I’m Here for the Boo-ze – A Halloween Bar Set Up

How do you get ready for Halloween night?!  Costume, check!  Trick or Treat bag, check!  Candy, check!  But what about the boo-ze?!  Well if you’re entertaining this Halloween or just want a reason to deck out your bar, I’ve got you covered!  This year we are having a few friends over with their kiddos Halloween night and I’m so excited!  I thought to myself, what does a parent who has their kid hopped up on sugar need?!  Ansewer: A DRINK!  So decking out our bar was a necessity!

Photos by Lyndsey Yeomans

Let’s start with this amazing signage from The Roc Shop!  That girl is so darn creative, she always has great pieces for every occasion.  I knew she wouldn’t disappoint on Halloween either!  Plus, her cocktail stirrers are the cutest little detail for each guest’s glass.  I love having the little details for people, they never go unnoticed!

I know Halloween is all about the black and orange, but I steered a little away from too much orange for this.  Gotta do it the Beijos way of course!  The gorgeous floral arrangement is by Olive & Blooms – more to come on that beauty later!  But I love how she used such pretty Fall colors and foliage, plus a little peek of pampas grass.  Definitely a showstopper!

The talented Cindy from Blot & Dot took her turn at the pumpkins!  Her calligraphy and witty puns always make me smile.  You may remember our similar collaboration last year for this playdate.  The wire pumpkins were a Target find!  I try to steer clear of the cheesy Halloween decor, much to the dismay of my 3 year old, and these definitley made the cut!  I think they are pretty timeless, don’t you?!

The glassware is from The Little Market, one of our go to shops for anything home.  I saw their new black and white collection from Morocco and fell in love!  These have a little bit of Beetlejuice meets Boho going for them, no?  Just add some of The Roc Shop drink stirrers and you’re good to go!  These glasses are so pretty, they will definitely get used again!

Now, you can’t have a Boo-ze bar without the BOO-ZE!  This black Freixenet sparkling wine bottle caught my eye.  A black bottle on Halloween is so spot on!  Doesn’t get more festive than that!  Your guests will love how detailed you were, and they will obviously love you for serving them a drink!  So pop some bubbly and enjoy with your guests on the creepiest night of the year!

And, yes that’s a magnum, and yes we do plan on drinking that whole thing!



Shop my Target finds for making your bar stand out, plus those cute little pumpkins re in there too!

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Trick or Treat Halloween Tote

Trick or Treat!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to get into the spirit with. How could you not with all the costumes, spooky + gross food to force your kids to eat, cocktails that smoke, and decorations that could scare you know what out of you. This year, I wanted to do create a trick or treat Halloween tote that was different than the usual suspects. A tote that could not only be used for my daughter but also I could borrow it. There was only one person that I knew that could create exactly what I was looking for. That would be the one and the only, Leanna from David and Leanna. This lady is amazing. She has three boys, runs a successful Etsy shop, blogs, and she is an absolute babe and one of the sweetest ladies around. And today, she is giving us the play by play on how she created this perfect boho trick or treat Halloween tote. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful ladies of Beijos Events a couple different times, so I was super excited when I was asked to help out and create a DIY tutorial for a Halloween straw tote. It looks like Halloween is going to be heavily Batman themed this year so I’m pretty amped to have an excuse to make something girly! So here it is; the cutest little DIY straw Halloween tote with sequin script lettering and yarn tassels. Follow along to make your own! – Leanna

Trick or Treat Tote

You’ll need:
Sequin trim
Hot glue gun & hot glue
Trick or treat stencil (or your own design)
Straw tote bag
Yarn in colors of your choice
Pom Pom makers
Sharp embroidery scissors
Wide eye needle

These Pom Pom makers from Amazon are magical.  

 Making Pom Poms

Wrap one side of the Pom Pom maker in your choice of yarn. You’ll need to hold onto the ends at first until the multiple layers hold it in place. 

Once the first side is full, close that side by pushing it back towards center. Note: the “fluffier” your yarn, the fluffier your Pom Pom. Press the yarn between your fingers to determine its fluffy-ness. If it compresses a lot you’ll get fuller Pom Poms. 

Wrap the other side like you did the first. Your Pom Pom maker should look like this.

Take your scissors and cut along the spine from the hinge end (cutting from the other direction may cause the Pom Pom maker to open accidentally). 


Cut a length of yarn and wrap around the Pom Pom maker along the spine (same place you cut the yarn before). Pull tight and tie a double knot. 

Gently pull Pom Pom arms apart by pushing outwards and the. Pull the center of your Pom Pom maker apart by pulling outwards on each side of the center (The white part of my Pom Pom maker for reference).


Gently fluff Pom Pom with your fingers

Trim away all excess until well rounded.

Making Tassels

Wrap yarn around your hand (keeping your fingers evenly spaced) until you reach your desired tassel thickness.

Gently remove from hand to maintain the loop.

Strong a length of yarn through the entire loop  (I have a second length of yarn looped separately so that I can hide my knots, but this step is not necessary).


Tie a double knit tightly, this will be the top of your tassel. If you want to hide your knot you can flip the tassel upside down so the knotted string is inside the tassel and the extra string is now the top. 

Cut through the loop at the bottom of your tassel.


Wrap a length of yarn three times around the tassel near the top, gently pulling tightly and keeping the shape of your tassel in tact.


Tie your knot (I usually tuck mine inside the tassel to hide it once tied). 

Trim the end of your tassel until even. 


Sequin Lettering

Trace or draw your phrase onto your tote, I used a new sharpie (finer point). 

Carefully place your sequin trim along your lettering before gluing

Do just a few letters at a time with the hot glue gun. 

I made sure to glue down the loose strands on the edge of the trim before gluing each time.

Some letters worked better as one continuous strand while others needed to be cut in specific locations. Go slowly and measure before cutting and gluing.

Hot glue can get a little messy so just remember you’re better off letting it harden and then removing it than trying to get it off before it dries. Dried hot glue leaves less residue behind than trying to clean it up while it’s hot.

Finally, use your wide eye needle to thread through your Pom Poms and tassels and the tote!


Thanks Leanna! 


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By on October 9, 2017 in CRAFTS, DIY, HALLOWEEN


Getting the Family Ready for Halloween with Chaser

I don’t know about you guys but when any holiday approaches I like to get my kiddos some new gear.  Whether it’s new clothes, some jammies, or fun toys.  Halloween is one of the best holidays when you’re a kid, they get a chance to dress up as anyone they want and to eat candy!  I mean, really it doesn’t get much better.  This year we are getting the whole family ready, including us mamas, with some new tees from Chaser.  Check out our picks for our little ones.  They are so perfect for all of those Halloween parties and celebrations you’ll be going to this month!  You can shop these looks at the end of the post too!

Photos of Abby, Dylan & Jett by Susannah Gill

Photos of Jacquelyn & Court by Nea Nabayan

Here’s Abby and her littles and they’re all set for some tricks & treats!!  Abby is wearing the Skeletal Peace Tank, Jett is wearing the Spider Attack tee and Dylan is wearing the Kitty tee.

Court and I are saying Boo to you from our crew!  I’m wearing the Spooky Bat Tee and Court is wearing the Boo! Tee.

And now we’re ready for Halloween, you can be too!  Just shop below!  As Court would say, let’s get spooky!!




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Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Adults with Tiana Rae Holiday

Let the Halloween posts commence!!!

It’s October so that means it’s time for all things Halloween.  First on our list are some ideas for the adults, because Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the kids.  Last year my friend Alatheia of Art of Being Female had her makeup done  to be a deer and I admired how amazing it was.  This year I teamed up with her to showcase Tiana Rae Holiday, her talented friend and makeup artist.  Tiana is also Mariah Carey’s makeup artist, so I knew I was really in the best hands!

There are four different looks that we tried, each unique and fun.  Great ideas for Halloween, and Tiana is still booking so if you’re in the Southern California area, she’s your girl!  Keep scrolling for all the fun looks and a question and answer with Tiana herself!

Photos by the lovely Riley Starr

Jacquelyn – The Fortune Teller

How and when did you get into the makeup industry?

I have been in the industry for almost 20 years. My mom owned a hair salon in my small mountain town growing up, Big bear Lake. She kinda pushed me to do makeup for her clients but I was a tomboy and didn’t really love makeup. Funny how things turn. When I was 18 years old I applied at Nordstroms and opened the Armani Cosmetics counter. Later transferred to the MAC counter and eventually the MAC Pro store. By networking and working jobs that didn’t pay on the side, I found a mentor, Natalie Macgowen,  who was in the business a very long time. She took me under her wing and showed me how it was in the Industry . She later opened her own agency, Macgowen Spencer Agency and signed me; I did commercials, music videos, photo shoots and celebrities. My very first gig with her was a music video for Velvet Revolver.  Networking and knowing so many people from MAC has opened many doors for me. 

You work with lots of celebrities, what are some of your favorite jobs you’ve had?

Someone I know from MAC, Maile, started a huge successful beauty on demand mobile service, Beglammed,  and I stepped in with them. That’s where I met Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson, Noah Cyrus and many more.  I did a segment for Halloween Makeup on Good Day LA as well.  I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to be where I am and it’s only because of the people I’ve met along the way and the chances I’ve been given. 

Alatheia – Pop Art

How did you start doing Halloween makeup?  You are so amazing at it!!

Halloween is my favorite time of year, so blending makeup and Halloween came very natural for me. I love a theme, costumes, things dark and creepy. So that is where my most creative looks come from. Also my son and I have “couple costumes” every year till he tells me to take a hike. Some of our costumes have been Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and Lydia, Darthmaul and Queen Amidala, chucky and bride of chucky, to name a few.

When it comes to Halloween makeup, what are a few of your favorite looks to do…

 I always love a good skeleton and Dia De Los Muertos, and clowns.  I find that I get inspiration from Movies, TV, Instagram and entertainment; especially Tim Burton.  I practice on myself when I’m feeling stressed or not creative, it pushes me out of my box.

Leah – The Wooden Doll

If you had a really adventurous client, what would be something you’d love to try for Halloween?

If I could do anything on an adventurous client it would be not only stop at the makeup but also do the hair and styling and than have a photoshoot based around that look. I never get enough pictures or good pictures that showcase the makeup. I like runway looks and avant- garde. The look isn’t what matters necessarily but the face features and costume is what seals the deal. I eventually want to do all of Tom Burtons characters and than make up my own characters that other people want to reproduce. The creative wheel is always a good one to be on.

How long does the Halloween makeup take and how can clients book with you?

I book clients for Halloween starting as early as a year out. I like to have an hour and half to two hours per look. Sometimes more of it’s more detailed. The best way to book me is through email

Kirby – The Ethereal Goddess

Thank you for sharing your talent with us Tiana!  Halloween doesn’t have to be just for the kids, we can get in on the fun too!  Get more Halloween inspiration over on Tiana’s instagram account.

More Halloween posts to come!!




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By on October 3, 2017 in BEAUTY, HALLOWEEN, MAKEUP


Pumpkin Cookie Party

Now, you guys know that we love to plan playdates for our littles and with a holiday like Halloween around the corner it called for all sorts of fun!! Since this holiday is all about the sugar, we thought why not add more?! I know we are crazy, haha!! But hey, if it involves baking and decorating cookies it’s worth the craziness, right?  We decided a pumpkin cookie party was in order and what can we say, it was a hit!  The kids had so much fun seeing all of the Halloween decorations and it really got them excited for the holiday, plus if you add cookies to anything they are bound to be happy!  This party was featured on Mini Style Blog yesterday, so head on over there to see more!

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We set the tone with fun pumpkin shaped plates by The Duo Studio and personalized by Blot & Dot, they were a hit! And a keepsake they can keep for future Halloweens to come! Our table was full of pumpkins and gourds with funny sayings by Blot & Dot as well and lots of orange, black, white and copper!  The pretty textiles are from Boho Pillow and The Little Market and fun Fall flowers done by Flowers by Mae Mae.

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It was a fun little afternoon to play and get creative, one of our favorite things to do!  Any time our kids can get their hands dirty and use their imaginations it makes our hearts happy.  These little ones loved decorating their own pumpkin cookies, and of course eating them too!

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By on October 17, 2016 in BEIJINHOS, FALL, HALLOWEEN