You Are My Sunshine

IMG_2268 IMG_2274 IMG_2282 IMG_2311 IMG_2320 IMG_2322 IMG_2324 IMG_2330“… my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey.” The best possible thing for me to do when I’m feeling down is to dress like I’m sunshine. I went a straight week feeling sorry for myself. I wore the same t-shirt and leggings for a good five days. I was feeling insecure, down, and unworthy. WHY.WHY.WHY do I do that to myself? I know I can’t be the only one. Sometimes being a slob, watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. re-runs, and eating endless amounts of chocolate is all a girl really needs. After I was done being annoying, I decided to brush myself off, tell myself that I’m enough, put on these pants, and WA-LA… I was born again. I need my sad days. But the best way to get over those sad days is put on some bright yellow pants. Seriously, who needs medication when these bad boys did the trick.

At my job, I see way too many insecure women. It breaks my heart. I just want to scream at them as say “ARE YOU SERIOUS! YOU ARE BREATHTAKING!” I know we all have those insecurities. I have plenty. But we can’t let those small, insignificant details define us. Never let them break you. I’m just 20. I still have a lot of growing up to do and a lot of things about myself that I just need to accept. Before you begin to feel sorry for yourself, run to your closet, snuggle with your favorite item of clothing (your sunshine) and be thankful. Life is a WAY too short to not feel beautiful every singe day.

 

Xoxo,

Karissa

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Blazer (similar) | Pants | Shoes-Zara

Overalls Over All, Baby

IMG_1559 IMG_1560 IMG_1584 IMG_1585 IMG_1589 IMG_1592 IMG_1608-2Overalls have always been my favorite item of clothing but good ones can be hard to find. Figuring out a good outfit can be harder. I think the easiest way to rock some overalls this fall is a sweater (or cropped sweater like mine) and combat boots. Don’t forget to accessorize. To some of you, overalls might be a bold choice, but I swear they are so fun. If you’re the type that is always worried about how other people see you, thats not the way to live sweetheart. It’s all about how YOU see you and how YOU feel. You cannot hold yourself back from wearing an amazing outfit just because you think others will judge you.  I made that decision a long time ago and I’ve never looked back. When you think about it, life is too short to wear a t-shirt and jeans. Have some fun with your outfits. People will appreciate that you let your personality shine through. Trust me.

I just realized I’m wearing a nude lip. Oh my gosh. That never happens. You guys know I’m stuck on the wine colored lipstick at the moment. It’s weird seeing me in a normal lip color. BEFORE YOU GO, check out a more girly take on this cropped sweater that I styled  –> here.

Xoxo,

Karissa

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October Outfit

IMG_1959 IMG_1960 IMG_2023 IMG_2028 IMG_1964 IMG_1982 IMG_2009I couldn’t imagine a more perfect Autumn day than the one in this blog post. The colors, the breeze, the atmosphere…absolutely everything was perfect. That’s what its all about. I just love life on days like these. Nothing brings positivity more than being outside on an October day. I found this charming spot somewhere in downtown Denver. The pros of downtown: Different people. The cons of downtown: Different people. I’ve always loved the vibe of being in the middle of the city but some days (most days) I don’t want to deal with all the sirens, impatient people, and traffic. I’d rather be snuggling up with my love at home watching Big Bang Theory and stuffing my face. I am such an introvert. Probably more than I need to be. But it’s nice, once in a while, to explore this city and get out of the same old routine. It’s a good feeling knowing that its there but that I can still head back to my quiet little spot that I call home whenever I feel like.

I don’t have much to say about the outfit besides the fact that it’s so perfect for fall. I’m trying to embrace earthy/neutral tones more. I’ve just always loved my pops of color and bold/bright accents. Adding this turquoise necklace made me feel more at home and you know me, I can’t live without lipstick. This color is like a nude lipstick to me. I wear it all the time, day in and day out. It’s my favorite fall lipstick ever and its drugstore. Woot Woot.

P.s. This wool Anthropologie hat is STUNNING. It’s so beautifully made. By far the best hat I own. Buy it (here).

Xoxo,

Karissa

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Lipstick and The City/My Dream Job/My Fears

IMG_1868 IMG_1871 IMG_1883 IMG_1895 IMG_1899 IMG_1905 IMG_1917 IMG_1919 IMG_1920When you’re 20, the only questions you get asked are- “Are you going to school?” “What are you going to school for?” “Whats your dream job?” “What the hell are you gonna do with your life?”

My answer to all those questions….”Um…..”

I would like to think that I have a plan for my life. But I’ve thought that before and it didn’t really work out the way I wanted it to. I’m one of those people that knows EXACTLY what they want. My only problem is I don’t know how to get there. I don’t lack in the dream department, that’s for sure, but I do lack in the confidence department. I don’t think I’m good enough…which is crap because I come to my blog and I tell all of you, constantly, to have confidence, pick your head up, and know that you’re beautiful. But ironically enough, it’s hard for me to do those things. I’m working on it, working on it daily. I always think that I made a big mistake by not finishing college. I went for a year and half but left because I failed my last semester after I found out about my brother’s death. I would never use the death of J.J. as a crutch, but it took a lot out of me, it still does, so the thought of going to math class and keeping myself together sounded way too difficult. The MAIN reason I moved to Denver was to get away from that heartbreak and do a little soul searching. I’m working two jobs and no, I’m not going to school. Not right now at least. I’ve needed time to breathe and keep my mind busy or I WILL fall apart. When the time is right I’ll go back to school. But in the meantime I would like to not feel constantly guilty for missing out on all those college memories. That wasn’t part of God’s plan for me, even though I won’t understand why the things in my life have happened, I have to believe that I’ll be okay. I have to believe there’s a bigger plan.

Its hard some days to believe that though. I’m sitting here in my apartment where the lease is over in 2 months. I have no where to go after Decemeber. I won’t go back home to NM but I also have nothing keeping me here in Denver. It’s been hard for Wyatt and I to make friends and we’re going no where in the jobs that we have now. I’m a little lost and to be honest, I’m almost to another breaking point because I really don’t know what to do. I wish there was some sort of a sign that I’m going to have a successful future because at this point…I see nothing. Totally don’t meant to sound depressing. I’m really just typing out loud here. Let’s be more positive shall we? Here are my dreams and my goals for the next 5 years.

1) Find a city (or country) that Wyatt and I both fall in love with.

2) Go to fashion school. (New York or London)

3) Work for a fashion magazine.

4)Have my family be proud of me.

I mean, I would absolutely love to write/style/assist/direct/photograph for a fashion magazine. I honestly envy Carrie Bradshaw’s life. (Don’t we all?) I would love to have her life, minus all of the sex of course. Instead of Sex and The City my column would be called “Lipstick and The City.” Oh! I can see it now! *Empire State of Mind by Jay Z playing in the background*

I think I can do it. Don’t know how, don’t know when but I won’t be happy until I cross these things off of my list. If there’s one thing that’s pushing me through this dark time it’s my brothers voice in my head. If he believes in me, I have nothing to worry about.

Xoxo,

Karissa

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The beauty of jumpsuits.

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Before you go judging my shoes. My brother had shoes like these, without the heel obviously. Every time I wear them I feel him walking with me. He’s present with me all the time but I guess it was just an excuse to buy another pair of shoes. He would approve, I know he would. Back to the outfit. I felt like a very fashionable janitor. Haha. I’m just being honest. Though this jumpsuit might be better suited for someone taller than 5’5″, I still enjoyed wearing it. There’s no way I would turn down a jumpsuit, no way. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t wearing pajamas. It was THAT comfortable. There’s something about the suede-like material that makes go “ooo” “ahh.” So soft. I went for a more Top Gun kind of look with this jumpsuit, or that’s what I was told anyways, but you can dress this up with a red lip and black strappy heels if you would prefer. That’s the beauty of jumpsuits, they never let you down.

Jumpsuit | Shoes | Purse | Lipstick- Morange by MAC

Xoxo,

Karissa

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