Moving to New York

 

1ece3a7fea18f23b1518413ef6660bb6Hey guys, I’m moving to New York.

I know…about damn time right? Us newlyweds (and Finley) have our bags packed and our U-Haul ready to go with a big fat grin on our faces. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a wee little embryo to move to Manhattan and in just a few short days I’m making that dream become my reality. I couldn’t tell you what attracted me to New York City in the first place. It wasn’t just the fashion that caught my eye or the city that never sleeps that set this insomniac’s heart on fire. No, it’s so much more than that. It’s the timeless buildings, the unending culture and the people on the subway- each with one hell of a story to tell. I want to listen. I want eat, sleep and breathe this city. I’ve never wanted anything more in my life. Who knows how long I’ll end up staying. That’s never something I worry too much about because when your time is up…it’s up. I’ll give it a year, two years or maybe even ten. With the help of God, I’ll know when it’s time to move on and start my next adventure.

So many people told me that I couldn’t do it. Their discouraging words rang in my ear like a blow horn crushing my hopes and dreams with “It’s a rich man’s city” and “I don’t think you’re strong enough.” I finally pushed away their negativity and fought away HARD at my own and it opened my eyes to my own strength and drive that I knew I had within me. I am finally burying the people, places and things that have drowned me over the last couple of years and moving forward with great hope and peace of mind of a new adventure. I feel such calmness with how everything has been falling into place for my life lately. I recently got married to the sweetest, most supportive man and I moved on from a job that wasn’t taking me anywhere but down. These two things impacted my life for the better and made my decision to move to New York that much easier.

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God works in the funniest of ways. Three years ago, right around the time that my brother and best friend passed away, I thought that my life was a dead end. I had no hope for the future and I took my dreams of the concrete jungle, a family and a life full of spontaneity and put them away…far far away. I told myself that without them, my life would have no meaning and that I would never be able to move forward and truly be happy. Here I am, three years later, nearly laughing at myself for thinking such things. I am so much more than the tragic events that I have endured. I am definitely so much more than those mean girls in my life thought I would be. (Oh Karissa, if only you knew that those set backs were actually catapulting you into bigger and better things.) I wouldn’t take back my time here in Denver because it was a step in my story that needed to be taken. Regardless of the negative people that had come my way,  I have also met some pretty incredible girls that I will never EVER forget. They both have served they’re separate purposes but it’s finally time to move on.

What gives me such satisfaction and allows me to sleep better at night is the fact that I’m doing this completely for myself and completely on my own. No one is doing it for me, not my dad, not my mom…no one. I’m taking my hard earned savings, my creative brain and carpe diem mantra and I’m gonna get sh*t done. Wyatt, my sweet loving Wyatt, supports my inner independence and he’s ready for the ride. He knew from the day he met me that I wasn’t the kind of girl to settle. I’m a dreamer, a believer, a do-er and he absolutely loves that about me. I can’t wait see all the beautiful ways that he and I will both grow in the big apple. Our first year of marriage is going to be epic.

Let the adventures of Wyatt and Karissa (and Finley) begin.

NEW YORK CITY… HERE WE COME!

With love,

Karissa Marie

 

 

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Femme Lace Up

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 1.52.36 PMIf I had to pick, I would say that I am more of a dress kind of gal. I’ll rock a dress any day of the week. If I were to wear a blouse and jeans, it would have to be a pretty special blouse. I absolutely love this floral printed and flutter sleeved blouse that I snagged recently. It was perfect for a day out and about, running errands and going out for some drinks with my best friend. I felt romantic and feminine in it without even having to try-What girl doesn’t love that? I received so many compliments that I might just have stock up on more must have blouses for the summer. I paired it with these bow-tie pink mules and the rest is history.

Xo,

©Karissa Marie

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Snakeskin

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There’s something so fashion forward about a snakeskin print. I only ever buy something in this particular print if it’s special and combined with good, solid material. There’s a fine line between tacky snakeskin and classy snakeskin…you really don’t want to cross that line because sometimes you can’t come back from that. I fell in love with this dress because of it’s scuba-like material and fit and flare silhouette. The exposed zip in the back is a nice touch too.

By the way, these orange shoes are life.

Xo,

©Karissa Marie

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Orange Red

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I had been eyeing this bright orange red dress for awhile now. I ended up snagging it on mega sale at Anthropologie recently and I haven’t been able to take my eyes off of it. It shines so bright in my closet along with my other bright orange pieces. I’m starting to see a theme here. It’s easily my all time favorite color to wear.

Wyatt and I went to some festival in downtown Denver and ran off to shoot these photos before the sun went down. We brought Finley along for the adventure because we read that taking him out and about is healthy. He needs to socialize. Nearly every person that passed had to come up and say hi. I’m happy to share the puppy breath and sweet kisses but sometimes enough is enough! Just kidding, but really though, he draws a lot of attention on himself. He can’t help it…he’s that cute.

With love,

©Karissa Marie

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Summer Street Style

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Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier about it. Summer style is my favorite because I’m not a fan of hiding behind coats. I love wearing dresses, showing off some skin, and feeling free. Colorful patterns and the sunshine are the perfect pair and never go out of style. If you took your eyes off of adorable Finley for one second and noticed my mini dress, you will find that this dress is the epitome of summer. I could see myself wearing this to brunch with a cardigan or out with girlfriends paired with a leather jacket…Or all on it’s own with some statement shoes and a peach colored backpack that I absolutely adore.

I just think: I’m young and I might as well rock a mini dress once in awhile while I can ya know? My husband approves and absolutely loves it when I show confidence in my body and in myself.

Happy Summer.

With Love,

©Karissa Marie

WEARING:

DRESS. SHOES (Similar- Here. Here. Here.) BACKPACK.

(Finley isn’t for sale. Wink. Wink)

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