We've discovered a hidden Newport Beach gem, Naomy & Adrian, a fashion haven for handmade knits and hand-selected apparel, beautiful scarves, handbags and jewelry that you'd normally find in New York or a French boutique.
Owner Naomy Kim, a longtime knitwear designer, just opened Naomy & Adrian (her daughter's name). The shop carries select designers that complement her beautiful sweaters and our favorite mobius wrap, an infinity wrap that's currently available in brown and charcoal.
The boutique is a great place for mothers and daughters to shop and find coveted pieces. Right now, don't miss the current sale — 50% off select clothing and 20% off select accessories. Choose from designers such as Ted Baker London, Tolani, Cotélac, With & Wessel, Serpui Marie, Fresh Laundry, A'nue Ligne, Maggie Ward and Eternal Sunshine Creations
Jewelry designers include Dana Kellin, Vita Fede, Gillian Julius, Ellen Arthur, Sommon Sebbag, French Kande and much more. Handbag designers include Annabel Ingall, Inge Christopher and Osklen.
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Naomy & Adrian is at 1651 Westcliff Drive (in the Gardenology Courtyard). For more information, call (949)650-1880, or visit http://www.naomyandadrian.com.
Ring in Year of The Dragon
Ring in the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, at Starfish in Laguna Beach by enjoying four days of special foods and drink offerings to bring good fortune. Starting Monday through Thursday, Chef Yuan will be preparing Pan-Asian foods from the restaurant's a la carte Dragon Menu.
The offerings include stone crab dumplings with shiitake mushrooms; spring rolls filled with wild shrimp, ground pork, ginger and cellophane noodles; lion's meatball with Kobe beef, scallions, and Napa cabbage in a consomme; black bean noodles with crispy ground pork; and eight treasures sticky rice with exotic fruits, red beans, and coconut pomelo creme Anglaise.
On Thursday, for the Chinese New Year finale, guest mixologist Dan Oliver will create exotic cocktails to pair with a sampling of the entire Dragon Menu for $40 per person.
Starfish is at 30832 S. Coast Hwy. For more information, call (949) 715-9200, or visit http://www.starfishlaguna.com/index.html.
Popping up this weekend
Free popcorn will be popping for all shoppers at the Orange County Market Place, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in honor of its fifth annual National Popcorn Day Celebration Weekend.
Kaptain Kernel will be performing from 10 a.m. to noon with his popcorn hi-jinks, turning kernels into popcorn from his magic bag, followed by a nine-foot stilt walking popcorn bag, from noon to 2 p.m.
At the Orange County Market Place, nearly 1,000 vendors offer a great mix of merchandise and services at terrific values. Choose from produce, gourmet foods to go, arts and crafts, hair salons, food concessions and much more. All events are free with admission, which is $2 for ages 13 years and older. Children 12 and younger are free.
Orange County Market Place is at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 723-6660 or visit http://www.ocmarketplace.com.
On the wedding planner's list
After coordinating many weddings where wind caused the bride's veils to blow and wreak havoc during the ceremony and photos, San Clemente-based wedding planner Jill Watson of the Pampered Bride decided that she needed a solution to keep veils under control.