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Dream BIG 2016, Jan 2016

Written by Monica Karst

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The Dream BIG 2016 event was hosted on Saturday January 16th at An Epicurious Lifestyle.
We raised $230.00 from the raffle proceeds to support Carrie’s Dream, a local Dance Scholarship Fund for kids.

A very special thanks to Sophia Gonzales of Sophia’s Designs for the Dream BIG gift basket which included mermaid etched wine glasses, hand made by Sophia and, also included an etched dream big mirror. Another special thanks to Yarah Sutra for a vision board gift bag as well as a gift to her upcoming event.

We gathered to celebrate the New Year “Santa Cruz Socialites style”! It was our 4th annual Dream BIG Event, the event that started it all. We served mimosas and a delightful brunch of homemade cinnamon rolls, winter salad and fruit parfait with gluten free granola! Special thanks to our host Adrienne Megoran and Marci Prolo of An Epicurious Lifestyle.

The Dream BIG event was to kick off our 2016 in a BIG way. Over fifty women gathered to create a vision/dream board for 2016. You could feel the excitement in the room as laughter and smiles were abundant.

Our guest speakers and motivators included:

Carrie Clark, Co-Owner of Vida Juice Inc. who gave us some great tips on health and nutrition and delicious juice samples.
Carla Brown, Living from Joy – Laughter Coach, who touched on RECEIVING.
Tiffany Zachmeier, Financial Educator with Bay Federal Credit Union, touched on financial awareness.
Yarah Sutra, of Unapologetically Woman, touched on goal setting and creating a powerful vision board.
Amber Campion, Mentor and Yoga Instructor, touched on moving forward in fear and jumping into the New Year.

Thank you to all who attended and to all of you who helped make this event a success. You are appreciated. Don’t forget to share your dream/vision boards with hashtag #dreambig2016 and make sure to like, comment and share!

“She turned her cant’s into cans and her dreams into plans”

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough”

“If you dream it, you can do it”

Happy New Year to all of you and may your Dreams be BIG!


-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo

Sip-n-Shop: Dec 2015

Written by Monica Karst

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The Santa Cruz Socialites, along with American Hat Makers/Headn’home Hats, celebrated our December event: Sip-n-Shop 2015

We enjoyed wine tastings from Wargin Wines and chocolate from Ashby Confections while strolling through the unique treasures of local vendors. We made quality connections, picked out holiday gifts, even a few for ourselves!

This year’s event was held at the beautiful facility of the American Hat Makers/Headn’home Hats, where they design and hand craft their beautiful gems onsite. They have a team of over forty local employees. We were able to take a tour of the amazing facility, if you have not been there, make sure you do it’s quite amazing.

There was a special performance by Yala Lati. Their gift of music was indeed a spiritual delight. They will be in concert on December 19th, a must see and hear!

Vendors included:
American Hat Makers/Head’n Home – Hats for all American Hat Makers
Ruby Roxanne Designs
Bead Goddess Design, available at Art in Santa Cruz in the Capitola Mall
Zia Jewelry Designs
Ashby Confections
Wargin Wines
Bedotte, fleece ponchos
Sophia’s handmade designs (Etched Glass)
Jewels of the Gypsy

This month’s event supported the Salvation Army, we provided over forty gifts to local children.

Thank you to all who came out with your smiles and cheer!
-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo and American Hat Makers

LBD: Nov 2015

Written by Monica Karst

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Santa Cruz Socialites November Event: The Little Black Dress.

What a great way to spend our Friday the 13th!

We dusted off our high heels and pulled out our little black dresses. Not the one you wear to the occasional funeral or the office dinner party, but, THE little black dress. You know the one… the FUN one.

This ladies night is always a favorite. It was hosted at Equinox Sparking Wine.  We packed in over 80 women and ended up dancing the night away to DJ SPARKLE.

The ticket covered: a flight, lite bites, fun, music and a donation.

Music: Christopher Drury & DJ SPARKLE!

Photographer: Crystal Birns Photography

Lite Bites: Made by  Plate & Bottle Supper Club
Sweets: Pure Heart Chocolate

Bill the Oyster Man was there with his famous Oysters.

This months proceeds went to “Hope for Brenda” to buy a robotic arm attachment to her wheelchair. We raised $450.00, she still has a long way to go. Please share her gofundme link.  Together we can make it happen.

We celebrated the following Women in Santa Cruz in the Direct Sales Industry. They have a huge passion for their business and love what they do. Please support them.

Angela Quan, Rodan + Fields

Suzanne DeLeon & Sharon Schafer, Damsel in Defense

Robin Brooke, South Hill Designs

Bridget Barry, Chloe and Isabel

Samantha Jilka, Beauty Counter

Christina Bright, It Works!

Nikki Saccullo, doTerra

Heidi Moakler, Ruby Ribbon

Candace Harding, Silpada

Kristi Fennell, Nerium

Thank you to all who helped make the event a success and those who celebrated with us. A special thanks to Michael Horn, Cinematographer, of Tradewinds HD for the film project (coming soon) and the the door men, Dean and Sean!

See you at the December event: Sip-n-Shop. Co-Hosted with American Hat Makers/Head’n Home – Hats for all.

-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo

Check out the photo booth fun:

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30YR Celebration of PTC: Oct 2015

Written by Monica Karst

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It was an honor for Santa Cruz Socialites to co-host our October event with the women of Pacific Trading Co.

It was the 30-year celebration of Pacific Trading Co. mother-daughter team behind the business…

Pacific Trading Co. is an independent, local, family-owned boutique. Established in 1972, it has been an icon in downtown Santa Cruz for over forty years.  The mother-daughter team, Carolyn and her daughters; Anandi and Rama Zoe created and nurtured this thriving women owned business. They have rolled with earthquakes, seen fashion trends from bell-bottoms to neon legwarmers, to upcycling and hipsters.

Over fifty-two women showed up to support the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.  It was a fabulous night of dress-up while we listened to the beautiful sounds of Bill Walker.  Venus Spirits served a special spirit for the celebration. We even had the Penny Ice Creamery  ice cream cart inside the store, who knew vanilla could be so delicious!

The PTC staff was stylishly dressed in black, ready and excited to assist us in our search for the “perfect fit.”  You can really feel the admiration the Heinrich women have for their team, everyone was treated like family. They provide a genuine heartfelt atmosphere.

Proceeds from the ticket sales supported the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center.  We raised $520.00.  Thank you to Hannah, representing the WAWC, she answered the guests questions with enthusiasm.

What fun!

Refreshments: Venus Spirits

Live Music: Bill Walker

Ice Cream: The Penny Ice Creamery

Fashion & Trunk show with…
Love Heals Jewelry

Photographer: Allison Garcia

Special thanks to Michael Horn, Cinematographer, of Tradewinds HD for the awesome video:

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