It’s a truth universally acknowledged that girls’ time during the holidays is an absolute must—especially when fun activities, good food, and fashionable finds are included. Here, our friends at Fashion Island give you the ultimate guide to doing girls' night out properly this season.
Before you and your ladies head to a heart-pumping session at SoulCycle (Fashion Island, 1177 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-759-7685), get fitness-ready at these stores.
Training Excel Tank, Lorna Jane ($46). Fashion Island, 807 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-640-0623
Show your dedication to sweat with this lightweight, quick-dry tank by Lorna Jane.
Laser Mesh Sonar Capri, Athleta ($79). Fashion Island, 1071 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-717-6650
The more resistance on the bike the better, especially when you’re equipped with Athleta’s form-meets-function compression capri.
If cycling isn’t your group’s thing, go for a Champagne-fueled blowout at Drybar (Fashion Island, A209 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-298-4676), where strand styles range between the loose curls of The Cosmo or the sleek appeal of The Manhattan. Before getting your beauty fix, snag one of these luxe styles.
Peekaboo Mock Neck Jumpsuit, bebe ($129). Fashion Island, 811 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-719-2323
Pair this wide-leg bebe jumpsuit, complete with a trio of skin-baring slits, with stiletto heels and a sparkly clutch for maximum fashion impact this holiday season.
Multi-Stripe Sweater Dress, Kendall + Kylie ($258). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, 601 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-759-1900
This body-con, short-sleeved dress by Kendall + Kylie (a.k.a. the Jenner sisters) is perfect for catching up on the latest news with your nearest and dearest girlfriends.
From strange dates to wedding planning, New Year’s travel plans, and what to make for the all-important family holiday dinner, the most wonderful thing about girl talk is that no discussion is off the table when it comes to your absolute besties. Let the conversation flow naturally and be mindful not to hog the spotlight.
If you’re planning GNO, make sure to be considerate of everyone’s needs in the group. Opt for activity and dinner spots that fit for all involved. Your girls will love you for it and—most importantly—enjoy themselves.
Sidle up to CUCINA enoteca with your gal pals for a delectable dinner. Start with the grilled octopus with salsa verde or the creamy mascarpone polenta board with the chef’s ragu, before tucking into main options like the fig and gorgonzola pizza with caramelized onion or the whole roasted branzino with heirloom tomato. If you and your crew want to share a few options, opt for a family-style pasta like the bucatini with guanciale along with a mini mason jar of burrata and a side of roasted cauliflower. Newport Beach, 951 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-706-1416
Bring the Mediterranean to you through the mouth-watering dishes offered at Fig & Olive. Share appetizers like the Tuscan artichoke with picked Hen of the Woods mushroom and the zucchini carpaccio, before spooning the beloved winter-time butternut squash and chestnut soup with toasted squash seed. Afterwards, dig into the Chilean sea bass with a romesco-mascarpone sauce or the rosemary lamp chops with braised honey eggplant. Fashion Island, 151 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-877-3005