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Beijos 2017 Gift Guides for Everyone on your List

One of the best parts of the holidays is getting gift for those you love.  We love putting time and thought into gifts for everyone on our list.  But nothing beats seeing the little faces of our kiddos light up with excitement while opening presents!  Another good thing?  Getting deals on said gifts!  We love getting a head start on our holiday shopping with Black Friday, who doesn’t?!  Here are our top picks for the ladies, the guys, and the little girls and boys!  Most are from stores doing crazy good deals today and through the weekend! 

A few of our favorite Black Friday Sales…

Madewell – 25% off your purchase
J Crew – 40% off your purchase
Shopbop – Up to 30% off your purchase and 75% off sale
Nordstrom – Up to 40% off select items

And now for the good stuff!!!

First up, the ladies… We want everything on this list… Hint hint!

Shop it below!

Now, for the men in our lives….

Shop for the guys here!

How about the little ladies?!  This is for the girlies who love pink, like they’re mamas!

You can shop for the girlies right here!

And last but not least, the boys who love to play, play, play!

Let’s here it for the boys! Shop  below!

Get your shopping on! 


Jacqueyln + Abby




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Beijos x Gunn & Swain – Fall & Winter 2017 Collection

If you follow us you know we love our Gunn & Swain blankets!  So much so that we have collaborated on a few collections.  Well, we have a new collection for you just in time to get cozy over the Fall & Winter season.  Think pretty jewel tones along with the best pastel blanket I’ve ever laid eyes on.  They are the perfect addition to your home or even a great gift!  

To make it even better, they are each named after a place in Portugal… Even the Azores where my family is from!  Let’s take a look at these beauties!

You can shop them all here!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with the Azores blanket… I love this pastel goodness!  Named after the islands off the coast of Portugal that I am proud to be from.  The colors of this blanket remind me of the beautiful hydrangeas that cover the islands.  If you’ve never visited this magical place, you should.

It’s the perfect addition to a nursery, an outdoor picnic or on your sofa at home!  I also can’t wait to use this one in the Spring on the beach, so many good options!!

Next up is the Costa Azul, named after a beach area just south of Lisbon.  The place is known for beautiful beaches with water’s as blue as the sky.  Sort of perfect for this turquoise goodness, no?!  This one is already in my boy’s room and they love cuddling with it!  They love how soft and cozy it is, and I can’t complain because it brings me the best cuddle sessions.

Last we have the Lagos blanket, named after a beach town in Southern Portugal in the Algarve.  I haven’t been lucky enough to visit this region, but plan to in the next few years with my family.  I hear it’s amazing!!  My husband can’t wait to go there because it’s known for great surf!

I love the bougainvillea pink color of this blanket, definitely one of my favorites ever!  It’s beautiful for Fall, but honestly great for any time of year, and any room in your home!  This one is a must have…

A few more shots of these beauties!  And did you see our collab tags on them?!  We’re feeling official over here!!

Don’t miss out on these as they are a limited selection!  Never too early to get that holiday shopping done!



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By on October 23, 2017 in COLLABORATION, GIFTS, SHOPPING


Visiting Gather & Mill in Grass Valley

Moving to a new city, you get to discover new places to shop! I discovered Gather & Mill on Instagram and immediately fell in love with the store and most of all the two sweet owners.  Gather & Mill is not only a place to shop all handmade products made by artisans, but also a studio, rental company, and a place to get your creative juices going with workshops and events. I got a chance to stop by the shop and well… shop and chat! If you are in the Grass Valley area, you definitely need to stop by Gather & Mill
Photos by Katie White
Tell us about how Gather & Mill began…
Gather & Mill began very suddenly and organically.  We were both a part of the building prior to taking over the lease, because we were members of the wedding collective that used to occupy the space (Erica has a rental company, Tin Roof Farmhouse, and I own a photography business, Katie White Photography).  When the owner of our wedding collective decided to move locations, Erica realized she’d have to move her rental storage space or take over the lease; but the timing wasn’t ideal and she reached out to me in desperation.  After reassuring her that everything would work out, we both realized this may be the perfect opportunity to fulfill some goals we both had only dreamed of: owning a retail space!  Neither of us expected it to happen the way it did, but when a door opens, sometimes you just have to walk through and see what happens…  when we started brainstorming ideas for our shop, we were surprised at how similar our visions aligned.  We both wanted to showcase and support local artisans who used sustainable materials & valued quality and beauty.  We also wanted to host gatherings and creative workshops to bring our community together.  The more we talked about our business, the more we realized it was truly meant to be… and that simple realization pushed us to accomplish our dreams.
How did you two meet ?…
We met at a wedding we were both hired to work, and immediately hit it off!  We exchanged phone numbers, and planned a styled photo shoot together.  In that first collaborative effort, we realized how well we worked together, and a friendship quickly blossomed.  Erica and I almost seem to read each other’s minds…  it’s always seemed as if we’ve known each other forever.  We feel very fortunate for this sweet connection.
Now, not only do you both own Gather and Mill, but you also own separate creative businesses, could you brag about those for a second! And how do find time to do it all?
Yes, we do!  As I mentioned before, Erica owns Tin Roof Farmhouse Rentals and I own Katie White Photography.
Erica has collected special items and vintage pieces for as long as she can remember, and has an amazing knack for re-purposing old and undesirable things into masterpieces.  She also has a natural ability to style any ordinary space into a dreamy set-up; so, after receiving her MBA in Sustainable Business, she decided to turn her fun hobby into a career, bringing all her creative talents together!  She loves working with couples and making their dream wedding a reality.
As for me (Katie), I’ve always been immersed in the arts, but found my passion grow for photography once my children were born.  After being asked repeatedly to photograph friend’s family portraits, I realized I might actually have a chance to turn my hobby into a career, so I went to school and also shadowed an amazing wedding photographer (Megan Clouse Photography) who took me under her wing and mentored me.  From there, I built my portfolio and started my business.  The rest is history!
We both feel that you make time for the things you’re most passionate about–  sure, it’s hard to balance everything and sometimes we both feel like we’re going crazy trying to keep up with everything, but we LOVE what we do, so it just works!
Tell us how this beautiful space is just not a storefront, but also space for creative people to gather…
Well, we have a huge warehouse space that connects to our retail shop…  part of it is used for Erica’s rental showroom, and we offer the rest of the space for events, creative workshops, pop-up shops/trunk shows, and anything else you can dream up!  Plus, we style our events using Erica’s rentals!  It’s a really inspiring space, with an industrial feel and big, beautiful windows along one side that looks into our private backyard space, which we also make available for events.  It’s amazing how the spaces can transform depending on the look and feel of the occasion.
Tell us about some fun workshops you have coming up!…
I’d love to!  We just announced our Fall workshops which include an indigo dyeing workshop, a weaving workshop, an up-cycling jeans/clothing workshop, an embroidery workshop, and a “Soul of Creativity” Workshop that incorporates yoga, creative writing and art.  We also have some fun events on the schedule, including yoga classes every Tuesday morning (beginning 9/19), Pop-Up Shops, and an evening of poetry reading and wine tasting….  and we’ll be adding more to that list soon!!

You also have some mini sessions coming up for the holiday right?
Yes we do!  Erica and I love styling and photographing mini-sessions together.  In previous years, we’ve used different locations around Northern CA to host our mini-sessions, but this year we’re using our own space.  We’ll be doing Fall Themed and Holiday Themed sessions.  For more info on how to schedule a session with us, you can visit our blog at
 What’s next for Gather and Mill…
We have so many different ideas and plans for the space, and can’t wait to watch Gather & Mill evolve.  Without spilling too many secrets, we’re working on expanding into another room to accommodate more products; specifically, more home goods.  We also have some fun things in the works for the holiday season, as well as community events for next summer… but we can’t quite dish the details YET.  You’ll just have to stay tuned!!
Can’t wait to see what you ladies have in store! 


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Wearing all the Print with Novella Royale this Fall

If you saw yesterday’s post then you probably fell in love with all of the pretty prints at Novella Royale just like me.  Well while I was there I had to take a few for a spin!  Truth be told, it’s been one of my favorite brands for some time now so I was really like a kid in a candy store.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you today and also sharing links to shop a bunch of other Novella Royale goodies!  Because this will be wearing all the print with Novella Royale this Fall, and then some!!

Photos by my friend Megan Welker

First up is the cutest little shift dress I ever did see!  The Roadie Dress has the best body and I’m pretty certain can look good on anyone.  It’s easy to wear from day to night and I really fell in love with it in this Rust Palm print.  I’d wear it casually with my Beek by Two Bird black wrap sandals, aka the most comfortable sandals around!  But once Fall hits you could definitely do it with black tights and boots…

Next up is a Beijos staple, a good kimono… And Novella Royale’s is one of the best!  They call it the Jane Robe and I definitely took one home with me!  This pink print called Blush Daisies is such a fun pop to any outfit.  I wore it with their body suit called the Sandra, an old pair of high waisted cut offs and my lace up Target sandals.  

I’ve worn my Jane Robe so much at home, it’s so fun to throw over anything basic, it just makes the outfit!!  Also, the body suit was new to me, haha, and it was way more comfortable and easy to wear than I thought!  Don’t judge, I’ve had two babies since they were in style and haven’t been brave enough to try them!!

Next up was a dress I fell in love with the minute I saw it… The Willow Dress has the prettiest ruffle detail along the neckline and a little sexy cut out back.  I think what really caught my eye on this one is the print.  The copper flamenco print was definitely my favorite, it has such fun colors I just immediately gravitated toward it.  This is the perfect date night dress but could also be worn casually during the day!  Paired it for this look with my Matise nude suede mules….

Shop more of my favorite Novella Royale pieces below!!



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By on September 6, 2017 in FASHION, SHOPPING, STYLE


Shop Spotlight – Novella Royale

Novella Royale has been a favorite brand of mine for a while now.  They always have the best silhouettes and their prints are unique and eye catching.  I’ve shopped the brand in a few of my favorite boutiques and online, but was beyond excited to find out they opened a store front in Orange County.  I have been trying to make my way down to their shop in San Clemente, one of my favorite beach towns, but alas popping out a baby and having a toddle really set a girl back.  But FINALLY, I made it down with my gal pal Megan Welker to shop, snap some pics and take in all the cuteness.

All photos by Megan Welker

Keep reading for an interview we did with founder and designer Mary Meyers

 Tell us about Novella Royale and how it all began… 

I started Novella Royale out of my garage, when my daughter Novella was a year old. I wanted to create a space to house creativity and a fun working lifestyle. because if you have to work why not make it as enjoyable as possible!

Why did you decide to open a shop in San Clemente?

 Honestly because i live here and have been working to create a lifestyle where i don’t need to get on the freeway everyday… and my dream building is here in town (which we currently occupy)

What are your favorite parts of being located in this gorgeous beach town?

 Being part of a younger generation in San Clemente is really exciting.  It’s tough as there are only a few of us paving the way, but I’ve always wanted to be part of change. 

Why was it important of the brand to have a store front?

 I really wanted a place that tells the Novella Royale story, more than our online store!  A place you can come in and try on any style, any color way and any size we make!  When designing the space I wanted it to feel like you were walking into my closet, and could just play dress up and maybe try things you’ve never tried before!  I love when someone comes in, tries on something they didn’t think they could pull off and ends up wearing it out of the store.  That’s one of the best compliments I get from our customers. 

What are some of your favorite pieces from the Fall collection?

 Oh, thats like picking a favorite child, and there are different reasons I love all of my Novella Royale children! If there isn’t something I don’t love, it doesn’t make it into the collection!  But if you twist my arm I’d have to say the Harley dress :) and the Jane robe! ohhh and the River tee… they are extra special this season! 

We are always so in love with your prints, how do you guys always find the best ones?!

 Awe, thanks! I search through vintage prints and hand pick ideas.  Some come just from an idea in my head and some are inspired by already existing vintage prints!  We usually start with 6-8 prints and narrow them down to 4 for the season based on how they sit together!

Here’s Novella Royale’s cute shop manager Neg, love her!!

And here’s that cute baby Cruz making an appearance, you know the one who kept me from visiting this amazing shop!

Tell us about any fun and exciting things coming up at the shop!

 For the holidays we will be doing a couple events; small business sale, anti black friday sale and we will be bringing in some specialty pieces just for the holiday season!  Planning on making it a one stop shop for your holiday party outfit as well as hostess and holiday gifts for the women in your life! 

What’s next for Novella Royale?!

Business has changed so much over the past couple years.  It’s all about direct to consumer and we plan to make sure our customers know its all about them… without them there would be no Novella Royale

Thank you Mary for sharing, and for letting us in your gorgeous store!

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I do a style post on some of my favorite pieces in the shop!!



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By on September 5, 2017 in FASHION, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, STYLE