Saturday, October 20, 2018

Warm Chopped Chicken, Kale and Quinoa Salad with Toasted Chickpeas

I've been a fan of chopped salads since my days of living in Manhattan in my early twenties.  My friends and I would eat lunch at a cafe near my apartment and order the chopped salad.  It was the first time I had ever experienced a salad that was cut up into little bite-sized pieces, getting a taste of each ingredient in every forkful. I was in love.

Recently, the restaurant, Chopt, opened in my town and I was super excited to try it out.  They have a huge variety of chopped salads, including make-your-own.  They also have a series of salads served warm, with a hot quinoa or rice blend mixed in.  I find the toasty, earthy flavors so cozy to eat, and these are my favorite salads at this popular restaurant. 

Inspired by that first chopped salad in New York City, as well as my favorite warm salad from Chopt, I created this chopped chicken, kale, and quinoa salad, studded with pine nuts, cranberries, and toasted chickpeas, and served warm.  The tangy dressing pulls the flavors together without overpowering them, and this is an easy meal to make.  My husband and I both loved this hearty and healthy salad.  The recipe is gluten-free and could also be made vegetarian or vegan by omitting the chicken.  There is plenty of protein provided by the quinoa and chickpeas.

This earthy warm salad with kale, quinoa, chicken, chickpeas, cranberries and pine nuts is perfect for a cool day.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Splurge vs. Save: Leopard Print Accessories

Leopard print is a hot trend this season, showing up in everything from leopard print shoes to sweaters to belts and handbags.  When it comes to trendy items, I prefer to save money by purchasing lower-priced items that will last only a season or two and splurge on wardrobe pieces that are more timeless.

So, I've put together my finds for some leopard print accessories, so that you can add a hint of this fall trend to your outfit without totally over-doing it.  This list includes leopard print flats, leopard print pumps, leopard print clutches, and leopard print belts.  There is something for everyone's budget.

Items for every budget, this list includes leopard print flats, pumps, clutches, and belts.

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For more style inspiration, check out our Fall Faves and Fashion Friday Features.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fall Faves: Must-haves in Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle

I am so beyond excited that the weather is starting to cool down and fall is showing it's colors.  I think fall is my favorite time of year, as I enjoy the changing of the seasons and appreciate the cool down after long hot North Carolinian summers.  This year I am especially excited to incorporate some new fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends into my wardrobe and routine.  Here is my list of fall favorites for 2018.

This curated list of stylish, trendy, and practical fall favorites are perfect additions for the changing season.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

5 Must-Read Summer Book Recommendations

I've always been an avid reader.  My earliest childhood memories include reading picture books with my parents, and as I grew older, my love for narratives by Beverly Cleary and Judy Bloom went strong.  In high school, I can remember devouring the vampire-themed novels that were popular at the time, then segueing into John Grisham thrillers in my twenties.

These days, I enjoy reading anything from Memoir and Historical Fiction to Realistic Fiction and Chick-Lit.  My favorite books are those that make me think deep, with characters that are relatable and realistic.

These five novels are compelling page-turners that you won't want to put down |

Over the years, with life getting busy, reading has often gone to the wayside.  But this summer, I rekindled my love for reading and have been able to finish quite a few novels.  I've put together my summer reading list with five of my favorite reads (well, four books and one series) that you won't want to put down and will keep you turning the pages.