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  • Lyssa Myska Allen

    Digital Media Director

    Lyssa is the digital media director at Orange Coast magazine, overseeing orangecoast.com and all of our social networks; follow us at the links below (she made us write that)! Lyssa launched a variety of successful websites and wrote for a number of print publications before being imported—as the joke goes—to Orange County from Aspen to join the Orange Coast team.

    She says: Don't forget pinterest.com/orangecoastmag!

 

The Future of Digital Journalism

With the O.C. *Register* making national headlines and the stalwart L.A. *Times* squarely in the Register's sights, Orange County has become the center of the debate over the future of journalism. On Wednesday, the same day the print-first Los Angeles Register launches, Chapman University hosts a panel called “The Future of Journalism in the Digital Age,” moderated by Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. Joining editors from the Register and the Times are representatives of a digital-first publication, public radio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. The event is free and open to the public. One late line-up change: Jimmy Orr, the Times' managing editor for digital, will replace Times editor Davan Maharaj on the panel. Read more...

Every adoption story is a mysterious stew of longing, loss, and searching love

Our own Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith's has been published! We're proud of the fourth novel in his Memory Series, "The Disappeared Girl," which Diversion Books has launched as an e-book exclusive. Smith wrote about his inspiration for the story on goodreads.com—and you can read the whole thing there. He reveals: "I learned [about adoption] firsthand from my sister Lisa, my oldest sibling, who was 19 in October 1961 when she found herself pregnant and unable to keep her infant daughter. I was just 5 at the time, and three decades passed before Lisa ever told me her secret. On the day she finally did—sitting with me on my front porch in Southern California—something extraordinary happened. At her home in Phoenix, the phone rang. The caller spoke briefly with my sister’s husband, but left no message. We later learned that that coincidental call was from her lost daughter, then 30 and living in Ohio, trying for the first time to contact her birth mother." Read more...

Reddit Co-founder Says 'Failure is an Option'

"Failure is an option," says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. "We call it a pivot now in tech." He should know: during his hour-long talk at UCI, he covered how he and his business partner got turned down by Y Combinator... Read more...

New Year, New Beauty Booty

You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend. Read more...

Our Top 13 Stories of 2013

Many thanks to our loyal readers for making 2013 our biggest year at orangecoast.com! Here are the 13 most popular stories of the year*. Read more...

A Trip Back in Time with Orange Coast's EIC

Longtime readers might know that Editor in Chief Martin Smith is actually on his second tour here at Orange Coast—he left in the late '90s to write the third book in a popular suspense thriller series he'd penned mostly while helming the mag (no, we don't know how he did it). While Smith wrote the fourth book in 2002, it was never published. Diversion Books has picked up the final book in the "Memory Series," and in advance of the fourth book's March release, is launching digital editions of the first three. Read more...

The 'Fast & Furious' Tribute to Paul Walker

The "Fast & Furious" franchise, directed by Buena Park's Justin Lin, is one of the seminal series of my generation. Universal Pictures released this tribute to its star, who died last weekend. This message accompanies the video: Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and good will from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/. Read more...

Fast Forward: A Quick Read on The Evolution of a Clothing Brand

Unless you’re really into fashion, a book chronicling the rise of a fashion line doesn't sound all that interesting. But “Lolly: From Fishing to Fashion, Reeling in an Unlikely Fashion Success” is only barely about Lolly, a high-end contemporary women’s wear brand born in LA. Instead, the book captures the California cool of the former Obvious Clothing line while telling the stories behind it, including personal tales about the author. Read more...

Adam Levine’s Jeans

Serial model-dater—afianceed to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo—may be taking style tips from his fashionista flames. The Adam Levine for Kmart collection launches Oct. 1 and features trendy burnout tees, loads of plaid, and stovepipe dark jeans—the “it” cut for fellas scared of skinnies. The collection launches in Orange County stores just in time for Levine’s Maroon 5 show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine on Oct. 4. Read more...

Would You Rather? Arena Football League Edition

Let's play a quick game of Would You Rather?: Would you rather watch a local arena football team play a game, or the band KISS in concert? Read more...

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  • Neighborhoods: Rancho Santa Margarita

    Rancho Santa Margarita’s Plaza El Paseo is a South County suburban mall with a twist. It’s the unexpected finds—a little gem of a florist, cozy spots to sample tea and wine, and a top-notch steakhouse across the street—that put it in a league of its own. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Bloody Marys

    Get your vegetables and booze in one convenient—and delicious—serving with what’s been hailed as America’s murkiest and most complex cocktail. Traditionally made with tomato juice, vodka, celery salt, horseradish, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, its origins are widely debated. Here are five superb O.C. renditions of the world-famous drink.

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  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: East Side Costa Mesa

    This updated neighborhood doesn’t have to try hard to be interesting, original, surprising, and modern—it just is. Take the mile-long stretch of strip malls along 17th Street, between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, the heart of the renaissance. Foodies come for the Instagram-worthy Aussie-style meat pies at PieNot, coconut French toast at Plums Café, and braised pork panini at Pitfire Artisan Pizza. And that’s just the Ps. Other homegrown restaurants and shops tip toward lean-and-clean fare, such as the casual Jan’s Health Bar. Plus it’s the birthplace of Mother’s Market & Kitchen. Read More
  • Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

    With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Read More
  • Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa

    Chain restaurants and stores dominate most of the strip malls on Costa Mesa’s east side. But at Santa Ana Avenue and 17th Street, look a little closer and you’ll find indie boutiques and cafes tucked in among the usual suspects Read More

Style Stuff

  • 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
  • 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
  • New Year, New Beauty Booty

    You know that deep maroon lipstick and funky purple eyeshadow we always think we’re going to wear on some special occasion, but haven’t touched in years? Now we can donate them and get something in return! Spa Gregorie's has set up a beauty product donation station at each of its three spas as a way to launch its new Osmosis makeup line. Osmosis, which works on all skin tones, is made using 100 percent triple-milled minerals and a unique gogi-berry antioxidant blend. Read More
 
 
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