Valentine Love

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Records tell us that approximately 150 million cards are exchanged annually on this day of romance we call Valentine's Day, making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

‘Stomp Out Breast Cancer’

The Be Aware Foundation held its "Vintage Lucy" fundraiser at Oak Creek Golf Club with wine tastings (including a grape stomping contest), good food, auctions, and a vintage car show. Photography Ann Chatillon

Around Town

The 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade saw 85 boats decked out in their finest holiday attire glide through the waters of Newport Harbor to grand applause from thousands of spectators for five consecutive nights in mid-December. Together with television, radio and social media coverage, more than 1 million people enjoyed the decorated boats–some extravagantly so!–as they set the harbor…

Charleston Calls

Charleston, South Carolina, has been ranked the No. 1 city in the U.S. and Canada for three consecutive years by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. I’m ensconced in a plush demi-lune banquette with my husband about to embark upon the fifth meal of our first day in Charleston, South Carolina. A plate of velvety foie gras, served with a…

An Easy Romantic Valentine’s Dinner

Want to impress your Valentine? Try a French entrée and a red velvet dessert! With these easy, impressive recipes, there’s no excuse not to create a loving, homemade meal. A romantic glass of Cabernet is the perfect accompaniment to this simple version of the French classic Beef Bourguignon, which features lean beef, carrots, potatoes and green beans in a zesty…

Easy A

“I’m in love,” moans my husband as he reclines back in satisfaction. While I wish these doting words were directed at me, the aroma inducing his blissful smile surely is not my new eau de perfume; I can tell that with each savory bite of his rib eye, it’s apparent that my husband is sweet-talking the steak. I can’t really…

A Love Story

“The day I met her, I told her I was going to marry her,” 
Dino Cancellieri recalls saying to Leslie Warden the day they met. It was a prophetic statement. Their early years saw Leslie as the middle child of five children, whose parents, John and Celia Warden, were an auto mechanic and stay-at-home mom, respectively. Dino’s father, Larry Cancellieri,…

Orange County Arts Awards Presented

ArtsOC held its annual arts awards program to honor some amazing folks. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge before gathering at Samueli Theater for the awards ceremony. Photography Nick Koon

Mazda’s Redesigned Roadster is Lighter and Smaller

The Mazda MX-5 (originally called the Miata) has long been the personification of driving fun and the fourth-generation 2016 model continues to be just that. The original MX-5 Miata, introduced in 1989, was the reincarnation of a British sports car and more than 950,000 have been sold worldwide. According to Mazda, the all-new 2016 is lighter, smaller, quicker and more…

Chapman University’s ‘American Celebration’ Shines!

Honors abounded, Chapman's College of Performing Arts students amazed, President Jim Doti and Chapman stalwart Julianne Argyros danced, and dinner and dancing in the festival tent impressed. Photography Troy Nikolic, John Saade, Nathan Worden

County’s Top Philanthropists Honored

National Philanthropy Day, hosted by the Assocation of Fundraising Professionals, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 241 cities across the country in November, 2015. NPD-OC honored the day's founder Doug Freeman. Photography Tony Lattimore, Carla Rhea

Digital Housekeeping – Dealing With Too Much Email

Every time I watch an episode of Hoarders, I am prompted to clean out the physical clutter from my home and office. As a technology coach, I often see how people can be overwhelmed by what I’ll politely call “over-storage” of emails. Having virtual and visual clutter in an email inbox can make one’s computing time unproductive and frustrating. Digital…

Buyer’s Guide to High Luxury Jewelry

Exquisite jewelry and great timepieces can create a chic aura around the person who wears them, but why? How to account for jewelry’s magical effects? Why are some of us so magnetically attracted to great jewels and watches? Wilkinson does have a point. Precious metals are the result of meteorite bombardments that occurred 200 million years after Earth was formed,…

Fiftieth Anniversary Gala a Celebration!

Providence Speech and Hearing Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a black-tie gala at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, where supporters enjoyed tempting auctions, a scrumptious dinner and fabulous dancing to JT & Friends.

Soka University’s Peace Gala 
Nets $460,000 for Scholarships

Held at the beautiful Soka University campus in Aliso Viejo, the "Celebrating a Vision of Peace" gala featured 
Broadway star David Burnham and a showstopping 4.81 carat heart-shaped diamond necklace in the live auction.

Defining Romance

Candy equals love. Or, so I thought. When I was in second grade, Kirk Fyson placed a box of candy on my desk with a handwritten note wishing me a Happy Valentine’s Day. I was smitten. I fondled each heart-shaped morsel while re-reading the messages in a whisper. Flipping them back and forth with my fingers, I would eventually consume…