Welcome 2016!

I can't believe another year has begun. I always look forward to new beginnings, and here we are, looking at 2016. I don't know about you, but I usually make a few New Year's resolutions. It seems the right thing to do when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, the Waterford Crystal Ball drops in New York's Times Square…

A Big “Thank You” at UCI Medal Awards Ceremony

This year's UCI Medal Awards Ceremony honored past medalists, commemorated the university's 50th anniversary 
and announced the success of its $1 billion "Shaping the Future" campaign, plus netted critical funds for students 
and innovative programs.

Around Town

“Orange Juliette” cocktails were served in honor of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low at the Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Sixth Annual “Celebrate Leadership” event at the Island Hotel. Girl Scout alumnae honored included Jacqueline Akerblom, West Region Managing Partner, Grant Thornton; Corinne Burton, President, Teacher Created Materials Publishing; Tanya Domier, CEO, Advantage Sales & Marketing; Sue Graham-Sparks, VP/Store…

New Year’s Resolutions

Too much food. Too much booze. Too many late nights. Overindulgence, the plague of the holidays... all cast a heavy shadow. So, it was with dark circles under my eyes and snug pants that I offered myself up to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for some fixing. What better place to surrender? Founded by Henry Morrison Flagler during the…

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?” Why not set a goal to de-clutter and, more importantly, simplify this year?

Mission Gala a Magical Evening

A record 510 guests attended Mission Preservation Foundation's "Romance of the Mission" gala in celebration of honorees Wylie and Bette Aitken and the canonization of Father Junipero Serra. Photography Lisa Renee and Carla Rhea

Imagine You… Living Long, Looking Good

We are entering an era of unprecedented breakthroughs in our approach to wellness, prevention of disease and the aging process. Geneticists postulate our gene coding may be responsible for only 30% of our lifespan. That leaves 70% up to us. Genetic engineering is becoming mainstream. There are well-funded startup companies whose primary mission is to cure the aging process. Individuals…

Becoming Aware

Lisa Garr wants you to stop going through the motions in life. She wants you to become aware. Her mission on her internationally syndicated radio program, The Aware Show–and now in her first book–is to inspire positive growth in all areas of life and bring conscious conversations into everyone’s living room.

An Exceptional Life

Raised, by his own admission, in a blue collar upbringing, Bob Olson lost his father at a young age and was raised by a stay-at-home mother (who later worked at Lockheed Martin soldering transistor chip boards) and a stepfather, who was a carpenter and taught him to wield a hammer and nails as early as eight years of age. Born…

An Evening of Celebration

What do you get when you mix five top chefs, a Spanish wine importer, a first rate band, a red carpet, beautiful jewelry, a worthy cause, a jazz saxophone player, an $8 million home with a killer view, a community-inspired magazine and 300 guests? You probably guessed it…a Rockin’ Party!

ClosetAuctions Readies for Launch

By March 2016, ClosetAuctions will have launched its interactive membership portion of the website. This will provide subscribers the ability to trade items from their closets for points. These points can then be used in an ‘auction’ for products and services. ClosetAuctions startup Founder and CEO Christine Fleming provides an innovative and economic marketing solution to branding small and medium-sized…

Unsung Heroes Honored

SeniorServ held its fifth annual "Senior Care Hero Awards" at The Grove of Anaheim, where 700 guests celebrated the honorees and helped net an estimated $125,000 for the nonprofit's senior nutrition and support services.

Halloween Party Extraordinaire

The Newport Beach Tennis Club has been hosting a Halloween party for 20 years. This year's party, attended by 250 partygoers, featured some very imaginative costumes, including a thundercloud called "El Niño."

Coastal Elegance

This stunning “Tudor Del Mar” beachfront estate is located directly on Corona Del Mar's "Big Corona" beach, which includes private beach access and a large sports court on the sand with half bath. The sports court, for both basketball and tennis, is perfect to entertain and host private events on the sand.

“The Latest SPIN” Benefits Serving People in Need

The glamorous night, filled with Hollywood celebrities at AnQi Gourmet Bistro, raised $500,000 for SPIN, whose mission is to provide permanent housing to Orange County's homeless and low income families in crisis. Photography Vivien Best

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale

Art lovers perused and purchased the works of nationally-recognized plein air painters at the Catalina Conservancy's fifth annual art show and sale at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Only art depicting Catalina Island was shown.

Hamburger Heaven

Some dishes seem deceivingly easy to master. Burgers are at the top of that list. The basic framework of a great burger is simple: a beef patty covered in melted cheese wedged between a fluffy bun. Condiments range from lettuce and tomato to ketchup and mayo. But, many things can go afoul from there. The fare at Hopdoddy, Fashion Island’s…