• Welcome to the blog of Luxe Fête. We are a full service international event planning and design studio based in Miami, Florida. Global clients seek our services to plan, design, and produce their events. We have executed events around the world, with much of our work featured in national publications. Before channeling my creative energy into this field, I was an attorney at top law firms and clerked for a Federal Judge. It did not take long to realize I’d rather be telling stories by transforming spaces and creating beautiful atmospheres. Stay awhile - we would love to hear from you! Nous aimerions entendre parler de vous! Nos encantaría saber de usted! Gostaríamos muito de ouvir de você! Be sure to also visit our website: www.luxefete.com

7 Inspiring Quotes about Loving Yourself

Though I am all for love, I am not all for Valentine’s day. One should show love and receive love every. single. day. You can’t do either, however, if you don’t love yourself first. Here are my favorite “love yourself quotes.” I hope they inspire you too.

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Little triumphs are the pennies of self-esteem.” – Florence King

Why this inspires me: Most people think you’re either born with self-esteem or you’re not. It’s not that way at all. Self-esteem starts with self-love and is built in the small moments where you feel pride for a day well-lived.

You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.” – Amanda Palmer 

Why this inspires me: An artist must know love to make somebody else feel something deeply. They must feel deeply themselves to translate that passion into an art that communicates the soul. This “love language” is the inspiration and the purpose of every artist’s creation.

You are pure potential in Manhattan, limitless, you are making yourself every day.” – Zadie Smith

Why this inspires me: Many have experienced that wide-open feeling you get in Manhattan. But the feeling is within you – and can be accessed no matter where you are. To me, it’s a feeling of “all-possibilities”. It’s a feeling of greatness budding forth and dying to be expressed. You are that greatness.

There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told.” – Lena Dunham 

Why this inspires me: It is no great thing to withhold one’s light from the world. It is admirable to throw your shoulders back, chin high – and bring your gifts to the day – to all those who may benefit from them. Tell your story with pride! Because you are worth listening to, worth hearing!

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
” – Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” 

Why this inspires me: No matter who you are, or what you’re creating, life is available to each the same. You are a unique puzzle piece in the tapestry of life. It is in this uniqueness – not in comparison – that one finds a deep and profound appreciation for himself.

I don’t put off to tomorrow doing what I must do, right now, to find out what my secret self needs, wants, desires with all its heart.” – Ray Bradbury 

Why this inspires me: The richness of life is born from the pursuit of passions that make the heart race and the eyes blaze with fiery desire. The choice to pursue those passions – right away and with urgency – is what gives life zest and momentum. Take it from a lawyer who denied her passion too long. Don’t delay. Life is now. 

Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.” – Leo Tolstoy 

Why this inspires me: Leo Tolstoy maintained a friendship through written correspondence with Mahatma Gandhi until his death. He wrote this quote to Gandhi, and it strikes me as so true. Love is truly the source, course, and the goal of all of humanity.  

In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, don’t forget to love yourself!

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The Gift of a Boudoir Photo Shoot

50 Shades of Grey is about to drop in theaters on Valentine’s Day Weekend. You know what that means. A lot of talk about all things sexy.  We will happily jump on the bandwagon. Remember we keep it “Classy” with a “C” not a “K.”  Topic of discussion: The Gift of a Boudoir Photo Shoot. Ladies do you not wish this was you? Even my most conservative brides have asked me to style a boudoir shoot. It boils down to four things: (1) your confidence; (2) your lingerie; (3) the photographer’s eye and (4) your ability to commit to memory the poses below, less the raunchy ones that I have crossed out.  And voila, you too can surprise your special someone with a raw silk box that has lightly scented tissue lined between each museum-quality print of your work of art.  A special thanks to photographer Ozzy Garcia for making my client feel and look so beautiful. This is very special. It’s truly 50 shades of grey.

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The do’s and dont’s of boudoir poses:

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As with any gift. It’s all about the presentation. Check out my recommendations recently published in Weddings Illustrated: 

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You are welcome.

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Exotique

We happily have the blues here at Luxe Fête Design Studio. It started with an Indigo vase from Vietnam that I spotted while furniture shopping at Home Design Store – up until now my secret spot. Over the years this gem of a store has given me so much joy, including a two-hundred-year-old bench from an Indian temple that I use for dining and an oversized antique wooden armoire from Thailand that guards my “investment pieces” (that’s what I tell my man).

Back to when the blues hit me. I saw the vase and was struck by it’s rich color and clean lines. I took a picture, texted my girls and said, “Want to design a beautiful table with this one as the main chick?” Let’s just say, once I have an idea you are either on my train or  not. Luckily for me, all aboard the Luxe Fête Express were some incredible vendors:

Venue: MAPS Backlot Studio, a fantastic event space in the heart of Wynwood – one of Vogue’s top 10 neighborhoods in the world.
Furniture: Home Design Store, a furniture store filled with bespoke hand-selected items from faraway lands.
Florals: Flower Bazaar, one of our favorite florists. Thierry and Leo are sophisticated, well traveled, so creative and big hearted.
Rentals: Atlas Party Rental, a wonderful selection for all event needs.
Paper Suite: LetterHeads, the definition of fine stationary and exquisite taste.
Photographer: Ozzy Garcia, all my favorite photos – this guy took them.

I am grateful for all of the above and all of the below. I hope you love our creation too – Exotique.

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The Inspiration Behind “Exotique”

Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. The opportunity to see the world, try different foods, shop, find global inspiration for my client’s events and “feel” colors is invaluable. There is one color I find that has the ability to transcend cultures. Be it the stained glass of the Saint-Denis, the wall paintings at Knossos or the Bassin Bleu in Jacmel, it’s the color that has inspired painters, musicians, designers and the first pair of jeans – Indigo Blue. Indigo was even banned in parts of Europe. That’s how exciting it can be.

Thus, Indigo seemed the perfect one to play a leading role in our next creative photoshoot. As with any Luxe Fête project, our design process starts with the creation of an inspiration board. Everything must fall in line with the board’s carefully thought out identity (representative of our client). And every board gets a name. Meet this fine lady we call “Exotique.”

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Be sure to check back soon to see how we transformed “Exotique” into reality with the help of some remarkable vendors. P.S. Sorry Marsala, but you are NOT our color of the year.

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