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.

A Summer Weekend Away

1 | I am obsessed with these beach towels.  Practical and well designed.

2 | Marysia’s signature scalloped edge bathing suits have a nice balance of classic with detail.

3 | In my older age, I realize I need a hat at the beach.  I have always been diligent with sunscreen, but I don’t like the exposure of my face to the sun for hours {even with sunscreen} at the beach and a hat does a great job of shading your face.  This one with freyed edges has an edgier look {also love this one}.

4 | Is this not the perfect bag for weekend escapes? Event better…it is made in the USA, right here in Massachusetts!

5 | I love this cover-up.  It just makes you look very put together, regardless of how messy your hair gets at the beach. {also available here}

6 | These sandals are perfect to wear to the beach or really as a summer casual flat anytime.  An effortless basic.

7 | This is my go to lip balm for the beach and for the summer with SPF all natural, chemical free and safe, vegan and effective.

Enjoy this gorgeous summer weekend!

~Emmanuelle
XO

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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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1| I crave this salad by GOOP often.  The dressing is bursting with flavor with ginger and scallions and the salad itself is filling while loaded with fresh vegetables and cilantro.  Because I love fresh ginger I double the quantity  that is specified in the recipe, and will occasionally add grilled shrimp or chicken if I make it for dinner.  I also add freshly grated turmeric for its health benefits.

2 | This is the ultimate hostess gown.  I love the way Blair Eadie from Atlantic-Pacific styled it, and I think it would be an incredible piece to own for dinner parties and long summer al fresco celebrations.  Quintessential effortless glamour.

3 | One of the edits I am making in my home, is to create a dressing area in my bedroom that was formerly a small office.  I need a light fixture and love this coral inspired pendant.

4 | I can’t get away from large round sunglasses.  I love them.  These mirrored sunglasses with a thin tortoise rim by Prada, are a great way to update the look.  I also love how on the NM website, you can shop for sunglasses by the shape of your face.  Wondering what style is most complementary to your face?  They have organized their assortment in such a way that maps it out for you which is so helpful.

5 | This art evokes a feeling of freedom to me – and that makes me happy.  I am considering purchasing it for my bathroom.

6| Everyone needs one of these.  A bluetooth speaker with incredible sound.  I use it all the time for events and am adding the white version to my  own home for a modern, simplified sound source.

Wishing you many more happy summer days {and nights}!
~Emmanuelle
XO

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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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Meals were hosted here, and the view was even more beautiful in person as you can Continue reading

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BELIEVE!

Merry Christmas wishes to you!  I hope you will have the opportunity to fully enjoy your holiday and celebrate with the people who matter most to you in life.  This Christmas will be a full moon, so it is a perfect time to make a wish or set an intention. I may be a dreamer but I believe in the magic of Christmas.

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Believe in love, believe in magic, believe in others, and most of all, believe in yourself.

Wishing you a Merry, Merry Christmas,
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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Holiday Gift Guide | For Her

We are down to the wire, but still not too late to order on-line thank goodness.  I just started my holiday shopping yesterday and need all the time I can get to finish it.  For today I have put together a gift guide for her.  Great gift ideas for Mother’s, sisters, daughter’s, girl-friends, and even for yourself.

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A modern throwback {also love this one} – both 30% off with code SHOPNOW | $89.50 Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide | For Him

Some fun, and what I hope you find to be good ideas for the special men in your life.  This gift guide covers the wine enthusiast, the car fanatic, and a range of thoughtful gifts for him.

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airplane cocktail shaker | $100 {the bottle stopper $20 that goes along with it is pretty cool also!} Continue reading

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a fun fashion find

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy your weekend without getting too wrapped up in the holiday craze just yet!  Yesterday I was cutting through the mall on my way home and stumbled upon a fun fashion find that I had to share with you.  You may remember me sharing this image on my blog last year.  I was, and still am really loving the idea of a navy faux fur coat.  I happen to love navy blue, it is a color that is rich and very flattering on a number of skin tones, and it’s not black or off white which can be refreshing, especially during winter months.

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Yesterday I found it at Ann Taylor of all places!  I haven’t been in their store in years, but Continue reading

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Holiday hostess gifts

Given that Thanksgiving is next week, I thought it would be fun to kick off the season {which has officially started} with gifts for the gracious hosts & hostesses opening their doors to us. Hostess gifts are always important, especially during the holiday season, {a busy time for everyone}, anyone who hosts a party or dinner deserves a festive token of appreciation. When it comes to hostess gifts, or any gift really, I try to select items with a lense of thoughtfulness and practicality.

This gift guide includes gifts ranging from $15 to just under $100 and is a roundup of my picks for the holiday season {scroll to bottom for links}.

2015-holiday-hostess-giftsa beautiful hand soap | $21.50
for the candle connoisseur | $76
a high quality kitchen staple {sea salt} | $18
macaron making kit | $23.99
pretty stationery | $36.00
gorgeous candles | $84
a fabulous bar tool | $41
an organic cordial | $15
mr. & mrs. placecard holders | $98
style & substance {rosemary topiary} | $60
the most beautiful box of chocolate ganaches | $55
a personalized book of toasts | $95

~Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday,
Emmanuelle
XO

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a few of my favorite things | november

It’s mid-November and as you can see from my board,  fall comfort is on my mind especially for when it comes to being home and entertaining.  This month I am inspired by healthy comfort food recipes, beautiful warm sweaters, and Thanksgiving table scapes.

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1 | I am really loving Tory Burch’s take on the fisherman sweater this year, with the fringe Continue reading

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hosting a fall dinner party | what to make & wear

ahhh that crisp fall air.  While I never pretend to enjoy the cooler weather, I do enjoy the cozy-ness that comes with Fall. It’s a great time to host dinner parties at home and enjoy ingredients from the farmer’s markets that take us well into November.

While the desire for comfort food kicks in with cooler temperatures, I still work to create fulfilling warm meals that are healthy. This week I have been planning for an upcoming dinner party and have put together a menu that includes a fabulous seasonal ceviche, a comforting millet risotto which I shared before – it has the texture of a pasta risotto with cheese, yet it is made with a grain and no dairy so it is very healthy,packed with nutrients and equally satisfying.  And for dessert we are going to indulge a bit – I couldn’t resist the cornucopia presentation and a chance to incorporate my favorite ice cream.

I have been gravitating towards navy blues, golds and white for a table scape color palette for Fall, and love the design of these menu cards available through paperless post which I will be setting at each place for the dinner.  I am planning a similar color palette for Thanksgiving this year as well {will share all Thanksgiving table details in a future post}.

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apple and radish ceviche | millet risotto with artichokes and mushrooms | apple phyllo cornucopias {I have a favorite cinnamon ice cream from Picco in the South End.  They make it locally and it is the best ice cream I’ve ever had, so I will leave it to the experts and will order it from them – plus I think cinnamon ice cream will be beautiful with apples, walnuts and phyllo and an unexpected surprise from vanilla} Continue reading

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