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At Home with the Miniellos

It was, a sunny weekday morning where I met Meghann Miniello for the 1st time at Peets coffee to chat about working with her. We had a love for rose gold hair and wine, and it was instant friends from there. This lady is crazy talented, beautiful, and she has so much love for her friends and family, and you can see that in the way she is with her little mini, Franki James and her cool hubby, Matt. They are the coolest family around, and they are expecting another mini in a matter of days. I can’t get enough of this family and want them to be my parents! She is sharing her feelings on becoming a family of four, and how her world will change with another mini on the way. Meg, Matt, and Miss Frankie did a little photo session in their cute Santa Cruz bungalow to capture moments of the last day as a family of three. There is so much love with this family, and I’m so excited to share with you!  I hope you fall in love with this family as much as I have. 

 Meg, you have the biggest heart in the world, and I’m so honored to not only work with you all the time but call you a friend. I can’t wait to see what this little mini will be. 

Pictures by BFF, Natalie Dressed 

Baby #2, nervous, scared, not real yet, how are you feeling?

 Not so much nervous or scared, but it’s starting to feel real as the due date approaches (July 12th).  I’m not anxious quite yet because I am still finishing up projects- but I know the nesting bug is coming!  I’ve got a LONG list of house DIYs and Daddy-dos.
 
 
  I know you guys are waiting to find out the gender of this little mini, do you find it hard not knowing?
 
I LOVE not knowing.  The anticipation and lead up to finding out the best news ever is the best part. We waited with our daughter too, although we totally knew she was a girl.  It was so much fun to drive our family and friends nuts guessing!
 
We know you have something up your sleeve for the baby’s room, you gonna let us in on the deets?
 
We’ve created a little spot in our room for babe while he/she is tiny and we are still in the continuous feeding phase.  But after a few months, if we are ready to transition, Mini 2 will be sharing a room with Frankie girl.  So, if the baby is a girl, we are good to go, but if mini is a boy I am definitely going to have to remove some of the pink. Luckily I started with a neutral palette of whites, tans, natural textiles and woods so it shouldn’t be too hard.  I would like to stay with the California, eclectic, artsy and sentimental vibe with pops of fun color.  Frankie will be getting a big girl bed soon and baby will move into the crib when we’re ready.  I shared a room as a kid, so I am ok with having my kiddos develop that same bonding time while they are little.  Just a little terrified about how bedtime will work… open to any and all suggestions or advice!!
 
How does Frankie feel about all this?
 
Frankie seems to be excited about having a new baby sister or brother.  We read “The New Baby,” a book given to me as a kid when my little sister was added to our family, and she loves it!  She loves babies but is not a fan of when I hold the other babies… so that should be interesting.  I think there will be a major transition period, but ultimately I think she’ll love having a built in playmate!  She gives my belly kisses and talks about “baby seeser” so I think that’s her prediction!
 
 
Do you have reservations about being a family of 4 and still being able to juggle family and work?
 
I have reservations about having even more on my plate, but I know it will all work out, and things will naturally align and prioritize themselves!  Somehow, more time always surfaces, and I can keep up the juggle. It’s not always pretty and clean, but people get fed, dogs get walked, and work gets done. The house is not always clean though, but you win some, and you lose some!  I had a little break down the other day about losing my alone buddy time with Frankie girl because I cherish it so so much, but everyone tells me your heart just grows and it works.  So I am trying to spend as much time with her now and make really special memories while I can.
 
 Any names picked out yet, any hints?
 
We THINK we’ve decided.  The middle name is still up in the air, but we are close!  Ok, so the one hint I’ll share is that we have ONE name that works if the baby is a boy or girl!
 
How has this pregnancy been different than with Frankie?
 
Chasing a toddler has made this pregnancy a little harder. I don’t have the luxury of all the naps I took when I was pregnant the first time.  Physically it’s about the same though.  I don’t experience morning sickness but I have heartburn like woah.  Pineapple is my ultimate nemesis!!  Frankie girl is a good eater, so she has some junk in her trunk and its getting really hard to lift her and of course she wants to be held all the time right now. Funny how those things work like that.

I can’t wait to meet mini #2! Thanks for sharing these special moments with us Meg!

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By on July 3, 2017 in PREGNANCY, REAL TALK, SPOTLIGHT

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Shop Spotlight – Costa Cabana

As you know, we like to shop… It’s sort of an obsession.  Well, some of my favorite places to shop are local boutiques.  That’s one of the things I love about where I live, there are tons of locally owned shops to choose from.  One of my favorites to Orange County is Costa Cabana, located in Costa Mesa off of popular 17th St.  

It’s also a plus when you become friends with the owner, in this case I couldn’t help myself because owner Lauren Flores is just the sweetest.  She is very stylish and makes you feel at home right when you walk in the door.  That’s probably what I love about Costa Cabana the most, I feel like I’m shopping with close friends when I’m there.  And that’s besides the fact that they have an amazing selection of clothing, accessories and even a few kid and home pieces!

I sat down with Lauren and asked her all about what it’s like to own a boutique, top trends she sees for Summer and more.  Keep scrolling to read more!

Pretty photos by Ariane Moshayedi

Tell us a little bit about you and your family….

My family is very full of life….I have an amazing partner in Scott, he is the dream maker as I like to call him, I constantly have ideas and visions and with the help of scott they come to life! I have an amazing little girl who is almost two, full of sass and style, she often can be seen running around the shop smelling candles and trying on sunglasses. My parents and my sister are an extension of me…My sister is my creative go two, and the person I love to bounce ideas off of, and my mom and dad are #1 babysitters and helpers at the shop after hours, from my dads wood working to my mom’s eye telling me what works and what doesn’t my family is nothing short of the Costa Cabana dream team! 

When did you start Costa Cabana and how did it all come about?

Costa Cabana was an organic process for me…I was already working as a buyer  in the shop and the opportunity came about to revamp the business and keep the good time rolling! But, I had always dreamed about owning my own shop one day…My boutique days started when I was 18 in costa mesa and the love I had for it grew over the years and the opportunity came and I jumped at it!

What is an average day for you as a boutique shop owner?

My average day as an owner consists of waking up and starting on emails, I basically never stop working, I have such great relationships with a lot of the customers that I sometimes am working directly with them answering styling questions to telling them when something I think they will love comes in. Im constantly talking to vendors and sales reps about product. I usually take a break in the afternoons until after dinner and then I sometimes pick back up with emails and business…but it’s a constant struggle to turn my brain off…this shop is like my stylish baby I always have new ideas popping in my head!

Tell us your favorite and least favorite parts of your job…

My absolute favorite part of my job is working with customers…I love talking to them about events they are going to, or updating their wardrobes. To chatting about their kids and everyday life….I like the shop to feel like your shopping with friends or at a cozy home. My absolute least favorite part of  my job is the office/business end of things!

What are your favorite trends coming for Summer 2017?

Some of my favorite trends coming for the summer would be all the great sets that are out, paired together or worn separate…either way you have a few different outfits in one. I also love a good midi dress paired with a fun pair of slides, and jumpers are always a fun no brainer that you can dress up or down!! And last but certainly not least Im a fanatic with sunglasses and hats…A good straw hat paired with a fun pair of sunnies never disappoints!

What are some of your must have items in the shop right now?

Some of my must haves at the shop right now are all the slides…shoes are such a fun way to spice up your outfit. All the Cleobella bags always give me hearts in my eyes!! And all summer long dresses and easy throw on rompers give a stylish look with absolute comfort. And last but not least jewelry!! Im loving all the designers and the uniqueness they bring to each and every piece.


What is it like being a working mom, tell us about the struggles and the triumphs!

Being a working mom is crazy! It’s a constant struggle with yourself to make sure your balancing everything fairly. At first when I took over the business I thought oh I can handle this…for the past 5 years I have juggled three jobs and loved every minute…but being an owner is a whole different ballgame. Im now the business head, buyer and sometimes sales person. But I wouldn’t change a thing this has always been a dream of mine and its a fun experience growing with the business and watching my daughter grow up here! 

What’s next for Costa Cabana?

Whats next for Costa Cabana are a couple new things…first and foremost a website, as well as continuing with great events with all our brands as well as workshops and pop up shops to bring in new product and expose the community to fun workshops and make the shop a fun place to gather and do creative things with their friends.

Thank you for sharing with us Lauren!  Be sure to check this shop out, like we said, it’s definitely one of our favorites!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 31, 2017 in SHOPPING, SPOTLIGHT

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Wedding Spotlight – Poppy Jack Shop

It’s time for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight where we highlight a wedding vendor we love!  This time we are focusing on calligraphy, one of my favorite aspects of events.  Every time we do an event or styled shoot the paper goods are my favorite part.  I love seeing the overall concept of what we designed encompassed in an invitation, or seeing the pretty hand lettered place cards.  I even love seeing the menu written out in gorgeous hand writing.  So today, we talk about Courtney Herman, owner of Poppy Jack Shop!

We met Courtney a few years ago and always love when we get the chance to work with her.  Recently we’ve been doing tons of fun projects with her that we can’t wait to share with you soon!!  Courtney is sweet and easy to work with and up for any challenge.  Her work is consistently beautiful and she brings a sense of calmness to each project we do.  I also love how inventive she is with new ideas and feel confident with her creativity.

In addition to her work on weddings and events, Courtney does amazing workshops where she teaches her calligraphy skills.  If you’ve followed our blog for a while you may remember that Leah took her class a few years ago and wrote about it here.  So keep reading to hear more about Courtney, how she got her start and what she wants to do next.  You’ll fall in love with her as much as we have!!

Photos by Megan Welker

 
When did you launch Poppy Jack Shop and how did it all begin?
 
I started POPPYjack Shop back in 2014 with no idea as to what I was doing (like any good small business owner).  My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) bought me some calligraphy supplies for my birthday and I started playing around with them.  I had always had decent penmanship and was always messing around with different variations of my handwriting so I picked it up pretty quickly.  I took a workshop shortly after where I learned more about the tools and from there, took off running!  Luckily, I had lots of friends getting married at the time so I used their weddings as practice.

Tell us a little bit about you…

What were you doing before Poppy Jack Shop?
 
Many people aren’t aware that I’ve always held a full time job in addition to POPPYjack!  My background is in digital marketing and I’ve held different positions with companies in the lifestyle industry.  Right now I am in between jobs but have been loving having the extra time to devote to PJS!

  What is your favorite part about being in the wedding industry…

 The beauty, creativity and inspiration everywhere you look. There is always someone new that I am discovering that inspires me. Not just for calligraphy and stationery (although there are MANY talents out there), but I love florals and event design and even the food!  Plus it’s amazing to meet other people who love what you do. I’ve met some of my closest friends by working in the wedding industry!

What is the best part about owning your own business?

 For me, it’s knowing that I get to be a piece of someone’s special event. Whether it’s a sign or envelopes or a cake topper, it’s fun knowing that someone saw my work and wanted it to be a part of something so precious to them.

 What training went into doing what you do, or do you just naturally have this amazing writing?

 
Like I mentioned earlier, I did take one class to learn the tools but honestly the best training for me has been practice. The more work I have, the better my lettering looks! Which seems like a weird thing but it’s honestly just knowing the letters and styles more intimately.For me, comfort creates the space to make something beautiful.  I’m always tweaking and trying new things while still trying to maintain my overall style. It’s definitely been an evolution (oh boy, do not look at my old stuff ha!), but I love when someone can look at a piece of calligraphy and know that I am the one who did it.

We love that you offer workshops!  Tell us about them…

 I do! Workshops are actually one of my favorite parts of my business. I get to connect with brides, vendors, creatives and everyone in between on a more personal level just by sharing what I love!  It’s so fun to simply hang out for a couple of hours and watch students try something new.  

I offer them seasonally so I just finished up my Spring ones and will be releasing my Summer schedule soon. You can keep an eye out for new ones here to sign up!

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on with Beijos?

 How do I choose?! There have been so many that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to create something unique and fun, which I love. I think my favorite probably has to be the Mother’s Day brunch we created on Style Me Pretty Living a couple of years ago. That was one that I remember creating the pieces and being really proud of them!

Although, the wedding we’re working on together right now has SO many pieces and different elements that after next weekend, that might be my favorite ;)

What’s next for Poppy Jack Shop?

 A lot, hopefully!  I am a classic dreamer with way more ideas up my sleeve than time in the day. I will be releasing some template style invitations for those who are looking for calligraphy but have a smaller budget.  More workshops this summer. More products in my Etsy store (including lots of laser cut coming soon!). More more more!  And of course, more weddings and events with my favorite ladies at Beijos ;)
 
Yes please!!!  Thank you Courtney for sharing and for always inspiring us!!
 
xx
 
Jacquelyn

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By on May 19, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Spotlight- Siesta For Fiestas

Today, we are doing a special spotlight on one of our favorite blanket companies. Our spotlights are a chance for us to gush about vendors that we have had the pleasure to work with and who have rad products. All of them have the biggest hearts, and they are just down right awesome people. With it being Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, we wanted you to fall in love with Chris and Jesenia. They are the power couple behind Siestas For Fiestas. You should remember their vibrant colored blankets complete with fun pom pom fringe from last year’s Cinco de Mayo tablescape and our awesome giveaway that we had this week! 

Meet Chris and Jesenia.

They are husband and wife team from Los Angeles who took an unexpected and serendipitous journey when they relocated to Cancun, Mexico. Upon their arrival, they were blessed to meet Pastor Arturo and his congregation at Fe, Amor y Esperanza.  He shared with them a uniquely personal and heartfelt mission; the church’s ongoing Christmas project to feed families living in poverty. They were inspired by his heart for this project and began brainstorming ideas on how they could help.

Siesta For Fiesta was born.

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with owner Jesenia

Photos by Yasmin Sarai and Chellise Michael Photography

How did you guys meet?

Chris and I are high school sweethearts. We were born and raised in Los Angeles but always had this desire to live in another country.

How did Siesta For Fiesta start?

In 2015, I was offered a job opportunity in Cancun, Mexico so we quit our 9-5’s and headed out. While living in Cancun, we were part of a church that had a yearly mission of providing Christmas meals to families living in poverty.

We were so inspired by Pastor Arturo’s heart to serve these people, and we wanted to help. During that time we were at a local market where I found this beautiful material called Cambaya. I fell in love with the prints and the bright colors and knew I wanted to make something out of it. Going to the beach every day inspired me to create beach blankets from the material. We decided for each blanket sold we would donate a meal for a family, to help our church. We bought enough to make 16 blankets and quickly sold out. 

Chris and I moved back to Los Angeles and officially started Siestas For Fiestas. The past two years have been lots of work but well worth it. Neither of us sew or know anything about manufacturing, so it’s been quite the learning process. We are so thankful that we can build Siestas For Fiestas together.

How is it working with your hubby every day?

The pros of working with your significant other are that you can easily schedule a business meeting with them since you are together all the time, being able to share successes as a family and that it brings you closer since you are constantly working towards the same goal.

The cons are when my husband doesn’t see my vision, for example, he didn’t believe we’d sell any of the 16 blankets we originally bought. Not because he doesn’t want to support me but because he’s not our market so he didn’t understand that people would buy them. I have some pretty crazy ideas for products and he never understands. As much as it is a pro, having meetings anytime can be a con too. Sometimes we are trying to fall asleep and we are still going over work. We’ve been working on separating work time and family time, especially as we bring a little one into our family this fall.

Growing this little business together has been such a great experience for us. The most rewarding part is being a part of the Christmas meals. This past December we took part in making the food, packaging it and delivering it to the families on Christmas Eve. 

 

 Please tell us all about this wonderful cause…

Siestas For Fiestas was born out of a desire to support our church in Cancun as they provide Christmas meals for families living in poverty. We work closely with Pastor Arturo from Fe, Amor y Esperanza to make this possible. With your help, Siestas For Fiestas was able to be a part of feeding 1,000 families in 2016. We are so thankful for your support of this ministry. For every blanket that’s purchased, a Christmas meal is provided to a family living in poverty.

Pastor Arturo arranges the deliveries months before with a local church located in the selected towns. In 2016, 10 towns received meals. Each church receives 100 tickets to distribute to the community. It’s not required that the families attend the church. On Christmas Eve each container is packed with food by volunteers from the church and loaded onto the trucks. The trucks then make their way to feed the awaiting families.

Each blanket purchased provides a family with a Christmas dinner. The dinners were designed to be packaged in a way that families could easily pick it up at the local church and take it back home to enjoy as a family on Christmas Eve. The meal includes a rotisserie chicken, 2 pounds of soup, 2 pounds of salad, a 2-liter soda, 4 dinner rolls, and paper goods (Utensils, plates, napkins). All is packed inside a reusable container with a sticker that, when translated says, “Jesus goes with me”.

 Who receives the meals?

Families living in poverty in Cancun, Mexico. Most live in homes that don’t have electricity or access to water making it hard for them to have a hot, homemade meal. Christmas is usually spent like any other day.

Could you tell us a little about the process behind the Christmas meal?

Buckets are cleaned – A few weeks before the volunteers start prepping by cleaning out the buckets, so they are ready to go the day of. Our day starts at 6 am when the volunteers arrive. Pasta and vegetables are cooked by the volunteers, and buckets are filled with the fresh pasta, vegetables, rotisserie chicken, bread, and utensils. The buckets are loaded onto the trucks and on their way to the families. The trucks arrive at the towns and families are lined up and ready for food. Our amazing volunteers give hugs and pass out the buckets, and the families take the warm meals home to their families to enjoy together. 

You can check out some of the videos here.

That is truly a Christmas miracle Jesenia!

What is Cambaya?

Our blankets are made from Cambaya, a traditional fabric made in Mexico. It’s crafted acrylic material with woven designs. We source the material in Mexico and the poms are added on in California.

 We can’t get enough of these two generous souls! 

The world needs more Chris’ and Jesenia’s. We are so thankful that we have had the pleasure of working with these two, and inspired and delighted to be a part of helping them spread the word on this wonderful mission to help families in need.

Do yourself a favor and get one of these fun blankets! They will not only brighten up your life but lives in need as well. Along with their full sized blankets, they also they have apparel. When you purchase any apparel item, portions of each sale will go towards providing a child in Cancun, Mexico an education. I don’t know about you, but I have my eye on the Afternoon Siestas Woman’s TankAlong with the full-sized blankets and apparel, they also make the CUTEST mini blankets for babies! See them here

Thank you Jesenia for sharing your journey with us, and creating such an incredible mission. 

Now, everyone go order a blanket and be a part of this journey! 

xx

Abby 

 

 

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By on May 4, 2017 in CINCO DE MAYO, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding Spotlight – Witty Rentals

It’s time for this month’s Wedding Vendor Spotlight and this month’s duo of Witty Rentals are dear to our hearts.  Maybe it’s because we’ve worked together on some of my favorite projects, but I also think it’s because we both started our businesses around the same time and have sort of grown together.  One of our first big shoots, that we still get lots of love for, was our Aloha Bridal Shower shoot, and lucky us got to work with the Witty girls on it!  Since then we’ve both grown and it’s been amazing to see their well deserved success unfold.

Witty Rentals is a combination of Tiffany Garcia and Chelsea Bradford, two beautiful girls inside and out.  They are based in San Diego, CA but travel all over to make beautiful weddings even more fab.  I’m excited to share their story with you today and their amazing work and beautiful collection.  They are always one of our go to vendors for one of a kind rentals and you will learn why today!

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with co-owner Chelsea Bradford

Tell us a little bit about you and how you two became friends…

We met in a growth group about 12ish years ago… we were 15 and 16 I think. Tiff left shortly after to live in Sweden for the year and then we reconnected a few years later and hit it off right away. Some of my earliest memories together involve blasting Queen and Tiff’s 80’s Volvo, Sven. 

What were each of you doing before you started Witty?

Before Witty, Tiff was a nanny and made jewelry on the side. I was living in Long Beach, nannying as well and in school full time majoring in Ceramics. 

 How and when did Witty come to life?

Tiff was working for Amorology doing coordination and found that her favorite part of the job was pulling furniture for clients. She noticed that there was a gap in the market for boutique rentals in the San Diego area, especially more modern rentals, so she decided to leave Amorology and start her own company. Tiff and I have always had very similar tastes in design so she asked me if I wanted to partner with her. Without hesitation, I said yes (not really understanding what I was getting myself into). We started with pieces from our houses and a few bucks from each of our pockets and bought things here and there until we burst out of her parents garage! 

Your collection is so unique and well curated, how do you find your pieces?

Thank you! That’s definitely our goal! We try to find things that other rental companies don’t have to set us apart and the best way to find unique pieces is to thrift! I can confidently say that at least half of our inventory came from a thrift or flea market of some kind. 

 What are your favorite pieces in your collection?

Oh man, it’s so hard to choose! I think right now we are both obsessed with our new Maven dining tables! They’re what dreams are made of! But honestly, this answer changes from week to week based on what’s new! 

 What’s the best part about owning a business with your friend?

The level of honesty and open communication between us, we make a point that our friendship comes first and the business comes second which keeps us both happy! 

  What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on with Beijos?

I’d have to say our favorite shoot was the Thanksgiving one we did at the Woodshed with Megan Welker and Bloom Babes! It was so simple but that color pallet and the furniture selection was so dreamy! And our favorite wedding was hands down Cayucos! The view from the beach, the small town charm… can’t beat that! 

What is next for Witty Rentals?!

What’s next for Witty is finding a larger warehouse, first and foremost! But on top of that, our main goal is to start a Venue. We want to be able to offer the space and the rentals and have them all work together seamlessly! It’s been our dream since the beginning of Witty and we know this is the year it’s going to come to fruition! 

We seriously love these girls and their amazing inventory… Can you see why?!  There is just so much good stuff and we love using it to style our events!!  Check them out for your next event, we know you’ll love them too!

xx

Jacquelyn 

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By on April 18, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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