| Nov 18, 2011
| 1:54 PM
In pursuit of my mantra "Look rich, be cheap," I go on every design-house tour I can.
You know those fundraising events where a bunch of designers consume a lot of caffeine, then converge on a house like a S.W.A.T. team. Each takes a room and turns it...
| Nov 24, 2011
| 9:48 PM
Location: 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, at the San Diego (405) Freeway and Bristol Street.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday
Known for: The largest shopping center in California,...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 4:37 AM
If I had to do it over, which I actually do, I would gather new holiday decorations the way I'd build a new wardrobe.
As I mentioned in last week's column, I lost all my holiday decorations in my move to Florida. While coming to grips with that, I...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 12:03 PM
Some people get all ga-ga over movie stars and sports celebrities. Not me. The fact that someone has a fetching way or can hurl a ball through a hoop from 50 feet does not impress me in the least. Genius, however, gets me every time.
Given a choice of...
| Jul 3, 2011
One of the biggest beauty breakthroughs in recent years involves the rise of funky nail polish colors — blue, green, gray, even black — which have become socially acceptable for almost all women, no matter their age or occupation. That...
| Jan 19, 2011
| 3:58 PM
The Wine Knot is a celebration of great wines and good eats happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 at Huntington Harbour Yacht Club in Huntington Beach. Participating wineries and wine boutiques include the Other Guys (Sebastiani Family Wines, Sonoma Valley),...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 2:43 PM
I was in the garage when I heard the scream. I knew the sound the way you know your own child's cry. Because this was my child! I rushed in and found her shrieking and shaking.
"Huge roach! Huge roach!" She kept repeating, eyes fixed on the kitchen trash...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 9:56 AM
The Malibu house has a fashion runway, a revolving closet, accomodations for a hot pink motor scooter and space for a pet giraffe. It's a dream house all right, for who else but Barbie.
Mattel's most popular toy is starting her 125th career, this time as...
| May 17, 2012
| 9:45 AM
Though I knew better, I couldn't wait to use the pretty new table linens that arrived in that day's mail. "Made for every day," the website assured. That was all the encouragement I needed.
I spread the crisp cotton placemats, which came in pretty...
| Jul 8, 2012
With summer in full swing, it's time to hit the beach — for sunning, yes, but also for shopping.
There's a new level of sophistication in shopping along the coast. Locally owned boutiques with a curated point of view are changing the flavor of...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:14 PM
Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh have made a secret pact with Dorian Gray.
Twenty years ago the two Newport ladies founded an organization called the Harvesters. Recently in Costa Mesa at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Jennifer and Jill...