Hello Kestan

Minimalist sophistication. Flirty chic. Eco-friendly but infinitely modern. Just a few words to describe the current collection at the new flagship store for Kestan at the OC Mix. The SoCal Blogger Babes were honored to stop in and try on a selection of our favorite picks, and each went home with a winning design, courtesy of Kestan’s powerhouses, Stephanie and Kevin. From a timeless trench coat to an of-the-moment choker-neck blouse, to some party-perfect dresses, Kestan had everything the Babes could want to celebrate the opening of this expertly curated and inviting space.

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“This was my first time at Kestan and I fell in love the moment I walked into the unique space. The decor is contemporary with exposed wood and rose gold fixtures and the fashion is chic and sophisticated. I chose a gorgeous one sleeve dress that made me feel beautiful and confident and snagged a bunch of compliments at the Kestan Launch Party!” -Alison @allthingsalison

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Party time! It was a pleasure for the Babes to mix and mingle with influencers and industry elite at the launch party of Kestan’s brick-and-mortar location. We browsed the latest offerings in both clothing and jewelry (Babe tip – check them out for delicate necklaces and dainty rings in shades of silver, gold and rose gold), and found ourselves fawning over the season-perfect designs in shades of blush, wine and black. Some of the pieces are made from organic cotton, an initiative Kestan is quite passionate about.

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Visit the new Kestan location at the OC Mix in Costa Mesa, CA for modern conscious luxury, and tell them the Babes sent you!

 

Milkshake Madness

We received the opportunity to try The Straw last weekend and we were blown away!! This by far is the most adorable milkshake place we have ever been to. You can see the dedication and love the owners have for this business from the moment you step foot inside. Every milkshake has a story and the owners tell it so well!

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We loved the interchangeable poetry wall, which is so unique and gives The Straw it’s own personality. They also have more than just milkshakes! The Straw also has coffee and tea that are prepared in the most unique way. For example, the Cotton Tail Coffee is brewed coffee that is sweetened with unflavored cotton candy (totally Instagram worthy!) Scroll to see the babes favorite flavors of the shakes and why they loved them! ❤

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My favorite milkshake was The Storm (pictured above), the mix of chocolate and tart blackberries was just the perfect blend of savory and tart plus the overall color of the shake made it super appealing when it came to be insta-worthy! -Ashley 

I loved the Cotton Tail Coffee the most because I am obsessed with coffee and I am always trying to find new coffee shops! I loved that the cotton candy gave it enough sweetness, but it wasn’t overpowering. It is nice to know that a place that is known for their delicious milkshakes also has incredible coffee! -Alee 

I loved the Mr. Grey milkshake! The honey, lavender and earl grey flavors were perfect together. I’m a sucker for anything tea flavored and this did not disappoint! I also loved that it came with a cup of hot earl grey tea to cut the cool creaminess of the shake. Mmmm! –Erin

Vampire campfire was so good! Garlic didn’t sound the best in a milkshake but was oddly delicious. –Felicia

My favorite was the Donkey Kong. I love banana flavored everything. This milkshake had the perfect mix of bananas and chocolate it was just absolutely delicious! -Karen

 

Pardon My French

We received an opportunity to visit Pardon My French the other night and we were absolutely blown away by how fabulous this nail bar is!! The owners are the sweetest sisters and they thought of every detail to make your nail bar experience one-of-a-kind! Their nail polish selection is out of this world with endless possibilities for color choice.

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They serve an abundance of candy and beverages paired with the pedicure throne of your dreams!!! Pardon My French is every woman’s dream nail bar, especially bloggers! Every angle of this place is more than Instagram-worthy and, of course, you will leave with perfect claws and paws for that up coming blog shoot 😉

Maven’s Treats made us the most adorable cookies for our girls night! The nail polish bottle was perfect down to every little detail. They were mouthwatering delicious! We will definitely be ordering more for our upcoming events.

“I loved the nice fancy decor, the atmosphere is very pleasing. All the staff was very friendly and attentive, this was definitely the best pedicure ever.” -Ana @stylebyana_

“I absolutely loved their service. They have so many nail polish selections. Their milk and honey pedi is amazing!” -Dannaed @dsweetest_

“Pardon my French made me feel welcome and special. I wasn’t just shuttled in and rushed out without so much as a “hello”. Quality time and service!” -Felicia @prettypoorthing

“Pardon My French was the epitome of luxury from the moment i stepped into the salon i was overwhelmed in a good way with the beautiful decor, aroma and friendly staff. I have already recommended the salon to friends who will for sure be stopping in!” -Ashely @fashannliz

“Pardon My French was made for Instagram! The place is gorgeous and so are my nails, thanks to Jacqueline! I loved that I got to eat gummy bears and sip champagne while I got dolled up! Love PMF!” – Erin @braidsandbigearrings

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“Pardon My French made me like royalty! They offer luxurious services for a decent price, and also have everything extra. Candy, drinks, you name it they got it.” -Danielle @daniellealanareyes

dfdf.jpgSpecial thanks to Sumbody Skincare for sponsoring this awesome giveaway prize full of homemade products! Dannaed won this awesome prize!

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Thanks to Styles For Less for sponsoring this giveaway prize! Danielle was the lucky winner!

Autumn Blogger Meetup in the Park

This was one for the record books, y’all! Our largest event thus far, sponsored by Saranghae, went down at TeWinkle Park last week, and we were honored that so many local bloggers and businesses took the time to partake in the festivities. There to capture every moment was Gilmore Studios, taking pictures of us telling stories, exploring the park, and of course, our outfits!

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The generosity of Saranghae skincare was overwhelming. They sent 20 of our babes home with a complete 5-step anti-aging Korean skincare routine and provided sheet masks for all who attended! Their name means “I love you”, which we think is just the sweetest! The skincare itself is as beautiful on the outside (and totally vanity-worthy), as the innovative ingredients are effective on the inside. The system is meant to heal, regenerate and protect, something that all of the babes can appreciate! We put our skin through a lot, and using the best products is so important to skin health to keep us radiant and photo-ready!

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We were thrilled when online boutique Viena Valentina asked us to model some of their designs for this event! It was difficult to choose from all of their super cute and on-trend styles, and we especially fell for their off-the-shoulder pieces, so perfect for this in-between fall weather. Stripes are definitely the hot print right now, as most of us gravitated towards them, either in bold or subtle variations. This affordable brand was created by two sisters, and named after one of their daughters, so adorable! Be sure to check out Viena Valentina’s website to view all of their current collection for the season.

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We always want to show some love to the babes who take the time to come out to our events, and we were happy to present, with the help of our gracious sponsors, these custom gift bags from Gigraffe Design Studios, filled to the brim with goodies. 20 of our VIP members received gold-lettered stemless wine glasses from Brown Paper Crafts, a full skincare system from Saranghae, personalized leather keychains from Northwind Supply, bath bomb from The Bohemia Boutique, boss babe pens and notepads from Uveeka and Bailemor Studios, respectively, jewelry from Nectar Clothing and Cool Collective, beauty products from SleekShop, and Turkish cotton towels from Bersuse.

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GilmoreStudios_0043.jpgWe were so honored to serve these cupcakes from Sweet September Cupcakes. They are even tastier than they look. As a finalist on Season 4 of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, you know they are over-the-top DELICIOUS! This run from home, family business is seriously the cutest. You can read more about Sweet September Cupcakes here.

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GilmoreStudios_0007All in all the event was a smashing success and we can’t wait for the next! ❤

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GilmoreStudios_0095Thanks for stopping by. We have to give a special thanks to the Group Leaders pictured below. Without them this event wouldn’t have been possible!

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Exploring Tanaka Farms

We went on a fall-filled adventure to Tanaka Farms last week and it was literally PERFECT! Tanaka Farms has thought of every little detail making this the perfect place for obligatory pumpkin patch pictures. This farm is not only adorable but it is HUGE!! They have wagon rides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, and an abundance of pumpkin fields. We had the lovely Angela Eugene Photography come out and capture these fabulous shots!

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A special thanks to Lotta Treats for making the most darling cookies ever. They were just as tasty as they were adorable!! If you need custom cookies in the Orange County area, these are the ones you want!!





Us Babes had a great time mingling with other bloggers and getting those perfect pictures for our individual blogs! It was also fun meeting some of the members’ families and friends. So many connections were being made while fun was being had. It was perfection!


^ Local blogger Jenny @princessturnedmom





A special thanks to Turnip Rose Cafe for donating 2 VIP meal cards! Felicia from @prettypoorthing won them and she is so excited to go try this phenomenal cafe!


Thank you to Vanity Glam for being one of our giveaway sponsors! Lisa from @thislifestyled won a hair cut to her lovely salon in Huntington Beach!

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Member Meetup at Social Costa Mesa

When we have our member meet ups we make sure they are somewhere fun and Instagram worthy, of course haha. Social Costa Mesa was no exception and their Second Home Workspace is so captivating! All of the babes wanted to live in this space full time. It is truly one of a kind and gives a warm feeling that is not usually felt at a workspace. This space is super new and just opened their doors 2 months ago. It is 100% free to work here and they have free wifi. Seriously how cool is that?!

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We had the opportunity to meet one of the owners, Raquel, and she was the absolute sweetest. The vision she has for this space is truly special! She provided us with the most scrumptious donuts with toppings, and also freshly brewed coffee. It was the perfect after work pick me up!!


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The blogger babes spoke about blogging, business ideas, and women empowerment. It truly was a magical night filled with amazing inspired women! We have a crazy good feeling about this community of bloggers. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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If you want to join our community click here! ❤

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OC Fashion Week

We had the most fabulous time at OC Fashion Week. The collections were absolutely stunning and the models were flat out BEAUTIFUL! Friendships were formed during a week we will never forget!

Night 1 was spent in Lido Marina Village with Electra Cruises. The collections were outstanding and the sunset was straight out of a dream! We met bloggers, designers, reality TV cast members, and local photographers. It was truly an amazing opening night.

 

*Thank you to Antonio from LovinLife Multimedia for capturing majority of these shots!

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