Cuddle Up this Winter with this Amazing Giveaway!

Boy do we have a good giveaway for you today!  Every winter we talk about keeping cozy and how we do it.  Of course this year wouldn’t be different!  Earlier this week I talked about cuddling up with my family, and all week we’ve shared the coziest spaces and ideas.  So today, we’re sharing it with you with our cuddle up giveaway!

How you ask?!  Well head on over to our Instagram and you’ll find out!  But if you keep scrolling you can see all of the fun goodies you can win…

Photos by Alison Bernier

First let’s start with this amazing robe from Maison du Soir.  We can’t get enough of this luxurious sleep and lounge wear brand.  There’s nothing better to cuddle up in!

Next, our friend Melody of Life on Loma sent this diffuser for our giveaway!  How great is that gold metallic?!  The perfect accessory for your home to diffuse all those amazing essential oils.

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, this pink Beijos x Gunn & Swain blanket is just the best!  I see lots of cuddling being done with this little cutie!

Certainly, every good cuddle session deserves a cute sweater and Callahan makes the best ones!  This cream beauty will have you warm, cuddly and stylish all at once…

When your coming in from the cold and can’t wait to get inside, how about a reminder to come in & cuddle up?  Thank you Poppy Jack Shop for making that super easy with this door mat…
Of course, when you’re cuddling, a huge essential is a comfy pillow!  Boho Pillow always takes care of us with the best prints for our home, and basically has us wanting all the pillows.

A candle that burns gold?! Sign me up!  Costa Cabana sent us this candle for our giveaway and it’s pretty dreamy, perfect for those cold winter days that need some cozy vibes.

Last but not least, a Brixton beanie.  We love them because they keep us warm all winter while looking cute, and I’d call that a win!
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By on January 18, 2018 in GIVEAWAY


Home Tour – Siri Campbell of Roozen Abode

I’m so excited to share our first home tour of the year!  Home tours are some of my favorite posts to share because I get so inspired by them myself.  Today our home tour is with Siri Campbell, also known on Instagram as Roozen Abode!  I love following along and seeing her gorgeous bohemian styled home in Washington state.  Her photos never cease to grab my attention.  Her style is effortless and inviting, something I aspire to in my own home.

Keep scrolling to read more about this talented lady and see all of the gorgeous photos of her cozy home by Jessie Bennett

Tell us about you and where you live…

Hey! I’m Siri. I live in a small town north of Seattle, Washington with my husband and two dogs. My husband is a farmer and I co-own a hair salon. I’ve been doing hair for 9 years and absolutely love it.

How did you get your talent for interior design and style?

That is nice of you to call it a talent! :) To be honest, I totally make it up along the way. I have no idea what i’m doing but I love being creative and finding my own style. I used to re-arrange and decorate my room all the time growing up and I guess my passion for design hasn’t gone away. 

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for your home?

I love finding small businesses on instagram, etsy, urban outfitters, target, and thrifting.

You’ve got our favorite boho style down, any tips for others trying to achieve that look?

Thanks! I like to keep the majority of a room simple and neutral. I add in color and texture with rugs, pillows, and throws. I have a bit of a commitment issue with color so I like to be able to switch things up often. Pillows are the easiest way to do that!

Where is your favorite room in your home and why?

I’d have to say our living room. We spend the most time in there with family and friends. I always have fresh flowers and candles lit all over. It makes it a cozy spot to curl up.

Where do you get inspiration for design?

I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram, pinterest, and traveling. Inspiration is all around us and I love finding it in places you wouldn’t expect.

Where can we find you on the weekends?

When i’m not at the salon we are usually out hiking or exploring with the dogs. We love to travel and find new places to eat. (im a bit of a foodie) Both my husband and I play soccer so that takes up most of our Sundays. 

I love your piano nook, talk to us about that space and why its special

I was out running one day and saw it on the side of the road with a free sign, I ran up to the house and asked them to hold it for me and my husband would come over and get it. I called my husband and said “babe! can you go pick up this piano real quick?” his response was “do you have any idea how heavy a piano is?!” ;) to make a long story short, we rolled it home and now its never moving.haha! I don’t play myself but every time we have company someone sits down and knows how to play. I love it so much!

What are your plans for 2018?

To continue doing what I love and being the best I possibly can be at it.

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home tour with us!!



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By on January 17, 2018 in HOME, HOME TOUR, INTERIOR


Shop Spotlight – Daydream Surf Shop

Do you ever come across an amazing local spot that you almost don’t want to share it’s so good?!  But then you realize you have to tell everyone about it because yes, it’s just that good?!  Well that’s me today!  When I first laid eyes on Daydream Surf Shop I fell in love.  I loved the look of the space, but mostly I loved the feel of it.  The shop has a calming Southern California vibe without trying too hard.  It feels communal and welcoming, just my style!

Owners Becca Mantei and Kyle Kennelly strive for a “space that serves to promote the overall intention of good vibes”, and I can vouch, it does.  From the people who gravitate inside to the overall aesthetic, the vibes are good.  They have everything from coffee, a surf club, home goods and clothing.  Their vintage collection, curated by Becca herself, is definitely some of my favorite eye candy in the shop.

Keep reading to hear more from Becca about Daydream Surf Shop and all that goes into making it one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa…

Photos by Riley Starr

How and when did Daydream Surf Shop come about? 

Daydream opened in December 2016. I opened the shop with my long time love/partner/BFF Kyle, after we both were unsatisfied with our jobs. We had both moved to the Bay Area together to go to school. Kyle went to UC Berkeley and I went to the University of San Francisco. After graduating we both got jobs in industries we though would be fulfilling but ended up being the opposite. Kyle worked in the matrix for JP Morgan as an investment banking analyst and I was working as an interior design assistant and had a couple different meaningless retail sales jobs.

We had always dreamed of opening a shop together one day, but it was really more of a pipe dream, nothing that we saw coming to fruition in the near future. After a year of working for The Man, Kyle was fired. AKA the best day ever. When that happened we both said F*** It! Lets do it! Lets open a shop together! Lets work for something we both actually believe in! Lets do what makes us happy and fulfilled!

We spent 2 years saving as much money as we could and tried to gain as much knowledge as we could about how to open and run a successful shop. Fast forward to today, and we’ve just finished our first year in business. It’s more work than I could have ever imagined, but is also the most fulfilling thing I have ever been apart of. 

What is it about you and Kyle’s backgrounds that make your shop successful?

Kyle studied economics and I studied design and fine art. We have a pretty good Yin and Yang situation between the two of us. Kyle is much more analytical and detail oriented and I am more focused on the bigger picture and feeling of the shop as a whole.

We also work together really well. I think since we’ve been together for almost 8 years we have both gotten really good at knowing what the other person needs. If one of us is feeling drained and over worked the other one is able to pick up on it and take care of them. It’s the best thing in the world to be able to work with my best friend, I highly recommend it. 

What are some of your favorite items in your shop?

My favorite part of the shop is our vintage collection. I hand pick every piece that goes into it. I sift through mountains of dirty clothes to find the gems buried at the bottom. I love being able to give new life to clothes that would have otherwise been thrown into a landfill. The colors, patterns, and quality that clothes were made with ages ago have always been something I’ve been interested it. I’ve been religiously going to flea markets since I was in Jr High.

We love that you value purpose and quality in the items in your shop, talk to us about that…

Purpose and quality are important, there’s so much waste that goes along with modern day consumption habits and we want to give folks an option to minimize that by curating our space with high quality goods backed by ethical business practices. We handle all the work of sourcing and buying products from brands we’ve researched and know to be pushing the envelope of ethical practices in terms of social and environmental objectives.

For example, Sightglass our coffee roasters, practice direct trade with all the farms they’re partnered with and will even invest capital in order to improve some farms’ production facilities and garner long-term relationships that make both parties successful. One of our other most popular product categories is vintage clothing which aims to bypass any clothing production whatsoever in favor of recycling garments, many of which are found in landfills but are in near perfect condition. 

Your surf club is such a great concept and quintessential to our Southern California lifestyle, tell us about it…

Our Surf Club is centered around a shift that has been operating in the background of surf culture for a number of years now. We and a growing number of folks see surfing more as an academic study of surfing history and design theory than a “sport” which is how mainstream surfing has been defined. It’s a recreation that provides a graceful and beautiful way for friends and loved ones to interact with nature.

Each person has their own individualistic style and with this comes a wide variety of boards that suit each persons’ physical and mental make up. We provide a place to learn what style works for each individual and walk them through various designs based on what is working and not working well. Each interaction will be coupled with relevant historical information revolving around each boards’ design and sometimes we’ll even give out little homework assignments for those that are looking to go a little deeper… usually it’s just something as simple as watching a short video online.

As for the nuts and bolts of the club, we have about 45 boards from dozens of legendary and contemporary shapers that we’re always selling and replacing with new ones. We have three levels of membership, a $20 day pass, a $50 per month level that allows folks a 3 day holding period with each board of interest, and a $100 per month membership that allows folks a 7 day holding period. The latter membership is great for our LA and San Diego members while most folks that are located more closely to the shop usually opt for the mid-range membership.

Why did you decide to add a coffee shop into the mix?

We are both big coffee fans. Aside from just loving coffee, having the cafe has allowed for our shop to become a place for our community to come together. Having coffee also gives people a reason to come in everyday. People don’t buy surfboards everyday but they can buy a cup of coffee everyday.  I love how it makes our space the place for people to spend time and hang out with one another. This component of our shop has made Daydream a space that folks have on their radar as a daily destination.

You host a lot of events in the shop, what are some fun ones you have coming up?

On 1/11, we had a gong sound bath meditation. It was a really relaxing event with a great turn out. We’ve had a couple sound baths at the shop in the past, it’s definitely an event that we will continue to host, so if you missed out on this one, there will be more! But I think the next event we are having is a flower pop up on Valentine’s Day! We will have beautiful floral bouquets and handmade ceramic vases available for people.

One of my best friends is the owner of the most amazing ceramics studio right down the street from our shop called Costa Mesa Ceramics and she will be making a bunch of epic handmade ceramic vases. Another friend of mine is the most talented florist and she will be creating beautiful floral arrangements. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers and ceramics? 

What’s next for Daydream?

That’s a tough question to answer because its very grand and changing dramatically all the time. We have so many rad opportunities and people that our shop will seemingly randomly attract and pull into our circle, it’s really remarkable what falls into place if you know how to let it.

We can’t really get too specific but we can say this, we will be focusing on making Newport, Costa Mesa, and costal Orange County a place for like-minded people to connect, learn, and enjoy themselves. We have a lot of places on our list of destinations that have all the communal ingredients we see as imperative structures of Daydream and will definitely be scouting to connect with these communities both near and far in a deeper fashion in 2018. 

Thank you so much for sharing Becca & Kyle!

If you haven’t yet, you must check out this spot!



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Cuddle Up this Winter with the Family in Chaser Brand

During the winter months there’s lots of time to get cozy and cuddle up with your loved ones.  With the cold weather there is no better excuse to stay inside, eat some popcorn and watch a movie.  One thing I know about cuddling is you need to be wearing something super soft, and my boys agree.  

As a matter of fact I think we can all agree that we all want to wear the softest fabrics on our skin, and have our kids do the same.  My favorite brand to turn to for soft clothes is Chaser.  They have something for everyone in the family, and it’s all so damn cute.

What’s also cute?!  Cruz loves playing with his belly button as you can see below…

Photos by Alison Bernier

Another thing I love about the winter are the lazy days.  This really isn’t like me, I am a go go go type of person.  However, those days when it’s raining or foggy and cold out and you just feel like doing nothing, that’s when it gets to me.  Those are the days where I just want to take these cute boys, and that hunk of a guy, and cuddle all day long.

If I’ve learned one thing living in a house of boys, as far as clothes go, it’s all about comfort.  The softer the tee, the more it’s loved.  Therefore my boys love them some Chaser…  When we got our last shipment I got Court quite a few things, he was so excited he literally put everything on… The kid had 5 layers of clothes on!  Now that’s love!

On days like this I’ll usually start with making waffles or pancakes.  Of course our favorite movies will be playing most of the day, but we’ll also have tickle fights, wrestling matches and a baseball game in our house.  Surely there will also be lots of Gunn & Swain blankets to snuggle with and to make forts.  But most of all there will be lots of love and cuddles.

How do you stay cozy at home in these winter months?

Shop my family’s looks below!



Tank / Sweater / Leggings
Tee / Sweatshirt
Sweatshirt / Pants / Tee

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By on January 15, 2018 in FAMILY, FASHION, KIDS, STYLE


DIY Pressed Flower Wall Art


Being in a new house, there is A LOT to do! Every room needs love and attention. A little nerve-racking, but along with that there is so much excitement; it’s a blank canvas for you to make your own.  I have been pinning ideas from Pinterest for what seems like a year of DIY ideas I wanted to TRY to do. One of the ideas that I saw a couple of years ago was from Chris Loves Julia blog. My husband believe it or not showed me this blog a couple of years ago, and I have been following them since. My husband secretly wants us to become this DIY couple. But if that were the case, you would see one project or two done once a year, ha. Chris and Julia have some great DIYs for your home. One that stuck out to me was an acrylic gallery wall filled with black and white photos of their family. I loved the idea of doing something with acrylic for my home. Along with my love for acrylic, I wanted to incorporate flowers as well. There was no other place then my daughter’s room to place this custom piece.

A while ago, my dear pal Meghann Miniello created a word phrase for me for my daughter, Dylan’s room that I was going to make a neon sign with. The prices of neon signs are kinda pricey, so I tossed out the neon sign idea and created this acrylic pressed flower art piece for above her bed.  I have to say I think it came out pretty cute! And even better, it was easy to make. No power tools needed! Although reinforced hanging is always a plus! 

Photos by Jessica Erickson


Vinyl Sticker Lettering or Calligraphy skills 
2 Acrylic Sheets (any size you want)
Flowers (Dried or Real or Both)
Gorilla Epoxy 
Picture Backing + Nails

Cameo Machine
Clamps or Heavy Objects

1st let’s discuss acrylic. You can order yours thru Amazon or go where I get all my acrylic thru Tap Plastics. Straight to the source. Remember the larger the piece, the more reinforcement you will need for hanging. I went with 18X24 sheets. Tap Plastics will deliver to your house, or if there is a nearby store, you can pick up that day.

Next up, the writing. I choose to use vinyl lettering since my calligraphy skills do not need to be seen around the world. Meghann Miniello created my phrase, and I took her file and created a vinyl sticker using the Cameo machine. This machine is a game changer if you do a lot of projects with lettering for stickers, shirts, signage, you name it. Definitely worth it! 

Lay the wording out on the acrylic sheet where you desire. Then once you have them in their desired spot, do each word at a time. You just peel back the backing and place the vinyl on the acrylic, and then SLOWLY peel the front clear sheet up, at the same time making sure the lettering is adhering correctly to the acrylic.

The fun part. The flowers! I used a mix of real flowers and silk flowers. I had a particular color palette in mind but had trouble finding the colors I wanted at my local market. This is where I added some silk flowers, and it helped me achieve the colors I was looking for. Also, another thing to remember is when you use real flowers they will become dried flowers so the color will change. Sprinkle and place your flowers where you desire.

Grab your other acrylic sheet, and begin placing the flowers on top of it. I just tossed them about and moved them around to cover some empty spots. Feel free to get creative and do some pattern or design with the flowers. You can also use greenery as well. I wanted the flowers to be the backdrop, so I went a tossed look. I did place my silk flowers in certain areas. 

*Tip- Place your acrylic that has your lettering on it and place it once in awhile on top of your other board with the flowers to see how it will look once you combine the two. You can adjust as needed. 

Pretty easy right? Ok, let’s get to the hard part. But you can do this!

Epoxy is something not to mess with once it’s mixed. So be cautious with this and its a good idea to do this part outdoors or in the well-ventilated garage. Follow the directions on the glue, and once mixed, place a thin line towards the edge on one of the sheets, the glue will dry clear. But if you use a lot, its ok, cause once it’s hung up, you really can’t see it. Place the other acrylic sheet on top and make sure its aligned correctly. Using clamps or heavy objects set on top of the layers and allow it to dry for an hour to set. I let mine sit overnight. Be sure all the corners and sides are pressed down with something substantial, or they will not seal properly. 

Finally, adhere the picture backing to the backside with either more glue or you can drill one in. Once thoroughly dried, you can hang it up! 

So cute right?! 








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By on January 12, 2018 in CRAFTS, DIY, THAT’S SO BEIJOS