What you need to know about the Harvey Weinstein scandal


In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal which was brought to light by a New York Times article- its apparent that speaking up about sexual harassment is still taboo.
Sexual misconduct in the work place is prevalent across every industry. But those who experience it often times remain silent in fear of consequences. Within the last month dozens of women have accused Harvey Weinsten of sexual harassment and rape. Actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne among many spoke up about the famous Hollywood producers improper behavior. So many questions arise as the accusations come to light. Why did it take so long to break the silence? Why are men in executive positions getting away with such disgusting behavior? It took one brave person to speak up to cause this ripple effect which continues to unfold.

Weinstein reportedly demanded sexual favors from actress in exchange of a promising career in Hollywood. Those who rejected the producers demands felt major backlash in their career. Although Weinstein has issued a public apology his reputation is tarnished.

Evidently Individuals in positions of power prey on inexperienced subordinates. It is easy for them to take advantage of those who want to make “it” in the industry. Harvey Weinstein historically was known for being inappropriate. But it took years for the victims to finally step forward.

Below are three tips on how to manage sexual harassment in the workplace:

Speak up – If you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you feel taken advantage of – confront the abuser. Let he or she know that their behavior is unacceptable. State that you will no longer tolerate disrespect but remain professional at all times. Remove yourself from that environment if possible.

Contact HR – Familiarize yourself with the HR partner – know your rights. Raise this issue to a human resources professional. Their purpose is to help and guide you through difficult work situations. Seek assistance from external counsel if necessary.

Document where possible – evidence is key – save all emails, phone logs and any other evidence that demonstrates sexual harassment. Having documentation will support your allegations if you decide to take legal measures.

Sexual harassment shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re ever in this situation please speak up as it can serve as an opportunity to raise awareness.

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En la union esta la fuerza

On Tuesday September 19th, Mexico was hit with a second earthquake in two weeks. According to CNN the 7.1 magnitude earthquake ripped through the capital destroying schools, buildings and homes. People flooded the streets to grasp what was occurring. Unbeknownst to many both earthquakes were a result of the rupture of fault lines within the North American tectonic plate. 
The death toll to this date is roughly 320. Rescuers are relentlessly searching for survivors in hopes of saving lives. Watching the aftermath unfold on the tv is truly sad. But rest assured, there are a lot of ways to give back. Here is what you can do to help! 

Monetary donations to UNICEF Mexico – donate what you can as every penny counts.

Unicef.org

Redcross Mexico, Oxfam Mexico and Save the Children are accepting food, water and clothing donations.
https://www.oxfammexico.org/
https://www.savethechildren.mx/

https://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/

Hurrican Maria
The massive “apocalyptic” category 5 storm hit Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.
Puerto Rico arguably was slapped the hardest leaving hospitals crippled, houses roofless and flooded streets. A total of ten people have died as a result of the storm. Communication is extremely limited – 95 percent of cell towers are down. Puerto Rico has been left without power. The country is ultimately in a state of emergency. Below are a couple of organizations supporting the relief and rebuilding efforts:

Unidos: a fund supported by Bill Deblasio and other members of congress. The fund is managed by the Hispanic federation.
http://hispanicfederation.org/media/press_releases/a_hurricane_relief_fund_for_hurricane_maria_victims_in_puerto_rico/

The Miami Foundation – comprised of two funds supporting both recovery and rebuilding efforts. 

U.S Caribbean Strong Relief Fund: organization will support the relief efforts of Caribbean nations affect by Maria

http://miamifoundation.org/

As a latina I sympethize with all those affected in by these natural disasters. I can’t even imagine the feeling of not hearing back from family members. During this time its important to remain positive and have tons of faith. And remember always be kind!

With love,

Ookaykaren

The opposite of love isn’t hate its indifference… 

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I seldomly deviate from writing about all things lifestyle. However, I couldn’t help but to weight in on the recent violent events such as what occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence was the latest development in a series of tense drama unfolding across the United States over plans to remove statutes and other historical markers of the Confederacy. President Trumps response to the catastrophe was simply unacceptable. Not only did he not respond strongly enough to racism but he failed to condemn the white nationalist. Its time to pay attention to whats really going on in America.

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I’m deeply saddened by the plague of violence and prejudice which has spread out nationwide and internationally. It appears as our country is reverting back to the 19th century. The KKK? White nationalist? Is the white house trying to cover the sun with one finger? Not much has changed, these are real issues. Let us strive to be an advocate of change. Be kind to others, do acts of service, simply be a better person. Unfortunately we don’t have control over the decisions being made in the white house. However, I believe that change is possible if we stick to those values.

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With love,

OokayKaren

Outfit Details

Dress: Zara

Shoes: Gianvito Rossi

Memorial Day Weekend 

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend flew by in a blink of an eye. Summer is finally here but I can’t help but panic because it truly means we’re at the half way mark of the year. As much as Im excited for the future I worry when things don’t turn out exactly how I envisioned. I’m extremely results driven and at times struggle with managing anxiety. Yes, I do yoga, exercise regularly and eat healthy. However, I’m human and have my moments where I feel like my hard work isn’t paying off. I’ve come to terms that you can’t have everything in life at the same time. I have to constantly remind myself to be grateful. Gods timing is perfect and always on time. Okay getting out of my feelings now – thanks for reading. 

With love,

OokayKaren

Outfit details

Top: JCREW 

Bottoms: JCREW

Shoes: Cole Haan 

You can’t avoid a Brand its yours by default or design.. 

People will always remember you by what you represent – I learned that early. We all know what a brand is, but do we really take time to invest in our own? Often times people think that branding is only for those that own a business. However, your brand is what ultimately sets you apart from your peers. 


My brand has evolved throughout the years but a couple of things have remained constant: professional developement, wellness   and family values. Below are a few tips on branding:

Branding tips 

Be visible.. don’t just show up, make your presence be known.  

Readiness.. have your elevator speech ready. (60 seconds to say who you are, what you can do and what you’re hoping to do next)

Add value.. what are you working on and how does that add value to your organization/business. 

Network.. make your brand known through building strategic relationships. Your network should know your skills, strength and career interest. 

Develop and manage your image.. what messages are you sending? Are they messages that will send you in the right direction? 

Self promotion..bring yourself to the representation of others without misrepresentation, hype or false promise. 


Outfit details:

Top: Zara

Jeans: Zara

Boots: Christian Louboutin 

Vegan Grub

By Chloe is by far one of the best vegan spots in NYC. Seriously this place is like vegan heaven! Its located on the corner of Mcdougal and Bleecker street in the West Village. My favorite combo is the avocado burger with air fried fries; its amazing believe me! They also sell natural juices, coconut water and small snacks if you’re on the go – all at a decent price point.  


I’m far from a vegan but seriously considering changing my lifestyle. Thankfully, I haven’t had a problem with nutrition. I try to eat white meats such as chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables for the most part. However, transitioning to a full vegan lifestyle will be a huge a CHALLENGE. Honestly – I love chicken. 

Health benefits of going Vegan:

Cardiovascular disease – eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. 

Blood pressure – a diet rich in whole grains will lower your high blood pressure.

Breast cancer – Studies have shown that countries where women eat very little meat and animal products have a lower rate of breast cancer compared to countries where women often consume meat. 

Holiday Survival Kit


The holiday season is upon us! By the blink of an eye it will literally be New Years eve. Yes, let that sink in for a minute. Personally, I love this time of year because its all about family bonding, delicious food and dancing. However, most people get anxiety once the holidays approach. Lets be honest who wants to deal with intrusive family members? Have you gained weight? When are you moving out? Lets not forget the infamous “when are you going to get married?” question. I think its safe to say we have all been in that scenario before. Below are some tips that will get help you get through the holiday season. 

1. Planning is key – Use a planner to keep track of events. Don’t accept invitations with out checking your calendar. You don’t want to double book and miss out on fun.

2. Buy presents early – Don’t wait until the last week before Christmas to shop! Make a top priority list while being conscious of your budget. Take advantage of Black Friday and cyber Monday deals. 

3. Sometimes its okay to disconnect – Try your best to stay off your phone, tablets or computer during dinner time. We all are a bit obsessed with technology and forget to live in the moment. Try to engage in a real conversation, share memories or play board games. Refrain from taking pictures of your plate – No one cares!

With love,
Karen

Avoid people who.. 


Over time I’ve learned to protect my space. Its important for me to keep genuine people in my life. I’ve had my share of false, negative and toxic relationships. Therefore, I refuse to keep those types of people in my life. GOOD Vibes only! Below is a list of people you should always avoid.
1. Mess with your head – Don’t ever let someone play with your emotions. Pay attention to ACTIONS way more than words. Once someone shows you who they are believe them!
2. Intentionally and repeatedly do things they know upset you – Sometimes the company you keep brings you down. Friendships should consist of trust, support and laughter. Stay away from those people that try to dim your light.
3. Expect you to prioritize them but don’t prioritize you – You are NOT an option. Make time for those that care. Its a two way street!

4. Can’t and won’t apologize sincerely – If someone apologizes after hurting you – forgive them. But don’t accept someone who makes up excuses for their actions. If they love you they will take responsibility for their mistakes.

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As I turn twenty seven I cant help but reflect on all the lessons learned thus far. I’ve survived heart breaks, deaths, disappointments and lost many friends a long the way. However, through it all I’m happy that things turned out the way they did. I’m filled with gratitude knowing that I’m blessed with health, a loving family and a good head on my shoulders. I’m very focused, more than ever! At this point I only focus on things that add value to my life. Sounds harsh but it’s so importante. When you eliminate everything that no longer serves you purpose, things seem to fall into place on their own. Invest in yourself, this is the time to be selfish in every way possible. Cheers to this new year of life! 
With love,

Karen xoxo

First blog post

Okay lets face it! I’ve been wanting to start my own personal blog for quite some time now. I finally decided to STOP pushing it off and start. I’m excited to have my own space in the internet and make my mark. This blog is geared to inspire “twenty something” year old women to become the best version of themselves.