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How To Perfect A Pale Pink Lip

Today is the 1st day of Spring! Even though it’s set to rain all week here in Nothern California, boo. Let’s bring some sunny spring prettiness to today’s gloomy day with one of our favorite spring beauty trends, the pale pink lip. We love a good lip color that we can wear every day that is subtle, beautiful, and goes with any color or outfit choice. I just love this color; it’s my go-to pick, so I was thrilled when the talented Melissa Hoffman wanted to try this look on me. Melissa is giving us all the juicy details on how to achieve the perfect spring lip. Where are my small upper lip ladies? Take note ladies; Melissa is giving us some tricks on how to create a bigger fuller lip.

Take it away Melissa…

Photos by Little Meg 

Make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated. I love to use a lip scrub first like the one from Fresh- Sugar Lip Polish. Then I’ll apply a generous amount of a hydrating lip balm like Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced by Fresh. I’ll let this sink in for 5-10 minutes while I apply the rest of my makeup.
Once the lip balm has set in, your lips should feel hydrated and smooth. Blot with a tissue to get rid of the excess lip balm, so your lipstick will go on smooth. 
Choose a pink lip color in a pale color that brightens your face. I love Angel from MAC and find it works with so many skin tones. I will apply it directly from the tube, using the edge of the lipstick bullet to trace around your lips like you would a liner to get a clean line around the edges. Next blot once with a tissue, then apply one more coat to last longer. If your lip line isn’t perfect, you can use your concealer brush to clean up the edges around your lips. To get fuller looking lips, line your cupid’s bow with a champagne colored highlighter to catch the light. Lastly, you can also use a little clear or a matching lip gloss dabbed in the center of the lower lip to add more fullness.
I love to pair a light spring lip with a soft bronzy eye, dewy skin and a soft pink flush on the cheeks. Let the lip take most of the focus.
Now you have the perfect spring lips!

Thanks, Melissa! 

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By on March 20, 2017 in BEAUTY


National Pi Day- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Did you know that today is National Pi Day? Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Are you getting a headache just thinking about all those math problems you had to solve in school? Being math-challenged, there will be no discussions of complex math equations today. Instead, we will celebrate with eating our Pi! So much easier, and well its pie… so who doesn’t love that? My husband is a huge strawberry rhubarb lover, so I wanted to see if I could create a pie that would surpass the bakery one he loves so much. I have to say, its a winner! And it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and uses all organic fruit. So it’s totally ok that I ate half the pie myself. Sorry, not sorry.

So Happy Pi Day friends! Spend it stuffing your face with pie!


1- 9-inch gluten free + dairy free pie crust (I get mine at whole foods)
4 cups organic rhubarb pieces
2 cups sliced organic strawberries
1 cup sugar
¼ cup corn starch
1 Tablespoon lemon juice or 1-2 drops of DoTerra Lemon Essential Oil
½ cup sorghum flour
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons non-dairy butter
** I use essential oils in my cooking, and I love to use DoTerra Lemon essential oil in this recipe. Start with one drop, and you can add another one if you would like more lemon flavor. Did you know that you can internally take lemon oil and it helps detoxify your body? Yup! I add 1-2 drops into my water every day. 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the rhubarb and cut it into pieces that are ¼ – ½ inch thick, and wash + slice the strawberries. I like to use this vegetable + fruit washer with all my produce. Next, place prepared fruit in a large glass bowl because essential oils will eat away at plastic. Any other bowl will be fine with lemon juice. Add the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice or lemon essential oil. Finally, toss to coat. Let it sit about 15 minutes.
For the topping, combine the sorghum flour and brown sugar in a bowl and cut in the non-dairy butter. Put the strawberry rhubarb mixture into the prepared pie shell. Lastly, sprinkle the topping over it. Bake at 350 degrees about 50 minutes, checking to see if the rhubarb is soft. Let it cool before cutting. 
No plate needed just a fork will do. 




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By on March 14, 2017 in DESSERT, EATS


Beijos Wedding: Jeff + Maureen

Meet Jeff + Maureen. 

They are a free-spirited, warm-hearted, and creative couple that got married in Cayucos, Ca. A free-spirited 1960’s coastal California style wedding that truly matched them as a couple, and their love for macrame, VW buses, vintage pieces, family and friends, and most of all the location itself. Cayucos is a small, relaxed beach town that Maureen grew up vacationing to every summer. It’s a special place for Maureen + Jeff, and there was no hesitation that this would be the spot where they become Mr. and Mrs. With the town being tiny, they were limited on venues. The answer? Take over the entire bluff and design the layout from scratch. I can’t forget to mention how much FUN Jeff had designing the whole layout; he went as far as creating it all in CAD. Their vision, style, and who they are as one truly shined throughout this special day. 

This wedding is also featured on Green Wedding Shoes today!

Photography by Jenn Emerling

VW Bus Totes that were given to guests that were filled with Jeff + Maureen’s favorite Cayucos treats.

Maureen’s Tara Lauren dress from Bride Boutique LA was meant for that coastal breeze, so beautiful!

Cayucos. The tiny beach town along California’s central coast has always been a special place for us. I grew up vacationing there with my family; after Jeff’s first visit, he instantly fell in love as well. When we started to plan, it was evident that not only Cayucos going to be the place, but that the beauty and charm that the Central Coast had to offer would influence the overall design.
– Maureen

Beautiful jewel-toned florals done by Clover & Branch.

  Now for the ceremony… 

This was such a dreamy space that overlooked the ocean. Vintage rugs from Witty Rentals that were overlapped created one lovely aisle that leads up to a macrame backdrop adorned with greenery and flowers by Clover & Branch. Did I mention that Jeff and Maureen built the macrame backdrop! Yes! 

The ceremony. When we started arranging it, we realized it was our opportunity to speak directly to our guests. We wanted them to see who we are as a couple. We wrote our own vows about our relationship, and we had friends and family give short speeches to illuminate who we are as individuals and how we will be as partners to each other. 
– Jeff

At one point in our ceremony, after we had just exchanged our rings, my cousin Brian, an accomplished singer-songwriter, surprised our guests and played an acoustic version of “Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel. It is a song that has deep meaning for both Jeff and I. It is about the circle of life and the acceptance of death (family and friends who have passed on) and celebration of life — to enjoy each other and try our very best to love and “count every beautiful thing we can see.” That moment for me, looking at Jeff and out into the crowd and hearing the words of the song surrounded by the sea and the sun was indescribable. My heart just completely burst.
– Maureen

This creative duo created not one but two macrame backdrops. We used one as a place for guests to find out where they were seated. Good pal Meghann Miniello created custom jewel toned cards that were placed among macrame and floral goodness.

One killer lounge by the babes of  Witty Rentals

The couple collected their plates, vases, and goblets from thrift stores and flea markets which gave every one of their friends and family something unique at their table. Wooden laser cut names by Meghann Miniello and fans were placed at each place setting. For one special guest, a happy anniversary plate to remind him that Jeff + Maureen were thinking of him. Little details that show how much love the couple have for their family and friends. 


The rest of this magical night was spent under the stars laughing, getting silly in the VW Bus Photo Booth, and one killer dance party. Congrats Maureen and Jeff! 



photography: Jenn Emerling // event design: Beijos Events // planning: Day of Gal // florals: Clover & Branch // wedding dress: Tara Lauren // wedding dress boutique: Bride Boutique LA // bride’s shoes: Top Shop // bride’s ring: Artisan LA Jewelry // bridesmaid dresses: The Reformation // hair stylist: The Beach Hair Studio & Beauty Bar // makeup artist: The Beach Hair Studio & Beauty Bar // groom attire: Indochino and Groom’s socks + tie from The Tie Bar // groom’s ring: Forever Wood Rings // videography: Shark Pig // paper goods: custom signage by Meghann Miniello // handmade details: Arch and escort display built by couple // catering: The Sea Shanty // tabletop rentals: Goblets and plates collected by couple // furniture rentals: Witty Rentals // specialty rentals: Jump On The School Bus // music: The Flashdance // officiant: Marriage With Meaning // power/generator: United Rentals // tent + rentals: Gotcha Covered // restrooms: Harvey’s Honey Huts




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By on March 13, 2017 in BEIJOS WEDDING


Beijos Best

Spring is officially upon us friends, and I’m so excited about it! Yay! One of the 1st holidays in Spring is St. Patrick’s Day. It has always been a fun holiday to celebrate, especially with kids. This week I came across some fun stuff for St. Patrick’s Day, and I had to share my favorites. Let’s get our green on. 

In the mornings, I’m all for a fast and healthy meal. I try to do smoothies as much as time will permit. With two little ones in the morning, getting ready for school can either be a breeze or the opposite depending on what side of the bed those little ones woke up on. I love this Green Goodness Smoothie bowl, it contains lots of spinach + celery + frozen banana + pea protein + almond milk + coconut water + parsley + mint + chia seeds + spirulina. Pre-pack the fruit mixture and throw it in a Ziploc bag and you just saved yourself 10 minutes of prep work.

You gotta wear green on Thursday, and here are some of my favorite looks for the kids and myself! No one wants to get pinched!

I’m really into this Issa de’ mar Kirra Ribbed Dress from Revolve in the Mauka color. A great color for spring, it’s something you can wear all the time. Dress it up, dress it down. 

Treasure&Bond Oil Wash Cutout Tee

 FP One Sofiya Top

For the little rainbows in your life…

Not the normal “green” for St. Paddy’s but how could you not fall in love with this Embroidered Kimono from Zara?!?

Cute Floral-Print Tiered Swing Tank paired with some jeans and she is ready to go!

Peek Lucky Charm Graphic Tee

Now for those little leprechauns…

Let’s get groovy with this Splendid Tie Dye T-Shirt


Color-Blocked Pocket Tee

Can’t go wrong with a classic colored tee like this Tucker + Tate Slub Knit.

I saw this adorable 4-leaf Clover Ballon Stick DIY on Oh Happy Day! ‘s website this week. A perfect activity to do with your little ones.

I love to use my diffuser all throughout the day. This week it is all about the leprechaun blend, a fresh citrus-herb mix.

2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Lime

What’s St. Patrick’s Day without some green nibbles + cocktails?!

Drunken Leprechaun

Guacamole Cups 

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail from Style Me Pretty 

Irish Cream Macarons


Don’t forget its Day Light Savings today! 



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By on March 12, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST


Bright Floral Spring Salad Recipe

It’s been quite the past two weeks in our home. Along with the rain, the wind, and one little hail session, we have had the whole family under the weather. This week we are finally back to normal, and the best part is the sun is shining! With a to-do list a mile long, all I can think about is making spring salads. Spring is peeking its sweet little self into all this rain action, and it’s finally time to munch on all those yummy spring greens! With the family back on the mend, I was sure to stuff those sweet little faces with as many greens as they would allow. Starting spring off right, with one pretty edible flower spring salad. 

 Bright Floral Spring Salad  


spring greens 
a handful of edible flowers
One bunch of radishes
4 carrots
Two green onions
half a radicchio
olive oil and vinegar – apple cider or your choice (for dressing)
fresh squeezed lemon juice or Do Terra lemon essential oil


This couldn’t be easier!

 Thinly slice all veggies, and use a vegetable peeler to make carrot ribbons (fancy pants). Throw all ingredients into a large bowl and add a splash of olive oil + vinegar on top for dressing. I like to mix the dressing together in a small glass bowl or mason jar and make extra save in the fridge.
 Now, we gushed about the world of essential oils yesterday. If you haven’t seen it, see it here, and get ready to be obsessed! I have been using them for a couple of years now, and just recently have been consuming my lifestyle with them. I like to put a drop of lemon oil in the salad dressing. 
**When mixing the salad dressing, use a glass container with the essential oil option. It will eat away at plastic, plus no no on using plastic! 
Happy Spring!


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By on March 8, 2017 in EATS, FOOD, SALADS, SPRING