WAFF48 Lifestyle Segment: National Hot Breakfast Month Blueberry Brie Melt

February was National Hot Breakfast Month.  Nationwide, food retailers were encouraging everyone to start their day with a warm meal.  I couldn’t agree more because there are so many benefits to eating a hot breakfast.  Number one, breakfast foods help fuel the body and provide a sharper focus while boosting the metabolism.

In support of this initiative, I hosted a lifestyle segment live from my kitchen!  It was a lot of fun because I was able to inspire the local Huntsville audience with a delicious meal.

Julian’s Recipe Blueberry & Brie Melt

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups blueberries
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 8 Julian’s Recipe Wafels
  • 4 ounces of brie cheese, thinly sliced

 

Directions:

Combine the blueberries, lemon zest and sugar in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for about 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened.

Place the butter in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Then place your wafels into the pan.

Add 4-5 slices of brie cheese on top followed by a generous scoop of the blueberry compote.

Add the second wafel on top and then flip! Allow 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.

Serve while hot and enjoy!

Click on the link to watch the segment:  WAFF48

WCPO, Cincy Lifestyle Segment: National Cranberry Day and Puff Pastry Swirls

I had the pleasure of hosting a television segment on Friday, November 20th with WCPO 9 News, Cincinnati.  The segment focused on celebrating National Cranberry Day which was right on time for the Thanksgiving holiday!
For many of us, cranberries are a staple side dish with our holiday feast but in the segment, I shared a new recipe, Cranberry Puff Pastry Swirls.
RECIPE:  Karen’s Naturals Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Swirls
Ingredients:
● 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
● 3 Tbsp salted butter, melted
● 6 oz. Brie cheese
● ¾ cup Karen’s Naturals Just Cranberries
● 3 Tbsp. cinnamon sugar
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Dice Brie cheese and remove the rind
Instructions:
1. Unroll the puff pastry and brush with 1 Tbsp of melted butter
2. Sprinkle pastry with 1-2 Tbsp of cinnamon sugar
3. Sprinkle diced brie and cranberries evenly on top of the pastry
4. Beginning at the long end, tightly roll the pastry
5. Brush the pastry with the remaining melted butter
6. Coat the roll with cinnamon sugar
7. Cut the roll into 16 swirls
8. Place swirls onto a baking sheet
9. Bake for 15-25 minutes or until
This simple dish can be served for brunch or an additional pastry appetizer with a warm cup of holiday tea.  To watch the lifestyle segment, click on the link https://www.facebook.com/CincyLifestyle/videos/218152979726399

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from JCPenney, Burlington, Neutrogena, and More

During the holiday season, I hosted a Lifestyle segment on Talk of Alabama, ABC 33/40.  The theme for the show was Last-Minute Holiday Gifts.  Retailers that were featured included JCPenney, Burlington, Popsocket, Neutrogena, Zelle, and Hopper.  

Several of the products showcased were a hit amongst families in the local community.  As stated during the segment, JCPenney has a wide range of merchandise and affordable options for loved ones.  Burlington is another one-stop shop for families; carrying toys, pieces of furniture, and even cologne!

Products that captured a tech-savvy audience were Popsockets which is an innovative phone accessory that allows gripping while watching movies and taking selfies.  Additional tech features included were innovative apps such as Zelle and Hopper.

For those that are skincare obsessed, Neutrogena has a new cleanser that transforms from a cream to foam when massaged with water on the face or hands.

To learn more about the products see the listing below and enjoy the segment!

Family Retailers:

JCPenney

Burlington

Skincare:

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Activated Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Tech Toys:

Popsockets

Cellphone Apps:

Zelle

Hopper

CLICK HERE:  Talk of Alabama 12/20/18 – Kimberly West

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: Pantone’s Color Of the Year Beauty Products

On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 I had the opportunity to host a Lifestyle Segment with Talk of Alabama, ABC 33/40 highlighting Pantone’s Color Of the Year Beauty Products.

The hot new shade Ultra Violet will be showcased in the retail and fashion industry.  It’s said to communicate originality and visionary thinking!

This color can be incorporated into our everyday lives with the use of a few products.

  • Brighten up your bathroom with ultra violet accents – toothbrushes and soaps make a fun statement without overdoing it on purple décor.
  • Swipe on a statement violet eyeliner or shadow – Products: L’Oreal Eyeshadow or Hard Candy Eye Liner
  • Reach for purple-toned hair products to brighten your locks. Purple-based shampoos tone colored hair, but even if you have dark hair, purple packaged bottles make a statement – Products: It’s a 10 Silk Express Miracle Silk Leave-In

Hair: 

It’s a 10 Silk Miracle Leave-In

Goody Gel Handle Round Brush

Face:

Hard Candy Lipstick Shade Thunder

Hard Candy Take Me Out Liner

L’Oreal MATTE-Gic Lipstick

Nails:

Sally Hansen Rock Bottom

Take a look at the segment clip here:  Talk of Alabama 01/09/2018

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: New Year, New You Beauty Must-Haves

Monday marks the official beginning of the new year!  Everyone’s setting goals and changing their beauty regimen.

I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Talk of Alabama – ABC 3340; themed “New Year, New You” sharing beauty advice through the use of hair care products.

A few of the tips shared on-air included applying Root Touch-Up, Clip-In Hair Extensions, and It’s a 10 Haircare Products.  This was a fun segment and to showcase the hair extensions I wore a human hair color strip.  Details about the segment included:

Use a Root Touch-Up Marker to cover gray roots without a permanent chemical process.

Insert colored extensions from Hairdo USA for a glamorous hair style without committing to an entirely new hue.  Don’t forget to use a wrap around pony for quick star-worthy style!

It’s a 10 Haircare products are holiday and salon-worth products that can be used at-home.  This product line is a celebrity favorite amongst Gabrielle Union and Gwen Stephani.  The products can be used on all hair types while protecting, smooths, and conditions. This product can even be used on kids and pets! There’s also something for the men in our life!  He’s a 10 Miracle Pliable Paste and 3-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Treatment: He’ll love these versatile stylers that glide easily through hair and body with zero sticky residue and a clean feel. These grooming essentials will save men money and time.

Hair:

Root Touch-Up Marker

Human Hair Color Strip

Long Wave Pony

French Braid Band

It’s a 10 Haircare

Hairdo How to Tips and Videos:

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: Breast Cancer Awareness Fall Must-Haves

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  To celebrate efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation I hosted a Lifestyle Segment with ABC 33/40 on Monday, October 30, 2017.  The television appearance featured beauty and wellness tips to help women that are undergoing cancer treatment.

A few of the suggestions discussed on-air included the use of hair turbans, scarfs, mineral makeup, and water-based nail polish.  Companies such as STILA Cosmetics provided makeup from the Living Beauty Collection and Dana’s Bakery shipped Pink Cotton Candy Macaroons that encouraged proceeds to be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

This particular segment was dear to my heart because my mother is a Lymphatic Cancer survivor.  Special thank you to Talk of Alabama for allowing me to share cancer related beauty tips with a local audience!

Hair:

Turban

Scarf

Face:

Alima Pure

Deborah Lippmann

STILA Cosmetics

Wellness:

Pill Box Organizer

Take a look at the segment clip here: Talk of Alabama 10/30/2017 Kim West

Talk of Alabama Lifestyle Segment: Summer 2017 Beauty Staples

I hosted a Lifestyle Segment with Talk of Alabama sharing summer beauty staples.

This particular segment featured products specifically geared towards protecting your skin during the warmer months, healthy tanning options, and looking refreshed with lip colors (or nail polish) for the new season.

The products I presented on ABC 33/40 included Elf Runway Ready Lip Palette, Hard Candy Color Correct Primer,  Hard Candy Color Correct Cushion Tip Creme Gel, Sinful Colors Nail Polish, Benecos Natural Fresh Bronzing Duo, True Natural Perfect Tan ProductsHawaiian Tropic Weightless Face Lotion SunscreenSkinny Tan Tanner.

Here’s the breakdown:

Face

Elf Runway Ready Lip Palette

Hard Candy Color Correct Primer

Hard Candy Color Correct Cushion Tip Creme Gel

Sinful Colors Nail Polish

Benecos Natural Fresh Bronzing Duo

Body

True Natural Perfect Tan Products

Hawaiian Tropic Weightless Face Lotion Sunscreen

Skinny Tan Tanner

Click Here To Watch:  TALK OF ALABAMA

TALK OF ALABAMA LIFESTYLE SEGMENT – Spring 2017 Fashion & Beauty Trends

Yesterday, I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Talk of Alabama; sharing fashion and beauty must-haves to help everyone look their best for the new season.

This segment featured not only beauty products but also touched upon the latest fashion trends from Ann Taylor Spring 2017 Collection.

The products I presented on ABC 33/40 included Over EZParaguard, G. M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patches, DECLEOR Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist, Bioré Skincare Acne Collection, Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, Ban Roll-On Deodorant, Spa @ Home by Masque Bar Sleeping Mask, Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eye Contouring Palette, KORRES Body Butter in Basil Lemon, LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance-Free Deodorant, Crest Whitening System, and Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Lotion.

Here’s the breakdown:

Face

DECLEOR Aurabsolu Refreshing Mist

Bioré Skincare Acne Collection

Spa Home Mask

Rimmel London

Crest Whitening System

Body

Over EZ

Paraguard

G. M. Collin Instant Radiance Anti-Aging Eye Patches

Ban Deodarant

Curel

Vaseline Spray Lotion

Korres Lotion

Fashion

Tassel Suede Pumps

Bell-Sleeve Silk Blouse

Ruffle Front Sweater

Click Here To Watch:  TALK OF ALABAMA

Tailgating and Visiting The Westin Hotel

Last weekend I took a road trip to my collegiate Homecoming celebration.  I’m a traditional girl and returning as Alumni was a big accomplishment.

Aside from viewing the football game, I enjoyed Tailgating because it’s one big party filled with music, food, and a lot of fun!

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My attire for the Tailgate was a crop top, high-waisted jeans, and sorority clutch. I selected a pair of heels for height but any true fashion girl has a set of flats nearby.  We also stayed at The Westin Huntsville and I delighted in the view and room service.

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Homecoming was an awesome event and I had a blast catching up with old friends!  Don’t forget to visit my IG account @kwest1908 to view more photos.

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Home Decor Spring Trends 2016 – Fox 45 Morning News Segment

Everyone’s updating their home for the Spring season!  Whether it’s purchasing new pillows, curtains or adding tulips to a vase, new decor can uplift any space.

Last week, I hosted a Lifestyle Segment on Fox 45 News discussing home decor trends with a technology flair.  Blindsgalore is a window treatment company, specializing in Bali Blinds.  This particular type of home blinds is considered eco-friendly and it operates from a smart phone/table app or remote control.  Customers can open their blinds while sitting on the couch or in a different area of the home!

A few of the other products shared included the Mcushion Massage Pillow, BedJet Climate Comfort System, and MyIvation Lamp.

Special thank you to Burlington for (also) supporting this segment and providing additional home products!