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Wedding Spotlight – Hostess Haven

Today is the last wedding spotlight of the year and it’s on one of my favorites, Hostess Haven.  It’s easy to fall in love with owner and curator Farra Miron.  She is one of the most genuine and creative people I have ever met.  Farra and I had both of our babies within months of each other so we bonded on that immediately, but what I really love about her is how she inspires me.  She inspires me creatively and in how she lives her life with purpose.  Farra is an incredible mother, wife, friend and business owner and I feel lucky to call her my friend.

Today she is sharing all about herself and her company.  With their amazing collection of textiles, glassware, cutlery and more, Hostess Haven is always our go to for any event.  Keep reading to learn more about this company and what Farra has to say about hosting for the holidays…

 Tell us a little bit about yourself and your amazing family...

I’m in process of living and speaking my truth. I am more vulnerable and I hear (not just listen to) my children, family and friends. I have one 3 yr old boy and one almost 1 yr old girl. My husband is co-owner at MIHO Catering Co. We do our best to honor all of our paths and create memorable experiences along the way. I know these years are gonna race by. My mom always told me they were the best years of her life and now I understand why. We’re pretty content at our home in San Diego. We make most of our meals at home and I sneak out after the kids are in bed for wine night with friends.

How and when did Hostess Haven begin?

 HH was inspired from Thanksgiving prep/ planning in 2012. It’s my favorite holiday and we have always hosted family + friends. That year we were almost 20 and I wanted to curate every piece of the setting instead of using what we had ;) Collecting and curating for entertaining has always been a passion from entertaining with my mom as a little girl.

I wanted Hostess Haven to be a gathering place for tabletop inspiration. The rental portion has always gone hand in hand in creating these real life moments of inspirations around gathering and celebration. I kept those original plates, glasses and cutlery and took on a wedding a few months later. It only takes one wedding to get another excuse for another collection.

Was curating and collecting your pieces difficult?  Or do you have fun with it?
This was and is the best part. There will always be classics and trends coming and leaving. Finding the balance between the two and making it our own is a really fun process.

Have you always had an eye for styling?

 I promise when I say that every meal at my home is served with purpose, it’s the truth. This is one thing I have absolutely been intentional with my whole life. Whether it’s a lunch, dinner, quick bite, I source pieces for my own kitchen that I absolutely love and make me happy just to use or look at them. 90% of our meals are used with a linen napkin and our kids use everything we use. To answer the question, I’ve always had an eye for making my meals or serving meals in a way that makes me happy and taking care with the details. 

Where do you find inspiration?

In fabric. I just realized I’m a fabric hoarder. I was in denial. A fabric pattern or texture will decide a whole tabletop for me. Full on vacations, though, too. Like when I’m really able to disconnect in a country. I used to use Instagram, a lot, for inspiration, and never wanted to leave social media because I was convinced I wouldn’t find anything at my fingertips like that. I left social media (@hostesshaven is directed by me and the account is ran by one of our team members) and ironically, I feel more inspired.

What are your tips for Holiday Entertaining?

Holiday entertaining….  Keep it simple. I have never liked this phrase because I like all the finishing details and I felt like this didn’t leave room for them. I’ve realized you can still keep it simple without losing the details. I’ve been styling and setting tabletops recently and then taking away when I’m done. It’s been an Interesting process because it actually shows off the details more. So style and set your tabletops and then ask yourself what you could take away! Trend wise, pussybows make me think of holidays and fancy attire and I love seeing them on a setting! Tie up your napkin and make it fancy or minimal. They both work!  

How is life as a business owner and mom? 

It’s lovely that I’m able to pop in and out from my day to make masa or share a bowl of soup with my peques. I don’t want to work full time away from my kids, right now. I’ve structured HH to support this flexibility and it’s working well for me! 
What’s next for Hostess Haven? 

We’re moving to retail soon and will have some of our exclusive items (like our bronze alloy cutlery) for sale. 

Thank you for sharing Farra!  I can’t wait to shop this retail side soon and to see what beauty you create in 2018!!



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By on December 14, 2017 in TABLESCAPES, VENDORS WE LOVE


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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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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Holiday Pajamas – 2017

We’ve been at this holiday pajama thing for a while now.  Our kids are growing up and getting bigger, but we still have to see them in their cute pjs!  This year Abby and I opted for one of our favorites, Old Navy.  We both turn to this brand often as it’s stylish, affordable and always on trend.  Their pajamas are no exception, and for how quickly our kids are growing, we don’t feel bad about spending $10 on some holiday pajamas!

Here are my picks for my two boys, Court & Cruz, and a little something for myself!  I fell in love with the vintage car pjs for the boys, especially when I saw the VW bus!!  Mommy needs some holiday pajamas too, because I can’t be left out!  I found this cute simple white thermal and fair aisle pant.  

It gets a little chilly at night and in the mornings here, so these are perfect to get our cuddle on!

Photos of Jacquelyn & Kiddos by Riley Starr
Photos of Abby & Kiddos by Erin Milnik

Shop our picks below!

Now for Abby, Dylan & Jett!  They are celebrating Christmas in their new town and house, so of course they need new holiday pajamas!  Abby says that she loved the Old Navy pjs this year because they have a vintage holiday vibe to them. There is something about vintage old school graphics and decor that she loves during Christmas time.

Shop Abby’s picks here!

Now get to wearing those holiday pajamas, we only have 20 days left!!!



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