Dumbo? Always.

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It’s official. We have fallen in love with DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Dumbo stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

Don’t worry, I learned that just yesterday. We’ve only graced Dumbo with our presence twice since moving to New York, however, it’s been one of our favorite spots. We love the atmosphere, food, and cobble stone streets. There’s a restaurant on Front Street called “Front Street Pizza” that has everything you could possibly want: Sandwiches, Pizza, Pasta, Soup, and Salads. Don’t let the actual restaurant itself or it’s aesthetic fool you…the food is BOMB and they give you a ton of it for the price.

About the look: You already know my love, more like obsession, with jumpsuits. I absolutely love the femininity of the floral design with a touch ruffle. It’s material is so soft and silky, it will leave you feeling comfortable and sexy all night long!

With love,

©Karissa Marie

WEARING:

Jumpsuit. (Similar HERE and HERE) Shoes. Clutch.

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Upper East Side Stripes

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Connecting. Networking. Meeting new people. That’s been the agenda for the past week. You’d be surprised what a new city, a new change of pace and fresh start will do. (Along with many, many MANY hiccups of course.) It’s like I have absolutely nothing left to lose and that’s both terrifying and quite satisfying.

I had a meeting on the Upper East Side and I decided to bring out my stripes because you really can’t ever go wrong with stripes. Sometimes when meeting new people, I never want to overdue my outfitting. I like to keep things minimal and fresh. I opted for this Zara dress that I’ve had my eye on for forever. It’s surprisingly breathable. Shoot, it had to be because of this New York summer.

With Love,

©Karissa Marie

Wearing

Dress (Similar HERE and HERE) Shoes. Lipstick. Foundation

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Lemonade In NYC

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New York summers are unlike any other summer. Beautiful but HOT. HOT.HOT. Some ice cold lemonade and a sweet yellow dress will get your through it, trust me. I have faith that my hair and my skin will get used to the humidity even if I’m a complete mess at the moment. My poor hair, no matter the hairspray or dry shampoo, can’t last 5 minutes. This Yankees hat has been a lifesaver. I’ve noticed hair isn’t that much of a priority amongst New York women. If that’s the case, I know I will fit right in.

Back to the heat: The only way my makeup will survive the moist, hot subways is if I really set and even “bake” my makeup. Baking your makeup means: After foundation is applied, a thick coat of light powder is applied to the face (under the eyes, cheekbones, bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead for definition), and is left on to figuratively “cook” for 10 to 30 minutes into the skin from body heat.

The matte-er your makeup the better or else this humidity will evaporate it in seconds!

With love,

©Karissa Marie

Dress (UNDER $15) | SHOES | HAT | FOUNDATION 

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Same Girl, Different Zip Code

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It hasn’t really hit me that I now live in New York. I think for so many years I gave up on this dream. I’m so happy I never did. It’s not like NYC is it for me. It’s not like I’ll ever stop reaching for the stars. NO WAY. I’ve just conquered a huge accomplishment for myself but I’m not just going to sit back and let this be it. I’m keeping all of my dreams alive and pursuing more and more each day. I’m facing all of my fears left and right and if I can do it, you can do it. Never give up and stop doubting yourself-It’s wasted time. Work hard, be a good friend, love your family and things will fall into place for you. A little faith in yourself will go a long way.

About the look: I’m feeling like fall in the middle of this completely overwhelming summer heat. I cannot wait until our weather becomes more manageable because I’m melting. I’m looking forward to fall colors, romantic florals and sweater weather. 

With Love,

©Karissa Marie

Wearing:

Top. Skirt. Shoes (Similar). Lipstick. Foundation.

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Instagram Karissa VS The Real Karissa

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I keep on forgetting to mention that I reached 10K on Instagram the other day. I’m shocked I haven’t blurted out those words yet to anyone. The reality is, I find reaching 10K pretty cool but I’m so relieved that I don’t let the number of subscribers or followers on any of my social media handles consume me. I don’t stay awake at night counting the number of likes on post or waiting for the next follower to discover me. No. It’s not like that at all. I’ve always been visual and loved taking pictures. When I look back, I’ve always been somewhat good at social media. I remember back in the good ole MySpace days, I was always being told how much people loved my page set-up and my photos which are now called “selfies.” I guess you can say that I have a raw talent for the internet. It’s so silly when I hear myself say it out loud. Social media has been an incredible platform for my blog. I’m able to reach so many of you on a more personal level. Because of Instagram, I can express my creativity more freely and I’ve been able to drive business from it. Best of both worlds. I’m still waiting for the day I get noticed and someone important sends me off to travel the world, wearing cute designer clothes and taking pictures for Instagram. (Ya right Karissa.) But really, that’s happened to a few of my Fashion Blogger icons. Sincerely Jules, one of my first blogger inspirations, was just doing her own thing on her blog and one day it became an empire. She lives in L.A. for the most part but she’s constantly traveling the world and living it up. Because of her blog success she is now a designer. Like seriously? That’s just one of many fashion blog success stories that I wanted to share. I don’t know if I will ever make it that big. I wouldn’t mind it at all but honestly, I won’t beat myself up if I don’t. I think that is the biggest misconception about me, that all I want is internet fame. Nope, ew, no thank you. I’ve gotten over 10,000 followers on Instagram simply by BEING MYSELF. I think that’s something to be proud of for sure but I won’t let any amount of followers get to my head or more importantly, to my heart. I have a lot of people who look to me for fashion inspiration and trust me, I feel the pressure of it all. Last Saturday I was approached by not one but THREE of my blog subscribers. THREE! Strangers that I had never seen before came up to me saying “Are you Karissa Marie?”

Wuw. What is life right now? I had no idea I was capable of impacting so many of you. It’s an honor to be recognized for the things that I do and for the person that I am. But if I’m being completely honest: I don’t feel appreciated outside of the internet world. I’ve bent over backwards, shown all sorts of my creativity and my kindness and my willingness to GROW to all kinds of people and even though, yes, I do get praised for it, praise is NOT what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a career people. I’m looking for my dream job or at least a step in that direction. I don’t know if it’s just Denver or if it’s just me but I don’t feel appreciated here. My lease to my apartment is up in 3 months and I could not be more excited to pack my bags and hopefully go somewhere where my talent can make an impact and a difference. Somewhere I can throw myself into projects and be surrounded by like-minded people. I really think my age has something to do with the fact that I haven’t gotten a decent job here in Denver. But that’s SO NOT FAIR. I have a lot to give. I just need a chance and an opportunity to prove myself.

YOU CAN’T FAKE CREATIVITY. 

So here I am, in the same position I was in last year and the year before: Lost. I’ve been lost for a few years now and I’ve reached the point where I question if I always will be lost. Will my brain be stuck in a state of limbo for the rest of my life? I’ve been “stuck” forever now. The only thing difference is that I have a few more followers. I’m ready for a better, more positive outlook on my life. I ready for better, more uplifting friendships. I’m ready for a better job but more importantly a better self.

I just felt like being honest today. I felt like typing up all my feelings and posting it on my page because it will make me feel better for just a few minutes before I go back to my life of disappointment. My biggest fear is making a living out of something that doesn’t truly make me happy. I want to make a living doing spiritually, emotionally, and mentally fulfilling work.

I fear a job that squashes my creative juices into oblivion. 

I need a sign. Any sign that says I am here on this planet for a reason. A literal sign that points in the direction that I should go would be helpful as well because I have no clue what life has in store for me. I don’t even have the slightest hint.

So thank you, 10,oo0 + followers, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for believing in me but I think my biggest accomplishment will be whether or not I can believe in myself.

With love,

Karissa Marie

Top. Skirt. Fedora.