Beauty

My Easy, No Foundation Fall Makeup Look

Today, I’m sharing a super quick and easy fall makeup look. I’m actually really happy with how it turned out! I took inspiration from all the pretty fall colors I’m starting to see and decided to base my makeup off of that.

I started off using my Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer Spray, and then adding my Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes and on my cheeks. I use the color Caramel first under my eyes and on my cheeks to cover my acne scarring and then I go back in with Warm Beige in the inner corner under my eyes to brighten. I set everything with my Laura Mercier translucent powder.

For blush, I used an old limited edition Anastasia Beverly Hills blush kit in the color Vegas and I used my favorite bronzer, the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I love the way these two look paired together, it’s very pretty and warm. Be sure to use a light hand on the blush because it’s VERY pigmented! For my highlight, I used Chocolate Geode by Becca Cosmetics. I finished off my face by filling in my eyebrows with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and set it with clear mascara.

For my eyes, I decided to use a NYX eyeshadow palette that I had and my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I started off using Low Blow from the Urban Decay Palette in my crease and then went in with a warm nudey-mauve color all over my lid from the NYX palette. For the outer corner, I took a pretty cranberry color from the NYX palette and lightly added that in also. I finished it off using a pretty shimmery light pinky-cranberry color on my inner corner, also from the NYX palette. I added some black winged eye liner and finished it off with my Too Faced Bette Than Sex Mascara, because I ran out of my favorite Dior mascara. For lips, I used my Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner is the color Undercover.

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Fashion

How To Transition Your Summer Clothes To Fall

Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, I’m ready to get into the swing of things for fall. I’m so excited for pumpkin spice, apple cider donuts, cool weather and of course, fall fashion! Today, I’m sharing how to transition your summer clothes into the chilly fall weather.

Outfit #1

For this outfit, I figured one of the easiest pieces to transition into fall is shorts. Specifically leather shorts! Because they are a heavier material, you can get away with wearing them a little bit longer than other shorts. I like to pair mine with a heavier sweater to keep me cozy without being too warm. These shorts are old from Zara, but the sweater is from Something Navy and is currently on sale for 40% off! It also comes in a ton of colors. I just ordered it in pink! The brown is linked here and the pink is linked here.

Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #2

For this outfit, I decided to keep it very classic and wear an outfit I like to wear all year round. Jeans and a graphic t-shirt is my go-to outfit. For the fall, I like to add on a blazer for warmth and a little bit more structure. I also added heels, because why not! As the season goes on, you could transition the blazer into a heavier jacket or even layer it with a heavy coat for more warmth.

Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

For my third outfit, I figured I’d style one of my favorite dresses. This navy dress is old from Target but it’s so versatile. You can wear with with a cardigan for work, or on it’s own when it’s nice in the spring and summer. I decided to add on this washed black denim jacket because I love navy and black together. It’s such an easy outfit to throw on for a casual day or even date night!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

Similar to outfit number 2, I took jeans and a t-shirt and styled it with a blazer but this plaid blazer is super heavy and really nice to wear as a jacket in the fall. The plaid pattern is still also really popular even though the jacket is from a few years ago! I kept it very casual with white platform sneakers from Superga. Again, just throw on a heavier coat for more warmth as the season goes on.

Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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Travel

My Exciting, Romantic Weekend Getaway in Punta Cana

About a week (and a half) ago, I went on a really nice, romantic vacation with my sweet boyfriend to Punta Cana and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. Keep on reading to hear all about our first real baecation!

To start, we stayed at the Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana which is a 4 star all inclusive resort. It was really nice and we were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. The service was top notch, and we felt like we were always treated well! We were also pleasantly surprised by how big the rooms were too which was a nice extra surprise. The resort in general was small, and didn’t have a lot of guestrooms so it was very cozy and intimate. We spent a lot of time seeing the same people, which was comforting, though a little weird at first!

The only thing we were really not that thrilled about was the food. We felt that there was only 2 good restaurants for dinner and we were really underwhelmed by the breakfast and lunch options. The resort also always had tons of activities going on throughout the day. You could relax at the beach or by the pool or you could participate in yoga on the beach, water aerobics, a foam party or so many other activities. Plus every night, they had a themed show! Our first night was a rock and roll themed show and another night was belly dancing. It was really cool actually and the performers did an excellent job!

We also did an excursion where we went snorkeling/diving, parasailing, and swam in a natural pool. That was a lot of fun! Andrew did the diving but I was too scared to. He got some great pictures down there which was really exciting for him. Parasailing was also a lot of fun, it just felt like floating up in the air and was not scary at all. Plus swimming in the natural pool was relaxing and a great way to end the excursion.

I think overall, we had a great trip and it was a really nice and relaxing way to spend time together. It was our first big vacation together and it could not have gone better! We would love to head back there with friends again one day, but we’re already thinking about where our next trip should be! Any ideas?

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Lifestyle

My Full Winc Wine Subscription Review

Hello Everyone! This week we’re getting a bonus blog post so I can share my full review of the company Winc and their products. As you may know Winc is a wine subscription company, and I am a HUGE fan of wine. I have actually been really interested in this company for a few years now, so I was very excited when they reached out to me to try their wines so I thought I would also share a review on my blog about what I liked about them. I’d also like to thank Winc for partnering with me and sending me some wines to try out!

In order to get your first box, you go online and fill out a super easy 6 question quiz. They ask questions such as “How do you take your coffee?” and “Do you like citrus?” to help figure out your palette. From there, they will recommend 4 wines for you based on your answers. What I liked is that you can choose to get 2 red and 2 whites or you can switch it up and get 3 reds and 1 white or all 4 red or whatever you want! You also have the option to skip a month of the subscription if you need to.

After I placed my order, it only took a few days to ship which was great. Because it’s a wine subscription, you do have to have someone 21+ available to sign for the package when it arrives. Luckily, they partner with Fedex pick up locations to allow you to pick up your package there instead of having it delivered to your house and potentially missing the package.

I also really liked that they offered you a few recipe options to go with the wines that they recommended for you. It’s helpful if you’re still learning about wine and you’re not quite sure what to pair them with. They also share the tasting notes on the website and more details about the wine so you can learn about it before you drink them!

I thought the wines they selected for me were spot on based on what I normally drink. My favorite is red wine and they picked the Chophouse Cabernet Sauvignon and the Rosa Obscura Red Blend and both were delicious! Cabernet is my one true love, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the red blend. I also got two whites, both were Sauvignon Blanc, and both delicious also. I’m not big on white wines, but I felt these two were the kind of wine I would have chosen for myself if I was picking out a white wine.

If you click my link here you can receive a $22 discount plus complimentary shipping which means you’ll get 4 bottles of wine for just $39 delivered right to your door. Winc is such a cool service if you’re a big wine drinker like I am, so I highly recommend checking them out and trying out a few new wines!

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Fashion

Simple How to Style: Mom Jeans at a Baseball Game

A few weeks ago, I went to a Mets Game with Andrew for his birthday so I decided to share what I wore to it. It was super easy and simple, but still felt cute and sporty. I also had a minor accident that day, so keep reading if you want to cringe and possibly laugh!

For my outfit, I decided to keep this super simple by just pairing one of my favorite pairs of mom jeans from Topshop with a basic ribbed tank top from Target. These tanks are pieces that I always have in my closet, but honestly forget about because I always try to dress up more. However, they are awesome layering pieces and they are also great for hot days when you just want to be casual. They’re super versatile! I also paired them with this pair of Camila sandals from Steve Madden that I got last summer. These are some of my favorite sandals and I have them in 3 colors! Mine are sold out, but these are similar from Treasure & Bond and ON SALE FOR 40% OFF!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Now for the fun/scary part! We decided to take the train over to the game because we thought it would be easier than driving since we were also meeting out friends for dinner before the game. We were heading up to the train platform on the escalator and I was walking up like any normal human being would do. About half way up, I tripped over my sandals and felt head first onto the escalator steps. My head hit the edge of the escalator step hard. I quickly got up and immediately started crying out of shock, but realized shortly after that my head was bleeding! We rushed back down from the platform and headed straight to urgent care where they were able to stitch me up right away. Honestly it was such a freak accident because it’s something you never even think of as a possibility, but it happened! To me!

Post Head Injury!

After I got stitched up, we got some buffalo chicken pizza cause we were starved and obviously couldn’t make it to our original dinner plans. The doctor gave me the okay to go to the game as long as I was up for it, so a few hours later we decided to carry on with our plans. The game ended up being very exciting. Lots of great hits by the other team, but the Mets got a few home runs in there too! In the end, the Mets lost but we had a lot of fun. We also watched the whole game so we could see the fireworks afterwards which was another nice treat!

Fireworks!

Overall, I’d say it was a great weekend, even with the scary fall. My main tip to you is to always wear closed toe shoes when you’re walking up the escalator and hold on to the handrail! I hope you enjoyed this read! xx

This blog post includes affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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Lifestyle

Things I Loved This Month: August Favorites 2019

August has flown by and I can’t believe it’s over. Although I keep saying I’m ready for fall, it’s always sad to see summer go. For my favorites this month, I don’t have your typical favorites honestly. I’ve had a lot of big changes this month, which has forced me to rearrange a few parts of my life. Below I’m taking about a few things that have really helped me get through this month!

1 . Suave Rosemary + Mint Shampoo & Keratin Conditioner

Okay, this one is kind of funny to add in but I really am excited about these products. Recently, I decided that it’s silly to spend $30+ on conditioner or treatment masks when my hair is super healthy right now. So, I decided to switch to something more affordable. Originally, I only wanted conditioner but I figured why not test out a new shampoo also since I’m not partial to any particular kind. I was not only shocked by the $2.99 price tag (!!!) but also shocked at the quality. My hair was soft, frizz free (!!!), but still felt clean. If you want drug store hair products, I recommend looking into Suave!

2. Starbucks Coffee

Recently, I started commuting by train/subway to work so I’ve had to switch up my morning routine quite a bit. One thing I’ve noticed is that I hate carrying around a crazy heavy bag while on the train and walking the streets of Manhattan. It’s just inconvenient with the crowds which means I’ve had to eliminate some things from my purse. One thing I’ve decide to nix is carrying around my giant coffee mug. It’s just way easier for me to buy it in the morning. I’ve always been a huge fan of Starbucks, but it’s really become my lifeline over the last month because I’m sleepy majority of the time. My go-to order has always been a Venti Starbucks Doubleshot on ice with half & half and vanilla, but now I’m really loving the grande Nitro Cold Brew. It’s so smooth! So I add some half & half because I can’t drink it black (yet), and it’s all I need during the day. It literally lasts me until 3:00 pm sometimes. Highly recommend!

3. A Planner

With my new busy schedule, I rely heavily on a planner. So much so, that I have 2! I have one for work that I use to mark down deadlines, travel dates, and any meetings/calls. I also have one for personal use that I mark down any plans I have for the week/weekend and when I plan to post blogs. It’s color coded and comes with me everywhere. If you’re struggling to get organized, I HIGHLY recommend starting with a planner. I use a Lily Pulitzer Large Planner one for personal (been using this brand since college!) and a Kelly Ventura for Blue Sky one for work.

4. Instagram Stories

I’ve been really into using Instagram stories lately! I like them because it’s a chance to experiment and try out new content without messing around with my grid posts. I think there are so many apps available for you to customize your Instagram stories that make it so easy to work on. It’s also a great way to show your day by day activities and interact with your followers. I’m not comfortable talking on them yet (because the thought of listening to my own voice makes me cringe) but I’m practicing and experimenting and will get there one day! My Instagram is linked here for you to check out!

5. Pinterest

I’ve put Pinterest in my favorites before, but I’ve been REALLY into it this month. I just recently figured out how to maximize my Pinterest usage to promote my blog and my Instagram posts and it’s been a game changer. Not only can I use it to find outfit inspiration (or inspiration for anything else) but I can share my blog posts and Instagram photos there too and direct traffic to those sites that I didn’t have access to before. It’s HUGE. It’s such an underrated platform but it offers excellent results!

6. Punta Cana

I’m currently on vacation in Punta Cana so I’ll have some more details about it in a post next week, but of course, it’s part of my August Favorites!

What are some of your favorites this month? Let me know in the comments below!

This blog post includes affiliate links from Amazon.com.

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Fashion

My Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Outfit Ideas 2019

Labor Day is quickly approaching so I wanted to drop by and share a few last minute outfit ideas for you! These are all super simple and basic so that you can easily find these in stores. Everything that is still available is linked for you. I hope you enjoy! xx

Outfit #1

I got this super cute tropical print romper a few weeks ago and fell in love with it. It’s beyond comfortable, super easy to throw on, and a great transition piece for summer to fall. It’s by the brand superdown at Revolve, so it’s also affordable. I paired it with this jacket from Free People that I got a few years ago and some white sneakers from Superga that I got at Nordstrom.

Romper: Revolve / Jacket: Free People / Sneakers: Superga
Romper: Revolve / Jacket: Free People / Sneakers: Superga
Romper: Revolve / Jacket: Free People / Sneakers: Superga

Outfit #2

I wanted to brighten things up a bit so I decided to pair these yellow trousers from Something Navy with a red and white striped button up top from American Eagle. I tied up the top for an added detail, and so I didn’t look like I just came from the office! Again, I paired it with the same white sneakers from Superga.

Top: American Eagle / Pants: Something Navy / Sneakers: Superga
Top: American Eagle / Pants: Something Navy / Sneakers: Superga
Top: American Eagle / Pants: Something Navy / Sneakers: Superga

Outfit #3

To keep things as similar as possible, I decided to do regular jean shorts and a body suit because everyone owns these items. These shorts are some of my favorites denim mom shorts from Topshop, but I got them at Nordstrom also. The bodysuit is from forever 21 from a few years ago but this one is similar. They have tons of bodysuits for less than $20! Again, same sneakers from Superga!

Jacket: Free People / Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Shorts: Topshop / Sneakers: Superga
Jacket: Free People / Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Shorts: Topshop / Sneakers: Superga
Jacket: Free People / Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Shorts: Topshop / Sneakers: Superga

The blog post includes affiliate links from Nordstrom.com

P.S. Keep up with me on instagram: @karenmauritzenn

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