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Mary Ann

    Lady Day Cocktails and Snacks

    December 9, 2017

    When it comes to lady day, I love going all out. We had one recently at Kinfolk Inspired Space a few weeks ago. That space is amazing and the energy is definitely all about the good vibes and women supporting women. It was a perfect space for a group of creative women (and Ryan!) to work on projects that we’ve been keeping in our brains  We made holiday decorations, danced to Cardi B, and ate…of course. 

    Today, we wanted to share a quick appetizer and cocktail recipe for parties and get togethers. The best part? You don’t need to cook anything!

    We made a cheese and charcuterie board that everyone picked at while we we were crafting. Luckily, Trader Joe’s had everything we needed. The key to a beautiful presentation is to provide different colors, shapes, and textures on the board. We love having marcona almonds, grapes, dried apricots, and olives, to give that nice texture and also to fulfill a variety of tastes.

    Trader Joe’s always has an amazing cheese collection. A few of our favorites include: Fromage Pavé, Cranberry Chèvre Fresh Goat Cheese, Double Creme Brie with Truffles, and Gouda. We also always get the Spanish Gourmet package for our meats; salame, Jamón Serrano, and Chorizo Cantimpalo. We like how there’s a lot of savory and sweet combinations in that package. Fold the meats, and cut slices off cheese to provide fullness to the board.

    We made a kombucha cocktail to go along with our meats and cheeses. It was very refreshing and was a nice complement to the saltiness of the board. Below is the recipe taken from Designlovefest.

    What you’ll need:

    makes 1 serving

    • 1 ounce blanco tequila
    • 1 ounce campari
    • 2-3 drops angostura bitters
    • 2 oz chilled Kombucha ( Gingerade)
    •  club soda
    • orange peel for garnish
    • ice

    In a cocktail shaker, place ice, kombucha, tequila, Campari, and bitters. Shake gently. Open the shaker, add the club soda, and stir gently. Pour in glass, drop in a piece of twisted orange peel, and serve!

    *A lesson learned: do not put the club soda in the cocktail shaker and mix it like crazy…unless you want the cocktail all over you.


    Gift Guide: The Home Chef

    December 6, 2017

    Today, we wanted to share a gift guide for the person who loves to host and cook. You can be shopping for a person who has been cooking for a long time, or for someone who is still learning. This person always loves and appreciates a nice tool to up their kitchen game or a new cookbook that challenges them. Hopefully, you’ll be able to also reap the benefits of these items as well. It’s a win-win.

    1. Tokyo Cult Recipes $21.71 – We love Japanese food. This cookbook has all the popular dishes found in Tokyo that we often salivate over. We also love how it breaks down ingredients that aren’t often seen in U.S grocery stores and helps you find potential alternatives.
    2. Sous Vide Precision Cooker $129.95 –  Sous vide cooking has been trending for quite some time. I’m a big fan of the sous vide eggs at Starbucks, and I’m sure the home chef would be interested in how to make a similar version.
    3. Muji Rice Cooker  $135 – Beautiful, minimalist, clean lines. It’s not clunky and goes well in a modern kitchen
    4. Aroma 3 in 1 Superpot $34.99 – This is fun cookware. You can do shabu-shabu or grill Korean bbq right at home.
    5. Yamazaki Cookbook and Tablet Stand  $24 – Because we’re sure the homechef hates flipping pages while cooking.
    6. Heath Ceramics Plaza Tray Set $119 – A gift from Heath Ceramics is real love right there.
    7. Short Stack cookbook trio  $38 – Each cookbook in the set focuses on one item. We feel this really challenges the chef to be creative with what they have,
    8. Boska Holland Raclette To go $24.99 – Now you can have raclette at home too, this hand gadget, melts cheese, to put over your potatoes, bread, anything really.
    9. Crepe Maker $39.95 – When you’ve been hinting to your best friend who is also a baker about the crepe cake you’ve wanted for your birthday that’s just around the corner…
    10. Instant Pot  $79.95 – The beloved Instant Pot. Game changer indeed
    11. Bluebottle Coffee Set $35 – Trust us, you will be loved very much if you get this gift.
    12. Benchic Chocolate Making Kit $79.00  – Yes, a box of chocolate seems pretty cliche. But if you ask us, it’s pretty awesome if you’re able to make it yourself.

    Beauty: Erbose Review + Giveaway!

    December 4, 2017

    Honesty alert: I’ve struggled with eczema all my life. My skin is incredibly sensitive and I get very nervous when trying new products. If I am interested in switching up my skincare routine, I have to do extensive research on products and thoroughly go over the ingredients list.  At certain points during the year (especially in Winter), the products that I routinely use seem to either 1. stop working or 2. make things worse. I’d then have to rely on the good ol hydrocortisone (sarcasm) to get me through a flare up.

    I came across Erbose and read up on their story. They believe that clean beauty is the goal with a commitment to maintaining self-care through holistic skincare rituals all the while ensuring that their products are environmentally and ethically sound. All products are handmade in San Francisco. I immediately knew I had to try it.

    I ordered the Restore Skin Saving Salve for the moments when spots of my skin are just too dry (my husband has the same issue). I also like putting the salve on my ankles since the current clog trend has been drying them out. It smells so clean and natural with minimal ingredients. Since using the salve, my skin doesn’t have the rough patches like it typically does during the winter.

    I also purchased the Cleansing Exfoliating Grains. It went on quite easily and I felt that I would be paying at least 5x more for a beauty product with half of the quality and care that Erbose puts in. After washing off the grains, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve been using the  exfoliating grains frequently and I am happy to report that I have no flare ups and no break outs! I definitely lounge around the house with the grains on my face to further the relaxation vibes. A little goes such a long way too. I would love to host a spa day with my friends and use the exfoliating grains to do facials.

    Erbose also threw in the Grapefruit lip balm as an added bonus. It goes on so smoothly and doesn’t feel heavy on my lips.  I keep it with me wherever go.

    I love the products I’ve purchased and I’m so happy to add it to my collection. I would like to put focus on clean beauty as I’ve been trying to do with my clothing choices. Erbose is a great start in the clean beauty journey. We hope this is a brand that you can support as well.

    That’s why I’m excited to announce that Erbose so kindly agreed to participate in a giveaway with us!  The winner will receive two of the most popular products from the line: the Cleansing Exfoliating Grains and the Replenish Face Moisturizer. All you have to do is the following:

    1. Follow both styleapproximately and erbose on instagram
    2. Like our most recent post about Erbose on Instagram
    3. Tag someone you think would love Erbose products
    4. Bonus points: Comment below and let us know what your skin routine looks like!
    5. The giveaway will be closed on Thursday December 7th. We will be announcing the winner on Friday December 8th. Good luck!

    *This giveaway is open to U.S Residents only. 



    Gift Guide: The Badass Feminist

    December 2, 2017

    This gift guide is all about the badass feminist in your life. It’s been a tiring year, and these folks need a boost to end the year strong. Feminism has deep roots and meaning; we feel it’s important to have important conversations that are far too often overlooked. This guide is a way for people to start those conversations through the clothing they wear and the products they use. A number of these gifts also support some very worthy causes so check it out and buy a gift for that badass feminist and get something for yourself too.

    1. Sloane Stationery The Boss Notebook $19.69 – A beautiful unlined notebook for the boss women in your life who needs to quickly write or jot something out. We all know there’s always a lot of things going on in our heads; it’s a good to reflect and remember.
    2. In the Company of Women  $16.24 – Written by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge. This book has given me so much inspiration to keep working hard at my passions.
    3. Everlane Blazer $150 – The power blazer. Can be paired with jeans or suited up.
    4. Darling Magazine subscription $60 – Thoughtfully written articles and no photoshopping to boot!
    5. We Should All Be Feminists: Adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk about being a woman in the 21st century.
    6. The Future is Female $35 – The rally cry for womankind. Otherwild is a fantastic company supporting women’s and LGBTQI rights.
    7. I Ain’t Sorry Hat $30 –  Because Bey is life.
    8. Esselle Empowered Women Set $36 – A beautifully designed mug and also a powerful reminder to support other women and women owned businesses
    9. It’s My Body It’s My Choice tee $30 –  If you haven’t done so, read up on Their mission alone will make you want to buy a tee for a friend, a family member, and yourself.
    10. Sara Boccacini Meadows Poster $30 – Project2021 posters that benefit causes under threat since the last election. This poster supports Planned Parenthood.
    11. Valfre Girls Girls Girls tee:  $47 –  We’ve featured Valfre a few times on our blog. We love her unapologetic in your face art.
    12. Soma Water Bottle $27 – In this crazy world, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Fight hard, but also stay hydrated.

    Inspiration: Feminism

    November 15, 2017

    Before I start my post, can y’all take the time to look at Ionut Radulescu’s art?! The image below is only a taste of this badass graphic designer.

    As an activist and (especially) as a woman of color, I’ve been feeling the stress of the current state of the world Now more than ever, I feel the need for women to collectively come together and support each other in these trying times. I realized before I could make any difference in this world, it had to start with me first.

    There’s a poem by Rupi Kaur that was printed in Darling magazine that resonated with me. More so after I saw a friend of mine repost it:

    “i want to apologize to all the women
    i have called pretty.
    before i’ve called them intelligent or brave.
    i am sorry i made it sound as though
    something as simple as what you’re born with
    is the most you have to be proud of
    when your spirit has crushed mountains
    from now on i will say things like, you are resilient
    or, you are extraordinary.
    not because i don’t think you’re pretty.
    but because you are so much more than that”

    In the spirit of intl women’s day” by rupi kaur, milk and honey(@rupikaur_)

    Let’s love ourselves and love each other truly. Let’s FINALLY start accepting the voices of women as truth. Let’s fiercely protect each other as we’ve promised to time and time again. Let’s continue to inspire and be inspired by all that we bring to the table. Let’s support women run spaces and businesses. Let’s keep this energy of protection and love going so that our future generations of women AND men will understand the mistakes of this world and work towards a better one.

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