Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brunch at Balboa Bay Club & Resort

Hope everyone had a good holiday!

On Christmas Day I went for brunch at The Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, CA. I hadn't been in years! I think the last time I was there was in the mid-80's for a Bar Mitzvah. It sure has changed! Most recently renovated in 2003.  Now, it looks like a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton resort, complete with all the amenities of a five star hotel.  The resort includes (for members and non-members alike): guest suites & rooms, a spa and a salon, meeting rooms, two restaurants and a bar, a marina that accommodates up to 144 boat slips, and more. After brunch, I took a few quick pictures that I thought would share - a mini tour of the club which is currently festively decorated for the holidays.

The entrance to the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

The decorated fountain.

The corridor leading to The First Cabin restaurant.

Entrance to the restaurant, where we dined.

Interior of The First Cabin restaurant.

The Balboa Bay Club sits right on Newport Harbor, with it's own marina and boat slips.

The outside patio area with harbor views.

The living/sitting areas - which greatly remind me of a five star hotel.

The fireplace of the sitting room, very cozy and decorated for the holidays.

Palm tree upholstered chairs fill the corridor along side holiday decorations.

A cute gingerbread house.

All photos by me.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wreaths for Charity

Two recent charity events had designers and stars alike creating wreaths to be auctioned off in support of charity groups such as the Children's Action Network and DIFFA.  The wreath above was designed by Kelly Wearstler for the Children's Action Network for their 3rd Annual Holiday Party held in Los Angeles.  The wreaths below were created for DIFFA's Holiday Wreath Collection Event held in Dallas.

Kelly Wearstler's leather dip-dyed wreath for DIFFA.

Images for the DIFFA wreaths from DIFFADallas Facebook Page

Images of Kelly Wearstler's wreaths from the Kelly Wearstler Facebook Page


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Kate Spade Home

I've been on a bit of a Kate Spade binge lately, having recently purchased a new handbag, wallet, coin purse, iPhone hard to resist when everything is so cute!  Next thing you know I'll be sleeping in Kate Spade...or on Kate Spade! (Bedding, that is!) Launching in 2011 is a new bedding collection from Kate Spade New York.  The collection is punchy and graphic and as quoted from Kate herself, "I really went back to the original DNA of the brand for my inspiration -- bright colors, bold graphics and beautiful combinations of the two."  (The collection will retail from $129-179.)

{Gardner Street Bedding}

{Heriloom Rose Bedding}

{Garden Grove Bedding}

And while on the subject of home, check out these photos featured in Elle magazine of Kate Spade's creative director Deb Lloyd's Brooklyn townhouse, where she hosted a soiree to toast the brand's launch of their new scent Twirl.

The safari insired sitting room.

Kate Spade creative director Deb Lloyd.

The table set with Kate Spade china.

Guests outfitted in Kate Spade.

Soiree images from

Bedding images from Shelter Pop

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Parlor Textiles

Awhile back, I came across the site for Parlor Textiles, a lovely collection of fabrics and pillows. I couldn't recall where I found the site, but I know for sure it was via another blog. Then I received an email announcment just prior to Thanksgiving for Cyber Monday. As I was revisiting the site - I thought this is certainly something to feature here at Material Girls!  The fabrics and pillows are so pretty!

{It was this email that piqued my interest, once again.}

The Winter Floral fabric shown in marine.

I love the Indian Deco Floral, which comes in indigo, yellow, and red.

And the Simple Ikat, which also comes in terracotta.

BUT...what I really loved when browsing the site is when I came across Parlor Textile's designer Angela Clinton's blog were her unique concept / inspiration boards (many people know I love inspiration boards).

Check out Debut The Blog for even more!