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!
“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.
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.
“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:
“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 wantto 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.
Whatis your favorite inspiring quote
Whatis 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.
To kick off being back to posting on a regular basis, I am launching a new series, “Where In The World Does Iced Tea and Top Knots Want To Go.” For the first one, I am covering Paris, France! Ever since I was little I have always wanted to go to Paris and anytime I saw Paris on TV or in a movie it heightened my dream to go to Paris.
What really just confirmed my love of Paris was the movie ‘Midnight in Paris.’ Truly fell in love all over again with Paris and more. I have my outfits planned for each occasion and historical spot I want to visit as well as my coffee spots where I will have a tea latte and French macaroon. I can’t wait to go and that is one of my goals for 2020, go to Paris and soak up as much as I can. Here’s to the trip of my dreams. I have listed some of my favorites I have that I want to go to. See below and let me know what your favorites have been when visiting Paris.
Cozy Coat, Lucky Brand Scarf, Target Tee, Leggings, Target Flats
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.
Target Hat, Calvin Klein Glasses, Voyage Clothing Dress, Zara Blouse, Old Navy Leggings, Sperrys
I am going to keep it short and sweet so here are a few of my favorite recipes this year !
“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” ~Hubert de Givenchy
A true legend and fashion icon has just passed away, Hubert de Givenchy. From his bags to his perfume & cologne, clothes and shoes, he is a man forever inspiring in the world of fashion and beyond. He has also made an impact on my life. Fashion has always been for me about self expression, art, who I am, what I love and am truly passionate about. So for me designers are who I really look up to on a regular basis. When I heard of Mr.Givenchy’s passing it hit my heart. He was and still is someone that has always and will always inspire me. From the beautiful iconic Givenchy bags to the magnicificent clothing, I am continuously obsessed and inspired by the beautiful brand. Mark my words, these inspirational pieces by a truly inspiring man will be in my closet.
We lost an icon, my heart breaks. All I can say is my love out to his family, friends and fans. Thank you for all you have given us and will continue giving us. Love You Givenchy!
~ KLM Fashion Style
P.S. What is your all time favorite Givenchy piece or moment ? Mine is when he dressed his friend and fellow icon, Audrey Hepburn.
“Let all that you do be done in Love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 16:14
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that means celebrations with loved ones. My word for 2018 is Love and I want to share a great wat to celebrate it.
Three Day Rule is throwing their 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Party, Clean Slate LA tonight at the Viceroy Santa Monica at 730 pm, you won’t want to miss it. Whether you are single or taken this event has something for everyone.
For the single gals and guys, bring a picture of your ex and put it in the trash for a Clean Slate. Be sure to bring along your friends and go mingle with your fellow Clean Slate attendees. Now for those of you who are in relationships, but want to have a good night with friends, Clean Slate LA is for you too. Everyone deserves to have a fun night to kick off Valentine’s Day and friends always need a wingman or wingwoman.
It is a night for new connections and infinite possibilities. The night will consist of not only lots of mingling, but TDR matchmakers will be there to be your personal cupid, Thomas Edwards ( TDR’s resident wingman) will be there to give out flirting advice, The Haiku Guys and Girls will be offering up great icebreakers as well as Bree Jacoby and her team will be working their styling magic. The cherry on top for this event is the RYDE app will be giving away a free luxury rental car, yes please !
For those of you looking for a way to celebrate the start to Valentine’s Day holiday tonight, order that ticket and head on down to the Viceroy Santa Monica to join TDR, over 350+ guests to dance the night away to an awesome DJ, take pictures in the photo booth and create memories with old friend as well as new friends.
“Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.”
I have now been using all of L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL’s amazing products for a month. They are still fantastic, my skin has been looking and feeling great.
So not only have their amazing aloe based skincare products changed my skin for the better, but so have their hair and body products.
My hair feels superb and healthy, yay! I have L’BRI’s Aloe Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner to thank ! Let me tell you I don’t usually play with my hair, but I will be the first to admit that I play with it all the time now. The reason for it is I am just so excited for how my hair has been feeling. I am not ashamed of my casual hair flipping, I own it 🙂
Not only is my hair having a party, but my whole body has never felt better because of L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL’s Cucumber Body Wash, Cucumber Hand and Body Lotion and Intense Body Butter. You can imagine how excited my sensitive skin is that these products work. My skin feels healthy, happy and hydrated !
L’BRI’s products allow me to not worry about whether the products will make me break out in hives, which is a huge win for me. A lot of why all of L’BRI’s products work is because they are aloe based and completely natural. I am having a constant dance party because of it and my smile gets bigger and bigger each day !
Again saying I am hooked on L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL is an understatement. I have fallen in love with all of their products. I love how natural, soothing and hydrating every product is. I know longer have to stress about my skincare and bodycare products making my skin freak out, which is invaluable. L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL is a must try and I promise you won’t regret it. I am a L’BRI groupie for life !
~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style
P.S. If you had to pick one product to take on an island, what would it be?
Mine would be my L’BRI SPF lotion or L’BRI Intense Body Butter (depends on the weather &/or mood).
**This post was sponsored by L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL, but all opinions are entirely my own 🙂