Friday, March 31, 2017

Egg Roll in a Bowl

So this past week I have been jumping on all kinds of bandwagons.  Mostly because I have felt gross and bloated and this body is no where near ready for bathing suit season.  I'm drinking apple cider vinegar and water 2x per day and I'm trying to cut carbs and sugar- not completely just decreasing the amounts I have been consuming.  I'll let you know how the apple cider thing is going in a week or two.  Numerous people have posted or snapped about Egg Roll in a Bowl so I thought I'd try whipping it up this week.  Not only was it super easy, but was delicious too!  
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
1 bunch green onions, divided 
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 lb ground pork
1 bag shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
3-4 tbsp Coconut Aminos
1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tbsp Sriracha
Heat same oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and 1/2 cup of the onions.  Add ground pork, cooking and crumbling until no longer pink.  Add ginger, slaw and carrots.  Sauce for 2-3 minutes.  Add coconut aminos, rice wine vinegar and Sriracha.  Cook until veggies are tender and your desired consistency. Serve with remaining green onions and extra Sriracha, if you like.
I'd love to hear about other low carb and easy recipes you all have tried... help me out peeps!!! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

STYLE SATURDAYS: Scoop Charlotte Style Session at Charlotte's

For My Scoop Charlotte Charlotte Blogger Session, they asked me head over to Charlotte's boutique in Myers Park.  I found some great spring and summer pieces that I just loved!  Check them out at
901 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28270
This dress is so versatile that I ended up I styling it in 2 ways. The first way with the pop of red from the earrings and shoes would be perfect for Memorial Day or the fourth of July.

Finley Dress $240
sachin & babi Earrings $250
DV Sandals $120
Finley Dress $240
Fairchild Baldwin Coral Necklace $395
Shoulder Bag $98
This dress is the perfect spring and summer dress! It's comfortable enough to wear everyday or to the beach or pool. But it cute enough to carry you to a nice dinner out.  The ombré earring match the green in the dress perfectly.  You could also pair it with earrings in a contrasting bright color.  The colorful straw beach bag is the perfect size- not too big but large enough to fit everything you'll need!

House of Pom Dress $185
Suzanna Dai Earrings $220
Sandals $200
Mystique Straw Bag $190
The fringe detail on the back of this Marie Oliver top is stunning! And we all know how much I love a great white top because of their versatility.  The Camo jeans give the outfit a less dressy feel, which suits my day-today life.  The Mignonne Gavigan Collar can go with so many things and pieces you probably already have in your closet, form your favorite little black dress to a simple t-shirt and cutoffs. 

Marie Oliver Fringe Top $198
Mignonne Gavigan Collar $350 (NOW $175!)
Hudson Camo Jeans $195
When I walked into Charlotte's I knew I wanted to pair this amazing collar with something I was wearing.  It is another super versatile piece because of all the colors.  Here I kept it simple and paired it with a blush top and my staple black jeans. And of course that beautiful Chanel bag has been on my wish list for a very long time! 

Marie Oliver Blush Top $168
Mignonne Gavigan Collar Necklace $350
Chanel Purse $3500

For the full post check out Scoop Charlotte and head over to Charlotte's in Charlotte.

All photos by Erica Mark Photography

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What to Wear: Transitional Pieces & Spring Break Options

These are some great transition outfits that I have been wearing to handle all of the crazy weather we've had here. Light jackets, maxi skirts and lace have been my friends since the weather can start out around 40-50 degrees and by carpool it's in the 70's. Ahhhh, Spring in the South!

Jacket Shirt | Skirt | Necklace

Shirt | Jeans | Clutch

Putting together boards for clients are one of my favorite things to do!  Especially when they are headed somewhere fun a tropical for Spring Break.  I love to give them options and the ability to mix and match different pieces for different days and events.   

Erica's Spring Options

Dress 1: Roberta Rollar Rabbit Leetal Dress
Dress 2: RahiCali Poppy Dress (also at Boem here in Charlotte!!!)
Dress 3: Misa Gia Dress 
Dress 4: Knot Sisters Dress

Sandals 1: beek Parakeet Wrap Sandals
Sandals 2: Loeffler Randall Elsa Sandals
Sandals 3: Loeffler Randal Sarie Sandals 
Sandals 4: Joie Two Band Sandals

All stacks are from Twine & Twig!  Available at their website and some pieces available at Sloan or Doll here in Charlotte!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Asian Nights

Hey! This is Jennie Dugan and I am guest blogging today. Wondering who I am? Well I am Josephine's cousin, godmother to her first born, preschool teacher, seminarian student and lover f cuisine. Oh yea and I am crashing in her guest room for the next month or so! To earn my keep I get to experiment and try out new recipes on the family. Allen, Josephine's husband, loves Asian food and so do I! I was a missionary in South East Asia so I have tasted and seen some of the most delectable Asian dishes and now I am on the journey to recreate them. My first weekend crashing with Josephine I made a super easy Pad Thai AND Shrimp Sushi Stacks with spicy mayo. 

Pad Thai on a boat in Thailand

Pad Thai
 8 oz Pad Thai noodles, cooked according to package
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 lb of shrimp, peeled 
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
 lime wedges for garnish
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch of cilantro, garnish
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped

Soak noodles according to the package. Whisk soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and Sriracha. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok. Add garlic and eggs, lightly scramble and then add shrimp. Saute until pink. Then add cooked noodles. Pour soy sauce mixture over the noodles and toss. Let simmer and cook for 5 mins or until thoroughly mixed and heated. Serve into bowls and top with onions, cilantro, peanuts, and a lime wedge. Serves 3-4 people.

Shrimp Sushi Stacks
(Skinnytaste recipe tweaked a bit)
1 lb of shrimp, peeled, boiled, and cooled
2 packages of Trader Joes Frozen Jasmine rice, cooked
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 large cucumber, seeded and diced
green onions, thinly sliced
2 avocados, mashed
soy sauce 
4 tbsp of mayo
2 tbsp of Sriracha 
Cook rice according to package. Sprinkle rice vinegar over rice and mix thoroughly. Let cool. Mix cucumbers and green onions. Mix Sriracha and mayo together. To assemble you can use a 1 cup measuring cup or a ramekin. First spoon in cucumber mixture to cover bottom of cup. Then make a layer of avocado. Sprinkle layer of shrimp. Then fill the rest of the cup with the rice. Press down firmly to pack it tight. Use a knife to go around the edge to loosen the stack from the mold. Flip over onto a plate. Gently tap on the top to help release the stack. Top with soy sauce and spicy mayo. 

These were both super easy and quick. You can tweak these recipes to your liking. We like it spicy so the more Sriracha the better. If you don't like spicy, you could try a Shrimp sauce or just soy sauce on the Sushi Stack. Also you could do a vegetarian version with just the cucumber and avocado. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Ready to go!
So, most of you probably haven't heard of a kindermoon before. Honeymoon-yes. Kindermoon-what? A kindermoon is a trip that you take your son or daughter on before they start Kindergarten.  It's wonderful to get that special time with your little one before they start elementary school (or big school as we call it in our house).  If you have children, you know that though the days are long, the years are short.  You blink and your child has gone from a newborn sleeping soundly in your arms to an excited, nervous kindergartner.  Our most recent trip to Disney World was for Hollins' Kindermoon.  We took the boys and went to Universal Studios (as you saw in another post) but this trip was also for Hollins.  While I was planning the trip, I asked her what she wanted to do in Disney.  Her 2 main answers were: meet Elena of Avalor and ride the new Frozen ride in Epcot. We got to do that and so much more!! The quality time that we got to spend as a family is irreplaceable.  Disney is truly a magical place when you see it through the eyes of your children.
Enjoying her princess breakfast

Of course, trips like this take some advanced planning.  Our resort was booked as soon as we decided to take Hollins on her Kindermoon.  Then, I started booking our meals six months in advance so that we were sure to get what we wanted.  FastPasses for favorite rides were important to us also.  We had seven people riding almost all of the rides so it was important to get those early too.  And all of this planning worked out because it was a wonderful and hassle-free trip.  The days were spent enjoying our time instead of worrying about where and when to eat and waiting in long lines for every single ride.

Most of our usual rules were out the window!  This was her time.  She ate pasta and sweets every day.  We rode rides, we swam, we ate with princesses, we played with bubbles and most importantly we spent time together.  As you'll see in these pictures, Hollins adored her time in Disney.  Her face was lit up all day, every day as she took in all the sights, sounds and tastes that Disney had to offer.  She was the perfect age for this trip.  Hollins could ride every ride that she wanted to.  She doesn't really nap anymore so we didn't have to build that time into our adventures.  

Here are a few of Hollins' favorite moments!
Each of her brothers had their own special time with her.  Jackson and Nat were really great about doing things that Hollins wanted to do.  From riding some of the slower rides to meeting an excessive number of princess and Disney Junior characters, they were great sports for the baby sister.  And in turn, they had a blast too!
Doc McStuffins at Hollywood & Vine
My 3 babies

        Jackson waited in line with Hollins for quite some time so that she could meet Elsa & Anna.
Nat was not excited about getting in pictures, but he did it for her. 
Bubbles are always a favorite... and in Disney they are even better!
Holding hands and having a brother and sister chat.  Melts my heart.

I think we got to meet almost every princess that Disney had to offer!  We waited in a few lines but for the most part we saw them at a princess breakfast at Akershus.
Elena of Avalor
Mary Poppins + the Penguin

 Allen's parents went with us, so they each got their own special time with Hollins.
Hollins + Her Papa
Hollins + Nana
Our whole crew
Minnie Mouse and the girls 
 She even got a hug from Chewie!
 And got to eat to her hearts content on sweet treats. 
Hello Kitty! 
Lego Ladies
Diva Moments when she gives that pose with attitude 💓
And of course in Disney, you must enjoy all of the resort pools.
 She even slept looking like a princess!
Our baby girl (cue all the tears)
Who's going to pick me up off the floor on her first day of Kindergarten?!? 
Cheers to a successful kindermoon!!

If you would like to plan a Kindermoon for your little one,
please let us know!