Paparazzi Sponsored by:
We mingled on a Friday evening, met new friends and future collaborative partners.
St John Organics offered chair massages, mini facial treatments and a make-up glow session.
Smooth Body Lounge offered spray tans and brow waxes.
Everyone was excited and lined up to get a B-12 shot with Rachel Rozelle of Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center.
This month’s ticket sales and raffle sales went to support Camp Heart + Hands. Camp Heart + Hands is for families whose never-ending strength is an inspiration to everyone. This is a free service that strives to provide support to the entire family of a child or adolescent as they journey through their cancer experience. The mission of Camp Heart + Hands is to provide families touched by cancer with a special summer camp experience, and is staffed by pediatric oncology nurses and physicians who also know how to have fun!
Thank you to all who attended, what an amazing intimate event.
-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo
We are all Women of a Certain Age
The Santa Cruz Socialites invited women ages 55 -to-100 to attend our April event as we celebrated the Women of a Certain Age! This month’s event was Co-Hosted with M Sophia Santiago, Fine Art Model, Event Planner and Photographer.
We brought cheer to a dreary Sunday afternoon as we gathered at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. Our guests were pampered by the TheCosmoFactory with hair styles and makeup. They were served raspberries and decadent chocolate by Ashby Confections, along with spirits.
Proceeded by the pampering we participated in a mini photo shoot with both individual and group photos. Enjoy exploring our photo album! Photographer: M Sophia Santiago
The ladies were personally styled by M Sophia Santiago in an advanced consultation. As you can see, they are all dressed exquisitely from head to toe.
Socialites of every age were invited and encouraged to dress in black attire and attend to cheer on the beautiful women in their photo shoot as we acknowledged and praised their beautiful spirits.
The after party was held at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge where we continued to celebrate Santa Cruz Socialites’ one year in business.
Thank you to all who attended and made this event special. An extra thanks to Jr Fisher and the ladies from TheCosmoFactory as well as to Photographer Tyler Oxford for spending your Sunday with us! If you missed the celebration… join us next month!
-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo
Hosted at Urban Sanctuary Yoga Studio & Boutique Featuring:
The Verdant Pantry
What happens when you get eight powerful women to work together on an event?
One Amazing Event!
It was called Sexy Self-Love and the self-loving community of women certainly showed up! The whole event was a celebration of reconnecting with your senses, becoming your best self, and having a heck of a lot of fun while doing it!
Hosted at Pure Pleasure Shop in downtown Santa Cruz, the sold-out event included twenty-eight guests, three speakers, one storyteller, one chef, one chocolatier, one herbalist and three appreciated volunteers.
Liz Birnbaum of the Curated Feast was the evening’s “Mistress of Ceremonies”, taking the group on a journey through the history of aphrodisiacs. She began, appropriately, with Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. She explained that aphrodisiacs are all about the power of persuasion and they usually include foods that are dangerous, rare, or suggestively shaped. Before the event she worked with the super-talented Chef Hedy Nochimson of Plate & Bottle Supper Club to present aphrodisiacs throughout history, and to use each dish as an introduction to each of the three speakers.
The journey began with a “Courage Tart”, which was unwrapped from a black satin satchel. The tart was topped with gold leaf and a crystallized pansy flower which contained elements thought of as aphrodisiacs in Shakespearean times, particularly pumpkin, wine, apple, date, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. The pansy in particular was known as “Cupid’s Flower” and in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is included in a love potion. The Courage led into the idea of sensuality, which, was what Denise Elizabeth Byron spoke bravely about! With her Sensuous Wisdom™, she touched on what self-love really means and how we can create our own happiness and pleasure.
Next, was a plate of stories. The plate itself was a shell representing Aphrodite herself and Venus, her Roman equivalent. Liz called the dish “The Epicurean’s Viagra”. In the shell was a mi cuit salmon providing protein (for stamina) and omega-3 (for serotonin elevation and mood). The salmon was topped with a spicy pumpkin seed pesto, bringing the elements of zinc (present in pumpkin seeds but most famously present in oysters), basil (historically a key aromatic symbol of love, but including libido boosting vitamins as well), and spicy pepper (which serves the purpose of helping us breathe deeper, open blood vessels, and tune into our own sensations). This complex course led us to the wise woman Bez Maxwell, of Smart Powerful Women, who spoke about the complexities of the female orgasm (why it’s not what you think and why you need MORE of it)!
The next course took us to a plate of three individual dishes each with a unique three-part dish called “Netflix and Chill (By Yourself)”. The dish was designed to embody self-pleasure principles, and to engage all of our senses. It began with cool/sour/vinegar/crunchy pickled cucumbers which were adorned with coriander seeds, a prized aphrodisiac and symbol of enduring passion in Ancient Egypt, and steeped with the taste of ginger, which legend has it that Madame du Barry, mistress to Kind Louis XV, served ginger to all her lovers. The legend was that men would be driven into a state of submission from it.
The second dish was a warm/salty/brothy/umami tortellino on a spoon, and the instruction was to take it down in one bite. This brought a collective “mmmmm” from the audience. The star of this second bite was the truffle, which Liz explained mimics a sex hormone in boar’s saliva, and that is why the female truffle pigs seek it out.
The third part to this dish was a sweet/creamy/rich banana cream topped with a raspberry. The banana, of course, was included for being probably the most suggestive phallic food, but also, that the sap of the red banana tree was believed to be an aphrodisiac. No utensils were given for the guests during this course because, as Liz explained: “I’ll let Amy tell you how to handle the utensils.” And with that, our final speaker was Amy Baldwin, owner of Pure Pleasure Shop came up and shared her knowledge about new toys, tools, and techniques.
The final dish was none other than chocolate! Delectable, vegan, raw chocolates made by Becky Potter of Pure Heart Chocolate. The chocolates also were presented with stories about their ingredients, which included rose, cardamom, fig, pomegranate, and papaya!
It was a fun, delicious environment to explore self-love in a sexy way.
Special thanks to Paula Grainger, The English Herbalist, for the surprise gift of ginger & mandarin massage melts. Another special thanks to Shari Silva and M. Sophia Santiago for the extra set of hands and hearts.
You can’t love others if you don’t take the time to love yourself first.
We love you,
-Santa Cruz Socialites xoxo