I truly believe in making magical moments. There are so many things that we’re responsible for, and one of the hardest things for us to do is LIVE. But, this year I made a vow, or actually a pact to say, “yes” to the things that scare or challenge me. Well, I can tell you this has led me to some amazing experiences. One of the most memorable just happened, Le Diner En Blanc.
When I found out that Diner En Blanc was coming to Orlando, I knew I was going to do everything I could to go. If you check out my previous post when I attended the media party, then you know this has been on my bucket list for a while. So, I was stoked to be able to cover it for “Le Blog”. Even, better than that I was able to bring my sissy. I was totally winning. Now, let me tell you about the event.
Le Diner En Blanc is a pop-up all white dinner party that is held at a mystery location. Guests are bused to the location from all over the city for a party like no other. For Orlando’s inaugural event, the Beacon in Lake Nona was the chosen location. The Beacon is a beautiful 3-legged art installation that was designed by renowned artist Jefre and Michael Counts in partnership with Lake Nona Developer, Tavistock Group. This area was designed to be a community focal point for the community, and it was the perfect spot to bring together so many different people for the purpose of fun and connecting. It was so amazing to see 1000+ people converge on this beautiful installation. It was truly a Beacon letting everyone in Orlando know the party has begun.
All of the guests looked so beautiful in their white. The outfits ranged from conservative to dramatic. Can we say lots of fascinators? Also, there were tribal headdresses, and Apothic Wines, the wine sponsor, wore those. Side note, you must try their red and white. Simply delightful! Also, I since I was covering the media lounge. I also got to try the most amazing sushi from Maki’s Place in Lake Nona. I had the most amazing Tuna Temaki. I definitely will be going back. Everything was so well thought out. I don’t think a detail was missed, and it made the evening divine.
The party also didn’t stop with dinner. Once dinner was over, it was time to dance. The music was pumping, and the band was amazing. They were so good that a guest asked for their contact information, so she could book them for her wedding. They also had Dayve Stewart, who is an excellent saxophonist here in Orlando. Along with dancers, and an amazing DJ. Any song you wanted to hear, they probably played it. Everyone was dancing and having fun. They also had a proposal on the dance floor. Love and happiness was truly in the air.
As the evening wound down, it was time to light the sparklers to signal the end coming near. It was so beautiful to see 1000+ people dancing with sparklers. It was the perfect way to end the evening, and then just like magic it ended. The guests packed up all of their gear, and headed back to the bus. Diner En Blanc is over for 2016. But, I would strongly recommend that you sign up for next year. This is definitely a moment you don’t want to miss. 2017 is going to be amazing!! Here’s the link to the site to find out more deets.
Until we meet again! Do something you never thought you would do. Au Revoir!
I hope you’ve had an amazing weekend. Wasn’t it great to have a short week coming off of Labor Day? NOT, it’s amazing how going back to work after a short week can feel like you never had any time off at all . But, in spite of all the projects and normal craziness of life and family, I’m still grateful. It’s amazing how gratitude can truly turn a “frown upside down”. It also helped me power through to a fun filled weekend of events.
I had the opportunity to go to a great networking event on Friday night with Chic Conviction. Melrose Elise and Lex Ansley, founded Chic Conviction to provide a non-judgmental place for people to connect. I‘ve been working with them on Social Media, and I’m so excited to watch them grow.
Hi everyone! I hope your week is starting off wonderfully! I’ve missed you all so much. It’s been hectic with work, family and life. I’m sure you can all relate. But, I wanted to stop in to share with you my latest adventure .
Have you heard of Diner En Blanc? If not, don’t worry about it. By the time we’re done with this post, you’ll be looking for it to come to your city. Diner En Blanc is a worldwide event, in which people gather in a public space and setup a “pop-up chic picnic extravaganza”. One of the wonderfully mysterious best parts is that the invited guests aren’t told the location of the picnic until the day of the event. This amazing concept began in Paris in 1988, and has grown and spanned the globe.
Pt. 2: Roadtripping With The Divas in Sanibel Island
We’re back! Are you ready for Pt. 2 of our “Road tripping with the Divas: Sanibel Island” adventure? If you need a quick reminder of Pt. 1, please click here. I can’t say enough wonderful things about our fab host resort, Island Inn . Island Inn and Hillgate Marketing sponsored this trip, but all opinions are my own. So, with that out of the way, let’s talk about our Island Tour and Sea Life Excursion with Captain Bubby’s Island Tours and Adventures in Paradise.
Our second day in Sanibel Island started off with a personal tour with Captain Bubby’s Island Tour. Captain Bubby’s Island Tours is a concierge service that specializes in customized, educational, unique experiences that target exploring the beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, Captiva and all of Lee County, Florida. They pride themselves on providing experiences that are tailored to your interests. They love to provide guests access to areas that are off the beaten path to provide the most memorable experience possible. They definitely exceeded that and more with us .
Are you taking care of "You?" Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I didn't. But, I've started thinking about it more and more. Especially, since I became a caregiver to my mom.
I always say my life changed in the matter of three hours on December 20, 2010. That's the day my father died, and my mom came to live with my sister and I. I went immediately into super saver caregiver mode, and I've never looked back. The next five years would go on to be filled with cursing, crying, depression, stress, laughter, hope, and love. That's quite a cycle isn't it? But, that's a caregiver life. We give so much of ourselves to others; that you sometimes forget about the most important person in this, you.