Fall Recipe – Pumpkin Cookies

I don’t know about you, but I’m totally the type of person that wants pumpkin everything this time of year.  So I’m dying to share this pumpkin cookie recipe with you guys.  They are so delish, very soft and moist with a cake like texture. The frosting is just the right added touch, not too sweet, but the right amount of cream to offset the pumpkin.  They are really great anytime of year, but an essential this time of year.

All photos by Megan Welker

Textiles by Rachel Labarre



1 cup butter flavored shortening

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 (3.4oz) package of instant vanilla pudding mix

1 (16oz) container cream cheese frosting

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease your cookie sheets


In a large bowl, cream together the butter flavored shortening and sugar.  Beat in the egg and vanilla, then stir int he pumpkin puree.  Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla instant pudding mix; gradually mix into the pumpkin mixture.  Roll into walnut sized balls and place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 12-15 min in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges.  Allow to cool completely before frosting with the cream cheese frosting.

Voila!  So fresh and so good!!


Happy Fall!!

Xx Leah

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James Michelle Jewelry Party

We recently teamed up with the always amazing James Michelle to style a special event!  Owner Jamie Israel was traveling down to Southern California from Bend, Oregon where she calls home last month and thought it was a great time to throw a little shindig and meet some of her rad clients face to face. With our always hot Indian Summer’s here in California it was the perfect excuse to get tropical for this James Michelle Jewelry party.  The party was held at Cleobella’s gorgeous Sunset Beach boutique and it was all kinds of tropical mixed with beachy cool – just what you would expect from James Michelle!  Scroll down to see how pretty this one was, and of course how adorable Jamie is!  Plus, there is a really sweet giveaway with one of the VIP swag bags on our Instagram, so don’t miss out on that!  But first, how about these pretty pics from The Dulcet Creative?!

_dulcetcreative-2083 Fox Floral Design Studio did the florals for this party and I think it’s safe to say that EVERYONE was obsessed with this tropical mandala they created!  We just through the James Michelle logo up there in the middle and they took care of the rest!  It was the perfect photo op for everyone that night, but wait till you see all of their other pretty arrangements through-out the party…

_dulcetcreative-2023-2 There’s the lady of the hour, Miss James Michelle herself!  How cute is Jamie?!  Like major girl crush over here!!  And we can vouch, she is just as genuine and sweet as she seems!

_dulcetcreative-2277 _dulcetcreative-2289 _dulcetcreative-2285-2 We had yummy little bites for everyone and of course some champs and wine!!  One Hope Wine is always the best addition to the party, and we love highlighting them with these Jen & Jules Designs Cocktail Stirrers and of course some fun signage by Blot & Dot, who did all the pretty calligraphy through-out the party…

_dulcetcreative-2048 _dulcetcreative-2183 Our favorite bar… EVER!!  Thank you Cleobella for always letting us play with this beauty!!

_dulcetcreative-2163 _dulcetcreative-2053 _dulcetcreative-2060 And of course the yummy bites…

_dulcetcreative-2104 _dulcetcreative-2113 Jamie had the prettiest display of her jewelry and we really got to see how talented this lady is!  She has so many designs we didn’t even know about, you guys, there is SO much good stuff!!  I mean it was a James Michelle Jewelry party after all, we have to showcase these pretty pieces!!  We did a really rad installation behind Jamie’s table thanks to Raw Metal Decor who made the amazing palm leaf cut outs, how great are those?!

_dulcetcreative-2159 _dulcetcreative-2017 _dulcetcreative-2015 _dulcetcreative-2152 _dulcetcreative-2145 Guests were serenaded by Victoria Bailey, we love this beautiful girl’s voice so much!! We could listen to it all night!

_dulcetcreative-2202 _dulcetcreative-2340 It was a beautiful night and we all had a blast shopping, sipping and chatting… It was great to see so many people turn out to see Jamie and support her!  We loved being a part of it!

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Spotlight – Lovelane Designs

Want to do something fun and different this Halloween for your costume, well we have the perfect solution!  For this years Halloween playdate we reached out to Lovelane Designs who creates the cutest handmade costumes for kids.  The best part about these costumes is it encourages our kids to use their imaginations and play, and of course look adorable doing it!  The kids had so much fun pretending and playing together, it’s really the best to see them get creative!!  We teamed up with Style Me Pretty Living  to showcase Lovelane Designs and their adorable costumes along with a fun giveaway, head over there to try and win one for your own kiddo!  And keep reading to learn more about this amazing brand and owner Lane Huerta.

Photos by Megan Welker
Backdrop by Drop it Modern

meganwelker-beijoshalloween-139 Lane Huerta began dreaming and designing in rural North Carolina, where as an only child, entertaining herself was the only option. Imagining adventures in the woods behind her house, she counts Pippi Longstocking and Punky Brewster as her earliest inspirations.  She spent her entire adult life as an artist, but she’s the first to admit that it took years to find her distinct voice. “I struggled for a while, as you do when you’re young and questioning the world,” Lane recalls. Her personal moment of truth arrived in 2013, after her daughter Clementine discovered a fondness for playing dress-up; inspired, Lane began sketching and screen printing crowns and capes. The result was Lovelane Designs, a colorful and quirky line of handmade children’s costumes that now includes dragon wingsunicorn princess tunicswizard cloaks, and knight shields. “As the first children’s products came about, I felt like everything I had learned up until that point was part of the process, and it finally clicked,” Lane says.

The rest is from Lane’s interview with Etsy where she was a “featured brand” this month.

meganwelker-beijoshalloween-165 meganwelker-beijoshalloween-172 Designing for children is an interesting pursuit, because the parents are buying, but it’s the children whose imaginations and creativity you want to spark.  How do you find the right balance?

That’s so true. I do feel like some of this was a happy accident, because when Lovelane started, I was designing something that I envisioned buying myself. As a parent, I wanted it to look good hanging in my kid’s room or as a part of what my child is wearing. I wanted it to be made of natural fabrics, so our inks are compliant and safe for the environment as well as the child. Our capes aren’t nineteen dollars, because I’m paying people a living wage to make these with their hands, with care and love. We make sure everything is double stitched, so it’s not going to fall apart at the seams. That’s what parents appreciate: that a kid can use this heirloom-quality costume for years and it will last.

meganwelker-beijoshalloween-184 meganwelker-beijoshalloween-197 Your shop’s aesthetic is so distinctive: bright colors and a graphic, blocky style. Have you always gravitated toward this particular look?

Even though I wore black in art school, I’ve always loved color. Developing the style for Lovelane was a gradual process; I’m always trying to push myself to work with new materials and fabrics, and I think teaching myself to do things like screen printing allowed me the opportunity to break rules that I didn’t know I might be breaking. It was easy for me to not live within any confines of how things were “supposed” to be.

How does your daughter inspire your designs and respond to the costumes you create?

Clementine is my muse and my biggest critic. I love the idea of self-empowerment, and self-empowerment truly begins with kids playing and being open and free. I’m always trying to think of costumes I can make that won’t pigeonhole a child in terms of a specific character that’s already out there in the world. I want them to create their own superhero and their own stories. When I choose a color, like a certain blue, that’s the only one I use. That way, the kids can mix and match our pieces. They can make them their own and unplug their imaginations.

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During book time, which is our family’s nighttime ritual. Clementine needs her four books a night, so the three of us prop up in the bed, and I close my eyes and listen to the story while my husband reads. I just daydream and hear about these characters. And when the kids get together at playtime, I listen to them and watch them and hear what they’re talking about. I eavesdrop a lot! They’re such funny little people.

Do any of your designs have a special personal meaning for you?

The superhero wings that went viral are still one of our best sellers. That picture of the flying girl makes me teary, because Clem is so much bigger now! But that is the quintessential costume and one of the first ones that I designed. That photo speaks to our mission and who we are.

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We’re doing a “paint-your-own” series for the holidays, so we’re screen printing some simple tiaras, crowns, and cuffs, and packaging them with fabric paint and paint brushes. The concept is: we sew it, you paint it. I’m also very excited to be writing a book with Quarto Publishing called Superhero Sewing. It explains how to sew things yourself with a Lovelane aesthetic.

Looking back on the last two years with Lovelane Designs, what are some milestones that you’re especially proud of? 

I was able to quit my bartending job a few months before my fortieth birthday, which was a north star for me, personally. Things took me a little bit longer, but everything has fallen into place. I’m living my dream. It’s not all roses and bonbons, but I get to do what I love every day, and that’s huge.

Hope you liked taking a look inside this amazing and inspiring brand!  Don’t forget to head on over to SMP Living to check out the giveaway, you don’t want to miss it!



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By on October 19, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, SPOTLIGHT


Perfecting the Berry Lip – Fall Beauty

We are now in the full swing of Fall, it’s mid October and we even got some rain this week in California, say whaaaaaaa?!?  And although we’ll be back to hotter temps very, very soon we wanted to bust out some pretty Fall beauty looks for you!  Our friend Kierra worked with Leah and I on perfecting a berry lip for Fall, something we both love the look of but were hesitant to try on our own.   Both of us have a fairly simple makeup routine and can be somewhat scared to try something new, but with the help of a professional we think we pulled it off!  Keep reading to see how you can pull it off yourself at home with not just one but four different looks!

Photos by Megan Welker
Backdrop from Drop it Modern
Clothing from Costa Cabana

Let’s start with me!  Kierra basically did two softer berry lips and two that are a bit bolder, so you can dress up your look during the day and in the evening.  For my softer look our goal was to have it be just a berry stain, but Kierra used a lip pencil and filled in my lips.  This way you don’t get the dry dehydrated lips and it lasts longer!  I loved this take on the berry lip!  The specific color she used on me was Cerise by Kevy Aucoin and you can find it here.

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meganwelker-beijosberrylip-125 meganwelker-beijosberrylip-128 Next up, we go brighter and bolder!!  For my bold berry look Kierra used a lip color from Laura Mercier called Berry, go figure!  You can find that one here.  We love how this color pops!!  You can use a lip pencil along the rims to try and prevent bleeding, Kierra also recommends using the lip pencil in the outer top corners of your lips to add a little fullness.

meganwelker-beijosberrylip-109 meganwelker-beijosberrylip-112 Last but not least is Leah in her bold look, and I personally think she looks stunning in this berry lip!!  Here she was worried she was going to look like a Chola, haha!  Kierra again used Bobbi Brown’s lip color in Blackberry, and again if you need to use a lip liner go for it!!  You can find the color here.  We just love how velvety our lips look with these pretty colors!

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By on October 18, 2016 in BEAUTY, FALL


Pumpkin Cookie Party

Now, you guys know that we love to plan playdates for our littles and with a holiday like Halloween around the corner it called for all sorts of fun!! Since this holiday is all about the sugar, we thought why not add more?! I know we are crazy, haha!! But hey, if it involves baking and decorating cookies it’s worth the craziness, right?  We decided a pumpkin cookie party was in order and what can we say, it was a hit!  The kids had so much fun seeing all of the Halloween decorations and it really got them excited for the holiday, plus if you add cookies to anything they are bound to be happy!  This party was featured on Mini Style Blog yesterday, so head on over there to see more!

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We set the tone with fun pumpkin shaped plates by The Duo Studio and personalized by Blot & Dot, they were a hit! And a keepsake they can keep for future Halloweens to come! Our table was full of pumpkins and gourds with funny sayings by Blot & Dot as well and lots of orange, black, white and copper!  The pretty textiles are from Boho Pillow and The Little Market and fun Fall flowers done by Flowers by Mae Mae.

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It was a fun little afternoon to play and get creative, one of our favorite things to do!  Any time our kids can get their hands dirty and use their imaginations it makes our hearts happy.  These little ones loved decorating their own pumpkin cookies, and of course eating them too!

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By on October 17, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, FALL, HALLOWEEN