THE BEST NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS (ACCORDING TO ME)

Over the past few years I've been working really hard to switch most of my beauty products to natural, non-toxic versions. When we started Gunn & Swain, I knew I wanted to bring on some of my favorite natural beauty products as I discovered and tested new favorites. It's not always easy to replace your favorite chemical-laden mascara (or harder yet, deodorant!) with one that's chemical-free. That's why I've tried and tried loads of products and only carry the ones that I love. Below is a little rundown of the best natural beauty products I've found -- some we carry in the shop and some I get at department stores. Want to win a package of a few of my favorites valued at over $100? Head to the bottom of this post!







BODY: Barnaby Black Sea Soap & Surfer's Soap / Fat & The Moon Deodorant (THE ABSOLUTE BEST NATURAL DEODORANT!) / Tooth Polish
MAKE-UP: Antonym Mascara, Fat & The Moon Eye Coal, Positive Seeds Lip Moisturizer & Josie Maran Tinted SPF
FACE: Soul Sunday Gentle Toner & Bougie Facial Oil (for under-eye)
ESSENTIAL OILS: Soul Sunday Aromatherapy Rollers: Unicorn, All-Nighter & No Worries

We have a few more products we'll be bringing on over the next few months but in the meantime, what are your favorite natural products? I'm always on the hunt!

Want to win a package of my favorite natural beauty products, hand-picked from Gunn & Swain? Check out all the ways to win below.

Gunn & Swain Natural Beauty Giveaway

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GUNN & SWAIN X LOVEBIRDS LA GIVEAWAY

We teamed up with our friends Lovebirds LA and Taryn Kent to do a super fun giveaway for the homies! We're giving away two of our most popular (and sold out!) Gunn & Swain blankets: The Cassidy and The Siren along with two super fun LBLAxTK camera straps -- you keep one of each and share the other set with a friend! How fun is that?! The giveaway is going down on Instagram (check it out @gunnswain or @lovebirdsla) BUT you have loads of fun extra ways to enter in the module below. Winner is announced tomorrow so get on it!




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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS // GIFT IDEAS TO TREAT YO MAMA

After one year of motherhood, I feel like I can safely say I've earned my stripes. I may not be an expert yet but I know I've earned a day of honor. As much as gifts are fun, (and I wouldn't turn down anything on this list!) the number one thing I want is to hang with my dudes at the beach, eat veggie burritos... and maybe take an uninterrupted nap. Also, I would like to use the restroom by myself all day on May 10th. Of course, I'm going to treat my own mama to some goodies because now I recognize how much she did for me. Boy do I appreciate her even more now!

Below are some fun gift ideas I rounded up to treat yo mama.

If you're interested in any of the goodies from Gunn & Swain, you can use code MAMAMIA for 15% off until 5/3. Make sure to order by 5/3 in order to receive your items in time for Mother's Day.


CUSTOM PHOTO BOOK // Artifact Uprising is super easy to use. You can create the album right from your phone and their products are really clean and stylish.

IKAT THROW // Hand-picked from Bali by the founder of Cleobella. The perfect way to fancify your mama's couch. 

MERMAID MASK // Busy mama with no time for a spa day? Treat her to an at-home spa night with this all natural face mask. It'll leave her skin refreshed and glowing and she won't have to worry any toxic ingredients.

FANCY CHOCOLATE // Not only does this salted pretzel dark chocolate sound AMAZING, but the packaging on Compartes chocolate is so rad. I've been super digging this one with the tropical vibes. Someone send this to my husband.

DELISH SOAP // I'm all about coconut-scented anything and this all-natural soap fits the bill, while also being super moisturizing. Mama will love how soft her hands feel and she'll feel like you whisked her away to Hawaii.

BOHO CLUTCH // If your mama has outgrown her mom-bag phase, maybe it's time to get her a hip little clutch like this cutie from Lovebirds LA?

BOHO WALLET // If your mama hasn't quite outgrown her mom-bag phase, this Cleobella Mexicana wallet is the perfect gift. It's a wallet that can double as a clutch and seriously fits all of the necessities but can be tossed right into your giant bag filled with half-eaten kid snacks. I got one for my mama for her birthday and she LOVES it. 

SCENTED CANDLE // Smelly candles are the easiest gift for any lady. We all love them. These Wary Meyers candles have been a recent favorite of mine. They smell amazing, are hand-poured in Maine and have the cutest sunset design on the front.


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LINDSAY PERRY // NIXON SPRING 2015

A few months ago I styled this spring campaign for Nixon, featuring super sweet and talented Lindsay Perry. Lindsay is a singer and surfer who we dolled up and wandered around San Diego shooting her in the latest Nixon styles. One of my faves was the Nixon Bullet watch. The gunmetal style with neon yellow accents was super killer. Lindsay is also sponsored by Spy Optic, who we didn't include in this shoot but I've been super digging my pair of Spy Optic Bleeker sunnies so check those babies out.









STYLING: JULIA WHEELER
HAIR & MAKE-UP: ANDREA JONES

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THE BEST BABY SHOWER GIFTS // A MIX OF PRACTICAL & FUN GOODIES

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile now... considering our little dude is now 13 months, it's clearly long overdue. Baby showers (and kids in general) are something people love to buy gifts for... and sometimes it's stuff that's totally unnecessary. A baby can only wear so many outfits, ya know? This list is by no means a registry guide... it's more of a summary of the things I found useful and a handful of fun, impractical splurges that are totally worth it. Oh, and if you're into it, scroll on down to the bottom to enter to win a $50 Gunn & Swain shop credit!


Cleobella Hendrix Tote - A year in and I've found that I've ditched the bulky diaper bag and just use my Cleobella tote for everything. It's got loads of room for diapers, toys, books, snacks & water bottles and looks stylish to boot. And, yes, mine weighs about 95 pounds

Camp Wolf Vest / Jacket - This was the first thing I bought for my son. I mean, how cute is this? The Camp Wolf girls source vintage jackets & vests and hand-sew the Pendleton fabric onto these. Such a fun gift idea.

Babies Moon Salve - I put this stuff on everything -- from diaper rash to dry skin. It's so gentle on baby's skin and has tons of uses. I'm a huge fan of Fat and the Moon and we carry a bunch of their products in the shop.

Gunn & Swain Baby Moccasins - I may be biased here but I think these are the best baby shower present ever. These were one of the main inspirations for starting Gunn & Swain. My mom discovered these on a trip to Taos, New Mexico and every trip since then, she always buys more to hoard for future grand babies;) We found an artisan whose work we LOVE and commissioned these styles just for G&S.

Bink & Boo Bib - Aside from our G&S moccasins, my other signature baby shower gift is booties from Bink & Boo or some of their bibs. My friend Bianca sources the most gorgeous vintage fabrics from all over and hand-makes all of the amazing products in her shop. She also has a fantastic collection of vintage children's clothing.

Burp Cloths - You'll never have too many of these. This style shown is super cute and heavy duty, which is great but you also can't go wrong with good 'ol Gerber cloth diapers

Honest Company Diapers - These are a mix of both practical and fun. I love the designs on these and actually found that in the early days of very messy poops, these Honest Company diapers did a great job of keeping it all contained. They're also pretty expensive, which makes them the perfect gift because I've found that I really only buy these as a splurge. That sounds like a weird thing to "splurge" on. #youknowyoureamomwhen...

Washable Nursing Pads - There are so many things that seem so obvious to me in hindsight that I didn't realize when I first registered or even right after giving birth. I registered for throwaway nursing pads, got a ton for my shower and went through boxes and boxes of them before realizing that there were reusable ones. Don't be like me. Mother earth will thank you if you get the reusables.

Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket - This was a really cute present a friend of ours gave us and I thought it made an adorable blanket... then a friend of mine told me to stash one in my purse and use it as a nursing cover and I was like BINGO. Lightbulb moment. Gram hated nursing under a thick, dark cover but these are so thin they let light in and are totally breathable. Plus they're adorable. We also loved the Aden + Anais Easy Swaddle Sleep sack.

As far as other essentials and favorites, I would recommend...

The Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair as a splurge item. Gram never really dug the Bumbo seat but has always loved the Stokke high chair. And it's beautiful. 

I could NOT figure out how to use baby wraps FOR THE LIFE OF ME. My mom and I watched loads of YouTube videos and we just felt so stupid trying to figure it out. Maybe it's just that Gram was super wiggly but he just never really went for it... Ergo Baby Baby Carrier to the rescue. When he grew out of the newborn insert but was still a bit too short to see over the top, I got a hot tip from a mama friend to roll up an Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket and stuck that at the bottom of the carrier and he fit perfectly. 

Style-wise, I think the best strategy is to invest in a handful of fun pieces (like the moccs & jacket above) to layer over basics. I found that most days Gram wore a white onesie and that's it. For some other fun options and reasonable prices, I'm a huge fan of American Apparel -- they even make tiny baby tees in 3-6 months.

Finally, I highly recommend the Boppy Lounge. It was such a random thing to me when a friend of ours bought it. It seemed like one extra thing that we didn't need and I considered returning it. Thankfully I kept it around because Gram lived on that thing for his first 6 months! He loved it. It's super soft, easy to snuggle up next to and the perfect position to read with to babe on the couch or floor. We loved it.

So that's it! Those were my favorite gifts and the pieces I found most useful and fun. If you've got other recommendations, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 

AND if you want to enter to win a $50 shop credit to Gunn & Swain to stock up on baby shower gifts or just to treat yo self, check out the options for entry below & good luck!

___________ GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNER: MIYA JIN. THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!


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