Sunday, December 21, 2014

decorating with glass ornaments


Just a few of my favorite ideas…





photo credits 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

ciao! Fabiana

Newport Christmas Boat Parade-themed Cocktails



The Village Inn on Balboa Island has created three new holiday cocktails in honor of this year’s Christmas boat parade and its grand marshals Leslie Mann and Mark McGrath.  The Gingerbread Mann is made with cranberry rosemary ice cubes, The Balboa Bar is garnished with a piece of world-famous Balboa Bar {chocolate covered frozen banana}, and of course, you must try the classic McGrath Moonshine Mule!




ciao! Fabiana

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Newport Beach Christmas boat parade


and Ring of Lights home decorating competition

"Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly" The 2014 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will run Wednesday, December 17 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. The parade starts at 6:30 pm each evening off of Bay Island, with the parade ending at approximately 9:00 pm. A complete site map with times the parade passes various points is listed here.  And don't miss the "Ring of Lights" Home Decorating competition.  Walking around Balboa Island to view these homes is a fun holiday tradition! 



















ciao! Fabiana

Monday, December 15, 2014

a little leopard for Christmas

 A little leopard at the front door... 
Boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's and 
leopard ribbon from Michael's. 

ciao! Fabiana

Friday, December 12, 2014

the truth about the French

Our love-hate relationship with the French and all things French has inspired writer Piu Marie Eatwell {I know, she has an interesting name } to write this fun book, "They Eat Horses, Don't They?", that looks at the myths and stereotypes that we associate with the French.  Any Francophile can appreciate the subtle humor and irony in this book.  Eatwell looks at such things as fashion, food, marriage, manners and the City of Light itself, Paris.  I bought a few copies this year to give to some friends who love anything French.   This book is also loaded with fabulous quotes by some famous French glitterati.  Here are a couple of my favorites…


au revoir! Fabiana
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