Guys. Real life. I attended the most magical event. In the midst of New York Fashion Week (already dreams coming true) I stepped inside the home of my most beloved interior design inspiration (second only to my rockstar of a sister) and was greeted with... black.
Enter Kitchenaid Limited Edition Black Tie Stand Mixer.
1. 53 texts plus a couple dollars later and my favorite ladies, Fei Wang and Jessica McConnell (the ultra talented Color, Material, Finish Designer and Senior Manager responsible for the creation of the new Limited Edition Mixer) and I were decked out in the creme de la creme of LBDs. Though the dresses were intended for the highly anticipated Black Tie event later that evening, it was generally agreed upon that they were even better suited for our downtown dessert tour of sticky buns, macarons, triple chocolate cookies and two more rounds of sticky buns. Turns out dessert for 30 shared between 3 is the perfect appetizer to an 11 course meal.
2. Black caviar spread over black blinis sat next to my black sangria atop the most expertly jam-packed table of flowers, art books, mini globes, oil paintings, candles and most importantly, stealthy black stand mixers. The genius that is Ken Fulk did it again. Every inch of his newly revealed Tribeca loft was thoughtfully staged to make all of our grandest Instagram dreams come true (good thing I spent 3 hours putting on fake eyelashes). Though Mr. Fulk was unable to attend, his representative, a 1/2 lb Chihuahua, was the most gracious host and scored me an introduction with the one and only Gail Simmons. Big shout out to my fave podcast Prince St for giving me some quality background on the queen of Food Network, leading to my gem of an opening line "I hear you really hate tongue." We can wait and see just how successful of a conversation starter it was when the next season of Top Chef hits.
3. As thrilling as it was, the main event of the night was in fact not meeting Gail. Or the miniature chihuahua. Or the electric violinist, the candied black walnut tartlets, the pastry chef kickline or the burgundy mohair armchairs. The real star of the evening was the first ever monochromatic black Kitchenaid stand mixer. And when I say first ever, I mean both the first ever in this color combination and the first ever made of the exclusive 500 on the face of the planet. Matching our outfits, our souls and our matte black nails but a million times cooler, this mixer came to play. According to John McConnell (Senior Design Manager for KitchenAid small appliances), "the Artisan Black Tie's classic design and bold, all-black finish represents a modern and sophisticated take on the classic Stand Mixer." Well said Johnny boy, well said.