A person's choice of drink says a lot about them, though admittedly not as much as the fact that they're drinking it from a handmade amphora carved from the crystal skull of a hippogriff. Today's grapey Groupon lets you ooze sophistication and effortless worldliness from every pore without requiring immediate medical attention. For $20, you'll get $40 worth of pours and plates at Versai The Wine Bar, a Euro-like hot spot in Yorba Linda that specializes in rare sips, small plates, and nightly re-creations of Hannibal crossing the Alps using shadowpuppets. Versai The Wine Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The cobblesmiths of Factotum––owned by a third-generation shoe mender with more than 40 years of experience—revive worn-down footwear and cherished accessories with expert leather craftsmanship. Specializing in high-end-shoe repairs, Factotum's nimble staff carefully reattaches new rubber heels to the tarnished spikes of women's stilettos ($20/pair) or flat panels of men's shoes ($30/pair). Fashion accouterments that have been battered and bruised throughout the years can return to tip-top shape thanks to Factotum's detailed accessory repairs. The leather experts can outfit jackets and luggage with new zippers ($35) or restitch unraveling handbags ($25) to keep backup handbags from falling out. Factotum provides pro footwear care to both luxury and casual brands, including Gucci, Prada, Aerosole, and Doc Martens, and lends repair services to various department stores and boutiques, such as Nieman Marcus.
Trees-R-Us stocks its four Orange County retail locations with festive evergreen varieties such as Douglas, Grand, and Nordmann Firs—an annual tradition since 1981. The outfit sources its specimens from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a humane and happy home that lets the trees mature in dignity, build up their limb strength, and develop the willpower to not laugh when tickled by children. The company’s expert tree growers cut each batch as late in the season as possible before sending them out to each location, where they’re graded according to height and shape and then arranged for easy perusing.
No Limit Boot Camp owner and certified personal trainer Sako Yakinian helps clients from all ends of the fitness spectrum improve their health during 55-minute routines. CityVoter's Orange County Hotlist lauded the instructors as the best personal trainers and named No Limit Boot Camp the Best Boot Camp of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Sako's instructors, all of whom hold nationally recognized training certifications, lead intense indoor drills while peppering their ordered reps with words of encouragement, such as "that's it," "nice work," and "please be encouraged." As they push through varying strength, cardio, and resistance regimens, guests can look to the gym's walls for motivational decals, which display phrases such as "anything is possible." Nutritional counseling and online meal coaching also assist exercise sessions to fully streamline the process of achieving heightened levels of wellness.
Multitudes of styling supplies, makeup brands, and skin concoctions supply beauty buffs with at-home elegance, and expert aestheticians expertly handle hair within the in-house salon of this well-rounded boutique. Acclaimed products line the shelves, many chosen by customer request. Skincare solutions such as those of Dermalogica ($3–$180) pamper pelts without artificial colors, fragrances, or mineral oil, and L'Occitane ($3–$54) products, much like the Statue of Liberty's attitude, are imported straight from France. Seekers of sleeker, silkier hair can peruse deep-conditioning Moroccan Oil ($20.95–$41) products or explore the array of shampoos and conditioners by Bed Head ($9.95–$39.95).