A Girl’s Day Out at the Anaheim Packing House

Are you like me and always looking for something new to do in your own town?  I always love to discover new places to go and things to do, and you don’t always have to travel to do it!  I recently teamed up with Visit Anaheim to see everything Anaheim has to offer.  Obviously Disneyland is the first thing that comes to mind, but Anaheim is expanding to much more than that.  The Anaheim Packing House is the perfect example of that!

If you haven’t seen this cute spot you really need to check it out.  Leah and I visited a few weeks ago and spent the day exploring.  We’re sharing it all with you today with photos from Nea Nabayan.  So keep scrolling to see what The Anaheim Packing House has to offer…

The historic Anaheim Packing House is the Sunkist’s former citrus packing house, originally built in 1919. Now, the two-level foodie haven features a large central atrium with communal dining surrounded by nearly two dozen innovate culinary purveyors. Enjoy a variety of tastes, from flavorful international cuisine and down-home southern comfort fare to artisan cocktails and handcrafted desserts.

Right away we were drawn to the greenery and air plants hanging from the rafters, I mean how cool is that!?  There are so many great spots to choose from to eat or drink, it’s almost overwhelming!  Overwhelming in only the best way possible, I mean who’s gonna be mad at tons of amazing food and cocktail choices?!  Not me!!   The options are endless, you can choose to enjoy one vendor or progressively by getting appetizers from one vendor, entrees from another, finishing it all off with a dessert.

But, The Anaheim Packing House is so much more than just a place to dine, it’s an experience and a feast for all senses.  From live music and entertainment on the weekends to art installations everywhere and the history, lively ambiance and community spirit of it all.  The Packing House is for all ages, whether you’re going on a date with your family, friends or partner, you’ll find a vibe and eatery that will satisfy whatever you crave that day.

Leah and I decided to have a girl’s day out at this sweet spot and it was such a fun day!!  Our first stop had to be a cocktail of course!  So we headed to Hammer Workshop & Bar for a drink.  The drinks were as yummy as they were pretty and it’s the perfect spot to scope out all of the food you want to try as it’s centralized on the top floor of The Packing House.  Such a great way to kick off this lady date of ours!

Next up, some yummy Mexican food!  We could have gone so many different directions with food, but in my opinion you can NEVER go wrong with Mexican!!  Leah and I stopped in at Urbana for a bite to eat and immediately fell in love with the vibe of this place.  It is full of color and has a funky feel with lots of nods to Dia de los Muertos!  So fun, right?!  And the food… Well the food is freaking amazing!

Next up, it was time for a little dessert!  And to be honest, it was definitely time to cool off!  We went on a SUPER hot day so Pop Bar definitely sounded delicious, and it didn’t disappoint.  These handcrafted gourmet popsicles are to die for good and the flavor choices are so fun and creative.  

Also, can we talk bout those citrus stairs?!   I love all of the  nods to building’s former glory as a packing house.  You’ll also spot vintage citrus crate labels, outdoor seating on a train car, citrus trees and much more!

We weren’t stopping there on our food train…  A stop at Pandor was essential, because well, take a look below…  I love myself some chocolate and really think it’s the perfect end to any meal!  I mean, desserts and girlfirends should just go hand in hand… This was definitely a day to indulge and The Packing House is basically the best spot to do that!. Pandor is also a great spot for some coffee, but we weren’t quite there yet because we still had some drinking to do…. 

To end our day we walked across the street to the MAKE Building.  This spot is another aesthetically gorgeous spot that we fell in love with.  

The MAKE Building is brought to you by the same developer as the Anaheim Packing House and is a 10,500-square-foot structure that was once a marmalade factory dating back to the early 1900s. With a second lease on life, MAKE now houses Unsung Brewery, Pali Wine Co., Jav’s BBQ (soon to open) and Stone Groove Still House (a spirit distillery – coming soon).

Mirroring the community spirit of The Anaheim Packing House, MAKE also boasts communal indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and the building is a work of art as well.

How rad is Unsung Brewery?!  With all of the nods to comic books and super heroes I think any dude would be happy to be there… Beer and Comics?!  A guy’s heaven!  Even my son Court would die over this place!!  We loved doing their beer tasting too!

Next up, the brand new Pali Wine.  For this hot day we opted for their Rosé and it was delicious!  Then took it outside to the communal area to enjoy…  This space is so fun and we loved all of the greenery and the modern feel.  I can see myself spending lots of weekends here enjoying some wine and beer!

This area is so fun and cute, and growing rapidly!  Downtown Anaheim has been evolving and there is so much to look forward to! Center St. Promenade, located around the corner, is the next place on our list to check out!  It’s home to a number of eclectic shops and eateries.  

Visit Anaheim gave us some info on more upcoming spots to check out….  We are super excited for Modern Times’ Leisuretown. Located in a craftsman house down the street from Anaheim Packing House, patrons can look forward to boundary-pushing beer, a café, stalls serving food from Southern California’s best chefs, a swimming pool complete with poolside bar, movie screen, and great coffee. Leisuretown will open late 2017.

Thank you Visit Anaheim for showing us what we’ve been missing in Anaheim and that there is more to Anaheim than that Disney place ;)

Where are you planning on exploring this Summer?!



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By on August 3, 2017 in GIRLS DAY OUT, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL


Citrus Tumeric Margarita

I’m still obsessing about the El Barrio bar we visited during our girl’s getaway trip to Gunerville. Not only was this bar beyond cool with all its vibrant details, but the drinks were Ah-mazing! I mean cmon, did you see the toilet! Where can I get one of those? We had a hard time leaving this place. When I got home, I was still dreaming of the cocktails that we had at El Barrio. I recruited my husband to try and recreate or come close to what we had there. The El Amarillo and the La Patrona were our favorite drinks there. The El Amarillo was a group favorite! This tasty tequila cocktail was unique as it had turmeric and tamarind to make your taste buds dance. We could never re-create what El Barrio creates, but we could try to come close. This will tie us over till we can visit them again, which we hope is very soon!

Photos by Carlie Statsky

Citrus Tumeric Margarita

2 ounces  Campo Azul Reposado Tequila
1/2 ounces Cointreau
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar

Add the Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, agave, and turmeric powder, along with some ice cubes. Shake until well mixed. 

Strain the drink into an Old Fashioned glass over large square ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Makes 1 yummy cocktail.






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By on July 28, 2017 in COCKTAILS, GIRLS DAY OUT


Beijos Getaway – Palm Springs

It’s that time again, another Beijos Girls Day Out, however we’ve decided to switch it up a bit… These are now complete getaways and we are loving it!  It started with our road trip to Ojai and this time we are going to a new spot, and we thought, these are turning into full blown weekends of fun, so it’s no longer a “day out” but a BEIJOS GETAWAY!!

This recent girls getaway was to Palm Springs, we always love our girl time but in one of our favorite places ever?!  Now that’s an epic weekend in the making!  We love everything about Palm Springs, the sun and heat, the shopping and food, the landscapes and pools, you name it!  We’ve all been many, many times, but not all 3 of us together at once.

meganwelker-palmsprings-323 meganwelker-palmsprings-265 For this trip we stayed at the insanely good Sycamore House, the quintessential Palm Springs home that makes for the perfect space for fun.  We will  be sharing a full home tour on that tomorrow!!  We visited some of the best vintage and modern shops and some real yummy food and cocktail spots.

Best of all we are offering the ultimate Palm Springs Getaway for our readers!!  You can find all of the details over on Green Wedding Shoes where it is featured today, and be sure to head to Instagram to follow Beijos Events, Green Wedding Shoes and Megan Welker for your chance to win!!  More on that giveaway later…

Let’s see what kind of trouble us Beijos Ladies got in, shall we?!  And obviously we never leave home without our buddy Megan Welker, it’s just no fun without her!!

Wardrobe by Show Me Your Mumu, Sunglasses by Raen, and Hair & Makeup by Nancy Zizun, Marilyn Nunez and Jen Martens.

Now when you go to Palm Springs you’ve gotta start with the best breakfast, and the only place for good breakfast grub in that city is Cheeky’s…  We love sitting on their patio enjoying some mimosas or bloody mary’s with the yummiest of food!!

meganwelker-palmsprings-2 We have two words for you… BACON FLIGHT

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meganwelker-palmsprings-24 Now, some shopping!!  Our first stop was right down the road at Bon Vivant, a beautiful vintage shop with some definite treasures!!

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meganwelker-palmsprings-30 meganwelker-palmsprings-44 meganwelker-palmsprings-40 meganwelker-palmsprings-39 meganwelker-palmsprings-36 After Bon Vivant we headed over to Just Modern Decor, we love the vibe of this shop!  It’s so fun, colorful and friendly, lots of classic Palm Springs style.  And their book collection is so on point, we each wanted one for our coffee tables…

meganwelker-palmsprings-70 meganwelker-palmsprings-71 meganwelker-palmsprings-60 meganwelker-palmsprings-53 meganwelker-palmsprings-72 meganwelker-palmsprings-56 Next shopping spot is the amazing vintage shop The Fine Art of Design, this spot has an insane vintage collection that we just fell in love!  All the color and all of the fun pieces, this is a must see spot!!

meganwelker-palmsprings-78 meganwelker-palmsprings-81 meganwelker-palmsprings-83 meganwelker-palmsprings-87 meganwelker-palmsprings-90 meganwelker-palmsprings-91 meganwelker-palmsprings-93 meganwelker-palmsprings-95 meganwelker-palmsprings-101 meganwelker-palmsprings-105 After all this shopping we needed a little relaxation… So we headed to The Amado, the cutest little boutique hotel that we just fell in love with… We love The Sycamore House that we stayed at, but if you are traveling with multiple families, say 4 or 5, this is the place to stay!  We love the look, the vibe and the feel of it, we definitely want to return… ASAP!

meganwelker-palmsprings-273 meganwelker-palmsprings-272 meganwelker-palmsprings-259 meganwelker-palmsprings-189 meganwelker-palmsprings-187 meganwelker-palmsprings-186 meganwelker-palmsprings-182 meganwelker-palmsprings-192 Now it’s time for a pick me up!!  The local coffee shop to go to is Ernest Coffee, and well, we were practically locals on our trip, so we just had to go ;)

meganwelker-palmsprings-106 meganwelker-palmsprings-114 meganwelker-palmsprings-123 meganwelker-palmsprings-120 meganwelker-palmsprings-119 And since Bootlegger Tiki Room is right next door… Well, we kind of had to grab a cocktail!  It’s a super cute speakeasy with some really yummy (and really stiff, yup!) drinks…

meganwelker-palmsprings-137 meganwelker-palmsprings-138 meganwelker-palmsprings-125 meganwelker-palmsprings-127 meganwelker-palmsprings-150 After happy hour we needed some grub… We were starving after our long day!!  So we went to one of our go to spots in Palm Springs, and we know it’s one of all of yours… The Ace Hotel.  After a beautiful stroll around the property we had some yummy dinner at King’s Highway

meganwelker-palmsprings-280 meganwelker-palmsprings-282 meganwelker-palmsprings-285 meganwelker-palmsprings-321 meganwelker-palmsprings-293 meganwelker-palmsprings-292 meganwelker-palmsprings-296 meganwelker-palmsprings-312 meganwelker-palmsprings-302 meganwelker-palmsprings-308 meganwelker-palmsprings-317 meganwelker-palmsprings-319 Our last stop on our Palm Springs getaway was at the lovely Trina Turk Boutique… We won’t share too much as we have more fun to share with them soon!  But all we have to say is this is the most quintessential Palm Springs clothing store with a really hip home section… It’s a must visit!!  We can’t wait to share more!!

meganwelker-trinaturk-1 meganwelker-trinaturk-3 meganwelker-trinaturk-10 meganwelker-trinaturk-28 meganwelker-trinaturk-53 We have to tell you, these girl’s getaways are good for the soul… We are all so busy, having a little escape is just so needed and deserved!  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway with Green Wedding Shoes today!!  We will have all of the details on it later today!!



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Looking Back – A Year in Review – 2015

What a year!

2015 was our first full official year in business with events and with Beijos Blog, we were quite the busy bees!  We love what we do and wanted to share a few of our favorite moments from this past year….  It was pretty magical and as sad as we are to see 2015 come to an end, we are so excited for what 2016 holds!!

Jacquelyn Kazas

My first favorite moment of 2015 has to be the lovely Megan Welker’s wedding.  Not only did I get to plan and execute the wedding of someone I admire, but also someone who I call a dear friend.  Seeing her and her adorable husband Adam on their special day along with their family and friends was incredible.  I feel lucky to have been a small part of such a magical and beautiful event.

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My second favorite moment has to be our bright and colorful Cinco de Beijos shoot!  I loved playing with all of the vibrant colors, and I really love Mexican food so all of the yumminess from Amiho Experience had me a happy girl indeed!  Plus we got to work with some of our favorite vendors on this one… The Little Market, Twinkle & Toast, Nic Roc, Witty Rentals and Bloom Babes!!

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My last favorite memory is my son Court’s first birthday!  It wasn’t the most elaborate affair but memorable to say the least…  I can’t believe how fast that first year went by and he will be two before we know it!  Becoming a mother has made me want to work harder, be more creative and to follow my dreams more than ever, just so I can make him proud!

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Leah Carriger

I love planning parties and pretty for everyone but it’s ultra special when it’s for your own little ones. This year I had a great time putting together all of these boho frills for my little princess Edie on her 3rd Birthday.

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Another favorite of mine this year was planning and designing my daughter Isla’s nursery. I love her space its bright, peaceful and fun.

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Last but not least, my other favorite of 2015 was this styled Bachelorette shoot we did with 100 layercake and Friexenet sparkling wine. We were able to get wild with texture and color and everyone involved was amazing to work with!

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Abby Guido

WOW! 2015 you were full of adventures and unforgettable memories! Traveling, meeting new people, and spending quality time with my favorite little people.
Our Girls Day Outs were filled with traveling to new places, seeing new sights, and spending time with my other Beijos ladies. I can’t pick a favorite so all will have to do! Looking forward to many more Girls Day Outs and exploring new cities.

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Having the opportunity to meet some really cool industry peeps. It was so awesome to finally meet the people behind all that talent. Our Dig party was a favorite of mine, as I was able to eat, sip, and shop the night away under the stars with local industry people.
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Lastly, but certainly not least. I got a chance to really spend some time with my little beijinhos. Of course there is no special moments as all of them are special.
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 Our overall greatest moment of 2015 has to be The Cream Event.  We were so thrilled to be invited to showcase our work and to be featured alongside such talented creatives.  Needless to say it was an inspiring and humbling experience, and the party was pretty amazing too ;)

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Thanks for following along with us this year!  We are excited for what 2016 has in store, and can’t wait to make more pretty and share more adventures with you!!
Happy New Year!  Cheers to 2016!!

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Ojai Giveaway

You may have heard about our recent giveaway… I mean, it’s pretty damn incredible!!

After our stay in Ojai we decided everyone should have this much fun so we threw together the ultimate giveaway in order to share the fun!!  Now let’s talk details…

Of course there is the stay at the most amazing Air Bnb that we stayed at and highlighted earlier this week with our home tour…

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-4 Then breakfast for two at Bonnie Lu’s along with lunch and drinks for two at Noso Vita…

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-575 And now for the extra special goodies!!!  We gathered up all the travel essentials for you!

To travel along you need a bag, how sweet is this Cleobella duffle bag!?  We love anything Cleobella, but this bag is just amazing!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-118 For any road trip you gotta have your keys, and this brass key chain by Brooke Hill is simple and chic..

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-127 Now, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush!  We love this one by Woodzee

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-129 Not sure if you noticed, but us girls can’t go anywhere without our Salt sunglasses, so we thought we’d share the love!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-132 We are OBSESSED with this Pamela V Backpack… It’s all boho, all the time… Just the way we like it!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-138 We got extra cozy in our PJ Salvage jammies and we know you will love them too!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-136 Gotta take care of your skin, even on your travels!  This Earth Tu Face Beauty travel kit is the perfect set to bring along and nourish your skin!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-123 And obviously if you are taking care of your beauty needs you need a cute makeup bag, we love our Lovebirds LA bags, and this could also double as a cute clutch!  Win Win!!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-134 To stay cozy if it gets cold at night or by the fire pit, we have the best blankets in town!  Gunn & Swain of course!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-139 If you like to accessorize like us you’ll love this St. Eve Jewelry necklace, wear it all weekend long!!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-141 Last but not least, this quintessential Ojai canvas bag from one our stops at Summer Camp, I mean does it get any cuter?!

meganwelker-beijos-ojai-142 Now, how freaking good is this giveaway!?!  The best, right??

Make sure you enter over at Green Wedding Shoes!!!


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