WEDDING WEDNESDAY SERIES: SOPHISTICATED WEDDINGS RELEASE PARTY

Posted on: February 17, 2016

       Changing up scenes from seeing the latest trends and styles from NYFW16 events and shows, my husband and I ventured uptown for the 2016 Release party for Sophisticated Weddings. Just your average Wednesday, hobnobbing with some of NY Society’s finest, industry elites, and much more. The event was held the beautiful, iconic and spectacular James Burden Mansion,  located on the Upper East Side.  The Burden Kahn Mansion is well known for hosting many upscale events and Weddings, here in the New York City area. The perfect venue to host the Magazine Release party for Sophisticated Weddings.

We enjoyed getting our photos taken by Cody Raisig, posing in their photobooth, tasting bite size hors d’oeuvres, while trying out some of their signature cocktails and spirits. I’m a firm believer in trying and supporting all local businesses and seeing what they have to offer. And if your having an upcoming event, wedding or party this was a great way to see what these businesses had to offer and see if they could be of some service for your upcoming event.

We were entertained by local band 45 Riots (one of New York City’s best bands), they did a fabulous rendition of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love, ” fitting for the occasion. Overall, the Release party was a spectacular event. And my husband and I enjoyed ourselves, and met some great people over the course of the night. The 2016 Sophisticated Weddings: New York Edition is on sale now and it features two different covers simultaneously in circulations.

[” The first was photographed at the magnificent Burden Kahn Mansions, and features newlywed Vanessa Ray, one of the stars of “Blue Blood,”  on CBS and “Pretty Little Liars” on ABC Family (Now known as FreeForm).”  2016 Cover A

” The second cover was photographed at the historic India House in lower Manhattan, with Molly Tarlov, the newly engaged star of  “Awkward” on MTV.” 2016 Cover B – Sophisticated Weddings ]

The whole evening and experience made me reminisce our wedding day and the whole planning process. Made me want to do it all over again. Weddings and marriage is such a beautiful thing, and something to remember and cherish for many years to come. If your on the hunt for your ideal wedding venue in the New York City area, something that’s elegant, modern, but still will give you that classic/ lovely ambiance this is the place for you.  There are so many venues to choose from but after seeing the inside of the location along with the decor and everything, I’d say this would be a beautiful place to have a wedding!!

If you’re newly engaged, getting married or married, congratulations and I wish you all the best now and always. Cheers to a lifetime of love, blessings and happiness!

Here’s  a list of the local businesses that were in attendance at the event and ones that specialize in weddings and events:

Venue: The Burden Kahn Mansion

Decor + Floral Designs : Florescer NY

Lighting: Power Posse Productions

Furniture+ Rentals : Taylor Creative Inc., Ruth Fishl Props and Furniture Rentals., Broadway Party Rentals

Catering: Rosa Mexicana Restaurants

Bar: Mark Fahere Caterer

Music: 45 Riots ( NY Area Best Bands), Elan Artists, Troy Curtis Entertainment

Cake Tastings: CITY SWEETS & CONFECTIONS & Madison Lee’s Cakes

Macaron Tastings: La Maison du Macaron

Photo Booth: Shake and Share Media

Astrologer: Angel Eyedealism

Photographer: Cody Raisig Photography

Enjoy some photos for the evening!!

Are you engaged, Married, Getting Married?

Where is your dream wedding venue location?

Comment below or write to me I’d love to hear your engagement/wedding story!

For more Wedding Wednesday Series Stay tuned!

XO,

SOCIALFASHIONISTABEAUTY

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(All photos were taken by me, owned by Emily Sotera, SocialFashionistaBeauty)


Lifestyle & Holiday Inspiration: Eat, Drink, and Be THANKFUL!! Friendsgiving, Holiday Inspiration, Recipes, and More! #HappyFlashbackFriday

Posted on: November 22, 2015

Hello Loves, and Happy Flashback Friday!! Here’s a little inspiration, My favorite recipes for the holiday season to add to your spread, and some holiday cheer and memories from 2015.

Happy NOVEMBER!! #HappyFlashbackFriday

November has been a great month so far, but can be at times the most stressful and hectic due to work obligations, industry events, and personal engagements that occur in all of our lives. But even through  all the madness with the holidays in full swing, and no matter how busy our schedules keeps us, I feel it’s vital and important keeping a balanced life, in all aspects.

 Balance I believe keeps our minds and souls happy and no to mention grounded. One of the things I’ve always practiced is continuing to ALWAYS count my blessings. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t do this. My husband and I remain grounded in all that we do, and we continue to count our blessings day in and day out. And during the holidays, this is the time where we think most about our families, friends, and how blessed and thankful we are to have you all in our lives. Our lives have become so full, complete with so many blessings and joy because of all the love and positivity in our lives. This is what life is to us. This is what keeps us going in life and we are reminded this daily.

With the holiday season in full swing, my husband and I had our 2nd annual Friendsgiving this past weekend (11/21/15). It was a great way to celebrate the start to the holiday season with some of our closest friends and family. With Thanksgiving in just a few days, we thought what better way to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy some Pre-Thanksgiving festivities than to celebrate and enjoy a night to eat, drink, and be thankful, all together.  While also adding more memories to the books. It was a great evening filled with lots of laughs, fun, and very full bellies. In this blog post,  I’m sharing some photos from the evening, some of my recipes from the night and what I love to make during the holidays, and some inspiration when planning parties like this one and other holiday get togethers. .

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Friendsgiving#2

Whenever I’m planning an event or hosting a party, I alway give myself time to plan and prep. For my Friendsgiving I alway plan in advance– the menu, decor,  table arrangements etc …. This years Friendsgiving I planned it out 3 months in advance, from setting the date and all the little and big details. Once we finalize a date, I sent out all the invites giving guest ample time to plan. The inspiration behind the decor and tablescape ideas came from either Real Simple Magazine, but I get a lot of my ideas and inspiration from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great source for just about anything. Check out my Pinterest page and boards at : https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/. I love reading up and exploring new ideas and creating things. For me, I LOVE a good DIY!  A good DIY project is right up my alley!!

As far as my menu, I get my inspiration either from Pinterest or my long list of my cooking channel shows on my DVR,  that I try and catch up on when I can.  I adapt a lot of my meals, making each and every meal uniquely mine and giving it a touch of my own cooking esthetic. I like to use a lot of Organic and natural ingredients as much as I can, so I can continue sticking to my healthy lifestyle even during the holidays.

Enjoy two of my recipes I featured that evening for appetizers and dessert.  Great to try and enjoy for during the holidays!! Try them out, take a picture and tag me using the hashtags #SocialFashionistaBeautyDoesTheHolidays #SocialFashionistaBeautyRecipes

RECIPES

HARVEST FRUIT, GOAT CHEESE, CHOPPED PECANS CROSTINIS

A quick and easy appetizer that combines juicy apples and grapes with creamy goat cheese and toasted pecans for elegant and flavorful bite.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 c. grapes quartered

  • 1 green apple diced

  • 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, broken into small pieces

  • ¼ c. fresh orange juice

  • ½ c. pecans, toasted

  • 1 French baquette & Olive Oil -or- Crackers

  • Honey to drizzle over Crostinis

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slice your baquette into ½” pieces and heat up a pan on your stove. Brush the tops of each piece with olive oil. Brown each side of your crostini until its lightly browned then to allow to cool.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, lightly toss the apples, orange juice, grapes, pecans and goat cheese.

  3. Top the crostinis or crackers with ¼ c. of the fruit mixture and serve immediately.

  4.  Drizzle with Honey to top everything off

    Plate and serve and enjoy these easy colorful and delish appetizer!

    Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

 Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • For the filling:

  • 2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

  • 8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped

  • Large flake sea salt

  • Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)

  • Crystal sanding sugar (optional)

Directions:
Make the dough:
  1. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

  2. Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

  3. Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.

  4. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8×10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.

  5. Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8×10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.

  6. Make the filling:

  7. In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

  8. Assemble the pies:

  9. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

  10. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14×14-inch square.

  11. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)

  12. Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.

  13. Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional).

  14. Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.

  15. Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.

  16. The cubed apples should be no larger than the size of corn kernels to ensure they become tender during the quick 15-minute bake time.

  17. Large flake sea salt is available in most supermarkets.

  18. If the dough is too firm to work with after refrigerating, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting out the circular shapes.

  19. If the sour cream in the dough makes it too sticky at any point in the rolling out process, just simply sprinkle a pinch of flour atop the wet areas and continue rolling.

    Plate and serve. These are so great and you won’t feel guilty about all the calories, because they are mini, cute and oh so delicious!! Enjoy!

This year I’m thankful for….

My husband has been my rock and a huge support from day one, now and always. Always cheering me on in all my endeavors and projects that I’ve taken on this year. Always loving me and putting me and our family first. And for all the things he does for us and for our future.

For my friends who’ve always kept me grounded, always keeping a smile on my face and bringing  laughter and joy in my life.. Keeping all the positive loving vibes flowing.  Grateful for moments like these with them. Always reminding me to smile always, laugh often, stay carefree, and ALWAYS eat well!

For the family whose been there for me through thick and thin and remain a positive light in my life. The people I can call on and count on and whom I’m grateful to have in my life. Those near and dear to my heart. I am who I am today because they’ve been a huge part in shaping the person I am today.

What are your favorite recipes for your holiday spread?

What are you Thankful for?

For more inspirational moments and thought,, recipes and more stay tuned!