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Shop Spotlight – Wild Child Party

You may have noticed that we have a major crush on Wild Child Party.  We have done quite a few photo shoots with them lately and can’t get enough.  They are the best when it comes to party goods and more in the Southern California area.  Today we’re sharing a tour of this amazing Long Beach, CA shop and an interview with owner Jolie Dionisio.  

All of the pretty photos are by Megan Welker.

How and when did Wild Child Party come to life?

It was kind of an accident … I knew from throwing my own kids’ parties that sourcing great stuff was so time consuming, but my thinking early on was more a website or etsy store.  An opportunity arose in 2015 to put together a ‘grab and go’ pop up shop in a local boutique.  I saw very quickly the demand was there so I shifted gears and found a space of my own … within one year we outgrew that space which led us to the amazing shop we have now..

What is the best part of owning a party store?

 Wow.  Lots of great things!  I love creating with my team.  It is so much fun to bring a theme or feeling to life for a customer’s event – being apart of these special occasions and sharing in the joy of others is really rewarding.  Everyday when I walk into the shop I feel proud of what our team has accomplished in such a short time.  

Wild Child is our go to shop for party supplies, talk to us about how you have such a well curated store…

 I live for the hunt.  Whether the local flea market or a boutique off the beaten path I am constantly searching for beautiful things.  For the shop I try to be very thoughtful of the products I would want to have at my own party and stock with that mindset.  We don’t have any filler product.  Everything in there we have picked to make our customers events memorable.

You are a fellow Mompreneur, give us some advice on doing it all!

 It was hard early on.  I transitioned overnight from a stay at home mom into a business owner running an event styling service, retail shop and now an event space. Not easy with 3 children.  I found balance in making sure that when I was home to be available and present to the family.   The other lifesaver is finding people you trust to pick up the ball and run when you can’t.  Wild Child is a team effort – I certainly couldn’t do this on my own, or with out the super support of my husband, he had my back so hard and non of this would be possible without him.

What are your favorite events to be a part of?

 We specialize in children’s parties, but any chance where we can create an experience of our own design – thats what gets me excited. A simple idea or feeling can lead me down the rabbit hole of inspiration and next thing I know we have a full blown party. Like I said earlier when we can be a part of bring people joy – well there is nothing better than that.

We obviously love your event space at the shop, give our readers more info on it…

 The 15’x22′ space is adjacent to our retail shop.  It has floor to sealing windows and beautiful daytime light so its very versatile for kids parties, photo shoots or small workshops.  We rent it out for a reasonable hourly rate and on occasion, for some larger events we will shut down the shop.  We recommend no more than 25 guests to keep it comfortable, but it is a great solution for locals looking to host a beautiful event or throw a party for their kids.
What’s next for Wild Child Party?
 
Right now we are just trying to keep our heads down and focus on making the company the best it can be. We have several events leading us into summer… hopefully a beijos event or two – wink wink! Oh! And we have begun to explore other locations and even our own line of goods – which could be a lot of fun!

Thanks so much Jolie!!

We can’t wait to see what you dream up next!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 16, 2017 in SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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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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Spotlight – Maslo Jewelry

I recently came across Maslo Jewelry and had to share it with you.  It’s a beautiful and modern collection that has a minimal design.  I was first drawn to Maslo Jewelry when I saw their beautiful copper pieces combined with nude and white cords.  Such simple and classic pieces that can be worn with everything but with a very unique style.  Owner Nicole Maslowski creates every piece by hand and lucky us got a Q&A with her you can read below!  Maslo is also giving a special 15% off discount for our readers till 3.1.17 with code beijos15, so get shopping!

Photos of Jacquelyn & Leah by Megan Welker // Photos of Abby by Julie Cahill

Here I am with my Copper New Age Bracelet in Off White

How and when did Maslo begin?

Maslo Jewlery originally started in Charleston, SC, but moved to Richmond, VA in 2007, where it is currently located at her studio space in Scotts Addition.
Maslo began from an interest in what could come from a 20ft. roll of copper tubing. From there, the ideas ran wild, and the Copper Noir et Blanc line began. Starting with hand bent and hand cut pieces in copper, it grew into the desire for further colors and options. I then entered like a kid in a candy store into the amazing world of metal plating and powder coating. The options seem to be endless and that’s what Maslo likes. Giving you something classic and giving it to you in too many options to choose from-but in a good way.

Typically I gravitate towards minimal, organic and simplistic design in all aspects of my life. I searched high and low for jewelry that fit into this criteria and didn’t see anything that knocked my socks off. So what happened when I didn’t see what I wanted? I created it.

Here is Leah with her Copper New Age Bracelet in Sand

We love how you mix materials like metals, wovens and leather, how do
you get inspired with your designs?

My inspiration tends to come from all things minimal, organic and simple. I find myself always veering towards simple shapes and creating pieces that are minimalistic, functional and timeless. I’ve always been drawn to juxtaposition and how opposite materials mix. Hence the industrial organic feel.

And here is Abby wearing her New Standard Necklace in Nude with Sand

What do you consider to be THE must have piece from Maslo?

My best seller has to be the Gold Standard Necklace Off White as well as the Baseline Necklace.

What exciting things does Maslo have coming for 2017?

Great things coming in the next few months! This year will be a mix of silver and gold. Snake chains instead of cord, collars, and large earrings, while still keeping with that classic, minimal, bigger is better feel.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and creativity with us Nicole!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on January 17, 2017 in FASHION, JEWELRY, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, STYLE

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Baby Spotlight – Babee & Me

Hi guys!  Back to baby land over here…this week it’s all about baby brands and how Jacquelyn and I found the cutest stuff to spotlight for all you new mamas. Or… you could be looking to find the perfect yet unique gift for a loved one having a babe…we got ya covered!  Today we are talking about Babee & Me, a handmade designer label for babies and kids quality toys and homewares out of Australia.  After having her two baby boys, Rachel realized how special it was for a child to have something unique, fun and handmade to play with. Based on her love of design, hand printing and wooden toys, she founded Babee & Me in 2010.

All photos by Megan Welker

First of all here are her amazing baby mats and softies…

Find Cruz’s mat here, and bear softie here.

They provide such a cute little back drop for baby to play on.

Find Henry’s baby mat here and fox softie here.

We just love these little softie’s, they are adorable for our son’s to grow up with and hang onto for life.  Plus…they make for a super cute decor piece!

These faces are just too good not to share…

Here’s a little Q&A from Rachel…

How and when did Babee & Me come to life?

Babee and Me started 6 yrs ago and was initially called Babee Blocks as my first products were soft baby blocks. This was just after the arrival of our second son and when I really wanted to make some handmade toys for him. So one thing led to another and before too long I had a website to sell them from and was running as a little business – I really discovered that being creative made me happy and gave me beautiful personal satisfaction. I also didn’t fancy those brightly coloured toys and merchandise type products you could get in all the department stores and loved to see my own children and eventually many others enjoying my original creations.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I am originally from New Zealand and after meeting my Aussie husband in Canada I moved here to a beautiful place called Byron Bay at the most easterly point of Australia. I am also a qualified biomedical scientist and personal trainer but by far enjoying having my own creative business the most – regardless of how hard it is at times! I love the outdoors, nature and a bit of fitness.

We love that your products are organic and ethically sourced, talk to us about why that is important to you?

I really think our babies deserve the best – they come from a place of such sterility inside us I only think it’s fitting we give them products that are as natural as possible and to keep as many chemicals away.

It’s so refreshing to find a play mat that has such a great design, where do you come up with your prints?

Thankyou! While I am inspired by trends – I like to do my own take on them or just do my own thing. So I only design and make products that I’m 100% happy with. I have to consider the unique fact that I hand print every one of my products in my home studio which can be quite labour intensive and stressful but worth it for the vibrancy of the print.

What is your favorite product that you make?

My gosh that’s a hard one – I love my playmats as I really feel they aren’t babyish so will grow with baby and end up being a feature in a room or used in different areas of a house once a little one has finished lying on them – they are also great for taking out and about as they are machine washable.

Here’s a little example how Jacquelyn uses it in Cruz’s room layered on the area rug, making it really stand out.

What’s next for Babee & Me?

2017 is going to be big for me as I start to move to mainly off shore manufacturing…. I simply have found all the hand printing stressful at times. It will mean every single one of my products will be GOTS organic certified, independently safety tested to worldwide standards and only made fair trade/ethical. This will also mean I will be able to have product stocked in many more stores around the world. I will still have a few locally handmade products available exclusively on my site only. I am super excited for the future!

We also love her wooden decor and blocks!

Check out her wooden toys here.

And more decorated on Henry’s reclaimed shelf…all the blocks, cactus and snow capped mountains from Babee & Me.

We just love how modern this line is, we hope you love it as much as we do! And thank you Rachel for sharing your creativity and designs with us!

Xx Leah

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By on January 10, 2017 in BABY SPOTLIGHT, BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, BEIJOS PICKS, GIFTS, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING

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Beijos Shops Rag Poets

Hey so you know how we are always shopping around for the best brands to tell you all about.  We may have discovered one of the easiest, comfortable, and timeless brands out there.  It’s called Rag Poets and we are pretty smitten with it.  Here are some reasons why…1.  It’s super soft and comfortable.  2.  The tees go so well with either jeans or leggings for the busy gal on the go. 3.  It won’t go out of style!

Here is Jacquelyn wearing the Angelico Pullover in Titanium 

Here’s a little from Rag Poets:

The essence of Rag Poets embodies the idea that clothing should not be limited to one season or trend. Timeless aesthetics, casually simplistic designs and a concept rooted in the classics, Rag Poets collection is sure to become a go-to for the casual yet cool customer.

Here’s Abby in her Homer Pullover Hoodie

And here I am in my favorite top right now, the Austen Hooded top in Silver Scone

They are so good you guys, we love ourselves a good tee company and we are living in them right now.  They also keep up super nice after washing too! Plus, plus…

Photos of Jacquelyn and Leah by Megan Welker 

Photo of Abby by Julie Cahill

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By on January 5, 2017 in BEIJOS PICKS, FASHION, LIFESTYLE, SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT, STYLE

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