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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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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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Beijos x Gunn & Swain – Fall & Winter 2017 Collection

If you follow us you know we love our Gunn & Swain blankets!  So much so that we have collaborated on a few collections.  Well, we have a new collection for you just in time to get cozy over the Fall & Winter season.  Think pretty jewel tones along with the best pastel blanket I’ve ever laid eyes on.  They are the perfect addition to your home or even a great gift!  

To make it even better, they are each named after a place in Portugal… Even the Azores where my family is from!  Let’s take a look at these beauties!

You can shop them all here!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with the Azores blanket… I love this pastel goodness!  Named after the islands off the coast of Portugal that I am proud to be from.  The colors of this blanket remind me of the beautiful hydrangeas that cover the islands.  If you’ve never visited this magical place, you should.

It’s the perfect addition to a nursery, an outdoor picnic or on your sofa at home!  I also can’t wait to use this one in the Spring on the beach, so many good options!!

Next up is the Costa Azul, named after a beach area just south of Lisbon.  The place is known for beautiful beaches with water’s as blue as the sky.  Sort of perfect for this turquoise goodness, no?!  This one is already in my boy’s room and they love cuddling with it!  They love how soft and cozy it is, and I can’t complain because it brings me the best cuddle sessions.

Last we have the Lagos blanket, named after a beach town in Southern Portugal in the Algarve.  I haven’t been lucky enough to visit this region, but plan to in the next few years with my family.  I hear it’s amazing!!  My husband can’t wait to go there because it’s known for great surf!

I love the bougainvillea pink color of this blanket, definitely one of my favorites ever!  It’s beautiful for Fall, but honestly great for any time of year, and any room in your home!  This one is a must have…



A few more shots of these beauties!  And did you see our collab tags on them?!  We’re feeling official over here!!

Don’t miss out on these as they are a limited selection!  Never too early to get that holiday shopping done!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on October 23, 2017 in COLLABORATION, GIFTS, SHOPPING

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Visiting Gather & Mill in Grass Valley

Moving to a new city, you get to discover new places to shop! I discovered Gather & Mill on Instagram and immediately fell in love with the store and most of all the two sweet owners.  Gather & Mill is not only a place to shop all handmade products made by artisans, but also a studio, rental company, and a place to get your creative juices going with workshops and events. I got a chance to stop by the shop and well… shop and chat! If you are in the Grass Valley area, you definitely need to stop by Gather & Mill
 
Photos by Katie White
 
Tell us about how Gather & Mill began…
 
Gather & Mill began very suddenly and organically.  We were both a part of the building prior to taking over the lease, because we were members of the wedding collective that used to occupy the space (Erica has a rental company, Tin Roof Farmhouse, and I own a photography business, Katie White Photography).  When the owner of our wedding collective decided to move locations, Erica realized she’d have to move her rental storage space or take over the lease; but the timing wasn’t ideal and she reached out to me in desperation.  After reassuring her that everything would work out, we both realized this may be the perfect opportunity to fulfill some goals we both had only dreamed of: owning a retail space!  Neither of us expected it to happen the way it did, but when a door opens, sometimes you just have to walk through and see what happens…  when we started brainstorming ideas for our shop, we were surprised at how similar our visions aligned.  We both wanted to showcase and support local artisans who used sustainable materials & valued quality and beauty.  We also wanted to host gatherings and creative workshops to bring our community together.  The more we talked about our business, the more we realized it was truly meant to be… and that simple realization pushed us to accomplish our dreams.
 
How did you two meet ?…
 
We met at a wedding we were both hired to work, and immediately hit it off!  We exchanged phone numbers, and planned a styled photo shoot together.  In that first collaborative effort, we realized how well we worked together, and a friendship quickly blossomed.  Erica and I almost seem to read each other’s minds…  it’s always seemed as if we’ve known each other forever.  We feel very fortunate for this sweet connection.
 
 
 
Now, not only do you both own Gather and Mill, but you also own separate creative businesses, could you brag about those for a second! And how do find time to do it all?
 
Yes, we do!  As I mentioned before, Erica owns Tin Roof Farmhouse Rentals and I own Katie White Photography.
Erica has collected special items and vintage pieces for as long as she can remember, and has an amazing knack for re-purposing old and undesirable things into masterpieces.  She also has a natural ability to style any ordinary space into a dreamy set-up; so, after receiving her MBA in Sustainable Business, she decided to turn her fun hobby into a career, bringing all her creative talents together!  She loves working with couples and making their dream wedding a reality.
As for me (Katie), I’ve always been immersed in the arts, but found my passion grow for photography once my children were born.  After being asked repeatedly to photograph friend’s family portraits, I realized I might actually have a chance to turn my hobby into a career, so I went to school and also shadowed an amazing wedding photographer (Megan Clouse Photography) who took me under her wing and mentored me.  From there, I built my portfolio and started my business.  The rest is history!
We both feel that you make time for the things you’re most passionate about–  sure, it’s hard to balance everything and sometimes we both feel like we’re going crazy trying to keep up with everything, but we LOVE what we do, so it just works!
Tell us how this beautiful space is just not a storefront, but also space for creative people to gather…
 
Well, we have a huge warehouse space that connects to our retail shop…  part of it is used for Erica’s rental showroom, and we offer the rest of the space for events, creative workshops, pop-up shops/trunk shows, and anything else you can dream up!  Plus, we style our events using Erica’s rentals!  It’s a really inspiring space, with an industrial feel and big, beautiful windows along one side that looks into our private backyard space, which we also make available for events.  It’s amazing how the spaces can transform depending on the look and feel of the occasion.
Tell us about some fun workshops you have coming up!…
 
I’d love to!  We just announced our Fall workshops which include an indigo dyeing workshop, a weaving workshop, an up-cycling jeans/clothing workshop, an embroidery workshop, and a “Soul of Creativity” Workshop that incorporates yoga, creative writing and art.  We also have some fun events on the schedule, including yoga classes every Tuesday morning (beginning 9/19), Pop-Up Shops, and an evening of poetry reading and wine tasting….  and we’ll be adding more to that list soon!!

You also have some mini sessions coming up for the holiday right?
 
Yes we do!  Erica and I love styling and photographing mini-sessions together.  In previous years, we’ve used different locations around Northern CA to host our mini-sessions, but this year we’re using our own space.  We’ll be doing Fall Themed and Holiday Themed sessions.  For more info on how to schedule a session with us, you can visit our blog at www.gatherandmill.com/blog
 
 What’s next for Gather and Mill…
 
We have so many different ideas and plans for the space, and can’t wait to watch Gather & Mill evolve.  Without spilling too many secrets, we’re working on expanding into another room to accommodate more products; specifically, more home goods.  We also have some fun things in the works for the holiday season, as well as community events for next summer… but we can’t quite dish the details YET.  You’ll just have to stay tuned!!
 
Can’t wait to see what you ladies have in store! 
xx
Abby
 
 

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By on September 18, 2017 in BEIJOS DOES SACRAMENTO, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT

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Wearing all the Print with Novella Royale this Fall

If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably fell in love with all of the pretty prints at Novella Royale just like me.  Well while I was there I had to take a few for a spin!  Truth be told, it’s been one of my favorite brands for some time now so I was really like a kid in a candy store.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you today and also sharing links to shop a bunch of other Novella Royale goodies!  Because this will be wearing all the print with Novella Royale this Fall, and then some!!

Photos by my friend Megan Welker

First up is the cutest little shift dress I ever did see!  The Roadie Dress has the best body and I’m pretty certain can look good on anyone.  It’s easy to wear from day to night and I really fell in love with it in this Rust Palm print.  I’d wear it casually with my Beek by Two Bird black wrap sandals, aka the most comfortable sandals around!  But once Fall hits you could definitely do it with black tights and boots…


Next up is a Beijos staple, a good kimono… And Novella Royale’s is one of the best!  They call it the Jane Robe and I definitely took one home with me!  This pink print called Blush Daisies is such a fun pop to any outfit.  I wore it with their body suit called the Sandra, an old pair of high waisted cut offs and my lace up Target sandals.  

I’ve worn my Jane Robe so much at home, it’s so fun to throw over anything basic, it just makes the outfit!!  Also, the body suit was new to me, haha, and it was way more comfortable and easy to wear than I thought!  Don’t judge, I’ve had two babies since they were in style and haven’t been brave enough to try them!!

Next up was a dress I fell in love with the minute I saw it… The Willow Dress has the prettiest ruffle detail along the neckline and a little sexy cut out back.  I think what really caught my eye on this one is the print.  The copper flamenco print was definitely my favorite, it has such fun colors I just immediately gravitated toward it.  This is the perfect date night dress but could also be worn casually during the day!  Paired it for this look with my Matise nude suede mules….


Shop more of my favorite Novella Royale pieces below!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on September 6, 2017 in FASHION, SHOPPING, STYLE

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