Co-founded by sisters Rachael and Natalie Dickens, this comprehensive fashion and beauty website is a zine tailored for Orange County women. It features weekly layouts of the latest trends, a daily “Look of the Day,” and how-to’s on makeup, hair, and skin care. Its “Ultimate OC Style-List” is a roundup of their picks for best-of-the-best boutiques and beauty professionals to help you define your personal style. ocstylereport.com
Mission San Juan Capistrano owns a sinister relic: a silver crucifix with a bullet hole over the body of Christ. A San Juan Capistrano resident, involved in an altercation unrelated to the church, visited the chapel to calm down, but instead shot off his gun. One bullet hit the crucifix and destroyed the figure’s halo. He offered restitution, but a church official decided to leave the hole as an illustration of the perils of temper unrestrained. At least, that’s one explanation. 26801 Ortega Highway, 949-234-1300, msjsanjuan.com

Inconspicuous Art: Topografia I

Gallery 8, part of Orange County Museum of Art’s 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122, ocma.net

We dare you to not fall in love with the succulent starfish wall sculpture on the pocket patio recently fashioned from fallow space behind the Captain’s Cabin. Other living art includes vibrant flowerbeds and hanging herb gardens by Kathryn Agresto, designer of gardens at Park Ave and Montage Resort. Strings of tiny lanterns add twinkle to the 30-seat alfresco refuge.
630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949-675-3474, bluewatergrill.com

Laguna Beach’s Tyler Russell, CEO of The Escape Bus, tells about his mobile escape room in a renovated yellow school bus.
When you stand in the center of this UC Irvine landmark and speak, your voice sounds amplified in your own ear, but not to those around you.

Cool factor: Probably Orange County’s most dramatic cave landscape. The entrance takes you into the rocky cliffs at this South Laguna beach. Visit during low tide when access is easier and safer.
Where to find: Concrete stairs at Ninth Avenue and South Coast Highway to Thousand Steps Beach, walk to the south end

Lots of things turn up in and around the ocean. Some you’d expect—others, not so much.
In a national survey released this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation tagged more than 50 local bridges as “structurally deficient,” which, we have been assured, is a technical term that includes such deficiencies as needing a paint job; it doesn’t mean that they’re not safe.
On Aug. 20, 1892, an armed, hooded mob in Santa Ana absconded with jailed murder suspect Francisco Torres. They pinned a crude sign saying “change of venue” to his chest, and lynched him at Fourth and Sycamore streets. Torres, a laborer arrested in the killing of his employer at a South County ranch, had claimed self-defense. No one was ever held accountable in the notorious incident, and nothing at the intersection acknowledges it ever happened.

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