2014 Features Archive Stories

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  • The Many Lives of Todd Marinovich By: Jessica Husami
    Art Attack To see more of Todd Marinovich’s artwork, buy an original painting or print, or contact him about
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Summer Preview By: Steve Bramucci
    The beginning of June is like a watermelon ripening on the vine. It just needs a few more days before it’s primed – promising fruit that is sweet and crisp and airy. In those first days of June, we plot, plan and improvise. The hope is to enter fall with bright sparkling memories to carry us along as the days draw shorter. With that
    Wed May 28, 2014
  • Interview with Ryan Chase By: Terence Loose
    Ryan Chase grew up in Irvine, went to USC and is in the development game. So w
    Wed May 28, 2014
  • Ground Control
    Photography James CantDigital Tech Joanne MiriamPhoto Assistants Lily Cote and Daniel KintzHair and Makeup Iris Moreau at One Represents
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Thicker Than Water By: Jessica Husami
    Mary was first. Then Susan, followed by Lita. Trish, the youngest, went straight for a preventative double mastectomy, the BRACA2 gene mutation making it all but certain that she would develop breast cancer like her three sisters before her. Yet, sitting in Mary’s living room, 13 years after her diagnosis, with the scent of bak
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • Interview with Larry Haynes By: Terence Loose
    When you speak with Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House, which provides housing and services to the homeless, the term “mercy” never actually comes up. In fact, moral arguments about why we should end homelessness and care for our fellow man seem as distant as his deep religious convictions.Instead, there&rsqu
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • OC Icons By: Kedric Francis
    What makes a place great? As avowed Orange County exceptionalists, we have a long list of local favorites that help make OC a magnet for visitors and residents, new and old. But which rise to iconic status? We came up with 50 movers and makers, buildings and businesses, places and spaces from the past and present without which OC would be a very
    Thu Apr 24, 2014
  • The Language of Style By: Jessica Husami
    Get Toned IlluminEssensce offers one-day or four-day seminars with Taylore Sinclaire or one of
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • The Big Blue By: Kim Bowen
    Watch itOn April 25, the annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, a 125-nautical-mile International Yacht Race, bille
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Interview with Shyima Hall By: Terence Loose
    In 1998, eight-year-old Egyptian Shyima Hall was given to a couple in Cairo to pay off a $30 debt. For the next four years, she worked 20 hours a day as a slave, cooking, cleaning and never attending school. Two years into her capture, the family who enslaved her moved to Orange County and smuggled Hall in with them. Here, her life only became w
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Dirty Dancing
    Photography James CantStylist Kim Bowen at MagnetDigital Tech Joanna Miriam Photo Assistant Lily Cote Stylists Ass
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Namastaycation By: Justine Amodeo
    Spring is a time of jumps starts, fresh growth and self-improvement. It’s the season to slough off old habits and begin anew. For many (including this mother of two), that’s a task best accomplished with a little help.If the idea – just the very notion – of spring is enough to get you plotting the best way to
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Look… Up in the Sky! By: Shawn Price
    In the wild lands off Ortega Highway, Astronomy Night makes its monthly stand. It's a science night. It's a date night. It's a family trip. And it's pretty much the only place most OC'ers get to see the stars while having an astronomy expert guide you through it. The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo hosts the evenings in a secluded valley that cu
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Interview with Beth Sanden By: Terence Loose
    San Clemente’s Beth Sanden, a retired nurse, had never run even a 5k race until she was 44 years old. On a dare, she did a sprint triathlon and she was hooked, soon doing full marathons and grueling Ironmans – a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride, all followed by a marathon.Then, a bike accident during a race left her p
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Off the Grid By: Jessica Husami
    Step away from the computer screen, stop refreshing social media and put down your phone. With all the distractions and demands of everyday life, it’s easy to forget that we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Whatever your fancy – backcountry camping, rustic period lodging or five-star resort – it exists within
    Wed Feb 26, 2014
  • Through the Looking Glass By: Jessica Husami
    Weddings and engagements take months, and sometimes years, to plan, and they’re gone in a flash. What’s left in their jubilant wake is a blur of moments and some fragmented memories – all of which (and many more) are catalogued through the event’s historians, the photographers, who, through their lenses, capture what will
    Fri Jan 31, 2014
  • Creativity Rules By: Nicole Gregory
    Wedding planners have responded with a cascade of creative ideas for celebrations with whimsical themes, one-of-a-kind mementos, surprising décor and design elements, and stunning photography and video options for recording the day. This past December, the Orange County chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) held its fifth
    Thu Jan 30, 2014
  • True Romance
    PHOTOGRAPHER Odessy BarbuSTYLIST/ART DIRECTOR Kendrick Osorio MAKEUP Katie Cordero HAIR Jarrett LovinellaNAIL ARTIST Melissa Bozant
    Wed Jan 29, 2014
  • Interview with Lindsay Val Longacre By: Terence Loose
    When it comes to weddings, plans are important. Just ask some of the brides and grooms whose big day didn’t go exactly as planned. There was the bride who flipped out when her reception bar stopped serving alcohol and ended up getting arrested – her wedding photo was literally a mug shot. Then there was the horse drawn carriage whose
    Wed Jan 29, 2014