December Artisan Pop Up Market

Our last Pop Up Market of 2016 was a hit! Our artisans and makers came together to provide Laguna Beach with plenty of holiday gift options between jewelry, ceramics, small batch candles, knit toys, and so much more. There was something for everyone on your list! Ali Rybczyk of Love Includes Everyone set up a custom gift wrapping station and had some of her beautiful custom ornaments. Thank you to everyone who joined us & we look forward to bringing you even more events in the New Year!

Featuring:

Off The Beaten Pallet industrial home decor

Luna Reece Ceramics

Morning Blossom Studio bath & body

Yarn plus Art knit toys

Micaela Saldari global goods

Mei Elizabeth Jewelry

Lula Roe Shop Girl

Knighbury hand block scarves and accessories

The Hundredth Acre Candles

 

3rd Annual Hawaiian Holiday Party!

When we say TIKI, you say PARTY!

Last night marked our 3rd annual Hawaiian Holiday Party! We pulled out all the goodies we had collected throughout the year in anticipation for the special occasion. From pink flamingos to our vintage tiki bar borrowed from our friends at The Potting Shed to making the call to The Poke Hut food truck who created a special menu for us - no detail was left untouched without a little Hawaiian flair, a lot of twinkle lights, and plenty of tiki inspired holiday drinks with oh so sassy names.

We couldn't have done it without the love, support, and talent from our fellow creative friends:

Event styling & floral design by Floral Fête

Tiki bar and rentals by The Potting Shed by Carlisle

Tiki bar curation by In Cocktails We Trust and mixologists Andrew Aoun & Janaka Bandaranaike

Custom illustration, menu design, and photo back drop by Love Includes Everyone

The Poke Hut food truck

A filled dance floor by DJ Wendy

Photos & videography by The Neighborhood Journal

October Artisan Pop Up Market

Thank you to our artists, makers, and big dreamers who joined us for our October Pop Up Market!   

Featuring:

Anhcoy - millinery collection of handcrafted hats

Jonathan Seagul - butterfly artwork and preservation

Morning Blossom Studio - All natural, vegan friendly beauty products 

Knighbury - traditional block print scarfs and bags from India

Lula Roe Shopgirl - buttery soft leggings

and Jen Bloch of Heritage Mercantile

Photos & videography by our officemates, The Neighborhood Journal

See you at our next Pop Up Market on Saturday, November 26th!

SOUNDWAVE #003

 All the stars aligned for our last SOUNDWAVE live music series. It was the perfect night and we are still in awe from the performances & the energy from the crowd. 

Line up included David Langran, Pearl Botts, and James Spaite. Photo and videos produced by The Neighborhood Journal. 

You can also listen to all songs on Spotify

The vision behind these events are to highlight local musical talent and provide them with a unique and captive audience in our creative space. You come, They play, We hit record and a story is told.

David opened up with third installment of our Soundwave Sessions with an original song, titled "Time Will Tell", followed by his most recently written song, "New York in June". David shared with the audience that he wrote the song after attending a music festival in New York City. 

David shared: 

"The song is essentially about a single day/night where I met a great girl at this music festival, and consequently spent that day/night running around with her listening to great music, drinking, and generally having an amazing time. After the festival, we went out in the city and continued to have one of those nights that only happen once in a rare blue moon where everything seems to slot into place. At the end of the night, I put her in a taxi and off she went. We kept in touch for a little while afterwards, but for me that night was something special. And I think the fact that it was just that one night is what made it special. There was no time for things to get complicated."

Pearl opened her set with a cover medley from Ariana Grande's latest album including "Into You", "Side to Side", and ended with "Dangerous Woman" with accompaniment from Jacob Mayeda on guitar. Her second song was an original titled "Come my Way" which she explained was about beckoning and longing for hopes to come to fruition. She finished her set with her most recently written song "Drive Me Crazy" which she opened up was written in the midst of a new busy season of her life and is a musical manifestation of the challenges of a fast-paced world. 

James Spaite, an artist from San Diego, closed out the night with a moving performance. His first song "Past, Present, Patience", he shared was his perspective that he felt that songwriters often write out of an attempt to fulfill a need.

"In retrospect I wrote Past, Present, Patience out of a place of pain and reminding myself to make wise decisions. I am super fickle when it comes to relationships. My heart is inconsistent. It swells for a moment, then the tide goes back out, then it swells again, then the tide goes back out. In a culture that heavily pushes the idea of singleness as something to be avoided at all costs, I think it is a healthy reminder that there is incredible value in putting the breaks on for a minute to figure yourself out. That said, I am majorly still learning how true that session is." 

In our Soundwave format we asked each artist to do a cover and James went all out by mashing up country singer Bonnie Raitt's ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "So Sick" by R&B artist Ne-Yo. The crowd wanting more, James then played another song off his 2014 album A Woman Gave Me Music, "Effort". Ending by treating everyone in attendance with two new unreleased songs. 

Join us for our next SOUNDWAVE on Thursday, December 29th

2nd Annual SOURCED. Hawaiian Holiday Party!

Capiz Shell Window display at SOURCED.
Vintage Book Christmas Tree at SOURCED.
Tiki Bar by In Cocktails We Trust
Tiki Drinks at SOURCED.
Office Christmas Decor by Floral Fete
Tiki Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Tropical Floral Mannequin by Floral Fete
Tropical Dress Form Orchids by Floral Fete
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Floral Designer, Floral Fete - Laguna Beach
Tiki Hawaiian Holiday Party
Floral Designer, Floral Fete in Laguna Beach
The Christmas Room - Laguna Beach Lofts
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Outdoor Bistro Lights and Capiz Shells
The Neighborhood Journal at SOURCED.
Thanksgiving Potstickers
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Tiki Rum Drinks
Tiki signage
DJ Wendy, Laguna Beach CA
Singapore Sling_Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Book Christmas Tree
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED.
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED. Laguna Beach
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED. Laguna Beach
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED. Laguna Beach
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED. Laguna Beach
Hawaiian Holiday Office Party at SOURCED. Laguna Beach

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our

2nd Annual Hawaiian Holiday Party! 

(internally loving known as Tacky Tiki Party!)

We had fun playing up holiday decor at the studio this year! Stephen and Ian made sure the cottage was seen from across town with tons of twinkling lights on the building, around the door, and bistro lights overhead on our outside table. The entry way was the perfect spot for our Pinterest inspired "Vintage Book Christmas Tree" complete with airplanes as the guiding star on top. We turned another fallen branch into a window display with strung capiz shells. Nothing says "beach snow" quite like capiz shells. We turned one of our lofts into a proper "Christmas Room" with two Christmas Trees, lights, "snow", and our lit up blue barb wire reindeers by local Sculptor, friend, and neighbor - Shamus Koch. Officemates, Yoshi & Rebecca turned their office into a winter wonderland with multiple floral installations and wreaths. The show stopper was the Hawaiian inspired mannequin done up with banana leaves & orchids - just beautiful!

Friend and local, DJ Wendy's music selection complimented the tiki drinks offered by In Cocktails We Trust. We used the fancy vintage glassware, unnecessary garnishes, and tons of gangster rap! Personal favorite, the "Boochie Walla, Boochie Bang Bang" punch with Papas Pilar 24 Year Solera Rum, Allspice Dram, Blessed Booch Chai Tea Kombucha, Lemon, Sparkling Wine, Bitters, Gangster Rap. What was your favorite?

Probably the best Tuesday night of the year! The studio was definitely filled with laughter, good cheer, and hugs...tons of hugs. What can I say...we like to hug. Cheers to 2016!

Special Thanks to our friends, officemates, and sponsors!

Photography: Rebecca Judy Photography

Videography: The Neighborhood Journal 

Floral Design: Floral Fete

Tiki Bar: In Cocktails We Trust, Papa Pilar Rum, and Blessed Booch

Meet the Creative // The Neighborhood Journal

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Our clan is growing! In late July we welcomed Eddie & Jordan of The Neighborhood Journal as our new officemates. After working with this dynamic on a number of creative projects and videos, we can contest first hand to their talent and laid back vibe. Well, we'll let them tell you what they're all about...

How did The Neighborhood Journal start?
We started The Neighborhood Journal with the idea that we wanted to document the creative people around us and build an online community where we could honestly showcase their talents and ideas through our own creative ability to tell their story.

What inspires you most about Laguna?
For us Laguna Beach feels like a place that naturally attracts creative people and seeing that happening around us pushes our creativity, naturally making us do better and work harder.

If someone’s visiting from out of town, where do you take them?
For us we most likely would take them to Ruby Street Beach and then grab food at La Sirena, if the beach wasn’t an option we would go to the Packing House in Anaheim or our favorite coffee shop in San Juan Capistrano, Hidden House. 

When you need a boost of creative inspiration how do you get it?
If we need a boost of creative inspiration we usually get it from going and exploring Orange County with our friends, watching short films, or going to live shows.  

What other types of work interests you? 
We like to come up with the best way to tell a brands story through a mix of filmmaking and photography, as well as develop growth strategies through social media and by creating comprehensive integrated web designs.

We know another huge influence for you guys is music and local bands - what are you currently listening to?

Funny you should ask...we just put out our first Summer Playlist using Soundcloud. It has it all!