Hot to Watch: Scott Thomas, Brynne Cogorno

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By Carisa Carlton

Vogue Salon has been gracious enough to provide this week’s Hot to Watch with a $50 gift card. I encourage readers to support this European-style salon on Pacific Coast Highway.

Brynne Cogorno

Brynne CogornoMeet Brynne Cogorno, Laguna Beach resident and founder of Backward Prints, a 6-year old company that uses tree-free paper embedded with wildflower seeds in handmade greeting cards. Instead of disposing of the card after use, place it in soil and watch flowers blossom.

Cogorno is the sole designer and maker of Backward Prints greeting cards and clothing. But, unlike many artists who struggle with marketing their own work, Cogorno is a polished business woman: Backward Prints handmade cards are now sold in over 45 retail shops, including Nordstrom, thanks to Cogorno’s confident, responsible approach to marketing her business.

Cogorno is a certified yoga instructor and an international adventurer. How this beautiful brunette managed to stay single, I’ll never know. When Cogorno isn’t creating young, whimsical designs, she likes preparing raw food, hiking Crystal Cove’s El Moro trail, and tide pooling Rock Pile Beach at Heisler Park. You can also find Cogorno dining at La Serena or Sushi Laguna, and sipping local specialties at Nektar or Koffee Klatch.

What I like about Cogorno: Bubbling confidence; engaging conversationalist; kindred spirit; creative ambition; broadened cultural perspectives; polished business skills.

You can buy Backward Prints greeting cards and clothing online, at the Sawdust Festival in the summers, or look for them in local boutiques. 

Connect with Brynne Cogorno on Instagram.

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas attorneyYou know that temptation to delete a certain something from someone else’s computer? Don’t do it, according to criminal defense attorney, Scott Thomas.

Thomas represented a woman who happened to get caught altering her ex-BFF’s computer data. The district attorney prosecuted and she faced a felony California Penal Code 502(c) ’Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act’ charge.  Thomas got the case dismissed.

In another case, Thomas’ client was caught on videotape assaulting another man at a convenience store. The district attorney pushed for a felony strike and 5 years imprisonment. Thomas resolved the case with a misdemeanor charge and no jail time by discrediting the video.

Thomas is from Corona del Mar. He worked in the Orange County District Attorney’s office before opening his own office a year ago.  And he knows, “There’s always more than meet the eye in a police report.”

What I like about Thomas: Passion for helping people when they feel helpless; determination to succeed on all fronts; sophisticated conversational skills; and. confident, unwavering eye contact. If I get caught doing something I should not have been doing, this is who I am going to call.

When Thomas isn’t representing clients, he is hiking, mountain biking, surfing, or producing music. He is also a board member of Elite OC, a young professionals network. Thomas is 18 months newly wed.

Connect with Scott Thomas on Facebook.

Who will be next week’s hotties? You help decide. Write to mscarisa at and let me know.

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Author: Carisa Carlton

Carisa Carlton is the Editor in Chief of Laguna Beach Gazette. Learn more about Carlton at .

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