BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE FOR THE KIDDOS

My babe is nowhere near school yet and even though it's still super hot here in San Diego, I've started thinking about fall/winter outfits for the mini man. Below I've rounded up a few of my faves for your little dudes or cutie pie tomboys.



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HOLSEM COFFEE // A NORTH PARK COFFEE SHOP THAT'S NOT INTIMIDATING

I like coffee because I'm a mom and small business owner and I don't get much sleep. I like the routine of it in the morning and probably microwave my cup like 5 times until I finish it during Gram's morning nap. I drink it plain black and I have no idea what it means to have something roasted in one region over another or how to make an Americano or any other fancy drink. I do know that Starbuck's coffee is kinda bitter and fancy coffee shops intimidate me. That's about it.

A few weeks ago, Holsem Coffee invited me in to try out some of their drinks and I was super excited  to give it a shot (get it?!) Heading over to the newest, hippest coffee joint in town, I was stoked (because I love coffee) but intimidated because I don't know anything about this delicious beverage. Upon meeting the owner, Muna, I knew I had no reason to be nervous. She was as sweet as could be and explained the flavors and varieties and recommended a few different flavors for me to sample based on my preference for a lighter flavor.



Here's what I learned: Coffee from a cold brew tap is delicious and adds a slight fizz. It almost tastes like Guinness. Also, they don't use any artificial sweeteners or refined sugars in their drinks, just agave, maple or evaporated cane sugar.

Cold Brew Tap
Here's what I tried: 
Yirgacheffe cold brew -- fruity floral flavor
Nutella Cold Brew Creation -- dark chocolate with homemade hazelnut milk -- as AMAZING as it sounds
Kenya -- really light with a lemon-y flavor

Nutella Cold Brew Creation with freshly-shaved dark chocolate on top!  

Will I be back soon? Oh yeah, you bet. If you love coffee and want the vibe of a hip coffee shop without the intimidating hipster vibe, Holsem is your jam.



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BEACH BABE STYLE // SUMMER LOOKS FOR THE KIDDOS

Summer is in full swing here in San Diego and we're all about beach days and evening backyard skate sessions on the halfpipe. I rounded up a few of my favorite looks for the littles to keep them cool in the heat & warm when the sun goes down on those long summer days! Want to win a Gunn & Swain Mexican blanket? Just scroll to the bottom of this post!


A few of our faves from the Gunn & Swain x Bink & Boo summer lookbook, Catch A Wave:

BINK & BOO BLOOMERS & GUNN & SWAIN MEXICAN PEASANT DRESS
MEXICAN PEASANT DRESS // GUNN & SWAIN MEXICAN BEACH BLANKET
WESTERLY COMMONS TANKS & TEES // BINK & BOO ANKLE BITERS
GUNN & SWAIN MEXICAN BLANKETS // VINTAGE COLORING BOOKS // GEM CRAYONS
GUATEMALAN BACKPACK // MEXICAN BEACH BLANKETS // ALOHA PILLOW
MEXICAN BEACH BLANKETS // ANKLE BITER SOFT T-SHIRT SWEATS // CRUISER SKATEBOARD
GUNN & SWAIN BAJA BEACH HOODY // BINK & BOO ANKLE BITERS // GLOBE BANTAM CRUISER BOARD
THE PESCADITO BAJA BEACH HOODY
Lookbook photos by Taryn Kent

HOODY // PANTS // SOCKS // VANS // FIN

PLUS how about a giveaway?! We're giving away a Gunn & Swain blanket of your choice! Tons of sold out styles to choose from. Just check out all the ways to enter in the widget below and we'll announce the winner in the giveaway box below on Monday. Good luck & thanks for playing!

San Diego Songbirds / Gunn & Swain Swain Blanket
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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!




Photos 1 & 3 by Taryn Kent

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