05-31-2016

Luxe Fashion Show

Race season is officially over here in the city known for its race history. As a good Brazilian I do enjoy the race – especially when we have amazing Brazilian drivers competing, hello Tony and Helio – but besides the race itself (and the beers and burgers) I love seeing the tourists in town, the buzz, the fashion industry throwing the coolest events and just seeing everyone gathering together makes the city look and feel so alive!!! We started the night having Josef Newgarden (who took 3rd place in Indy 500 historical race) over at Saks taking pics and giving out autographs.

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Then I met my plus one Maria and headed to Napolese where Simon Mall and GQ Magazine were hosting a cocktail party before the big show! May I add I’ve been to quite a few fashion related events in the city and have never seen an event put together so well and so tastefully. Kuddos for the marketing team, I’m blown away!

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Still at Napolese they were doing live sketches of what people were wearing! Fantastic guys, such a cool idea!! And cheers….

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Afterwards we all headed to the mall where the fashion show was being held. Upon arrival I was directed to my seat and Simon mall equipped myself and other local bloggers with iphone lenses to take shots of the show along with lots of gifts and other goodies….blown away part II !!!!

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05-27-2016

White Look & Gold Accents – just a few days left to use your coupon discount at Sole Of Brasil!

Nothing screams spring/summer louder than a crisp white look, as a good Leo myself I lean towards yellow gold accessories….and quite honestly you can’t go wrong with that combo!

It was an afetrnoon at Clay Terrace for my oldest daughter Bella concert (she sang Oceans by Hillsong United – and I melted on my chair!!) afterwards we found ourselves in the cutest setting with all of us looking nice ( a very very rare occasion! Hahaha) so I started snapping pics for the blog and fit in a few of us all together, the results…my peeps!

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Zara Dress; Ouro flat santos by Loucos & Santos – use code KARINA15 at check out to get 15% off, promo valid through May. If you are thinking about ordering these go a size bigger because they run a little small!

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05-20-2016

Felloship Friday: Living Lessons

Happy Friday my friends!! My blogging time has gotten shorter and shorter lately, girls out of school and summer activities are taking its toll on mommy here. But in the midst of it all I’m still trying to keep my priorities straight and even though my morning prayers are also getting shorter I came across this chapter this week and can’t stop thinking about it. Every now and then a verse jumps out at me and makes so much sense…let me start by telling you I’ve always had a super hard time understanding and even having any desire whatsoever to read the Bible until about a year ago when I found the Living Bible Translation in which it’s written with words of our time ( I mean seriously, even the Bible in portuguese is so hard to grasp and the words so hard to understand). Let me also clarify that I still have questions and not everything makes sense, that’s why it’s important for me to ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit every time I’m studying God’s word. And then like I said once in a while everything makes perfect sense, like this short chapter I want to share with you today:

Romans 12

“A Living Sacrifice to God

12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d]Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[f] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.

19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge;
    I will pay them back,”[g]
    says the Lord.

20 Instead,

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
    If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
    burning coals of shame on their heads.”[h]

21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.”

PS: Paul is my favorite apostle, because he’s so freaking relatable in his imperfections and desire to change….

Can anyone relate to any of these words? Copying the world’s behaviour? Serve the Lord with cheer? Pretending to love others? (oh boy that’s one that hits hard for me – repeat after me: stop being judgemetal, stop being judgemental – take care of your own business!!)  and then Paul goes on and tells us to be kind to our haters…Ugh really?? Hahaha I guess it takes lots and lots of practice! And prayer, there’s a purpose for everything we just need to trust Him!

Hope you have an amzing weekend and if you miss seeing the looks hop in my insta @karinastylediaries for more #ootd action!

Beijos,

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05-10-2016

Miami Series: Wynwood Walls

One of the oh-so-talked-about places you must visit while in Miami is the hip and cool artsy neighboorhood Wynwood Art District. “The Wynwood Walls has brought the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami.” Very impressive and the feel of coolness lingers in the air….hip little shops, cafés and boutiques made our morning that much more intellectually fun!

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One wall is cooler than the other, and they all tell a story…

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05-04-2016

Hope Supply

Good day gal pals! I’m so happy to share with you the Hope Supply box from Mi Esperanza !

“Mi Esperanza means MY HOPE and began in 2002 with a vision to provide life sustaining change in the lives of women in the villages surrounding Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  For more than a decade we have elevated women out of poverty by giving them the tools and resources they need to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Through Mi Esperanza women are finding a new sense of HOPE, self empowerment and the stability that is needed to gain control of their future. At the heart of MI ESPERANZA lies a desire to see lives changed  and we know that elevating women is the fastest way to change the world.”

Social Enterprise: “Committed to fair wage and a healthy and supportive work environment Mi Esperanza produces a line of unique handmade bags and jewelry.  Through our social enterprise graduates from our educational programs find meaningful and life changing work as seamstresses and artisans.  Women once locked into a life of poverty are finding a way out…Lives are changing as a result.  100% of the profits from the sale of our products returns to our programs that elevates women out of extreme poverty.” Hope supply is a subscription box with the collaboration of three brands that produce with Mi Esperanza (Tribe Alive, Arrowroot Clothing, and our own local Liz Alig). All profits from the box goes directly back to Mi Esperanza to support their program.  The box retails for $60 and includes 4 products with a retail value of $135.

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I want to share one of my favorite stories:

Meet Hilda and her family.

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“Hilda is one of Mi Esperanza’s first women.  She came to us as an abused women of an alcoholic husband. Hilda’s husband spent nearly everything he made on alcohol.   She requested a micro-loan to start a business that would enable her to support her and her children and be able leave her abusive situation.  Hilda received a loan of 180.00 US dollars and began her business of selling household supplies like trash bags, toilet paper and cleaners.  Hilda traveled in and around her community to sell her items and began to create an income for her family.  By the time Hilda had repaid her loan her life had completely changed.  Hilda found that HOPE CHANGES THINGS.  With the hope for a different future Luis (Hilda’s husband) also saw reason to change.  Luis brought a bicycle with a crate attached and began operating the business.  Soon after, Luis purchased a small motorcycle and continues to work for his family.  Luis has stopped drinking and he and Hilda are very happy.”

Supporting groups like Mi Esperanza truly brings HOPE to these women and help they strive in an extreme poverty environment, read more real stories here.

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04-28-2016

Miranda Frye Jewelry

Going back to amazing partnerships, this is one I’m cheerishing to this day!! I have purchased Miranda Frye jewelry before because I LOVE her style. MF pieces are dainty, delicate, modern and without a doubt they make a statement. Simple and chic, pretty much translates everything I really love as far as aesthetics and style. That being said I don’t have to explain how thrilled I was when I received a package with some more pieces…I’m telling you girls it just makes me want MORE….honey please don’t read this – or just place an order for Mother’s Day, will you?! (Yes!!!)

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I have to say this is one of my favorite pics! My tan is at it’s peak making the jewelry stand out even more ♥

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Miranda Frye: Titan Navette Hoop Earrings; Edge Cuff; Vapor Midi Ring (I also wear it in my pinky); Dash Ring; Grace Ring (my personal favorite!).

All the clothing info you’ll find it at this post

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This shows anothe look with the same pieces but more relaxed, it just shows how the jewelry can really mix and match with any style!

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04-26-2016

Miami Series: Key Biscayne – The Ritz Carlton

Katie, a friend who used to work with me says The Ritz Carlton is LIFE and the rest is just the rest…I guess I couldn’t have found better words to describe the ultimate luxury of TRC hotels. I first heard of the chain back in the 90’s when dad along with mom won a trip to the US along with a group for best sales performers of the year through 3M Brazil (where he retired from). Well guess what? 3M put them all at the TRC in different states and boy they came back home with every little token imaginable, we had Ritz Carlton mini soaps, shampoos, body creams and shower caps for months…silly? Well not when you have not seen anything like it! Years later we visited TRC in Beaver Creek, CO – to this day the most amazing one I’ve come across.

So Desi suggested we spend the day in Key Biscayne and have lunch at The Ritz Carlton and both Maria and I jumped at it – YES PLEASE! Then again lunch and drinks cost a small fortune but hey it was a treat. Private beach, no need to carry chairs and umbrellas and the view….the people….the ice cream is prettier and even the air smells rich, if you know what I mean! Hehehehe. We took long walks and relaxed before hitting the bar and having amazing fish tacos and $20 dollar margaritas (yikes! They were pretty good though!!). At the end of the day we stopped at the café before heading home. I seriously wish I had taken more pics, everything was dreamy! A room there cost anywhere from $400 a night to $4k, I’m guessing they have packages for drinks and snacks also available.

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And there we went….playing chic!

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This view alone was priceless! I found this hat at the local Burlington (same as TJMaxx, Marshalls, etc). I thought it was very Chanel 🙂

Inessa color blocket tunic – BCBG Max Azria; Tory Burch Miller patent leather sandal; Givenchy 58MM square sunnies.

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I know it’s tacky to take my LV neverfull to the beach but it was either that or nothing. I had no room for a beack bag in my suitcase. Either way I want to say it was a great choice, the bag is enourmous and fits everything you can think of: extra set of clothes, beach towel, extra flip flops, makeup bag (just a few basics), phone, camera, etc.

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Lunch time yummies!! Some things are worth the splurge, this is one of them 🙂

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04-21-2016

Sole of Brasil

In a blogger’s life you have to make choices everyday. Those choices can be something like spending time with family and friends or write a “quick” post, clean the house and cook or write a blog post, watch your favorite show or write a blog post, or even when to put yourself together and beg your peeps to take pics for a post. Other times you must make more important choices such as whether to pick up products to feature (partner with companies) or not. My blogging road has been a long one with a few awesome successes and some epic failures and guess what, I’m still trying to figure out my identity! Now a days I’m busy with my full time job and thanks to maturity and faith I’ve set my priorities to where I’m comfortable with my choices and am not afraid to say no and take a breather!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it takes time, lots of time in my case for the right partnerships to come along, so don’t sell your soul in order to “make it”, stick to your beliefs and be true to yourself because eventually the right people will find you! Lately I have been feeling very fortunate about the companies I’m working with and this here is one I’m celebrating since I opened their box!!! Let me tell you a little bit about Sole of Brasil (and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with them too even before you check out their shoes!!).

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The beginning: “Over a decade ago, our love of Brazilian shoes and all things Brazil began. We knew that we had to share these beauties with women who appreciate on-trend designs and high-quality materials at a smart price point. We proudly and exclusively feature products that have been produced in Brazil…In the South of Brazil, miles away from the bustling, well-known cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a long, rich history of leather shoe making thrives. For generations, Brazilian designers and artisans have perfected the art of beautifully crafted women’s shoes. While many in the shoe industry have ditched this sentiment for a faster, cheaper product, we choose to walk the line… very stylishly we might add..Our products have been delicately produced, expertly imported and are personally shipped to each customer. Now don’t you feel special! ” – Sole of Brasil – just a quick note to tie up with my intro: SB works with designers and smaller companies (not mass producing or using sweat shops – a big problem in today’s fast fashion), we share the same faith values (huge bonus!!) and they have a cause!!! YES I told you, the right people will come along!!! Sole Of Brasil supports women:

“THE CAUSE – WALK FREE

Every woman deserves to WALK FREE from human trafficking and abuse. With every purchase, we make a donation to the Dream Center’s Human Trafficking Program to house and rehabilitate women who have been rescued from traffickers. It’s the only program of its kind in California and we are proud to support their work. Visit http://www.dreamcenter.org/our-outreaches/human-trafficking/ for more information.”

Doesn’t get any better than this!! They are based in L.A. and every purchase comes with a little package of Sugarfina gummy bears, just another sweet touch!

Now off to my favorite pair…

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Sole of Brasil – Malia by Jorge Bischoff; Miranda Frye Rings, bangle and earrings; Miu Miu noir sunnies; BCBG Max Azria White lace boho top – similar (on sale!); Rag and Bone cut offs; Risseto Ombré leather clutch.

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04-20-2016

Miami Series: South Pointe Park

Next in line for our Miami visit is South Pointe Park, a place right across Fisher Island (a very exclusive private island with condos). After a day in SB we headed there to eat the famous cobb salad and have some wine, what happened however was that we weren’t expecting it to be happy hour  on a Friday night…the place was crowded!! The good part though is that it was crowded with beautiful people so we got ourselves a corner table, had dinner and our wine and people watched for a couple hours!

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I’m in love with this Forever 21 cropped top, super cute, trendy and easy on the pocket!! – Option 1; Option2; Option 3; Givenchy Sunnies; Miranda Frye Jewelry and Rag and Bone cut offs.

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Laughs, good wine and good food…better than this only if we got a table outside, overlooking the water with that Mediterranean vibe!

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Travel Tip: Try to stop by the area at lunch time, it’s a beautiful view with a low key vibe aka hipster hang out! But if you are trying to meet people you might want to go for a happy hour! We were coming from the beach so totally underdressed…Lunch at the bar (outside) has cheaper options and a nicer view! Tip #2

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04-13-2016

Miami Series: South Beach

You simply can’t go to Miami and not make a pit stop at the famous white sand/turquoise waters of South Miami Beach. Back in the day this used to be a very exclusive and popular amongst VIP’s destination. Sad to say, not anymore but the beauty of the place remains intact and the art deco buildings surrounding the area takes you right back to somewhere in the 60’s….very cool if you ask me.

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Like my very well traveled friend Desi asks: Does this resemble Cannes anyone?! I’d like to say YES even though I’ve never been, looking at the film festivals pictures this scenario is exactly what I think of  when I think of the French Riviera or Côte d’azur …. thoughts?!

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Ombré Ocean – checked!

Travel Tips: 

-Prepare to park a few blocks from the beach and plan ahead to take chairs, umbrella and coolers as they don’t provide any of these at the beach. Unless of course you stay in one of the amazing beach front hotels. Another option is to rent a beach bed/umbrella for the “bargain” of $100 for the whole day which allows you to order drinks from the hotel tent but NO use of their exclusive bathrooms…yes girlfriend you read it right – must pee in the water – sorry! Alcohol drinking is forbidden in the beach but then again this is Miami and you’d be amazed at what you see….I’ll leave it at that ;D and you didn’t hear it from me!!

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