My life became instantly sexier about 4 weeks ago. I got hip to this amazing, lovely, and utterly beautiful award-winning home entertaining and décor designer, Beatriz Ball from Louisiana. Brace yourselves girlfriends and fellas. I’m about to share some seriously fabulous and luxurious pieces with you because if you know me, I love beautiful things and enjoy sharing new & worthy findings. It’s all about living a chic, sexy life over here. And Beatriz nailed my aesthetic standard when I experienced a few of her creations.
She’s Cuban. From Havana. She speaks Spanish. And shares my mom’s name. That sealed the immediate design crush on a complete stranger. Coming across her was sheer coincidence or perfectly orchestrated. Either way, my entertaining accessories wardrobe is very, very contenta.
9 days before I was scheduled to appear on ABC Action News’ ‘Positively Tampa Bay’ midday show, I received a very personal email from the company letting me know they “love Flanboyant Eats” and my story of being a Cuban girl with this passion for food and chic entertaining. I could tell they really had spent time on here and did some genuine research. It wasn’t a cookie cutter email inviting to test a new product or to do a review… if you’re a blogger you already know those types. Instant delete — most times. Their intimate tone intrigued me and I took 30 seconds to quickly scan the embedded images. I responded in kind and let them know I’d love to chat “after returning from travel to Tampa for some TV work.” A few more email exchanges turned into an an offer I couldn’t refuse: to stage my cooking/food segment with some of their pieces of my liking. I went to the site and some serious gasping, swooning, and lusting (soooo bad of me) ensued. I momentarily wished upon a star. After 30 minutes of browsing the various collections, scanning the design detail, and reading up on the founder, I left even more impressed beyond the initial email.
If you didn’t the see the segment, you can watch it in this post. You’ll see how utterly stunning the pieces are and perfectly complemented my food. But, and lucky for me, the pictures on her site nor the images from the TV segment do them any real justice. They look good, but impressively better in person.
(Cake on the Vento Pedestal and Forrest Pitcher during ABC food segment)
After enjoying the reaction from the viewing audience in Tampa and the stellar appearance of the pieces, mostly the cutting board, which is the best thing I’ve owned in the form of a platter, I spent some time personally chatting with Beatriz about her collection.
What you should know is that unlike hundreds other beautiful metalware house décor, each piece in her collection is handmade and personally designed by Beatriz herself. Her foundry in Mexico, run by her sister, offers jobs to a notable amount of artisans, many of whom are out of work due to the dying artisanal industry.
The entire catalog, made up of about 10 collections, is influenced by natural elements like the ocean and the forrest life, but also by every day lifestyles like the Western, buckle and bootstrap style. And of course, she caters to the wedding industry with delicate and elegant gifts for any bride!
While each collection embodies a completely different design aesthetic, the consistent characteristic is elegance and understated opulence. Seriously, they’re all gorgeous and lustrous. Pure eye candy. The goal is to leave your guests feeling like you took time to create a memorable ambiance with unique pieces made with tremendous care.
As much as I love to entertain, I literally found something in each collection I’d love and make great use for. This coral handle bowl is organically perfect (and so of course now I need the tray and triple dip bowl)!
But the icing on the cake is that the craftsmanship and and metal used eliminates entirely the need to ever polish! That alone makes a $275 cutting board worth every penny. Sterling silver, when not stored in velvet cloths, turns faster than I buy shoes and polishing it is just too cumbersome. Of course, we all love an heir loomed sterling tea set or some lovely Tiffany’s pieces. But if I don’t have to polish before hosting a soirée, I’m for stocking up.
And the Ball Collection has it all. When I mean all, she has it all. Frames, pitchers, cutting boards, serving trays, vases, ladles, dip bowls, punch bowls, trinket boxes and the list goes on. I want it all!
So, while I loved showcasing the cutting board and the ice bucket from the Forrest collection on air, I’m having an incredibly fun time making my friends super jelly with the sexy-as-all-get-out SoHo pitcher and pedestal where that salted butterscotch bourbon cake drooled on.
I love making my friends jelly, but only when I know it’ll benefit them. And if they love entertaining at home the way I do, where chic and practically have to marry, then this is the collection for them.
And for you!
You knew that was coming, right?!
I literally fell so in love with her pieces, a few of which I now boastfully keep on display on our buffet, I had to share the love with you!
(One sexy pitcher if ever there was one!)
After a really friendly and unusually personal phone conversation about all things Cuban, travel to Mexico, and New Orleans, Beatriz and I decided that it’d be really nice to give one loyal reader and Flanboyant Eats fan, a gift certificate to make you a thrilled owner of one of her fabulous pieces. And instantly, your life will become sexier, too!
You absolutely need a piece or two or three if your life! They’re that fine. From curvacious lines to clean silhouettes, there is something for every fancy foodie, gourmet diner, and fabulous hostess.
From us to you, enjoy this giveaway!
ONE RANDOMLY SELECTED WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $150 GIFT CERTIFICATE, REDEEMABLE ON BEATRIZBALL.COM!
Here’s the skinny on how to enter (listed, but please use Rafflecopter below). Because again, you really need at least one piece in your life.
* Visit Beatriz Ball and browse through. Leave a comment below letting me know which collection and piece you love the most.
* Follow both of us on social media;
* Tweet and share this giveaway including @BrenHerrera in Tweet;
* Pin a picture from this post;
* Extra entry: come back and leave a comment letting me know you’ve checked it all out!
It’s all worth it. I promise! Oh, and by the way, each piece comes in a branded dust bag. I mean, really! This is Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue, if not better, kind of swag.
* I will randomly choose and eligible entrant via Random.org on July 11th. * Winner will be announced on my Facebook Page on July 12th. * Due to the unique nature of the pieces, your item may take 4-6 weeks for delivery. * To ensure fairness to existing and consistent readers, all actions must be active on day item ships from Foundry. * I was not paid for hosting this giveaway, but did receive product in order to provide an honest and genuine review. * Images courtesy of Beatriz Ball Collection.
** Make sure to read my new magazine B! Inspired, a lifestyle magazine for the person looking to live the best life! Our preview/soft launch issue now online and available for download.
*** Images c/o of ABC-Tampa and Beatriz Ball Collection.