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Pretty in Pink Modern Nursery

My oldest daughter’s nursery was sweet and pink and all out loveliness. My son’s was a bit less lovely and my 5 month old’s? Well, she doesn’t have a nursery. She is actually currently sleeping in the bathroom because it’s the darkest place I could find. But this little slice of nursery heaven – photographed to perfection by Jessica Lorren – reminds me that every little bitty needs a room to call their own – and one that is as soft and pretty as their tiny toes.

Little Mila Annabelle is very lucky to have such a sweet and beautiful mommy who also has amazing style. Each element of the nursery was carefully chosen to welcome this precious baby girl and give her a cozy place to play and rest.

I loved being able to join them for a few Saturday morning moments as a new family of three and I hope that someday Mila will enjoy these photographs as much as we enjoyed creating them.

Bambi Stuffed Animal: Lay Lay Gray | Bunny: Bla Bla Kids | Bunny Print: Kelli Murray Art | Changing Pad Cover: Aden And Anais | Crib: Babyletto Hudson | Dresser And Changing Topper: Restoration Hardware Baby And Child | Embroidered Pillow: Furbish Studio | Headbands: Littecrane Headbands | Mermaid: Bla Bla Kids | Mobile: Fleurlux Etsy | Painted M: Anthropologie | Pillows: Anthropologie | Rocker: Pottery Barn Kids | Sheet: Aden And Anais | Side Table: Urban Outfitters | The World Is Your Oyster Print: Rifle Paper Co | Throw Blanket: Pottery Barn | Toy Storage Basket: Serena And Lily | Un Deux Trois Print: Rifle Paper Co | Wall Decal: Shanna Murray Decals

Salted Caramel Apple Martini

Halloween is just one week away, have you found the perfect cocktail to serve at your party? From creepy cocktails like my Black Licorice Widow Martini to this sweet and fun Salted Caramel Apple Martini, there is so much inspiration this time of year.

Today’s cocktail is tart, sweet, and a bit salty from the Maldon sea salt and caramel sauce rim. Plus the acid green of the sour apple martini screams Halloween! Dress up your cocktail display with a few creepy spiders and your ready to celebrate. Who needs a bowl of Halloween candy when you can sip on a Salted Caramel Apple Martini? Cheers and Happy Halloween!

Salted Caramel Apple Martini
prep time
5 Minute/s
cook time
total time
5 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 2 ounces vodka or apple flavored vodka
  • 1-1/2 ounces sour apple liqueur
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • caramel sauce
  • flaked Maldon sea salt
  • green apple, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rim martini glasses by rolling in caramel sauce and sprinkling with sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, apple liqueur and lemon juice.
  3. Shake until well chilled and pour into prepared martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of green apple.
  4. Tip: to keep apple garnishes from turning brown, rub with lemon after cutting.

Leah Bergman

Contributing Editor, Entertaining
Real Housewives Dinner Party

I challenge you to find a bigger Real Housewives fan then me. Seriously. Bravo Andy is my everything and I’ve literally seen every episode of every franchise more than once. Probably more than twice. I know. Not. Weird. At. All. Anyway, when I spotted a few of the ladies at this beautiful party photographed by Artvesta Studio – well it brought the two things I love most in the world together into one amazing feature. Awkward, but so true. Read on to see the pretty reason they were celebrating!

From the photographer…There are hundreds of things to do in NYC this summer! A few weeks ago, I had a pleasure of photographing a styled dinner event held at Onishi Gallery in Chelsea. Over the years, the gallery has featured contemporary Japanese artists who work in a range of media, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, and calligraphy. Many Onishi Gallery artists are represented today in the permanent collections of major museums.

Onishi Garrely is also open to hosting intimate events, such as food and wine tastings and various art showcases. The event that I was a part of, featured dinner and salad plates from Jeff Koons’ Banality Series by Bernardaud.

Jeff Koons’ Banality collection is anything but banal. The plates have quite original ornaments and are from a limited edition of 4,500. Besides his peculiar Monument to the King Of Pop, Jeff Koons decided to go even further by incorporating Michael Jackson and his monkey pet Bubbles into his signature tableware collection.

Among other guests, I spotted Aviva Drescher and LuAnn de Lesseps from the Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York reality show and James Kipton Cronkhite, Creative Director and Curator at KiptonArt.

The floral design was Art de Fête ‘s collaboration with the talented Blooming Bears. Chef Matthew Knoll’s signature appetizer exceptionally delicious shaved asparagus salad with morel mushrooms.

Photography: Tatiana Valerie, Artvesta Studio | Florist: Blooming Bears | Chef: Matthew Knoll | Event Styler: Art De Fete | Tableware : Bernardaud | Venue: Onishi Gallery