Kazas; California native, devoted mum and co-owner of Beijos
Events. Discover her event planning secrets, her favourite Orange
Country hot spots and her ultimate party favour.
You are the go-to for event planning in the OC, how did
you start out?
doing event design & planning after my own wedding in 2012. I
fell in love with the design and planning process. After my wedding
I was almost depressed that the planning was over! I also had a
great planner for my wedding, Tori Hendrix of Sitting in a Tree,
who helped pave the way for me. She advised me when getting into
the industry and introduced me to great vendors and contacts. Tori
passed away last year and I'm forever grateful to her for inspiring
me to take a jump into this field. She continues to inspire me
What keeps you going in such a hectic
I have always
been a hard-working and determined person. I'm also quite
competitive, I played soccer competitively for years and it's just
in my nature, almost to a fault because I can be pretty hard on
myself. I also think my family drives me, especially my husband and
my sons. I want to do my best for them and be successful to inspire
them as well.
What about for those of us wanting to throw a fabulous
party? What are the key elements to a memorable event?
depends on the event, I'd say the most important thing is being
true to your own vision and style. The next is to make a plan,
don't leave things to the last minute. You want to enjoy yourself
at the party and make it easy on yourself and be attentive to your
guests. Good food and drinks are always memorable, along with
gorgeous florals and great music!
Surprise is an element we often associate with parties,
can you share with us a surprise you helped engineer to
actually working on a surprise 30th birthday party that will take
place this weekend! This is a special one as it's for one of my
favourite photographers that I've had the privilege to work with.
She has definitely become a close friend now. I'm really excited
for this one as we have some sentimental surprises, which of course
are the best kind! When you're planning a party for someone you
know, the key thing is to think about them, not yourself. You want
to wow them and make it their style, something they would love and
plan for themselves. I think this one is going to knock her socks
Jacquelyn captured at the Lido, one of her favourite spots in
Layering Friendship bracelets with diamonds and gemstones for
What's your perfect party outfit in the Orange County
(for both the planner and party goer) and what jewellery do you
When I first
arrive to an event to set up I love wearing something comfortable
and easy to move in. Also, pockets are key! Lately I wear my Lulu
Lemon pants with pockets, they are my favourite. While the event is
going on I'll change into a dress. Most of the time I love a good
maxi dress, but I'll definitely do something short if it's
comfortable as well. Again, pockets are nice to have to carry
anything I may need.
For guests I
think the best thing to wear is something fun and colourful. Don't
get me wrong, a good classic is always nice, but we live in sunny
Southern California, so embrace it and go bold. I guarantee, the
photographer at the event is more likely to notice you that way as
well. As far as jewellery, I love wearing rings no matter what I'm
doing, whether I'm working or attending. They are functional and as
a mom of a 10 month old, they don't get tugged or pulled
Since becoming a mother, you've made children's birthday
parties your forte. What do you enjoy most about planning these and
has there been a party that stands out in your mind?
everything from weddings to corporate events to showers or adult
birthday parties, you name it. But kid's birthday parties have to
be one of my favourites! What I especially love is that there is
always a different and fun theme to play with. Sometimes they are a
challenge, which I love, but it's not just your average event.
Plus, they are a bit less stressful in the sense that everyone is
just so darn happy to celebrate those kiddos. It's hard to pick one
that stands out, but I would have to say planning my friend Tori's
daughter's mermaid themed birthday was the most special.
If we are planning on celebrating in the OC, where is a
great place to kick up our heels or sink in the sand?
There are so
many fun spots to celebrate in the OC! I love Lido Marina Village,
there are some great restaurants and the views are great being
right on the water. It's a great place to go with your family or on
a date night. I also love Laguna, there are so many great places to
eat and grab a cocktail there. Basically anything by the water is
good in my book.
Amazonite Siren and diamond Nura rings are Jacquelyn's stack of
What jewellery style do you think is synonymous with
your Californian style?
There are so
many Monica Vinader pieces I love, especially the pieces you can
layer. I try to keep my style looking effortless. I love the idea
of having pieces I never take off, like they are a part of me.
Something I can wear from day-to-night, from the beach to an event.
Layering the friendship bracelets with any of the Siren pieces,
specifically in Amazonite or Rose Quartz would be my favourites. I
love the colour in the Siren pieces, they make them pop and I love
that the friendship bracelets are casual but luxe.
If you could plan a party for all your friends and give
Monica Vinader gifts as party favours, what piece would you choose
and what would you engrave on it?
I'm a huge
rose gold fan and I love the Fiji Friendship bracelet, so I'd get
it in rose gold for all my best gals. I'd probably engrave
something specific to each person, something that reminds me of
them so they know I thought of them.
What would you engrave on your own Monica Vinader
bracelet and why?
For my own
bracelet I'd probably engrave my husband and my wedding date or the
coordinates for where we got married. We are celebrating our five
year anniversary this year and I feel like all of my recent
engravable purchases have been about my kids. It's time to give him