off to the ashram!

It’s February in Boston…about the time of year where most of us think of escaping somewhere warm for a break from the cold, grey days.  This past week,  I booked a trip to an ashram in the Bahamas and I am looking forward to some time in a warmer climate, falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and plenty of time for yoga, spa and clean eating –  a new year mind and body cleanse in a sense.

In addition to my yoga gear,  and favorite sunscreen, here is what I plan to pack for my trip.

off to an ashram by the sea

 

1 | Adore this bathing suit  2 | Sunglasses.  This season is all about colored lenses and these rose glasses add just enough color to any look without being too bold  3 | A Towel perfect for setting up a reading nook on the beach 4 | Pool slides  5 | Kaftan cover- up 6 | Beach Hat

Also, I discovered and newly started using this body oil from the healthy, clean and all natural brand Maholo based in Hawaii. It is like no other body oil I have used.  My skin feels hydrated and super soft, and the scent is refreshing.  It is meant for the hair and body which makes is practical for travel.  Key ingredients include: hydrating Kukui, balancing Macadamia, repairing Sea Buckthorn, skin-miracle Argan, scar-fading Avocado, problem-solving Tamanu and youth enhancing COQ10.  I am in love with it.

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Wising you a great week, and if you are off somewhere for school vacation, safe travels!

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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a clean slate

Happy New Year!

I hope you had beautiful holidays and that your 2018 has been off to a positive start.  I took some time after the holidays to recharge and focus as I welcomed a new year both on the calendar and in my life.  As most of you probably have done as well, I spent the first week of the year, reflecting on 2017 and setting goals as far as what I’d like to welcome into my life this year.  We always have new goals and lists when a new year comes around, and this year is no different for me.  I found it important to lay a strong foundation during some downtime on how to enjoy my journey as I strive towards my goals by ensuring I have a solid self care regime as the pace of the year kicks-in.

I am slowly learning that putting yourself first is key to being able to show up and give 100% in all other aspects of your life – work, relationships, family, etc… {for the longest time I thought this was selfish and have realized through experience it is necessary to become your best self – and when you are your best self, everyone around you benefits}.   So I’ve put in place some key tools that are important to me for a day to day wellness practice that I want to sustain throughout the course of the year.

Here is what I am focusing on:
All links to what’s pictured are at the bottom of this post.  

A Clean Slate | 2018

Clean Eats | Cookbook | Glow Powder | Probiotic Carrot Soup recipe | Smoked Trout and Roasted Fennel Cauliflower Salad Recipe.  {have been making both of these recipes weekly and find them to be delicious and satisfying}

Clean Beauty | Serum | Night Cream | Jasmine Mist

For the Gym | Sports Bra | Après Shavasana Soak | Top | Leggings

For a Balanced Spirit | Gem Water Bottle | Energy Muse Book | Sage Spray

I hope you had a chance to recharge during the holidays and over the course of this month.  I’d love to hear of any wellness practices or tools you’ve implemented and will rely on this year  – and hope that 2018 is your best year yet.

Emmanuelle
Xo

P.S.  I just ordered this desk journal.  As much as I appreciate the efficiency of my smartphone, I still like my calendar in front of me on my desk to refer to and keep my business and social obligations on track.

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a simple thanksgiving menu

Happy Fall dear friends!

It has been an embarrassing amount of time since my last blog post {I’ve missed you and missed blogging!}.  This Summer and Fall have been a whirlwind and the scales of balance in my life completely warped. I am working to make 2018 a more balanced year – it is my number one priority.

I am starting by drawing a line in the sand with Thanksgiving and the holidays in general.  I contemplated skipping Thanksgiving altogether and making a reservation somewhere with my family to keep things simple, but hosting is something I enjoy so much, I am determined to host a beautiful day for my loved ones, and enjoy every part of it.  To that tend, I’ve also marked my calendar for the rest of the year with dates for holiday parties and key dates with  friends, so that everything else can work around these priorities.  If you don’t proactively carve out time, the holidays come and go and you’ve not done the things you enjoy most.

Having said that, I am going to keep Thanksgiving relatively simple this year.  It’s a small manageable size of guests and I have designed the menu accordingly.  It’s important to design back to your audience for any event, your own holidays included.

My tablescape is going to be monochromatic with deep shades of brown, whites and accents of gold, with my favorite feather placemats {I’ll be sure to share photos of the finished table} . I’ve chosen a minimalistic and modern menu design from Minted for the place settings.  I love that minted now has printing options with foil for an extra element of glamour.

Pairing down sides is such a difficult thing to do when you love to cook, but I did it and here is where I’ve landed:thanksgiving2017menuRecipe Sources:  Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad | Cranberry Sauce with port and candied ginger {best cranberry sauce ever} | Roasted Root Vegetables Continue reading

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mother’s day gift ideas {twelve of them + 1 that gives back}

Hello and how I’ve missed you!

It’s May first and and we are finally into Spring – a season of new beginnings.  I hope you’ve been able to take in the beauty of the sunshine and handful of warmer days.  With Mother’s day and summer arriving, I wanted to share twelve gift ideas with you based on what I am seeing from designers for this season.  Most of these items are from Neiman Marcus and the timing could not be more perfect as they are having 25% off for friends and family today through Saturday {some exclusions apply}.

As well I am sharing a gift/card idea that gives back to an organization in Boston doing wonderful things to help women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty get back on their feet.

 

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1 | This fragrance from Creed is like summer in a bottle – it is very uplifting with notes of Continue reading

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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} Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

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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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