That Dinner Party Tho...

After going back and forth with a few friends of mine, we decided to have a potluck on Easter Eve. I had the pleasure of hosting!  We were supposed to have it months ago but life and just being in our 30’s got in the way (boo hoo).  Good tunes, flip cup, and good times were had!

Every party needs a little inspiration and I got it after seeing this rad ass shot on my dear friend Charlie’s Instagram Feed a few days prior.  The publicist in me treated this get together like an event, looking at every detail: ironing the fabric napkins, asking my friend’s if they needed anything, confirming the menu. You name it I did it:

This cherry tomato salad is perfect when you have a shit load of cherry tomatoes yet you don't want to use them in a typical salad. I added a little flava to the traditional recipe by adding olive oil, fresh parsley, and fresh basil! Ingredients 12 oz. grape tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 teaspoon parsley 1 teaspoon basil McCormick Basil Leaves 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons white sugar Directions In a small bowl or cup measure, mix together oil, apple cider vinegar, herbs, salt, and sugar.   Pour dressing over cherry tomatoes in a serving dish, and gently stir to coat. Chill for at least 2 hours. Gently stir from bottom to top, coating all tomatoes, before serving

This cherry tomato salad is perfect when you have a shit load of cherry tomatoes yet you don't want to use them in a typical salad. I added a little flava to the traditional recipe by adding olive oil, fresh parsley, and fresh basil!

Ingredients
12 oz. grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon basil
McCormick Basil Leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar

Directions
In a small bowl or cup measure, mix together oil, apple cider vinegar, herbs, salt, and sugar.  

Pour dressing over cherry tomatoes in a serving dish, and gently stir to coat. Chill for at least 2 hours. Gently stir from bottom to top, coating all tomatoes, before serving

My friend's brought eggplant rollatini, baked ziti, shrimp salad, and cheesecake! I made salmon. Everything was so delish we didn't do the obligatory group food shot, we were having too much of a great time.

In between the salmon and dessert we listened to 90s music! Here is the playlist I made via Spotify, oh the nostalgia. I’m talking all the a little cheesy yet good 90s: Nirvana, Snoop Dogg, Backstreet Boys, Monica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers just to name a few! Check it out: 90s/00's POTLUCK PLAYLIST

                                                                                                      FLIP CUP ANYONE?

                                                                                                      FLIP CUP ANYONE?

It was a blast gathering my friend’s together singing a few songs, playing all of our favorites watching me sing a few songs! Haha!

Yes, singing is a hidden talent of mine ;) I highly recommend doing intimate gatherings with friend’s, as life can get so cray at times! I can’t wait to do this again :)

All photography was done by Charles John check out his blog: https://dishit000.com/

xo

Kos

Diversity rules Elle Magazine February 16'

Hey Peeps!

I'm grateful that I decided to keep my Elle Magazine subscription last month. I realized a few of the subscriptions I had I felt as though the covers were all the same either a Kardashian on the cover or a Kendall Jenner editorial at the very end of the page. I'm super excited for the February issue…it screams diversity and change with Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, and Priyanka Chopra having individual covers in ELLE’s annual “Women In TV” issue!

Olivia Wilde from the upcoming show Vinyl (Who else is stoked for this?) and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus were also chosen for this year’s edition. This is quite a mix considering covers from last year, all these actresses are different in age, color, walks of life.  The cover lineup is one of ELLE Magazine’s most diverse ever, and truly reflects the makeup of actresses in Hollywood.

According to a recent article from Women’s Wear Daily, the Kardashian print influence is dwindling.  The trade cites Cosmopolitan's 50th anniversary November issue featuring Kris Jenner and all of her daughters as case in point: the issue sold just 436,500 newsstand issues according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Kylie's solo February cover sold better (495,423 issues), but that is still less than the magazines average for the first half of 2015 (531,086 issues). Three years ago, Kim's solo April cover was the magazine's bestseller of 2013, reaching 1.2 million copies according to Adweek. Meanwhile at Teen Vogue, the May issue featuring Kylie beat the first half of the year's average with 48,237 issues, though that was less than Kendall's September 2014 issue which sold 72,619 newsstand issues, according to WWD. 

Yes, we can use the “everything has gone digital” excuse. But maybe, just maybe... consumers who are buying $3.99 for a magazine just want to see more creativity in the cover and stories? Maybe they want to see someone different on these covers they can actually get inspired by? $3.99 can buy a tall latte, cover girl mascara, and two items from the McDonald’s dollar menu.  For many, those purchases are more of a satisfaction then reading about Kylie Jenner denying getting her lips done in the latest cover of Allure Magazine.  At least with the Women in TV issue, Elle made an effort to include actresses not only from different backgrounds but also have shows that are completely different from the other.  Is the consumer who watches Veep on HBO turning into Empire on FOX? Who knows but, bravo to Elle for giving us a different dynamic in 2016!

-xo

Kosi

Into The Mind: Kos' Holiday 2015 wish list

Happy Monday peeps!

It's 12 more days will Christmas! I am getting into the spirit OD'ing on Gingerbread Lattes, Xmas music and planning holiday dinners with dear friends.  Also signed up to do volunteer work! Tis the season :)

I have been super duper NICE this year! And my list reflects that ha ha!  M Train by Patti Smith is fantastic! I have the book on my Ipad now I want the hard copy, it's a must to have for anyone who is a fan of her's!  The bat eye mask: I need sleep, bottom line. Working harder at unplugging early evening to get a good night's sleep.  Serpent earrings from Catbird: Love snake jewelry + Catbird in Williamsburg.  Catbird is one of the best jewelry stores in the city!  Burberry nail polish: when I do get my nails done, I go for monochromatic colors. Tis the season as I said, why not step it up with the oxblood color! 

Behind-the-scenes spectacular of 2OO1: Space Odyssey: excellent movie, set the bar for movies in the scifi genre. Vianel's lizard skin Iphone case is 100% leather but also the comes with free personalization in gold foil stamping.   Black Leather gloves and a classic beret is my winter uniform.. if it ever becomes winter in NYC (the weather has been frightfully warm). Adding a emoji bag to my future all black everything ensembles keeps me young at heart.  Finally, January is going to be a busy month for me professionally, I wear heels for hours at a time as it is. Having a pair of fashionable foldable flats from shoe veteran Yosi Samara will bring more comfort to my feet. 

Kos

holiday gift guide 2015

Lingerie sleepwear
journelle.com

Yellow handbag
journeys.com

Glove
shopbop.com

Parkhurst wool hat
nordstrom.com

Iphone case
vianelnewyork.com

Jo Malone body cleanser
saksfifthavenue.com

Burberry nail polish
$21 - burberry.com

Baby Serpent Studs
catbirdnyc.com

Morgan Lane Bat Eye Mask
$99 - shopbop.com

M Train
amazon.com

As I mentioned, I have been super duper nice this season. If yall see Santa direct him to this blog post ha ha? Maybe he has Twitter? Who knows! Tis the season :)

How are you guys getting into the holiday spirit? Have you been naughty or nice?

xo

Kos