HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL :: THE SWAMP SPICE FLIP

Now, unless you’re actually hosting a Swamp-themed Halloween party like ours, you may not want to give such a delicious drink such an atrocious name. In this case, however, it fit quite nicely. But, if you’d like to give it a proper name, we’ll call it the Spiced Pear Flip…

the 'swamp spice' flip // gin, pear, clove, rosemary and lemon cocktail recipe

If you’re feeling so bold, you might even choose to garnish it with a rubber snake for the occassion. Regardless, we’re pretty sure this is one cocktail recipe you’re going to want to add to your fall repertoire…

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

The Spiced Pear Flip // serves one

Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. rosemary + clove infused simple syrup
  • 1½ oz. pear puree
  • ½ oz. White Whale Filthy Liar (or a lychee syrup or liqueur)
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 sprig rosemary, to garnish

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

To start, you’ll need to make the simple syrup and the puree…

Rosemary & Clove Simple Syrup:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 oz. whole cloves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary

Combine the sugar, water, cloves, and rosemary in a saucepan over low heat. When the mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator, or use right away. This will yield more than enough syrup for two drinks.

Pear Puree

  • 1 pear, peeled and pitted
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. fresh rosemary

Slice the pears and add to the lemon juice and rosemary in a blender. Blend until smooth, then strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and discard any solids. Pear juice can also be substituted here, but be sure to infuse with lemon juice and rosemary overnight.

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

While the prep may take a little extra effort, I assure you it’s completely worth it. And now – to finally make the cocktail!

the pear spice flip - gin, rosemary, clove and pear // coco kelley

Combine all the ingredients as listed above (minus the garnish) in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Pour into a lowball glass, and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

If you prefer your egg whites extra fluffy (as we do) then feel free to whip them up using a blender and top the cocktails as you make them with a solid dose of whites. (You can omit them from the shaker!)

The clove and rosemary simple syrup is the real winner in this cocktail – the clove combined with the pear is heavenly. In my experienced-cocktail-drinker opinion. We loved the idea of creating a frothy (known as a flip) cocktail for our swamp theme but you could easily omit the egg whites depending on your taste for them, and keep sipping this delicious concoction all through the chilly months ahead.

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley // styling by cassandra lavalle

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GET THE LOOK :: HEAD-TO-TOE GREY

First Birkenstocks, now endless layers of grey? Seattle sure seems to be right on trend these days, doesn’t it? But when you actually live in the grey (or with the guys who are still wearing socks with their birks) the trend doesn’t always seem quite as appealing.

However – being a black-and-white girl myself, I happen to own quite a bit of grey. And while I don’t usually pair it all together at once, the art of layering this monochromatic look is one I’m sure I’ll be trying come winter…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

The secret to success with this style is contrasting fabrics, textures and shades. And a hit of black or white is a must…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

Since I’m in the market for a new coat, I may just go in this direction. I was considering camel (such a classic!) but grey might be winning me over…

get the look :: head to toe grey // coco+kelley #streetstyle

1. grey coat // 2. slouchy white beanie // 3. gems from catbird // 4. a slubby sweater // 5. perfect dark grey denim // 6. shearling (!!) foldover clutch // 7. white loafers. yes, white.

I know most of you are thinking I’m nuts for putting white shoes in a winter board, and yes, it’s mighty unrealistic for most, so if you need a substitute, go with your basic black boot. Maybe something with a little texture? Or, white sneaks will always work in a pinch!

I added grey denim to my wardrobe for the first time last fall, and I’ve already worn them to death, so these super affordable pair might be on the next-to-purchase list.

To get more of the look, check these out!

images :: a love is blind // unknown // the front row view // harper’s bazaar // my dubio

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  1. Chloe

    I thought it was silly when I heard grey was going to be a huge fall trend, but now I’ve found my closet full of it. I ADORE that chunky grey knit in the second photo.

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DULY NOTED // 10.17

This week was a reminder to myself of a lot of things. Of the incredible support I have from friends and collaborators and fellow creatives. Of the fact that I should really stop waiting until Oct 15th to file taxes. That simple communication can often solve even the most daunting of problems. And, judging by the pile of tinsel I just pulled out of storage for a shoot next week, that the holidays are just around the corner (oy vey).

With the speed at which the days are flying by, the work is piling up, and the fact that I feel like I’m constantly planning life 1-2 months ahead of schedule, this weekend – and hopefully the next couple of weeks – will be about being in the moment a bit more.

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1 // A stylish reminder to slow down time? Sure. I’ll take that. Plus I love that slim little burgundy band.

2 // This house tour is making me ready to spend a little time in my own loft this weekend, cozying it up for fall. But now all I can think about is how bad I want that sofa. That color.

3 // My love for Heidi Merrick knows no bounds. She’s one rad gal, and so are her pieces. Her fall lookbook just landed in my inbox, and I’m over the moon for that skirt…

4 // I’ve decided to focus some design efforts on updating the decor our family restaurant, Radici, and this collection at Target might be where I start. Copper shakers and pitchers at the bar? Yes please. While I’m at it, I may steal a few for myself…

5 // Have you heard about this little site called ‘Where I’d Stay‘? I discovered them through a friend recently, and am obsessed with the fact that I can rent a little flat in Paris that features such decor as Hermes wallpaper, or those insane bathroom tiles.

6 // Now that we’re starting to take on design work again, I’m reminded of how dangerous it is to constantly be sourcing for other people. We recently recommended a few of these pillows to one of our clients, and now I’m thinking about how badly I need it to update my own sofa for fall…

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 10.16

One word about this week’s room: Pistachio.

nicole najafi's gorgeous mint walls in her living room // coco kelley

Well, maybe it’s a bit minty too. But if there’s one thing about this small apartment that’s really making it stand out to me, it’s that wall color, taking things to a whole other level. Especially against that mauve-toned couch…

bookshelf styling // coco kelley

nicole najafi's gorgeous pistachio walls in her living room // coco kelley

And touches of gold…

nicole najafi's gorgeous mint walls + bookshelf styling // coco kelley

This space belongs to Nicole Najafi, founder of Industry Standard denim – hence the piles of jeans on her bookshelf – and she happens to use this chic NYC living room as her showroom for the line as well.

coffee table styling // coco kelley

The styling is spot on – curated and eclectic, but simple at the same time, which is just what city living calls for.

nicole najafi's classic bar styling // coco kelley

Well, that and a great bar.

nicole najafi's gorgeous home styling // coco kelley

I love all the little details throughout the space, don’t you? And now I’m seriously considering coating my walls in that delicious shade of green…

images via elle decor

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DIY :: A CREEPY CRAWLY HALLOWEEN WREATH

If you all haven’t figured it out yet, my favorite DIY’s are the ones that are easy, and practically foolproof. So, when we decided to put together this swampy-themed Halloween party, I decided a mossy wreath was in order, and easy enough for me to whip up on a whim!

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

When I say whip up, I’m not messing around. This thing probably took me about 5-10 minutes to make!

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

For the moss, I found some sheets at the floral supply store that make things much easier than trying to spray down loose moss. The sheets have a backing that adheres to a porous surface – like styrofoam – way better. Making this part pretty easy!

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

Start with one section, and plan how you’ll lay it out, cutting around the curve of the wreath as you go, and giving the moss enough of an edge to wrap around the back of the wreath. I used spray adhesive to put the moss down initially, and then a hot glue gun to secure the edges to the back.

how to DIY a mossy wreath for halloween // coco kelley

Once the wreath is totally wrapped, it’s time to add a little dimension and detail! I purchased some reindeer moss and glued it down in a couple of sections, along with the bugs and snakes!

mossy halloween wreath DIY // coco kelley

I found these larger snakes here, and used just one on the wreath, then added some cockroaches that we found at the dollar store and painted in green and gold to add details!

mossy halloween wreath DIY // coco kelley

Tucked behind the party table, over some green gauze and in behind a branch filled with cobwebs, the wreath is the perfect backdrop! Of course, ours is now hanging on the front door to greet trick-or-treaters come Halloween!

photography by meghan klein

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  1. Rebecca_FeltBallRug

    What a fun idea, and I totally agree with you….easy is always better! I love crafting but unfortunately the business of life always seems to get in the way. This seems like a quick and easy way to bring a bit of spooky Halloween into your house. Thanks for sharing!

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