• Shannon Fascitelli

Something we can never get enough of is a social hour with a view. Being blessed with great weather for the majority of the year, Laguna Beach has you covered on restaurants with spectacular ocean views. Take a look at some of our favorite spots in Laguna Beach right now.



Skyloft


Come here if you are looking for a rooftop restaurant with great food and delicious cocktails. Skyloft also offers Brunch, Happy Hour daily from 3-5pm, and live music most nights of the week.





The Rooftop Lounge


Located at La Casa del Camino hotel, The Rooftop Lounge is the perfect spot to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink! This is a pet-friendly restaurant and bar where you can take in panoramic views of the ocean.




The Deck


One of the only waterfront restaurants located on the beach in Laguna! The Deck is known for its fresh seafood and unique cocktails. Another place to admire the best sunset and ocean views.

  • Shannon Fascitelli

This post was originally published on pacificsothebysrealty.com.


Almost smack dab in the middle of California’s fabled Orange County lies a community that holds far more to it than one might expect. This is a place with an amazing quality of life bolstered by a passion for good living, a deep reverence for education and a strong culture of entrepreneurialism. It’s an almost juxtaposing set of elements that sound like they don’t go together and yet easily blend into one another. All at once, Irvine is just about anything to everyone. With about one-third of its land dedicated to outdoor activities, it invites communion with nature and physical fitness. And yet it’s also a cultural mecca and startup hub. It’s like being able to live simultaneously in a city, in the countryside and in the suburbs.


Irvine has been many things to many people over the years. In the 19th century, it was a great agricultural family led by James Irvine who led the way, turning the huge parcel of land he purchased into some of the most lucrative cropland in the area. Railroads would soon be attracted, and then a town established. For decades, it’s been a favorite spot for Hollywood television and movies to shoot on location. And in the modern era, it’s one of the top job markets with businesses always opening and constantly bustling. Add to that a fantastic public school and university system, lovely safe neighborhoods and nightlife — it has the benefits of both a metropolis and a small-town vibe.




HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

One of the first things folks moving to Irvine might notice is that the traffic isn’t nearly as bad as it can be in many other communities. With over 300 miles of bike lanes and trails, a huge chunk of the population here hits the pedals, as opposed to driving to get around. This translates into a culture that values a healthy lifestyle. It can be seen everywhere, from the farmers’ markets offering up fresh local produce to the many wildlife preserves that attract hikers and birdwatchers each and every day. And being blessed with a very pleasant climate, even nature itself seems to beckon. Irvine is so geared toward active pursuits, the whole family will be motivated to jump off the couch and get out there!


NEIGHBORHOODS TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT

Year after year, statistics show that Irvine is one of the safest cities in the United States. This comes from communities that value both the security and the prosperity of their residents. Several gated communities thrive here that include recreational centers for adults and children, communal gathering spaces and K-12 schools that are part of the Irvine Unified School District. Many residential neighborhoods are short walks or bike rides from wilderness preserves and state parks; and it’s always a short drive to local businesses, shopping and entertainment. It’s a wonderful mix of nurturing environment and convenient access to a greater world.


CULTURE TO SPARE

If you love living close to some serious entertainment and shopping options, Irvine is the place for you. The music scene here is thumping. Intimate club settings host indie acts and rising artists from across the area. Amphitheaters rock the crowds with huge stars. Theater spaces give a platform for everything from musicals to classical repertoire. Foodies will find their plates running over with dozens upon dozens of eateries representing every corner of global cuisine. If you’re the “shop till you drop” type, consider how close you are to a mall or shopping plaza — count over 300 stores between them! Robust film production means you’ll get a taste of Tinseltown just about everywhere you look with movies and shows shooting on streets, and if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot celebrities strolling alongside you!



BUSINESS IS BOOMING

With the university producing educated graduates, it’s no wonder that the startup culture has found a home in Irvine. The tech sector is solid here for everything from video game companies and hardware manufacturers to some of the nation’s premier business software concerns. Transportation companies are cranking out boutique bicycle brands and stalwart automobile designs. Fashion labels flourish here as well with styles being created right within the city limits. There’s also a huge food sector footprint in town with famous fast food brands standing together with restaurant chains and food services. Pharmaceuticals and health care corporations innovate the wellness of the future.


When living in Irvine, you can be assured that everything you may need is here. Irvine not only provides jobs and opportunities but also a place to grow.


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  • Shannon Fascitelli

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CHANEL FILIGREE VANITY
CHANEL FILIGREE VANITY

Karl Lagerfeld’s Inspired Creations


Ingenious designer Karl Lagerfeld was a master of creation, thoughtfully linking his novel ideas with the historical legacy of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Thus, as the self-declared “channeler of Coco,” Lagerfeld stayed loyal to her most iconic designs, seamlessly adapting them for the modern woman. When Karl Lagerfeld took the reins of Maison Chanel in 1983, the success of his vision was immediate, as he inserted ready-to-wear into popular culture and restored Haute Couture to its former glory. In combining the allure of his own persona with that of Coco’s, Lagerfeld preserved Chanel’s image as the ultimate luxury brand. As such, the tremendous range of Lagerfeld's designs during his tenure were inspired by history, but always unexpected, and the Chanel Vanity Case is a prime example of this unique intersection.



CHANEL ROUND VANITY, 1995
CHANEL ROUND VANITY, 1995

An Audrey Hepburn-Inspired Accessory


Reminiscent of a jewelry box, or the cases women used to carry cosmetics and toiletries during travel, the Chanel Vanity Case is a modern interpretation of Audrey Hepburn-era accessories. The earliest iteration of the Chanel Vanity appeared during the ‘90s, released in black caviar leather with the iconic interlocking CC logo. While this style remained incredibly rare due to limited production at the time, the Vanity Case was reimagined for the Chanel Airlines Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Versatile and chic, the revived Vanity was an instant hit, including all the staple features of classic Chanel handbags. Much like the practical structure of real luggage, this Chanel bag unzips around the entire perimeter and contains numerous compartments for storage. Additionally, with both a shoulder strap and handle, the Chanel Vanity Case can be carried on the shoulder or held in hand. Lagerfeld designed the 2016 Vanity Case to be novel and glamorous in appearance, but practical and versatile in function, and he achieved just that.


CHANEL VANITY CASE CC TIMELESS BLACK CAVIAR GOLD HARDWARE, 1994-1996
CHANEL VANITY CASE CC TIMELESS BLACK CAVIAR GOLD HARDWARE, 1994-1996

As a result of such high demand from Chanel clients, radical variations of the Vanity Case continue to pop up in seasonal collections. Notably, the Vanity was released for the Spring-Summer 2018 show in tweed and exotic leathers, signifying the final year Chanel would use exotic animal skin or fur in any collection.


CHANEL VANITY CASE CC FILIGREE BLACK PATENT LEATHER AND NATURAL RATTAN SILVER HARDWARE, 2019
CHANEL VANITY CASE CC FILIGREE BLACK PATENT LEATHER AND NATURAL RATTAN SILVER HARDWARE, 2019

Breaking Resale Records


For the Cruise 2020 show, Chanel launched the already iconic Vanity Case in a PVC patent leather model. Immediately, Chanel’s PVC Vanity sent shockwaves through the fashion world, surpassing the Hermès Birkin in immediate market resale value. Glamorized with pure platinum hardware and hand-dyed patent leather, the Vanity Cases from this collection were guaranteed to be 100% unique. From leather and rattan to denim and PVC, each variation of the Vanity Case is highly investable, unmistakably Chanel, and deserving of a spot in any luxury handbag collection.