April 21, 2002
To stain or not to stain, that is the question. Why on earth would I want to ruin perfectly good fabric by dousing it with a tea concentrate? The answer is patina. Ahhh, now it makes sense. Tea staining is an excellent way to give new materials an old look. Sort of a reverse face-lift. Tea staining takes the "blush" off of new fabric, creating an instant vintage aura. Styles that incorporate antique furnishings like shabby chic, English cottage and Mediterranean are good candidates for a few stains here and there.
September 30, 2002
Romantic frocks, sexy sophistication, textured fabrics and glamour, glamour, glamour are key for fall. Romance is returning full force with subtly colored blouses in fragile, sheer fabrics embellished with lace and delicate embroidery. Slinky bias-cut slip dresses and lively flapper-style dresses are also reappearing to give a bit of Hollywood glamour from decades past. The style is reminiscent of Jean Harlow's heyday on the silver screen. Gucci has charmeuse slip dresses destined to become modern classics while Chanel is offering Jazz Age swingy dresses adorned with fringe and attitude.
January 12, 2001
Who says clothes don't make the man? To examine men's fashion trends for the new year, we stopped in at Neiman Marcus at Fashion Island for a preview of the latest casual and executive dressing. Fashion model Mark Harris lent us his frame as we attempt to prove that sometimes clothes do make the man. After all, substance isn't everything. Style counts too. CUTLINE 1. Mark Harris is dressed to kill in this gray sharkskin suit by Brioni ($2,995)
June 2, 2000
Danette Goulet Guns and cannon erupted in sight and sound Thursday, a startling experience for eighth-grade students at Costa Mesa High School. It was a reenactment of a Civil War battle put on by four members of the Second Kentucky Dismounted Cavalry, a group of Orange County Civil War buffs and history teachers. The group, which is a part of the American Civil War Society, travels to schools for assemblies and lectures. "We try to learn as much as possible to make it as authentic as possible," said Jeff Profeta, a private with the cavalry.
June 18, 2005
B.W. COOK The National Charity League's Newport Beach chapter honored 30 young ladies at its annual Rainbow Luncheon. The event attracted a full house of support to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, as family and friends congratulated the group for completing six years of philanthropic service to the community. Appropriately, the luncheon was actually dubbed "The End of The Rainbow," signifying the culmination of more than 10,000 hours of service to charities.
September 2, 2010
COSTA MESA — She was born in Santa Cruz, she's been to Harvard University and back, and now she's a Costa Mesa resident who's just put the finishing touches on her latest piece of art. It's a 45-pound fiberglass heart that will hopefully fetch thousands of dollars to help fund art instruction in the public elementary schools in Fullerton, where professional artists mentor teachers in the classroom at a time when such programs are under-funded...
April 13, 2013
At one point in "42," the Jackie Robinson Story, Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford, thanks a young Robinson for helping him love baseball again. The latest cinematic account of Robinson's historic 1947 season, in which he breaks baseball's color barrier excluding black players, while also managing to earn Rookie of the Year recognition, likely won't make the casual baseball observer love the game. But it could help the fledgling fan, as well as the grizzled veteran, garner an appreciation for perhaps the most important accomplishment the game has produced in its storied history.
December 16, 2000
You can play in the snow today without leaving town at Newport's Winter Wonderland event in Corona del Mar. Twenty tons of fresh snow will "fall" at Grant Howald Park on 5th and Iris avenues from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa Claus will make an appearance, kids can make holiday crafts, and a snowman building contest are scheduled. Kids can bring carrots and sticks to adorn their snowman. The Newport Beach Community Services Department sponsors the event. Information: (949)