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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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.

POISE. | A few of my favorite things

 

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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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wishing you a beautiful & magical christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful” -  Norman Vincent Peale

Happy Christmas Eve dear friends!!  I wanted to wish each and every one of you a beautiful, magical and peaceful holiday.  It is my hope that you enjoy this time with the people you love most in your life and that you are not only showered with beautiful gifts but that you have an abundance of the best gifts in life:  health, happiness, peace and love.

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the empowerment plan

The holidays are such a wonderful time for most of us – an opportunity to come together with our families and dearest friends and celebrate our traditions.  I personally feel incredibly lucky and grateful for this time and look to it every year.  It’s a time where a large part of the world slows down a bit to enjoy the season before entering a new year.

It can also be a very difficult time for people in need, which is why this time of year is such a special opportunity to give back and why so many of us do.  Last night a friend of mine from college shared some information on The Empowerment Plan – I read about it and was blown away.

the empowerment plan

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get the look | making spirits bright

Now that holiday shopping is done almost done,  it’s time to style ourselves!  I came across this look and loved that it is equally as comfortable looking as it is festive.  I actually bought sequined leggings last year for the holidays and as much as I questioned them at first,  they do look adorable this time of year.  Balancing them out with a cozy sweater and some fun yet relatively understated accessories is such a great balance. Here a look I am thinking of for Christmas eve.

get the look | making spirits bright

 

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