January 23, 2015

a little purple cottage

Driving through old town Orange, I came across this little purple cottage, well it’s actually more of a periwinkle color, and I had to stop and take a closer look.  

The plaque on the front says it was built in 1900.  I just love all the period details and the fact that they were not afraid to use some color to highlight the architectural charm.  

“If you're quiet, you're not living.
You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.”  
-Mel Brooks

Happy Saturday!

ciao! fabiana

the perfect gift for mom

Mother’s Day is a few months away, but it’s never too early to think about special things for my mom, especially with Valentine’s Day and her birthday coming up.  There is a fabulous Helen Ficalora store in Beverly Hills and I recently connected with them. Helen Ficalora creates beautiful and simple customizable jewelry, and they were so kind to send me a sterling silver “MOM” necklace. 

It has become one of my favorite pieces to wear daily.  It looks great layered with other necklaces, or just on its own.  I wanted to share with you all these lovely options for mom.  These pendant charms come in yellow, pink and white gold and also in sterling silver.  Some even have diamond accents.  

The best part about it for me, is they have the cutest grandmother pendants too!  My mom is Mimi, so that would be perfect for her, and the pink gold is so pretty! 

There are so many choices for mom

and also for the grandmother in your life.

These are some of my favorites and

I love the clustered look

Some of these gals wear Helen's initial charm.

I wear mine everyday!

Hot pink is Helen's trademark color, 
and you can see more of 
Helen Ficalora's style on Pinterest

There are literally hundreds of choices.  
Please check out Helen Ficalora for all 
the details and let me know what your favorite is! 

ciao! fabiana

January 22, 2015

outdoor entertaining, French style

A few key ingredients for entertaining like a true connoisseur, from our lovely Marion Hartwich of European Flair Interior Design and Fabric Studio and seen in French Style Magazine this month.

ciao! fabiana

modern victorian

I love how the owners of this 1906 Victorian home decorated it with elements that reflect their love of Paris. 

The front of the house looks like a stately 
turn of the century Marin County home,
 but as soon as you enter, 
you're transported to Europe by 
the gorgeous color palette, 
antique furniture, and sophisticated style. 

With all that said, 
they kept the home feeling light and airy 
by painting all the wood floors a bright white. 

What do you think about this mix of
 Victorian and Parisian styles?  

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:  Luxe Magazine

January 21, 2015

Lars chair giveaway

The Lars chair is built in Vermont by skilled craftsmen 
out of solid cherry wood with broad armrests, reminiscent 
of an Adirondack chair.  

Room & Board is giving away one of these beautiful 
Lars Leather Lounge Chairs, which retails for $1,299.  

This chair will become a family heirloom for years to come. 

Enter for a chance to win one at Room & Board,  
now through February 11th, 2015. 

ciao! fabiana

January 20, 2015

fight the flu the natural way

I recently found this all-natural tea recipe
that helps with fighting flu symptoms.

It's really easy to prepare and tastes 
pretty good, especially when it 
helps to clear up throats and noses.

My whole family came down with the flu 
this weekend, so we decided to try this tea

Luckily I had all the ingredients at home,  including 
fresh lemons, thyme and sage from my garden.

I put the peeled ginger, sage, thyme and oregano
 into a 2 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup and let it
steep for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, I got my cup 
ready with a little lemon juice and about a teaspoon 
of honey. 

After 15 minutes, I poured the hot liquid 
into my mixture of honey and lemon in my cup. 
It's really  quite good!

Natural Tea Recipe for the Flu:

2 cups boiling hot water
1 slice ginger root (about 1-inch thick)
1/2 tsp oregano (dried, fresh or oil)
1/2 tsp sage (dried or fresh)
1/2 tsp thyme (dried or fresh)

Steep the tea for 15 minutes.
Add honey and lemon to taste.
Use maple syrup for children
under the age of 1.

ciao! fabiana

January 19, 2015

a shutter decision

I'm trying to decide whether to go with
 black shutters or grey shutters.

I've always loved black,
but I'm also loving 
the pretty shades of greys 
I am seeing.


or grey
 What do you prefer?

For more inspiration, go to shutters.

ciao! fabiana

stella & dot on the real housewives of B H


Two fabulous worlds collide this week on the

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Two things I love will be featured together,

the BH housewives and Stella & Dot jewelry!

Lisa Rinna hosts a trunk show at her

house, and we had a preview last week.

I can’t wait to tune in Tuesday night

to see all the fabulous baubles

the girls pick out!

Lisa trying on the FANELLA Statement Necklace

I have some of those cute bracelets!  

 setting up the goods  

Lisa loves Stella & Dot!

Noreen Fraiser and Lisa Rinna 

so many cute necklaces and bracelets! 

Do you own any Stella & Dot pieces?

To view the whole Stella & Dot line
of jewelry and accessories,
check out Stella & Dot via 
my favorite stylist Cynthia.  

She's fabulous!

ciao! fabiana


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