Friday, January 20, 2017

Thai Beef Noodle Soup

2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs shaved beef
8-9 cups of low-sodium beef broth
2 inches peeled fresh ginger, grated
4 cloves of garlic, grated
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp rice vinegar
4 tbsp chili paste
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup shredded cabbage
3/4 cup green onions, diced
1 1/2 cups rice noodles (soaked in hot water for 5 mins and rinsed under cold water for 1 min)
 juice from 3 limes

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add beef.  Brown slightly.  Meat should still be slightly pink. Remove and set aside.  Add broth, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar and chili paste.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes.   Add carrots, cabbage and onions.  Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until veggies have softened.  Add noodles and beef.  Simmer for 10 more minute or until beef has finished cooking.  Add fresh lime juice and salt to taste.  Serve in individual bowls and garnish with your choice of toppings.
chopped, unsalted peanuts
diced green onions
bean sprouts

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

VEGAS 2016

I'm super behind on vacation recaps, styling posts and recipes.... I'll say I'm going to try to do better this year.... but we'll see if that actually happens.  
Three days after Christmas, Allen and I headed out to Las Vegas.  It's become an annual trip for us the past four years or so.  This year we had some good friends that joined us so it was that much more fun!  
I get the question all the time... "What should I wear in Vegas?" so here you go... During the day in Vegas you will see all kinds.  You will see people decked out as though they were headed to a club in their bodycon dresses and 5 inch heels at 9am.  Then you will see people that probably (literally) rolled out of bed and headed to the poker tables in their pajamas. Then there's me.  I dress pretty much like I would here...casual and comfortable.

 Sweatshirt (from Sloan in Charlotte)
Black Leggings
Mou Boots  (Mine are from Sloan in Charlotte)
And of course no trip would be complete without an amazing concert from this guy! Enjoy the close-up ;-)

Friday, January 6, 2017


This soup is so hearty.  It is perfect for the winter and the snow days coming up.  It really warms you from the inside out.  Serve it with  some toasted parmesan bread (literally just sliced french bread, grated parm and oregano, toasted) on the side.  My kids loved sopping up the extra broth with their bread!
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb pancetta, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 cup of carrots, diced
3/4 cup celery, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans of diced tomatoes
2 sprigs of rosemary
8-9 cups beef broth, divided 1/2 cup set aside
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained AND divided 1/2 cup set aside
8 oz of short pasta, of choice, cooked
1 lb Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper, to taste

In large creuset pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add pancetta.  Cook until crispy.  Remove pancetta with slotted spoon and set on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess grease. Cook onions, carrots and celery until softened.  Add garlic.  Cook 1-2 minutes.  Stir in tomatoes, beans, rosemary and beef broth.  Cook for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally over low heat. In a blender, puree the 1/2 cup of beans and 1/2 cup of beef broth set aside.  Add to soup.  Add cooked pasta, parmesan and Swiss chard to soup.  Cook until Swiss chard is wilted. Pull out and toss rosemary stems (leaves will have fallen out into soup).  Add pancetta, salt and pepper.  Stir until combined and flavors are mixed well.

Stay Warm!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Boho Chic

If I could live in this Free People dress, I really would.  It's lose and comfortable but also beautiful.  I paired it with 2 different shoe options.  One for summer and the other as you transition into fall.  When it cools off you could also pair it with a fur vest.  Another jewelry option is putting a simple stud earrings and a fun choker!  There are so many options for styling this great dress! BTW, it comes in three different colors!

Boho Chic


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall Staples 2016

While shopping for myself and doing some personal shopping for some of my favorite clients, I have found some great fall staple pieces.  These are all perfect for me and my day-to-day life as a mom.  They keep feeling comfortable but getting me out of my usual, everyday yoga pants.

This perfect tee comes in a wide assortment of colors.  I now have it in white, gray and maroon.  It is a simple long sleeve t-shirt with a little asymmetry that makes it different. 

These Dolce Vita sneakers are not only comfortable but really cute on!  I have worn mine with cut-offs, rolled jeans and even little t-shirt dresses! These each come in assorted colors.  

I live in denim cut-offs in the summer and jeans in the fall.  AG is by far my favorite brand.  They fit me the best of any other.  These distressed black ones are some of my new favorites.  I got mine at Boem in Charlotte. 

I have been LIVING in my Z Supply Camo Dress from Boem. It's comfy and I always get so many compliments when I wear it.  It's a win-win!

 I love vests for fall and winter.  In Charlotte, quite often it doesn't get cold enough for a heavy jacket so a vest keeps me warm enough. I also love my arms not being constricted by a coat if I am running lots of errands and shopping for clients! They are very versatile and look great with a dress or tops and pants.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Wish List 2016

In the fall if I am not in my workout pants, I bet you'll see me in casual dresses and boots or booties.  My closet always has an abundance of dresses like these.  They are perfect if you are headed to Bible Study, a school meeting or coffee with a girlfriend. I feel dressed up but completely comfortable.

These speak for themselves.They are perfect with jeans, cutoffs or leggings.   I put the Anthro Swing Sweater on and didn't want to take it off!  I can't wait for it to start cooling off so I can wear it!
I love that Bombers are everywhere again.  They are lightweight so they perfect for cool temps.  You find them at every price point AND everywhere from Target to Neiman Marcus.  
I so glad fall maxi dresses seem to be everywhere now.  If you pick a long sleeved one, just be careful of too much pattern with all of the fabric! These are just a sampling of my favorite Free People ones.
Blooms Maxi
I remember all of my fabulous chokers from the mid-90's.  I have seem some very similar in some stores that I have been browsing this season.  They can be worn casually during the day or for a fancy night on the town. Boem in Charlotte has a bunch of great ones!
Fall time for me and Allen is filled with lots of fun date nights…from Oyster Roasts to Horror Movies and Haunted Houses to Mountain getaways. We celebrate my birthday and our Anniversary in October so it is sure to be a fun-filled month!

Mara Hoffman Swing Dress

MINKPINK Paradise Dress

Heartloom Romper

Block heeled booties are everywhere.  These are a few of my favorites.  They each come in three different colors.
I tend to search for a good bag every couple of years.  I have a great one for Spring/Summer but I have just started the hunt for a Fall/Winter bag.  These 2 are someone my favorite so far. I'm pretty picky and don't rush the "process".  I'll keep you posted!
Elizabeth & James Suede Crossbody

Tell me some of you Fall favorites!


Friday, September 2, 2016


Labor Day means a few things to me…. one last hurrah at the pool, recovering from the kids first week of school (it has seemed like the LONGEST WEEK EVER, am I right?) and lots of good sales.  I am already looking forward to not having to get up and get going Saturday morning.  We are hoping the weather allows us to head to the pool for a few hours on Saturday.  What's everyone else up to???

Here are some of the great sales I'll be checking out this weekend! 
Copper Penny in Charlotte is having 20% off ALL merchandise- from brand new fall to stuff already on sale! They have been getting in tons of cute fall items.  Here are some of their great pieces! Check out their Instagram for even more!
Block-heeled Booties are so in right now- and Copper Penny has you covered!!
This outfit by Parker would be equally perfect for work and church!

Anthropologie is having 40% off sale and it's not all summer!  There are some great transitional pieces for fall.  

I wore this gorgeous lace dress for our beach pictures this year.  I'm planning on wearing it into fall with a denim jacket or even my green anorak jacket and booties.

The Twine & Twig gals are offering 25% off their stunning jewelry.  Use code: LABOROFLOVE until September 5th.  Be sure to take advantage of this amazing sale on some of these pieces!

Happy Labor Day & Happy Shopping!!