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Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, CA (the land of wealth and beautiful people) had their grand opening in Fall 2016. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump from our seaside ranch home but it wasn’t until this week that Mr. B and I finally paid a visit to one of Newport’s newest coastal shopping destinations. We had great weather with beautiful blue skies on the day we visited. It turned out to be a perfect day to stroll the area and explore the stylish mix of sophisticated shops set in a charming environment positioned right on Newport Bay. The overall design of the village is unique for California because it feels like something you’d find on the East Coast as opposed to Orange County. We all know how fond I am of the East Coast so perhaps that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed my visit so much. Lido Marina Village is home to some great shops such as Warby Parker, Serena & Lily, Le Labo, Alchemy Works, Clare V., Sugar Paper, and more. For more information and a complete list of shops and eateries, be sure to check out their website. If you plan to be in the area, be sure to check out Lido Marina Village for yourself. I know I’ll be back since I’m looking forward to the opening of Malibu Farm restaurant later this year.

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Back in Black at “& Other Stories”

Last year I was very happy when “& Other Stories opened at my local mall, South Coast Plaza. Coming from Europe, they don’t have many U.S. Stores and this is only one of three locations in California (the first CA location is in Beverly Hills and the other is now in Glendale). This shop has turned into one of my favorites. They provide great, affordable pieces that can easily transition from day to night and there really is something for every woman. It’s a great one-stop shop in that they offer clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products, and gift/stationery items all under one roof. I had to stop at the mall yesterday but had just enough time to snap this picture for you (yikes…the Christmas decorations are already out) and quickly wander through the store. I didn’t have time to try anything on so I’ll be making another trip back to pick up a few things I have my eye on. Naturally, most of my selections are in black which is what most of my wardrobe consists of.

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I fell in love with the smock sleeve blouse. The ruffled detail at the base of the sleeve adds a touch of whimsy and style while still being perfectly appropriate for work. I’m definitely going back for this one. smock blouse & other stories_reviving charm blog

I should have purchased the Grain Leather Hobo Purse when I saw it in the store the last time I was there. It’s sold out in my local store but it is still available online. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap which is nice for versatility.grain leather hobo purse Other Stories _Reviving Charm

Velvet is having a moment and I will definitely be purchasing this short sleeve velvet top.  I had an identical top (from another company) years ago and I absolutely loved it. If you want to add a splash of color to your wardrobe it also comes in velvet blouse_& other stories_reviving char

When it comes to earrings, my “go-to” style is a pair of studs but this pair of flat, textured brass earrings was something that caught my eye. These are classic but modern all at the same time.

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I adore this frilled layered dress paired with a pair of striped leather ankle-strap pumps for a fun look. layered frill dress_& other stories_reviving charm

I love the striped shoe above but a solid color would really come in handy. The suede ankle strap pump comes in a total of 5 different colors but the black and burgundy caught my attention at the store. I might have to get both! 

I have several pairs of ankle boots that are investment pieces that I wear year to year. If you are looking for your own pair of ankle boots the Leather Chelsea Boots is an affordable option. chelsea leather black boots_& Other Stories_Reviving Charm

I like things that are versatile and I can easily see this turtleneck dress work with skinny pants, leggings, or tights. I wonder what was going on during this photo shoot. The model looks scared, doesn’t she?

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I pulled the Ruffle Sleeves Blouse in red off the rack yesterday at the store and fell in love with the color. I had no idea until now that it also comes in black.  Selecting a color might be a tough decision.

Jewelry is a great way to add a dash of color to a black outfit and this set of two gemstone rings is perfect for the season. set of rings_& other stories_reviving charm

When we were in Italy recently everyone was wearing wide leg, flowy pants with almost any pair of shoe imaginable. I like that comfort is back and these crepe fabric trousers can be dressed up or worn more casually. This would be a great pant for the holiday season when I eat one too many pieces of pumpkin pie. wide leg pants Reviving Charm

Speaking of the holidays, it’s the perfect time to add a fun accessory to your hair. If I had long hair I would love to use the round crystal hair clip (left). The glass clip (right) is perfect for adding a little something sparkly to shorter hair like mine.

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If you decide to check out & Other Stories to do a little shopping of your own, be sure to sign up for their newsletter for an extra 10% off. Plus, they offer free shipping over $150 for online orders and they will send you a free sample of one of their body products with each order.

Sharing is Caring: Save with The Key Rewards Program

Last week I received an email introducing a new rewards program. I’ll be honest…when I first read about it, I thought to myself, “great…another program to keep track of” since it seems like there are reward programs for so many things these days. But this new program really sets itself apart. If you are here then you share my passion for design and home decor and the new reward program called “The Key” can help you save on purchases for the home and office. By signing up, you are entitled to earn 3% back in certificate “rewards dollars” for purchases made at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn Kids, William Sonoma Home, William Sonoma, Mark & Graham, and West Elm. This is actually a limited time program and here is how it works: register your email and shop at these stores (in-person or online) during the months of September and October 2017 and in November you will receive your reward certificate in November. It’s that simple! Check out the website for more details and to sign up. the key rewards program pottery barn william sonoma west elm reviving charmThis post wasn’t really intended to be a shopping guide but it’s never too early to get in the spirit of entertaining for the upcoming holiday season before the good stuff is gone. To help get a jump start on things, I thought I’d share a select number of items from some of the stores participating in The Key rewards program.

I have always loved the idea of having monogrammed dinnerware. The Poinsettia china dinner plates, salad plates, and serving platter from Mark and Graham are a wonderful way to dress up a table during the holidays. mark and graham custom monogrammed poinsettia dinner plate large platter Reviving Charm

I think the Vintage Etched Glassware collection from Williams Sonoma is so pretty and can instantly add a hint of vintage styling to your home. Mr. B and I have been talking about buying new glassware and this might do the trick.

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These custom embroidered dinner napkins from Mark and Graham can actually be used all year long. I am partial to the script font but I love that a variety of other font styles are also offered.mark and graham custom emboidered linen napkins_RevivingCharm

Add a dash of color and a touch of warmth by placing a cashmere throw on the back of a sofa, chair, or to place in a guest bedroom. I’ve chosen to show red, but a variety of colors and patterns are available through William Sonoma Home. They can also be monogrammed, which would make for a lovely gift. cashmere throw william sonoma Reviving Charm

The pineapple is the universal symbol representing hospitality. The Pineapple Soap and Towel gift set is perfect for gift giving or to display in your own home. 

Slice and serve your favorite cheeses with this set of 3 marble and copper cheese knives from West Elm.
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To get 3% back on these, or other items, from the participating stores be sure to sign up for The Key. It’s free to join. Happy Shopping.

Shop Highlight: Studio Veneto Provides Luxury Italian Decor

Every now and then you stumble across a shop that is truly a unique find. Studio Veneto located in The Village neighborhood of La Jolla, California is one such gem. I came across Studio Veneto several years ago but it wasn’t until last summer that I had a wonderful chat with the owner, Linda McCormick, who allowed me to take pictures of the shop (Thank you, Linda!). I paid a visit to the shop again last weekend and took a few new pictures.
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The exterior of the shop has an elegant quality to it with an old world Italian feel. When you walk up to the space you immediately realize that this shop is truly something special.  studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Studio Veneto is no ordinary antique shop. It is well known for specializing in Italian antiques and textiles sourced directly from Italy. However, you don’t need to be decorating an Italian villa to shop here. Studio Veneto is a great shop visit even if you just need to find a one-of-a-kind item that will make a statement in a room. The shop is not large but there is an abundance of inventory to choose from.

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As you walk into the shop you are immediately greeted with a treasure trove of items. The photo above was from my trip last year, with the photo below from last weekend. The shop is hard to photograph as it is fairly dark with lots of tight spaces and is packed with treasures tucked away in every corner. studio veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 1

Linda is a woman after my own heart. She has quite the affinity for textiles, particularly being a longtime fan of the prestigious Italian textile maker Fortuny. She sources her textiles directly from Italy and uses them to create pillows, tissue box covers, lampshades and her signature nightlights (shown below). While $175 may sound steep for a nightlight, remember that each shade is made by hand using antique Fortuny fabric. No two are identical. These would look stunning in a powder room although I have contemplated about putting one in the living room.

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Custom lampshades in a variety of shapes and sizes are a particular specialty of Studio Veneto. Tucked away in a small area at the back of the shop you can see a plethora of small shades ready to purchase off the shelf. However, if you are interested in having a custom lampshade crafted for you, there are a number of finials and other lamp parts to choose from (shown below along the right-hand side of the picture). No detail is overlooked. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

Don’t forget to look up! Above the owner’s desk toward the back of the shop, you can see the wire lamp frames just waiting to be turned into a beautifully handcrafted lamp. The wire frames are custom made specifically for Studio Veneto. studio veneto fortuny reviving charm studio veneto fortuny reviving charm

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If you are looking to incorporate a bit of Italy into your decor, be sure to pay a visit to Studio Veneto or check out the veneto la jolla Reviving Charm 5



I have been a longtime supporter of small business. It goes back long before Small Business Saturday ever became an annual event. And definitely before it ever became a “thing”. I actually prefer to shop the “mom and pops” as a great resource to find things that are unique and interesting. Whether it’s a brick and mortar location or a shop with an on-line presence only, I think it is important to support and celebrate those with an entrepreneurial spirit, don’t you? small-business-saturday-via-revivingcharm_com

Although the goal of Small Business Saturday is actually to bring attention to the independent shops in your neighborhood, don’t forget about shopping small on the internet. The crafters, makers, and curators on Etsy actually come to mind. Etsy has grown to such a large marketplace that it’s easy for a shop to get lost in the shuffle. I make shopping Etsy simple for you by highlighting a few shops that I have supported in the past or plan to support in the future.


I am a sucker for prints and engravings. The owner of Paper Words is a graphic designer who offers a variety of new prints illustrating a wide range of subjects including natural history, architecture, garden design, and decorative arts. Prints are offered on archival watercolor paper and are so reasonably priced that you can easily create a grouping without breaking the bank.


I love my personalized notepads from The Swoon Paper Co. These come in a few different colors and choice of font. I ordered mine in pink like the one shown here.


I will be ordering this luggage tag in yellow leather for myself. Available from RSVPhandcrafted.

These tartan plaid placecards are available through Nancy Nikko Design. Wouldn’t they be perfect for Christmas? Nancy’s illustrations are beautiful and quite unique. I am a repeat customer so I can attest to the fact that Nancy’s product, packaging and customer service are top notch.


I am a repeat customer of Boland Design Paper Co. I have ordered two different styles of their return address labels (including these shown above). They have over 50 colors to choose from and they allow you to select up to four colors per order. I love the flexibility of mixing and matching colors.


This piece from High Street Market might not look like much but don’t underestimate it. Vintage toast racks make great desk accessories to hold mail and stationery. I even have one on my own desk.

I have purchased a couple of things from High Street Market, including the vintage bowl I wrote about here. I am also a reader of High Street Market’s blog (although the site hasn’t been updated since July).natalieasis-etsy-via-revivingcharm

If you love marbled products, be sure to check out the products offered by NatalieAsIs. This shop offers the most beautiful hand marbles silk ribbon (I own many rolls!), paper products (I love their journals), and other marbled products. Natalie’s products are gorgeous. flourish-via-revivingcharm_com

One last thing…don’t limit your small business shopping to today only. Shopping small business is great 365 days of the year! In fact if your in San Francisco tomorrow, check out the Etsy Holiday Emporium featuring some 200 vendors. 

This concludes my public service announcement! Happy shopping. Happy weekend.


I have been a longtime supporter of small business. Whether it is a brick and mortar location or a shop with an on-line presence only, I think it is important to support and celebrate those with an entrepreneurial spirit. One of the small shops I absolutely adore is the lovely Studio Carta, a fine stationary and ribbon shop located in Brookline, Massachusetts, an affluent suburb of Boston. If you can’t make it to the shop there is no need to fret….you can always order online.

While wrapping my Christmas gifts this year I realized that I am running low on wrapping supplies, particularly ribbon. Naturally, Studio Carta came to mind when it came time to replenish my supplies. I’ve already placed my order for several rolls of their cotton ribbon in a variety of colors. I just received my shipping notice and I am thrilled to know my order is on its way! I always like to have an arsenal of great wrapping supplies on hand throughout the year since you never know when you’ll need to wrap a last minute gift. There is nothing worse than not having something when you need it.

Ribbon is available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

This particular style is a great staple to always keep on hand. It can be handy for almost any gift wrap project.

A few spools of metallic ribbon can make an artful display in your studio or craft room while waiting to be used on your next project.

Given that I am a self-professed Italiophile, I love the fact that the owner sources many of her products from Italy. Not surprising since the owner, Angela Liguori, is originally from Rome. I am particularly fond of the red handled scissors sourced from Italy and sold separately in three sizes. They are also available as part of one of the several gift boxes offered.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I am off to the mailbox to await my delivery!

Although the photos were provided by Studio Carta this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed herein are my own.

Shopping at 123 Farm and Highland Springs Resort

The charm and allure of California never ceases to amaze me. I was born and raised in Southern California and am happy to say that there are always new and exciting discoveries for me in this Golden State!  I recently attended a Lavender Festival held at the 123 Farm in Cherry Valley, California. It is an amazingly beautiful property sitting adjacent to the Highland Springs Resort (both are owned by the same owner).  Over 90 different varieties of lavender are grown over 20 acres (the entire property is over 900 acres). Needless to say, the grounds are breathtaking and the aroma in the air is heavenly.IMG_6695

Walking around the vast property feels like taking a step back in time. In the late 1800’s the property was originally developed with a hotel. However, it wasn’t until the 1920’s when the property was used as a health resort and renamed “Highland Springs Resort”. It played host to many Hollywood stars and notable figures. Wonderful pictorial history is on their website.

Today, Highland Springs Resort does not function as a “resort” in the traditional sense.  Instead, it serves as more of a retreat/event facility. It also plays backdrop to many wedding photo shoots.  The property definitely maintains the charm of a vintage summer camp with original old structures and mature landscape growth.  It’s the kind of property that is full of potential.  With a significant dollar investment the property could be transformed into a modern day rustic resort (I’m picturing a resort/spa getaway) that could easily fetch top dollar for an overnight stay.  Dear Highland Springs Resort…. if you ever decide to do so I will be the first in line to book a weekend stay at your beautiful property…


One of the favorite parts of my day was navigating my way through a small collection of vintage cottages that were transformed into various one-room shop spaces for the event.  Come join my on my shopping trip through several of the cottages. DSC_0005edit


Cottage numbers are permanently etched into the concrete at the entrance of each room.


Above each doorway is a wood plaque announcing each cottage room number.


Rustic charm at the entrance to one of the cottage rooms.


Each cottage shop highlighted a single product or a variation on a theme.  Each cottage shop was decorated appropriately with the greatest of vignettes to show off their respective goods.  “Bravo” to whoever decorated the spaces because each were absolutely charming.

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A charming pathway leading each of the individual shops.

On such a hot day in California, naturally I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to taste some ice cold beverages.



Talk about bringing the outdoors in! I might have to borrow the idea of pinning a branch to a wall and framing it to create a living piece of artwork!

The Yarn Shop

Wool yarn is hand dyed using leaves and flowers to create beautiful colors created and inspired by nature.  The process of using natural materials to dye fabric and yarn is so intriguing to me. It’s definitely something on my to-do list to try someday.


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The Honey Shop



Such a charming display of beeswax



The Tea Shop

This lovely lady tempted me with organic flowers and lavender tea. It has a natural sweet flavor that would be great served chilled or hot.


I’m so glad you were able to tag along with me on my shopping excursion at 123 Farms. Take a look at some of the products I came home with. Given the fact that I don’t cook and I rarely bake, I think I got a little carried away with the purchases! Oh well, this will force me to come up with something unique and exciting. A culinary adventure awaits…IMG_0166