2016 Style Archive Stories

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  • Pillow Talk By: Jenny Peters
    Ready to snuggle up with someone you love on a special day in February? Or do you just love the pop of an unexpectedly fabulous pillow as part of your decorating scheme? Either way, we’ve found spectacular choices that will make the new year seem bright and cheery all over your home. Drop a whimsical pillow in the family room, glam up the
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Think Pink By: Alene Dawson
    Valentine’s season is not just a time of roses in the form of beautiful bouquets, but a time to embrace rose as a color. The color experts at Pantone chose rose quartz (plus a blue called serenity) as their color of the year, noting a cultural craving for compassion, relaxation and connection without the bombardment of addictive electronic
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Acura Revives the NSX in an all-new package By: Steve Irsay | Photography courtesy of Acura
    Simple, sensible, dependable, comfortable and made in Japan – the original Acura NSX was everything a supercar wasn’t when it burst onto the automotive scene 25 years ago. It was that iconoclastic concoction – bolstered by bona fide performance capabilities – that made the low-slung wedge one of the most beloved supercars
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Audi races into 2016 with potent performers that keep drivers in mind By: Steve Irsay | Photography courtesy of Audi
    Looking at the latest and greatest from the haus of Audi, it’s hard not to feel a little left out. That’s because the German luxury automaker continues to tout the prowess of its autonomous “piloted driving” program. In November, the latest iteration of the company’s self-driving RS 7 sedan piloted itself to a
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Fab sneakers that make a statement on the runway By: Jenn Tanaka
    The Cruise and Spring 2016 runways drew inspiration from the affluent ’80s. Sculpted blazers and tailored dress suits were juxtaposed with more casual-looking accessories such as sneakers. Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo and Giuseppe Zanotti embraced the glam decade with glitzy gem decals and metallic flourishes. Others, such as Gucci and Fendi, took
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • Party Favors By: Alene Dawson
    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
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • Non-traditional dinnerware puts a fresh spin on the festivities By: David A. Keeps
    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
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • Fashion Time Pieces for Timeless Elegance By: Jenny Peters | Photography by Sabin Orr
    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
    Tue Dec 01, 2015
  • Holiday Table decorating ideas By: Nicole Polizois | Photography by Paul Rodriguez
    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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • McLaren Special Operations takes customization seriously By: Steve Irsay
    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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Dreamy candles light up the home for the holidays By: Jenn Tanaka
    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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Gorgeous Holiday Party Makeup By: Alene Dawson
    “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
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Chandeliers, sconces and lamps by interior design luminaries By: David A. Keeps
    Decorators have come up with a bright idea: producing their own lighting collections to complement their styles and yours, referencing a world of inspirations from Moroccan lanterns to Chinese pottery, from floral to feather motifs. Some are sleek and architectural with a colorful twist; others take ceramic, glass and metal craftsmanship to dazz
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Fashion File: Fun with Fringe By: Sophia Kercher
    Movement is the word this fall as fringe is having its moment. Finely threaded, string-like or Western-inspired, the tassled look works for a night on the town or an afternoon with friends. This flirty little black dress ($465), from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s always-edgy Elizabeth and James line strikes the perfect balanc
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Indulge in Harvest-Themed Beauty Goodies By: Alene Dawson
    Inhale the harvest season, with its cozy, inviting scents laced with vanilla and golden images of changing leaves. Even in Southern California, where fall can mean scorching Santa Anas, we embrace at least the idea of a change of seasons. The beauty world follows, offering delectable products and treatments made with pumpkin, cinnamon, apple
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Shopping with a Conscience: 5 Stores to Check Out By: Nancie Clare
    Shopping has changed. In the post-great recession environment, more factors go into our choices than just getting what we want. These days the vast majority of us (more than 80 percent, according to a recent survey on corporate social responsibility by Cone Communications) want what we buy to be from stores and brands that demonstrate corporate
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • The Hyundai N Series By: Steve Irsay
    AMG … M … RS … F … V.To the casual observer, this series of letters would appear to be some sort of code – or maybe a text from a teen seeking more gravitas than the usual OMG and LOL fare. But to automotive enthusiasts, these letters are serious business. This particular serving of alphabet soup r
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Unique items to create a positive impact on pressing global concerns By: Nicole Polizois
    Bee JeweledE. Shaw Jewels mother-daughter designers Eva and Elizabeth Shaw create honeycomb rings with diamond pavé in rose, white or yellow gold, inspired by the powerful pollinators in their garden. Twelve percent of sales go to The Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit that builds bee habitats and supports research into declin
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • COS for a Cause By: Noelle Medina
    An exclusive group of OC fashionistas and -istos flocked to South Coast Plaza for the unveiling of its newest retail addition, COS. The night before the London-based store opened its doors to the public, guests enjoyed an evening of shopping to support the Orange County Museum of Modern Art, which received twenty-percent of the evening’s p
    Tue Oct 20, 2015
  • 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