Arts + Crafts
Raise a glass — and show off your engagement ring — with the season’s most swoon-worthy manicures
Photography By Martin Vecchio | Manicures By Trisha Johnson For Very Polished | Styling By Rebecca Voigt
Fade Into You
Forevermark two-stone “EverUs” diamond ring, $5,700, at Greenstone’s, Birmingham; 248-642-2650; greenstonesjewelers.com. Alexander McQueen dress, $2,395, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300; neimanmarcus.com.
An of-the-moment update of a classic, this ombré french manicure combines soft, neutral tones — CND Vinylux in “Skin Tease” and “Cream Puff” — with a matte finish for a look that’s timeless yet trendy.
David Yurman “Delaunay” engagement ring in 18k gold, price upon request, at David Yurman, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-649-6054; davidyurman.com. Milly shirt, $325, and Kobi Halperin skirt, $448, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300; neimanmarcus.com.
Swarovski Crystal Pixies add shimmer and shine to IBD Pro Lacquer in “Indie Oasis,” a chic neutral that blends seamlessly with any bridal style.
Fancy yellow cushion cut diamond ring, $17,900, at Greenstone’s, Birmingham; 248-642-2650; greenstonesjewelers.com. Rebecca Taylor dress, $425, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-3300; neimanmarcus.com.
Watercolor flowers in CND’s “New Wave” Shellac color collection, painted over OPI’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” gel-polish and accented with a Swarovski Crystal rhinestone, give your nails an artistic, romantic effect.
Shades of Gray
David Yurman crossover pave engagement ring in platinum, price upon request, at David Yurman, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-649-6054; davidyurman.com. Black Halo dress, $345, at Neiman Marcus, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643- 3300; neimanmarcus.com.
Rich gray polish — IBD gel polish in “Patchwork” — sets the foundation for delicate hand painted flowers in CND Vinylux’s “Cream Puff.” The finishing touch for this lovely look? An “Aurora Borealis” Swarovski rhinestone.
Whether hosting an engagement party or mingling during your nuptial cocktail hour, welcome your guests with a mouthwatering signature beverage from a few of our favorite watering holes.
A modern tapas restaurant located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Aventura’s mission is to bring a spirit of adventure to the plates — and glasses — of its clientele. Bring that same ethos to your wedding with the Bride to Be, a pink cocktail that’s exotic and oh-so-pretty.
BRIDE TO BE
1 oz. Fresh-squeezed blood orange sour
1 1⁄2 oz. Valentine Vodka
1⁄4 oz. Intense Ginger Liqueur 1⁄4 oz. St. Germain
4 dashes Rhubarb bitters
2 spritz Rosewater
If you take your name from Prohibition’s most notorious rum running pirate on the Detroit River, odds are you serve an excellent cocktail. Detroit restaurant and cocktail bar Grey Ghost doesn’t disappoint with Grandma’s Garden, a fresh concoction with an intriguing green hue.
1 1⁄2 oz. Tito’s vodka
1⁄2 oz. St. Germain
1⁄2 oz. Cucumber mint syrup
1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice
1 dash Rosewater
1 pinch Salt
Garnish with mint leaves and three
drops of Angostura bitters
A darling of the downtown dining scene, Chartreuse is known for its rustic-yet-re ned cuisine and creative cocktails. Serve its Summer Ginger Amaro Smash at your wedding to give your guests a taste of what diners love about Chartreuse.
SUMMER GINGER AMARO SMASH
Handful of mint
1 part Averna Amaro
1 part Bonal Gentiane
1 part Fresh lime juice
1 part Ginger syrup
The new kid on the block in Hazel Park’s burgeoning dining scene, joebar is a casual neighborhood bar and eatery situated a few doors down from Mabel Gray. The bar’s Raspberry Cinnamon Daiquiri is a spicy-sweet cocktail perfect for an al fresco soiree.