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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!

 

Nothing Says Summer Quite Like Segerstrom's Movie Mondays

Beach chairs, picnic baskets, and breezes through the Arts Plaza … we love the Segerstrom Center for the Arts summer screenings! For eight summers, O.C. has enjoyed classics projected onto the giant screen, and tonight marks the first film of this season: "The Little Colonel", starring Shirley Temple. Read more...

Grab Your Boards: International Surfing Day Is June 20

The Surfrider Foundation’s International Surfing Day is happening next Friday in Orange County—and across the globe. You don’t have to surf to enjoy the celebration. The nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of our oceans is sponsoring an international waterways photo contest while our local chapters host a couple of events. Read more...

Perfect Getaway: Aspen

Locals knowingly nod when anyone talks about how they moved to Aspen for “just one season” before staying for maybe 10. The winter may beckon, but the summer is what sells you. The well-heeled descend on Wagner Park from June 20 through 22 for the Food & Wine Classic, while families converge on the Fourth of July weekend. Read more...

Newport Beach Film Festival Opens This Week

The Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off tonight, and not only are we a media sponsor, but tonight's opening-night film is particularly special to us: "Lovesick" is produced by Josh Goldstein, the son of Orange Coast executive vice president Linda Goldstein! Click here for info about the film. Read more...

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...

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  • O.C.’s Best: Tiki Drinks

    Though some regard them as overly cloying concoctions, tiki cocktails such as mai tais and zombies are enjoying a resurgence in Orange County. Craft bartenders layer the rum-based drinks with multiple spirits and spices to create beguiling and complex potions. Here are five great places to get your tiki on. Read More
  • Neighborhood: Dana Point

    Perched above Pacific Coast Highway, Monarch Bay Plaza reflects the relaxed sophistication of its Dana Point neighborhood. In the Spanish-style mall with red tile roofs, ocean breezes blow through white stucco archways, and upscale-yet-casual boutiques and restaurants attract locals and tourists. Read More
  • O.C.’s Best: Vegan Breakfasts

    Veg-heads don’t just mow down bowls of granola and slam wheatgrass shots at the break of dawn. Most want to enjoy brunching on Sunday-Funday with everyone else. And because it can be hard to find tofu scrambles and dairy-free waffles, we’ve rounded up five local eateries that provide tasty vegan options to start the morning right. Read More
  • Best of 2014: Nutty Brûlée

    No one can resist breaking into the sugary crust of crème brûlée, and this one packs an extra surprise with its abundance of silky-smooth chocolate-hazelnut custard below—thanks to the addition of Nutella. This sinful dessert is incredibly rich and best shared with a friend. $8
    704 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach, 949‑673‑7173, theslidingdoorcafe.com

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  • Best of 2014: Honey Bee Chicken

    You’ll fall in lust with the chicken pieces at BBQ Chicken at Diamond Jamboree in Irvine. Fried in olive oil for a crunchy exterior, they’re tossed in a sweet honey sauce making them all the more delicious. $11 to $21

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Style Stuff

  • It's a Charmed Life!

    Fashion Island's go-to beauty lounge, Blushington, is teaming up with jeweler Kendra Scott to launch her new Charm Bar Collection featuring a variety of charms, letters, symbols, and stones, on Friday, August 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Read More
  • Hot Shop: Popping With Petals

    Petals and Pop would be at home in a Paris street scene. Blooms and foliage spill onto the sidewalk from old aluminum buckets and vintage German pickling jars. Inside, a floor-to-ceiling library ladder slides along the shelves of this flower and home goods store, providing access to vases, table linens, garden and kitchen tools, specialty chocolates, and cookbooks. Read More
  • Ruffle Some Feathers this Fourth of July!

    We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m. Read More
  • Here Come the Brides!

    Looking for wedding inspiration — something that will set you apart from the crowd? Then keep from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, open. That's when Something Lovely Wedding returns to Orange County, with an impressive collection of more than 30 high-end wedding resources here in SoCal. Read More
  • 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
 
 
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