My Style for Home Bunch and Birthday Fun

Please head over to Home Bunch for my guest post, 
"My Style Defined."  
Luciane is the sweet, thought provoking author of 
Home Bunch.  As native Brazilian, living in Canada, 
she brings us inspirational home interiors 
from around the world. 

C. Wonder is a fun, new store in 
Fashion Island, Newport Beach 
(that's the Pacific Ocean in the distance).
 It is a bright, colorful and reasonably priced 
clothing and housewares store. The manager told me that 
they have four stores in New York and this is their 
first store on the west coast.
I came here for birthday gifts for our friends, 
Laura and Cindy.
 We bought the orange tote for Cindy's birthday 
(perfect with the "C).
For Laura, who travels a lot, we purchased this pop-up tote.  
It folds up into this tiny 4" x 5" pouch.
They will monogram most things on the spot in the store for $10.
More of the store...

Cute monogrammed plates/trays ($39).
 Also, available on-line.
This cutting board and knife was only $22...
I brought it as a hostess gift to our neighbor's Sunday Brunch.
At $39, this is sort of a grown-up Easy Bake Oven 
(I always wanted one of those).
Nice gift ($128)for a wedding or anniversary, 
don't you think? 

On Monday, we celebrated the birthdays at 
The Deck in Laguna Beach.

 It felt like a mini two hour vacation!
Wish the photo was brighter...all I had was my iPhone.
 Cindy brought little Voluspa scented candles 
and cute matches as party favors.
And for dessert...tabletop s'mores.  Fun!
That blue stuff is actually burning.
Have you seen this before?
Happy birthday, Cindy and Laura!
(They liked their gifts).
Don't forget to pop over to Home Bunch!


  1. Always so much inspiration here, Mary Ann! I love everything you have shown, and the prices are so reasonable. Headed over now.
    Happy Wednesday.

  2. Hi! Love the tabletop s'mores. What is the blue stuff exactly? Trying to google "blue burning goop" without much luck! Thanks!


  3. Good morning, Mary Ann!

    Oh, you're so sweet! Provocative, me???! HA! I never thought of that! :-)

    I'm loving having you over. You have such a great energy and I can feel it through your words.

    Have a sweet day and thanks again for the beautiful post!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  4. I've been to the C. Wonder website, but the store looks like such an experience in your photos! I wish there were one here in Dallas!

  5. You girls sure know to live over there!! Ahhhh that beautiful weather, the gorgeous blondes, the indulgent food......its all good!

    I love the look of C Wonder, but have to admit I was disappointed in the quality of two things I got there, they did not hold up, which was a bummer:(

  6. The Deck...looks like a perfect spot and I know that view from the top of the escalator at Fashion Island. Another picture perfect day in Newport.

  7. great photos--it looks like you had a fantastic celebration at a little retail therapy at my favorite store!

  8. What a darling little store! It is so fresh and playful... Love the pinic basket! That's genius! I bet their new store there will do amazingly well...Good luck to them & thanks for sharing Mary Ann.

  9. Looks like a fabulous store and my birthday is Sunday so could I please have the grown-ups easy bake? Although my hips might not like it. Heading over to see what you had to say at Luciane's.


  10. I just bought a ginger jar from the store in New Jersey. Love them, and the high gloss green store front is super fun.

  11. That looks like a fun store! They have some really cute jewelry on their website. I'll have to head up that way and check it out!

  12. What a gorgeous day! Perfect for an outdoor lunch with the girls! Throw in the ocean, and you have perfection. All of you women could be sisters! So pretty!

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    1. What a fun luncheon! Good company, great weather on the beach.. you can't beat it. The table top s'mores are a wonderful idea and it was interesting to see how they created a little heat! I've never seen that before. Although I live in the PNW now, I grew up in Southern CA and have been to this area many times. Next time I go, I'll pop in C Wonder. The totes you purchased look perfect :)

  14. I've never heard of C Wonder. I'm definitely going to check it out next time I'm in the city. I love anything personalized:)

  15. I haven't been to Fashion Island in a few years, must make a trip up there... especially to C Wonder! Who knows, maybe they will open a store at Fashion Valley here in San Diego?


  16. I love Newport because it offers the best of so many things and now....another reason to come down! The C. Wonder store looks so interesting fun and I just love their colored bags and boxes! And after checking out their store, a trip down to Laguna and some treats at The Deck. Looks like you had a wonderful birthday celebration for your friends!

  17. Those views...spectacular!
    I went to college in San Diego (Point Loma Nazarene Univ) and would drive from Palos Verdes (my home) down the coast and there was nothing better than when the I-5 turns and the coastline pops up and Del Mar. Breathtaking.
    You and your 'girlfriends' do such fun things!


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