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

 

 

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An EPICurean Delight Worthy Of Christmas Morning Breakfast

I love food. I love to cook even more. Now let me preface this by saying that I can’t bake worth a damn, and anything that requires me to follow instructions or a recipe can result in disaster {you know, like a simple IKEA bookcase gone bad?}

Those close to me can attest that “bland” is not my cup of tea {and I don’t even like tea} so needless to say, when I cook – I cook with passion – and have been known to use a spice or two.

Several years back when Nikki and I first stayed at the Encore in Las Vegas we were introduced to a little gem called Society Cafe. We had such an EPIC late night snack {those Lollipop Buffalo Wings in my prior post} that we decided to check it out for breakfast. Little did I know that breakfast would turn out to be of celestial awakening of my taste buds that would change the way I viewed French Toast forever.

Society Cafe French Toast

My French Toast, one of the few things that I cook with such love + divine flavor {that one thing I thought could never have been done better} had been trumped.

Not to be outdone, I set out on a quest to not only replicate Society Cafe’s French Toast – but to kick it up a notch.

Now It all starts with the bread, and many will argue that using fresh sourdough or french bread {yuppy style} is the best for French Toast – I personally disagree. I mean, they’re good and all, but I like to know that my French Toast batter is evenly distributed and saturated across all slices {which you simply can’t achieve with a traditional loaf} and not to mention, this is WAY more family friendly for those little critters who don’t like crust. Yeah, I know…who doesn’t like crust {my son}??

So….I use the standard Texas Toast bread available at the supermarket. Cheap, easy, gets nice and crispy, and super FLUFFY!

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You’re going to need the following ingredients which should yield 6-8 fluffy slices:

4 Eggs

1/3 Cup Low Fat Milk

4 Tsp Cinnamon

2 Tsp Nutmeg

1 Tsp Ginger

1 Tsp Salt

3 Tsp Vanilla

*2 Cups Frosted Flakes

*Maple Syrup

*Raw Chocolate Chunks or Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

*1/2 Stick Butter

French Toast Ingredients

Whisk eggs, milk/cream, vanilla, and spices together in a bowl so that the egg mixture is COMPLETELY mixed in and you can not see egg white/yolk separation. From here, I typically play around with a little extra cinnamon, milk, or vanilla based on how the mixture appears and based on how many slices I need. Remember, there’s no perfect science – only preference.

Next, to the side, prepare your Frosted Flake crust mixture. Take 2-3 cups of Frosted Flakes and toss them in a zippy bag. You can crush by hand or with a rolling-pin – just make sure they’re pretty finely crushed {but not powdery}

Frosted Flakes

Now, I’m not sure if you have one {not necessary for your success here} but I’d highly recommend having a Cast Iron Skillet. They’re the absolute best for cooking anything at high heat, are naturally non-stick, aren’t cancer causing, last longer than we do, maintain stable temps, and the list goes on and on. Ohh, and they’re cheap – mine was $24 at Target

I like to use a nice organic Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s mixed with a tad bit of vegetable oil. I find that butter burns too quickly and the blend of oils provides a nice health vs functional cooking benefit. You’re going want to have your oil starting to slightly ripple {not bubble or smoke} when your almost ready to drop your toast in.

Trader Joes Coconut Oil

Your pan is hot, your oil is nearly ready, and the kids and dog are salivating at the mouth {not to mention picking through the chocolate chips below} so it’s time to cook these puppies up!

First, you’re going to dip and soak your fluffy bread in the egg mixture so that it’s fully saturated {usually 30-45 seconds per side}. Let excess liquid drip off and then transfer to the Frosted Flake plate where you’ll lightly dust the entire slice.

As not to let the crunchy flakes turn soggy too quick, transfer slices to the hot oil ASAP. Cook each side until golden brown.

While you’re French Toast assembly line is going, you should be easily able to get your savory syrup going.

Chocolate Maple Syrup

I like to do it the easy way in the microwave personally. Toss 1/2 stick butter and approx 1/2 cup of Maple Syrup in a microwave safe serving cup and cook for a minute or so – until it’s nice and hot and the butter is fully melted.

Now, slowly whisk in your chocolate chip pieces until you reach a desired consistency. This is rich, sweet, and savory – so probably won’t need to butter your toast as the butter is built-in!

Frosted Flake French Toast Recipe

Now that you’re ready to eat, garnish with some fresh fruit {I prefer bacon} pour your self a mimosa and enjoy!

Good luck ~ And thank you for sharing!

Finding The Silver Lining

Last weekend, Nikki and I packed up the Prius and embarked upon our 4 hour trek out to Las Vegas {Vince calls it “lost vegas” – which I see fitting} for a couple of nights away from reality. On a side note, I promised Nikki that I wouldn’t run us out of gas in Death Valley again and would surely keep it above 1/4 tank at all times – OOPS.

This trip however was graced with pouring rain – THE WHOLE TIME. Not exactly what we’re used to when we hit up Vegas for a “break.” Soon enough however, we checked into our all time fave hotel in Vegas – Encore @ The Wynn. After years at the Bellagio, Four Seasons Mandalay, and many others {including an incredibly BORING Palms Place stay last June} we decided to never stray from the place that makes us feel at home {without screaming children}

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Tower Suites – Encore Las Vegas

If you haven’t had the opportunity to stay at the Tower Suites in The Encore Las Vegas, next time….DO IT!  It’s AHHMAZING! It all starts with the service, and frankly from what I recall still the only place in Vegas where they actually open the door for you upon arrival.  If you’re driving, valet is free {yes – F R E E} and check-in is as smooth as can be.  Hotel is Contemporary Asian meets Neoclassical, but still pure American luxury. Clean, refined, light and bright – it is quite harmonious for your all your senses 🙂

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THE BED – Encore Tower Suites, Las Vegas

But seriously – now the important stuff. The BED. The bed is…unbelievable!  Maybe its monotony, or 6am kid wake-ups, or a 100lb Jack Russel {he’s really only 18lbs but uses an easy 100lbs of sheer force} in and out of the covers all night….but the beds are pretty stinking cozy over here! In fact, generally upon our arrival we’ll cozy into this little piece of heaven and watch Steve {Wynn} give us a tour of the hotel on the in-room entertainment channel.  Keeping it real, I think we’ve watched it a few hundred times now but Steve’s voice just lulls us into vacay mode so easily.

Society Cafe, Encore Las Vegas, Wynn Style

Society Cafe – Encore Las Vegas

Now that we’re completely relaxed and the bottle of Tequila we snuck in our room {sorry Steve} is taking hold – it’s time to hit up Society Cafe for a quick bite of bliss. Hands down, and really hands down, one of the BEST meals in Vegas that won’t leave your wallet feeling raped. Definitely, definitely, definitely try the Lollipop Buffalo Wings {you’ll thank me later} as they’re TO DIE FOR. Sorry vegans.

Ladies Splendid Top, Zachary Prell Mens, Rolex Day Date II, Society Cafe

After a fun first night of drinking, shopping, eating, and more drinking it was time to settle in {yes – before midnight} as we were going to be meeting up with some long time local friends on Saturday.

Saturday came, and as the remote-controlled blackout curtains opened up around 9am {for real} I look out the strip view window to see nothing but RAIN. What?!?! No pool time – that’s all we know! What are we to do?!?

Knowing we weren’t going to be meeting up with Mike & Roya till after 4pm we were forced to get creative. I decided to call in a favor from a friend of a friend that would get us into Pawn Stars to get a VIP tour.

We headed down to Old Town Vegas which is ghetto as hell, but really is experiencing quite the renaissance thanks to Zappos CEO and his quest to vitalize the area. We got down to GS Pawn {aka Pawn Stars} and waited for a few while they wrapped up some filming.

We met up with the manager Jeff and he toured us through the entire facility and showed us how everything works and some pretty cool stuff on display. After seeing nearly everything there is to see in jewelry in my career, not much blows my mind, so it was bound to be something musical or historical to really get me excited.

And although one of Sinatra’s original Gold records signed was pretty darn cool, I think this complete cigar box from the desk of JFK {with cigars} took the cake for a cool $250k

JFK Cigar Box As Seen On Pawn Stars Las Vegas, Geoffrey Scott

Nikki was on a quest to meet ChumLee and little did we know we’d find him roaming around in the warehouse with Antwaun {not causing trouble}

Geoffrey Scott with ChumLee at Pawn Stars Las Vegas

I have to say, after watching the show on the History Channel for a while now, I never quite imagined what actually goes into the production and running of this operation – pure organized chaos.

Good times were had by all and it was onto finish up our stay with a great night out with Mike & Roya. I guess in the end, the silver lining was the rain. As after all, without the rain we would have laid by the pool sipping {pounding} Mai Tai’s all day and would have missed out on such a memorable experience.

Thanks Jeff, ChumLee, and the Rick’s for letting us kick around for a bit!

Blood, Sweat & Tears

I’ve been struggling the past week or so with random thoughts and ideas running through my head for the next blog post – all while battling off a wicked cold that’s pretty much kicked my ass.

But last night, in my standard not-so-glamorous Friday night fashion I tuned into one of my faves, Shark Tank.  After seeing an entrepreneur on the show that simply has done everything right but was still walking away with NO DEAL {imagining the let down} I felt compelled to write this post today.

This one’s for the dreamers…

For any out there who have been contemplating jumping ship from the corporate world to starting their own business, take these tidbits with a grain of salt but at the same time – remember they’re worth their weight in gold.

Starting and maintaining a business can be the most mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially taxing thing one could ever embark on. If you are dreaming, wishing, or hoping for the best – stop now.  I used to be a dreamer.

When going into a business – do it for the love.  When money, time, and patience all run out, you better be damn sure you still have passion for doing what you’re doing. After all, they say the best things happen right when you’re ready to throw in the towel.

Don’t do what you think the world needs – do what you love.  The world needs more people who do what they love

When seeking advice – Listen carefully to those whom have succeeded AND failed. Ignore those who have only had success – they have no clue what it feels like to walk in shoes that hurt. I keep this Michael Jordan inspo on my desktop in case I need a reminder – I often do.

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Don’t assume you can buck the trend {This one’s important} – We’ve ALL worked out of our garages. We’ve all bled, sweat, and teared up from time to time. There is no magic pill and no perfect formula – other than WORKING YOUR ASS OFF. Starting and growing a business will ALWAYS take more time, more money, and more perseverance than you think.  Plan accordingly.

Nothing hurts worse than failing. Don’t confuse “not succeeding” with “failing” as just because you haven’t reached success, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Just keep going. This is something  I struggle with periodically.

Author’s Note:

As of today, I may have not fully succeeded – but I count my lack of quitting in moments of failure as my measure of personal success. I work a 40 hour week doing something I don’t love so that I can go home and run a business that I do love.

Keep Dreamin’

~g

p.s.  special thanks to all who have read & shared my posts. any comments or feedback are always welcome 🙂

A Dress For Reality

Momming around town ain’t easy.  Now, I’m pretty sure that I just made that word {momming} up but if you happen to fall into the category then you totally get it.  We live in a {fashionista} world where things revolve around looking sexy and stylish ALL THE TIME even if it isn’t practical.  Now, we all know that the Brian Atwood heels and the hot little bohemian skirt have their place – but generally doesn’t translate well at the local park or toddler birthday party.

This past Sunday we had a pretty full day that would take us from San Diego to Manhattan Beach to Orange County and back home again starting at 6am with the chills of Autumn finally setting in.  Now, although we had several outfit options on hand for the kiddos, Nikki and I didn’t really have the luxury of doing wardrobe changes throughout the day.  Pulling it together before a 6am departure on a time-change night was hard enough as-is. Lucky for Nikki, this hot little number from Goddis Knits had showed up in the mail the day before.  The Savannah Knit maxi was nothing short of the perfect GO-TO dress for the day we were about to embark on.

A day that had us leaving home in the 6 o’clock hour and temps in the low 50’s quickly became more challenging as we arrived in Manhattan Beach close to 9am {a few minutes too late} to find we faced a near 2 mile walk to our destination and to our surprise, the temps climbing into the 70’s.  Our son Vince, was to take part in a Kids “Fun Run” at the 6th annual Hero’s Of Hope race for research supporting The Brad Kaminsky Foundation For Brain Cancer research – an organization dear to our family’s heart.  Vince did great – although the hike to our destination proved the most challenging considering our pack consisted of a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and two parents not dressed for the occasion.

After a successful morning at the race, it was time to head to Orange County for a good friends {3-year-old} birthday party.  It’s getting close to noon, exhaustion is setting in already and the temps getting into the 80’s.  It’s now time to go on full child watch duties with cake, candy, and a Peter Pan themed party full of action!  By now, my wardrobe choice of jeans and a 3/4 sleeve tee are staring to get to me and I am dying to get home and into my cozy board shorts.  Nikki however appears to be calm, cool and totally comfy in her Goddis Maxi.  The luxurious vibrant knit Maxi has the feel of a cozy sweater but with the breathable texture and flow that kept her cool when the going got tough.

Hats off to Goddis Knits for making such a comfy, cozy, feel like you can sleep in it, wear it all day, wrestle a toddler {or two} all while making you look like a total babe kinda dress.

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Savannah Maxi, Goddis Knits // Classic Aviators, Ray Ban // Sandals, Tory Burch

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Savannah Maxi, Goddis Knits // Classic Aviators, Ray Ban

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Savannah Maxi, Goddis Knits // Crochet Flats, Toms // Bliss Ring, Geoffrey Scott

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Savannah Maxi, Goddis Knits // Crochet Flats, Toms // Bliss Ring, Geoffrey Scott

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Dressing For Fall When It Feels Like Summer Out

We’ve all been there, especially those of us who live in sunny California.  We’ve spent the Summer season being bombarded with fall fashion trends and 900+ page books like Vogue and InStyle telling us what MUST HAVES we MUST HAVE lining our closets {for some of us, our floors} before our Labor Day weekend hangover subsides.

So what do we do??  Well, if you’re reading this and happen to have a shopping problem {not a problem, more of a hobby, a little therapy, or at the very least…an issue, but definitely not a problem, right?} then you’ve run down to your local boutique where they greet you by name, their eyes glittering with joy.  Of course they’re happy to nudge you towards the shiny racks with all of the new fall goodies, as they themselves are dying to sell you these gorgeous Fall Fashions that started arriving in their shops in ohh…mid-July.

You feel great!  You’ve had wonderful success picking up all your new goodies and getting them home to play dress up and take a few selfies for your instafriends to swoon over.  You’ve already filled your closet, you’re creeping in on your hubby’s side {or bf ~ or your domestic partner} and the dog is finding cozy new coats on the floor to call his new nap spot.  Isn’t Fall Fashion great?!?

But wait…what the hell??  It’s 90 degrees out and its well into October!  What’s a girl to do????  HOW do we possibly take all of those hot new Fall fashions and make it work in the real world???  Well, we’ve asked 3 of our favorite boutique stores in California to come up with one styling suggestion from their stores with the theme being “Dressing For Fall When It Feels Like Summer Out”

This is what they’ve done….what do you think??

~g

Pink Lagoon | Solana Beach, Ca

Pink Lagoon

Button Down Blouse ~ Free People | Blush Blouse ~ Toupy | Denim  ~ Citizens Of Humanity | Rebel Yell Necklace ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at PINK LAGOON | Solana Beach, Ca | 858.792.0882

Edge Boutique | Danville, CA

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Romantic Moonlight Tunic ~ Free People | Janice Jegging in Cerulean ~ Level 99  Tribe Wrap Bracelet ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at  EDGE BOUTIQUE | Danville, Ca | 925.831.9500

M Clothing | Corte Madera, Ca

M Clothing

Anorak in Military ~ Haute Hippie | Charmer Jean in Fools Gold ~ Sanctuary | Rio Wrap Bracelet in Tiger’s Eye ~ Geoffrey Scott

available at M Clothing | Corte Madera, CA | 415.924.8891

Are they insane?

I actually wrote this back in January and must have been sidetracked for ohh…9 months or so.  Ironically, not much has really changed in gov’t and it seems fitting that I just post instead of hitting delete – and now that I have a renewed commitment to myself to continue the blog I started nearly a year ago, here we go.

January 6th, 2013~

For those close to me can attest, I don’t read much.  In fact, I had a self-diagnosed learning disability through my school years in which retention was so hard that I basically said screw it and passed on the reading 😉

I do however enjoy reading inspirational and motivational quotes by the great leaders of our times.  You know – the guys like John Lennon, Bob Marley, and the Albert Einsteins (yes, I threw Bob in there) of our world that although they did not have the political powers to effect our finances and our futures, they held the innate power to change our lives forever with their words.

Tonight, I was on a different track.  I thought I had it all figured out and then I ran across this simple quote that seemed perfect given we just spent the last couple of weeks with our feet hanging over the edge of the proverbial “fiscal cliff”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives”

– John Lennon

Ha!  Seriously?  Could it have possibly been that society and our leaders were just as insane back then as they are now?  Yes, It’s true.  I used to think that maybe our government was getting too big.  But if you think about it, and really, really think about it….maybe we’re the ones getting too big.  Government just grew with us.  We’re rapidly navigating uncharted waters with technology, media, and government making choices for us everyday.  We’re looking to our leaders to coddle us and make everything better but change ultimately lies in how we choose to live our daily lives.

The past few years of pain and transition in business and life have taught me two invaluable lessons.  Lynyrd Skynyrd’s mama was right….

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this
It’ll help you some sunny day
Oh, take your time
Don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
You’ll find a woman, yea yea, you’ll find love
And don’t forget son
There is someone up above

And contrary to what the Rolling Stone’s thought….Time is not on our side.