January 17, 2015

the ultimate book collection

An impressive wall of books 
spotted at 
HD Buttercup at the SOCO Collection.

ciao! fabiana

January 14, 2015

curb appeal : favorite color door

This is one of the cutest 
homes in the neighborhood.
it features bright white clapboard siding,
which is currently one of my favorite looks.

My favorite shade of 
turquoise is on the dutch door, 
and they used 
modern house numbers and 
a fun Moravian star light fixture.

get this look : 

What's the color of your front door?

Mine is black, 
and I'm so tempted to change it
 to this gorgeous blue color.

ciao! fabiana

January 13, 2015

yolanda and her lemons


It’s Tuesday, that means tonight is the night for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, one of my guilty pleasures. 

I’m really enjoying the two new housewives this season, soap stars Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, and it help that their hubbys are also entertaining to watch, (Harry Hamlin and Vince Van Patten). 

Back to Yolanda… I love her fashion sense, seeing her beautiful home and watching her dinner parties that always feature music by her husband, David Foster and a few talented musical guests (last week it was Babyface). 

BUT, most of all, I get a kick out of the huge hoard of lemons she grows in her backyard orchard. She’s a bit obsessed with lemons, as I am too. 

I have a few trees in my back yard, but Yolanda takes it to a whole new level, as witnessed in these photos!

I do love how Yolanda incorporates the lemons on to her dinner table with flowers and candles. These pics are plucked right from Yo’s Instagram, so let me know what you think! 


Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8½ x 4¼ x 2½-inch loaf pan.  Line the bottom with parchment paper.  Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into one bowl.  In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla.  Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it’s all incorporated.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear.  Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan.  While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in.  Cool. 

For the glaze, combine the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

Recipe by the Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten,

Lavender Lemonade 

4 lemons
1/2 cup dried lavender
1/2 cup raw honey

1.   Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from two lemons, leaving white pith behind. Squeeze all of the lemons for 2/3 cup juice and set aside. In a large pot bring 5 1/2 cups of water and zest to a boil over high heat. Stir in the lavender. Partially cover the pot, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

2.   Meanwhile, place a large strainer lined with cheesecloth or a damp paper towel over another pot or heat-proof bowl. Strain tea, pressing on herbs to extract all liquid. Stir in honey until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice. Let cool completely, about 45 minutes. Fill four tall glasses with ice. Pour tea over ice and serve immediately. 

Recipe by Martha Stewart.

ciao! fabiana

January 12, 2015

golden globes favorites 2015

Award shows are always so fun to watch,
especially the red carpet fashions!  

Here are my faves from this year's Golden Globes…

favorite earrings, Emily Blunt

one of my favorites overall, Emma Stone

 best glam look, Kate Beckinsale

best in yellow, Naomi Watts 

 best ombre look, Julianne Moore

best gown that brings out her eye color, Amy Adams

 cute hair
best dress details, Sienna Miller 

 favorite in black, Joanne Froggatt

 favorite Downton girl, Laura Carmichael

most regal, George and Amal Clooney

 best simple silhouette, Reese Witherspoon 

favorite in red, Kate Mara

most obnoxious, Jennifer Lopez

favorite makeup, Kerry Washington

best boring look, Jennifer Aniston

best in blue, Julia Goldani Telles

 best waistline, Salma Hayek

 best classic beauty, Catherine Zeta-Jones

yellow, the color of the night on 
Leslie Mann, Naomi Watts and Jenna Dewan Tatum

prettiest neckline, Anna Kendrick

most gorgeous color, Lupita Nyong'o

best bob, Rosamund Pike

 best Rapunzel, Katie Holmes

best sparkle, Dakota Johnson

most animated, Chrissy Teigan
prettiest funny girl, Tina Fey

best crack-ups, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader

best surpise (to everyone), Prince
but, omg, I thought he was some random blind guy, at first.

cutest couple, Channing and Jenna

 best appetite, Amy Adams

fun show overall, Tina and Amy!

ciao! Fabiana


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