2015…You’re gonna be a good one.

IMG_2828IMG_2818IMG_2847 IMG_2820 IMG_2821 IMG_2845 IMG_2825 IMG_2813 IMG_2795Happy New Year my lovely friends. I hope your year is full of happiness, growth, and love. I hope each and every one of you tries new things and conquers something on your check list. Let’s all continue to love more and smile more. We could all use it don’t you think? This world needs a little cup of tea. Tea is always soothing. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog…DO IT NOW. Don’t think too hard about the details, just type from the heart and you will never regret it. This blog has been the best thing to happen to me. Please continue to share my blog/Instagram/Twitter/ Facebook accounts with your friends. The more to my blog family the better.

One thing that 2014 taught me is that it’s okay to not be in control. I’ve tried to manage all aspects of my life and when something didn’t go as planned…I would panic and blame myself.  I’m not the writer of my story. I have to breathe a little more and let things fall into place sometimes. There’s no rush. If something is meant to be, it will be. Every year I get stronger and weaker all at the same time. It’s part of life. I’m not completely happy with where I’m at in life, I have a lot to work on but I’m not making false promises to myself this year. No resolutions. I will work hard on my downfalls but I’m done punishing myself. I deserve to love me, right? Everyday is a struggle to do that but I will love who I am one day. 2015 is another year of recovery but also a year for self acceptance. More baths. More hot cocoa. More therapy. More friends. More wine. More walks. More sleep.

2015…You’re gonna be a good one.

Xoxo,

Karissa

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Merry Christmas ||2014||

IMG_3642IMG_3644IMG_3656IMG_3659IMG_3662IMG_3668IMG_3677IMG_3697IMG_3706Merry Christmas! It’s 1:30 am Christmas day. I’m currently munching on some biscochitos by the fire place. I hope Santa doesn’t mind that I’m eating all of his cookies and milk. He should know better to be honest. My stomach is full but so is my heart. I’m in my new pink pajamas. All the presents are wrapped and under the tree. The kiddos are sleeping. My mom and dad are snoring. It feels so good to be back home in New Mexico. I love this house on the corner. It shaped me into who I am. These walls are filled with memories that I wish I could re-live. I learned how to ride my bike on this street. I fell in love on this doorstep. I had endless amounts of sleepovers with my best childhood friends here. Wyatt and I had our first kiss down the street. Every Christmas that I can remember is in this house. There’s so much love I feel like the door could bust open any second now. I’ve only spent a year in the city but coming home is something totally different to me. I appreciate everything a little more. The smell of green chili, the funny sound that our microwave makes, the door knobs, home cooked meals, dad’s laugh, mom’s goofiness, my brothers hug….they all make this place home. Home may not be where my future is but home is what made me. More importantly, home is where I had my last and only memories with my late brother. I could not be more grateful for the memories that we shared here. Lots of giggles are held in this place. My family may not be whole but our home is. Lasting and loving memories were made here and that’s something that money can’t buy. So my friends, cherish these moments with your loved ones. Savor the good stuff. It’s not about the presents underneath the tree but the love that surrounds it. I love you all. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I hope your day is filled with laughter and joy

 

 

…and cute new clothes.

Xoxo,

Karissa

P.S. I am so very relieved that these photos ended up happening. I’ve been so busy packing, moving to a new apartment (blog post on that later) and working, that I barely have enough time to eat, let alone get all dolled up and take cute-sy pictures with my boyfriend. This was NOT effortless let me tell you. This post would nothing without my adorable skirt from Shabby Apple. It was made for this Christmas photo shoot. I felt like those little angels that you put on top of your tree. I didn’t feel festive this entire month until I put on this skirt. So in love. Thank you Shabby Apple for making my Christmas so fabulous.

 

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Feathered & Feminine

IMG_3190IMG_3198IMG_3186 IMG_3199 IMG_3208 IMG_3210IMG_3197I have been waiting for months and months to find the perfect opportunity to wear this skirt. One of my biggest fears is wasting a fabulous outfit on a not so fabulous day. It’s been beautifully hanging on my clothing rack forever and I’m so very pleased at how it ended up being styled for the first time. I knew the holiday season would be perfect to take this bad boy out. I think this feathered and feminine top was a match made in heaven. I felt like magic walking around in this little number. I love what a good outfit can do to your mood and confidence. I wish I had a party to wear this dress to but out of all the days, I chose to wear this on Black Friday. I had to work on Black Friday, which I didn’t mind one bit because 1) It saved me lot of money while I , simultaneously, was making money. 2) I enjoyed the rush and chaos 3) I got to dress up in my holidays best with my work buddies and make tons of sales. After all the madness, I thought my day couldn’t get any better but then my family and I went and ate out at the Cheesecake Factory. It was an awesome day thanks to this awesome outfit and my family; the only two things a girl really needs to conquer the world.

Xoxo,

Karissa

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