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Cognac Brillet Réserve Extra

Instantly enticing with enchanting layers of aroma, the Brillet Réserve Extra Petite Champagne Cognac is a complex selection boasting an exceptional essence. A 40% ABV Cognac, exclusively from Grand Cru Petite Champagne Vineyards and aged for 6 years in oak, this Cognac captures the natural essence of the Petite Champagne terroir. With an incredibly complex aroma that slowly softens into a long, elegant finish, it is a great staple cognac to have in your cabinet.

As with all of Brillet's cognacs, Brillet Réserve Extra is hand-crafted in the family distillery in Les Aireaux, a small hamlet near Jarnac in Cognac. Proudly presenting tradition that dates back to as early as 1656, the double distillation process has had centuries of practice to be able to offer today’s superb selection of Cognac’s. Valuing tradition, timeless creations like the Réserve Extra showcase the true expertise and sophistication of this Cognac house.

Presentation of the bottle

Embodying the essence of a classic Cognac, the display of this bottle boasts charming simplicity and tradition. Using classic sepia coloring, matched with brown sans and serif fonts, a beautiful sense of history is immediately evident. Body royal, with its gold tones the artistry of this presentation is a testament to the brilliance that lies beneath the surface.

How to enjoy

As an XO, this Cognac can be enjoyed neat to savor the evolution of excellent aroma and lingering finish. Or, if you want to elongate the enjoyment, mix it into a longer drink for an aromatic punch that lasts.

SUPERB (90-95) / HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Several layers of aromas...pears to soft old oak to citrus peel. The palate is sleek and mildly sweet in a fruity way. Mid-palate ripe red fruit, buttery oak and firm spirit.
The aftertaste is long, svelte and more fruity than oaky." - Best Buy Wine Enthusiast

Sours: https://www.cognac-expert.com/vsop-cognac/brillet-reserve-extra-petite-champagne

This Couple Made Sure Their Intimate Wedding at the Boston Public Library Was Filled with Multicultural Details

Jean Wang, who founded the popular fashion blog Extra Petite, first met Nicholas Nelson on their first day of college in September 2004 in Boston. Ten years later, in May 2014, the two had just moved into their first condo together and, as Jean replanted tomatoes on her rooftop terrace, Nicholas surprised her with a special set of seeds that read "Let's Grow Old Together." Inside, she found instructions — Say yes (I hope), Place on Finger, Water with Champagne, Harvest Forever — and a gorgeous round-cut diamond engagement ring. Naturally, she said yes!

The pair decided that they would tie the knot in the city where they first met and built a life together. "We absolutely love the history and charm of Boston," Jean says. "We thought the Boston Public Library embodied so much of what we love about this city. We studied there together as students, looked at historical blueprints of our first home there, and also walked by it daily to work." They booked the historic space for a June 26, 2015 wedding and planned for a day that mixed modern styles with elegant, vintage charm, and plenty of East-meets-West details to pay respects to their different heritages. Keep reading to see all of the photos of their big day, as captured by Katch Studios!

Jean spent the morning getting ready with her bridesmaids in fun floral robes before slipping into a blush silk and alencon lace dress for the couple's traditional Chinese wedding tea ceremony.

"I wanted a modern interpretation of the traditional tea ceremony attire," Jean says, so she turned to her talented friend and bridesmaid, Khatu, to create a look that felt more contemporary.

After a first look with Nicholas, Jean and her groom-to-be shared the ritual with family. "It was emotional seeing our elderly grandparents, who traveled from across the world to be there, during the tea ceremony," Jean says. "I loved seeing my entire family dolled up. They come from a humble background and said they've never had a chance to dress up in their entire lives. Not even for their own weddings!"

The bride changed into a strapless ivory and gold lace mermaid gown from Lazaro. "I love a good fit and flare shape," Jean says of the silhouette. "This one was figure defining up top with lots of drama and volume at the bottom. I write a blog about petite fashion and I always tell my readers to wear what makes you feel the most beautiful. A lot of people told me to avoid volume in a gown since I'm smaller, but that was one of my favorite parts about this dress."

She accessorized with vintage jewelry, a DIY belt, birdcage veil, and blue velvet Manolo Blahnik heels. While she kept her hair back for her traditional ceremony, she let half of her hair flow for the later part of the day.

Jean asked her four bridesmaids to pick their own dress. "We worked within a common theme of champagne and blush with a mix of embellished and solid fabrics," she says of their mismatched styles. "It was one of my favorite aspects of the day!" Each attendant chose their favorite style from a range of gowns available at BHLDN, and then paired it with shoes and a hairstyle of their choosing. The couple's florist, Pollen, crafted gorgeous floral headpieces that each 'maid wore.

Jean carried a lush bouquet of peonies, tea roses, and ranunculus, which her bridesmaids all had slightly different arrangements of the same blooms, plus a mix of pale blue blooms. The small variations between the bouquets resulted in a perfectly imperfect look.

Nicholas chose a navy tuxedo from J.Crew, which he accessorized with a classic bow tie from Tie Bar. His four groomsmen all rented navy suits from The Black Tux and completed their look with champagne ties to coordinate with Jean's attendants.

Before their outdoor ceremony, the couple took time to enjoy the architectural beauty of the exterior Boston Public Library with their attendants. Then, they snuck off for a few solo portraits inside the space.

Jean and Nicholas invited 90 guests to join them for their day. "We wanted it to be a really charming, intimate wedding," Jean remembers. Pollen created the garland that was draped over the couple's ceremony sign and the arrangements that decorated the ceremony space. Guests were offered a mini ice cream cone, with a sweet scoop of either green tea or mango, before they found a seat in front of the property's fountain for the couple's vows.

Jean walked down the aisle with her father. She and Nicholas chose to write their own vows, which proved to be as sweet as it was emotional.

After the I do's, the couple, who exited the ceremony to "Everything Is Awesome" from the Lego Movie, invited guests to join them for cocktail hour. They served their signature drink (a dark and stormy) along with an Asian noodle bar, mini lobster rolls, crab cakes, and personal potpies.

Jean changed into a beaded dress from Aidan Mattox for her reception. "I wanted to eat comfortably," she laughs. The look was the perfect complement to the couple's champagne and pink hued party.

Before moving into the reception space for dinner, guests found their seating assignments on library-style cards. Everyone sat at round tables that were decorated with arrangements of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and greenery and enjoyed an east-meets-west dinner of dumplings two ways, short ribs, and sea bass.

With such a special venue, the couple couldn't resist utilizing the library's Juliet balcony for their first dance while their two musician friends (who live across the country from each other and practiced only via Skype!) performed.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Jean and Nicholas served locally made donuts in unique flavors like maple bacon, chocolate pretzel, creamsicle, and hazelnut. "They're my husband's favorite!" Jean says.

Don't let yourself get bogged down by the details or small mishaps. Never lose sight of why you are planning a wedding with your loved one.

"Don't let yourself get bogged down by the details or small mishaps," Jean advises other brides. "Never lose sight of why you are planning a wedding with your loved one."

Sours: https://www.brides.com/story/intimate-multicultural-boston-wedding-ideas-extra-petite-katch-studios
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Jean Wang is the founder of Extrapetite.com, a blog that started as a resource for a consumer base  typically outside the focus of the fashion houses and designers. Based in Boston, Jean has been writing about fashion, lifestyle and travel for over seven years. She sat down with us to talk about her transition from a career in finance, her journey into the creative realm and managing work-life balance.  

Interview conducted by Tiffany Chan

Edited: Catherine Harlow and Tiffany Chan

Cover Image Provided by Extrapetite.com


Q: What was your professional path? Did you always know/plan for/study fashion or was it an interest that grew into something more?

I always loved fashion, and had a small homegrown business in high school selling my own designs to classmates and teachers! I considered going to college for it, but ended up choosing the more practical path (finance & accounting). However, I never gave up on fashion as a side project.

Q: What is the origin story of Extrapetite.com? What prompted you to start it and how did it grow throughout the years?

I was fresh out of college working my first full-time job in financial services, and I had a hard time being taken seriously by both my managers and clients. Oftentimes, clients would joke that I still looked like a teen! It didn’t help that I had a “young” face, and that most professional wear was ill-fitting on my frame. I started this blog to document and share my journey of building a wardrobe of pieces that flattered my figure (and subsequently, experimenting with makeup and hair), which made a huge difference in my self-confidence and ultimately, how I was treated in the workplace.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your team/workflow?

My team consists of myself and a full time PR specialist. At any given time, we have a number of posts/projects in various stages of completion including our regular organic content, as well as sponsored or partnered content.

Q: What is a typical day in the life (office) like for you?

It really depends, but something a lot of people may not realize is that I spend a lot of time every day responding to reader questions and comments that come through on all my platforms (email, blog comments, facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and IG direct messages). That’s one of my biggest takeaways from my days working in client service in finance —I really want to engage with people and be as responsive and helpful as possible on an individual level.

Q: I love the incorporation of Boston/city life into your photographs-how do you choose places to shoot? Can you tell us a funny story/anecdote from a shoot?

I usually try to choose locations that fit the look, for example an office building for a professional outfit, or one of Boston’s beauty gardens or coffee shops for casual wear. You have to have a good attitude and thick skin to take blog photos around a busy city … I can’t tell you the number of honks, cat calls, thumbs up, and just general shouts, questions and commentary we get from passersby, especially if we shoot near a busier street!

Q: What inspires/motivates you?

The unknown future of fashion blogging is scary but motivating. Since there’s no precedent for how blogging plays out over the long term (and I’ve already been blogging much longer than most of my peers!), I’m motivated to figure it out and continually trying to push forward since there’s no outline for how to do things.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges of running your publication/building your brand?

The name Extra Petite is a blessing and a curse. It’s helped me build a really targeted, passionate audience. But it also turns away a lot of people who I think would enjoy or find my content useful, just because they think “petite” doesn’t apply to them.

Also, something that I still find as tough now as I did in the beginning is dealing with online negativity, especially anonymous negativity. It’s hard to not let that affect and dampen your voice, but at the end of the day you need to figure out what’s actually constructive and tune out the rest.

Q: What have been some of the greatest rewards of your job so far?

Being able to work for myself, being able to connect with inspiring and accomplished women (and some men!) from all over the world, and also being able to collaborate with some brands that I’ve been a customer or fan of for years.

Q: For someone whose work is conducted online and social media platforms, I can imagine it’s easy to work 24/7 if you wanted to. How do you maintain a good work-life balance?

I probably would! My husband keeps me honest in terms of shutting off and putting the phone down completely when we’re spending quality time together

Q: What is your favorite collaboration/outfit so far?

LOFT –  I had a chance to work with them and be the face of their in-store banners and Times Square billboard a few years back. It was incredible working in that capacity with a brand that I had shopped since college!

Visiting Provence, France with L’Occitane to learn about the heart of their brand and meet their founder.

Q: Some parents may discourage their children from following a creative path, out of concern for financial stability (or at the very least, worry greatly about their children). How would you address those parents/their concerns?

I meet a lot of girls and young women who are interested in starting something similar either instead of school or straight out of school. Unless you have achieved a high level of success already in the creative field, I feel strongly about getting an education and a stable job first, in order to pay the bills as you work on creative side projects. Real job experience with team members, clients (if applicable), and formal responsibilities is invaluable, and is something you can take with you wherever you go. And if you’re truly passionate about the creative path, then you’ll make sure to find time for it (on nights, weekends, early mornings) until it’s grown to the point where you can sustain yourself on it.

Q: What is one item that you think everyone should have in their closet/jewelry box? (Editor’s note: our readership is primarily female but in the spirit of inclusivity, gender neutral/ androgynous items are welcome as well!)

A classic, well-fitting blazer in a neutral color (like navy or gray) will go a long way. You can pair it simply with a tee shirt and slim jeans for a polished look for dinner or going out with friends, and of course, you can pair with with professional bottoms for career wear.

Q: Many of our readers are starting out in their career and starting to put together a career/post-college wardrobe but without much of an expendable income as of yet. Do you have any strategies for building the foundations of a wardrobe and how to prioritize acquisitions? If someone would like to change their style, where would you suggest they go for inspiration?

For anyone starting to do interviews, I recommend getting a good neutral pant or skirt suit in navy or gray. If you’re only going to get one suit, make sure it fits properly and looks sharp, so spend a little extra in hemming the sleeves or pants to the right length. Black is always acceptable as well, but is a more formal color thus will be harder to integrate into a casual wardrobe outside of a professional setting.

For those who already got a job and are about to enter the workforce, I recommend expanding on that suit with blouses, cardigans, and skirts in coordinating color families, so it’s easy to mix and match and get the most pairings out of each piece. Polyester blouses are an inexpensive alternative to nicer materials if you’re just starting out, but can look just as elegant and are easy to machine wash.

Pinterest has become an extensive source of inspiration of all kinds – you can search for something as specific as “how to pair red pants” to broader themes like “retro inspired fashion.” I will say though, a lot of “professional” or “interview” attire featured within pins on Pinterest are not actually formal enough or appropriate for work wear! So definitely be familiar with the dress code at your internship or job (i.e. shoulders should be covered, skirts should not hit too far above the knees, no open toed shoes) and treat it very seriously.

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