I collected some of my favorite things (and images) to share with you today. There is so many creatives making magic happen. Like this GORGEOUS styling from Monika Hibbs and Rue Mag. That cake! Those trees. So pretty. And you deserve some beauty. So, here it is. My wishes to you this NEW YEAR. Embrace new beginnings!

1. Everyday celebrations and bubbly in fancy coupes.

2. Glam and sparkling parties with the ones you love.

3. Confetti, friends and fun times.

4. All the ME time you need and a bit of pink.

5. A beautiful winter storm to stay home and enjoy hot cocoa.

6. New challenges, success and gorgeous spaces.


May this year brings you more joy and love and strength to pursue your dreams. Thanks for being part of Splendor! Love, Mariella

Holiday Party 2014!

Don't you love holiday gatherings? This is the time of year when my house is always ready to entertain! I was so happy to have finished unpacking and decorating for Christmas that we decided to throw our first official party in this apartment.

My go to for Holidays' drinks always include bubbly and fruits. Last year I prepared a super-easy and delicious elderflower champagne punch that was ready for the guests when they arrived. This year I decided to set up a serve-yourself champagne station with cranberry juice and peach puree. There were POP FIZZ CLINKs and corks flying all night long. I loved it!

TIP: Make a bunch of puree beforehand and keep it in the fridge ready to refill when needed.

For food I try to go as easy as possible. I'm not a big cook - too lazy for it - so I never hesitate to buy everything ready-to-serve.  Cheese and crackers, veggies and hummus, brownies and strawberries. All very easy and delicious! 

TIP: Always serve 2 kinds of cheese, a soft and a hard one. Brie and Parmesan are my favorites. 

These caprese skewers are the easiest to make and they look fabulous on the table! Also, they are vegetarian and healthy :) Try them with a variety of veggies. Your guests will love them!

I totally forgot to take pictures of my studio, this one above is the only one I have, but I did open all the house to guests. Having a small home shouldn't be an impediment to host, right?

Are you hosting these days? What are your TIPS to host AND enjoy your party? I would love to hear your ideas and apply them in my next gathering! 

Thanks for passing by! Cheers! xx.