Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is here! Of course now is the perfect time to go to the beach or the pool, and I wanted to share what I would put in my beach bag this season!

I recently found an amazing site called Naja, a great company for lingerie and swimwear! I love this brand because they not only sell cute and affordable items, but because they care about more than just their products. They employ single mothers, help women, and help the environment! Check out the website here: http://naja.co

Here’s my favorite swimsuit from Naja right now:

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To go with this look, here is what is in my beach bag this season!

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1. The Bag: Asos

I like this bag because it’s bright without being overwhelming.

2. The Swimsuit: Naja 

What’s more to say? I love it!

3. The Sunnies: ZeroUV

The sunglasses from ZeroUV are so cute and so affordable! Check them out!

4. The Book: Paper Towns

Paper towns (The movie!) is coming out soon, and it’s the best time to get the book before it comes to theaters! It is one of my favorite books and a great beach read.

5. The Towel: Urban Outfitters

I love the phases of the moon. It’s a cute towel without being super bright. This is more my personal style.

6. The Sunscreen: The Honest Company

I just started using this sunscreen and I think it’s perfect! It smells nice and doesn’t have a lot of greasiness to it.

7. The Cover Up: Aerie

This is simple and you can just throw it on over a colorful bathing suit.

8. The Water Bottle: CamelBak

Stay hydrated while outside! Bring water in your bag with a nice, quality water bottle.

What is in your beach bag this season?

xo,

Paola Kassa

http://youtube.com/PaolaKBuitrago

Keep it Minimal

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I love minimalist fashion because it gives the illusion that it’s so simple to put together. In reality, it’s a lot of clever style choices meticulously blended into one look. Less is more in minimalism. Neutral colors and the right amount of accessories tie together a minimal outfit. I love this style because it’s chic without trying too hard. Anyone can pull it off!

I put some looks together to show a practical and easy way to fit this style into your wardrobe!

Sweater: Divided from H&M

Dress: Forever 21

Shoes: DSW

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Top: Nordstrom Rack

Skort: DailyLook

Backpack: Asos

Shoes: Converse All-Star

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Top: Forever 21

Jeans: American Eagle

Shoes: Forever 21

Bracelet: Alex & Ani

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What do you think of minimalism?

xo,

Paola Kassa

http://youtube.com/PaolaKBuitrago

Over-all of it

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I think I have always been afraid of wearing overalls. They either looked too country, too 90’s, (the bad side of the 90’s) or just not my style. I never thought I could pull them off! BUT things have changed. I was looking online, and all of a sudden I saw overalls in a new light. I don’t know what changed, but now I’m all, I could wear them with the right styling! They can fit into my wardrobe! Luckily, my sister found these for me and now I’m in love. I think my message as a blogger is that anyone can wear what they want as long as they wear it with confidence. And I definitely need confidence to pull off wearing overalls!

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These are Mossimo, so they were pretty inexpensive! I paired them with a Forever 21 t-shirt and shoes. I love the detail of the collar and sleeves because it makes it not just a basic tee.

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What do you think of denim overalls?

xxo,

Paola Kassa

http://youtube.com/PaolaKBuitrago

Backpack Style

So recently I’ve been obsessed with backpacks. Cross-body bags have been in style way too long! It’s time to switch it up, and the perfect time for that is summer. There’s something super laid-back about carrying a backpack, and it’s probably because it’s about 1000x easier to have one on all day than to hold an actual handbag. I’m all for low maintenance, effortless style, even if I sometimes don’t appear that way.

Here is some outfit inspiration including adorable backpacks!

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I feel like backpacks can work with any style. There are so many different ones on the market now because people don’t just want them for school. They can be a cool statement!

I just bought this backpack from Asos and I’m obsessed with it. It’s NewLook.

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What do you think about making a style statement with backpacks?

xox,

Paola Kassa

Denim on Denim

Happy Spring! I’m excited about the new trends coming up this season, and I have been working hard on my Youtube videos, so I hope you have been watching! A trend I love this season is wearing denim on denim. The spring is the most appropriate time to wear denim on denim because it looks the best! No more boots, and no more bulky coats and scarves! (If you even had a winter where you live.)

Anyway here are some of my favorite looks, these people have done denim right!

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I wore denim on denim the other day, you should check out my Instagram! It’s on the sidebar. Here’s my look:

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Thanks for checking out my blog!

xo,

Paola Kassa

http://youtube.com/PaolaKBuitrago

Fashion Savvy

Hi!

So, it’s story time. About a year ago, I got a job at a major retail store. I’m not going to say where because I kept the job for about a month and quit over the phone. Yeah, I wasn’t too committed. There were a lot of other factors contributing to my quitting, trust me, and I’ve learned from that experience. I promise I’m not just lazy! Anyway, the way I got the job was because I walked into the store, mostly to shop, and asked if they were hiring. (I had just left an interview elsewhere that had gone horribly.) When the manager said they were hiring, she interviewed me on the spot. I felt so unprepared! She started asking me questions about their store, company, and retail in general. Without pausing I answered the questions. I remember a specific question she asked, “What trends are coming up for spring/summer?” And guess what? I knew the answer! She was so impressed that I was hired on the spot. Although this job didn’t last for me, it was a great experience that helped my confidence.

Being in tune with the fashion industry and what is going on in the fashion world can open up a lot of opportunities, especially if you want to work in that industry!

Here are some tips on what you can do to keep up with the ever changing fashion world.

1. Read magazines

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Magazines are amazing because they not only tell you new trends, but they are also a great way to find out personal style. They are so visual! They also usually have articles about people working in the fashion world which can be inspiring.

2. Check out blogs!

Fashion bloggers usually post photos only of themselves, but let me tell you- they are ahead of the trends! Everything you see them wearing will make its way to the runways, or their style is straight off the runway. Here are some great bloggers. You’re welcome in advance!

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Bip Ling

Leanne Lim Walker

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These bloggers are my favorite!! A lot of them have Instagram and Youtube channels too so check them out on their websites!

3. Real life inspiration

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Check out stores! Retail shops are the most relatable way of seeing what is on the runways and what is up and coming. The clothes in the stores are toned down versions of what is doing well in high fashion. Seeing styles in stores will keep you up to date on what is currently trending.

I hope my fashion success story has helped you discover what you can be doing to improve your fashion savviness.

Thanks for checking out my blog, and check out my youtube channel for more fashion ideas!

http://youtube.com/PaolaKBuitrago

xoxox,

Paola Kassa

Thrift Shopping

I haven’t actually blogged in forever. I know, it’s horrible – but I’ve been doing a lot of other good, productive things. Mostly I’m working on YouTube, and I’m loving it. I want to use this as my outlet for writing about fashion, and mentioning topics that are on my channel.

So this week I went thrift shopping. It was sort of a challenge for myself, I wanted to see if I could create cute outfits based off of thrifted pieces. I would consider it a success! The Goodwill I went to is amazing. It had so much stuff!

So here is what I ended up buying:

This blazer is a few sizes too big, and it had ridiculous shoulder pads, but I cut those out and am wearing it as an oversized, slouchy look with a romper.

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The jumpsuit was thrifted, and I put it together with some clothes I already had to create a night out look. I felt very Miami.

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This sweater is so comfortable! I threw it on with some skinny jeans and it looks way more expensive than the actual price.

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This dress was only about $3, and it fits perfectly! I paired it with a shirt for a more grunge effect. I can’t wait to wear it in the summer too.

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Hopefully this will inspire you to check out more thrift stores! Sometimes the best pieces are found there.

Check out my video of the Thrifting Adventure

xo,

Paola Kassa