Friday, July 29, 2016

garden muses

I just planted my new garden muses with 
cascading succulents, 
and I think they need names. 
What do you suggest?

ciao! fabiana

Monday, July 25, 2016

pretty little bar carts

A bar cart does not have to exclusively serve alcoholic beverages. They can be a pretty focal point in your home whether you’re entertaining or not. A few pretty bottles, fresh flowers and a personalized touch or two can elevate any bar cart to super star status!
 This way, you will always be ready if friends drop by!
A beautiful box can provide extra storage.
Perfect indoors, or out.
Bar carts always look so pretty near a window...
be creative with your set up...
The one below is one I set up a few years ago for a small pool party in my back yard.  I like to serve soft drinks in fun "cocktail" glasses for fun!  It's so much more elegant!

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ciao! fabiana

seattle: woodland park rose garden

One of our family’s favorite stops in Seattle is the Woodland Park Zoo, and right next door is the gorgeous Rose Garden that was originally opened in 1924. As we entered the stately gates, we were delighted to find a really unique and quaint formal garden with lots of pretty little surprises.    
What first caught my eye, were the really tall topiary trees that are pruned in a really fanciful way.  They really anchor the space and tone down the seriousness of the formal rose garden.  
Little cozy spots to sit and observe the garden are scattered throughout the park.  There is a pretty little gazebo, a shady arbor and a few fountains set perfectly among the hundreds of roses and other flowers and trees.  

These blue hydrangeas were mesmerizing!

Don’t you just love those funny swirly looking trees?

The view from the gazebo is perfect!

Even if you don’t go to the zoo, which is also a treat,
think about a short visit to the Rose Garden.  
The Rose Garden is free to the public
with just a small charge for parking during zoo hours.

ciao! fabiana

Saturday, July 16, 2016

the perfect summer snack

So easy to prepare and always a big hit!

8 (about 1 ounce each) paper-thin slices prosciutto
4 fresh, ripe figs, halved lengthwise
4-6 slices of cantaloupe melon, sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
Fresh thyme, for garnish
2 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved into strips with vegetable peeler

1. Arrange prosciutto in overlapping slices on a large platter.
2. Place figs and melon beside prosciutto, drizzle with vinegar, and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Sprinkle the Parmesan shavings over prosciutto, melon and figs.

ciao! fabiana

Friday, July 15, 2016

weekend wrap up

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to leave with a few fun things to explore.

I have a few new favorite health products from New Zealand that I’ve been using.  This Manuka honey does wonders for your body and so does this flaky sea salt.

I also swear by this lemon toothpaste.  It’s so different, and you know how I love my lemons!

This French lavender candle is my favorite!

Speaking of lovely French goodies, I love this luxurious baby gift.

Check out Carly Cylinder's new book The Flower Chef. A step-by-step guide to creating amazing floral arrangements.

If you’re in Southern California, don’t forget to check out the Sawdust Art Festival!

ciao! fabiana

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

7 easy summer hair styles

Seven classic and youthful hair options shown on Gigi Hadid.
Which one would you pick today for yourself?
My faves are 3 and 4.

via inStyle

ciao! fabiana

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

patriotic curb appeal

On my way to visit a friend in Corona del Mar yesterday, I spotted this beauty!
The details are perfect.
White House, black shutters and front door,
symmetrical succulent pots,
and just a touch of red white and blue! 

ciao! fabiana

Monday, July 11, 2016

my favorite garden tomato recipes

Those summer tomatoes just keep coming! Here are five of my favorite go-to recipes that I have made over the years, but especially this year with my lovely crops of heirloom tomatoes. 

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup  is a recipe from Ina Garten and is one of my family’s favorites, especially paired with grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make a big batch and freeze half for another time. 

Stuffed Artichokes remind me of my grandmother who made a similar recipe, and wow, what a treat!  

Alexis’ Chopped Vegetable Salad is named for Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis.  I make this salad during the summer when it gets really hot out.  It’s cool and refreshing, as well as yummy and nutritious. 

Zesty Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is a classic Italian dish that you must try, if you’ve never had it!  The puttanesca sauce gets its zesty flavor from the fresh tomatoes, olives, capers and anchovies.  

Spaghetti alla Checca is a quick and basic pasta made with lots of fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic and basil.  Try one or two of these recipes and let me know what you think!

ciao! fabiana

Sunday, July 10, 2016

a morning in laguna beach

Laguna Beach is just a short drive from my home, and I love taking a little field trip down that way every so often.   Laguna Beach is so different from Newport Beach.  It really has a European vibe about it.  Originally an art colony, Laguna’s buildings, homes, and gardens have a really unique style.  There’s so much creativity throughout the city and it’s the perfect locale for a little adventure.  The ever-changing rocky coastline and secluded beaches are always fun to explore, too!   
Breakfast at The Urth Café is a treat.  It sits in a prominent spot on Coast Highway right across from the Laguna Art Museum.  It's the former location of The Cottage Restaurant which was a favorite of locals and visitors alike.  The Urth Café offers more outdoor seating than The Cottage did, but service can be slow.  Make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the scene and enough money for the parking meters. This pretty mosaic fountain sits at the corner of the restaurant and is visible from the street.   
This fruit plate from Urth Café was just as tasty as it was pretty.
Blue & white sea creature mosaic spotted at Crystal Cove State Beach.
The garden nurseries in Laguna are so fun to explore.  A lot of them feature vintage items mingled in with the plants and pottery. This bubbling fountain was spotted at the Laguna Nursery. I love the way they set this vintage looking pot on the pebbles and crushed blue glass.  
This little vignette is from Madison Square & Garden Café.  They have a low-key little restaurant with seating sprinkled in among their fun garden store. This is a great place to get inspired, nosh and bring your pup.  They are a dog friendly restaurant and garden! 
Zeus or Moses? 
Not sure, but this guy was all ready for the 4th of July holiday.  
He was also spotted at the fabulous Laguna Nursery

ciao! fabiana