2015 Oc History Archive Stories

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  • Dapper Dads by Sarah Mosqueda
    Pack It In Shinola’s hip rendition of the briefcase brings some attitude to the classic manly accessory. Designed in Shinola’s Detroit leather studio and handcrafted in the U.S. from Horween Essex leather, this canvas-lined carrier is on-trend in spruce green. It’s finished with an adjustable leather shoulder strap
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • The First Lady of Newport Beach By David Ferrell
    What’s a perfect day for Lynn Selich? Heading to Catalina with her husband, Ed, the mayor of Newport Beach, aboard their 43-foot fishing boat,  Fast Eddie, with their toy Chihuahua, Charlie, in tow. If anyone in Newport Beach is busier than the mayor, it might be the mayor’s wife, Lynn Selich. Her media presence
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Big Hitters By: Story and Photography by Brad A. Johnson
    The ClassicThe cheeseburger at Shock Top Brew Pub satisfies the meat lovers in the stands. The juicy, hand-formed burger, made with top-grade meat, cheddar cheese and a fluffy brioche bun, hits the spot. According to Johnson, “The biggest surprise at Angel Stadium comes early in the night at Shock Top Brew Pub, an indoor/outdo
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Mule Kick By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Summer cocktails have a bad rap for being too sweet or slushy – or kitschy. (We’re talking about you, beer margaritas.) When the Fahrenheit rises what you really want is something refreshing. John Nye, Driftwood Kitchen’s director of operations, knows how to quench your thirst. Enter the Laguna mule. Nye says there&
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Fashion Forward By: Alene Dawson
    The future is now for the fusion of fashion and high-tech. What once was sci-fi is now wearable reality, starting at the wrist with the Dick Tracy-like Apple Watch and with Gucci’s “smartband” partnership with will.i.am (the first recording artist to send a song to Mars). Before long you can go cyborg style head to toe: Google
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Move over, Rover By: Steve Irsay
    Super-luxury SUVs are a mainstay of coastal OC motoring. With its blend of off-road prowess and über-posh amenities, the Land Rover Range Rover has been a perennial favorite. Those stakes recently went up with the introduction of the $200,000 Range Rover SVAutobiography. Crafted by the brand’s covert-sounding Special Vehicl
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Flaming Hot By Alexandria Abramian
    Beach SeenLooking to import a sense of worldly beach chic into your home? Long Beach-based Black Crow Studios custom wallpaper company is bringing a new wave of high-impact, seaside-influenced images right to the wall. Partnering with Southern California-based photographer Gray Malin, who is known for his iconic beach images, Black
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Shoe Star By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    The glamour of old Hollywood movies like Rita Hayworth’s “Gilda” inspired Charlotte Dellal, the award-winning designer of the fanciful luxury brand Charlotte Olympia, to take up a career in fashion. Since Dellal launched her first line of island platforms in 2008, her distinctive blend of Italian-made craftsmanship and vamp
    Fri May 29, 2015
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    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Balboa Bright by Peter Larsen | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    Houses on Balboa Island tend to the quiet or small when it comes to touches of character. Packed close together on the narrow island lots, they don’t have a lot of room for grand statements, so most make do with grace notes and accents – a calm patio between the sidewalk and the front door, a picket fence, a softly burbling fo
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • These trailblazing surf shops made waves By Laylan Connelly
    Katin Huntington Beach, 1954 In the 1950s, Nancy and Walter Katin’s shop catered to boaters looking for canvas boat covers. Late in the decade a young surfer, Corky Carroll, walked in for new trunks. The way Carroll tells it, he asked Walter to make him a pair. Eventually, other surfers took notice of the sturdy
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Anne Shih’s Taiwan By: Rosemary McClure
    An international magazine once referred to Anne Shih as a ”superwoman.”  It’s easy to make a case for the nickname in Orange County, where she is a driving force for many philanthropic and cultural organizations, including the Bowers Museum. As chair of the museum’s board of governors, Shih is a dynamo, raising m
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai by Sherry Stern
    It’s a Saturday morning inside Lulu Bandha’s airy yoga studio on a downtown Ojai side street, and our instructor, Katie, asks if anyone wants to share community announcements. A woman pipes up that today is Tomatomania!, with heirloom tomato seedlings available at Flora Gardens Nursery. Another woman announces that the Ojai Valley Mu
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By: Laylan Connelly
    Kolohe Andino comes out of the water at Lower Trestles, his blond hair and orange jersey dripping wet as the sun starts to make its way closer to the horizon. It’s the first round of the Oakley Lowers Pro, a surf contest in late April that brings some of the world’s best surfers to the beaches south of San Clemente. An
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Summer Guide By: Jenn Tanaka
    ROCKIN AT THE OC FAIR Willie Nelson & Family - July 19Alison Krauss and Union Station will join Willie Nelson at the Pacific Ampitheatre as he performs classic hits like “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind” and recent favorites such as “It’s a Long Story,” released
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • The Spirit of Ojai
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Summer Guide
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mr. Surf City By: David Ferrell
    Surf City was a mythical place, a paradise for the era’s restless teens in the summer of 1963, when the song became the first surfing tune to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts.Fame came quickly for the Los Angeles-born duo of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence, who became stars in their early 20s. They would build on their success with hi
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Stately Elegance By: Photography by Michael Goulding
    Someone once said we should consider every day we have not danced as a day lost. Cilvia Lee and Joe Nguyen announce carpe diem with the waltz on a cloudless Newport Beach afternoon. The dance partners perfect their ballroom form across the mural of the United States painted on the blacktop of Newport Elementary School.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Sweet, with Celery By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    David Fuñe, head chef at Splashes in Laguna Beach, is serious about his work. His dishes are tightly composed, and he deftly mixes traditional techniques with molecular gastronomy. Each dish that leaves his kitchen is plated with tweezer-level precision. That doesn’t mean that Chef Fuñe is stuffy, however. His
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Along the coast By: Martin A. Brower
    Planning a new high-rise condoIs the time once again ripe for high-rise residential condominiums in Orange County? Before the recent recession began, three such projects were completed in Irvine and one in Costa Mesa, and then plans for other high-rise condo projects abruptly stopped. While two of the Irvine towers were eventually s
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Prince of Tides By Laylan Connelly
    Kolohe Andino comes out of the water at Lower Trestles, his blond hair and orange jersey dripping wet as the sun starts to make its way closer to the horizon. It’s the first round of the Oakley Lowers Pro, a surf contest in late April that brings some of the world’s best surfers to the beaches south of San Clemente. An
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Drive, He wrote By Matthew Thomas | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Drive, He wrote By: Matthew Thomas
    The light is different in Southern California. Somehow it feels richer than the light in New York – fuller, more saturated. Maybe it’s coming in at a different angle. Maybe it has to do with the buildings being shorter and more spread out. Maybe there’s a meteorological explanation. Or maybe the light isn’t actually diffe
    Thu May 28, 2015