Spring Style

Today is the first day of Spring, and it actually feels like Spring!  It’s shocking and to be short lived if you believe the weather forecast. Although winter will make a few more appearances before all is said and done, I’m going to be positive, at least for today. With Spring comes flowers, spring cleaning and spring fashion. I’m ready to lose the sweaters and tights (although I do love tights) for lighter fabrics and easy styles. Here are some looks I’m loving, and pinning, right now. Happy Spring!

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1 (yep, bought this one), 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Music Monday: The 1975

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I absolutely love the band The 1975. I’ve been listening to their album, cleverly titled The 1975, today as a way to make this gloomy Monday way more entertaining. The boys are coming to Charlotte in May and I can’t wait to see them. I love their mix of pop, rock and the unique, and at times haunting, voice of lead singer Matthew Healy.  I can only imagine what their live show will be like and I can’t wait to see them in the Queen City!

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Music Monday: Phoenix

This weekend reminded me of one of the many reasons why I live in Charlotte … the weather! After suffering through consecutive cold days, not to mention rain and sleet, the clouds finally parted and the Lord smiled down on the Queen City. I will admit that after living here for so many years I am now a weather wimp. I have my “I walked to school in XX inches of snow” stories, so I should be able handle temps in the 40′s. Wrong. Since I don’t know if another Polar Vortex is heading our way, I tried to enjoy the weather as much as possible this weekend.

I am absolutely dragging butt today (I’m looking at you Daylight Savings) and am in desperate need of an IV with a coffee drip.  Since a coffee drip is not possible, or safe, I’ll just use music to get me through the day. Today is a Phoenix type of day. Enjoy!

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Tuesday’s Inspiration

When I was in middle school and high school, I kept a journal of quotes, lyrics, passages and verses. Basically anything that spoke to me at the time, which if we are being honest tended to be about boys or other teenage hormonal nonsensical crap. I like to think I’ve evolved since then. I stopped this practice for a few years, but have started again via a journal and Pinterest. Here are some gems that got me going this morning in addition to copious amounts of coffee.

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Food for Thought: Stagioni Four Seasons of Food Review


So, I’ve come to accept the fact that I love food. Hell, I’m even a member of a group called the Epic Eaters, no further explanation needed. I love cooking it, I love eating it and now I’m going to love writing about it.

One of my favorite restaurant concept groups in Charlotte is the Moffett Restaurant Group.  I am a huge fan of Barrington’s, and GOOD FOOD on Montford is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. So needless to say, I was excited to try the group’s new concept, Stagioni Four Seasons of Food. On Valentine’s Day, and to commemorate the birth of a dear friend, some friends and I decided to celebrate at Stagioni.

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Stagioni is located within the Tuscan-style villa in Myers Park, built by Blanche Reynolds in the 1920s (photo courtesy of Stagioni website)

Let’s start with the personnel. The hostess was fantastic. Seriously, I wish I had gotten her name because I would totally give her a proper shout out.  We were seated on time, but that’s when things started to get awkward. The server that sat us, not our server for the night, promptly dissed the restaurant and vented to us about the “lack of team work” among the restaurant staff. Umm, OK.  Our official server was very friendly, but was definitely flustered by the Valentine’s Day crowd.  During our time there, he rarely checked on us (the hostess was the person that checked on us), did not bring us bread, had to be flagged down for refills, and when my friend clearly stated she was a vegetarian, he did not intervene to let her know that the entree she ordered contained meat.

Now for the food. I wish I had taken photos, but my phone died (whoops).  I’ll be completely honest and say that I think the food was haphazardly prepared. First up, snacks (spreads and small bites).  The table ordered the truffle cauliflower spread, the marinated cannellini beans and stuffed ricotta balls (arancini), and I ordered the liver mousse (fegatini) spread.  The ricotta and the liver mouse were fantastic. The truffle cauliflower spread was good, but almost had a sour cream taste to it that we were not expecting and the beans were a bit bland.

Up next, entrees. As I mentioned previously, my vegetarian friend ordered a dish that had meat in it. She sent it back and got a cheese, pesto and balsamic pizza. The crust was amazing, but the pizza definitely had a lot of balsamic on it. Good at first, but really overpowering after a while. I ordered the fettuccine with wild boar ragù. It was good, but not great. Too many vegetables and too little meat for what I was expecting.  My other friends had the gnocchi, which was excellent. We were too stuffed to try dessert, but everything looked great.

Overall, I think Stagioni’s has potential.  It has only been open since January, so there are still a few expected kinks to work out.  I feel that they were not prepared for Valentine’s Day, as many dishes, including the special of the night, were either a limited quantity or sold out. Based on my experience with the service and the food, I give Stagioni’s a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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Snowpocalypse 2014 and Valentine’s Day

We survived! Praise Jesus! Charlotte is still digging out from Winter Storm Pax, but Pax made for a few days of snow fun and a chance to feel like a kid again. I had early dismissal and snow days off from work, and luckily I live in a walkable neighborhood with friends near me. To commemorate Snowmageddon, here are some photos from the past few days. Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!!photo 5 photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4

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My Word for 2014 …

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Recently, some of my friends were discussing their word for 2014. Instead of making resolutions, they pick a word that reflects how they want their year to go and what they want to experience/learn in the new year. This intrigued me and I started wondering what my word would be for 2014.

Words such as trust, faith, open, fun, adventure came to mind immediately, but none of them felt right. I wanted all of them, but that would defeat the purpose of having a word. Then a few weeks ago, I was getting my hair done and my stylist gave me my word. She reminded me that 2014 was the first year in a long time that I wasn’t defined by words like married, separated or divorced. I was finally just me, just Erin. My word for 2014 is Erin.

This is my year to just be me and to figure things out for myself. I was in survival mode for so long and now I’m just excited to be and to experience life without anything in my peripheral vision. Nothing but me now and that is exhilarating and scary at the same time.  Cheers to the adventures and lessons ahead.

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