The Den In Carlsbad

Had a blast last week doing a fun photo shoot at Mary Steely’s awesome fashion forward store located in downtown Carlsbad. I highly recommend taking a peek in this fabulous adorable boutique. The atmosphere is so relaxed and you will be greeted with warm helpful customer service. One of the things that is so special about this store is the fact that it is suitable for all ages. My lovely stepdaughter Isabella was visiting us on her summer break from NYC and we did a little shopping.  We’ve got 28 years between us and we can find great options of clothing for both of us! Another close friend of mine Kim and her son Ethan came in and did some shopping as well. It was so enjoyable to be in one location and each of us able to find a special item or accessory to add to our wardrobe! The dress and jumpsuit are from the Tart collection the hat from San Diego Hat Co sunglasses from Electric and my stunning Bliss ring which is Black Onyx  finished in a matte 22k gold vermeil by the talented Geoffrey Scott. Isabella’s bracelet is the Sophisticate in Espresso. Accessorizing completes the outfit and makes a statement.

 

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Such a fun day playing with new hip trendy fashion!! Ethan’s baseball thermal is by Dark Seas,  blue jeans by 7 diamonds. Isabella’s black wax skinny by Siwy Denim and her ever so sassy Kurt Cobain tank is by Trunk. His plaid button down shirt is BLC. Our fun dresses are all the from Tart. Hot fun jewelry from Geoffrey Scott.

 

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Him : Top by Dark Seas, Bottom by 7 diamonds

Her : Top by Trunk, Bottom by Siwy Denim
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Him : Top BLC

Her:  Dresses by Tart

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Distressed jeans I am wearing are by Siwy and so very comfortable. My black and cream sweater is by Obey and it is so soft and comfy you could sleep in it. The cute black tank underneath by Michael Lauren. Ethan’s plaid button down shirt by BLC and Isabella’s sweater by Michael Stars. Kim and I rocking some more adorable outfits by Tart!

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Her: Distressed Jeans Siwy, Sweater by Obey

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Her: Dress and Jumpsuit by Tart

Can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than with people you love, having a great time and getting a new fun outfit accessory or bauble to enjoy!  Hoodie by Obey and my top by 35 millimetor.

 

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Hoodie by Obey, Top by 35 Millimetor

Thank you so very much Mary Steely and Summer Striler for the fun afternoon and us leaving with smiles on our faces and great fashion to take home!! If  you have never experienced The Den to shop at make sure you check it out! Another location is in downtown Encinitas and I promise that you will not walk out empty handed and it will be a new hot spot for you to shop.

Enjoy!

Andrea 🙂

 

 

THE O.C. “HAUTE SPOT”

I love fine dining in an environment that is energetic, yet elegant at the same time. About 40 minutes north of our beautiful north county San Diego is a place called Mastro’s Ocean Club located in Newport Beach. Just about one mile north up coast highway from the breathtaking {I call it the mini French Riviera} downtown Laguna Beach. I was fortunate enough to live in Laguna for 12 years and proud to call it my old stomping grounds. Such a wonderful community that is so full of life and warmth. The town is eclectic and full of amazing art galleries along with lots of fun!

As you pull in front of the gorgeous entrance to valet you are always greeted with a smile and a pretty hot guy to take your car. Upon entering the large beautiful glass and dark wood doors, you are again greeted by the amazing staff and a giant water wall to gaze at. We always like to sit in the bar area as it is packed with great people watching and lots of energy! If you want less action going on request to be seated in one of the dining areas, as you can have better conversation without distraction. There is also a fabulous piano bar from which a duet entertains in that area. First come first serve if you want to actually dine on the piano, and I mean literally dine on the piano. Be VIP front row for the  music – everything from Elton John and Frank Sinatra to more current artists.

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The cocktail menu is filled with all sorts of creative specialty drinks to please anyone’s desire or concoction of choice. I’m a straight up Grey Goose martini girl with a squeeze of lemon. I have had their delicious Lemon Drop which is excellent because it’s not too sweet, yet the rim has a little sparkly edge of sugar and the dry ice makes it fun to sip and to look at for that matter. They serve up a nice big glass and they even leave the shaker at your table with the extra to finish off. You gotta love that! I highly recommend this martini and they also have a few gluten-free choices as well. The Mastro’s Mojito is a must try too.

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The menu is amazing and is obviously known for the steak. The seafood choices are to die for as well. For starters we usually get what is called the Seafood Tower. It is literally a tower custom-made just for you. Choices include crab, lobster, shrimp, snow crab, oysters on the half shell and Alaskan king crab legs just to name a few. It is a work of art and once again they throw in some dry ice to make your tower a PARTY! My hubby always gets the Bone in Filet and it is always cooked to perfection. Customer service is always an A+, hence why this place is consistently packed. The sides are endless, and you can never go wrong with the gorgonzola mac and cheese or the lobster mashed potatoes. Don’t think I don’t get a double work out in the day of or the day after. It is truly worth the indulgence. YOLO right?! The roasted brussels sprouts, sautéed mushrooms and sautéed asparagus are also delicious.

Last but not least, the Mastro’s signature butter cake  is pretty sinful.  It is served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center and surrounded by fresh berries and drizzled with a raspberry sauce. It is truly a must have or take some home. I have indulged the next day with the leftovers and it is truly yummy!

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The atmosphere has such a great vibe and high energy. A great spot for a romantic date night or a fun place to hang with your girlfriends. There’s always a lot of singles a mingling, so if that’s your deal this is the place to be seen. One of the most unparalleled dining experiences ever and it will keep you coming back for more. As we were leaving, my stepdaughter and I had our photo taken with the “Bodyguards”  there must have been some VIP’s there that night. Isabella did mention she saw some people from Housewives of Orange County. You never know who you might see at this place, some well-known people have been known to drop in so keep your eyes open for the celebs!! Make sure you make your reservations well in advance as there is a high demand for dining here. Drinks are flowing, music is playing and energetic chatter is happening. Always a great night in the OC and you can’t go wrong with the scene!

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Check it out, I guarantee you will be happy you did!

Andrea

 

 

Boutique Peek: LANGFORD MARKET Dallas, Texas

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Langford Market is based out of Houston, TX and is surely growing! Langford has 20 locations already and is bringing one to Dallas, TX! One thing I adore about this boutique is how each store looks a little different with its own personal unique vintage inspired decorations. Everyone that works at Langford Market caters to your personal needs and they know how to style you for any occasion. They offer the ultimate shopping experience and always offer complementary drinks and snacks to keep you occupied!

Here are a few peeks at a few different locations throughout TX:

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I had the privilege of modeling a few different looks for Langford Market that portray the versatile clothing they have. One little fit-n-flare little black dress that every woman needs in her closet, one sweet and casual romper paired with cool combat boots and one sexy kimono styled with sassy high-waisted shorts.

Click the links to shop looks similar to these!

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Boutique Peek : THE DEN

Nestled in the cozy downtown area of Encinitas and Carlsbad is a fab little store called The Den. A fashion forward boutique, The Den caters to both men and women. Owner, Mary Steely is a local resident who opened her Carlsbad store in 2005. The Den finds inspiration from all elements of life to appeal to a variety of tastes. I happen to like all styles of clothing so this is a perfect little gem to pop into. Without fail I always manage to find a MUST have item. We all need another fun something to grab from our closets right ladies and gents?!

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Mary carries the basic essentials to custom designed threads influenced by music and art. Married to Josh Steely, lead guitarist of Daughtry, they are both locals and are one of the most adorable couples ever. Now and then when Josh isn’t on tour, he is known to hang out with the kids at the store, grab Mary and whisk her away to lunch. Honestly, if you ever see them together, the love is radiant! The staff that work at both locations are oh so friendly and welcoming, they make you feel at home, as if you were in the comfort of your own “Den”

Some of her designers are Tart, Hudson and Sky for women. She has an array of selections for men as well, 7 Diamonds and Howe to name a few creative lines of clothing. She carries a sexy and playful line of lingerie too. A fun accent for any outfit you might choose.

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LEATHER MOTO JACKET | 7 DIAMONDS

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There is something for everyones style in this store. It has chic and sophisticated styles, along with a bohemian beach girl feel. Maxi dresses that are for a casual day on the beach or a tad dressier for a night out on the town. If you want a rocker kind of street smart feel you can find that as well in this creative little boutique. The Den continues to bring fashion forward merchandise and is always looking for the new designs that will define future clothing needs.

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STYLE ON WHEELS | MICHAEL STARS

A couple of weeks ago on June 28th, was a celebration for the 5 year anniversary of the Encinitas location. It is on highway 101 and Encinitas Blvd in the loft property. They served up some amazing refreshments, give aways and  raffle prizes along with an exclusive appearance from the Michael Stars curbside boutique. Talk about FUN! Can’t wait to see what Mary comes up with next year for another celebration party. So for all of you who local peeps and vacationing visitors who haven’t stepped into The Den before, it is a MUST for a fantastic shopping experience. Another little gem in our own backyard.

Get on your beach cruisers and stop on by!

Smiles:-)

Andrea

 

 

It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts

I know what you’re thinking….here we go, another post and marketing pitch with hot babes and jewelry. As much as the brand image of Geoffrey Scott is selling a lifestyle, albeit sexy, it is also what’s on the inside that counts.

Several years ago when I began to develop my jewelry line, I never set out to create environmental change. From using expensive, premium packaging, excessive paper marketing materials and the use of fresh, virgin-mined precious metals and gemstones – you name it, we wasted it.

Upon relocating to Encinitas and being surrounded by progressive companies that are both socially and sustainability driven, I felt empowered to create the change within my brand. Having done my fair share of refining precious metals over the years, I knew I always had access to these recycled metals – why had I not made it a point to utilize them to date??

In 2012 when I really started define the Geoffrey Scott brand for the marketplace, my main focus was to partner with a factory that could not only produce my creations using premium hand-craftsmanship, but do so using 100% recycled and refined precious metals as well as Fair Trade gemstones. We are lucky enough to be working with a small production family operation in Jaipur, India that not only meets our needs, but also provides a quality living and working environment for their artisans.

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Metal mining is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining, with up to 20 tons of ore required to produce enough for a single ring. As part of our commitment to environmental responsibility, Geoffrey Scott uses recycled precious metals in all of our fine jewelry and over 90% of our fashion jewelry. We guarantee that quality and longevity of these metals is not compromised through the refining process.

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In addition to our use of recycled metals as the main step towards green certification, packaging was of utmost importance.  After seeing and creating years of waste in expensive, synthetic jewelry boxes, continuing in that direction was not for me. We chose a two part packaging solution that was not only functional, but sustainable and on trend. Our natural cotton interior bag that houses your treasures at home or while traveling not only protects your Sterling Silver items from the elements, but their ease of use and storage assure they will not be tossed into the landfill. Our exterior box is made from 100% post-industrial raw materials, has a chemical free manufacturing process, ZERO manufacturing waste or water usage and is 100% recyclable by end user – AND it ain’t bad looking if I don’t say so myself.

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So next time you see something on Facebook or Instagram from Geoffrey Scott, remember the beauty is not only skin deep. Help us to create the change our children deserve {and need} to see. Recycle, reuse, reduce.

Cheers!

Geoffrey

 

 

Savvy Southern California Girl:-)

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I am so fortunate to have been born and raised along the California coast line.  I grew up in a beautiful beach community called Belmont Shore.  I have always appreciated the people, things and places that have surrounded me where I live.  I currently live in Encinitas and have  had the fortunate experience of living in the “OC” Laguna Beach.

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My name is Andrea and I would love to share with you the little gems I have found along the way. I enjoy travel,  fashion,  fine dining and hot spots in these pockets I call home. Can’t wait to share some of the best places I have been, and know, without a doubt, you will enjoy them as much as I have.

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So excited to be a part of Geoffrey Scott and his LIVE LOVE and STYLE!!!

Behind the Style, I’m a Southern Girl with a Smile

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Big hair, bling and boots, of course those are all in my roots. I was born and raised just outside of Dallas, TX where my family actually owned horses and cattle. Growing up, I learned how to bathe a cow, shoot hoops, field a ground ball, serve a volleyball, raise a pig and ride a horse. Basically, there was nobody in my family that was interested in fashion but somehow it became a love of mine that I could never shake.

My name is Heather Wilson, I just recently turned 21 and I’m in school right now studying Business Marketing. I have three sisters and I most definitely have always been the girliest of them all. I always loved dressing up and playing with my moms makeup, jewelry and high heels but I think my love for fashion and beauty grew the most when I reached high school. Those four years were trying times for me, it honesty felt like an episode of Mean Girls every single day! lol! I didn’t have great self-confidence and getting picked on all the time didn’t help my cause. When I started to dress up in outfits that I truly loved and didn’t worry what people thought of me, it was amazing what it did for my self-esteem. Feeling good in my clothes made me feel so much better about myself. Ever since then, I developed a passion for fashion as cliché as it sounds and a passion for trying to help other girls feel comfortable in their skin and in their clothes. I love to give people affordable outfit inspiration, especially since I am a college student who sometimes has to live off of PB&J!

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My country style

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Not so country style

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I’m so excited to contribute towards the Geoffrey Scott blog!