September 26, 2013

seventh tea bar and the OC Mix

My new favorite lunch spot is the Seventh Tea Bar in Costa Mesa.  The hip and cozy decor really drew me in, and the tea and sandwiches are amazing.  They actually have tea "on tap" , which for a tea lover like me is to-die-for!  They also offer a "tea service", which includes all kinds of petite sandwiches and treats.  It is conveniently located right next to the Portola Coffee Lab which is known to offer some of the best coffee in Orange County.  The location is best described as a pseudo-food court, but a lot more fun!  

 The Seventh Tea Bar is on the right of the courtyard, above.


 While you are at the OC Mix Mart, explore some of these other great shops.

Rolling Greens

Rolling Greens

Rolling Greens

ciao! Fabiana

September 19, 2013

inspiring coastal decor and gorgeous views of the bay

This amazing home is stylishly decorated with a classic and sophisticated California beach  house vibe.   As you enter the front door, you are instantly presented with a fun but soothing color palette and effortless style. 

Gorgeous hardwood floors and crisp white walls are 
a key feature in bringing together this timeless look.

Subtle blue accents and coastal decor 
are perfect for this Balboa Peninsula home.

The master bedroom is a true sanctuary for the mind and body, 
with breath-taking views of the bay.

The feeling of relaxation and peace continues in the master bath suite.

A sense of spaciousness draws you into the rest of this home. 

 Located in the "backyard" are a private dock  and private beach. 
Paradise for sure, right here in Newport Beach!

ciao! Fabiana

September 7, 2013

5 gorgeous homes in Newport Beach

a vintage 1912 beachfront cottage 

that offers the best of this century and last, 

with priceless views of the Pacific.

With school starting this week, a few of us moms that are on the Newport Harbor Home and Garden Tour committee are already at work scouting out new homes for the next home tour in May. Don't think it's all hard work and no play, this group is creative, hard-working and fun! And even though we are all volunteers, we take our roles seriously. If you haven't been on the tour, check out our website here for all the details. Here are five of our gorgeous homes from last year.

a traditional seaside inspired home influenced by Nantucket.

a modern, industrial style home

 with the feel of a mountain resort


a blend of custom contemporary and “timeless” French provincial.

an eastern seaboard-style home 

with an elegant California beach vibe.

Which one is your favorite?

ciao!  fabiana

September 2, 2013

all veggie chopped salad for Labor Day

I am off to buy all the fresh veggies for this chopped salad recipe that I will be making for our Labor Day block party.  It is so yummy, healthy and refreshing! 

It's a recipe originally from Martha Stewart that I got years ago, and have made very often for various summer parties.  It's perfect for a picnic or beach party too! Click here for the recipe. 

ciao! Fabiana
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