Brunching at El Mercado

Brunch is the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch and El Mercado delivers just that! Paired with the beautiful outdoor seating and surrounded by the colorful atmosphere of downtown Santa Ana, brunch at El Mercado made for the perfect Sunday with the Babes.

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El Mercado Modern Cuisine was established in September of 2016. This award winning Modern Mexican Cuisine will have your taste buds doing a happy dance! Their menu change seasonally and for each meal of the day.El Mercado’s bar offers a variety of drinks infused with sophisticated flavors and fresh ingredients.

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The Babes started their brunch with delicious bottomless mimosas! The perfect combination of champagne and orange juice and served in the cutest glasses. Most of the Babes’ favorite plate was the Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes served with burnt pilonsillo maple syrup and evaporated milk. These pancakes are SO fluffy and thick!

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Another plate the Babes were raving about was the Torrejas French Toast. This toast is made with brioche, sweet custard, habanero whip, pilonsillo syrup, and rum soaked raisins. El Mercado truly thinks of every little detail when creating every single plate! Each member of their staff is extremely friendly and goes above and beyond to make your dinning experience truly special.

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If you’re looking for a new place to eat with a great vibe and a fantastic menu, head to downtown Santa Ana and give El Mercado a try! The surrounding area is new and upcoming and a fun area to explore with family and friends! Check out some of our other favorite dishes below!

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Babecation in Costa Mesa

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Gold fixtures, velvet couches, and amazing art around every corner are a few words to describe the amazing Avenue of The Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa! The Arts breaks beyond the typical hotel experience with eclectic arts-inspired design, inventive culinary creations, and an ideal location in the Theater and Arts District close to fashion-hub South Coast Plaza. The fact that South Coast Plaza is within walking distance of the hotel made shopping super easy for the fashion bloggers.

Thanks to Travel Costa Mesa, half of the Babes were treated to a fun filled day at South Coast Plaza! The first stop was at Fresh, where all the Babes received facials and lip treatments. Everyone learned important tips on taking care of their skin and lips. Each Babe also walked out with a gift bag filled to the brim with amazing Fresh products like the Soy Face Cleanser and Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask.

Next the Babes got their makeup done at MAC and discovered new makeup products that they had to have! Each girl received personalized make up tips, according to skin tone,  and got to ask any questions they had. Everyone walked out looking like total divas!! The Babes received a gift bag with MAC’s newest products.

The Babes stopped for lunch at AnQi By House of An where the vibe is just right and the food is even better! They even ran into Terrance Howard and, of course, every Babe was freaking out. AnQi was kind enough to come up with a special menu just for the Babes. Every course was exceptionally delicious, especially the award-winning Tombo Tuna Tacos!

Our second group of ladies had a more food-and-beverage focused outing, trying out some of the hot new eateries in Costa Mesa. Thanks again to Travel Costa Mesa for making sure the Babes stopped at the most delicious places! The first stop was to Good Town USA Donuts to help them celebrate their 1-year anniversary. They indulged on their vegan treats in flavors like raspberry pistachio and matcha green tea, while exploring the courtyard at the Lab anti-mall.

Next up, the Babes didn’t have to walk far to explore the the Facade Funhouse. They wandered from room to room to discover that each had its own distinct personality, and they all found the one that spoke to us. All the Babes had a blast taking pictures of each other tossing confetti in the air, making fake calls on the retro phone, and “tagging” in the graffiti room.

All of the excitement and running around had our tummies growling again, so the Babes headed over to Ecco Pizzeria at the Camp. Taking advantage of the stunning December day, they sat outside and ordered a round of cocktails to continue the day of fun and relaxation. From chorizo breakfast pizza, to a chopped salad, to eggs Benedict, the food was incredible and just what they needed.

Continuing their tasting tour of the Camp, our last stop was to The Wine Lab, a science-themed wine bar that serves it’s tasters in glass beakers! The service was spot-on and the staff supremely knowledgeable about every pour on the menu. The Babes wrapped up and headed back to the room, ready for a nap and to reminisce about the experience.

The Babes got ready that evening with products from Vanity Planet. Not your average beauty company! Vanity Planet exists to brings their customers rad products, straightforward benefits, and daring content to help them extract their best. The Babes used their Professional Makeup Brush Collection, Blend Baby Makeup Sponge w/ Silicone Applicator, Clip-Free Curling Wand, the Professional Vibrating Flat Iron, and more! The Babes loved every single product and wanted to take them all home!

Our final morning was filled with caring for our skin! We all used our new Feel Beauty products. Each Babe received a variety of products, including the Self Warming Face Mask! This was most of the girls favorite product. They also loved the Bamboo Charcoal Facial Sheet Masks! Most of the Babes had never seen a charcoal sheet mask before! The Babes’ skin felt fresh, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the week.

The SoCal Blogger Babes first staycation was a total success and the Babes grew closer than ever! Blogging is better with your Babes! Click here to join us!

Shopping at Scout & Molly’s Newport Beach

A couple of weeks ago the babes received an opportunity to shop a variety of styles and silhouettes, while snacking on tasty bites and drinking refreshing beverages at the new Scout & Molly’s in Newport Beach, CA. Their stylists were so accommodating and even helped one of the babes step outside of her comfort zone to find a new trend and approach to a style that she wasn’t quite sure she could pull off!

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All of the babes really loved Scout & Molly’s assortment of scarves and beanies. All of them were extremely soft and there was a shade to go with each of the babes’ skin tone! A few were purchased that night, including a blush pink cashmere beanie that all of the babes were obsessing over.

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All of the girls walked away with an item or two (or four haha) that evening and we will be popping back in again soon to check out their spring selection. If you’re in the Newport Area, make sure you drop by! Scout & Molly’s is located at 1130 Irvine Ave,
Newport Beach, CA 92660. Make sure you let the know that the SoCal Blogger Babes sent you!

 

 

Holiday Party 2017

Oasis of coastal gardens, twinkling Christmas trees, and the most magical sunset are a few words to describe our Holiday party at Casa Romantica. The views from the 30 gardens are indescribable and the entire center was decorated for the Holidays with some of the most amazing decor we have ever seen! Casa Romantica opened up their Octagonal room that has 360 views of the ocean and it really made for the perfect night. This venue would be perfect for so many special occasions or even just for a day out with your family and friends! The staff gives Casa Romantica a warm happy feeling with shared smiles and helpful tips if you get turned around.

Most of the babes wore Eliza J Dresses for the occasion and each piece was absolutely stunning! Eliza J pulls inspiration from current runways and mixing it with perpetually classic style elements that stand the test of time, the line is unique in that every look is not only on trend, but a timeless piece that transcends the seasons. Every print is developed in-house by the talented design team with the Eliza J girl in-mind and is truly beautiful, feminine, and special. If you are in need of a dress for a special occasion make sure you check out Eliza J’s latest collection!

We have to give a HUGE shoutout to all of our wonderful gift sponsors. The first 20 Babes to arrive received a multi-purpose combo set from Original Beauty Box, and we can’t even express how grateful we all were to open up the loot!

The two acrylic pieces stacked on top of one-another to display all of our favorite makeup and jewelry is every bloggers goal setup. Our own Danielle of @daniellealanareyes also took home one of their newest products, the Crystal Beauty Box, which is adorned with faceted pulls. We can’t wait to shop the rest of their site, and to get all of our beauty products organized for the new year.

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Whish Beauty provided another of our giveaway packages, complete with three skincare items. They produce high-performing natural skincare products, everything from shower gel and hair removal products to eye cream and face masks, and all of the babes went home with deodorant wipes to test out. We love that none of their products are tested on animals, and will definitely be shopping their self-tanning line for the warmer months. Congrats to Stephanie, from @thepracticalwoman, won this awesome prize!

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The Babes loved their new hair towels from Aquis. These high-quality towels are created specifically to dry different types of hair, from short to long, fine to thick. The ultra-absorbent material cuts drying time by 50%, which reduces damage due to spending less time underneath the blow dryer. They are also now sold at Ulta, making it easier than ever to find their products!

H2Rose provided two flavors of their delicious rose water, which is infused with saffron and natural flavors. Rose water was initially created for royalty, which is exactly what we felt like while drinking it! H2Rose can deliciously be paired with vodka or champagne for parties to mix things up, but we served it chilled as a lovely refreshment to quench our thirst while mingling.

One last special shout out is to Claudette for capturing special moments of the babes! We know how hard it can be to capture it all at events and she made a point to not miss a thing. If you’re in need of a photographer in Orange County you can schedule your session here!

Thanks to one of our members, Nikki, for capturing some of the moments too! You can check out her website and book her, here. We love you, babe!

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Our lovely invitations to share the news of our holiday gathering were provided by Basic Invite. They’re a Utah-based online company that allows for nearly endless variations, allowing you to truly personalize invites and announcements with over 180 color options, custom samples, you can even change the color of the envelope! They have templates for any event or special occasion you could think of, so make sure to consider using them when planning your next event worth celebrating!

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!