What Do ‘Homeland,’ ‘General Hospital,’ Tom Cruise, and Orange County Have in Common?

I might still be recovering from the frenetic pace of the final episodes of "Breaking Bad," in that it's hard to transition to the slow burn of a show like "Homeland," which began its third season last week. The season started with most of the CIA dead from a bomb blast, so it makes sense that new junior agents would have to be introduced. Fara Sherazi is the new analyst character whom Saul blew up at (no pun intended) in the second episode of the season for not immediately finding the the data she was brought in to discover. He went so far as to criticize her for wearing a hijab, saying that it was a slap in the face to the surviving agents. Ouch.

Tastemaker: Jessica Barkley Simplifies

Jessica Barkley knows what’s missing from Orange County women’s wardrobes—pieces that bridge the gap between workout clothes and cocktail attire. So the former designer...

Japanese Dollar Store Adventures

I don't know what I've been doing with my life since Daiso Japan opened in Irvine's Heritage Plaza last year, but let me tell you—I've been missing out! Our art director Mindy Benham took a few of us on a field trip there a couple of weeks ago, and now we're obsessed. The variety of products is dizzying, and we could have stayed there for hours looking at each item, trying to decipher what everything was (a lot of the labels are in Japanese, and the guessing game is just part of the fun) and filling our baskets with the most random and cutest merchandise.

Sole Searching

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.

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.

The List of Must-Attend Events for Style Week OC

Calling all style fiends! You still have time to catch some of the best Style Week OC events. Returning for its sixth year and better than ever, the event runs through Oct. 6, showcasing the best OC designers and brands at Irvine Center Spectrum, Fashion Island, and South Coast Plaza. We're most looking forward to:

The Full Spectrum

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.

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.

Channel Vacation Vibes With These 6 Style Finds

Find out where to shop this season's lush trend in O.C.