2015 Style Archive Stories

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  • Eight great wine carts By: David A. Keeps
    Blame it on Don Draper. Among the many things that “Mad Men” re-popularized, the bar cart has truly flourished. “It’s become a must-have element in the home,” says Heather Neubauer, retail marketing manager at Room & Board, which currently has four models in its collection. As an alternative to built-in wet bars
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Create a Stir By: Jenn Tanaka
    Go ProThese balanced, coil-handled barspoons developed by barware maker Cocktail Kingdom and Southern California native Jeff “Beachbum” Berry boost the panache of stirring stiff drinks. Might we suggest the copper-plated skull version, which matches other essential bar accoutrements such as the Usagi cobbler shaker ($67.
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Fashion File: New Victorian By: Sophia Kercher
    This season’s style harks to an earlier era, be it with reign-worthy ruffles or the elegant melancholy of black lace. It’s Victorian wear made modern with slits and sheer fabrics that would make a 19th-century queen blush. New RomanticsIn the ’80s, New Romanticism took flight. Suddenly London nightclubs wer
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • No Trick Masks By: Alene Dawson
    In this month of hobgoblins, gremlins and ghouls, consider the mask beauty trend, already popular in Korea, that’s meant to scare off stressed-out, damaged skin. Serum-drenched sheet masks are a once-a-week treat when you trick yourself into actually taking a bit of me-time to lie down and let the variety of ingredients, held in by the mic
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The Phantom Menace Hypercar By: Steve Irsay
    In the race for supremacy among hypercars – essentially the top 1 percent of supercars boasting million-dollar-plus price tags and 1,000-plus horsepower figures – there’s an intriguing new dark horse from right here in the county of Orange. Actually, make that 2,000 dark horses – if this hypercar hype is to be be
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Teen Dreams By: Kedric Francis | Photography by Brian Feinzimer
    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
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Fetneh Blake's Paris By: Rosemary McClure
    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
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Home Tour - Going with the Flow By: Alexandria Abramian | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    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
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Outside In By: David A. Keeps
    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
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Kid Couture By: photography by Missioni: yoox.com
    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
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Fall Fashion By: Photography by Tamar Levine / Styling by Jordan Grossman
    Fashionistas from Newport Beach to New York City know the 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 of a
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Check in here for Luxury By: Tom Berg
    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
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Spanish Suave By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Nick Koons
    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). $235, Th
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Vette style: Callaway Cars revs up Chevrolet’s iconic sports car By: Steve Irsay
    The iconic Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has long been an enthusiast favorite for its track-star performance on a (relatively) working-class budget. Consider: The 2015 Corvette Z06 is known for clocking acceleration on par with the $1.2 million McLaren P1 – not to mention mere mortals like the $150,000 Porsche 911 GT3 or $180,000 Lamborghini Gall
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Post-Summer Skin Care By: Alene Dawson
    Soothe. Hydrate. Brighten. Renew. Summer sun and surf can work magic for your well-being but wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Celebrity skin expert Kate Somerville (katesomerville.com) shares tips on how to replenish and restore your skin to vibrant health and transition into fall beautifully.
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • OnQueStyle By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Oh my gosh, put something on her so she is not standing naked!” Kirsten Prosser directs her staff in Danish-accented English, waving toward a glass-mosaic mannequin glittering au natural in the window of OnQueStyle, the designer resale boutique and styling agency in Corona del Mar, where fashionistas flock in search of anything from
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Ocean inspired By: Nicole Polizois | photography by Nick Agro
    Mikimoto NecklaceThe delicate underwater ecosystem of the oceans is being compromised by pollution. The oyster is so fragile, even small levels of toxicity can cause havoc. Mikimoto is helping to combat these problems to ensure the production of its famous pearls. Its Sunset necklace features blue, pink and purple sapphires paired w
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Yoga clothes By: Jamie Lobel
    Comfy-cuteLorna Jane offers comfort and stylish designs to rock on and off the mat. Pair the Maple mesh Excel sweater in dusty pink ($100) with the Kahala sports bra in boysenberry ($83). Lorna Jane, Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum :: lornajane.com
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Aston Martin: an iconic–and elusive–Bond car readies for a comeback By: Steve Irsay
    Produced between 1963 and 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 is considered by some to be the pinnacle of the bespoke British brand’s coveted vehicles. It was immortalized in the 1964 James Bond flick “Goldfinger.” In an intriguing piece of cinema history, the actual DB5 used in the film was the subject of a real-life heist in 1997 and
    Mon Jul 27, 2015
  • Goodies to buy that are Made in the U.S.A. By: Nicole Polizois
    Pedaling Our WaresInspired by the enduring French design of Porteur bicycles but made in good ol’ Detroit, The Runwell by Shinola delivers a classic blend of urban style and practicality. This 11-speed, meticulously designed American-made beauty is engineered for errand running, commuting or a casual ride along Balboa Peninsul
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Patriot acts: cool clothes that are red, white or blue By: Jamie Lobel
    You’ll want to give more than three cheers for the red, white and blue of these fun-in-the-sun stylesTop thatProtect your face from the sun’s aging rays with Seafolly’s Royale Floppy Hat in white ($52). Available at Seafolly, Fashion Island.   ::
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • A shining nod to all that summer heat By: Alexandria Abramian
    Check out a new cache of metallic designs for the home, ranging from small hits of ore such as Room & Board’s Pebble pillows to bigger shimmer moments like ModShop’s Sinatra sofa in metallic Lustro linen. Prefer something in between? This metal silver Z Stool hits the perfect sweet spot of just the right amount of shine.
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Tie One On By: Sarah Mosqueda
    For the FloristLos Angeles-based apron company Hedley & Bennett is known for designing the quintessential chef apron with the form and function the job demands. Now H&B brings you the limited-edition Gardner Apron. This linen cover has a single chest pen pocket, front double bucket pockets, a towel loop and leather she
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • Donna Karan By: Alene Dawson
    It’s not just that Donna Karan is a fashion icon known for her signature brand of bodysuit dressing and figure-flattering separates. She is an icon with a cause – several in fact. She’s raised money for AIDS education and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and has worked with the Not One More gun safety campaign and Clinto
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • New makeup concept, Butterfli Me, opens studio in Irvine By: Jamie Lobel
    In a world where technology has managed to make it almost impossible to slow down, what’s the solution for a modern day, multitasking mother or career woman, who wants to look, her best? Butterfli Me makeup studio opened in Irvine last week, aiming to give the busy, social butterflies of Orange County a place to land for the ultimate cosme
    Thu Jun 11, 2015