Travel Tip 101: Love the Skin You’re In

Traveling can be one of the most exhilarating experiences, but also one of the most tiring. My mentality, “I don’t know if I’ll ever get to come back to this place, so I have to make the most of it,” often puts me in positions where I am jam-packing a lot into a day. Sleep…

The 48-Hour Boston Marathon

I never thought I would be able to relate to Kevin McCallister from Home Alone until my recent trip to Boston. No, it’s not because my parents leave on trips without me or that I have to set up booby traps around my house to ward off two crazy guys. It’s because I have officially mastered…

Skin is a Beautiful Thing… Wear It Well!

A few months ago, I was sitting across from my soon-to-be grandmother and Mary Kay guru (she knows all things beauty), Nana Louisa, complimenting how soft her cheek felt after our traditional tight hug. She told me the #1 rule to having great skin is moisturizing and wearing sunscreen, and I, of course, nodded. Fast…

Social Media Can Wait

If you’ve been following along, then you’d know I got engaged 11 days ago. And if you haven’t…. TADA! I’m engaged 🙂 I felt compelled to write about why we waited to make the announcement and why I highly recommend couples do the same. My fiancĂ© and I decided to wait a few days before…

A Million Times Yes

In most little girls’ dreams, the thought of marriage crosses their minds at some point or another. Of course, I was and am one of those little girls, dreaming of the day my very own Prince Charming would come sweeping me off of my feet. And he came on January 19th, 2018. Although I’m biased,…

Waldorf Astoria: Shanghai Style

Who run the world? GIRLS. GIRLS. I wish it was girls, BeyoncĂ©. Actually, it’s not a who, it’s a what that rules today’s society. And that what is called branding. In the hotel industry, branding is everything. From the way you are greeted to the way a hotel smells (seriously, pay attention to the scent…

8 Things I Learned about China in 8 Days

With every ethnicity comes a stereotype that leads back to its native land and culture. And with every native land come stories of great perks to tourists, specifically American ones. So, you bet your horses I was ready to shop till I dropped, eat funky foods and come home tanner than ever. However, some things…

Welcome to Karolina’s State of Mind

The neon girl. The pageant girl. The immigrant. The volunteer. The girl who takes on way too much. These are amongst the few labels I carry with me everywhere I go. Quite frankly, it’s a little tough to escape some of these labels once you’ve built your brand, shared too much on social media about…