Gallette Des Rois

Posted on: January 16, 2017

Hi Loves!

I mentioned in my New Year’s resolutions/goals post that one of my resolutions was to continue to try and explore new things while also sharing more of myself to you all. In turn, I hope to inspire and empower you along the way. Also, I’m bringing a new element to the blog. I’m going to dive deep, and share more of myself with you. My hope is for you to learn more about me and it give you more insight of my journey.  I originally called Mondays– “Motivational Mondays” but I’m changing it to “Getting Personal Mondays.” I’ll continue to inspire, motivate, empower and enlighten you while I also get personal. For this “Getting Personal” post, I’m sharing my personal experiences from a recent event I attended. What I learned, what it taught me and my accounts of the evening. To find out more, continue reading.

New Year’s celebrations continued on the evening of January 12th at FiaFNY. One of my fellow blogger friends Loren from Enlightened By Bravery invited me to attend the Gallette Des Rois celebration at the fi:af  Skyroom located on the Upper East Side in NYC. The evening was filled with wine, French Cider, savory bites, good company and conversation. Followed by the main attraction — the massive and impressive Gallette Des Rois for all to admire and of course feast on. Gallette Des Rois also known as Kings Cake has been celebrated and recognized by many for years. Various cultures and countries have their own versions of this tradition. It’s to celebrate the Epiphany marking the end of the Christmas season. This celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings to Bethlehem. The Epiphany also known has Three Kings Day is a Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ.

The massive and delicious French pastry Gallette Des Rois was provided by Financier Pasteries and the savory bites and spread were provided by Le District.

 What I learned:

  • In true French tradition a small porcelain charm or fève (bean) is hidden in the cake and anyone who finds one in is crown king for the evening.
  • The first Galette Des Rois was actually filled with almond paste and mashed potatoes
  • Nowadays, this pastry cake is filled with almond paste, it’s simple, not too sweet, but still absolutely delicious
  • This tradition dates back to the middle ages and only served during the month of January

Even though I don’t speak much French (none whatsoever outside the familiar phrases and sayings) it was still impressive and nice to hear a different language other than English. I’ve always found French to be such a romantic and elegant language. **One fact about me is that while I was in elementary school I took French Class then later on learned Spanish.** After hearing the beautiful language again, I was intrigued and thought about relearning the romantic language again. And maybe, I could speak it fluently one day, one day. Practice makes perfect, right?!  Even though I didn’t understand some of the French spoken that evening, I admire a beautiful language and I believe its never too late to learn and experience new things like languages and cultures. They also had a photo booth station set up for all to enjoy. If you post your photos on social media you could enter a special raffle for a chance to win tickets to a Comedy Show. Like all events and life’s adventures I made sure to Snapchat and Instastory the evening. Be sure to follow me on Snapchat : SocFashBeaut17 and on Instastories: @SocialFashionistaBeauty to see all the BTS action.

Thanks again to Loren for inviting me to this fun event and thanks to Fiaf for having me.

Overall, I enjoyed the evening. The event was fun-filled and a great experience. Nothing like stepping outside your comfort zone and learning new things. I promised myself to continue  learning, exploring and experiencing new things. The perfect evening to learn and enjoy some French culture. A great way to kick-off the New year and accomplish one of my goals/resolutions. This is something I’ll continue to do and I hope you’ll join me in doing so!

If you aren’t already be sure to follow Loren on social media @EnlightenedByBravery and be sure to check out her blog: www.enlightenedbybravery.com.

To learn more about FI:AF and what the organization is all about go to: www.fiaf.org.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it inspired you to try something new and step outside your comfort zone once in awhile. You never know what you’ll learn.

Have you celebrated Gallette Des Rois?

If so, please do share, I love hearing from you.

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!

 


Holiday Style: Glitz and Glam with Julie Brown NYC

Posted on: December 16, 2016

 

Looking for the perfect outfit to wear to any holiday event? Continue reading and find out the details of this holiday outfit I put together. 

This outfit was one of my absolute favorites, the perfect look for the holiday season. For this look I was channeling my inner Gossip Girl {so to speak}, maybe my inner Serena or Blair. I’ve been watching the beloved series again lately and this outfit made me think of the fabulous fashion that was seen on the show. I don’t know about you, but I definitely think this show should return to tv. I know, I’m not the only one to say this, am I right? Who wouldn’t love to see Serena, Blair, Chuck, Dan and the whole group again!!??

Thanks to Julie Brown NYC this stunning gold top with beaded detail gives the perfect amount of sparkle and shine for the holiday season. It gives the outfit the allure of all the glitz and glam one would want in an outfit for the holidays. I paired it with this silk black accordion skirt by Rebecca Minkoff. For shoes, you can go either way– pair it with heels like these from Sam Edelman or even these ultra cheek black leather knee high boots by Stuart Weiztman as seen here (my favorite over the knee boots). For accessories, I wore my favorite Hermes H enamel bangle with black and gold hardware, a ring from Chloe and Isabel and my Givenchy Envelope clutch. The perfect clutch for any occasion! This look was so easy to put together and definitely an outfit that can be worn for any special occasion. I wore this outfit to a Holiday Birthday party for one of my fellow blogger friends. The perfect outfit for an amazing evening!!      

                    

Photos taken by @Frasen9 

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Blazer:  Theory (Old) but shop similar one here

Top: Julie Brown NYC

Blogger Friends Outfits: Julie Brown NYC  Here, here and here

Skirt: Rebecca Minkoff (Old) but similar ones here and here

Heels: Sam Edelman

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Bracelet: Hermes H Enamel Bracelet

Bracelet: Cartier

 Clutch: Givenchy 

Rebel Red Tiger Eye Ring: Chloe and Isabel

 

Warmest wishes for the holiday season to you all, and a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness. Thank you for all your support this year and always. Thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.


Holidays with Friends at Black Barn Restaurant NYC

Posted on: December 15, 2016

I love this time of the year!

A time to spend with loved ones, a time of giving, a time to reflect and a time to celebrate. This year I had the pleasure of celebrating a milestone birthday holiday style with my beautiful friend and fellow blogger Ellese of Rock Paper Glam. Her special evening was celebrated at: Black Barn Restaurant located at: 19 E 26th street. Black Barn NYC is an upscale, elegant and classy restaurant that serves American fares with a barn inspired chef’s table experience. With a plethora of choices to offer even gluten-free and vegan fares that will surely satisfy your tastebuds and tummies. If you’re looking for a place to host your holiday party or any party look no further, Black Barn NYC is the place and trust me when I say this, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!!

The evening was filled with many smiles, laughs, champagne and delicious food. We were served in one of their private rooms to enjoy a four course meal that consisted of fresh, decadent chef’s favorites that were devoured by us all. Let’s just say our tummies were thankful and full. It was an amazing evening for us all to come together to share a meal, celebrate the lovely Ellese and her 30th Birthday and to add more memories to cherish forever! Hopefully you were able to catch my Instastories(@SocialFashionistaBeauty) and Snapchat(SocFashBeaut17) to see all the fun that evening A great experience for my 1st time to Black Barn and it certainly won’t be my last.

  

Photos Taken By: @SocialFashionistaBeauty, @ElleseLauner, @Whatthedoost, @EnlightenedByBravery and @Frasen9

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A Special Thank you to Ellese for hosting a beautiful evening and for having me and to Black Barn Restaurant for the fresh, delicious and phenomenal food and for hosting us all!

Book your next party at Black Bar Restaurant

Happy Holidays Everyone!

As always thanks for reading, following and support me in my journey!