a few of my favorite things | june

Happy Friday lovelies,

Mercury is no longer in retrograde, it feels like summer and the weekend has arrived.  I hope you will be able to take some time to enjoy what is predicted to be a beautiful weekend and soak it all in.

With June upon us, I am inspired by all things summer from fashion, to recipes and of course entertaining details.

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1 | A simple sandal that goes well with jeans and maxi dresses.  K. Jacques is one of my favorite sandal brands based on their quality and understated style.

2 | These ginger, hibiscus & watermelon popsicles by half-bakedharvest look divine and would be the great ending to an al fresco dinner on a summer night.

3 | These acrylic tumblers are perfect for outdoor entertaining.  I am partial to the white and green but they come in some other really fun colors as well.

4 | Most of my bathing suits are solid colors, I like the harvest motif of this one in jade green for something different this summer.  If properly cared for, a good quality bathing suit will last for many summers.

5 | This giant leaf was used as a program for a wedding ceremony.  I love the idea of this, and think this execution for menus on a table at a wedding in a tropical setting would be stunning.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend and a beautiful rest of June,
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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a summer lounge space

Hello lovelies!

We have been so busy here at POISE. – literally back to back events for clients over the past few weeks, leaving little time for blog posts {as I am guessing you noticed}!

This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to help a company with two events as they executed a sponsorship for a great cause through a series of charitable events in Boston.  One of the events took place in Cape Cod at the Kennedy Compound and consisted of a VIP lounge for a special group of people who support the charity – Best Buddies, which is an incredible organization that I gained enormous insight into and was so inspired by, that I hope to get more involved with on my own after seeing the impact they have and how impeccably well run the organization truly is.

I was asked to design something brand right and inviting for my client {the sponsor} in an effort to help them build brand awareness amongst the guests whom attended the event.  Something that did not involve rental furniture {which is often used for events since they are temporary spaces}, but something that could be packed up and utilized for events around the country and that they would ultimately own.

Having worked with a number of brands over the years, I understand the importance of conveying a brand aesthetic through an event design since events are such a large part of their image.  We landed on a simple black and white design in-line with their corporate color palette which translated into a very chic space.  As I was taking pictures of the lounge this weekend, I couldn’t help but think the design would make for a beautiful outdoor space to entertain al fresco.

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a few of my favorite things | May

Such a beautiful day to post my favorite things for May.  It is beginning to feel like summer here in Boston which is such a refreshing change after a long cold winter.  The day light is lasting longer, the sun is shining and the flowers & trees are starting to bud – a new season has arrived!  As you can see I am inspired by the change in season with florals and pretty pinks as well as lovely inspiration for summer weddings, showers & celebrations.

POISE. A few of my favorite things | May 2015

1 | the bow back on this stunning Valentino couture gown is everything.  this is my type of dress and would be a beautiful wedding dress for a summer wedding.
2 | this cocktail menu designed by Oh So Beautiful Paper as a backdrop to a summer inspired bar is colorful & fun but also simple.  You can have so much fun with a cocktail menu for an event, theming cocktails to the occasion and coming up with excellent recipes – presenting the options to guests this beautifully, just adds to an already detail that is always appreciated.
3 | this clutch by Victoria Beckham – perfect for summer parties or al fresco dinners
4 | these glasses by Bally are gorgeous for summer and really all year round.  they would look great with an all white outfit.
5 | how pretty are these coconut water & flower pops by Boston based blogger Le Zoe Musings. they would be beautiful to serve at a garden party, summer wedding or shower and they are healthy because the ingredients are simple and real.  {recipe here}
6 | these mini bouquets by Homey Oh My are such a lovely favor idea for a summer shower.  I envision them placed in a large basket for guests to take as they leave, OR personalized at each guests pacesetting to add to the tablescape.  You can see the Amy’s DIY for these lovelies here.

Wishing you a beautiful May,
Emmanuelle
XO

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mother’s day gift guide

Happy Weekend lovelies~

I hope you’ve had  a good few weeks.  We are just back and recovered from our exciting trip to Turkey and now onto Mother’s Day which is next weekend!  I don’t know where I would be without my mother – she is irreplaceable, and for that reason, I like to take this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to spoil her as much as I can.  I put together a gift guide with my top 10 picks for thoughtful gifts, keeping my beautiful friends who are moms in mind, and of course my own mom.

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the prettiest box of chocolates
a beautiful scent
a summer clutch
healthy food for her skin
inspiration for healthy meals
a beautiful & latex free yoga mat
an adorable summer sandal | monogrammed version
a world-class basic
chic shades
floral garden boots

Enjoy this beautiful weekend,
Emmanuelle
XO

**Photo taken by my father – mother’s day 1978.

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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.

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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.

POISE. | Favorite Things | April

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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.

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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

Cheers!
~Emmanuelle
XO

 

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