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

Food Resources:  I’ve selected Stillman Farms for my Turkey.  They are local and their turkeys are Fresh pasture-raised  | I am not much of a dessert maker for the most part, so I will be ordering the Pecan Tart via | and the Pumpkin Ice Cream {which is beyond delicious} via.  And my mother’s chocolate mousse is always the hit of the day.

So there you have it.  We’ll start the day with bubbles and some savory snacks such as rosemary-honey roasted pecans and one of my favorite dips, and it will be a lovely afternoon where we can kick back, enjoy each other’s company, and be grateful for all of it.

Wishing you lovely week and the best with your own Thanksgiving preparations!

Emmanuelle
Xo

 

 

 

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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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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!}
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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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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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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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