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

STYLE SATURDAYS: 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!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Chinese Chicken Salad

While we were at the beach last week, my cousin brought me a delicious salad from the restaurant where she works.  This was my attempt to recreate it.  I had everything prepared (shredded, chopped, diced etc…) in the morning and then simply tossed it all together for dinner. This recipe made enough salad for dinner for me and Allen and 2 additional lunches for me. 
Head of Napa Cabbage, shredded
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
2 spring onions, chopped
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/2 cup cucumbers, diced
2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1/2 cup almonds, sliced and toasted
1/2 cup crispy asian noodles
2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl.
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, grated
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp grape seed oil
2 tsp sugar
pepper to taste
* I double this dressing recipe for the large salads I made!
I put all of the dressing ingredients in my small food processor and pulsed to combine.  Then I put the dressing in a mason jar and placed it in the refrigerator to chill.  Just a note- make sure your grate the ginger and garlic over the container you are making the dressing in.  All of the yummy oils will add to the flavor of the dressing.  Shake well before tossing with salad.


Monday, August 29, 2016


This Cupcakes & Cashmere dress has been a staple piece this summer.  I am always on the hunt for the perfect LBD and LWD.  I got this one back in the Spring at Boem.  I just found it a Nordstrom Rack for 50% off!!  I will wear it into the fall with just a few changes.  

I found a great olive Bomber jacket in the Boys section at Target while I was doing a little Back to School shopping with Jackson and Nat.  The Boys XL fit me perfectly.  I also linked the Women's Bomber from Target.  I added booties to make the look a little more "fall".  And the Twine & Twig Cowrie Collar still works perfectly!


Saturday, August 27, 2016


I got this delicious recipe from Natalie at her blog designers bags and dirty diapers.  I have to admit that I was VERY hesitant.  I have never liked cauliflower- the raw texture honestly used to gross me out.  The way Natalie described them- I knew I had to try them!  AND we all know I love anything with Buffalo sauce on it!  I made just a few simple changes for us.  These are great for Meatless Mondays or Taco Tuesdays. You will not be sorry!

1 head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
1/4-1/3 cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 425.  Toss cauliflower, butter, wing sauce and garlic powder in bowl until cauliflower is coated.  Place on tinfoil lined baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes, turning once halfway through with spatula. 
Buffalo, roasted cauliflower
1 package small soft taco shells
1 can refried black beans, warmed 
queso fresco, crumbled
2-3 ears corn, grilled
pickled purple onions
1 avocado, sliced
Sriracha Mayo
limes, sliced

Build your tacos and top with a little Sriracha mayo and a squeeze of lime juice on the top.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Healthy Breakfast + Avocado Pesto + Summer Cocktail

I recently started working with a trainer/ nutritionist.  She told me that I really needed to start eating breakfast.  Not easy for me but I'm trying…. These are a few things I have been eating in the mornings.

Plain Greek Yogurt
Sliced Peaches
Sliced & Toasted Almonds
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
Layer ingredients in bowl and enjoy!

Avocado Pesto 
2 small avocados, diced
1 1/2 cups basil
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Juice of 2 lemons
2 cloves of garlic
3-4 tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend well.  For lunch or dinner I put this on zucchini noodles.  For breakfast this is great on Ezekiel toast with hard-boiled eggs and some hot sauce.

My friend Erica came up with this cocktail. I added the lime to cut the sweetness.  It's super refreshing and tastes like summer in a glass but without all of the calories of a pina colada.
Summer Cocktail
2 oz Coconut Rum (I use Malibu)
Dasani Sparkling Tropical Pineapple
Juice or 1/4 or 1/2 of a lime
Mix all together over ice!

Enjoy the last moments of summer!