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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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!

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_0161How cute are these pumpkin succulents from The Wandering Dessert?! We can’t lie, the babes were definitely each trying to take one home as the event was winding down, picturing how adorable they would look on a windowsill or part of a tablescape.

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!

GilmoreStudios_0101.jpgIf you would like to join our community, click here. We hope to see you at our next event! ❤