October 31, 2015

happy halloween!

Happy Halloween from Newport Beach!

ciao! fabiana

October 26, 2015

an elegant way to spookify your home

A little cheesecloth and a bit of creativity can create a charmingly haunting vignette in your home... perfect for Halloween night!  







images via Spooky Ideas

ciao! fabiana

October 23, 2015

the cutest pumpkin cake

This super-cute pumpkin cake is not that hard to make and will really wow your guests!  You simply bake two parts of this cake in round bowls and then assemble.  Easy to follow instructions are found here.

ciao! fabiana

October 19, 2015

gold touches for halloween

A golden Halloween mantel with pumpkins and owls.




ciao! fabiana

October 13, 2015

pumpkins on the porch










The Pumpkin
"Oh, fruit loved of boyhood! the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
When we laughed round the corn-heap, with hearts all in tune,
Our chair a broad pumpkin,—our lantern the moon,
Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam,
In a pumpkin-shell coach, with two rats for her team!"


ciao! fabiana

{Read the whole poem here. }
images via  Halloween Porch

October 10, 2015

yummy dessert ideas for fall

These cupcake creations are so cute and easy to prepare. Choose your favorite cupcake design here, and you’ll be sure to thrill your Halloween party guests.  You can either decorate store-bought cupcakes or homemade cupcakes with these easy to follow recipes. The owls, black cats, pumpkins, and ghosts are all so adorable!
There's no doubt about it, pumpkin is just about everyone’s favorite fall flavor, and I  just love it in desserts.  My favorites in this mix are the Pumpkin Spice Crème Brulee, Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Chocolate Frosting, and of course, Traditional Pumpkin Pie.  Check out the full list of dozens of amazing pumpkin desserts by Better Homes and Gardens here.

ciao! fabiana 

sharing with natasha in oz

lovely, affordable chandeliers & pendants

I have recently discovered a great source for lighting called “Parrot Uncle”. They have a huge selection of beautiful lighting fixtures and great prices! If you are looking for a particular handmade original design or if you are looking to redecorate a specific room, shopping for lamps and light fixtures is such an easy, fun and interactive experience on www.parrotuncle.com.  They have gorgeous chandeliers, table lamps, floor lampspendant lights, and wall sconces. And, they have a huge variety of design styles too, like traditional, modern, mid-century, farm house and more!  In addition to great prices and quality, they offer free shipping and free returns.   Here are some of my favorite chandeliers and pendants.  Just click on the name of the fixture for a direct link!  

Drum Shape Brass & Crystal Chandelier with Fabric Shade

Modern Iron Pendant Light with Hemp Rope

Modern Style Wooden Pendant Light with Lantern Shape Shade

Rustic Industrial Style Pendant Light with Chrome Shade

Iron Chain 8 Lights Rustic Resin AntlerChandelier

Modern Style Polyhedron Shape Wooden Pendant

Vintage Industrial Style Pendant with MetalFramed Glass Box


Small Style Pendant Light with Bucket-Shape Shade 


P.S. I just ordered the Modern Iron Pendant Light with Hemp Rope for my dining room!  Will post photos soon!

ciao! fabiana

October 8, 2015

glamour shots for Halloween

Set up a spooky Halloween vignette in your home using black and white Hollywood glamour shots in distressed frames.  These pretty  black and white photos look spectacularly grouped together with a few sparkly Halloween accessories like silver beaded cobwebs and mercury glass candlesticks.  Add a black feather boa for that extra zhush factor!  This was originally taken at Roger's Gardens and features photos of the beautiful Yvonne DeCarlo.  Do you remember what role she famously played on tv? 

ciao! fabiana

October 4, 2015

tiffany blue and deep purple

This is one of the first images I ever pinned on Pinterest, way back in the day, hahaha, circa 2011.  It’s still one of my favorite tablescapes.  The color combination and textures are amazing!

ciao! fabiana

October 3, 2015

that orange door!

How do you create a fun and charming impression for friends and family walking through your front door?  Consider painting your door a happy color like orange.  Fall is the best time to make this transition into the fun color palette of all shades of orange!  What do you think?  Here’s some of my favorite eye candy for you to enjoy…






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ciao! fabiana

sharing with natasha in oz

5 favorite products for healthy living

Here are some of my favorite new products that I’ve tried recently…
I love the name of this one!  Brazilian Bum Bum Cream contains coconut oil, brazil nuts, acai and a natural form of caffeine that gives your tushy a soft and firm appearance, and it’s also great for your legs, body and arms).  The use of native Brazilian ingredients and a nice scent are an added bonus!    
Also by Sol de Janeiro,  is the amazing Samba Foot Fetish Care set.  The set contains a luxurious foot cream made with similar natural ingredients as the Bum Bum Cream, but it is specially formulated to pamper your feet!  It also comes with a cute surf board shaped foot board that is used to buff out any rough skin before you use the cream.  The treatment leaves your feet feeling smooth and the instantly absorbing formula doesn’t leave your feet slippery or messy.  
I recently discover the Pereg food line of Mediterranean products.  They carry a huge variety of quinoa, couscous, farro, spices and other healthy ingredients and foods.  I was intrigued with some lesser known spice mixes Like Shawarma, Hilba (aka Fenugreek) and Sumac, which are all known to be beneficial to our health.  While most people think of spices, seasonings and herbs as the substances that make our food taste good, these colorful ingredients also pack a nutritional punch.  They are filled with an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness.   I especially love the Shawarma blend.  Here is the Chicken Shawarma recipe that I recently cooked for my family.  (They loved it!)   

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce.  Yield: 4 servings
Chicken:
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½  teaspoon Pereg Shawarma blend
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½  teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 16 (3-inch) strips
Sauce:
½  cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
2 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼  teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
Remaining ingredients:
Cooking spray
4 (6-inch) pitas
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
Preparation
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. To prepare chicken, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes.
3. Prepare the sauce by combining yogurt and next 4 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove), stirring with a whisk.
4. Thread 2 chicken strips onto each of 8 (12-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray;  grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.
5. Place pitas on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices. Top each serving with 4 chicken pieces; drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce.
My Green Fills is an environmentally friendly company that makes a great line of laundry detergents and laundry products.  What I really love about My Green Fills is that you only have to but one jug and then you just replenish your supply with formula packets and water.  There is no excessive waste of those huge laundry jugs that take up so much room in our landfills.  The products are safe and also hypoallergenic, non-toxic and 100% natural.   You can automatically sign up to have the laundry soaps, fabric softeners, color brighteners and stain removers sent to you monthly.  I have been using these for about two months and couldn’t be happier!
My Green Fills also makes a non-toxic al 100% natural line of sun screens and bug sprays.  They have a mild and pleasant scent and will not irritate the most sensitive skin.  They also offer a free sample if you just visit their website here.

Let me know if you try any of these products and what you thought of them!


ciao! fabiana

Chicken Shawarma recipe adapted from my recipes.

October 1, 2015

which place setting would you choose?


Which one would fulfill your tablescape design vibe?
via  Coastal Living

ciao! fabiana
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