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Shopping Update: Valentine’s week short list

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Through Feb. 14, Tarina Tarantino is taking 20% off everything in store for a sweetheart sale. Check out the designer's “electric” heart pendants (reg. price $95).

7957 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-5155. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Tuesday through Sunday, Henri Bendel partners with White Lilac, an Orange County floral designer, for a floral pop-up shop at Bendel's South Coast Plaza store. White Lilac is creating $50 Bendelized bouquets for sweethearts (delivery available) or for one to bring home to share. Bendel also stocks Valentine gifts, such as six new fragrances in an homage to store founder Bendel.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 557-1647. Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

On Thursday, Krista Everage Trunk Show features steeply discounted precious and semi-precious jewelry (prices start at $80) at this pre-Valentine’s Day event held at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Bergamot Station. You can also sample artisanal wine, cheese and chocolate. RSVP to

2525 Michigan Ave., G-2,  Santa Monica. (310) 200-7334. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Spas and Salons

Off the Third Street Promenade, Arcona Studio is offering daily specials leading up to Valentine's Day.  Book Arcona’s signature three-treatment by Saturday and take 20% off either facial contouring (sale price, $204) or organic enzyme peels ($276) when you book your first appointment. On Wednesday, take 40% off either the wine hydrating (reg. price $38) or tea tree mask (reg. $30) or both. On Thursday, take 40% off the anti-aging Peptide firming complex (reg. $72). On Friday, take 40% off the Night Breeze protective serum (reg. $52) or the Night Worker cream-gel hydrator (reg. $45) or both.

425 Broadway, Santa Monica. (877) 272-6620. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 
On Saturday, Steam Salon is offering a Valentine’s Pamper Pretty Day for $100 (reg. $125), featuring mini-Steam deep-conditioning treatment, blow dry/style, manicure and a 20-minute chair massage. While getting pampered, help yourself to red velvet cupcakes and cinnamon-hot cocktails (a virgin version is available). Call the salon to reserve a spot.

314 N. Harper Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 966-0024. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Max Padilla


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Photo: Tarina Tarantino's Multibead Pave heart necklace, reg. price $195. Credit: Courtesy Tarina Tarantino

See 'Project Runway' winner Irina tonight at Macy's in South Coast Plaza


With all the hoopla surrounding the most recent "Project Runway," it's easy to forget that Irina Shabayeva isn't just the winner of the entire season -- she also won the Macy's challenge, garnering her a chance to make her own dress for Macy's INC line.

Since Shabayeva's winning look -- a spaghetti-strap striped sundress -- isn't exactly in season right now, she's designed a navy blue number aimed at the holiday party set. It's selling on now for $139, but you can get up close and personal with both dresses, the designer herself -- wearing a T-shirt from a "whole new collection inspired by New York City," and Katie Sticksel, the model who helped her win the challenge, at 6:30 tonight at the Macy's in South Coast Plaza.

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Store openings: Orange County's Henri Bendel opens Friday

Henri Bendel, the storied New York Fifth Avenue retailer, unveils the first of its two new Southern California stores on Friday. The 2,000-square-foot boutique at South Coast Plaza stocks Bendel's array of handbags, jewelry, perfumes, scarves, chocolates and other gifts.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (800) 423-6335. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

-- Max Padilla

Bendel heads to the Beverly Center this November

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Beijing photographer Quentin Shih's Christian Dior exhibit at South Coast Plaza


Hold on to your flared New Look skirts. O.C. uber-mall South Coast Plaza is set to host an exhibition of photographs by renowned Beijing-based shooter Quentin Shih commissioned by Christian Dior.

On view Oct. 14 through Nov. 7, "Christian Dior Presents Photographs by Quentin Shih," is part of a larger bicoastal festival on Chinese culture, "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture," organized by Carnegie Hall, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and primarily happening at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. (The festival will be reprised in New York from Oct. 21 to Nov. 10 at Carnegie Hall.)
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Shopping: Teen Vogue Haute Spot's closing weekend

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This closing weekend features an appearance from "Teen Vogue" Editor in Chief Amy Astley and Britney Spears Circus Fantasy big top.
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Shopping: Weekend: Teen Vogue Haute Spot hosts 'Gossip Girl' stylist Eric Daman and more

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Teen Vogue Haute Spot, South Coast Plaza’s kiosk for stylish teenagers, hosts more happenings this weekend in the Carousel Court.

At 4 p.m. today, Vans will present its Traveling Closet, in which a Teen Vogue stylist will happily rummage and offer back-to-school styling tips and tricks.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Mandy Robinson, Billabong’s design director, invites the public to view the brand’s latest collection. You can also customize a Billabong T-shirt at a special Haute Spot station. Australian singer Ashleigh Mannix is scheduled to perform.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Head “Gossip Girl” stylist Eric Daman will appear for a question-and-answer session and demonstrate styling tips on audience volunteers. Daman will also offer a behind-the-scenes peek at a special photo shoot.

At 4 p.m. Monday, DKNY-sponsored Model Mondays is again looking for the next Teen Vogue face. Get a makeover and strike a pose for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. or Twitter @tvhautespot

-- Max Padilla

Photo: Teen Vogue Haute Spot

Weekend activities at Teen Vogue Haute Spot in South Coast Plaza

Teen-vogue-haute-spot South Coast Plaza’s kiosk for stylish teenagers in the Carousel Court hosts more happenings this weekend:

At 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 12), Collection B. is bringing in a pro photographer to scout for models. One winning face will be featured in a Teen Vogue ad campaign. At 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 12), Nike will have trainer Marie Purvis on site as part of its “Delicious Moments” campaign.

Teen-vogue-haute-spot-2 On Sunday (Sept. 13), Clinique is scouting models for Fresh Faces. Three lucky winners will be flown to New York for a promotional Teen Vogue photo shoot plus a head-to-toe look styled by magazine editors along with a tour of the magazine offices.

At 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 13), Customize your Uggs: Buy a pair of Ugg Australia boots at South Coast Plaza and bring them to the Haute Spot where an airbrush artist will customize them. Also, Ugg fans can enter to win a raffle for a new fall 2009 pair.

At 4 p.m. Monday (Sept. 14), DKNY-sponsored Model Mondays is again looking for the next Teen Vogue face. Get a makeover and strike a pose for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. or Twitter @tvhautepsot

-- Max Padilla

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Kenny Scharf at Movado in Costa Mesa tonight

Tonight, Movado throws a reception for artist Kenny Scharf to unveil his six watches for the Swiss timepiece maker. Scharf, a New York painter inspired by sci-fi and cartoons, will meet guests. The limited-edition timepieces (only 100 were made in each style) are available for $695 each or $3,495 for all six. Gift given with all purchases that evening only.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 545-2230. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


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Teen Vogue Launches Its Haute Spot at South Coast Plaza

Teen-vogue-1Orange County ’tweens and teens flooded South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning to shop (or contentedly loiter) at Teen Vogue’s new pop-up event space, Teen Vogue Haute Spot, which opened over the weekend in its own storefront at the swanky mall.

Opening day featured a fashion presentation with models illustrating a handful of fall trends: leather, glam-rock and something called “homeward bound” (“Teen Vogue’s way of camping,” explained the moderator).

The buzzing outpost, which is open through Sept. 27, boasts a grab bag of teen merch—including a table brimming with Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown makeup and teen-targeted perfumes like Marc Jacobs Daisy, along with scattered racks of clothes culled from retailers around the mall, including H&M, Paul Frank, Roxy, Coach and Gucci.

But none of it’s for sale in the pop-up. If shoppers want to purchase an item, they head to the store that carries it, then return with their receipt to pick up a swag bag full of makeup and fashion odds and ends valued at $200.
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Teen Vogue Haute Spot opens Saturday at South Coast Plaza [UPDATED]

[Updated at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday: A spokesperson for South Coast Plaza said Wednesday that Naturi Naughton will not appear at Saturday's event.] Naturi Naughton, star of the new "Fame" movie, will make an appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday for the opening of this Teen Vogue lounge, a pop-up in the Carousel Court area of South Coast Plaza. At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Haute Spot will screen "The September Issue," the new film about Vogue magazine. At 4 p.m. Monday, the Haute Spot will have a model casting call, open to girls age 13 and older (applicants younger than 18 will need to bring a parent along).

Until Sept. 27, the Haute Spot will be open for shopping, consulting with wardrobe stylists, browsing Teen Vogue's online lookbooks and more. A gift with purchase of products from Teen Vogue sponsors includes A/X Armani Exchange, Billabong, Burton, DKNY and Quiksilver.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (800) 782-8888. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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