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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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Spotlight: Obsessed With Essentials

This past holiday season I decided to take the plunge into the ever popular essential oils.  I have seen this little revolution happen all around me for the past 5 years and little by little it peaked my interest.  I never bought into it though until I started seeing for myself the incredible benefits that can be had from using these all natural resources.  Some of these stories include avoiding sickness altogether, most commonly the cold and flu virus, headaches, anxiety, allergies, receiving natural boosts energy, getting a good nights sleep and the list goes on!!  You mean I don’t have to medicate myself with over the counter drugs constantly when one of my family members or myself is experiencing these common ailments??  All natural did you say???  Ok I want to know more….and although I felt late in the game when I finally invested in this fabulous phenomenon, I felt the need to share all the knowledge that was at my fingertips.  This was all too good since we live in a world where we are constantly striving to use only the best to promote health and wellness for our loved ones.  It’s what it’s all about right??

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

So like I said this past holiday season, I told the hubby I wanted some oils to jumpstart my collection.  He was all for it, so I went the guru herself.  She is a dear friend of ours here at Beijos and we recently visited her lovely home so she could educate us a little.  It’s the wonderful Melody Brandon, who also co- owns the ever popular  and yummy Sweet & Saucy Shop!! How does she have time for this being a bakery owner, a mama and investing her time into her newest passion with these essential oils?? Who knows…she’s what we call a super mom!! You need to follow her instagram feed over on Life on Loma to see this super mama in action.  Anyway, here is what she has to say…

How and when did you discover your connection with essential oils?
I started looking for more natural health solutions when I got pregnant with my daughter Blake about 5 years ago and started having to question why things like why best friend “Excedrin” weren’t allowed haha.  I always had grown up in a home that used modern medicine for everything and wasn’t really aware of all the side effects that it can have on you, so when it came time to prepare for having my own little one I quickly realized how helpless I felt and started to research natural health options.  I had never heard the words “essentials oils” until I was 28 years old and when I saw my sister in law using them on her kids and singing their praises I knew it was something I needed to look into more.  I found out that actually SO many people were using them and I made the jump and got my first kit with Doterra for a Christmas present and have been obsessed ever since!
 
 
How has this obsession affected your life and your family?
It has been the biggest blessing ever.  I rarely, if ever, have to go to the doctors office, pay co pays, worry about what to do when my kids are feeling sick, etc.  My son who is 2.5 years old has never even had to be on any type of over the counter medication…definitely a huge time and money saver!  They not only have helped with physical health issues but are amazing for mental health too.  I am a busy mom with two businesses and absolutely love using them daily for hormonal support, stress, energy, etc.  Helping my friends and family use essential oils has been such a joy too and now that I share my passion on my personal Instagram account I have even got to connect with people in other countries!  Getting a text, call or email from someone saying their children finally slept through the night, their allergies actually went away, they haven’t had the domino effect of sickness every month in their family, and on and on really does make me so happy to share my passion and love of essential oils with not only my family, but others as well!
 
 
Tell us more about these cute little roller bottles you make?
Well since I have an addiction for anything gold and I hadn’t found anything that I loved look wise for roller bottles and labels that didn’t break the bank I decided to make them myself.  I had Tina Yang from @missmultee custom write them, then get them printed at a local sign shop and then I adhere all of them myself…can we say labor of love haha.  I love spoiling anyone who wants to join this oil journey with me so they always get some for free and then can conveniently have them in their purse or bag so they can use their oils throughout the day.
 
 
Give a the recipe for a common blend…
One of my favorite daily perfume blends that not only smells amazing but is also great for anxiety, stress and mood is Balance and Wild Orange. It is so refreshing as well since all citrus oils smell so yummy! I do 10-20 of each oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill up with fractionated coconut oil.  I apply it to my wrists, back of the neck, temples or behind the ears!  I also place these oils on diffuser jewelry when I wear them!   
 

 
What is your most used blend?
One of my most used blends is my “sanity” blend aka my “hotmess blend” for when I feel stressed out and am losing it!
It is 5-7 drops of these 6 oils…
Console
Serenity
Balance
Clary Sage
Peace
Peppermint
 
 
What is your advice to the essential oil beginner?
I say the most important thing is to be plugged into a essential oil community that can help you learn, answer your questions at 12am when you are freaking out over what to do for a fever, and offer you lots of continuing education so that you actually use your essential oils and don’t let them sit in a box in your cupboard!  That is my I love our private Facebook group, Obsessed with Essentials, because I found that having a support group was the main thing lacking for the essential oil community at large and it really is the deal breaker in your essential oil journey I feel like!
 
 
What is the best kept secret about this oil revolution?
That there really is an oil for EVERYTHING!  No joke…from bug bites, to panic attacks, fevers, immune support or just a replacement for that toxic candle in your home, essential oils really are so versatile and once you start, you really can’t stop!  As far as a specific oil that is most underrated I would have to agree with my girlfriends Jesi Haack and Carissa Jowett and say that Vetiver oil is AMAZING and they wish they had known about it earlier!  The smell is so unique and earthy and both of them are addicted to diffusing it.  It is also the top oil for ADHD, great for anxiety, mood, and sleep among other things.
 
 
What is your favorite blend?
I absolutely love the “Anthro blend” for diffusing during the day in my house instead of candle. It is White Fir, Citrus Bliss, and Grapefruit! 
 
 
Can you believe all of this amazing information???  Well it’s only a snippet so if you want to more and get plugged in with an essential oil community or watch a intro to essential oils webinar you can email Melody at obsessedwithessentials@gmail.com
 

So we can’t share this amazing info with out telling you about some other amazing things like making an all natural face toner!!

Recipe for a 10ml spray bottle:
1 tsp witch hazel
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 tsp rose water
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Lavender EO
 
 
Or making some amazing all natural bath salts…
 
 
Aaaaannnndddd last but not least…. a GIVEAWAY!!  Yes go to our instagram to learn how to win this…
a set of 4 roller bottles with custom labels that you can put your own essential oil blends in.  Melody will let you choose the words you want from her list
Make sure you are following us @beijosevents, Megan Welker @meganwelker and Melody Brandon @lifeonloma to win!!
 
 
Hey we hope if you didn’t already know that we educated you a bit from Melody’s plethora of knowledge here and enticed you to be thirsty for more like us!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, the winner will be announced this Saturday (11th) night!!  Good Luck :)
Xx Leah
 
 

 

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By on March 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIVEAWAY, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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Spotlight – Maison du Soir

Feeling amazing while sleeping is something I had never given much thought to, until now.  Maison du Soir is a luxury sleepwear and loungewear line that I have fallen head over heels for.  When you’re used to wearing an old t-shirt to bed anything will feel luxurious, but this is next level.  Each piece is of the best quality and fabrics with the best fit.  The pieces are all unique and classic at once with style in mind, pretty incredible for a sleepwear collection.

As a mom I don’t spoil myself very often.  I tend to spend most of my extra money on things for my kids or experiences for them.  But every once and a while it’s nice to spoil myself and treat myself to something nice.  Sleep itself is a luxury for me these days, so I totally understand why a luxury sleepwear brand would feel so special.  As they say on their site “wearing beautiful will make you feel beautiful” and that couldn’t be more true.

Keep scrolling to read our Q&A with the talented designer behind the Maison du Soir, Courtney Kates Garcia.

Photos by Meg Perotti

Jacquelyn is wearing the Petty Tank & Elody Short in Black Stripe

Tell us a little bit about you and how Maison du Soir came to life…

I was a working as a VP in the corporate world in merchandising and design.  I bought my first set of quality sleepwear and it was transforming. I looked better, I felt better and I slept better.  I scoured the internet and my favorite boutiques.  I was completely disappointed in the sleepwear market.  I found it to be a bit dated, frumpy and lacking relevance to current trends.  I had experience developing new brands so I dreamed up my ideal collection of sleepwear that would fill this void.  I became so obsessed with my mission, Maison Du Soir started and now I’m 5 years in.

What drew you to luxury sleepwear?

Luxury sleepwear is an experience.  Once you invest in your sleepwear the way you invest in your day wear, you will realize how much you deserve it and wonder why it took you so long to buy it. It makes you feel  more confident and comforted after a long day.  With everything we juggle as women, careers, families, who wouldn’t want to feel this way at home.

What sets Maison du Soir apart from other other sleep and loungewear lines?

Buttery soft fabrics, flattering silhouettes, high quality, attention to detail, relevance to our changing tastes and made locally in Los Angeles.

Abby is wearing the Edith Top & Peony Short in White/Black Stripe

How does your design process begin?

For me, it begins with an innate sense of what newness I’m looking for and what I believe other women would want.  After that I do a little cross check with trend and color research. Then I develop protos in multiple fabrications to ensure my ideas fit well and the fabric and colors are flattering.

What inspired the Spring/Summer 2017 collection?

The Spring collection is inspired by the renewal and freshness that Spring brings.  It’s a departure from the edginess and darker tones we’re known for in Winter.  Easy elegance and sophistication was more prevalent this season.

Jacquelyn is wearing the Bardot Blouse & Ava Pant in Emerald and Abby is wearing the Amalfi Top & Jane Short in White

What are some of your favorite pieces for Spring & Summer?

The Isabella robe and the Monaco Set for every day.  For special occasions, the Bardot and Jaclyn in Periwinkle.

Besides Maison du Soir, what are some of your essentials for a good night’s sleep?

A good set of sheets and bedding is incredibly important to me.  My current routine obsession is my Uma brightening Face Oil, followed by secret weapon Korean sheet eye masks, finished with Henne Organics Lip Balm.  If the day was extra grueling, I wouldn’t dare skip a baking soda bath with rose oil. Electronics absolutely get shut down.

What’s next for Maison du Soir?

We’re currently in expansion mode trying to get product out to so many new channels.  In May we’ll be debuting some special collaborations with GOOP and Shopbop.

Thank you for sharing Courtney!

Be sure to head over to Maison du Soir to check out their beautiful collection and spoil yourself a bit!  A good night’s sleep is even better while wearing this beautiful line, you can thank me later…

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on February 28, 2017 in FASHION, SPOTLIGHT, 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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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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