Affordable Valentine’s Day outfits you’ll fall in love with!

Sharing some ideas for what to wear on Valentine’s Day!  I found some steals that were too cute to pass up, so here they are!

Cozying up with a movie?  I love the feel of this soft pink sweater from Forever 21.  These polka dot pants keep the look feminine without being too girly.  They were also from Forever 21, and are perfectly high waisted.  Similar style here. Their merchandise can vary depending on your location.  This outfit was under $100.

An off the shoulder dress shows just enough skin.  However, the slit doesn’t hurt either (truly)! My pink dress was on sale at Urban Outfitters.  Still available in one other color!  Throw a coat on after the sun sets.  Perfect for a date that might last day and into the evening if your special someone is a romantic.  Hey, a girl can dream!  Coat from Anthropologie.   The same stilettos I wore with the palazzo pants can be found by clicking: here.  This outfit was under $150.

Perfect for Galentine’s or a casual affair, throw a blazer on with some relaxed denim and comfy booties.  I love the bell sleeve on this blazer!  It’s currently on sale here!  Mom jeans can be found by clicking here.   Most comfortable studded booties ever from Forever 21 are also still available.  This outfit was under $150.

Hope this post was helpful or provided a little inspo!  Can you tell I’m a sucker for a good sale?  I hope you share your outfit ideas with me as well!




On Sundays We Wear Black

Who wore black today and watched The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards?  Can we just talk about the Times Up initiative?  What a beautiful sea of black that graced the red carpet in support of the movement highlighting harassment in the workplace and in protest to gender inequality.  I loved how the women were showing each other so much love and building each other up.  I feel like this is the new way that women will treat each other moving forward.

Oprah Winfrey was honored tonight and presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award and I think it’s safe to say we were all moved by her acceptance speech.  I love Oprah, and while I’ve always found her to be inspiring, tonight she reached a deeper part of my soul.     Her words were empowering.  One thing Oprah said was: “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” She delivered a message of hope.  With everything going on in the world, we need hope now more than ever.  While we cannot change things overnight, at least we are having the dialogue and moving in the right direction.

Also, Thank you Oprah for bringing to light, the story of Recy Taylor.  Read more of her story here: Recy Taylor.

One of my goals for 2018 is to read more.  Thanks for the reminder Oprah, that I need to check out your book club!

What are you all reading this year? Please leave me your suggestions!

Have an amazing week everyone!





xoxo, Karen


Tahiti Itinerary Part One

We couldn’t let 2017 end without sharing a post with you about our most favorite trip of the year!  On Thanksgiving, we traveled to the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia. The main purpose of this trip was to immerse ourselves in the rich culture of Tahiti and to participate in the Ori Tahiti Nui Competition. We are Tahitian dancers with the group Te Pura O Te Rahura’a of South San Francisco and this culture has been a huge part of our lives for many, many years. Don’t worry, we also made time for some R&R on the islands, which we’ll gush about later. The OTN competition is put on by Manouche Lehartel & Tumata Robinson at the Le Meridien hotel in Tahiti.  You can see clips from the competition in our linked video:

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We participated in the Mehura category of the OTN competition on the first day. We were fortunate to have an abundance of help with our costumes made up of delicious smelling tiare flowers and ginger petals. If only our computer monitors were scratch and sniff!
Processed with VSCO with a6 presetOur group director, Marilou, and one of the group’s costume designers, Imogene, pinned us into place. You could feel the excitement and nerves filling the air in that room.

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetAlthough we did not place, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in Tahiti, for the world renowned judging panel.
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In our next post, we’ll talk about our stay in Moorea.  It was so breathtaking! Be sure to check it out!