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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1 | customizable invitations or menus.  designed by Kelly Wearstler for Paperless post.  You an also forgo the menu printing and simply send an electronic invitation through paperless post with the same design.
2 | tapenade serving set {on sale}
3 | cherry blossom votives. I have these and adore them.  when lit they give off a gold glow and while the design is understated yet add a great deal to a table ambience.
4 | placemats.  I do love a beautiful tablecloth, but sometimes a modern placemat with other great design details make a table feel light and fresh so I am going with placemats for this particular evening.
5 | vase by Aerin Lauder.  Elegant for a table or bar cart.
6 | gold flatware
7 | soup bowl. I have this set from Williams-Sonoma and use it all the time.  It is the perfect basic white tableware and excellent quality. {currently on sale}
8 | these charger plates are gorgeous and are like adding art to you tablescape.
9 | sunburst linen napkins – I would mix these with the painted border napkins {number 11} that add would add just a hint of black to the white and gold color story.
10| stemless wine glasses with a gold rim to pull the look together
11 | painted border napkins

In terms of the menu… here’s what I’ve tentatively planned {links to the recipes below}.

 

winter menu

butternut squash soup with smoky chickpea croutons | roasted cod with carrot & tarragon puree  {I will leave out the yogurt in the puree to keep it dairy free}| citrus & beet salad | warm coconut, nutmeg pudding

Wishing you a beautiful day,

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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Valentine’s Day Wishes

Happy Friday!

Valentine’s day weekend lies ahead of us, and however you plan to celebrate, I hope you are surrounded by love from friends & family & whether you have a Valentine or not, that you do a little something special for yourself such as buy fresh flowers, treat yourself to a new bauble, get a manicure, go for an extra long yoga class.  Last year I hosted a brunch for some of the most special people in my life, this year my Valentine has planned a quiet dinner in the city for us which we are both very much looking forward to.  Whatever you plans may be, I am sending you much love this Valentine’s Day.

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roses | wedding favor | darling cupcakes | heart shaped waffles {buy heart shaped waffle maker here} | pink heart waffle recipe {color derived from beetroot juice} | trunk full of flowers via {this concept would make for great engagement photos!!}

if you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day Cocktail recipe, try this Cherub’s Cup via Style Me Pretty with St. Germain and muddled strawberries – relatively basic ingredients and easy enough to make, plus it’s topped with rosé bubbles – perfect way to kick off a Valentine’s day celebration.

Happy weekend lovelies,
~Emmanuelle
XO

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blooms of paradise

Last month in Paris, the Spring summer 2015 Couture fashion shows took place and as usual the couture brands went all out with their shows, which you would expect for Couture Fashion Week in Paris.

This season Chanel outdid themselves yet again with a greenhouse inspired entrance, and paper flowers that started off all white but then bloomed once the “couture gardener’s” went around and watered them to open the show – they turned into stunning and colorful blooms of paradise as the models walked out with their equally bright colored frocks.

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frigid chic

Happy Friday!!

I have to admit I am happy to see the weekend has arrived.  It was 12º today but felt like 5° with the winds, so to say it’s frigid in Boston would be a very fair statement.  I tend to fall into a rut of not wanting to wear anything but leggings and sweaters in this type of weather. Regardless of the cold however, life goes on, and one must dress well.  I love this look for a cozy Friday night dinner in the South End or even a client meeting – it translates seamlessly from day to night, is still warm but also chic.  In this weather, I would just add a base layer underneath.

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a few of my favorite things | February

Happy February!

As I was putting together my favorite things of the moment to share with you, I wondered if the blues in my selections reflected winter blues…I don’t think so.  We have been getting a lot of snow in Boston and are due to get more – this time of year I like to start thinking ahead to spring and about shedding some layers in the coming months into lighter clothing and color palettes. Pretty shades of blue and neutrals are inspiring me at the moment along with some Spring friendly wardrobe staples.

A few of my favorite things | February

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enchanted

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with details, so you will see why I was inspired to share this Woodland Fairy 5th Birthday Party by Dulcet Creative featured on 100 Layer Cakelet with you today.

From a beautifully designed dessert table, full of treats little girls love, to handpainted invitations {swooning over them}, coupled with a themed drink menu featuring pixie  & exchanted forest punch, handprinted scavenger hunt cards and a decorate your own fairy house activity, there was a level of thought put into with impeccable attention to detail that  sets this party into a league of its own.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is in two weeks, and while generally I am not really a big fan of Valentine’s day, I am looking forward to & excited about celebrating with my Valentine this year – life is short, you have to celebrate wherever you can, and when you have reason to. It’s hard to know what to buy especially where the holidays seem to have just ended {I, however still seem to have a wish list for myself that is a mile long}.  When it comes to gift giving I do love the idea of keeping Valentine’s Day gifts incredibly thoughtful yet themed around the holiday colors of pink and red or around romantic gestures such as flowers & chocolate, whether for a friend or a Valentine.

Below is my roundup of Valentine’s Day lovelies for your lovelies {both him & her}.POISE. | Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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a luxury escape

This time of year is such popular time to jet set and get some sun {for those of us living in colder climates}.  During yesterday’s blizzard I was perusing new hotel openings and took some time to focus on the the Caribbean, and the plethora of magical islands just awaiting those of us dealing with winter blues to be sun kissed.

I came across the stunning resort – Malliouhana an Auberge Resort Collection hotel in Anguilla which was renovated & re-opened in the Fall.  The resort has 44 ocean-view rooms and suites and is set on 25 acres of lush, landscaped gardens that merge with one and a half miles of pristine white-sand beaches on the Caribbean Sea – that water looks heavenly and the hotel designed with an emphasis on refreshing whites and pops of blue matching the Caribbean Sea is balanced to perfection.

{images via Malliouhana}

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embracing the storm

We are in for quite the blizzard in Boston according to pretty much every weather report I’ve heard in the past 24 hours. While I don’t love the weather in Boston, I do believe that you have to embrace the seasons.  A blizzard can be an opportunity to just retreat and be cozy and there is something incredibly wonderful about that.  I love the look below and think it’s adorable for this time of year – adding whites to your wardrobe can be uplifting and this look is cozy chic and effortless.  I also like this look for a Super Bowl house party.

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1 | alpaca sweater {on sale} 2 | watch 3 | my favorite tank 4 | white jeans 5 | all white sneakers 6 | my new favorite candle –  smell up your space with lavender just enough for the aromatherapy benefits without overpowering 7 | this beautiful bath tea is soothing, detoxifying and just lovely – I plan to take a bath with it as the snow piles up 8 | I’ve been wanting to read this book by Tina Fey – being cooped up in the snow is a perfect opportunity to finally do so 9 | This tea cup is a favorite of mine.  Is is double lined and so practical for 1 cup of looseleaf tea at at time, plus the design is perfect 10 | this time of year I crave jasmine flavored tea – this jasmine pearl tea is a winter favorite. Continue reading

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thinking spring {showers}

Happy Friday lovelies,

I hope you’ve had a great week.  Earlier this week I had the privilege of hosting a panel about spring trends and how they intersect, or should I say – merge in the worlds of Fashion and Interior Design so closely.  It was on behalf of an organization called Fashion Group International which focuses on the business of fashion in Boston and was held at the beautiful & relatively new Room & Board store on Newbury Street.  I interviewed local fashion designer Luke Aaron and Interior Designer Justine Sterling, both of whom did an incredible job sharing their views on spring trends and how they apply to their current designs. There will be more coverage on the event in the Boston Globe on Sunday, but I have to tell you after doing some research in order to prepare my questions for the panel, I spent a great deal of time perusing Spring 2015 trends & runway shows in detail.

I came across and was intrigued by Hunter Boots’ stage set at London Fashion Week where models were sent down down a reflective catwalk, and a backdrop of psychedelic, underwater projections by visual artist Mat Maitland which was very cool and intriguing.  You can view the video here for the full effect of Mat’s designs.

In addition to the colorful & brilliantly interactive stage set design, I was impressed by their collection of mod prints and fringed rain boots for the upcoming season.  I’ve highlighted some of my favorites from their spring 2015 collection which are newly available {click directly on images for sources & links}.  They are a welcome sight on this cold January day and might just be a must add to my spring wardrobe this year.

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