2016 Gum Tree Guide to Paris…

Happy Monday Everyone,

It’s finally here…our 2016 Gum Tree Guide to Paris!

I know, I know, why did this take so long?!

Well, the container full of everything I purchased in Paris is arriving this week!  I promise, I’ll Instagram as soon as it all hits the shelves, but for now, please read along…so exciting…

As soon as I got back from our trip to Paris, the editor of Southbay Magazine, Darren Elms, sent me an email.  He asked me if I would like to write an article, specifically a travel journal detailing my Paris trip from a design perspective, for the April issue of Southbay Home.

So of course I typed “absolutely, no problem”, hit send, and then immediately had a panic attack… because, oh my god I am not a writer, I own a couple of boutiques!  Sure I have a blog, but holy smokes this will be published in a real life magazine that I love.

See, I even made it onto the Contributor page, and under my name it says Writer…  It’s hard to describe the feeling I got when I opened up the mag and saw this.  Very exciting stuff.  Big Thank You to Southbay Magazine for this opportunity.  You can click on the link here to see the article on their website, oursouthbay.com, or grab a copy of Southbay Home today.

But, I also want this guide to live on our Gum Tree Blog forever, with lots of photos and easy links to everywhere we loved.  So here goes, hope you like it!

Paris by Design…

Let me start by saying, I love my job.  It’s been just over 7 years since I took a chance on a lifelong dream of opening my own shop.   Gum Tree is a Home and Gift shop and Aussie café here in Hermosa Beach.   The “Aussie” is my husband Will, he grew up down under, and he runs our café.

With two small kids and a new puppy, our life is full.  On top of that, small business is not for the faint of heart, it can feel like you never have a minute off, let alone a day.  But, it is also incredibly rewarding, and now, finally, it allows us to travel for work!

After all, it is my job to bring fabulous things to my shop.  The mix of things we carry and how we display them is what keeps our customers coming in, and consequently, I’m on a never ending hunt for inspiration.  Remember when I said I love my job?  The hunt is the reason, it never gets old.

Which brings me to Paris.  Every January Europe’s premiere home and gift trade show, Maison Objet, takes place.  I usually hit the shows on my own, but this seemed like a great opportunity to bring my husband along for the ride, what better café inspiration is there in the world, right?

I should mention that I’ve been to Paris a few times, but Will hadn’t.  He’s been all over the world, he is an Aussie after all, that’s what they do, but Southeast Asia is more his jam.  He says he just never felt the desire to go to Paris.  Who doesn’t want to go to Paris?  I was hoping to change his tune.

Day 1…Saint-Germain-des-Pres
We took a direct flight overnight to Paris on Air France, easy peasy.  We are big fans of good public transport, and Paris has one of the very best systems in the world.  We hopped on the RER train at the airport, and 25 minutes later got off right in the heart of the city, in my favorite neighborhood, Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

I booked us an apartment through AirBnB, a sweet little one bedroom on the top floor of a 200 year old building with a teeny tiny elevator, and views of the rooftops of Paris and the church of Saint-Sulpice.   We met the owner, dropped our bags and hit the streets to find a cup of coffee and something to do to keep us up till bedtime.

It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, and only 35 degrees outside.  January in Paris is chillier that I had imagined, but no less beautiful.  We decided to stroll our neighborhood to get our bearings, starting with a quick cappuccino and a quiche Lorraine, then it was all about shopping.  This is not my husband’s favorite activity, but this trip he was really game for seeing what my life is like on my work adventures, so he tolerated it, and dare I say, even began to enjoy it toward the end of the trip.

There are two darling shops I love on Rue Mabillon, Sandra Seraf for womens clothing, and Laurette for the kids.  The tiny handmade dream catchers at Laurette were my favorite find, and I always love the curated jewelry selection at Sandra Seraf. Then on to Rue St. Sulpice for more dreamy women’s clothing shops including Antik Batik for boho embroidered pieces, Vanessa Bruno for that sleek French girl look, American Vintage for great basic tees and sweaters, and Mes Demoiselles for over the top feminine bohemian fashion.

By this point Will was getting antsy, so I spared him any more clothing stores and took him someplace I knew he would love, Le Grande Epicerie.  Whenever we travel we make it a point to seek out a really good grocery store; food is key to understanding another culture.  Le Grande Epicerie is like no other grocery store you’ve ever seen.  It’s located on the first floor of the famous Le Bon Marche, the world’s first department store, opened in 1852.

The cheese section of this food emporium is larger than our house, and smells like heaven.  There were aisles of foie gras, charcuterie, fresh seafood, and chocolate-among other things.  In the center sits a beautiful fresh fruit and veggie section, and just down the steps you’ll find an entire basement full of French wine and Champagne!

We headed home with 4 different cheeses, 2 different types of charcuterie, some grapes, a box of crackers and a bottle of wine.   And that, my friends, makes for a perfect first night in Paris.

Day 2…Le Marais

The jet lag got to us and we slept a bit late today, or was it the wine?  Anyway, around noon we headed out to another favorite neighborhood, Le Marais.   We took the metro, and exited at Filles du Calvaire, which is a very short walk to one of my favorite stores in the world, Merci.

Merci is a mix of housewares, fashion, art supplies, décor, and excellent coffee!  It is basically everything you want under one roof.  Speaking of the roof, a giant skylight in the center bathes the whole place in amazing light. There are also 3 different cafes inside, and the Used Book Cafe is where we sat for a lunch of creamy pureed vegetable soup, a salad of burata, tomato confit, and prosciutto and some perfectly chewy/crunchy baguette.

My favorites of the store include a section of bedding in a rainbows worth of washed linen, the perfectly Frenchy women’s clothing section, the kitchen section full of beautiful black and white enamel, and the art supply section (I am always a sucker for tiny notebooks, colored pencils, and washi tape).

If there were a kids version of Merci, it would be Bon Ton just up the block.  It’s 3 floors of gorgeous, from décor, to toys, to clothing, there’s even a vintage photo booth on the main floor.   We had a few favorites here, the pops of neon on neutrals in clothing and décor, the golden stars and neon sign on the wall downstairs, and the whimsical party goods section.  All of these inspired plenty of new arrivals to Gum Tree Kids for spring.

The rest of the day was spent wandering the tiny, charming streets of the Marais on our way to dinner with a friend at L’Indochine.  We popped in and out of many little jewelry stores on Rue Ville du Temple, wondered how there could be so many quaint little shops full of only sunglasses or tea, and bought my mom jars of tapenade and mustard in a gorgeous epicerie, Premiere Pression Provence.  She’s a fantastic cook, and she was home with our kiddos, so we picked up gifts for her and our beloved sitter Rianna all along the way.

If we had more time in the day I would have loved to explore the Picasso Museum.  This is also a wonderful neighborhood to walk on a Sunday, as it’s one of the only neighborhoods where shops stay open.

After a delicious dinner at L’Indochine (French Vietnamese) we walked home in the chilly night, passing the glowing pyramid at the Louvre.  We crossed the river Seine on the Pont Louvre and stopped to gaze at the Eiffel Tower and pinch ourselves that we were really here.  Finally we hit the Boulevard Saint-Germain, where we made a stop for a nightcap at the famous Café De Flore.  Hot chocolate for me, and a glass of Moet for Will.  We sat amongst some beautiful people and wished we spoke French so we could properly eavesdrop.

Day 3…Maison Objet

This is the reason I came, to walk the Maison Objet show. We started with a quick and supremely delicious quiche with goat cheese, a pain au chocolate, and a couple of capuccinos at the beautiful little bakery Gerard Mulot. Sitting in the window, we watched everyone from chic Parisian grandmothers to construction workers pop in to grab a baguette wrapped in paper for breakfast. How do they all stay so thin?


Maison Objet takes place in a large convention center complex near the airport on the outskirts of town. It’s about a 25 minute train ride, which I always love because of the opportunity to gaze out the windows at some incredible graffiti. It lines the tunnels and train tracks the entire way, and the riot of color makes me happy and hopeful. On the train back I catch up with my journaling, it’s refreshing not to have to think about traffic, or driving at all for that matter.

This is a trade show, so it’s not open to the public, but rather designers and shop owners like me who go there to place orders. These vendors are always ahead of the trends here in the states, it’s endlessly inspiring to see how they set up their booths, and to get a sneak peak of what’s to come in Home Décor.

maison mutedI was struck by all of the beautiful natural materials we saw, a lot of wicker in furniture and lighting, my favorite treatment being the multitude of hanging basket lamps. Black and white, mixed with natural wood and marble, was beautiful as well. It felt so clean and fresh, and would work well for our casual lifestyle in the South Bay. For color direction I loved the range of blues from indigo to aqua, a bit of fresh mint green, and the pale peachy pink of the sky during sunrise.

maison brightI placed orders for rugs, storage trunks, pillows, ceramics, baskets, beach towels and more. I only regret not ordering any of the hanging lamps, they are exactly what I want for our newly renovated shop, and I assumed after seeing literally hundreds of them that I would find at least one the following week in New York, but it was not to be. In the entire NY show there were two hanging basket lamps, and neither was the correct dimension. This is a product I’m going to obsess over until next spring when the trend finally arrives in the states, fingers crossed! Until then I may have to make my own.

After a long day walking the show, we high tailed it back into the city for a dinner that was without a doubt the most memorable of the trip. We landed at Chez Julien in the Marais after a lovely walk across Ile Saint-Louie, a charming island in the middle of the Seine. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better Steak Frites in my life, Will had the lamb, and we topped that off with plenty of Cotes Du Rhone and a superb cheese plate. This restaurant was the perfect mix of charming Parisian decor, excellent friendly service, great modern music, a fashionable crowd, and perfectly prepared food.

I should mention that this place had the most striking bathroom of the trip. I have a thing about bathrooms in restaurants. I don’t understand why many restaurateurs in the South Bay ignore the opportunity to bring their aesthetic into the bathroom, it’s such an easy thing to do and can make such an impact. This one was perfection, black lacquered walls, a clean white pedestal sink, excellent lighting and a single white rose in a glass vase. I didn’t know I needed a black and white bathroom until I saw this one, now I know.

chez julien

Day 4…Montmartre

I began this day early and on my own at another trade show called Premiere Classe. This show focuses on jewelry and accessories and was an absolute treasure. A Perrier Jouet champagne lounge was perched right in the middle of the show floor… Vive la France! Here I placed orders for some gorgeous scarves from Denmark, embroidered clutches for the upcoming spring season made in Bali, and lots of new jewelry from a selection of French designers.

premiere classeAround noon I popped on the Metro and headed off to meet Will in a neighborhood I’ve never explored before: Montmartre.   This was an absolute treat, I think next time I’ll stay in this gorgeous area so that I can more fully explore it. We began at the Metro stop Julles Joffrin and walked up the back way to the famous Sacre-Couer- the giant white basilica on top of the hill, with the very best views of the city below.

But first, lunch. We lucked out with a classic French bistro, Café Francoeur, chosen when I was stopped in my tracks at the sight of their exquisite bistro chairs and red awnings outside. I have a thing for French café chairs too. Inside was even better, all white subway tiles, old mirrors and a comforting onion soup and stuffed mussels perfect for a winter’s day.

cafe francoeurDid I mention the stairs yet? After lunch we traipsed up what felt like thousands of stairs, past immaculate white stone buildings with black railings and their classic blue tin house numbers. Finally at the top, we came upon the back of the Sacre-Couer, and I think this was key to our experience, as we were able to wander through a gorgeous quiet neighborhood before entering the plaza full of touts peddling selfie sticks. If we had come up the magnificent front steps with its fountains, gardens and hundreds of visitors my husband may have turned around and left. He has an aversion to anything even slightly touristy, despite being a tourist himself, but that’s another story.

montmartre stepsDon’t let this stop you from seeing this magnificent cathedral, Sacre-Couer is stunningly beautiful. The brilliant blue in the mosaic on the interior dome must be how the name French Blue came about. Wander down the front steps toward the heart of the village, and glance back up at the basilica’s grandeur. You’ll find a gorgeous carousel at the base of the steps, turn right here and onto Rue De Abbesses for a walk down a charming street full of exquisite independent shops, be they fashion, décor or food.

sacre coeurWe lucked out big time here, it turns out that there was an oyster festival going on this evening, and vendors set up tents on the street in front of the lovely cafes where they shucked fresh oysters and served them up on paper plates with slices of lemon. Will was in heaven. By the way, the bathroom in the cafe we chose, La Mascotte, was sublime, all pale green and grey tile, a mix of mosaic for the walls and ceramic on the floor, so pretty.

montmartre oystersBelieve it or not, the oysters and Sancerre were only an appetizer. I was determined to be standing under the Eiffel tower at the stroke of 9pm when the lights begin to twinkle. So again, we hopped on the metro and alighted at Ecole Millitaire.   This allowed us to walk the whole length of the Champ de Mars, the large public green space that fronts the beautiful Tour Eiffel. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you’re standing in the cold with the love of your life and that tower starts to twinkle. Incredibly lucky, yep, that pretty much sums it up.


And we hadn’t even had dinner yet! Tonight was a splurge at the fantastic La Fontaine de Mars, a short walk from the tower, it’s a classic bistro featuring traditional southwestern French cuisine. Every detail, right down to the incredible bouquet of roses on a shelf nearby that matched the traditional coral checked tablecloths made us feel as if we were dropped into the movie version of Paris. I have no idea what else was in that leek appetizer, but I will never forget the flavor.   Roasted chicken with mushrooms, scallops, decadent foie gras, a bottle of Rose and a perfect crème brule capped off a wonderful day.

Day 5…The Flea Market

Whenever I plan a Paris trip I make sure to include a Sunday stay. My experience would not be complete without a trip to my favorite little Flea Market at the Porte de Vanves. Just a quick metro ride away from the city center, this is a small market full of little treasures. There are many markets in Paris, selling gorgeous big fancy antiques, but I can’t fit these in my suitcase. So I come to this little market in search of beautiful artwork and unique bits and pieces that will remind me of Paris when I sit them on my nightstand at home.

This time we struck gold at my favorite art vendor. We were captivated by the work of Raymond Debieve and came home with 3 of his pieces, I’m in a black and white mood these days, I cannot wait to frame these.   We also just had to have 12 turquoise handled knives, circa 1980, yep that’s antique now, and would have come home with a vintage motorcycle helmet if it had fit my husband’s head. I’m a bit sad we didn’t bring it back, it would have looked great on a shelf in our son’s room. Here’s my flea market tip to you… just buy it, I’m still thinking about that silly helmet.

flea marketAfter the market we hit another Trade show, this one for kids, called Playtime Paris. The color inspiration here was fantastic. It’s no wonder all the children you see on the streets of Paris look more fashionable than me on my best day, the clothes were stunning. We placed orders for some amazing rugs, sweet handmade mobiles, fine knit baby blankets, and more.

playtimeAfter 4 straight days of French food, we decided on Indian for dinner. A friend recommended a place in our neighborhood called Ravi, and it was such a treat.   It was tiny, all of 10 tables, with one jovial server, beautiful carved wood walls, and absolutely delicious food. We even skipped the wine in favor of a crisp cold Kingfisher beer.

Day 6…Au Revoir

We wandered down charming Rue De Buci in search of our last Parisian breakfast and found it at The Smiths. The name is the only thing that’s not French about this little place, and we sat outside, just as we did this whole trip, under heaters, in 40 degree weather with everyone else.

the smithsAfter plenty of espresso, a baguette with salmon and cucumber for Will, and a chicken curry quiche for me, we headed to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, because if you are in Paris, please just go. If French Blue didn’t originate from the mosaic on the ceiling of Sacre-Coeur, then it came from the stunning color in the stained glass windows of Notre-Dame. Take some time in here to marvel at the way they must have built this incredible structure hundreds of years before bulldozers, cranes, or electricity were invented.

We walked back to Le Marais in search of what we heard was the best Falafel in Paris and we were not disappointed at L’As du Falafel. But, perhaps even better than this sublime falafel from the decidedly no frills walk up counter, was the tiny macaroon shop next door, Damyel. Not just the best macaroons we’ve ever had, but the prettiest space I think I’ve ever seen. Every detail, from the aqua in the floor tiles to the exposed beams, soft white paint, graphic wallpaper, and the aged bent wood chairs, was just beautiful.

damyelWe took our time strolling back to the apartment, savoring every last minute of our time together in the City of Lights. This time we hopped in an Uber to the airport, because our luggage had somehow grown far too heavy to drag into the Metro.

Until next time Paris, J’adore.
Lori Ford

What kind of Mom are you?

Hey Everyone,
Less than a week to go until we celebrate all you fantastic Moms out there! Which of these Mom types best describes you?

The Foodie Mommy…

foodie mommy

You are the one your friends trust to pick the restaurant for girls night, and your kitchen is the prettiest room in your house. You are a fantastic entertainer, you make it look easy to whip up dinner for 12 on a moment’s notice. And somehow you get your kids to eat that Quinoa and Kale too, how do you do it?

The Classic Mommy…

classic mommy

Your clothes are always pressed, your skin is glowing, and your hair is rarely out of place, even when it’s in one of those cute top knots after the gym it looks darling. Gwyneth Paltrow is your style icon, and your kids have excellent manners too. Please ladies, tell me how you do it!

The Bohemian Mommy…

bohemian mommy

You like loose flowing tops, live in flip flops year round, and your hair is a bit on the wild side. Your house is full of imperfect but charming bits and pieces that you’ve collected over the years at flea markets on your travels. Your kids live a bit on the wild side too, and that’s ok with you. I’m not going to lie to you, this is me, especially the messy hair and children part.

The Thirsty Mommy…

thirsty mommy

Sometimes you need a drink after a looooong day, am I right ladies? You’ve got a beautiful little bar cart in your living room and can throw a cocktail party together at the drop of a hat. Your S’well bottle is used for Sauvignon Blanc, not water. (This might also be me, minus the bar cart, but I’ll get there one day)

The Beachy Mommy…

beachy mommy

Gosh, isn’t this just so pretty? You’ve always got the best mineral based sunscreen and a lightweight turkish towel in your bag, because there’s a good chance you’ll end up at the beach watching your kids surf/volleyball tournament. That’s your happy place, and theirs too.

Whatever kind of mommy you are, I hope you have a wonderful week. You’re doing great, you don’t have to be perfect, nobody else is… Just do your best and your family will surely love you for it. (At least that’s what I tell myself, and I hope it’s true:)

Happy Mother’s Day.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Mom’s Day Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

Mother’s Day is coming up…and we’ve got a rainbow’s worth of gifts for you in our Mom’s Day Gift Guide.  Enjoy!

All seeing eye pouch $25, Set of 3 earrings $53, Bondi Harvest cookbook $29.99, Zoe Chicco 14k and diamond rings $250-450, Love You jewelry dish $12, Honeysuckle + Grapefruit Organic all over Body Oil $34.

Chan Luu wrap bracelets $87-225, Rock Soap $14, Odeme Nail Polish $11.50, Feather Matches $5, Salted Grapefruit travel candle $10, Brass and Silver Hoops $40, A Mother is a Story $19.95.

Mexican beach blanket $44, Palm leaf Thank You’s $15, Bobby Pin set $7, Ceramic ring dish $18, Seaweed Soap $8, Ten Things Hermosa bracelets $38, Jlynn green chalcedony necklace $59, Rifle Paper pencils $14.

Watercolor Scarf $41, Ten Things tassel necklace $147, Big Deal keychain $7, Gold Dipped necklace $70, Agate slice coasters $12, Wanderlust journal $7.50.

African Basket $28, Renee Garvey semi precious bracelets $100-200, Mirror keychain $13, 25oz S’well bottle $45, Sir Madam found cotton dish towels $29, Rifle Paper notebooks $12, 6 color pen $12.

Mountain Dog leash $25, Rifle Paper Mom card $5.25, Half United give back bracelet $14, The Good Twin bubbly and bossy pins $14, Rifle Paper journals $12, African Bike Basket $48.

Chan Luu necklaces $133-248, Hat Attack sunhat $99, White Leather wallet $105, Moonstone earrings $46, Tiger card $5.75.

If you’re the Mama in the family, come on in and make your wish list!

We hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Save the Date for Chan Luu at Gum Tree!

Hey Everyone,

Mark your calendars, we’ve got an amazing event coming up…

We’re delighted to welcome Chan Luu to Gum Tree for a Trunk Show!

Thursday, April 28th from 10am until 6pm

We have carried Chan’s beautiful line since the day we opened Gum Tree, just over 7 years ago.  She is an amazing woman, a brilliant business mind, and a prolific designer… and you’ll get to meet her!

Chan and her team will bring tons of new merchandise for you to peruse, from bracelets and necklaces, to rings, earrings, scarves, and some of her Men’s collection too!

We will be serving up a special iced coffee drink and some delicious new bites from our Gum Tree kitchen, all on our private back patio.

Chan will join us for a couple of hours, from 10 until noonish, and her team will stay the rest of the day.

In the event you can’t make it down Thursday, don’t worry, we’ll get to keep all the amazing jewelry and scarves they bring for a whole week!

We hope you can join us.  Please feel free to spread the word.

Remember, it’s almost Mom’s day…and you deserve it!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Rain or Shine???

Hey Everyone,

It may be gloomy outside, but it’s bright and sunny inside Gum Tree…
Lots going on here, and tons of new things arriving daily!

Check this out…

We love Cari’s beautiful line of custom jewelry.  Add names, initials or words that are meaningful to you on any of her pretty charms, and then add a diamond ($50 value) for FREE!  

We’ve been busy bees here the last couple of weeks opening so many boxes…

You can’t get much sunnier than this Hat Attack sunhat, gorgeous Star Mela embroidered tote and Sunnylife Australia round towel…

Tons of new styles from Kris Nations jewelry have arrived, and check out this new leather line, I always love the white, tan, gold vibe for spring.

Hey Hermosa….these brand new turkish cotton beach towels were made just for you!  

From one of our favorite designers, Ten Things Jewelry, our sealife bracelets are back in stock, now in faceted white jade too!

Another shipment of our favorite African woven baskets is here, amazing colors.  And check out that printed throw…

My favorite new tray…you know, because “sometimes all you need is a billion dollars”.

And we haven’t just been busy at Gum Tree…Gum Tree Kids across the street is welcoming adorable new stuff every day too!

Beautiful new knit blankets from Bla Bla Kids, and how about these tiny rompers from Nui Organics and Petit Bateau?

This new rug line is to die for…

Another great shipment of Herschel Backpacks has arrived!  And our shark tooth fairy pillow is back.

These cars make the coolest gift for the little (and big) guys on your list!

Don’t forget everyone, coming up is our Silhouette Event with Karl Johnson of Cut Arts…There are a few spots left for Thursday, April 21st, and if that day sells out Karl will add a second day!

REGISTER NOW at http://tinyurl.com/gumtreekids1

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Spring Break!

Hey Everyone, 

It’s almost spring break!  Our kids are out of school next week, and we’re planning a staycation here in beautiful Hermosa Beach…hoping for some sunny beach days.

If you’re headed to warmer weather, we’ve got some gorgeous new tunics, hats, bags and towels in the shop you might want to come see…

I’d love to sit on the beach under my big sunhat with a grown up coloring book, I could do that for hours while the kids dig sand castles and splash in the waves…doesn’t that sound dreamy?

My favorite African plastic beach bags are back in stock.  They are super light weight, the sand falls right through them, and they are pretty, durable, and inexpensive!

Don’t hit the beach without a S’well bottle or two…no need for a cooler to keep that rose cold.  I suppose you could use it for water…but why when there’s wine?  Remember, you’re on vacation.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids…

Last call for Bunnies Y’all…

Only 3 more days till Easter.

Hop on in to Gum Tree Kids at 323 Pier Avenue in
beautiful downtown Hermosa Beach
for all your last minute goodies.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


Springtime in the South Bay…

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.  The leaves on the trees in my backyard are coming in, and it’s lighter later.  Spring is such a lovely time of year, especially here in the South Bay.

At Gum Tree we love Spring, because just like in fall, we get all new merchandise in!  This year we did a little spring cleaning too, and revamped the cafe in the process.  It looks so fresh and clean, I love it!

Our talented neighbor Maggie is an amazing chalk artist.  It truly is an art, and she did such a beautiful job on our new menu wall.  If you’re in need of a special chalk board for a bridal shower, wedding or birthday party, check her out at http://www.margaretcolleen.com

It’s almost Easter too, and we have all the best stuff for your Easter Baskets at Gum Tree Kids.

We also have some fantastic new clothes and toys in, and tons of beautiful new books.

Big News at Kids…Mark your Calendars!
Karl Johnson, the incredible silhouette artist from Cut Arts, will be back at Gum Tree Kids to cut portraits of your little ones, just in time for Mom’s Day!

Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st

Click over to this website http://tinyurl.com/gumtreekids1 to register right away, spots fill up very fast!

Meanwhile, back at Gum Tree…If you haven’t seen our shop redo yet, come on in and check it out.  We have so many beautiful new things arriving daily.

From tunics to sunhats, new books to cozy throws, and little glass horse salt and pepper shakers…we have plenty of new things for you to see.

Enjoy this beautiful evening, wherever you are.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Sale now 70% OFF…And a Cafe Renovation!

Hey Everyone,
Today begins the last week of our Winter Sale….

Starting Now, take 70% off all Sale Items!!

Plus, take 20% off any regular priced item when you buy any sale item.
This is the last week, so come on in and take advantage now.

There are some great things left, and at 70% off they’re practically free!  We need to make some room for all the new stuff arriving in both shops for Spring.  

Speaking of new, our Bunnies have arrived at Gum Tree Kids!  We have all you need to put together the cutest Easter baskets.  Art supplies, puzzles, bunnies of all shapes and sizes, great books, and more.  

How amazing is this brand new floral teepee?!  Seriously though, the spring clothing that’s arriving daily is so adorable, we’ve added some new lines, welcome Nui Organics.  And we’ve got the Spring collections in from Prefresh, Munster, Petit Bateau, Miki Miette, and Subatukl, as well as some gorgeous new toys and decor.


Hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Last Chance for Winter Sale…and Sneak a Deal on Something New!

Hey Everyone,

Our Winter Sale is going strong, and we want to sweeten the deal for you…

Buy any SALE item at 50% OFF
And get any regular priced item at 20% OFF!!!  

We need to make room at both shops for all the fabulous new stuff coming in, and there are some great things on sale!

Snap up some darling clothing at Gum Tree Kids for that upcoming baby shower.  Or take advantage of 50% off that felt fedora or leather tote you’ve been eyeing at Gum Tree!

Then take 20% off some of our fantastic new merchandise!

At Gum Tree…

And Gum Tree Kids…

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hey Guys…Free Beer!

Starts at noon today.
Do us a favor and forward this to someone you think might need a little help.
Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!


A Valentine Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,

I’m Back!!!  The Paris shows were amazing.  I ordered so many fabulous things.  From beach bags, scarves and jewelry, to toys, rugs and little leather goods, I can’t wait for everything to start arriving.

New York was awesome too.  I think you’re all going to love what’s to come here at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids.  In fact, some of it is already rolling in!

Let’s talk about Valentine’s day…it’s coming up!

Here’s a little gift guide to help you with ideas for your Valentine or your Gal-entine, because Valentine’s day is a great time to tell your bestie you love her too.  We even have stuff for the kids.

See something here you’d like for Valentine’s Day?  Email us and we’ll add it to your wish list!  That way when your other half comes in, we’ll know just what you want.

By the way, we have just received new shipments of Zoe Chicco and Chan Luu, right in time for the holiday.  The Zoe rings and necklaces are out of control.  A really special gift, come in and take a look.

Stay tuned for an updated Paris and New York Guide… coming to the Gum Tree Blog next week.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

The Big Reveal…and a trip to Paris!

Morning Everyone!

The day has come, the shop at Gum Tree is back open after a fabulous renovation!

We’re all stocked up with lots of gorgeous new things, and many of our classics too.  Come down today and have a glass of celebratory Champagne with us!

Champagne is in order because guess what???  Will and I are headed to Paris tomorrow!!!!  I’ll be attending 3 amazing shows, Maison Objet (Home Decor), Premiere Classe (Jewelry and Accessories), and Kid (all things European Kid).

You may remember that last year I ventured to Maison Objet for the first time, and it was incredible.  This time Will is joining me so that he can get some cafe inspiration, and let’s face it, so that we can spend some quality time together in the City of Lights!  It’s his first trip to Paris, and I could not be more excited to share it with him.

Make sure to follow along with our adventures on Instagram!  Click HERE for the Shop (me) and HERE for the Cafe (Will).

Don’t forget, now through the end of January…Bring your Jute tote in for 20% off your purchase in the shop!  Bring your blue tote to the Kids shop and take 20% off there too.

Merci ma Belles!  

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Renovation…we’re almost there!

Hey Everyone,
We’re getting so close to reopening the shop, I cannot express how excited I am for you all to see the changes!  I’m so happy with the way it’s coming together.

Yesterday we started to install furniture and fixtures and it’s looking fantastic! Tonight we will be moving all of Gum Tree back to the mothership.  

For today, both shops will still be at the Kids space.  It was fun to have the shops back together for a bit…

Then, it will take us the weekend to get Gum Tree back together.  The Kids shop will remain open regular hours for all the gifts you need for the little ones!  The swell bottles will be available there too… and the cafe is open regular hours.

Grand Reopening of the shop at Gum Tree will take place this Monday, January 18th at 10am! 

I hope you all can join us for the big reveal and some celebratory cocktails served all day!

Thank you all for your support through this renovation, and every other day of the past 7 years.  Without YOU there would be no US!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

A Change for the New Year…

Happy 2016 Everyone!

In the spirit of the new year, with new beginnings and fresh starts on my mind, I have decided to take on a bit of a renovation to the Shop at Gum Tree!  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while, I hope you will love it.  It will feel much more open and airy and I just can’t wait to see how it turns out! 

From now through next Sunday the 17th, the shop side of Gum Tree will be moving in with the kids!  You can find all the Gum Tree goodness cozied up with our Kids stuff under one roof at 323 Pier Avenue in our Kids store space.

Please note…both shops will be closed on Tuesday, January 12th for inventory.

The Cafe will remain OPEN during the renovation!

Thanks so much for bearing with us during this renovation time, it’s going to be awesome when it’s done, I am so excited!!!

To thank all of you for shopping with us during the holidays…we are bringing back our Gum Tree Tote promotion!

Bring your Jute Tote or Blue Kids Tote in to the shop during the whole month of January and take 20% off your purchases!

We hope to see you all in this fabulous new year.  Stay tuned for a renovation diary, info and a new reveal soon!  You can always check our BlogInstagram or Facebook for up to date info.  And be sure to come visit us in the Kids shop to see how we make it all work during the transition!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

The fine print…..(You must have your tote with you to get the discount.  No price adjustments on previous purchases, and not to be combined with any other discount or special. Discount is for purchases in the shops only, does not apply to purchases in the cafe.)

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to You!!!

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas, we enjoyed the whole day in our PJ’s with great friends, food and wine… it was perfect.

And now, the shops are back open with some specials for you!

Today through New Year’s Eve….

At Gum Tree…Take 25% off all Hats and Cashmere Sweaters.

At Gum Tree Kids…Take 25% off all cozy PJ’s, Hats and Scarves!

Thank you so much for shopping and eating with us during the holidays and all year long.  We really appreciate it!

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori and Will Ford

What we’re wishing for…

Happy Friday Everyone!  

With only 7 more shopping days until Christmas, we thought we’d share some last minute gift ideas for you…these are some of our team’s favorites, compiled this morning.

It’s not too late to get in here and make a Wish List of your own.  Or if you like something here, go ahead and forward a link to this blog post to whomever is gifting you as a not so subtle hint:)


I’m Wishing For…

Campos leather city satchel, handmade in Brooklyn, new to the shop yesterday!  $462.  Bergamot beeswax candle $22, desk clock $104, South Bay cutting board, $44, Solid 14k gold and diamond studs from Aili (any pair will do) $305-396, Chain fringe necklace $85.

Pam is wishing for…

Matta Dupata silk and cotton pom pom scarf $194, Renee Garvey triple pearl necklace $225, cutting board with rope tie $42, Welcome Tassel $56, Painted bone frame $37.50.

Kristin is wishing for…

Brand new African glass bead tree (gorgeous!) $98, Black Currant candle $46, cream and grey scarf $29, Tracey Tanner handmade leather wallet $150, Turquoise cocktail ring $134, Kings Crescent earrings $110.

Neil is wishing for…

In2Green recycled cotton throw $173, Run Sweat Recover aromatherapy face mist $27, Fish corkscrew $14, Leather luggage tag $30, 25oz S’well bottle $45.

Lauren is wishing for…

Laguiole cheese knife set $43, Agate slice coasters $12 each, Tiny gold filled shape rings (arrived this week!) $39, Chan Luu cashmere and silk tie dye scarf $224, Venice cookbook $39.95.

Call us at 310-376-8744 or Reply To This Email if you see something you can’t live without.  We’ll gift wrap it for you, and have it ready for pick up.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

A Rainbow’s Worth of Gift Ideas from Gum Tree Kids…

Happy Monday Morning!

Your gift guide for today comes from Gum Tree Kids…we have gifts for all the kids on your list, in every color of the rainbow…Enjoy!

Oh, and starting today, both shops are open every day from 9am-7pm.

Christmas Eve from 9am-4pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

62 Gift Ideas from Gum Tree…

Here it is Everyone…

Your Friday Morning Gum Tree Gift Guide!

With 62 Gift Ideas for your girl friends, guy friends, teachers, office gift exchange, hostess gift, ornament exchange, and more!

The Guy…
1. 17oz S’well bottle $35, 2. the right tool $17, 3. snow boot ornament $14, 4. brass bottle opener $33, 5. socks that give back $16 6. rock tape measure $18, 7. Distilled $19.99

The Bohemian…
8. rock soap $14, 9. leather card holder $46, 10. big gold hoops $69, 11. letterpress card $5.75, 12. rainbow pencils $9.50, 13. unicorn ring dish $19, 14. leather eye glass case $55, 15. pom pom ornament $10, 16. 1000 Dreams $14.95

The Lady…
17. stitched wristlet $23, 18. feather flask ornament $12, 19. tassel necklace $34, 20. Jonathan Adler champagne candle $48, 21. mini matches $11, 22. silver baguette studs $55, 23. Get it Done leather journal $18, 24. Rifle Paper pencils $14

The Glamour Girl…
25. travel candle $14, 26. gold foil frame $54, 27. anchor ornament $15, 28. define me perfume $29, 29. pineapple letter opener $16, 30. card holder key chain $46, 31. pony holders $36/set

The Surfer…
32. truly Hermosa hat $15, 33. sailor bud ornament $16, 34. reusable bamboo utensils $15, 35. lapis long necklace $253, 36. nativity postcard set $11.50, 37. indigo sticky notes $10.99, 38. pom pom key chain $14

The Dreamer…
39. brass bird ring dish $17, 40. tassel necklace $28, 41. Matta silk scarf $194, 42. pony holders set $12, 43. leather card holder $34, 44. wallet comb $18, 45. knot bottle opener $16, 46. leather journal $23

The Wanderer…
47. Tacopedia $29.95, 48. rainbow crayons $22, 49. sparklers $18, 50. felt owl ornament $15, 51. heels travel bag $32, 52. playing card set $16

The Cook…
53. Homemade Condiments $19.99, 54. anchor bottle opener $14, 55. teak serving set $29, 56. sea salt caramels $18, 57. slate cheese board $35

The Hostess…
58. sand dollar napkin rings $18, 59. starfish napkin rings $18, 60. cocktail salt $16, 61. fish oil and vinegar $20, 62. Top With Cinnamon $29.95

Can’t get here?  Email me at Lori@gumtreela.com with what you’d like, and we’ll get it taken care of.  We can charge and hold it for you, or we can ship it!

We’re open 9am-6pm till Sunday…then Monday, join us from 9am-7pm at both shops every day until Christmas Eve!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Cyber Monday and More!

This Offer is Valid for Online Orders Today Only.
Click HERE to Shop Now!
Join us this Thursday evening
December 3rd, for the
Downtown Hermosa Tree Lighting!


Both our shops and our cafe will be open until 8pm.  

The holiday shopping season is really in swing now…  Only 25 shopping days till Christmas, 7 days till the first night of Hanukkah!

S’mores will be roasting on the patio…Will’s famous veggie lasagna will be on the special dinner menu, complimentary cocktails will be served, and…

The talented and beautiful Tanya Monaghan of The Kaya Girl will be in the house from 7-8pm giving you styling tips so that you can look your best at all your upcoming holiday parties.

*Bonus, she’ll be at Beach & Beverly across the street from 6-7 to help you find the perfect dress!  Then we’ll help you accessorize here at Gum Tree with jewelry, scarves, bags and more!

Many of our neighbors will be open as well, serving up refreshments, specialty shopping, and a great time!

So come on down to Hermosa for the holidays.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Fundraiser, a Huge Success!

Hey South Bay…

You are awesome!!!  Thank you to everyone who came out to our 7th Annual Santa Photo event with the fantastic Lauren Pressey Photography.  Today was crazy, we appreciate you waiting in line to see the big guy.  You all raised $4,830 today!!!

That makes this year’s total donation to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation $8,610!

We love putting this event on, we love that you all come out every year, we love that you use the beautiful images for your holiday cards.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to Lauren Pressey of course for donating her time and talent and materials, to Tonya Bertino for being her trusty assistant, to all the HBEF volunteers who help in the line, and to our fantastic Santa, he’s the very best!

Photos from today’s event will be available for pick up at Gum Tree Kids next Monday, December 7th.

If you took your photos last Sunday, November 22nd you’ll be able to pick your photos up at Gum Tree Kids on Monday, November 30th!

Enjoy the rest of this Holiday Season, we hope to see you all soon!

Lori and Will Ford



Giving Thanks…

Hey Everyone,

First of all, we’d like to say THANK YOU to every single one of you who came out for Sunday’s 7th Annual Santa Photos.  It was a fantastic day, and you all helped us raise just over $3700 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!  Wooo hoooo!  

If you missed it, don’t worry… Santa will be back this Sunday from 10am-4pm along with our incredible photographer Lauren Pressey and our amazing HBEF volunteers.  It takes a village people, and ours is a strong one, we are a very lucky bunch.

You can feel good about shopping and eating here at Gum Tree TODAY, because we’ll be donating 10% of total sales in our shops and cafe to Sandpipers!

If you’re heading to someone else’s place for Thanksgiving, pop in to grab a hostess gift.  If you’re hosting the big day, take a break from all that cooking and cleaning for a bit of avocado toast and a cappuccino.

Walk Pier Avenue and get your holiday shopping started with some of our fantastic neighbors who are participating too…  Beach and Beverly, Wicked+, Details, Shanna Shryne Design, Lavish and Montce Swim will all be donating 10% of today’s sales to the this fantastic local women’s organization that has been giving back to the less fortunate here in the South Bay area for more than 80 years!

Gum Tree will be closed for Thanksgiving Day so that we may rest and over eat…

And then we’ll be right back at it on Black Friday with a 9am opening, doughnuts, black coffee and 20% off anything black in both shops!

Then, mark your calendars folks…this Saturday is Small Business Saturday!
Get out there and #ShopSmall on Saturday at all your favorite small businesses.  They know your name, the way you like your hair cut, and maybe even your coffee order.  They give back to the community we live in, they have personality, many are locally owned, and your town would feel like a very different place if they were gone.  I know it might be easier to get online and shop from your couch, but we will have Champagne and Christmas MusicCommunityand Camaraderie!  And rumor has it, Christopher the balloon making Elf will be back at Gum Tree Kids to entertain everyone young and old.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  And as always, Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

See you tonight…Late night shopping and my husband is cooking!

Hey Everyone,

It’s Thursday and that means we’ll be staying open late (till 8pm) at Gum Tree for some holiday shopping.  Tonight is a treat, as my husband Will has agreed to a cooking demo!  

Thanksgiving is a week away and everyone is either cooking or heading to a party…so we thought we’d give you some ideas for Appetizers to make for your Thanksgiving Dinner.

He’s not doing it alone…he’s got Martha on his side.  We’ve picked some recipes from Martha’s fabulous new book, Martha Stewart’s Appetizers.

From 6-8pm he’ll be teaching you how to make….

  • Caramelized Onion and Gorgonzola Mini Quiche
  • Cherry Tomato and Pecorino Mini Quiche
  • Bacon and Caramelized Onion Dip
  • Assorted Ricotta Crostinis

Come on down, because someone has to eat all this food, and there may be a cocktail or two to be had.  And shopping.  And fun.

Many of our neighbors will be open too!  So grab a friend and come downtown Hermosa tonight to Shop Small.

It’s a busy season…Mark your calendars for a few more upcoming events…

This Saturday, it’s the Downtown Hermosa Sidewalk Festival! 
From 10-6 all over town, there will be live music, face painting, cookie decorating, an elf scavenger hunt, and I even heard a rumor it might snow from some rooftops… 
At our shops, take 10% off all purchases and get a Gum Tree or Gum Tree Kids tote with every purchase.  Free Hot Cocoa and Mini Muffins with every order in the cafe.  We even have a jolly old Elf making balloon animals at the Kids Shop!

This Sunday, SANTA PHOTOS!
10am-4pm, enough said, don’t miss it!

Tuesday, November 24th…Sandpipers Percentage Day
We’re giving back 10% of all dollars spent all day in both of our shops and our cafe to Sandpipers.  Check out these other fabulous businesses that are getting into the giving spirit too.

‘Tis the busy holiday season guys, we hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

Hey Everyone,

It finally feels like fall here in Hermosa, and just in time the shop has been transformed for the Holiday Season!

Pop into Gum Tree this week and check out all the gorgeous new bits and pieces.  Now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Starting this week, the shop at Gum Tree will be staying open late every Thursday evening through the Holidays…

We’ll be celebrating with a different theme each week.  This Thursday, from 6pm-8pm, we’ll be serving up a Champagne Cocktail Bar on our back patio inspired by one of my favorite go to girlfriend gifts…
The Cocktail.

Lots of our neighbors are getting into the action too, Beach and Beverly, Wicked +, and Curious… will all be open late, just to name a few…we hope you’ll come down and join in the fun.

Also happening this Thursday…Gum Tree Kids Turns 2!
We’ll be serving up treats and having a story time at 11am.

The biggest kid I know will be reading, yep, it’s everyone’s favorite Aussie, my husband Will!  Bring the kids down, it should be a blast.  We made the Gum Tree Kids it’s very own tote bag that we’ll be giving out through the holiday season, get one with every purchase made on our birthday!

And last but not least…I know you’ve all been waiting to find out when Santa is coming back….well here you go!

In the last 6 years you all have helped us raise over $30,000 for the HBEF!!!  Come out for some hot cocoa, get your picture taken with the big guy, and support our schools.  We can’t wait to see you all here. 

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s Our Birthday!!!

Hey Everyone,

I can’t believe it…but this Sunday, November 1st, our Shop will have been open 7 years!!!  
It’s because of your love and support over the years that we’re still here and thriving, so a very big thank you to all of YOU!

We’d like to invite you in to celebrate our 7th Birthday with us!

This Sunday, from 10am until 3pm we will be serving up Mimosas and Lamingtons on our back patio while you shop.  

Our Gum Tree Jute totes for the season have arrived!  You’ll get your very own with any purchase on Sunday.

We will close at 3pm so that our team of Gum Tree elves can arrive and transform the shop into a winter wonderland.  

If you can’t make it in on Sunday, make sure to come in Monday to see the transformation.  We’ve got some new tricks up our sleeve this year, I’m hoping it will the the best set up yet.

See you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m waking up in NYC today!  Will and I are here for a wedding, and boy does the cooler air feel good.  I’ve packed my scarves and boots and I’m beyond excited to wear them and wander around the city for the next three days…

Before I left I took more pics of the boxes and boxes of new goods arriving in the shop… cashmere sweaters, some gorgeous new jewelry…and our first shipment of TREES!!!

We’ve got a lot of great new finds at Gum Tree Kids too!
Mini S’well bottles to fit in their lunch boxes have finally arrived, and lots of new toys and decor too…

So pop in this weekend for a visit, we’d love to see you!

I also want to let you know about a fun shopping fundraiser we’re having next week…

Tuesday, October 20th…ALL DAY
20% of all dollars spent at Gum Tree Shop and Cafe, and Gum Tree Kids will be donated to the fund for the renovation of South Park Playground!

You may have read about the renovation of South Park here in Hermosa Beach.  A dedicated group of women (supermoms in my opinion) have been working tirelessly for years to turn the run down play area at South Park into a Universally Accessible and Natural Playground.  They are close to the fundraising goal, but they need help raising that last bit of money.

If you can’t make it to our shopping day, and would like more information on how you can help, please click here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

What’s new for Fall at Gum Tree…

Hey Everyone,

Despite the fact that it’s supposed to reach 90 degrees at the beach this weekend, I swear, it’s Fall!
So many new things are arriving here at Gum Tree, we have been busy bees opening boxes and getting everything into the shop for you to see.

So I thought I’d give you a little preview of what’s in store now.

For the home…

I’m obsessed with everything indigo.  I especially love this trend when you throw in a little hot pink or yellow,  to keep it interesting.

Gold on White…

I love this little clock for a shelf or desk.  The unicorn dish is beyond, and there are some really pretty new necklaces, earrings, wallets and perfumes in store too.  The bar necklaces say Hermosa or Manhattan, get one and represent for your neighborhood.  

Indigo to wear…

I want everything in this photo, bring on the scarf and hat weather!  And how amazing is this navy blue suede tote with tassels?

Hostess gift anyone???

Are you sensing a theme?  Indigo napkins, a great cookbook for fall, and something new for us, a line of delicious raw honey, and a cute little glass honey pot.

Fall Fashion…

I know, it’s hard to think about cashmere in this heat, but look at this fantastic cardigan!  And the knit fedora, the leather bag and the Chan Luu jewels…

A little bit of pink…

8 boxes of S’well bottles arrived yesterday…so we’re stocked up again for the moment!  Gorgeous new Matta scarves, pretty pearls on leather, a little comb that fits in your wallet, and more.

Pop in for a visit, we’d love to see you!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Diaper Drive at Gum Tree Kids this week!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we sure did!  How lucky are we to live in this amazing place, with fantastic friends and beautiful weather?  We love the South Bay!!!

This week at Gum Tree Kids, we are partnering with Baby Buggy for their annual Diaper Drive, in support of National Diaper Need Awareness Week!

Did you know…

  • That 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers?  
  • Disposable diapers cost between $70 and $80 per month per child.
  • Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC.
  • Nearly one quarter of children living in Los Angeles live in poverty.  The rate is higher than the child poverty rate for California and the U.S. as a whole.

Bring in a new or open pack of diapers to Gum Tree Kids to help keep a child in need clean, dry and healthy, and we will give you 10% off your purchase.  
Offer valid from Monday, September 28th through Sunday, October 4th.

For more information on Baby Buggy please click here.  We have been a proud Baby Buggy drop site since we opened at Gum Tree Kids.  Bring us your gently used baby items any time to help a child in need.

See you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Upcoming Events in the South Bay…

Hey Everyone,

I know it doesn’t feel like it yet, but it’s almost Fall here in the South Bay!  In addition to all the amazing things arriving in our shops daily (Cashmere Sweaters, Gorgeous Scarves, All New Pillows, Tons of New Jewelry, Cutest Fall Kids Clothes ever) there are a couple of upcoming events that really mean a lot to me and our team here at Gum Tree.  So I wanted to share some info with you all…

First of all, there’s a BRAND NEW FARMERS MARKET starting TODAY Downtown Hermosa!!!

Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine, you’ll find a beautiful new market on Pier Plaza, right by the beach and strand, what better setting is there?  Ride your bike down, it’s going to be amazing.

This one is important to me personally, and it’s a really fun event!
ART310 is a great party, a live and silent auction of fine art, from some fantastic local artists.

This year we’re raising money to provide a Music Program for every 4th and 5th grader in Hermosa Beach!  Did you know that the Hermosa Beach School District currently has NO music education?  You can help change that by buying a ticket to this awesome event today, click below or go to www.ART310.org now.

I am a proud member of the LA25, a great group of local business owners, who put this event on.  Our mission is to support ARTS education for Children in Los Angeles, and specifically the South Bay.  We recently formed a 501C3, The LA25 Foundation for the Arts.  You can learn more about us at www.LA25Foundation.org.

We hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Silhouette Artist coming back to Gum Tree Kids!

Hey Everyone,

Returning by popular demand, Silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be available
by appointment only at Gum Tree Kids!

Sunday, October 4th
Gum Tree Kids—323 Pier Avenue

You must have an appointment!!!  Click this link to make one right now before they are all gone.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale…Now 60% OFF!

At Gum Tree we’ve got a whole room on sale, come see!

New things are arriving daily at both shops,
we need to make a little space:)

Hope to see you soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


Hermosa Summer Sidewalk Sale…

Hey Everyone,

If you follow us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter then you know that Will and I have been in Italy for the last week, it was the trip of a lifetime, really, just a wonderful recharge and refresh.

Look out for a Gum Tree Guide to Italy next week in your Inbox, it will also live on our Blog!

Instagram is my favorite, so much inspiration to be found on our little tiny mobile devices…
Follow Gum Tree now, it’s easy, just click HERE!

Alas…we landed about 1/2 hour ago and it’s back to business for us…so I wanted to let you know that this weekend is the Hermosa Beach Summer Sidewalk Sale!!!

In the cafe…Kids under 10 eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.

In the shops…all Sale Merchandise is now 50% OFF, this part starts when we open today!  We will be adding new product as well to the sale, so come take a look!

Downtown Hermosa has so much to offer, and these special weekends are so fun.  With live music all over town and a face painter and roaming balloon artist, it’s a great weekend activity. Click HERE for more info and special offers from our neighboring businesses.

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now!!!

Morning Everyone!

Hop in your car and hightail it down here…

30% off an entire room of the shop!
and a whole bunch of amazing jewelry on sale!

Chan Luu – Clare Vivier – Matta – Jade Tribe – Dash and Albert – Subtle Luxury – Hat Attack – Star Mela – Tunics – Towels – Cookbooks – Notebooks – Stationary – Throws – Govino – Belts – Bags – Soaps – Frames -Scarves – Jewelry – and so much more!

At Gum Tree Kids…Our Summer Sale continues!  
30% off ALL SWIMWEAR and select clothing.
New things just added, come on down.

All Sale Items are Final Sale.  Sale discount not to be combined with any other offer.  If you have a gift card you can still bring it down for 25% off FULL PRICE merchandise through July 31st.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Check it out…25% off!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you’re enjoying the start of Summer!  We thought we’d do something a little different this month.

Do you have a Gum Tree gift card or Gift Certificate burning a hole in your pocket?  

Bring it in and use it up, now through July 31st, and take 25% off your purchase! 

Cafe gift certificates, Gum Tree Kids Gift Certificates and Gum Tree Gift Cards will all work! Note…they must be used at their respective places.

*This is a one time offer, now through July 31st 2015…not to be combined with any other sale or discount.

Come on in, we’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Almost 4th!!!

Happy Almost 4th of July!!!

I just love the 4th, for me it’s always a great day at the beach with lots of old and new friends. And, the kids are finally getting big enough to stay up to see the fireworks, and use their sparklers!

What will you be wearing to the Beach or Pool or BBQ this weekend?  
Perhaps you’re in need of some new jewels to wear for the holiday?

Don’t forget, at Gum Tree Kids…All Summer Clothing and Swimwear for Kiddos is now 30% OFF!

Pop in to our Shops today or tomorrow, because we’ll be CLOSED on the 4th all day!  

Never fear, the Cafe will be open on the 4th from 7:30am-2:00pm.

Back by popular demand starting today at lunch…
The Gum Tree version of the classic American Hot Dog! 
100% kosher beef dog on grilled ciabatta, with caramelized onions, aged cheddar cheese, avocado, and sriracha ketchup.  

We wish you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale at Gum Tree Kids…30% OFF!

Hey Everyone, 

The sun is shining in Hermosa Beach, it’s Summertime, and we’re having a SALE at Gum Tree Kids!!!

All Summer Clothing and Swimwear is 30% OFF! 

Winter Water Factory
Go Gently Baby
Masala Baby
and More!

Get down here now to grab some of this cuteness before it’s all gone.

See you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Father’s Day is a Week Away!

Hey Everyone,

It’s almost time to celebrate the big guy!  Father’s day is this Sunday, June 21st.

We’ll be celebrating somewhere in Korea Town, Will has requested lunch or dinner, preferably seafood and spicy…if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

I’ve put together a little gift guide…we’ve got some great stuff for Dads here at Gum Tree, but don’t stop with us.

A trip to Downtown Hermosa is a great place to shop for the guys…you’ve got Wicked +Curious…Uncorked, and of course SpyderBecker Surf and Tarsan Stand Up, all within a couple of blocks.

Some Gum Tree ideas for you…

For the gourmet dad, we’ve got a bunch of fantastic BBQ books in for summer, and some handy grill lights, gorgeous cutting boards, and wine and beer openers galore.

Everyone needs a Swell bottle!  This size holds a whole bottle of wine… so grab one here, then head over to Uncorked and pick up his favorite bottle of wine.

I recently saw a photo of Vince Vaughn wearing a Truly Hermosa hat.  Get yours at Gum Tree now before Us Weekly posts them online somewhere and they sell out:)

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids is back in Hermosa!

Happy Friday Everyone!  

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Gum Tree Kids has reopened in Hermosa!  We had an amazing month at Manhattan Village, we learned a lot and met so many new people.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came over to visit us.

On another note, Will and I want to give a giant THANK YOU shout out to our fantastic staff here at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids!  We are so lucky to have each and every one of them.

We’ve completely redesigned the space here at 323 Pier Ave, and it’s looking fantastic!

The Ombre counter got a makeover…it was cut down, we moved it’s location, and it turned blue!

All the shelves are new, and there are more of them.  With the counter moved the whole space feels so much bigger.

Come on down for a visit, we would love to see you!  We’ll be celebrating all weekend here with Donuts and Champagne.

We hope to see you all down here in Hermosa soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Deals at Gum Tree!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!

It’s the unofficial start of the Summer Season already, can you believe it?

We’ve got some fun stuff happening at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids this weekend…

At Gum Tree…
Fiesta Hermosa is on Downtown Hermosa, and we want to thank any South Bay Locals for coming down with 20% OFF in our Shop!

Friday at 10am through Monday at 5pm Only…
Show us your driver’s license with a South Bay address, and take 20% off any purchase.

It’s the start of Summer everyone, get down here and join in the fun!  Fiesta is undergoing some great changes with an improved Food Court, Kids Areas, Local Musicians and some New Vendors.  If you haven’t been in a while, come down and check it out.

Please don’t try to drive down, hop on your bike instead and park for free at the Bike Valet!  For more info on Fiesta Hermosa and other great deals at local businesses for the weekend, click here

Meanwhile at our Gum Tree Kids Pop Up location at Manhattan Village…

Take 20% OFF all Clothing and Swimwear!
Sale Runs this Friday Morning through Memorial Day Monday Evening, don’t miss it.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Silhouette Artist at Gum Tree Kids Pop Up!

Hey Everyone,

We’re thrilled to announce that renowned Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at our Gum Tree Kids Pop Up Shop at the Manhattan Village Mall next week!

Tuesday, May 26th from 11am-2pm.  

Anyone wishing to participate must sign up at the link here…


Space is limited, sign up now!  Each appointment takes only 5 minutes.

Remember, we are not inside the mall but in the outside courtyard, at the entrance between Tommy Bahama and Brickworks Grill, across from Oakwood Drive in the old Coach Space.Hope to see you there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Our Gum Tree Kids Pop Up Shop is Open!

Come take a look, we’re getting great positive feedback so far!  Just a note on location, we are not inside the mall, but rather outside in the little courtyard entrance…right outside near the Apple Store!

Enter from the parking lot between Tommy Bahama and Brickworks Grill, we are on the right, just opposite the darling shop Oakwood drive.

gum tree kids pop up


Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori and Will

Gum Tree Kids Pop Up Opens Today!

Morning Everyone,

We did it!!!
Gum Tree Kids Pop Up opens today at 10am in the Manhattan Village Mall!
It’s in the little corridor on the way in to the Apple store, enter between Tommy Bahama and Brickworks Grill, we are on the right in the old Coach space.

Thank you to everyone who sent words of support!  Thank you so much to those of you who showed up to help us, who watched our kids, you make our lives better every day.  We are so appreciative to live in such a fantastic community!

To my mom, you are a human dynamo, I don’t know where you get your energy and enthusiasm and ideas, you are amazing.  I love you so much, words cannot begin to describe my gratitude to you.  Folks, she mopped this entire gigantic store at 9pm last night after the 13 hour day we had.  And the pop up was her idea in the first place.

Happy Mother’s Day:)

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Flood…Pop up location coming to MB!

Hey Everyone,

Well, I sure hate to tell you this, but we had a series of floods at our kids shop last week due to a broken pipe underground.  We are very lucky, as not much product was damaged, and we’ve been able to stay open…until now.

It’s been determined that we need to move EVERYTHING out today!  All floors and much of the walls need to be replaced, that will take some time.
But, we will be back in our space in One Month!
It’s yet to be determined whether my brand new Ombre counter will make it through construction…that may be what is bumming me out the most.

So, in true Gum Tree fashion, we’re making lemonade out of lemons here…
Yesterday we found a Pop Up Location in the Manhattan Village Mall!  It’s the old Coach and Pottery Barn Kids space, just outside the mall entrance, next to Tommy Bahama and across from that cute clothing store Oakwood drive.

Papers are signed, we’ll be moving in tonight, setting up tomorrow,
and we’ll be open on Thursday at 10am!

If you could help us to spread the word we would be forever grateful!  Forward this email, tell all your friends, share on Facebook, whatever you can do, we will take it:)

Here’s what the giant space looks like now….holy smokes, it is really big.

I’ll post some pics of the move in, and the finished product as soon as we get open.  Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for real time progress.

We hope to see you soon!  

Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is this Sunday…
It’s Teacher Appreciation time and Graduations are coming up too.

Gum Tree is OPEN and ready to help you with ALL of your gifting needs!  

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Mom’s Day Gift Guide…

Hey Everyone,
It’s that time of year, Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and all the Mommies we know definitely deserve a gift or two on their big day!

I’ve put together some ideas for you…enjoy!

This Mommy loves the basics, she has great taste and always looks put together.  Go with a solid 14k necklace or studs from Zoe Chicco, a striped scarf or beach bag, or some beautiful frames or bath products.

This Mommy lives for the sea.  Go with a tunic or a Mexican beach blanket for beach days, jewelry in any shade of sea blue, or a Mermaid, this one from Jonathan Adler is our favorite.

You’ll find this Mommy in her kitchen most of the time, entertaining her friends and family.  Get her a new cookbook for inspiration, a bottle opener for her bar, or some gorgeous handwoven trivets.

Let’s be honest, this is my list…get your favorite bohemian Mommy a new coffee table book for inspiration, a Matta pom pom scarf or sarong, some soap rocks for the bath, or a fabulous long layering necklace, preferably with some brass or turquoise or tassels.

Mommies of the South Bay, get in here and make your Wish List, you deserve it!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Ombre DIY Paint Project at Gum Tree Kids…

Happy Saturday Morning Everyone!

If you’re following us on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen this week that I took on my most ambitious DIY project yet at Gum Tree Kids…

It all started a couple years ago when I saw a photo on Pinterest of a dreamy pink ombre wall. I was determined to use it somewhere, but frankly I was not that confident that I’d be able to execute it and be happy with the results.   Here’s the original photo…

Fast forward to last week when we finally got around to renovating the counter at Gum Tree Kids.  The first counter was made to the incorrect specifications, so it felt like a huge fortress instead of an inviting retail counter, I had lived with it long enough!

Enter Erik Maki of Board and Block who came in and cut it down to the correct size, added a clean white top, and prepped it to be painted.  (This talented woodworker also just made our beautiful new custom jewelry table at Gum Tree).

So I went back to Pinterest and searched for more Ombre inspiration, and hopefully some DIY content, to help me get it done right.  I combined bits and pieces of everyone’s info…

Here’s what I used to get it done…

1/2 inch paintbrush
6 inch paint roller
blue painters tape
3-4 paint stirrers
6 small plastic paint trays (6 inch to fit the roller)
butcher block paper to protect the floor
3 quarts semi gloss interior paint

  • darkest pink color for the bottom
  • medium pink color for the middle
  • white

Start by taping off the edges of the counter.  The more time you take to do this carefully the better results you’ll get.

And now it’s time to mix the paint…

The first tray gets the darkest color paint.
The second is a mixture of 2/3 darkest pink and 1/3 medium pink.
The third is the medium pink.
The fourth is 2/3 medium pink and 1/3 white.
The fifth is 1/3 medium pink and 2/3 white.
The sixth is mostly white with a splash of medium pink.

It’s not an exact science of course, I added and mixed until I was happy with all the colors.  But the formula above was the starting point.

Then I started with the darkest color on the bottom row.    I washed and dried the roller well between each row of color.  

Each row ended up needing 2 coats, so the first coat did not need to be perfect.  I took a dinner break in between the first and second coats to let the first coat of paint dry a bit.

Had to pay a little more attention on the second coat, make sure the roller didn’t have too much paint to avoid dripping, make sure I was rolling it straight, etc.

Only at the end, but while paint was still wet, did I go in with the 1/2 inch paint brush (a bit damp) between rows to mix the colors.  Then at the end did a little bit of touch up as needed.

And Voila…the finished product!

From start to finish it took about 5 hours.  Thank you to everyone on Instagram and Facebook for your positive comments, I love it!

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of DIY Gum Tree style!  Let me know if you have any questions.

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Put a diamond in it…and a Girls Night Out!

Hey Everyone,

It’s spring break season, I hope you’re making the most of it with a fabulous vacation, or even better, a stay-cation in the beautiful South Bay.

We’ve got some fun things coming up here at Gum Tree…

During the entire month of April…Put a diamond in it!

Now is the perfect time to order that custom piece you’ve been coveting, it’ll be Mother’s Day before we know it:)

And speaking of Mother’s Day, we’re proud to be participating in South Bay Magazine’s Girls Night Out Event!  Presale tickets are available now for $75 and include beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and a fashion show styled by the lovely and amazing local stylist Tanya Monaghan. After April 7th the price increases to $100.
Click below to purchase tickets now…


Treat yourself to a night out with the girls.  This event is so much fun, lots of local boutiques participate, and the beneficiary this year is the Special Olympics Host Town program!  Hard to find a better cause to support.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Thank you South Bay!!!

Just a quick note today to say Thank You to everyone who voted for the Easy Reader’s Best of the Beach Awards…

We won Best Gift Shop and Best Kids Shop!!!!

We are honored, and I promise we will do everything we can to stay the best place for you to get a gift in the South Bay!

If you haven’t been in to Gum Tree Kids in a while, please pop in.
We finally have AIR CONDITIONING and it’s dreamy.

Easter is coming up quick, and we’ve got so many great things for your Easter Baskets.
Come in for super soft Jellycat bunnies, awesome toys, and books to sit between all that candy:)

Our dreamcatchers are back in stock too, in beautiful new colors and three sizes.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s A Parade!!!

St. Patty's Day


You can’t beat this parade, it’s such an awesome display of hometown pride!

The weather is going to be amazing, come down for a cup of Green Ginger Lemonade with your lunch, our patio is the best spot in town to watch the action!

Green treats in the shops too, we hope to see you all down here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

A Gum Tree Guide to NYC…

Hi Everyone,
Recently Megan and I hit the Big Apple for the NY Now Gift show.  Many of you told me that you loved my Paris Guide, so I thought I’d give you my notes on New York City!

Here it is…The Gum Tree Guide to NYC.

We stayed at my favorite hotel this time, the Dream Downtown.  It’s just on the outskirts of the Meatpacking District, across the street from the amazing Chelsea Market and a close walk to the West Village and Chelsea neighborhoods.

The lobby is fabulous… This hotel is amazing in the summertime too, as it has a pool!  Will and the kids and I stayed here last summer, the rooms are super stylish, not big, but this is NYC, and you cannot beat the location.

For reference I’ve also stayed at the Gem Hotels in both Chelsea and Soho, as well as theWyndham Chelsea Garden.  These are all cheaper, less frills, less style, but work well for a business trip, with great locations.

Disclaimer…I am a downtown girl and very rarely venture above 23rd street on my trips.  But if you have questions about the park, or midtown, or what to do with kids, email me and I’ll give you suggestions.  Keep in mind this is what we did in 4 1/2 days, with 3 full days of walking the gift show from 9am-6pm, and in freezing cold temps with snow…but we pack it in as best we can!

Eat and Drink…
I start planning each meal in NYC at least a month before I head out, there are so many options, it would be tragic to waste any time on a bad meal!

We landed late and headed out into the cold for some fantastic Malaysian at the Fatty Crab.  We are still dreaming of the Pork Buns.  This is a tiny spot, no reservations, so you just have to go early or late, or suck it up and wait.  We sat at the tiny bar with a full view of the tiny kitchen, and the cocktails are as good as the food.

A big reason I love to stay at the dream is that Chelsea Market is across the street…this means that every morning we can grab a quick and delicious breakfast and coffee.  It’s especially wonderful in Winter as it’s all indoors.  It takes up a whole city block, you can stay warm and cozy and wander in here all day.  There are tons of options for food and drink in here, it’s even better for lunch and dinner than breakfast, and there’s shopping too, but we’ll get to that later…

The crepes from Bar Suzette are crazy good, right next door to some incredible tiny little doughnuts and a meat pie stand.  And it’s not a NY trip without a bagel, there’s a great traditional deli in here, and the coffee at 9th Street Espresso is ridiculous.

We only had one free day to shop and do lunch…so we hit one of my favorites, ABC Kitchen.  It’s on the first floor of my favorite store in the world, ABC Carpet and Home…but more on that later.

ABC Kitchen is a Jean-Georges restaurant, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is breathtaking, you definitely need a reservation.  I think the dinner menu is a little more interesting, but our lunch was fab too.

Dinner that night was at a new spot, Bar Primi on the Bowery.  The chef is one of my favorites, Andrew Carmellini and this was some of the most delicious pasta I have ever tasted.  Two of his other restaurants are on my favorites list…The Dutch in Soho and Locanda Verde in Tribeca.

We didn’t get any pics of the place or food, because we were lucky enough to have the best dinner dates, our friends Bryce and Andrew, of Curious… the inimitable gift shop just down the street from us on Pier Ave.  There was too much talking and eating and drinking and suddenly we were in a taxi to my favorite late night bar ever, Marie’s Crisis Cafe in the West Village.  It’s a basement gay piano bar with musical sing-a-longs.  Please trust me, just go. And then when you stumble out of here very late, head down the block to Papaya Dog.  There are many versions of the original Gray’s Papaya Dog around the city, and they are all good, especially after 1am:)

Needless to say that next show day was a little rough, but we braved it and even made it to another amazing dinner at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina.  This place is known for their fresh made pastas, which I have tried on previous occasions, and it is delicious.  This time I had the classic roast chicken and mashed potatoes, which I’m sure helped my exhausted hungover state.

And our last dinner of the trip was at another new spot Bar Bolonat in the Village.  I love chef Einat Admony’s first restaurant Balaboosta in Nolita, so we had to try this new one.  It was just as delicious.  These are more casual spots with the most amazing modern Israeli cuisine.  If you love the Plenty cookbook that we carry, then you will love the food at these two gems.

Some other favorites…
Balthazar for champagne and oysters and everything French in Soho.
Mole for delicious Mexican.
Katz’s Deli, best Jewish Deli in town.
The Strip House for the steakhouse experience, get the creamed spinach.
Tartine for great steak frites in a tiny charming west village corner spot.
L’Artusi small plates Italian in a beautiful space.
Cafe Habana to eat Mexican corn and watch the cool people.
Prune for anytime, so good.
Nyona is my husband’s happy place, authentic Malaysian, be prepared to wait in line.


I always take one shopping day in the city before I start the show to get inspired.

ABC Carpet and Home
The biggest and best home and gift store in the world, in my opinion.  It’s 8 floors of amazing.  I could stay in here a whole day, but if your time is limited hit the main floor, basement, 3rd floor kids area and 7th floor just to see the rugs.  My dream rug under my boots in the photo below was only $25,000.  Sigh.

If you’re in this neighborhood, known as the Flatiron, then pop across the street to Fish’s Eddyfor dishes and housewares, then up the street to Eataly for an incredible Italian food emporium experience, into Madison Square park for a Shake Shack burger, and back down to 5th Ave between 16th and 23rd for all the major chains like Madewell, Anthropologie, Intermix, Zara, JCrew, Kate Spade, etc.  If you time it right you can walk down to the Union Square Green Market too.

It’s increasingly hard to find small business in the city, but I always do my best to try.
The Nolita neighborhood is filled with little shops, some chains, but many independents too. 

Love Adorned on Elizabeth Street is a beautiful jewelry shop, very directional, with other well curated bits and pieces and gorgeous displays. On this block you’ll also find Rag and Bone,Clare VSteven AlanTen Thousand Things and Figue.  Turn right at the corner of Prince Street and pop into Ina for a great curated designer consignment shop.  Cross the street for the shoes and boots at Sigerson Morrison, you will not be disappointed.

Head to Lafayette and turn left and you’ll find Matta.  I have loved this line and their pom pom scarves for as long as I can remember, and now we’re carrying them at Gum Tree!  Follow Lafayette down to Broome street and turn right.  Here you’ll find Calypso Home, Calypso Womens and a little further down, the Calypso Outlet!

Keep walking west and you’ll hit Broadway and the heart of Soho.  There’s a Madewell on this corner, because let’s face it, I look and dream in all the above mentioned shops and then purchase things for my real life here.  On this trip I found my new favorite $19 T-shirt.  On Broadway you’ll find all the big chains again, including a Bloomingdale’s, but there are some treasures on this street too.  Uniqlo is the Japanese Gap with the very best inexpensive packable puffer coats for the whole family.  Aritzia is a Canadian chain where Megan and I both scored the same amazing faux fur coat, see photo below.  We just couldn’t resist!  At Muji you’ll find more subdued Japanese fashion and housewares, and Pearl River Mart is an incredible Chinese emporium, you’ll find everything from chopsticks to rugs to slippers and lighting in here, it’s 3 floors, the kids love it too for the tiny tchotchkes and Hello Kitty everything.

Of course you could keep walking west and wander up and down all the streets of Soho, but we were out of time.

Silly selfie in the fabulous new faux fur coat, heading into the very cold night.

Chelsea Market
Remember I mentioned there is shopping in here too?  It’s fun and eclectic, my favorite place to grab things for the family to bring home.  At the West End sits Artists and Fleas which is filled with stalls run by small independent designers.  Posman Books is a great traditional bookstore,Chelsea Market Baskets has everything from candy to stuffed animals and everything in between.  Bowery Kitchen Supply is a great place for kitchen gadgets, Spices and Tease is where we picked up the Za’atar blend that works in all those Israeli recipes, and Eleni’s is the spot for decorated sugar cookies in the shapes of Taxi’s to bring home for the kids.  They’re noSugar Dayne, but let’s face it, no one does it like Katie:)

One more stretch of independent shops sits on 9th Avenue between 16th and 22nd.  My favorite indie kids shop in the city is here, My Little Sunshine.  And across the street you’ll find Maison 140 and Nest Interiors, two beautiful little home decor shops with strong points of view.

It turns out we needed a slice of real NY Pizza before we grabbed our Uber to the airport, and we found ours in between these cute shops on 9th Ave at Stella’s.

NY Now
The show is huge, I think it’s bigger than the Maison Objet show I walked in Paris, but less intimidating for me now, as I do it twice a year, so I know where I’m going.

We found so many beautiful things, look for a lot of color for Spring at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids, and a lot of black and white too.  We’re bringing in a couple more solid gold delicate jewelry lines to wear every day, and to layer with longer fun tassels, and some beautiful decor for the Kids shop.  We found darling kids stuff to fill those Easter baskets, beautiful options for Mother’s Day gifts, and amazing teacher and graduation gifts too.  And we’re expanding our outdoor section with more Indoor Outdoor rugs and poofs, little BBQ’s for your glamping trips, and some fabulous tunics, hats and beach bags for our South Bay beach lifestyle.

I hope you enjoyed our little Gum Tree Guide to NYC.  It will live on our blog for eternity here.

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Valentine’s Gift Guide…

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Where does the time go?  Mid February, it’s almost Winter Break for those of you with littles in the South Bay, and time to show your sweeties that you love them.   

We’re here to help, hot off the press…
It’s the Gum Tree Valentine’s Gift Guide…

For the Boho Chic Lady….(actually this is my wish list)

Prune, The Cookbook $45, Handwoven Mochila Bag $164, Chan Luu long tassel necklace $156, Leather Wish Bracelet from Nilai France $44.

For the Stylish Guy’s Office…(or again, me)

Recycled Cotton Throw $173, Los Angeles in Maps $50, Bone Frames…Black and White $42, Grey and White Block Print $46.

For the 20 Something Cool Girl…
(but 40 is the new 20 right?)

Tribal Print Scarf $82, Alisa Michelle Charm Necklace $106, Q & A a Day Journal $16.95, Skin Jewel Temporary Tattoos $28.

For the Fashionista…(or me again, hint hint Will!)

Shoestrology $17.95, Mickey Lynn Druzy Necklace $202, Mangrove Modal Scarf $142, Over the Moon Valentine $5.25, Clare V Rose Gold Leather Clutch $225.

For the Tween/Teen…

Nilai France Gold Star Bracelet $42, Jellybean Socks $7.50, Sprinkle Wallet $34.50, Delux Surprise Heart $21, Washi Tape $18.50.

For the Gourmet Guy…

Copper Handled Cutting Board $89, 25oz Swell Bottle $49, Whale Bottle Opener $22, Death By Burrito Mexican Street Food Cookbook $19.99.

Don’t Forget the Kids!  At Gum Tree Kids…

For the Babies in your life…

Imps and Elfs Organic Cotton Girls Jumper $44, Winter Water Factory Organic Cotton Boys Romper $42, Moby Dick $9.99, Whale Lovie $14, Romeo & Juliet $9.99, Silly Lemur Card $4.00, Baby Bloch Heart Ballet Flats $50.

For the Little Girl…

Cardboard Doll House Kit $46, Mommy and Me Crystal Heart Necklaces $55, Jellycat Unicorn $23, Eeboo Valentines $6.50, Sparkly Star Hair Clip $11.50.

For the Little Boy…

Wind Up Surfer $8, Wacky Animal $19, Rocket Balloon Kit $12, Curly Pop Dragon $5.75, Octopus Valentine $4, Seahorse Popper $12.

Happy Valentines Day:)

For all you last minute shoppers…
We will be serving FREE BEER on the back patio all day Friday and Saturday while you shop.

Hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Australia Day…20% off and a BBQ!

All day in the cafe we’ll be serving all the
Aussie Favorites!  Pies, Sausage rolls, Pavlovas, Lamingtons and More.
Then tonight, join us on our patio for a Barbie…

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Almost Australia Day!

Happy Almost Australia Day Everyone!

Officially it’s Monday, January 26th, but we’re starting the celebration this weekend.

Come in to the cafe for our amazing Meat Pies and Sausage Rolls, a Lamb Sandwich special, and freshly made Pavlovas and Lamingtons too!

Join us Monday for the big party…the BBQ is BACK!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  We sure did, and we have all of you to thank for your continued support of our three little businesses here in lovely Hermosa Beach!

Boy it’s hard to get back into the swing of things today isn’t it?  But let’s give it a try…

At Gum Tree Kids…
Take 30% off all Fall/Winter clothing!

At Both Shops…Bring your Jute Tote in and take 20% OFF!
If you shopped with us during the holidays and got a Gum Tree Jute Tote…
Bring it in now through January 31st for 20% off all full priced merchandise!  

If you gave away your tote, what were you thinking?
It’s ok, just bring in your receipts totaling $100 from November 1st till December 31st, and we’ll honor the 20% off too, on any full priced merchandise at both shops.

Here’s to a fabulous 2015!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Champagne, Doughnuts and Shopping at Gum Tree!

Just 4 more shopping days till Christmas…
We’re making it fun for you to get your last minute shopping done!

Come start the day with a mimosa and doughnuts!  Both shops open at 9am.  Treats and champagne will be served throughout each day, and we’re open till 7pm. 

If you need some ideas, we’ve got them!  Megan and I put our wish lists together to get you inspired.

Megan is wishing for…

1 Clare V. Suede Clutch $220, 2 Small Trades Organic Organic Cotton Throw $174, 3 Bettina Duncan Semi Precious and Pearl Necklace $253, 4 Golden Cake Server $30, 5 Jonathan Adler Punk Salt and Pepper Shakers $50.

I’m wishing for…

1 Chan Luu Cashmere Silk Scarf $179, 2 Glass Salt Box $18, 3 Renee Garvey Amazonite Tassel Necklace $220, 4 Swell Bottle $37, 5 Library of Flowers Perfumed Hand Cream $24, 6Baggu Cross Body Leather Bag $138.

We’ll be open Christmas Eve from 9am-4pm, and we’ll be adding Free Beer to the mix that day for all you last minute shoppers!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Kids Wish List…A Gift Guide

Today’s Gum Tree Gift Guide…Wish List Ideas from Gum Tree Kids!

Kids and Expecting Mommies…Come make your list so that Santa can check it twice!

Our Gum Tree family member, Michelle, is expecting a baby girl…here’s her wish list.

1 Petit Pehr ABC Swaddle $22, 2 Petit Bateau Polka Dot Footie $62, 3 Knot Headband $18, 4Bla Bla Fitted Crib Sheet $48, 5 Bla Bla Harmony the Mermaid $44, 6 Chew Beads in Hot Pink $32

Our 3 year old son Will’s Wish List…

1 Vilac France Grocery Store $72, 2 Blue Wacky Animal $19, 3 Wooden Sword $20, 4 Sound Effects Sound Machine $9, 5 Soccer Game $12.50

Our 8 year old daughter Lily’s list…

1 VW Campervan Pop Up Tent $76, 2 Plus Plus Neon $23, 3 Sushi Stapler $8, 4 Lil Poster Paint Pods $14, 5 Drink Divers Drinking Straws $10.50, 6 Body Doodlers $9

We have stocking stuffers galore over here, and as always we wrap everything up for free, let our elves do the work for you!

Extended Holiday Hours at Both Shops now till the 23rd…
We’re open from 9am-7pm everyday.
Christmas Eve we’re open from 9am-4pm.

Bonus….Free Parking at all downtown Meters is happening now!   

Shop Hermosa for the Holidays.

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

29 Gifts Under $30!

It’s time for the first Gum Tree Gift Guide of the Holiday Season!


Seven Year Pen $8.50, “Adventure” Journal $12, Japanese Bike Bell $20, ChiChi Fabric Cosmetic Bag $14, 5 Metallic Stretch Headbands $16, 6 Perfumed Body Cream $24,
7 Abstract Print Scarf $29

8 Beaded Zip Bag $20, 9 The Book of the Party Animal $15.95, 10 Travel Checkers Set $28, 11Baggu Tote $10,  12 Eco Bamboo To Go Cup $16, 13 Star Print Oilcloth Zip Pouch $28, 14 Jane Tran Beaded Bobby Pins $27

15 Colorblock Zip Pouch $15 each, 16 Mountain Dog Leash $25, 17 Reindeer Dog Toy $11.50,18 Jonathan Adler Zodiac Dish $16, 19 Rifle Paper Travel Journal $17.50, 20 Hermosa Beach Mug $14, 21 Fetch Balls $9.25

22 Sal Del Mar Gourmet Sea Salt $16, 23 Sand Dollar Napkin Rings $18, 24 9oz Swell Bottle $28, 25 Carved Wood Candle Holder Set $23, 26 Hermosa Beach Flour Sack Towel $13.95, 27Set of 4 Teak Spreaders $22, 28 Marble Cheese Board $28, 29 Fish Corkscrew $14

Happy Shopping:)

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Extended Holiday Hours Schedule…

Extended Holiday Hours Begin Monday, December 8th at Gum Tree!

Drop off the kiddos and come for coffee and shopping early, doors open at 9am at Gum Tree, 10am at Gum Tree Kids.

Starting Monday the 15th you can shop after work too, we’ll be open 9-7 at both shops till the 23rd.

Open 9-4 on Christmas Eve.

holiday hours 2014


We hope to see you soon!

Lori Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Tree Lighting Tonight!

Morning Everyone,

We have lots to tell you today, first of all…

But, before we get into that, I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that came out this year for our 6th Annual Santa Photos!  
You raised over $8400 for the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!  Our best one yet!
Thank you so much to our tireless photographer Lauren Pressey, you are amazing.  To the fabulous HBEF volunteers, our staff and of course to Santa, we couldn’t do it without you.

And now, on to tonight’s activities…

We’ll be serving up complimentary cocktails and treats at both shops to keep you warm.  The cafe will be open for dinner, and did I mention Smores?!  For Free!

I know how you all love to personalize your jewelry…so we’ve got a good one for you tonight…
A trunk show with Alisa Michelle jewelry from 5-8pm…with tons of charms, chains, tassels and more, so that you can put together your perfect piece.  They promised to bring more of my favorite cuffs too.

We hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

It’s Small Business Saturday!

It’s Small Business Saturday!  
Get out there and #shopsmall at your favorite local boutiques today!

Santa will be here at Gum Tree today from 10-4.  Photos with Lauren Pressey, $20 for a 5×7 print and the digital file, benefitting the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation!

It’s our last Santa photo day this year, don’t miss it!

Check out the new set up, it looks great…

Little Will did much better with Santa this year:)

We’ll be serving complimentary Hot Cocoa and Mini Muffins.  And if you’ve registered your American Express card, you can get up to $30 back when you shop small today.

Enter our Raffle with any purchase at either shop…
At Kids…you could win a Rody!
At Gum Tree…you could win a Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet!

First 5 shoppers of the day go home with a #shopsmall bag designed by Rebecca Minkoff for American Express.

Our shops open at 10, we hope to see you here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Happy Thanksgiving Week Everyone!

I love everything about Thanksgiving day… family and friends, cooking and eating, the whole day off, but most of all, the stuffing!  Because really, you only get that stuffing once a year.

If you’ll be a guest in someone’s home, please take a pretty hostess gift…  bring the salad and leave her the bowl or servers, make a cheese plate on a slate or marble board, or bring the pie with a shiny new pie server.  We’ve got some great options here at Gum Tree…

We hope you have a fantastic relaxing Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for your support all year.

In case you’re looking for something to do the rest of the weekend, of course we’ve got it all going on here at Gum Tree…

Black Friday…
At Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…take 15% off anything BLACK all day.
In the cafe…spend $10 and get a free Black Coffee.

Small Business Saturday…
This one is made for us, and all of the small locally owned shops Downtown Hermosa.
Make sure to register your American Express card here and then come down and #shopsmall. You can get up to $30 back from American Express, we’d like to thank AMEX for their vision in supporting small business!

Santa will be back for photos with Lauren Pressey!
10am-4pm on Saturday…
$20 for a 5×7 print and digital file…with Every Penny going to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation.  Last weekend we raised just over $4000 for the HBEF, let’s do it again!

In both shops we’ll be raffling off some great items, with any purchase you can enter to win aChan Luu Bracelet or a Rody!

Complimentary hot cocoa and mini muffins in the cafe too.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Hermosa Holiday Sidewalk Festival…Tomorrow!

We hope you’ll join us Downtown Hermosa tomorrow
for the 
5th Annual Holiday Sidewalk Festival!  

At Gum Tree…
Santa will be here for photos with the amazing Lauren Pressey!
10am-4pm.  Every penny goes to the HBEF!  Complimentary hot cocoa and mini muffins while you wait.  And every purchase in the shop gets you our Gum Tree jute tote.

At Gum Tree Kids…
Santa’s Helper Elf will be making balloon animals
for all the kids in town!
  10am-4pm.  We’ll be serving some treats and you’ll get a
Gum Tree jute tote with any purchase at Kids too!

There will be live music all around town, and an Elf Scavenger Hunt too! 

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori and Will Ford


Shop Hermosa for the Holidays…A Gum Tree Guide!

Hey Everyone,

The Holiday Season is upon us, what better time for another edition of my Hermosa Guide?

I thought I’d introduce you to some great new shops in town, and reintroduce you to our old favorites, just in time for the Holiday Sidewalk Festival!  

Come down this Saturday and get a jump start on your holiday shopping at any one of our amazing local boutiques.  Bonus…Santa will be at Gum Tree from 10-4!  Live Music and Kids Activities too.

Meet the Newcomers…

Beach and Beverly…
This one is so new that it’s not even open yet, but I am so excited for it.
Soft opening this Saturday…Women’s Clothing, Finally!

The Cooley Brothers of Wicked+ fame, are getting into the women’s biz.  Look for lines like LNA, AG jeans, For Love and Lemons, and Sol Angeles, to name a few.  I’ll take one of everything from the LNA boxes I peeked through today please.

Lavish Gift and Home…
Opened last week by two lovely South Bay Ladies, it’s a great addition to Upper Pier Ave.  In the former home of Mani Pedi Cutie (Ally we miss you), they’ve really transformed the space.

Look for beach themed gifts and home decor.  Pop in after your morning juice fix at the nearbySource Cafe.

Shryne Design…
Looks like Downtown Hermosa is becoming the go to spot for Home Decor and Design!  Shana opened up in the former Bath Bar space a couple of months ago, and the place looks amazing.

She had me at that Zebra wallpaper.

The Familiar Favorites…

Bryce and his amazing team always shine, but especially during this season.  I was laughing so hard at the Holiday cards today that I was crying…

If you need a White Elephant gift, you have come to the right place!  Look for their free photo booth this weekend.  Sexy Santa photos will follow in December, do not miss it, trust me.

Maison Luxe…
The queen of beach chic decor, no one does it better than Carrie.  I got to visit my dream chandelier in there today.

Pick up a little piece of the magic that is Maison Luxe, those sparkly votives make a great hostess gift…

Booties? Check!  Party Shoes?  Check!

Lots of great shoes, and cute accessories too.

Sol Baby…

Super fun stuff for the Rock and Roll kids you know!  My kids favorite, Natives shoes, are in stock…and the Hermosa Beach Tees are too cute, I got one for little Will today.

Wicked +
If you need a great guy gift, look no further…

Well curated selection of just plain cool stuff, and great books too.

Stars Antiques…
We are so lucky to have this amazing business downtown, from the iconic old barn, to the goodies inside, it’s classic Hermosa.  Who needs the Rose Bowl Flea market, I got to browse through tons of vintage treasures today, and it’s just up the block!

A trip to Hermosa is not complete without a stop into our iconic Surf shops…

Becker Surf…
Skateboards, surfboards, wetsuits, gear, they’ve got it.  But today for me, it was all about their socks, loved them all!

Spyder Surf…

I cannot image you could ever find a better flip flop selection than right here on Pier Plaza, looks like the spot to get your Uggs this year too!


A good Pinot Noir is a must have for your upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner, and their knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you pick the perfect one.

Of course we’ll be open too, at Kids, the Cafe and our Shop.

Gum Tree Kids…
We’ve got great gifts for all the kids on your list!  A  real live elf will be making balloon animals from 10-4 in the shop this Saturday!

Elf on the Shelf is back too:)  We have girls and boys, come grab them now so they can magically arrive at your house on Thanksgiving Morning!

Gum Tree…

We’re all set for Thanksgiving at Gum Tree…Pick up a cookbook for some inspiration, some servers for your holiday table, or a great hostess gift.

Now’s a good time to add a pretty piece of jewelry or a Clare Vivier clutch to your Wishlist too!

Don’t Forget—-Santa is here this Saturday from 10-4, it’s our 6th Annual photo event with Lauren Pressey photography, with all $$ going to the HBEF!  Our photo last year was priceless…

We hope to see you Downtown Hermosa soon.  Come spend the day in our funky little beach town, there’s lots more to see!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Turns One Today!

Please come down and Celebrate with us Today.

Don’t miss the Princess Story Time and Singalong, From 10-1!

All Day Today…

  • 10% off any Purchase at Kids
  • Free Jute Tote with Every Purchase

We spent the day yesterday giving the shop a complete makeover.
Holiday is here, come see what’s new.

Thanks for all of your support during our first year, we wouldn’t be here without You!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Gum Tree Kids Turns One!

Our youngest family member, Gum Tree Kids, turns one next week!

All day, Wednesday, November 12th we’ll celebrate…

From 10am-1pm we’ll host
a Story Time and Singalong with a Special Guest Princess
you will not want to miss.

Which princess you ask…well it’s a surprise…
A couple of hints…she likes it pretty cold, has a hard time “letting go” and even our 3 year old son runs around the house in his sister’s long sparkly cape singing her theme song…

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping that day with 10% off anything in the shop,
and a Free Gum Tree Jute Tote with any purchase!  

Mark your calendars for Santa Too!  Our favorite local photographer Lauren Pressey is back for the 6th year in a row, and once again every penny raised goes to the HBEF!

We hope to see you there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori and Will Ford


It’s Our 6th Birthday!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Can you believe tomorrow, November 1st is our 6th Birthday???  It feels like just yesterday we moved into that empty house, Lily was a toddler, and we started our new life in Hermosa.

It’s all thanks to YOU that we’re still open and thriving.  We have loved getting to know all of you, it’s been extremely rewarding to be a part of this fantastic South Bay community.

So please, join us this Saturday for a birthday party all day.

  • 10% off all purchases in the Shop and Cafe!
  • Complimentary Champagne while you shop!
  • Get a new Gum Tree Jute Tote with any shop purchase!

Please note…The shop will be closed today while we transform into a winter wonderland!

The Cafe and Gum Tree Kids will be open, so feel free to pop in for a visit! 

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Upcoming Events at Gum Tree…

It’s that time of year already, Fall has arrived, it’s almost Halloween!  Where did October go??? And that means the holidays will soon follow.   

It’s our favorite time of the year, and we have a full schedule of events coming up at Gum Tree…

First on the list…Tuesday, October 28th…

Halloween Day… the Shop at Gum Tree will be closed for the transformation to our winter wonderland!  The Cafe and Kids Store will both stay open.

Saturday, November 1st…It’s our 6th Birthday!  
Come join us for a special celebration all day.  Details to follow soon…

Santa Claus is coming back to Gum Tree…2 dates!  
The big guy will join us on two festive Downtown Hermosa Days…
Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival…Saturday, November 22nd from 10am-4pm.

Small Business Saturday, November 29th from 10am-4pm

Lots more to follow, mark your calendars for a fabulous fall season in Hermosa!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Join Us Tonight!

Please join us tonight for a special evening at Gum Tree…

Art + Shopping + Food + Cocktails + Charity

Featuring new work by local artist Jessica Alley

with 10% of all sales going to
The LA25 Foundation for the Arts

We’ll be open until 9pm, serving complimentary cocktails and nibbles.
The shop is full of new fall finds, come take a peek!


Hope to see you there,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


And So It Begins…

Our first shipment of Nate Ricketts Shell Trees has arrived!

Be the first to come down and take your pick!

‘Tis almost the season:)

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

You’re Invited…

Gum Tree is proud to support The LA25 Foundation for the Arts!

Please join us for what’s sure to be a fun evening at Gum Tree…

jessica alley big


Hope to see you all there, it’s sure to be a great night for a great cause!

To learn more about the LA25, please click here.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

A Gum Tree Guide to Paris…

Bonjour Everyone,

I’m back from an amazing trip to Paris, it couldn’t have been better.  I’m feeling energized and inspired, and I think you’ll see that at Gum Tree in the coming months.

I often have people ask where I’ve stayed, shopped, and eaten…so I thought I’d put together a Gum Tree Guide to Paris for you.  I’ve also posted it to our Gum Tree Blog!  It will live there forever so you can reference it whenever you’re planning your next trip to the City of Lights.

I should start by telling you that I was not alone on my adventure, my dear friend, shopping partner, and trusted mentor, BJ Gedney was my partner in crime.  I worked for BJ and her husband Bill for 7 years at their wonderful company, Hat Attack, and in that time we did quite a few of these trips for inspiration.  It is thanks to her planning and prodding that I took this trip, so thank you BJ!  It was a quick one, 5 days including travel time…but we fit a whole lot in…

We stayed in a little one bedroom apartment, with the world’s most comfortable pull out bed, right on the banks of the River Seine just opposite the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Here’s the view from our apartment window…

You can check out the AirBnB listing here…

It’s location was amazing, just between the Pont Neuf and Pont St. Michel.  Key to why we picked this location was the St. Michel Metro/RER station that sits just outside the apartment door.
I took the RER train directly from the airport to the St. Michele stop, an easy 30 minute trip that you can’t beat for 9 Euros!  St. Michel is a big metro hub as well, so you can get anywhere you need to go from here.  The place would comfortably fit 4 people, I would even consider it for my family, it had a little tiny elevator for luggage too!

The apartment sits between the two key neighborhoods that we love to shop and eat in…The Marais and St. Germain.

A couple of other hotel options we’ve stayed at in the past that we loved…both in the beautiful St. Germain neighborhood on our favorite street, Rue St. Sulpice.
Hotel Louis 2
Hotel Odeon St. Germain

Day 1…The Marais
I landed around noon and got to the apartment about 2:30…dazed and confused from very little sleep on the flight.  We headed straight out toward The Marais neighborhood.  Just across the Pont St. Michele we walked toward Rue de Rivoli and took a right.  Rue de Rivoli has many of the great french fast fashion chain stores including my new favorite Oysho.  It’s like a combination activewear/loungewear/sleepwear/lingere store.  It’s where I found the adorable kitty cat slippers you’ll see in the photos below.

We took a left on Rue du Temple and wandered around all the great little streets on our way to our ultimate destination… Merci.  Merci has been featured on every design blog I follow, and I was dying to see it.  It’s a beautiful shop full of everything from clothing and accessories to housewares, and amazing jewelry.  Incredibly well edited, it did not disappoint.  The little red car sits near the entrance to the shop in a beautiful courtyard.

Other notable shops we popped into were Gag & Lou, a darling little jewelry shop andL’Eclaireur, a high end fashion concept shop worth taking a look at just for their wild decor.  If you have kids to shop for, you must stop into a Bonton.  It’s a gorgeous kids lifestyle store that carries everything from clothing to toys to bedding, just beautiful.

Now remember, we started at 2:30 and shops close at 7…I’m sure we could have spent another 2 days in The Marais, and in fact BJ did while I was at the show… a couple of her favorite clothing stores that I missed are Shine and Surface to Air.  You can also find all the big fashion houses in the neighborhood, and it’s always fun to dream in Chloe and Valentino!

BJ also made it to the world famous Colette.  Not in the Marais, but on Rue de Honore.  I can’t believe I missed it this trip, but there was just not enough time.

Day 2…St. Germain
This is our old favorite shopping neighborhood, we shopped here for years before the Marais even became a destination, and it felt as fresh as ever!

Start at the intersection of Rue St. Sulpice and Rue de Seine and walk toward the Cathedral of St. Sulpice.  It took us about 3 hours to get down this two block stretch!  Vanessa Bruno has a beautiful 2 level shop, (why didn’t I buy that jumper?).  There’s an outpost of my favorite Japanese shop Muji which sells everything from tiny staplers and pens, to really well priced basic but cool clothing.  Antik Batik is always a favorite for bohemian beaded and embroidered looks, (why didn’t I buy that bag?) along with American Vintage, classics with a french twist that are well priced, and a beautiful little jewelry store Claire Naa.  Claire’s lovely mom helped us, I’m working on bringing her line to Gum Tree, stay tuned.

I was blown away by one store in particular called Mes Demoiselles.  The merchandising was incredible, the colors were just so beautiful, the 4 rugs layered on the floor were to die for.  It was fabulous.  Here are some pics…

Oh, how I wish it would get chilly, so I could throw on one of those pale grey sweaters…

Swing a right on Rue Mabillon for another two amazing shops right next to each other.  Sandra Seraf is one of the most well edited women’s clothing stores ever, absolutely beautiful, well priced jewelry and higher priced clothing, lots of beautiful Isabel Marant here, along with some lesser known French brands.  The children’s shop just next door, Laurette, is full of modern yet whimsical decor, and great gifts.

Head to Rue du Four, swing a left, and stop into Patrick Gerard, another spot-on clothing store.  Then swing another left onto Rue des Canettes and hop into Aridza Bross, which looks a little wacky and disheveled, but has great affordable finds.  These last two streets are also littered with inexpensive shoe stores, where you can find really well priced classic leather sandals, ballet flats and boots.

It was a productive day for me…here’s the evidence…

Sunday Morning trip to the Flea Market
I never take a trip to Paris without stopping at the quaint little flea market at Porte de Vanves. It’s a bit outside the center of town, but still an easy 15-20 minute metro ride.  It’s small and manageable and you can find so many wonderful little treasures.   For me it would be torture to walk one of those big famous markets, with all that antique furniture that I would never be able to get home…I prefer to collect tiny treasures and artwork at this little market that easily fits in my suitcase.

Some of the Treasures of the day…

Eat and Drink…and Drink…
There’s nothing like a good baguette with butter and jam to start your day, or a pain au chocolate for that matter!  When in France I do not deprive myself of bread in all it’s forms, just go with it.  There are endless beautiful bakeries in Paris, but when in doubt you can always stop at Paul, a french bakery chain that’s been operating since 1889, with lots of locations and delicious quiche too.  And don’t forget about the crepes!

We did start one day with a true sit down breakfast at an old classic Le Danton.  It’s on the way to our St. Sulpice shopping destination, on Boulevard St. Germain, and the Croque Madame, fresh squeezed orange juice and espresso hit the spot.

Same goes for the end of the day, no holding back, we drink lots and lots of French wine…this trip was all about the Cotes du Rhone.

We had some wonderful dinners on this trip…
Le Caveau du Palais
At 17 Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cite, this restaurant sits on a quiet 17th century courtyard.  The lettuce in our Cesar salad was finely shredded and served with little tiny croutons that melted in your mouth.  God only knows how long they soak those little croutons in butter, or duck fat, or whatever to make them taste like that!  Again, try not to think about it.  Dinner was the classic Steak Frites and it did not disappoint.  Apple tart for dinner, we went traditional this evening and it was wonderful.

La Palette
This evening we went the charcuterie and wine route, with lots of crusty french bread of course.  Tucked on a tiny street near our apartment at 43 Rue de Seine, we were surrounded by locals puffing cigarettes (yuck, but this is Paris and everyone smokes) and the food was divine.

Au Bon Accueil
This is a tiny restaurant situated on a quiet little side street, with a killer view of the Eiffel Tower.  The food is impeccable, it’s  said to be the favorite Parisian restaurant of Ina Garten, you know, the Barefoot Contessa?  Well we loved it, in fact this is the second time I’ve been to this restaurant and it was fantastic.  Those tiny croutons showed up again, this time in a cold cauliflower soup, delicious.  Sitting outside we were treated to the twinking light show on the Eiffel Tower that takes place every evening at 9pm…magic.

Another one of our favorite restaurants that we missed this time is Le Machon d’Henri.  It’s always casual and packed and loud and delicious.

The Show-Maison & Objet…
Well I’m here to tell you that I have seen a lot of shows, but nothing I’ve ever seen compares to this.  It was huge, gigantic, completely overwhelming.  Also absolutely beautiful and totally inspiring.

Here’s a shot of a tiny part of one of the 8 halls…see those big letters hanging down, well this one hall had rows A-Z…

There were clear themes that stood out for me as I walked and walked for 3 straight days…It turns out that I love everything Danish, who knew?

Stars are on everything!  From leather goods, to baby bedding, to jewelry, to housewares, it was really fresh and fun.  

Lots of natural wood mixed with copper and brass and white stood out in the home decor section.

This photo just about sums it up…what a beautiful display!

I ordered everything I loved…and we’ll just have to see if my new European friends decide to ship me!  I got a lot of “not really sure how to ship the the US” comments, but fingers crossed we will have boxes and boxes of beautiful things arriving in a couple of short weeks!

So that’s it, my Paris guide for you.  I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you get to take a trip to this magical city soon.

Merci to you for reading it!

We’ll see you all at Gum Tree,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New For Fall…And a trip to Paris!

Hey Everyone,

Hope you’re enjoying the last weeks of summer…because Fall is coming up quick!  We’ve got so many beautiful new things in for the upcoming season, with more arriving every day.

And I have some big news…I’m leaving this afternoon for PARIS!  

It’s been a dream of mine to attend the Maison & Objet show for years, (it’s THE Home and Gift Show of Europe) and I’m finally doing it.  I’ll be Instagramming and Facebooking my experience, so please follow along if you like!  Just click on the highlighted words above to find me and follow.

Megan, Pam and the rest of our wonderful staff at Gum Tree will be in the shops ready to help you.  They are very busy today opening lots of boxes in both shops!  Here’s a little preview of some of what’s new…

At Gum Tree…

At Gum Tree Kids…

Meanwhile don’t miss the last couple of days of our Summer Sale…all Summer Sale items are now 70% OFF!

See you all when I’m back next week.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Continues…and a cafe refresh!

summer sale board
An Update For Our Fabulous Customers…

Our Cafe will be closed Monday, August 25th for a little refresh…a new paint job for the upcoming fall season!  We will re-open bright and early Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, both Shops will be open…and our Summer Sale Continues at 50% off!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Sidewalk Sale This Weekend…Now 50% OFF!


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Starting now at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…

Take 50% off all Sale items!

It’s Sidewalk Sale this weekend in Hermosa…
Now through Sunday at 5pm, buy any sale item at 50% off, and take 10% off any regular priced item.  

10% off cafe purchases all day Saturday and Sunday too!
With s’muffin samples while they last.

There will be Live Music outside Java Man all day Saturday.
And don’t miss Lukas Nelson & The Dustbowl Revival…Sunday at 5pm for the Summer Concert Series on the sand, just south of the Pier.

We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Summer Sale Starts Now! 30% off…

Our Summer Sale Starts Now!
Check out the sale at both Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids…
30% off select merchandise.

Hope you can make it down!

Happening this weekend in Hermosa….
The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Fin Fest!
With live music on the beach just south of the pier all day Saturday and Sunday, and interactive exhibits on the plaza that will be great for kids…
a shark petting zoo, you can’t beat that!

For more information, including the musical lineup and activity schedule, click here

Don’t miss it!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

New in Hermosa…

Hey Everyone,
I hope you’re enjoying this amazing summer we’re having in the South Bay!

It’s way past time for one of my “New In Hermosa” emails, there’s so much new down here, it’s incredible!  The food scene is booming, there’s a new yoga studio, and a guitar shop that’s one of the coolest retail concepts I have ever seen.
Here’s a little preview for you…

Dia De Campo…

From our friends at Abigaile and Little Sister comes Dia De Campo.  A modern surf lodge, fish house and raw bar.  The food is super flavorful and different, I would expect nothing less from this crew.  Atmosphere is great too, and the classic margarita was delicious.  Ask for their homemade hot sauce!

The Hook & Plow

We’ve been here twice, once with the kids and once without, and both times we had a great experience.  Trust your server and get the panko crusted avocados with lime cilantro dipping sauce…  You will not be disappointed!

Paradise Bowls

This is the second location for Paradise Bowls, (the first is the super popular place with the line downtown Manhattan Beach).  We’re so happy they came down to Hermosa Avenue, this is the perfect snack after you finish your workout next door at the next place on our list…Soho Yoga.
My children both devoured their bowls, they thought it was desert, only I knew better.

Soho Yoga

Of course I haven’t taken a class yet…but I swear I’m going to start this week!  The studio is beautiful, clean and brand new.  The people who work there are lovely, they have a darling retail section in front, and they have a special running…$30 for 30 days for new students!

The Standing Room

We haven’t been to this new location yet, but we loved the burgers we tried at their original location in the back of a liquor store in Redondo!  Next date night this is on the list.  

Two in one…The Greenbelt and Project Taco

Two completely different businesses, but they both fit in one photo!
Project Taco serves quick and easy, delicious tacos a la carte that you can eat at their little table out front, or take to the beach.
The Greenbelt just opened, and while I haven’t been there yet, it’s getting rave reviews from lots of customers coming in to Gum Tree.  The menu looks small but yummy… appetizers, salads and pizzas heavy on the veggie ingredients.  And they serve beer and wine!

And last but not least…

@Mike’s Guitar Parlor

I just popped in to this place directly across the street from us, for the first time today, and I am completely blown away.  Mike was there of course, and couldn’t have been a nicer guy.  It felt like the hip living room of a really cool musician you wish you were friends with.  Anyone and everyone is invited in, to purchase or just to PLAY any of Mike’s personal collection of guitars, electric and acoustic, from the 50’s to today…He sells new Gibson acoustic guitars too.  Prices range from $1,600 to $20,000.
The sign on the door says the best days to buy are Wednesday through Sunday, and best days to play are Monday and Tuesday.

Hope you can make it down to one of these awesome new spots.


We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Check out Gum Tree Kids!

Happy Summer Everyone!

Have you made it into Gum Tree Kids yet?  Just in case you haven’t, here’s a peek inside….

We’ve got gorgeous bedding and decor for your new baby’s room…
We even have a Mommy Registry!  Ask anyone on our staff for help setting one up.

And great gifts for baby too!

We’ve got gifts for kids of all ages in here!  Clothing goes up to 2 years, but gifts abound for 12 and under!

Pop in to check us out.  We should have something perfect for any kid on your list!

Does your kid have a birthday coming up?  He or She can make her own wish list at Gum Tree Kids too!

Gum Tree Kids is located at 323 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach.  310-376-5107
(a couple doors up from Becker Surf)

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

World Cup Fever Strikes Hermosa…

Tomorrow at 9am the LA Galaxy will host a World Cup Watch Party at the Hermosa Beach Pier when Team USA takes on Germany!

We’ve got Soccer Fever too…so we’ve worked up some specials in the cafe…

Pop in early on your way down and get some free mini muffins with any coffee purchase.

There’s nothing more American than a hot dog!  Our version comes on grilled ciabatta, with a 100% all natural Kosher Beef dog, caramelized onions, shredded aged cheddar, sliced avocado and Sriracha ketchup.

And don’t miss the Red, White and Blue Lamingtons!

Visit my wife next door for 20% off anything Red, White or Blue in the Shop too.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Will Ford

Go Team USA!

It’s Officially Summer Time in Hermosa Beach!

This Thursday, June 26th at 9am the LA Galaxy will host a World Cup Watch Party at the Hermosa Beach Pier when Team USA takes on Germany!

Because we have Soccer Fever too…All day Thursday at Gum Tree and Gum Tree Kids….

Take 20% off anything Red, White or Blue!

In the cafe, Will is going to be cooking up some classic american dishes, with our Gum Tree twist!  Can you say grilled hot dog on a toasted baguette with caramelized onions and shredded aged cheddar?  And don’t miss the Red, White and Blue Lamingtons!

We hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Father’s Day is June 15th!

Don’t forget the Big Guy this Father’s Day!

We’ve got some great gift ideas for your dad.  Pop in and visit us,
we’ll help you pick something just right.

If you can’t make it in, last day to order for guaranteed ground shipping
is this Sunday, June 8th! 

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day from all of us at Gum Tree!

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Lori Ford


Mom’s Day is this Sunday…



Come in and grab the perfect gift for your Mom this week!

This Sunday in our cafe…

All Mom’s will be treated to complimentary Mimosas.  Bring the family down for brunch on our patio.  It’s going to be a beautiful day.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

What’s New…and a Jewelry by Cari Trunk Show!

Hi Everyone,

Spring is in the air, and that means Mother’s Day and Graduation are coming soon!  We have an amazing Trunk Show happening this week with Jewelry by Cari

Rory and Cari will be here custom stamping any of their charms right before your eyes, they’ll have chains, stones, and more for you to work with, don’t miss it!

Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd…

10am-4pm both days

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As always, with Spring comes lots of beautiful new things here at Gum Tree…

new-mother's-day-2014We’re sure to have something for any Mom or Grad on your list!

Hope to see you all soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford


Spring Break!

Spring Break Season is Here…Are you going anywhere fabulous???  We’ll be heading to the desert for a couple days and I’m busy packing!

We’ve got some beautiful new things for your warm weather vacation here at Gum Tree!click.jpg

Grab yourself a Cotton Tunic $53-$57, The perfect Beach Bag $88, Hats from $39-$81, Mexican Beach Blankets $44, Beach Paddles $29 and so much more…

Pop in to check out what’s new.  We hope to see you soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Feeling Lucky…20% OFF!!!

Happy St. Patty’s Day Everyone!

Today in our shops…Take 20% OFF anything Green!

I never realized how much green we had here…

It’s popping up everywhere!  Even across the street at our Kids Shop!

Yes, if it has any green on it, at all, anywhere you can take 20% OFF!

There’s a little something for everyone.

Hope to see you all soon.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford

Jewelry by Cari GOLD…15% off this month!

Happy Monday Everyone!
Have you been coveting a custom piece from Jewerly By Cari in Gold???

Today through the end of March…
Take 15% off any special order from Jewelry By Cari of her GOLD or MIXED METAL pieces!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Last Minute Valentine’s Gift???

Need a last minute Valentine’s Gift for your lady…We’ve got you covered.

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Free Beer Tomorrow on the back patio for all you last minute shoppers! And gift wrapping is free as always.

Hope to see you soon!

Lori Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Valentine’s Wish List…

Come in to Gum Tree to create your very own Valentine’s Day Wish List!
We’re sure your Valentine will appreciate the helpful hints.

Just in case you need some inspiration, here’s what some of us are wishing for…

Chan Luu Cashmere Silk Scarf – $179
14kt Gold Jewelry by Cari Custom Necklace – price on request
What Matters Most Book – $16
Chan Luu Beaded Necklace – $96
Sea Charm Bangles – $62 – $147
You’re A Fox Card (for my foxy husband) – $5.25

Block Printed Frame – $46
Heart Spice Measuring Spoons – $36
Jonathan Adler Salt & Pepper Shakers – $50
Faithfully Yours Card – $5.25
Cognac Tray – $29
Chan Luu Bracelets – $28 each
Silk Pom Pom Scarf – $148
Sweet Cravings Gluten Free Baking Book – $18.99
Floral Journal – $15.50
Pink & Neon Spun Scarf – $53
Chan Luu Love Bracelets – $105 each
Herringbone Throw – $87
Jonathan Adler Candle – $43

Lafco Duchess Peony Candle – $60
Crushed Swarovski Leather Bracelets – $36-$46
Chan Luu Beaded Necklaces – $174 each
Gold Leather Baggu Tote – $184
Pink Vintage Kantha Pillow – $142
We hope to see you soon,Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Will You Be My Valentine?

Shop Gum Tree Online Here…
a. Block Printed Frame – $34
b. Can Luu Mix Chain Bracelet – $60
c. JLynn Circle Necklace – $86
d. Chan Luu Polka Dot Scarf – $68
e. Chan Luu Sparkle Bracelet – $50
f. Lafco Powder Room Candle – $60
g. Chan Luu Mixed Cuff – $105
h. JLynn Julie Earrings – $72
i. Viv & Ingrid Small Wrap Hoops – $92
j. JLynn Circle Necklace – $86

And of course you can always visit us in our shops for the perfect gift.  We have new things arriving daily… just yesterday I opened boxes of new spring scarves and jewelry from Chan Luu,  a box of new bangles from Kai Luxe, and some darling heart shaped hair clips at Gum Tree Kids too!  

I’ll be in New York for the show tonight through next week, follow me on Instagramor Facebook to see all the fun new stuff that will be coming to Gum Tree soon!

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford


Happening Now in Hermosa…

Three things happening right now in Hermosa Beach…

ONE: A quick reminder… Hermosa Beach will continue to have FREE 3 hour parking at all silver meters downtown until January 31st! A Big thank you to the City of Hermosa!

TWO: Jute Tote Promo – Bring your Jute Tote in to one of our Shops from now through January 31st and receive 20% OFF any purchase! Have you been eyeballing that Moroccan leather poof, a NEW Chan Luu necklace, or bedding for your new baby’s nursery???! If you’ve got your Jute Tote… this is your chance to get your 20% OFF!!

THREE: With the New Year comes New Arrivals! Pop in to see new shipments coming everyday.

And on the Cafe Side…
Bring us your tote and get a FREE drip coffee or iced tea!

We’ll see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

20% Off…With Your Jute Tote!

Happy New Year!!!

We want to Thank You for shopping with us during the Holidays!  

If you spent $100 in November and December and took home one of our Jute Totes…

Bring it in to our Shops from now through January 31st for
20% off any purchase!

In the Cafe…bring us your tote and get a FREE drip coffee or iced tea.

Hope to see you soon,

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!
Lori Ford

Merry Christmas!

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Hope to see you soon,

Lori and Will Ford

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Gum Tree Kids Gift Guide!!!

Kids are what Christmas is all about!  

Take a Peek at our First Annual Gum Tree Kids Gift Guide
For some last minute shopping ideas…

Baby Girl…

Baby Boy…

2 years…

3 years…

5 years…

Stocking Stuffers…

Pop into our new shop for a visit this weekend.
You can find us at 323 Pier Avenue

A couple doors East of Becker Surf.

Think Globally, Shop and Eat Locally!

Lori Ford