a few of my favorite things | February

Happy February!

As I was putting together my favorite things of the moment to share with you, I wondered if the blues in my selections reflected winter blues…I don’t think so.  We have been getting a lot of snow in Boston and are due to get more – this time of year I like to start thinking ahead to spring and about shedding some layers in the coming months into lighter clothing and color palettes. Pretty shades of blue and neutrals are inspiring me at the moment along with some Spring friendly wardrobe staples.

A few of my favorite things | February

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enchanted

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with details, so you will see why I was inspired to share this Woodland Fairy 5th Birthday Party by Dulcet Creative featured on 100 Layer Cakelet with you today.

From a beautifully designed dessert table, full of treats little girls love, to handpainted invitations {swooning over them}, coupled with a themed drink menu featuring pixie  & exchanted forest punch, handprinted scavenger hunt cards and a decorate your own fairy house activity, there was a level of thought put into with impeccable attention to detail that  sets this party into a league of its own.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is in two weeks, and while generally I am not really a big fan of Valentine’s day, I am looking forward to & excited about celebrating with my Valentine this year – life is short, you have to celebrate wherever you can, and when you have reason to. It’s hard to know what to buy especially where the holidays seem to have just ended {I, however still seem to have a wish list for myself that is a mile long}.  When it comes to gift giving I do love the idea of keeping Valentine’s Day gifts incredibly thoughtful yet themed around the holiday colors of pink and red or around romantic gestures such as flowers & chocolate, whether for a friend or a Valentine.

Below is my roundup of Valentine’s Day lovelies for your lovelies {both him & her}.POISE. | Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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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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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. Continue reading

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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

new year beauty routine

holiday season is officially over and here we are 6 days into a brand new year. this is a time of year where many of us begin to rethink the way we do things – whether it be organizing Continue reading

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