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Sea Candy Jewelry


Aliso Beach is a wonderful place.  It really is.  From its picturesque sunsets, palm trees blowing in the wind and warm, soft sand to its thundering shore break, dazzling blue ocean water and sea faring birds gliding through the air, it is a place I count on to unwind.  This is where I slow myself down from the hustle and bustle of this busy and maddening lifestyle we have created for ourselves.  I can’t imagine not being able to decompress and Aliso Beach I have found is very helpful.  Having read about Aliso I would swear there is a spiritual quality to this special Laguna Beach that soothes the soul, calms the mind and rejuvenates the body.  If asked my opinion I would say that this feeling I get there is tied ancestrally to local Indian groups that once called the Aliso Beach area of Laguna home.  There is a quality of being connected to other people at Aliso that I have always found so intriguing and again, this feeling has me crediting Native Americans who once called this area home.  I can’t explain but I know its there.   In addition to all its natural wonders, Aliso Beach is a local stomping ground for skim boarders, body boarders, body surfers and surfers when conditions are right.  With the only parking lot in Laguna Beach accompanied by level ground and easy access, Aliso Beach serves a wide array of people from water sport enthusiasts to families that simply love the beach.

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Because I have spent a fair amount of time at Aliso Beach and needing to take pictures in support of the website, I often strike up conversations with people I don’t know.  It’s fun and what I find that it does is reinforce the belief I have that Aliso Beach is a wonderful place.  On one of my latest visits to the beach, I struck up a conversation with a salty character who was interested in a particular area of the beach rummaging through the sand and debris pushed up the sand bar by the crashing waves.  He was searching for sea glass and was candid about what he looked for and the places in Laguna that he visited to find it.  Previously, I had been snapping some IPhone 6 Plus Photos of skim boarders who were carving up the shore break waves sending water skyward against the back drop of the setting sun.  The back lit spray taking on the characteristics of the glowing orange background was phenomenal. There were 3 of them and they had this little crease along the beach near Aliso Creek that was allowing them to go to town on the glassy little waves beating the shore.  While talking to the salty fellow searching for sea glass, one of the skim boarders was walking up the beach with a young lady and also searching for sea glass.

They were friendly and of course I struck up a conversation with them and found out that the two had a business making handmade jewelry highlighting sea glass they found along Laguna Beaches. What a cool idea!  The couple are Olivia and Sean.  Olivia is a Laguna Niguel resident and is quite crafty. In addition to her flare for beach inspired jewelry using sea glass, she is majoring in film production and is an avid photographer.  Sean Malek is a pro skim boarder and works for Victoria Skim Boards.  I am sure I don’t have to tell the company what they have in Sean.  The dude can put on a show on a skim board but perhaps more importantly, he is a genuinely friendly, intelligent and entrepreneurial guy driven and inspired.  Olivia and he started the business last year and have a growing fan base for the work they do with the sea glass making it into beach style jewelry.

Currently they are working behind the scenes on the website.  In the meantime you can visit them at Sea Candy Jewelry.  Every piece made using sea glass comes from Laguna Beach. Each one is unique to the piece of glass found on the beach because they do not use a rock tumbler.  The result is that you don’t have a piece of jewelry that is exactly the same as another making those that buy them feel like they got something special, one of a kind and something no one else has.  Last year they donated a portion of the profits to World Vision which helps people that don’t have access to get clean drinking water.  Pieces include necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings.  There are even pieces using an elusive blue sea glass which I have read is a rare find.  The mission of Sea Candy Jewelry is to remove from the water an item considered trash and make it into something beautiful and ocean inspired that everyone can wear.  As the gallery of pictures below will show, they have succeeded in that.

It is a good thing when our young are actively seeking ways to better our world and while this is just many of the ways young people can help the world, Sea Candy Jewelry is something worthy of our high praises, admiration, attention and support.  As the founder of this website, I will periodically be checking in on them to see what is new and continue to encourage them to grow a business that was built on helping our environment, donating to charity and bringing to market a product everyone will love.  In an email sent to me by Sean, he and Olivia are discussing donating some of the proceeds from sales to charities benefiting the clean up of Aliso Creek.  That has my attention as I have always shaken my head at how we can’t seem to get that right whatever the reason is.  I could see partnering with them and sending proceeds from art and photography sales through this website. Whatever the future holds, these are two bright young people that are making a difference and enjoying it.  It just so happens that Aliso Beach contributes to the amazing work they are doing and what they do is another great example of the talent and creativity you find among people at this beach.  If you have not seen Sea Candy Jewelry by all means get on over to that site , check the jewelry out and buy a piece knowing that they are making incredible jewelry pieces, donating to charity and getting trash off our beaches.  That is a win-win-win-win!


Let’s recap the win-win-win-win as it relates to buying Sea Candy Jewelry

1) Trash in the form of sea glass is removed from the beach.

2)  A portion of the proceeds will go to a charity

3)  Supporting this business will encourage Olivia and Sean as well as other young people to build businesses around protecting the environment and donating some of the profits to charity.

4) You get a bad ass, ocean inspired piece of jewelry hand crafted with love from two great people in Olivia and Sean.


ANY QUESTIONS?  GET OVER TO THE WEBSITE AND BUY SOMETHING.  Plenty of unique gift items on that website!



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New Aliso Beach Phone Cases


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A couple of weeks ago we got a request for new Aliso Beach Phone Cases courtesy of Scotty Carter that we had never printed for.  Printing is both fun and addicting and I suppose that it will never get old.  This particular order came from the East Coast.  The cool thing is that the order isn’t coming from the surf photography and wave riding community in Orange County, California where everyone is cannibalizing each other’s businesses.  Given that everyone is enjoying wave photography out here and trying to make a run at legitimizing the work as a business, it is refreshing to see someone not connected in any way to the Southern California surf scene reach out and say those are beautiful and please send me some.  Needless to say I will be very happy when these new Aliso Beach Phone Cases leave for the Pennsylvania today.

The images chosen weren’t any images we had tried before.  Truthfully, I always expect Scotty Carter’s work to translate well because it always does with how hard he works to present Aliso Beach in its finest light and how much attention to detail he brings in the preparing to print process.

There are two new Aliso Beach Phone Cases.  The first one is called Divine Light and the second is called Green Back!  If you love Aliso Beach and you are aware of the damage at this beach as a result of high surf driven by Hurricane Marie, these new Aliso Beach phone cases might just be a better way to remember one of your favorite Laguna Beaches.

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Did You Know You Can Buy Aliso Beach Phone Cases?


So, you live in the area and have an affection for Aliso Beach or maybe you surf, body board, tray surf , skim or body surf there.  If this is the case, and you are entranced by the blue-green water color, the palm trees swaying in the wind, the warm soft sand and the incredible waves, then we have cases that you might like.

Scotty Carter has been shooting Aliso Beach for nearly 3 decades.  His love affair with this beach started well before the Aliso Beach Pier came down for the last time.  Sand carried by Aliso Creek water sculpts waves into dangerously beautiful heaving waves that photograph in the most incredible ways.  Scotty has mastered the interaction of water, light and energy combined with the hydrodynamics of fresh water meeting the ocean and grooming fresh sand bars that bend waves perfectly on the north end of the beach.

Phone cases are currently being printed featuring Aliso Beach water sculptures, landscapes and sunsets for IPhone 4, IPhone 4S, IPhone 5, IPhone 5S, IPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 phone models.  Scotty has close to 30 years worth of Aliso Beach photography to choose from and there is something for everyone.

If you are a rider and have a shot that you would like to have printed on your phone, we would love to hear from you.  We are happy to help you put that memorable shot on your phone so that you can show all your friends.  If you are interested in purchasing a phone case or having one of your own images printed on a case, fill out the form and we will give you a call.  You will be stoked with your new phone case!

I Want An Aliso Beach Phone Case Now!

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Aliso Beach Phone Cases

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Aliso Beach IPhone Case



I am pretty sure that we are the first to offer a line of Aliso Beach phone cases for IPhones and Samsung Galaxys.  Scotty Carter, with his love of Aliso Beach, has an incredible portfolio of art based on this South Laguna Beach gem that we are offering on phone cases.






We have cases for the following phone models:

  • IPhone 5
  • IPhone 5s
  • IPhone 5c
  • IPhone 6
  • IPhone 6 Plus
  • IPhone 6s
  • IPhone 6 Plus S
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5

We have Aliso Beach Art based cases.  The cases are sleek.  They fit over the phone nicely and have just enough ridge to keep you from destroying your phone.  We have not lost a single phone or case with the case line we now offer. We weren’t always able to say that.  With previous manufacturers and printers, we found that cases did a great job of protecting the phone but made of such rigid materials that while they kept the phone safe, they weren’t able to stand up to the types of drops that we all expose our phones to.

What We Think Consumers Look For In A Phone Case

We believe that people want something cool and different.  We also believe that people want something that is reasonably priced and that will hold up.  Phone cases should not need to be replaced due to their breaking.  We want people to replace phone cases because they love the Aliso Beach Art so much that they have to add to their collection.  It is bittersweet to save your phone and lose your case.  We feel lucky to have found a manufacturer and printer that has a solution that allows us to offer cases reasonably priced ( priced lower than big case names in the market place) that display well, protect the phone, and survive the drops themselves.  Phone cases shouldn’t be throw away items and yet many of the commercialized manufacturers out there that offer printing are just that.  We feel like customers should expect a case that has a great design, is durable, and does not cost an arm and a leg.

At the Aliso Beach website, we offer fresh phone case designs with a product that does not break the bank or need to be replaced after you drop your phone. We have your back.  This is a great product.  We add a sealant to the print job so your case design holds up.  Our wholesale partners have tested these phone cases to prove how durable they are. There would be no point in being this excited about this product if they had not proved their weight in gold.

With Aliso Beach Art you can get a stylish new case that will make sure your phone stays protected without sacrificing the case when it drops.  The price is less than your typical well-known and supposed high quality retailer out there. Aliso Beach phone cases make a great birthday or Christmas gift and they go a long way to making sure that you are not replacing a phone!

In addition to getting a cool phone case that protects your phone, 30% of the profit will go to local charities benefiting Aliso Beach.


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