I recently was invited back to Bartaco 12 South to taste the new Bartaco Secret menu item. Every month or so, Bartaco selects a brand new secret item to offer to patrons who ask for their bartaco secret. This is my third Bartaco Secret experience, the first one featured an ahi tuna taco wrapped in lettuce, and the second one featured a braised short rib taco. This third visit was different because the featured item wasn’t a special taco, but a cocktail. As you can imagine, I was very interested in checking it out.

So, I introduce to you the current Bartaco Secret: The Chai Mezcalita.

bartaco secret

The Chai Mezcalita contains the following:

  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3/4 oz. Chai Syrup
  • 1 1/4 oz. Banhez Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz. Libelula
  • Star anise to garnish

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

bartaco secret
No trip to Bartaco is complete without a variety of tacos. My favorite ones to date are the sesame ribeye, the falafel, the pork belly, and the spicy chorizo. I was also a raving fan of the last Bartaco Secret item, the braised short rib taco. I also have to get the guacamole every single time because it’s the best. Check out their full menu here.

bartaco secret

bartaco secret

Bartaco is located 2526 12th Ave. South in Nashville. For a full list of other Bartaco locations, click here.

I am a soup fanatic. Always have been, always will be. Homemade chicken noodle soup is one of my go-to recipes on a recurring basis. In fact, I probably make it at least once a month, and I always make a pot big enough that it’ll last me through the week so I can eat it for lunch. When it comes to being a habitual repeat recipe offender, I’m the worst when it comes to soups. I live for them!

Today I’m going to share the simple and quick recipe I use to make my homemade chicken noodle soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

homemade chicken noodle soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts (cut, cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 C. chopped carrots
  • 2 C. chopped celery
  • 32 oz. organic chicken broth (or bouillon, if you want to make your own)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 4 drops DoTerra lemon oil (if desired)
  • 12 oz. bag Egg Noodles
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to a large pan over high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the organic chicken broth (or water with bouillon)to a boil. Add the chopped carrots and celery and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic to the broth. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Add the celery seed, Rosemary, organic ground turmeric, garlic salt, and salt and pepper to the soup while keeping it at a low simmer. This is also where I add the lemon oil if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary. Add the egg noodles and cover until soft or al dente. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Let soup cool, then serve.

homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
This organic ground turmeric is from my absolute favorite spice shop in downtown Franklin called Savory Spice shop. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend checking it out. They have over 160 gourmet spice blends and 300 fresh spices and herbs from traditional spices and seasonings to signature Savory creations. All of the employees are wonderful and bottle everything up right in front of you. I could spend hours in that shop.

homemade chicken noodle soup
And then, of course, my favorite special ingredient in my chicken noodle soup is the lemon oil I add. If you’re not a fan of lemon, you can forego this step, but I love it!

That’s it! This homemade chicken noodle soup is incredibly simple and easy-to-make for a last minute dinner or for a week’s worth of lunches. Enjoy!

If you ever take a peek into my closet, the number one pattern you’ll see is stripes. Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, you name it, I buy it. Of course, I have a few pieces of floral prints thrown in there, but aside from a collection of mostly solid colors (black, grey, navy, white, and beige), you’ll see a whole lot of stripes.stripes
I grabbed this off-the-shoulder top from Forever 21 when browsing for blouses to include in my spring wardrobe. Of course my eyes immediately found something with stripes. I know I mentioned my casual attire due to my work-from-home job, but it sometimes takes a toll on my outfit creativity when I stick to cotton t-shirts and stretchy pants when I know I don’t have to go out in public. Sometimes simply putting on a flowy blouse or dressy top makes me feel a little more polished and ready for the day.
stripes
breezy and brazen stripes

Top– Forever 21 // Jeans- Zara [similar] // Suede Trench Coat [NOW ON SALE!]– LuLu’s // Samantha Pleet Picnic Sandals- Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection // Necklace- Lee & Birch // Purse- H&M


I hope you all have a great week filled with warmth and sunshine! So excited for Daylight Savings time soon, too!

If there’s one accessory that always looks good on a man, it’s a good watch. If it’s a stylish, cool, and unique watch, that’s just a bonus. Some of you may recall a few months back when I shared a post about my favorite wood watch from JORD. I’m excited to share that they recently released a brand new series of men’s watches called The Conway that come in beautiful designs and stunning colors. The Conway Series includes metal accents to compliment the gorgeous wood options, which now includes Kosso and Walnut.

men's wood watch
men's wood watch

As I browsed through their collection, I knew exactly which one would be perfect for my husband, Steve. Since he has a wardrobe full of dark browns and navy blues, I picked out the dark sandalwood and burgundy wood watch to complement his go-to color scheme. If you’re looking for a classic and timeless men’s wood watch, I highly recommend taking a look at JORD’s collection.

Their watches run between $129-$395 in price and they have a huge variety of styles and colors. They also offer custom sizing with an easy-to-use size guide. Our watches came ready to go on our wrist with no need to add or remove links.

men's wood watch

men's wood watch
To view my last post on JORD wood watches, click here. I selected a beautiful piece from the Frankie collection in the colors Koa and Ash and I’m still in love with it.
men's wood watch

men's wood watch

To celebrate my new-found love for these men’s wood watches, I’m hosting a giveaway! One lucky person will win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site.

Enter the giveaway here!

BONUS: For everyone who enters, you will receive a consolation code worth $25 once the contest ends. Enter now to take advantage of $25 off a wood watch of your own! You have until 3/19 to enter the giveaway. JORD will select a winner and everyone will be emailed their coupon code. The code will expire on 5/31. Good luck! 


Wooden Wristwatch

I’ve been itching to share some of my beauty favorites with you all for a while, so I’ve decided to finally put together a roundup of all of my top beauty picks that I’ve been loving recently. Some of them were introduced to me through friends, some through BirchBox, and some came about by just pure luck while shopping for beauty supplies. This post is not sponsored. I just really want to share the items I’ve been loving lately.
Here are my current beauty favorites.

beauty favorites
beauty favorites

Shape Tape Contour Concealer by Tarte Cosmetics

My quest to find the perfect concealer ended when I discovered Tarte made a full-coverage, luminous product that could hide my blemishes and enhance my under eye area. This concealer also works great for highlighting and contouring. The small sponge on the wand makes for easy application and blending.

Celebration Foundation by IT Cosmetics

I’ve been a lover of powder foundation ever since I started using Bare Minerals about four years ago. I typically stay away from liquid foundation in the warmer months or occasionally use BB Creams for the sake of keeping my skin moisturized with a decent coverage, but powders are typically a part of my daily routine. I started using IT Cosmetics foundation about two months ago and have noticed a significant difference in the texture of my skin. It breathes better and feels better throughout the day. I love this makeup.

Fat Liquid Eyeliner by Eyeko London

I haven’t found a better liner for my eye shape than this fat liquid eyeliner that comes in an easy-to-use pen. They make it so easy to swipe on the perfect cat-eye. There’s no mess when applying to my eyelids, either. It goes on smooth and lasts forever! Seriously, I’ve been using the same pen for about 10 months now. If you prefer thinner lines, you can also check out their skinny liquid eyeliner.

Ubame Mascara by Milk Makeup

This was another goodie I received in a BirchBox last year and have loved ever since the first application. I typically only used thin wands and small bristles before because my lashes are so short and thin, but this brush worked surprisingly well for me. The brush works great for volumizing and curling. It applies so well on my lashes and gives them so much life! It’s also cruelty free and vegan.

Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay

I’ve been using this eyeshadow pallete for over 4 years now and stay very loyal to it. I think I’ve only used one or two other palletes less than a handful of times because I can’t find shadows that work better on my eyes than these. The rosy hues, the pigment, the texture, and the brush that comes with it are all A+.

Contour Cream Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills

I don’t always contour and highlight, especially since I work from home and barely look like a human being unless I have meetings up the wazoo. But, when I do get ready for a night out, I like to have a little fun with my makeup. That’s when I use this contour cream kit for adding some depth and contrast to my face. Since it’s creamy, it goes on really well with a contour brush and I blend it using a dampened beauty blender. It’s really smooth and has a great finish.

Coconut Shaving Cream by Whish

Whish products are made with naturally sourced organic ingredients and are Paraben free, sulfate free, DEA & TEA free, petrochemical free, and not tested on animals. I fell in love originally with their lavender shaving cream that was sent in my BirchBox, but discovered and immediately loved their coconut shaving cream in the store. Their products smell so wonderful and their made with the best ingredients. I also own the Whish self tanner and am obsessed with it.

Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner by Davines

I was first introduced to this conditioner by my most recent hairstylist here in Nashville when she did some color magic on my hair. After waiting far too long to get my hair done, it had several months of damage and split ends that needed cutting off and my hair was rejoicing when it met this Veggie Miracle conditioner. I purchased a jar of it from the salon and have been using it religiously since. It does wonders for protecting and restoring my hair and I have a weird fascination with the natural scent of it, too.

beauty favorites

beauty favorites

What are some of your beauty favorites? I want to know about them!