Interior Mood Board- Project Kitchen

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Flew by too fast for me, as it always does. Last week, we did our Real Talk, and let you in on some fun news that Jacquelyn and I were getting to design our kitchens in our new homes this year. We are both so eager to start this process of creating our new space. It all starts with the most important room – the kitchen. The area where you gather around the most, where you entertain, talk about your day over dinner, the place you probably make the most memories. This was important for us to produce an atmosphere we would love to spend time in for years to come. Today we are giving you a little peek of what these rooms will soon look like. We can’t wait to show you the final product! Till then, we will share and document the process through our Instagram Story.

Let’s start with Jacquelyn’s Inspiration!

When we closed escrow on our new home earlier this year I was beyond thrilled but totally not prepared for all of the big decisions I was going to have to make.  We decided to redo our kitchen before moving into the house because we didn’t want to deal with all the mess while in there. We are also taking out a wall, which is a whole other story!

I’ve been pinning ideas for my kitchen for years, but when the time came to design my own, it was very daunting. My husband has had to bug me to make decisions or even go look at things; I think I was a little apprehensive about making such permanent decisions. Plus, I’m so busy with my day too, I guess I was worried about adding more to my plate.

At first, I wanted to go in the direction of doing more modern beach wood cabinets. I still love the idea and look, but ultimately a few things changed my mind. One, I was worried I would get sick of them and they would just be a fad. Two, they aren’t in stock and would take 8-10 weeks to deliver, this isn’t a huge deal but would slow down our moving process quite a bit. And three, I was worried they wouldn’t match the wood flooring we are doing, and once everything was installed, I would feel regretful.

Ultimately I decided on classic white cabinets, they’ll never go out of style, and my kitchen will always look nice and bright! Plus, they are in stock which is a huge factor! Haha! We are also doing a large island with leather bar stools. The island will be a granite with a Carrera marble look, and the countertops will be granite with a dark cement look. We plan on doing a white glossy subway tile backsplash and a Portuguese inspired tile behind the stove.

The main elements we love are clean white with some natural wood and blue Portuguese tile.  I’m really hoping it all comes together well and my vision works. It’s exciting and scary all at once, and I can’t wait to share the outcome with you!

Now for Abby’s Inspiration!

We are moving into a division in Rocklin, Ca that is called Whitney Ranch. This procedure is a tad bit different than buying a house already built, and even building a custom home on your terms. How it works is we picked the style of home from three different options. It ranges from classic to the Spanish style- which we picked. Inside the home, you already have the layout designed. It is your job to pick out all the design elements of the home in their design centers. We haven’t gotten to that part of the process yet, and I do have to say I’m a bit nervous if I’m speaking honestly. What if they don’t have the precise tile I want? Or what if I want the built in to go here and not there? It is so much to think about, and you want everything to be perfect. I mean this is probably one of the only times, well pretty much the only time that I will be able to design my home from top to bottom. March is when we start the process, so till then, I’m gathering all my ideas together.

The kitchen. The most important room in our home for our family. It is where we spend the majority of our time with each other. The kids are at the age where they have homework, so we are always at the kitchen table, soon to be island doing our homework. I love to cook dinner with them and have them hanging out near me. We always sit down together for dinner and take turns talking about our day. If one of us isn’t there and able to speak on the phone, we FaceTime them to include them. It’s something we have been able to keep going with my husband already up in Sacramento.

SO what is this kitchen going to be? For sure, I know that we will have all white walls. No doubt there. I didn’t want to do straight white cabinets cause that would just be too much white for me. We love the look of a cabinet with a little hint of grayish green in it. My husband was shocked when I showed him the color. I don’t actually play with any other colors in the house besides black and white. But this pop of color will be a great contrast to the rattan that I want to carry thru the house. I’m so in love with rattan. We will have rattan lighting above the dinner table and perhaps above the kitchen island. That is still out for debate. My husband isn’t a huge fan, so I have to pick and choose my battles. Shouldn’t he just say, “Do whatever you want love?” In a dream world, I suppose. Ha!

With the cabinets an off color, and white walls, we are going simple with the backsplash, a beautiful clean subway tile. The island will be a white stone top with hints of gray to bring out the cabinet color. We are doing light floors this time around. At our old home, we did a very dark color, and we didn’t like it at all. Once the kids and the pets were around, it was dust city. You could see everything, and I was finding myself sweeping at least three times a day. I’m excited to get some light blonde wood tile in there. We saw this wood like tile at one of the model homes, and it was durable, clean, and requires less maintenance than dark hardwood floors. Lastly, adding wooden elements into the mix with open shelving, and areas to display all my glassware and dishes. I have collected quite a lot through these years with the blog content. Don’t forget the bright colored runner that will make its way into the kitchen as well for that fun pop of color. I have been looking for the perfect one these days, quite the challenge to find it. I know she is out there somewhere!

What do you guys think? We would love to hear your thoughts!

xx

Abby

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By on February 27, 2017 in Beijos Interiors, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS VIBES, E-CELEBRATE, INTERIOR, Mood Board Monday

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Beijos Best

This week we ran into an old friend of ours- the sun. Yay! I can’t wait to soak up all the sunshine.  This week’s Beijos Best is all about you guessed it- Spring! From pastel-colored tops to warm weather accessories and spring beauty products, this week’s Beijos Best is bursting with pretty spring products we are itching to use this coming spring. So if you’re looking to start transitioning your closet for the upcoming season, and updating your beauty game then scroll on down…

Amuse Society Sheer Bliss Dress in Black Sands

Off the shoulder tops and dresses is all the rage right now, and I love it. I have started collecting some of these beauties, and can’t wait to start to wear them.

I love the color combination as we are transitioning from winter to spring. Wear it now with a denim jacket and booties, and once it gets warm trade in those booties for some fun nude sandals.

 Late Night Love Bodysuit is a fun boho off-the-shoulder bodysuit featuring a lightweight, semi-sheer fabrication. Perfect flirty top for a date night out or even a girls night out!

I’m obsessed with anything olive green right now, and this Blue Life Aphrodite Maxi Dress is a goody!

Transitioning from winter to spring, you gotta get yourself some new denim. I recently saw these GRLFRND Karolina High-Rise Skinny Jeans, and I want them NOW. I love the light denim color and vintage vibe to pair with pastel colored tops.

I got this Cult Gaia handbag for Christmas, and it is everything! If you do one thing for spring, you have to get this. It goes with everything!

When it comes to makeup, I like to keep my routine pretty minimum. This Illuminate highlighter palette from Sephora is a perfect palette for that sun kissed glow and pink cheeks that I love so much. All in one spot is a winner in my book.

Lastly, the last thing I updated for spring is my shoe collection. Being a mama, I live in my sneakers and t-shirts. These Puma Exotic Skin Platform Sneakers will be getting good use soon. Once the rain is gone, I’m gonna be wearing these guys everyday all day. Pair with your favorite denim jeans or joggers with a t-shirt and you have yourself the mom spring uniform.

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xx

Abby

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By on February 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

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What’s in your makeup bag?

A makeup bag, a place where all of your must-have beauty products and daily items like that coconut oil that you can’t live without, comingle. And if you ask me, the contents of one’s bag can tell you a lot about its owner. Are you a simple no fuss person? Lipstick hoarder? Or the all natural beauty product loving gal like myself? We thought we would give you a peek inside our makeup bags that we carry around everyday.

It all starts with the makeup bag itself. Always on the hunt for that one perfect bag to add to the collection, I discovered Lovestitch on Instagram. I was initially looking for a weekender bag for my sister’s bachelorette party. The one I currently owned was probably five years old and desperately needed to be replaced. While shopping their Instagram feed I saw some cool boho inspired cosmetics bags, and it was love at first sight. This is where our love story begins with Lovestich’s line, an understated boho feel and that California vibe we love so much.

You can shop each of our bags below too!

Let’s start with me!!!

Photos by Little Meg

All my goodies are packed away in the moody Venezia Makeup Bag. Soft and beautifully embroidered, this origami make up bag with beaded pom-pom zipper detail is too cute to not have a place on top of my vanity. Usually, I will store it in a cabinet, but not this baby. For the past couple years, I have been trying only to buy all natural products that aren’t filled with anything I can’t pronounce. But I do have some true and tried products that aren’t natural that I can’t live without. On an everyday basis, I only wear mascara and loose powder following my daily skincare routine. My bag is a mixed collection of my favorite items for every day.

Every morning, I start my day with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, and Kapuluan Coconut Oil to give my skin a little pick me up, and nourishment from the raw cold-pressed coconut oil. Followed by Sun Project Shimmer Sun Essence Lotion to add a natural glow to skin while protecting from the powers of the sun with this SPF 30 sunscreen. It is so soft! I just love it! Lastly, a spritz of the best smelling perfume out there. If you love coconut; you will be smitten over the Lait De Coco spray.

This mama spends maybe 5 minutes on her hair in the morning. You will either see me with a top knot my go-to look or in a hat. House of Intuition, Hair Mystics Harmony Spray is a sea salt spray I use that is made with naturally refreshing fragrances + essential oils to condition and hydrate my hair.

On hand ALWAYS, is the Howard’s Guava candy. I’m one big guava freak, and these give me my daily fix.

I love this Taksumi Detox Deodorant in the travel size. Whenever I’m feeling under the weather, I apply this bamboo charcoal deodorant a couple of times a day.

I always carry my calm essential oil blend with me in case I need it throughout the day, and lately that has been a lot! We are going to be sharing more about essential oils soon, and I’m so excited about it! As well, I pack a lip and skin mask just in case I’m feeling extra dry. We have been traveling a lot lately back and forth from Sacremento, and these have come in handy. Last but not least, Milk Makeup Balm in Babe and Pure Paw Paw Ointment for dry, cracked lips, and cuts. I use Pure Paw Paw on the kids too, and it helps instantly. It’s one of my favorite products that I can’t live without.

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On to What’s in Leah’s makeup bag…

Photos by Megan Welker

My favorite Lovestitch bag is the Loa make up bag.  I like it because it’s a long tube-like bag that will fit longer brushes or makeup palates that I sometimes tote along.  Especially when we are doing events, and we show up early and grungy, then have to put on our game faces for the main event.  But what I take with me every day is different.

Most of what you will see in my bag is by Honest Beauty.  I’m pretty addicted to it since I rarely have time to myself these days.  All I have to do is log onto the website every month, and three new makeup pieces are shipped to me for $50!! Deal…right??!!  So I never have to make that trip to the mall for makeup, it’s super convenient right now.  And if I don’t like something, the returns are easy, and the customer service is good.  No complaints here!  So above is the concealer you can find here.  I always need concealer on hand for sure.

One thing I never leave the house without is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps.  The best hand lotion everrrrrr!!!  Especially in the winter time.  The mascara is good, comes with a primer, which I like and easy for those 2 seconds per eye mascara jobs on a busy day.  It’s also not a pain to take off every night; it’s perfect for everyday use.  Since I don’t wear a lot of makeup every day, sometimes l like a bold lip with some light mascara to do the job.  You can find this pretty bright gloss here.  It goes on pretty natural, don’t let the rich color here fool you.

Always need a sheer good gloss you can find this one here.

And last but not least my creme foundation you can find here.  It’s thick enough to even out my skin, and hide my lovely sun spots, but yet thin enough for everyday use…if that makes sense, haha!  I know you get it!

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Last, but certainly not least!

Jacquelyn and her set of essential goodies she can’t live without!

Photos by Ariane Moshayedi

I have to say; I’m not the most beauty conscious or oriented girl.  Although, I should probably change that as I get older because these wrinkles aren’t getting any better, haha!  But there are a few essentials that I always use and have to have around.  They are my everyday items that I usually don’t leave home without!

Aquaphor – Have you ever seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where they use Windex for everything?  Well, that’s how I am about Aquaphor!  Oh, you have a cut?  Use Aquaphor.  Oh, your nose is red from having a cold?  Use Aquaphor.  You have a rash?  Use Aquaphor.  You get my point.  I use it a lot for a chapstick and just always love having it handy, you know because I would die without it :)

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve – My mom puts this lip balm in my stocking every year, and I use it all the time, and it will last me a full year!  I love the soft pink tint it gives to my lips, and it keeps them moisturized and shiny without being sticky.  It’s definitely one of my go-to items I always have to have, these big lips gotta stay hydrated or else they get majorly chapped!

Honest Beauty Mascara & Lipgloss – So Leah introduced me to the Honest Beauty product line – do you see a pattern here?  I can’t find any beauty products myself because I’m useless in this department, haha.  But seriously, I fell in love with these products the minute I tried them.  For one thing, you can order everything online, and it’s delivered straight to your door quickly.  The products are not tested on animals and don’t have parabens, paraffin, silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, or synthetic fragrances- you know, the bad stuff. I was on the hunt for a new mascara- I had used Dior Show for years, but I was so sick of how long it took me to get it off at the end of the day. I love how Honest is effective and works but also comes off easily at the end of the day.

And their lipgloss colors are so pretty! I am currently obsessed with Dreamy Kiss and Generous Kiss. I’ll be trying more of their products soon!

Sun Bum Sunscreen Stick – So this is something my Nanny introduced me to!  I love Sun Bum products because they work and (mainly) because of the smell.  I find myself buying most of my beauty products because of the smell including hair, lotion, lip gloss, you name it.  But this particular item is one that I love b/c it’s perfect for kids and when I’m on the go.  It’s small, so it fits into my makeup bag, it would even fit in my pocket!  And my son Court has loved using this since he was 1!  He loves putting it on his face even, and we all know the struggle of putting sunscreen on kids!  It’s like trying to wrestle an alligator, so when you have something that they don’t mind putting on and are even willing to do it themselves?!  Winning….

Miss Marisa Oil – This has been one of my favorite scents for around ten years now!  It basically smells like summer and the beach, and who doesn’t love that?!  It reminds me of warm days in the sun with some sweetness to it.  I love rubbing a little bit on my wrists, and I’m good to go!  I have never gotten sick of this scent, and I don’t think I ever will!

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray– Ok, so this stuff I can’t live without! Whenever I have a day where I don’t feel like washing my hair- which can be a lot these days because duh, mom life- I just spray this magical stuff on my hair and voila! It looks even better than the days I actually wash my and do it! Did I mention the smell?!? Gah, I love it… So if you’re like me and barely get 5 minutes to yourself for such extravagant things like a shower, then this is for you :)

Davines OI Hand Balm – I love keeping my hands moisturized and soft, but I hate the feeling of them being greasy.  This hand balm gives me exactly what I want.  Soft hands with no slick and yucky grease.  I also love the smell to it; it just smells clean if that makes sense… There I go with my smells again!  Speaking of smells, Davines has my favorite hair spray which also smells so yummy!

Goody Elastic Hair Ties – Do I even need to say anything?!  I love these because, well, I’m a girl, haha!  I can’t leave home without a hair tie; you never know when you need them!  They are usually on my wrist which is a HUGE pet peeve for any photographer you’ll ever meet, so I’ve gotten used to keeping them in my bag.  I usually use two at a time, I’m not sure why, but my hair just feels more secure and better when I do.  These are the ultimate everyday essential for me!!!  Can’t live without them!

NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder & Eco Tools Brush – I have to have bronzer, like every day… I feel naked without it!  California girl problems, but I love having some color on my face and NARS has been my favorite for a while now.  I just got into this brush line as well; it’s super soft to the face which I love.

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xx

Abby

 

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By on February 24, 2017 in BEAUTY, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS

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Stylish Oscar Hosting Ideas

It’s Oscar time! Gather your girlfriends, pass out the cocktails, and get ready for some red carpet action. A perfect girls night in. With the Oscars being its fancy self, you should too! This year, we made a stylish and relaxed setup for you to gather around. Enjoy some delightful nibbles (incredibly easy to make) while gossiping of who wore what, and who is going to take home the Oscar.

I got flowers from my local Whole Foods and made the arrangement myself.

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When it comes to a successful girls night in, it’s all based on two things: cocktails and food. It was all about citrus for this star-studded evening. For the food, I found this grapefruit and pickled radish salad that instantly made my mouth water. A fancy salad for an elegant evening with your girlfriends and your favorite A-list actors. Alongside, is beet chips served with a french onion herb dip. Not your ordinary chip and dip here. For the cocktails, my favorite part, I wanted to do two different ones. A classic rosé to serve to your girlfriends upon arrival, our go to is, of course, One Hope Wine. Served in a collection of mixed champagne flutes on a copper plated charger from Crate and Barrel.  Later as the show was about to start, a grapefruit gin cocktail garnished with grapefruit and a herb sprig will be served.

Wilder Salad Plate | Ridge Flatware | Champagne Napkin


Here is the recipe for that A-list salad!

Pickled Radish And Grapefruit Salad
Serves 3-4

Two small ruby grapefruit, peeled and segmented
Two blood oranges, peeled and segmented
2 cup watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (follow this recipe for pickling)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
2 cups watercress and micro greens
edible flowers, to garnish (optional)

Arrange the grapefruit, pickled radishes and greens on a platter. I used Little Market’s handmade olive wood board for my tray. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Decorate with edible flowers. Drizzle the pickling liquid just before serving. This salad couldn’t be easier to prepare ahead of time.


Lastly, a fun touch is having Oscar ballots for the ladies to fill out. I found this printable one here from Sugar and Charm.

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Cheers to a magical night!

xx

Abby

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By on February 23, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, COCKTAILS, EATS, ENTERTAINING, FOOD

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SoCozy Products

Hey, Guys! Abby here, I have to tell you about one of my new favorite products for the littles that I discovered. I’m always on the look out for bath products that will accommodate my kid’s needs. Jett, my 4-year-old is super sensitive to bath products. He will often get a rash or hives that leave him with discomfort through the night. Alongside his chronic croup and asthma, we have to be careful with what we use on him. Poor bubba. I have to give it to him, though, he is always smiling and being silly even when he doesn’t feel well. It sure makes this mama feel a little bit better, but it breaks my heart he isn’t 100% healthy.

The other day I was at my solitude of peace, Target, getting something I “needed.” I remembered while aimlessly walking through the aisles that I needed to try another bath product for Jett. I immediately was drawn to a colorful bath product called SoCozy. I read the label and discovered that it has safe ingredients. No nasties; just good, clean, honest formulations with ingredients that perform at the highest level. Safe and effective, and completely non-toxic. Made without parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, and propylene glycol. Free of alcohol, gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts was huge for me. So here we go.

Two months later, and we have had no rashes, hives, discomfort, struggles for bedtime cause we just itch so much. We laugh in our family because Jett always says I want to take a cozy bath tonight. Who knew in the end, the product that would work for this little man is called SoCozy. We use the Cinch 3 in1, Cinch Detangler, and Behave Styling Cream. In addition to Jett’s sensitive needs, we have our sassy 6-year old Dylan who needs one strong detangler to get through her wild locks. SoCozy detangler is the lion tamer we were looking for, and she can do it herself. Winner! One less thing for me to tackle at the end of the night.

Dear SoCozy,

I’m beyond grateful for your dedication in creating a product is uber safe for little ones and remaining super cool and smelling amazing at the same time. Most of all, you have helped this mama get through bathtime that was once filled with tears and screams to laughs and happy babies.

xx

One Happy Mama

You can find SoCozy at Target, CVS, and Walgreens!

xx

Abby

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By on February 22, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS PICKS

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