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Summer Movies Under the Stars at OC Great Parks is a Family Favorite

Posted by: Terry Winkler
Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014

It's here!!! "Movie on the Lawn" nights are back at the OC Great Park!

OC Great Park Movie Night

Grab your beach chairs, blankets, snacks and get ready to snuggle under the stars this summer at OC Great Park's movie nights!  The popular Movie on the Lawn series will feature seven family friendly films beginning Saturday, May 31 and continue through July 12.  Flashback Fridays will take you on a stroll through memory lane with a lineup of great nostalgic favorites. Saturdays' Family Favorites will showcase more recent blockbuster everyone will enjoy.

NEW! This year, Great Park visitors can vote for the movie title of their choice to be shown on June 28. Check out the Orange County Great Park Facebook page to vote in advance.

All movies will be shown on the Terraced Lawn at dusk (around 7:30pm). Show up early to claim your spot and picnic as the sun sets.  Admission is free, schedules can change if the weather goes wonky.

Here's the lineup:


May 31: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Flint Lockwood has moved on to use his gift for invention for the good of mankind.  However, he is forced to leave his post when his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Rated PG

June 14: Despicable Me 2
This sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated picture follows Gru, the ex-scheming evildoer-turned parental figure, as he helps to deal with a powerful new super criminal. Rated PG

June 28: People's Choice - Vote for Your Movie!
Great Park visitors can vote for their movie choice on Facebook for this week's selection of either:

    • Babe The Gallant Pig
      A young pig fights convention to become a sheep dog, or rather, sheep pig, in this charming internationally acclaimed Australian family film. Rated G
    • Surf's Up!
      Surfing penguin, Cody Maverick, enters his first professional competition in hopes of surfing his way to stardom. Rated PG
    • Big Miracle
      Inspired by a true story, a small-town news reporter and Greenpeace volunteer enlists the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. Rated PG

July 12: Lego Movie
An ordinary Lego construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. Rated PG


June 6: Wizard of Oz
Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Rated G 

June 13: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The original movie of a poor boy who wins the opportunity to tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory of all times. (The original starring Gene Wilder is the best!) Rated G

June 27: Back to the Future
A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Rated PG

Free Admission and Parking, weather permitting
Starts at Dusk (7:30pm)

Location: Terraced Lawn | Map & Directions

The Great Park is situated in the geographic center of Orange County within the city limits of Irvine-approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 15 minutes away from John Wayne Airport (SNA) and accessible via the Interstate 5 and 405 freeways, and the 133 and 241 toll roads.

OC Fashion Truck Meet Up at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

ocfashiontruckmeetupinfoDid you hear?! The Irvine Spectrum is hosting OC's first Fashion Truck Meet Up featuring three of Southern California's hottest boutiques on wheels: PEKOK WITHIN, J.D. Luxe, and Le Fashion Truck. I've shopped some of the trucks when they've set up shop around OC and LA but it's really exciting to have all of these trucks in one place for the entire weekend! Visit and shop the trucks at the Irvine Spectrum's Giant Wheel Court starting tomorrow Friday May 23-Sunday May 25 11:00AM to 10PM all three days!

AND... Saturday Style: Pop Up Fashion is back on Saturday May 24 from 7:00pm to 9pm offering an evening of exclusive shopping deals, music, refreshments and prizes at the Irvine Spectrum stores Foreign Exchange, Irene's Story, and Kaitlyn:

  • Foreign Exchange: Capture your shopping adventure with 20% off regular priced merchandise and enjoy cake pops and drinks while listening to the music of the DJ.
  • Irene's Story: Get your Henna Tattoo plus receive a FREE basic tank with purchase of $70 or more! Enter to win a $100 gift card and all participants will receive a 25% off coupon code for online purchases, raffle at 8pm. Indulge in tasty sweet treats.
  • Kaitlyn: Enjoy cotton candy from Dolly's Cotton Candy and nail art from Spa Gregorie's plus receive 20% off regular priced merchandise. Also receive a FREE gift bag with a purchase over $50. 

Don't miss out on a chance to stock up on Spring/Summer fashion with these great style happenings at one of OC's most popular outdoor shopping and entertainment centers! Read about each fashion boutique truck below:

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PEKOK WITHIN// Express your unique sense of style with handpicked one-of-a-kind fashion from Pekok. Be original, be confident, and show off that inner style you were born with.

pekokwithinPekok Within is a Mobile Boutique that rolls to the streets with style, bringing to you the hottest hip unique fashion finds at reasonable price points. Traveling all over like gypsies throughout Southern California attending events and much more. Our vision is simple, it's to offer every client uniquely handpicked styles of fashion that inspire them to be as original and confident as they please. We want our customers to embrace their inner unique sense of style; by wearing our merchandise they will grasp the attention that they crave through Pekoking: adj. (pea-cock-ing) Attracting attention by showing off through what you wear. Taking fashion to the next level by expressing your style from within, it's a way of letting your style speak out. -PEKOK WITHIN

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J.D. Luxe// L.A.'s premier mobile boutique, J.D. Luxe provides a fun and unique shopping experience with chic, edgy, and playful designs made for the modern fashionista and fashion-forward man.

backofjdluxetruckWith Mobile Retail trending, Jordana Fortaleza & Tyler Kenney have become two of the first pioneers in this innovative industry! These two young entrepreneurs have turned J.D. Luxe into Los Angeles's Premiere Mobile Boutique and the go-to spot for shopping! Aspiring to launch their own lifestyle brand, they came up with a fabulous idea to create a fashion house on wheels. They wanted to expose their clothing line innovatively while providing a fun and unique shopping experience! The J.D. Luxe Brand is a vision of chic, edgy, and playful designs made for the modern fashionista and the occasional fashion-forward man. With Jordana's background in design, Tyler's architectural eye, and an additional help from Tyler's father, an artist from New York, an empty yellow 1976 electric truck was transformed to the vibrant red J.D. Luxe Mobile Boutique! Every design detail in the truck was carefully thought out to make sure the truck itself was perfect and inviting for customers. The J.D. Luxe Mobile Boutique travels to lively destinations and events while having fun at the same time. Jordana Fortaleza and Tyler Kenney, the creators of J.D. Luxe (clothing line) & J.D. Luxe Mobile Boutique, are two people that want to expose a fresh kind of business to the industry, a mobile boutique providing convenient shopping for their customers showcasing one of a kind pieces including trend-forward clothing from up and coming designers, to-die-for accessories and their very own super soft but sexy J.D. Luxe clothing line. Catch the duo at a hot spot near you! -J.D. Luxe

lefashiontruckbanner Le Fashion Truck// Setting up "mobile" shop in L.A. since 2011, Le Fashion Truck features clothing and accessories by emerging designers for the woman on-the-go. Shop handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories and more aboard this pink truck.

lafashiontruckLe Fashion Truck is a mobile boutique - a store on wheels. Setting up shop in various locations throughout Los Angeles since January 2011, Le Fashion Truck features clothing and accessories by emerging designers for the woman on the go! Shop handmade jewelry, handbags, accessories and more aboard the pink truck. We even included the dressing room!
The pink mobile boutique is the creation of Stacey Steffe and Jeanine Romo who met at a Los Angeles arts and crafts market in 2009. Jeanine was selling her handmade jewelry line while Stacey was slang-ing vintage purses, and the two connected instantly. After a few months of vending side-by-side in 10x10 booths, the pair teamed up and created Los Angeles' FIRST mobile store on wheels -
Le Fashion Truck

See you there!

Amanda |

*Event info from the Irvine Spectrum Center newsletter, boutique images and info from each boutique's individual website or facebook page

5th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Saturday, May 10, 2014


Join in on Irvine's celebration of Korean culture as well as the first Korean immigration in1903 with the 5th Annual Korean Culture Festival this weekend on May 17th 10am-6pm.

Located at the Irvine Civic Center, attendees will experience traditional and modern dances and music, taekowndo demonstrations, art, food, and more! Check out the entire event schedule here, as well as the free parking lot and shuttle service. Have fun! Admission is free, and of course, everyone is welcome! Check out the festivities from the 2013 Irvine Korean Cultural Festival below for a glimpse of the exciting offerings this Saturday:

Painting & Vino in Orange County!

Posted by: Amanda Nguyen
Posted on: Tuesday, May 06, 2014


I was beyond excited to get to experience Painting & Vino at the Balboa Inn in Newport Beach. It's fun to do this on your own or with friends, and not only are you learning to paint a beautiful rendition of artwork but you get to enjoy dinner and drinks (each location varies on what is available for eating/drinking). The event lasted 3 hours but it went by so quickly and I wanted to keep painting. I painted a version of Monet's Japanese Bridge and it was great to see how each person's painting varied and yet they all resembled Monet's painting. 

The trick? Our instructor Victoria took us through a kind of 'painting-by-numbers' sequence to map out where we would be painting certain landmarks before filling it in with brush strokes to create Monet's masterpiece! Victoria elaborated on brush techniques, painting tips (she's quite funny as well), and she had two assistants to help with the class. 

It was a little difficult to eat due to space restraints BUT I must say I was very thankful to get to eat dinner since my stomach was grumbling. I proudly have my painting hanging on my wall and can't wait to do Painting & Vino again!

This is the best creative, artsy, social, yummy activity to take party in for some evening fun. Locations include Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach; a mere 10-20 minutes from Irvine. 

The schedule is usually released a couple weeks before the start of the month, and let me tell you that spots fill up FAST! Painting & Vino fans or new students stay posted to see which classes are released and snag the painting class that they want to take right away.  Classes are $45 each (3 hours), and do not include food and drinks; and if you're on the mailing list, you'll receive discounts and updates to your email inbox. 

Now let your inner artist shine with Painting & Vino!

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