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Tastemaker: Kelley Lilien

Meet the cocktail author and all-around lifestyle guru behind the brand Mrs. Lilien


Age: 35
Neighborhood: Coronado
Background: Kelley’s background is in graphic design. She later went on to create Mrs. Lilien, a multi-faceted, aspirational brand that extends across online, broadcast, and print media. In 2012, she published Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook, which was followed by a dessert cocktail swatchbook in 2014.
Fashion and design philosophy:  “Be bold in all pursuits. Own it on the inside just as much as the outside. A tempered imagination is a trifled imagination.”
Personal Style:  “Ladylike yet exaggerated, brazen yet becoming, fabulous with a pinch of polished percipience.”

Her favorite things:

”These Jonathan Adler pop decanters will be my lifelong obsession—mark my word.” $148–$198, jonathanadler.com

”A cocktail maven’s dream come true! Pages and pages of hot and cold after-dinner cocktails that you’ll lose your breath over.” $14, amazon.com

”This Cynthia Rowley flask bangle is a lifesaver, day-maker, and incognito mood-builder all in one chic accessory.” $365, cynthiarowley.com

”Gift in style, always. Gussy up liquid libations in festive sacks of fun.” Ladyfingers Letterpress booze bags, $7 for a set of three, ladyfingersletterpress.myshopify.com

”I go nuts over frames like these! They’re sophisticated, not at all boring and cliché.” Balenciaga oversized vintage square sunglasses, $360, saks.com

Hand-embroidered linens make me sick with delight. I’ve started my own ‘MRS’ collection of the August Morgan series.” August Morgan “Make Mine a Double” cocktail napkins, $34 for a set of four, augustmorgan.com

Party picks can make or break a schmooze and booze sesh. Stab a couple meatballs, cherry tomatoes, or olives, and you’ll be the hippest hostess in all hosting havens.” Kikkerland ring picks, $7 for a set of 20, kikkerland.com

”These Trina Turk deco ice buckets can vacation on tabletops, shelves, and counters to lend a year-round Palm Springs fervor.” $58, trinaturk.com


Recipe: Mrs. Lilien's Frozen Mimosa

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