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A Birthday Bash by the Sea Full of Coastal Inspiration

When Julia reached out to us to plan her 25th birthday party we were thrilled.  She had recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and wanted to celebrate in a stylish yet intimate way.  Friends were flying in from all over, some visiting LA for the first time!  Her family owns a beautiful home on the beach and that was where we started with our inspiration.  

I used the colors of the coast to create a pretty color palette reminiscent of the beach and ocean.  Julia is so stylish, she was easy to work with and bounce ideas off of.  The party turned out so pretty and I’m so excited to share it today!  Megan Welker took all of the beautiful photos, capturing all the fun so perfectly.  This party is also up on Inspired By This today!

We planned on having the dinner outside, but unfortunately it was quite windy that day!  So we brought it indoors, and luckily the walls were the perfect color blue to match our aesthetic!  Talk about good luck!.

The tables from Witty Rentals were neutral and airy, adorned with beautiful floral arrangements by Of the Flowers and pretty tabletop pieces of white, copper and mud cloth from Hostess Haven.  I’m so happy with how the modern pieces from Witty worked with the boho style of the florals and tabletop items, love it!

  A Fabulous Fete did the gorgeous calligraphy.  Each guest found their seat via a piece of sea glass that had their name on it.  We also had some fun signage and menus made to complete the look.

   The lounge area from Witty was the perfect spot to sit and relax with a cocktail from Pharmacie.  We made sure the birthday girl had custom cocktail stirrers from Jenn & Jules Designs to ring in her next year of course!  The cocktails seriously looked so yummy!!  Just their descriptions had our mouths watering…  

Also, I don’t know what I’m more jealous of, the cocktail or Julia’s abs!!

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner from Colette’s Catering and the most delicious water color cake from Sheila Mae for dessert. That cake is almost to pretty to eat!

It was such a magical evening and we were so happy to be a part of making this pretty night come to life for the birthday girl!  Can we just take a moment though and appreciate how cute her and her boyfriend are?!  I mean seriously?  25 year old goals right there!  And seriously, Julia is as sweet as she is beautiful!

Loved working with all of the amazing vendors below on this one!

We even made it easy for you to re-create the look, just shop below!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas & Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Rentals – Witty Rentals
Florist – Of The Flowers
Tabletop – Hostess Haven
Calligraphy – A Fabulous Fete
Catering – Colette’s Catering
Bartender – Pharmacie
Cocktail Stirrers – Jenn and Jules Designs
Cake – Sheila Mae
Other Rentals – Town & Country LA
Julia’s Outfit – Nightcap Clothing

 

 

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By on June 23, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Be a Firecracker for the 4th of July in One of these Fun Outfits

Do you have your 4th of July outfit ready!?  I am still in shock that it’s less than 2 weeks away!!  If you’ve ever been to Newport Beach for the 4th of July then you know it’s a BIG DEAL.  Lots and lots of partying going on over here!  But since I’m a mother of two now I won’t be heading down to the peninsula with all the craziness, instead I’ll be with my sweet family!  Our new neighborhood in Costa Mesa has a parade for the kids and pets, a water balloon toss and other fun events, so that’s where you’ll find me.

Both are fun, my reality is just a little more family friendly nowadays.  Either way I want to look my best though! Abby and I set out to find our favorite Red, White & Cute, I mean Blue outfits for the big day.  Let’s start with my outfits… So cute and easy to wear, perfect for the 4th of July.

Here I am soaking up the rays on Balboa Island in this amazing blue & red silk print Tularosa top.  The perfect amount of red, white and blue in the print and I love the loose tie sleeves, such a great trend right now that is worth investing in.  It’s both feminine and on trend.  For me, being comfortable on a holiday like the 4th of July is a huge factor.  I’m passed the age of being in something uncomfortable but cute.  I like the idea of just throwing on a cute top, jean shorts and my favorite sunglasses, done and done!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker // Jacquelyn’s Hair by 1011 Makeup

Photos of Abby by Susannah Gill

Here’s Abby looking on fire in an all red outfit.  She paired this really amazing body suit with a Band of Gypsies maxi skirt, both are sold out but this maxi in the same print is real cute too!  You could also pair a cute swimsuit with a maxi skirt, such a great look for a pool party!  Either way, I love that she’s not afraid to wear that bright red… And her cute white Brixton hat will keep the sun out of her eyes.

Next up, another red ensemble but a little more understated.  When I saw this red and white Lovers + Friends top it just screamed 4th of July to me.  I love how it sits off the shoulder and is so cute paired with shorts or even a pair of jeans, if it gets cold at night for fireworks.  I like it with my white cut offs, a Summer staple for me!  Perfect 4th of July outfit for me!  I’ve also been wearing this Brixton straw hat so much already this Summer, if you don’t have it you should get one, it’s my favorite!!

Last up, a little more blue from Abby.  She paired these super cute shorts she got on Amazon with a boho Tularosa top.  I love this for a more sophisticated 4th of July outing, maybe if you’re going somewhere a little nicer for the holiday.  Or you could pair it with some flats to dress it down a bit for something more casual. And we’re all still jealous of Abby’s cute Cult Gaia bag, but Summer is still young!  You can still get it, they were sold out for a while but now we’ve seen them in stock at our favorite stores!!

Feel inspired for your own 4th of July outfit?!  Now get out there and make sure you get your outfit for one of the best holidays of the year!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 22, 2017 in 4TH OF JULY, FASHION, STYLE

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Summer Solstice Dinner Party on the Beach

When my friend Alatheia who recently launched her blog Art of Being Female reached out to me asking if I’d help her style and design a party for her dinner club group I was on board in a second.  The story behind their ritual and the symbolism of their friendship really stood out to me.  Plus, when she said she wanted to do a Summer Solstice dinner party on the beach, well, I was sold.  Here is a little bit more from our host Alatheia on her dinner club ritual and why this night was so important to her…

“I really wanted to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of our dinner club in a special way. Not only was it clear to me that a special dinner on the beach was in order, but also that there was only one person to help me live out my Pinterest dreams and that would be my talented friend, Jacquelyn of Beijos Events.

“Dinner Club” was born out of a desire to spend less time out at restaurants and more time honing our entertaining and cooking skills as young couples. We rotate homes and whoever is hosting takes care of everything from music to decor, tablesetting, food, drinks, dessert and interesting conversation starters.

I wanted to host a special dinner on the sand to welcome in the start of our favorite season. We live a block from the boardwalk and walking distance from each other. We have spent many summers on this exact beach over the last six years dating, surfing, getting engaged and married,  being pregnant, nursing babies, laughing and laughing.

My aesthetic for the party was very neutral as I like most things. I told Jacquelyn I wanted to have a clean color palette even down to the florals which I wanted white with greens. We added pops of metallic flair from the rose gold speaker and flatware to the silver flecks in the moroccan wedding blankets. Jacquelyn nailed it as did all the vendors involved. I think my dinner club will agree that the night was magical and one to remember.”

I felt so honored that Alatheia asked me to help out.  Selfishly though, I have always wanted to style a table like this, the beach is such a special place to me so my mind ran away with so many ideas.  Knowing Alatheia and her style I knew to keep it simple, classic and pretty with details, all things I know she cares about, along with myself. 

Designing this table and putting this dinner together was so fun, but also really easy, anyone can do it!  There are a few key things to making sure your dinner party goes off without a hitch, and I’m happy to share them with you!  Also, you can shop items for your own dinner at the bottom of the post!

This party is also featured on Glitter Guide today and all of the pretty photos are by Meilani Cottrell.

Let’s start with the tips to a successful Summer Solstice Dinner Party…

1.  Send an Invitation

In this crazy world of technology things tend to become so last minute and impersonal.  Sending an invite in the mail is a perfect way to let your guests know that you are thoughtful and paying attention to detail.  It sets the tone for the whole evening and who doesn’t like to get something pretty in the mail? 

I even like to use a stamp that goes along with the theme.  I’ll head to my local post office and see what they have to offer and either choose something that goes along with my color scheme or theme.  If I think enough ahead of time I’ll order pretty stamps off of Etsy or personalize them on Stamps.com.  Paying attention to little details like that are what will really knock your guests socks off.  Speaking of invites, Courtney at Poppy Jack Shop sure made a pretty one for us here!

 
 2. Create a Beautiful Table

For a Summer Solstice on the beach theme I wanted to keep things casual but also pretty.  The scenery itself is amazing, so the other details could be simple.  The tabletop items were pretty basic, white plates with bronze flatware, clear floral glassware and cream napkins.  Some of those items may already be in your inventory at home!  Adding little details like place cards and menus are always a great idea and pretty up your table immediately. 

Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop created all of our pretty pieces but you can easily recreate something similar at home.  One of my favorite napkin tricks is tying the napkins in a knot rather than the plain fold… It makes it a bit more interesting.  You simply fold the napkin in half to create a triangle and take either long end and tie in a knot.  I’ll usually fluff it a bit after to make sure it looks good, but this is a tie I use often because I like the non fussy look it achieves.  These napkins are form The Little Market.

3.  Invest in Florals

I can’t say it enough, florals just make everything prettier.  Although it’s an investment, adding fresh flower arrangements to any event are key.  If you can have a florist that’s great, these beauties by MV Florals are what made the table so pretty.  We went with greenery and creams with a touch of blush to add a little bit of color.  I love the way they look on the beach with the sand. 

If you can’t invest in a florist you can go to your local market for florals.  Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have a great selection.  And if you can’t invest in florals, simple greens or even fruits can beautify a table easily.  We used bud vases for this table that I placed on wooden boards on top of the table to add some layers, which adds a little more detail.

4.  Set the tone with a great Playlist

Music makes every party more fun, and having your guests enter with it playing is key.  For this outdoor soiree we used Stelle Audio’s amazing portable pillar speaker.  The sound was amazing and our hostess with the mostest had a playlist she had already planned in advance.  It had the perfect balance of dinner music with a beachy flair that we loved!  You can see it here.

 

 5.  Great Food & Wine is Memorable

Choosing what to serve your guests can make or break your dinner party… Let’s be honest, if you go out to eat the ambience and service can be amazing but if the food is just so so, you probably won’t go back.  With that being said you want to think of your guests, make sure you know of any allergies or dislikes in your group. 

What I loved about this party was our idea for the long charcuterie board!  We basically had it run the length of the table and it was an easy way for our guests to interact while enjoying some really tasty treats.  It was honestly one of the highlights of the party and I’m so grateful Colette’s Catering made my vision come to life!  Plus, Alatheia’s husband participated by making the board (gotta get the husband’s in there somehow!)

Also, I’m a huge advocate of having more than what you think you need when it comes to having food and wine, you never ever want to run out of anything like that.  For this party we had a variety of delicious wines from One Hope, I especially love their rosé.  So make sure when you buy for your party to get a few more bottles just in case, plus, who doesn’t like to have extra wine around?!

6.  Have great Ambience

Things that you normally don’t think of like lighting, candles, and just an all together pretty set up make the evening so much better.  For an outdoor party especially, you have to think about lighting.  This party was planned to take place at sunset and we knew we had to have lighting, you can’t leave your guests in the dark, literally!  So Alatheia invested in battery operated string lights and battery operated candles, perfect to have for those chilly beach winds and to create a pretty atmosphere. 

Another investment is in your rentals.  For this gathering we wanted to have a low to the ground table, something not everyone has in their home inventory. I reached out to my friends at Adore Folklore who had all of my needs answered with a bunch of pretty rentals.  Using a specialty rental company is a bit more expensive than a basic rental company but well worth the investment.  They have pieces that are unique and original and create the perfect ambience you desire.  

7.  Make sure your Guests are Comfortable

No matter where you hold your party, whether it’s on the beach, at the park or even in your own home, your guests need to come first.  Thinking of them and making sure they are comfortable should be your most important thought.  Since this party was outdoors we made sure to have blankets in case it got too cold. 

We also wanted the look of the low to the ground table, but didn’t want our guests to suffer from it.  So we were sure to have several pillows and poufs for them to use and sit on.  You can use pretty pillows or blankets from your home, we got ours from Boho Pillow and The Little Market.


Like I said, you can easily do this on your own!  And as promised, I’ve made it even easier, just shop the post below!

 

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors mentioned below for making this a reality!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Host/Concept – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Photographer – Meilani Cottrell 
Florals – MV Florals
Catering – Colette’s Catering  
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop 
Wine – One Hope Wine
Audio Pillar – Stelle Audio  
Glassware/Napkins/Blankets – The Little Market
Pillows – Boho Pillow
Charcuterie Board – Hart Concrete Design
 

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By on June 21, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS, SUMMER

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Beijos Summer To Do List

Awww… The first day of Summer, and boy am I excited!  Summer has to be my favorite season of all!  And we are really feeling it with his HOT weather lately!  Just like any other season we have compiled our Beijos Summer To Do List.  Full of amazing ideas of things we want to do this upcoming season.  With Summer you know there will be lots of fun in the sun and we can’t wait to share it all with you!  Make sure you follow along here and on our Instagram.  We’d love to see you all get inspired and do some of our list too!  If you do please use the hashtag #beijossummertodolist or #beijosdoessummer and we will share them!!

Without further ado… Our Summer To Do List!!!

Pretty Graphics by our girl Meghann Miniello

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 20, 2017 in SUMMER, TO DO LIST

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Our Four Favorite Dresses for Summer Under $100

Obviously you know we love to shop, but sometimes it puts a damper on our bank accounts. And nobody wants an angry husband when that credit card statement rolls around.  So how do you stay stylish and in budget?!  Well there are tons of places we like to shop to keep up with the trends but not spend a fortune.  Both of us love us a good Target find or when our favorite websites have sales of course.  However there are also some great cheap finds right under our finger tips at our favorite stores!  Between the two of us we found four favorite dresses for Summer under $100 that we are sharing today!

My first shopping stop was at Revolve, one of my go to places to find something fun!  One of the reasons I love Revolve is that the ground shipping usually only takes a day or two to me – now that’s a win!!  When I went searching for something under $100 I simply chose that in my refined search option.  I was shocked when I saw so much great stuff come up!  

The Broken Light Dress by Somedays Lovin was one of my favorites that popped up.  This dress falls right under at $99.  The main reason it caught my eye was how simple it was, to me, that’s always a great option.  Something that you can wear over and over again is definitely a good investment.  The quality of this dress is great, I did wear a slip underneath so it wasn’t as see through, but the quality is there.  You can do so much with this one and it won’t go out of style anytime soon.  Let’s face it, everyone needs a good white dress.

Photos of Jacquelyn by Ariane Moshayedi

Hair by 1011 Makeup

Next up is Abby’s first choice which she found on our longtime favorite Nordstrom.  They are carrying the cute O’neil x Natalie Off Duty line and this Isabella Dress is just one of the many pretty pieces.  Can you believe it’s just $49.50?!?!  This collaboration between O’neil and long time model and blogger Natalie Lim Suarez is just so good.  

This print is giving us all the heart eyes, it really is the perfect summer dress!  Short, flirty, floral and fun!  There are tons of other options from O’neil here to choose from.  I guarantee you’ll see a couple must haves for Summer.
  Next up, my second dress from one of my favorite brands ever, and I’m sure it’s one of yours – Free People!!!  I can basically always find something from Free People that I have to have.  Every. Single. Season.  Plus, most of the time I can find something at a decent price point, this Summer is no exception!  I found quite a few things that caught my eye, but this embroidered dress was one of my favorites.

Embroidery is such a huge trend right now and to me this dress is done so right.  I love how the Embroidered Aida Slip Dress can be worn as a dress for Summer and later as a tunic for Fall.  It is priced at $88 and comes in a bunch of colors!  You can find more here.  The colors are good and the embroidery is pretty and fun, I wish I could wear this in Mexico… Hmmm… Is it ok to book a vacation for a dress?  I think I can justify it!

Last but not least is Amuse Society, probably both Abby and my favorite affordable brand.  Whenever I need a top, dress, romper, bag, and I don’t want to spend a ton but still be cute, it’s always Amuse.  They are so on trend without being obnoxious or look like you’re trying to hard.  And of course they have the boho vibe that we love!  So of course we had to include one of their dresses today!

Abby is wearing the Pria Maxi Dress which is only $62!!  Such a great price for a dress with this detail.  This is a Summer staple and it’s at our favorite Nordstrom also, who doesn’t love Nordstrom?!  This is a great day to night dress and I still can’t believe the price, it’s a no brainer! 

You can shop all of our looks and accessories below!  And don’t worry, you won’t break the bank on this one!


 
xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 19, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE

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