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AC Hotel Irvine Grand Debuts as First of Its Kind in Southern California

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Friday, May 26, 2017

Orange County's newest European-inspired hotel, AC Hotel Irvine grand debuted last week with a chic soiree of live music, tapas, signature cocktails and wine, spirits from Blinking Owl, craft berrs, Puesto tacos and sweet treats. Guests had the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's communal spaces as well as receive a tour of the rooms. 


AC Hotel Irvine, a Marriott property opened by the Pacific Hospitality Group, is the first of its kind in Southern California and located within 1 mile of John Wayne Airport, in the heart of Park Place, a thriving community of popular restaurants, shops, residential housing and corporate businesses. The hotel appealing to next-gen travelers has 176 guest rooms; beautiful open spaces to lounge or mingle in; a heated roof-top pool; complimentary WiFi, a state-of-the-art fitness room and hydration stations on every guest-room floor. For those looking for the perfect place to conduct business, AC Hotel Irvine provides three distinct meeting spaces including two intimate, audiovisual-equipped Media Salons (up to 8 people), and a 500-square-foot Meeting Room (up to 40 people). AC Hotel is a mix of innovative touches, modern design through the furnishings and artwork as well as aligning with the hotel's European heritage through their lifestyle offerings.


For seamless service, Kallpods, wireless service buttons, are provided in the public and meeting areas which allow guests to immediately request a staff member's attention. For a specialty cocktail or craft beer and tapas, take a seat at the AC Hotel Lounge bar. For a truly European inspired breakfast, dine at the AC Hotel Kitchen, I was told the croissants are flown in from France! There's also a Berkel slicer to serve up hand cut meats. For the individual needing a quick bite or beverage, the AC Store is open 24 hours and has a variety of drink and snack options. 


This new Orange County gem not only offers an elevated guest room experience to be able to wind down and get a good night sleep, but strives to provide an unparalled lifestyle experience for all guests and also catering to those that are on-the-go. 


"We've created an atmosphere that allows locals and visitors to comingle, share ideas and socialize in an environment that offers a sense of place," said Paul Maddison, general manager at AC Hotel Irvine.  

Visit the AC Hotel Irvine

Address: 3309 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 471-8710 

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Monday, Apr 03, 2017

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is about a 45 minute drive south of Irvine and worth the trek to get to see and experience the ranunculus covered hillsides. The season, the Flower Fields opened to the public in March and remains open for 10 weeks ending on May 14, 2017. 

You could spend hours on the 50 acres of blooming hillsides, nursery, gardens and more; which overlook the Pacific Ocean and Carlsbad Outlets. Come with family and friends and enjoy a day taking in the colorful ranunculus flowers which you can walk up to or take an antique tractor wagon ride around the fields to access the numerous rows of flowers. There are educational programs, workshops and exciting events; as well as an Arts & Crafts show, food vendors and live music entertainment during the weekends. If you'd like to take home fresh cut ranunculus blooms, stop by the Armstrong Garden Center Gift Shop on your way out. For ticket information, click here


  • If you're visiting over the weekend, be sure to get here before or when the Flower Fields open to avoid long lines a the ticket booth and tractor rides. It'll also be less congested so you can move about the gardens and fields freely. 
  • You can take photos, but any professional equipment would need prior approval.
  • You can't step in between the rows of flowers, but there are inlets with small benches where you can take photos within the flowers, some inlets have a photographer assistant that can take photos for/of you. 
  • Wear sunscreen and any other sun protection necessary since you will be under direct sunlight.
  • Bring a light jacket or cover up as it can get windy
  • If you're planning on walking up to the fields instead of taking the tractor, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
  • For FAQs, click here
  • You can purchase tickets online and avoid waiting in line to purchase tickets. 

The Flower Fields History 

Today, the fields are a direct result of over 85 years of floral cultivation that began when Luther Gage, an early settler and grower settled in the area in the early 1920's. Mr. Gage brought Ranunculus seeds to the area and began growing them in his fields next to Frank Frazee's small vegetable farm in South Oceanside. This started a business called "Luther Gage Giant Tecolote Ranunculus bulbs". The name "Tecolote" came from the owls that nested on his property. 

Read more about the Flower Fields History here. If you're not able to make it down to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch this season, check out this previous post on the wildflower bloom in Orange County! 


It's Wildflower Season in Orange County

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Monday, Mar 20, 2017

After years of crippling drought, the 2017 rainy season has brought much-needed relief to California. Reservoirs are full, snow pack is high, and our rolling hills are vibrantly green once again. One of the most pleasant side effects of an ample rainy season is the explosion of wildflowers that is currently taking place in and around Orange County. Now is the time to hit the trails and appreciate Orange County area parks wilderness areas at their absolute finest. 

One of the best place places to see a diverse array of wildflowers is Irvine's Bommer Canyon.  Here hikers will discover lupine, goldfields, fiddlenecks, chia, thistle, storksbill, blue dicks, prickly pear, poppies, and more.

Beyond Bommer Canyon, expect to spot wildflowers in Hidden Canyon, Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Special guided wildflower-focused hikes will take place in various locations at the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Advanced signup is necessary.  


East of Irvine, a massive wildflower explosion in occurring in Chino Hills State Park. Carpets of poppies, lupine, and various other wildflowers are blanketing the vibrantly green hillsides, making it one of the prime wildflower viewing locations in the entire state.  The drive from Irvine to the State Park along the 241 Toll Road is incredibly scenic with all sorts of wildflowers to gaze at along the way. 

One other location not to be missed is Walker Canyon, located about an hour from Irvine off I15 near Lake Elsinore. This location has caused traffic jams because gawkers gazing at the fields of poppies that can be spotted from the freeway. A short walk uphill from the parking area off of the Lake Blvd exit will allow you to be up close and personal with California's official state flower.


Want more wildflower fun? Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is hosting 24 Hours of Wildflowers on all their social media platforms in celebration of wildflower season! Every hour for 24 hours on March 21, 2017, they will be featuring a different native wildflower and sharing where you can find it out on the park land. The fun will start at 9 a.m. Follow the hashtags #24HoursofWildflowers and #OCMountaintoSea.

 All photos by Sharlene Earnshaw 

The Ride 7D Secret Menu

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Monday, Jan 23, 2017

The Ride 7D, the Irvine Spectrum Center's destination for immersive multi-dimensional thrills, has become quite popular since its opening in 2015. The 3 original rides- Los Banditos, Gigamon, and Zombies! continue to bring back riders again and again to shoot their way to victory while 3D glasses, motion, wind, interactivity, and scoring immerse them in the action. But did you know that The Ride 7D has a Secret Ride Menu as well? Three more rides are available Monday through Thursday and they pack in as much fun and excitement as the originals.

Pirates is classified as the adventure-themed ride out of the trio. It is also the best ride for young children (alongside Los Banditos) who might spook easily. The goal is to BlueJacket Jack fight off pirates and recover lost treasure.

Alien Asteroid is a thrilling experience in which riders join the space patrol fleet protecting Earth to keep a mysterious asteroid field from getting closer to the planet.

Forbidden Mine is the creepiest of the three rides, but to be honest, it isn't nearly as creepy as Zombies! My son, who easily spooks, really enjoyed this ride which took us into an ancient mine taken over by ghouls, ghosts, and mummies. We shot the creatures and zipped through the mine, avoiding targeting the old prospector along the way.


Rides are $10 each but you can ride all three for $20. There is also a discount card which can be purchased for $25 which allows riders to $4 off a ride for 16 rides, $2 off a ride for 6 rides and two 70% off coupons.

New to the regular Ride 7D menu is Road Fighters, a nod to the wildly popular movie Mad Max: Fury Road. The ride is set in the year 2156 where pollution, famine, and war has brought civilization as we know it to an end. This ride is reminiscent of the action-packed scenes in the movie where battles were waged from tricked out vehicles. There are plenty of gruesome foes and fantastic explosions to keep things fun and exciting.

Good to know: If you are prone to motion sickness, the ride operators can turn off the motion function of your chair. I have a fickle stomach and turning off the motion allowed me to enjoy the ride without getting queasy. Breaks in between rides help as well.

Want details on Los Banditos, Gigamon, and Zombies? Check out my original write up on The Ride 7D.

Disclosure: My sona and I received a complimentary 7D experience for the purposes of this feature. All opinions are my own.

The Christmas Guide to Orange County 2016

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 08, 2016

Orange County has a variety of Christmas festivities to enjoy this holiday season. Although we may not experience below freezing temperatures or snowfall, you will be overcome with merry, holiday spirit through these decked out places and cheerful entertainment.

Knott's Merry Farm

Until January 1, 2017, experience Knott's Berry Farm's transformation into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday décor. Join in the fun with the ice skating spectacular, Snoopy on Ice, sing-along with the Calico Carolers, meet Santa Claus in his Christmas Village and be dazzled by the all new production, ‘It's The Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown'. At night, Ghost Town comes alive with Snow and Glow, a holiday celebration of music, lights and a blanket of snow that falls from the sky. Click Here for more information. 

OC Chill Ice Rink in Irvine

At the Irvine Spectrum Center, visitors can ice skate until their heart's content at one of Orange County's only outdoor ice rinks. Now through January 16, 2017 the rink will be open daily from 11 a.m. until 9:15 p.m. and guests of all ages can shred the ice for only $20 per person with rentals. On Saturday nights, grab a hot cocoa and enjoy live bands scattered throughout the Center. For this upcoming Saturday, enjoy Snow Day! presented by the Active Ride ShopClick here for more information.  

Christmas Boat Parade

A combination of opulence and beauty, the 108th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade showcases luxury yachts, personal boats, and kayaks covered in Christmas lights and holiday decorations. Running December 14th through the 18th, 2016 the annual tradition is one of Orange County's most popular attractions and was even named "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is one of the local traditions that I look forward to and if I'm able to make it, enjoy every year! I love getting a toasty cup of hot cocoa or coffee and walking on the boardwalk along the water as the boats sail by. There are many spots along the water in which you can take a seat to watch (bring blankets to get extra snuggly). You'll really have fun seeing the creativity, and ingenuity that is poured into lighting up these small to large boats! Click here for more information and a map of the parade route!

"Pirate's Take Christmas!," at Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Shiver me timbers...scoundrel pirates have captured Santa and Mrs. Claus and are threatening to put an end to the holiday season at Pirate's Dinner Adventure. The two hour, interactive Christmas dinner show runs December 5th through the 25th, 2016 and includes a delicious, four-course holiday feast. View the Pirate's Dinner Adventure's Rise of the Sea Dragon show below to get a taste of what's in store. Get tickets to Pirate's Take Christmas here!

Video and Images via Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Bolsa Chica's Christmas at the Beach

To escape the cold of the North Poll, Santa Claus visits Bolsa Chica ever year on December 11th, 2016. Garnering his favorite Southern California outfit, Santa meets with all the good boys and girls on his Christmas jet ski. After the sun sets, put on your ugly Christmas sweater and cozy up by the fire to roast marshmallows and watch the hit movie, "Despicable Me." Sounds like the perfect evening with a loved one or family!

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

One of my all time favorite places has been sprinkled with pixie dust for a transformation into a winter wonderland for Holidays at the Disneyland Resort which runs now through January 8th, 2017. The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle glimmers with Christmas lights, Jack Skellington has taken over the Haunted Mansion and boughs of holly line Main Street. Visitors can also enjoy favorites like It's A Small World Christmas with over 100,000 lights, the beloved Fantasy Parade and the night-time firework spectacular. You can even catch Santa Clause and his merry elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure Park. While in the Disney California Adventure Park, experience cultural traditions with the Disney Festival of Holidays, and you'll want to stay for the World of Color - Season of Light, your favorite water and lights spectacular with a holiday twist! Santa will also visit the Disneyland Park and he can be seen at a special location in Critter Country. You'll also want to try the variety of holiday-inspired decorated sweet treats available at the Disney Parks! Click here for ticket info!

The Christmas Carol at the South Coast Repertory

Charles Dicken's classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life at the South Coast Repertory. The whole family will enjoy the live play depicting Scrooge as he transform from a cold, greedy man to a generous, kind-hearted business owner set in nineteenth-century London. The limited time production runs November 25th through the 26th, 2016.  Click here for ticket info!

Images via South Coast Repertory 

Festival Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker Ballet

Take part in the grandeur and extravagance of the timeless Nutcracker ballet - the holiday season isn't complete with out dancing mice and snowflakes, the sugarplum fairy & nutcracker and more! The Festival Ballet Theatre is back with a performance of over 100 dancers at  Barclay Theatre! Click here for ticket info!

Images and Video via Festival Ballet Theatre
Happy Holidays!
Some event information provided by Visit Buena Park 
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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. 
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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!



3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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.

5 Places to experience Halloween-themed fun in Irvine

Posted by: Sharlene Earnshaw
Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

Fall in Irvine is a wonderful time of year. Though we might not be experiencing sweater weather just yet, we still celebrate the season with festivals, harvest, and plenty of spooky fun.  From picking pumpkins to frightful nights, here is your 2016 guide to Halloween fun around Irvine.

Irvine Regional Park

Now through October 31st Irvine Regional Park is filled with Halloween fun. Highlights include a pumpkin patch, not-too-scary haunted house, hay maze, Halloween-themed activities, hay rides, John Deere racers, and the ever popular Irvine Park Railroad train.  OC Zoo, located inside Irvine Regional Park, will have a Halloween Animal Art toddler program from 10-11:15am on October 5, 11, 13, 19 and 21. The educational program will feature crafts and up-close encounters with zoo animals.  Additionally, the zoo will be hosting a Halloween Zoo-tacular on October 29th from 10am-4pm.  This fun event will include a scavenger hunt, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating. Zoo animals will received their own teat-filled pumpkins and it is always entertaining to watch them enjoy their treats. The first 100 children dressed in costume will receive a free gift.

Tanaka Farms

Pumpkin patch season begins at Tanaka Farms on September 29 and continues through Halloween. This family-owned farm is the perfect place to pick your own pumpkin right off the vine. Families love the wagon ride around the farm, picking seasonal veggies, saying hi to the critters at the petting zoo, and wandering through the corn maze.  During weekends the farm features a Fall Harvest Festival  which includes food, carnival games, and the ever-popular pumpkin cannon.

Pretend City

The Halloween spirit is in the air at Pretend City, Irvine's children's museum centered around learning through play. Costume Week takes place October 24-30 and children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite disguises. Those who dress up will be rewarded with 25% off their 2nd admission. On October 30th Pretend City will be celebrating a Healthy Halloween . The Serving Kids Hope organization will be on site to share fun tips and tricks to keep kids eating healthy. On October 31st, Pretend City will host a trick-or-treat extravaganza. Highlights include a Halloween Bug Bash and various trick or treat stations through the city.

Orange County Great Park

The OC Great Park is full of FREE Halloween fun October 15, 16, 22, & 23 during the Great Park Spooktacular Fundays. This event takes place from 9-1pm and features fun games, crafts, treats, shows, bounce houses, and a pumpkin patch. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks. Advance registration is required for this popular event.

Boot Hill

For the 17th year, the 16 Goldenrod in Irvine is transformed into Boot Hill, a haunted Old West town. The legend of Bridgewood and Jedediah Smith lives October 14, 15, 21, 22, and 28-31st from 6:30-10:30pm. This spooky experience is free but donations are accepted and proceeds with be given to CHOC, Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Photo courtesy of Bigstock/famveldman .

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