New Home Remodel

General Contactor/Interior Designer Julie Laughton of Julie Laughton Deign Build in Newport Beach was not daunted when she was asked by a client to do a remodel on a three-year-old home in Corona del Mar.

Audi Q5 Diesel has Fuel Economy and Performance

Clean diesel power appeals to drivers on two levels: performance and fuel economy. Audi’s midsize utility vehicle, the Q5, is available with five powertrains, ranging from a 2.0-liter turbo to the supercharged V-6 in the sporty SQ5, but the one that catches my eye is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6.

New Editor Feted at Festive Party

Newport Beach Lifestyle's new editor, Donna Bunce, was celebrated at a party hosted by Julie Ann and Jim Ulcickas at Bluewater Grill. Julie Ann's new book, Urbanity Fair, was featured in Bunce's inaugural issue. Photography Ana Launes

CHOC Follies XVIII Presents “CHOCAGO”

A take off of Chicago, the vaudeville revue of "guys, dames and debutantes" featured 100 volunteers performing at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa. The Follies has netted more than $7 million since its inception. Photography Peggy O'Donnell 

Cycling in Croatia

As I slowly crawl up another incline on my bicycle, I check my mirror to see a pack of septuagenarians inching closer. In an instant, the ringing of passing bells mutes the sound of my bike chain. One by one, the group passes me, most of whom have 40 years on me, and I’m the one out of breath. I could…

Ed Selich Relishes His Role as Father

Ed Selich is a busy man. Serving as mayor of Newport Beach for the third time in seven years obviously agrees with him. The smile is ever-ready and nothing seems to daunt him. But, I have to say, his face really lights up when he talks about his wife, Lynn, and his family. Suffice it to say, this loving husband…

A Nice Day for a White-Out Wedding!

 Dream gown? Check. Persnickety florist? Check. Top-notch wedding planner? Check.  Unexpected glitches? Check-Check-Check.  I have attended and participated in many different weddings across the country. Every blessed event had one thing in common: some sort of unforeseen mishap. Amazingly, not one involved a wacky uncle + booze.

‘We Grow Our Own’

How does a “casual family dining” restaurant like “Wilma’s Patio” on Balboa Island keep packing them in for the last 33 years? What’s the secret?

The Philosopher Dentist

Dr. Peter Smrecek, D.D.S., has been in practice in Southern California for 37 years. We caught up with him recently.

OCSA’s “Next Stop LONDON” Gala Delights

Orange County School of the Arts students shook the rafters at Hotel Irvine performing a musical journey featuring decades of British pop culture. The performance wowed the 575 guests and netted $610,000 for the nationally recognized arts school. Photography Eric Anderson and Cheryl Walsh

June 2015 Editor’s Letter

 Summer is here!  It is June and time to start thinking about summer and what you'll be doing the next few months. With Father's Day approaching, it's a given fathers will be honored throughout the community on June 21st. One father, in particular, will be enjoying his family on the special day. I think you will enjoy reading about Newport Beach Mayor…

June 2015 Around Town

The Second Annual Balboa Yacht Club Wooden Boat Festival is coming up on June 6 at, you guessed it, the Balboa Yacht Club! The public is invited to view Newport Beach’s finest wooden boats and yachts, and admission is free, so plan on plan on dropping by for a whale of a good time. Members of the Balboa Yacht Club are the…

A Passion for Art

Janet and Mark Hilbert became acquainted with California Scene paintings quite by accident. Before they were married, they visited a consignment shop to furnish their first home and saw some watercolors that they really liked.