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SusieCakes is Sweet on Valentine’s


SusieCakes bakery is celebrating Valentine’s Day on a sweet note with specials and treats for at its Newport Beach store. SusieGrams is a sweet treat with a personalized love note to be delivered to that special someone on Valentine’s Day. Pricing begins at $17, and varies depending on delivery location (must be ordered by Wednesday.) 

Other Valentine’s treats include a Susie’s Cupid Cake –a heart-shaped, four-layer red velvet cake customized and tailored for two – $36. The Perfect Proposal-- design a cupcake or cake with a ring to be baked into. Price per cupcake is $3; cake pricing begins at $33.

Or a “Makin’ Whoopie” Pies, a version of the signature Whoopie Pie, only heart shaped with pink frosting ($5); Conversation Hearts frosted sugar cookies ($3), Heart-Shaped Brownies ($3), White Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes ($3), and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries ($3.25).

Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 2043 Westcliff Drive in Newport Beach. 949.646.6881.







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Beauty Night at Xpecting Boutique


Xpecting Boutique is teaming up with the Junior League of Orange County to bring to you a night of shopping, beauty, refreshments and over $1,300 in giveaways. Stop by the store Friday between 4 to 7 p.m. for a night of fun!

Come shop this unique boutique that celebrates pregnancy with maternity and non-maternity lines so that mothers-to-be do not have to sacrifice style because of an ever-changing size.  Clients can find trends for all trimesters from a variety of designers. Family and baby shower friends alike will be inspired by the rare selection of maternity must-haves, strollers and baby gear that are sure to make perfect gifts for every need or whim.

During the event enjoy complimentary blow-dry and braid stations provided by Lotus Salon & Spa, complimentary lash extensions provided by LashSpot Spa, 15% off your entire purchase - both maternity & non-maternity brands like Splendid, Ella Moss, Michael Stars, Fluxus, Halsea bags, Rachel Pally, and more!), OVER $1,300 worth of giveaways - happening every 30 minutes!  Cookies and Champagne for our non-preggos and mocktails for our pregnant mamas and 10% of all purchases will go to JLOCC.

Giveaways will include $250 Shopping spree from Xpecting Boutique, 1 week Pure Barre Newport Beach or Mission Viejo, private training sessions at Harmony, Wellness Center, massage at Harmony Wellness Center, Full lash extension from LashSpot Spa and 6 Cut & colors from Lotus Salon & Spa.

Xpecting Maternity is at 369 E. 17th St #20 in Costa Mesa. 949.574.2185.

Leslie Christen writes "Wear to Where" for each week. She is the owner of Leslie Christen | LifeStyling a business that does personal shopping, fashion styling, closet edits and organization. For tips on What to Wear and Where to Buy view her website and contact her at

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Savory and Spicy Gifts


For the cook in your life, you can get even more creative on Valentine’s Day by selecting a custom box of Savory Spice Shop favorites like fresh ground spices, Savory Spice Shop’s Loco Cocoa set with five cocoas, gift set with four spiced sugars, or a gift pack of rubs perfect for barbecuing. Laura Shute owns the two Orange County Savory Spice Shop stores – at Corona del Mar Plaza in Newport Beach and OC Mart in Costa Mesa – and she and her knowledgeable staff can helping you select the perfect spices. 

Savory Spice Shop features more than 400 fresh herbs and spices, 150 unique seasoning blends, organics, extracts, sauces and more. Savory Spice Shop, at Corona del Mar Plaza at 928 Avocado Ave. in Corona del Mar. 949.717.7776. Savory Spice Stop, at 3313 Hyland Ave. Ste. C in Costa Mesa. 949.284.0576.

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Pacific Coast Wine Festival


Wine benefits music education at one of the most decadent wine festivals of the year on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the newly renovated Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The Pacific Coast Wine Festival is a fantastic evening of first-class wine tastings, a delicious wine-paired feast and a silent and live auction of rare wines like eight bottles of a new release from Screaming Eagle, and exceptional experiences like two weekend getaways in a Ferrari and a Maserati.

Proceeds will benefit the Pacific Symphony. For the first time, renowned wine aficionados will play hosts as Master Sommelier Michael Jordon brings his expert commentary during the live auction and shares wines from the Piedmont wine region of Italy, and Master of Wine and Cape Wine Master Peter Koff shares his depth of knowledge of table of wines from South Africa. Guest will also enjoy performance by three members of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra: Katherine Park, violin; Matthew Gustafson, cello; and Natalie Cernius, piano, performing “Winter” by Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets cost $375 per person. For information, contact the Symphony’s special events department at 714.876.2364 or and visit

The evening ends with guests enjoying vintage port and gourmet chocolates, sponsored by Whole Foods.

Island Hotel is at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. 949.759.0808.

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