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Shop Spotlight – Costa Cabana

As you know, we like to shop… It’s sort of an obsession.  Well, some of my favorite places to shop are local boutiques.  That’s one of the things I love about where I live, there are tons of locally owned shops to choose from.  One of my favorites to Orange County is Costa Cabana, located in Costa Mesa off of popular 17th St.  

It’s also a plus when you become friends with the owner, in this case I couldn’t help myself because owner Lauren Flores is just the sweetest.  She is very stylish and makes you feel at home right when you walk in the door.  That’s probably what I love about Costa Cabana the most, I feel like I’m shopping with close friends when I’m there.  And that’s besides the fact that they have an amazing selection of clothing, accessories and even a few kid and home pieces!

I sat down with Lauren and asked her all about what it’s like to own a boutique, top trends she sees for Summer and more.  Keep scrolling to read more!

Pretty photos by Ariane Moshayedi

Tell us a little bit about you and your family….

My family is very full of life….I have an amazing partner in Scott, he is the dream maker as I like to call him, I constantly have ideas and visions and with the help of scott they come to life! I have an amazing little girl who is almost two, full of sass and style, she often can be seen running around the shop smelling candles and trying on sunglasses. My parents and my sister are an extension of me…My sister is my creative go two, and the person I love to bounce ideas off of, and my mom and dad are #1 babysitters and helpers at the shop after hours, from my dads wood working to my mom’s eye telling me what works and what doesn’t my family is nothing short of the Costa Cabana dream team! 

When did you start Costa Cabana and how did it all come about?

Costa Cabana was an organic process for me…I was already working as a buyer  in the shop and the opportunity came about to revamp the business and keep the good time rolling! But, I had always dreamed about owning my own shop one day…My boutique days started when I was 18 in costa mesa and the love I had for it grew over the years and the opportunity came and I jumped at it!

What is an average day for you as a boutique shop owner?

My average day as an owner consists of waking up and starting on emails, I basically never stop working, I have such great relationships with a lot of the customers that I sometimes am working directly with them answering styling questions to telling them when something I think they will love comes in. Im constantly talking to vendors and sales reps about product. I usually take a break in the afternoons until after dinner and then I sometimes pick back up with emails and business…but it’s a constant struggle to turn my brain off…this shop is like my stylish baby I always have new ideas popping in my head!

Tell us your favorite and least favorite parts of your job…

My absolute favorite part of my job is working with customers…I love talking to them about events they are going to, or updating their wardrobes. To chatting about their kids and everyday life….I like the shop to feel like your shopping with friends or at a cozy home. My absolute least favorite part of  my job is the office/business end of things!

What are your favorite trends coming for Summer 2017?

Some of my favorite trends coming for the summer would be all the great sets that are out, paired together or worn separate…either way you have a few different outfits in one. I also love a good midi dress paired with a fun pair of slides, and jumpers are always a fun no brainer that you can dress up or down!! And last but certainly not least Im a fanatic with sunglasses and hats…A good straw hat paired with a fun pair of sunnies never disappoints!

What are some of your must have items in the shop right now?

Some of my must haves at the shop right now are all the slides…shoes are such a fun way to spice up your outfit. All the Cleobella bags always give me hearts in my eyes!! And all summer long dresses and easy throw on rompers give a stylish look with absolute comfort. And last but not least jewelry!! Im loving all the designers and the uniqueness they bring to each and every piece.

What is it like being a working mom, tell us about the struggles and the triumphs!

Being a working mom is crazy! It’s a constant struggle with yourself to make sure your balancing everything fairly. At first when I took over the business I thought oh I can handle this…for the past 5 years I have juggled three jobs and loved every minute…but being an owner is a whole different ballgame. Im now the business head, buyer and sometimes sales person. But I wouldn’t change a thing this has always been a dream of mine and its a fun experience growing with the business and watching my daughter grow up here! 

What’s next for Costa Cabana?

Whats next for Costa Cabana are a couple new things…first and foremost a website, as well as continuing with great events with all our brands as well as workshops and pop up shops to bring in new product and expose the community to fun workshops and make the shop a fun place to gather and do creative things with their friends.

Thank you for sharing with us Lauren!  Be sure to check this shop out, like we said, it’s definitely one of our favorites!



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By on May 31, 2017 in SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT


Beijos Best

Did you catch our home tour with animator and author Liz Climo last week?!  Well, if not, you can check it out here!  If you saw it, then you are probably still thinking about it like us!  If that’s the case, today is your lucky day!  Liz shared a few of the sources to the amazing pieces in her home and we are sharing them with you!

There were so many amazing details and pieces we love in her home.  We found pieces at Amazon, Target, West Elm, IKEA and Crate & Barrel!!  You can shop the post below!  Thanks again to Liz for letting us take a peek inside her home and sharing all of her amazing sources!





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I don’t know about you, but when I think of Spring I think of pastels…  I love wearing pastels and have spotted quite a few amazing dresses in them lately.  Another thing I love about Spring are all the amazing holidays… One in particular that holds a big spot in my heart is Mother’s Day.  My family makes every holiday big, and Mother’s Day is no exception.  We usually get in our Sunday best and do some type of brunch or dinner to celebrate.  

So with that in mind, I’ve been looking at some fun new dresses to wear!  Here are a few of my favorites below.  These could also be worn all season long and into Summer…  And of course I made it super easy for you to shop the post at the bottom!

I basically love anything Mara Hoffman and this dress caught my eye right away.  It’s a little bit more classic than I usually go with what I wear, but the colors and fit of it look amazing.  To me, this is the ultimate Spring look.

We talked about how the off the shoulder trend is huge and one of our favorites in this post.  I love how this dress by Somedays Lovin is such a neutral color that is somewhat of a basic, but it’s also the trend of the moment.  Plus the price is great!!

Both Abby and I have our eyes on this pretty dress by Auguste… I just love love the print, this is a dress I would wear everyday into the Summer!  I’m a HUGE yellow fan and this pale creamy yellow with the pretty florals is just the prettiest.  I just need to get me a tan and buy this thing!

So continuing with my yellow obsession…  Haha!  I can’t help myself!  Spell is one of my favorite brands right now…  Each season their collections get better and better.  This Spring I literally want every single piece and this dress is one of them!

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be me unless I threw in a sexy little short number… Gotta throw it out there once and a while ladies!!  There is so much about this Lovers + Friends dress that I love… From the fringe to the stripes to the delicate straps, all I would need is a pair of sandals, and that hat the model is wearing isn’t too bad either!

  Do you have some shopping inspiration now?!  I know I do… Like I said, you can shop the post here!



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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

One of my favorite holidays is right around the corner, Mother’s Day!  It’s the day to show your mama how much you love and appreciate her, and I can’t think of someone who deserves affection more.  Since we are mother’s ourselves we really look forward to this day to focus on family and reflect on what really matters.  I put together this Mother’s Day Gift Guide for you, because it’s never too early to start thinking about what to get her!  Plus, I made it super easy for you to shop these items at the bottom of this post!  So keep scrolling for all the details!

One thing that I always want as a mother myself is some good relaxing time… Some time to myself, even if it is just an hour!  So a massage from my friend Melody at Here & Now Massage is a definite must!  You can read more about her from our post earlier this week, but she is doing an amazing Mother’s Day special… A free upgrade to a 75 minute massage with the purchase of an 1 hour massage gift certificate.  Now that will definitely make Mama happy!!

Continuing with the relaxing trend, our friends at The Little Market have the prettiest and yummiest bath salts.  These are great to give along with the massage and encourage the busy Mom in your life to take a break.  They also have great spa gift sets if you want to really spoil her!  And this pretty robe by Eberjey is simple and sweet, something for relaxing time and something she will use day after day!

Other items for Mom?  Accessories are always a great and easy gift!  I don’t know about you but buying clothes can be tough with sizing and all, so accessories are just a no brainer.  I’m in love with this Mar Y Sol Tulum tote, the perfect Mom bag for Summer to fit all her “stuff”.  I’m a fan of anything blush and these Raen Torrey sunglasses along with the Cleobella Sevigny clutch gave me major heart eyes.

I just got this Brixton Small Plans Fedora and these Vanessa Mooney Astrid earrings myself and can’t recommend them enough!  Every one needs a good Summer hat, and when you’re a busy mom at the park with your kiddos it’s nice to keep the sun out of your eyes and your skin safe.  Plus, it’s super cute!  Statement earrings are big for Spring/Summer and these make a statement with out being obnoxious.  They are pretty, feminine and perfect for Mom.

Last but not least is this amazing book, Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe.  The older I get the more I want to take care of myself, especially my skin.  I’m sure most women feel the same way.  This book details how specific ingredients feed your skin, offering breakdowns of the vitamins and nutrients they provide.  Plus, the pink and rose gold on the cover are real pretty to look at!  Haha!  But seriously, my own Mom is always looking for new recipes to try so I know a gorgeous cookbook would be a great gift for her.

Now don’t forget to spoil that special Mom in your life this year, plan ahead because Mother’s Day will be here before you know it!





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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. 


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. 


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. 


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! 


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. 





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