- August 24, 2012
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we asked some of our most unique and inspiring friends, What defines July 4th for you? (And they are a festive bunch!) Below they share their patriotic plans, summer holiday traditions, and one delicious recipe!
Roanne Adams Creative Director & Owner of RoAndCo Studio
Benjamin-Emile Le Hay Editor, NYObserver; Director, Le Hay Fashion Press
Leah Singer Photographer & Multimedia Artist
Stacey DiPersia Chief Merchandising Officer, HONOR
Bring potatoes to boil in a large pot of water. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 17 minutes). Drain; let stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes into small chunks. Place 1 layer of potatoes in a large bowl; sprinkle with some vinegar, salt & pepper. Continue layering potatoes with vinegar, salt & pepper. Add remaining ingredients; toss. Can be made ahead; cover and chill. I have served this slightly warm as well, and it’s delish too!
We recently visited Macelleria, the charming Italian restaurant just East of our home on Gansevoort St., for the bridal shower of Val Bitici, editorial freelancer for Vanity Fair, writer for OliviaPalermo.com and author of her own fantastic blog Misc V.
HW: What about HONOR resonates with you and what made you choose the absent collar dress for your shower?
VB: My mom is the most elegantwoman I know and she introduced me to Honor. She took me to [the store] a few months ago in search of a dress for my bridal shower. As soon as I walked in, I was captured by the ultra-feminine silhouettes and beautifully crafted clothing. Much like the first time I met my fiancé, I knew the absent collar dress was perfect for me the moment I sawit. The 1950s-inspired silhouette and delicate lace paneling on the back were perfect, and the dress fit as if it was tailored to me!! There’s no question thatGiovanna Randall has a clear vision and a knack for creating quintessential ladylike fashions.
HW: Are there any special details about your wedding you can share?
VB: I’m marrying the man of my dreams and couldn’t be more excited! We’re getting married on the beach in Bridgehampton in August. Our ceremony will be followed by an indoor reception and a late-night bonfire on the beach where we’ll make s’mores and watch the Perseid meteor shower - a phenomenon that happens just once each year. The first time I ever sawa shooting star was with Alex (my fiancé), so it’s sure to be a magical evening!
[For our honeymoon] my fiancé and I will spend two weeks in Bali. Neither of us has ever been to Asia and we can’t wait to explore such a far-off place!
HW: A wedding-night meteor shower!
Val, your blog is so lovely and I know you are a contributor for Vanity Fair as well as Olivia Palermo’s site. Is there anything else you’ve been working on recently that we should know about?
VB: Thank you! My blog,miscv.tumblr.com, is a perfect platform on which to showcase anything and everything that interests me. I have a few projects on the horizon, but nothing is set in stone quite yet. In the meantime, I continue to learn each day from my peers and mentors at Vanity Fair, and also from Olivia Palermo and her dedicated staff of editors.
Images of Val Bitici courtesy of: Photography by Raquel Reis
Image consultant, stylist, and Vogue alum Kate Schelter attended the soiree of the season this week in a Spring 2012 lemon sweetheart dress glammed up with our amazing gold collar necklace. Luckily, Kate’s entire look is available now (and can be delivered straight to your door!)
NYFC Fool’s Fete shot by Joe Schildhorn for BFAnyc.com