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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!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 16, 2018 in BEIJOS PICKS, HOME TOUR, LIFESTYLE, LOCAL SPOTS, SHOP TOUR, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT

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Setting our Christmas Table with Hearth & Hand from Target

Each year for the holidays I like to add a little bit more to may decor collection.  It’s always fun to add different things here and there to commemorate what was special that year.  This year I am hosting Christmas for the first time at our new home!  Our home isn’t anywhere near being done, but I still want to make it special.  Since we are on a budget (hello, home remodel and a new mortgage!!) I turned to everyone’s favorite store, Target.  

Lucky me, this year they have Hearth & Hand by Magnolia!  I’m sure you are just like me and totally love Joanna & Chip Gaines.  I’ve especially fallen more in love with them since we started remodeling our home.  There are many nights where you will find me in front of the tv, watching Fixer Upper on Hulu working on my computer.  Basically my MO these days!

Well, I also fell in love with their collection they just released for the holidays!  It’s clean, minimal and stylish all in one!  Today I’m sharing some pieces I picked up and how I plan to style them for Christmas.  I am especially thinking it would be pretty for Christmas Day brunch!!

Keep scrolling for all the pretty, and shop my picks at the bottom!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photography

Let’s just go ahead and start with this AMAZING floral arrangement by Lily of Olive & Blooms!  I told her I didn’t want to go the traditional Christmas route, no poinsettias up in here!  But I wanted whites, greenery and soft pinks.  Plus, I really wanted to add in some cotton because it just screamed Joanna to me… Who doesn’t live their life with the motto WWJD?!  J as in Joanna…  So with this beautiful piece anchoring the table, you know we’re in good shape!

Now, I’ll start with the plates.  I really love them!!!  Hearth & Hand has them in black, green and white.  Obviously I went with the green, but was really torn with the black.  But since I had to get the amazing matte black flatware, I thought some contrast would be nice!  The green is just nice for Christmas also, I can see my family using these plates for years to come!

The glassware is also so fun and timeless.  I purchased the wine glass and tumbler in clear.  They also have a pretty green color, but I figured these were easier and could be used more frequently through-out the year!  I love the pretty detail on them…
  For the pretty details I turned to my friend Courtney from Poppy Jack.  I can always count on her to whip up something clever and fun!  Plus, this girl also has an affinity for Chip & Joanna, she even visited Magnolia last month!!!  Color me jealous…

We decided to do some cute stirrers for the glassware in a wood and white color.  We did holiday themed and Magnolia themed, because it just seemed appropriate!  Shiplap was the first to come to mind…

The white and black cross-stitched napkins are up there as one of my favorite pieces in the Hearth & Hand collection.  I added my own velvet ribbon to each napkin for that special touch and because I’m a little obsessed with velvet right now!

Other little details…  I absolutely adore these little wooden houses in the collection.  Have to say, they are my favorite Hearth & Hand piece!  They are currently on my mantle but I had Courtney from Poppy Jack personalize them to use as place cards!  I love having place cards on the table, especially for a special occasion like Christmas.

These ornaments also made the cut.  But instead of using them on the tree, I’m using them on the table!  They play off the napkins well and add another element to the talbescape.


One last look at this festive Hearth & Hand table…

Since I wont’ have this set up till Christmas Day, I am still going to enjoy these goodies!  So I set them up on my mantle, and really love how it looks!  I even got the boys stockings from the collection too!  How sweet does this set up look?!  

Shop all of my favorites from my table and decor below!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on November 29, 2017 in BEIJOS PICKS, CHRISTMAS, ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAY DECOR, HOLIDAYS, HOME, TABLESCAPES

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Beijos 2017 Gift Guides for Everyone on your List

One of the best parts of the holidays is getting gift for those you love.  We love putting time and thought into gifts for everyone on our list.  But nothing beats seeing the little faces of our kiddos light up with excitement while opening presents!  Another good thing?  Getting deals on said gifts!  We love getting a head start on our holiday shopping with Black Friday, who doesn’t?!  Here are our top picks for the ladies, the guys, and the little girls and boys!  Most are from stores doing crazy good deals today and through the weekend! 

A few of our favorite Black Friday Sales…

Madewell – 25% off your purchase
J Crew – 40% off your purchase
Shopbop – Up to 30% off your purchase and 75% off sale
Nordstrom – Up to 40% off select items

And now for the good stuff!!!

First up, the ladies… We want everything on this list… Hint hint!

Shop it below!

Now, for the men in our lives….

Shop for the guys here!

How about the little ladies?!  This is for the girlies who love pink, like they’re mamas!

You can shop for the girlies right here!

And last but not least, the boys who love to play, play, play!

Let’s here it for the boys! Shop  below!

Get your shopping on! 

xx

Jacqueyln + Abby

 

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By on November 24, 2017 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, CHRISTMAS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS, KIDS, SHOPPING

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Off the Shoulder Style

 If you haven’t been living under a rock, then you know that the off the shoulder trend is one of this Spring’s top styles. We saw it peak its head last summer, but it’s making its way to the top pick this spring. We are under their spell, and loving every bit of it. A combination of sweet and sexy that has us craving more…. more… more! 

Photos by Danielle Gillett & Megan Welker

Jacquelyn’s Hair by 1011 Makeup

You can shop all our looks at the bottom of our post!

First, we have Jacquelyn wearing this flowy Maison Dress by MLM Label, and this spicy colored number is effortlessly perfect for this spring. Jacquelyn loves this dress cause not only is it timeless and can go from season to season, but it’s also breastfeeding friendly. 

Paired with her favorite spring essentials: Cleobella Mexicana Clutch, suede mules by Matisse, and her trusty Wyeth Eyewear Calyer.

Loving the mini off the shoulder as much as we do? Here are some other numbers we love for this spring.

Off the Shoulder Shift Dress | Self- Tie Off the Shoulder Dress | Casita Dress by Show Me Your Mumu | Dev Off the Shoulder Minidress




Next up, I’m wearing this Sheer Bliss Dress by Amuse Society in Black Sands that I bought on Revolve. I love Amuse Society case you find it on Revolve, Amazon, and even at Nordstrom now. The best part is that they are super affordable. Can’t beat that! 

Paired with my Wyeth Eyewear Baxter in Opaque Champagne and Lilac Gladiator Sandals. Yes, I have the same pair in different colors. When you find a sandal at Target that is stylish and affordable, you buy them in all the colors! I also got them when they were having their BOGO sale. 

More flowy floral gems that we have all the heart eyes for!

Hacienda Maxi Dress in Poppy Daze | Joie Avatara Maxi in Dark Navy | Tularosa Henderson Maxi Dress | Samba Gown

Now, I really love this little number on Jacquelyn. This embroidered Rebecca Minkoff Celestine top can be worn all thru spring. The eyelet embroidered pattern is also another spring trend, so you are double in style now! To complete the look, pair with some white denim cut-offs, nude sandals, and sunnies. Now you have a spring staple to add to your closet. 

More eyelet off the shoulder tops! 

Eyelet Ruffle Off the Shoulder | Eyelet Off the Shoulder Crop Top | Forever 21 Eyelet Top | Sea Eyelet Top 

 







Now, our last look. Let’s just talk briefly about mom jeans. When I was a young little know it all in the 80’s, fluffy bangs and all, I thought mom jeans were worn strictly just to humiliate your child at school pickup. Well, now as a mom I had to give it a try right? It was time to come full circle. Being 5’2 1/2″ (yes! I count that 1/2 inch), there are a lot of styles I just can’t pull off due to the lack of my stems. But, I gave it my all and wore those moms jeans like no one’s business. I have to admit they are comfy. However, the debate is still out on them.

I paired those bad ass jeans with the flouncy Pretty Lady Tee by Free People. A perfect tee to cover that wiggle jiggle arm action I like to hide. I tucked in the shirt for full mom jean effect and paired with my Lilac Gladiators by Mossimo, and Wyeth Eyewear Dilworth sunnies. Easy off the shoulder action attire you can wear everyday around town, or show up to school and embarrass this generation’s know it alls. 

Some other favorite white off the shoulder tees if this one doesn’t tickle your fancy. 

Lush- Off the Shoulder Top | Clean Off the Shoulder Top | Amuse Society Copeland  | Free People Love Letter 






Let’s go show off those sexy shoulders, ladies!

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xx

Abby

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By on April 20, 2017 in BEIJOS PICKS, STYLE

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Beijos Best

Happy Easter Sunday!

Sadly, all the cute Easter bunny ideas are coming to an end today, but that just means its time for Cinco de Mayo inspiration! Yay! It will be here in no time. Yesterday I was on Amazon of all places and found so many fun tees to wear on several days leading up to and on Cinco de Mayo. Today is just round one of all the inspiration we have for this fiesta. Stay tuned! Until then, check out all these cute tees. There are so many fun ones; I kinda want to buy all of them. Eek! 

Mate the Label is one of my favorite lines for cool vintage tees. It is a Los Angeles-based company, and they have a collection of vintage inspired graphics that embody the California-cool lifestyle. Pretty sure between Jacquelyn and I we have all of these. Now that I know they are on Amazon, this might be dangerous for the wallet. 

 MATE THE LABEL WOMEN’S ‘NOT YOUR MAMACITA’ TANK TOP

I just wore this one yesterday! My personal favorite one, it goes with anything. Pair it with some denim and a cool kimono, and you are all set. The color combination of blush, denim blue, and white makes for a perfect spring tank. 

MATE THE LABEL KYLE LONG SLEEVE ADIOS PANTALONES OCHRE

This one is currently in my cart. The simplicity of this cozy long sleeve tee that is made with a super soft fabric is perfect for running around town. Pretty sure you will want to live in this vintage tee. 

MATE THE LABEL WOMEN’S ‘MARGARITAS FOR SEÑORITAS’ NECK T-SHIRT

Calling all margarita lovers! This one is for you ladies! The margarita queen herself, Jacquelyn has this tee, and I’m pretty sure she wears it at least a couple of times a month. When you’re a margarita lover, you gotta let people know what’s up! 

MATE THE LABEL WOMEN’S SPICY TANK

This last one is another one that is in my cart. This vintage muscle tee says it perfectly. Spicy! Add a little spice to your life. 

Did I just make you fall in love with Mate the label? Pretty fun tees, and even better you can buy them through AmazonHave to love Amazon; you seriously can find everything on there, and it will be here in no time. Pat yourself on the back for having your Cinco de Mayo outfit already and Easter isn’t even begun for most of us. Hopefully, my little bunnies sleep in a tad bit longer.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter today! Now if you will excuse me, I have some shopping to do while sipping on a mimosa. 

 

xx

Abby

 

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By on April 16, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS PICKS, FASHION, SHOPPING, STYLE

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