a luxury escape

This time of year is such popular time to jet set and get some sun {for those of us living in colder climates}.  During yesterday’s blizzard I was perusing new hotel openings and took some time to focus on the the Caribbean, and the plethora of magical islands just awaiting those of us dealing with winter blues to be sun kissed.

I came across the stunning resort – Malliouhana an Auberge Resort Collection hotel in Anguilla which was renovated & re-opened in the Fall.  The resort has 44 ocean-view rooms and suites and is set on 25 acres of lush, landscaped gardens that merge with one and a half miles of pristine white-sand beaches on the Caribbean Sea – that water looks heavenly and the hotel designed with an emphasis on refreshing whites and pops of blue matching the Caribbean Sea is balanced to perfection.

{images via Malliouhana}

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With a restaurant offering a magical view featuring seasonal ingredients and a vegan menu option {for those interested}, guest chefs and a spa menu with treatments you could only find in the carribean.  I couldn’t help myself from reading up on the spa treatments specifically and was intrigued by the warm shell massage and “Island Drift” treatment which includes a rum foot soak & a coconut milk rinse, followed by a sweet sugar cane body exfoliation and a lemongrass ginger steamed towel infusion, finished with a coconut creme massage – sound so sweet and heavenly as I stare out my window to a street full of cars buried in snow!

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Stunning!  I am going to be thinking about that Island Drift treatment all day.  I need to mention that this would be a stunning resort for a destination wedding as well – with only 44 rooms, you could take over most or all of the resort depending on your guest list.

How about you, do you have any favorite Caribbean destinations that you like to sneak away to during these cold winter months?  Do tell – i’d love to hear about them.

~Emmanuelle
XO

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embracing the storm

We are in for quite the blizzard in Boston according to pretty much every weather report I’ve heard in the past 24 hours. While I don’t love the weather in Boston, I do believe that you have to embrace the seasons.  A blizzard can be an opportunity to just retreat and be cozy and there is something incredibly wonderful about that.  I love the look below and think it’s adorable for this time of year – adding whites to your wardrobe can be uplifting and this look is cozy chic and effortless.  I also like this look for a Super Bowl house party.

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1 | alpaca sweater {on sale} 2 | watch 3 | my favorite tank 4 | white jeans 5 | all white sneakers 6 | my new favorite candle –  smell up your space with lavender just enough for the aromatherapy benefits without overpowering 7 | this beautiful bath tea is soothing, detoxifying and just lovely – I plan to take a bath with it as the snow piles up 8 | I’ve been wanting to read this book by Tina Fey – being cooped up in the snow is a perfect opportunity to finally do so 9 | This tea cup is a favorite of mine.  Is is double lined and so practical for 1 cup of looseleaf tea at at time, plus the design is perfect 10 | this time of year I crave jasmine flavored tea – this jasmine pearl tea is a winter favorite.

All you need to add is one of these amazing hand knitted wool blankets via Etsy.
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A snowstorm would not be complete without my favorite soup by What’s Cooking Good Looking.  An incredibly healthy lemongrass broth with all sorts of vegetables and ingredients to keep you warm.  It is my go to snowstorm meal and I can’t wait to make it.

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Recipe can be found here.
~Emmanuelle
Xo

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thinking spring {showers}

Happy Friday lovelies,

I hope you’ve had a great week.  Earlier this week I had the privilege of hosting a panel about spring trends and how they intersect, or should I say – merge in the worlds of Fashion and Interior Design so closely.  It was on behalf of an organization called Fashion Group International which focuses on the business of fashion in Boston and was held at the beautiful & relatively new Room & Board store on Newbury Street.  I interviewed local fashion designer Luke Aaron and Interior Designer Justine Sterling, both of whom did an incredible job sharing their views on spring trends and how they apply to their current designs. There will be more coverage on the event in the Boston Globe on Sunday, but I have to tell you after doing some research in order to prepare my questions for the panel, I spent a great deal of time perusing Spring 2015 trends & runway shows in detail.

I came across and was intrigued by Hunter Boots’ stage set at London Fashion Week where models were sent down down a reflective catwalk, and a backdrop of psychedelic, underwater projections by visual artist Mat Maitland which was very cool and intriguing.  You can view the video here for the full effect of Mat’s designs.

In addition to the colorful & brilliantly interactive stage set design, I was impressed by their collection of mod prints and fringed rain boots for the upcoming season.  I’ve highlighted some of my favorites from their spring 2015 collection which are newly available {click directly on images for sources & links}.  They are a welcome sight on this cold January day and might just be a must add to my spring wardrobe this year.

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tables of the met gala

One of the biggest red carpet events of the year – the Met Gala – also happens to be on one of the biggest event design inspirations of the year for me. The Met Gala, also known as the Museum’s Costume Institute Benefit, is a fundraiser that generates the Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, acquisitions, and capital improvements.

The design of these galas, which I’ve talked about before is impeccable.  Every little detail down to the design of the petit fours served is theme appropriate and elegant.  I came across previous years’ images via Vogue.com and was drawn to how the photography illustrated the importance of a stunning table scape even for a large scale event.  You can see how the every detail down to the glass color impacts the overall space design.

Chanel 2005 I love the elegance of the white, green color store and botanicals throughout the space.  The table settings are stunning but also artfully designed greens & boxwood brought in added just enough impact and texture.

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color story | rich navy blue

This weekend I came across some stunning images that not only caught my attention but also resonated with me for their rich navy blue hues. For winter events, I love the idea of embracing rich color palettes. The sophistication of navy blue coupled with gold accents is a gorgeous palette for a wedding or gala.

In fashion navy blue is a complementary color on almost everyone and in the right shade, as elegant as black. Imagine what these colors would do for a venue filled with rich table scapes & details designed with this palette? Would be breathtaking!!

Rich Navy Blue and Gold

image sources: jacket  {similar jacket available for purchase here} | orchids | textured high-ball glasses | degournay wallpaper image via | Michael Kors driving mocs

~Emmanuelle
Xo

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hostess with the mostess

with temperatures in the 20’s today in Boston, I am not only inspired by these images but wishing I could be experiencing the setting and the weather depicted in them right about now.  I came across this shoot of Dianna Agron’s incredible home make-over which included a stunning al fresco dinner that she styled with Mat Sanders and the Domaine Home creative team in her beautiful backyard.

Her garden is breathtaking and I love the way they incorporated color yet still kept the table scape design clean and fresh with cobalt blues and a lot of bright white.  And those peacock chairs!! – they add the perfect dose old world glamour.  The use of fruit and flowers together can be tricky, but they balanced the colors and textures perfectly which resulted in a substantial, vivid yet streamlined flower runner.

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a clean beauty routine

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a few of my favorite things | january

Wow January 2015!

I hope this year is one of your best yet and that next year will be even better for you.  As we kick-off the month and the year I am sharing my favorite things of the moment with you.  You can see a combination of inspiration, detox and beauty in this month’s favorites which is exactly where my head is at right now. I am feeling inspired, working on a post-holiday cleanse/detox and seeking beauty {beautiful things} always.

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new year’s wishes

Well here we are lovelies!

The end of 2014 and the beginning of a New Year which presents new opportunities, challenges, goals and dreams. After a roller coaster year, I am closing it on a balanced note of gratitude, optimism and belief.  Tonight I will raise my glass with gratitude for my health and my loved one’s health, to being far more open in 2014 than I ever have been, to finding true love, to new beginnings and the belief that endless opportunities come with a new year. When it comes to believing,  Oprah said it best:  “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”  I will also raise my glass to YOU tonight. Thank you for coming along with me for another year. I love hearing from you and value all of your support, feedback, and comments.  Wishing each of you a year ahead filled with nothing but happiness, health and prosperity.

If you are planning on enjoying and serving champagne this evening, I thought you might appreciate the sage champagne cocktail by Style within Reach below as much as I do.  It is a simple yet  lovely alternative to straight bubbles {recipe here}.

Thank you again for being a part of my 2014 – I am incredibly grateful and look forward to sharing more inspiration and projects with you in the new year.  Cheers to a year filled with beautiful things {both literally and figuratively}!!

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~Emmanuelle
Xo

 

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new year’s nuptials

I hope you have all had wonderful holidays over these past few weeks!  With New Year’s Eve around the corner, I have been thinking about the idea of New Year’s nuptials.   I love the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding – planning one for a client down the road is definitely on my list.  The added festivity of ringing in a new year, and a new marriage together while creating an experience for the bride and groom’s closest friends and family to celebrate that marriage would be a very special way to ring in a new year.

I envision an evening filled with champagne, oysters, fireworks, impeccable lighting – definitely in a city setting, and impossibly chic tablescapes.

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