Accessorizing with Velvet Scrunchies 


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I love clothes, shoes, + makeup, but I’ve never been that into accessories.

The only accessories I ever wear are scarves + gloves (more for their functionality living in WA), baseball caps for bad hair days, and a black hair tie that is always on my wrist.

Jewelry, especially, has never interested me all that much. My ears are pierced, but 99% of the time I don’t wear earrings. I only own a couple of necklaces that I bring out for special occasions. And I have 0 bracelets or belts in my room.

So, I wouldn’t say I’m someone who loves to accessorize. That’s why I was surprised when I picked up a few velvet scrunchies while on a Target run recently.

The vintage feel of them caught my eye and the colors + velvet material made me think “why not try it?” (one example of how I never leave Target empty-handed lol).

I’ve been wearing daily them ever since then!

They actually work better than regular hair ties for my hair because they secure my hair better without pulling on it as tightly.

On top of that, they’re just so cute. To me, the two little extra pieces on the scrunchies look like a bow, but in the description they’re called bunny ears. Either way, they’re adorable!

These hair ties add a little something to an outfit and make accessorizing easy (and that means something coming from me!)

So whether you’re looking for an simple way to accessorize, in need of some new hair ties, or just an excuse to go to Target I recommend the Cat & Jack ones!

Available in sets of 3. Click on the images to shop 🙂




Love always,




First Day of Winter Outfit


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Winter is officially here in Washington!

I loved the outfit that I wore on the first day of winter so I wanted to share it!

What I’m wearing

  • Red lip : Sephora Cream Lip Stain in the shade Always Red, I pretty much only wear red lipstick during winter, and especially around the holidays, and this one lasts the longest + is affordable!
  • Camel coat: LOVE THIS, I just purchased it from Old Navy after searching around for a camel coat for awhile. This is definitely going to be a winter staple for me! It’s only available in black right now. Fortunately, Old Navy does have similar styles:

Also,  I listed a couple of other similar styles in this previous blog post. 

  • Gingham: This top is from Clad & Cloth. Definitely runs small, I’d recommend getting at least a size bigger (if not two). I’ve been loving this pattern since fall 🙂
  • Levi’s jeans: Can be styled so many ways!
  • Affordable black faux leather boots from Lulus: these are a steal for only $37, only a few sizes are left at the moment though

What trends are you loving for winter? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!

One last thing before you resume holiday festivities, I made a Poshmark account today and will be posting more items in the coming weeks. If you’re interested, feel free to follow me “karapatajo” 🙂

I just shared my first listing of  these cute wrap heels in size 7.5

Merry Christmas!

Love always,


Monday Motivation: Matthew 6:34

As someone who struggles with worry + anxiety, I sometimes feel myself feeling overwhelmed by a week before it even begins.

Over time, I’ve discovered that the only true assurance I can count on is in the Bible. 

Putting my faith into anything else- be it people, institutions, or myself- will lead me down a path of failure. 

Because of God’s perfect love for us, I can count on Him to calm my heart and stop my mind from getting ahead of itself.

So, as I enter this week I wanted to share a verse that has been on my heart lately, and is one that I look to when I need a reminder to focus on the present, rather than feel daunted by what’s to come. 

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. “ Matthew 6:34 ESV

God does not want you to be worrying about the future, he has had those days planned out for you since before you were born. 
Trust Him.

Don’t let worry for the future consume the present day. Enjoy it as much as possible and trust that God does not give you more than you can handle with his support. 

I hope that this verse brings you peace this week.

Happy Monday! 

Love always,


Holy Grail Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow (20% off)

The past three months or so I’ve been testing + loving a new foundation.

If there’s one makeup product that I am most picky about, it is definitely foundation.

When testing out foundations I look at the coverage, finish, wear times, and how well it works with my oily skin.

Since I usually lean towards foundations that are high coverage, satin-matte finish, and last 12+ hours, most of the ones that I try are misses.

In the past, my go-to was the Estee Lauder Double Wear. But, over time I grew tired of the “double wear” part, or how thick it felt on. It seemed like my skin couldn’t breathe under it.  Looking for a more lightweight foundation that still was still medium-full coverage, I found the Nars Sheer Glow.

I swatched a few shades on my neck at Sephora and left with the shade Punjab / Medium 1 (medium with peachy + golden undertones). This shade is the best match to my skin that I’ve ever been able to find, so I LOVED it right off the bat.

How well did it work?

  • coverage: medium-full
  • finish: satin / mostly matte with a soft glow
  • wear time: ~10 hours, longer with powder touch ups
  • designed for normal-dry skin types, but I found that it also works great for oily skin, I just like to set with a translucent powder (especially Laura Mercier’s)
  • claimed to be hydrating, and I found that it is. In the past I’ve had combination skin, but using this in the fall has prevented my skin from being dry at all.

Overall, I couldn’t be more happy with this foundation. It’s like my skin, but better. It gives me enough coverage while having a naturally radiant finish. I can’t feel the foundation on my skin at all throughout the day, I love how lightweight it is!

I think it would work well on all skin types, and is available in a range of 20 shades.

This product is particularly perfect for the fall, when the colder air can dry the skin and thus hydrating your skin is often more important than in the summer.

I tend not to write blog posts all about one beauty product (unless I really loved it + would highly recommend it). So, you know that this product is really worth your time + money!

**Now – tomorrow Nars is offering 20% sitewide, sent to you when you submit your email on their website. 

Regularly, the sheer glow foundation retails for $47, but is now $37.60 with code. Almost $10 off a high-end foundation is always a good deal (since beauty doesn’t go on sale as often as other items, like clothes).

Shipping is free over $25, free samples available & free return shipping!

Happy cyber Monday shopping!

Love always,


Black Friday Picks Under $60: Nordstrom + Old Navy

Some of the best sales of the season (and for holiday gifting) are happening today, so I am sharing my top picks from two of my favorite stores: Nordstrom + Old Navy.

Best part… everything is under $60, most are around $25!

Happy black friday shopping!

OLD NAVY (*everything is 50% off at checkout)


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Collarless Faux-Fur Coat

$35, originally $69.99, XS-XXL

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Textured-Jacquard Cardi-Coat

$30, originally $59.99, comes in 4 colors, XS-XXL

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Brushed-Yarn Boyfriend Cardi

$21.50, orginally $42.99, S-XL

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Flannel Blanket Scarf (I own this in 3 colors, it’s my FAV scarf!)

only $11.50, originally $22.99, comes in 11 patterns


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Relaxed Soft-Washed Classic Shirt

$16.50, originally $32.99, 11 colors, so soft

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Classic Brushed-Knit Turtleneck Sweater

$18.50, originally $36.99, comes in cream, red, + black


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Printed Flannel Sleep Pants

$8.50, originally $16.99, comes in 15 colors- including holiday patterns

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Printed Flannel Sleep Set

$15.00 total for top + bottom, originally $29.99, S-XL, dog pattern!!


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Grandpa Cardigan

$23.92, originally $45.00, 4 colors, XS-L

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Topshop Faux Shearling Gilet

$58.39, originally $110, 2-12

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Calson High/Low Tunic

$23.92, originally $49.00, 4 colors, S-XXL

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$22.49, originally $29.99, adds a rustic touch to your home

Deny Designs Prints: Buffallo Sunset, Beverly Hills, Ride Waves

$17.40-$29.40 based on size, originally $29-$49, 16×20 or 18×24

I hope you enjoyed my top black friday picks! 🙂

Where are you shopping today / what deals are you most excited for?

Love always,


A few things I’m thankful for in 2017 ❤️

  • The opportunity to go to college (at my dream school): As someone who has always been keen to learning and discovery, I can’t imagine myself being any other place than at the University of Washington. I’ve wanted to go to this school + follow in my dad’s footsteps my whole life. The chance to attend college has given me a new depth of understanding to the world and myself. Every week I learn more about topics that spark my interest. Recently, my curiosity  has been piqued by studies around the law & social justice. Mainly, attending college has given me the opportunity to be in a place of higher learning with others who share my interests (and many who don’t) and has led me closer to figuring out which career path is right for me.                                  
  • Kyle: To find your best friend / soulmate in high school is rare, but that’s what happened for me. I’ve been lucky enough to share life with Kyle for the past few years. He’s my other half, life partner, & most importantly my best friend. I like to describe him as being “golden-hearted,” because that sums him up the best. He’s changed my life in so many ways, but mainly he’s changed the course of my future, as we plan our future together. My #1 blessing everyday 🙂

  • Sweet Lilo: If you know me, you know I LOVE dogs. I have the sweetest three-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Lilo. She’s crazy, in a good way. Lilo is constantly happy + playful and she always brightens my day with how funny and sometimes mischievous she is. To know Lilo is to love Lilo!

  • New home: I’ve moved twice during the past 6 months, but now I’m finally pretty settled into my new house! Although I dreaded moving, now that I did it I’ve embraced being in a new environment and the opportunities that come with it- like redesigning my room + bathroom, reorganizing my closet, and ridding myself of material belongings which I no longer use. More than anything, I’m glad to have my own space that I know isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, to feel settled again. Plus, needing home decor / supplies is the perfect excuse to make a Target run 😉

What are you thankful for this year?

Happy Thanskgiving + sending lots of love!

Love always,


Fall staples // casual chic outfit


Good morning + happy monday!

It’s pouring in Seattle, but I wanted to share this simple fall outfit that I wore over the weekend because I’m wearing all staple pieces that are so comfortable + cute!


The grey wool jacket is from Zara. I love that the material is sweater-like because it’s so cozy, yet looks chic. It’s my go-to on dry autumn days. I purchased this in store a few weeks ago in downtown Seattle, but could not find it on their website.

Similar styles:

left to right:

  1. Wool blend coat by Halogen at Nordstrom $199
  2. Textured-Bouclé Everyday Coat for Women at Old Navy, comes in fir green, wine red, & black marl $69.99 (currently take 40%, only $42)
  3. Long Wool-Blend Coat at Abercrombie & Fitch, comes in dark grey, light grey (only M-XL in stock), & black and grey plaid, on sale for $132 (regularly $220)


These Levi’s are one of my favorite pairs! I saw them on so many style bloggers and had to have them. I ordered them from Amazon , currently retailing for $88. They fit true to size and I’m wearing a 25. Love the high-waisted fit + knee rips.


I just recently got these loafers in the mail from Target. Again, so many style bloggers have been raving about them so I wanted to try them for myself. The inside is faux fur + so warm! I love that they dress up any outfit but are still kinda cozy like slippers.

The fit is true to size & they also come in blush pink.

And then my top is just a basic black tee and I knotted it since the jeans are high-waisted and because why not? 🙂

Thank you for reading!

Love always,


5 tips for surviving cold / flu season

Wearing: scarf from Lulus, BP sweater from Nordstrom, Levis, Seychelles booties

Hey guys! 😊

For the past week I’ve been dealing with an awful cold, but I realized that at least one positive thing can come out of this… a blog post!

With all of the falling leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkins to carve, & cider to sip it can be easy to forget that it’s also cold & flu season.

The last few weeks I noticed more and more sniffles and coughs in my classes and in the library. Then, it was me who was sniffling and coughing.

So, I thought I’d share some tips from my past week with you guys to try to help you all stay healthy and recover as best as possible from the cold or flu.

1. Rest when you need to

This advice is so hard for me to listen to. But, this past week when I was exhausted and miserable while trying to unpack and study I realized that I just need to take time to recover before trying to perform all of my usual tasks.

2. You can never have too many travel-size tissues

Honestly I’ve always had those mini packs of tissues in my bathroom closet and they just sort of sit there… until one day when you least expect it you need them. So, it’s worth tossing a pack or two in your backpack / bag, at least during this season!

3. OJ for days

Need I say more? When I’m sick the only food/ drink that I really crave is orange juice. Plus, all of the vitamin C works to get rid of your cold faster.

4. It’s okay & necessary to prioritize your health & wellbeing sometimes (even over school & work)

If you need to take a few hours or days off to recover then do it! I learned the hard way that trying to go through my usual routine as if I wasn’t sick only made me more miserable and I regretted ever leaving my bed in the morning. (Haha?)

5. Imperfection isn’t the end of the world

Don’t get down on yourself because you “slack” on some of your usual tasks or fall a little behind, we can’t really control when we get sick & catching a cold during this season is more of a matter of when than if.
Hope you’re staying warm + healthy!

Love always,


Colourpop: Gimme More Highlighter Palette


Okay, I’ll tone it down… But seriously, Colourpop’s Gimme More highlighting palette is such a great value!

This palette includes 6 highlighters, ranging from champagnes to pinks to rose gold & true golds. Each shade is quite pigmented and (as you can see) swatches beautifully.

If the swatches didn’t steal your heart, then maybe the price will. For six highlighters you only pay $18…. That’s 6 highlighters for under $20…?!

Compared to Anastasia Beverley Hill’s Glow Kit, which also includes 6 highlighters, you pay half the price for the same number of highlighters.

Plus, I never tend to use up a whole highlighter, so by adding this palette to my collection I have a color for every look without unnecessarily splurging. I’m officially set for life when it comes to highlighters, thanks Colourpop!!

If you’ve never heard of Colourpop (which was me earlier this year) they are a California-based brand that is known for high quality products at drugstore prices.  They’re also a great option if you’re looking for cruelty dupes for popular high-end products.

Their products are all available online, but recently a few have become available at Sephora as well.

Due to its popularity, this palette has been sold out multiple times, and is currently out of stock 😦

On the bright side, Colourpop tends to be pretty quick when it comes to restocking, so be sure to sign up for restocking notifications via email if you’re interested in purchasing.

Bonus- Colourpop offers $5 off your first purchase with email sign-up & free shipping in the United States for purchases over $30.

All I can say is I can never have enough Colourpop, gimme more please! 😉

Love always,


Saving Paige Boutique // Shop for a purpose 

Happy Friday! 

With fall weather settling in I’ve been updating my wardrobe and discovered a new online store with a greater purpose than just selling clothes.

Saving Paige Boutique donates 5% of all sales to someone in need. On their site you can read the story of the current recipient. 

Right now, the boutique is supporting Rebecca, a 23 year old from Florida who is battling with high risk cytogenic Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Proceeds help to cover medical expenses, including chemotherapy. 

It’s so refreshing to find a business that gives back and allows shoppers to see exactly what the cause is.

In terms of the shop itself, Saving Paige Boutique sells stylish, affordable women’s clothing + accessories + baby clothing. 

I especially love their tops + dresses!

Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces! (All are available on Saving Paige’s website, some in limited sizes + quantities left) 

If you want to shop from them and save, you can use the code “kara10” to receive 10% off your order!

My top 3:

Top to bottom: Cleopatra dress, Cottage dress, Molly dress 

Women’s Tops

Top to bottom: Reindeer sweater, Ezra top, Layla top


Marley Moto Jeans


Top to bottom:  Emilia dress, Sunset dress, Sadie Dress


Top to bottom: Mommy + Baby Beanie, June Tee + Jumpsuit, Jane Jumpsuit, Baby Kenzie Ruffle Tee + Pant, Milly Moccasin

You can find all of these items by clicking HERE and then searching the name! 

Once again, Saving Paige Boutique was kind enough to give us a coupon code to save 10%! Enter “kara10” at checkout to save 🙂

Thank you for reading! Happy shopping!

Love always,