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Jaina Lee Ortiz~Actress On Beauty, Coconuts & Quiet Sundays

 

Daydreaming with Jaina~Here she shares her glow secrets, quiet Sundays, jasmine love, yoga and her dream vacation. I am lucky to work with this beauty on Station 19. She is lovely, gorgeous and funny. Her answers to these questions reflect her beautiful soul..

1. WHO INSPIRES YOU?
I think Yara Shahidi is profoundly inspirational.  I want to be her when I grow up.

2. CURRENTLY DAYDREAMING? 
Sipping a coconut on a white sand beach. 

3. SUNDAY MORNINGS? 
Very quiet, minimal to-do list.  Usually consists of laundry.  I like to start the week with crisp linens.

4. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
I associate beauty with love.  When I do something out of kindness, I feel beauty.  I love cooking for my friends, brings me a lot of joy!

5. SCENT MEMORY? 
I Recently discovered how rich & beautiful the smell of Jasmine is!  I want to grow Jasmine flowers in my future garden

6. ZEN ZONE? 
Love to get a good workout sweat at CorePower Yoga. Love sound baths. At home meditations, cooking, arranging flowers, nesting & organizing my home.

7. STYLE CRUSH? 
JLo                                                                                                 

 

8. GLOW SECRET?
I’ve been obsessing over Natura Bisse Diamond Cocoon Sheer.  Pricey but transforms my skin!

9. BEAUTY SPLURGE? 
 Luxury spa massages                                                                                  

 

10. BEAUTY SHARE? Skincare before Makeup. Less is more. Cream blushes over powder for dewy skin. Fun fact You may not know ~Jaina used to be a makeup artist  

11. TELL US A SECRET? 
I have a compulsive need to fold white towels a certain way.                                                                                                                                 

12. LOCAL GUIDE?
Venice~Love Gjelina for lunch
Moonjuice for a Date Shake 
Always love a meal from Cafe Gratitude.
The Green Room in Burbank for cocktails.
Dinner at Catch in NYC.

NYC~Dinner at Catch 

13. DREAM VACATION? 
Turks & Caicos ~                                                                                  

 

14. BOOKSHELF?
A Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H. Sin
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

15. PLAYLIST?
Spotify all day.  Reggaeton all day.

16. ALTER EGO? 
A personal home organizer.

 

17. WORDS OF WISDOM? - You can spend your whole life getting to know yourself.

FIND JAINA DAYDREAMING @JAINALEEORTIZ

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road trip

coming soon~

Ojai

San Diego

Joshua Tree

Bend

Palm Springs

Laguna Beach

 

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BEAUTY~WELLNESS~FOMO~FIELD NOTES

Everyone is always asking me for recommendations on beauty, wellness and travel so I decided to start a list of all of my favorites, all the places I want to try, all of my instagram FOMO moments and where I hangout frequently

 

Currently crushing on~.TESS ADAMS HOLISTIC WELLNESS

FACIALS~ Do you ever feel like FOMO when looking at all of the wellness & beauty posts on IG? Well I do..so I have started a search for the Fountain of Youth. My first stop was Take Care in Venice. I heard about Tess and Sadie on the Podcast-To be Magnetic. So far I have been two times but since we are on lockdown, my Fountain of Youth quest came to a screeching halt. I am now doing beauty treatments at home and having lots of time to write about travels & daydream of future beauty treatments. For now I'll share a little about Micro current and Micro needling.

Tess is an expert at both. Upon meeting her I knew I was in good hands. The studio matches her vibe...very laid back, calm, nurturing and inviting.

MICRO CURRENT FACIAL~They had me at "Natural Facelift" Micro current is a safe and painless facial that firms, softens fine lines, reduces puffiness, tightens pores and increases circulation.  Micro current is a low level electric current that mirrors the body's own natural waves. This treatment not only energizes the skin and muscle cells but also helps in lymphatic drainage, regeneration, re-educating all while creating healthier skin. You can see the difference after one treatment especially the brow life and jaw line. The whole experience is quite relaxing. You are surrounded by crystals and calmed by a warm biomat, which is a treatment on its own with ...to be continued

 

You will definitely leave feeling relaxed and glowing.

I can't wait to go back and do my butt.

MICRO NEEDLING~

Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment in which tiny punctures are created in the  skin using micro-fine needles. This triggers the body's wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. During the process they use   a topical application of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, organic vitamins, minerals to enhance the experience.

I was a little nervous with this one because I wasn't sure how my skin would react or if it would hurt or how I would look on Monday morning at work. Tess has a way of calming you and I had the utmost trust in her hands. It didn't hurt. I figured I had survived a series of Fraxel treatments so I would be ok. I didn't look crazy, in fact no one even noticed. ...to be continued

  

Take Care offers an array of offerings including Stem Cell, Microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, Meditation, Oxygen, Human Design & so much more. Info below~

https://www.takecarebody.com

Located in Venice at 1733 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

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IG @tessadamsbeauty 

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KATIE LOWES actress~On bonfires, The Bachelor & Hamilton

KATIE LOWES~You know her from SCANDAL as Quinn Perkins but you may not know what an incredible human she is!! I spent the last 7 years doing her makeup on SCANDAL. We bonded at moment one and even when it was 5 am (on a Monday) we managed to make each other laugh. Katie and her mom have been huge fans and supporters of my boutique and I am so grateful. Here Katie shares her obsessions, inspirations and fear of waves.

1. WHO INSPIRES YOU? 

Kerry Washington. Duh                                                                                      

2. BEST BEAUTY TIP FROM A MAKEUP ARTIST?  ALWAYS wash your makeup off before bed..no matter how many drinks you have had!            

3. BEAUTY/ STYLE MUSE?
Drew Barrymore and Sienna Miller

4. FAVORITE CHARITY?
Lollipop Theatre Network is a charity near and dear to my heart.
It brings movies to kids who are too ill to leave the hospital.

5. DAYDREAMERS SPLURGE? 
All the perfumes from the Smoke line & jewelry. Denise always finds the coolest little handmade pieces. Katie's mom stocks up on Hortense Wish me Luck bracelets (SHOP DAYDREAMER)                                              

6. BUCKET LIST?
Go on a gorilla trek in Rwanda.

7. SCENT MEMORY?
Bonfire mixed with evergreen trees! Reminds me of camping back east 

8. ZEN ZONE?
My couch. In front of the Bachelor or Bachelorette!

9. ROAD TRIP TUNES?
Right now. Hamilton the Musical. All day all night. Rinse and repeat

10. BOOKSHELF?
Just finished Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes. Brilliant, beautiful, a must
read.

11.QUOTESHELF?
"No day but today." Rent

12. TELL US A SECRET?
I'm so scared of the ocean. Mostly waves. Waaaaay too much!                                                                 

13. DAYDREAMING OF?
Vacations!! I love to travel. Near and far. Every chance
I get. And while there, I love to splurge on hotels and excursions and local
cuisine.

14. BEAUTY CABINET?
I try to use natural & organic products whenever possible. A few items you might find in my cabinet ~Bag balm, kiehl's, Caudalie .            

15.WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
An actress.

16. IDEA OF FREEDOM?
Being where I want to be, when I want to be, with who I want to be
with, speaking whatever I want.

17. DREAM DINNER?
Lin Manuel Miranda. Obsessed with him right now. He wrote the
music and book to Hamilton and plays Alexander Hamilton too.

18. DAILY PERSONAL STYLE?
Sweatpants!!!!

19. FITNESS CRUSH?
Soul cycle, Pilates and any cardio booty shaking dance class I can find.

20. SECRETLY OBSESSED WITH?
Not so secretly: Bachelor Nation

21. GULITY PLEASURE?
Um... Bachelor Nation

22. ALWAYS ON THE TO DO LIST?
Call my mom.

23. WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?
After a good nights sleep.

24. ALTER EGO?
A therapist.

25. WHAT PLACE HAS YOUR HEART? 
Peru!!! Forever and ever.

IG https://www.instagram.com/ktqlowes/

http://www.iamatheatre.com

Katies Crib-Podcast

 

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RACHELLE LEFEVRE Actress~On beauty, life & french fries

 

I sat down with Rachelle for few questions on beauty & life....

RACHELLE LEFEVRE~Actress, animal lover, beautiful inside & out, food blogger and all around extraordinary friend. Rachelle and I love to wander aimlessly down Abbott Kinney in Venice, ponder life, share thoughts on our entrepreneurial daydreams and share our LOVE for delicious eats along the way. We call these days our Amnesia Days when nothing else matters but this moment in time.

1. BEAUTY CRUSH?
Lauren Hutton & Charlotte Rampling. I love women who don't take themselves too seriously, aren't afraid to age and always seem to wear their spirit on their face. Knowing who you are and accepting who you aren't- when that comes through, nothing is more beautiful.

2. CURRENT OBSESSIONS?
Indie magazines like "oh comely," "Darling," "Sweet Paul" and of course, "Kinfolk." I love the originality and uniqueness of content and the photos & illustrations are always amazing.

3. FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Best Friends Animal Society. They rescue animals, run a sanctuary, lobby for animal protection laws and also work to make shelters "no kill" so homeless animals don't get euthanized. I've been a spokesperson for them since 2009 and I couldn't be prouder of the work they do.

4. MOST COVETED PRODUCTS FROM DAYDREAMERS collective? 
My floor pillows~ https://www.daydreamerswanted.com/products/mexchic-hand-loomed-pillows-cream

5. DESERT ISLAND DESIRES?
My husband, my kids, my dogs and See's Candies.

6. HAIR DO?
I don't know how I lived before Kerastase Cleansing Balm and Oscar Blandi Brilliant Glossing Cream.

7. BEAUTY RITUAL ?
Wake up, wash face, Clé de Peau SPF 50 (without fail!), and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. 

8. FOODIE LOVE?
I live for Poutine (French fries, cheese curds and gravy) but it has to come from my hometown, Montreal, it just never tastes the same anywhere else. For a healthy fave I feel like everyone in LA always says "green juices" but I actually love them. They're also a great way to wash away the guilt, I mean, wash down an apple fritter.

9.SCENT MEMORY?
Calvin Klein's Escape reminds me of every cute boy I crushed on in high school. They must have passed it around in the locker room or something because they ALL wore it.
10. BOOKSHELF? 

Tina Fey's "Bossypants" and back issues of the NY Times Sunday Magazine     

11. ALTER EGO?                                                                        

I love being an actor but lately I have felt the pull towards creating events that encourage more community & support among women for a while now. Not sure how that will play out- I'm in the brainstorming phase of, "How do I make this passion less abstract and into an actual dream I can pursue?"

12. MUSIC MUSE?
Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" on repeat.

13. BEAUTY CABINET?
Caudalie Divine Body Oil, Hourglass "The Nudes" lipstick in #5

14. ROAD TRIP?
For years I've had this dream of renting an Airstream trailer, driving from LA to Austin and just bunking down until I feel like driving home again.

15. BUCKET LIST?
Living in the countryside, eating at The Fat Duck, tasting the Yamazaki Whiskey 25 year, writing a book, owning a bakery/library cafe, finally accepting my upper arms.

16. ZEN ZONE?
Waking up in my bed at home- such a rarity- with my family , the dogs and a version of bulletproof coffee I make myself with Tava organic vanilla bean ghee.

17. COLOR INSPIRATION:
Black, white, blue denim.

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DAYDREAMING with Ariane Dutzi

Ariane was born and raised in Germany. She also lived for a time in Paris where she worked as a foreign correspondent in Fashion, Art & Design, a move to NYC followed and this would be her next stop for another four years. She then had a mid life crisis or sudden epiphany as we creatives do at some point in our lives (speaking from my own experience) She needed a break from her fast paced life in the big cities, so she took off for the Yucatan. This is where her alter ego life would flourish and Dutzi Design would be founded. I've admired Dutzi Desgin for quite some time and I love that she followed her heart and a dream. The bags are impeccably made and the design esthetic is gorgeous and so unique. I am so lucky to carry her bags in the shop. The handmade process helps an entire community of women in a near by village. The women are paid per bag which encourages productivity. They go to the studio and pick up all of the supplies so they can work from home.  Dutzi employs over 20 mayan artisans in the this indigenous community. I was so honored to visit and meet these lovely women. Dutzi was formed out of a change of life and direction so the company had to be different , something to reflect her beliefs in sustainability, quality and making a statement through this design concept. The materials used are eco- friendly with most of the bags being made from recycled burlap sourced from all over Mexico. Each bag is handcrafted, one of a kind and most importantly changes the landscape of these women's lives and their families and communities.


1. ETHICAL COMPANIES THAT INSPIRE YOU?
Maiyet, who works in collaboration with Nest. I love their esthetics.

2. STYLE ICON?
Audrey Hepburn. Love her timeless elegance.

3. ZEN ZONE?
Tulum in the low season. I love being on the beach. My favorites are meditation, walks on the beach with my dogs, swimming in the Caribbean.  Life in the Yucatan couldn't get any better!

4. DAYDREAMING?
I would love to visit more of Latin America. Brasil and Punta del Este are definitely on the bucket list.
But my all time favorite is Europe. I love Paris and I love to spend summers in Croatia and Sarajevo. Last year I went to Laguna Beach & Los Angeles in CA and and loved both places. As you can see, there are so many inspirational places so It's hard to choose a favorite . 

5. YUCATAN HANGOUTS?
Merida and Izamal. Izamal, the yellow town is just gorgeous and so peaceful. Merida is hopping these days. Every time I go there, they've  opened a new restaurant or a new art gallery. I love the combination of the old and the new. The food in Merida is also a highlight.

6. If you hadn't made that life decision to drop everything and move~where do you think you would be now and where?
Hard to tell, maybe still in NY working as a foreign correspondent. Or I might have moved back to Paris.

7. What prompted the trip to Mexico and how did you discover and ultimately settle in Valladolid?
Friends of friends  opened a hotel in Tulum. It was called Las Ranitas. At the time Tulum was an off the radar destination, there were only four hotels. I was in desperate need of a break from my NY life. I took a sabbatical and went to Tulum. I didn’t know much about it. But I saw pictures of the beach and said, that's where I need to be. It was in the middle of January in NY and freezing so I decided to take three months off. I loved Tulum the the moment I arrived. And yes, it was exactly what I needed. Three months became a year and then another 6 months and so on. First I helped my friends with the hotel, then I met Nicolas Malleville (a famous argentinean model aka known as the founder of Coqui Coqui perfumes and hotels) who was embarking on his dream to design and develop  hotels in the Yucatan. After doing this for awhile, I decided that maybe it was time to go back to NY. At the time  I was ready again for a little bit more action and a better social life.  I moved back to NY, but spent part time in Tulum. I got a job to running a Vintage show room in NYC, created by the former Vintage buyer of Ralph Lauren. Eventually I missed my Tulum life too much so what was meant to be a three month sabbatical turned into a long term affair.  I decided to buy a house in Valladolid and renovate it. Valladolid is a beautiful old colonial city which is only 1 1/2 hours from Tulum. I just didn’t see myself living alone as a single woman on the beach of Tulum with no electricity and no hot water. I am not good with generators and the rustic life. I love the peacefulness of Valladolid, loved the culture and the architecture. The town is nearly 500 years old. I bought a colonial house, which I restored and started my company here. There are also more artisans in and around Valladolid. Tulum is a rather new place and new town.  Valladolid  is a perfect home base. We are only 1 1/2 from Tulum, Cancun and from Merida. From here you can explore the beaches of Holbox, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, etc. and the culture of Merida with their surrounding haciendas.

8. Where to you find the most inspiration?
I travel a lot. Most of my inspiration comes from nature. It could be walks in the jungle or Upstate NY (I still spend a lot of time in NYC and Upstate NY). Colors of Valladolid? Yes, I definitively love the colors of Valladolid and in general the colors of Mexico. This is one thing, I am so attracted to in this country.

9. Did you know Spanish or did you to learn Spanish?
Yes, absolutely. I am also thinking about finally learning Maya. It’s something I wanted to learn for a long time. But restoring my house and starting my company didn’t leave me with much free time.  I love the mayan language and most of my artisans speak maya and not Spanish.

10. How did you decide to use Jute as your material choice?
I was looking for a material, which is used nearly all over the world. For me jute is symbolic. I truly believe, that we are all connected. My grandparents had a farm in Germany. That’s where I grew up. I was always close to Mother Nature. The smell of the Earth is one of my first memories. I wanted to work with a material, which leads us back to Mother Earth. That’s why the jute sacks were perfect. You transport from seeds to a finished product like coffee in them. So for me they are the homage to Mother Earth and to my grandparents and their life on the farm. I also love the prints and the fonds on them. They are like a piece of art for me. It couldn’t be better.

11. Any Mayan beauty secrets to share?
Drink a lime juice first thing in the morning. It cleanses your body, which gives you clean and radiant skin. If you can drink one lime first thing in the morning without diluting it...it will have the most benefit. 

12. Favorite Mexican artist?
Francisco Toledo and Guillermo Olguin

13. Advice for anyone that wants to quit the day job and start a new life?
Find YOUR place first. Get inside yourself,  travel and  find your passion. Nothing is easy in life, that’s why you need to have passion for it.  Passion and love for something will will make it easier to overcome the difficult times.

~Photos below from my studio tour in Valladolid.

~Also check out our Instagram for more images of our lovely visit to this beautiful colonial town. 

 

 

 

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SAN MIGUEL~

SAN MIGUEL~

 Daydreaming of a trip to San Miguel?

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A curated little guide and a link to our POP-UP

SLEEP~

Amparo @amparosma

Casa No Name @casa_noname

Airbnb by @mynomadic.journey

CAFE CRUSH~

Don Taco Tequila

Inside Cafe~@insidecafe.mx

Tosteveresma @tosteveresma 

Nectar~ @nectarencaminosilvestre

Garambullo @garambullo_fondagourmet

Explore Doce 18 Concept House~@birdiesburgers

COFFEE~

Kibok @kibokcoffeebar (absolute favorite)

Lavanda @lavanda_cafe

Geek and Coffee @geekandcoffee

La Mesa Grande @lamesagrande

Albedo cafe @albedocafe

DRINKS/EATS~

La Mezcaleria 

Bar Margaret~ At Amparo

Casa No Name~Rooftop of hotel

Rosewood~Rooftop view is amazing

El Manantial @cantinaelmanantial

Spice Market at Live Aqua

SHOP~

Mercado Collective-Calle Jesus 27 @mercado.collective

Mixta-Pila Seca No. 3 Centro @mixtasanmiguel

Artisan Market

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https://www.daydreamerswanted.com/collections/pop-up-san-miguel

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AXEL & ASH~On Bucket lists and Wanderlust

AXEL & ASH~On Bucket lists and Wanderlust

AXEL & ASH~It's a lovely bonus when business turns into friendship. These 2 amazing Aussie girls (one by way of Sweden) made their daydreams come true with their wonderful books WANDERLUST & BUCKET LIST (in stock)  We share the same style, aesthetic, passion and a mutual girl crush. We got to meet in California to collaborate,  hangout, share stories, Instagram obsess and rollerskate at the beach...so I share with you 2 of my new best friends~

1. YOUR ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST TRIP?

Axel: Oh the one we just finished - road trip across the states to find all the coolest stores to house our books. It was two months on the road in 7 different cars, from Mustangs and luxury hotels to an RV we lived in for 2.5 weeks. We explored and experienced so much of the country, made wonderful new friends, ticked off a bunch of our own bucketlist items (Pick an avocado straight from a tree, dance at a roof top party in New York, and cross the golden gate bridge on a bicycle) and had an absolute blast!

Ash: Ahhhh there are so many amazing ones! I have absolutely loved every single item I have ticked off my Bucketlist. Definitely starting a business with a friend has been the  longest, wildest and the most amazing journey….Although, I think one of the biggest solo adventures I did was when I walked The Camino to Santiago De Compestella. The trek took me a month to do. I started from the Pyreenees in South of France and walked all the way across Spain to the tip of the ocean, ending in Finisterra. I walked 960km over 30 days finishing on my birthday. France & Spain were so beautiful, you see all types of terrain and I met so many amazing people from all walks of life. I really loved the journey and not knowing what tomorrow would bring. The excitement of reaching the ultimate destination after working so hard physically  was one of the biggest & proudest accomplishments of my life. 

2. YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?
Axel: Early morning, a long boardwalk, sun, friends and rollerskates!
Ash: When you’re free as a bird, doing what you love everyday, surrounded by the people you love and who inspire you to be your best self.

3. ROADTRIP TUNES?
Axel: All time fave was 'Roadtrippin' - Red Hot chilli Peppers, Johnny Cash and Coldplay but after only having radio for 2 weeks in our RV, I fell massively for Taylor Swift - Wildest dreams starting.. 'let's get out of this town, drive out of the city, away from the crowd.  

Ash: I love indie rock, but really anything that makes feel like dancing does it for me. However, ‘Wildest Dreams’ by Taylor Swift, captures my heart as my fav song. We listened to that on repeat (on our road trip) and never once got sick of it.                                                                                                       

4. YOUR INSTAGRAM APPROACH?

Axel: Haha - you know this one :)  I'm always inspired by a clean, fresh feed and being an ocean baby, I try to mirror that as much as possible. We love lots of whites and blues and try to follow that but it's hard when you are in big cities where everything tends to be more brownish! 
Ash: I am a big believer in posting what inspires you, what you love or creating/doing. People are attracted to your brand because something has inspired them and because they really like following your journey and adventures. Therefore, I think it’s important to stay true to that.

5. CAMERA LOVE?                                                                                         

Axel: Canon 7D! I love my Canon, however it died on our last trip and I reverted to iPhone - missing the pretty pics but it certainly saves energy not lugging a big camera around!
Ash: I am a big fan of Nikon cameras, but recently I changed to a Fuji… I’m still adjusting to it, but loving my wifi connection where I can send pictures from my camera directly to my phone without any computer or cords!

6. INFLIGHT BEAUTY ESSENTIALS?
Axel: Egyptian Magic. It work wonders on a 16 hr. flight from LA to Sydney! And I always clean my face and leave it just slightly wet 2-3 times during the flight. Feels like it refreshes me somehow.

Ash: Water! Water & Water! Staying hydrated is key to not  feel dehydrated or lethargic when arriving to my destination. .

7. CARRY ON?
Axel: If I was only that sophisticated! :) Whatever works as long as it has four wheels and an outside pocket.
Ash: I really like American Tourister luggage.

8. FAVORITE HOTEL IN THE WORLD? (so far)
Axel: I really like the Andaz hotel chain! They are just fun & fresh and the staff is so chilled and extremely helpful. i don't like the typical stiff hotel staff.
Ash: W Retreat & Spa Bali. A really funky & very cool hotel. I love the creative design and modern art that is splashing out everywhere.. It really caters for the modern traveller of today. Their attention to detail is immaculate, you’re really wowed by everything. From the amazing restaurants, private apartments, indulging spa, bars and the beautiful beach & sunsets that set over the horizon… the perfect place to holiday in style..

9. FAVORITE U.S DESTINATION? 
Axel: Anything California - but I must say Abbot Kinney road and the boardwalks of Venice Beach in L.A as I am obsessed by roller skating at the moment.
Ash: Too many! Hawaii, San Francisco, LA, all the Californian beaches, New Orleans, Austin & New York! Favourites for all different reasons :)

10. ANY AMERICAN HABITS, LINGO, STYLE, OBSESSIONS YOU WENT HOME WITH?
Axel: 'Oh That's Fun!' I feel like I'm in a high school Hollywood movie everytime I hear it (which is like all the time!) And we are obsessed with the Poke in Hawaii - one cuisine that has not yet been copied in Sydney. #yum! 
Ash: Hahaha I love the word ‘y’all’… makes me laugh so much, especially with the Southern accents! Also, Wholefoods… was slightly obsessed with that chain and wish we could take all the stores back with us to Australia. I also loved all the clothing and style in the LA boutiques!

11. WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Axel: Too many people! I just love hearing stories about people, what they do, what they dream of and what they aspire to. Everybody I meet who is really pushing and working to reach a dream ( work wise, personal, artistic, etc.) it all inspires me!
Ash: Ahhh I get inspired by so many different things. From meeting new people, listening to a friend achieve something amazing, doing yoga by the sea, watching an athlete run a marathon, reading a great magazine article, watching a documentary or looking at a phenomenal piece of art! I really feel the world throws out inspiration everywhere and everyday which is what makes it so magical.

12. WHAT WAS THE PIVOTAL MOMENT FOR QUITTING THE DAY JOBS?
Axel: Ash has been pushing this for years, I love my job and want to keep a foot in both ends, but after working double jobs (full time job and full time business on the side) for years it has taken it's toll. We actually get a little jealous when our friends say they are bored.. I haven't been bored for as long as I can remember but I think it is needed for the brain and well being to have a rest. We decided that our US road trip would be the big break we needed from our everyday lives so that we could put all of our time and energy into our business. It was great to have the time to move forward and  fulfill all of our wildest dreams and ideas.
Ash: As Hanna said,we were working so much and not having a balanced life. We both worked full-time jobs + full-time on the business for 3 years in order to support our dream. We didn’t ever give up and always strived to be working full-time on what we loved.  When we work on Axel & Ash it doesn’t feel like work, the hours fly by and we absolutely love every minute of it. Everyday is so different and we’re always learning new things. All of our hard work has paid off and now I work full time on Axel & Ash.

13. TRAVEL TIPS ?
Axel: I really don't care about tourist attractions. I like to feel the real pulse of a city, befriend the locals and be part of the everyday life wherever I am.  My absolute favourite part of travelling is meeting so many random & interesting people. I often end up being invited to their home for dinner, a party or a family excursion. I've made lifelong friends this way and there is something so magical in the meeting between people and cultures.... those are always my highlights!
Ash: Don’t be scared of the unknown. Going to any new place can be out of your comfort zone, but don’t stress and just let the destination take you with it to truly live every single moment. I also love grabbing the Hop on & off bus. It’s my way to capture the cities blue print in my mind and hear the history behind it before I go exploring. I really like to get my bearings of any new city and to learn as much as I can. The bus allows me to watch the city from above and take it all in. 

14. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR 20 YEAR OLD SELF?
Axel: You might think you need more experience to pursue your dream but you don't so DO IT sooner rather than later!
Ash: Believe in yourself and follow your dreams from the get go!

15. WHERE HAVE YOU LEFT YOUR HEART? 
Axel: Too many places. I've lived and worked in 4 of the 6 continents (Thailand, Spain, Sweden, Norway, US & Australia) and with that comes leaving beautiful places and wonderful friends. I have left pieces of my heart scattered all over the world!
Ash: Paris & New York.

16. SHOPPING DESTINATION FOMO?
Axel: I fell in love with the rad shopfronts and palm tree lined Abbot Kinney in Venice. And of course Sweden (my hometown) - never fail to fill my suitcase up with new goodies when I'm home.
Ash: Bleecker Street, Manhattan (NYC). Finding items that aren’t everywhere is my favourite thing to do. There are so many cool and funky independent designers. I always find so many items to take back with me

17. BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN? (for business)
Axel: Actually I haven't received much but one that sticks is 'Fail fast' by Lisa Messenger! It's so true. If something doesn't work - dont dwell on it. Just realize, learn and move on!
Ash: Don’t be afraid to go for it, ask for help or approach people. So many people are hesitant and worry what others will think. Just believe in yourself and go for it, follow your dream and don’t look back. Talk to strangers and tell them all about your goals… the universe will then open all the doors!

18. DAYDREAMING?
Axel: Open roads ahead of me. I never feel as free as when I am on a road trip, sleeping in a car, stopping wherever & wherever my heart desires. With good company and time on my hands and no stress.. That's freedom.
Ash: Doing what you love everyday!

19. QUOTESHELF ?
Axel: 'You only live once - but if you do it right, once is enough!" by Mae West
Ash: ‘Believe you can, and you will’

20. WHAT WAS YOUR PROFESSION BEFORE AXEL & ASH?
Axel: I am a studio News Director - a very random job! A studio director is the person in the control room who speaks in the ear of the presenter, camera guys etc. calls the shots, and simply directs the whole control room and program - Live on air. You have to be very focused and in the moment - If I do anything wrong it's already too late.. It will go straight out on air. I love it! Once it was my dream job and I still do it on the side. I love coming back into the studio but I also love that I have the freedom to pursue another path and I have to pinch myself that I get to live my dream.

Ash: I was an Associate Financial Planner. I really loved the finance industry and learnt so much about business and economics. However, my true passion is for writing and creating.

21. MOST COVETED PRODUCT AT DAYDREAMERS wanted?
Axel: Toiletry bags by NUNO (shop Mercado)
Ash: Ali Lamu Totes~weekender ! (Shop Summer essentials)

22. PACKING ESSENTIALS?
Axel: Waaay to much - every time! But in the end I can't live without a pair of jeans shorts or black coated jeans and a white tee! A pair of heels and a pair of thongs and a white flowy dress and I'm set!
Ash: Camera, laptop, converse, jeans, white top & my swimmers!

23. STYLE CRUSH?
Axel:
All the cute summer girls in Bondi!
Ash:
Cara Delevinge

24. WANDERLUST?
Axel: When you just feel inside you that you want to get away, have freedom, no time constraints, no plans. Just go and let the world take you!
Ash: Where all you want to do is set out and take flight. You want to explore, adventure, live in the moment and experience new things. Travelling is the most beautiful thing that allows you to do all that.

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CAROLINE DHAVERNAS Actress~ On Lipstick, Surfing & Oysters

CAROLINE DHAVERNAS~I recently interviewed my lovely friend Caroline.You know her from Hannibal & Mary Kills People. We have had lots of adventures together..she is one of my girl crushes. Her interview makes me laugh...and reminds me of why she is one of my favorite treasures I have collected along the way. Caroline was my guinea pig for the apothecary products in my shop. We spread the samples out on the office floor and proceeded to get sensory overload like two kids in a candy store!! Here she shares some of her current obsessions and Island desires.

1. CURRENT OBSESSIONS?                                                                                     

How beautiful a cloud of smoke looks....

2. MOST COVETED PRODUCTS FROM DAYDREAMERS collective?

Denise and I have spent so much time together in Hawaii so I have to say her SUMMER collection for all of our beach essentials.

3. DESERT ISLAND DESIRES?
A live Cuban band made of hot salsa dancing Cubans.

4. HAIR DO?
The ocean air is the best tool! Nothing to be done! Kind of perfect for the day when I will be stuck on the desert island with the hot Cubans, cause you know, no electricity and all...

5. BEAUTY RITUAL?                                                                                              

Hot pink lips for hiking days with Denise 

6. FOODIE LOVE? 
East Coast (represent!) oysters. Apparently my mother craved them when she was pregnant with me. That's probably when the love story started. I could eat oysters every day and never get bored with them.

7. SCENT MEMORY? 
As a kid, I loved to draw with a purple violet scented crayon and whenever I smell that flower in a perfume or cosmetics, it takes me straight back to those blissful moments where nothing else existed in the world but you, the paper and the exciting possibilities of color. Scent is the most intriguing and mysterious sense.

8. ALTER EGO?
Professional champagne drinker.

9. ROAD TRIP? 
Driving from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine). I'm usually not big on road trips since sitting still drives me bonkers, but this drive is so beautiful and includes ferries from which you can see whales, so what the heck, a little madness never killed anyone. 

10. BUCKET LIST? 
French kissing with an amazing kisser. When that chemistry lights up, holy smokes, that's what life is about.

11. ZEN ZONE?
Thinking about surfing.

12. COLOR INSPIRATION? 
Periwinkle blue and burgundy, side by side, makes the hairs on my arms stand up like an encore.

13. MONTREAL HANG OUTS?

14. FAVORITE HOTEL IN THE WORLD?

 

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