Hi lovelies! I hope you’re having a fab week! We have had gorgeous weather here in South Carolina (finallyyy) and I have really enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible.  Apparently, Spring was just fashionably late, you diva you! But for real…there is just something so refreshing and calming about the Spring air and sunshine on your skin.  So, as you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, I recently started the BBG program from Kayla Itsines via the Sweat app. I am happy to report that after finishing week 1- I am feeling PUMPED to see where this fitness journey is going to lead me. I have to admit, I haven’t been this excited about working out in forever. It has always felt like a bit of a chore to me, but I really enjoy the circuit-style training and the diversity in exercises on the app. The weekly workouts alternate each day between strength training and cardio and at the end of the week is a scheduled rest day. There are also supplemental recovery workouts/stretches and extra challenges you can do on a day where you feel like you want to go hard.  I love that there are several different programs that hit every interest and skill level. I am currently doing Beginner BBG, and it will continue to advance as I gain the skills needed (cause burpies are hard AF haha). I also thrive on organization, so the app also allows you to plan out your weekly workouts, meals, and even provides suggested recipes and grocery lists that coordinate along with recipes you choose (that alone delights my little OCD heart). In addition to the workout program, I’m not adjusting my diet too much other than being more mindful of dairy, sugar, and carbs. I’m allowing myself cheese and bread (because I couldn’t live without it), but I’m just making sure I use appropriate portion control (cause tbh I could eat an entire cheese platter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like a boss). Week 2 is going well so far too and it sounds ridiculous, but I already feel like I have more energy and stronger. One thing I’ve noticed is that because of the circuit style training, my muscles don’t feel maxed out and so sore that I can’t move the next day. There is an even distribution of pain (just kidding)! It has felt amazing to get back in the swing of things after not feeling like myself for the past 8 or so months.

After moving back back to our hometown, I really felt like I was in a slump and one thing I’ve realized is that I retract from my potential and nestle in my surrender when it comes to fitness. One thing that really gets me sometimes is body image. I’ve written about this before, but throughout my adulthood, I have struggled with body image. I danced ballet growing up and was naturally fit (dancing 5 or more days a week for hours on end will do that to ya), plus let’s face it…teenage metabolism is a magical thing (gimmie all the Chick-Fil-A). But as I got older, I have roller-coastered so many times from size to size that I’ve lost track. But here’s the thing. It’s not really about sizes, it’s about being healthy and balanced (mind and body). Starting the BBG program is my new beginning to shed this negativity, and DO ME. See, now here lies the problem where I get hung up on things…that sounds kinda selfish right? Imma do me. Guilt sinks in and I think, well I could do an activity with my son or take him to the park or my hubby and I could do something all together as a family. Here’s the catch…I cannot be myself if I don’t feel like myself. Have you ever experienced just not feeling like YOU? You always hear people say self-care is not selfish, but it’s definitely easier said than done…and that’s something that I’m actively working on. I am trying to prioritize my time so that I am getting my workouts in when it doesn’t interfere with family time, but if it does- that’s okay. It’s not selfish.
Starting this program is more than just a personal quest to be fit and find balance (although that is a big part of it)…I’m doing this for my family. I’m doing this to be the healthiest version of myself so that I can do everything with them and not miss a moment. I’m also doing this for me…to feel comfortable in my own skin and quit playing the compare game to my high school ballerina body. I read a quote from Kayla that really hit me, “You will never regret reaching your goal. You will only regret giving up and not trying harder.” This is so simple and so true. I am more motivated now than ever to reach my goals, and the only regret I have is not starting sooner. I hope that if you’re on the fence about taking time for yourself or feel any guilt what-so-ever about working on your fitness and doing the dang thang… let it go. You are worth being a top priority and today can be your new beginning.


I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

Buckle up and grab your popcorn, candy corn, kettle corn, or whatevs… because today I’m getting real. Sooooo, you may not have noticed…but I was MIA for all of September. It was a rough month for us. Between my son starting school and the mix of the roller-coaster weather, September inevitably opened the door for the dreaded funk, gunk, and junk to infiltrate its way into our home. First my son was sick, then my hubs was sick, then I was sick. Since all three of our birthdays are 20 days apart (house of Virgos)… we had all these fun and exciting plans to go to Carowinds one weekend and the beach another weekend, but NOPE. September was truly a downer. It reallyyyy started to take its toll and my blog and social media channels were sadly forced to take a backseat. We are FINALLY starting to feel less like swamp creatures and more like ourselves again JUST in time for my favorite month of the year. (The heavens part, angels sing, and the sun beams down on every pumpkin patch around.)
This temporary pause on the blog really gave me a chance to think about how I’m evolving and what direction I want to take Styled Sugarplum. At times, I felt censored with my content and like my back was against a wall because there is all this pressure for curated content and a certain idea of what a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blog should be. Well guess what. F THAT. I’ve decided to break free from the stigma I’ve created in my mind and just be me. That’s why I created this blog to begin with…I love to write and I wanted a place to share things I love, but also to keep it real and share my life..the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m still trying to determine if I’m comfortable sharing pictures of my family (because I’ve watched too many episodes of Dateline, 20/20, and crazy ass Netflix documentaries that are scary AF…and in case you didn’t know, there are a ton of freaks out there y’all…) BUT I want to be able to at least write about my life as a 33 year old wife and momma living in a small town in good ol’ South Carolina. I will never be a high fashion blogger documenting adventures in cities all over the world. I won’t be in the front row (or even the back row) at New York Fashion Week. It’s just not in the cards for me. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not being a hater…I think it’s absolutely fabulous. I admire and thoroughly enjoy reading fashion magazines and following along with bloggers that have an adventurous thirst for wanderlust and the means to do so, but you just won’t find that here. And I’m okay with that. You also won’t see someone who looks like a “model”, free of insecurities and issues…because truth is, I’m in a constant tug of war and uphill battle with taking control of my health, body confidence, and fitness. I want to be the best, healthiest version of myself for my family and it’s time I really focus on that with unwavering persistence. Basically, I want to outlive everyone so I don’t miss a thing. (Cue Aerosmith Armageddon “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” music video because you KNOW we all had a crush on Ben Affleck circa 1998.) Today starts a new day for me on the health train, because over the past month, I’ve really let my health and fitness take a backseat right there beside my blog. I mean, it’s hard to workout when you’re sick…AH no more excuses!
The past year has brought a ton of changes in my life… moving from Charleston, rebooting my academic journey and returning to college, adjusting to life back in our hometown, grabbing 33 by the balls, and wrangling our threenager that had a very strong-willed mind of his own (the motherhood struggle was real, however thankfully since he turned 4, it appears we’ve moved on to greener pastures.) I think after almost a year of balancing our new schedule and life, I finally have a grip on it.
Maybe.
My point is, I want to strip Styled Sugarplum back down to the basics and share what I want to. I mean dang, it is MY blog. It’s funny how outside influence can creep in, stress you the F out, and make you second guess yourself. No more. I’m fighting those demons. I still plan on sharing outfit inspiration, beauty reviews, recipes, home decor, sales and trends, and ALL THE THINGS…but I also want to put my heart on my sleeve and write about my life, struggles, and triumphs. Every picture may not be perfect, I might not have the most likes or followers, and my social media feeds might be rough around the edges…but I promise you this: it’ll be honest and true to who I am. For me, that’s worth it. Even if I have to start from square one.
Are you sick of reading yet? Don’t stop…not too much more. LIES.
So welcome to Styled Sugarplum, again! Let me reintroduce myself…I’m Katherine and I’m a wifey and mother working hard to balance this crazy journey called life. I sometimes have a dirty mouth and listen to gangsta rap. Sorry not sorry. Biggie changed the game for me in 7th grade and I’ve never looked back. I drink at least two cups on coffee every morning because without it, I couldn’t function. You can call it basic, but I call it survival. My husband is about as perfect as they come…seriously…but our journey together hasn’t always been rainbows and butterflies. We have grown up together and come a long way in the 14 years we’ve been together and I LOVE, I repeat, LOVE doing life with him. My life so far has been a series of really proud, amazing moments sprinkled with some trials and (sometimes rather large) errors, but no matter what, I’m grateful for every single day. I lived and learned…and continue to learn. Motherhood has been the most humbling journey and learning experience of my life so far and it’s definitely something that consumes me every day. I had a hard time “finding myself” after I had my son in 2013, and that’s definitely something I want to share in another post, on another day. That one will be a doozy for me emotionally, so I’ll have to really build up to that. Baby steps!
Final thought…promise! So, I took the picture below right outside my front door in the flowerbed in front of our porch. At first, I snapped it because I was playing with zoom features with my new camera lens a few months ago. For some reason, I kept it in my camera roll and now it has a different meaning for me. I see it as a symbol of a new beginning…how life can sprout from the most unassuming places at anytime, from anywhere. You might call it a weed. But maybe that’s what I am…imperfect just like this little green weed. As I take on the fall season, I have hope, a new perspective, and the mindset that I am a work in progress…not aimed for perfection but aimed for authenticity. It’s incredibly refreshing and I need to remember to find the life in every situation, around every corner…even from a little weed in my own front yard.

-Katherine

Hey y’all! This will be a quick post of mainly pics, but if you have followed me for a while, you know that we recently moved from Charleston back to our hometown about two hours away. I miss Charleston SO SO SO MUCH! You have no idea. I do love being close to our family, but nothing compares to Charleston! I visited last weekend and had the chance to hang out with two of my very best friends. They’re the kind of friends that are in a higher category that aligns with the love you feel for your family. Basically, the sisters I never had. I had some amazing girl time with my college bestie on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant at Tavern & Table for dinner Friday night. Then Saturday, we had fun shopping adventures in downtown Charleston. We had lunch at The Rarebit (one of our faves) and dinner at Poe’s on Sullivan’s Island. Sunday, I spent time with my dancing homegirl and fellow momma friend. We brunched and lunched at Triangle Char & Bar (design your Bloody Mary for the win!)…then went back to her house to hang with her two *adorable* daughters. I miss their little faces! (And for reference, her oldest daughter is my son’s girlfriend. So basically when they get married we WILL be family! Haha!) It was such a refreshing weekend and it felt great to recharge!

These are just a random assortment of pictures from the weekend. I love photographing Charleston now more than I ever did when I lived there…I will never take its beauty for granted again! There is truly something special and magical about this city and I hope you enjoy! Have a great Thursday and look out for my post tomorrow about my faves from the MAJOR sale happening right now at Nordstrom!

The next few pics are of my new favorite place in Charleston- it’s called Skinny Dip: Charleston Edition. It’s located on King Street, right smack dab in the midst of the shopping district between Calhoun and Wentworth Street. It’s THE cutest boutique…full of surprises. The first floor has adorable merchandise (can you say…wall of clutches?!?) and also items that are locally endorsed and manufactured. SHOP LOCAL! Then, you head upstairs to the bar…I have one word for you: FROSÉ. Not rosé, but frosé. It consists of rosé, grapefruit juice, and a secret ingredient. Whatever it is, it’s DELISH! Upstairs you’ll find more merchandise and a beautiful flower wall (perfect for frosé selfies!) As if it couldn’t get any better, there’s an adorable outdoor patio area with tables, benches and a swing. Definitely check it out if you’re in town! Here’s there website if you want to see more: Skinny Dip Charleston

Now, more of King Street and parts of Broad Street. 

 

Basically my life motto: 

Hope you enjoyed some of my pictures and I’ll be back tomorrow with Nordstrom Sale faves and a heads up about Memorial Day sales!