Walking around New York City you find the most amazing hidden gems. A few of my favorite blogs talk about the lost streets, buildings and underground tunnels in NYC (see Forgotten-NY). I’m always on the hunt for the interesting in my neighborhood.
After shooting one day in the Washington Mews behind my mother-in-law’s house, it got me to thinking, what other beautiful back streets are there in NYC. I did a bit of research and found Patchin Place. Once home to E.E. Cummings and John Reed, this quaint street is full of character. My photographer Shane and I decided to check it out for ourselves this weekend. I was excited to see when I arrived that the gas lamp at the end of the street is still there. This beautiful classic street lamp is one of the last gas lamps left in NYC that is still serviced by the city.
On this gorgeous Saturday I was prepped and ready for a cocktail party that my husband and I were hosting that night. I absolutely love hosting events and am always on the hunt for a great cocktail party dress. This little number from Landero via Rent The Runway was perfect for a fun evening at home with friends. I love the asymmetrical cape back detail, white zipper and pop color palette. I paired it with one of my favorite pairs of Charlotte Olympia heels, a simple leather choker and I was all set.
If you’re in the mood to host a little soiree at your place this week I will leave you with this little bit of advice. After many years of hosting in my apartment I’ve come to find that it gets a bit tiresome to mix cocktails all evening. Instead I purchased a bell jar from Fishs Eddy (similar here) and make a large batch cocktail for the evening. I’ve been in the mood for gin lately and mixed up the below concoction that turned out perfectly. Needless to say, there was not a drop left by the end of the evening.
Thyme After Tyme Cocktail (Multiplied by 60 for bell jar with a full handle of gin)
- 1 ½ oz. gin
- 1 oz. thyme-infused honey (boil honey, add sprigs of thyme, and let steep for 15 minutes) (I used about 15 oz honey)
- ½ oz. lemon juice
- 4 slices cucumber (for large batch I put the cucumber in my Vitamix)
- 2 oz. ginger beer
- cucumber slices
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
Add cucumber, lemon juice, and thyme-infused honey into a shaker and muddle. Add gin and a generous amount of ice. Shake vigorously and then strain into an ice filled glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with cucumber slices and fresh thyme leaves.
Pop Color Dress // Landero via Rent The Runway UNLIMITED (c/o)// Shoes: Charlotte Olympia (similar here) // Purse: Edie Parker // Necklace: Custom from E.Kammeyer Accessories (email firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries) Bracelets: E.Kammeyer Accessories Multi Tassel, Margaret Elizabeth 16 Stone Bangle,Cartier Love Bracelet // Ring: EF Collective // Nails: Valley
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Photos by Shane Lavencher