Monday, December 15, 2014

a little leopard for Christmas

 A little leopard at the front door... 
Boxwood wreath from Trader Joe's and 
leopard ribbon from Michael's. 

ciao! Fabiana

Friday, December 12, 2014

the truth about the French

Our love-hate relationship with the French and all things French has inspired writer Piu Marie Eatwell {I know, she has an interesting name } to write this fun book, "They Eat Horses, Don't They?", that looks at the myths and stereotypes that we associate with the French.  Any Francophile can appreciate the subtle humor and irony in this book.  Eatwell looks at such things as fashion, food, marriage, manners and the City of Light itself, Paris.  I bought a few copies this year to give to some friends who love anything French.   This book is also loaded with fabulous quotes by some famous French glitterati.  Here are a couple of my favorites…

au revoir! Fabiana

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

two new breakfast recipes for the holidays

When the gang’s all home for the holidays, having a few hearty breakfast recipes will definitely come in handy.  These Cheesy  Egg and Potato Breakfast Tacos fit the bill in my book.  All you need is a few simple ingredients on hand, and they are so easy to put together.  Topping the tacos with a bit of avocado makes them extra yummy!
Delicious Prosciutto and Egg Biscuit Cups will make the perfect Christmas morning breakfast for my gourmet Italian crowd!  They are also so easy make and with the added spinach and mozzarella, I am sure to please my hungry family!

Recipes courtesy of

ciao! Fabiana

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas trends from Roger's Gardens

I recently got the inside scoop on the decorating trends for this Christmas season from Eric Cortina, Creative Director of  Roger’s Gardens.  This season’s trends are so easy to incorporate into your home by adding just a few key pieces and colors to your existing collection.  On trend for this 2014 holiday season are looks that use Gold Gilt, White-on-White, Scandinavian elements and Pinecones and Copper.  
The Gold Gilt look is the biggest trend of the year, according to Cortina.  Since we are now drawn to a warmer palette, mixing different metal tones gives a more modern feel to holiday decorating.  Mix in some gold ornaments with your silver and pewter ones.  Incorporate a collection of gold and mercury glass votives to your tabletop décor.  Bring out an antique gilt mirror to display over your mantel and then add some of your sentimental treasures and greenery to finish off the look.  Be creative and don’t be afraid to mix and match metals!
There is nothing more elegant than a table set with white linens, solid white dinnerware and assorted white and clear glass votives.  This creates the perfect backdrop for a gathering of holiday greenery, and white roses, hydrangeas and amaryllis at the center of your table.    The mixing of matte and gloss whites is a great way to add a subtle textured quality to this look.  Painting some of your current decorations a solid white is also a way to give them a fresh new look.  
The traditional look of a Scandinavian Christmas always brings a sense of warmth into your home with the classic color combination of red and white.  Natural elements are also an important part of this look and can be achieved by adding decorations made of natural wood and freshly cut evergreen branches.   Try adding mercury glass to take this look into a more elegant direction. 
The Copper and Pinecone theme works great with the current burlap trend.  This mix of textures works great with existing decorations.  Just add a copper urn for your greenery or a few spun copper wire spheres to your décor.  Magnolia branches also look spectacular with this look, with their rich glossy leaves and velvety brown undersides.  
Of course, Roger’s Gardens is a great place to get inspired by these four holiday decorating trends, and while you’re here in Newport, you won’t want to miss the Holiday Ring of Lights home decoration competition and the 106th Annual Christmas Boat Parade.  Newport Beach has long been a holiday destination, especially during Christmas season.  The New York Times has even  voted the  Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade “ One of the  top ten happenings in the nation” 

ciao! Fabiana

classical christmas details

A peek at the entrance of Roger’s Gardens.
Love all the gold details and the classical theme.
More to come on the blog….

ciao! Fabiana
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