Band Tees and Thigh Highs

Hai guys! Been too long since I posted. I’m not going to promise it won’t happen again (because LIFE) but I’m really going to try. Spring is making its way but its obvious Winter is not ready to let go. I’m not complaining though. These short random periods of cold weather can come and go as much as possible. Its nice getting a break from the scorching heat of Florida. First thing I do when it drops 20 degrees is take advantage of the weather to whip out my boots, coats and all winter gear that sits in my closet for the majority of the year. Recently I’ve been obsessing over graphic and band tees. And although I’ve started to shop less at stores like Forever 21 and trying to buy more quality pieces, Forever 21 is still one of my favorite stores carrying band tees. I’m thinking of doing a How To Style Band or Graphic Tees, let me know if that is something you’d be interested in seeing.I know Florida loves to troll us with the weather so I decided to pair this ACDC teeshirt with a coat that I could leave behind in case it got too hot. I paired it with shorts, thigh high boots and a beanie making this look easy to adjust in case of a mid weather change which we all know is always a possibility.  A lot of people think Winter is over but Spring doesn’t start until March 20th and I cannot wait, the countdown starts now. Spring is my favorite season along with Fall, actually I think all of them are except Winter, but sadly in Florida you learn to warm up to Winter(hehe) because its basically Summer all year long. Anywho, Happy International Women’s day to all my sistas out there. I hope you all have a fantastic rest of the week. Hasta luegooooo!Processed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with j1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 preset

Shirt and coat – Forever 21

Shorts – Target

Boots – Egoshoes

Beanie -Neff

Earrings – CharmingCharlie

Glasses – Rayban

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Good-Bye 2017!

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 much, I grew, and I realized many things. I started my blog, met so many amazing new people, got to travel to so many wonderful destinations including my first international trip and I got a new job.

Amongst the many things I realized this year I realized I was holding myself back. This year was all about letting the seeds start to sprout and identifying the ways I was stomping on my garden before giving it a chance to grow. In 2018 I am going to thrive in my garden. I am so excited for this new year and I feel exciting things happening and coming along. I hope you all have an amazing holiday today and stay safe, unfortunately I’ll be at work but honestly I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities God placed in my way this past year. A big THANK YOU to those of you who have shared this journey with me so far and took the time to read my posts and give me feedback. I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and God bless you and your families. newyeardrinksProcessed with VSCO with l4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 preset35CEE01B-F9C8-4075-9FDD-EF22FEB9FB8BProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with m6 presetIMG_1753

Blazer from FashionNova

Square Neck Cam and Boots  from Forever21

Belt & Bag from UrbanOutfitters

Jeans from Target

Glasses from RayBan

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My Travel Essentials

Hey guys! So for the past couple of months of traveling I’ve gathered up all my must have travel essentials. These are items I have found to be the most necessary for my self but I thought I’d share them with you in hopes some of you will find this beneficial when traveling. None of these items were gifted to me nor is this post in any way sponsored. I bought all these items with my own money and I am including them in this post for the sole purpose of helping you guys.Line-dividerMy very first travel essential is of course a handy-dandy backpack. I like to go for small-medium size backpacks because since I am always carrying a lot of bags and suitcases I like the one on my back to be lightweight. I try to go for backpacks with a lot of pockets because I bring a lot of stuff with me on flights such as hand sanitizer and lotion, moisturizer, headphones and phone charger, a book+notebook, my wallet, glasses and of course can’t forget the snackssss. This one is from Urban Outfitters and its called the Elena mini backpack however it is sold out. Urban outfitters has my favorite backpacks so hop on their website and see if you can find one you like here.

IMG_3367My second item is a portable phone charger. With all the plane hopping, flight connections and delays it’s important to me for my phone to always be charged which is why I carry a portable charger with me at all times. Its not only beneficial for flights and stuff but when you’re out exploring a new city its good to have a back up in case your phone dies. You have to charge the case for a maximum of 1-4 hours and it gives your phone 1 full charge. I am looking into getting one that will last longer than this and give me more than 1 full charge however for the price I am not complaining. I got it from Amazon and you can find it here. I also have some adapter plugs. These are VERY important to me as I am sure they would be to anyone. A lot of hotels offer them and you can often find them in stores wherever you are traveling to but its more convenient to have them on me specially since I travel with my hair appliances. A warning to you ladies, this is not a voltage converter. You can find voltage converters but research the voltage limits of wherever it is that you are traveling to so you know what to purchase. For different locations there are different types of adapters. For example I went to Bali, Indonesia and Singapore last October so I got Type C which is USA to most of Europe and Type G which is USA to UK and Hong Kong. You can find all types of plug adapters from all around the world here. The ones I got are from Amazon and come in packs of three. Find them here.

IMG_3356Next up is MAKEUP. Traveling with makeup is SUCH a hassle. I want to take everything with me and of course thats impossible so I’ve found it to be really helpful to hold on to and save makeup samples I receive specifically for traveling. Instead of having to take full size products with me I take these instead saving a lot of space in my bag for other items. Not to mention theres different liquid/container limits all over the world so I like to keep it on the safe side. IMG_3337Another makeup related item I like to take with me when traveling is cleaning brush wipes. These might not be necessary to everyone but to me they’re important. I wash my brushes every 1-2 weeks so when I am traveling for long periods of time these are helpful to clean my brushes. I got these at TJ Maxx but you can find any on Amazon or Sephora.IMG_3341I absolutely love any travel packing item that makes the packing process easier. The first one on my list is a cosmetic travel kit organizer. Let me tell you guys, since I got this my life has become so much easier when traveling. It fits ALL my makeup and its not too big which doesn’t take up a lot of space. I don’t pack this makeup bag with the suitcase I am checking in out if fear that something will be broken since a lot of items are fragile so what I usually do is I take this with me in my second carry-on bag along with one other item, a jewelry roll bag. As you can see it has a lot of compartments so it fits every piece of jewelry I want to take with me. They are both from Amazon and pretty inexpensive. You can find them here and here.

IMG_3309Next up is some sandals. My favorite pair of shoes to pack are always comfortable ones I know I can spend an entire day in. Then theres this Sea Salt hairspray from Drybar which is not a product I always take with me, only when I know I’ll need to reach for it. If I am traveling somewhere tropical and where I know I won’t have time to do my hair often then this comes with me. Its perfect for a beachy-wave effortless look. Theres other hair products you can also use to reach the same hair style but this is just the one I like at the moment.IMG_3382 2Last but certainly not least is my portable travel steamer that can be used worldwide with a converter. It can be used for ironing and for steaming the face. This product is life changing. One of my big pet peeves is wrinkly clothes and that is bound to happen when traveling so this eliminates that concern. Its not too big and it comes with a pouch for easy storing. I got it from Amazon and you can find it hereIMG_3379Anddddd that is all for my travel essentials ladies and gents. I’m definitely going to be updating this the more I travel but for now I’ll leave it here. I really hope you guys enjoyed and maybe found some items that will somewhat be beneficial to you while traveling. Thanks for stopping by, hasta luego!!!

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Bali, Indonesia + Singapore

Whats up guys? I hope everyones been having an amazing week. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I just can’t believe how fast this year has been going. I recently traveled to Singapore and Bali and the time flew right past me. I had the most amazing time of my life. It was my first international trip and it couldn’t have gone any better. I created a poll a couple days ago to see what kind of travel post you guys would prefer and most of you voted for a detailed blog post with my experiences including tips and recommendations versus a picture diary. I’m gonna do my best to condense all the information, pictures and my experiences as much as possible other wise this post would last a lifetime. So here we go, I hope you all enjoy!e5dd1116173bbe2cccbe72ec53e0609d-dbc3b8hWe took a flight from Orlando to San Francisco and spent a night there, then took a sixteen-hour hour flight to Singapore the next morning. By we I mean my boyfriend Danny Flywithdannyy, and our friends Kelson, aka Kelsswa and Tony, aka Tony Savage. It was literally the best group of individuals we could have traveled with. I want to take a moment to thank Kelson, without you none of this would have been possible (babe you too don’t get jelly, best birthday present ever!!!) and without you this trip wouldn’t have been as special as it was…. Back to the flight, I highly suggest you bring snacks, a sleeping mask, hand sanitizer, a neck pillow, some pain killers and some moisturizer if you  dislike the feeling of dry skin as I do, thank me later! We arrived at night, checked into our hotel, got ready and headed down the street to a nice little plaza to grab something to eat. We stayed at the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel. The picture below was our hotel room view. I have a lot to tell you about our experience in Singapore but I will leave that for the end since thats where we ended our trip. We only spent one night in Singapore before taking a flight the next morning to Bali, Indonesia and thats where the real adventure took place.IMG_8488Processed with VSCO with q5 presetBali was a dream come true. Being one of my dream destinations it was so surreal being there. I couldn’t believe it. Its nothing I’d ever experienced before. Indonesia is different in so many ways. From the streets, to the people, to the food to the culture and lifestyle. I fell in love with Bali and theres yet so much more I want to see and experience. All I have to say is Bali, you are beautiful beyond words and I am definitely not done with you. I WILL BE BACK! (dramatic much? lol). I’m only gonna discuss my favorite places that we visited to avoid making this post any longer.

We stayed at a private villa in Seminyak that we booked trough Airbnb. Contact me trough Instagram if you’d like for me to direct you to this exact villa. The owners we’re really nice and we didn’t encounter any issues while staying here.Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with se3 presetProcessed with VSCO with av4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp8 presetIMG_8506Before I begin introducing you to the places we visited I’m gonna let you guys know that if budget and spending is one of your biggest concerns then anywhere in Indonesia is the travel destination for you. It is insanely affordable. Just make sure you learn the currency conversion or download an app for it. Locals will try to scam you but take your time trying to figure out the price difference. For transportation I highly recommend getting in contact with a local driver (Contact me for the best local driver in Ubud). You can often hire them and pay them to drive you for an entire day. Taxis are okay but they will try to scam you and a lot of times it was a hassle finding one. As far as Uber goes I really don’t recommend it. They take forever to pick you up and a lot of them only wanted to take cash which was really sketchy however if Uber is your only option go for it. Ladies, for attire pack your most comfortable pieces. Lots of dresses, shorts and flowy skirts/pants. If you are familiar to Florida weather then you know what I’m talking about considering this is what our wardrobes consist of for the most part but take my advice. Bali is way hotter than Florida, more humid and theres rarely any wind.Processed with VSCO with s3 presetOne of the first places we checked out that I had been dying to visit months before arriving to Bali was KYND Community. It’s a plant based cafe whose atmosphere is right up my alley. They are mainly known for their smoothie bowls and its one of the best I’ve ever had, trust me I’m not exageratting. I had three plates, a drink and Danny had two plates and a drink as well all for about thirty-something dollars. Where in the U. S. can you eat such great quality food for that price? Let me know because I don’t know of any lol. Not to mention how cute and picture worthy it is. 10/10 from me and I highly recommend it if you’re ever around that area. Processed with VSCO with 4 presetWe also visited the Potato Head Beach Club in Kuta. Laid back spaces suitable for drinking, grabbing some bites and tanning by the beach. Entrance is free however you have to pay if you’d like to rent out your own personal cabana. Processed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp3 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetIMG_8510If you’re an animal lover like me you have to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest. One of my favorite destinations. Entrance is not free and you have to pay to buy fruits and bananas so the monkeys can climb on you. They’re literally everywhere just jumping on visitors and monkeying around (hehe ;)) They highly recommend you don’t wear anything loose such as hats, purses, or any jewelry because the monkeys will snatch it from you and you can say goodbye to it forever. I was wearing these flowy pants and I guess they thought I was hiding something in them because they would jump on my foot and look under my pants. It was the funniest thing ever. I could have stayed here for hourssss.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with 7 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetimg_8789.jpgYou can’t go to Bali and not go to the beach. By far few of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. We visited a few such as Uluwatu, Padang Padang and Suluban. When I return my goal is to spend almost every day exploring beaches and waterfalls, which we didn’t get a chance to do with so much in our plate.Processed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetIMG_8135Another cafe spot worth the visit is Coffee Cartel. It’s another plant based cafe that will blow your mind with its tasteful dishes. We had the chance to chat with the owner who’s a really sweet guy from Sydney, Australia. This spot is so chic and aesthetically pleasing I didn’t want to leave. Definitely check this sweet spot out if you’re ever in Seminyak.Processed with VSCO with fp2 presetProcessed with VSCO with ke1 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp2 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fr4 presetProcessed with VSCO with fp2 presetAfter a few days in Seminyak we made our way to Ubud. The drive was supposed to be about two hours however with the crazy driving and traffic in Seminyak it became five hours long. Thankfully our villa in Ubud sent the sweetest driver we had in Bali to pick us up. His name was Jana. Jana is a local from Ubud who dedicates to driving tourists and owns a shop with his wife near Bukit Campuhan. We also hired him to drive us around Ubud for two days. He gave us recommendations, took us to the best spots around the city and partook in some Indonesian traditions with us. Jana became our friend. I miss him and when I go back to Bali I will be contacting him again. Please, if you’re ever in Ubud ask me for his contact information. You’ll make me the happiest person!IMG_8126Processed with VSCO with kg2 presetOur villa in Ubud was beyond words. It was in the most peaceful neighborhood, overlooking rice fields. The only downside I have to say is it wasn’t always peaceful. The villas owner has a person assigned to cook you breakfast and clean up after you. Though that might sound nice to some, to those looking to get away from people and have some privacy its not the best scenario. We asked her in the nicest way possible not to come the next day, explaining to her we didn’t need our rooms cleaned or any breakfast since we had plans to eat out. She still came by with her assistant the following morning, hung out in the living room area waiting for us to leave. It was really uncomfortable and very unprofessional in my opinion. Therefor I’m not exactly sure I would recommend this villa to someone looking for privacy based on my experience. However if you don’t mind any of what I just described feel free to ask me for this villa’s information.  Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIf you love elephants then you probably feel the same way I do about elephant parks. I’ve never liked the idea of them nor supported them. However I researched this one and apparently these elephants were rescued from Sumatra, where their natural habitat is being destroyed by deforestation and the animals are being persecuted and hunted due to their damage to the palm oil trade. This park  is called The Elephant park in Taro and it meets international standards of animal care and was awarded the “Best Environmentally Friendly Tourist Attraction” in Bali. Though I still disagree with elephant riding and would never partake in it, it was a remarkable experience getting to feed and bond with the elephants.Processed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetI got to check of a few things from my bucket list on this trip. Visiting the Tegalang Rice Terrace was among them. You have to pay a small fee to access the fields and be able to walk trough them but its totally worth it. It was definitely a hike. You start at the bottom and make it to the top and you have to make donations as you go otherwise you have to turn back around. Processed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with l1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetIf visiting temples is among your plans for Indonesia make sure you do some research and find which ones you’d like to visit. I made the mistake of not doing so and when we got there I didn’t know which ones I wanted to see. Theres so many. Literally every corner or street you pass by theres a temple. Some of the Temples have rules for females. So keep that in mind when getting ready before visiting the temples.Processed with VSCO with av4 presetThis was Bukit Campuhan in Ubud. It’s a twelve kilometer trail amid lush green woods, valleys and rivers.Processed with VSCO with 4 presetAmong Danny’s list of places he wanted to see was the Pura Tirta Empul. Tirta Empul is a  holy spring water temple. The temple has a spring that gives out fresh water regularly. The water is believed to have magical powers and local Balinese consider it to be holy and come here to purify themselves under the water spouts. Our friend and driver Jana guided us trough the whole tradition. Though the water was freezing and I was reluctant to go in initially it was definitely worth it. I would do it all over again.Processed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with av4 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetAfter a few days in Bali we took a flight back to Singapore and stayed there a couple more days. Let me tell you guys, Singapore is the complete opposite of Indonesia. It is tremendously expensive. From hotels, to food to attractions. As spectacular as it was I wouldn’t recommend anyone staying in Singapore for more than two to three days unless you have the money to splurge. We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. That was totally worth it. It was on Danny’s bucket list spending some time at the infinity pool overlooking the skylines and it was truly a magical experience. The hotel is beautiful and super high end. It has a lot of restaurants, a mall and some attractions. We had such a hard time finding good food anywhere in Singapore. Never imagined having this issue EVER. Aside from the food being expensive almost everywhere, everything we tried wasn’t that great sometimes not even good at all. Now I know everyone has different a taste but that was just my experience. Super dissapointing.Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with kp8 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetimg_8019.jpgIMG_8001Processed with VSCO with q4 presetMy favorite attraction in Singapore was of course the Gardens by the Bay. This was on my bucket list for a very long time. I have always been obsessed with trees, plants, and flowers so this place was a dream come true. The garden has these beautiful super trees that light up at night. It has a forest with its own indoor waterfall, a flower Dome and sky conservatories. Outdoor garden admission is free but everything else has a small price to it. Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with 4 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with s2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetOne of the last places we visited in Singapore was the Art Science Museum. It is located right next to the Marina Bay Sands. I was really looking forward to checking this place out but I was a bit disappointed. Mainly because there wasn’t many exhibitions making the visit really short. We were’t even there for an hour. All the exhibitions were mind blowing, I just wish there was more of them. Despite my disappointment I really do recommend this museum because its something that you’veprobably never seen before. Processed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetThe very last thing we did was the Merlion Park. Its across from the museum and the Marina Bay. I got a little frustrated in this location because it gets incredibly crowded. People don’t even give you a chance to get a nice picture in front of the lion. They take forever to finish taking their own photographs and will jump in front of your picture with no empathy. I would highly suggest coming here early in the morning so you can avoid this. Processed with VSCO with 10 presetProcessed with VSCO with ke1 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetHere are the Gardens by the Bay at night. If you stay at the Marina Bay Sands theres a bridge that has easy access to the gardens. They have a few light shows so make sure you do some research for the times so you don’t miss it. Processed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with j3 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetProcessed with VSCO with kg2 presetI forgot to mention earlier but research all of Singapores rules and laws before arriving. They are very strict in some aspects. You cannot litter or throw any type of trash on the ground (which I believe should be a law everywhere), you can’t chew gum, can’t show affection in public, and many more. Another tip, ladies make sure you bring plug adapters and make sure the voltage in your hair appliances is within the voltage limit of these locations. Last thing you want to do is fry your straightener or even worse your hair while on vacation. If I were to choose which place I would rather travel to it would be anywhere in Bali a million times.  Singapore is a beautiful city, but I was dissapointed various time making my visit not the best experience. When I travel  I try to go in with an open mind and willingness to try and do anything but I don’t think I would ever go back. Bali is another story. Bali is a place I would visit even once a year. Thats how much I loved it. I’m not going to explain in detail what I love about it because its everything, the culture, the people, the food, the landscapes. You just have to experience it for yourself to understand what I mean.

 

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post or found it beneficial in some way. Please contact me if you ever want any more tips or recommendations about any of these places. Thank you so much for reading this all the way if you did. Hope you have an amazing weekend and Thanksgiving holiday! Hasta la proxima!

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
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O Fall weather! wherefore art thou?

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,

Bless Thee.

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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!

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Starry Eyed

Hey lovelies,

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! silver_star_divider_by_night_the_panthercat-d7wyyplFullSizeRender 5FullSizeRender 23IMG_3552IMG_3742IMG_3737IMG_3752IMG_3720IMG_3705IMG_3701IMG_3602IMG_3611IMG_3727

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:

Dress

I’ve had the denim jacket for quite some time now. The brand is Cherokee from Target, here are some similar ones:

Similar Denim Jackets

And here are the shoes:

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SC Pool Party

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.divider (1)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.

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Here is Rae’s Website link:

Rae Breda Photography

50721-200One 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:

Instagram: Lola_trixx

Lola Trixx Jewelry

50721-200Another accessories and jewelry brand was 2 Luxe Ladies. They have an online boutique that you can check out in the link below:

Instagram: Luxeladiesgiftairy

2 Luxe Ladies

50721-200Batey 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.

Instagram: Bateygirls

Batey Girls

50721-200A 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:

Instagram: FyndFashion

Fynd Fashion

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!

Xoxo, tumblr_static_2sl412d2nmecg008ksscwgw00