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

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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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Oscars Viewing Party // Arise 360 TV Segment

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Oscars Viewing Party // Arise 360 TV Segment
86th Annual Academy Awards


This year’s Academy Awards take place on Sunday, March 2nd. Just in time for the star-studded affair I have put together everything you need to host an Award Worthy-Oscar Viewing Party! Click my photo below to see my segment on Arise 360 where I give tips on making your party a real-winner! Decor ideas, menu planning, cocktails, Oscar ballot printables, games and much more!

Thanks to Lola, Shannon and the entire Arise Team for welcoming me into their home away from home. It’s always a party filled with dancing,  singing, toasting and most of all… lots of pop!



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{Click on the photo to view the segment}


  • 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

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Cocktails

Oscar’s Viewing Party // Cocktails

Tune in today as I show you how to create these Oscar nominee inspired cocktails made with SKYY Vodka’s newly unveiled Infusions flavors Vanilla Bean and Georgia Peach. They will be featured on my award worthy Oscar’s Viewing Party segment on Arise 360, TODAY Wednesday, February 26th at 2PM EST or 7PM EST on www.arise.tv

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Prescription Peach
Inspired by // Dallas Buyers Club
Created by Mixologist John deBary

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach
2 oz. Ginger Kombucha
2 oz. Green Tea
¾ oz. Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Wheels
2 pieces Candied Ginger
Cucumber and Sliced Peaches for garnish

Combine ginger and cucumber in a shaker and muddle thoroughly. Add lime juice and SKYY Infusions Georgia Peach. Fill shaker with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a double old fashioned glass. Add Ginger Kombucha and chilled green tea. Garnish with cucumber sticks and sliced peaches.

SKYY Vanilla Bean - Spiked Root Bear Float_edited-1Spiked Root Beer Float
Inspired by // Gravity
Created by Mixologist Adam Wilson

2 oz. SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean
4-6 oz. Root Beer
1 scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Carmel Syrup
2 Ginger Snaps

In float glass, combine SKYY Infusions Vanilla Bean and root beer. Add vanilla ice cream. Drizzle syrups in crisscross pattern. Chop one snap and sprinkle over ice cream. Garnish with whole ginger snap.

LupitaThe Lupita
Inspired by //Lupita Nyong’s Red Ralph Lauren Cape Dress
Created by Yaz


  • To be released today LIVE on air!

Sage & Sparkle Launch Brunch


It all started with “let’s hang out on Sunday!”   Under normal circumstances with normal people this means exactly that. You. Me. Us. Hangout.  BUT, when you are talking about me, my girls and my sis/BFF… NO WAY! It somehow popped in my head that we needed to do something big and fun. Then BOOM… it came to me! You see my BFF Fallon had just launched her new lifestyle blog Sage & Sparkle and I thought it would be the perfect reason to bring all of our girls together and celebrate this great occasion.  Fallon is a super talented and creative gal who somehow can make anything look beautiful. She is able to capture the spirit of a moment and make it magical! I wanted to bring that to life somehow…

On top of creating a brunch representative of Sage & Sparkle I was also using this event as motivation to get back into the blogging world. This would b ye perfect jumpstart to my new series which will feature pop! events under $100!!! That’s right… a pop! event with décor under $100 and food under $100 that you can recreate at home.

So…. this was Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday I had pretty much flushed out the concept for the brunch which included a 17-page PowerPoint presentation. If you know me you know that’s a Cliff Note version of what I typically do.  My approach is always to select a few elements to build upon.  These elements are what ties everything together and makes it cohesive.


  • Sage
  • Sparkle
  • Watercolor
  • Fresh
  • Whimsy

The Sage and Sparkle are pretty straight forward, but I also wanted the brunch to feel very “Fallon” which to me means fresh, clean, beautiful, casually glam with sprinkles of girly-ness.  It’s unpretentious, friendly and approachable, yet glitters with beauty and wonder.

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the girlsFallon, Antoinette, Kathy, Sylvia & Christy

DSC_0312You can always count on us capturing the moment for Instagram


A collection of our beautiful and oh so talented girlfriends. Check out out adventures as we navigate the world in search of fabulous food, fashion and fun on each of our IG pages! Fallon, Antoinette, Kathy, Sylvia, Christy and me!







  • Standout colorful centerpiece featuring deep magenta Peonies
  • Moss runner glittered with sparkles
  • Fragrant wood boxes featuring  Sage and various fresh herbs
  • Watercolor artwork created by my pop!TOTs which guests took home as favors
  • DIY Watercolor Napkins
  • Gold and sparkly fringed photo backdrop
  • Glittered name easels

FoodCucumber Wrapped Salad
Watercolor Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Browned Sage Butter Sauce

food2Chorizo Hash and Fresh Herb & Gruyère Quiche
Green Tea & Fresh Blackberry Sweet Cakes with Mixed Berry Sauce


  • Cucumber Wrapped Salad
  • Watercolor Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Browned Sage Butter Sauce
  • Chorizo Hash
  • Fresh Herb & Gruyère Quiche
  • Green Tea & Blackberry Sweet Cakes with a Mixed Berry Sauce

DSC_0267Gold & Baubles Cocktail


  • The Sparkle:  Muddled cucumber, St. Germaine, Belvoir Elderflower Pressé sparkling Lemonade topped with Brut Champagne, garnished with fresh lavender
  • Gold & Baubles: Muddled Blueberries, Mango Nectar, Chairman’s Reserve Silver Rum, Peach Bitters, Lime Juice and raw sugar


  • Mango Sparkler: Mango Nectar and Fever Tree Ginger Ale
    *Fever Tree Ginger Ale is snappy and sweet. Where ginger ales tend to be sweet or dry, this one finds a balance due to the varieties of ginger and cane sugar used.
  • The Sparkle: (Non-alcoholic) Muddled cucumber, Belvoir Elderflower Pressé sparkling Lemonade topped with a splash of seltzer for additional bubbles, garnished with fresh lavender
  • Gold & Baubles: (Non-alcoholic) Muddled Blueberries, Mango Nectar, Peach Nectar, Lime Juice and raw sugar

All of the food was made from scratch by Fallon, myself and my pop!TOTs  Brooke and Taylor
Details, how-to-guides and recipes to follow in future posts! STAY TUNED!!!

The Sage & Sparkle Launch Brunch turned out to be just divine! I had so much fun decorating, cooking, chatting and DIYing with my pop! TOTs and my girls. Fallon, I am super proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Make way for this superstar!

I said it at the top of the year, but I’m going to say it again. This is going to be an incredible year for all of us and I encourage everyone to follow these ladies in their epic journeys!  In the meantime, please be sure to check out Fallon’s beautiful blog! www.sageandsparkle.com


  • Event Planning: pop! by YAZ
  • Photography: pop! by YAZ & Sage & Sparkle
  • Event Styling: pop! by YAZ
  • Flowers: pop! by YAZ
  • Food: pop! by YAZ & Sage & Sparkle
  • Cocktails: pop! by YAZ
  • Food Styling: pop! by YAZ & Sage & Sparkle
  • Invitations: pop! by YAZ
  • Favors: Watercolor Art on Canvas: pop! by YAZ & pop! TOT
  • Napkins: pop! by YAZ
  • Gold Fringe Photo Backdrop: Sage & Sparkle