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“Chinese Dress” inspiration…

Last week, my friend Jen convinced me to play hooky from work – (ok, she didn’t exactly have to twist my arm!) – to attend a M•A•C Cosmetics event in L.A. called Chinese Dress – which was a live body art installation featuring several models in beautiful, ornate “outfits” – which were created sans-fabric, using only M•A•C body paints, 24-carat gold leaf, and body crystals. Many of the “outfits” were dreamed up by popular designers such as Sue Wong and Juicy Couture – and the results were amazing! (which is a good thing, considering the poor models had to stand for nearly 17 hours while they were being painted…sheesh!) Anyway, I was so inspired by the beautiful colors that I decided to translate some of my favorites into tabletop collections just for fun…hope you enjoy them!

MAC - chinese dressPictured above: ice blue beeswax tapers, temptation martini glass, marrakech charger, marrakech centerpiece bowl, mini candle holders, and garden bowls.

MAC - chinese dressPictured above: blue & green candlescaping trays, dot votive holders, leaf plates, and green earthenware charger.

MAC - chinese dressPictured above: select pieces from the my china! emperor rim and my china! emperor coupe collections from Sieger. (as discovered via love made visible)

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asian trends 2: NEW from west elm!

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Swoon!!! Check out these gorgeous brand-new dishes and textiles from west elm! Asian-inspired entertaining trends seem to be popping up all over lately…and it’s the perfect time of year because the red and white color palette easily translates to your holiday table! Pictured below: tokyo novelty plates , square dinner plates , flower dishes , ceramic teapot + cups , and cotton lantern cocktail napkins .


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asian trends at c&b

The “asian-inspired” modern look has alwasy been one of my very favorite decorating styles, and the new “eastern influence” collection at c&b is no exception! How beautiful is this tabletop design and Yasashi dishware collection?! (SO beautiful!)

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i heart iomoi

I remember a day almost 6 years ago now (seriously, where does the time go?!) that I received an adorable e-stationery note from my friend Liz Montna, telling me about this “great new online stationery company” that had recently launched. And thank goodness for all of us – this company – a little startup named “iomoi” – is now a hugely successful brand that we can turn to for oh-so-hip invitations and fabulous gifts! A few of my personal favorites pictured here: sweets sleeves, custom invites (from left: beach party, park avenue evening, pink invitation, and floral pattern chocolate), personalized coasters, and printed match box sets. (Be sure to check out their fantastic paper weights too!)

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colorful tuesday!

Brighten up your next party with some of these beauties from Zanisa! (a fantastic new website I recently discovered via design*sponge).
From the top: gold-trimmed Boxed Sake Set ($59/set), mod Hot House Serving Set (oversize tray and matching footed bowl – $79/set), Dots Hor D’oeurves Set ($69/set of 8), Dots Cork Coasters ($30/set of 4), and Dots Cocktail Napkins ($20/set of 4).

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let them eat cake!

And who wouldn’t want to when these adorable cake servers are dishing it up?! Available in 6 fun patterns for $24 each at (cute hostess gift idea too!)

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fun for your kitchen…

More clever products from Pylones to brighten up your kitchen!
Pictured below: veggie peelers by Créa Créa, coral towel stands, aqua coasters, vibrant snap-lock dishrack.

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modern dots

These beautiful cut dot hurricanes feature a wave of pearlized cut-glass dots and add a splash of modern elegance to your table! ($20-$25 at Pier 1)

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amaryllis exotica

This peachy-orange flower is beautiful on it’s own, but the round, chocolate earthenware pot it comes pre-planted in gives this “amaryllis exotica” especially high marks in the “perfect gift” department!

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thomas paul goes gothic…

Thomas Paul puts a modern spin on gothic with these fantastic melamine dishes! Gothic Tray ($18 ea) and Gothic Side Plates ($28/set of 4).

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fun & festive weekend projects…

If you’re looking for something crafty to do this weekend – here are some fun fall holiday projects to keep you busy and get you in a festive mood. My friend and I are going to attempt to make these adorable black cat lanterns from Sunset Magazine…hopefully they turn out as good as the ones pictured here!

Black Cat Lanterns

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Lace Pumpkins
If you’re and over-achiever and have LOTS of time on your hands, these beautiful lace pattern pumpkins might just be for you :)

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Glitter Pumpkins
These glitter pumpkins from Martha Stewart Living would be a gorgeous centerpiece for your holiday table…we’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for our entire family this year for the first time…and these will definitely be adorning our own table.!

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Funny Face Pumpkins
Absolutely adorable…’nough said :) Click here to for step-by-step instructions and templates from

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regal style for your table…

working class studioFor a few months now, there’s been a teaser image of the fabulous “Kings Road” collection (pictured here) on the Rosanna website, with a “coming soon” notice…and I was SO excited to visit the website again recently and see that the collection is now available! I just think this design is so great – with its the festive gold-on-white colors and bold, oversize graphics! And – as is always the case with Rosanna’s collections – the pieces come beautifully packaged in sturdy gift boxes adorned with coordinating designs…gorgeous :)

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haute holiday = seriously hot design!

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I know, I know – it’s little early to be posting on winter holiday goodies – so I promise to try to restrain myself after this until post-Halloween – but I just couldn’t wait that long to give you a peek at this bold, modern “haute holiday” collection – also by Rosanna, Inc – which is a company I just can’t get enough of lately! And how great do these plates look with Rosanna’s Black Rococo Noir collection (cakestand, tea set, cream/sugar set) and Dauphine Candlesticks?! (which are also available in black and gold). Hmmm…I’m thinking this set up is a must-have… :)

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PRODUCT (RED): color for a cause

working class studioworking class studioSo this isn’t exactly a “contemporary entertaining” post – but PRODUCT (RED) – part of the philanthropic endeavor “(RED)” – is definitely still full of fabulous finds that you might really love (like this bright red iPod nano, for starters!) and – even more importantly – it benefits a great cause: helping women and children in Africa with HIV/AIDS.

In a nutshell, PRODUCT (RED) has teamed up with many of the world’s popular brands (GAP, Gucci, Converse, American Express, etc…) to create co-branded products. A percentage of the sales of each product sold is given to The Global Awareness Fund. So what this means is that you get to shop for things you might have purchased anyways – but with the added benefit of giving back at the same time…who couldn’t love this concept?! And with the holiday season right around the corner…the timing couldn’t be better :) Click here visit the PRODUCT(RED) website – or click here to check out their blog!

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working class studio

working class studioworking class studioHow great are these colorful melamine “studio” plates from Working Class Studio? Available in salad plates ($6/ea – top pic) and dinner plates ($8/ea – bottom pic) – and sold individually so you can create your own favorite mix! I’m especially loving the hot pink crown design…which would be so cute with solid chocolate and white dishware/table linens for a hip, “regal” tabletop. Don’t miss the 12″ square studio platter either…with it’s monochromatic brown-on-white crown pattern and bold silhouette graphic – it’s definitely a fabulous find for mod-lovers everywhere…and only $12/ea!

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under construction!

Hi Everyone –
Fabulous Finds is undergoing a makeover! Trying to make the blog more user-friendly and give it a little extra flair :) Still working on getting everything to work correctly with the new template – so please bare with me as there are still some glitches to work out! Everything should be up and running by Tuesday afternoon…hope you’ll come back and check it out – your comments/feedback are much appreciated :) Thank you!

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loving red

I’m absolutely loving the new “Loops” tabletop collection from Chiasso – the vibrant red tablerunner, placemats, and coasters with a mod circle cutout pattern make this collection a modern entertainer’s dream! The Loops items are indicated as holiday products, which they would definitely be lovely for – but I think you could use these all year round! (pair with lavender or aqua accents for a non-holiday look, or with black and bamboo for a modern asian-zen tabletop).

Also pictured above: fabulous glass optic coasters and reusable red plastic ice cubes from cb2, and Torro (tall) and Pont (short) vases from Wrapables.

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mojito madness!

In the past few years , the Mojito – a lime flavored rum cocktail garnished with fresh mint sprigs – has seemed to garner a popularity and status that rivals the oh-so-chic (thanks to the Sex and the City girls) Cosmopolitan – or “Cosmo” for short.

From an entertaining perspective, what I personally love about the mojito is the way it looks! Garnished with lime slices and fresh mint leaves, the mojito serves up a gorgeous burst of green for your party and looks fantastic as a signature drink display. For a cute gift idea, pick up a Mas Mejor Mojito Set (pictured above) from After5 – which comes with 4 traditonal tall mojito glasses, a wooden mint muddler, and a citrus knive for limes. ($39.99/set). Cheers!

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domino home registry

If you love contemporary home design and haven’t already browsed through [any!] issue of Domino Magazine yet, add it to your list of to-do’s, because I guarantee you’ll get hooked! Earlier this year, the makers of Domino also introduced an online Home Registry – where you can create wish lists for yourself or just check out some of their always-stylish recommendations for a little design inspiration. Here are a few of their entertaining product picks that I’m loving right now: (from top) Vivre Dinnerware from HORCHOW, Mix & Match Placemats from Dwell, and Bodini Napkins , also from Dwell.

Click here to visit the registry and do some wishing of your own!

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fabulous bottle openers…

These fun, modern bottle openers make me oh-so-happy! Set them out with the drinks at your next party to give guests another reason to smile…or pair them with your favorite bottle of wine or capped-bottle drinks for a clever & unique hostess gift! For example, this cute & sleek Elephant Bottle Opener would look great packaged with a 6-pack of Carlsberg Elephant Beer, or the green Hop’n’Pop Frog Opener would be perfect for a pack of Sparkling Pear Izze Soda or Jones Green Apple Soda.

Other favorites pictured here: Parrot, Alessandro M, and Anna G corkscrews, from – and stylish, stainless steel Bottle Opener Fridge Magnet from

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Mod Halloween – Part 5

Today is the last day of the HWTM Halloween series! Here are a few final treats to satisfy your entertaining appetite…hope you found some goodies for your own festivities!

Part 5 goodies: (starting from top)
Bewitching Bouquet from Martha’s Flowers, adorable do-it-yourself Candy Creatures (click here to read the how-to article from, Orange Tall Tini glass from cb2, Dante Stemware from Pier1 (choose from goblet, wine, or flute), Halloween Tabletop Collection (set of 4 plates) and Haunted House Vinyl Placemats (set of 4) – both from Pottery Barn Kids, Halloween Nyoki Grass Pets from Wrapables, black and orange Decorative Sand from cb2, and last but not least, get you kitchen a real conversation piece with The EX Voodoo Knife Set from Perpetual Kid :)

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Mod Halloween – Part 4: Goth Girl Party!

Who says Halloween HAS to be all about orange and black? For a fun twist on Halloween, grab your girls and throw a not-so-typical Goth Girl cocktail or dinner party! Start with a bold palette of hot pink, red and black and throw in some mod skulls and ultra-chic goth girl art – and you’ve got yourself a very cool party atmosphere. Don’t forget to tell your guests to dress to the theme!

(Pictured above) Heart Skull Hand Towels from pixelgirlshop and Villetta fabric doll by blacklilypie.
(Pictured below) I’m a HUGE fan of the artwork by Pinkytoast. Her somewhat surreal and ultra-cool designs are absolutely perfect for this party theme! The prints come in various sizes on heavy cardstock and are affordable (most around $13/each)! Display a few of them in simple black frames (IKEA-style) and line them up in a row for a cool centerpiece or bar backdrop. A few favorites are pictured here, but you can check out the entire (extensive!) collection at her etsy shop.

(Pictured below) Cool picks from Urban Outfitters: Etched Skull Scented Candles ($16/each), and 2 skull scarves that easily double as table runners: choose from Knit or Lightweight.

And last but not least, don’t forget to send your guests home with some treats…like these Big-Eyed Green Love Punk pocket mirrors by Pinkytoast (many other mirror designs available as well) or Ukiyo5 Pink Skull Keychains!

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Mod Halloween – Part 3

Trick or Treat? If you’re looking for something good to eat (or drink!) this halloween, here are a few tempting ideas…
Goodies seen here include: (starting from top)
Pumpkin Patch and Monster’s Ball sugar cookie tins from Elenis (yum!), Assorted Halloween Petit-Fours from Grandin Road, and Halloween Bat Crackers from Plum Party (love the packaging!).

Now for the drinks…Fun for all ages: Black Lemonade (pictured) and Jack Black’s Orange Stash (not pictured) by Skeleteens, Boylan’s Orange soda, and the Halloween 2006 Jones Soda mini-cans! Find these limited-edition Jones Soda flavors in-store at Target! (or click here for more info on them).

Fun for the over-21 crew: Stolichnaya Orange vodka, Bacardi O Original Orange Rum, Blavod (BLACK vodka!!) and Orange Curacao from Dekuyper. Check out for fun concoctions you can make with these spirits…

And last but not least – don’t forget to dress up your drink! These Black Cat drink charms and swizzle sticks are perfect for Halloween cocktails and mocktails!

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Mod Halloween – Part 2

More fab Halloween finds for you today!
Here we go with Part 2: (starting from the top)
Adorable (and reusable!) Halloween Straws featuring spider, bat and ghost patterns, bright orange and black Midnight Madness paper plates & napkins, super-mod Spider Appetizer Plates and Halloween Stripe Spreaders, square Ghost Serving Platter and Appetizer Plates, rubber Day of the Dead Coasters (donning traditional Mexican graphics!), and last but not least, Halloween Cookie Cutters, Spider Spatula, and Decoratifs (time to get baking!).

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Mod Halloween – Part 1

Happy October! It may only be the beginning of the month, but chances are that most of us already thinking about the end…Halloween is such a fun time to entertain and BE entertained…and that’s why it will be the focus of HWTM this week. The next few days will be filled with lots of fabulous Halloween-themed finds for parties, tabletops, decorating, and gifting…hope you find some treats you like!

And now, for Part 1: (starting from the top)
“Boo!” Graffiti-Style Graphic (made from removeable vinyl! – $24), Raven Candle Holders ($24/2), Skull Lantern (10″ high – $30/ea), Black & Orange Marble Scatter and Eyeball Marble Scatter ($15 per jar), Gnarly Branch Taper Candles ($12/2), Terracotta Ghost Lanterns ($10/small, $19/large), Haunted Candelabras ($25/ea), Orange & Black Tea Light Holders ($14.95/set of 3), Pre-carved Alabaster Fun-Kins ($59/set of 4).

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