Jungle Party – Cruz Turns One!

Well, my second son has turned one!  Cruz turned one in August and we celebrated with a jungle party!  Get it?!  Jungle Cruz?!  We went all out with a fun party for all the kids, even big brother Court.  And really, our theme was perfect because it was the hottest week of the year and we have no air conditioning!  So… It was a hot sweaty mess full of lots of happy faces celebrating our little man!

Boy parties can be tough… There are only so many themes you can do and to be honest only so many decor options.  I find myself doing succulents most of the time because it’s difficult to find florals that work for a boy’s party.  But this was the perfect opportunity to switch it up!  I was excited to showcase how to do a “tropical” party for a boy and really love how it turned out!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet and Lauren Conrad today!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with this photo, I mean… I can’t even!!  It turned out better than I could have ever imagined!  I had asked my dear friends over at Wild Child Party to make an amazing balloon installation and they blew my mind.  We decided on colors and they came up with this amazing piece!  Rooted & Wild added the perfect amount of greenery to make it even more amazing.

I found the animal masks on Amazon, I love how they looked on the wall!  I really wanted to have a large sticker made saying “Cruz is One” but didn’t have the time in the end.  But my Letterfolk sign worked perfectly!

The cakes were by Sweet & Saucy Shop, they never disappoint!  I had them do mud cloth printed cakes and they were so amazing you guys!!  My friend Courtney from Poppy Jack did the cake and cupcake toppers in wood.  And how pretty is that floral arrangement by Rooted & Wild?!  See, boys can have flowers at their party too!!!

My other buddy, Meghann Miniello, did the invite and all of the signage.  Isn’t this so perfect for a jungle party?!

When you have a first birthday, you have to have a few details!  Like, celebrating each month and where your little one is at by th time they turn one.  Here is how we showed off our Cruz!  Monthly numbers by Poppy Jack with photos from Artifact Uprising, and a cute 1st Birthday sign from Meghann Miniello.

We kept the fun going outside with more balloons from Wild Child Party, because really, is there ever enough?!  The girls at Witty Rentals provided the best lounge area for our guests, I love love love their inventory!!

I wanted to add some macrame pieces to the party, lucky for me Mackenzie of Rooted & Wild makes macrame too… A woman of many talents that one!!  Love her!

Here’s me and my crew!!!  Love my boys so much!!  And yes, Cruz is ours, he’s our blondie!!

Doesn’t end there!  I had tables for the kiddos of course!  All the big kids were set to eat their treats in the best setting!

The napkins are from Hostess Haven, Meghann did the placemats and Courtney did the drink stirrers and calligraphy on the palm leaves.  Jeez, I’m seriously so lucky to have so many great friends in this industry!

Rooted & Wild killed it again with the florals!!

In addition to the yummy cakes we had paletas!!  Paloma’s Paletas has the cutest cart set up.  And with the heat factor that weekend, they were the perfect treat for everyone!!

I need to talk about my god daughter Edie… She came in character!!  I love her so much!!!  This girl had to wear her leopard print dress and cat ears for the jungle party.  She’s just too much…

We had face painting from OC Face Paint, the kids seriously loved it!!  They could get any jungle animal they wanted and they definitely acted out the parts!  Ha!

Court took his pretty seriously…

Nash is such a cutie pie!

Pretty Isla Bird!

Paleta time!!

The little guests got to take home a bag of goodies in a cute bag by Meghann

And time for cake for my little birthday boy!!  Cruz is living his best life, and I feel so honored to be his mama!  This past year he has made our family whole and even happier than we could have imagined.  He is honestly such a love and so dang happy.  I can’t get enough of his smiles, love you Cruzy!!  To the moon and back!

Thank you to all my friend-ors who made this day possible!



Design & Styling – Mama & Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Florals – Rooted & Wild
Balloon Installations – Wild Child Party
Rentals – Witty Rentals
Invite/Goody Bags/Signage/Placemats – Meghann Miniello
Stir Sticks/Cupcake & Cake Toppers/Place Cards – Poppy Jack Shop
Paletas – Paloma’s Paletas
Cakes – Sweet & Saucy Shop
Cloth Napkins – Hostess Haven
Paper Napkins & Cups – Knot & Bow
Face Painter – OC Face Paint
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Pillows – Boho Pillow
Jacquelyn’s Dress – Cleobella

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Getting the Family Ready for Halloween with Chaser

I don’t know about you guys but when any holiday approaches I like to get my kiddos some new gear.  Whether it’s new clothes, some jammies, or fun toys.  Halloween is one of the best holidays when you’re a kid, they get a chance to dress up as anyone they want and to eat candy!  I mean, really it doesn’t get much better.  This year we are getting the whole family ready, including us mamas, with some new tees from Chaser.  Check out our picks for our little ones.  They are so perfect for all of those Halloween parties and celebrations you’ll be going to this month!  You can shop these looks at the end of the post too!

Photos of Abby, Dylan & Jett by Susannah Gill

Photos of Jacquelyn & Court by Nea Nabayan

Here’s Abby and her littles and they’re all set for some tricks & treats!!  Abby is wearing the Skeletal Peace Tank, Jett is wearing the Spider Attack tee and Dylan is wearing the Kitty tee.

Court and I are saying Boo to you from our crew!  I’m wearing the Spooky Bat Tee and Court is wearing the Boo! Tee.

And now we’re ready for Halloween, you can be too!  Just shop below!  As Court would say, let’s get spooky!!




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Henry’s First Fiesta – Lucha Libre

We have a lot of fun planning kids parties, but it’s extra special when we do it for our own.  This year I’ve had my share of birthday planning for my own brood, with Edie turning 5, Isla two and my youngest Henry turning one all a couple months apart!!  Whew, mama’s tired but also proud of what was pulled off to make it fun and special for my littles.  Today I’ll be sharing the photos of Henry’s first fiesta with you also featured on Inspired by This today here!  

I decided  to go with my favorite theme to plan.. A Fiesta!!  I have never done this theme for my kids and I absolutely love it. I love the colors and all the fun details that come along with it.  When I told my husband, he seemed kind of bored with it and told me “everyone does fiesta”. So we took it one step further and made it a Lucha Libre theme.  At the time Henry was becoming a pretty chunky big boy, so we thought it was a perfect theme for him!
When I consulted with Meghann Miniello about the invite, I really started to get excited.  I knew the colors I wanted and the vibe I was going for but her vision carried it though to something really special integrating a papel picado as a part of it as well.  This is one of my favorites!!
One of my favorite details for a fiesta are the papel picado. We hung it outside and we used it for flags at the place setting, and we even integrated it into the invite.  I love carrying the reoccurring theme throughout the party.  I also loved including the black and white combo to make the fiesta a little more masculine. 
The tables were colorful and fun.  Going with black and white and neutrals and then adding the pops of color with the favors and other special details. 
These stir sticks were my fave!!  Courtney from Poppyjack Shop did an amazing job on all of the signage, stir sticks and cake toppers.
When I found these mini Mexican Market bags I thought they would be perfect for the favor bags.  Of course accompanied by a Lucha figurine and mask!!
I always get pinatas for my kids parties as a part of my heritage, it’s not a party unless we have a pinata!!  When I saw this one from whack pinatas, I about died!!  Isn’t it the coolest!!  They are amazing over there.  
Making it all about Henry was so fun.  Going through all of his pictures over the year makes me miss my newborn baby!!
Getting ready to celebrate him, here he is with his Lito (abuelito).
The desserts are always one of my favorites to think of an get unique with.  Beverlys Bakery never disappoints with carrying out my vision and how yummy they are!!  If you haven’t tried their cakes you are missing out!!
This smash cake was so good!!
This has to be my favorite picture because he was in full character here!!
So in love with this happy boy!!
Please excuse the 5 year old diva in this pic, she was over taking pictures this day….haha!
We are ready to see this boy tear into his cake…and boy did he!!
And….that’s a wrap, let’s just say I had to give him a bath after this!!
I really had a lot of fun with this one, hope you enjoy the details as much as I did!!  And thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped me carry out this vision!!
Xx Leah 
Styled By: BeijosEvents @beijosevents // Photography: Natalie Nurture Baby Photography @nurturephotography // Balloons & Honeycomb garland: Wild Child Party @wildchildparty // Tile Signage & Laser cut cake toppers & stirrers: Poppyjack Shop @poppyjackshop//Pinata: Whack Pinatas @whackpinatas  //  Cups & Napkins:  Meri Meri  @merimeriparty //   Fiesta Tattoos:  Love & Lion @loveandlion  //  Fiesta Flags & Papel Picado:Calavera Press @calavera.press//  Mexican Market Favor Bags: Fiesta Mexicana  //   Lucha Libre Figurines: Viva La Press //  Placemats: Red Koala Design @redkoaladesign  //   Otomi Table cloths:  Hostess Haven @hostesshaven //  Pictues: Artifact Uprising @artifactuprising //   Lucha Masks: Happy Thought  //    Blankets: Gunn & Swain @gunnswain //   Invite: Meghann Miniello @meghannminiello  //  Cake & Cookies: Beverly’s Best Bakery @beverlysbakery //Henry’s Lucha Cape: Mi Cielo @micielomicielo //Henry’s Outfit: Fifteen 5 Designs 


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Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Adults with Tiana Rae Holiday

Let the Halloween posts commence!!!

It’s October so that means it’s time for all things Halloween.  First on our list are some ideas for the adults, because Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the kids.  Last year my friend Alatheia of Art of Being Female had her makeup done  to be a deer and I admired how amazing it was.  This year I teamed up with her to showcase Tiana Rae Holiday, her talented friend and makeup artist.  Tiana is also Mariah Carey’s makeup artist, so I knew I was really in the best hands!

There are four different looks that we tried, each unique and fun.  Great ideas for Halloween, and Tiana is still booking so if you’re in the Southern California area, she’s your girl!  Keep scrolling for all the fun looks and a question and answer with Tiana herself!

Photos by the lovely Riley Starr

Jacquelyn – The Fortune Teller

How and when did you get into the makeup industry?

I have been in the industry for almost 20 years. My mom owned a hair salon in my small mountain town growing up, Big bear Lake. She kinda pushed me to do makeup for her clients but I was a tomboy and didn’t really love makeup. Funny how things turn. When I was 18 years old I applied at Nordstroms and opened the Armani Cosmetics counter. Later transferred to the MAC counter and eventually the MAC Pro store. By networking and working jobs that didn’t pay on the side, I found a mentor, Natalie Macgowen,  who was in the business a very long time. She took me under her wing and showed me how it was in the Industry . She later opened her own agency, Macgowen Spencer Agency and signed me; I did commercials, music videos, photo shoots and celebrities. My very first gig with her was a music video for Velvet Revolver.  Networking and knowing so many people from MAC has opened many doors for me. 

You work with lots of celebrities, what are some of your favorite jobs you’ve had?

Someone I know from MAC, Maile, started a huge successful beauty on demand mobile service, Beglammed,  and I stepped in with them. That’s where I met Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson, Noah Cyrus and many more.  I did a segment for Halloween Makeup on Good Day LA as well.  I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to be where I am and it’s only because of the people I’ve met along the way and the chances I’ve been given. 

Alatheia – Pop Art

How did you start doing Halloween makeup?  You are so amazing at it!!

Halloween is my favorite time of year, so blending makeup and Halloween came very natural for me. I love a theme, costumes, things dark and creepy. So that is where my most creative looks come from. Also my son and I have “couple costumes” every year till he tells me to take a hike. Some of our costumes have been Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and Lydia, Darthmaul and Queen Amidala, chucky and bride of chucky, to name a few.

When it comes to Halloween makeup, what are a few of your favorite looks to do…

 I always love a good skeleton and Dia De Los Muertos, and clowns.  I find that I get inspiration from Movies, TV, Instagram and entertainment; especially Tim Burton.  I practice on myself when I’m feeling stressed or not creative, it pushes me out of my box.

Leah – The Wooden Doll

If you had a really adventurous client, what would be something you’d love to try for Halloween?

If I could do anything on an adventurous client it would be not only stop at the makeup but also do the hair and styling and than have a photoshoot based around that look. I never get enough pictures or good pictures that showcase the makeup. I like runway looks and avant- garde. The look isn’t what matters necessarily but the face features and costume is what seals the deal. I eventually want to do all of Tom Burtons characters and than make up my own characters that other people want to reproduce. The creative wheel is always a good one to be on.

How long does the Halloween makeup take and how can clients book with you?

I book clients for Halloween starting as early as a year out. I like to have an hour and half to two hours per look. Sometimes more of it’s more detailed. The best way to book me is through email tiana@tianaraeartistry.com

Kirby – The Ethereal Goddess

Thank you for sharing your talent with us Tiana!  Halloween doesn’t have to be just for the kids, we can get in on the fun too!  Get more Halloween inspiration over on Tiana’s instagram account.

More Halloween posts to come!!




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By on October 3, 2017 in BEAUTY, HALLOWEEN, MAKEUP




As soon as I feel a slight crisp in the wind, all the fall recipes come out to play. And by slight crisp, I mean its still 80 outside and that slight crisp wind is only in the early morning or late at night. And this week’s forecast is calling for 90’s. But, hey it’s California, we don’t really get a transitional season, it goes straight from hot to cold. I’m eager to start sipping on apple cider and mulled wines, but I feel a bit off doing it in my sandals and shorts. These warm cocktails will have to wait for the cold weather but till then its all about the apple-infused cocktails. Since it’s still pretty hot, this apple & blood orange margarita is ideal for the start of the fall season while we still have a little bit of heat left. 


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1 1/2 – 2 oz. mezcal or silver tequila
2 oz apple cider
2 oz blood orange juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 tsp agave nectar
cinnamon sugar salt
slice of apple + dried blood orange slices for garnish

In a small bowl, combine equal parts of cinnamon, sugar, and salt. 
Run a lime wedge around your glass, and rim with the sugar-cinnamon salt.

Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine mezcal, apple cider, blood orange and lime juice, and agave nectar. Shake it up! Finally, pour into the prepared glass and garnish with apple and blood orange slices.


This is a great cocktail that can be made in batches for Fall entertaining. Combine the mezcal, apple cider, blood orange, lime juice and agave in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge. When it’s cocktail time, coat the rims of 4 glasses in salted cinnamon sugar. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Finally, garnish! 




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By on September 29, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, RECIPES