Wearing Velvet for the Holidays and why it’s a Must!

Lately I’m obsessed with all things velvet!  I think it may have something to do with the holiday season but I’ve been loving it for my tablescapes, my home and even my wardrobe!  The holidays are the perfect time of year to bust out some velvet, and this year I’m taking full advantage.  I have three outfits today that will have you wearing it for the holidays too!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photography
Hair by 1011 Makeup

You can play with velvet on your accessories or you can be like me and go full force!  There are so many fun ways to add it in, today I’m sharing three.  Let’s start with my favorite first, this playful pair of overalls…  

Madewell is one of my favorite stores to shop at and they didn’t disappoint this holiday season.  Especially in the velvet department.  These overalls immediately caught my eye!  They’re so darn cute and overalls are always a fun and different option.  I paired them with this cute chambray top from Madewell also.
  You know we love a good kimono!  Another fun way to add velvet is to throw it over whatever you’re wearing!  This Flynn Skye kimono’s color is just amazing!!!  I found this Chaser Brand Champagne tee and thought it was perfect for this season!  This would be a fun casual NYE outfit if you are being mellow this year like I probably will be… Mom problems over here!  

Also, Dear Santa, I think I need a new pair of Vans, these are looking a little dirty, haha!

Last up, the dressy way to wear your velvet… With a floor length gown of course!  I am completely obsessed with this For Love & Lemons dress and was the minute I saw it.  The appliqué detail is so fun and the colors are on point for the holidays.  The straps are velvet and it’s just the perfect touch of one needs on a fabulous dress like this!

Shop all my picks and more below!  Seriously, velvet for the win people!!



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By on December 12, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE


An Easy and Simple DIY Keepsake Christmas Ornament

Today’s post is an easy DIY for you that can last as a family keepsake.  It’s a simple ornament that is affordable and fun to create with your kiddos.  This year my son Court is 3.5 and he is excited about all things Christmas.  It’s so much fun to see his reactions and how he soaks it all in.  I’ve been keeping him busy with different crafts and he really loved this one so I thought I would share!

Keep scrolling, it’s just so easy and looks pretty on the tree or even as a decor piece on the mantle!

Photos by Riley Starr
  Let’s start with what you will need!  I got everything for this DIY at Michaels, or as Court likes to say “the craft store”.  We make a trip there every few weeks and stock up on fun things to do.  Plus, they always have a “sale” and things are usually 40-50% off!  So it’s easy on the wallet…

I used these simple clear plastic ornaments, there are some similar here.  We also shopped around the fake flower area, we picked some fun pieces that both Court and I thought would be pretty.  Court especially loved the pine cones!  Then we picked up some glitter and confetti and we were golden!

Next step is writing on the ornaments.  I am lucky and have a few talented friends, so Cindy from Blot & Dot took care of this step for me!  We had her write Court, Cruz and Christmas 2017.  Now, the easy part… Just fill up each ornament to your liking and then hang on the tree!  It’s as easy as that and your kiddos will love it!

Aren’t they pretty?!  And I love the way they look hanging on the tree.  Court had so much fun picking things out and creating these ornaments.  He’s so proud showing them off to anyone who will listen!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season so far!  Only 2 short weeks till the big day!!



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3 Steps For A Simple Modern Holiday Mantle

Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a month filled extravaganza. I use to decorate every nook and cranny in my old house. Now, being in my new home, I wanted to change up my holiday vibe to create a more minimalist style. And the mantel is where I started. You can create a simple modern holiday mantel in three easy steps, and all budget friendly. And that is nice to do since you are spending all that dough on gifts for the holiday. 

Photos by Erin Milnik



FA LA LA! Signage is the way to go to create an impact on any holiday decor action. It is simple but makes a statement right away. Leanna from David and Leanna created this tan leather banner for me. And, anyone can create this banner! I bought the leather here. I love this Etsy shop; it has every color leather that you would fancy. The Leather Guy is my source for all my leather projects that you have seen here on the blog. Now the secret is out! 



Everyone loves greenery on a mantel. Greenery just pulls everything together to create anything beautiful, especially your holiday mantel. Now, you can quickly go with the premade garland that you get at any Christmas tree lot or your local hardware store. But this year, I wanted to create something more organic looking, and only on one side. I drove around my neighborhood and found this greenery. I cut a bunch of limbs off the tree without anyone seeing me. Ha!

I learned a trick by watching all the florists we have worked with through the years… sticky dots! The sticky dots allow you to place the leaves where you want and how you want. And, they also provide “glue” for you to create a cascading look with the branches. Plus, they are clear so no one will be able to see them like you would if you used string or even zip ties to create a “garland” look with your branches. Another designer secret for you. 

See how greenery just adds life to the mantel! I will keep this up even after the holidays are over. 



Lastly, add some simple modern accents to your mantel. I found these black stylish candle holders at Target. I like doing things in “3’s” or in odd numbers. And, the black adds that pop of color. Along with the candle holders, I added a rattan side table and a holiday area rug in front of the fireplace. The rug adds a little boho touch that we Beijos ladies love so much. All these accents can be used through the year, and not thrown back into your holiday storage box. I think that is the key to decorating for the holidays. Use items that you can use all the time, and not just for December. 


3 easy steps to create a modern holiday mantel! Now get out there and create your own. 










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Jingle All the Wine – Wine Pairings for the Holidays with Argaux

Tis the season… To drink some wine!!!  Some of the best parties of the year are during the holiday season.  Everyone is ready for a good stress free night of good food and good wine!  Today we teamed up with the ladies from Argaux to share wine pairings with our favorite Christmas songs!  How fun is that?!  Wow your guests with this fun list they created for our readers, and better yet you can purchase the set straight through them!  Another plus, each bottle is hand picked and amazing and under $35!

Photos by Riley Starr

Here’s a little bit from the ladies behind Argaux, Arden & Margaux…

Here at Argaux, when we think “Holiday Wine” we think versatility.  Whether you’re hosting a dinner party and need wine pairings or looking for a hostess gift, it’s important to have a variety of good quality, affordable wines to choose from.  In this case, we’ve paired some of our favorite holiday vines with some of our go-to holiday jingles!  

Pairing wine with music is a unique spin on your holiday party.  The right song can drastically change how each wine tastes in your glass and it’s an easy way to elevate your next party no matter what time of year…

Each wine is paired with a song based on the mood and personality the song and the wine convey.  High tone vs. low tone, brass instruments vs. the piano…  these sort of elements in any given song contribute to the way the song feels… or… the texture of the wine… see for yourself!

You can purchase the Beijos Holiday Pack here!!

How cute are these gift boxes?!  Who wouldn’t want the gift of wine?  I know I would!!  They really make a great gift for the holidays and would be such pretty presentation for your guests!

How cute is this set up?!  I think any guest would be excited to join this party!  Keep reading for a little more about each wine pairing…
NV Henri Goutorbe Champagne Rosé: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas – Lake Street Dive 
Delightful • Jovial • Bubbles dancing on your tongue

This wine is striking. Pretty on the nose with layers of red fruit aromas and violets. On the palate this wine is velvety and energetic. 75% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay. This champagne is refreshing and classic. The Goutorbe family had been producing estate-bottled champagne since the 1940’s. Today the family owns 25 hectares planted with pinot noir, chardonay and pinot meunier. 

2013 Château de Brézé Clos David: Run Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry 
Bright • Friendly • Classic  

This is the wine that turned her onto Chenin Blanc! Coming from arguably some of the best vineyards in Saumur, Château de Brézé was once coined Chenin de Brézé. These are wines that were once poured among the royal courts of Europe. Margaux and I were able to meet winemaker Arnaud Lambert in 2016.  Arnaud poured an outstanding lineup of still white and red in addition to Château de Brézé and Domaine de Saint Just Crémant de Loire.

What stood out the most during our visit was how Arnaud talked about the wines. When he talks about the wine he’s really talking about the geology of the land that makes up the clos of Brézé. I asked him how he knows when to pick the grapes for harvest. He told me, “When you start to make wine, you make wine to make wine.” For the past two years during harvest he has tasted the berries every day, twice a day, imagining what the wine will be.

2015 Wonderland Project White Queen Chardonnay: Santa Baby – Gwen Stefani
Familiar • Sultry

The Wonderland Project founded by sommelier Matt Ahern is filling a void. Finally, there’s a high quality chardonnay made from high quality fruit at an approachable cost. The White Queen was previously available at a mere few restaurants. Now, Argaux represents The White Queen and Two Kings Pinot Noir. Both are top selling wines year round!

2014 Amy & Peter Made This Pinot Noir: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Baking Spice • Traditional • Cozy

Amy & Peter are the dynamic duo behind Black Sheep Finds, producing this Pinot Noir among other notable red blends under labels such as Hocus Pocus and Genuine Risk. Together they manage everything from harvest to managing their tasting room in the Wine Ghetto. There’s a beautiful balance to this wine. Think refreshing, classic pinot noir with a hint of spice.

2015 Salcheto Chianti Colli Senesi: Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong
Snazzy • Charming 

Part of being sustainable means being innovative. Salcheto, a winery based in Montepulciano, Tuscany, is making delicious wines all while respecting Mother Earth and the land their grapes come from. Not to mention, the value is incredible. What is “Natural” wine?

Essentially, a natural wine minimizes the carbon footprint by eliminating the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. The Salcheto vineyards are all certified organic and even more impressive…the winery is entirely powered by solar. You’ll notice a calculated label on each bottle illustrating the carbon footprint of the wine. 

2014 Hendry Block 28 Zinfandel: Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley & Martina McBride 
Romantic • Comfortable • All-American 

This is a moderately jammy Zin with an herbal quality and fine-grained tannins. This wine pairs wonderfully with blue cheese and peppered beef tenderloin.

Now do these girls know what they’re talking about or what?!

Enjoy these wine pairings!!  Jingle all the wine!!



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An Easy Persimmon Tart For The Holidays



Holiday baking is a tradition for my family, and this easy persimmon tart is a family favorite for the holidays. Ever since I was little, I can remember my grandmother always baking up delicious treats for us to munch on for Christmas. The yummy treats don’t stop on my side of the family. Also, my mother in law loves to bake for Christmas. She will spend days before baking all day, so there is a bounty of desserts to pick from. She is one of those ladies that will gift a whole plate of assorted desserts to her friends.

One of the items she loves baking with is persimmons. Ripe Fuyu persimmons are like ripe nectarines or pears, firm but yield to gentle pressure, and oh so good. This easy persimmon tart uses both the firm and ripe Fuyu persimmons. It is made out of December’s seasonal produce of pecans, persimmons, pomegranates, and holiday spices and this combination just screams Christmas. Furthermore, this tart is so easy to make, plus you can make it days before which is a win in my book. If you are a dessert gift giver for the holidays, I highly recommend gifting this tart, an alternative to the assorted cookie platter. 

And, it’s dairy free :)

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography

3 cups pecans

Lightly grease a tart pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper. Blend 3 cups pecans and dates in a food processor until finely ground, about 1 minute. Pour agave nectar over nut mixture and process until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Press nut mixture evenly into tart pan. And freeze crust for about 20 minutes to set.

Peel and pit persimmons, then puree in food processor with chopped pecans and cinnamon until smooth. Taste, add agave nectar if you like it sweeter. Pour over crust and smooth out. Finally, garnish with firm sliced persimmons and pomegranate seeds. Freeze to set. Cover and freeze if serving later. 







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By on December 6, 2017 in CHRISTMAS, DESSERT, EATS