Toast: Super Mom

Friday, May 3, 2013

For all those superhero moms out there, we're toasting all of you next week. Be sure to check back for tips on entertaining for Mother's Day, fabulous tablescapes, gifts to give, and more.

"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but
whose place no one else can take."
-- Cardinal Mermillod

Agenda: Balance

Thursday, May 2, 2013
BalanceEnergy Health and Yoga studio owner and teacher Lisa Breitenwischer strikes a pose.
Did anyone else get the memo that April was Stress Awareness Month? It should be every month in the event industry, but we digress. With a busy month behind us and the beginning of another wonderful month ahead, we thought it would be nice to take time this May to stop and smell the roses. Cue to our Design District neighbor, BalancingEnergy Health and Yoga. Owner Lisa Breitenwischer's mission is to help people reduce stress, increase energy, and support and coach working women and men with their dietary needs. (Looks like she came to the right neighborhood!) Her 45-minute $5 lunch time flow on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s for those in need of a little stretch and movement during the day. The room is set to 80 degrees as many people who attend go back to their offices. We asked Lisa to share a few tips to stay sane and healthy while working long hours that will be a life savor for those of you (like us) who are tied to the desk. 

BalanceEnergy yoga instructors in the Dallas Design District.

1     First of all, tell us a little about yourself and how you came to BalancingEnergy.
I’ve been interested in health and fitness most of my life. After completing my first (and last) marathon in November 2005, I decided to run less and devote more energy towards yoga by increasing my practice to 4-5 times per week. After several months of practice, I noticed my muscles became leaner, longer, and stronger and my mind became calmer and more focused. What began as a way of staying healthy and fit soon transformed into devotion and a way of life. I became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2005. Since that time I’ve accumulated 500 hours of teacher training under gurus Rod Stryker and Rusty Wells. In 2010, I became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and created BalancingEnergy Health and Yoga Wellness. I worked out of my house to support & coach working women and men with their dietary needs. I opened BalancingEnergy Health and Yoga Center in 2012. It is my mission to help people reduce stress, increase their energy, and bring balance to their diet and lifestyle. I feel so blessed to be living the dream!

What kind of yoga do you teach?

The style of yoga we teach is called Vinyasa Flow Yoga. It is a sequence of poses synchronized to the breath creating a flow, or meditation in motion. The room is heated to a comfortable 85 degrees and includes music.  We offer classes for all fitness levels, including All Level Vinyasa Flow, Intro to Vinyasa Flow, Core Strengthening, and Stretch and Restore classes.

What are some ways we can pause throughout the day?  
One of the best was to reduce stress and increase energy throughout the day is this simple breathing technique: Sit up tall, close your eyes, and take a deep inhale in through your nose, filling your lungs from top to bottom and side to side, and then pulling the navel towards the front spine to exhale all the air out through the nose. Repeat five times. Studies have shown this breathing technique can change beta brainwaves (fight or flight- stress) to alpha brain waves, which bring mind and body into relaxation. Not only do alpha brain waves create relaxation, but can also access creative states and enhance problem solving.

What are the best stretches for desk time all day and long nights on our feet for events?
Many of my nutritional clients are professionals that sit at a desk all day and sometimes all night; for them I recommend to get up periodically and walk around as this will help release tight hips and get energy flowing. Walking up and down the stairs if that is available to you or do seated twists while in a chair by placing the right hand outside left knee then twisting torso to the left and repeating on the opposite side. Extending arms overhead, interlacing fingers, then stretching up and over to right then over to the left is great for the upper body as well as interlacing fingers behind low back and extending hands down while drawing shoulder blades together will stretch out the neck and shoulders. You can always lower the chin down to the chest for a deeper stretch. Finally, forward folds with a soft bend in the knees are a great way to release the spine and stretch out the hamstrings.

Anything else you wish to share regarding yoga and your studio?
Our goal is to bring community together and provide ways to bring balance to body, mind and spirit through Yoga, Workshops, Nutrition, and Infrared Sauna. Check us out at for more info.

Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

Petite: Eloise + Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Eloise leaving The Plaza? It only makes sense that she'd head to Brooklyn.

Don't we all have a fondness for Eloise and her life at The Plaza? Talk about every little girl's dream. Eloise has been turning six every year since 1955 and living it up in the Upper East Side (our kinda girl!). Even though she's not growing up anytime soon, she is developing her hipster sensibilities by moving into the fab Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. Illustrator Joana Avillez captures the hilarious and very Eloise daily trails in her immortalized youth last month in New York Magazine

Image via New York Magazine.

Image via New York Magazine.

The new illustrations freshen up the history of Eloise without losing any of the pizazz we were used to at The Plaza. At P.O.S.H., we have our own little Eloise, Laurel's pint-size pistol Chloe. Like Eloise, she will be turning six this year, has the same penchant for creating her own fun, had a nickname for everyone she met while staying at The Plaza, and knows all about Brooklyn thanks to Solange Knowles. The new story line reminded us of Eloise-themed decor that Chloe would approve of for a petite buffet and tables. Read all about it and get inspired for your own P.O.S.H.Petite tablescape here.

From left, Chloe tries out the silver Mercedes at Bergdorf's during her first NYC trip last summer. / An Eloise themed buffet is too cute. More images here. /  Chloe hanging from the rafters at The Plaza. Just kidding. That's Chloe is her first television commercial, hanging from the monkey bars.


Tabletop Tuesday: Scarlet Spring

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This noteworthy Spring tablescape comes just in time for Mother's Day. Rapturous hues of pink, red, and raspberry accented by glorious gold make a traditional brunch go from lackluster to lively. Designed by event planner Mary Wright Shaw with florals from the amazing team at Jackson Durham, this gorgeous look is definitely one to pin as you plan for May celebrations.

Gold Chiavari with Gold Cushion
To make sure the design wasn't too saccharine, Shaw spiced up the sweet hues with gold chiavari chairs and stemware. Below are close up of the fabulous details of the P.O.S.H. pieces. Get the look with our Scarlet Filigree Charger, Arte Italica Dinner Plate, Gold Lace Compote, Gold Lace and Gold Leaf Stemware, and Silver Bead Flatware.

Gold Leaf Cordial with Gold Leaf Goblet and Champagne Flute.

Silver Bead Flatware

Scarlet Filigree Charger, Arte Italica Dinner Plate, Gold Leaf Compote (with raspberries)


Entertain: Cinco de Mayo

Monday, April 29, 2013
Viva la Mexico! If you live in Texas, you likely get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican holiday literally takes over the city in much the same way as St. Patrick's Day. We like the idea of celebrating the fifth of May with friends and family and formal yet fun place settings. Inspired by a destination wedding, this radiant look captures the essence of bright and beautiful decor of Mexico with a few simple pieces. The influence of this vibrant culture is seen all along the Southern states. With a bold take on color combinations, it can easily transition into any palette you choose for any event or wedding, not just this festive holiday. If you want to up the glamour, just add precious metals.
Left, A mariachi band sets the mood for celebration. Right, A tablescape inspired by Mexico's vibrant culture and color. Photography by The Cana Family / Design by Signature Event Consulting & Design

Gold glamour with Mexican floral print napkins. Photography by The Cana Family.  Via 100 Layer Cake
Get the look with P.O.S.H. - Gold Radiance Charger, Classico Stemware, and Parisian Flatware. 

What's a party without a great favor. These are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or Mexican-inspired weddings. Find these downloadable tequila labels and more at Ruffled blog.