Business Casual Brunch

I wore this look the other day for a day out to take care of some business. This is my idea of appropriate attire for meeting a client or partner at a casual brunch. A blazer like this one always helps to make the look more polished. The vibrant jungle-inspired print keeps this look from getting too serious. Underneath the blazer, I wore a pair of ripped blue jeans and a simple white t-shirt. I topped the look off with a wife-brim fedora I scored at Aldo a few years ago. 

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Because my accessories were so bold, I went with understated jewelry. Its always good to keep your look balanced. 

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Blazer: Zara (SIMILAR ONE)

Shoes: Charlotte Russe

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Bag: Kate Spade

Purchase a similar bag HERE.  

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My Casual Business Meeting Wardrobe Essentials

1. Blazer (Can be in a print, but be mindful of setting where meeting will be held. For example, neon colors would not come across well in a fine-dining establishment.)

2. Crisp Blouse (When in doubt, go with a pale, solid color)

3. Tailored pants or jeans (When in doubt, no distress on jeans)

4. Closed-toe Shoes (Solid color; heel or flat is okay)

5. Your handbag can make a statement for a bit of pop. Statement earrings OR statement necklace is okay, but not both, so as not to over do it.

Take all of my advice with a grain of salt. Use them as suggestions and wear what makes you feel your best!
 

See you in the Next Post,

Ker-Leen™

 

My Secret to Feeling Polished...

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Hey Ya'll!

I'm back with some fashion and faith inspo for you! The thing I love about getting dressed is that it instantly lifts my mood. I am a huge proponent for the notion that you should always look your best. You never know who God will put on your path, so it's best to leave your home looking the part everyday. Some days will call for workout gear, while others call for a dress shirt and pants. The important thing is how you put yourself together. The goal for me is that I am always put together and confident, regardless of what I have on.

What has happened to me in the past is that I always run into someone I know, or someone important when I look 'bummy'. I always kick myself after the encounter wishing I had put the extra effort into how I looked before leaving the house. I also wanted to remind you all that it is not about how much you spend on your clothing (although there are some exceptions to this thought), but how you pair items.

This affordable dress and pair of shoes was paired with a luxury handbag and bracelet.  When all the pieces come together you'd think I spent a whole lot on the look. (I'll do another post in the future about what you should spend more money versus less money on...)

  Handbag: Phillip Lim Alix Oversize Flap Bag  Shoes: Forever 21 Mules  Bracelet: Old Purchase   

 Handbag: Phillip Lim Alix Oversize Flap Bag

Shoes: Forever 21 Mules

Bracelet: Old Purchase

 

I'm partnering with Zaful for this look today. All of my friends will receive a 10% discount, by using the code: ZFNancy on your next order! 

 

GET THIS DRESS HERE

Ultimately, though, you want to work on feeling good from the inside out. In my opinion, it's hard to work on your confidence without first having identity. For me, I find identity in who God says I am. On days when I feel horrible or less than confident, I reflect on what He says about me. 

His word says, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works my soul knows it very well". (Psalms 139; 13-14, ESV)

 

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See you in the next post,

Ker-Leen™

STYLING MY HUSBAND!

Hey everyone,

The other day I styled my husband from day to night with a few simple statement pieces! I filmed a video showing how I mixed the pieces and styled them for an easy day to night transition! 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

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You can find some of these pieces at these links!

INC Shirt: https://go.magik.ly/ml/cy7d/ Cap Toe Shoes (Similar): https://go.magik.ly/ml/cy7k/ Slim Fit Trousers (Similar): https://go.magik.ly/ml/cyc3/

I'd like to thank JORD for partnering with me to bring you all a giveaway! Plus, get immediate $25 off & free sizing with code: kerleen

Enter the JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY! 

 

See you next post,

Ker-Leen™

Tropical Summer Vibes

Hey ya’ll! Nothing screams Summer like an effortless romper! This tropical print romper from Zaful is giving me the perfect Summer chic vibes and I am in love! I decided to pair this romper with this bold statement NECKLACE because of the like colors. 

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GET THIS ROMPER HERE!

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I paired these rompers with a pair of MULES that I featured in a previous post, and my LV Speedy. I added a scarf on my speedy for some flair and color. I feel like I am totally vacation ready with this number! Nothing lifts your mood like a colorful ensemble and a bold lip! Purchase my lippie HERE

Use the code: ZFNancy for a 10% discount on your next order!! 

 My outfit shoots are a little more interesting nowadays...

My outfit shoots are a little more interesting nowadays...

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See You in the Next Post,

Ker-Leen™

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Dolce & Gabbana Vibes, All Day!

I wore this look several weekends ago, and I have been meaning to post it, but somehow it slipped through the cracks! This dress was sent to me by the POPJULIA staff. Watch my review video on the company HERE

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xx,

Ker-Leen™

Pop!

There is nothing like a pop of color to add life to an otherwise monochrome look! I have been practicing a more minimalistic approach to my style lately, but my flamboyant inclinations will not be subdued! (lol) I just love color, ruffles, tassels, lace, and just flair in general! I decided to make a statement with this pair of yellow tassel earrings against my gray and black ensemble today. Do you think it worked? Details on my look below...

 Earrings: Similar Pairs  HERE   Top: Get it  HERE   Jeans: Similar pair  HERE   Mules: Get them  HERE   Handbag: Get it  HERE

Earrings: Similar Pairs HERE

Top: Get it HERE

Jeans: Similar pair HERE

Mules: Get them HERE

Handbag: Get it HERE

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I just love how fashion affords us the opportunity to take risks! When in doubt, go monochrome with a splash of color! 

 

Until Next Time,

Ker-Leen™

Summer Fashion Must Haves!

Hey Ya'll,

I'm back with some Summer 2018 inspiration for you! If you're looking for that effortless, chic vibe this summer throw on a floral maxi dress, some statement sunglasses and a functional tote for all of your beach essentials! Zaful has got you covered in that department! They are having an amazing sale right now and to top it all off, they are giving my followers a 10% discount! Use the code:ZFNancy (offering 10% off  purchase)!!

See You in the Next Post,

Ker-Leen™

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OUR DAUGHTER IS ONE YEAR OLD!

Last weekend we celebrated our daughter's 1st birthday  by having a pony party!! It was such a sweet time and will be engrained in our minds for years to come! I wanted to share it with you all here. :) 

 

WATCH THE VLOG! 

We took her cake smash photos a couple of days after her actual birthday. The party was held on the weekend before her b-day. Special thanks to my brother (K.E.R) for helping to capture all of the details we couldn't. 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who traveled from near and far to celebrate Gisele's 1st year of life! It was so great seeing everyone! Thank you for all the wonderful gifts, too! 

Love,

Joe & Ker-Leen

SOFT POWER...

Hey Ya'll,

I am loving this pastel trend that is currently making it's rounds. Not only have I been seeing pastels all over the web, but the addition of suits in pastel hues has gotten me super excited! I wore this look for Easter Sunday. There is nothing like a power suit on a woman. But add a soft color to the mix and the effect is quite awe-inspiring! Although it wasn't ultimately what I had in mind ( I didn't have enough time to pull together what I wanted), it turned out really nice. Believe it or not, I scored both of these pieces on Amazon.

I have linked them in my Amazon shop for you! 

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 I paired this 'suit' look with some pink drop earrings and a fuzzy pink bag for a bit of playfulness. The nude heels are simple and minimalistic, keeping all of the focus on the outfit. 

I paired this 'suit' look with some pink drop earrings and a fuzzy pink bag for a bit of playfulness. The nude heels are simple and minimalistic, keeping all of the focus on the outfit. 

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I loved the way I felt in this because I was so comfortable. I will be purchasing some more light colored suits for the Spring and Summer! 

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I hope you were inspired! 

See you in the next post,

Ker-Leen™

VALENTINE'S DAY WISHLIST FULFILLED: PART 2!

IT'S DATE NIGHT!

 

Rosegal has done it again! This red number was the perfect choice for my recent date night. It was on my Valentine's Day wish list and I am so glad I chose this one. It's curvy girl friendly because the fabric isn't too thin. Be sure to wear some shape wear underneath and you're good to go. (This is the shape wear garment I wore underneath.) I also love that this is more a cold shoulder top, than an off the shoulder completely. The straps help to keep the dress in place, even if your bust is heavy. I did have to wear an awesome strapless bra underneath. I found this amazing strapless bra on Amazon! Thank me later. 

GET THE DRESS HERE

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This dress has a great amount of stretch in it, and it feels so soft against my skin. The ruffles at the bottom are a detail that adds to the femininity of this dress. I paired it with some fun earrings and some lucite  sandals to complete the look!  It is the perfect date night dress!

GET THE DRESS HERE

xx,

Ker-Leen™

NEW VLOG + JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY!

Hey Ya'll! I've just shared a NEW VLOG today! Spend a weekend with me and my family! Just a regular weekend with some outfits in between! :) 

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I am hosting a contest/giveaway for JORD watches. Click the link below to enter to win one of their watches. Use the code kerleen to get an immediate $25 off and free sizing. 

               ENTER CONTEST HERE

                   Contest End Date 3/11/2018

 

 

xx,

Ker-Leen™

Valentine's Day Wish Fulfilled! My Outfit Guidebook Part 1

Hey ya'll!

I wanted to share a look I wore the other day, while out with the family! Some of the pieces were from my Rosegal wish list. It was a little experimental for me. It was a combination of several different ideas. It was edgy, it was soft, it was preppy, and  I got tons of compliments on it! 

 This faux leather jacket has structured shoulders and gold hardware. I love the zipper details! Get the jacket  HERE ! 

This faux leather jacket has structured shoulders and gold hardware. I love the zipper details! Get the jacket HERE

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 This pink chain faux fur cross body bag is so versatile. Get it  HERE ! These distressed leggings are out of the norm with the peek-a-boo lace under the distress. Get them  HERE ! 

This pink chain faux fur cross body bag is so versatile. Get it HERE! These distressed leggings are out of the norm with the peek-a-boo lace under the distress. Get them HERE

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I hope you were inspired!! Let me know your thoughts on this look! Would you rock it? Comment down below! 

xx,

Ker-Leen™

Travel Diary: New Orleans & Alabama

About one week ago I had to travel for work. I wanted to document some of the memories me and the family got a chance to make. So, if you're interested keep reading! :) 

So, while in New Orleans we visited the World War II Museum. It was a very interesting museum. I didn't think I'd enjoy it at first, and really just did it for Eilan and hubby, but I actually had a lot of fun. lol The museum really takes you into the lives of those living during WWII, and some of the things I enjoyed were the simulated train ride in the L.W. "Pete" Kent Train Car Experience, the AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in the ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY, THE ROAD TO TOKYO, and walking through a remake of a kitchen during that time. Eilan especially loved the motor vehicles and the aircrafts that were in the US FREEDOM PAVILION: THE BOEING CENTER. 

 

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We ate at Bearcat Cafe a total of 3 times! I think that tells you what we thought about it! lol

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Next, we visited the USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP MEMORIAL PARK. This is something that was not planned. On the way back home, we spotted this from the expressway and decided to exit immediately. This museum totally fit our little family field trip and I am glad we stopped. If you are ever in the Spanish Fort area, please stop by...it's worth it. Total admission was $30 because we did not pay for the kids. I loved going aboard the USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP, and going through the AIRCRAFT COLLECTION, specifically, seeing the Red Tail planes. This museum was a pleasant surprise and full of rich history. Not to mention the ship and aircrafts were beautiful. 

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It was pretty awesome creating memories like these for the kids. I love that they will be able to look at these photos and watch the videos made one day. 

Until Next Time,

Ker-Leen™

Overall I'm Great!

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Hey Ya'll,

I wanted to share this look with you all but I also wanted to share some thoughts I've been having. This location was so beautiful and vast. Being out in nature really reminds me of just how BIG God is. I felt so tiny yet so significant. I felt protected even when standing in this large un-developed field. Being a child of God makes me feel protected and loved and important. No matter what happens in my life, I know that I am significant in God's eyes. If I never received one world accolade, I know that God awaits me with open arms. There is such a security and deep satisfaction in that. It makes me excited about heaven! Any who, enjoy the look! :) 

 The long-sleeve shirt is my hubby's. The overalls are about two years old. The shoes are from Charlotte Russe. I love purchasing shoes from there when they have sales!

The long-sleeve shirt is my hubby's. The overalls are about two years old. The shoes are from Charlotte Russe. I love purchasing shoes from there when they have sales!

Fun Fact: I purchased these overalls about 1 1/2 years ago. They fit good back then, but they fit even better today! Yippee! Oh! I forgot to mention that they were purchased from Old Navy!

The pic on the left is from March 2016, the one on the right is from today! 

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Thanks for letting me share this look with you! Like and share this post if you enjoyed it! 

Until Next Time,

Ker-Leen™

Travel Diary: Miami

Last month, we visited my family in the Miami area. We had a few awesome days, as my mom babysat for us to have a couple of dates. On our last day there, we visited Wynwood. A product of gentrification, this urban chic district is kind of a hotspot now. Despite being from the area and visiting frequently, I had not yet been to Wynwood. It is was an artist’s ideal playground. Here’s my little picture diary. 

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I AM HER. 

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I just realized we were coordinated with this photo. 

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I’m a different kind of rose. 

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I cannot believe how tall Eilan has gotten in the last few months. He’s more than half the length of his father! lol

 Loved this neon bench. 

Loved this neon bench. 

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 Kisses from my little guy are pretty much life. 😘💕💙💙

Kisses from my little guy are pretty much life. 😘💕💙💙

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This smile covers a multitude of no-nos. Not really, but it sure does melt mommy’s heart. 

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 You know where I be...

You know where I be...

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 Elle was all smiles. She likes  to travel like her mommy. 

Elle was all smiles. She likes  to travel like her mommy. 

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We are at Miam...no, that’s not a typo, that’s the way it’s spelled. We had egg white omelets and French toast. Yum! 

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This gorgeous coat was sent to me by JustFashionNow. It’s worked well with the casual looks I wore on this trip. It was just the right touch of glam. 

 Gisele was taking a snooze off camera...We found this neat infinity pond outside of an art building. It served as a consolation to the museum that we (and some other families) could not gain access to that day. 

Gisele was taking a snooze off camera...We found this neat infinity pond outside of an art building. It served as a consolation to the museum that we (and some other families) could not gain access to that day. 

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My little man is so observant and so smart! 

 Eilan and I at one of my favorite restaurants in Miami, Pura Vida. 

Eilan and I at one of my favorite restaurants in Miami, Pura Vida. 

 See you in the next post,

Ker-Leen™️ 

MONOCHROME VIBES...

Hey Everyone,

It doesn’t get very cold in Florida, but these past two weeks have been just cold enough for some warmer attire. I was ecstatic about donning this gorgeous 2-piece knit set the other day. This set was sent to me by JustFashioNow. I’ve got the full review up on my YouTube channel! You can watch it HERE!

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These booties are from Charlotte Russe! I know, I know, I shop there a lot! :/

 This look is great for a semi-dressy occasion. It’s fresh, neutral, and most importantly, warm! It would make a great impression for. Sunday church service, brunch afterward, a casual lunch date, a casual business meeting, or a day of shopping. I’m loving this look!  

This look is great for a semi-dressy occasion. It’s fresh, neutral, and most importantly, warm! It would make a great impression for. Sunday church service, brunch afterward, a casual lunch date, a casual business meeting, or a day of shopping. I’m loving this look!  

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You don't really need to do much with a set like this! Some statement heels, a pair of statement earrings and the look is complete! I opted for some simple hoop earrings this time. The next time I wear this I will probably wear some jeweled earrings and pointed-toe pumps!

 

See you in the next post,

Ker-Leen™️ 

The Space in Between...

Hey ya’ll,

 I’m absolutely loving this black and white look! With the weather being cooler here in Florida, I am finally able to don some warmer winter looks! This two-piece is from JustFashionNow. Watch the review on this outfit over on my YouTube channel! 

So, these sock booties are a bit unexpected with this look, especially for me. I decided to pair them with this look for a bit of interest. Some hoop earrings completed this simple, yet bold look. These days I’m all about making effortless fashion statements as a mom of two.   

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Although this look is black and white my reality couldn’t be farther from that nowadays. I am learning that everything isn’t going to be either white or black. Certain situations call for a tolerance of the gray area. Certain predicaments will require a patience and a coaxing towards either extreme. 

Being a mom and wife has been stretching and maturing me in ways I never imagined. God has been using my roles to help me understand the depth of His love for me. I'm excited to continue embracing the black, the white, and the gray. 

Valentine's Day Gifts 2018 - My Wish List!

For Valentine's Day this year I have a few things on my wish list. These items will help me bring my looks together effortlessly. If you're looking for Valentine's Day gifts or outfits this year then check out my list below! I'm highlighting Rosegal in this post and will be back with some other affordable websites in the coming posts. Some of the pieces can work for a casual look and some would be great for a more dressy look. 

A Fun & Glamorous Accessory

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These items are on my wish list for Valentine's Day 2018! See anything you like? 

 

See you in the next post,

Ker-Leen™

LPD = Little Pink Dress

Hey My Fashionistas,

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I've got another Zaful find for you today!

It is my opinion that every gal needs a little pink dress in her closet. Why? Because some days you want to feel both striking and soft. This is especially possible when you have a great quality LPD. Zaful delivers again with this super comfortable and supportive pink mini body-con!

I've been stepping out of my comfort zone lately and doing more form-fitting clothes, despite my reservations about my body. Every time I take a risk I feel more empowered to embrace my body and continue to work toward my ultimate goals. Ultimately, I want to lose about 10 more pounds and tone up my muscles. I want to tighten up my abs and reduce the cellulite on my legs. In the mean time, I try to make smart outfit choices while still being bold. 

Oh, and shape-wear is a must! I've been loving my Bellefit corset for outfits that are fitted on top and loose at the bottom. For a dress like this, I use a torso-to-thigh shaper like this one.

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This dress is made of polyester and spandex  fabric, but feels very high quality. It is super stretchy and the material reminds me of shape wear. It is finely ribbed and does not reveal any lumps or bumps! I paired it with my favorite over-the-knee boots of the moment, to make it more Winter appropriate. I loved the end result! 

They've got some more sizes in stock again, so hurry before you miss this one! 

GET THE DRESS HERE!

 

xx,

Ker-Leen™️

 

Militia Vibes...

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Hi Everyone, 

This army green bomber jacket has me feeling all types of tough! This is another piece from Zaful, and I am in love!! This look is on the rugged and casual side and a little out of the norm for me, but I’m loving it! 

The olive green is such a nice pop of color during the Winter months. You can wear something like this year-round, too! Wear it during the spring with a t-shirt, jeans, and sandals or wear it in the summer with shorts and a tank top. I love the French-inspired patchwork. The patches really takes this bomber jacket to new style heights!

 

GET THIS JACKET HERE

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I decided to pair this jacket with a sheer, polka dot bodysuit and velvet leggings with over-the-knee boots for the Winter. The thick-framed cat eye sunglasses add the finishing touch of edge.

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 Look out! Mom & son army coming your way! I thought it’d be cute if we wore these jackets on the same day!  

Look out! Mom & son army coming your way! I thought it’d be cute if we wore these jackets on the same day!  

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If you haven’t already check out Zaful for some affordable, quality, on-trend clothing! 

See you in the next post, 

Ker-Leen™