When you have babies and young kids, every parent you meet offers the same advice: Enjoy every moment, because the early years pass faster than you can imagine.
It’s a timeworn cliché that I find myself repeating to new parents. Now, suddenly, our son Otis is in school. The days of his mom deciding on a whim what adventure h
From kindergarten to college, the backpack is a symbol of the student. It’s often jammed full of textbooks, notes, pencils and snacks. The backpack can also cause health problems. Spinal injury, back pain and fatigue are just a few of the symptoms of improper backpack wear. The good news is that there are ways to prevent such maladies and
By third grade, there is an uptick in homework. Experts say this is an ideal time to help kids develop good study habits that will carry them through college.
The brain needs constant review and reminders to retain information. A guide from Northwest Florida State College lists the benefits of effective studying: improving memory, knowle
The girl raised her hand in English class. She had a question. What she got, instead, was a one-way trip to the main office — and an unexpected appointment with the administrator in charge of discipline.
That’s because when the freshman at Trabuco Hills High School raised her hand, the motion exposed about 2 inches of her bar
Gone are the days when all you needed for school were pencils and notebooks. A recent study by McGraw-Hill Education Research found that more than 80 percent of students use mobile technology to study. We’re talking smartphones, laptops and tablets. The Orange County Unified School District’s parent/pupil handbook states that cellpho
Best in Show Sticky NotesSkip the boring yellow paper. The Best in Show Sticky Notes made by Galison feature colorful dogs illustrated by Heather Strianese. Whether it’s to jot down encouraging messages to leave in lunch boxes or to use as a reminder to hand in homework, these sticky notes come in handy. ($10.99) ::
Fall runway fashion this year was all about the ’80s. From New York to Paris, models wore gold lamé, crop tops and shoulder pads. With these old-school trends in mind, we styled Orange County School of the Arts acting students in back-to-school garb inspired by the late John Hughes’ movie, “The Breakfast Club.” &nb
With kids, you’re never entirely out of the woods. Happily, children’s furniture designers have found new ways to make napping and bedtime more of an adventure. Bunks that echo cabins from the great outdoors – and cleverly keep pace with your kids by incorporating storage and sleepover trundles – mix with animal-influence
When it came to updating their Newport Heights tract home, Helen and David Hogle wanted to give the 2,600-square-foot house a more modern vibe, effortless indoor-outdoor flow as well as a sense of breathing space. No small feat given the 1964 house’s original slatted windows, dated fixtures and low ceiling heights. But instead of going int
Sweet SpotChef Alessandro Pirozzi works hard to channel the taste of simple, thin-crust pizza synonymous with his Southern Italian hometown. At Pirozzi’s in Corona del Mar, authentic Naples-style pizza cooks in mere seconds thanks to an imported oven built brick by brick just for the chef. While the pizza menu lists classics w
I once stole a cocktail glass from Harry’s Bar in Venice. In a roundabout way, that’s how I found Torcello, my favorite island in the Venetian Lagoon. I was young, much too young to actually drink the cocktail (a Bellini, as is the custom at Harry’s), but – according to my older brother – that was no excuse; b
Fetneh Blake is one of a kind: independent, dynamic, a fashion pioneer, just like her splashy eponymous boutique in Laguna Beach. She’s also a very lucky woman – and she knows it. “I always wanted to do exactly what I’m doing; I dreamed about it since I was a little girl.” Blake opened her high-end clothing sh
Designer Christian Dior was the first to notice that taste starts early, launching the first haute couture line of children’s clothing in 1967. Today all top designers are in step. Some of this fall’s most delectable luxury comes in sizes from newborn to junior, so whether jet set or stroller set, every day can be a runway for the li
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By: Photography by Tamar Levin ν Styling by Jordan Grossman
Fashionistas from Newport Beach to New York City know the of styles parading down designer runways for fall create a cacophony of competing trends. From androgynous power suits to Goth glamour, Victorian primness to ’80s “new” retro, a case can be made for it all. Picking fashion has much in common with collecting works o
In many ways, 45-year-old Billy Long is your typical bachelor. He surfs a lot. He owns a small beachside restaurant, the Secret Spot in Huntington Beach, that’s frequented by fellow health-conscious surfers. He doesn’t stress.
Where Long’s typical bachelor status goes a little sideways is on Tuesdays, when you’ll
It’s opening night of the Neil Simon classic “The Odd Couple” and I’m sitting fourth row center at the Laguna Playhouse, the theater packed with excited patrons.“The guy from ‘Grease 2’ is playing Felix!” an expensively coiffed woman in a tasteful black sheath dress seated next to me whispers
“Irasshai!” shouts a hostess as she leads me to my table. The sushi chefs and waiters respond in kind. Most are cheerily enthusiastic, although I can’t help but notice one waiter rushing through the room with an armful of food who mumbles the greeting under his breath in a way that suggests the Japanese-to-English translation i
The hospitality business in Orange County is back. Hotel occupancy and revenues are up. Spending is soaring. Industry watchers say 2015 is shaping up as the best year on record for hotels – better even than the boom year of 2000.
That’s good news for local resorts, which have been on a spending spree lately in pursuit of that
For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
Even before Tatum O’Neal authored two memoirs, her triumphs and stumbles have been an open book – from mega success as the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for her role as Addie in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” to her long struggles with drug addiction, to her painful efforts to reconcile a dysfunctional relationship
Organic Latin Herb PlanterOnce used to ship tools from Chile, these little crates transform into a window sill-sized raised bed, perfect for growing Latin herbs in a sunny kitchen. From left: Mexican oregano, Cuban oregano, “Ring of Fire” Mexican pepper, Spanish white onion, cilantro, yerba buena (mint).
While the rest of the country revels in fall’s flushes of amber, gold and rust, blue-gray ocean waves lapping tan sand quietly mark our autumn. The exception can be found at Pelican Hill Resort, nestled up against Newport Coast Drive, where its Apple Dandy cocktail, served at the resort’s Social Lounge, channels a true harvest
Don’t be fooled by the familiar azure above and below. Dynamic, ever changing: That’s our Newport Beach. Waves crash into the shore and shape it, erode it, even as the current leaves shells, seaweed and sediment behind. A little different every day, even as our eyes notice only the horizon’s beauty, our skin feels the sun&rsquo
South Coast Plaza is no stranger to fashion shows. The staff at SCP produces amazing runway productions for many high profile nonprofit events that feature professional models in the latest designer clothing. But there’s something sweetly unique about the Teen Project Fashion show, held for its second year poolside on the rooftop deck of t