May 22, 2012

stylish moms

Cute and comfortable, 
that's the name of the game!  

Jessica Alba looks great in blush colored jeans
and scarf and finishes the look
with a bright orange cross-over bag.

 Cute patterned capris, loafers
and a comfy blazer works for Beyonce.

 Michelle Williams in cute sandals,
a simple floral dress and short trench.

 A little more dressy, but still mommy
friendly - Miranda Kerr in a flirty
skirt with colorful accessories.
Don't forget a cute pair of sunglasses!

ciao! fabiana

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May 20, 2012

happy sunday!

"One learns first of all in beach living
the art of shedding: 
how little one can get along with, 
not how much."  
--Anne Morrow Lindbergh

ciao! fabiana

photo credit: Barclay Butera

home tour highlights

This year's 
was really fun.

We started at this house on Santiago Drive.  
It's a large mid-century home
that’s been recently remodeled.

The house was brought back to its
original mid-century style,
which made it easy to create a seamless
 indoor-outdoor living space. 

The light-filled living room 
has a soft and beachy color palette. 

The back yard features a large pool, 
a crushed blue glass fire pit, a new cabana 
and plenty of seating. Artificial turf and pea gravel 
make this a beautiful and water-wise yard.

The next house we visited was on Windward Lane.  
Its restrained look was very soothing and stylish,
and it had a great mix of
antiques and contemporary pieces.  
The piece-de-resistance was 
the glass and steel ping pong table in the game room.  

The outdoor area was lovely,
but the milk and cookies
 in the kitchen really got my attention!

The cookies were huge!

One of the guest rooms featured
two twin sized beds with faux headboards
created by white molding and
inset with a fancy

Star Wars storm trooper wallpaper.  

I frequent Castaways a lot,
but none of my friends' homes
can compare to this next one.  

This Cape Andover home is full
of vibrancy, details, and collections.  
My favorite thing in this house was a collection of
1930's fashion drawings
that were hung in the powder room.
I also enjoying seeing my friends

Carrie and Susan
who were docents at this house.

They made it fun!  

The 15th Street house was one of my favorites.  
A long tree-lined driveway leads you
to this charming little California ranch house.
It was so lovely,

that I featured it in another post, here.   
12 Balboa Coves
I'm sorry to say, with our late start on the tour,
we were unable to visit
the two homes in Balboa Coves.
Hopefully there will be another opportunity
for me to visit that community soon.
It looks fabulous!
19 Balboa Coves

Our next stop was lunch and shopping!  
Stone Fire Grill provided a lovely buffet of
salad, pasta, chicken and dessert.  

The day was perfect for enjoying the stunning views 
from our location at the Newport Theater Arts Center.  

And now on to the open-air boutique...

Meredith at MerMade Designs always has
the most gorgeous beach-inspired 
accessories for the home.

Aren't these large bottles with the
coral and starfish toppers incredible?

I got a little treasure for my powder room,
one of the shell-encrusted clam shell dishes.  
I promised myself I would go back to
Meredith's store again soon
to see what else I "needed".    

Oh, those hand soaps are so cute!  

And who doesn't need cute hand soap?

The Ring Ching Ching gals are always fun to see.

Hi, Jennifer, Amanda and Lynn!
They make darling custom school,
college and sorority inspired clothing and accessories.
Go, Sailors!

I have to say "Hi" to Claudia too,
who is on the right and is so sweet.

My friend, Lisa fell in love
 with Diane Cotton's jewelry.
Diane creates unique jewelry with vintage inspired flair.
She also has a great eye for collecting
one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
Lisa purchased an incredible stainless steel bracelet
from the 1950's, which was the perfect choice - so unique!     

Lovely ivory baubles.

The perfect comfortable walking shoes.

We ended our day with a champagne reception 

at the Barclay Butera Showroom.  

I will save that gathering for another post,

 but we got to meet Barclay and he signed a book for me.

 He was very nice (and is so talented). 

And thanks to all the volunteers
who put on such a fabulous home tour,
lead by Karen Taylor and  Chris Wilkinson.  
I can't wait until next year!

ciao! fabiana


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