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Author Chris Christensen

  • Chris Christensen

    Senior Editor/Style

    Christensen oversees the magazine’s dining, fashion, and home-design coverage. A former metro columnist for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, and more recently the food editor and columnist for the award-winning weekly FOODday section of The Oregonian in Portland, she brings not only stylish writing to Orange Coast, but a refined sensibility desperately lacking among certain co-workers who consider Costco a perfectly acceptable place to shop for gourmet food, clothes, and home furnishings. One of her stories was a 2000 James Beard Award finalist, and earlier this year, in a unanimous vote, Christensen was named Orange Coast’s Responsible Adult. She’s wild for beach cottages and cashmere sweaters, and has never met a margarita she didn’t like.

 

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...

'Tis the Season: Neiman's New Charitable Gift Shop

Neiman Marcus has a new holiday gift shop. Well, kind of. Read more...

What Could Top This Restaurant Opening?

Red O opens in Orange County's Fashion Island

We dare anyone to name an OC restaurant opening as over-the-top and jammed-packed with locals as Red O's in-your-face celebration last Thursday, Nov. 21. More than 1,000 people, a gorgeous space, a live band you could barely hear, lip-smacking margaritas for everyone, food stations you couldn't find due to the density of the crowd, and the best-darned people-watching ANYWHERE! Do you hear that LA? Read more...

Tastemakers: A Cut Above

As a child, Moti Ferder remembers his father sitting at a table until midnight, sorting rough diamonds by size and quality to sell to manufacturers worldwide. So it’s no stretch to say the 42-year-old co-owner of Fashion Island’s Lugano Diamonds has been around precious gems for most of his life. “I studied and became familiar with every aspect of the business,” says the native of Israel, who spent years in a diamond factory learning how to cut stones. Read more...

Road Trip!

From a California mountain lake to a valley in Mexico ...

... we found terrific destinations and lots of little adventures along the way 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.