By: Christina Schwab | photography by leonard ortiz and Courtesy of Spa Gregorie’s Day Spas & Salons
I made my career as a fashion and beauty commentator on television, from the “Today” show to “Entertainment Tonight” and dozens of others, but I have to admit, when it comes to watching TV, my personal favorite was “Downton Abbey.” The elegant lifestyle made me envious. As I sit in Lululemon workout clothes wr
It was bingo night at Main Street Bar & Cabaret, Laguna Beach’s last gay club. Techno music chugged; strobe lights blinked. The game’s caller – a redhead drag queen named Endora – fussed softly over the prizes, like an ikebana master arranging her flowers. But half an hour past the scheduled start time, patrons had ye
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt sits behind a desk in his Orange County recording studio. Dressed in a blue shirt and red, striped tie, with his first guest ready on the phone, he slips the headphones over his silver hair, adjusts the mic and offers his trademark greeting: “Morning glory, evening grace, America.”
On a Friday morning in late January, I wound one of my 7-year-old daughter’s blond hairnets around my stub of a ponytail and anchored the small bun with several hairpins (also on loan). A leotard was more of an issue. Nostalgia was responsible for my saving a collection of Dance France styles for two decades. But my black spaghetti-strap f
Consider the dilemma of two art collectors who have quietly cultivated their passion over the last two decades: Their interest is piqued after a chance encounter with a handful of watercolors in a consignment shop. They buy one and, on their next visit, another, fueling their infatuation with California Scene painting. Soon they are immersed in
“Come on in,” says an Angel with a friendly wave of his hand, motioning to follow him to where his four-story house’s garage door is opened to a narrow Newport Beach street, free of cars and the hustle of beachgoers on this cool morning. He fusses with the cuffs of his dress shirt as he winds past a sleek Mercedes-Benz sports c
Fall and winter are the mainstays of the formal social season, but what about spring? There are still parties aplenty, and even though April’s weather differs little from February in the Eden that is Orange County, now is the time to lighten your look with fresh fashion choices. Glamour reigns, whether your calendar includes garden parties
I grew up in Corona del Mar on the wet side of Iris Avenue right by an Albertsons, about five blocks from the beach. My girlhood was lived on the white pavement of the narrow streets, all named after flowers and arranged in a grid in alphabetical order. We would break off pieces of ice plant to write secret messages that evaporated in the sun. S
A taco that defies the imagination. Sushi like you’ve never seen before. Dry-aged steaks that flip the paradigm for Spanish cuisine. Extraordinary pizza. Ten fascinating chefs. These are the 10 most essential restaurants in Orange County right now, and many are on the coast or nearby. They’re also merely the tip of the iceberg of the
Walk out to the water’s edge, then turn around,” Laura Davick says. “That’s the best spot if you want to see the past, present and future of Crystal Cove.”
The woman whose own past, present and future are inextricably linked to this coastal place knows what she’s talking about. As gorgeous as the view
“Italian Renaissance” won’t be the first words that pop to mind when you pull up to the gleaming white home on a hillside in San Clemente where Lawrence – “Larry” – and Sandy Armstrong have lived for 15 years. The precise lines, use of glass and curving walls will feel familiar to anyone acquainted
I was somewhere around Irvine on the edge of the airport when the anxiety began to take hold. I remember thinking something like “I feel a bit light-headed …” and suddenly there was a tightness in my chest and I was having trouble swallowing, and I wondered how long I’d be able to remain in my own skin.
I was tea
What first stands out at Samueli Academy is what’s not there: No narrow hallways lined with clanging lockers. No classrooms with only tiny security windows through which to peer. No orderly rows of desks – or any desks, for that matter.
What is there is sunlight, streaming through the generous windows that embrace the three-s
Come to paradise, he said. That was my soon-to-be husband, suggesting we make our home in the reputedly more provincial of the neighboring counties that had defined our relationship. Me, a committed Angeleno, defect to the land of Mickey and Goofy? Where boat parades pass as culture? Surely this Hollywood-born USC boy I was about to marry was in
Not long after Laguna Beach architect Mark Singer designed his first modernist home in the community in the late 1970s, he and his wife, Myriam, were having dinner at a local restaurant. At the next table, a woman who had just seen the house as part of a tour was telling her friends about it. She was shocked, Myriam Singer said. “It had no
In 2010, when C.C. and Chris Knowles finally were in a financial position to raze their Corona del Mar house and build their dream home, they thought it would be easy. At least C.C. did.
“When we moved in 12 years ago, it was a single-story house that had water damage; it had lots of issues,” she recalls. But at that point, w
Stephanie Mutz holds a master’s degree in marine ecology. But unlike most of her peers, Mutz does not spend her days working for nonprofits, conducting research or teaching marine preservation. As California’s only female urchin diver, she spends them underwater, gathering sea urchins, or uni. Not for study, but for food.
Romance is the word coming off the 2016 spring and resort runways. Couture fashions showcase lace, flowing swaths of silk and delicate floral patterns. Inspired by sultry soirees and bedroom rendezvous, this season’s styles transition to effortless cool when paired with casual accessories, such as sneakers and leather accented boots.
Let’s just get this out of the way, in case you’re wondering how we did it: It wasn’t easy, picking the 50 with clout. Across every field of endeavor, so many of the people who choose to live here are the kind of people who make things happen. Philanthropic. Artistic. Athletic. Entrepreneurial. Political. Environmental. Bold. J
A year ago, 29-year-old bass trombonist Kyle Mendiguchia would have jumped on a plane to audition for a respected midsize orchestra such as Kansas City Symphony. Unlike his current position with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City, Missouri, orchestra is a full-time job – the goal of most musicians aspiring to joi