1 Here I am at the the flagship Ralph Lauren Women and Home store on Madison Avenue, where Ricky Lauren's book party was held.
2 For this occasion, I chose to wear a black silk Hermes dress, a gold lame Lanvin jacket, and Celine espadrilles.
3 I attended the event with Darcy Miller - VP, Weddings Editor for Weddings magazine. Darcy is a close personal friend of Dylan Lauren, the daughter of Ralph and Ricky.
4 The book has more than one hundred Lauren family recipes, plus advice on entertaining in true Hamptons style, and a personal glimpse into the life of the Lauren family.
5 Catching up with Drew Nieporent, the famed restauranteur.
6 His company, the Myriad Restaurant Group owns many restaurants, including Nobu, which is co-owned by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro.
7 Ralph Lauren's brother, Jerry, was also in attendance. Jerry is the one who changed their last name from Lifshitz to the now famous Lauren.
8 He said the reasoning was because their name sounded too much like an obscenity and they were often teased about it as children.
9 Posing with Lauren Bush Lauren, Elaina Sullivan, Dylan Lauren, and Darcy Miller
10 Posing with Ricky - this is her fourth book in this genre.
11 An absolutely stunning floral arrangement of roses, hydrangeas, lilies, and orchids
12 Posing with Ricky and Charlie Rose - Charlie has interviewed Ralph, as well as son David, on his show.
13 Ralph and Ricky have been married since 1964 and have three children, Dylan, David, and Andrew.
14 Ralph looked dapper, as always. He never went to fashion school, instead dropped out of business school and began working as a salesman for Brooks Brother. He later opened a necktie store of his own designs.
15 A very pretty shopper - Ricky's previous books focused on entertaining at the family's Colorado ranch, her experiences in Jamaica, and another with amazing photos of her travels across Africa.
16 Another pretty shopper - The four sections of this latest book represent the towns the Laurens have lived in the Hamptons: Southampton, Amagansett, East Hampton, and Montauk, where they now have a home.
17 And speaking of the Hamptons - Here are some shots that I took recently, in the early morning, of my gardens at my East Hampton home on Lily Pond Lane.
18 A highly fragrant white wisteria and arches covered with clematis montana Grandiflora
19 Just across the driveway is a purple wisteria.
20 A brick and flagstone pathway edged with lady's mantle runs beside the front porch of the house.
21 Look at the size of this tree peony bloom in the front yard border!
22 And this yellow one edged in apricot
23 A deep red peony with a nearly black center
24 An incredible double bloom
25 A gigantic pink blossom
26 Turning around, I saw that the sun had cast a bright, fresh glow.
27 Another view of the wisteria
28 An arched pergola covered with wisteria - its petals falling like snow
29 Stepping stones through the shade garden on the far side of the house, which is filled with an assortment of plants such as ferns, hostas, may apple, heuchera and more
30 The white viburnum tomentosa is so prolific!