2016 Features Archive Stories

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  • Anti-Aging By: Christina Schwab | photography by leonard ortiz and Courtesy of Spa Gregorie’s Day Spas & Salons
    I made my career as a fashion and beauty commentator on television, from the “Today” show to “Entertainment Tonight” and dozens of others, but I have to admit, when it comes to watching TV, my personal favorite was “Downton Abbey.” The elegant lifestyle made me envious. As I sit in Lululemon workout clothes wr
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Gay Old Time By: Jodie Tillman | photography by leonard Ortiz
    It was bingo night at Main Street Bar & Cabaret, Laguna Beach’s last gay club. Techno music chugged; strobe lights blinked. The game’s caller – a redhead drag queen named Endora – fussed softly over the prizes, like an ikebana master arranging her flowers. But half an hour past the scheduled start time, patrons had ye
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Hugh Hewitt's Morning Glory By: Jan Breslauer | photography by mark rightmire and courtesy cnn
    Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt sits behind a desk in his Orange County recording studio. Dressed in a blue shirt and red, striped tie, with his first guest ready on the phone, he slips the headphones over his silver hair, adjusts the mic and offers his trademark greeting: “Morning glory, evening grace, America.” The word
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Keep on Dancing By: Hadley Davis Reirson | illustration by Chris Morris
    On a Friday morning in late January, I wound one of my 7-year-old daughter’s blond hairnets around my stub of a ponytail and anchored the small bun with several hairpins (also on loan). A leotard was more of an issue. Nostalgia was responsible for my saving a collection of Dance France styles for two decades. But my black spaghetti-strap f
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • The Hilbert Museum of California Art By: Alice short | photography by bill alkofer
    Consider the dilemma of two art collectors who have quietly cultivated their passion over the last two decades: Their interest is piqued after a chance encounter with a handful of watercolors in a consignment shop. They buy one and, on their next visit, another, fueling their infatuation with California Scene painting. Soon they are immersed in
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • At Home with Tim Salmon By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Come on in,” says an Angel with a friendly wave of his hand, motioning to follow him to where his four-story house’s garage door is opened to a narrow Newport Beach street, free of cars and the hustle of beachgoers on this cool morning. He fusses with the cuffs of his dress shirt as he winds past a sleek Mercedes-Benz sports c
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Celebrate Spring By: Susan Denley | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Fall and winter are the mainstays of the formal social season, but what about spring? There are still parties aplenty, and even though April’s weather differs little from February in the Eden that is Orange County, now is the time to lighten your look with fresh fashion choices. Glamour reigns, whether your calendar includes garden parties
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Finding Home By: Rufi Thorpe
    I grew up in Corona del Mar on the wet side of Iris Avenue right by an Albertsons, about five blocks from the beach. My girlhood was lived on the white pavement of the narrow streets, all named after flowers and arranged in a grid in alphabetical order. We would break off pieces of ice plant to write secret messages that evaporated in the sun. S
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Orange County's Best Restaurants By Brad A. Johnson
    A taco that defies the imagination. Sushi like you’ve never seen before. Dry-aged steaks that flip the paradigm for Spanish cuisine. Extraordinary pizza. Ten fascinating chefs. These are the 10 most essential restaurants in Orange County right now, and many are on the coast or nearby. They’re also merely the tip of the iceberg of the
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • The Enduring Appeal of Crystal Cove By: Edward Humes | photography by Mark Rightmire
    Walk out to the water’s edge, then turn around,” Laura Davick says. “That’s the best spot if you want to see the past, present and future of Crystal Cove.” The woman whose own past, present and future are inextricably linked to this coastal place knows what she’s talking about. As gorgeous as the view
    Fri Apr 01, 2016
  • Architect, artist, CEO and family man Lawrence Armstrong By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Italian Renaissance” won’t be the first words that pop to mind when you pull up to the gleaming white home on a hillside in San Clemente where Lawrence –  “Larry” – and Sandy Armstrong have lived for 15 years. The precise lines, use of glass and curving walls will feel familiar to anyone acquainted
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Essay: Driven to Distraction By: David L. Ulin | Illustration by Chris Morris
    I was somewhere around Irvine on the edge of the airport when the anxiety began to take hold. I remember thinking something like “I feel a bit light-headed …” and suddenly there was a tightness in my chest and I was having trouble swallowing, and I wondered how long I’d be able to remain in my own skin. I was tea
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • On the Cutting Edge of School Design By: Jodie Tillman | Photography by costeau photography and Cindy Yamanaka
    What first stands out at Samueli Academy is what’s not there: No narrow hallways lined with clanging lockers. No classrooms with only tiny security windows through which to peer. No orderly rows of desks – or any desks, for that matter. What is there is sunlight, streaming through the generous windows that embrace the three-s
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • Orange County's Hidden Hollywood By: Jan Breslauer | photography by BILL ALKOFER and michael goulding
    Come to paradise, he said. That was my soon-to-be husband, suggesting we make our home in the reputedly more provincial of the neighboring counties that had defined our relationship. Me, a committed Angeleno, defect to the land of Mickey and Goofy? Where boat parades pass as culture? Surely this Hollywood-born USC boy I was about to marry was in
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • The Legacy of Modernist Architect Mark Singer By: David Colker | photography by mark singer, jeri koegel, DREW A. KELLEY, Ling Ge, and Ryan Singer
    Not long after Laguna Beach architect Mark Singer designed his first modernist home in the community in the late 1970s, he and his wife, Myriam, were having dinner at a local restaurant. At the next table, a woman who had just seen the house as part of a tour was telling her friends about it. She was shocked, Myriam Singer said. “It had no
    Fri Feb 26, 2016
  • A Dream Home Realized By: Jenny Peters | photography by McIntosh Architectural and Cindy YamanakaDesign
    In 2010, when C.C. and Chris Knowles finally were in a financial position to raze their Corona del Mar house and build their dream home, they thought it would be easy. At least C.C. did. “When we moved in 12 years ago, it was a single-story house that had water damage; it had lots of issues,” she recalls. But at that point, w
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Sea to Table By: Terence Loose
    Stephanie Mutz holds a master’s degree in marine ecology. But unlike most of her peers, Mutz does not spend her days working for nonprofits, conducting research or teaching marine preservation. As California’s only female urchin diver, she spends them underwater, gathering sea urchins, or uni. Not for study, but for food. A t
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • Spring Fashion By: Jenn Tanaka
    Romance is the word coming off the 2016 spring and resort runways. Couture fashions showcase lace, flowing swaths of silk and delicate floral patterns. Inspired by sultry soirees and bedroom rendezvous, this season’s styles transition to effortless cool when paired with casual accessories, such as sneakers and leather accented boots.
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • The Coast 50: They Influence and Inspire By: Coast Staff
    Let’s just get this out of the way, in case you’re wondering how we did it: It wasn’t easy, picking the 50 with clout. Across every field of endeavor, so many of the people who choose to live here are the kind of people who make things happen. Philanthropic. Artistic. Athletic. Entrepreneurial. Political. Environmental. Bold. J
    Fri Jan 29, 2016
  • The Pacific Symphony By: Diane Haithman | Photography by Nick Koon
    A year ago, 29-year-old bass trombonist Kyle Mendiguchia would have jumped on a plane to audition for a respected midsize orchestra such as Kansas City Symphony. Unlike his current position with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City, Missouri, orchestra is a  full-time job – the goal of most musicians aspiring to joi
    Fri Jan 29, 2016