missing sunny days

I didn't go to the beach today, but I dressed like I did. Some people might not consider this beach appropriate, but I don't go swimming most of the time. I prefer to lounge around on the sand and read a book! I kind of looked like I was dressed for Independence Day 😂 A…

A cloudy day: OOTD

It's been pretty gloomy in South Florida lately, with lots of cloudy and rainy days. I don't mind the rain that much because I tend to stay home most of the time anyway! I'm not working at the moment, so I've been taking advantage of my free time to read, knit, and watch those movies…

A sunny spring day: OOTD

I finally thrifted the perfect blue jeans! I am so excited to show you guys this pair. They fit nice and snug on my waist so I don't have to pull them up too often, and they're very loose and straight in the legs. I've been looking for something like this for months. I paired…

OOTD: Esmeralda Edition

My brother and sister called me Esmeralda today (as in the Hunchback of Notre Dame lady). They almost always have snarky comments about my outfits. Usually they're something along the lines of "Hey, grandma's home!", or "You look like [insert cartoon character/BTS member here]." I find it funny most of the time... Emphasis on most.…

My current skincare routine

My skincare routine is ever changing, partly because I'm always on the hunt for better products and partly because I can't always afford to repurchase items. However, this is the stuff that's been working for me as of late! Just a disclaimer: I have combination skin that easily gets dehydrated. My biggest concern is keeping…

Back to Old Habits

What we see here, folks, is a common occurrence: Karina all dressed up with nowhere to go. A not so common sight: Karina wearing makeup from the drugstore. As I've said in previous posts, I've been using makeup with more natural ingredients. However, I was broke, had finished most of my products, and had some…

On Caring Less

I often get comments from well-meaning family members about how the way I dressed and styled my hair in the past looked more flattering than the way I do now. It irks me to no end when they say that, because I am in a much better place now when it comes to my self-esteem…

I Want to be a Synchronized Swimmer

My favorite Olympic sports have always been the ones with an element of art to them, like gymnastics and figure skating. Today, a new love has been kindled, one that is possibly stronger than the love I have for those two sports combined. And that love is for synchronized swimming. The Olympic women's duet event…

Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lipstick Review

I was really excited to try out the Burt's Bee's lipsticks because I'm a huge fan of their products, particularly their lip balms. I bought these about two months ago around the time that I decided to switch to less-toxic makeup. I wanted to make the switch as quickly and conveniently as possible. At $8…