Greer's OC: Newport gets Sweet and Saucy

June 26, 2012|By Greer Wylder

Could Orange County become any sweeter?

We just celebrated the new 'lette Macarons at Fashion Island, a place for authentic French macarons. We can order French pastries at Pandor Artisan Boulangerie that taste as delicious as ones in Paris.

And now we have Sweet and Saucy Shop, a celeb favorite dessert spot that just opened at Crystal Cove Shopping Center in Newport Coast.


Co-owner and pastry chef Melody Brandon, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, opened her first Sweet and Saucy three years ago in Long Beach with her mother, Eileen Francabandera. Their desserts are already favorites of Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling and LeAnn Rimes.

Sweet and Saucy Shop creates elegant and contemporary custom cakes, cookies, and mini desserts for all occasions. Stop by the dessert bar for a mini key lime pie, cake lollipops, mini s'mores tarts, and assorted desserts in shot glasses filled with chocolate mousse, lemon cream and berries.

Or, order a beautiful custom cake, or custom cookies with corporate logos or photos for celebrations. Sweet and Saucy Shop also stocks vintage-inspired and collectible cake platters, bowls, and cake stands.

Crystal Cove Shopping Center is at 7922 E. Coast Hwy. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit or call (949) 715-0920.


Manna mania

We're about as loyal to M•A•C Cosmetics as can be. We always get excited to run out and try M•A•C's limited time collections, like its recently released Casual Colour and Beth Ditto collections.

But now we've discovered Orange County-based Manna Cosmetics, which is all about simplifying beauty, and we're making room in our M•A•C makeup bag for these must-have products.

Founder Manna Kadar has more than 15 years experience in the beauty industry, and she's spent years perfecting her debut line of signature products to streamline and improve your makeup routine. Her Manna Beauty Simplified line provides flawless looks that can last all day, plus Manna's signature products are multi-functional and save you time.

Just grab Prime Time and use it as a primer on your lids, lips and even as an eye shadow highlighter. Manna's Transfix transforms any eye shadow into a beautiful smudge-proof liner, and the HD Powder makes a perfect finishing powder.

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