2014 Features Archive Stories

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  • Mojdeh Eskandari :: Co-founder of TEDxOrangeCoast By: Terence Loose
    It’s perhaps ironic that if it weren’t for the suppression of ideas, TEDxOrangeCoast, an event that is all about showcasing “Ideas worth spreading,” may never have happened. At least not here.TEDxOrangeCoast’s co-founder, Mojdeh Eskandari, was at college in Iran when the Iranian revolution began and the univer
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Bag Man By: Kedric Francis
    George Esquivel was 19 when he kicked his father out and became head of a household that included his mother and four younger siblings. “I was sick of my life,” Esquivel says, some 25 years later, and a world away from his childhood living motel to motel in seedy sections of Orange County. “I was working, saving up my money and
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Trekking through Thailand By: Justine Amodeo
    Bankok's Jewels The elephant dreams started two weeks before I departed for Thailand; trumpeting jungle stampedes, fanciful river crossings and elephant-headed men. So when I arrived in the frenetic metropolis of Bangkok, pink taxis and tuk-tuks making their way past designer malls
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • A Risque Fall
    Photographer: James Cant Stylist: Rafael Linares/One Represents Hair: Christian Marc/The Magnet Agency Makeup: Bethany McCarty/The Magnet Agency Model: Kim Daunais/Photogenics Digital Operator: Joanna Miriam Photographer Assistant: Lily Cote Stylist Assistant:
    Mon Sep 08, 2014
  • Everything’s Coming Up Roses (and Daisies and Orchids)
    Photography: Robert John Kley Stylist: Christie Moeller Hair and make-up: Krystle Randall Model:Dylan/ENVY Stylist Assistant: Sarah Ann Miller
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Ted Danson | Actor, Oceana Co-Founder By: Terence Loose
    By Terence Loose   As an actor, Ted Danson has had a long and successful career, from his iconic portrayal of the easy-going ladies man Sam Malone in “Cheers” to his current role as the smart night shift supervisor on “C.S.I.” But perhaps his most meaningful and lasting s
    Tue Aug 05, 2014
  • Changing Tides By: Jenn Tanaka
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Changing Tides By: Jenn Tanaka
    Seaduction Last year, Beverly Factor jumped into the 83-degree water off the coast of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Known as one of the ultimate underwater destinations in the wor
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Oceana Seachange 2014 By: Steve Bramucci
      There’s an extended metaphor that Geoff Shester, Oceana’s California campaign director, uses to illustrate the importance of the waters off California’s coastline. “In Kenya and Tanzania,” he explains, “the grasslands of the Serengeti provide seasonal feeding grounds for millions of wild
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • The Many Lives of Todd Marinovich By: Jessica Husami
    Art Attack To see more of Todd Marinovich’s artwork, buy an original painting or print, or contact him about
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Summer Preview By: Steve Bramucci
    The beginning of June is like a watermelon ripening on the vine. It just needs a few more days before it’s primed – promising fruit that is sweet and crisp and airy. In those first days of June, we plot, plan and improvise. The hope is to enter fall with bright sparkling memories to carry us along as the days draw shorter. With that
    Wed May 28, 2014
  • Interview with Ryan Chase By: Terence Loose
    Ryan Chase grew up in Irvine, went to USC and is in the development game. So w
    Wed May 28, 2014
  • Ground Control
    Photography James CantDigital Tech Joanne MiriamPhoto Assistants Lily Cote and Daniel KintzHair and Makeup Iris Moreau at One Represents
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Thicker Than Water By: Jessica Husami
    Mary was first. Then Susan, followed by Lita. Trish, the youngest, went straight for a preventative double mastectomy, the BRACA2 gene mutation making it all but certain that she would develop breast cancer like her three sisters before her. Yet, sitting in Mary’s living room, 13 years after her diagnosis, with the scent of bak
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Interview with Larry Haynes By: Terence Loose
    When you speak with Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House, which provides housing and services to the homeless, the term “mercy” never actually comes up. In fact, moral arguments about why we should end homelessness and care for our fellow man seem as distant as his deep religious convictions.Instead, there&rsqu
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • OC Icons By: Kedric Francis
    What makes a place great? As avowed Orange County exceptionalists, we have a long list of local favorites that help make OC a magnet for visitors and residents, new and old. But which rise to iconic status? We came up with 50 movers and makers, buildings and businesses, places and spaces from the past and present without which OC would be a very
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • The Language of Style By: Jessica Husami
    Get Toned IlluminEssensce offers one-day or four-day seminars with Taylore Sinclaire or one of
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • The Big Blue By: Kim Bowen
    Watch itOn April 25, the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, a 125-nautical-mile International Yacht Race, bille
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Interview with Shyima Hall By: Terence Loose
    In 1998, eight-year-old Egyptian Shyima Hall was given to a couple in Cairo to pay off a $30 debt. For the next four years, she worked 20 hours a day as a slave, cooking, cleaning and never attending school. Two years into her capture, the family who enslaved her moved to Orange County and smuggled Hall in with them. Here, her life only became w
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Dirty Dancing
    Photography James CantStylist Kim Bowen at MagnetDigital Tech Joanna Miriam Photo Assistant Lily Cote Stylists Ass
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Namastaycation By: Justine Amodeo
    Spring is a time of jumps starts, fresh growth and self-improvement. It’s the season to slough off old habits and begin anew. For many (including this mother of two), that’s a task best accomplished with a little help.If the idea – just the very notion – of spring is enough to get you plotting the best way to
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Look… Up in the Sky! By: Shawn Price
    In the wild lands off Ortega Highway, Astronomy Night makes its monthly stand. It's a science night. It's a date night. It's a family trip. And it's pretty much the only place most OC'ers get to see the stars while having an astronomy expert guide you through it. The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo hosts the evenings in a secluded valley that cu
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Interview with Beth Sanden By: Terence Loose
    San Clemente’s Beth Sanden, a retired nurse, had never run even a 5k race until she was 44 years old. On a dare, she did a sprint triathlon and she was hooked, soon doing full marathons and grueling Ironmans – a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride, all followed by a marathon.Then, a bike accident during a race left her p
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Off the Grid By: Jessica Husami
    Step away from the computer screen, stop refreshing social media and put down your phone. With all the distractions and demands of everyday life, it’s easy to forget that we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Whatever your fancy – backcountry camping, rustic period lodging or five-star resort – it exists within
    Wed Feb 26, 2014