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5 Tips To Find That Perfect Piece of Art

Nothing finishes a room like a piece of art. Often the focal point, art can set the mood of a space, from calm and tranquil to bold and invigorating — depending on the piece, of course! — so selecting the right painting can feel like a daunting task. But no matter what, the right art...

Lariat Love at Coco Blanca
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Lariat Love

The lariat is the new statement necklace of the moment.  It has evolved beyond its western roots thanks to sleek metals and shiny gems.  Whether you prefer your necklace thin and simple for everyday wear, or fashioned with bold gold links to pair with a black evening gown, shop Coco Blanca’s picks for this spring’s...

Coco's favorite hard boiled eggs recipes
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What To Do With All Those Hard Boiled Eggs

Easter is such a beautiful time.  The earth awakens with chirping birds, flowering trees, and pink cherry blossoms.  Families come together, the children dress for church, and Easter egg hunts abound.  However, the trappings of Easter linger long after it has passed.  Jelly beans, chocolate, and hard boiled eggs persist. The youngsters know what to do...

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Pretty Pastels for Easter

With Easter quickly approaching, it’s the time of year to break out your spring wardrobe once and for all — finally! Pack away your scarves and mittens, and unpack those pretty dresses, linen pants, and feminine tanks. Easter is so often symbolized by images of new life – think eggs, bunnies, baby chicks – and...

Many Great Lighting Options at Coco Blanca
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Bright Ideas for Functional Lighting

The best-lit rooms have layers of lighting; functional lighting is one of those layers. Functional lighting, as the name suggests, provides the illumination we need for the daily activities in our lives. Think lighting for your kitchen prep area, or the entry hall to light art or a console table, or the bedside table to...

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Designers at Home: My Recent Additions

My house is definitely a work in progress, in fact I hesitate to share pictures because I have such a long way to go to the finish line.  But I suppose a house is never finished so I am biting the bullet today to show you some recent real-life pictures of how I have incorporated...

Happy Hour
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How To Dress (Your Bar) for Happy Hour

It’s Friday! Hosting a happy hour? Having a party? We have everything you need to look stylish and fun – and we can dress up your bar, too! Whether you are serving a lovely champagne or a robust IPA, we have a wonderful selection of standout ice buckets, bar tools, and serving bowls in our...

Spring blooms (and coordinating pottery) at Coco!
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How To Show Off Those Spring Blooms

Ah, spring… I mean winter… I mean spring.  Actually, who knows? Poor cherry blossoms and dreary drooping daffodils — they just don’t know what to do. But we do! Spring is coming and with it? Fresh flowers! As the earth awakens with bursts of color, now is the time to come to Coco Blanca to...

Iris Setlakwe
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Introducing the Exquisite Fit and Superior Fabric of Iris Setlakwe

Coco Blanca is excited to announce the arrival of a new brand designer in our store, Iris Setlakwe! The Iris Setlakwe clothing brand hails from Montreal with one objective in mind: to create a women’s clothing line that fits perfectly in all the right places. Driven by her unwavering passion for design, Iris had the...

Spring sweaters
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‘Tis the Season for Coco’s Spring Sweaters

Well as of yesterday it’s officially spring and we are done with the snow, but we will be seeing less-than-warm weather for another few weeks. The silver lining to this cool, early spring weather is that it is easy to transition that winter wardrobe into spring by adding lovely spring sweaters. Glitter Fringe Sweater, $392.50...

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How Design Accents Transform a House into Your House

No room in your house is finished without adding accessories. Just like accessories make an outfit, accessories make a room.  Without accessories to tie everything together, the look will invariably fall flat. I also believe your home should feel collected, not decorated.  Adding carefully selected, appropriately scaled objet d’art that resonate with you ensures that...

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The 7 Best Beds

Sometimes people put off pulling together their bedroom because it is the last place a guest would see, but since it is the space where you can leave the stress of the day behind, relax, and find serenity, I think it should absolutely be one of the first rooms designed. To help you find that...

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Phil Who? 6 Spring Looks To Wear Now

With the (mostly) gorgeous weather we have been having the last couple of weeks, I would say that Punxsutawney Phil had it all wrong.  You know him — the 20-pound prognosticating groundhog.  Has he ever been right?  The official observers thought he saw his shadow on February 2nd, which, as the theory goes, predicts six more weeks of...

The perfect Florabella clutch
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Clutch Style: Florabella

We are loving this warmer (albeit crazy!) weather here at Coco Blanca! For times like this, the year-round, resort-wear style of Florabella is just perfect. Resort wear is style that epitomizes relaxation and an appreciation of nature and the elements, and the Florabella lifestyle collection of diverse and fashion-forward beachwear epitomizes the look for women...

Gretchen Neal Trunk Show
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Sip & Shop! Cocktail Party + Gretchen Neal Designs Trunk Show

Enjoy a celebration of Italian style! Coco Blanca is thrilled to invite you to a cocktail party and trunk show featuring Gretchen Neal Designs, a collection of beautiful, Italian linen apparel. In the spirit of Italy, we will be serving chilled Prosecco and Italian fare from Charlene’s Catering as you enjoy your first look at...

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ISO the Perfect Dresser

I simply don’t have enough storage space in my closet — it is really difficult to stay organized when you are constantly stuffing clothes in an overcrowded space — so I have been on a hunt for the perfect dresser. There are so many beautiful options out there, almost too many, so it’s important to...

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The 10 Best Kitchen Pendants

So often we reserve our special lighting for the dining room chandelier and maybe the foyer of our homes. But where do we spend most of our time, even when we entertain? The kitchen! These days there are so many beautiful lighting options that your kitchen can easily be transformed into a much more stylish,...

Spring buying trip apparel
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Behind the Scenes: Is a Buying Trip as Fun as It Seems? Yes! And…

Everyday someone asks about a buying trip and usually they say “I bet it is really fun.”  Wellllll? It *is* really fun!  But before you jump on board, I thought you might like some insight as to all that goes into a New York buying spree.  It is simultaneously both exhilarating and exhausting.  We buy...

What to wear whether you're celebrating Valentine's or Galentine's Day
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WTW: Galentine’s Night Out + Valentine’s Day Dinner

I would like to introduce you all to Meredith, a lovely young lady whom I have known her since she was a little girl, and have watched grow up into a beautiful, accomplished young woman.  Her boyfriend has invited her to a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day where she will be wined and dined in...

Cold Shoulder
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Coco’s Cold Shoulder: Sexy Yet Subtle

With warmer spring weather right around the corner, show off some skin in one of 2017’s biggest trends, the cold shoulder! Why is this style so flattering? Think about it — everyone’s shoulders look great and are such a beautiful part of the body to show off…a perfect way to reveal some skin without showing...

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The 6 Best Nightstands (+ 6 Tips To Style Them)

It’s the first thing you see in the morning and holds everything from your phone and your favorite book to a piping hot cup of coffee. Besides your bed, of course, the most essential pieces of furniture in your bedroom are the nightstands (both literally and figuratively, ha!) and I would venture to say it...

Choose fantasy decorating over fantasy football!
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Fantasy Football vs. Fantasy Decorating

With the Super Bowl in just a few days, we are deep into Fantasy Football at my house, and have been for a while. My husband seemed to enjoy the whole process so much I was eager to learn.  I do know a bit about football, after all — I grew up in Georgia and...

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Howdy, Alexandria!

I’m thrilled to formally introduce myself. My name is Daniella Blanco, and I am the newest member of the Coco Blanca family. I recently relocated from Beaumont, Texas, and am happy to call Alexandria my new home. The wonderful ladies at Coco Blanca have made me feel so welcome. But how, you may ask, did...

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How To Enjoy Football? This Food

So the AFC and NFC Conference winners have been crowned and we know which two football teams will be playing for the Super Bowl title. I was so hoping that the Steelers would be in that battle, having been a devout Steelers football fan since the 70s (Terry Bradshaw! Lynn Swann! Franco Harris!) but it...

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Trends Preview: Stripes

Stripes really never go out of style but they are going to be everywhere 2017, and we mean everywhere: not only on clothing, but on handbags, shoes, and other accessories. Whether you like big and bold, subtle and neutral, horizontal, or vertical, we have you covered for this recurring trend. And yes, you can wear...

Spring top trends
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Trends Preview: Your Must-Have Tops for Spring

Look at what just arrived at Coco Blanca! These brand new tops that are perfect for the transition from winter to spring – and are a sneak peek into the newest trends, and what we expect to explode Spring 2017. What can you expect? You’ll move to more voluminous clothing with bigger proportions; dresses and tops...

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Get the Look of this Gorgeous Living Room (for $5,000 Less!)

Thinking of redoing a room? Now is the time! This beautiful living room designed by Paloma Contreras is quite stunning. When I looked closely I realized that a couple of the pieces are by Bernhardt, which of course is available at Coco Blanca, so I am going to show you how we can help you...

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The 10 Best New Bernhardt Furniture Items

Bonus? Take 40% off ALL Bernhardt Furniture in January! I find the start of a new year so exciting and this year is no different.  While 2016 brought many wonderful events and accomplishments for Coco Blanca, I always like to look forward.  And I especially love to find all the new products that our vendors...

A winter stew for everyone
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Want To Beat Winter’s Deep Freeze? Try an Easy (and Heart-Warming!) Stew

Regardless of whether you prefer meat or fish, there is nothing quite like a steaming stew in the middle of the winter to make you feel all warm and cozy. Serve theses stews to your family for dinner, after snowball fights, or to your guests to shake off the deep chill…perfect for this weekend’s arctic...

Winter Sale
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Coco’s Winter Sale: Our Picks

Susie and I have had wonderful holiday time at the start of this winter season with our respective families, for which we are so thankful, but now we both feel inspired from our break and are antsy to get back to the store to get back to work. We are inspired and ready to up our game!...

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What to Wear: First Night Alexandria

Going to the Alexandria New Year’s Eve party? First Night Alexandria is the largest family-friendly and alcohol-free New Year’s Eve party in the Washington, D.C., region. Family-friendly activities begin at 2pm; end your wonderful family day at midnight with a spectacular fireworks display over the Potomac River. For all of the festivities, from head-to-toe, Coco Blanca...

Favorite Poetry
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Our Kind of Poetry

Who said nursery rhymes at bedtime couldn’t be fun? Pick up a copy of Hickory Daiquiri Dock at Coco Blanca and pour yourself a cocktail with a nursery rhyme twist!  Author Tim Federle brings us 20 classic nursery rhymes with a grown-up edge, making this book a great gift for new parents everywhere. One of...

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Cozy Coco

‘Tis the season to be cozy and warm! From luxuriously soft fur neck warmers to lovely cashmere scarves, Coco Blanca is your go-to boutique for all winter apparel. A favorite piece of Coco’s is the fur pom-pom knit beanie, available is a multitude of neutral shades. This hat will keep you warm all day, while...

White and Silver Christmas Traditions
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A Twist on Traditions : Sparkly, Snow-Inspired Holiday Décor

What could ever be better than Christmas?  The fun, the children’s sparkling eyes, the promise of Santa, and, of course, the wonderful traditions.  Like many of our families before us, we hold these traditions, which have been handed down through the generations, close. Still, even traditions can use a makeover from time to time.  This...

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Bring on the Bubbly! (Because Surprise…It’s Good for You!)

OK, so maybe the New York Post isn’t the most revered of newspapers, but there was an article by Guy Kelly not long ago that I am happy to take very seriously: 5 Reasons Champagne Is Surprisingly Good for You. From better memory to clearer skin, champagne’s benefits go far beyond its well-known bubbly buzz....

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Beautiful, Life-Changing Baskets: Why Fair Trade Matters

As you have noticed by now, our mild fall temperatures have come to an end!  Old Man Winter literally blew in overnight and I don’t think we’ll see many more sixty-something degree days.  But I love the change of seasons and appreciate the coziness that winter brings. I love making a pot of beef cheek...

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Coco’s Top 10 Hostess Gifts

I won’t tell you how old I am, but I am not too old to have become jaded or weary of this special time of year, especially when it comes to Christmas parties.  One of my favorite moments in life is going to my mailbox and finding an invitation to open, even more so during...

Christmas table inspiration
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5 Elegant (and Easy!) Ways To Style Your Christmas Table

We’ve talked about how important the dining room becomes in the holiday season. Well Christmas is just around the corner so now is the time to be thinking about how to adorn that dining room table. Nothing is more important on Christmas evening than the tablescape (except for maybe the food, family and friends, of...

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Postcards from Cape May

My husband and I are fortunate enough to have made dear, lifelong friends while living in Italy way back in 1979, when Vin was serving as a doctor in the Air Force. We met our friends, Theresa and George, in Italian 101, and never looked back. George and Theresa’s home Fast forward to the 21st...

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The Dining Room’s Time To Shine

Let’s face it, dining rooms are pretty much ignored the majority of the year…then the holidays roll around and suddenly they get a lot of attention.  The holidays bring out our nesting instincts; we start thinking about setting beautiful, welcoming tables to make our loved ones feel happy, relaxed, and comfortable as we gather. For...