Friday's Fancies {New Years Eve}


One more day until you can put on your best, sparkling and glittery outfit to ring in the new year!
It has been an absolute pleasure being a part of Friday's Fancies over the past year, thanks to Alison
Can't wait to unveil the next 48 outfits of 2012!!
Happy New Years to you all!
Hope 2011 has been a fantastic one!


Take a peek back at my edgy/glamorous New Year's Eve outfit (with a pop of color) over at
Small Shop for more inspiration!

Giveaway Winner!!

And we have a winner for the gorgeous Spanish Steps dress from Shabby Apple!!
I meant to put this up on Christmas day to give one lucky lady an extra dose of Christmas cheer, but we all know how hard it is to get away from sharing memories with your family around this time of year, so better late than never, right?!

And the lucky lady iiiiis...........Emily of So Anthro!! :D So excited for you!
I know how ecstatic you were about this dress!! So CONGRAAATS!!
Shoot me an email at so I can give you more details and get
the dress sent your way!


Hope you all had such a merry, merry Christmas!! Be back soon to share a little of my own holiday cheer!

Friday's Fancies {For Everyone}

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!! It's Friday's Fancies and today is dedicated to everyone! Women, men, girls and boys! If you have some last minute shopping to do, (somehow my list gets procrastinated) here are some quick ideas that will make anyone grateful for a little pop of color!





Holiday Gift Guide Guest: Ten June

My sweet friend Michelle, from Ten June, is here today to share her Christmas Wish list with you!
She is one great source of inspiration for DIY projects, home remodeling and currently great photography skills! Check her out once you've adored her charming list!!

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Hi dolls! I'm Michelle from Ten June, stopping by to share a little holiday cheer. I am just about giddy with excitement over this current holiday season... with it brings holiday food spreads, Christmas cocktails, parties, baked goods, twinkling lights, good cheer, amazing food... did I mention the food? Yeah I like to eat my way through the holidays : ) 

What the holiday season also brings is lots of gift giving. I'm on the ball this year, as I've already made my purchase of gifts for friends and family. And don't worry, I'm checking it twice. But isn't it fun to take a minute and maybe dream a little about what Santa will put under my tree for me? Let's just say I've thought about it... and I'll take one of each of those seven ah-mazing items above!

What do you want under your tree this year?

Thanks to the adorable Drew for letting me crash her blog today! xo

~Thank YOU, Michelle!! That sparkly skirt is breathtaking!!~


Pssst....I'm over at Small Shop sharing some New Year Fashion!!

Gift Giving Guide: Home Decor

Today's Gift Guide consists of all things lavish for the home. It includes certain trendy pieces that were popular throughout 2011. What better time to receive one of your favorite home pieces than Christmas?!
I sure would be ever so delighted to see one of these sitting under my tree on Christmas morning!!


A Tree of...


If I could wish for any jewels in the world for the holidays, it would be this entire collection!!
Nothing speaks glamour more than baubles, jewels, gems and diamonds galore!
I'm pretty sure any girl would fancy any one of these dazzling jewels!


~Head over and see the Tropical Holiday Tablescape I created over at MBG~

Gift Giving Guide: Wrap it up!!

As promised, I'm back with some ideas for packaging your holiday treats and goodies!!
The way a present looks on the outside, ultimately provides a more exceptional experience in the gift giving department! I LOVE shimmer and glitter, metallic foils and sparkly brights when wrapping my gifts!

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How do you dress your gifts?

Head back!

Friday's Fancies {Sparkle & Shine}


Welcome to Friday's Fancies where we're adding a little more pizazz today!
It's time to start sprinkling your outfits with sequins, sparkles and anything that glitters! 
For tis the season to "Sparkle and Shine!!"
I love the twinkle and glimmer you find in all of the holiday attire around the town.
Don't be afraid to stand out during this festive time!

Happy Friday and make your weekend a grand one!

PS...You have one last chance to enter the Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!! Enter here!!

Perfectly Packaged!

I love the assorted prints, colors and packaging materials used here! 
I'll be back with more of my favorite packaging goodies!

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Makeup Time!

Head to the The Vault Files to check out my favorite products and a little trick or 2!!

Catch up!!

My AMAZING blogger friends!! 

I just have to say I love each and every one of you! I appreciate all of the comments, emails and words of encouragement and simple hellos you share my way!! I haven't had as much time lately to comment back on your own blogs in a while!! I hate that I'm not always able to do so with this hectic season, but I just wanted you to know that every comment, tweet and email DO NOT GO UNNOTICED!! In fact, they are THE REASON I continue to do what I do! I wouldn't be here without each and every one of you!! 100% fact!! ;)


Take this as a GREAT BIG HUG to each of you who stick with me through each and every post!! I am inspired EVERYDAY by your blogs and they help get ideas reeling through my head AND even in the process of creating my own each day;)

So THANK YOU again with every ounce of my heart!!

I'm also a little late on directing you to my first design contributing post at Made by Girl!!

Gift Giving Guide: Office Decor

Today starts off with a new gift giving guide! I was pretty excited about putting this one together because I just love a well dressed desk! If my workspace is covered with fun and artistic accessories, I am more motivated to pour the coffee and start designing. I live at a computer pretty much all day, so it helps in keeping me stay put. These gifts would be great for practically anyone who sits at a desk for work or even those who spend a lot of time at their home office. 

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Friday's Fancies {Holiday Party}


Have a holiday party coming up?! Make sure to include shine, sparkle and possibly bright red lips!
There are some other incredible holiday outfits to get ideas from over at Long Distance Loving filled with Friday's Fancies you won't want to miss!!

A Juicy Display

It's always been a dream of mine to be part of a production crew, designing and displaying for store windows! Take a look at what it took to make a Juicy Holiday display!!

Stay tuned for Friday's Fancies later today ;)

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Oh My Yum!

I have a special holiday treat for "Oh My Yum" today!
Imagine sparkles, glitz and decadent treats! 
Place it on a table with flowing tassels in the wind and a marvelous ocean view
in the background..and tada!!! A glitzy holiday is yours!!


All of the credit goes to Amy Atlas at My Little Jedi for a spectacular styled holiday party table!!

Pink Holiday

I fell in love with this charming pink porch when browsing through Christmas pins.
I love how inviting the setup is. It is such a delight to be welcomed by a fairy pink door.
This home brings Christmas to life outside, and I'm totally prepared to lay a blanket and pillows out on this porch with sugar plum fairies dancing in my head.

Such a simple way to recreate this inviting porch:


Do you decorate your porch for the holidays as much as you do inside?

Welcome to the Gift Giving Guide 2011

Today kicks off Coral Café's GIFT GIVING GUIDE Extravaganza!!
I will be creating gift guides to suit your every merry making list!
There will be themed gifts, gender gifts and even those tricky family member gifts!
If you have a specific gift list you'd like to see posted, shoot me an email and I'll
let my little elf eyes do the searchin' and creatin'! 

First up:


If you missed my first giveaway, enter here!! 

Birthday Wishes...

Check out the Birthday Wishes I created for Amanda at Eclectic Snapshots today!

Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!
(and a very special happy birthday to my momma! I love you!)

A Holiday Dress Giveaway!!

Time to say a very, very special thank you to all of my amazing readers here on Coral Café!
 With lots of luck, I've won numerous giveaways around the blogoshpere.
I feel it's incredibly important for me to, in some way, give back to you!
 Shabby Apple is so incredible to offer one lucky reader of mine a beautiful woman's dress
you just can't resist!

There are several dresses and skirts that I adore like the Tinsel Town SkirtShop Around Dress and the Mulholland Dress. All can be worn fancifully over the holidays for office parties, dinner parties and special little dates on the town.

I have to say my favorite dress, Spanish Steps, is one I would wear over and over again. Dress it up with a fur jacket for the wintery months and look oh so sassy, classy! 
The detailing in this skirt is just breathtaking and exquisite!
I can see one lovely lady strolling around the streets of Paris or Italy in this charming little number!
Ok, and in the streets of your very own fabulous town too! ;)
Now you have the opportunity to win it! (sure wish I could put myself into this running ;)


So let the giveaway begin!!

How to enter:
Become a follower of Coral Café
Visit Shabby Apple and comment to let me know which piece is your favorite!

Additional ways to enter: (leave a separate comment for each to up your chances!)
Like Shabby Apple on facebook
Follow Shabby Apple on twitter
Like Coral Café on facebook
Follow Coral Café on twitter
Tweet about the giveaway (be sure to include @shabbyapple + @coralcafe in your tweet.)

That's 6 easy peasie ways to enter this fabulous giveaway!

But just so nobody leaves empty handed, and because it's the jolly holiday season, Shabby Apple is giving ALL of my readers a 10% off discount for any gift you choose for a whole 30 days!!

Just use CORALCAFE10OFF at the checkout!

(This giveaway is open to US readers and the beautiful Spanish Steps dress can be yours!!)

P.S.  I'm linking this giveaway up with my Friday's Fancies crew! There's sparkles of red in here so I'm just going to say that counts for the "Fight Against Aids" theme for this week! Especially the Tinsel Town attire!


Here's to wishing for snowy days, cups full of eggnog lattés, lights glittering everywhere, family gatherings, warm friendlys, cheerful carols and an excuse to fill up on casseroles and sweets!

Iowa has a special place in my heart

It is so great to be back to the Café!! I went to see some of my very closest friends in Iowa last week and it was just what I've been needing!! These ladies are truly the sweetest, caring and silliest sisters ever!
I am so bonded with these two and feel so at home when I'm with them.
I'm so honored to be a bridesmaid in Erienne's wedding this coming May and I was so ecstatic I could make the trip out to see her before all of the festivities begin. Although, we sure had a pretty festive time this go round!

If there ever was a trio that loved 80's movies so hard core, you'd have to rank us at the top!
Let's just say the last visit we watched Mannequin 1 & 2 and the super 80's movie, Teen Witch!
(It's ok if you've never heard them before...but OH BOY you should give them a watch!)
This year we knocked out FIVE 80's classics in just a couple short days.

Then we had to re-watch Bridesmaids and all of its glorious humor!
Of course it wouldn't be a perfect trip without making it to the real live theatre!
Erienne and I used to go to the movies almost every other day when she lived in NC!
I'd skip class to fill up on popcorn and candy, then grab a comfy seat at the local movie theatre with my fave girl ;) This year we watched the AMAZING Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn! It was a perfect time to see it because the hyped crowds had already come and gone by then. I loved it so much, I'm ready to see it a second time!

This trip, like all the rest in Iowa, leaves you feeling nothing short of stuffed!
Us three sure like to eat good meals and there are so many fantastic restaurants to choose from in the city.
You can also add chocolate covered gummy bears and popcorn into that diet of ours. 

I can't say thanks enough to my twinsie, Erienne and her lovely sis, Emily, for making this another incredible flight out of reality! Actually, it IS OUR reality and these memories we keep making together will forever be embedded in my heart!!

Thank goodness it will only be months until I see you next! and then another month after that!


I want to shout out a super, great Thank You to all my guests last week while I was away.

Emily: Recently
Erika: Small Shop
Anna: IHOD

You ladies did a tremendous job filling in!!

Guest Post: IHOD {In Honor of Design}

Introducing you to one of my very first and one of my very favorite blogger gals, Anna from In Honor of Design!!
This beauty has uber talent and an incredibly huge heart!
Take it away girlfriend....!!

I am seriously so excited to be a guest over here at Coral Cafe. Drew has impeccable taste and I was kind of intimidated to be a guest, but  she also happens to be one of the sweetest bloggers I have met in the blogosphere, so how could I say no?? ;)

I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite color trends hitting the fashion world that I am DYING to try this season. Crimson Orange and Endive. I simply would have never thought to combine these colors, but I took a glance at a few of these photos to realize they were made to turn dreary winter days upside down. Even if the color pops are subtle like a lip or nail color, it just seems to work magically as if they were always meant to be. What do you think? Should I give it a go? You can check with me over at IHOD to see if I follow through with it this winter:)

Wishing you all a blessed Holiday Season!


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Thanks so much for sharing this incredibly gorgeous color combo, Anna!
I've got ideas in my closet to recreate this look now!

P.S. If you ladies haven't already, you MUST check out Anna's Holiday Gift Guide 2011!!
There are some incredible gifts and ideas to cater to your entire holiday list!
The layout is incredibly beautiful, too, which has me checking back to glance at it constantly!

Guest Post: Small Shop

Erika. Small Shop. Large style. Huge talent! I am so happy I ran across Erika's blog and her assortment of graphic bits! I am always looking for inspiration from ladies that have a passion for graphic design. I found one that meets every expectation I have for a mega graphic star! She's here to share some key winter must-haves today and it's time I let her take it away!

Hello Coral Cafe-inators, I'm Erika from small shop! So happy that Drew asked me to fill in whilst she is enjoying some time off with her family. I'm guessing I'm a new introduction to most of you, so let me first tell you I am a graphic designer (but I fancifully refer to myself as a "brand stylist") and therefore I tend to like fancy, pretty things....which are often out of my budget. But I do believe in quality, especially in the winter months, when good ingredients really do count for something! So here is my "Winter Checklist" that I like to replenish with a few new items every winter:
*carry-all black tote
We all need one to lug around our sweaters and gifts while shopping, right? I'll be putting one on my Christmas list this year, and this number by Cynthia Vincent is practical, sizeable and stylish.
*cashmere, cashmere, cashmere
Yes I need lots of cashmere in my life come winter, and this chunky James Perse piece is perfection. (Okay, so it doesn't get THAT cold here in So. Cal. but having that extra warmth is quite nice -- I'm a Hawaii girl, cut me some slack!). And don't forget to take care of your cashmere, so you can keep your pieces for years!
*dark nail lacquer
Vampy, sexy, and goes so well with all those darker hues of winter. I'm itching to try Butter London's La Moss...oh la la!
*best lip balm (ever)
La Mer
is a splurge for sure, but it will last you all winter, and well into spring. It's soft, supple and just what the doctor ordered for our poor puckers this season.
*a nice hand soap
Who wants to catch a nasty winter cold when there is so much shopping and partying to be had? Invest in a nice line like Molton Brown so that your hands don't get as dry as they could be with less expensive (read: watery) brands. Plus it smells good too.
*signature scarf
Whatever your signature scarf is, wear it with pride. I received a Burberry keeper as a Christmas gift a few years back, and of course I don it all the time! Really the best accessory.
*day or night boots
Tall brown boots like these DVF's are just fine for our light winters out here - just enough to get me off the ground when wet, and covers up enough leg to keep me warm. Plus, goes with everything!
*a luxurious lotion
I have tried to budget-buy the body lotion. It just doesn't work. Besides, think of it this way: you don't have to use pricey perfume when you put a fragrant cream on like the new Diptyque line -- double-duty!
*lots of jeans!
I am obsessed with Mother "The Looker" jeans. Obsessed! I have them in three washes, and honestly, I would buy more if they were cheaper. They're heavier than "jeggings" (yuck!) but stretchy like yoga pants. Hey, I've had a kid and these still don't give me muffin top. I'm just sayin'...great investment.

So there you have it! Hopefully I've introduced a few of you to some new faves -- I know it can be scary to spend a ton of $$ on an unfamiliar product!

What are some of your winter splurges? Come tell me at my neck of the 'net, small shop!

Thank you ever so much, Erika, for this list of winter must haves! Hopefully it will help some of you get ideas on what to snag today while out in the hustle and bustle carrying your first load of shopping bags!
I need to go try on a pair of those jeans and sample some of that double duty lotion!

Now you MUST go check out Erika's creations and designs!

Friday's Fancies: Black Friday


Happy Black Friday!! Hope all you crazy shoppers are getting your gift list all marked through and checked off! Today's Friday's Fancies is all about the BLACK! Classic, elegant and chic. 
Ok, and a little gold sprinkled in never hurt anything.

What gift MUST you get at a discounted price today?