Our Four Favorite Dresses for Summer Under $100

Obviously you know we love to shop, but sometimes it puts a damper on our bank accounts. And nobody wants an angry husband when that credit card statement rolls around.  So how do you stay stylish and in budget?!  Well there are tons of places we like to shop to keep up with the trends but not spend a fortune.  Both of us love us a good Target find or when our favorite websites have sales of course.  However there are also some great cheap finds right under our finger tips at our favorite stores!  Between the two of us we found four favorite dresses for Summer under $100 that we are sharing today!

My first shopping stop was at Revolve, one of my go to places to find something fun!  One of the reasons I love Revolve is that the ground shipping usually only takes a day or two to me – now that’s a win!!  When I went searching for something under $100 I simply chose that in my refined search option.  I was shocked when I saw so much great stuff come up!  

The Broken Light Dress by Somedays Lovin was one of my favorites that popped up.  This dress falls right under at $99.  The main reason it caught my eye was how simple it was, to me, that’s always a great option.  Something that you can wear over and over again is definitely a good investment.  The quality of this dress is great, I did wear a slip underneath so it wasn’t as see through, but the quality is there.  You can do so much with this one and it won’t go out of style anytime soon.  Let’s face it, everyone needs a good white dress.

Photos of Jacquelyn by Ariane Moshayedi

Hair by 1011 Makeup

Next up is Abby’s first choice which she found on our longtime favorite Nordstrom.  They are carrying the cute O’neil x Natalie Off Duty line and this Isabella Dress is just one of the many pretty pieces.  Can you believe it’s just $49.50?!?!  This collaboration between O’neil and long time model and blogger Natalie Lim Suarez is just so good.  

This print is giving us all the heart eyes, it really is the perfect summer dress!  Short, flirty, floral and fun!  There are tons of other options from O’neil here to choose from.  I guarantee you’ll see a couple must haves for Summer.
  Next up, my second dress from one of my favorite brands ever, and I’m sure it’s one of yours – Free People!!!  I can basically always find something from Free People that I have to have.  Every. Single. Season.  Plus, most of the time I can find something at a decent price point, this Summer is no exception!  I found quite a few things that caught my eye, but this embroidered dress was one of my favorites.

Embroidery is such a huge trend right now and to me this dress is done so right.  I love how the Embroidered Aida Slip Dress can be worn as a dress for Summer and later as a tunic for Fall.  It is priced at $88 and comes in a bunch of colors!  You can find more here.  The colors are good and the embroidery is pretty and fun, I wish I could wear this in Mexico… Hmmm… Is it ok to book a vacation for a dress?  I think I can justify it!

Last but not least is Amuse Society, probably both Abby and my favorite affordable brand.  Whenever I need a top, dress, romper, bag, and I don’t want to spend a ton but still be cute, it’s always Amuse.  They are so on trend without being obnoxious or look like you’re trying to hard.  And of course they have the boho vibe that we love!  So of course we had to include one of their dresses today!

Abby is wearing the Pria Maxi Dress which is only $62!!  Such a great price for a dress with this detail.  This is a Summer staple and it’s at our favorite Nordstrom also, who doesn’t love Nordstrom?!  This is a great day to night dress and I still can’t believe the price, it’s a no brainer! 

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By on June 19, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE


Father’s Day Tablescape + Dinner Menu

Being an event planner, my mind is always scheming up ideas for any sort of function I may have. Father’s Day is no exception! It might be one of my favorite holidays to plan for. I love making this day special for my husband. He is a very simple guy who never asks for anything, so I like to do a little extra to make sure he knows how much we love him. We send him off golfing in the morning, which also allows me to go shopping and set up our dinner. The kids love to get involved, so I have them make cards for him which will go on his place setting. They are so proud of their hard work, it’s the cutest thing. I worked with my favorite Chef Molly from Organicopa to get create this full course menu that any dad will love. My husband is a big lamb guy so we included that! She was generous enough to let me share the recipe for you guys to make too! All this yummy food, displayed on a cool casual monochromatic table setting. Add in the DIY that we did last week, and you just gained some major wife points!

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I just love this table setting. Not only does it have a masculine vibe to it, but it also has a cool casual California style that can be used at any function. My favorite item out of all of this is definitely those ceramic plates.  A life goal for those to be my everyday plates. Till then, they are fun ones to bring out for a little dinner party action. Let’s not get started on that matte gunmetal flatware, so so good! This time around, I did stemless wine glasses and beer goblets instead of the typical wine, water, and tumbler combination. This table setting will make any food look 5 stars, but I got you covered there too.

Father’s Day Menu

Humboldt fog fondue with savory dippers: heirloom baby carrots, steamed asparagus, apple, garlic rubbed crostini
Fillet of beef on garlic rubbed crostini with caramelized onion, point Reyes blue cheese and balsamic reduction
Watermelon Martini: cubed watermelon, lime juice, mint and feta in a martini glass

Summer asparagus, sweet pea and feta salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette
Grilled sweet corn salad with ancho aioli, queso fresco, lime and cilantro Heirloom tomato and wild arugula salad with honey-lime vinaigrette and candied pistachio

Tuscan lemon marinated lamb lollipops with sweet potato puree and black cherry cabernet reduction
Marinated grass fed rib eye with shaft blue cheese compound butter, grilled tomato and asparagus, twice baked potato and garlic rubbed crostini

Georgia on my mind: bourbon, peach ale, peach liquor and mint with lemon juice Spice and Ice: tequila, mango puree, lime juice, ginger-habanero syrup

As promised…

Tuscan Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Sweet Potato Puree and Blackberry Cabernet Reduction


 10-15 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 cup lemon juice or white wine vinegar
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 rack of lamb cut into 8 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick


In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon or vinegar, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a puree. Pour the puree on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, but preferably longer. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes. Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Sweet Potato Puree

3 pounds whole sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup cream
1 cup cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter


Boil sweet potatoes in salted water until fork tender and mushy, about 20 min. Puree with salt and pepper in a food processor. With motor running, gradually add milk and cream cheese through feeder tube, then butter. Process until silken. (Can make up to 2 days ahead; store in an airtight container.) Reheat and serve.

Blackberry Cabernet Reduction


2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/3 cups unsalted beef stock
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blackberry preserves
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


Chop shallots, chives, rosemary, and thyme finely. Preheat medium saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place 1 tablespoon oil, shallots, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon thyme in pan; cook 2–3 minutes or until shallots are soft, stirring constantly. Stir in Cabernet, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of pan; cook 3–5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Stir in stock, blackberries, and preserves; mash berries with back of a spoon. Simmer 8–10 minutes or until thickened. Cover and keep warm.

Assembly of Dish

Find a martini glass without a stem, so it’s more stable. Take 1⁄2 cup of sweet potato and put it in the bottom of the glass  Add 2 lamb lollipops to each martini glass. Drizzle lollipops with sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and chives; serve.


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Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce

Nothing screams Summer more than grilled corn on the cob. It is the essential summer food. An ear of summer corn is candy-sweet and tender enough to eat raw. Whether you’re grilling those bad boys or throwing together a simple salad, corn at the peak of the season is always the way to go. My husband makes this awesome chimichurri sauce that he puts over grilled flank steak, so good! I would seriously put it on anything, and that is when I had the genius idea to put it on grilled corn. He won’t give it to anyone, not even me! Roll of the eyes. So I had to figure out my own, and I have to say, it’s pretty darn close to his. Shucks, you just can’t beat fresh grilled corn with fresh herbs sprinkled on top. Who’s with me?!?

I have been patiently waiting to bring out these fun Crate & Barrel Enamelware black rimmed plates for summer! Shop all these Beijos favorites at the bottom of the post.


Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce


6 White or Yellow Fresh Corn, not husked
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 large handful fresh basil
2-3 sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
1 large handful fresh parsley
1/2 large handful fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Jalapeno, chopped (seeded or not seeded, your choice)
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and Pepper


Light up that grill. Peel back your husks and remove the silk from the corn. Fold the husks back up, and throw on the hot bbq naked. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning, until the kernels feel tender, 15 minutes.

While your corn is on the grill, prepare your chimichurri sauce. Now, this is where your own taste buds call the shots. You can either throw all the herbs into the blender or just roughly chop. I like to roughly chop cause I like the look and taste of herbs, for some people that might be too strong. Up to you! You can also prepare this sauce hours or a day before. The longer it sits together, the better it is. Place all ingredients in either a blender and mix together or a bowl if you are going the rustic route. Taste and adjust your salt and pepper along with your vinegar for your liking.

Husk your grilled corn, and top it with your chimichurri sauce. Serve immediately.

Serve immediately.




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By on June 9, 2017 in FOOD, RECIPES, SUMMER


The Perfect Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is a couple of weeks away and we have some great ideas for you!  I’m not sure about you, but dad’s are so hard to shop for!!  My dad and my husband are always the type to say “I don’t need anything”.  But then if you really didn’t get them anything they would be devastated, haha!  So I worked with my stylish brother in law to come up with all of these goodies!  He’s not a Father… yet, but I’m hoping soon!  Hint, hint!  So here you have it, the perfect Father’s Day Gift Guide!

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By on June 8, 2017 in FATHER’S DAY, GIFTS


Super Hero David Bowie 3rd Birthday Party for Court

I can’t believe another year has gone by and I am writing this post.  It seems like just yesterday I was writing about Court’s 2nd birthday, back then Cruz was still in my belly!  I have known what I wanted to do for Court’s 3rd birthday for some time now… A super hero birthday party!!!  This boy is obsessed with being a super hero!  One of the things I love most about Court is his imagination and that he loves to dress up.  Each day is a costume and a character.  This past year we went from a pirate to a ninja turtle, to batman, to spider man and I don’t even know what else!  But really his favorites have been super heroes for quite a while.

I wanted to try a fresh take on the Super Hero party.  My husband and I are David Bowie fans (who isn’t?!) and the lyrics “We can be heroes, just for one day” kept coming to mind when I was planning this party.  So that took on a life of it’s own and added a little flair to this party, which I loved.  It was such a great day full of all of Court’s favorite things and people, let’s just say it was pretty SUPER!!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet today!!

Photos by Nea Nabayan

Well, let me start by telling you that this party was very close to not happening!  We bought our house in January and had been working on it since, my husband doing a lot of work himself.  I had to postpone the party once as we were planning on having the party at our new house.  On the week of the party Nate mentioned to me that we should cancel…. Ummmm… You don’t tell a mom who is also a party planner anything like that, got it buddy?!  This party was happening!!!  And I’m so glad it did because Court is still talking about it!

Let’s start with the tables!  I don’t know what I would do without Meghann Miniello, she is so darn talented and she always gets my vision.  She created the amazing placemats with our lightning bolt and super hero words like “Pow” and “Zap” in the color scheme of the party.  Meghann also made the acrylic names for each kid’s place setting.  I used Bash Party Goods for all of the tableware.  I love their modern designs, they have a new collection coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  Seriously, who knew paper plates could be so fun!  And, I love how easy it is to clean up… No brainer there!

I added custom confetti from The Confetti Bar with sayings like “Super Court” the number “3” and lightning bolts.  Along with that I went simple with succulents but the planters are one of my favorites!!  They are by Luna Reece Ceramics and they are called the “Bowie” planter!! It was so perfect!!  Then I just threw some mini disco balls and called it a day!  Haha, if it were only that easy…

Each kiddo got a mask and personalized cape so they could be super heroes for the day too!  The talented Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop personalized the capes for me and did such an amazing job!  I had looked into having them embroidered or iron’d on but I love what she did the most!!  But seriously, anything looks good in her writing!  A few of the parents told me that their kids continued to wear their capes and masks for days and days after the party!

The modern table and chairs are from Witty Rentals, one of our favorite for adults and kiddos!

Let’s check out the big birthday boy!!!  Here is in all his birthday glory!!  Meghann Miniello nailed it with all of the cute signage… Yipee!  I’m 3!  And Court is wearing the cutest lightning bolt tank by Chaser Kids.

Ok, so the other star of the party…  The balloon 3 by Wild Child Party!!!  Now I’m convinced every party needs a balloon installation…  I love those girls so much and they made my vision a reality with this sucker!!  So happy with how it turned out!! 

Also, disco balls and honeycombs make everything better…

Next up has got to be desserts!  I turned to my friends at Sweet & Saucy for that of course!  First on the list was a cake, I like my cakes pretty simple so there’s that!  Then a bunch of fun treats to go with it!  Laura at The Creative Muster did the amazing acrylic cake and cupcake toppers.  I love the way the layered cake toppers look!!  Note to self, next year put the desserts on a higher table, out of reach of little hands!

That SUPER HERO sign was a gift from Court’s Nina, fellow Beijos babe Leah :)  She found it at Target and knew it would be perfect for the party!  I got the lightning bolt wall decals off of Amazon and they were such an easy and fun way to add some decor!

Last but not least, the guest of honor and the person Court is STILL talking about…  Spidey!!!!

Nate thought I was crazy for having him at the party but he MADE Court’s day, maybe even year!!  The kids loved him and he entertained them for an hour, teaching them Spiderman moves like somersaults :)

It was such a fun and special day!!  Here’s another look at all the fun!

I hope you liked my version of a Super Hero party!  As a boy mom it’s so fun coming up with different ways to blow my little guy’s minds, haha!  

You can shop some of the items I used below if you want to throw a party of your own!!



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