November 19, 2011

Mary McDonald's home at Christmas

Here's a peek at Mary McDonald's 
Beverly Hills home all decked out for the holidays.  
She's definitely my favorite 

I love the organic elements she chose 
for her home at Christmas
It's all very natural, 
but still decadently over-the-top!  

with the citrus topiaries and indoor fruit trees. 
The peacocks really add a festive air.

More orange with that 

The holiday decor is still understated, 
but the whole room looks festive. 

What a tree topper!


More peacock and citrus elements 
frame this gorgeous doorway.


I love the subdued color palette 
in the dining room, 
don't you?

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: Veranda

November 18, 2011

"shabby apple" lbd giveaway

Shabby Apple's Boogie Woogie Little Black Dress

When I was contacted by the folks at Shabby Apple to host a giveaway for one of their women's dresses, I was so excited!  I decided right away that I would love to offer my readers one of their beautiful "little black dresses", which would be perfect for this coming holiday season.  The winner will receive this dress in the size of their choice. So here it is...

Simply follow these ALL these directions to enter:

1. "Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook.  They give great discounts and promos to their fb friends.  

2. "Like" Ciao Newport Beach on Facebook.  It's a great way to keep in touch.

3. Become a "follower" of  my blog Ciao Newport Beach.  If you're already a follower, awesome!  If you aren't, click on the link that says "join this site" in the upper right column.

4. Stop by and say hi with a comment on this post and include the words "Boogie Woogie" and letting me know you are following.

You must live in the USA to enter and follow the above rules.  A winner will be selected randomly after the giveaway expires on November 19th at 9pm PST.

The possibilities are endless for accessorizing this LBD!  Here are some cute choices from the Shabby Apple website which also offers great kids clothes, maternity, accessories and more.  Many of them are vintage inspired designs.

The winner of the LBD is lucky #8
Claudia  from 
Claudia Coming Home.

ciao! fabiana

15 yummy Thanksgiving side dishes

Recipe: Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange

Recipe: Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Recipe: Fantastic Focaccia Stuffing

Recipe:  Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Recipe: Buttermilk Cornbread

Recipe: Potato and Celery-Root Gratin

Recipe: Braised Early-Spring Greens

Recipe: Carrot Ribbons with Cashews

Recipe: Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Recipe: Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Red Onions

Recipe: Pear, Chestnut, and Sage Dressing

Recipe: Sweet Pear and Gorgonzola Salad

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables with Bacon

Recipe: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Recipe: Double-Stuffed Potatoes

ciao! fabiana

Photos & Recipes via: Country Living

November 17, 2011

why not set up a holiday bar cart?

A bar cart doesn’t have to exclusively serve alcoholic beverages. They can be a pretty focal point in your home whether you’re entertaining or not. A few pretty bottles, fresh flowers and a personalized touch or two can elevate any bar cart to superstar status, especially during the holidays!

ciao! fabiana


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