Friday, January 31, 2014

Fashion Foodie: Chicken Noodle Soup

Photo Credit: Raquel 
Although I love fashion and it's my passion, I also love cooking very much. I am not a master chef  but I like to cook good food and and go out to eat at fine restaurants when possible. But it's not always easy to eat spectacular without destroying your waistline and being healthy. And I'm all about  looking great in my clothes but I don't want to starve either. Therefore, smart cooking and eating is everything to me. In this new segment, "Fashion Foodie" I hope to share healthy, hearty, and yummy recipes from time to time that satisfy my hunger and keep my waistline in check. One of my favorite recipes (especially during Michigan's current polar vortex) is chicken noodle soup. Again, I'm not a top chef but I like good food and feel comfortable in the kitchen. Check out my easy way of cooking the classic soup in the recipe below:
  • Ritz Wheat Crackers
  • Half of yellow onion, chopped
  • Green Onions (Optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Roughly a half a cup of baby carrots(chop as thinly as you want into several slices) OR 2 medium sized carrots--the baby carrots seem less tedious to prepare and dice up in  my opinion.
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch-thick or thinner slices
  • 1 can of chicken stock (Campbell's and Swanson are my favorite brands) 
  • 8 ounces egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup cooked chicken breast (You can shred the chicken if you like but I like to cut mine into tiny pieces, instead, and saute with onions, seasoning salt, pepper, and garlic.)
  • Seasoning salt 
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh leaf parsley , finely chopped without the stems (This is also optional but a great additional veggie to add flavor and freshness to the soup. You can pull the leafs apart with your fingers as well.)
*For the noodles, you can cook and strain them after you have sauted the chicken or you may do it while the broth is cooking.*

1) After you have cooked the seasoned chicken breast in a skillet with a  few fresh onions, garlic, and celery, you may shred it. Or if you like me, then you may have simply chosen to cut the chicken into tiny pieces.

2) Pour 5 cups of water into the soup pot over medium heat. Then proceed to add 2 to 3 of slices of butter to the water for additional flavor. Pour in half of the yellow and green onions, garlic,celery and a pinch of parsley leaves that you have cut up. Sprinkle in seasoning salt and pepper. Let that simmer for 3 to 4 minutes with the top on over a medium heat.

3) Then add the can of chicken broth and chicken breast into the pot. Add a bit more seasoning salt and pepper to flavor the broth. Let that cook for 5 minutes.

4) Gradually pour in the carrots, and the remaining portion of  chopped up fresh parsley, celery, garlic, and onions.You can then let the entire broth mixture cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on a  medium heat before adding the noodles or you can add the noodles in too. Let the mixture cooking on a low heat for maybe an additional 5 minutes. (I recommend adding the noodles in after letting the broth itself cooks first. The goal is to let the flavors develop in the broth but not to overcook the noodles or soup.) 

4) After everything is in mixed in, move the soup to a non-heated stove eye to rest and marinate for short minute or two. Finally, serve your bowl of chicken noodle soup with Ritz Wheat Crackers and you're good to go!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fashion Helps A Worthy Cause

Photo Credit: Angel Pillow Project's Facebook website
Often times, it's so easy to get caught up in the everyday life that we forget the smallest things. Sometimes the smallest gesture or act of kindness can change someone's life. The Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3) and Angel Pillow Project are teaming up to use a friendly fashion gesture to benefit breast cancer survivors. It's a effort that is truly unique and exciting to participate in. For the full details on this exciting collaboration,  visit CW50!

Accessory Of The Week

If you know me, then you know shoes are one of my favorite fashion accessories. Therefore, to kickoff the first "Accessory of the Week" segment, I'm sharing with you a pair of adorable, chic pair of boots I came across during a recent shopping trip to Saks Fifth Avenue. These unique pair of boots are from Sophia Webster and feature a peep toe, patent leather, ruffles, and white  leather with perforated hearts. I love the cuteness yet high fashion appeal the shoe has. It's a one of a kind. The Sadie Two-Tone Ankle Boots are available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $795.00.

Photo Credit: Saks Fifth Avenue iphone app, Sadie Two-Tone Ankle Boots

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Essentials 2014

The temperatures have dropped again and will continue to do so this week. Are you ready for winter in the D? Check out Raquel's 2014 Winter Essentials Guide on CW 50 Detroit for tips on staying warm and stylish this winter!
             Photo Credit: Google Search Image

Friday, January 17, 2014

The CFDA Members' 'Haute Couture' Football Helmets

The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America (CFDA) and Bloomingdale’s have teamed up to celebrate the Super Bowl XLVIII and support the NFL by collaborating on customized designer football helmets. Numerous designers ,who are CFDA members, have participated.

A total of 48 helmets will be auctioned which can be viewed at
The helmets can be bid on from January 15 – February 4.

All proceeds earned will benefit the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football. Which helmets are your favorite? (Click here to see them all) They are all so amazing! Meanwhile, here are my top 4 designer fashion helmets:

Photo Credit:Women's Wear Daily , Helmet Bloomingdale's
Photo Credit:Women's Wear Daily , Helmet by Nicole Miller
Photo Credit:Women's Wear Daily , Helmet by Kenneth Cole

Photo Credit:Women's Wear Daily , Helmet by Betsey Johnson

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Charity Preview Bling: Lucido Fine Jewelry

The 2014 NAIAS Charity Preview is an occasion that inspires pure glam and luxury. Therefore, it is important to have an amazing look from head to toe. It is not enough to dress the part but to also have those key accessories. Bling is everything! A great piece of jewelry is a necessity to adding the perfect finishing touch to any black tie affair look. Local jeweler, Lucido Jewelry understands the importance of beautiful bling; they offer a variety of  jewelry pieces to wow for any occasion. Check out some of their selection that would look perfect for the Charity Preview:

18K White Gold Diamond Drop Earring 3.00 ct tw $7,250
18K White Gold Diamond Bangle 6.50ct. tw. $16,500
Earrings: Tacori 18k925 .925 silver with 18K Yellow Gold Prasiolite Earrings $970
Pendant: Tacori 18k925 .925 silver with 18K Yellow Gold Prasiolite Pendant $840

18K White Gold Hearts On Fire Sweeping Diamond Pendant 1.30ct. tw. $8,490
All photos are by Lucido Jewelry. 

For more information on any of these pieces or more Lucido Jewelry, visit their website and store locations. You can also find them on Facebook: The 2014 NAIAS Charity Preview is this Friday at the Cobo Center from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

My winning 2014 Golden Globe Look

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

There was only one look I really felt the desire and need to spotlight from the 2014 Golden Globes. Lupita Nyong'o in a Ralph Lauren red cape dress was divine. The dress was nothing like anything else I've seen on any other starlet--ever on the red carpet. It was timeless, classy, and simple. I think it's something we will all be talking about years from now. You have to be the right person to pull it off well and she completely worked it!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nail Game

Photo Credit: Raquel Parks

One of the simple things I love is getting my nails done or doing them myself. I especially love playing with color and nail art. Recently, I was torn on how to decorate my nails. I knew I wanted a vibrant color but I also have been wanting alot of sparkle on my nails for the past few weeks. After looking at a few colors, I feel I nailed it! I chose O.P.I.'s "Russian Navy" for the base coat which is a navy blue with a mixture of a purple tone in it. And for the top coat,  I went with Essie's "Stroke of Brillance" glitter. The two look beautiful together. It has the bold color and plenty of sparkle  I wanted without being over the top. I definitely recommend it. It's simple yet creative and pretty. You can also try it for neutral nail colors too. Try it and make it your own perfect manicure!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014