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What’s in my pool bag for the summer?

You know those days when you are alone at the pool, kid free, with a drink in your hand, and the sun giving you that summer glow with those sweet tunes in the background? I know… few and far between these days.  But a mama needs some alone days, and when I do, I’m at the pool catching some sun rays (safely, of course). In our new town, we are close to a casino/resort. I know kinda crazy to say that right? However, after checking it out, the pool and spa are awesome! This spot will be my little getaway spot that I try to get once every couple months. Plus, they have a Michael Jackson slot machine! Regardless if I’m at the pool with the kiddies or by myself, I make sure my bag is fully prepped for everything I will need for a fun day in the sun. Today I’m sharing with you, all my favorite essentials that are in my bag currently. 

Photos by Megan Batista 

Let’s start off with not what’s in my bag, but my favorite suit right now that I’m wearing all time. I’m a huge Spell & The Gypsy Collective fan, so when I saw their Babushka One Piece in Lavender, it was a must for me! This little number is so soft, sweetest little pink tassels, and perfectly covers you. I will tell you the back is not a full coverage bottom. But if I can do it, you can do it! Plus my sunnies that I never leave the house without. 

At the beginning of summer, I was on the hunt for a new tote bag. The one I had currently was too small for my stuff and all the kid’s stuff. I saw this Giselle Ilaria Cream Bag, and I was in love! I mean the tassels just take this straw tote to the next level. Plus, it’s a great size that you can fit your pool items along with the kids as well. 

Also, the matching Spell & The Gypsy Collective Babushka Towel 
This towel is for mommy only! 

The heat during summer here is between 90-110 here, so my Brixton hat is a must to keep the beating sun off my face. I also rely on my favorite sunblock, Bare Republic to keep my skin protected and soft at the same time. I love this eco-conscious line. It is cruelty-free and combines antioxidant-rich oils and plant extracts to nourish and protect you and your family from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Their mineral line is my favorite; it makes you feel like you are wearing nothing and leaves your skin so soft. Being a blonde, you have to protect your hair from the sun and pool water. I use their dry shampoo and hair mist every day, even when I’m not at the pool. You can get it at Target too! I will never go back to those other lines that clogged your pores.


I keep a coin purse in my bag so I can access my money quickly instead of searching high and low in my bag and ditching that big clutch. Money and water should always be in your bag. I don’t leave the house without a couple of bottles of water. My favorite is the Fred Water. Cool packaging and fits easily into any bag. A must for this summer season! 

Catching some rays you need some tunes! Stelle Audio has a speaker that is perfect for poolside. Don’t be fooled by this stylish little guy; the go-go speaker packs a punch. The sound is incredible. I use this everywhere we go. 



I love my Mophie Battery Pack to keep me charged all day long!


Shop all my favorite items below! 

xx

Abby

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By on July 11, 2017 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, SUMMER, SWIMSUIT, SWIMWEAR

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Spotlight: Obsessed With Essentials

This past holiday season I decided to take the plunge into the ever popular essential oils.  I have seen this little revolution happen all around me for the past 5 years and little by little it peaked my interest.  I never bought into it though until I started seeing for myself the incredible benefits that can be had from using these all natural resources.  Some of these stories include avoiding sickness altogether, most commonly the cold and flu virus, headaches, anxiety, allergies, receiving natural boosts energy, getting a good nights sleep and the list goes on!!  You mean I don’t have to medicate myself with over the counter drugs constantly when one of my family members or myself is experiencing these common ailments??  All natural did you say???  Ok I want to know more….and although I felt late in the game when I finally invested in this fabulous phenomenon, I felt the need to share all the knowledge that was at my fingertips.  This was all too good since we live in a world where we are constantly striving to use only the best to promote health and wellness for our loved ones.  It’s what it’s all about right??

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

So like I said this past holiday season, I told the hubby I wanted some oils to jumpstart my collection.  He was all for it, so I went the guru herself.  She is a dear friend of ours here at Beijos and we recently visited her lovely home so she could educate us a little.  It’s the wonderful Melody Brandon, who also co- owns the ever popular  and yummy Sweet & Saucy Shop!! How does she have time for this being a bakery owner, a mama and investing her time into her newest passion with these essential oils?? Who knows…she’s what we call a super mom!! You need to follow her instagram feed over on Life on Loma to see this super mama in action.  Anyway, here is what she has to say…

How and when did you discover your connection with essential oils?
I started looking for more natural health solutions when I got pregnant with my daughter Blake about 5 years ago and started having to question why things like why best friend “Excedrin” weren’t allowed haha.  I always had grown up in a home that used modern medicine for everything and wasn’t really aware of all the side effects that it can have on you, so when it came time to prepare for having my own little one I quickly realized how helpless I felt and started to research natural health options.  I had never heard the words “essentials oils” until I was 28 years old and when I saw my sister in law using them on her kids and singing their praises I knew it was something I needed to look into more.  I found out that actually SO many people were using them and I made the jump and got my first kit with Doterra for a Christmas present and have been obsessed ever since!
 
 
How has this obsession affected your life and your family?
It has been the biggest blessing ever.  I rarely, if ever, have to go to the doctors office, pay co pays, worry about what to do when my kids are feeling sick, etc.  My son who is 2.5 years old has never even had to be on any type of over the counter medication…definitely a huge time and money saver!  They not only have helped with physical health issues but are amazing for mental health too.  I am a busy mom with two businesses and absolutely love using them daily for hormonal support, stress, energy, etc.  Helping my friends and family use essential oils has been such a joy too and now that I share my passion on my personal Instagram account I have even got to connect with people in other countries!  Getting a text, call or email from someone saying their children finally slept through the night, their allergies actually went away, they haven’t had the domino effect of sickness every month in their family, and on and on really does make me so happy to share my passion and love of essential oils with not only my family, but others as well!
 
 
Tell us more about these cute little roller bottles you make?
Well since I have an addiction for anything gold and I hadn’t found anything that I loved look wise for roller bottles and labels that didn’t break the bank I decided to make them myself.  I had Tina Yang from @missmultee custom write them, then get them printed at a local sign shop and then I adhere all of them myself…can we say labor of love haha.  I love spoiling anyone who wants to join this oil journey with me so they always get some for free and then can conveniently have them in their purse or bag so they can use their oils throughout the day.
 
 
Give a the recipe for a common blend…
One of my favorite daily perfume blends that not only smells amazing but is also great for anxiety, stress and mood is Balance and Wild Orange. It is so refreshing as well since all citrus oils smell so yummy! I do 10-20 of each oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill up with fractionated coconut oil.  I apply it to my wrists, back of the neck, temples or behind the ears!  I also place these oils on diffuser jewelry when I wear them!   
 

 
What is your most used blend?
One of my most used blends is my “sanity” blend aka my “hotmess blend” for when I feel stressed out and am losing it!
It is 5-7 drops of these 6 oils…
Console
Serenity
Balance
Clary Sage
Peace
Peppermint
 
 
What is your advice to the essential oil beginner?
I say the most important thing is to be plugged into a essential oil community that can help you learn, answer your questions at 12am when you are freaking out over what to do for a fever, and offer you lots of continuing education so that you actually use your essential oils and don’t let them sit in a box in your cupboard!  That is my I love our private Facebook group, Obsessed with Essentials, because I found that having a support group was the main thing lacking for the essential oil community at large and it really is the deal breaker in your essential oil journey I feel like!
 
 
What is the best kept secret about this oil revolution?
That there really is an oil for EVERYTHING!  No joke…from bug bites, to panic attacks, fevers, immune support or just a replacement for that toxic candle in your home, essential oils really are so versatile and once you start, you really can’t stop!  As far as a specific oil that is most underrated I would have to agree with my girlfriends Jesi Haack and Carissa Jowett and say that Vetiver oil is AMAZING and they wish they had known about it earlier!  The smell is so unique and earthy and both of them are addicted to diffusing it.  It is also the top oil for ADHD, great for anxiety, mood, and sleep among other things.
 
 
What is your favorite blend?
I absolutely love the “Anthro blend” for diffusing during the day in my house instead of candle. It is White Fir, Citrus Bliss, and Grapefruit! 
 
 
Can you believe all of this amazing information???  Well it’s only a snippet so if you want to more and get plugged in with an essential oil community or watch a intro to essential oils webinar you can email Melody at obsessedwithessentials@gmail.com
 

So we can’t share this amazing info with out telling you about some other amazing things like making an all natural face toner!!

Recipe for a 10ml spray bottle:
1 tsp witch hazel
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 tsp rose water
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Lavender EO
 
 
Or making some amazing all natural bath salts…
 
 
Aaaaannnndddd last but not least…. a GIVEAWAY!!  Yes go to our instagram to learn how to win this…
a set of 4 roller bottles with custom labels that you can put your own essential oil blends in.  Melody will let you choose the words you want from her list
Make sure you are following us @beijosevents, Megan Welker @meganwelker and Melody Brandon @lifeonloma to win!!
 
 
Hey we hope if you didn’t already know that we educated you a bit from Melody’s plethora of knowledge here and enticed you to be thirsty for more like us!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, the winner will be announced this Saturday (11th) night!!  Good Luck :)
Xx Leah
 
 

 

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By on March 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIVEAWAY, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, 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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Beijos Finds The Perfect Flannel

So we are in the thick of it y’all!!  This little thing we like to call Winter…burrrr.  And I know, I know we are spoiled in So Cal….we don’t really get them.  But I have to say this year it’s been cold for us.  Which is so great!!  We are getting a feel of some seasons this year with some brisk wind and some rain, hey we’ll take it!!  Anyway, with that said, we found the perfect flannel for those days we want to feel extra cozy but stylish ya know!?  It really wasn’t hard for us to decide since this company has some great styles…we went with Rails!  The fabric is so soft, the knit literally feels like pajamas!! I mean who wouldn’t want to cozy up in it all day everyday??  So here we are looking as cute as we can in our favorite flannels by Rails

Jacquelyn chose the classic Hunter style in Black Royal you can find here.  It’s an ultra soft button down with  with one chest pocket.

Pictures of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker

You will soon find out we are apparently a black and white crew because… what can we say we love the monochromatic neurtrals!

I went with a dress, because hey they are easy and I LOVE easy dressing!!  The Bianca in Vanilla Indigo you can find here.  It’s an ultra soft long sleeve button down shirtdress with a single chest pocket.

Abby went edgy showing us how to accessorize this bad boy in a couple different ways…one with her beanie and shades and the other wrapping it around her waste.  Super grunge cute!!

Abby also chose the Hunter in Ebony/Ivory Buffalo you can find here.

Pictures of Abby by Julie Cahill

We love Rails because of it’s super relaxed Cali vibe, but also it’s sophistication.  The quality guys, I can’t say enough about it…super legit with the perfect combination of comfort and tailoring!

If you don’t have a rails flannel…you need one, just sayin’ haha! Happy Shopping!!

xx Leah

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By on January 19, 2017 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING, STYLE

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Beijos Gift Guide

We just love this time of year hanging with family and shopping for our loved ones.  This year we are making it pretty simple for you guys.  We put together a gift guide consisting of a collection of our favorite items.  So if your having trouble on what to get mom, dad, hubby, brother, sister or the kids we have got you covered!

Let’s start off with the ladies in our lives.  These items below could work for your mom, sister, or best friend.

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Going left to right and down the first one is Gourmand EDP Fragrance that you can find at Urban Outfitters here.  We are literally obsessed with the scent and it’s so affordable.  The next one is an Honest company make up palate you can find here. This is one anyone would love to get. The colors are fab and comes with a blush and two lip colors! Then we have a little cozy box from our friends at The Little Market you can find here. They must read peoples minds when thinking about the perfect gifts.  Those mugs are so cute!! Next up we have something very fun.  It’s called V. Paperie and it’s a monthly subscription box for paper stationary.  The boxed come every month filled with beautifully designed cards, notepads, notebooks, writing utensils, and other fun accessories.  We thought this subscription was such a fun and thoughtful gift.  Check out more details here. Next up is this fun little key chain we discovered at Free People.  It’s got a phone charger hidden in the tassel, this might be the best stocking stuffer ever! And last but not least and tried and true flannel from Madewell.  Who doesn’t love getting a new flannel, especially in these festive colors.

Moving on to the dudes…

 

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First off we have some Swell Bottles.  I don’t know about you, but my hubby is constantly trying to steal mine on the daily, so why not get him one of his own.  These bottles are so great to keeping beverages cold or hot!  Find them here.  Next up is this horn handle multi tool, perfect for any guy on the go. Find this nifty gadget here.  These awesome white sneakers are next.  Guys have tons of shoes, but I doubt they have something different and cool like these Vans you can find here.  Then the flannel of course.  This buffalo check one will make your dad, brother or hubby look stylish and hunky! Find it here.  Movin’ on down we have this uber cool jacket from Marine Layer.  We just love this brand and this jacket screams retro with the color block.  Last but not least a fun little stocking stuffer…Beard tonic.  For those of you with husbands with beards you will love this.  Herbivore botanicals uses yummy essential oils to keep his beard looking healthy and smelling so good.  And you know how much they all care about their beards (insert eye roll emoji here).

Now for the fun part… the kiddos!

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It is the most fun to buy for out littles, here are a few ideas.  First up is this adorable little raccoon.  Find him here.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  Next up is this fun Folk guitar.  Perfect little gift for a little boy.  Then these cool custom skateboards by The Zookeeper.  We love the wood and natural colors of these.  Onto the little ladies, this amazing playhouse from Land of Nod is hands down amazing! Keep her busy with this fun modern house.  Then these jaw dropping wicker play bassinet set from Anthropologie is just irresistible! Last but not least this very cool cactus light also from Anthropologie for her room.  Find it here.

Well that brings our gift guide to an end.  We hope we gave you some good ideas!!

Happy Shopping!

Xx Leah

 

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By on December 2, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS

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