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  • Anne Sterling

    Editorial and Design Assistant

    Anne, nicknamed Annie, is originally from Milwaukee, WI but received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Throughout college, Annie interned in New York with Allure, Elle, and Conde Nast Traveler. After graduating, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at the New York Post. Having always loved culinary arts, Annie wanted to find a way to marry her editorial experience with her passion for food, with the hopes of one day becoming a food stylist. After attending culinary school in London, she relocated to Orange County to work at Orange Coast. She would like the world to know that she loves Indian food and does a fantastic impression of a squealing pig.

 

Brea Mall is Home to O.C.'s Second Kiehl's Store

In addition to getting a newly renovated mall, Brea now has bragging rights to a Kiehl's boutique. Elevating the skin and hair-care routines of loyal customers since 1851, Kiehl's chose The Brea Mall as the lucky landmark to expand the chain's presence, making it the second Orange County location (the other is at South Coast Plaza). Paying homage to Kiehl's East Village New York roots, the store brings a modern Big Apple apothecary to north county, blending antique fixtures with modern neon flair. Read more...

California Cool: Oliver Peoples Launches WEST Sunglass Line

This being the land of perpetual sun, it's no surprise that sunglass brand Oliver Peoples decided to launch a new line inspired entirely by coastal California. Read more...

O.C. Trunk Show Worth Seeing: Michael John

Don't miss Orange County-based award-winning jewelry designer Michael Hezar's trunk show until 5 today at Neiman Marcus, and again from 10 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Read more...

Sometimes, You Just Need a Cupcake

Visit Sugar Blossom Bake Shop for your fix!

I know the fad is long gone, but I don't care. On trend or not, sometimes you just want a cupcake to satisfy that sugar craving! (Pictured: Golden Butter Cupcakes with Madagascar Vanilla Buttercream) My new favorite bakery that does the job is Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente. Its cupcakes and other confections are made from scratch daily and with only the best ingredients—Valrhona and Callebaut chocolate, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, and organic dairy products. Read more...

It's Fate: Falling in Love With an Iced Mocha

Never far from caffeine—you'll rarely find me without a cup—I've taken to scouting out the best coffee around, wherever I am. Though black iced coffee is my ultimate go-to, I love indulging in iced mochas. It's pretty easy to get your hands on a decent cup, but I've found it difficult uncovering places that offer just the right proportions of espresso and good quality chocolate. I'm not a fan of mochas overloaded with sugary syrup. Read more...

WANTED: Burger Records Musicians

It sounds like a request for background musicians, but guess again. It's the call of a famous French fashion house and it's lured an up-and-coming musician you may know. Saint Laurent's creative director, Hedi Slimane, has selected---among other locals---Rex Tyler Osterkamp, frontman for O.C.'s Rexx, to model in a Saint Laurent men's fashion show in Paris. Osterkamp is among a growing list of local musicians snagged to strut the catwalk for the famed designer line. Check him out in stills from last weekend's show in the City of Lights: Read more...

CHEERS! to the New OC Cocktail Week

Coming soon: a way to make your happy hour a little happier! Following the highly popular OC Restaurant Week, Orange County will experience its first OC Cocktail Week, March 2 through 8. The week-long event will show off the work of talented bartenders, and give foodies and spirit connoisseurs a new platform to experiment with tastings and pairings. Read more...

Something to Chew On!

Every year, Zov Karamardian sponsors a delicious and fun Culinary Concert benefiting the James Beard Foundation, where she invites some of the culinary world's most exciting personalities. And every year, we wonder who she'll bring on next. Now we know. Read more...

The Easiest Way to Get Ready for Holiday Parties

New makeup bar in Fashion Island makes its debut this weekend

Can you think of a better way to pamper yourself than with a makeover and complimentary glass of Champagne? On Dec. 14th, Fashion Island will unveil its newest addition, Blushington beauty bar. The first of its kind in Orange County, Blushington is similar to DryBar, but for makeup. A variety of services will be offered, including lash tinting, brow waxing, and full makeup applications. "The goal is to leave the bar feeling like an enhanced, more beautiful version of yourself" says founder and CEO Stephi Maron. For more information, check out the website at blushington.com Read more...

Tastemakers: La Dolce Vita in Chocolat

Sweet and full of personality, just like her chocolates, Amy Jo Pedone left the corporate grind to become a chocolatier in 2011. Since completing culinary courses in Vancouver and Europe, the 40-year-old Costa Mesa resident has blazed her own confectionary path, avoiding trends and honoring her heri

Why did you make such a drastic change to create Valenza Chocolatier? I worked in commercial real estate for 13 years. Some life-changing events made me re-evaluate what I was doing. After a lot of soul searching, it clicked with me that I should pursue this passion for sweets and enroll in culinary school. Read more...

Beer Behind the Scenes: Sampling Original Brews in O.C.

A few snaps of our quest for the best beers, listed in our December issue

Burly gourd, Mrs. Stoutfire, The Ol' Switcheroo—these are just a few of the creatively named craft brews our team got to try for our December issue. Sampling more than 30 beers—hey, someone's gotta do it—our hoppy experience happily overwhelmed our senses, causing a dizzying, yet eye-opening, intro to the world of craft beer. We're amazed at the endless ingredients and techniques used by brewmasters all around Orange County, to create some truly original blends. Take a peek at our behind-the-scenes photos, and check out this month's issue to see which breweries reign supreme. Read more...

What to Eat Now! Focus on Local Breweries

25 O.C. Dishes You’ve Just Gotta Try

It’s craft-style, it’s special, and the newest brews have longer flavor descriptions than your favorite wines Read more...
READ NOW: Serial Killer Seduction

Our "Center of the Universe" story is being read all over the world right now. Click here for the story.

 

Who Did Randy Kraft Seduce?

Current photos of author Jay Roberts.

 

A Fact-Checker's Journey to a 1980 Afternoon

Our intrepid intern tracks down the details in Roberts' story.

 

Why Isn't Randy Kraft Dead?

Our original piece on one of California's deadliest and most depraved serial killers. 

 

Editor's Letter, October 2013

Our editor considers "Center of the Universe" to be compelling—and incredibly frightening. Click above to find out why. 

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