If you had a chance to have a recognized artist screen you a Hurley tee while you hung out with pro athletes, would you take it?
Hawaiian sandal stalwart Island Sole is opening its first mainland store at Fashion Island. “Shoppers will find their ‘sole mates’ here,” says Wayne Heck, the entrepreneur-owner. While the store stocks all sorts of sandal brands from internationally popular Havianas to local Rainbows to charitable Freewaters—a newer line that uses a portion of each purchase to help provide clean drinking water to those in need—it features an intriguing distinction: It will carry the widest array of Ugg footwear outside of the brand's stores.

Pier Nostalgia

We’re always prowling for art by locals that speaks to something elemental about Orange County. So we were thrilled when long-time friend Lynne Cox, the cold-water marathon swimmer who trains off Seal Beach, mentioned during lunch on Sept. 16 that a local postal worker/artist was building some wonderful coffee tables, benches, and other furniture out of timber salvaged from the Seal Beach Pier. The artist is Gino Dominic Nardo, and you can at least see some of his creations (now, alas, mostly sold) at artbygino.com.
Orange County and the sun pair like wine and cheese. With so many outdoor shopping complexes nearby, you can shop without sacrificing your enjoyment of the brag-worthy weather. One complex that caters to all: Irvine Spectrum Center.
  Stuff We Love has been meaning to get this: Vitra Eyewear, opened before the holidays in the Crate & Barrel wing of South Coast Plaza. A pretty little boutique featuring designer frames   -- Fendi, Thierry Lasry, Chrome Hearts, Costa...
Say you want to get one of Spa Gregorie's luxe massages—not cheap at $99 to $129 for 60 minutes. Consider this: the newly-redesigned spa (calm colors, Tiffany-blue accents) now has a ton of free features that are included in your service....
Amanda Chinchelli Greer’s swimsuits don’t look like anyone else’s. They’re a little retro, even classic. And comfortable—so comfortable they allow women to surf with a confident edge, something the designer knows all about. “I originally made them for myself,”...
  Who says Orange County doesn't have swagger? Stance, the San Clemente maker of colorful, edgy, and, yes, actually hip, socks just announced a collaboration by hip-hop princess and fashion "It girl" Rihanna. The singer ("Stay," "Diamond", "B*tch Better Have My...

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