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.

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    Gift Guide: The Health and Fitness Buddy

    December 8, 2017

    Health and fitness is something near and dear to my heart. I’m not perfect. When I set my alarm for the gym, sometimes when it goes off I look at it and roll back to bed. And sometimes I have several cheat days in a row. But being healthy is all about balance. Moderation.

    This gift guide is dedicated to your health and fitness buddies. They are the ones who support you in your fit goals, sweat alongside you during a particularly tough spin class, and will gladly go to a happy hour after a good session. Check out our picks below! Happy Gifting!

    1. Veggie Spiralizer  $23.97 Spiralizers have changed the way we cook for the better. We love making zoodles to replace pasta. It’s a refreshing way to change up traditional favorites like spaghetti.
    2. Matcha Book $17 – The photography of this cookbook is gorgeous. I also love how matcha, its history and evolution is easily broken down to understand.
    3. Joylab Leggings  $29 – Cute leggings for yoga and after yoga
    4. Hurom Personal Juicer $299 – It comes Oprah approved.
    5. Dance Body classes $35 – For the person who loves to dance their booty off in the comfort of their home.
    6. Adidas Duffel Bag $50 – The perfect size to stash your toiletries, towel and another set for clothes for your post workout
    7. I Did my Best workout mat $32 – That’s all we can strive for.
    8. Allbird wool runners $95 – Made of merino wool, light breathable, and when they get dirty, throw them in the wash.
    9. mybkr water bottle $75 – A water bottle that comes with the essentials to keep it clean
    10. Nike Swift Running Pants $120 – the reflective design and the fit makes it perfect for outdoor running.
    11. Girlfriend Collective Midnight Paloma bra $38 – Made from recycled plastic. This sports bra provides full coverage and is flattering for all.
    12. Girlfriend Collective Yoga Pants $58 – Coming in several cuts and colors to please everybody. The fit is amazing.

    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. 

     

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    Gift Guide: The Traveler

    December 3, 2017

    How I love to travel.  And even If I’m not traveling, I’m thinking of my next trip and what I would pack on that trip. Packing for me, is being able to use everything in my suitcase, and not regret I didn’t pack something. I try to travel light and I do that by bringing things that are multifunctional. I’m a pretty sensible packer so if it’s not functional, it’s not going on the trip.

    This guide is for the travelers on your list. They are the ones who are suitcase ready and can explore the world at a moment’s notice. The gifts that we have listed here are things that can make a person’s trip smoother while having their style on point, skin glowing, and sanity intact. Check it out!

    1. Monocle Travel Books  $14 – These travel books are awesome. They are not like your old school touristy ones, the recommendations make you feel like local.
    2. Fjallraven Kanken backpack $80 – We love our Kankens! It’s amazing how much you can fit into this pack.
    3. Lo&Sons Travel bag $72 – It comes in 3 different sizes. I bought the small Catalina. It’s the perfect size to fit in the overhead bin, has a zippered separate bottom compartment and it has a sleeve that can slide over your rollaway handles, making running through the airport that much easier.
    4. Away Set $95.00 – This gift set is smartly packed with essentials to keep you well while you’re traveling.
    5. Catbird Eye Mask $24 – For when you’re in the middle seat and the person sitting in the window seat keeps their window open.
    6. Cuyana Classic Passport Case $95 – Travel in style and convenience. When you use this passport holder, it has pockets to store your ID too so you’re not having to fumble with your wallet at the airport.
    7. Plant Apothecary 5 Piece bodywash set $35 – Since you can’t control the water with which you shower in when traveling, bring this travel friendly bodywash set that’s gentle and natural.
    8. Bose Noise canceling Headphones $299.95 – Lightweight  and easy to carry. You can comfortably watch movies while canceling out the loudness of the plane.
    9. Origins Intensive Overnight Mask $17 – Slather this on during your flight to keep your skin hydrated even at 35,000. Your skin will thank you later.
    10. Meaux Blanket $95 – I like to bring scarves when I travel. It can be used to accessorize an outfit, during flights it can double as a blanket. Most importantly, a blanket can hide your face if you sleep with your mouth open, like I do.
    11. Ray-Ban Clubmaster Oversized $168 – Sunglasses are a must, and these are a classic that will travel well.
    12. Majestic Disorder Magazine $10.76 – Perfect reading material on the plane to feed your creative side and to get you excited to explore the world.