Hai guysss, I’m more than sure I am not the only one who felt this year fly right past us. It was a bittersweet one with lots of ups and downs but I learned so… More
Good dawning to thee, friend.
I am patiently waiting for Fall weather to arrive so I can finally layer up my outfits and show you all some transitional looks. This casual look was the closest I could get to layering up for the day. It was so hot I had to put my hair up for a few shots even though I really didn’t want to. I won’t quit complaining about Florida weather, so don’t ever tell me to do so lol. I’ve been living here for eleven years and I still haven’t gotten over how incredibly hot it is all year round. I’m from Puerto Rico so I’ve always dealt with it but I am almost positive I will never get used to it. Here in Florida we only get occasional fall/winter like days to enjoy. Florida weather likes to play games with us. It’ll be nice and chilly for a few days and then boom, it feels like Fall or Winter never even came. Oh and if you’re still wearing a sweater by 2-4 PM chances are you’ll probably suffer from a heat stroke. So Florida, give us some Fall weather pleaseeee!? I will warm up to you a bit more.
Anyways, rant over, enough about the weather. A lot has been going on these past few months that have prevented me from blogging so I’ll chat a little about life for those who are interested. I know I mentioned this before but really though, a lot has happened and I promise I’m going to be working as hard as I can to get things going. I already explained in my last post that things preventing me from blogging and shooting looks had to do with the trip I took to San Diego, school starting, getting strep throat (which I did not talk about) and Irma striking Florida. To make matters worse, as I was preparing to get things going yet again I got sick with Strep Throat for a second time. Then hurricane Maria made its way to my homeland Puerto Rico. I’m not gonna go into detail about that, simply because just talking about it any more breaks my heart. Things have been so hectic back at home, in my life and the entire world. We need to help and love each other no matter the race, color, or gender. We are all human and if we don’t stick together we are just gonna continue going downhill. Pray for the world, pray for your people and most importantly have a good heart and treat others kindly. I hope you and your loved ones are all doing well. Enjoy this look,
I posted direct links to all items from this outfit on my Instagram trough likeToknowit.
However I will briefly tell you guys where they’re from in case that’ll make things easier for you.
The body suit and heels are from Forever 21
Buttoned shirt is thrifted
Pants are from Agaci
Purse is from Zara
Jewelry is from Anarchy Street (use code KIARAC20 for 20% discount)
Sun-glasses are from RayBan
Photos by my friend and fellow blogger (check her out and show her some love): Kreadivmisfit
Hope you enjoyed this post!
I realize it’s been awhile since I posted a look or anything at all but so much has happened this past month preventing me from blogging. I took a trip to San Diego, when I returned I had to make up hours lost at work, then school started and this past week hurricane Irma. Before all these events I experienced so many issues trying to get this post up. For about two weeks I tried getting this up and for some reason all the pictures were losing quality when I uploaded them to the media folder. I literally tried everything I could, resized them, re-uploaded them a couple times, used other formats. I even had my friend Kathy (Kreadivmisfit, go follow her she’s the bomb!) try to help me but we couldn’t figure out any other ways to fix the issue. As time passed by I kind of gave up and got a little discouraged so I gave it a rest.
During the few weeks of trying to get this up I did a lot of reflecting about what kind of content I want to put out and I’ve been brainstorming a few new ideas. I don’t want to just pose for the camera, post looks and tell you guys what I’m wearing or where I’ve been. I created Kiaracol as a creative outlet and so far I feel like I’m falling short of putting out content I originally thought of creating. I have a few ideas I’m really excited about that I’ll work on in the upcoming weeks but I would absolutely love and appreciate if any of you could suggest any kind of content you guys would love to see from me. Write a comment at the end of this post, email me, slide in my dm’s 😉 hehe. Anything helps! Anyways, I’ll stop babbling for now. I hope everyone is doing well recovering from all the Irma disaster and that you are all safe and have power back ( I still don’t 😦 ) Hope you guys enjoy this simple look. Hasta luego mis amores!
I hope you understand the title now :p
I love this dress. Super comfortable and can be easily styled with other staple pieces. I styled it with a denim jacket and some sneakers to make it a casual look. The dress is currently out of stock in sizes S-L but add yourself to the waitlist:
I’ve had the denim jacket for quite some time now. The brand is Cherokee from Target, here are some similar ones:
And here are the shoes:
Hey guys! So Saturday of last week I got the chance to attend the Style Collective pool party hosted by Nikki Arnold AKA TheFashionableAccountant. Big thank you to her and her team for letting me be a part of this and pulling off such an amazing event. Every little detail from decor to food was very well put together. I had a fantastic time and got the chance to meet fellow local bloggers. We discussed all things blogging, played games, snapped pictures, stuffed our faces :p and even got to chat with some really wonderful brands such as Fynd Fashion, Lola Trixx Jewelry, 2 Luxe Ladies and Batey Girls. There was a photographer at the event, Rae Breda. Super talented and down to earth girl. I will showcase some of the pictures she took and link her website so you guys can check her out as well as all the brands.When I first started blogging a couple months back I felt somewhat alone. It’s really refreshing to realize that I am not. The little knowledge I have about blogging has been trough research, but I’m learning so much more from all these magnificent women that I’m engaging and making friendships with. The blogging community is nothing like I imagined it years ago when the idea of blogging first crossed my mind. It is in no way competitive and let me explain what I mean by this. Of course there is competition in almost everything, good or bad. To think it doesn’t exist in any form is to live in a fantasy world. However from what I have witnessed so far, the competition is healthy, promoting growth and enhancing creativity. Bloggers are so incredibly supportive of each other. Everyone in this community wants each other to win, to grow and make it whatever that means to each of us in regards of long-term goals. Bloggers/influencers always compliment and root for each other, collaborate and work on events together, suggest tips and ideas, offer mentoring to those who are just starting. Bloggers are those super down to earth, like-minded individuals you share so many interests with that you wish you could have befriended growing up (if you are into blogging of any type). At least that is my experience so far and I really pray it stays that way.
With that being said, thank you to those bloggers I have had the chance to get to know in my blogging journey so far. Simply for making it easy for my super shy self to chat with you and get to know you and sharing some of your knowledge with me. You are all beautiful, strong and inspiring women that will reach every single goal you set for yourselves. Lets keep growing, supporting and rooting for each other.
The following pictures were all taken by Rae Breda:
Here is Rae’s Website link:
One of the brands present at the event and showcasing their work was Lola Trixx who creates and designs her own custom jewelry pieces and also repairs any damaged ones. Check her out and her unique pieces in the link below:
Another accessories and jewelry brand was 2 Luxe Ladies. They have an online boutique that you can check out in the link below:
Batey Girls was another jewelry brand at the party. The founders are part of the non-profit Batey Rehab Project and they have provided jobs and stability to women living in a poor community exposed to sex trafficking named Milton in the Dominican Republic. “They decided to engage the young girls, only 12 and 13 at the time, in their jewelry training programs led by design students from the United States. They allowed the training program to organically evolve into an entirely new program that not only empowered the women and young girls of this community, but put an end to the trafficking in this household.” Check their website out for more information and to see their amazing pieces created by these brave and courageous girls/women.
A specialty clothing boutique called Fynd Fashion located here in Orlando, Florida was also present at the event. A big thank you to them as I won a gift certificate that I can’t wait to use. I have joined their affiliate program so please feel free to use my discount code “KIARA” on their entire site. Check their website out and their amazing styles:
Please check these amazing brands and support them. If you are a blogger/influencer don’t hesitate to contact them for collaborations.
Once again a big thank you to Nikki for hosting such a wonderful event. I hope you guys enjoyed. Have a wonderful day!
I don’t know why but I’ve always loved the idea of Summer, and sun, and all things hot… (High five if you recall where thats from:D)Summer season officially started last week, unfortunately “sunny” Florida didn’t allow us to embrace that. You suck hurricane season! I don’t like the rain. It puts me in such a bad mood. Except when I’m home with nothing on my plate and I can just sleep to the sound of it, but thats highly unusual. For this shoot I had to take advantage of the first sunny day in how many weeks? Three was it? Insane if you ask me. Like the rest of us I have to suck it up and continue to get things done with an umbrella in my hand (and bag) at all times. This was an unusual location to shoot at but I spotted the vibrant orange tones from a mile away and knew I had to take my chances before the rain took over.
For this look I wore a hat, paired it with an off-the shoulder grey shirt, denim shorts and leopard print heels. My sister doesn’t like these shoes. She thinks they’re hideous and shrugged when she saw me wearing them (I still love you Brigitte!). The reason I’m mentioning this has a purpose, I promise. I remember years ago how I wanted others to like the things I wore. Not just friends and family but anyone in particular. It meant something to me. Gave me a feeling of satisfaction, validation. It greatly affected my self-esteem. I’m not ashamed to admit it. Thankfully as the years went by I came to the realization that it doesn’t matter what others think of your style. Style is never wrong, or right, style is you. Wear those super high platforms, the purple lipstick, the unicorn headband (saw a girl wearing this at the BlogHer conference) and just rock it! Its okay if some people don’t like it, not everybody has good taste… LOL just kidding!! But seriously, what you consider style might not be to someone else and that is perfectly okay. Don’t follow the trend, be your own trend. Wear what you like, when you like and never give it any second thoughts.
Hat is from Billabong. I couldn’t find the same exact color but I was able to find it for you guys in black. Here is the link:
Shirt is from Fashionnova and shorts from Tilly’s (couldn’t find both) and shoes from UrbanOg. Also went out of stock but here are similar ones:
I hope you guys enjoyed this look!
Welcome back to my blog.. I recently took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to celebrate my anniversary with Danny. We had the perfect view of Medano beach and all the beautiful rock formations from our hotel and we were minutes away from all the main locations we wanted to visit. The hotel was City Express Plus which just opened up a few months back. We enjoyed our stay and the service was fantastic. If you ever find yourself looking to travel somewhere in Mexico I definitely recommend Cabo. The locals were friendly, the beaches, the views, the weather were spectacular and the food? To this day I’m still dreaming about the food. Best and freshest tacos I have ever tasted.I’m not gonna include much detail about this trip as I did with my San Francisco one (which I need to work on and fix. I have no idea where the pictures went, my apologies) so this will be more of a vacation photo diary but nonetheless I hope you enjoy and if you find yourself needing some tips and recommendations from Cabo please feel free to contact me via email or Instagram. Have a wonderful day and I hope you enjoy. Until next time amigos..
And gents if you’re into makeup😉. I hope you all had a marvelous weekend. A lot of friends and coworkers tend to ask me for product recommendations so I’ve decided to make a post including my personal favorites. Occasionally I reach out for other products besides the ones I’ve listed but I wanted to avoid making this any longer than I know it will be. These are the products I can’t live without that work best for me. If anyone is interested in seeing more of these type of posts just let me know. I already have a few ideas such as dupes for high end products, my skincare routine and much more that I hope will benefit you all in some way.
To get ready for work I only use a portion of the products below. Otherwise if I’m gonna shoot any looks for the day or go out on a date I typically use most of the products if not more that I forgot to include or just didn’t list. For any occasion I start out with my brows. I comb them downwards and do hair like strokes with the NYX Micro Brow pencil in the shade black. If I am not satisfied with the outcome I go over with a black brow powder to fill in. To create a softer arch and more natural brow I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour cream kit in the shade light with a flat brush and I follow up with NYX Control Freak clear gel.
I don’t use this palette to contour. I use the Wet n Wild Megaglow makeup stick in shade Oak On You. Easy to use and blends very well. I do use the contour kit as an eyeshadow base. It’s gone trough hell and back with me so please excuse how unflattering it looks lol.I’ve lost count of how many eyeshadow palettes I own but these are amazing. All of Anastasia’s eyeshadows are great but this is my favorite palette out of all the ones she’s created. It’s called Modern Renaissance palette and it’s the one pictured in the middle. The other two I recently discovered are from Juvia’s place. They’re crazy affordable and two of the most pigmented/colorful eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever owned. Definitely recommend that you get your hands on any of these.After eyeshadow I work on that wing. The most stressful part of getting ready for me. You would think after years of playing with makeup and watching YouTube videos I would’ve perfected the technique but sadly I’ll admit I have not. I’ve gone trough tons of different liquid eyeliners that just don’t do the job for me or make it any easier. Lucky me I found my holygrail, Tarte’s Maneater liquid liner in shade black. The tip is very very tin but helps me achieve a more precise wing than my previous holygrail, the Wet n Wild megaliner in black. If you rather save money I recommend that one. I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis and definitely not for work. I have sensitive dry skin so I like to let it breathe as much as possible. When I do wear foundation I usually go for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or the Make Up Forever Ultra HD. Before applying any foundation I always use Farsali’s Rose Gold Elixir. I cannot live without this product! It gives me a glowy finish and avoids my makeup looking cakey or dry after a long day. These products are on the pricey side but as I mentioned earlier I can do a high end makeup dupes for anyone who’s interested.I don’t cream contour for work but occasionally I use my favorite bronzer, Benefit’s Hoola. For blush my go to is Milanis Rose Powder in the shade coral cove. It’s a beautiful soft peach that I think would work great for light to medium skin tones. I don’t own many blushes so if anyone has any recommendations please send them my way. If my under eye circles are so bad that I look like I’ve been hit by a truck(which happens often unfortunately) I use the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. A little goes a long way with this product.This post is longer than I hoped so thank you if you’re still here. We’re almost done I promise! For concealer my holygrail(and most MUA) is Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer in the shade light. It’s number one on my top five concealers. I go trough concealers like nothing and I’ve tried many but this is by far my favorite and surprisingly lasts a long time. To blend the concealer I use the black Beauty blender. I have yet to find a blending sponge that works as good as this one so let me know if you know of any other ones. For mascara I wasn’t able to include my favorite because I just recently ran out and haven’t had the chance to repurchase. It’s the Benefit Better Than Sex mascara, but these two come pretty close. Smashbox’s full exposure and IT cosmetics Hello Lashes. This mascara is very unique. It’s a 5-in-1 mascara and has a lash ball detailer tip that lets you reach every last inner and outer corner lash. I don’t always use a lash curler but when I do I use Tarte’s. I’m not sure if they have this exact one in stock any more but head over to their website to check.
For highlight I tend to use Anastasia’s Glow kit in Sun Dipped. I wouldn’t say this is my holy grail. It’s a favorite among all the highlights I own but I have yet to find one that leaves me in awe. Last but certainly not least is my holygrail setting powder and setting sprays. For powder my all time favorite is the Laura Mercier Translucent setting powder. No powder comes close to this one in my opinion. A lot of other ones that I’ve tried make my face feel very dry. For setting spray my favorite for a a few years now has been Macs Prep+Prime but not until recently when I discovered Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day. I got the coconut and peach scent. They smell delicious and feel very light on the skin. And that is all my friends! I forgot to include a few everyday/holy grail products such as my sunblock, eyelashes and a few other items but I’ll be doing more makeup posts if you guys are interested. Please let me know what products you guys recommend specially if you have sensitive or dry skin as I do. I hope you guys enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
I hope everyone had a marvelous week and Mother’s day weekend. I’d been meaning to get this look up for about a week but things just kept getting in the way and thats totally okay. Life happens! Now that schools over I’m finally taking my first summer off since I graduated high school and I’m going to focus a lot of my time working on more blog posts and of course, myself. For some time I’d been beating myself up for not doing more. Taking more classes this semester so I can get closer to that finish line, creating more looks, working more hours, exercising as much as I used to. My anxiety was trough the roof and I couldn’t help the feeling of disappointment. Thankfully, I’ve slowly came to the realization that at times we need a break. Life is all about balance. Sometimes its perfectly okay and even necessary to sit back. We can do more by sometimes doing less. Take a few days off work, plan a vacation with your loved ones however brief or inexpensive, or pack your bags and set off on an adventure on your own and free your mind from the every day responsibilities that might take away from your happiness and serenity. When you exercise and train, the most important day is rest day. It gives time for your muscles to recover so you can get back to doing what you do stronger and more efficiently. I believe its the same with life. So don’t beat yourself up too much, do your best and learn to rest, not quit. I hope you guys gain a little inspiration and if not, thank you for stopping by and reading up to this point either way. Have a great day and enjoy this look
The shirt pictured below is a similar one I found to the one I wore. I bought it months back and I can’t seem to remember where I got it from. At first I tied it but later realized it looked much better tucked in. The leggings are from Forever 21 and unfortunately just went out of stock this week but if you head to the site they have a great variety of leggings that look fairly similar to the ones I wore. The heels are lace-ups(my favorite) from Call It Spring. Looking forward to styling them with a dress or skirt. And thats it, simple yet classy. Once again thank you for stopping by. Hasta luego!
Here are the links: