Thursday, January 29, 2015

the best toffee for valentine's day

B. toffee has just introduced a Limited Edition Glitter Mason Jar These make the cutest Valentine’s Day gifts ever!  Each glittery jar comes with 10-ounces of either milk chocolate toffee or dark chocolate toffee (my favorite is dark!)  And the gift is finished off with a handwritten hang tag.  These make the perfect gift for your sweetie, a favorite teacher, or your best friend. 
For a smaller, but equally sweet treat, B. toffee also offers customizable Valentine’s boxes for that can be personalized.
The Glittery Mason Jars are priced at $24.99 (plus tax & shipping.)  Orders must be placed by Friday, February 6th.  Please email orders to or call  844-EAT-BTOFFEE.  

Please visit for all the details 
and be sure to order early to ensure delivery by February 14th.  

 ciao! Fabiana
{This post is sponsored by B.toffee, however all opinions are genuinely my own.}

home tour on Balboa Island

a little Sunday tour of this pretty Balboa Island home,

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, January 27, 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

Friday, January 23, 2015

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


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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 are 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?  Read more about this home at Luxe Magazine.       

ciao! Fabiana

fight the flu the natural way

I recently found this all-natural tea recipe
that help 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.

Watch the video here.

ciao! Fabiana

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

a shutter decision

Trying to decide whether to go with
 black shutters or grey shutters.
I have 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

Monday, January 19, 2015

5 favorite round mirrors

a round mirror reminds me of a portal to another place.
it can remind us of the sun or the moon and
it can add instant drama to a room, 
reflecting all within in.
place one over a console table
gather your favorite things around it
let it be the focal point of your room

photo sources  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

ciao! Fabiana

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

stella & dot on the real housewvies of B H


Two fabulous worlds collide this week on the
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!

so many cute necklaces and bracelets! 

Lisa at yet another Stella & Dot party

Brandi wearing the ARIA Pendant Necklace 
she purchased at Lisa's party

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