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New Year

Sending Off 2013 in the Coolest Way Possible

By Drew Donaldson

There’s a lot of pressure on New Year’s Eve if you are hosting a party. The food has to be sophisticated. The champagne has to match a certain level of elegance. Your home has to be decorated in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable at all times. Above all, you need to make sure everything looks warm, inviting, and conducive for good times. Anything else feels like a dishonor to the upcoming year, let alone your guests... read more


 

Printable Luxury?

What Kind of Impact Could 3D Printing Have on High-End Products?

By Rich Manning
For a lot of us, the concept of 3D printing has come into our consciousness so rapidly, we have had to work backwards to understand what exactly it is and how it works.  When we do this, we quickly realize that in order to fully grasp it, we need to completely recalibrate any preconceived notions that we’ve had about printing since the word Xerox became an action verb.  3D printing essentially marries art and technology, producing sculptures in a cubed, dimensional space by stacking perfectly measured layers upward on one another.  Sometimes, this includes actual moving parts... read more


Where the Fun Meets the Frolic

Day Tripping to Del Mar

By Rich Manning

It could be stated that the allure of Del Mar was built on the legs of the legendary horse and symbol of Depression-era hope Seabiscuit, whose by-a-nose victory over Ligaroti in a historic 1938 match race placed the city’s breathtaking racetrack on the map.  It could also be stated that it was built on the golden voice of crooner Bing Crosby, an avid sportsman who founded the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in 1937 and arranged the Seabiscuit race to promote the track (his famous song about the city would come out four years later).  In the end, it’s kind of a “chicken or the egg” argument, because both origins are equally fabulous... read more

 


The Art of the Briefcase

The Case for a Good Looking Case

By Liam Steele

Consider the briefcase.  Even in this era of e-documents, laptops, and internet-based ephemera, the sight of a sleek hand-held rectangle full of the possibilities of commerce is still a snap-judgment symbol of power, prestige, and old-school big-money elitism.  In short, if you carry a briefcase, it is clear you mean business... Read More >>

 


A La Golf Cart

Some Special Hi-End Rides to Make Your Golf Game Look Better

By Drew Donaldson

Some people think the most important part of a fun and successful golf outing is a good golf cart. Others may think that a cart is a hindrance, annoyance, or some other negative word that ends in “ance.” While that latter stance is perfectly fine and dandy like sour candy, such opinions are a little misguided. It’s not a wrong assumption, mind you. We’re a firm believer of opinions not being right or wrong in matters involving greens, bunkers, and other such golfing terminology. However, we do cling tightly to the notion that those naysayers who look at carts as nothing more than a four-wheeled club and beer holder have never been exposed to the full glory of a high-end cart... Read More >>

 

 

Swimming Upstream to Success

COHO Wines Shows Knowledge is Power in More Ways than One

By Rich Manning

The Salmon of Knowledge is a fascinating tale of Irish mythology.  In a nutshell, it tells the story of a normal, average salmon that one day falls down a well and gains the all of knowledge of the world.   Eventually, it gets eaten, and the soul that feasts upon it absorbs all of this information..... read more

Staying Fit On Business Trips

Experienced business executives such as Gabriel VP Rick Bolander know that when you’re on the road you have to be prepared to put in your best performance at any time, no matter what. While it may be a bit of an exaggeration to say that a road warrior is like an athlete, the truth is that unless you stay in top condition, the constant stress of travel and back-to-back meetings can really add up in no time. On the other hand, if you manage to get in 30 minutes of exercise every day, you’ll feel more alert and sleep better once your day is done.... Read More >>



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A Shore Thing

Bacara Resort & Spa Celebrates Santa Barbara Like Nobody Else

By Rich Manning

California is more than an enormous state. It is a mélange of styles and attitudes, all bound together through a motif of casual elegance that draws envious stares from the rest of the country. This is a principle that drives the Meritage Collection; a quartet of unique resort properties that thrive upon offering four distinctive takes on the California experience, from La Jolla to Napa with stops in Newport Beach and Santa Barbara in between.

In this, the second of a four-part series on the Meritage Collection’s group of hotels, OC Executive heads up the Pacific Coast a bit to Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara to discover the ways that a resort can turn an already breathtaking piece of California into something even more remarkable... Read More >> 

 


Frozen Luxury

A Look at the Beautiful, Fleeting World of Ice Sculptures

By Rich Manning

Take a minute to contemplate ice. From a physical standpoint, it is solid, clear, and cool to the touch. If there is a slightest uptick in temperature, it starts to liquefy and fade away. If you synthesize these physical attributes into an aesthetic realm, then ice becomes rather beautiful and mysterious, if not slightly ethereal. It appears lively and vibrant before your very eyes, even as it is slowly dying... Read More >> 

 


 

 Sailing the Seas Superbly

A Look at Why Superyachts are So Super

 

By Drew Donaldson

We all know the saying about yachts, about how the two best days of a yachtsman’s life is the day he buys the ship and the day he sells it.  While that’s all good for a laugh – and there are no doubt plenty of current and former boat owners who would nod their head in approval at such a sentiment – it does not address the act of actually cruising around in a yacht.  There’s a reason for that, of course:  Namely, clipping around a body of water in a yacht is cool.  Even if you are one of those types that has to gulp down Dramamines like Tic-Tacs, you don’t mind taking them because it allows you to take on the unrivaled majesty of being on the open water with the sea breeze dancing around in your hair and various sea critters popping up from below the surface (if you are lucky)... Read More >>

 


Radical Rides

Taking a Look at Some of the Hottest Wheels for 2014

By Rich Manning

There’s nothing quite as thrilling as that moment when a new car rolls off the assembly line. Each fresh design, whether it is a slight variation on a previous year’s model or a totally new vehicle, comes fully equipped with potential; the kind that is initially realized by closing your eyes and envisioning what it would feel like behind the wheel, winding down your favorite uncrowded highway with your driving song of choice blasting through its speakers. It’s this initial spark of imagination that leads to genuine enthusiasm and anticipation; two visceral responses that is wholly justified, considering the material.

Of course, some cars have the ability to coax this kind of feeling from people more readily than others. As 2014 approaches (quicker to some people’s liking than others), we have started to catch glimpses of a few rides that have caused their fair share of eyeball shuttering and fanciful mental images. And if you haven’t heard about some of the hottest cars that are coming, don’t worry. Keep calm and read on... Read More >>


 

 Bowled Over

Newport Beach Scores a Touchdown by Hosting the Bowl Championship Series

By Rich Manning

In the first week of January, the eyes of the nation will collectively be transfixed on the legendary Rose Bowl to witness the title game of the Bowl Championship Series. Yet in the days leading up to this epic clash of two college football teams vying for gridiron immortality, this nationwide gaze will be bend southward to Newport Beach, as the famed coastal city will welcome scores of fans, alumni, and boosters – not to mention the players and coaches of the actual participating teams – to their inimitable confines. This preamble to the contest is something not to be taken lightly, as all of the pageantry and intrigue that is part and parcel to a game of such magnitude is extended to the host city. If a city is underprepared for this kind of magical spotlight, the results could be rather devastating. And considering that this is the final year of the BCS – it is being replaced by a four-team playoff starting in 2015 – the stakes involved in getting everything exactly right seem to be ratcheted even higher... Read More >>

 


Keeping Good Stock

How to Go About Building a Wine Collection

By Rich Manning

In many ways, wine is like fine art. Its composition is complex to the point where it is utterly meaningful, yet what that meaning is exactly is wholly subjective. Much like a Van Gogh, Degas, or even a Rothko can evoke personal insight, a vintage Beaujolais Cru or a full-bodied Bordeaux Blend can reveal layers about our preferences, past experiences, and our very personalities... Read More >> 

 


 

 The Toys of Travel

Hi-End Travel Gadgets to Make Any Trip First Class
If you are successful in any way, shape, or form, chances are pretty great that you do a bit of travelling from time to time.  It’s just the way business gets done on a certain level.  While the rules of technology have made the world a smaller round ball on which to connect, there is still a lot to be said about the satisfaction that is attained from hopping on a plane, jetting off to some city, and doing business on a face-to-face level... Read More >>  

 


Hopping onto a Legend

Exploring the History and Mystery of Easter Island

The whole entire point of having a “bucket list” is to pack it with as many events and memories as you possibly can, preferably to the point where the contents threaten to spill and dribble down its sides.  Such figurative sloppiness is something that anyone who truly enjoys life tends to strive for, simply because it acts as the perfect representation that your life is being lived with a proper level of passionate ferocity... Read More >>


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Blog Posts

A Very Special Visitor to the Newport Sports Museum January 3

On Monday, January 6, the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles will battle it out on the Rose Bowl’s legendary gridiron to claim the BCS Championship title and the right to be called the top team in college football.  The winning team’s coach…

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Posted by OCEXECUTIVEMAG on January 2, 2014 at 11:30am

Looking at the Sky in a Different Light

The Northern Lights are something that is almost mythical to us Southern California types.  For that matter, so is the spectacle of a night sky dotted corner to corner with an abundance of twinkling stars.  Our atmosphere is so choked with the artificial light that comes with metropolitan sprawl we tend to forget that a dazzling canvas of natural art reveals itself over our heads every…

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Posted by OCEXECUTIVEMAG on December 20, 2013 at 12:00pm

Christmas, Orange County Style

There are precious few things about Christmas in Orange County that feels like an extension of what OC is all about.  We have our share of yuletide bliss scattered about in public places and whole neighborhoods, but that just gives us a common…

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Posted by Rich Manning on December 20, 2013 at 9:30am

Montage Merriment

It’s pretty easy to get jaded when it comes to tree lighting ceremonies in Orange County.  Not that the act has grown tiresome in anyway – the mere sight of an enormous evergreen awash in the glow of bright twinkling lights still has the power to turn…

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Posted by OC EXECUTIVE on December 7, 2013 at 12:53pm

 
 
 

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