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#GivingTuesday Social Media Ambassador

I hope you are all having a great Thanksgiving. We have a fun day planned – but before we take off to spend time with family, I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you that Daisy Tribe has joined #GivingTuesday as a Social Media Ambassador. #GivingTuesday is a national movement around the holidays that is dedicated to giving. On Tuesday, December 2nd, take an #UNselfie showing how you plan to give back this year and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, with the hashtags #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday. I’m including some information from the #GivingTuesday website below, as well as links for you to get involved. Thanks so much for reading – we here at Daisy Tribe are so thankful for you, and we hope you have a wonderful day full of love, gratitude and happiness.


From the Giving Tuesday Website:

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.




To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Instagram   |   Pinterest   |   Tumblr   |   Hashtag: GivingTuesday


It’s not too early to get ready for #GivingTuesday! Share what you’re doing for this international day of giving by taking an #UNselfie and share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!


Kati Dias - Daisy Tribe California blog

Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Kids

I was so inspired by Helen’s post about Anthropologie yesterday that I headed over to their website to browse their selection of gifts for the 2014 holiday season. I usually think of Anthropologie as a place to splurge on something nice for myself, but while I was browsing, I found some of the cutest gifts for children that I wanted to share with all of you. Whether you’re shopping for a toddler, bookworm, mini chef, little yogi, or budding artist – Anthropologie has some really fun and unique gifts to choose from. So without further ado, here’s our Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Kids from Anthropologie.


This set is perfect for a young toddler, who will love stacking the blocks and pulling the wagon around.


Who better to teach good manners than the always lovable Madeline?


This cute fishing set will keep them occupied for hours. No water needed!


Gift your little yogi with this adorable mat, perfectly sized for her!


The complete library which follows the adventures of everyone's favorite rabbit.


Surprise them with this colorful advent calendar at the beginning of the month and enjoy it for days.


I love this colorful cover featuring the classic fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.


This wooden robot toy keeps kids big and small interested with its endless twists and turns.


A classic stuffy, great for a baby or young child - Louis is as cute as he is cuddly.


These art placemats are bright, colorful and sure to inspire lively conversation over dinner.


A great find for your little chef. Bonus: there's a matching one for adults!


Explore the world from the comfort of your own home with this fun travel coloring mural.


I hope you had fun shopping these sweet and adorable gifts! What’s on your kids’ list this year?


Kati Dias - Daisy Tribe California blog


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Elicia - I love all of these, Kati! The fishing kit is my favorite though. Thanks for sharing!

Anthropologie – Everything Boho Chic

It goes without saying that I love anything and everything Anthropologie. It is not only an emporium for bohemian style fashion, but the chain also carries an amazing selection of Parisian style kitchenware, funky jewelry, and an assortment of eclectic furniture. Since I am not particularly fond of shopping malls, Anthropologie is my go-to store when it comes to shopping for gifts. I have found romantic flowing tops for girlfriends, shiny beaded headbands for my eight year old daughter, and colorful cereal bowl sets for coworkers – all at one store.

With the holidays coming up, I was excited to visit my local Anthropologie shop and see what’s in store. Anthropologie is well known for their beautiful window displays, and of course this year’s display doesn’t disappoint.

Even their bars of soaps are beautifully wrapped. Swoon.

The allure of Anthropologie clothing is that there are contemporary pieces that a twenty year old can pull off, but there are pieces that a sophisticated woman in her forties can wear as well.

I have been collecting Anthropologie kitchenware for a number of years, and I just love the pop of color it adds to my food and drinks. Every time I purchase another mug or bowl I tell myself it will be my last, but then I always find another piece I just have to have.


I definitely added a few things to my wish list on this visit, and also found some great ideas for holiday gift giving! Do you have any of my favorites on your list?


Helen Duong, Daisy Tribe

Mandy - I love all the wonderful colors in these photographs!

Shaniqua Lu - Anthropologie is the place to go! I love their colorful mugs and kitchen accessories. This place is a shopping playground for people of all ages. 🙂

Paula - I love all the pictures! Will you take my family picture for our Christmas cards?

nikoleta - So adorable!

Emma - I absolutely love their window displays and totally have to agree with Helen.

With Christmas only weeks away, I’m heading over to their website and nearby store for some retail therapy (much to my husband’s dismay).

Helen - Thanks ladies. They are running a 25% off promotion right now too!

Lisa - Whenever I step into an Anthro store, I feel like a kid in a candy store! SO many beautiful things, colors, and textures! Happy Shopping and holidays:)

Lisa – http://www.thisradlife.com

Creative Feature – Meet Elise Tysick

I’m so excited to tell you about our newest series on the blog – Creative Features. We will be introducing you to some very talented ladies who are following their passions and creating beautiful work in fields like art, design, photography, fashion, and more. Today we are going to meet Elise Tysick, an artist from Southern California.


Elise specializes in large-scale abstract canvas paintings and has a style that can be described as colorful, vibrant, and full of life. After experimenting with a variety of paints and art compositions early in life, Elise found a knack for mixing acrylics with various mediums that ignite a sense of wonder in each art piece. Elise continued her art training and exposure while modeling for Ford-Robert Black and working as a color specialist at Carsten’s Institute of Hair and Beauty. Today, she juggles motherhood with her successful art studio in Carlsbad. We asked her to tell us a little more about how she got started in art, how she comes up with the names for her abstracts, and what inspires her work. She also shares her advice for living a creative life. Read on to learn more about the lovely and talented Elise.

Bipolar Color

How did you get started as an artist?

I’ve always loved to paint, but I didn’t know I could make it a career. I started out as a model and working as a color specialist in a hair salon. It wasn’t until I started to create art for my own home that I realized I could make a living doing this. Friends would come over and want me to do art for their homes. It sort of just caught on from there. Now I do custom work for interior designers as well as personal clients. I also have a website called Glint & Lime where I sell my artwork.


What inspires your work?

Fashion and Interior Design probably inspire my art the most. I’ve always been drawn to different colors and textures. I also love the juxtaposition of mixing old with new. I love flea markets. There’s something to be said about finding an amazing vintage lamp or the perfect shade of pink paint. Swoon!

ELISE-TYSICK-PAINTING-4Your paintings have very catchy titles. How do you decide on a name?

I don’t really take myself too seriously, and I think that is reflected in the titles. Sometimes it’s just a name that pops into my head at the moment. I don’t like names that are too stuffy. I’m more of a free spirit.

Do you have any advice for living a creative life?

Do something creative everyday. I have two little kids so I know how life can get crazy. It’s important to carve out time for yourself each day to do something you’re passionate about – even if it’s just for five minutes. Also, you don’t have to have all the answers before you start. That’s why they invented Google.  😉

Where can we find more of your work?

I have an art studio by the beach in Carlsbad. It’s open to the public on Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 5 pm. You will find other artist studios there as well. I also recently joined Nuvango, where you can buy prints of my work. You can follow me at:   Personal Website   |   Follow on Instagram   |   Like on Facebook  |   Shop on Nuvango   |   New Village Arts Studio


Thanks to Elise for sharing her perspectives and beautiful artwork with us. Please check out her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook to see more of her gorgeous paintings and prints.


Kati Dias - Daisy Tribe California blog


Lulu - Wow! The colors are very dramatic and beautiful.

Rebecca - Wow Elise is so talented! 🙂 Thanks for the follow I’ve followed back 🙂 xx


Elicia - Wow, just beautiful work! I’d love to get down to your studio one day!

Iva Lee’s Restaurant in San Clemente

I celebrated a birthday last weekend at my Number One, favorite restaurant in San Clemente and just had to share how much I love this place! Iva Lee’s is a Southern and Creole restaurant with a nod to the 40’s and 50’s Blues era in New Orleans. I’m a sucker for all things throwback to another time and place – and the ambiance at Iva Lee’s does not disappoint. Named for the owner’s grandmother – who raised the California girl on Southern staples – you can feel the love the husband and wife owners have put in. The entrance opens up to a reception area between the main restaurant, bar and lounge area. The lights are dimmed with glam chandeliers and candlelight. Hues of burgundy fill the decor with old photos lining the walls. There are even “Mardi Gras” beads atop the folded napkins at each table.

The menu gives southern cooking a modern twist. My husband loves the generous meat and cheese plate appetizer and massive, perfectly cooked pork chops with grits and collard greens – although he leaves me the greens! I would normally go for the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese appetizer but there was an amazing creamed asparagus soup du jour that I loved. After a bit of overendulgence the night before, I needed comfort food, so this time around I had the Chicken Clemenceau with sauteed peas, wild mushrooms and truffled mashed potatoes. I don’t eat meat very often, so when I do it has to be this good! My other favorites are the Blackened Salmon with grilled asparagus and huckleberry sauce and the Grilled Vegetable Stack with sauteed spinach, roasted walnuts, balsamic glaze and creole spice. I don’t know of many places you can order Gumbo or collard greens so the menu here is truly a stand out! The menu is seasonal and may change slightly, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Stop by for Fat Tuesdays and enjoy a whole new menu with even more Southern favorites like Pan Fried Catfish and Macaroni ‘n Cheese.

Over at the bar, the Georgia Peach Martini is perfection in a cocktail. The Mint Julep is also a great nostalgic cocktail that’s rarely done right but is fantastic here. There’s a great selection of wine as well. And the best part? Wednesday through Saturday you’ll find live entertainment in the lounge. An intimate area to the left of the bar with seating, a small stage and room to dance. You can hear the music perfectly throughout the restaurant, but the bar and lounge are the perfect spot to take it in up close. They feature local talent every Wednesday, and the Blues bands have a sound you don’t hear anywhere else. One of my favorite things is seeing couples dance like I only wish couples still danced, looking just as in love as they must have been dancing to that music 60 years prior.

So if you are in San Clemente and have the chance, make it a night at Iva Lee’s. The perfect spot for date night or even girl’s night and an experience that is so much more than your everyday!


Amber Stanco Daisy Tribe

Nabihah - The food looks amazing! Can’t say I’ve ever tried Creole food but I should keep this in mind whenever I’m in the States. Were there many fish or vegetarian options?


Courtney - I love your blog! It’s amazing and your pictures are great, the food looks delicious



Kati Dias - Thank you Courtney!