Rumors Debunked: Nobu Isn’t Closing (It’s ‘Thriving’)

The rumor mill of Newport Beach can swirl mightier than a big swell at The Wedge. (Remember when a car mysteriously crashed into Cassidy’s? Or when Ho Sum Bistro shut down for a while? Things happen, we talk.) So, when people started saying Nobu was going to shut down, we had to investigate.

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Weekend #OOTD: StyleWeek OC Returns to Fashion Island

Weekend style warriors, unite! StyleWeek OC will grace Fashion Island next weekend, from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, Sept.16. In collaboration with SIMPLY, the definitive Orange County style experience will provide attendees with stylish inspiration, exclusive design deals and of course, fabulously cool chances to mix and mingle with fashion’s brightest stars.

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Local Entrepreneurs Channel Worldly Style on Balboa Peninsula

If you were passing West Balboa Blvd. a few weekends ago, you’d notice a beach home unlike the others: coastal-cute decorations hung from a small wraparound porch. Bikinis were displayed with due chicness; handmade choker necklaces were sprinkled around the outdoor space. It was a stop-and-check-it-out moment on Balboa Peninsula and the result of two…

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Flashback to the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing

From the Vans US Open of Surfing press box, the shore at Huntington Beach is a labyrinth of bright umbrellas. To the right, the pier is lined with spectators hunched over the wooden barrier, fixed on the churning water below. Sometimes sheets of water are pitching fast toward the shore. Sometimes it’s flat. (“Lake Huntington”…

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Three-Part Women’s Empowerment Series at Fashion Island

If well-behaved women rarely make history, then the ones who roar are rewriting all the books. Unleash your inner lioness at Fashion Island this summer and find inspiration in the words of bold trailblazers. Orange County United Way and Bank of America have teamed up to present Local, Global & Me, a Women’s Empowerment Series. The free, three-part…

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Editor’s Opinion: What the Bird?

A letter of (potentially) unpopular sentiment from our Editor in Chief …  Blah, blah, blah innovation. Blah technology. Blah the encroaching arm of disruptive businesses with aesthetically pleasing Instagram accounts and cool, one-word names. I get it. Those black scooters by Bird, a dock-less scooter share company based in Santa Monica, Calif., are solving some…

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2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: Weekend Recap

The 2018 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing kicked off this Saturday with sloppy little waves, white wash and a lumpy ocean. Still, the young surfers prevailed despite challenging conditions, finding good waves among the bad as an umbrella-shaded crowd cheered them on from the Southside of Huntington Beach Pier. 

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‘Time Well Spent’ Lives Up to Its Name

Once in a while, a special film comes along that has the ability to transport you — mind, body and soul —  from the time the lights dim to the time the credits roll. You can’t quite figure out how you’ve changed but when you leave the theater, you feel somehow different. Transformed. Time Well Spent,…

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OK It’s Official: Circle Hook is Really, Really Good

The truth is, you can’t eat mood lighting. Or fancy wall art or plush velvet chairs. A fact universally known: When you go to a restaurant anywhere in the world, the only thing you can ever eat is the food. Maybe the owners of the brand-new Circle Hook Fish Co. at Lido Marina Village had…

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Summer Style with Ash ‘n’ Fashn’s Ashley Tarkington Jackel

When it comes to the summer season, style decisions can be tricky. Do you go with practical or trendy? Floral print or bright white? Shorts or a mini skirt? Sartorial choices abound, so it’s a good thing we’ve got super chic people like Ashley Tarkington Jackel, Orange County-based founder of Ash ‘n’ Fashn. A lifestyle blogger,…

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