As promised, I want to share with you some images and thoughts from the party the other evening. I must admit, I am still a bit in a daze about how special and amazing it all was. Without sounding odd or pompous, it at times was a tad surreal to be standing in that gorgeous room and thinking all of those folks were there to see me and to toast my book. Definitely a pinch me moment. No, make that a pinch me evening.
The hosts were my friend Deborah Needleman and her husband Jacob Weisberg. I have written before about Deborah. She is the editor in chief for T, The New York Times Style magazine. She exudes warmth & style, and was just so amazingly gracious to host the party at their home. A loft space that fit the 100+ folks oh so beautifully. Their home is filled with incredible details of artwork, books, flowers–it exudes love. I was just so honored to have my New York book party in their home.
Veuve filled the eve, but the run away hit was the signature Style & Simplicity cocktail. This I concocted for the book launch party at the shop on May 6th in Seattle and thought it would work well for this party too. Sparkling wine, a splash of Meyer lemon syrup, a wedge of Meyer lemon, served over ice. We used the same Marta flat bottomed glasses we used for the Seattle party too. Many, many trays of these were enjoyed!
I was surrounded by such love. To be in that room filled with folks I have long admired was so humbling. To hear their praise of my book was pretty darn exciting. Friends came from near and far. Holly Hollingsworth Phillips flew from Charlotte and Jane Dagmi from Florida. My best friend from college Devin Keudell was there. Simon Doonan fixed my Hermes pocket square and made it much more jaunty-er. The Hovey sisters who created the book I adore, Heirloom Modern were there. Along with James Dunlinson who was the Creative Director for Martha Stewart, whose work I have long admired and his partner Alistair Turnball. Simon’s husband Jonathan Adler was by his side. Stacey Bewkes who pens the incredibly popular blog Quintessence, along with Ronda Carman from All the Best blog, and Elizabeth Moyer from Pretty Pink Tulips enjoyed the party. John Derian along with Hugo Guinness and his lovely wife Elliott Puckette were there. Eddie Ross and his partner Jaithan Kochar, who are working on their book attended. Fashion folks Peter Som and Lela Rose were part of the stylish mix. My editor John Foster as well as many folks from Sterling that helped out on the pages and who are helping to promote my book were part of the party. These are but just a few. The creativity in that room was pretty mind blowing. What amazing memories the night created.
My orange socks were happy to sit for a bit at the end of the party. I just sat and looked at the room, the people, enjoying my glass of Veuve–filled with happiness and gratitude and so very thankful for every moment of it.