Beijos Spring To Do List

And just like that, it’s Spring!! We’re so excited for this change in season, it seems like Spring is always the one you wait longest for.  But now that Spring is here it means warmer sunny days ahead and lots and lots to do!  We’ve compiled our seasonal list of fun things we plan on creating, doing, making, and wearing.  Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #beijosdoesspring or #beijosspringtodolist.  

We’re kicking it off today with a pretty beauty tutorial…  What are your plans for Spring?!

Graphic by our friend Meghann Miniello

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Beijos

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By on March 20, 2017 in SPRING, TO DO LIST

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Beijos Best

Last week I styled and designed the prettiest shoot in Palm Springs!  It’s a little hush hush now, but you’ll get to see it very soon!  It definitely got me in the mood for a Palm Springs trip…  Spring is one of my favorite times to visit Palm Springs, so I thought I would dedicate today’s Beijos Best to a couple favorite’s in the desert.  This post is basically the itinerary for a special someone we styled a party for, keep reading to get really jealous!

For our photo shoot, we were at The Junipero, part of The Desert Collective.  It is so so beautiful there, the perfect combination of Mid Century and a calm serene vibe.  I’ve never been to Tulum, although I’m dying to go, but it makes me think of staying there.  It’s not a hotel, it’s actually an Air BnB, and you can stay there with a large group or book solo.  There is one main house that has two rooms, a living area and kitchen.  Then 5 smaller rooms that are separated and have little kitchenettes.  Everything surrounds the main pool area, such a fun spot to rent out for an event or party!

Next up is a spot that may look familiar to you, The Amado.  I got to visit this sweet spot with my fellow Beijos ladies last year and immediately fell in love!  It’s got the same set up as The Junipero and also part of The Desert Collective.  An Air BnB where you can rent out the entire property or separate rooms.  The Amado has more rooms, and goes off of a bright orange vibe that is really fun!  Both spots are equally Instagram worthy ;)

Something fun that is happening in the desert right now till the end of April is Desert X.  It’s an art exhibit that is taking over the Coachella Valley with 16 different exhibits stretching 45 miles.  All of the installations have been designed and constructed by almost 20 different acclaimed artists such as Rob Pruitt, Claudia Comte and Juliao Sarmento and curated by Neville Wakefield.  Such a cool thing to see while you are there, and some really great photo ops!!
A description of what Desert X is from their website: 

A CURATED EXHIBITION OF SITE-SPECIFIC WORK BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS, WHOSE PROJECTS WILL AMPLIFY AND ARTICULATE GLOBAL AND LOCAL ISSUES THAT MAY RANGE FROM CLIMATE CHANGE TO STARRY SKIES, FROM TRIBAL CULTURE AND IMMIGRATION TO TOURISM, GAMING, AND GOLF. THE ARTWORKS, IN VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LOCATIONS, WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE AND WILL OFFER VISITORS A WAY TO SEE THE VALLEY AND REFLECT ON SERIOUS AND PLAYFUL ISSUES THROUGH THE LENS OF THE PARTICIPATING ARTISTS’ CREATIVITY AND WORK.

Another fun stop is the bright and colorful Saguaro Hotel.  I mean, it doesn’t get better than this in the color department, literal eye candy!!  We could spend all day taking photos here!!  They also have El Jefe which is a super fun spot to get a drink and have some tapas!


Last but not least is Workshop.  A beautiful restaurant with an industrial modern vibe designed by SOMA Architects.  The food is extra yummy and the drinks are extra delicious.  That’s a combo I can definitely get behind!  Our friends sat at the center table, how fun is that?! 

Ok, so now who’s ready for a trip to the desert with me!?

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on March 19, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST

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Cocktails – Rosemary Ginger Margarita

Remember our cocktail post a few weeks ago where I talked about herb inspired cocktails?!  Well I’ve got another one up my sleeve this week!  For today’s cocktail I made a rosemary ginger margarita and I have one word for you…. Yum!!

The smell of rosemary reminds me of my mom, she grows it in her yard and cooks with it frequently.  She loves to pick it growing in the wild, or other people’s yards, whichever is easier if she’s cooking away from home.  Some may even call her the rosemary bandit!  Haha!

Since she is also a lover of margaritas this cocktail was made for her!  It’s refreshing with a kick and perfect for the warmer days coming up.  Keep scrolling for the easy recipe!

Photos by Ari Moshayedi 

Ingredients

3 Ounces Agave Tequila
Juice of 3 Limes
3 Tablespoons Rosemary Ginger Simple Syrup
Ice
Splash of San Pellegrino
Salt for the Rim

Simple Syrup

1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Ounce Ginger Chopped
1 Large Sprig of Fresh Rosemary

Instructions

For the simple syrup simply combine ingredients in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn the heat off and let sit for 30 minutes for the flavors to infuse. Strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Rim 2 glasses in salt by using the lime to moisten the rim and then dip into the salt.

To make the margarita combine 3 ounces tequila, juice of 3 limes, and 3 tablespoons simple syrup in a cocktail shaker or jar. Shake and strain into ice filled glasses. Top with a splash of San Pellegrino.

Enjoy!!!  Happy Friday!

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Jacquelyn

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By on March 17, 2017 in COCKTAILS

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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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How to wear Dresses with Sneakers

One of my current favorite things to wear are my sneakers with dresses.  It kind of goes against what you would normally think fashion wise, but it actually works!  The juxtaposition of a casual pair of sneakers with a dress is fun and definitely adds a cool vibe.  For today’s post we wanted to show you how we wear dresses with sneakers.

Abby and I put together 3 different looks.  You can have fun with this, patterns on patterns are definitely Beijos approved.  I personally love this look and love that I can be comfy in my favorite sneakers.  I also love how it makes the look a bit more casual, not taking it too seriously.  You can shop our looks at the bottom of our post!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker
Photos of Abby by Yasmin Sarai

For my first look I paired my absolute favorite checkered Vans with this pretty printed dress by Spell.  The Spell dress is very light and airy so I funked it up a bit with my fringe leather jacket (similar here).  I love how the Vans and jacket make the dress take on a completely different look!  Always gotta add sunnies too, mine are by Wyeth.

Next up is Abby’s look!  Her’s is less edgy and perfect for the warm days coming up.  She is showing how to wear dresses with sneakers in a Spring/Summer way.  Abby went with this pretty dress by Faithfull the Brand.  She accessorized it up with a cool boyfriend style Levis denim jacket and the cutest clutch for Summer by Cult Gaia.  Her neutral style Puma sneakers will go with anything and works with so many dresses!  Abby is also wearing her Wyeth sunnies!

Last but not least is a bit of a dressier look…  I took this pretty dress by Auguste and jazzed it up with my Adidas Stan Smiths.  I love the cross between the sexy dress and sporty shoes.  Perfect for a date night, fun fact, I wore this same outfit on my birthday!  When you’ve got those breastfeeding tatas as an accessory, you really don’t need much else ;)

So there you have it!  This is the Beijos way on how to style dresses with sneakers.  But really, there is so much more you can do!  Mixing in some shorter dresses would be fun for Summer to!  Hope we inspired you to mis it up this Spring/Summer!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on March 15, 2017 in FASHION, STYLE

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