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.

Thankful for Thanksgiving

” Thankful and grateful today and everyday.”

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is all about giving thanks and being with family and friends while eating amazing food. I wanted to share some of my favorites for Thanksgiving from food to fashion. Hope it inspires you to give thanks in your own special way.

I am going to keep it short and sweet so here are a few of my favorite recipes this year !

Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Caramel Apple Mocktail

Pumpkin Pie Wontons

Enjoy all these tasty treats and so much more !

I am thankful for you all and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving !

~KLM Fashion Style

Perfect Formulas: Healthy Nails are Beautiful Nails

“Your nails are a way to speak your style without having to say a word.” ~ Tammy Taylor

For as long as I can remember I have loved having my nails done and keeping them healthy. It was an activity my sister and I enjoyed partaking in with our mom at the dining room table. It is a tradition that we still partake in whether at home or at a salon that we love. What we love about this tradition is that it’s full of laughter and bonding with one another.

So with nail polish being a dominate accessory for me, I was so pumped when I received this Pink Gel Coat polish from Perfect Formula. What is so great about this product is the keratin protein-rich nail coating that instantly strengthens, seals and protects the nails. I am already obsessed and after only one use I can see and feel a difference in my nail health. Yay ! Some other added bonuses about the Pink Gel Coat polish is that it dries quickly and also works as a base coat. Yes Please, sign me up !

This is a product that is great for not only your nail health, but is fun and fabulous as well. It is a product I love and am so glad it was introudced to me. I highly recommend  trying out Perfect Formula’s Pink Gel Coat, which can be found at any Ulta Beauty store. Yay for Fantastic Nail Care !

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

P.S. What is your favorite nail polish you would pair with Perfect Formula’s Pink Gel Coat? Mine is this nude color by Oribe. I will be wearing both every day !

***This post is sponsored by Perfect Formula. All opinions are my own 🙂

How To Honor Those Who Served This Memorial Day

“Home of the free because of the brave.”

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First off, thank you to those that gave their lives for us and all that continue to serve for our freedoms. In honor of these brave soldiers, here are some amazing ways we can honor and celebrate them !

1.Backyard BBQ with all your favorite outdoor games like cornhole from Dick’s Sporting Goods and horseshoe from Amazon along with the best pool floaties like from Sunnylife

2.Pizza from Settebello, Beer (my fave Mother Earth) and Cards Against Humanity

3. Trip to San Diego (includes Baseball (Hot Dogs & Cold Beverages) & Beach Time)

4.A day of fun that includes Pinterest Crafts and popcorn, which is great for all the families

 

Another idea I have seen around too that I one day want to try for Memorial Day is a Memorial Day Adult Scavenger Hunt around town with friends, how fun and what a great way to celebrate our soldiers !

Also don’t forget to bust out your flags and poppies (be sure to check out why bring out the poppies) along with all your red,white and blue !

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

P.S. Remember to show love for our soldiers especially on the holidays dedicated to them.

 

Savory, Sweets and Sparkle Extravaganza

“Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.”

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Rocking Target, Forever 21 and Wet n Wild paired with One Hope and Tinselbox 

Finding the perfect theme for an afternoon lunch can be a challenge, but a fun one. My usual go to is Nautical with a Parisian twist, but I wanted to chang it up this time. So when I got sent the amazing Unicorn party theme supplies by Tinselbox and a rainbow sparkle bottle of One Hope‘s delicious champagne, I knew I had my theme. With it being the year of the unicorn trend and sparkle was a must, I was excited to get to planning. My decorations were set, beverages chosen, so now it was time to pick the food.

My go to spots these days are All Recipes and Food Network and it was no different this time around either. I found some amazing savory googies to make: Garlic Cheese Biscuits, Deviled Eggs and BLT Pasta were from All Recipes and the Shrimp Arugula Crostinis were from Food Network, which were all a hit and will definitely be made again. I also picked up cheeses and meats for an appetizers at Trader Joe’s. I made sure not to forget one of the most important parts of a meal, dessert. The dessert of choice, Raspberry and Earl Grey French macaroons from Whole Foods, which are perfect with champagne.

Now that the food is squared away, it is set up time. A champagne and unicorn theme is perfect for under the lemon tree in my backyard and just the right time to bust out the vintage bar cart. It was a joyful filled with bubbles by One and Unicorn decorations and supplies from Tinselbox, which I will never forget. You can never go wrong with a day of sparkles, bubbles and fun with family.

Stay tuned for another savory and sweets extravaganza !

 

The Perfect Love Day Gifts

Love is in the air and that means it is time to shower our loved ones with gifts. What is great about these gifts is they are perfect for whenever the mood strikes to gift and express your love throughout the year. So here are few fun choices to pick from 🙂

Have fun with loved ones !

For Her:(Perfect gifts for your sister, mom, spouse, friends and any gal you love in your life)

1.Kate Spade Wrap Things Up Leather Bow Wrap Bracelet (can be personalized with her initials)

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2. Coach Small Wallet in Wild Hearts Print

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3. Modcloth Adorned and Energized Scarf

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For Him:(Perfect gifts for your dad, brother, spouse, friends and any guy you love in your life)

1. Michael Kors Bryant Large Leather Briefcase

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2. Wooden Sports Signs by The Tipsy Carpenter on Etsy

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3. MLB NEW Era Banner Patch Cap( of his favorite MLB team) from LIDS

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Hope these help inspire you to spread the love and pick up the perfect surprise 🙂

Remember, it is all about being with the ones you love and telling them how you feel while also continuously spreading the joy of love 🙂 Have fun with loved ones on Valentine’s Day or the day you choose to celebrate !

Fabulous Co Worker Gift Ideas for the Office Christmas Party in Partnership with Cube Appeal

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Jingle Bells on full blast must mean holiday cheer is in the air. With songs for the holidays in the air comes shopping for those festive holiday parties that we will all be attending. Before you put on your Christmas best, lets kick off the holidays with a great gift guide.

We all have someone in our lives especially at the office that are obsessed with starting the day with a cup of joe. So what do we get the coffee lover in the office for Christmas ? An amazing mug like this “Eat Sleep Hustle ” by Cube Appeal.

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For that inner girl boss whose always jotting down ideas throughout the day is what makes this combo of the Girl Boss Journal from Cube Appeal with Kate Spade Gold Pen set. These will definitely create a twinkle of thoughts underneath the Christmas tree.

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Everyone also loves to be pampered around the holidays, I know I do so why not give a gift of relaxation. Need some inspiration on what to get for the one who loves a great spa treatment? Check out this Shea Deluxe Gift Set from The Body Shop and I promise it will make a splash of luxe !

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Now sitting by the fire place with a cup of hot coco in my Cube Appeal, Girl Boss mug there are a few items that are a have to have under the office Christmas tree. You think what must those be, they are the gifts always listed on the nice list and here they are.

*Chanel No.5 Office Print from Cube Appeal, which always spices up the office throughout the year for a coworker who loves French Fashion inspired art .

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*Reindeer Christmas Sequin Tote from EmmabellasDesigns on Etsy is bound to create a sense of holiday cheer all while carryin g your favorite office essentials.

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*Handpainted Round Triangle Watch from Jill Makes on Etsy, which is bound to keep one of your coworkers on time in the new year.

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*4 Pack Hair to Go Set by Drybar at Ulta for the closeted hair stylists on the go.

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Remember to have fun with holiday gift shopping by grabbing your hot chocolate and holiday tunes while on the hunt for the perfect coworker presents.

With hot chocolate in hand and singing your favorite Christmas song, lets finish up the gift guide with some on trend items this season.

Remember when we put patches on our jeans and pins on our jackets, well I have good news, patches and pins are back in a whole new way just in time for Christmas. Whether your coworker loves to change up their jean jacket, favorite purse or changing it up for casual Friday then this #planneraddict pin set and strawberry patch from Bando are the perfect gift.

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A gift that helps kick off the new year on a high note is one of the best types. One of the best gifts that achieves this is a Fab Fit Fun Box membership, a monthly motivation that will kick each month off right with on trend items that get you excited.

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Rounding out the holiday gift guide is for the office is shoes beyond shoes. We all have someone in the office that is a shoe collector and gifting them these Mossimo Supply Co Lunea Floral Patterned Canvas Sneakers at Target are a gift that is bound to put a smile on their shoe collector face.

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These are some of my favorites for office gift giving, don’t forget to share some of your favorites by tagging myself, @livelaughstyle and Cube Appeal, @cubeappeal on instagram and using the #HolidayGuideCubeAppealxKLM .

Happy Holidays and Ho Ho Ho to everyone !

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

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Always A Daddy’s Girl

[I have been away for a bit, but happy to be back with a new post ! So let’s kick it off :)]

“Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” ~Marinela Reka

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This a little late for Father’s Day, but I figured I can never be late when talking about my dad.

What can I say about the man that has continuously helps take care of me , gives me advice and protects me ? He is a man that I have gotten my love of sports and music from, someone who I call a great friend and continuously laugh with. One of my favorite activities these days with my dad is either watching golf or the Cubs or hitting up a great happy hour with bites(grilled artichoke, here is a great recipe:http://allrecipes.com/recipe/57899/grilled-garlic-artichokes/ )and drinks ( a favorite, Mother Earth Cali Creaming ).

Not only can I have fun with my dad whether out and about or relaxing at home, but also in times of stress and hardship I know I can count on my dad to listen, comfort and give great advice.

You also best believe when the Cubs go to the World Series, we will be there together cheering them on! Go Cubs Go (Cubbies)!!

 

 

For the Love of the Game

“You can have all the talent in the world, it’s not gonna get you through…it’s what you have in your heart.” ~ Ron Santo

“Just Play. Have Fun. Enjoy the Game.” ~ Michael Jordan

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“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” ~ George Halas

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“It’s a great day for a ball game; Let’s play two!” ~Ernie Banks, Mr.Cub

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Watching sports has been one of America’s past times for a very long time. I know I fall into this category. Now how do you say I got into watching sports? My dad has been a lover of sports since he was little. So for me it started in the womb and I was born into rocking Chicago sports gear and routing for Chicago teams, which I bleed Chicago sports through and through. AS I got older every sports season became not just seeing my teams win, but about spending qulaity time with my dad and the rest of my family.

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Supporting my teams and all the sports teams is more than that, don’t get me wrong watching them win is amazing, but it is also about family, friendship and laughter. Watching sports with my dad and the rest of my family is where my heart is always ! I will never be to old for this and as I have gotten older it is fun to incorporate my love of sports into my love of fashion . Now I can love both at the same time !

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My love of sports goes deep and way back to the beginning. It will always be where my heart is because it’s all about family for me (the fashion is a welcomed bonus).

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What is your favorite sport to watch? or What is your favorite pastime to experince with your family?

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*photo credits go to my amazing parents and my awesome sister

Valentine’s Day: More Than A Box Of Chocolates

“If you look for it I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that Love Actually is all around.” ~Love Actually

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Abercrombie & Fitch Jean Jacket, Red with Polka Dots Romper, High Top Converse, West of Camden Paper Airplane Earrings

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it got me to thinking why I love Valentine’s Day is so special to me, yes I love the fashion that comes with it, the flowers, chocolates, cards, food and much more, but Valentine’s Day is so much more to me than just these things. Valentine’s Day to me warms my heart because of the memories I have made with the family and friends that I love from my dad bringing home flowers to lobster and cupcakes to my mom getting my sister and I a heart sparkle ring that I forever will wear to watching movies and just being together for Valentine’s Day with my family and friends.

So that where my love for Valentine’s Day comes from, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, no matter how you spend it, here are a few fun themed ideas for how to spend it with the ones you love from fashion to food to themed decor 🙂

Theme#1: Shake, Rattle and Roll !

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Theme #2: Romance is in the Air

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BP Sweater, Forever 21 Bow Tank, Lucky Brand Jeans, Mossimo Flats, Attire LA Sunglasses

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Theme #3:Wisking Away To Paris

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Chanel Sunglasses, Moms Pearls, Forever 21 Polka Dot Crop Top, Opal Earrings

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Moms Pearl Bracelet, Forever 21 Bow Ring, IL Teatro Tulle Skirt, Mossimo Wedge Booties

What are some of the things you love about Valentine’s Day?

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Here are some of mine :

Valentine’s Day means Family

Valentine’s Day means Friends

Valentine’s Day means expressing love on the mountain tops

Valentine’s Day is Love

Valentine’s Day is flowers everywhere