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 and classic.

2 | Metallics continue to be in.  I am loving the idea of a metallic blazer.

3 | Sofie got this coat for Christmas.  It looks ADORABLE on her.  It is an off white faux fur with grey highlights.  The perfect holiday coat for a white, black or brown colored puppy.  She is 8 lbs. and we ordered the Extra Small. My mom’s dog Clio got this coat for Christmas.  Gorgeous for gold or apricot fur babies.

4 | January will be a time of focus on my home for me.  I have a few projects lined up that are long overdue.  Something that has been in the works for the past year has been converting my former office into a dressing area right off of my closet.  This floor mirror will be perfect for the space.

5 | I am working on a cleanse for January as well, this is something I do every year during my time off. I like how it starts the year off on the right foot and has me trying out new healthy recipes.  This breakfast quinoa recipe is a perfect winter morning clean option.

6 | Something I will continue to focus on for 2017.  Life can be challenging, but feeding your mind with positive thoughts is the key to overcoming challenges, and getting you closer the life you desire. {source}

6 | This sparkling spiced pear cocktail by Gray Malin would be a lovely NYE party cocktail and simple enough to make.

Wishing you a beautiful week!
~Emmanuelle
XO

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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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a few of my favorite things | September

Wow, Fall is here!  Fashion week in NY has come and gone, Fashion Week Boston is kicking off tonight {you can learn more about the events and access tickets here}, and just like that we are more than half way through September.  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite things of the moment.  In addition to Fall fashions, this transitional season inspires me entertain at home more often especially as we approach the holidays. It’s also the perfect time for hot tea drinks and cozy cashmere sweaters.

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beach staples

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time at the beach with some dear college friends.  It is a tradition that was started several years ago, and regardless of what we have going on in our lives, we work to make ourselves available for this one weekend per year, to catch-up and enjoy a summer weekend together.  As you can imagine these weekends are always good for the soul, full of laughs, and never disappoint – I came back with a heart  full of gratitude.

As I was packing, I realized that I need to streamline my beach gear.  I’ve purged my old swimsuits but do need an updated swimsuit and overall beach look.  Just like my wardrobe, I like the idea of sticking to staples for a look that always looks elegant.  You can always layer in trendier and less expensive options seasonally, but I like the idea of having a solid go to look.

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a few of my favorite things | July

What a summer it has been in Boston!  If you live here, you know we’ve had little rain and a lot of heat.  Given our winters, I am not complaining.  I’ve been both trying to enjoy the summer but also get some projects done {especially during the very hot days}, particularly around my home focusing on purging things I am no longer using and making some minor design updates.  This month I am inspired by recipes filled with fresh ingredients, items for my home and of course summer fashion.

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an eco-chic retreat | Tulum, Mexico

Well hello.

How I’ve missed you, and missed blogging.  I thought I would return this year by sharing some notes from a recent trip to Tulum.  It was a trip that I planned to ring in a milestone birthday.  I feel very lucky to have a birthday right after new year’s, as it has caused me to habitually kick-off each calendar year with self-reflection and goal setting as a result of entering a new year and turning one year older within a few days of each other.  This year was a milestone so I wanted to fuel my passion for wellness with a trip that would enable me to stop and appreciate everything I have, while setting intentions for a new year and new decade in my life.

There were a few parameters that were important to me for this trip:

  • Must be warm weather in January & and must be on a beach
  • Must have healthy, clean food
  • Must have Yoga daily

A few of my girlfriends decided to join me for this adventure, and as we conducted research for places that would meet the above criteria, we landed on a place called Amansala in Tulum, which offered all of the above and then some.  It was 6 days of paradise with morning meditations, walks on the beach, yoga and an array of other fitness classes, very healthy food in a clean simple way, as well as incredible mayan healing treatments, and sightseeing  – it was exactly what I we needed.  I wish I took more photos during my time there, but the truth is, it was such a transformative experience, I often left my camera behind so I could soak it all in and completely unplug.  Knowing that I wanted to blog about this trip and share it with you, I did manage to capture some highlights.

The accommodations at Amansala are rustic yet beautiful and there are no bad views.  This was my  bedroom in our suite.

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