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.   Continue reading

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zucchini carpaccio

As 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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1 | cotton wide-striped breton top – comfortable and classic {on sale} Continue reading

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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.

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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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my pass at navigating Nordstrom’s anniversary sale

Happy, happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a good week and that you have lots to look forward to as you head into your weekend.  Last Friday Nordstrom launched their annual anniversary sale, which is the largest sale of the year for luxury department stores. They have an assortment of pre-fall items marked down and the sale runs through August 3rd after which these items will return to their original price.

While my head is not quite into shopping for Fall right now, I have been purging my closets and bureau drawers over the past week and think this would be a perfect time to take advantage of the sale to upgrade some pre-fall staples at a lower price. Truth be told, I am not generally a Nordstrom shopper, not because I don’t like them, but more because they do not have a location near my home and there are several other fabulous department stores very close to me. Once I learned of this sale, I was intrigued, so I really took the time to comb through it, and acquaint myself with their selection.  I found that it is really strong for some good quality wardrobe staples.  If you can get your head around pre-fall, it’s worth your time to score a few pieces now at a discount that will take you through the next few seasons.  For today I put together what I found to be some great scores from the shopping event.  Some of the pieces I selected simply because they are a really great item & value that I wasn’t looking for but am happy to have found, and others I seeked out knowing that they are on my fall list such as a new coat, a pair of booties and a desperate need to update my workout wardrobe.

Below are my picks from this year’s anniversary sale.  I’ve included prices with the links and rounded all of them {sale and original} to the nearest dollar.

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1 |  I love the look of this oversized double breasted wool & alpaca coat by Trina Turk.  So Continue reading

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marimekko x paperless post

By now you know I love a good collaboration and I’ve just learned of one that I thought was perfect to share today. Marimekko’s bright bold and fun patterns are gracing social stationery with a paperless post collaboration.  There are both electronic and printable stationery & invitation options, which range from styles that would be suitable for kids, to more general cocktail party & summer party designs.  I’ve selected a few different patters that stood out to me below along with pieces from the Marimekko line that have the patterns which informed these designs.

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kids party pants *on sale at Bloomingdale’s | cocktail napkin | baby boy pajama | bedding *on sale at nordstrom’s anniversary sale.

Have a beautiful day!
~Emmanuelle

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exquisite!

On July 7th the team at Dior hosted their 2014/15 couture fashion show at the Musée Rodin in Paris. The set-up and stage set was exquisite to say the least.  Guests walked through the museum’s stunning garden to enter the circular show space created specifically for the event.  The real wow factor here is the clean white space with black chairs and walls lined with white phalaenopsis orchids that came out through hidden openings – it created such a dramatic backdrop while still being really clean and stark to enable the garments to be the focus {as they should always be when showcasing a collection}.

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Images via Wallpaper* Magazine & DiorMag {click on image for link to source}

The circular structure was representative of a spaceship for guests to travel through time during the show with a collection incorporating architectural and historical silhouettes and more modern pieces.  You can view the video of the show here.  It is definitely worth watching; while the photos are stunning, the video with music really transports you to the event. You can see how the show went from old-world glamour to modern day designs and how the setting was on par with the equally exquisite collection – I am in awe with the execution.

Wishing you a great Monday and stay inspired!

~Emmanuelle
Xo

 

 

 

 

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