mesmerized

One of the most magical trips of my life was two years ago to Croatia.  It was part of a big trip after leaving the corporate world where I traveled with a dear friend to southern part of the country for an incredible adriatic experience.  It was just perfect.  The locally grown/caught fresh food, the beautiful people eager to welcome tourists into their country, the incredible history, the setting & spectacular coastline, the color of the water {although it is not warm}, the lavender fields, wine vineyards, olive oil, all of which you smell as you are touring the island of Hvar, and this feeling of having traveled on the road much less traveled all contributed to my love for Croatia.  It has not quite yet been discovered as much as Italy and France have been so it feels like a true escape.  Not a day goes by where I don’t think about my experience there and I would go back in a hearbeat.  If it’s on your bucket list, take it from me, book a ticket as soon as you can and just go!

When I came across the spectacular wedding of Fabiola Beracasa and Jason Beckman held in the historic town of Dubrovnik, I was mesmerized.  The couple took an opportunity to share so many areas of the this gem of a country with their out of town guests by creating a few days worth of events in spectacular settings around the region known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.  The ceremony and luncheon were hosted in the mid-evil and historic city walls of Dubrovnik and incorporated local Croatian dancers, followed by a black-tie gala event the following-evening at fort Fort Lovrijenac, which was a breathtaking setting and a perfect example of the scenery you can expect from a visit to Croatia.  The dinner setting at Fort Lovrijenac is beyond incredible.

ceremony flowers Fabiola Beracasa dinner setting Fabiola Beracasa & Jason Beckman | via Vogue.com | black tie dinner in Fort Lovrijenacespadrilleshappy menocal menus, placecards and invitations

The menus, place cards and invitations were designed by Happy Menocal. You can view a whole gallery from this spectacular wedding extravaganza via Vogue.com.

Have a beautiful day!

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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a holistic haven | balans studio

About six months ago I discovered a true hidden gem in Boston and I am excited to share this special place and the mastermind behind it with you for today’s post. I this write based on my own experience and after a lovely interview with the founder.

I was seeking alternative treatment for myself after an injury and really did my research to find a place that offered a truly holistic approach in Boston {which isn’t easy to find}.  That’s when I came across Balans Studio.  I made an appointment with one of their one of their therapists, and at my very first visit I was in awe of the what I walked into.

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love note details

It’s not often I come across a detail that wow’s me.  You know really hits me as something I want to remember because it’s just so lovely.  This morning I was perusing Martha Stewart Weddings and came across Eric Fleiss and fashion stylist JoJo Cohen’s beautifully orchestrated wedding filled with amazing details including a custom dress for the bride by the late L’Wren Scott.

What I fell in love most with was the couple’s use of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wildly romantic love notes and quotes for some of their details.  The invitation included a love note insert for guests on a square card that was originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to his wife Zelda: “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest and most beautiful person I have ever known – and even that is an understatement”.  

And then a perfect little pouch filled with fresh stephanotis and rose petals for guests to toss at the sight of the couple’s first kiss labeled with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the NightThe couple also took various F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes and had them applied to the mirrors in the guest bathrooms so it was truly a running theme through various touch points of their magical day.

photos:  Elizabeth Messina via Martha Stewart Weddings

JoJo and Eric's wedding | via Martha Stewart Weddings Slide2

It’s details like this that make an event truly standout.  You could also apply this detail with love notes from the groom to the bride or vice versa to make it even more personal to the couple.   You can see more about this wedding here, along with the bride’s very special gown.

Wishing you a lovely week ahead,
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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a few of my favorite things | September

Happy end of summer, happy September!

I hope you all had beautiful long weekends and that you are feeling refreshed as we move into a new season.  From the look of my favorite things for the month, you would think I am in some sort of retro mood with a mustard yellow font, Tom Dixon Pendants and leopard print detail on the cards below!!  What I am inspired by this month is holding on to every last minute of summer, the launch of Fashion Week in New York and an installation I am working on for a special project featuring lots of gold accent details.

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1 | Tomato season is still here and Sweet Paul has come up with another brilliant tart recipe.  This one has an almond & pepper crust and a basil oil.  I am making this in mini versions with a fresh salad as a dinner starter for an upcoming dinner party, and will substitute the ricotta for mozarrella.

2 | These pendants are so much fun! They would be perfect for an installation I am working on for an event.  They also would make an amazing statement in a home.  Designed by Tom Dixon with a highly reflective shade {inspired by the space helmet} they come in various sizes and in either gold or silver.

3 | These sweet fashion illustration correspondence cards by french photographer, illustrator and style blogger Garance Doré,  would make perfect post-fashion week thank you notes or make for a thoughtful little gift.

4 | This low bun is simple but will always look elegant.  It was a style used on the models during Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2013 fashion show and I love the look of it even for a casual Saturday.

5 | Have you started thinking about your Fall wardrobe yet?  I am not going crazy this year but I do need to update a few key basics.  This merino wool sweater is on my list for Fall to pair with skinny leather pants.

Happy, happy September,
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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zucchini carpaccio

As you your labor day plans begin to kick-off, I thought I would share a fabulous 15 minute recipe for a zucchini carpaccio with you.  A client I planned a wedding for gave me this recipe a while back {when you plan a wedding with a foodie couple, your food conversations extend far beyond their wedding menu}, and I finally had the opportunity to try it.  It is easy to make, fresh, utilizes current in-season ingredients and is super light, not to mention delicious.  It would be a great dish to kick-off a cookout or summer dinner!

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end of summer sailing

Hello and happy friday!

I feel as though I owe you an apology for not blogging this week and quite frankly for being so sparse with my posts over the past few weeks.  I have been very busy with my business as well as with some projects I committed to from a volunteer standpoint so I’ve had little time to blog.  I promise I will get back to a consistent schedule in the coming weeks – I’ve missed not being in touch as much.

During the downtime I do have these days, I’ve been really trying to live in the moment and hold onto every minute of summer we have left.  This weekend I will be spending some time on the water which I am very much looking forward to.  The days are a bit chillier and the pre-fall air is rolling in so I plan to dress a little less “summery” for a weekend sail to stay warm when the crisp ocean air rolls in.  This look will likely be a go to for Labor Day plans as well.

I hope you have something lovely planned for this late-summer weekend, and wish you an absolutely wonderful one!!

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fashion to fete

When you are in a design field, inspiration for a project can be found anywhere.  As the Creative {genius} Director for American Vogue, Grace Coddington once put it: “Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you.” It could be a vintage plate at a flea market that you stumble upon that informs your next piece of furniture or one of your favorite garments that informs an event design.

For today’s post I’ve taken some runway looks that could inspire different elements of an event such as a tablescape, dessert table, monogrammed cupcake display or menu & invitation design.

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Have a beautiful day!
~Emmanuelle
Xo

{all images via pintrest}

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get in the ring

Starting off a Monday with creative inspiration is what gets me going for the week.  I came across Moncler Gamme Bleu’s Spring | Summer 2015 fashion show concept during Milan fashion week and was inspired by the concept and execution.

The set was staged in the Palazzo Senato in Milan and had a boxing ring as the center of the set with models walking around the square shaped runway to bring the 2015 Gamme Bleu collection which is dedicated to the sport of boxing to life.

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a few of my favorite things | August

Happy August {a few days late}!

As you know a new month brings new inspirations and this month I am inspired by monochromatic simplicity.  Below are my favorite things of the moment from fashion to fête and even puppy friends.

A few of my favorite things | August

1 | This statement necklace by Marni is fabulous.  I love the idea of it with a simple black dress or cashmere sweater.  It is made with resin and Swarovski crystals and was designed in collaboration with the V&A museum.  It is absolutely stunning in person!

2 | I bought a silk jumpsuit a few years ago and still find myself wearing it to a variety of events.  They are classic and elegant and this strapless version by Milly is gorgeous.

3 | Customized cocktail napkins are a great way to personalize an event.  Whether it is with a company logo for a brand event or couple’s name for a wedding. The simplicity of the graphic for these cocktail napkins by wedding paper divas for your “best day ever” is a great design.

4 | My puppy Sofie turned 3 on August first.  I realized she does not have a dog tag, and after looking around on-line I came across this fabulous dog tag by Kelly Wearstler.

5 | Who doesn’t enjoy a fabulous assortment of cheeses at a cocktail party or event?  I love the way Posh 365 created this rustic cheese and bread display for guests. {see more here}

Wishing you a beautiful August,

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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7 summer celebration worthy desserts

Hello dear friends,

I am so sorry I have not posted in over a week!  I’ve had an issue with my host server that was not allowing me to create new blog posts, and they took my site off-line for 6 days to rectify the issue, which has been a bit frustrating. As you can imagine I am quite pleased that it has been rectified and we can go back to normal – I’ve missed sharing my inspirations with you! Thank you so much for bearing with me.

I hope you’ve had a great week and thought I would share some fabulous summer dessert ideas I’ve come across this past week.  Cooking for the seasons is one of the best things about living in a place that has seasons.  Incorporating different ingredients when they are at their freshest and most nutrient rich is ideal and there are so many wonderful options during the summer.

While not necessarily an ingredient, summer is also the best time to incorporate ice cream into your dessert menu to offer your guests a refreshing & cooling post dinner option. These are all scalable and would make great dinner party, cocktail party or wedding dessert ideas {recipes are included in the links below}. 7 summer celebration worthy desserts

1 | an ice cream tasting – so much fun to serve family style at the end of a summer meal with an array of flavors for guests.  I would definitely include my favorite ice cream {Ginger flavored} by Batch made locally in Boston in the mix.  {photo via}

2 | This mint chocolate chip macarons and ice cream cones recipe by Raspberry Cupcakes is to die for!  And the presentation would be darling for a birthday party or shower.

3 | Super light and refreshing, not to mention relatively healthy, this pink grapefruit sorbet by Pig Pig’s Corner looks like a nice palette cleansing way to end a summer meal.

4 | This white chocolate and lavender ice cream by How Sweet it Is looks amazing!!  I would say this would be a beautiful year round recipe.  Such a lovely combination of flavors.

5 | A rustic strawberry cake to take advantage of the sweetest strawberries of the year!

6 | These black plum ice cream with homemade graham cracker sandwiches by Chasing Delicious would be perfect for a cookout!  Not only is the recipe incredible, the rustic presentation with parchment paper and twine make them look like little gifts!!

7 | A s’mores party incorporating fresh peaches and strawberries.  This would be great to serve late night at the end of a wedding, I designed a wedding for a client who hosted an artisan s’mores bar towards the end of the evening and it was very well received by guests.

Hope you have a beautiful day!

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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