Thursday, December 14, 2017

Rustic Glam Christmas Tablescape

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

I'm beyond excited to share today's post with you rustic glam Christmas tablescape!  Sharing lifestyle posts is something that I plan to do more of in 2018 so I thought I would get a jump start and offer some decor inspiration for your Christmas table!

Christmas decor brightens and warms up our homes so much this time of year and for me personally, it brings me so much joy.  Creating a beautiful inviting tablescape adds more warmth to any home and it creates a welcoming space where people wish to congregate.  

Whether you are hosting family, friends, both, or just your immediate family for the holidays, my rustic glam Christmas tablescape is easy to create and it does not take a lot of time.  You can get inspiration from my tablescape or you can mimic this look by using the exact pieces shown here.  I hope today's post inspires you to create a beautiful table for whomever you are hosting this holiday season.

I planned my tablescape around this red & white striped tablecloth that I fell in love with!  It's not your traditional holiday tablecloth and that's why I love it so much.  You can use it for the holidays and for many other occasions as well.  I also adore the tassel fringe detail, which adds such a unique touch to this tablecloth.  And for the price (it's under $15), this tablecloth is high quality and is well made!

Pairing stripes with another print is always a great idea so I chose these forest green and white gingham cloth napkins next!  They come in a pack of 6 and are right at $15 as well.  They are high quality and perfect for your holiday gathering!  Gingham always feels a bit more casual (think picnic style) and I felt that these cloth napkins were in line with my rustic glam vision.  And how cute are these frosted foliage napkin rings?!  The pinecones give a woodland feel and the berries/frosted greenery adds a bit more glam to this napkin ring.

To keep with a rustic style, I chose some wood slab chargers as well as some small wood slices to set my tealight candleholders on.  I also selected flatware that looks like sticks!

For the "glam" element of my tablescape, I incorporated several mercury glass pieces like this pedestal hurricane candle holder, these pillar candle holders, and these tealight candleholders.  Mercury glass is so beautiful, especially when you light your candles and dim the lights...the light just glows off of the glass.

I finished my tablescape by adding some greenery that I picked up at Publix and some tree trimmings that I picked up from our local Christmas tree lot.  You can stop by your local tree lot and ask for tree trimmings (they should give the trimmings to you for free) and then you can create as much natural greenery for your table as you would like.  I also added fresh cranberries in the centerpiece to tie in the berries from the napkin rings and to pull it all together.  I would finish my table with a wine & water glass for me and Peter and a mason jar with ribbon and a little greenery for Reins and Addison.

Thank you for letting me share our rustic glam Christmas tablescape with you...I hope you find inspiration and if you do & wish to share how you were inspired on Instagram, please feel free to tag me @kbstyled or use the hashtag #kbstyled.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bold Yellow + Muted Metallics - Holiday Look

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Try wearing something a little less traditional for the holidays like this bold yellow sweater and this muted metallic skirt!  No one wrote a rule in the holiday style book that said you had to wear red, green, black, gold, silver, etc.  I personally like a bit more color and that's why I went with this bold yellow.

Throughout the winter season, you can wear this sweater with denim too.  This sweater is soft and plenty warm and the slight bell sleeve adds visual interest.  If yellow isn't your color, this sweater also comes in 5 other colors!  I love it so much that I'm going to order it in a couple more colors!

This metallic skirt has an elastic waist band so it is also very comfortable to wear.  Instead of wearing open toe heels, you can always wear tights and booties with this skirt as well.  It is so versatile so you can truly dress it up as much as you'd like or dress it down.

Do you like wearing bold colors throughout the holidays?

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Cheetah Print Bell Sleeve Eliza J Dress

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

When a dress has all of the bells and thrills, I usually cannot resist such beautiful feminine details.  From the cheetah print to the exaggerated bell ruffle sleeves, this dress is one that will certainly stand out.  What you can't see is the soft gold metallic detail that highlights the cheetah print!

As you shop for dresses, I recommend picking pieces that are versatile and that can be worn for a variety of occasions.  I've worn this Eliza J dress to work functions, church, and for an evening out.  It's not too dressy but dressy enough.

The dress is fully lined except for the sheer sleeves and it is an a-line fit.  The ruffle hemline flares out slightly to add a little more free movement when you walk!

Eliza J has such beautiful classic dresses...ones that are on trend but will not go out of style over the years.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Daily Makeup Routine

I'm excited to share today's daily makeup routine!   One of the questions that I get asked most is about my makeup and what I use each day.  I don't wear a TON of makeup and my routine is pretty straightforward and rather simple too!

As I made these collages, I actually forgot to put in the CC Cream that I use before applying my foundation and I just realized that I left it off.  Instead of redoing everything, I'm linking my CC Cream HERE!  A CC Cream is great for color correcting your skin prior to applying your foundation and for me, it helps reduce the redness in my skin and it also moisturizes my skin as well.  Essentially...applying my CC Cream is the first step.

I've shared my daily routine on Instastories so if you also follow along with me there, stay tuned as I will continue to share some makeup tips and tricks there as well!  Ultimately I'd love to be able to put together a full video for you all with my routine from beginning to end...hopefully I will accomplish this sooner than later as I know many of you would love to be able to have me visually walk you through my routine.  So stay tuned for that too!

In the meantime, I am going to walk you through my routine as best as possible...let's get started!

Prepping my face:  I prep my face with SkinMedica's Vitamin C+E complex & I also use Origins ginseng eye cream.  I then apply a thin layer of my favorite CC Cream.  I use my beauty blender to blend it into my skin before applying my foundation.

The foundation:  Next I take my flat top foundation brush and apply a thin layer of my favorite foundation, Estee Lauder's Double Wear foundation.  Once my foundation is applied, I use my creaseless concealer and apply some of the concealer under my eye with my finger.  I then use my beauty blender to blend out the concealer.  After blending, I "bake" my concealer by tapping on a layer of the Laura Mercier translucent powder under my eye.  I let the powder sit for 5 minutes as I am finishing the rest of my makeup before dusting it off with my powder brush.

Natural flush, bronzer & highlighter:  My absolute favorite blush is this amazonian clay 12 hour blush...I have several shades of this blush but my favorite is "natural beauty"!  I apply blush in an upward motion on my cheekbones with my french boutique blush brush.  I then use the same blush to add a smidgen of contour slightly under my cheekbone with my Bronze Goddess bronzing powder.  I also apply a little bit of the bronzing power to my temples, hairline, and jawline.  Lastly, I will add a bit of highlighter on the top part of my cheekbone/temple, under the eye area, with my Hourglass Strobe Lighting powder in Euphoric.

Simple everyday eyes:  I've used this Chai Latte quad eyeshadow palette FOREVER and I only use the crease color within my is really all that I need for a simple everyday eye.  I use my dual eyeshadow brush to apply my shadow.  I've had my eyebrows microbladded, you can read my post about microbladding HERE, so I only need to touch up my eyebrows with all small amount of brow powder.  My favorite brow powder is the Anastasia brow powder duo.  I use my build a brow brush to apply the brow powder.  I line my the top of my lid with this Expert Liquid Liner.  If I do line the lower lash line, I do not use liquid liner but instead a dark brown or light black eye shadow to create a much more subtle line.  To finish my eyes, I typically apply 2-3 coats of mascara with two different mascaras...both in glam black and blackest black.  My first coat is with this Voluminous Feline Mascara and my second coat with this Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara.

Finishing touches: Often times I finish by lining and filling my lips in with this ColorStay Lip Liner in "mauve".  I line and then fill in my lips with this pencil for a more matte natural look.  I also love this gloss in Dancing Star topped with this gloss in Celeste.  When wearing a more bold lip, I love a great red lipstick and my favorite is Russian Red!

My routine takes no more than about 10 -15 mins!  Please let me know if you have any questions...I'm more than happy to answer them!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...hope you have a wonderful Friday!