It’s Official, This Girl is a Boss!

Portrait of Mikayla by Gernelle Nelson

All of my personal projects (my blog, Youtube channel and style archive) have been on hold for the last couple of weeks but for a good reason. After lots of prep, I’ve finally started…

Gernelle Nelson LLC is open for business!

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Cue the celebration music and bust a move my friends! You’re now reading the blog of DFW’s newest women & wedding photographer! Continue reading “It’s Official, This Girl is a Boss!”

Let’s Get Down to Business!


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Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been studying up and planning a strategy for my creative career. I currently work at a marketing firm but the goal is to go solo. For a few years, I’ve wanted to officially establish myself and create a studio space but I’ve been too afraid. Afraid that I’d fail or file taxes incorrectly or too afraid to talk to people. Well, I’m over that now. I have stopped focusing on the fear and started looking at the benefits of what working for myself will mean. Being able to do something I love. Networking and getting out of my comfort zone. Traveling with a flexible schedule. Creating the types of things that I want to create. Continue reading “Let’s Get Down to Business!”

What Letting your Husband Take the Lead Means to Me


I was reading a blog about wives submitting to their husbands and was struck by a comment that said something to the fact of falling in line behind your husband when he takes the lead or control. I was inspired to write this post and expound on the comment that I left on their blog. I hope it sparks new ideas and positive views. Continue reading “What Letting your Husband Take the Lead Means to Me”

Money Managing with my Husband


Brandon and I in 2010, celebrating our first year dating anniversary.

In the beginning of our marriage, managing money was really difficult, to say the least. We had very different views on what was a good investment, how much to spend when and how much to save. I hadn’t lived with my parents for about four years so I had a little more experience when it came to budgeting according to a set income. When we got married, Brandon landed this awesome job with a 40k starter salary. I, on the other hand, had trouble finding a good job until midway through our marriage. Whenever we sat down to budget, tensions always seemed to rise when discussing why some purchases were a bad idea or how we could possibly be set back in our goals. Even within recent months, after trying several ways of running our ‘budget meetings’ together, it still usually ended in frustration. Continue reading “Money Managing with my Husband”

Aug. 24, 2015 OOTD: Resisting Retail has Begun


I still have a few days left in my 30 day grace period but there is nothing more that I need to add to my wardrobe at this point so I’m officially starting the challenge of Resisting Retail for the next 365 days. I even added a countdown widget at the bottom of my site to keep me motivated. My next post will include images of my entire wardrobe so you guys can see what I have to choose from and even help me pick some OOTDs if you like. Something that seems to be a result of this challenge is my being more conscious of what I want to wear and wanting to look my best. With that in mind, my first outfit felt like a perfect way to kick things off.

I bought this top weeks ago, only back then, it was way too big for me and had sleeves. I did some alterations myself and made it fit, ditching the sleeves in the process. Then I just paired it with these thrifted white slacked (originally from The Limited) and my brown wedges from DSW. I felt so chic in this outfit and managed to go through the entire day without getting anything on my pants, win! What do you guys think? Let me know with a comment. If you’re participating in a wardrobe challenge or downsizing to a seasonal capsule I’d love to hear about it.

Have courage,
Elle

Elle is wearing a floral sleeveless top that she altered with some white slacks and brown wedge heels.

July 21st OOTD: Mixing Graphics with Textures


It’s been too long since I’ve posted an OOTD. I’ve been working on my Youtube Channel and networking with bloggers a lot lately. My husband has even agreed to vlog with me over the weekends so things are really starting to come together. It’s been fun recording together but in the mist of all that, I forgot to blog, sorry! I’ll get back on my OOTD and capsule wardrobe game stat! Speaking of, here’s what I wore today. I can’t remember where this top is from but I found it in a drawer and decided to wear it to work. I’d usually wear jeans with something like this so I decided to ditch that tradition and go for this thrifted red skirt instead. This bracelet was a gift from Brandon, originally bought at Royal Bleau in Jackson, MS. Then I just put on some comfy flats and skipped the make-up for the day. What do you think?

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's OOTD for July 21st, 2015

Birthday Video: My YouTube Channel is UP

My Friend Ell and Nae celebrated their birthday by making a video for YouTube, check it out!

I’m so excited to say that my YouTube Channel is up and running. I have a few videos up but the most recent is one that my sister and I made to celebrate our birthday (yup, we are twins). I hope to start putting my fashion journey on my channel soon, showing people some of my ideas for weekly wardrobes and more. Please check out my video and subscribe to my channel! I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it came out! Just click the image below!

My Friend Ell and Nae celebrated their birthday by making a video for YouTube, check it out!

Have courage,
Elle

July 1, 15 OOTD: Taking Some Time for Us


Brandon (the hubs) and I have taken the rest of the week off from our day jobs to relax, have some fun and enjoy turning a year older. His birthday was June 29th and mine is this Sunday, July 5th. We’ve managed to get a lot done around the house. I took some pics, edited some pics, acquired a new client, networked with some models and recorded a video for my Youtube channel that launches on my birthday. I’m on a roll baby! Just being home and working on these things gives me a rush. I can see this being my normal routine in the near future. No talking to pushy rude clients on the phone. No having to be stuck in a cubicle. I’ll be able to work on my own terms, that is pretty awesome!

Anyways, I decided to wear my Agaci razorback crop top and my green slacks from the Gap. I’ll probably wear some brown shoes with this once we leave the house. But for now, I’ll be chilling barefooted.

Have courage,
Elle

My Friend Elle's OOTD for July 1st 2015

I’m on Youtube!


As some of you may know, I’ve been working on new content for a Youtube Channel that I’m launching this Sunday, July 5th (happy birthday to me!). I’ve posted a channel preview to give you guys an idea of what I’ll be making videos on. It’s a lot of work putting videos and keywords and thumbnails together but fun too. I’ve got lots of material and just need to make some time each day to create! Please check out my video and subscribe to my channel !!!

Have courage,
Elle

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Vetigo Took Over my Weekend


You don’t know how great some things are until they go missing. Things like being able to turn your head and stand/sit without the room spinning. That’s the kind of thing that has been happening to me for the last four days. I’d been dizzy since Friday so I went to the hospital on Sunday night. Apparently, I have been experiencing vertigo, something that most common in older people. It’s basically random motion sickness that you feel when you move your head because of some inner ear issue. Sometimes you just get dizzy, other times you feel like you could throw up or your head starts hurting. Continue reading “Vetigo Took Over my Weekend”