5 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day in San Luis Obispo County

Hours of work go into getting Miss San Luis Obispo County off the ground. Our faithful board and committee not only fulfill their traditional responsibilities with work, family, and friends, but generously give us their time as volunteers (remember, none of our group is paid for their work, we're a 100% volunteer organization). It's no surprise that we love coffee nearly as much as a Gilmore Girl. In honor of National Coffee Day, check out some of our favorite spots from around the county (in no particular order)!

Lucy's Coffee- 1279 Laurel Lane, SLO


Featuring retro meets mid-century modern decor, Lucy's regulars are huge fans of their seasonal loaded toasts such as Avocado, Goat Cheese, or even Peanut Butter Banana. Lucy's also takes the time to make their own syrups in house, and the quality shows. Next time you visit, try adding our favorite, the Cinnamon Brown Sugar.

Bru Coffeehouse- 5760 El Camino Real, Atascadero

Live music? Check. Gluten-free menu options? Check. Double shot espresso beverages standard? Check. If you find yourself in Atascadero like most of our committee often does, stop by Bru Coffeehouse. The indoor/outdoor seating options make for a comfortable caffeinate-while-you-work environment, and the service is top notch.

The Rock Espresso Bar- 275 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay

Never had a Mexican Mocha? It's time to give one a try. The Rock Espresso Bar is famous for this chocolaty but not-too-sweet Mocha, which comes standard with four (4!) shots of espresso. The Rock also has a small but mighty food menu that features bagel sandwiches, burritos, and pastries. 

Scout Coffee- 1130 Garden Street or 880 Foothill Blvd., SLO


House made almond milk? Yep. You'll find it here, along with other special offerings like the California Cold Brew (cold brew coffee mixed with cold brew concentrate, half and half, and vanilla syrup), Affogato (fresh espresso over ice cream topped with chocolate shavings), and milkshakes that are perfect for little ones.

SLODoCo- 793 F Foothill Blvd., SLO

The team at SLODoCo knows that sometimes, a coffee and donut fix can't wait. That's why they're open 24 hours offering some of the most inventive donuts around. While they may be best known for their baked goods, their coffee selection cannot be overlooked, with fresh espresso offerings and Thai Milk Tea, as well as drip varieties. At the end of the day- what goes better together than coffee and a donut?



Competition Venue and Date Confirmed!

Our team is THRILLED to announce we've confirmed our venue and date for the 2018 Miss San Luis Obispo County + Miss San Luis Obispo County's Outstanding Teen competitions!

Please read the following press release for more information:

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, September 12, 2017:  San Luis Obispo County will field its first Miss California and Miss America preliminary contest in over 16 years on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  Open to women ages 13-25, the competition will be held at California Polytechnic State University’s Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre.

“Our organization is thrilled to offer young women the opportunity to represent our beautiful county at Miss California and Miss California’s Outstanding Teen,” said Ruth Wickham, executive director of the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association.  “San Luis Obispo is home to talented, intelligent, community minded people.  We look forward to not only highlighting those qualities, but rewarding them with scholarship opportunities.”

The new Miss San Luis Obispo County is expected to earn a minimum $1,000 college scholarship, with $500 projected for the winner of Miss San Luis Obispo County’s Outstanding Teen.  Additional scholarship awards will be awarded to each contestant that participates in the contest.  At the state competition, Miss San Luis Obispo County will earn another $750 scholarship (minimum).  Cal Poly student Jillian Smith (representing Yosemite Valley) won the 2017 Miss California crown and a $25,000 scholarship this summer.

Miss San Luis Obispo County (ages 18-25) and Miss San Luis Obispo County’s Outstanding Teen (ages 13-17) are open to eligible residents of San Luis Obispo County and full time students at either Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Cuesta College.

About the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association:

An all-volunteer organization (IRS 501(c)(3) status pending), the Miss San Luis Obispo County Scholarship Association strives to provide scholarship money, professional development and community service opportunities to the young women of San Luis Obispo County.  A partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, contestants raise important funds to help support treatment for sick children.  For more information please visit www.misssanluisobispo.org.

5 Questions with Vivacious Beauty's Jamie O'Farrell


How long have you been spray tanning? What makes your process/services different than others?

I have been air brush tanning for four years. I started the business as a safe alternative to getting that summer glow without the harmful rays.  As someone that has always loved the sun and being tan, as I got older I began to see the damage all the sun exposure was causing. I can't change what has already been done but I can protect my family as well as educate others on the importance of protecting their skin. What makes my air brush tanning experience different than others? An air brush tan is an up close and personal experience. It is normal for clients to feel uncomfortable, self conscious and sometimes want to walk right back out the door. My goal is to make you forget that you are standing in my tent, exposed and uncomfortable. I want every one of my clients to know they are beautiful and that their air brush tan is just going to enhance that natural beauty. I want them to walk out of the salon feeling confident, amazing and ready to conquer the world. And most importantly, I want them to know my clients become my family. I continue to stay educated in my trade, networking with others in the business as well as hands on training.


Any tips for getting a top notch tan?

Ohhhhh yes! The prep 24 hours before your tan is key to a beautiful, flawless tan. Walk in appointments are not recommended for air brush tans due to the importance of prepping the skin. When a client books with me, they receive a confirmation with a detailed To Do list. Shower, shave and exfoliate are the top three prep instructions. Along with that is what products to not use with an air brush tan, when its best to get your manicures/pedicures, what to wear to your appointment, what to wear after as well as other suggestions that will help you get the most out of your tan. At your appointment we will discuss skin type, skin tone, concerns, past air brush tan experiences and your expectations for your tan that day.

You recently rebranded from Central Coast Wedding Tanner to Vivacious Beauty with Jamie- can you tell us a little more about the switch?

Four years in business includes trial and error, learning, changing, growing and doing what I feel is best for my business to thrive. I recently made some changes to the business including changing the name. Although a large percentage of my clientele are brides to be, brides, bridesmaids and moms of the bride and groom, I felt that I may be limiting myself as others searching for an air brush tanner may think I solely tan for weddings. I took a risk changing the business name but as a business primarily built on referrals and a variety of clients ranging from high school students, body builders. moms, models and senior citizens, I was confident that word would spread quickly along with my YouTube channel and social media accounts. Why Vivacious Beauty? Vivacious is to be full of life, in good spirits and lively in an attractive manner. I LOVE that and as soon as I read the definition I knew that was perfect.

Other than a great glow, what's your go-to beauty secret that you can't do without?

Check the ingredients in your products! There are SO many harmful ingredients used in our skin care and makeup in the U.S. It only takes 26 seconds for toxins in our products to enter our blood stream. Imagine the damage after continuous use over a long period of time. There are apps you can download that can help you check your products and find you the safest options for you. Also, wash your makeup off every night and moisturize. Sleeping in it ages you and causes early wrinkles. Love the skin your in.

What attracted you to the Miss San Luis Obispo County Organization?

Young woman empowering young woman? That's amazing and not enough of that in our world today. As a mom of four and one being a pre-teen daughter, I want her to grow up to be a strong, independent woman that knows she is capable of anything she puts her mind to. That she CAN make this world a kinder, more beautiful place. Miss San Luis Obispo County represents all of that. Strength, beauty, education and empowerment. I feel that my passion for uplifting others and helping them feel beautiful and confident goes hand in hand with Miss San Luis Obispo County and I am so excited and honored to share in this adventure.

Top 5 Reasons to Compete at Miss San Luis Obispo County

Miss San Luis Obispo County is back in early 2018! Wondering why you should sign up today? Follow along as we give you five of our *favorite* reasons to become involved with us and the Miss California Organization

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1. The Sisterhood

There's a saying at Miss California and Miss America- the friends you make here are likely the girls who will stand by your side on your wedding day. The same is true for Miss San Luis Obispo County! Ready to meet smart, talented, driven, community-minded, stylish women just like you? You'll find them here. Sure, you might think that girls who compete in our program are catty or self-centered, but you'll find the opposite to be true. These women are some of the best and brightest in our area, and we'd be honored to count you as one of them!

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2. Perform your talent

Maybe you've been singing since you could talk, or perhaps you've been dancing since you were in diapers. Either way, you've grown to love your performing art and love to share it with the world. Let Miss San Luis Obispo County be your chance to share your talent a little more! Our competition includes a 90 second talent segment worth 30% of your total score. We've seen dancers, singers, ventriloquists, instrumentalists, speed painters, actors, aerialists- the sky is the limit as long as it can be performed on stage!


3. Interview Skills

Want to be comfortable speaking in front of a group? Being interviewed on TV or in film? Or maybe you already are...

However comfortable you are in an interview situation, Miss San Luis Obispo County will help you improve your public speaking skills so that you can effectively share your thoughts, feelings, and passions with the world at large!

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4. Community Service

Love to help others and enjoy being involved in San Luis Obispo County? This is the perfect opportunity for you! 

Miss San Luis Obispo County is an official spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network and our local affiliate hospital Cottage Children's. Throughout the year, our contestants and winner will raise money for CMN Hospitals and advocate for top patient care for our county's children. Not only that, but Miss San Luis Obispo County also has a community service platform that is near and dear to her heart. Examples of platforms include causes like the Alzheimer's Association, The ASPCA, Charity: Water, Veteran's Advocacy, and more! Whatever cause pulls at your heartstrings is the perfect choice for your community service platform.

5. Style

Rompers? Gowns? Cocktail Dresses? The trendiest outfit from the cutest boutique? Check. Check. Check and CHECK. Whatever looks you love to rock, Miss San Luis Obispo County gives you an avenue to show off your personal sense of style! We're looking for someone who enjoys putting together their favorite ensembles and sharing them via social media, while at an appearance, and on a normal day out and about in the beautiful Central Coast of California! Not so fashion inclined? Fret not, we're here to help! You never know how your styling skills will grow as you expand your horizons!