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Happy Holidays

Holiday_Party_cover00 How lucky are we that we get to work with our best friends? My friendship with Kelly began 3 years ago on a shoot in Malibu where we shot all day, and dreamed all night. Fast forward to now, another year in our friendship. We shared a house in Amagansett, she threw me the best birthday party of all, we collaborated on shoots from CHANEL to golden goddesses, cool kids to Victoria Secret models. Before we each go home to our real families Kelly and I had a Holiday Party here at the studio for our little New York family, the ones that buy you a drink after a hard day or make you laugh when work is stressful or keep you inspired though all forms of collaboration… and the occasional selfie.

Of course we had to go big and by go big we mean we decked the entire party out in Ralph Lauren from the table tops to the shoes! …so it was basically my dream party. Zach, Kelly’s boyfriend (who just opened a new restaurant in Manhattan!) made the most beautiful dinner of Coq au Vin (recipe HERE!) while Kevin welcomed our guests with a Suburban cocktail (see his story & recipe below!).

Kelly took care of the table with a focus on personal touches, my favorite being the way she did the place settings by using a small silver frame and having me print photos that I have taken of us through the years (which was super easy using THIS), as a way to mark each person’s seat at the table. I loved this touch. I thought it really represented our friendship and collaboration and was an amazing way for everyone to re-tell the story behind the image.

While she sat the table I thought it would be fun to put the photo studio in use even for a dinner party! I threw up a gray seamless and put some warm gels over a couple of kino flo lights and had the camera ready to go to take portraits of each other, to remember this time in our lives together, and this holiday season. As the night progressed the portrait studio turned into a candid riot of laughter and dancing and all out friendship silliness. I cherish this night, these real moments of laugher and wine, photography and art- all the passions that brought us together in the first place.

So here’s to the holiday season. I hope you find some inspiration in our intimate Ralph Lauren inspired dinner party for your own this December and remember to be with the ones that you love….

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Kelly has a method to her table-setting-madness! See here entertaining tips here

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Above~ keeping it classic in a Ralph Lauren Collection Cashmere Chunky Knit Turtleneck (I order a size up to make it extra cozy), Collection Pencil Skirt and Suede Blamina Sandal

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The Suburban Cocktail

Rye, Dark Rum & Port, Oh My

Kevin: I was very pleased when Jamie and Kelly informed me I was in charge of cocktails for our holiday dinner party. Some time ago I had tasked myself with learning to make a variety of cocktails and the reputation stuck, so I often find myself making spicy margaritas in the summer or, in this case, something more in sync with the winter months.

When I came across The Suburban, a cocktail created in New York City in the 1880′s, and named after a horse race, I knew it would fit perfectly with the Ralph Lauren vibe the girls were creating. It’s a rye whiskey based cocktail, with the unusual addition of dark rum and port, plus bitters. Esquire described it best: ”If you could distill carved-oak paneling and club chairs, leather-bound volumes and three-cushion billiard tables, this is what you’d get..”

Intrigued by how the ingredients might all go together, I made a test batch and was instantly impressed. After round one I was literally struggling to make batches faster than our guests were drinking them. So it’s safe to say it was a hit. Not too strong in taste, and not too sweet. Perfect for a winter evening and, because of the port, an easy transition to the red wine we had with dinner. Although I think at least a few of us kept drinking the cocktail throughout the meal.

The Suburban

3 oz rye whiskey
1 oz port wine
1 oz dark rum
3 dashes orange bitters
3 dashes Angostura bitters

Shake with ice, or stir. I stirred.

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Above~ Ivo wearing a Ralph Lauren velvet jacket, scarf, vest, shirt, plants and monogrammed slippers with Zach in a Ralph Lauren dinner jacket, vest, scarf, shirt, suspenders, pants and pony-embroidered slippers

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Below~ Kevin in a Ralph Lauren suit, sweater, shirt, and black velvet slippers with Bunny in a Ralph Lauren cowl neck sweater

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As you guys know, our friends Mike & Theresa opened Kingston Wine Co. in Kingston, NY this year with an amazing monthly wine share which we saved and used to serve over dinner. Each wine comes with a story on the grower with suggested pairings and recipes… would make an amazing holiday gift! 

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Below~ Kelly kept it cool in a Ralph Lauren Blue Label Wrap Maxi Dress, Ralph Lauren Vintage Jewelry Gold Lockett and Ralph Lauren Leopard Haircalf Rina Flat

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A one-pot meal you can make in advance of a dinner party is a chic but decadent way to host a dinner party. Zach created for us the perfect Coq au Vin where he shares his personal recipe for HERE.

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Above~ Bunny steals the show in a Ralph Lauren cowl neck sweater

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Below~ Erin (middle) in a Ralph Lauren cashmere gown

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

 All clothing and accessories provided by my great love- Ralph Lauren

More Ralph Lauren stories HERE | Last year’s holiday party HERE

much love to my dear friends Kelly, Zach, IvoErin & Bunny.

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Mandarin Oriental Dreams

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High atop Manhattan’s skyline, overlooking Central Park and the Hudson River sits the proud Mandarin Oriental, glittering in the golden setting sun of an early autumn day. I love New York this time of year, I love the fantasy of glamour, a world where fashion, culture, business and design all collide into spectacular moments. When I was young and I dreamed of New York it was always like this – overlooking that powerful skyline that still mesmerizes me, in diamonds and designer gowns. Here, model and artist Jasmine Poulton brings my dreams to life in the Mandarin Oriental’s Oriental Suite in Donna Karan‘s very special 30th anniversary fall 2014 collection (remember when I took you backstage) and Chopard diamonds from the high jewelry collection

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5 Favorite Lunch Spots of Tribeca

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We’ve been living in Tribeca for a year now – not that long, but long enough to sample many of the neighborhood’s restaurants and make habits of where we like to go most often. Here are my current top 5 Favorite Lunch Spots of Tribeca

KAFFE 1668

coffee shop turned lunch spot

I’ve been coming to Kaffe 1668 for coffee and organic juices (the Brazil nut is my hangover cure) for months before I realized they have an extensive and amazing lunch menu with many of the ingredients coming from local farms. Their Alkalizing Salad with Quinoa is a weekly staple of mine but when I’m really feeling like an all-American treat I go for the Turkey Club which is TO DIE FOR. Bonus – your lunch items come with a complimentary tea. Yay.

Kaffe 1668, one of my 5 favorite Tribeca lunch places I'm currently loving

Below, outside Kaffe 1668 in Banana Republic’s recent collaboration with designer Roland Mouret which made the PERFECT high-waisted pant I’ve been living in! The collaboration is mostly sold out online but can still be found in-store.

Kaffe 1668, one of my 5 favorite Tribeca lunch places I'm currently loving

TINY’s

The little space that could…

First off, it’s pink. When you’re a building as old as the one Tiny’s hangs out in, you have to really make a splash to be seen. Even if the facade wasn’t pink though, we’d still know about it because the food is DELISH. Why I love it: Perfect lunch spot for business meetings or casual dates with a very ‘hip’ crowd…. and the burata salad with peach compote is on my list of “last meal” items. SO GOOD.

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“Fly the ocean in a silver plane…”

An old propeller plane seen from the ground in South Africa. “…see the jungle when it’s wet with rain…”

As I write this, I am somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and the United States. I always request a window seat because you never know when you’re going to get that perfect shot of the sun rising over South America or see a distant thunderstorm illuminate the horizon on your descent into Singapore. I was just lost in thought gazing out the window and thinking about how flying’s magic is not lost on me. The fact that you can close your eyes in New York and wake up in a world you’ve only dreamed of in what seems like minutes still leaves me in childlike wonder.

I ponder sometimes if the pace of our distances allows us more or less? What would Darwin have accomplished in the era of air travel? Part of being a freelancer is never knowing which way the current will take you nor how hard the undertow will be but I feel so incredibly lucky to have seen so much of the world through my lens. I haven’t yet figured out what the ultimate influence will be on my life’s work of all the lands I’ve seen, and to be honest I am still exploring…it’s true what they say: “The more I travel, the less I know.”

A view of New York City from above the clouds. Cover image originally from HERE

Second image is flying out from New York

 



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