Monday, January 15, 2018

Floral Fluffy Winter Sweater



Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


What's not to love about a beautiful floral winter sweater that is fuzzy (not itchy), comfortable, and of course super warm?!  The soft peach backdrop with the burgundy floral print immediately stood out to me and the minute I slipped on this sweater, I knew it had to find its way to my closet.  I mean...a girl can never have too many sweaters, right?!

This sweater is affordable (priced right at $75) and I can assure you, will be grabbing for it time and time again.  I also snagged these jeans which are my new favs...because I am 5'4" they cut off at the right place and the fit is soooo good!  Both the sweater and denim fit true to size!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a great start to your week. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Green Patchwork Blouse - Sale Alert





Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


I've been drawn to green lately...you never see a lot of green in stores so when you do, it stands out and I gravitate towards it.  All shades of it including this pretty kelly green patchwork top.

The subtle all over print with touches of blue also caught my eye.  This top is perfect for everyday where with denim and it is also perfect to dress up for a more professional, office appropriate look.

Even better, this top is currently on mega sale and is priced at under $20 right now!  All sizes are still available as well!  For a size reference, I am wearing a size small.

Snag this one before it sells out...who can resist such a pretty versatile top at under $20?!  Sales always get me!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Apple Pear Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Dressing






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 



I've always LOVED salads...I have memories of eating salads at a very young age.  My love for salads started early and it has only grown over the years.  Often times my nighttime meal throughout high school and college (and of course ever since) would be a large chef or chopped salad.  I've gotten creative over the years and have really enjoyed mixing different ingredients together to make some very tasty salads.  Anything goes!

I've even turned our kiddos on to salads!  Patting myself on the back over here...I feel like I'm winning in the Mom department when Reins & Addison ask me to make them a salad for lunch or dinner.  They LOVE my chopped salads, which is great because it is an easy way for me to fuel their tummies with lots of veggies and nutrient rich foods!

Most of you know that I am back on the eat well health crusade to be a happier healthier me so of course salads are a daily staple around here.  So for today's post, I'm sharing my Apple Pear Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Dressing.  Being that I am currently on Whole 30, I do have to adjust a few things with this particular salad but even without the adjustments, it is a good for you meal.

WHAT'S IN THIS SALAD?!

ROMAINE LETTUCE (I prefer leafy romaine vs romaine hearts)
RED APPLE (any red apple will do)
BARTLETT PEAR
DRIED ORGANIC CRANBERRIES
CRISP BACON (I use Paleo bacon...find at Whole Foods or health food store)
RED ONION 
FETA CHEESE
NUTS OF YOUR CHOICE (I used walnuts but slivered almonds would be great too)
p.s you can use candied walnuts to add a little extra sweetness
p.s.s add chicken for an extra oomph of protein

**Chop all ingredients and mix all together...add a dash of salt & cracked pepper.

APPLE CIDER DRESSING 

1/2 CUP APPLE JUICE
1/2 CUP OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 
1/2 CUP OF OLIVE OIL
2-3 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY
2 TABLESPOONS DICED SHALLOTS
DASH OF SALE & BLACK PEPPER

**I mix all ingredients together in a mason jar, shake, and store in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving, allowing the flavors to meld together.  You can also make ahead of time...the longer the flavors set, the more flavorful your dressing will be.  Adjust salt to taste.



Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I'd love to hear if you end up making this Apple Pear Chopped Salad!

Have a great start to your week!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

STRIPPED with an Open Heart



Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 


I've been wanting to strip things down and write this post for a long time but there just never seemed to be the right time.  With a new year beginning I felt that the start of 2018 would be the perfect time to share a few things that have been on my mind with those of you that have been following along for a while.

If I'm being honest, there is so much to say yet I'm not sure how to put it all in words that make total sense.  So many times, I've ran through whether or not this post would matter to anyone but me and I've ran through my approach to this post so many times in my head.  I'm sharing because it has been on my heart to share and I won't be able to be at peace until I put my thoughts down here.

Let me start by saying, 2017 was an incredible year for me personally and for my brand, it was the BEST year that I've had so far.  I've felt encouraged and excited about my accomplishments with KBStyled and I'm truly looking forward to a great 2018.

As I reflect on 2017, even though it was a great year overall, I struggled internally with a lot of things.

You know the saying, "the struggle is real"...the struggle was very real for me last year.

The constant feeling of being pulled in so many different directions wore me down and often times left me feeling empty, unhappy, and even depressed at times.  I was constantly chasing things, trying to keep up or win the race, all the while leaving my own self in the dust.

Life left me feeling exhausted and much like a hollow being that could be blown away with the wind.  Dramatic, right?  Just being honest.

Often times I experienced major Mom guilt...I never felt like I was playing enough, paying enough attention to Reins & Addison, giving them enough of me, being patient enough, disconnecting enough, being "present" enough.  Although they reassured me through their unconditional love that I was, often times I felt less worthy of their unconditional love.  I just wasn't a good enough Mom.

I felt myself pulling away from many people in my life...becoming bitter and allowing myself to be hurt by the words and actions of others.  Instead of forgiving, I harbored my negative feelings and held onto them.  More time was spent focusing on the wrongs instead of the rights.  I internalized a lot last year and allowed much of the negative to take over all of the positive.  I found it more difficult to maintain my normal positive outlook on life.  Not a good place to be in.  

Sharing my personal style in hopes of inspiring all of you is a true passion of mine but there were many times where I sat down to write a style post and it left me feeling empty.  Style is how KBStyled started and it is a big part of who I am but it isn't the only part...there is so much more to me that I plan to share going into 2018.  Instead of feeling empty and uninspired, I am feeling more excited about KBStyled than ever.  When someone tells you that everything seems to be "all about you" it makes you pause for a long moment and reevaluate what you are doing.

Much of last year was spent comparing myself to others.  Allowing my self doubt and insecurities take over and maintain a tight grip on me.  I was never good enough.  Everything needed to be perfect yet it wasn't perfect.  The more I compared, the unhappier I became.  I felt like I needed to be someone else...change my personality...be someone who I thought others wanted me to be.  

I abandoned God...not my faith but I just didn't maintain a close relationship with God last year.  There were major strongholds that I just couldn't let go...feelings & thoughts that I just couldn't kick.  So many wrong things had a hold of me and I was weak...I wasn't the strong resilient person that I have always been.

All this to say that I am at a point of recognition...I've been here for a while now and it feels so good to be open about it.  Happiness and peace with ones self comes from within and we (me & YOU) are the only ones who can truly focus on what makes us happy and content.


Going forward...

There is so much that I want to accomplish in 2018...so much that I want to focus on & be better at.  It starts with becoming a happier more content me.

I don't necessarily make resolutions but I have many things in mind that I want to concentrate on.  I'm working on loving myself more and treating myself more kindly.  Letting go of negative feelings towards others and feelings of bitterness.  Being more kind even when I may not get that in return.  Being more present with my family and always remembering what's most important in life.  Reestablishing a close relationship with God.

My work here will be more intentional and more meaningful...I'm excited to see things continue to evolve here on KBStyled and I'm so honored that you will be a part of it.

If you are feeling much like I have been feeling or you have been there before, I hope you all know that you aren't alone and that it is completely normal to experience these feelings.  We learn, we grow, and hopefully become a much better "self" on the other side.

Thank you so much for being a part of my journey...I'm thankful for each and every one of you!  I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2018.  

Cheers to a great year ahead my friends!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Whole 30 Recipe Index



Last year throughout the month of January, I shared several of my favorite Whole 30 recipes here on KBStyled.  I teamed up with my bestie, Jennifer of Carolina Girl Cooks, to put together these delicious recipes for you all.

I'll be restarting Whole 30 again on 1/1/18 and I've heard from many of you that you will be doing the same.  I thought it would be easy to put these recipes together in one post so you don't have to search my blog for them.  Throughout the month of January, I will also be making and sharing some additional healthy recipes so be sure to check back often and stay tuned on my social channels as well.

One of the recipes that I am sharing is banana egg pancakes.  According to Whole 30, you should not make these because they are associated with a treat food (pancakes) and the concern is that you will allow yourself to fall off the plan if you are eating foods that you normally consider a treat.  The thought process is more around mental tenacity.  I make these because the ingredients are all Whole 30 compliant and I know I can personally maintain willpower and not fall off the plan eating these.  If you are afraid that you will not be able to stick to the plan, just skip these and don't make them.

Below, I will share the image of the recipe and then link provide a link to where you can get the ingredients and directions.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Cheers to a successful Whole 30 January and cheers to a great year ahead!  





















I'd love to hear which recipes you try and what you would like to see more of!  Please feel free to leave a comment below!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It's a White (Sangria) Christmas - Cocktail Recipe




WELCOME!  If you are looking for an easy & festive holiday cocktail recipe, you have come to the right place.  Today I am sharing a delicious white sangria Christmas cocktail...just in time for the holidays.  Grab your pen and paper and add these ingredients to your grocery shopping list as I'm certain you will love this cocktail and so will your family & friends!

Come on in...let's make a cocktail together!





Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

WINE GLASSES || WOOD CHARGER *also used as a serving tray

I have always loved sangria (both red and white) so when deciding what type of cocktail to whip up for you all, sangria was an easy decision.  Not only does it taste great but it is super easy to make and it looks beautiful when served as well!

So here's what you'll need...

WHITE CHRISTMAS SANGRIA
serves 4 - double or triple the recipe if serving more
  • 1 bottle of Pinto Grigio 
  • 1/2 cup of white grape juice
  • 8-12 ounces of club soda 
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 red apple (Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, etc. will do)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup of sugar (1/8 if you prefer less sweetness)
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh rosemary 
Let's put it all together...wash your cranberries (you can use as many as you'd like) and chop your apples into small cubes (not too small).  Put your fruit into a large pitcher and then add the sugar, club soda, white grape juice, and Pinot Grigio.  Stir the mixture well.  Add a couple of sprigs of rosemary into the mixture, stir again, and then refrigerate.  I recommend making this sangria ahead of time letting all of the flavors meld together for at least 6 hours.  You can also make it the night before.

When you are ready to serve your sangria, you can add a beautiful rosemary sprig to dress it up a bit.  To achieve a snowed on look all you have to do is lightly wet the sprigs of rosemary, shake off the access water, and then dip the dampened sprigs into raw sugar.  It looks beautiful and it tastes great too.  I found that the sprigs of rosemary got in the way a little bit when drinking the sangria but all you need to do is tuck it down into your glass.

Tip:  if you prefer sangria that is a little less sweet, you can always cut out the added sugar or even add a bit more Pinot Grigio.

Again it is super simple and so yummy...a definite crowd pleaser!  If you decide to make this for the holidays, I'd love to know what you think!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you have a great day!

p.s don't forget to check out my sweet & savory roasted grape holiday appetizer HERE!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sweet & Savory Roasted Grape Holiday Appetizer






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

MY SWEATER || MY SKIRT || MY BOOTS || MY RINGS HERE & HERE



H O L I D A Y   R E C I P E 

ROASTED GRAPE GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI 

I'm excited to share one of my favorite holiday recipes with you all!  Several years back I stumbled upon a roasted grape & goat cheese dip, served with crackers, and I decided to tweak it a bit and create an easy DELICIOUS appetizer.  This roasted grape and goat cheese crostini recipe is simple to make and is a crowd pleaser!  A touch of rosemary creates a perfect holiday appetizer too.


I N G R E D I E N T S
  • red seedless grapes (roast as many as you think you'll need based on the number of people being served)
  • Italian loaf of bread (2 loafs if serving a larger group)
  • goat cheese log (if available, I purchase honey goat cheese, regular goat cheese will do as well)
  • chopped pecans
  • light olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar glaze 
  • pepper
  • rosemary sprigs 
  • honey
D I R E C T I O N S
  • preheat ove to 350
  • wash grapes and remove stems
  • mix approximately 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze (whisk together and add some fresh pepper into the mixture)
  • chop some fresh rosemary and add it to the olive oil, balsamic glaze, & pepper mixture and stir it all together
  • in a bowl, mix grapes with olive oil mixture and stir together to ensure that the grapes are coated
  • transfer to a baking dish and roast the grapes for approximately 45-60 minutes (grapes should appear soft and somewhat wilted)
  • while roasting, prepare your crostini by brushing a little bit of olive oil on each piece (I also let the goat cheese sit out for a bit to soften)
  • after roasting the grapes, toast your crostini until lightly toasted & golden (you don't want your crostini to be too crispy)
  • spread goat cheese on toasted crostini and then spoon on the roasted grape mixture
  • sprinkle chopped pecans on the toasted crostini and then drizzle honey over top
  • serve while warm
E A T  &  E N J O Y