Love You A Brunch Friendsgiving with Cupcake Vineyards!

This post is sponsored by Cupcake Wine, however, all opinions are our own.

The Friendsgiving season is upon us, y’all! And we couldn’t be more excited about it! Y’all know ya girls love Christmas, but if you ask us, we’d tell ya that Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving is right at the top of the list too. There’s just simply no Thanksgiving music, so we will celebrate Thanksgiving, singing Christmas carols all the while. ;)

Although living in L.A. means that everyone leaves on holidays, so we always have to celebrate with our friends a bit early! And hosting Friendsgiving has become one of our favorite traditions since living on the West Coast. This year we partnered up with Cupcake Vineyards to host a colorful, girly Friendsgiving brunch with all of our best ladies before we go our separate ways for the holidays. And we’re here to share how we did it!


First, we chose our color palette. Duh, it’s gonna be colorful, but instead of our normal pastel vibe, we decided to make it a bit more autumn-ish and go with some jewel tones!

We picked our dishes, glassware, flowers, outfits, and even some of the accent colors in the food we wanted to serve based on this palette! It was a small, intimate gathering, but we wanted to make it special, and we have a really hard time doing something if we’re not fully committed!

Now for the menu!

Brunch is definitely our favorite meal (and everyone else’s in L.A.), so deciding this menu was so much fun for us! We like to mix a little sweet and a little savory!

First for the cocktails!

We decided on a classic mimosa, with orange juice and Cupcake’s delish Prosecco & a Rosé Strawberry Lemonade made with our favorite Cupcake Sparkling Rosé!

Now, for the savory!

We had been ITCHING for an opportunity to make a pretty cheese/veggie/fruit board (we would say charcuterie, but we’re not entirely sure if we can call it that if there was no meat on it! ha!). Anyway, this seemed like the perfect opportunity! And there’s usually something for everyone on those big boards!

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And we did some mini breakfast quiches!

One was a ham & swiss & the other was a egg white with smoked applewood bacon!



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Now, onto our favorite part, the sweets!

We knew immediately we didn’t want to do pie, since everyone would be having that at their Thanksgiving dinners anyway! We wanted to keep it brunchy and on the lighter side!

So, first up were mini Belgian waffles! Cort particularly has an affinity for waffles, so she was obviously enthusiastic about this decision!

We also recently discovered the magic done by the girls over at Josephine and they put together the most beautiful Fresh Berry Pavlova and Swirled Rochés for us and our tummies were in HEAVEN!


Now, we celebrate!

A good brunch starts with a great cocktail, and Cupcake is always our go-to for that!



Happy Friendsgiving!

xoxo,

J & C

All images by Mary Costa Photography

Girls Night In with Happi Foodi!

This post was sponsored by Happi Foodi, but all opinions are our own

Anyone else just get crazed around the holiday season? I don’t know what alarm goes off in our brains that says “you have to get this much done before the end of the year!”. But it does! Every year. And every year we’re running around like mad women trying to finish all the things we’ve overbooked for ourselves. A lot of people these days try to glamorize being overly busy, but if you ask us, sometimes there’s not much glamour to it at all. Sometimes it’s just hard!

We both love to be in the kitchen. Cooking, baking, making cocktails, whatever it may be! But during seasons of life when things do get really crazy, making meals for ourselves can become less of a priority. And I don’t know about you, but eating out all the time just results in us feeling blah. Blah about not making the healthiest choices and blah about spending money that we should be saving! Cue Happi Foodi!

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We recently discovered Happi Foodi and first of all, fell in love with their packaging, because hellooooo! Could it be anymore colorful?! And secondly, we loved their mission statement:

“We believe in the joy of a real meal and that food can bring people together for a greater good. That’s why we champion and support hyper-local organizations across the U.S. that are working to:

  1. Reveal the joy of a real meal

  2. Eliminate food insecurity through urban agriculture

  3. Transform lives and help underserved communities thrive”

Sold! We decided which dishes we wanted to try out and jetted out to Walmart to buy em!

We chose: Barbacoa Mac & Cheese, Mozzarella Jalapeno Arepas, Tequila Lime Chicken & Rice, and Cuban Style Egg Rolls! And we decided after a really busy week that a girls’ night in would be the perfect excuse to make some of them!

Another thing we loved when we were reading up on Happi Foodi was the fact that they take familiar or traditional dishes (like chicken & rice or egg rolls) and add their own twist (like a tequila lime sauce or a Cuban flair!), and that you can pair a lot of their dishes together to create a meal! We decided to pair the Tequila Lime Chicken with our Cuban Style Egg Rolls and we weren’t disappointed! If you know us, you know your girls cannot do anything spicy! These two dishes had delish flavoring without burning our tongues. ;)

On top of the fresh ingredients and the unique flavors, convenience is also something that’s super important to us, especially on a day after emails, meetings, conference calls, photoshoots, or whatever the day may hold (life of a freelancer, am I right?! Ha!) and we’re just tired. So something we can pop in the oven for 20 minutes and steam for 10 minutes (most likely while we’re having a glass of wine) is ideal. ;)

Give us a rom-com and girls’ night is good to go!

Our wallets and tummies are a little happier! Would love to know if you guys have tried Happi Foodi and what your faves were, cause planning our next Walmart trip to pick up some new ones ASAP!

Love & egg rolls,

J & C










A Whimsy Halloween- Lucy & Ethel

Y’all didn’t think we could let this season pass without giving you a Halloween costume, did ya?! This is our 3rd year of showing our Halloween costumes on Whimsy!

Two years ago we were bloggers. Lol.

And last year, we were 2 Broke Girls (we used to get mistaken for these actresses ALL THE TIME…not so much now since we changed our hairstyles.) ;)

But this year might be our favorite yet.

We both grew up being big fans of I Love Lucy. Ya catch where I’m going?

Say hello to our version of Lucy & Ethel.

Specifically Lucy & Ethel from the “Job Switching” episode where they work at the candy factory!


These looks were super fun and SO easy to recreate in our own way! And don’t be surprised if you see us wearing these dresses irl.

Probably the best part of this day was having to stop for gas before going to shoot and getting out of the car with a giant pink chef’s hat. Anything for the gram, am I right?

We even tested how many chocolates we could fit into our mouths. Not the best idea we’ve ever had. ;)

What are you guys going as for Halloween?!

Love & Lucy,

J & C