November 22, 2017

my black friday faves

Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving?

I am, of course. You know how much I LOVE Thanksgiving and, this long weekend naturally brings an attitude of gratitude, but sheesh, for me, it's also the time I have to start my Christmas shopping. Have you done any holiday shopping yet? Wow, there are so many great deals out there right now! 

Black Friday is my favorite day to stay home, have some extra family time, put up the Christmas tree and do a little bit of online shopping, so I just wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite picks for Black Friday online shopping. These are my top picks, and the cyber destinations I'll be headed to on Friday (or sooner!)...

Anthropologie is offering 25% so many of their unique items. 

I'm headed to the Tabletop section first!


Then, I’ll be checking out
Banana Republic’s 50% of everything sale!

Shop Here: Banana Republic

Waiting on Martha is a super cute blog,
with an even cuter blog shop.

You’ve got to check out these goodies... 
And, they've got lot's of discount codes on the website right now!!

Shop Here: Waiting on Martha

Old Navy always has lots to offer for the whole family,
and they’re now offering 50% everything!

Shop Here: Old Navy

The Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel’s adorable
children’s store is offering 20% off and free shipping.

They have everything from onsies to cribs, and teepees to toys!

Shop here: The Land of Nod

Shop here: Crate & Barrel

It's the perfect time of year to stock up on UGG boot and shoes.

They’re the perfect gift that everyone loves,
and why not pick up a cute new style for yourself?

By the way, they also have amazing blanket and throws!

See sale items here: UGG

Home Depot is a great place to do some Black Friday shopping… a no brainer, actually! They’re offering 40% off appliances, and can you think of a better place to get something special for the men in your life? It’s power tool heaven over there! I also love their Martha Stewart Christmas items. I’m already spying some adorable vintage looking ornaments!   

Shop here: Home Depot

Over at my Blog Shop,
I’m offering 20% off this weekend,
so stop by and check it out.
And best of all, all items are under $15!

Happy shopping… (I might even have to start today!)

ciao! fabiana

November 21, 2017


This is a special week for reflection, and being thankful,  grateful and appreciative for all that we have, so when I came across this thankfulness prayer today, I wanted to share it with all of you. I am thankful you are here today, reading this and that we can share these thoughts and prayers together. 

"Thank you God for giving me another day, another chance to become a better individual, another chance to give and experience love.

Thank you God for giving me health, for the food you provide, for the awareness you have awaken in me. Thank you for the energy that feeds my soul, the sun that warms our bodies and the air that fills our lungs.

Because of you I believe in the good without the bad and the ugly, because of you I am learning to love and accept myself, because of you I believe in believing.

Stay connected to me today and always, for I need you in order to fulfill my spiritual tasks.

Show me how to love myself, to be able to love others. Help me become the type of person that I would like to befriend, help me forgive myself and forgive others.

God, make me a channel of your energy and help me understand.

I thank you God for giving me another day, another unused opportunity to do it right. Keep us all close to you and listen to our prayers.


ciao! fabiana

prayer credit: Belief Net

November 20, 2017

it's thanksgiving week!

Thanksgiving dinner planning and prep
is in full force around here!

The cranberry sauce is the first thing I can check off the list. It’s one of the easiest things to make, so I do that first. A full bag of fresh cranberries goes into the pot with a little sugar, fresh orange juice and zest, freshly grated ginger and water. After it thickens on the stove for a while, I pass it through a food mill, to get it nice and silky smooth, and that’s it! I then put it in a pretty bowl and pop it in the fridge 'til Thursday. 

Tonight I’ll roast my two sugar pumpkins so I’ll be ready to make pies tomorrow. I’m buying one other pie, and making a few pumpkin ones. The kids will get to pick out their favorite pie from Marie Callender’s

As much as I love these cute turkey plates, this year I have the table is set with simple ivory Wedgwood china that I just love. (You’ll get to see the final table soon!) How does your family set the table? Is it formal, or buffet style? 

Here’s a handy table setting chart for reference.

I do like to interpret my own setting
but like to use this as a guideline.

Do you remember last year’s table
where I used these pretty pheasant feathers?

This year, I’ll be using these cute twig wreaths instead.

They add just the right rustic quality that
contrasts the fancy Wedgwood perfectly!

Here’s my Thanksgiving table from two years ago.

A vase of fresh fall leaves always adds so much fall charm!

I have a vase of them in my kitchen nook right now.

There's a nice neighbor who doesn’t mind
me clipping a few small branches every so often. J

A couple of the gorgeous heirloom pumpkins did get carved for Halloween, but the remaining ones will make their way into the dining room for a little extra autumn ambiance. 

Here’s a fun idea someone had! This won’t work this time around, since we’ll be having a fire going on Thanksgiving. I do love that tile surrounding this fire place, though.

Here’s a simple place setting from Joanna Gaines. I really like the look of the eucalyptus branches that’s so popular right now. It adds a fresh, modern look to the table.

And Thanksgiving leftovers will get new side to go with those faithful turkey sandwiches… These stuffing waffles look amazing! All you do is cook leftover stuffing in your waffle iron ‘til it’s crispy and top with hot mashed potatoes and gravy. How can that be bad?!  

And yes, we're all anxiously waiting for that moment the turkey comes out of the oven... Oh, the aroma!

ciao! fabiana

By the way,
on Tuesday November 21 & Wednesday November 22 only
World Market is offering Pre-Black Friday deals!

Take an Extra 25% off your purchase. Use code holiday25

Click here:

other photos:
1. Southern Living
9. tumblr, unknown source
10. Magnolia Home
11. Kroeger 
12. Traditional Home

November 19, 2017

sunday thoughts

A few Christmas things started trickling into the house…

It all started with a few cute bottle brush trees from Oriental Trading and some other embellished that ones I later found at Home Goods. We haven’t even unpacked our Christmas boxes from the garage yet, and it seems we already have a little holiday theme going on in the family room.

This gorgeous copper lantern set made its way to the mantel, along with a few pretty rose gold votives from Pottery Barn, and you can just see a peek of a trio of faux evergreens that I just fell in love with for their natural look (also found at Home Goods). 

In the dining room, the table’s all set for nine. I’m having second thoughts about these West Elm potted boxwoods though. I think I need to switch them out for some fresh flowers of some kind… what would you recommend?

I'll probably switch out the green napkins too... we'll see how I like them with the eucalyptus sprigs that I'll be adding around all the sparkly votives and white pumpkins.  

Well, I'm headed to Trader Joe's tomorrow to stock up on everything we'll need for Thanksgiving dinner, including the turkey! I hope they have a nice one waiting for me! I loooove turkey!! How about you? What's your favorite part of the meal?  

Actually, I love every kind of Thanksgiving food imaginable, so I'll be happy!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend…

ciao! fabiana

November 18, 2017

favorite stores: lido marina village

A quick stop over at Serena & Lily,
and I wanted to share a few things that
caught my attention…

Their outdoor patio is so sweet!

First of all, they have the Crosby teak dining table with a simple but stunning succulent arrangement dominating the space.

A cozy seating arrangement is nestled next to the
trickling outdoor fountain and pretty climbing vines.  

I came home with a couple of these Montecito pillows
that you see above.

They're actually indoor outdoor pillows and they have
a perfectly nubby texture and pattern that 
reminds me of a white kilim rug.

They'll add just the right amount of interest 
to my new Mattituck armchairs

Yes, I ended up getting a couple of new chairs for the living room... you see they were offering 
20% off in store yesterday!

I can't wait for the UPS man to 
deliver these next week. J

It’s a tiny store, but packed with punch!!

The selection of rugs is fabulous too!

most beautiful shopping spot!

Just outside, you have this amazing view, and there
 are several super yummy places to eat, like Zinqué.  

You know how Gwyneth Paltrow has her Goop website?

Well, guess what?!

Goop opened up a pop-up shop this week, 
just for the holidays.

It’s just a simple little gift shop filled
with interesting stocking stuffershostess gifts, 
pet accessories, kids’ toys and a few pretty kitchen goodies. 

And of course, all of Gwyneth's books!

Everything’s arranged just perfectly too…
something that I really enjoy seeing!!

Elegant and useful little gifts…

And all the girls who work here
wear these white denim coveralls,
so devo-ish!

I did see quite a few things I love!

Like those tall brass candlesticks!

You know how I love brass candlesticks
I pick them up whenever I see them in
thrift stores or yard sales.

These are especially pretty and so polished,
which saves me some work, lol.

It’s always fun to take a walk along the water too…
and even the rainy days are pretty
here in Newport!

ciao! fabiana

and just in case you want to check out 
the goop goodies for yourself...

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