October 4, 2015

tiffany blue and deep purple

This is one of the first images I ever pinned on Pinterest, way back in the day, hahaha, circa 2011.  It’s still one of my favorite tablescapes.  The color combination and textures are amazing!

ciao! fabiana

October 3, 2015

that orange door!

How do you create a fun and charming impression for friends and family walking through your front door?  Consider painting your door a happy color like orange.  Fall is the best time to make this transition into the fun color palette of all shades of orange!  What do you think?  Here’s some of my favorite eye candy for you to enjoy…

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ciao! fabiana

5 favorite products for healthy living

Here are some of my favorite new products that I’ve tried recently…
I love the name of this one!  Brazilian Bum Bum Cream contains coconut oil, brazil nuts, acai and a natural form of caffeine that gives your tushy a soft and firm appearance, and it’s also great for your legs, body and arms).  The use of native Brazilian ingredients and a nice scent are an added bonus!    
Also by Sol de Janeiro,  is the amazing Samba Foot Fetish Care set.  The set contains a luxurious foot cream made with similar natural ingredients as the Bum Bum Cream, but it is specially formulated to pamper your feet!  It also comes with a cute surf board shaped foot board that is used to buff out any rough skin before you use the cream.  The treatment leaves your feet feeling smooth and the instantly absorbing formula doesn’t leave your feet slippery or messy.  
I recently discover the Pereg food line of Mediterranean products.  They carry a huge variety of quinoa, couscous, farro, spices and other healthy ingredients and foods.  I was intrigued with some lesser known spice mixes Like Shawarma, Hilba (aka Fenugreek) and Sumac, which are all known to be beneficial to our health.  While most people think of spices, seasonings and herbs as the substances that make our food taste good, these colorful ingredients also pack a nutritional punch.  They are filled with an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness.   I especially love the Shawarma blend.  Here is the Chicken Shawarma recipe that I recently cooked for my family.  (They loved it!)   

Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce.  Yield: 4 servings
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 ½  teaspoon Pereg Shawarma blend
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
½  teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 16 (3-inch) strips
½  cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt (such as Fage)
2 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼  teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
Remaining ingredients:
Cooking spray
4 (6-inch) pitas
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. To prepare chicken, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss well to coat. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes.
3. Prepare the sauce by combining yogurt and next 4 ingredients (through 1 garlic clove), stirring with a whisk.
4. Thread 2 chicken strips onto each of 8 (12-inch) skewers. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray;  grill 4 minutes on each side or until done.
5. Place pitas on grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Place 1 pita on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1/4 cup lettuce and 2 tomato slices. Top each serving with 4 chicken pieces; drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons sauce.
My Green Fills is an environmentally friendly company that makes a great line of laundry detergents and laundry products.  What I really love about My Green Fills is that you only have to but one jug and then you just replenish your supply with formula packets and water.  There is no excessive waste of those huge laundry jugs that take up so much room in our landfills.  The products are safe and also hypoallergenic, non-toxic and 100% natural.   You can automatically sign up to have the laundry soaps, fabric softeners, color brighteners and stain removers sent to you monthly.  I have been using these for about two months and couldn’t be happier!
My Green Fills also makes a non-toxic al 100% natural line of sun screens and bug sprays.  They have a mild and pleasant scent and will not irritate the most sensitive skin.  They also offer a free sample if you just visit their website here.

Let me know if you try any of these products and what you thought of them!

ciao! fabiana

Chicken Shawarma recipe adapted from my recipes.

October 1, 2015

which place setting would you choose?

Which one would fulfill your tablescape design vibe?
via  Coastal Living

ciao! fabiana

September 25, 2015

the prettiest travel journal ever

Swept away by WANDERLUST is a charming travel journal, bound in a premium, earthy latte-colored cloth, for the boho-chic traveler who wants to document her journey in a unique way. Each page is filled with fun questions, original writing prompts and witty ‘to-do’ notes enticing the traveler to jot down her thoughts, feelings and experiences while adventuring our big beautiful world. Whether taking the train down the California coast exploring the beaches or honeymooning in Paris, each journey can be celebrated and documented beautifully.

This journal is filled with encouraging life and 
travel quotes, thought-provoking prompts, 
edgy global photography and a world map.

"Stories are born every minute and forgotten the next, and finding a stylish and simple way for people to capture snippets of their own journey through this life is what our journals are all about," said Axel & Ash co-founder Hanna Axelsson.

Each journal will retail for $34.99 in boutiques nationwide beginning October 2015 and are currently available online at AxelandAsh.com.

ciao! fabiana

p.s.  what are your wanderlust destinations?

September 20, 2015

spooky halloween dinner party update

A couple of years ago, my husband and I hosted an elegant but Spooky Halloween Party for our friends.  We had each place setting set with a photo of one of our favorite classic spooky characters, like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wicked Witch of the West.  Each guest was then given a sticker on their back with the name of one of those characters, without them knowing which one they had on their back.  They were then to go around to the other guests and ask questions so they could try to figure out who they were and where they were seated.  Everyone really enjoyed this game, and it was really cute when a newly engaged couple found out that they were Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein.  I am planning to host a similar party this year, so I have already started planning out my spooky people for this year’s party.   It’s such an easy and fun theme for a Halloween dinner party, and you can really personalize it with your favorite movie and tv personalities.   All you have to do is print out an 8x10 copy each of the spooky faces you select.  Use a round salad plate as a template to draw a circle around where you will cut your printed face.  You now have a circular photo that can be nestled under a glass plate and be visible to your guests.  You can use a charger plate under that to finish off the look.  Accent your table with lots of candles, owls, spiders and pumpkins!
Bela Lugosi as Dracula & Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch

ciao! fabiana
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