Stylish Apparel Pairs Perfectly with Festive Fare for Elegant and Elevated Hosting Inspiration
- Photographed byShane O’Donnell
- Food styled byKara Mickelson
- Fashion styled byTanya Monaghan
- Hair byDionah Austgen
- Makeup byBeth Follert
Main image above: Black tulle corset dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $348; bloomingdales.com. Sequined heels by I.N.C., $90; Macy’s at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach. 18k gold black onyx and diamond ring, $5,650, and 18k diamond and black onyx bracelet by Damaso, $18,950, 18k gold diamond scatter necklace by Norman Coven, $18,850, 18k gold diamond choker by Morgan’s, $8,450, 18k white and gold diamond enamel domed bracelets, $6,500 each, 18k gold diamond and onyx domed ring, $6,850; all at Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance.
Black velvet strapless midi dress by Self-Portrait, $540; FWRD.com. Faux pearl mini crossbag by AQUA, $46; bloomingdales.com. Morgan’s white South Sea pearl studs, $1,825, 18” 8mm pearl strand necklace with 14k white matte ball clasp, $1,450, 23” 18k pearl strand with 18k yellow gold clasp, $2,795, Morgan’s Akoya 28” pearl strand with 14k yellow gold clasp, $3,350, 18k gold diamond flat Cuban link bracelet by Arat, $18,950, Morgan’s double strand pearl bracelet with diamonds, $2,890, Morgan’s 18k white gold wide lattice diamond bracelet, $32,850, Morgan’s Akoya South Sea spiral ring with diamonds and 18k gold, $3,550, Morgan’s white South Sea pearl ring with a diamond bypass design, $3,680. All fine jewelry from Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance.
Oysters with Mignonette Sauce
Recipe courtesy Walter Nunez, The Rex Seaside Steakhouse in Redondo Beach
Makes 2½ cups
1 cup plus 1¼ teaspoons sake
piece konbu (2–3 inches in length)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced
freshly cracked black pepper
In a saucepan over medium heat, reduce sake by half. Add konbu; remove from heat and let mixture cool. Add rice wine vinegar and salt. Let sauce rest for 2 hours at room temperature. Prior to serving, add apples, pepper and more salt, to taste. Serve with fresh oysters.
All fine jewelry courtesy of Morgan's Jewelers in Torrance
Cherry Lime Pisco Sour
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces 100% cherry juice
2 ounces pisco sour
2 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
1½ tablespoons pasteurized liquid 100% egg whites
½ ounce Cherry Lime Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients into a shaker. Shake vigorously for two minutes. Pour into a glass. Add bitters and a couple drops of Cherry Lime Simple Syrup. Enjoy.
Cherry Lime Simple Syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
juice of one lime
1/3 cup cherry juice
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, lime and cherry juices and bring to a low boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool and store in refrigerator. Can be made a week in advance.
Red strapless sequined dress by Cinq à Sept, $348; bloomingdales.com. Rose-cut diamond bangle, $19,500, diamond fringe earrings, $10,000, diamond baby ID bracelet by Sylva & Cie, $13,625; all at Hamilton Butler Jewels in Hermosa Beach. Black strapped heels by Steve Madden, $90; Macy’s at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach.
Ray dress in gold by Sabina Musayev, $490; revolve.com. Black onyx and diamond deco ring by Dove’s, $8,850, 18k gold black onyx and diamond ring by Damaso, $5,650, 18k gold diamond and onyx domed ring, $6,850, 18k white and gold diamond enamel domed bracelets, $6,500 each; all at Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance. 14k gold diamond hoops, $19,000; Hamilton Butler Jewels in Hermosa Beach.
Osetra caviar provided by Great American International Seafood Market in Rancho Palos Verdes, greatamericanseafoodmarket.com
Lime dress by Retrofête, $595; FWRD.com. Grey diamond bracelet by Sylva & Cie, $52,125; Hamilton Butler Jewels in Hermosa Beach. 18k gold with green tourmaline necklace with diamond details, $14,500; Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance. Black strapped heels by Steve Madden, $90; Macy’s at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach.
Sequined cross neck gown by Mac Duggal, $498; macduggal.com. 18K pink tourmaline earrings by Sylva & Cie, $13,125, 18k aquamarine and diamond ring, $11,898, 18k aquamarine and diamond ring, $8,400, 18k aquamarine and sapphire ring, $5,880; Hamilton Butler Jewels in Hermosa Beach. 18k rose gold ring by Savoia with tanzanite, emerald and diamonds, $8,350, 18k gold cuff with pink and green tourmaline and diamond accents by Julls, $16,850; Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance.
Assorted fine jewelry courtesy of Hamilton Butler Jewels in Hermosa Beach. Macarons by Bottega Louie.