Monday, January 29, 2018

Valentine's Day Tablescape

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson

I LOVED putting together this Valentine's Day inspired tablescape and I'm excited to share it with you all today!

When deciding how I would style my Valentine's tablescape, I knew that I wanted to create a tablescape that was perfect for a family dinner, a romantic dinner for 2, or for a Galentine's gathering.   I also knew that I wanted soft sweet colors so I decided on white, grey, and soft pink and I also knew that I wanted to create a more shabby chic tablescape.

When planning out the details of my tablescapes, my first decision is always whether or not to cover our table.  I love the natural wood of our kitchen table but I also love beautiful tablecloths.  Tablecloths create a polished put-together look!

This soft floral tablecloth was the perfect starting point for my Valentine's Day tablescape.  I then picked the white & grey check cloth dinner napkins.  Mixing prints adds a lot of visual interest.  You could also use solid colored napkins if you'd prefer but I love pairing florals with checks, dots, and stripes!

I decided on these gorgeous carved white chargers and these antique scroll white dinner plates to help create a shabby chic look.  These rose fern napkin rings also were the perfect compliment to the theme of my tablescape.

On to the centerpiece...

My initial plan for the centerpiece was totally different but I stumbled across a wall of floral tiles at Michael's and my plans quickly changed.  I love the way the floral tile looked and it was large enough to make a statement yet small enough to not overtake the table.

The tile was covered with only pink flowers on it so I bought some additional light green faux floral sprigs and eucalyptus at Michael's as well.  I strategically weaved the greenery into the floral tile and I finished the centerpiece by adding some baby's breathe, a few glitter hearts, and some tea lights.  To tie in the Valentine's Day theme, I tied pink glitter hearts to the napkin rings as well.

Add a couple of additional votive candles and voila, you have a beautiful Valentine's Day tablescape!

I would love to hear your thoughts as well as if you are enjoying these types of posts!  I sure do enjoy putting them together for you.

What do you have planned for Valentine's Day?!

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Caprese Has My Heart - Valentine's Day Appetizer

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Planning to spend Valentine's Day celebrating at home with your significant other, family, or maybe planning a Galentine's Day brunch/dinner?!  If so, I'm sharing the most delicious and very simple Heart Caprese Salad recipe with you! 

Caprese salad is a crowd pleaser (one of my family's favorites) and is very easy to make!  It doesn't take much time to put together, which gives you more time to focus on your main dish or maybe a fun dessert!


- pre-packaged mozzarella cheese - whole or pre-sliced *I bought pre-sliced and the cheese was cut into about 1/2 inch round slices
- basil leaves
- ripe sweet tomatoes
- light olive oil
-balsamic glaze
- salt & pepper to taste
- small heart cookie cutter *I purchased mine from Michael's

Use your heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out your mozzarella hearts.  Cut your tomatoes into thick slices.  Lay down your tomato slices onto your serving tray, place a whole basil leaf on top and then place your heart mozzarella on top.  Drizzle with a little bit of light olive oil and then drizzle with balsamic glaze.  Sprinkle with pinch of salt & pepper.  Voila...enjoy!!!

How will you be spending Valentine's Day?!  

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Our Session with Little Nest Portraits

Photography by Little Nest Portraits

It's not often that we have family photos taken in a studio but I'm so glad that we got to enjoy a family session with Little Nest Portraits here in Franklin, TN.  When Little Nest Portraits reached out to me sharing more about their boutique photography services, I immediately knew that I wanted to schedule a session.  I'm so glad that I did!

We arrived to our session on a December Sunday afternoon at 4pm and we were greeted by such a delightful and professional team.  Of course we were a bit rushed getting there (no matter how much you plan in advance, getting kiddos ready for a photo session is never was) and I was a bit frazzled.  We had forgotten Reins' shoes at home...YIKES.  Peter rushed back home to pick up his shoes (luckily we only live 5 minutes from the studio) and in the meantime, Reins and Addison played in their beautiful lounge area and I got a tour of the studio.  In that moment, I was so thankful for such a sweet & UNDERSTANDING team...they helped but this Momma at ease.  When Mommy is relaxed, everyone else is relaxed.  Am I right?!

While Peter was to an from home picking up his shoes and after a little play time (and my tour), our Photographer started to capture some candid shots of Reins & Addison.  They worked around Reins' missing shoes and still captured some beautiful shots of he and Addison.  I also sat in for some shots with both of them until Peter got back.

The entire team was relaxed and our Photographer, Miranda, was wonderful!  She worked so well with Reins and Addison and made them both feel comfortable.  This was one of the more relaxed and comfortable family sessions we have ever had.  Being inside of a beautiful studio certainly helped but the team also played a big role in our overall experience too.

I should back up a little and share that before we went in for our session, I spent a lot of time exchanging email communications with the Little Nest Portraits team.  We decided on some backdrops before our session date so I knew going into our session what to expect, which also helped with the planning of our outfits!  They offer very neutral backdrops, which I personally LOVE, and they also put together special backdrops for various holidays throughout the year.  Everything is very classy and not overdone.  The studio and backdrops create an environment that enables you/your family to stand other words, you will be the focus of the final image, not the backdrop!

Back to our session...

Our Photographer shot with us for about 30 minutes, which was plenty of time to capture exactly what we were looking for.  Depending on the package/session that you choose, you may be able to see your images same day or your may need to schedule a follow up appointment where you go in, sit down with the team, and review your hand-selected images, which is what we did.  

The team creates a beautiful slideshow presentation of about 25-30 images.  You will then go one by one and either mark them as one that you love or one that you don't love (or as a maybe that you want to revisit).  During that meeting, you will select your final images that will then be sent off for final retouching.  If there are any specific aspects of the image that you wish to have retouched, you can make those requests during your session.  For example, Reins' ears were a bit red so I asked that they tone down the red in his ears.  This type of personal care and customization was so nice!  You truly know what you will be receiving!

Little Nest Portraits also offers customized framing as well.  So if you know you want to have a specific image framed, you can select all of the details during your meeting as well.  They have a variety of frame styles, colors, etc.

Another thing that I love about Little Nest Portraits is that you can join their Heirloom Membership, which is perfect for someone who has a newborn that may want to capture images throughout their child's first year.  Not only is this great for Newborns but it is also great for a family who may want to  capture images together throughout the year around the various holidays.  They change their session decor for holidays such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc.  The decor for these holidays is very subtle and again, classy and not overdone.

Little Nest Portraits has various locations within the US and continues to grow their boutique photography brand.  Here in TN, there is a location in Franklin and in Knoxville.

I highly recommend that you consider Little Nest Portraits when booking an in studio photo session.  We had such a wonderful experience and I feel confident in saying that you will too!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

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 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!

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.


ROMAINE LETTUCE (I prefer leafy romaine vs romaine hearts)
RED APPLE (any red apple will do)
CRISP BACON (I use Paleo bacon...find at Whole Foods or health food store)
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.



**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 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 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!