Using 3D CAD data, the electric luxury car titan Tesla replicated its Model S P85 down to the finest detail. The 1:18 scale, tiny Tesla die-cast vehicle consists of 270 pieces and features a panoramic roof, rear spoiler, rubber tires, and carpeted interior. $210 Available at Tesla Motors, Fashion Island, 367 Newport Center Drive, Newport B
If you have any doubts about Orange County’s passion for shopping, just look up and down the coast. Two new consumer meccas cut their ribbons in time for holiday buying. Pacific City in Huntington Beach sits beach-adjacent on PCH, with more than half its 60 stores and restaurants still to come through the summer. Outlets at San Clemente ov
Anaheim’s JW Marriott progressesOne of a spate of new hotels proposed for the Disney Resort area of Anaheim is ready for the city’s approval process, and this one is a potential gem: a JW Marriott. The JW brand is the top of hotel giant Marriott’s brands, and the 466-room, 12-story hotel would rise on a 2.8-acre pa
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” Here are four festival and thoughtful ways to bestow on your holiday hostess.
A Hosting Treatise Books serve a practical purpose, but they can also be beautiful objects in their own right. Assouline specializes in luxuriously craft
It’s the season, for family and friends to break bread – and to break out those special items from the china cabinet. While dessert plates with snowflakes and reindeer have an undeniable charm, holiday meals in sunny Southern California don’t have to be a wintry wonderland. These delightful pieces will dress up your dining room
Fashion is everything. Those who know Rachel Zoe – and really, who doesn’t? – know this is more than a catchphrase. It’s the motto this stylist-to-the-stars lives by and the belief she evangelizes through an empire that includes a clothing line, the Bravo reality series “The Rachel Zoe Project” as well as &ldq
Men's WatchesDoes the timepiece make the man? In the case of these five magnificent watches, that just might be the case. Once you strap on one of these bold new styles, perhaps you’ll stand a bit straighter, have more of a spring in your step or feel ready to take on whatever dangerous task comes your way. No matter what chal
Bellissima Chef Amy Jo Pedone’s two passions, Italian cooking and chocolate, led her to trade in her corporate day job for an apron as master chocolatier. Pedone, who is half Sicilian, traveled to Italy in 2013 to complete her École Chocolat Master Chocolatier certification. Now just a couple of years later, her award-w
The son of a spy, born in Panama while his father was on assignment, who goes on to a career managing some of the world’s finest luxury properties – when you hear these details about Rick Riess, “glamorous” might be the word that pops to mind.
But in person, Riess, who took the reins as managing director of Montag
Chamber of Commerce leaders like to call the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade “our postcard to the world.” While much of the nation might be shivering in its white Christmas, we on the coast revel in a bright one. This year marks the 107th celebration, when thousands of festive lights from the more than 100 boats gliding in the ha
How you decorate a tabletop is a reflection of your entertaining mojo. Whatever your style, Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design in Costa Mesa and a new holiday pop-up in Laguna Beach, recommends using decorative elements that can, with a few changes, last from Thanksgiving to Christmas. “I recommend keeping the bones simple so yo
In the 30-year history of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, the elegant resort has hosted countless celebrations, from fantastic flower-bedecked nuptials to glittering galas and, of course, New Year’s hurrahs aplenty. But why wait for January to toast the coming year? For the remaining days of December, start the countdown to 2
As a writer I always thought I’d need to move to New York to be taken seriously, but I’ve been able to develop my career in my beloved California since 1989. I’ve written more than 25 books, all set on the West Coast, and I’ve watched the literary scene grow richer every year.
In August, Kevin Staniec, execu
Move over, Tinseltown party planners. Chapman University’s annual American Celebration had it all – star power, polished entertainment and one of the most sophisticated suppers ever tossed in a tent.
Oscar nominee James Caan (“The Godfather”) received the school’s Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award at th
In celebration of National Adoption Month, a crowd of 340 guests attended Olive Crest Orange County’s The Power of One luncheon to hear keynote speaker David Pelzer, best-selling author, inspirational speaker and internationally recognized humanitarian.
“For over four decades, Olive Crest has become the premier facilitator of
Sporting island-style attire, more than 350 supporters of Laura’s House filled Newport Beach’s Island Hotel for the Bahamas Nights gala, sponsored by Laura Khouri and Michael K. Hayde, for the signature fundraiser for the nonprofit dedicated to ending domestic violence.
Guests – including TV personality, philanthropist
Dressed in black tie, 350 supporters of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation filled KIA Motors headquarters for the sixth annual Spirit of Excellence gala, which raised more than $425,000.
Following a red carpet arrival, cocktail reception and silent auction, partygoers followed the sounds of live entertainment to take their seats for th
The county’s top style-makers gathered at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for Harvesters 23rd annual Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon, raising $675,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.The fashionable flock of more than 400 guests, including event chairs Melissa Knode and Susan Croul, were greeted with a Champagne r
You just wrapped up a beautiful day on the links and are headed back to your vehicle. Two valets simultaneously pull up in nearly identical super-luxury cars (this is Orange County, after all). For a moment, you panic. Which one is mine? you think, nervously looking for an unmistakable identifier. Just then, you spot it: your $9,000 gold-plated
When your friends hear that you’re going to Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza, they’ll urge you to order the pork xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). They’ll tell you this because it’s what they heard and now they’re passing along the advice. After all, the dish is the restaurant’s best-seller.
Advent IdeaWhen a luxury Parisian perfumer crafts an A dvent calendar, the result is an aromatic oeuvre fitted with 25 days of Diptyque’s signature fragrances. The keepsake box contains 15 mini candles, 7 Eau de Toilettes, a rich body butter and precious oils. Diptyque’s 201 Advent Calendar, $390. Diptyque, South C
“Glowing skin is the foundation for your holiday look,” says the national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani Beauty, Tim Quinn, whose work has graced fashion runways and the pages of myriad magazines. He’s won an Elle magazine Genius Award and has worked with celebrities including Victoria Beckham, Kerry
The artist: Ohio-born Lynn Welker says she has always been an artist. “Even though I don’t recall, my best friend tells me our kindergarten teacher used to hold up my drawings as an example for the class,” says Welker, who now lives in Newport Beach. She attended the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Ar
Orange County chef Mark McDonald craves culinary adventures. “It’s what I live for,” he says, adding that he thinks travel is the ultimate opportunity to learn about other cuisines and cultures. McDonald, owner of Old Vine Café at the Camp in Costa Mesa, enjoys travel – and sharing his experiences – so much t