embossed leather with sporty suede stripes and Rip and Repair stitching, it comes complete with interior pockets for essentials, dedicated space for a laptop and lightly padded straps for a comfortable carry. 
  • York Lace Sneaker in Toffee - Coach's iconic saddle brown suede, the York Sneaker looks equally sharp with jeans or a suit. The hand-burnished Italian leather can be polished like a dress shoe (just be mindful of the welt!), while a flexible outsole provides comfort and durability.
  • Card Wallet in Crossgrain or Pebble Leather - Precisely crafted in edge-painted leather with a distinctive texture and remarkable durability, this slender card case also functions as a minimalist wallet.



Phone: (714) 427-0998 

If the guy you are shopping for is already an avid Kiehl's fan, then the perfect gift for him is one of Kiehl's holiday gift sets or bundles which are a great value. If you're looking to introduce someone to the brand, a small gift pouch or set with skincare essentials makes a great introduction. Consult with a Kiehl's associate to select a fitting gift, they also can do demos of the products for you.  

  • Men's Age Defender Collection - Fight aging with our powerful skincare formulated especially for men. Our Age Defender Power Serum penetrates deeply to strengthen skin, while our Age Defender Eye Repair smooths the under eye area. Our Aged Defender Moisturizer locks benefits in for refreshed, younger looking skin - all in an exclusive Kiehl's dopp kit.
  • Ultra Facial Collection - Boost your Ultra Facial Skincare Routine with a double dose of youth. Our Hydro plumping Re-texutizing Serum Concentrate youthfully plumps skin with deep hydration, while Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque exfoliates and energizes for radiant, younger looking skin - all in a Limited Edition travel bag.
  • Overnight Essentials - Wake up to younger looking skin with a routine that works overnight. Our Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate gently refreshes skin's surface with Quinoa Husk Extract, while Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Midnight Recovery Eye replenish skin while you sleep - all in a Limited Edition travel bag.
  • Day-to-Night Healthy Skin Set - This essential skincare routine works to strengthen and protect your skin's natural barrier. Ultra Facial Cleanser purifies skin without stripping away natural moisture. Daily Reviving Concentrate gives skin a fresh, energized look, while Hydro-plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate deeply hydrates skin with youthful moisture. Our Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado nourishes the delicate under eye area, while Ultra Facial Cream locks all benefits in with 24-hour, non-stop hydration for healthier, younger looking skin - all in a Limited Edition travel bag.


Saks Fifth Avenue

Phone: (714) 540-3233 

This luxury department store offers an impressive contemporary men's section for the guy that likes to make a statement with his outfit. For the man who likes the latest styles, shop brands like MCM, Cadet, Givenchy, and Balmain. For the guy with more of a casual or classic style, check out Eleventy, a laid-back Italian brand exclusive to Saks, or pick up some shoes from Public School. Plus, you have a full selection of men's accessories, watches, and fragrances to choose from as well. You won't be disappointed when shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, there's everything you need to give a memorable and fashion-forward


South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: (800) 782-8888 

Images taken by Amanda of Feast.Fashion.Faves, product information from each brand's website. 

Cavalia Returns to Irvine for Holiday 2016

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 08, 2016

If you didn't get to experience the Odysseo Show by Cavalia the last time they were in Irvine, here is your chance, AND Irvine Company is offering special discount deals for up to $25 off ticket prices for evening shows. 

You may have already seen the large white tent being built within the last couple of months right near the 133 and 405 freeway connectors and thought, is the horse show back already? Due to huge demand, Cavalia returns to Irvine November 16 - January 8! The last time they were in town, the show was extended to accommodate the demand. Now you have no excuse in attending as Irvine Company is providing the below exclusive offers on evening shows in Irvine:

 10$ OFF / GOLD Ticket  Junior/Senior/Children Tickets
 15$ OFF / GOLD Ticket  Adult Tickets
 25$ OFF / ALL RDV VIP Tickets


* This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer and applies only to new purchases on Gold & Rendez-vous VIP sections only. Not valid on matinee shows. Certain conditions apply. Limited quantity.

For more information on the show, performance dates, purchasing tickets and the Irvine Company special promo - CLICK HERE!

Cavalia's new production Odysseo will take you on an immersive journey, experiencing nature's greatest wonders through jaw-dropping acrobatic performers and dancers in harmony with singers and awe striking horses and riders.  

Odysseo - the largest touring production on earth - features 65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians under a White Big Top the size of an NFL football field. 

You definitely will not be disappointed, you will be bewildered and wowed by this entertainment and theatrical feat! Gift this experience to yourself, family or friends this holiday season - It will surely be an unforgettable performance and experience.  

Information, Images and Video Content from Irvine Company or Cavalia.    

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South Coast Plaza Holiday Shopping Guide Series - Babies/Kids/Teen Gift Ideas

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, Nov 04, 2016

I am excited to share another South Coast Plaza shopping series with you, and centered around holiday gift giving! My last series I featured items to shop for a vacation or getaway in Irvine, and this series will focus on various gift items for him, her and kids. To kick off the series, I'll be highlighting items for babies, kids and teens at select South Coast Plaza stores - let's get a head start on holiday shopping!

Pottery Barn Kids

South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St #1821, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 427-0813 


If you are worried that gifting clothing because it may not fit the baby (it's just so hard gauging sizing when holding up those onesies and tiny apparel), try your hand at the most adorable and chic plush animals, blankets and developmental toys at Pottery Barn Kids. 


It’s no mystery that Pottery Barn Kids is filled to the brim with all things decor and toys that will have the little ones going crazy this holiday season. Aside from the elaborate bed and playroom set ups, you have an assortment to choose from for small to large gifts. For babies in particular, there's a plethora of the softest plush animals and the coziest blankets, and booties and cap sets. If you would like to make your gifts especially special, PB offers customization with monogramming or name printing/embroidery on select items! 


  • Gold Star Hat & Bootie Set- Give them the softest gift. The matching hat and booties are knitted for warmth and comfort and the starry pattern adds timeless style to their snuggly outfit. 
  • Gold Star Sherpa Baby Blankets- Offering supreme softness to your little one, our Sherpa stroller blanket epitomizes on-the-go style and functionality.
  • Plush Collection - Cuddly and soft plush animals of small, medium and large sizes. The animal repertoire includes bears, kittens, unicorns, elephants, doggies, bunnies and lambs. 
  • Elephant Rocker - Little ones can go on a make-believe jungle adventure with our super plush elephant rocker. Sweet and huggable, it features solid wood handles and precision-shaped runners for a smooth, secure & gentle rocking motion (Other animals available).
  • St. Jude Thanks And Giving® Wooden Toy Sets - Classic wooden toy sets in a beautiful natural beech wood and metallic finishes (paint finishes are child safe). These toys are not only fun for tots but aid in cognitive development and imaginative play, as well, PB donates 30% of the purchase price of these toys directly to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which supports research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases.

For the young tot, developmental toys and plush animal rockers are the way to go. And for the kids, the sky is the limit from designer dolls, doll house sets, vanity and kitchen sets, as well as tutus, jewelry boxes and tea sets for girls; and all things DC Comics, Marvel, Star Wars and wooden play sets for the boys. 


A few standout items for girls include wooden doll houses and the lovliest stuffed designer dolls that look like they have a detailed, handcrafted touch to them.

  • Designer Dolls Collection - These very special soft dolls will steal your child's heart. Echoing the artistry of homemade dolls from an earlier era, ours are made from linen and feature outfits stitched from an assortment of fabrics, including cotton, ribbon, tulle and felt. 
  • Götz Doll Collection - A Götz doll is a true collectible, a gift your child will care for and love for years to come. Meticulous attention to detail, from eyelids that close to brushable hair, gives these dolls their outstanding play value.
  • Dollhouses -  Whimsical, elegant and storybook-style dollhouses are available and will be the site of many imaginative hours of make-believe play. Purchase furniture and dolls to complement the adorable dollhouses. 

The boys will go nuts over their favorite super hero toys and decor, building an entire city out of wooden structures and automobiles or pretending to be a Jedi or on the Dark Side with Star Wars pillows, toys, and more. 

  • Figurines Sets - Marvel characters and classic DC comics' characters come to life with these wooden figurines which allow for endless bold and courageous adventures. To complete the scene, play set buildings and automobiles and aircrafts are available.
  • Star Wars Shaped Decorative Pillows - Accent their sleep space with these adorably shaped pillows that sport their favorite heroes and villains from Star WarsTM. Perfect for cuddling or tossing on bedding or chairs, a playful color palette adds vibrant and galactic style to their room's decor.
  • Wood Play Sets - Train tracks, cities and towns come to life with wooden play sets. Create an imaginative scene by building train tracks, parking garages and towns using the wooden blocks, structures, autmobiles, trains and aircrafts!

If you're looking for smaller gifts or stocking stuffers, PB Kids also has an assortment of art kits and games that are sure to get kids' creative juices flowing and energy booming!


South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 427-0998 


Kiehl's not only offers a wide range of skincare products for men and women but currently has a pheomenal arragement of gift bundles and goodies for everyone in your life. I had no idea that Kiehl's carries a line for babies and kids (as well as dogs!) that has long-lasting nourishment, soothing properties and is gentle. These particular gift sets are packaged in a chic matte red box and finished with a bow; there are a variety of festive vibrant to elegant gift package bundles (many that I will share in the following gift posts). 


What's in the Baby Gift Set?

  • Mom & Baby Moisturizing Cream - a unique blend of mild, carefully selected ingredients to moisturize and soothe baby’s delicate skin. Made with Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Olive Fruit Oil, this formula nurtures and hydrates skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and supple and is gentle enough to use on baby’s face to help moisturize and even out dry patches. 
  • Mom & Baby Nuturing Body Oil - a mild formulation gently nurtures baby's delicate skin with moisture and keeps mom's skin feeling softer and smoother, too. Enriched with a moisturizing blend of natural Olive Fruit and Apricot Kernel oils, our replenishing formula helps soothe skin while leaving it comfortable, soft and smooth.
  • Baby Lip Balm - utilizes a unique blend of ingredients, including Shea Butter and Tocopherol to nourish skin and prevent irritation In consumer tests, 96% of mothers reported that baby’s skin appeared moisturized and hydrated after application.
  • Gentle Hair & Body Wash - Moisture-rich wash for babies and children, mild, tear-free formula, and infused with a light pleasant scent to leave baby’s skin and hair smelling fresh and clean.
Why This Set is Amazing
It Includes Products that are:
  • Paraben-free 
  • Silicone-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Pediatrician-Tested
  • Dermatologist-Tested
  • Mommy-Approved
  • Safe for Sensitive Skin
  • Mineral-Oil-Free
What's in the Doggy Gift Set?
  • Cuddly-Coat Conditioning Rinse - Lightly-scented, nurtures and moisturizes while providing an enduring shine between treatments. Formulated with Chamomile Flower Extract - nature's own superb hair and skin conditioner.
  • Spray-N-Play Cleansing Spritz - Leaves no irritating residue as it effectively cleanses dog's coat and skin. May also be used for removing stains on coat or to spot clean and deodorize. Formulated with Chamomile Flower Extract.
  • Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo - Gentle enough for dog's coat, face, and skin
    Blends Chamomile Flower Extract with efficacious and gentle cleansing ingredients
    pH-balanced formula will leave coat and skin clean with a light and refreshing lavender scent. Ideal for big and small, long- or short-haired dogs.


South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone:(714) 979-1771 


Coach is known for creating the most exquisite and timeless leather goods, and leather goods for teens and young adults are no exception. If you're looking for a more upscale touch for the teen in your life, check out Coach's cutest and chicest selection of keychains and small handbags and wallets; all three items pair together well for a nice bundled gift. Maybe pick up something nice for yourself as well!

  • Coach Swagger 15 in Pebble Leather - More petite than its big sisters, this darling design in plump pebble leather shares the same coveted silhouette, with the versatility of a long strap that snaps on with ease and just enough space for essentials.   

  • Envelope Card Case in Pebble Leather - this perfectly simple case is crafted in richly pebbled leather with precise edge painting and a metal Horse and Carriage logo. 
  • Leather Inlay Robot Bag Charm - A little tinkering with glove tanned leather, and our design team came up with the next generation of this whimsical robot. The one-of-a-kind automaton and key keeper is a witty combination of our signature turn lock and bead-chain hardware. 


Saks Fifth Avenue

South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 540-3233 


You can find the most opulent and classic designer and contemporary goods at this department store. To highlight some items to pick up for the teen you're gifting, check out these gift sets and trendy accessories.

  • Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer Collections - Available in a 3 or 9 piece set, this luxury nail lacquer set is for the manicure maniac in your life or fitting for someone wanting an introduction to self-manicures. Aside from the stunning nail lacquer bottles, each set comes with a zip bag and mani tutorials. The 9-piece set in particular is presented in a beautiful boxed package. 
  • Prada Bear and Robot Keychains / Bag Charms - These are the chicest and trendiest keychain/bag charms that perfectly pair with a Prada handbag or spruce up your own handbag. Each keychain is intricately detailed and has a personality of its own - find one that perfectly represents the teen you are gifting.
  • Anya Hindmarch Handbags & Accessories - I was immediately drawn to this display due to the bold and vibrant designs of each bag and accessory. Anya Hindmarch's designs pay hommage to pop culture, retro and modern, and can be worn by teens and adults. Backpacks and small crossbody bags as well as patches and stickers will sure have your teen styling outfits with their Anya Hindmarch piece for hours. 


Happy Shopping!



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Phone(800) 782-8888


Images taken by Amanda of Feast.Fashion.Faves, all product information pulled from each brand/company's store websites. For more information on each product, please contact each store. Thank you to SCP and each store that participated in this series.

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