February 6, 2016

trinket trays and plates

I like to gather small plates and dishes and use them as trinket trays for jewelry, keys, spare change, and anything else we may set down at the front door.  These pretty glass trays, with great quotes and designs, are some of my favorites.  They have pretty curled up corners and look great just about anywhere.  I have a small one on my desk to set my rings and earrings on, you know how you have to take off earrings sometimes, when you’re on the phone? These are perfect for that!  I also have one in my bathroom to hold my jewelry while I’m in the shower. Where do you set down your jewelry? 






 Let me know which one of these you would pick!       

ciao! fabiana

seeing red

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, the color red catches my eye, especially those pretty rooms with lots of dramatic reds. I love how this cozy reading nook's cushions and pillows are balanced with red on the floor, window and ceiling. Who wouldn't want to curl up in this huge window seat? 
Sometimes a space needs just an accent piece that serves as a focal point, and red is the perfect choice.  This chinoiserie mirror is to die for in lacquered red!
Red zinnias and coleus are not the typical flowers we use for arrangements, but their red hues add a dramatic edge to this lovely bouquet. I do like to admire those homes that have that extra kick of RED!
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ciao! fabiana 

February 2, 2016

coffee: some of my favorite things

Every morning I wake up and look forward to a warm cup of espresso with a little foamed milk on top.  I make it right here in the comfort of my kitchen with my stove top espresso maker, just like my mother and grandmother have done.  It is so easy to prepare Italian coffee this way, and it’s ready in 5 minutes!  Trudeau makes a beautiful sleek espresso maker that is so functional and so easy to clean.  I recently got one for myself, and it’s one of the best ones I’ve tried.  And, Trudeau’s white porcelain espresso cups are the perfect size to enjoy my brew.  The fun part is, any time a friend stops by, I am ready with coffee in minutes!     
Top it off with a little cocoa powder, and we're all set! 
Who wouldn’t be smitten by these lovely cups and saucers covered with little red and white hearts?  I am in love with these larger cups because they are so fun, but they are the perfect size for cappuccino, which is basically espresso with steamed milk and foam.  I like my milk thick and frothy, so I can mix it into my coffee like meringue!  So yummy!  (The cups and saucers also come in elegant black and white)
Just in time for Mardi Gras, my favorite coffee flavor right now is “Mardi Gras KingCake” by Community CoffeeIt’s a blend of cinnamon and vanilla flavored coffee, made from only the best coffee beans in the world.  It’s not really sweet.  It just has the great aroma of cake, and hints of these spices.  You’ve gotta try it! 
 
And lastly, I’ve started journaling this year, during my morning coffee time.  Sometimes, it's not first thing I am able to do in the morning, but I try to make time for myself, even if it's only for a few moments. This pretty Eccolo journal is small and easy to take with me.  Each page features an inspirational bible verse that helps me gather my thoughts for the day.  My morning alone time usually isn’t too long, but I try to enjoy every moment!  "Pray more, Worry Less" is a great reminder too!  And, as you can see, here is another one of my favorite coffee cups!  I’m hooked! 
ciao! fabiana

my favorite hollywood fashion icons

Hollywood’s fashion icons in some of my favorite looks…

Great smile, Kate Hudson, and I love this cover!  
Reese Witherspoon is turning up everywhere, so cute!
Gorgeous! 
 Wouldn't you love a portrait like this? Fabulous!
Michelle Williams is a quiet beauty…
I love her new campaign for Louis Vuitton.
Oh, that red handbag!!
 Cate Blanchett for Armani “Si”.

Love the hair, a stylish and classic long bob.

Tell me, who inspires you?

ciao! fabiana

January 31, 2016

announcing my new blog shop!

Hi Friends! I wanted to share my new BLOG SHOP with you. It's an extension of my Ciao Newport Beach Blog, via eBay. I have some fun new and vintage gift items for sale, including some fun Valentine's Day items. All items are influenced by favorite things that I love to share on the blog. Come on over and check it out! 
A few Coffee related goodies.
Some chic vintage finds.
Gift ideas for holidays.  These make great hostess gifts too!
I love these inspiring and pretty journals, coffee mugs
and trinket trays and dishes!  Let me know what you think!! 

Check back soon, as I will be adding 
new and seasonal items weekly.
Also, I am offering free delivery this 
month to Newport-Costa Mesa friends. 

ciao! fabiana

January 30, 2016

favorite looks from country living

Flipping through this month’s Country Living magazine…
I spotted this cozy kitchen nook.
I love the combination of vintage pieces
from the artwork and the lighting to
the table and mix of fabrics on the pillows.
Chalkboard walls are always so homey in the kitchen.
They are like comfort food for the eyes! 
Well, hello there!
This guy's hideaway is nestled right under the kitchen island,
tucked away and all dressed up in buffalo check and ticking stripes!
I'm always a sucker for vintage maps,
and this room is wall-to-wall maps!
 Modern and organic elements combine 
perfectly in this light-filled dining room.
A grouping of milk glass vases is so sweet.
Ooh, I have to add a few of these to my collection!

ciao! fabiana

January 29, 2016

the luxury of a vanity table

Vanity tables are not as common now as they were in mid-century homes, but they are making a comeback.  Used mainly for primping, they now can serve multiple modern uses.  It’s a great place to store and display your jewelry.  Vanity tables with drawers can be fitted with compartments to hold rings, bracelets and necklaces.  Why not make it your phone charging station?  Pamper yourself with a beautiful space just to call your own.  Add a pretty mirror and lighting, and you are all set!  And a little Chanel No.5 please. “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not a luxury.” Coco Chanel.






ciao! fabiana

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January 26, 2016

valentine gifts for coffee lovers

We still have a few weeks until Valentine’s Day, so there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your friends, teachers and your honey.  That’s why I love these fun coffee mugs and cups.  Just about everyone enjoys a cup of coffee or tea throughout the day, so why not treat them to a cute mug on Valentine’s day?  These cute sayings and designs will remind them every day of how special you think they are!  I have collected a few of my favorite styles that I thought you might like.  Let me know what you think!
Hello Gorgeous” coffee mug with small hearts around interior rim and “love you” heart inside the bottom of cup.  Shop here.

I love this chic black “hello beautiful” coffee mug. Around the rim of the mug it says “you look lovely today”. A great reminder for someone special!  Shop here.
Here’s a great way to get the attention of Mr. Right.  Why not get him a “Hello, handsome” mug?  Just a little compliment for him to enjoy every day!  I got these for each of my sons too!   Shop here.
Love you to the moon & back”.  This one is a special reminder for just about anyone who is dear to your heart, any time of the year.  And, look inside!  There’s a nice little surprise in the bottom of the mug.  Shop here.

The black and white hearts on this cup and saucer are so sweet, and it’s just the right size for a cappuccino or a cup of tea.  A hint of gold adds to the glamour!  Shop here.
YOU ME US”.  A great reminder of those most important in your life.  And I love all the gold polka dots too.  Shop here.
One of my favorite sign-offs, “X O”.  Just a quick way to send some one a hug and kiss.  This mug is the perfect shade of red with gold lettering on both sides. Shop here.

x o   fabiana
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