So with Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and floral shops are getting ready to cash in while restaurants are overflowing with reservations.   But how nice would it be to make your own centerpieces and prepare a sumptuous dinner for you and your special someone, right at home?

In a 5 part video series entitled, “PulledTogether”, I teamed up with some of the best industry professionals to show you how to you can “PullTogether” a special valentines day for your honey.

Valentine's Day

Featured on: Munaluchi Bride follow them on instagram – @munaluchibride

Cinematography: MaeBFilms  follow her on instagram – @maebfilms

Florals: Phileanor  follow her on instagram – @phileanor

Table Design: pop! by Yaz  follow them on instagram – @yazatpop

Culinary: PulledTogether  follow them on instagram – @pulledtogether

Calligraphy:  Jenny  follow her on instagram – @jennyh1981

Makeup + Hair Artist: Sabrina Gilbert follow her on instagram @sabrinagilbert_nyc

Model: Shequita Orr

Up first is how to make a simple centerpiece by Emily Howard of Phileanor.

Valentine's Dinner

From Phileanor:
After apprenticing with two of the top floral designers in NYC , falling completely and madly in love with flowers and freelancing for nearly two years (in that order), I started Phileanor as an outlet for my own creative expression.  I felt that I had something different to offer than those I was learning from and working for simply because I possess a unique set of experiences that inform my way of looking at the world, which would in turn make my creations uniquely mine.  I am still defining my voice, but it’s been an incredibly rewarding process so far and I am excited for what the future holds in that regard.Going into this project, the only goal I had for my piece of it was that the flowers look good together.  I work best with clients that are somewhat flexible in their expectations and who trust that I’ll go the extra mile to make sure they get stunning work.  Luckily, the vendors involved in this project were like my dream clients in that they gave me the freedom to select a palette and flower combination that would really have some synergy.  Because this was a Valentine’s Day-themed shoot, I had it in my head that the floral palette should be fairly traditional – blush tones with pops of red and pink.  But it was all over when I got to the flower market the day before the shoot and stumbled upon the most beautiful variegated Japanese lisianthus I had ever seen.  Unable to resist its delicate beauty, I created the color palette around that single flower.You don’t have to be a florist with access to the New York City flower market to create stunning flower arrangements at home.  The better supermarkets, like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, usually carry a good variety of high quality flowers.  An even better option is your local farmer’s market.  If you have some masking tape, sharp scissors or clippers, and an empty vase (you can even use an old jar), you have everything you need to make an arrangement fit for a romantic dinner at home.

DIY Centerpiece from Mae B. Films on Vimeo.

  1. Fill vase 2/3 of the way full with water.
  2. Put four pieces of tape in the shape of a tic-tac-toe grid over the opening of your vase.  Put another piece of tape around the perimeter of the vase opening to secure your grid.
  3. Start your arrangement by placing your greenery / foliage in the vase, strategically draping them over the rim as you go.  The goal is to create “pockets” for the “face flowers” that you will add next.  If the stems of your foliage are sturdy enough, this is the step is where you will establish the shape of your arrangement.  Take care to avoid a perfectly round, dome shape.
  4. Create one that is more asymmetrical instead.
  5. Place your face flowers in the arrangement, nestling some of them down amongst the foliage and leaving some of them high.  Face flowers are your bigger, showy blooms; i.e., the ones you really want to show off and make the focus of your arrangement.  Group like-flowers in odd numbers throughout the arrangement so as to create a more natural-looking design.
  6. Add your wispy bits – like the paper-whites and spirea in this arrangement – last.  These should hover or float above your face flowers, thereby creating movement.
Tune in for Part 2!

Holiday Entertaining // Arise 360 TV Segment

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I can’t believe it’s been a full year since my first segment on Arise 360! I have the biggest appreciation for my very special friend Sheila for bringing me into this world! xo Muah!
If you missed my Holiday Entertaining segment on Arise 360 here’s your’ chance to check out my tips on creating a chic and festive Holiday Soiree.

Thanks to Lola, Shannon, Sheila, Eka, and the whole Arise Team for having me. Also, a  very special thank you to Adonis, Raedawn and Fallon for helping me pop! on camera. It takes a village to make the magic happen.

  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Production Assistant // Adonis Frank
  • Decor + Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Raedawn Johnson @raedawnmua

Click HERE to see the segment!

Happy Holidays!



Lola’s Baby Shower // Arise 360 TV Segment

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Lola’s Baby Shower // Arise 360 TV Segment

Lola’s having a baby!!!

With each visit to the Arise Studios, I have seen Lola’s little baby bump grow and now it’s time to celebrate this most amazing occasion.

If you missed out on the LIVE airing of Arise 360 on Arise TV, you still have an opportunity to see my Baby Shower segment for the ever fabulous Lola Ogunnaike. I created a Winter Luxe theme, which is simply perfect for a gender neutral shower. Will she have a little Prince or Princess. Click on the link to see!

Stay tuned as I will be sharing behind the scenes shots and tips for throwing a perfect Baby Shower.

  • Segment Production // pop! by YAZ @yazatpop
  • Production Assistant // Breanna Arthur
  • Decor // pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers // pop! by YAZ
  • Make-up // Charlene Armstrong @LashLens
  • Photos // Amy Anaiz Photo @AmyAnaizPhoto
  • Cakes // IM Pastry Studio @IMPastryStudio

Congrats to Lola on your blessing!

Click HERE to see the segment!



Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos // Cocktails

Halloween: Dia de Los Muertos // Cocktails

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Keep the spirited celebration going with Dia De Los Muertos cocktails! Below are three alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails you and your friends can indulge in.


Margarita del Diablo


  • 1 Jalapeño
  • 2 oz.  Patron Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz.  Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 2 oz. Tajin to rim the glass

*Tajin – a tangy, spicy “fruit seasoning” powder (called salsa en polvo in Spanish) consisting of chile peppers, salt, and dehydrated lime juice


  1. Pour approx. 2 oz. of Tajin in a small plate. Enough to coat the rim of your glass.
  2. Wet the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and then dip into the plate of Tajin.
  3. Cut and slice ¼ of a jalapeño, or larger if you desire a spicier cocktail (Oh, you devil!)
  4. Muddle the jalapeño slices and add the tequila, Cointreau, passion fruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar and ice.
  5. Shake and strain into the glass with ice.

Garnish with slice of jalapeño

See the post HERE

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Ashes to Ashes

Inspired by the Penicillin cocktail I had while in Paris


  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve (Famous Grouse or another blended Scotch is typically used, but I wanted a sweeter profile)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz honey 
  • 3 slices fresh ginger (can substitute with Domaine de Canton)
  • 1/4 oz Laphroaig (or any peety Islay single malt Scotch)


  1. Using a wooden muddler or mixing spoon, muddle the fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed.
  2. Add the Woodford Reserve, lemon juice, and honey, and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake untill well chilled, about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (you may wish to double-strain through a fine strainer to remove the small pieces of ginger), and pour the Laphroaig over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink.


De Mi Sangre (Of My Blood)



  • 3 oz Blood Orange Sparkling Soda
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

Blackberry Glaze

  • 1 cup of Blackberries
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Cornstarch (To thicken)
  • Zest of a lemon


  1. In a small pot over medium heat, melt the butter and sugar and stir
  2. Add the blackberries and let simmer
  3. Mash a few of the berries in order to get the juice out of a few berries
  4. Add cornstarch and continue to stir until thickened
  5. Strain through a strainer to remove the small pieces of berries and let cool a bit
  6. Dip the rim of the glass in the glaze
  7. Pour the grenadine and then top with the Blood Orange sparking soda

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!


  • 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




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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!

Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV Segment


Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos // Arise 360 TV Segment

If you missed out on the LIVE airing of Arise 360 on Arise TV and the second airing on Centric, you still have an opportunity to see my Halloween Entertaining segment. Stay tuned as I will be sharing behind the scenes shots, Halloween decorating tips and recipes for all of the delicious cocktails.

Click HERE to see the segment!



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Watch Yaz on Arise 360

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Catch me tonight on Arise 360 as I host a Halloween Entertaining segment showcasing some tantalizing cocktails and party decor that will surely liven up the spirit of your next soiree!

7PM EST on BET’s Centric and on www.Arise.TV
(Time Warner: 90 and Optimum: 185)
@Arise360 @centricTV

Guava Pancakes, Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

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Guava Pancakes topped with Pomegranate Granola + Citrus Whipped Cream

Every Sunday Baby Bear and I make pancakes. The unfortunate part about this particular Sunday was the fact that we had an empty fridge and I did not want to go to the supermarket. What are we to do? We look around and I found a package of Dominican Guava Paste. It is a conserve made of guava and sugar. Luckily, the shelf life on it far exceeds that of fresh fruit. I typically make flaky pastries called Pastelitos with it but, today it’s perfect for a big ole’ stacks of pancakes. Fortunately, I was able to scrounge an egg and repurpose one of her milk boxes for the milk for the remainder of the ingredients. Milk, eggs, guava… VOILA! Guava Pancakes!

The details on this super yummy recipe are below:



  • 1 cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix (Not the just add water variety)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Oil
  • 1/3 cup diced Guava Paste


  • 1/2 cup Guava Paste
  • 1/8 Orange Juice


  • Store brought


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice




  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat or griddle to 375 °F.
  2. Combine ingredients for pancake and stir
  3. Pour batter for each pancake onto lightly greased griddle
  4. Turn when the pancake bubbles and bottoms are golden brown


  1. Place guava paste and orange juice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Melt together and stir frequently until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool until warm
  4. Spoon over warm pancake


  1. Whip all the ingredients together until the cream peaks are formed
  2. Serve on top of the pancakes and sprinkle with pomegranate granola

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


  • 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 Ariane Peter DemetriaDemetria Lucas poses with Bravo TV stars Toya Harris, Peter Thomas and Ariane Davis 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.

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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Cocktails with Belle - Atlanta - SKYY Infusions Cocktails

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.

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Arise 360 Behind The Scenes

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Oscar’s Viewing Party // Arise 360 Behind The Scenes

Ever wonder what’s it’s like setting up for a live TV segment? It’s super fast, pressure filled and beyond exciting.

Follow me as I take you behind the scenes shots from my Oscars Viewing Party segment on Arise TV!

So grateful for the great team over at Arise TV for making it look easy and for always making it a good time. Special thanks to Sheila, Eka, Lola, Shannon, Dan, Angela, Tyrese, Angela, Lauren, Crystal and the entire production crew!

* All photos taken with my iphone so they may be a little gritty… I mean, it is BTS right????


  • Event Production: pop! by YAZ
  • Production Assistant: Adonis Frank
  • Decor: pop! by YAZ
  • Network: Arise 360 on Arise TV // http://www.arise.tv
  • SKYY Cocktails:  Mixologist John deBary
  • Lupita Cocktail: Yaz Quiles + Adonis Frank
  • Make-up: Make-up by Denise
  • Dress: Badgley Mischka
  • TV Segment Link: http://youtu.be/FuD9FL5BppA

Yaz Quiles - BTS Arise 360I get so excited when that light turns red. Lights, camera, ACTION!

IMG_7611I purchased these Oscar style awards from Oriental Trading.

Oscars MenuA close-up of the food display. After the show, the production team and I usually go in and devour all of the food.  That olives and feta dish were EVERYTHING!

I fell in love with these mini baked red potatoes!

IMG_7631You can see the show live in the Green Room; however I generally like hanging out in the studio before my segment. That day we were in the Green Room and captured this moment. Adonis and I excitedly squealed then took a #selfie :o)

Yaz and Adonis“The USie”
Yaz QuilesI just loved the color of this Badgley Mischka gown. Talk about pop!
*Special shout out to my BFF, Fallon, for noticing my use of the Pantone Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid!

IMG_7708Denise, my make-up artist, did my make-up at 9AM and it sill looked fabulous when we filmed at 2:45PM!

IMG_7663Grammy-winning gospel group Mary Mary, stopped by the studio and were on air being interviewed as we quietly set-up the cocktails. The ladies and their camp were so gracious and kind helping me get dressed in the green room.

AdonisAdonis making the cocktails pretty. We literally created the Lupita cocktail on the spot. I can always count on Adonis to carry out my vision without much direction. Apparently he speaks “Evil Genius.”

I know you are probably wondering why there is spray butter on the table, huh? Well… it’s our little studio secret! lol

Production The production team moves my table in and brings in the final touch… cocktails! This is also the moment I was praying I did not have a J Law experience. Tripping over my gown and smashing my table display would not have been sexy… funny, yes… sexy, no!

IMG_7677I usually like to take a picture to see how the final product looks on air, so I can make any final adjustments while they count down the seconds until we are live.

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Yaz Quiles pop by YAZ  Arise 360Shannon trying to stump Lola with a Black History at the Academy Awards trivia question.

Yaz Quiles pop! by YAZ - Oscars Viewing Party Arise 360That’s little ole me… HAPPY!