August 2011

August 2011 Cover

August 2011

Cover Story
The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Orange County INSIDERS ONLY!
For advice on all things O.C., we went to local experts and discovered some of the county’s most intriguing and useful secrets, including how to do the “stingray shuffle” to avoid a painful sting at Seal Beach. For the full catalog of 28 insider secrets, order your August issue now!

Rebecca Black, Revolutionary 
When her “Friday” video went viral on YouTube, generating more than 160 million hits, the Anaheim Hills eighth-grader became an internationally famous—if brutally derided—pop singer-celeb. In the process, she also pioneered an ingenious fast track to stardom.
By Patrick J. Kiger

The Divas of Dessert
If you haven’t heard of these women, you will. Meet five of the most talked-about pastry chefs in Orange County.
Text by Anne Valdespino / Photography by Carly Hebert

Laguna Niguel architect Ted Wells fills his unorthodox home with a mix of old and new.
By Barbara Thornburg


PBS SoCal’s “Illumination Gala”
Society Editor Gloria Zigner’s monthly recap of the county’s charity events, including the local public television station’s fundraiser at the OC Fair & Event Center that netted more than $550,000.

Find Your Tribe INSIDERS ONLY!
Our guide to seven local special-interest clubs where kindred spirits can share their sometimes peculiar interests. The Tall Club, anyone?
>> Online Only Browse our past Guides

Coast Lines
Neighborhood visits Icons of Surf and other San Clemente retailers. The O.C. Answer Man explains why you shouldn’t expect breakfast at the Howe-Waffle House in Santa Ana. In Books, we review former TV lifestyle reporter Christine Schwab’s memoir about living in pain. Trade Secrets introduces you to butterfly breeder Yvette RuDenski. We also have an O.C.’s Own feature on actress and philanthropist Kelly Crean, a Deconstruction of the Great Park Carousel, and a peek at homes behind the Rossmoor wall in On the Market.

O.C. Style
Nothing makes a fall fashion statement like nature’s palette of reds, from crushed berries to rich russets, including a playful Alice + Olivia belted dress, lipstick from NYX and Urban Decay, burgundy bowed pumps from Rene Caovilla, a fuchsia smart-phone case from Lodis, sunglasses from Thakoon, a ruby-colored necklace centerpiece from Christian Dior, and an organza satin-draped rose clutch from Marchesa. Plus, a tour of Woody’s Antiques in Orange.


Drive HOV lane access for early hybrid adopters may have ended, but a new generation of fuel-efficient vehicles is close behind.

Legends An award-winning accordion orchestra that has played the White House four times? Seriously?


Land’s End Life Beyond Postcards

Editor’s Letter Collected Wisdom

Artist Spotlight An untitled piece by Costa Mesa artist James Marshall, aka Dalek.
>> Online Only An exclusive gallery of other Dalak works, as well as our comprehensive events listings that will guide you to the month’s best in local arts and entertainment.

Main Course Ecco, the Italian trattoria at The Camp in Costa Mesa
Rediscovery The Crow Bar and Kitchen in Corona del Mar
>> Online Only Our authoritative, expanded, and searchable dining listings  

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