Backyard Oasis for the Family- Part 1

*This Post Was Sponsored By Wayfair*

My family has been through a lot the last few years and that doesn’t even include the world’s challenge of Covid. So once 2020 hit, I knew in 2021 I would create a backyard oasis for my family. We are a family that have always loved creating experiences outside whenever we can and when it is cozy well, we tend to utilize it even more. 

I had the pleasure of partnering with Wayfair to do that. Getting the backyard oasis pieces put together for my family created just what we needed after a hard few years. We can’t wait to have dinners, chats, family hangs and s’more making nights whenever we can! 

Here is part 1 of the Oasis and stay tuned for part 2 very soon.

Before

After

Links To These Amazing Pieces:

4-Piece Sofa and Chair Set

Option 1 (the one I got is sold out)

Option 2 (very similar)

2 Sets of Orange Striped Pillows

Ones I Got

Acadian Outdoor Rug

One I Got

Fun Fact:

I purposely got the orange stripes and blue rug because they are Chicago Bears colors and my family and I are huge fans 🙂

Striped Hammock

One I Got

Fun Fact:

I have always wanted a hammock for us so this was a dream come true!

I wish you all an oasis you can enjoy and remember we can all have one even with the change of pillows )

Have an oasis, joyful filled summer!

~Iced Tea & Top Knots

P.S. What do you feel makes for the best oasis?

Favorite Memorial Day Weekend+Summer Event Sales

I am trying to decrease my spending for the summer, but if I do end up doing a little shopping I will definitely be hitting up some amazing sales for Memorial Day Week and Summer. These are some of my favorites below. Enjoy and happy shopping!

BloomChic 

Plus-Size fast fashion brand done in an eco-friendly way by creating little to no waste with their pieces being made to order

  • 15% select styles Use code: BCMEM15

Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale 

Sephora

50% off Marc Jacobs Beauty 

Hydro Flask 

25% off sitewide 

Wayfair

Up to 70% off 

Hollister 

40% Off Select Styles

Banana Republic 

40% off purchase 

Parachute 

I am obsessed with their sheets! 

25 % off starting May 28th

Sundree Skin

Favorite new skincare products!

Free Pep Eyes Pouch with purchase of Ryse + Shyne 

Have a beautiful and safe Memorial Day Weekend! Happy shopping!!

~Iced Tea & Top Knots

P.S. What sales are you shopping this weekend?

Thoughtful Holiday Gift Guide For Those You Love

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!”

Tis the season to be jolly and spread joy to your loved ones, safely.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is putting together thoughtful gifts for those I love that remind me of them. Here are some of my all time favorite thoughtful gifts to give right now. Here is to a Happy Holiday season. Sending everyone lots of joy and love!

Vim+Vigor Candle Co. 

Holly Berry + Fir Candle & Palo Santo

Just Jess Fashions‘ Bracelets, Drink Toppers and Mask Lanyards

Maraval Made Face Masks

CharleyMadelyn Daily Devotional Book

Olive & June’s Pedi System

Happy Holidays!

~Iced Tea & Top Knots

P.S. What is your favorite thoughtful gift to give?

Tis The Season To Get Festive With Wayfair

*This Post Was Sponsored By Wayfair*

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.”

Every holiday season I try to brighten up the joy in my room since it is where I spend most of my time these days working from home. Joy and Christmas go hand and hand for me. This year the joy is needed that much more so for the first time I decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I am happy to admit I am so glad I did. Thee joy radiates for me each and every day seeing all my Christmas decor throughout my room thanks to Wayfair! I can’t wait to decorate the rest of my house 🙂

Wayfair helped me created a joyful space this Christmas and holiday season. Here is what I came up with and what is helping make me smile each day.

Happy Holidays! Don’t forget to spread the joy for others but also for yourself!

Love Always,

Iced Tea & Top Knots

P.S. What is your favorite holiday decoration?

The Fall Edit With Wayfair

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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me.Fluttering from the autumn tree.” ~ Emily Brontë

I’m teaming up with Wayfair to bring you The Fall Edit, a collection of advice, inspiration, and trends for the upcoming season, starting with a Q & A between Wayfair and I:

Fall Decorating and Renovation Q & A with Iced Tea & Top Knots 

Wayfair: Which fall home decor projects do you get most excited about? 

Iced Tea & Top Knots: I get most excited about changing up all my pillows, blankets and flowers throughout my home for Fall.

Wayfair: Are there any design trends you are loving right now?

Iced Tea & Top Knots: I am really loving all of these and hope to implement a few where I can this Fall.

  • Canopy Beds
  • Non-white Kitchens
  • Floral Wallpaper
  • Vintage Accents
  • High Contrast
  • Velvet

Wayfair: What are a few ways people can spruce up their homes with fall decor while on a budget?

Iced Tea & Top Knots: Changing up your decor by season is definitely overwhelming sometimes because of the cost. I have found the picking up a couple new pillows, a new blanket and a new vase definitely help change up your room for the fall season while staying on a budget.

Iced Tea & Top Knots: My Wayfair Picks for Fall 

Here are some of my Fall favorites:

  1. Fashion Fall Pillow
  2. Fall Leaves Pillow
  3. Candles
  4. Vases
  5. Cozy Blanket

Iced Tea & Top Knots: Design Project Highlight

At the beginning of this year, I did a revamp of my office and bedroom to start fresh and it definitely has helped me do that. I hope it inspires you to change up a space in your home. Here it is!

Where Design Meets Function: Major Appliances

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For those working on home renovations this fall, you know how important it is to find the right appliances to go with your design scheme. 

Iced Tea & Top Knots: Advice on Selecting Appliances:

My biggest pieces of advice for choosing appliances is do your research, measure the space you want the appliance to go in and factor in the theme of that specific room.

Wayfair is having a special appliance event from October 5-21. Scout out dream kitchen and laundry room updates including ranges, range hoods, refrigerators, beverage refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, and more. 

Wayfair Cozy Fall Category Staff Picks: 

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  1. Bulletin Boards – For creating mood boards + showing off your kids’ artwork!
  2. Blankets and Throws – Cozy time!
  3. Wine Racks – To hold all of those fall reds!
  4. Oversized Wall Mirrors – Add depth to a room – and check out your WFH outfit game!
  5. Picture Frames – To put your favorite memories and artwork on display!

A Home full of Character: It’s All in the Details

Small home improvement changes can make a big impact. Try character-building home improvement updates like striking chandeliers, vintage-inspired ceiling medallions, upgraded lightswitch plates, ornate vent covers, and wallpaper.

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Iced Tea & Top Knots: Chandelier Picks for Different Styles:

Chandeliers are one of my favorite details that help change up a room in a blink of an eye for each season. I love the added personality it gives your room.

These are some of my absolute favorites:

French Country

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Modern

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Glam

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Industrial

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Thinking Ahead: Holiday Decor

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While you may be finishing up your indoor or outdoor halloween decorating game, if you’re hosting for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah this year, you’ll probably want to start checking all the boxes on your holiday prep checklist before friends and family arrive.

Iced Tea & Top Knots: Tips for On-Point Holiday Decor: 

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Check Out This Fun Holiday Decorating Piece I Did With Wayfair Last Year

Some holiday decorating categories to check out on Wayfair:

  1. String Lights
  2. Outdoor Christmas Decorations
  3. Christmas Lights
  4. Christmas Stockings
  5. Holiday Wreaths, Garlands, and Flowers
  6. Outdoor Christmas Decorations
  7. Snow Globes
  8. Table Runners
  9. Throw Pillows
  10. Cozy Blankets

Holiday Gift Ideas:

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For the Chef: Toasters, Coffee Makers, and Cookware Sets

For the Entertainer: Holiday Dinnerware Sets

For the Kids: Kids Decor by Disney (and more) Characters

For the Dog Parent: Dog Ramps & Stairs

For the Coffee Lover: Holiday Themed Mug

And for those looking for a bedroom and closet refresh in 2021, check out the selection at Wayfair: 

Bedroom: Bed in a bag, Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases, mattresses from full size to king size (on sale!), full-length mirrors, and more! 

Closet and Storage: Underbed storage bins, clothes racks, walk-in closet systems, closet islands, shoe storage benches, and more!

Thinking Ahead: Outdoor Decor

Outdoor decor has slowly become one of my favorite things about decorating. Here are some of my favorites:

Shop More Outdoor on Wayfair: String Lights | Patio Furniture Sets | Patio Furniture Cushions | Propane Fire Pit Tables | Outdoor Fireplaces | Wine Refrigerators | Metal Patio Furniture | Outdoor Games | Swing Sets

Loungewear That Is Perfect For Relaxing

“Sometimes it feels so good to just sit by yourself, relax and not talk to anyone.” ~ Kristen Butler

Loungewear for me is like a comfy hug that comes from clothes. I wanted to share some of my favorite loungewear that I currently own or that are on my wish list that I hope to be able to purchase soon 🙂 

Hope these pieces inspire everyone to take time for oneself especially during these times we continued to be in of racial injustice as the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Nude Lounge Set From Golden Girly (can make custom sets)

Greg Sandal From Brother Vellies

Savage X Cotton Jersey Legging in Lemongrass

Ivory Mock Neck Sweater From Oji Royale 

Vibrants Vibes Leisure Tee by Zelie for She

Lounge Pants From JCREW Factory (have)

Tie Dye Shorts From Target (have)

Here’s to a great day of relaxation in fun loungewear! My promise to everyone is that going forward I am going to be featuring more diverse brands that include BIPOC owned businesses. I stand with you and I love you!

~Iced Tea & Topknots

P.S. What is your favorite loungewear to relax in? 

Some of my favorite black owned fashion businesses can be found here.

*image from Google images

The Summer Edit With Wayfair

Summer decor is one of my favorite things I look forward to every year. So I am so excited to be teaming up with Wayfair to bring you the Wayfair Summer Edit, a curated guide of design trends and recent happenings at Wayfair to help inspire you to turn your home into the perfect staycation spot – at a time when we need it most!

Design Ideas I am Loving this Season

This season, I am all about bright colors, statement pillows and anything that spruces up my outside and inside spaces for the season of Summer. 

Some Top Trending Summer Decor Categories at Wayfair:

  1. Large Outdoor Planters
  2. Outdoor Bistro Tables
  3. Patio Side Tables
  4. Picnic Tables
  5. Patio Coffee Tables
  6. Trampolines
  7. Charcoal Grills
  8. Sheds
  9. Composters
  10. Deck Lights
  11. Flood Lights
  12. Ceiling Lights

My Favorite Product Picks Right Now

Here are a few of my favorite products right now from Wayfair: 

1.Broaddus Convertible Chair 2. Bungalow Rose Larbi Cotton Floor Pillow 3. Anacostia Resin Fountain with Light 4. Sirmans Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

What Else is New at Wayfair?

How is Wayfair Responding to COVID-19?

With the help of incredible customers Wayfair has been able to raise more than $2.3 million for the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund. This contribution will go directly to supporting more than 200 food banks, 60,000 meal programs, and millions of Americans during this difficult time.

Read more about Wayfair’s response to COVID-19 here.  

To Find Out How Wayfair Responding to Racial InJustice, read more here.

Wayfair x Kelly Clarkson Home

Wayfair recently launched Kelly Clarkson Home, a collection which Kelly curated that reflects her French country style (with a mix of glam and boho as well!).

Thanks to incredible customers, Wayfair and Kelly were able to donate a portion of profits* from Kelly Clarkson Home after its launch to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

*”Profits” means net revenue minus wholesale, shipping, and other product-related costs, customer service costs, and merchant fees, plus credit card points and rebates. 

Kelly’s personal favorites from Kelly Clarkson Home

Favorite Kelly Clarkson Pieces:

Page Standard Bed // Acklen Tufted Round Cocktail Ottoman //

Cheekwood Square Pouf Ottoman // Studio 3-Piece Coffee Table Set

// 3-Piece Bud Terracotta Blue and White Table Vase Set // Melody 4-Light Lantern Rectangle Chandelier

Together, Iced Tea & Top Knots and Wayfair wish you a wonderful and safe summer in a beautiful home that you love

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

“You are more precious than jewels.” ~ Proverbs 31:10

How do you shop for all the amazing mothers in your life? I have that thought every year when Mother’s Day gets closer. I have found 5 of my top favorite gifts to give the moms in our lives this  Mother’s Day shopping 🙂 Here they are below: 

  1. Jordan & Petersen Skincare products or an amazing gift card for their online shop 
  1. Soul Carrier Clutch 
  1. LEILAjewelryshop personalized birth flower necklace 
  1. Winc wine club membership 
  1. Shutterfly tilted heart collage art print 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Sending I love you to my mom and all the moms out there!

~Iced Tea and Top Knots

P.S. What is your favorite gift to give your Mom? 

I love to give self-care items, sentimental or a piece that is a part of mom’s favorite interests.

Soul Carrier: A Brand Empowering Women To Fuel Their Soul

“The ultimate goal in life is not to be successful or loved, but to become the truest expression of ourselves, to live into authentic selfhood, to honor our birthright gifts and callings, and to be of service to humanity and our world” … Frederix Laloux

I recently did an interview with my amazing friend Jenn about her being the owner and founder of the amazing luxury brand Soul Carrier and how she is jumping into action to help with COVID-19 relief. Here is my amazing interview with Jenn!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Jennifer Paige Boonlorn and I am the owner and founder of Soul Carrier, which is a women’s fashion brand that designs leather handbags. 

My mission with Soul Carrier is to inspire everyone to come within and ask themselves “Where do I want to go?” and to then encourage everyone to listen to their soul for the ultimate answer. There is so much “noise” that constantly bombards everyone, I want to  be a light and say “No, listen to your heart above all the noise, tune out all the “should’s” and all the “advice” that is not a direct fit for your own soul. 

That question “Where do you want to go!?…”  stems from the last question my mama would ever ask of me. My junior year of college at Arizona State University, my entire family was involved in a car accident – my mother turned and asked my sister that question moments before my father’s SUV turned and flipped, taking the lives of both my parents. 

Moreover, I am very passionate about having people find their true north (their own personal values, vision or destination they want to move towards) and then encouraging them to align everything with that true north as requests, decisions, and forks in the road of life are presented to them. 

In regards to the brand Soul Carrier, it is a collection of artisanal made leather handbags which I design and then have assembled by artisans in Leon, Mexico. 

SoulCarrier is currently sold online and at high end resorts such as Four Seasons, Eau Spa Palm Beach, The Estate Yountville, Silver Oak Winery, Marriott gift shops, Hyatt gift shops, etc. 

How did you decide to start Soul Carrier? 

In 2009, I moved home back home to Phoenix from NYC. I lived in NYC for four years, graduated from Parsons, worked at the Conde Nast publication Women’s Wear Daily, interned for Oscar de la Renta (they would give me his credit card and send me to Grand Central Station to buy clam chowder for the entire office, or they would put me in a town car and send me to JFK to make sure dresses and furs got on the right plane to Europe, there was also the times I got to dress models back stage during New York Fashion Week), I also worked in the product development department at American Eagle for their lounge wear line Aerie. 

When I got back to Phoenix, there was an event to honor the grand opening of Barneys at our local mall Scottsdale Fashion Square. Local residents were asked to take blank mannequins and turn them into art, the event was called “The Mannequin Is Our Muse”. I collaborated with my friend Bob, who is an architect. Bob and I found these vibrant rag rugs at the Dollar Store, and covered the mannequin creating this avant garde statute covered in recycled rag rugs. Bob encouraged me to do something with the beautiful rag rugs, and thus out of a recycled rug from the Dollar Store, Soul Carrier was born – my very-very first collection of bags were made from those rag rugs. 

What is your favorite inspiring quote

What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten

Growing up my mom used to say to me “I don’t want you to know everything, instead I want you to be a problem solver and have the skills set to understand where and who to turn to, when you do hit a snag in the road”. That advice has served me so incredibly throughout life. I don’t need to know how to do everything I just need to have the perspective of knowing my skill sets and then outsourcing and collaborating with others when something is not in my wheelhouse. 

Knowing that I am BIGGER than any tragedy or disaster that could ever cross my path. Knowing that I wasn’t taken on that fateful day 20 years ago when my parents were killed in a car accident – I still have a mission and a purpose to fulfill. Knowing that the fires  have arrived on multiple occasions, my parent’s car accident, my best friend’s suicide, another friend’s suicide last week, this global pandemic, and yet through out it all, I don’t ask why it is happening, I instead ask what I can learn from it, and what pain is trying to teach me. I try to stay grounded in the moment, to NOT hope that the moment was different, but instead to accept it fully and understand that all of it, even the yucky pain is being used for our greater purpose. There is a golden gift that comes with knowing you can walk straight through the fire and not get burned. In the words of Glennon Doyle, it is because we are all fire proof – we just have to let our hearts and minds KNOW THAT! 

What are you excited about most for Soul Carrier and just life in general to come next?

When the pandemic passes, I want to continue to grow my wholesale businesses at high end resorts and I am excited to offer new products and designs. At some point, I would love to attend the EDM concert Tommorrowland in the Netherlands – I am a huge EDM fan. The dj’s Kygo, Martin Garrixx and Avicii (RIP) are my biggest muses 🙂 And attending EDM concerts absolutely lights me up – it is like sugary-candy-coated synergistic glitter falls through the air when I hear those djs play.

How Soul Carrier Is Helping The Relief of COVID-19

One of the many things I love about Jenn is the love and empowerment behind everything she does. I knew when this all hit that Jenn would be one to jump into action and that she did. Jenn and Soul Carrier are doing their part with the creating Soul Carrier Cloud Covering Face Masks to help protect communities during this time.

Here is more information below on The Cloud Covering Face Mask:

SPREADING THE LOVE – HELPING THOSE IN NEED

Made in the USA 

These are not medical grade masks. Let’s save those for the front line responders and healthcare workers. In fact, healthcare workers are currently using these exact masks over their N95 masks to help preserve them. 

They are donating masks to Child Crisis Nursery and to other shelters and facilities where communal living is unavoidable. By supporting them, you are helping them to support those in need. 

Can’t wait to get mine!

Here’s to doing things that enrich our soul and to help those in need!

~Iced Tea and Top Knots

P.S. What is enriching your soul right now while you are at home? For me that means, styling my favorite pieces including my gorgeous Soul Carrier Connection Clutch.

Small Businesses to Support

“Support the Makers”

We are going through a time of uncertainty personally and in our businesses. I know that we will get through this and we will do that by supporting one another.

A way I wanted to support was to share my favorite and my friends’ small businesses to shop right now online to help keep them going and to help keep supporting their employees.

Here they are, enjoy!

Online

Sarah Liller SF

Sidway Swim 

Soul Carrier

The Flourish Market (Thanks to Anna of My Cancer Chic

Trellis Beauty (Thanks to Anna of My Cancer Chic)

Covet SF 

Lirika Matoshi (Thanks to Amanda Montell

Love Thirteen (Thanks to Ali Levine)

Brittany Fuson

Jax Kelly 

Eleventh and Wilder

For the Love of Pixie Dust

Wrigleyville Sports

Nail Polish Strips

Mobaak Aromatherapy Shoppe

Ripley Rader

My Favorite SF 

Life Elements

Wish Upon Magic 

Wholesome Culture

Bibles x Coffee

Seaside Papery 

Short & Suite

Friendly Candle

Shops That Are Operating online right now (LA & OC Based Stores)

Nectar Clothing

Coco Rose Boutique

Morning Lavender

Elison Rd. 

Back To Basics

April Blooms Boutique

Polkadots & Moonbeams

Ritz Resale

Local To LA & OC

Bean Town 

Lavender & Honey

Webster’s Pharmacy 

Steelhead Coffee, 3350 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803