December 14, 2017

shelf that idea




I’m fanning out on Reese Witherspoon's new Hello Sunshine office décor in Santa Monica. The wall of bookshelves with café-like seating is everything! 

And I love how the books and accessories are arranged by color. It absolutely plays into my slight OCD issues with organization.



And I’m sharing a few more of my favorite bookshelf and seating combos... always a cozy situation!








By the way here’s the description of Reese’s latest business venture:  “Hello Sunshine: Honest. Funny. Positive. Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine is a media company creating & curating content celebrating female storytelling.



ciao! fabiana


photo credit:
1 2 Domino
3 Hudson Interior Designs
7 Pinterest








December 13, 2017

spritzapalooza!




Today was another big cookie baking day!

I just wanted to stop by real quick and 
share my two latest recipes with you all...

and I must apologize in advance if this has been 
too much of a cookie-filled month.




What are your favorite Christmas cookies to make?

I always make the traditional vanilla spritz cookies, but today I ventured out and tried a batch made with fresh orange zest instead of vanilla. The taste was delicate slightly citrusy, and really yummy!   



Orange Zest Spritz Cookies
Makes about 96 cookies

3 Sticks Unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon orange zest
4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then the salt and orange zest. Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time. Beat until well incorporated. Fill the cookie press and form cookies onto an ungreased and cool cookie sheet. Bake the spritz for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are golden brown on the edges.

Then comes the fun part, decorating with sprinkles, colored sugars or icing!  



And then I found a recipe for gingerbread spritz… My version features freshly grated nutmeg and ginger. 

I always have both of those ingredients ready to go in a little bowl next to my stove, and I use them both quite often in savory dishes as well as sweet ones like Irish oatmeal.

I also love a little nutmeg grated in the my empanada filling and fresh ginger usually gets grated into most of my rice and soup dishes. 

Here are the gingerbread little darlings after they were dusted with a little powdered sugar.



Gingerbread Spritz Cookies
Makes about 48 cookies

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, molasses and vanilla until well blended. Set aside. In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Stir into creamed mixture until well mixed.

Refrigerate the cookie dough for ½ hour. Place ¼ of dough in a cookie press and press out cookies onto ungreased shiny silver baking sheet and make sure it’s cool for each pressing. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until set, but not brown. Cool for 2 minutes and then place on a wire rack to cool. If desired, decorate with powdered sugar.



Check them all out in the first photo

(The fleur de lys is one of my faves!)

Hope to see you tomorrow!


ciao! fabiana





December 12, 2017

zinqué cafe and lido marina village




There are so many fun new places to check out at Lido Marina Village here in Newport Beach, so this morning my friend Nancy and I stopped headed over to Zinqué for her special birthday breakfast. 

Zinqué has the most amazing spot right on the little boardwalk and facing the water with views of the boats and sweeping hills of Newport, behind Pacific Coast Highway.




The view from our table this morning… you can’t get any better than this for a five minute drive on this slightly chilly December morning!





And inside, they had this cozy fire burning.




After breakfast, we headed over to one of my all-time favorite shops, Serena and Lily, which Nancy had never been to before. That store is so light and airy and the coastal-inspired décor is out of this world! I literally want one of everything!






The Lido Drug Store has been around since the 1960’s and offers a small town shopping experience with beautiful gifts and holiday décor.

They have several pretty Christmas trees set up in the three levels of their store. Look at this fun beachy tablescape they have set up.




Lido Marina Village is small but a lot of fun to visit, especially while having a little coffee or lunch on the waterfront.






ciao! fabiana




December 11, 2017

a rose gold christmas tablescape




Do you ever get inspired by a little something that just catches your eye? When this rose gold glitter table runner got my attention, I knew I wanted to base my whole  Christmas tablescape around this fun piece. 

I don’t know what it is about me pretty shiny objects… I’m a pretty focused person normally, but when a little sparkle catches my eye, I drop everything and just go all in!  Especially at Christmastime.

These sweet vintage-inspired Santa ornaments were the perfect little whimsical touch that my table needed and I love that they come in three different pastel metallic shades, silver, rose gold and a soft verdigris.




The juxtaposition of the sparkling glitter works perfectly with the natural wood tones of the charger plates and the flatware. The wood texture naturally grounds the table and makes it less formal and more fun! 




This copper lantern set adds a little bit of old-fashioned charm to the table. I found that copper and rose gold work perfectly together and a little silver compliments the other metallic tones. Then to tie everything together, I chose  one single variety of evergreen to keep things simplified.




These little Santas have the cutest expressions! 




Just the right amount of color and vintage style was added to the table with these Snowy Trees napkins from World Market. I love how they look with the simple wood handled flatware, also from World Market.  




Oriental Trading has these beautiful snowy large sisal trees this year, so I ordered them right away, without hesitation! You can’t have too many bottle brush trees, and these are a really nice size. The color goes amazingly well with all my holiday decor!




I also found this pretty little set of pierced rose gold votive candle holders at Oriental Trading. These sparkle on the table and look gorgeous with the rose gold table runner.




I’m really happy with how this whole look came together.

Simple, fun and little glamorous!




Now I just have to concentrate of finishing my shopping and planning my Christmas menu. What do you traditionally have for Christmas dinner? This year I’m thinking of either making paella or a nice shepherd’s pie for Christmas eve.

We usually have our big meal on Christmas eve, and then we plan on ordering Chinese food on Christmas day. We did that last year and it worked out great! It was a Christmas gift to me not to have to cook another dinner, just like in the movie “A Christmas Story”.




I can’t believe Christmas is next week!




How’s your holiday prep going? 



ciao! fabiana










December 10, 2017

frothy peppermint hot cocoa




I made this Peppermint Hot Cocoa
over the weekend and it was a big hit!

The espresso powder adds just a bit of richness
and doesn’t overpower the taste at all.

It’s light and airy and oh so frothy!!



Frothy Peppermint Hot Cocoa 

1 ½ cups whole milk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream for topping
2 Peppermint sticks

Add milk, chocolate chips, espresso powder, vanilla extract and spices to your blender.

Blend on high until the hot chocolate is totally combined.

Pour it in a small sauce pan, heat it up to the optimal temperature and serve with peppermint sticks. If desired, top with whipped cream.

yield: 2 mugs 




I found these peppermint cocoa stirrers this week at World Market, and they work perfectly to infuse just the right amount of festive peppermint flavor into the cocoa as they slowly melt into the mix.

They have an really authentic peppermint flavor, and they’re not sticky and super sweet like a regular candy cane. 



We served this cocoa over the weekend with our Christmassy spritz cookies and homemade Tollhouse cookies, and it put us in the perfect holiday mood, while sitting in front of the fire. You could even spike this with a little Bailey's or peppermint schnapps! 




ciao! fabiana


p.s. the cute mug is from Home Goods.




December 9, 2017

home style with the new york housewives





“Word on the street” is that the Real Housewives of New York have already been busy filming season 10 and not only that, but a few of them have been busy redecorating their homes and getting their homes ready for the holidays. The best news of all for me is that the entire season 9 cast is back this year!  

So let's get started...

Firstly, I have to apologize for this being a bit of a long post today, but there's a lot to cover! These women have been busy!




One of my favorite things about watching the Real Housewives is checking out their homes, and my all-time favorites are New York and Beverly Hills! 

I also love that most of them own more than one home.

In addition to their city apartments, lofts or townhouses, several of the NY gals have homes in the Hamptons. And then of course, there’s Dorinda with her fabulous Berkshires mansion! 

Luann’s Hamptons home has recently appeared in Architectural Digest so we can take a sneak peek at its recently zhushed-up interior.



As you can see, Luann replaced the red patchwork cow head in her kitchen with one of her antique mirrors.

This really is a favorite spot for her to pose,

isn’t it?



Here’s a little real action in the kitchen with Sonja,
during filming and seen on Instagram.




Here’s Luann, her son and her niece out on the front porch of her Sag Harbor home. This 19th century Greek Revival house is quite a little gem!  




Do you recognize the kitchen from the show? 




I love how bright and airy it is!




Yum, Yum!




Did they take one of these dining room mirrors
into the kitchen just for the AD photo shoot?

Maybe...



Here’s Lu singing and partying with Sonja
in her dining room, possibly during filming of RHONY…  




A peaceful view out back.

Here’s where she sat with Andy Cohen
for her post-divorce interview.




Sonja and Lu single and ready to mingle!




This little sign is so funny after what happened
 last season to Luann in Mexico!




Here's another pretty view of the back of Luann's home.

And now on to Dorinda...

She's been super busy promoting Home Goods 
and with all the excitement of the holidays,
I don't blame her!

Who would turn down getting your whole apartment
decked out for Christmas courtesy of Home Goods?




If you follow Dorinda on Instagram,
you’ve probably seen all of her fun
Home Goods insta-stories and posts.






Don’t you just love her?




Her tree does look very pretty…




Here’s Dorinda’s dining room in the city, but what I really can’t wait to see is her Berkshires dining room. I hope all the ladies get to spend lots of time there this season.




Shopping at Home Goods is always a good time!





Bethenny has great style too, and news broke just this week that she purchased a second home in the Hamptons. She’s becoming quite a real estate mogul as well as Skinny Girl mogul

Don’t forget she has a new real estate show coming to Bravo soon with Fredrik Eklund. (BTW, Fredrik and his husband just welcomed twins into the world this week, a boy and a girl!)




Simple holiday décor is the best way to go in Bethenny’s New York apartment. Don't you just love the white tree and fluffy stockings? 




Fabulous “Skinny Girl" red highlights Bethenny’s front door and it also plays a big part in accenting the rest of her Hamptons home.




 Such charm in the Hamptons!






Here’s the front of Bethenny’s new Hampton’s home, not far from her other weekend home. This former bed and breakfast may be a new business venture for her.




I can’t wait to see how she renovates, decorates and designs the inside of this home.




How about making this a vacation home for wayward housewives? Lol.





Bethenny’s a big fan of TJ Maxx and Home Goods too, so I hope she shares some of her decorating tips with all of us!





And we can’t forget about Ramona (and her contractor Mario)… She just renovated her lower east side apartment last season and it was a HUGE improvement. Now she’s working on updating her Hamptons home. This is a little peek she just shared on Instagram.




Carole is always on top of the most fabulous design trends and her home also recently appeared in Architectural Digest.

Tinsley recently moved into her own place after breaking up with boyfriend, Scott and finally moving out of Sonja’s townhouse. We’ll have to see what her place looks like!

I hope you enjoyed this little bit of RHONY. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starts up again on December 19th, and until then, I’ll anxiously be awaiting the latest design updates from the BH gals!  Who are your BH  housewives faves? 



ciao! fabiana



photo credit:
Architectural Digest, People, Instagram









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