Working Wardrobes celebrated 25 years of empowering women and men to confidently enter the workforce at its anniversary gala at Hotel Irvine. Founder/CEO Jerri Rosen received a beautiful commemorative piece for her efforts. Photography Ann Chatillon
Three hundred guests gathered in the Rose Garden at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel for the 18th Annual dinner hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Balboa Bars were the dessert of choice!
To say that I love Christmas is an understatement! I love everything about it–selecting and purchasing our Christmas tree, shopping for loved ones, decorating our home, singing Christmas Eve service at our church, preparing Christmas dinner and enjoying the smells emanating from the kitchen, taking that first bite of mashed potatoes and gravy and then the turkey, seeing the delighted expressions on loved ones faces as they open their gifts. I could go on and on.
I never thought I would be in my late 50s and have to get creative about finding a new Christmas Eve tradition. But, indeed, that is exactly where I found myself last Christmas. Our son announced he would be traveling with his girlfriend to visit her family in Northern California. We were glad for him to get away and enjoy a vacation during their winter school break. It was called “sharing.” And, that’s what the holidays are all about. Right? However, it quickly occurred to me that I had to figure out a “new” Christmas Eve tradition that my husband and I could share together. Christmas Day is spent with our larger, extended family.
New York is at its most atmospheric during the holiday season. I was born in Manhattan, and I am not immune to the city’s considerable charms come December.
I like to bundle up, layering against the chill that whips between skyscrapers, and simply walk amid the crowds. New York’s busy streets take on new meaning at this time of year, as people navigate the snowy sidewalks, jostle with shopping bags in hand and dart into cafes to meet friends, while visitors from around the world meander wide-eyed, taking it all in.
The revered Figge family, known for their iconic photography business in Newport Beach, celebrated their 70th anniversary with 200 of their loyal clients, closest friends and supportive family at the Port Theater in Corona del Mar. The event featured comfort food bites, including mini-sliders, signature martinis, the musical stylings of The Hi-Fi Honeydrops and, of course, a photo booth for guests to photograph themselves at the Mad Men-themed party. The evening celebrated Bill and Melba Figge, who started the business in 1945.
More than 100 National Association of Women Business Owners–Orange County (NAWBO-OC) members celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Irvine Marriott. Eleven past presidents shared memories and cake and champagne were de rigueur. Photography Teresa Taylor
Costa Mesa High School Foundation held an Asian-themed fundraiser at the Garden Terrace at South Coast Plaza, where music arts department head Jon Lindfors was presented CMHS’s “Vision Award.” Photography Nick Koon
Discovery Cube’s Hollywood-themed gala at its new Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and Exhibition Hall netted $457,000 for its science education and programs, led by gala co-chairs Janet Ray and Mechelle Lawrence-Adams. Photography Ann Chatillon, Rick Chatillon, Matt Fukushima
There is no place like home for the holidays. And, there are no homes like those on Balboa Island. Each year, the quaint seaside cottages and homes deck the halls and hang the holly to create a festive display incomparable to any other Christmas presentation in Orange County.
The Harvesters 23rd Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon at Segerstrom Center for the Arts featured top-drawer fashions, sponsored by South Coast Plaza, and a sumptuous luncheon, which netted $675,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank. Photography Carla Rhea and Ryan Miller
Shieldkret began the concept for The Passionate Collector nearly 10 years ago.
“It was very different then,” she says. “I was just selling at a couple of fundraisers locally, and then I decided to sell a couple times a year, just out of my home and have big parties that way.”
Two months ago, while I was driving through Corona del Mar, a new store with a different and innovative style caught my eye. I was certainly intrigued, so I decided to pull over and visit the store. I was about to meet the most refreshing and inspirational fashion designer in Orange County.
Mary Roosevelt remembers with fondness a particular Christmas in Nice, France, that wasn’t supposed to be in France. The year was 1971.
“Jim was flying in from New York and because the weather was terrible in Geneva, he had to land in Nice. So, I packed up myself and our 9-month-old daughter Rebecca – and a miniature fold-up Christmas tree, which I bought at the last minute – and flew to Nice to meet him. The weather was horrible, but we made it.”
Addiction is sometimes coined a “family disease.” The person’s addiction creates a domino effect that touches everyone around them. Drug and alcohol dependency is disruptive–and potentially devastating–for those left at home.
December is flooded with festive happenings. Galas, dinners and charity events dot the calendars of the county’s most illustrious residents. However, the occasions that we most fondly remember are the comforting meals that we share with our closest loved ones. Whether it’s an intimate dinner or a large dance party affair, Orange County is afflux with hidden gems, such as Laguna Beach’s Mozambique Steakhouse, that make for an ideal, albeit unexpected, backdrop for a spirited holiday soirée.