packing for istanbul!

As you know from a previous post, we are taking a trip to Istanbul this spring.  Where it is a relatively big trip, I spent this weekend planning out how to pack my suitcase and with what {as well as what I still might need for the trip}. While Ed has been to Turkey a few times, I’ve never been.  He planned the trip and I’ve been doing my research on the culture and sites so I can catch-up with him.  This is one of my favorite parts of travel – the learning.  They say to travel is evolve and I couldn’t agree more.  You are stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing an entirely different part of the world & culture.  It makes you realize how small the globe really is.


Turkey is a conservative country, and the weather will be comparable to the weather in Boston so I am going to pack mostly basics and layers that are comfortable enough for long days of site seeing & suitable for a range of temperatures, yet chic enough for a stylish city like Istanbul.  Some of these pieces double up as new spring pieces for a spring wardrobe as well.

As we travel our way and see the sites, I’ll be sharing highlights on Instagram along the way.  I also plan to share a recap with you of our favorite restaurants and sites from the trip in a separate post when we return.  In the meantime, here is about what I’ll be taking with me including some of my favorite safe beauty products.  The nutrient day cream {#10} is my go to sunscreen for my face.  It is both effective, safe & full of nutrients, and good for all skin types {I use my argan oil underneath for additional moisture} the mascara {#4} is brilliantly packaged in a tube with an amazing brush. It both lengthens & thickens lashes – also it is mercury free unlike many unsafe mascaras.



1 | 2 | 3 | 4 + conditioner {you need this for the non-toxic ingredients to stick to your lashes & for the mascara to wear well} | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 {10% off your first purchase}

Some evenings we will end up eating somewhere we discover along the way, but for a few evenings we have identified places that we’d like to go to and will dress up a bit for. I’ve included a few evening pieces along with my RMS Beauty must have’s – a highlighter for a dewy glow {#3}, and a spring lip2cheek blush/lip color {#6} made with organic ingredients including coconut & castor seed oil.


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Wishing you a great start to your week!

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a few of my favorite things | April

Happy Spring Monday!

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend and a happy Easter/Passover.  With actual spring weather looming around the corner you can see I am inspired by some of the loveliness that spring & summer bring to us – garden weddings and wildflowers.  Here are my favorite things of the moment.

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an early spring menu

Isn’t it lovely that all sorts of spring produce is coming our way in the coming months?  The Spring season is always a refreshing time to cook because ingredients that we have not seen all winter begin to make their way into our kitchens – a whole new set of resources to work with!

A group of girlfriends in my neighborhood and I started a healthy cooking club this winter.  They are all excellent cooks and true foodies, so as you can imagine, getting together once a month and taking turns hosting the dinners at each of our places is a lot of fun.  The criteria of our cooking club is to keep it healthy and use whole foods which each of generally does on our own anyway.  Earlier this week it was my turn to host and I thought I would share my menu with you, with spring entertaining on the horizon and all.


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We are looking for a summer intern!

Hello lovelies,

Things have been really busy and eventful here at POISE. which I am incredibly grateful for.  Hard work truly does pay off  – it just takes years of a strong vision and relentless perseverance.  While we are just getting started with lots to do, we are growing with an exciting group of clients in the fashion, design/textile and beauty industries.  To help us with our projects, we are looking for a fabulous intern who is interested in gaining experience in marketing, social media, public relations, communications and events.

I wanted to share this with you first, as referrals are always the best connections.

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two great new cookbooks

Happy Friday!

I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend!  One of my favorite types of books to buy is a cookbook.  Having recipes to peruse through when planning a special dinner or dinner party, and referring to them over and over again is a hobby of mine.  The style has to match my cooking style otherwise, I will never use them.  I tend to use that as my filter before buying them so I don’t end up with a kitchen full of books I don’t use.  There are two new cookbooks available for pre-order right now that I plan to add to my library.

For the lover of fashion,  Bergdorf Goodman is launching a book available March 24th for  fashionable a fêtes at home called the Bergdorf Goodman Cookbook.  It includes 100 recipes from their ever so elegant restaurant as well as contributions from fashion designers & editors alike.  From cocktails to hors d’oeuvres and entrees I can’t wait to test out some of these fashion industry favorites.

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lucky green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you who celebrate!

Thought we could all use a dose of lucky green today, so I pulled together some fashion and entertaining inspiration around the color that’s not only know to be lucky but gives us the feel of Spring!  Green and white when done well can be a stunning color palette for a spring garden party or by changing the tone of green to more of a deep emerald, for a beautiful fall fête.


Row 1 | An event set-up for Veranda by the fabulous Mary McDonald & Nathan Turner | color swirl blown glass – a great accent piece for a green & white tabletop | how fun is this banana leaf plate? perfect for serving hors d’oeuvres | trellis salad plate

Row 2 | A little festive St. Patrick’s Day Fashion

Row 3 | blown glass tumbler with a ribbed texture | marbleized charger plate | An alternative to green beer – this lovely & delicious spring cocktail by Hither & Tither with gin, lime, sage and even bubbles! Recipe here.

Row 4 | a lucky clover just for you



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Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch

It’s always exciting to see brands collaborate in the world of fashion, design and textiles.  I recently learned of Tory Burch’s latest collaboration with Dodie Thayer, who is known for her Palm Beach Glam style lettuce dinnerware.  Self-taught she would mold her pottery from lettuce and cabbage leaves to create tureens & bowls, platters & plates.  Each piece is hand-made and took two weeks from start to finish to create {true works of art}.

Her collection has graced the tables, homes and dinner parties, of Jacequeline Kennedy Onasis, the Dutchess of Windsor and C.Z. Guest.

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A few of my favorite things | march

If you have been following the weather in Boston, you can understand how happy I might be to see March arrive, since it happens to host the first day of Spring!! This month’s favorites are inspired by leaving winter behind, shedding some layers and the lightness that comes with the warmer months.

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1| How fabulous is this for a wedding getaway car?  The flowers along the bumper are adorable, and the car itself – perfect.
2| This serving bowl would compliment many tables capes – just as it did this one.  I have been eyeing this bowl for a while and hope to add it to my pantry this year for many dinners to come.
3| Caftans are the ultimate hostess gown.  This one by Oscar de la Renta is beautiful.  I love that it’s navy blue.
4| This macramé fringe messenger bag by Tory Burch is adorable for spring.  I like the practicality of it for its size and messenger style.  Would be great for traveling.  And fringe is everywhere this season – I like the way she interpreted it for this bag.
5 | Deborah Lippmann launched a limited edition set of colors this spring.  I tried this one on {Like Dreamers Do}, and it’s a beautiful neutral with a hint of lavender/grey and taupe.
6 | This embroidered invitation for Fashion Week is fabulous.  An invitation is always the first impression to an event and sets the tone and impression for what attendees can expect.  I would imagine media and buyers who are inundated with fashion week invitations were impressed by this one.

Wishing you a March & Spring full of new opportunity and beginnings!


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A brief hiatus

You must be thinking that I’ve forgotten about you!! I haven’t – and I am sorry for the brief hiatus. Things at POISE. have gotten really busy, and I’ve been consumed with several projects which has been exciting.  That, coupled with a mini winter escape to the West Coast that Ed planned for us for a few days, has kept me away from blogging.

I thought I would start back in today by sharing some highlights from our trip with you.

We stayed at the spectacular St.Regis in Monarch Beach which was heavenly.  The rooms were gorgeous and comfortable, the property was flawless with a golf course and 1.5 mile long private beach, the service was impeccable and more importantly incredibly friendly.  The food was excellent as well.  In addition to this being a wonderful place to escape to for a few days, this hotel would make a stunning venue for a Southern California wedding.

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a winter dinner party

Winter in Boston is a wonderful time to a host dinner party at home and it is just as wonderful to attend one in someone else’s home.  It is so cold, there is something incredibly cozy about bringing people into your candlelight home and serving a beautiful meal.  A close group of our friends and I have started a supper club, where we take turns hosting dinner parties.  Next month the dinner party will take place in my Boston flat.  Given the current frigid temperatures in Boston, I have decided to stick to a winter menu and am gravitating towards a very clean/modern tablescape with hues of gold for warmth.

I am a big fan of pre-printing the dinner menu {it requires some advance planning but is worth it if you can pull it off}. Paperless Post has incredible design options that were designed as invitations but I have taken one design and laid out a menu instead and have done this in the past other menus.  The cards are printed on beautiful quality paper and look gorgeous at each placesetting, while letting guests know what they are in for in terms of menu – it is always a welcome surprise when they are seated.

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