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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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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