The former nanny of Jennifer Garner (Garner is pictured earlier this year with Ben Affleck) is living it up in Southern California in the wake of the celeb couple's split.  (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

The former nanny of Jennifer Garner (Garner is pictured earlier this year with Ben Affleck) is living it up in Southern California in the wake of the celeb couple's split. (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)

Scoop: Affleck-Garner ex-nanny sports fancy new stuff

Numbers don’t lie.

Ben Affleck appears to be spending serious change on former nanny Christine Ouzounian, the 28-year-old rumored to be behind the actor’s split with wife Jennifer Garner.

On Wednesday, she posted a photo of a Lexus IS convertible (starting price $43,000) with the message: “Keep calm and meet my new drop top Lexi” according to TMZ. Earlier this week, she and some pals were seen lunching at Beverly Hills’ celebrity hotspot Il Pastaio.

Pictures of her wearing all four of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl rings, while on a flight in a private jet to Las Vegas for a poker tournament, also surfaced online. Meanwhile, sources at the posh Hotel Bel-Air, where she was staying when the scandal broke, estimated her tab at about $12,100.

Garner seems to be coping by working on the set of the upcoming Christian-themed movie “Miracles From Heaven” in Atlanta, with her three kids and two (or was it three?) new nannies in tow.

Given what we know about Affleck’s shenanigans, she’s going to need to keep the faith.

OPERA DINING

San Francisco Opera Guild President Charlot Malin and Opera Ball co-chairs Karen Kubin and Jane Mudge offered a sneak preview (of sorts) to the still-secret meal for this year’s Opera Ball on Sept. 11. Execs at McCalls, The City’s top high-end caterer, this week opened up their kitchen for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create the elegant dinner.

McCalls sales vice president Lee Gregory was the zippy hostess; president Lucas Schoemaker rattled off fun numbers (the event requires 30 chefs, 20 stewards and 130 wait staff), and executive chef Josip Martinovic and his team served an ethereal gourmet four-course lunch: honeydew shiso gazpacho, heirloom tomato and roasted nectarine, guinea hen ballotine, and thyme roasted apricot and pluotwith olive oil biscuit, raspberries and elderflower gelato.

‘RUNWAY’ CHAT

San Francisco designer Jake Wall, a competitor on the current season of “Project Runway,” is slated to dish about the show, and give a talk called “An Unconventional Approach to the Fashion Industry” at 4:30 p.m. Friday on the fourth floor of Westfield San Francisco Centre mall.

And who can blame him for also taking the opportunity to introduce looks from a new Indigogo campaign? He’ll also be on hand for additional Friday afternoon fashion events at the same location in the next several weeks.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Lennon Stella (“Nashville”) is 16. Singer James Morrison is 31. Actress Kathryn Fiore (“Reno 911!”) is 36. … Actress Quinn Cummings (“Family”) is 48. … Actress Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) is 51. … Actor Danny Bonaduce (“The Partridge Family”) is 56. … Director Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) is 60. …Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 67. …Actor Kevin Tighe (“Emergency,” “Murder One”) is 71. …Actor Pat Harrington (“One Day at a Time”) is 86. … Cuba leader Fidel Castro is 89.

_ Wire, staff report

Got scoops or Bay Area celebrity gossip? Email scoop@sfexaminer.com. Ben AFfleckCharlot MalinChristine OuzounianJane MudgeJennifer GarnerJosip Martinovic. Jake WallKaren KubinLee GregoryLucas SchoemakerProject RunwaySan Francisco Opera

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