Making a Splash Pin Up Style + Giveaway!

Going through Fashion school I had a friend name Danisha, think of a bubbly little lady who giggled pretty much all throughout class and was always jamming to a popular song. That’s Danisha, no wonder why I was automatically drawn to seat by her and obviously had endless belly laughs and more often than not it was hard to concentrate in some of the classes we had together. Long story short  Danisha partnered up with another classmate Krista and founded Poppy Seeds – fashions that pop! Danisha is the Owner and Head Designer and Krista was the Assistant Designer and Patternmaker for a while, as of now Danisha runs the company by herself. What I love about her bathing suit brand is the retro style, I feel like the market is saturated with either teeny weeny bikinis or rather old-fashioned and dated looking suits for the more curvy ladies, Poppy Seeds suits are classy and fit all body types, making the skinny or the more plump ladies feel good about themselves with no need to bare it all!

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I’m wearing the Lena Yellow Polka Dot gathered high waist bikini, it’s a style that is flattering if you have a bit of a tummy sticking out too ladies, just classy and timeless :)

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I love to wear styles like these to lounge, have a glass of wine at the end of a summer afternoon while admiring the view…yes I’m here dreaming! Hahahaha hey it’s good to dream! I honestly was thinking about having a full on makeup and hair pin up style but the suit already spoke for all of it and at the end I just felt like being as natural as possible to let this baby shine, so how do you like this guys?!

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So now, what’s in for you?! We’ll be running a giveaway that will stay open for one week, the winner will be chosen next Monday and the suit will be made for that person’s size to order!

The prize: The Perry High Waist suit, click here to see this guy from many angles! A follow on Instagram and a like on facebook Poppy Seeds page is required! A comment on this post will earn you extra points!
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Good luck and wishes of a fab week!


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iTube: My First Sephora Gratis Haul

Life at Sephora in short: the perks are ah-mazing ladies and you can totally see for yourself what’s like to check out the first big bag of gratis. Enjoy :)

Little list of Goodies, yes I’m being sarcastic….it’s rather a big list, all found at….SEPHORA! Haha

Bounce: Medium Round Thermal Ceramic Brush
-ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Shampoo
-ALTERNA Caviar CC Cream for Hair 10-in-1 Complete Correction
-ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Replenishing Moisture Conditioner
-ALTERNA CAVIAR Anti-Aging® Omega+ Nourishing Hair Oil
-Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
-Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil™ 100 percent Purified Squalane
-Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix
-Philosophy Purity Made Simple
-Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil
-Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel™
-GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment
-No Cosmetics No Bleeding Lips – Secret Lip Liner
-Dior Hydra Life BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (#1)
-Dior Blush (no idea what color that is sorry but it’s very pigmented! LOOOOVING it!)
-Dior Rouge Lip Liner in Caramel
-SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Infusion Lip Stain
-Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ Precision Longwear Eyeliner
-Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
-Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
-Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Remover

Hope you enjoyed this little overview ladies and gents, if you’re looking into getting into the beauty industry Sephora is an amazing place to be at, so challenging and so much to learn. I feel like everyday is a new learning experience and a new face to challenge my skills, so many talents to learn from…I can’t say enough good things about it (yes, the uniforms….not good, but hey it’s the job! I feel like I’m back at my flight attendant days of playing w my make up while wearing uniforms!)

Beijos and awesome weekend everyone,

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Almost Mono Look!

Since working in uniforms I’ve been finding myself extra eager to dress up…even to go grocery shopping! This was my Sunday ootd, simple street style in an almost monochromatic palette, cool colors that go perfectly with my lavender highlights! Hope you enjoy :)

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Abercrombie & Fitch Alyssa super skinny

Kate Spade Bag (Lucy Mint has a similar style that I love HERE)

H&M neoprene shirt

Stella & Dot Isadora pearl necklace

Nine West heels

Tom Ford Iris sunnies

(bought them at My Habit and absolutely LOVE!)

I love the effortlessness of this look and it’s great impact with the bright white, baby blue and blush colors together. Any pieces with similar colors make for a nice look together, go for it it’s the perfect season!

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Premier Laser Spa of Indianapolis – My underarm procedure!

Hey ladies and gents this post is a special one for those of you who wrestle with hair growth on a daily basis. I had the wonderful opportunity to be treated by the Premier Laser Hair Removal of Indy about three and a half weeks ago and I vlogged and reported my experience through video and photos. Here’s the whole video, we filmed the whole procedure that took about 3 minutes (VERY FAST!) and I still haven’t shaved, which I will now that I’m posting this! Watch the video or read on the post for a special offer from us to you! Please feel free to ask questions through comments here and/or my youtube channel and if I can’t answer it I’ll get you someone who can :)

My Right Underarm

My Right Underarm after 2 weeks

My Left underarm after 2 weeks

My Left underarm after 2 weeks

The Hairs completely shedded after these pictures were taken. It felt like after I showered the hairs were so weak they simply fell with the rub of a sponge or a towel (this is my experience solely, actual results may vary, you should consult with one of the specialists from the spa -consultations are free of charge!). See more recent close-ups at the end of the video.

If you’d like a $250 dollar Gift Certificate let me know and I’ll be happy to hand you one, they can be combined with an extra $250 from the website. Go to www.premierlaserspaofindianapolis.com for details.


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Sweet Yellow Wild Purple!

I promise I didn’t have a plan, it just so happened like that as most of my looks end up! As you may know yellow and purple are opposites on the color wheel which translates to complimentary colors, the ones that go perfectly together. When my new hair went with my dress I knew this would be one happy post!

So I finally went to see my hair guy Kiem, I wanted something different (every now and then I get that itch) and had the thought of a pastel purple, lilac-y color. Boom, he was game (as he always is) and we did a few lighter highlights and a few purple ones. As I wash my hair the intensity of the purple will wash off too, which will be more of what I wanted initially.

Long story short, when I realized how cool everything looked together I decided this would be the perfect post to feature my oh-so-loved hair guru! He’s throwing a sweet discount for new clients who have read this post. All you have to do when you book your appointment is tell them you’ve seen the discount at Karina Style Diaries Blog :) Read on for deets!

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We started by playing with the sample colors and selecting what shade would be appropriate, Belinha went with me and took the pics :)

Then he picked the places we wanted to lighten and started this rocking new Italian technique called Flamboyage in with mixes the strings of hair that will be dyed, so cool. It was created by Davines Artistic Director and hairdresser. If you haven’t heard of Davines products they are marvelous and Mi-Nail Salon is the only place that carries the line here in town. YellowPurple5

Well hello there!

After the hair was bleached, he added the purple on some selected strings of hair for about 15 min. and off we went to a moisturizing treatment!


I use Davines hair mask “Nourishing Hair Building Pak” made with grape Phytoceuticals (which is one of the richest antioxidants found in nature, used in this case to fortify hair). He put me in the steamer for another 15-20 min. and my hair washes silky and soft after all those chemicals….ah-mazing!

And the results: Kiem and I afterwards (he goes through a major arm workout to blow-dry my locks!) Hehehehe.


If you want to take advantage of having your tresses treated by Kiem, call Mi Nail Salon 317-842-4040 for an appointment now! He’s offering 15% off for any combination service or 10% off any one service.



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Stella and Dot Zahara Necklace

Kate Spade Nude Handbag

Loft nude leather belt

Jorge Alex snake skin blue shoes

Hair by Kiem Voong

I hope you guys enjoyed the look and the hair and that this post inspired you to do something FUN for summer! Girly or edgy this look can fit so many styles at once. I wish you all a fun 4th of July and #gobrazil we’re still going strong – wearing that yellow for  reason :)


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iTube: Newbies, Reviews & Favorites

Hey guys, today’s video is a resume of my latest purchases that quickly became my faves! A review on them and the usual chit-chat!

Clarisonic Acne Brush head

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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Burgundy #5


Sephora Collection Full Lash Extreme Effect Mascara in Blue #4

Sephora blue

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder in Medium Light

UD NakedSkinPowderHope you guys enjoy and give any of these guys a try! And as always don’t forget to have FUN!!!!


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Effortless Purple Lace & White Skinnies

Oh my goodness, I can barely believe I’m seating in front of the computer writing a post! In the midst of starting my new job (I’m loving every minute of it!), the World Cup and kids summer break I’m wondering how can I stop and take a breath of fresh air ;)

It’s taking a few adjustments here and there and even though I’ll have fewer posts throughout summer I’ll still try to keep it up!

So, off to the look I wore to church yesterday and talk about that breath of “Fresh Air”, this is just what we are studying at iTown Church right now. I have to tell you it’s a nice break to be able to take a breath, cherish and be thankful for all we have! #thankyoulord



If you remember those two pairs of Abercrombie & Fitch jeans I bought on sale, this is the white one I wore for the first time yesterday! They’re super soft yet not see through (a big problem on white pants!).

The top looks great by itself but since I went to church I put on a white tank underneath to go with the pants. This look would’ve been fantastic with a bold white necklace or earrings as well, I just went for a more modest vibe. Effortless chic mes amis :)

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Abercrombie & Fitch white skinnies

Yoana BaraschiBlitz Boutique, Vail CO

SJP Maud Sandal

Rebecca Minkoff lilac mini mac ( Also in love with this pink pastel one too!!!)

Stella & Dot Neeya Drop earrings

Tom Ford Whitney sunnies


What I wore on my face:

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua #40

Bobbi Brown blush in Apricot

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Burgundy

Milani lipstick in Rose Hip

Tomorrow I’ll have a review video up here featuring a few goodies I recently purchased and am loooooving! Includes this amazing YSL mascara (a must for the brown eye girls!!!!)


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Boyfriend + Pearls

I’m definitely not your pearl kinda gal, while I love the classics I love them best with a little twist…think Chanel pearls in the vision of Karl rather than Coco, well c’est moi! Nothing screams polished and classic yet edgy more than a cool chunk of grey pearls mixed with heavy chains and sparkles. So here’s one of my fave necklaces playing the girl part in this outfit:


The options with the boyfriend jeans are endless and while you can go rocker wild you can also go hip chic just as easily!

The blue, white and ombré cluch gives a summerish feeling, the pop of fuchsia  makes is for a happy yet polished look. Essie nail polish in “Borrowed & Blue”.

Roll up the hem of your jeans to give them more shape. Or let them loose with super high heels.


BF+Pearl5As for makeup and hair I curled my hair with Hot Tools 24K curling iron in 1″ barrel and wore a complete natural face with tinted moisturizer, eye brow kit by Milani and nothing else!

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H&M belt

49 Square Miles ombré clutch

Stella and Dot Isadora Pearl Necklace – similars here

Can’t remember the name of those Valentino inspired shoes!!! :/  similar here

Joie silk blouse from Saks Fifth Avenue

** For the followers of the world cup: as you may know Brazil plays today and we also have Blue & White in our flag, since my last Green & Yellow combo didn’t bring the best result I opted for a different one today and hopefully bring our team great luck! #gobrazil **


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Coral Floral

Even though we are indeed at the end of the flower season, you can’t deny flowers can make anyone’s day brighter and bring smiles to our faces, right?!

So that being said, I promise this wasn’t planned but I just happened to post florals twice this week in a total different way, so if you like the  hip chic style you’d be better off with the cool floral ensemble (HERE) but if you are a girly girl and love color I’m sure you’ll love this!

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Tips & Bits: If you’d like to go lighter wear a light wash skinny pant, I like to balance the fullness of the top with a skinny pant. If you wear a loose one you run the risk of appearing sloppy! Also play up with your colors and choose different hues of coral/orange to play along with your accessories, this adds confidence and creativity to your look rather than trying to match exactly all the colors :)

Joie Floral Top – similar here

Rag & Bone jeans

J.Crew leather clutch – similar here 

Stella and Dot Elodie Necklace – available in gold & silver!

NYX cosmetics lipstick in Hippie Chic


Stella and Dot Paloma Stacked rings - on sale now!

Do not mind my serious face, I wanted to show off my contouring techniques!  Hehehe

As for the makeup look I went pretty sheer with a lightweight foundation. My choice was the Nearly Naked by Revlon (love it for summer) mixed with Benefit’s High Beam highlighter (you can use any drugstore highlighter!). I smoked just above my crease with a coral eyeshadow by the Pantone Line from Sephora along with Urban Decay “Virgin” on my browbone and inner corner of the eye. Countour and Highlight routine was the same of my Sephora Interview video.

For my hair I just brushed and parted on the side for a sleek pony tail (that’s a winner look for dirty hair days!!! HA)

Hope you guys have an AWESOME weekend :)

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iTube: Summer Series Collab with Beth Reynolds

Hey guys I’m so excited we finally got to do this. Beth is a local fashionista who happens to be an youtuber and we met through Indy’s Star article in which my blog was featured a couple months ago (see post here). So we came together and Beth planned this Summer Series that consists of makeup, hair and outfit look in one video. In this collaboration I did the day part and she did the evening part of it. Another twist to these videos is that Beth is a cool fair skin tone, while I’m a deeper warm tone so there’s something for everyone! I hope you guys enjoy the series, please subscribe to our channels for weekly new videos and let us know if you enjoy these videos so we can work on more projects in the future!

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Watch the video to find out all the deets on the makeup, hair and outfit!

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And here’s Beth’s video:

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