Make: Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup

Spicy Carrot Ginger Soup CoverI Love soups and one of the best thing about Fall and Winter for me is the yummy ease of making one pot stews or soups. Since getting caught in the rain on Halloween I have been fighting off a chest cold that had a bit of a recurrence after I did the Plus Size Market last weekend. Although bearable I have had frequent headaches and sporadic congestion. I have all in all been feeling far too vulnerable and eating to build up my immune system. I came across this recipe on Pinterest for a Pain Relief Tea, its main ingredients being Lemon Ginger and Turmeric. I have been wanting to do a Carrot Ginger Soup for a little while now so decided to add Turmeric and spice up this yummy Winter staple.

The Pain Relief Tea recipe from had this great excerpt on the holistic properties of the spices used.

Turmeric-  Is a natural anti-inflammatory due to its content of curcumin (this gives turmeric its famous orange color). In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.*  Turmeric may also benefit your digestive system by stimulating your gall bladder to make bile, speeding breakdown of dietary fats.*

Ginger- Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger has also been shown to aid in gastrointestinal issues and very effective in aiding the symptoms of nausea, motion sickness, and sea sickness. *

Black pepper- Due to its analgesic (pain relieving), anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties black pepper has been shown to aid with poor muscle tone, arthritis, muscle and/or nerve pain. The oils in the black pepper has these properties which is why I strongly suggest you use freshly ground or buy black pepper essential oil. 

I don’t like pain and I Love Ginger, Pepper and don’t mind some Turmeric in the least. My lucky day.

carrot ginger Soup1Recipe:

2lbs of Carrots
3-4 potatoes medium sized (Substitute sweet potatoes if you like)
4 cups of Vegetable Broth
1 cup of water
2 Onions
2 cloves Garlic
1 – 2″ piece of fresh Ginger minced
2tsp Ground Ginger
1Tbsp Turmeric
2tsp Sea Salt
1Tblsp Ground Course Pepper
1 cup of Olive Oil (separated in 1/2 cup portions)
1 Tbsp Butter (Can be eliminated if you prefer a vegan soup)

Optional Garnishes:
Sour Cream/Whipping Cream
Cilantro or Parsley

1.Set the Oven to 375 degrees. Clean and Cut 2lbs of carrots. I made chunky angled slices. I then drizzled 1/2 Cup of Olive Oil on the carrots and poured then onto a baking dish lined with foil. Feel free to omit the foil or use parchment paper if you like.
2. While the carrots are roasting I peeled and diced my potatoes and set them aside.
3. Dice up your onions, ginger and garlic. Add your butter to your Soup Pot and the other portion of Olive Oil on a low medium flame. Now you can add your potatoes, onions, ginger and garlic to the pot. Cook them for a few minutes careful to not let them brown.
4. Once the veggies are soft and translucent add in your turmeric and ground ginger. Now is time to add your vegetable stock.let it simmer and cook for about until the potatoes are soft and then check on your carrots.
5. Your carrots are ready when they can be pierced with a fork and soft through. I let mine stay i a bit longer for a total of about 35 minutes. When ready remove the carrots from the oven and add them to your pot. I added my cup of water, salt and pepper and the roasted carrots and let my pot simmer for about 20 minutes and then turned off the heat allowing the soup to sit and cool off significantly.
6. I then portioned the soup into the blender to puree it into the smooth and creamy final result.
7. I stored each portion in separate containers putting two in the freezer and keeping one free to ciao down immediately.

I am guessing this recipe will serve 12.  So yummy! Another really nice thing about the Turmeric and Ginger is that it cuts the natural sweetness of the Carrots and makes for a hearty dish. Eat well Beauties!

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Untamed Style: Cozy In L.A.


In Angel City, we went from a wildly hot summer to a very warm fall to finally some chilly sweater weather, and I for one am thrilled about it! It’s feeling like Autumn in New York with less trees, random architecture and more sun. I am so okay with that. I am also psyched to be doing my first official post with the women of Untamed Style! Our theme this month is Cozy and what immediately comes to mind for me is warmth.  To be nuzzled in warm clothes, cuddled up in a warm bed and surrounded by warm hearts is all that I want. I am fortunate enough to have it.

A hot chai with almond milk a yummy burger and girl time with my darling friend Michelle Guerrero-Dennison is about as cozy as it gets. Michelle is the creator of #ZaftigSociety, Queen bee at Zaftig Times and a total Untamed Style Babe! We had a long overdue brunch date and got cozy together with some yummy food, sister talk and good company! All of these fun and gorgeous pics were taken by the beautiful Michelle.

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I do not own any pullover sweaters and my cardigans for the most part are lightweight. I found this amazing (forever wardrobe staple) wool dress at the thrift store early this past summer and went bananas! It had a mock turtleneck which really does not work for me so I cut it off then turned over and double seamed the collar to make it more wearable. It is so warm and my new favorite LBD – that feels like flannels. YES. Me likey. It also marks the first time in a long time that I’ve worn a pencil dress and been 100% comfortable in my second skin. That’s a good feeling!


Wool Dress: Thrifted
Comfy Boots: Kelsi Dagger
Handmade Scarf: Yokoo Gibran
Cardigan/Crochet Beret: Well worn & Ancient

My Photographer: Michelle Guerrero Dennison. Isn’t she grogeous!? She MADE that awesome scarf!
IMG_4311Photo: Vanessa Leigh
Mandatory Selfies!:

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Domino Dollhouse Better than Ever!


I had an amazing time at the Domino Dollhouse Plus Size Market this past weekend. I met so many awesome new people, sold lots of goodies, bought the Domino Dollhouse skirt I’d been coveting for over a year! Not to mentioned scored big from the Domino Dollhouse Closet sale! So good! Tracy is so amazing and I was honored to be asked to join DD for their first +SizeMarket! One of the most exciting things about the event was a sneak peek at the amazing Winter 2014 LookBook featuring Alex LaRosa and Kelsey Olsen. The collection is called Science/Visions. Clearly a fabulous vision.

One of the first people I connected with when I began SweetLeigh was Tracy Broxterman. The owner/designer of Domino Dollhouse and blogger behind ChubbleBubble. I have always admired her alternative designs for Domino Dollhouse and fabulous sophisticated personal style which brings to mind Gareth Pugh, and Ann Demeulemeester. Tomorrow November 14th she celebrates the 4th year anniversary of Domino Dollhouse with her latest collection and one that I think beautifully captures her great sense for fashionable, wearable design and her own amazing personal style which I adore! Happy Anniversary Domino Dollhouse! Congratulations on 4 brilliant years Tracy! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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SweetLeigh x DominoDollhouse’s +SizeMarket!

Domino Dollhouse Pop Up Event!

I am so Pleased to be a part of Domino Dollhouse‘s FIRST Plus Size Market! Join us for a dreamy day of shopping and high femme debauchery! Tess Munster will be there with her #EffYourBeautyStandards Merch and Bloggers Tracy Broxterman aka ChubbleBubble  & Tiffany Kaelin of On the Fatwalk will be doing Major Closet Sales. If you’ve seen these ladies’ style you KNOW how exciting that is! PLUS Domino Dollhouse will be having a major Sample and Clearance Sale and previewing their Winter 2014 Lookbook!

Clearance Sale Sneak Peek +Size Market GlamBeanie ClearanceSweetLeigh will be there selling with new and older stock on clearance between shopping!  Plus Swaps and ReSales of fabulous fashion are a sustainable choice! Support Independent Design and do some sustainable shopping in style! Hope to See you there Babes!


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CineStyle: Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra (1934)


Earlier this month I enjoyed a great night at one of my favorite theaters, Sid Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood which is one of two theaters run by the American Cinematheque. I adore it for programming classics, contemporary, foreign, blockbusters … Continue reading

Make: Halloween – The Black Widow


I am a total Halloweenie hence my second costume post of the month! I had two days before my first event of my season, which was this past weekend and hadn’t really given it much thought when I found some great inspiration … Continue reading