Happy Thanksgiving


Hope you are enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving day and to those not celebrating take a minute out to appreciate all the wonderful people in your life.

I am grateful for so much..Wonderful family and friends that are always there for me. And YOU for your support and encouragement. You are the bubbles in my champagne….THANK YOU.


image: birch + bird


Rustic-Glam Thanksgiving


For those who might have missed it, here is the Rustic-Glam Thanksgiving look I created for Bright Bazaar. A mix of natural textures and seasonal colors with a little bit of sparkle.




I found these birch barks at my local flower warehouse and just knew I had to use them for the centerpiece. I placed cylinder vases in each and added tealights to one and holly branches to the other. The effect was magical; the warm glow of the candles accentuated the color of the berries. I scattered dried Rosehips scented with Blue Spruce Oil to bring festive fragrance to the table.

Sources to get the look:

Gold votives: Crate and Barrel | Gold triangles tumblers: Dwell Studio from Global Views  | Vintage spools: Trohv | Rust Iron chair: Trohv | Wrap Me Around You throw: Dormify | Squirrel Nut Jonathan Adler: Trohv | Silver Placemats + Napkins: West Elm | Metallic Thread Placemats (overhang): West Elm | Table runner: Crate and Barrel | Flatware: DvF  | Dinner plates: Home Goods | Dessert Plates: West Elm | Dried Rosehips scented with Blue Spruce Oil: Trohv  | Amethyst side plates: Ikea | Small Carafe: William Sonoma | Tall Carafe: Pottery Barn | Iron Blackbird: Trohv  | Tea cups + saucers: vintage/thrifted

More details, tips and a signature drink recipe on Bright Bazaar

Happy Weekend!

images styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

holiday decor

Quirky, rustic and simple details I’m loving…

Fresh berry branches with a festive DIY garland..how pretty are the red and white tablecloth and napkins prints?

silver, ivory and clear ornaments on antlers…simple but so adorable

totally digging this wood crate, book and ornament vignette.

I want to buy a wood ladder just so I can decorate it like this..

almost the end of the week friends!!

ps: check out my Rustic-Glam Thanksgiving look over at Bright Bazaar.

images via 79ideas

Sweet Paul Magazine’s Spectacular Holiday Issue

Holiday issue of one of the best magazines online, Sweet Paul is LIVE!! One of his biggest issues yet, Paul Lowe takes Holiday crafts, decorations, and baking to a completely new level….Loving SO MUCH!! Will’s antique Christmas {Abs STUNNER!}, Artichoke Lamp {made with old book pages!!}, ceramic bottle cityscape {bringing sexy back to ceramics!}, bottle cleaner brush tree and oodles more ideas to create and fill your home with magic for the holidays…  Here’s a peek at what’s packed in this absolutely FAB FAB issue and how to spice up a few old classics Sweet Paul style..




Tartan fabric cut-out ornaments…adorb overload!!

I have been a long time admirer of Paul’s work but in serious awe after flipping through this issue. Catch it all HERE.


images: sweet paul magazine


words to live by….

While walking about the markets of Delhi, I thinking about something that everyone could use a lot more of….and that is positive affirmation. Dont mean to go all chicken soup for the …blah blah soul on you but could we all agree that there needs to be more positive affirmation going around? I mean who doesn’t need a reliable, positive and encouraging mantra once in a while? And what better time to get started than the fast approaching holiday season?

Here are some more that I keep filed for those days when I need a little something extra to keep me going.







Go on start infecting people {including yourself} with these lovely thoughts…

What are some of your favorite/go-to quotes?

On another note: I found the most amazing store in Delhi today. It was love at first sight for mom and me.. we shopped till we dropped and I am already exceeding my baggage allowance..hehe…Cant wait to show you my spoils.. and there maybe a surprise in there for you too!!


images: all via pinterest

namaste india

Namaste from India my friends. I am in Delhi spending much needed quality time with my family. It has been forever since we were all together like this and we plan on making the most of it. Lots of shopping, pampering and TONS of delish food on the agenda. Yes, it feels awesome to be back here.

If any of you have been to Delhi what are your must-see/try recommendations?


Dont forget to follow Mochatini on Facebook to stay updated with my latest finds/inspirations…



weekend snippets + peek: anthology magazine

Fall in the DC area is absolutely beautiful. If you are ever here during this time I recommend a visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can sip wine on a patio, listen to live music and hike along the woods and vineyard. Very picturesque and one of the few vineyards that welcome dogs. We spent my birthday afternoon here and with the sun shining, a chill in the air, it was a glorious day.

No birthday of mine is complete without company of AWESOME friends, great food and wine. I am blessed with wonderful people around me. I feel so lucky to have each of them in my life.  A few spots that treated us well this weekend:Bezu in Potomac, MD. HIGHLY recommend the veal chops. Hot and Juicy Crawfish: thanks for accommodating such a large groups of us  for a heartwarming dinner. Love this neighborhood seafood joint. Estadio: awesome awesome tapas each time. 14K a must for breakfast/brunch.

Dexter decided to be a prison inmate for his first Halloween. He did a good job of frightening the trick or treaters.

The next issue of Anthology magazine looks amazing. Titled Going Global, featuring some of my favorites cities I cant wait for it to hit the stands. Here’s a sneak peek of the issue.


This is a super super busy week for me as I have a Thanksgiving photoshoot and then I’m off to India and the Caribbean. So excited about the trips but feeling sad about being away from this guy. His love of Starbucks proves he is truly my puppy.

Happy new week and month to you friends.

images: manvi drona-hidalgo (iphone) and anthology magazine.




Happy Halloween and Birthday Weekend

Do you love or loathe Halloween? Are you dressing up? I am not but I do have a fun outfit for Dexter. If any of you are looking for last-min Halloween party decor ideas, check out this monochromatic bash that I created for Bright Bazaar. I used old record as chargers. For the centerpiece I spray painted pumpkins, artichokes and fabric hydrangeas in a flat black finish.



More details on Bright Bazaar.

Thanks for your visits this week. Have a great weekend.

images styled and photographed by manvi drona-hidalgo