Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 OC Look Party - Fashion, Frivolity and $15,000+ in Funds Raised for JDRF

Fashion Must-Have from the OC LOOK Honorees

Fifteen of Orange County’s style arbiters were honored Wednesday night at the 2009 OC Look event as Orange Coast magazine unveiled its list of individuals defining style in Orange County. The sold-out event benefitted the Dream Guild of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Orange County Chapter raising over $15,000 for the cause and was a head to toe celebration of style in Orange County.

The 2009 OC LOOK winners are:
1. Kim Vo - Celebrity hairstylist with salons in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and The Montage Resort, often seen on E!, and a judge on Bravo’s reality show “Shear Genius”.
2. Zeke Kalil – Recording Artist.
3. Glenn & Mindy Stearns - Both were featured on the TBS reality show, "The Real Gilligan's Island" and Glenn is the owner of the Stearns Corporation, the group of companies responsible for over 80,000 transactions and $1.5 billion in real estate sales in 2003.
4. Barclay Butera – An world-class interior designer with signature showrooms in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Park City, and New York.
5. Dr. Arvin Taneja – A plastic surgeon.
6. Amita Singh – The GM of the Christian Louboutin store in South Coast Plaza.
7. Jennifer Condas – Co-founder of the Dream Guild, which raises money for JDRF.
8. Elyse Roberts - Co-founder of the Dream Guild, which raises money for JDRF.
9. Nichole Carroll – The designer and owner of Tyler Rose Swimwear. Her line was just featured in Sports Illustrated.
10. Traci Arnsten – Co-owner of Voluspa Candles based in Lake Forest.
11. Rib Hillis - Actor; home designer; model – joined ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2007.
12. Monika Steinberg – Co-owner of Movano Spa in Laguna Beach.
13. Scott Graham - Owner of XPACS Concierge Services.
14. Heidi Cortese – Philanthropist.
15. Casey Cochrane – CEO/Founder of the Green Guide Network.

An evening full of fashion, beauty and beats, attendees were treated to beauty bars, signature cocktails courtesy of Ste-Germain, activities, as well as the amazing culinary talents of Il Fornaio Catering all set to a hot soundtrack from DJ Andrew Nguyen. Models strutted in the latest designers gowns from Oday Sahkur while the men browsed in the Tommy Bahama boutique. Guests were styled up with MAC Cosmetics one-on-one consultations and had their up do’s upgraded by Perla Salon before stepping in the eMotion portrait studio for their close-up with photographer David Capron.

In addition to all the primping and posing being done on the second and third floors of the spacious Pelican Crest estate which housed the more than 600 guests in attendance, partygoers also escaped downstairs to the RockBand Lounge where they entertained their entourages and enjoyed the beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean poolside.

Other VIP guests included recording artist Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow, I Want Some Candy), Lynne Curtin (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) and her husband Frank, and Elena Grinenko (ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”).

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As members of the 2009 OC Look list, our honorees know a thing about style. Here are a few of their must-haves for any wardrobe:
  • A good lightweight cashmere sweater, cowboy boots, and right now I like Monarchy Jeans. (Barclay Butera)
  • Short board shorts, Rainbows, and tank tops. (Zeke Kalil- Singer/Songwriter/Actor)
    Bright color is back, thin fashionable scarves, and skinny jeans still rule. (Kim Vo - Celebrity Stylist and Salon Mogul)
  • Sunglasses, a large handbag, comfortable yet sexy shoes, my sparkly Haviana flip flops in every color, and a smile; it goes with everything. (Mindy Sterns)
  • White tees or tanks, fitted cardigans or jackets, jeans, a beautiful evening dress and comfy sweats (Jennifer Condas - Wife & Mother, Volunteer)
  • A nude-colored bathing suit, cut-off denim, and an ikat-print tunic. (Monika Steinberg -Humanitarian)
  • Summer: great fitting board shorts, sunglasses and sunscreen…I will wear these every day. (Rib Hilis -Actor, model, father and designer on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”)
  • Jimmy Choo Glenyis sandals in gold, Elizabeth and James Boyfriend button down shirts, and A Voluspa Panjore Lychee candle. (Traci Arntsen Co-Owner / Creative Director of Voluspa)
  • Trusty Rainbows and then my skinny corduroy brown pants and these vintage, light flannels I keep finding. (Casey Cochran - CEO/Founder Green Guide Network)
  • New gray cardigan, white blouse, and a vintage jewelry. (Elyse Roberts)
  • The large Tiffany diamond encrusted key pendant on a "diamond-by-the-yard" chain...of course! 2. The Limited Edition Kate Spade "Flower Garden Quinn" handbag! Love the jewels! 3. Any party shoes by Rene Caovilla...artwork for the feet! (Heidi Cortese – Sherman (CEO/Chairman RCC, Inc. Developer of Leisure World & Host of Healthy-OC on Real Orange KOCE TV!)
  • Bright colors (Arvin Taneja MD – Plastic Surgeon)
  • My Vintage Levis denim jacket that I dress it up or down, a great pair sandals that you can take from day to evening, my G-ma Rita's turquoise and silver cuff, Aunt Rodelle's Vintage Gucci purse, and of course Tyler Rose Swimwear! (Nichole Carroll - Designer of Tyler Rose Swimwear/Fashion Stylist)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

TOMC Mompreneur Series on Tiny Oranges -- The Final Chapter!

In our final installment for all you budding enrepreneurs out there, we share some great tips on how those supermoms do it all! Read and learn...

Thanks again to Jennifer at Tiny Oranges for the great opportunity! We hope that you have found some of our tips and suggestions useful! Please give post a comment here if you have any! We'd love the feedback!

OC Look - Scenes From The Sold Out Party

Last night's OC Look party was AMAZING! Great house, great food, great fashion. Congrats to the Orange Coast magazine team.

In case you missed the sold out party, here is a short video from the party.

Halsea Suitcase To Be On The Today Show with Real Simple!

Look out for Halsea's China Cove suitcase on The Today Show tomorrow. Real Simple is going to be talking about travel. We are so excited!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Orange Coast Talk Style and OC LOOK on KOCE

When there was a last minute cancellation on KOCE's Real Orange, Maria Hall Brown gave us a call to see if Orange Coast would like to come talk about their upcoming event - OC LOOK.

With just a few hours to spare, we jumped at the opportunity. Jennifer Siragusa from Orange Coast headed to the studios to talk style, giving back to charity and hot construction workers!

OC LOOK, an event to honor the stylish set in Orange County, will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In addition to naming the 15 OC LOOK winners for this year, the event will be a fun party filled with beauty bars, spa treatments, delicious food and drink - all for just $25. Last year was sold out so get your tickets now - 949.553.0363.

Photo Shoot for the Orange County Register - Home Section

Two dogs, two beds, two floor pillows, one crib and one jumping child. That wraps up yesterday's photo shoot with Cindy McNatt from the Register in a nut shell.

She is going to be running a story about tips on essentials for your nursery and how to make sure it transitions to toddler-hood.

We thought you would like to see some of the room photos for a sneak peak. The Register's photos were SOOOO much better with all of the kids, dogs, and jumping. But we thought you would like to see the inspiring children's decor from Pixie Dust Decor.

Stay tuned for the Register story.

PS - If you haven't seen it already, Cindy also writes a daily blog about gardneing. You will love it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

OC LOOK - Must Have Beauty Products

Orange Coast magazine's OC LOOK party benefiting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is about a week away so if you haven't RSVP'd now is the time!

For just $25 you get delicious food, drinks and entertainment. Not to mention, you can get mini-spa treatments, your hair styled and your make up done by professionals! So don't wait - last year's event was sold out!

So while we are talking about OC LOOK.... the winners, which will be announced at the party, have given Orange Coast some tips on style, fashion and their "must haves" from beauty to designer clothes. We can't tell you their names yet but we can tell you the products they like to use.

OC LOOK winners' must have beauty products:
1. Prevage – anti oxidant moisturizer
2. Benza Clin
3. Any Hydramist!
4. Lip gloss!
5. Cosmedix “Eye-Believe” serum & RoseBud lip salve
6. A good night sleep!
7. Kate Sommerville everything, Cle De Peau concealer, Morrocan Hair Oil & Epicurean Papaya and Pineapple after Bath Body Lotion.
8. 8-9 hours of sleep per night
9. Christian Dior's Creme Abricot Cuticle Creme and Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara 10. Perfect Polish- from the red carpet to hot dates!
11. Pro Lash Mascara by MAC, Tea Tree Oil, SPF and a great Gloss
12. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub
13. Besides sleep...Sheer Cover mineral foundation and Freeze 24-7 Ice Cream Double Scoop face moisturizer; Lip balm, and facial moisturizer

Monday, July 20, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Swell Pregnacy Guide Features Stroller Suspenders

Swell Pregnancy Guide just featured Stroller Suspenders, an easy way to secure your baby blanket to the stroller.

Check out the story here:

Thanks, Hillary Gurley!

Celebrity Signed Spongebob Skateboards Hit Times Square

SpongeBob has officially taken over Times Square!
TRU Times Square is featuring the SpongeBob skateboards (made by Bravo Sports Corp) in honor of his 10th Anniversary. The skateboards were signed by Ashton Kutcher, Ben Affleck, Paris Hilton, and Eliza Dushcu among others at a celebrity party during Sundance Film Festival.
SpongeBob is featured across the MTV Studio Windows, in the MTV Store and on 44th Street/Broadway. SpongeBob product has been in the MTV store since late last week and the windows feature autographed surfboards and skateboards that will be auctioned off for charity later this summer.
SpongeBob will be in Times Square and the MTV Store through the Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash weekend…make sure to check us out (on-air, online at and stay tuned for more from SpongeBob next week!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TO Media Co. is a Guest Blogger on Tiny Oranges!!

We were honored to be asked to share some of our tips for budding Mom-Preneurs as a Guest Blogger on Tiny Oranges - a fantastic website and resource for Moms in Orange County. Thanks so much to Jennifer for the exciting opportunity and congrats again on your beautiful new baby girl :-)

We love working with and supporting working mothers and hope that the information and ideas we have shared will be inspiring and informative. If you have feedback, questions or any other ideas that you want to share for would-be business owners, WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Get the whole story at Tiny Oranges -

Friday, July 10, 2009

Beach Tote Tips from Halsea on Tiny Oranges

We love Tiny Oranges. If you are an Orange County mom, you have to check it out. The newly minted two-time mom Jennifer Scheumann writes the blog but since she just had her second baby (congrats!!), she has been featuring guest bloggers.

Halsea's Sally Bartz, also a two timer, provided beach tote tips and her insider secrets today.
Thanks, Jennifer!

New Stroller Suspenders Photo Shoot

Stroller Suspenders, an easy to use strap that secures a blanket, just had a new photo shoot to show off their fall line.

Made for boys and girls of all ages, Stroller Suspenders comes in a variety of colors to match your stroller or blankets. Below are some cute shots from the photo shoot.

Halsea in Islands Magazine

Thanks to the very, very talented photographer, Shelly Strazis, a Halsea tote made an appearance in Island's magazine. Look for it in the bike's basket.
Thanks Shelly!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ready for the Beach? Is your Tote Bag?

Thanks to Jean Patteson at the Orlando Sentinel for this great post about Halsea!
Check out Sally's fun tips for getting to the beach in one bag!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Surfer Chicks Beauty Secrets in Coastal Living!

I love the newly revamped Coastal Living! The last few months the magazine has had some amazing homes featured, great fashion stories and yummy recipes that I have been pouring over. I am obviously not the only one who has noticed.

Last month we had a feature on Sally Bartz of Halsea in the magazine. She was inundated with Coastal Living readers buying her beach chic travel bags and stopping into the shop. We now call it the "Coastal Living Effect". See the article below -- it was AMAZING!

This month we helped with a beauty story about "Surfer Chicks Beauty Secrets" with Luann Petix, Oleema Miller and Veronica Kay. It love the layout and the 10 tips. You have to get the magazine to see the surfer chick spread and to see some of the homes featured this month - my favorite is the one title "Modern Country" (starts on Page 74.) Why can't we all live like that?!
Thanks, Lindsey Ellis!

Jennifer Capaci of Eco-Chic Terra Collection Featured in Home Business Magazine

Home Business Magazine just featured eco-chic t-shirt founder, Jennifer Capaci of Terra Collection.