Ode to Travel

Don't we all love to travel? Whether it's to family and friends in another town or state, or abroad, where we enjoy experiences exposing us to different cultures, it is always invigorating. I remember deciding at age 23 that I wanted to travel to Europe. For a young girl from Indiana who had never been in an airplane or west…

Around Town

Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery showcased the works of three standout artists at its VIP Preview Party, before the artists displayed their art at the LA Art Show the following week. Artist Georgeana Ireland, Oregon native turned Newport Beach local, exhibited her large scale paintings, incorporating materials such as gold leaf and diamond dust, while Pierre Henri Matisse, grandson of master…

Brisbane has it All!

South East Queensland is one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, and Brisbane is the epicenter of it all. Once a sleepy little river town, World Expo in ’84 put this city on the map; since then, Brisbane has consistently attracted new businesses, tourists and residents alike and is now home to more than 2.2 million people. When you…

Springtime Means Playing in the Dirt!

As warm weather and sunshine cascade over my garden and courtyard, I welcome in my absolute favorite time of year–springtime. This is a time of heirloom tomatoes and walks on the beach. It is also a time of garden tours, bright colored flowers and the creativity of a new plantings season. As I stroll through the nursery, I am flooded…

500 Years of Better Beer

The next time you pick up a German beer, have a look at the label. All German beer labels carry the inscription, “Gebraut nach dem deutschen Reinheitsgebot” or “Gebraut nach dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot von 1516” (brewed according to the German Purity Law or the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516). The law, which is the oldest, still valid, food safety law…

Healthy Movie Night Food

When April showers hit, create the ultimate cozy “movie night” with these fabulous recipes! This double feature of pizza and popcorn is guilt-free, with reduced-fat whole wheat pizza and light popcorn, made with a skinny secret topping packed with protein and vitamins (B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc). Plus, it’s vegan, gluten-free and tastes better than movie theater popcorn at a…

Go Red for AHA

The American Heart Association's Orange County Go Red for Women Luncheon at Hotel Irvine attracted nearly 500 business and community leaders to raise funds for funding programs and research to fight cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Honors Iconic Boat Parade Winners

Celebrating winners of the Christmas Boat Parade and the Ring of Lights home decorating contest drew 330 guests to the Island Hotel for a delicious dinner dance and auction. Proceeds will fund next year's dinner.

LA Art Show Features Local Artists

Ethos Contemporary Art, a budding gallery located on Balboa Peninsula, received adoration from many, including 
Hollywood actors David Walton and Eva LaRue. The booth featured local artists Georgeana Ireland, Dick Marconi, 
and Pierre Henri Matisse.

Segerstrom Center Rising Leaders Council 
Hosts Fundraiser

A cocktail party and silent auction at the Center Club preceded the young professionals and community advocates 
attendance of "The Illusionists" in Segerstrom Hall. Proceeds benefited the Disney Musicals in Schools program. 
Photography Kimberly April

Working Wardrobes’ “Red Carpet and Cocktails”

Working Wardrobes' Smart Women event combined shopping, good food and a fashion show (with fashions from The Hangar Boutiques), along with special guest Michael Ferrera, fashion designer, entrepreneur and author, for a grand affair.

“Love Grows by Giving” Fundraiser

The Community Service Programs' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter hosted its annual wine tasting experience 
at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort with food pairings from local restaurants, beer samplings, 
silent and live auctions, and live music.

Tuscany’s Villa Lucia

Lucy (Lucia) Luhan never imagined that the 500-year-old abandoned farmhouse she saw while visiting Tuscany in 1985 would become her home, a cooking school, a wedding location for Americans, and a bread and breakfast for the next 30 years. Lucy Vallera, a first-generation Italian, born in Connecticut, was raised in a European household, where traditional values and customs prevailed, including…

Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts

It is open! The opening of the long-awaited Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has occurred. The grand opening celebration, March 19, drew a sold-out gathering to Musco Center for a celebratory performance in the 1,044-seat Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall. Featured was world-renowned singer/actor/conductor Placido Domingo, along with opera stars Deborah Voigt and Milena…

Seventeenth Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

One could go around the world from film festival to film festival–from Toronto to Cannes, Berlin or Venice to Honk Kong, and back to the US to Sundance, Tribeca, Nashville, Aspen or Newport Beach. They are world-wide. This year, Newport Beach residents, and many more around the world, will have the chance to enjoy the 17th Annual Newport Beach Film…

ROC-A Great Example of Collaborative Work Space

Today’s office space is more functional and productive and adapts better to the way a human being interacts and socializes. The term, collaborative workspace, has emerged gradually and, today, we can affirm that this new concept allows for the full expression of the human dimension. Through the centuries, we have experienced huge changes in the workspace. These changes responded mainly…

A Touch of Spain in OC

Vaca is the most anticipated restaurant opening in Orange County this year. Not only is its chef, Amar Santana, gaining recognition as a true contender on Bravo’s Emmy-award winning television series Top Chef, but the space itself–it once housed a luxurious spa, just steps away from Segerstrom Center for the Arts–has seamlessly transformed into a stunning elongated restaurant dotted with…