valentine’s day gift guide

For those of you affected by the snow, I hope you stayed safe and warm during the storm.  Valentine’s day is coming up so I thought I’d share a round-up of some fabulous gifting ideas for your Valentine this year.

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For her {or yourself!}
1 | Sophia Webster nude sandal {also comes in a great slide}
2 | La Perla lingerie set {so pretty!}
3 | Roses candle
4 | Pink Ombre Rose Cake {gorgeous!}
5 | Metallic Rose heart BKR water bottle
6 | Impatiens flower drop earrings
7 | Brass heart bottle stopper
8 | For your little one.  This sweet rose Burberry puffer
9 | Tata harper love potion {smells amazing} and lip and cheek tint
10| Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer {obsessed}

For Him:
11 | Gazelle suede sneaker
12 | Fendi Monster eyes IPhone 6 cover
13 | Jonathan Adler tic tac toe set
14 | Gecko print swim trunks
15 | Feather bow tie {made in Charleston SC}
16 | Suede penny driving mock
17 | David Yurman Titanium Cuff
18 | Kiehl’s limited edition age defender collection
19 | Dark chocolate maraschino cherries

Wishing you a wonderful winter/Valentine’s weekend,
Emmanuelle
Xo

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a 2017 reset

Well it’s almost February, and I am just getting to sharing my January thoughts with you.  I hope you had wonderful holidays and that your 2017 is off to a good start.  I took some time away from work at the beginning of the year to reset my mind, body, and home {especially my closets!}.  The end of the year is always so hectic both personally and professionally, I knew before I entered another busy season, I needed to take a step back and regroup.

Here are some of the elements that I’ve integrated into my routine to carry me through the year during the busy times for optimal health and mindfulness.

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1 | Two years ago, when I did a similar thing, I tossed all plastic storage containers from my home.  I have a few of these BKR water bottles, they are perfect for the gym, the office and the car, and alleviate drinking out of plastic bottles {for the sake of not wasting plastic and not drinking out of toxic plastic bottles}.

2 | I discovered the amazing blog and Instagram account of Alpha Foodie.  If you are a health foodie, do yourself a favor and check her out.  I’ve been drinking a lot of flavored water and discovered some amazing combinations via Samira’s blog. This lemon, ginger and mint combination has been my go to.  In the colder months straight water can be less appealing but it is so important to stay hydrated – flavoring your water can help you do that.

3  & 4 | My college roommate and {her mother} taught me so much about wellness far before it was trendy.  She recently introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils.  I had wanted to diffuser for my home so I opted for the starter kit to really learn about the benefits of different oils that I may not have previously been aware of, so that I can integrate them into my wellness routine.  In a short time, I have learned a great deal and discovered a few favorites. The one that has surprised me the most is this blend of Thieves which contains a potent combination of essential oils from clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary.  I drop 2 drops in my tea every night, use it in my diffuser to combat cold/flu and cleanse the air in my home, and also use it in a foot bath with epsom salts to help keep my immune system up when I feel depleted after a long work week.

5 | Activewear has evolved so much from a fashion standpoint.  There is so much more variety for  fabulous  pieces that will take you beyond the gym which is practical for when you want to run errands or even meet a friend for coffee post-gym.  I am loving this top for yoga and barre class.

6| Charcoal is excellent for pulling impurities out of water.  This glass bottle with charcoal looks great and will naturally purify water.  I love that it is as good looking as it is functional and that you can just leave the bottle out when hosting a dinner party for guests to help themselves.

7 | A few years ago I integrated meditation into my life and it has really changed my outlook as far as how I approach challenging situations and life overall.  As I continue to work on mindfulness, I opted for this planner for 2017.  It is a calendar and planner that is designed for you to put thought into what/how you want to feel.  How much time do we spend goal setting and trying to check things off our to do list?  By sitting down weekly with my to do list while putting thought into what I want to feel, keeps priorities, people I chose to spend time with, and my to do list aligned with what I want out of life. You’d be amazed at what ends up on your to do list and what does not when you approach it from this mindset.

So there you have it.  How about you, what are some of your favorite wellness | mindfulness tips that you plan to integrate into your 2017?

Stay warm and healthy!
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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A few of my favorite things | December

Happy Post Christmas, pre-New Year’s Eve,

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty exhausted, yet incredibly content and grateful for another beautiful holiday.  This month I have been inspired by silver and white tones both in fashion and home décor.  In fact, I designed my Christmas tablescape & décor around this inspiration.

Wishing you a relaxing week in-between holidays and hoping you have some exciting New Year’s Eve plans in the works!

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1 | I love everything about these statement earrings.  They are seasonless and classic.

2 | Metallics continue to be in.  I am loving the idea of a metallic blazer.

3 | Sofie got this coat for Christmas.  It looks ADORABLE on her.  It is an off white faux fur with grey highlights.  The perfect holiday coat for a white, black or brown colored puppy.  She is 8 lbs. and we ordered the Extra Small. My mom’s dog Clio got this coat for Christmas.  Gorgeous for gold or apricot fur babies.

4 | January will be a time of focus on my home for me.  I have a few projects lined up that are long overdue.  Something that has been in the works for the past year has been converting my former office into a dressing area right off of my closet.  This floor mirror will be perfect for the space.

5 | I am working on a cleanse for January as well, this is something I do every year during my time off. I like how it starts the year off on the right foot and has me trying out new healthy recipes.  This breakfast quinoa recipe is a perfect winter morning clean option.

6 | Something I will continue to focus on for 2017.  Life can be challenging, but feeding your mind with positive thoughts is the key to overcoming challenges, and getting you closer the life you desire. {source}

6 | This sparkling spiced pear cocktail by Gray Malin would be a lovely NYE party cocktail and simple enough to make.

Wishing you a beautiful week!
~Emmanuelle
XO

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holiday wishes

Happy Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah!

I wanted to take an opportunity to wish each and every one of you a holiday  filled with love, joy,  peace in your hearts & homes, and gratitude. I hope you are able to spend them surrounded by the people who mean the most to you.

This photo below is special because a dear friend of mine shot it at his magical home in Maine.  I thought it captured the essence of the peace, magic and  beauty that I wish for you this holiday and for 2017. {source}

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Thank you for being a part of this journey with me and for another year of your support and loyalty, I am grateful to you beyond words.

Merry, happy and bright holidays to you.

~Emmanuelle
Xo

 

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Gift Guide | 12 gifts for Her

Ten days until Christmas, how did that happen? Deadlines for shipping are approaching so this will be my last gift guide for this season.  I am likely hosting Christmas Day this year for the first time, so I hope to share some menu and entertaining inspiration with you next week as I pull my own thoughts and ideas together.  In the meantime,  I’ve included great gift ideas for her, including a few things on my own Christmas list.

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Pilates for your face
An empowering yoga tank
A fabulous pair of kicks
For the spirit junkie
A beautiful body oil
A statement necklace that gives back
Rose gold water bottle
A puffer vest
For his or her sunglasses
Serious fashion for your phone
The latest in hair care
Healthy & delicious recipes in a jiffy
A fresh scent
A timeless clutch
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10 Holiday Gifts | For Him

Happy Weekend!

I hope you have some fun holiday parties this weekend and that you are keeping warm with this winter chill.  Below are my top 10 gift suggestions for the men in our lives this holiday season.

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for the fashionable car enthusiast
a fabulous toiletry bag 
for the whiskey enthusiast
a super-fun & smart workout
a modern classic
for a weekend away
advice for a foodie
A shoe wardrobe staple
The gift that keeps on giving
for the traveling presenter
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12 Holiday Hostess Gifts

Happy black Friday and official kick-off to holiday shopping!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  The time between now and Christmas is so short, I’ve committed to myself to finish my holiday shopping by the end of day Monday so I can focus on enjoying the holidays with my family and friends.  There are incredible deals in-stores and on-line starting today.

I thought I would kick-off the holiday season with my 12 picks for Holiday Host/Hostess gift ideas.  These would also work as holiday gifts for a variety of people on your list and make an impression on hostesses gracious enough to open their doors to their guests this holiday season.

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a scented bauble | $15.00
swanky thank you notes | $30.00
a glamorous Christmas Ornament | $68.00
holiday beauty staples | $39
a treasure from the sea | $125
A book of beaches | $40
Christmas sweater cookies | $38
a lovely bottle of red wine {order here with complimentary delivery in Boston!} | $33
an indulgent & luxurious candle | $90
for the cocktail guru {or candy snob} | $65
THE wine openers of wine openers | $350
a Jo Malone Christmas cracker | $45

Happy Holidays – wishing you the best on your Black Friday adventures!
~Emmanuelle
Xo

 

 

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fashion to fête

With all of the fashion week shows happening around the globe, and the holidays in a little over a month, {can you believe it?}, I thought I’d share some inspiration on how design inspiration can translate from fashion to events and entertaining seamlessly.

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Plate | Shoes
Yellow & White Fashion | Tablescape
Bracelet | Cake
White fashion | Tablescape
Red tablescape | Red street style
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a few of my favorite things | September

Wow, Fall is here!  Fashion week in NY has come and gone, Fashion Week Boston is kicking off tonight {you can learn more about the events and access tickets here}, and just like that we are more than half way through September.  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite things of the moment.  In addition to Fall fashions, this transitional season inspires me entertain at home more often especially as we approach the holidays. It’s also the perfect time for hot tea drinks and cozy cashmere sweaters.

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beach staples

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time at the beach with some dear college friends.  It is a tradition that was started several years ago, and regardless of what we have going on in our lives, we work to make ourselves available for this one weekend per year, to catch-up and enjoy a summer weekend together.  As you can imagine these weekends are always good for the soul, full of laughs, and never disappoint – I came back with a heart  full of gratitude.

As I was packing, I realized that I need to streamline my beach gear.  I’ve purged my old swimsuits but do need an updated swimsuit and overall beach look.  Just like my wardrobe, I like the idea of sticking to staples for a look that always looks elegant.  You can always layer in trendier and less expensive options seasonally, but I like the idea of having a solid go to look.

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1 | I am obsessed with these beach towels.  Practical and well designed. Continue reading

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