May 22, 2019

serena & lily's must-have accessory

and a visit to historic crystal cove state beach

Historic Cottage #13 where they filmed the movie "Beaches"

Sunday was the perfect day for a little getaway down to Crystal Cove State Beach. If you’ve never been, it’s a charming little beach, just south of Newport. 

Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler in "Beaches"

It’s actually where the iconic movie “Beaches” starring Bette Midler was filmed, and here we are at the historic Cottage #13 where it all took place. Who can forget the song "Wind Beneath My Wings"?

Historic Cottage #13 and my pretty Sere & Lily Sydney Beach Towel

Summer is just around the corner, and I’ve already got my beach basket all set with my summer beach essentials, so it was just a grab-and-go moment on Sunday as we headed out the door.

Summer beach essentials ready at my front door

My number one item to pack is my new Serena & Lily Sydney Beach Towel. It’s large enough to double as a cozy picnic blanket on the beach, and that’s just what we did!

Sydney Beach Towels make great gifts!

After grabbing a few yummy French panini sandwiches at  my favorite café Moulin and a few bottles of my go-to  Pellegrino water, we were all set for a little beach time.

My favorite is the Navy color with cute green tassels!

I’ve been seeing several of Serena & Lily’s gorgeous towels at the beach already, so I was happy to get mine! Not only are they luxuriously plush, they're absolutely adorable! I just love the little green tassels!

Summer beach basket is also ready for days at the pool

Don’t you think these beach towels would make a lovely gift for a graduate, wedding or wedding shower… or even a summer birthday? I just love mine!

My top ten summer picks!

Serena & Lily is offering 20% everything of with code SUMMERPREP, excluding a few select items. The Memorial Day Sale starts May 22 and runs through May 28.

Here are my Serena & Lily Memorial Day favorites: 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 

ciao! fabiana

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May 21, 2019

home tour part two

photo by blackband design

As I promised, I’m back with more on the home tour! As you saw on Sunday, we started the tour off down at Peninsula Point where this second home is also located, just a short walk away from the Belvue Lane home.

This black and white beachy farmhouse is situated on a sunny corner and is yards away from the world-famous Wedge surf spot.

Decorated by Heirloom Décor, this home has a definite fun and youthful vibe. As you walk up to the front door, you can take a peek past the Serena & Lily swings, past the French doors, and through to the lovely dining room and courtyard beyond.

That’s such a gorgeous view of this home and it sets the tone for the rest of the home… a sophisticated beach house, at its best!

I'm sharing some of my favorite rooms and you'll even get to see the amazing rooftop deck at the end of this post… ENJOY!

photo by garden studio design

photo by garden studio design

photo by garden studio design

photo by garden studio design

I’ll be back very soon with a peek at the other five homes featured on this year’s tour. And remember, you can see more home tour goodness on Instagram, here and here.

Also this week, I’m sharing some of my favorite Serena & Lily stuff! I hope you'll check back soon…

ciao! fabiana

home info:

Interior Design: Heirloom Decor
Floral Design: Garden Studio Design

May 19, 2019

newport harbor home tour 2019

Oh, boy this was a bit of a busy week! As some of you know, Thursday was the Newport Harbor Home Tour, which happens to be my absolute favorite event of the whole year!

I’ve been working on sharing lots of pretty home tour pics on Instagram, here and here, and now I finally have all my ducks in a row, or rather pictures organized, so I can share them with you!

It started off as a very rainy morning here in Newport, but luckily by the time 10 o’clock rolled around, the sun was starting to shine and helped dry things up a bit and also  made the day much more pleasant.

So today I’m sharing the Belvue Lane home. Located in the charming Peninsula Point neighborhood, this home is just darling, and from the front, it looks like the quintessential American dream home!

I’ll be back soon with a peek at the other homes featured on this year’s tour.

If you’d like to see MORE of this home, leave me a comment!      

ciao! fabiana

home info:

Architect: William Belden Guidero
Builder: Legacy CDM
Interior Design: Kim Woods Interior Design
and Bass Interior Design
Landscape Design: Kellie Long Flowers
Some photos provided by: Bass Interior Design

May 12, 2019

happy mother's day!

Happy Mother’s Day 💕

Today, I‘m sharing a few fun snapshots from my recent visit to Roger’s Gardens.

Isn’t this little photo set-up darling?

And this willow chair set really got my attention!

Here’s another darling chair vignette.

And how about a mini herb garden
made out of a vintage metal chair?

This greenhouse gets me every time!

On a slightly different subject,
I’m soooo excited about the

coming up on Thursday.

I just drove by one of the houses yesterday,
 and it looks absolutely ready!

If you haven’t seen this yet,
be sure to check out The Ivy inspired Mother’s Day table

You can read all about it here and here.

ciao! fabiana

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May 9, 2019

a fun field trip for mother's day

One of my favorite local field trips is to the gorgeous old Mission San Juan Capistrano. The gardens are  truly magnificent, and my family and I head down there a few times a year to just marvel at the history and beauty of this California landmark.  

There’s an unassuming calmness about this place. Unexpected beauty is everywhere. The koi fountains filled with water lilies are among my favorite things!

The colors are so vibrant here! And I love the contrasting plants like this amazing purple sage set among the rosette shaped succulents.

Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time to visit the mission and wander around. I love to grab a cup of coffee at the Starbuck’s across the street and have a “Sip ‘n Stroll” around the gardens here.   

Remember the “Super Bloom” we had here in California about a month ago? Well you can still catch all the beauty of our favorite California Poppies and other native plants here at the mission.

The exquisite chapel is open to visitors. It’s also nice to know that prayer candles are available for purchase and you can light one in memory of someone special.

Another one of my favorite spots here at the mission is the potager, or kitchen garden. Look at the beauty of this artichoke! 

The surrounding area in SJC, especially near the train station is lovely to explore, as well. There are several quaint restaurants there with charming cottage gardens that are so fun to check out!  

And speaking of gardens and flowers, here’s my pick for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. If mom is interested at all in flowers or having beautiful arrangements of flowers at home, The Posy Book is perfect.

It’s like a recipe book for creating gorgeous flower arrangements at home!

It also includes the meanings of many of our favorite flowers and herbs. I love the idea of creating little floral messages.

Did you know that our favorite flower the hydrangea means devotion to love? Isn’t that sweet?

I also love that they include ideas to incorporate succulents and herbs into these posies.

Such a sweet idea!

The good news is this brand new book is available on Amazon,
my favorite way of shopping these days!

ciao! fabiana

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