Real Wedding: Modern Citrus in Montecito

February 18

I love a simple, and modern wedding, and this one held at the Monastery in Montecito, with its citrus and succulents decor, and small guest count (just 45 guests!) is right up my alley.

The bride wore a classic strapless gown by Va Lena Valentina.

And carried a bouquet with succulents, dusty miller and ranunculus designed by Blue Magnolia.

The 3 bridesmaids wore simple purple dresses.

The groom looking dapper in a Jonathan Behr Bespoke suit.

The wedding was held in the garden of the Monastery, high above Santa Barbara and featured ocean views.

Instead of a formal sit down dinner, the couple chose to throw kind of a cocktail party, with tray passed appetizers and a buffet of goodies for guests to enjoy.  Decor was kept relatively simple with bonsai and citrus trees taking the starring role.

The cake, by Christine Dahl, was decorated simply with buttermilk frosting and fresh citrus. Thank you to Patrick Moyer for sharing this simple, but stunning wedding with Santa Barbara Chic!


Flower Chic: Pink & Orange Tropical Bouquet with Modern Day Designs

January 02

I love me a colorful bouquet of flowers and this one designed by Camille of Modern Day Designs is simply, tropical perfection.

The bouquet is made up of several different types of phalaenopsis orchids (Santa Barbara is fortunate to have a lot of local orchids farms), fuchsia peonies, peach ranunculus, coral dahlias, sandersonia, peach mini callas, and maidenhair fern. I love the rich layers of texture and the color scheme of rich oranges and pinks.

From Camille: “Maybe not the flowers you typically think of for winter, but this bouquet is a good example of ‘me’: loud and showy, gorgeous flowers, vivid colors. I love color and phalaneopsis come in a rainbow of options. The phals are a winter flower here so Westerlay Orchids has buckets and buckets of them for sale–for any designer here in Santa Barbara, they are a huge breath of fresh air amidst all the traditional winter options. I picture this with gold, brass, and wood containers, linens with an ethnic print, punched-metal star lanterns. Exotic plants are part of the centerpieces, using ferns, flowering succulents, and mini bromeliads. Guests could experience a slice of paradise and some of Santa Barbara’s treasures during the chilly winter season.”

Thanks Camille for sharing your gorgeous bouquet with SB Chic! To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.

Entertaining: Soft Wintery Blue Tablescape with
Modern Day Designs & Patrick Moyer

December 17

Today I’m super excited to welcome Camille of Modern Day Designs to Santa Barbara Chic! Camille was kind enough to design this soft wintery blue tablescape featuring peonies, succulents, astrania, and muscari. Patrick Moyer came out to capture the pretty on film, Town & Country set the table with their pretty rentals and Florabundance provided the pretty blooms.

Camille used a soft palette of peach with touches of blue and white.

A glass dome held a succulent in a footed silver container.

White peonies and chocolate queen anne’s lace created texture in the arrangement. For the place setting, Town & Country’s provence china and pearl handled flatware created a slightly French feel.

My white garden chairs just happened to work perfectly with Camille’s design!

Containers were a mix of silver and glass and held gorgeous winter white peonies from Florabundance.

My personal favorite, muscari, was arranged simply in a glass vase.

And finally a single strand of Astrania was placed at each place setting. Thank you, Camille for desiging this pretty winter table just for Santa Barbara Chic!


September 18

Sparkly gold Louboutins? Don’t mind if I do!

More sparkly shoesday:


Escape to… Riomaggiore, Italy

May 24

Last week I declared there to be no more romantic place in the world than Italy…and this week I’m re-declaring it true as we escape to an area known as Cinque Terre in the Liguria region of Italy (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The five little towns and villages which were originally only connected by small trails (now you can visit all five via railway), are home to some of the most breathtaking views in the Mediterranean. Characterized by their “case torri” (or tower houses) and waterfront locations, this area of the world happens to be my all-time favorite travel destination, and a look at the southernmost village of Riomaggiore will explain why.

Everyone stops to take in the view, even the locals. I wonder what they’re thinking as they gaze out onto the sea?

Here are my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:

Sleep:  Your best bet in accommodations is to stay at a local apartment or bed and breakfast. My favorites? La Scogliera and Alla Marina…both are known for their comfortable beds, amazing service and views. Alla Marina is a bit more modern than La Scogliera, but either provides a level of charm unmatched anywhere in the world.

Eat: Cappun Magru in casa di Marin…located in the little village of Groppo di Riomaggiore (just outside of the main town), this restaurant is arguably the best in the region. The restaurant is known for it’s local seafood, delicious wine, and outstanding service…but I couldn’t get enough of the adorable husband and wife owners. Boun Appetito!

See:  The amazing landscape via Trail 2, or the sea via Cinque Terre Dal Mare motor boat…either way, you’ll experience all that Riomaggiore  and Cinque Terre have to offer.

Until next week…Ciao!

xo ~Cynthia


Escape to… Lake Como

May 18

To me, there’s no place more romantic than Italy…especially if you’re gazing across the mystical Lake Como. Famous for it’s storied mansions, notable residents (aka George Clooney) and proximity to Milan, Lake Como is a truly luxurious European paradise.

It’s almost as if time stands still here…the perfect destination for clearing your mind and reconnecting with your loved one. And…as if that’s not reason enough to hop on a plane right now, I guarantee you’ll be hard pressed to find better cappuccinos, anywhere in the world.

Here’s my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:

Sleep:  Villa d’Este and CastaDiva Resort and Spa. Both boast tranquil gardens and lake-side dining…and, in addition, both have swimming pools immersed directly on the lake. If you’re looking for a small hotel, CastaDiva is your choice. For a larger property with rooms that include private villas, Villa d’Este is the best option. Either way, you’re guaranteed a lavish experience.

Eat:  Vecchia Varenna…combining stunning views and exquisite local cuisine at reasonable prices?! We say, yes! Located in Varenna’s oldest section, the restaurant itself features a beautiful stone-floored room with white stone walls, as well as a covered terrace overhanging the water. Be sure to try the homemade tagliatelle with lake fish and tomatoes.

See: Funicolare Railway and Villa Balbianello…both offer stunning views of the lake! Villa Balianello is one of the most prestigious historic mansions in the area, the architectural design of which will leave you breathless. You could spend hours walking the villa gardens, alone! The Funicolare Railway, let’s you explore the lake from multiple vantage points. For both, be sure to bring your camera…and prepare to take tons of photographs.

Until next week…Ciao!

xo ~Cynthia

Escape to… Baja Mexico

April 18

I don’t know about you guys, but I am seriously craving a getaway that involves laying on a beach and no emails (or databases for that matter).

The sound of the ocean, clear skies…

Maybe a boat ride, definitely a corona or two, and some local seafood sounds just about perfect.