Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 The Details

Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV

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Halloween is typically associated with carving Jack o’ Lanterns out of pumpkins, decorating with a ghoulish theme, and going trick or treating door to door while wearing costumes. Instead of the traditional route, I wanted to introduce a holiday that many Americans are unfamiliar with, that happens to take place during the same time period. Inspired by el Dia de los Muertos below is a detailed look at my decor and ideas. This is a nod to my Latinos as this holiday is becoming more mainstream and now more with the help of pop… more glamorous!

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  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Cocktails // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Elizabette Quezada @lizzyslove_xo
  • Photos // Amy Anaiz Photo @AmyAnaizPhoto
  • Cake + Cookies // IM Pastry Studio @IMPastryStudio

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This is me behind the scenes setting up the table

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Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations.

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In order to celebrate, the families make alters and place ofrendas (offerings) of food, skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Traditional food you can prepare can include:

Pan de Muertos – Day of the Dead Bread

Calaveras de Azucar – Sugar Skulls

Calabaza en Dulce – Candied Pumpkin

Tamales

Mole

Fruit

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I just love my flower crown and Lola did too!
They’re super easy to make with a few faux flowers, a glue gun and and headband.

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In Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of  papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.

pop by Yaz Arise Dia de Los Muertos - CakeA red velvet cake made by IM Pastry Studio

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Don’t you just love these Dia de los Muertos sugar cookies? An easy substitute if you can’t make traditional sugar skulls.

Stay tuned… cocktails will be on the next post!

Cocktails with Belle Atlanta // Demetria Lucas

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Presented by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach

Demetria and I go waaaaaaay back. It only seemed right to connect her with the team over at SKYY Infusions as they were launching their SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach and she was promoting the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels and her two books A Belle in Brooklyn and Don’t Waste Your Pretty.  A lot of blood and sweat was put into producing this event. The outcome was just peach-y! Only the best for my girlee!

More than 300 guests joined Demetria for a “Cocktails with Belle” viewing party hosted by the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday night to toast the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels.  Guests sipped on SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach cocktails through the night as they rubbed elbows with names like Peter Thomas (Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), Toya + Eugene Harris (Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine), Africa Miranda (Bravo TV’s The New Atlanta) and Ariane Davis (VH1’s Love + Hip Hop Atlanta).

Check out more photos, cocktails and fab people from Belle’s “Blood, Sweat and Heels” season finale party!

Follow Belle as she delivers great relationship and dating advice in her blog ABelleInBrooklyn.com
Twitter: @ABelleInBK // Instagram: @ABelleInBK

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  • Event Production // pop! by YAZ
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // Darryl Wiseman Flowers
  • Cocktails // SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
  • Venue // Bar One, Atlanta
  • Photos + Video  //McIntosh Bros

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Lucas and Yaz QuilesWe have talked about this moment for a very long time. So happy it came to fruition and we were able to celebrate the season finale of Blood, Sweat & Heels, her book A Belle in Brooklyn and of course, the highly anticipated release of her new book Don’t Waste Your Pretty. I love supporting my friends who are making major moves! I love you girlee! #GirlPower

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Demetria Step and Repeat SKYY Infusions BottleDemetria Lucas of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels toasts the show’s season finale with the newly launched SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka at Atlanta hotspot Bar One on Sunday.

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Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - Toya and EugeneDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV’S Married to Medicine stars Toya and Eugene Harris at a viewing party for the season finale of Bravo TV’s Blood, Sweat & Heels at Bar One Atlanta on Sunday hosted by SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach Vodka.

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Cocktails with Belle - DJ Trauma and YazEvery time I go to Atlanta I have to check in on my dude DJ Trauma.

Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - funThere was plenty of fun had with SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach in VIP with Rita K. Davis of Cocoafab.com, Lifestyle blogger/photographer Kodak Boi, Kiwi of Kiwiwithbeauty.com and Mr. Versatile himself, DJ FaDelf.

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Here are some of the cocktails featured at Bar One.

Georgia Peach Pre-Tea
2 oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3 oz Iced Tea
Squeeze of fresh Lemon

Mix over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze and drop lemon wedge.

Georgia Peach Belle-ini
1½ oz SKYY Infusions® Georgia Peach
3½ oz Champagne
Drop of Peach Nectar

Mix together in a Champagne flute. Garnish with peach wedge.

Chinese New Year Celebration // Year of the Horse

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Chinese New Year Celebration // Year of the Horse

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2014 is the year of the Horse. It is a year for renewal and growth. The horse is strong and swift, and teaches us to seize the moment!

With the Chinese New Year being right around the corner, I thought the best way to teach my Baby Bear about the traditions and splendor of the occasion was with a Chinese New Year Play Date Party! Thankfully we are only a short ride away to Chinatown, so we ventured off for an afternoon of learning, shopping, eating and plain ole’ mommy and me fun. The following day we decorated the house and had a fun-filled day with all of her buddies!

See how it all came together…

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  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ
  • Decor +  Favors: pop! by YAZ via Pearl River Mart + Chinatown
  • Mandarin Dresses: Chinatown

Chinese New Year - Mommy and Baby BearMe and the Baby Bear! We just love having our friends over and dressing up.

Chinese New Year - Mandarin DressMandarin Dress
Baby Bear and I went shopping in Chinatown and scored by finding these beautiful Mandarin dresses for all of her friends.  Upon entry, we surprised them with the choice of a dress for them to wear during the festivities.

Chinese New Year - Baby BearMy Baby Bear!!!

Chinese New Year - Dragon Flower CenterpieceTangerines
During Chinese New Year, tangerines and oranges are displayed as decorations and are also exchanged among friends and acquaintances. Sometimes, small trees are kept for this purpose. Fruit is almost always a good Chinese New Year’s gift. Oranges and tangerines are a traditional favorite, though, and can also represent happiness and abundance, as in an abundant harvest. If there are still leaves and a stem attached to the fruit, it also means fertility.

Chinese New Year - Mouth of the Dragon
The Centerpiece

The peony is considered to be the “Flower of Richness and Good Luck” in China. Therefore it is a favorite New Year decoration. I also included a paper dragon with a pearl mouth piece.

Chinese New Year - Gold HorsesYear of the Horse
2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Horse starts from Jan. 31, 2014 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and lasts to Feb. 18, 2015. I painted the horses gold as it represents happiness and prosperity.

Chinese New Year - LanternsLanterns
The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of traditional Chinese calendar. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles. People also get together to celebrate the beginning of spring by watching fireworks and eating Yuanxiao (sweet stuffed dumplings made of glutinous rice flour served in soup).  The festival officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Chinese New Year - Year of the HorseLion Dance
Street celebrations often include a traditional lion dance which is believed to scare away evil and bring good luck. There are usually two dancers. One acts as the head and the other the body. They dance to a drum, cymbals and a gong. On the head of the lion is mirror so that evil spirits will be frightened away by their own reflections. As the lion runs along the streets he begins to visit different places. On his way he meets another person, the ‘Laughing Buddha’ who is dressed in monk’s robes and a mask. He teases the lion with a fan made of banana-leaves which makes the lion jump around.

Chinese New Year - Red FlowersRed Flowers
Red is a very important color as it represents happiness, purity, celebration, health and luck.

Chinese New Year - Paper Dragon

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Chinese New Year - Friends

Chinese New Year - Friends

Chinese New Year - Interpretive Lion DanceCrafts + Fun
Paper dragons, interpretative lion dances, spontaneous hugs and tons of laughter ensued throughout the afternoon.

Chinese New Year - Toasting

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Chinese New Year - The Feast
The Feast
Steamed Vegetables
Dumplings
Wontons
Steamed Rice
Beef Fried Rice
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chicken Lo Mein
Pink Fortune Cake
Sweet Biscuits
Tangerines

Noodles
When served during Chinese New Year, noodles shouldn’t be cut or broken into pieces. Long noodles represent a nice long life, although eating them could get a little messy.

Dumplings
Chinese dumplings are one of the most important foods in Chinese New Year.  They symbolize wealth as their shape is similar to ancient gold or silver ingots.

Chinese New Year - Eating with ChopsticksMehar showing off her chopstick skills.

Chinese New Year - Mean Muggin'Uh oh! Looks like somebody is mean muggin’!!!! She thought she didn’t get a tangerine. No tangerine, no good fortune! YIKES!

Chinese New Year - Eat Fortune CakeAhaana nibbles on pink Fortune Cake.

Chinese New Year - Red Flowers Chinese New Year - Red EnvelopeRed Envelope
Early on New Years Day children receive lucky red packets called ‘Hong Bao’ containing sweets or money.

Chinese New Year - Kids FavorsFavors
Their gold take-out boxes included a small change purse, pink chopsticks and a mini doll.

Chinese New Year - Fortune CookieFortune Cookie // Year of the Horse
Now is the time to implement meaningful changes in our lives. With its wild spirit, the horse longs to roam the land freely. It is a year for bold adventures and enlightening exploration. It’s a good time to travel afar! The Wood Horse can bring you good fortune, new journeys, and a replenished spirit.

Chinese New Year - Life of LaughterLive, love and laughter
Live like the moment pictured. Exuberant, engaged and with all of your heart.  Make everyday pop! Let go and LIVE!!!!

Ballerina in Paris // Baby Shower

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Ballerina in Paris // Baby Shower

Girls dream of growing up to be a Ballerina who run off to Paris to live out their dream of performing at the Paris Opera Ballet. To get a head start on that journey, I created a beautiful Baby Shower for Candace + Frantz’s baby girl that featured beautiful Eiffel Towers, pretty tutus and luxe flowers.

Grab a custom made Parisian cookie and check out all of the stunning details.

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  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence, Club Room
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ
  • Stationary & Design: pop! by YAZ
  • Decor/Centerpieces/Flowers: pop! by YAZ
  • Tutus: pop!by Yaz
  • Favors: pop!by Yaz
  • Cake & Cookies: My Sweetest Moments
  • Diaper Cake: Apple’s Custom Diaper Cakes

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Candace, the mom-to-be,  wanted a baby shower that was girly, beautiful and frilly. She wanted to do something Parisian or with a Ballerina theme.  I, of course, thought why not include both ideas in one? I wanted the details to elude the feeling rather than be a literal translation. So while I included custom made tutus and Eiffel Towers it was used in moderation. The outcome? A pretty, luxe and chic shower to bring in her little ballerina!

Ballerina in Paris - Tutu ChairRocking Chair with Tutu
I custom made this tutu especially for this rocking chair.  You can even remove it and wear it if you’re ever in the mood to prance around the house like a ballerina!

Ballerina in Paris - Kids TableThe Kids Table

Ballerina in Paris - Kids Favor BallerinaI made the pink tutus for the little ballerinas.

Ballerina in Paris - Kids Favors BunnyEach favor box included a ballerina, bunny our mouse outfitted in a stylish bowtie or tutu. The box was filled with all sorts of goodies including tiaras, cameras and finger puppets.

Ballerina in Paris - Kids FavorsThe Kids Table
I wanted the kids to feel just as special as the adults. They had their own table with place setting, favors and Eiffel Towers. I heard they were a big hit!

Ballerina in Paris - Baby's Breath FlowersBaby’s Breath floral arrangement

Ballerina in Paris - Floral Centerpiece PeoniesFloral centerpiece featuring peonies, garden roses and hypericum

The Flowers
The flowers included lush floral arrangements of Peonies and Garden Roses along with pots filled with Baby’s Breath.

Ballerina in Paris - Pashmina Favor

Ballerina in Paris - Merci Beaucoup Thank You Card The Favor
Luxurious pashminas in shades of pink, silver, charcoal and white were given to each guest.

Ballerina in Paris - Baby Bump CakeBaby Bump Cake

Ballerina in Paris - Cake PopsCake Pops

Ballerina in Paris - CookiesCustom Cookies

Ballerina in Paris - CupcakesBaby Bump Cake

The Sweets
All of the wonderful sweets were made by the lovely Jen over at My Sweetest Moments.

Ballerina in Paris - Diaper CakeThe Diaper Cake
The diaper cake was custom made by Apple’s Custom Diaper Cakes.  I just loved the jeweled and lacy center ribbon!

Setting the Kids Table for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Kids Table

Setting the Kids Table for Thanksgiving

When I was a kid, sitting at the kids table was like a death sentence! It was mostly because I was the only teenager amongst a table filled with my little brother and our cousins who are at least 8 years younger than I am.  That feeling never has to happen again. My goal was to create a kids table even the adults would want to sit at.

With the help of Baby Bear’s friends we husked, peeled, mashed and arranged our way to our perfectly set table giggling all along the way.  You too can make the kids table a fun place to be with tons of activities to keep the pop!TOTs happy and busy.

Check out the details below!

Kids Thanksgiving Table - The GirlsWrangling these girls was  challenging! They were so excited about everything they had accomplished and were literally jumping for joy.

Thanksgiving Mini Turky - Cornish HenWe cooked a Cornish Hen to look like a tiny turkey. One Cornish Hen will feed four little ones.
They loved picking at the fruit it was garnished with.

Thanksgiving Hot ChocolateThe pop!TOTs loved these hot chocolates with chocolate shavings.

Thanksgiving Kids Table CornAhaana and Liana husked the corn.

Kids Thanksgiving Peeling PotatoesPeeling potatoes is not easy, but it made them appreciate the process and felt accomplished once they completed the task.

Chef Baby Bear Peeling PotatoChef Baby Bear in action.

Kids Thanksgiving Table - The Girls2The girls surround the sink to mash the potatoes. The pot is in the sink because it was hot.

Mashing PotatoesLiana mashes the potatoes and Brookie photo bombs her! lol

Baby Bear Flowers ArrangingThe girls partnered up and created flower arrangements for their table. We cut and gutted squash and used silk flowers for the centerpieces.

Kids Thanksgiving - Setting the TableLiana was so proud! She’s looking like a mini Martha Stewart.

Kids Thanksgiving Table - With FlowersThe table is set.

Thanksgiving Kids Table Flowers 1Brookie and Mehar’s arrangement. Can you believe? How beautiful!

Thanksgiving Kids FlowersLiana and Ahaana’s arrangement is stunning!

Kids Thanksgiving Table - The Table SettingA closer look at the table setting.

Kids Thanksgiving TableThe girls finally get to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

Thanksgiving Kids Table FoodThe Food.

Kids Thanksgiving - Good EatsThe spread.

Kids Thanksgiving Table - EatingThe girls chat and chew.

Thanksgiving Hot Chocolate cheersMehar sipping on her hot chocolate.

Fall into Glamour // Dinner Party

Fall into Glamour

Fall into Glamour // Dinner Party

For most, the idea of Fall automatically conjures up thoughts of leaves turning colors, warm sweaters and the sweet aroma of cinnamon. As we approach this incredibly beautiful season I thought it would only be befitting to create a dinner party for my amazing girlfriends slowly luring us from the heat of the summer to the coolness of Fall.

When approaching the Fall season it’s all about texture, deliciously rich flavors, glamorous metallics, and a few elements that whisper Autumn in approaching. Get ready… Fall is here!

Fall into the season with a glamorous and chic dinner party. See the details below!

xoxo

Yaz

P.S. Recipes and additional details in posts to follow.

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  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers: pop! by YAZ
  • Venue: Private Residence
  • Food: pop! by YAZ
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ & Sage & Sparkle
  • Cocktails : pop! by Yaz

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DSC_0336The warm glow from the candles

DSC_0426The centerpiece featured glorious blooms of Ranunculus, Dahlias, Hydrangea,
Sea Holly Blue Eryngo, Calla Lily, Roses, Carnations, and feathers.

DSC_0435The place settings featured gold art deco chargers, white contemporary plates, black salad plates and the most beautiful antique hammered brass bowls which were made in India.

DSC_0444White Pumpkins, Anemones and crystal votive holders were scattered on the table which was covered in this gorgeous and glam black square paillette table cloth. I know what you are thinking “Yaz isn’t that sequins?” Apparently after taking a visit to the largest sequins manufacturer in the United States I discovered that there is a difference. Sequins are sometimes referred to as spangles, paillettes, or diamantes. Paillettes themselves are commonly very large and flat. You learn something new everyday.

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DSC_0488Citrus Seared Scallops with Brocolli and Cabbage Slaw, Jalapeno Puree on Grilled Eggplant

DSC_0571Braised Oxtail Orecchiette

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DSC_0555Pumpkin Seafood Paella with Mussels

DSC_0629Cinnabon Martini

DSC_0679Pumpkin Spice Mojito

Brassica Oleracea // Purple Statice //Coxcomb

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I love this time of the year when Summer transitions into Fall. I still linger onto the warm days, but yearn for the cool evenings. To me, these flowers embody that feeling. The bright red roses and seductive marooon Coxcomb intermingling with crispy sweet greens in the Hydrangea and cool purples in the Brassica Oleracea (decorative cabbage) and Statice.

Alas, with everyday that passes reality is that Fall is around the corner. In the meantime I will stay in this perfect little nook of Indian Summer.

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  • Brassica Oleracea
  • Hydrangea
  • Roses
  • Purple Statice
  • Coxcomb

xo

Yaz