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Four Ways to Wear Color in the Winter

If you’ve followed along with me on here for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of wearing color, color-blocking, and monochromatic looks. I try to wear the same color palette often because I think it’s a bold way to style some of your favorite pieces. Winter is not typically associated with bright colors, but on recent runways, color is everywhere. I personally love bright jewel tones as well as the light and airy pastels colors that are coming for the spring. I think both are interesting to style for the winter, but they work surprisingly well. So today, I thought I’d try my hand at styling some colorful outfits. Let me know how you think I did in the comments! I am also linking as many items as possible here so you can try them out yourself!

Outfit #1

You all know pink is my favorite color to style so it wouldn’t be a blog post about color without at least one pink outfit. I found these super stylish pink corduroy pants at Target a few weeks ago and fell in love. Considering the bright color, they are extremely versatile because of the shape. I found this dusty pink Something Navy sweater on sale at Nordstrom (similar) and thought it would be perfect to pair with these bright pants. I also love to pair pink with colors like purple and red so that’s exactly what I did here. I got these Charles by Charles David purple suede heels (similar) at Nordstrom about a year ago and love them so much. I thought they were a perfect piece to pair with this outfit.

Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Charles by Charles David

Outfit #2

I am recently trying to add some blue pieces to my wardrobe because as much as I love navy blue, it was the only form of blue I had in my closet other than denim. I find blue to be a really beautiful color lately. It was something I originally never really thought would work well on my skin tone, but I think it’s got so many versatile tones that it can work well for anyone! I found this really pretty muted blue cardigan at Target and knew I had to have it (especially at it’s $12.99 price tag at the time). It has since returned to full price, but it’s such a good piece that it’s worth the extra $12. These white slouchy jeans from Zara were also added to my cart during Zara’s sale a few weeks ago and have since sold out but I’m featuring them because it’s a style that they bring back often! Adding brown accessories keeps the colors from being overwhelming and a little bit more grounded so I added this belt from Urban Outfitters and my favorite loafers from Target.

Cardigan & Shoes: Target / Pants: Zara / Belt: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #3

One color combo that I’ve been really into, but never quite executed was wearing green and navy blue. They are pretty close together on the color wheel so they can be hard to style together, but I think when you find the right shades, they can look really beautiful. I found this bright kelly green turtleneck (similar) from Something Navy last year and thought it was such a pretty color. Now I see similar colors everywhere and have truly fallen for the color green. I think when paired with plain washed black straight leg jeans and some classic navy suede heels (similar), it’s a really easy look for a date night or even work depending on your dress code. I can’t wait to try styling these colors together more often!

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

I have recently been really into quarter/half zip sweaters and I saw this pretty lilac one at American Eagle and knew I had to have it. The very first time I saw it, it was actually sold out in just about every size! But I waited patiently and checked back a few weeks later and to my shock, it was restocked with full sizes so I knew right away it was a sign to order it. I’m loving these zip up style sweaters because they are a fun take on a regular pullover sweater. A really long time ago I saw a blogger on Instagram @walkinwonderland share a photo of her wearing a pretty lavender sweatshirt with light wash jeans and brown tall boots and thought it was an interesting color palette to wear so I decided to recreate it here. I’m wearing some light wash distressed mom jeans from Abercrombie and my Sam Edelman Lindsey boots to complete the look.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Sam Edelman

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Weekend In My Life: My 25th Birthday

This past weekend was a little bit hectic but it was a ton of fun! I celebrated my 25th birthday (which is actually today, the 21st of January) on Saturday with some friends with some good food and drinks. I have been really looking forward to this weekend because I feel like I’ve been planning it for so long. It was exciting to see it all come together finally. I hope you enjoy reading about this weekend in my life!

So this weekend was a bit of whirlwind, but I think it turned out okay. I didn’t take many photos honestly because I was living in the moment but I made sure to get just one of my outfit at 12:00 am after getting my Shake Shack order. On Saturday night, I went out for my birthday with some family and friends. There was some snowy/wet weather which sort of put a damper on the evening because a few people couldn’t make it, but we still had fun!

For dinner, we went to Serafina in Meatpacking which is a nice Italian restaurant. They had a really wide variety of dishes on their menu and a pretty long drink list too which was exactly what I was hoping for. We got some calamari for an appetizer and I got eggplant parm for dinner. I also got my favorite wine, Josh Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the best dinner I could have asked for that night.

After that, we walked around the block over to Common Ground NYC which is a bar in the Meatpacking district also. It was about 7:30 pm when we got there but you would have thought it was 2:30 am based on how packed it was! It was nuts. But I was happy to be there and got to dance around, plus it thinned out a bit around 8:00 pm (probably because everyone realized they should go home after being there all day, but it was still too early to go out for the night). I drank my usual tequila sodas and had myself a good time dancing (mostly by myself).

After that, we decided to chill out and headed to the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel nearby. Here we got some authentic German beers and a giant pretzel which was a nice treat! Soon after this most of my friends headed home but Andrew and I stayed out and walked around a bit for some extra QT (quality time) together. We walked uptown and found Mexicue and decided to stop for some margaritas which were really yummy! After that we headed home to finally get some sleep after a long day, but stopped for Shake Shake of course (see photo below).

Overall, I had a good birthday and I’m happy I decided to go out instead of staying home because of the weather. It was a great way to start off my 25th year and I’m looking forward to see what else is in store for me!

Me after ordering Shake Shack at 12:00am: “Andrew, take a picture of my outfit!”

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What I Wore This Week: 1/13/20 – 1/17/20

This week is a bit hectic, but should end up being okay I think. First thing is that I cannot believe we are half way through January already. Remember last year how January felt like it was 2 months long? This year is the exact opposite it looks like! Keep on reading to see what I did this week, what I wore and how I was feeling about all of it. I’ll be linking as many items as possible for you to shop also! Remember that I use affiliate links, so the retailer may pay me a commission for any purchases made via the links below at no additional cost to you! Also make sure to follow me on Instagram to see all of my outfits and updates in real time on my stores @karenmauritzenn.

Monday

This was the first day back after a crazy weekend. It was sort of a strange day if we’re honest but over time it ended up being okay. At work, I’m about 3 weeks out from our next event so things are ramping up and it’s very busy there. I’m also working on some other things in my personal life that I will share a bit later on and some more content for this blog. I shot a ton of content over the weekend so I had lots of editing to do! I also decided to start watching The Bachelor this week from the first episode, so I’m behind but I promise I’ll catch up! I’ve never seen it before and it’s so cringey but I have a feeling I’ll get addicted! I also got this sweater last week from Mango (on sale) and I am in love with the color! It’s so pretty and I really felt like I needed something blue in my closet. These exact items or something similar will all be linked in the caption!

Sweater: Mango / Jeans: Abercrombie (similar) / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Tuesday

Today is just as hectic as yesterday was! I am out of the office the rest of this week so I have quite a few things I need to get done before I leave. Today is the kind of day where I feel really focused because I know that I don’t have the time to relax and hangout. I try my best to just keep my head down and focus on my projects until they are completed, but that doesn’t always work out! Some other things I need to get done today are a few blogs for the next few weeks (the ones I shot over the weekend) and start prepping for the ones in February (so crazy). I also am celebrating my birthday this coming weekend (which has already past as you are reading this) so I need to finalize that also. It’s busy but always worth it because I’m passionate about it! For my outfit, I got this blazer last week also and I felt like I really should wear it and look nice one day so today is the day. It’s from Mango and was on sale!

Blazer: Mango / Shirt: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday

So the rest of the week, I took a bit of a break because I had some other things going on but I promise on Monday we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming. Thanks for your patience!

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Casual Outfits For When You Don’t Know What To Wear

I am the kind of person who constantly has no idea what to wear. It’s not often that I feel really inspired by my closet and it can be really frustrating for me to try and figure out something to wear ahead of time. Usually if I’m lacking inspiration, I look to my saved photos from Instagram and try to curate an outfit based on the things I saved. The issue however, is that 90% of the time, I don’t have anything similar to what the pretty Influencers are wearing in their photos. So today I wanted to share some outfit inspiration using items that you probably have in your closet already, inspired by my saved Instagram photos. I hate feeling stressed about my outfits, so I’m hoping this will help any of you who are feeling the same way!

Outfit #1

I saw this photo on Instagram and thought it was such a cute outfit that would be easy to put together because at this point, I feel like most people own these pieces or they are available at just about every retailer. I got this beige turtleneck a few years ago and I don’t even wear it very often, but it’s the kind of piece that you should have around because you never know when you’ll want to wear it. I paired it with these black jeans that are old so also naturally worn in which I love and these cute tan boots. It’s neutral and simple which makes it a great outfit to wear when you can’t really figure out what to wear.

Coat: Something Navy (similar) / Sweater: H&M / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Outfit #2

I love this cream sweater and I wear the heck out of it. I got my inspiration from Danielle Bernstein on Instagram, because as I’ve mentioned a bunch of times, I love her style. She wore a cable knit sweater in her photo, which I think looks better because of the texture it adds, but I think any cream color sweater will be sufficient. I love pairing black with tan so I threw on the same black jeans from the previous outfit and my tan suede Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell boots. I’ve been really into these boots lately which is so strange because it took me two whole years to even start wearing them. She has on a really cool jacket in her photo that I do not have, but I think a teddy coat would look great too!

Sweater: Something Navy (similar) / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Outfit #3

I also have told you that I’m a huge fan of Arielle Charnas because she has classic style but she definitely loves to play with texture, color, and crazy details. I saw this outfit posted on Something Navy’s Instagram and knew it was such a good outfit for when you don’t know what to wear. Most people do have at least one cardigan in their closet and probably a long cardigan at that. The rest of the outfit is a simple pair of jeans and t-shirt or tank top. I personally did not have a pair of black leather knee high boots until I recently purchased a pair from Sam Edelman but I did have a slightly shorter pair that I think would look just as cute from Something Navy. These boots are so popular right now though, so they shouldn’t be too hard to find!

Cardigan: Urban Outfitters (similar) / Top: Old Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie (similar) / Shoes: Something Navy (similar)

Outfit #4

One of my favorite things to style recently have been sweatshirts! Either plain or graphic, it doesn’t matter. I think they are a great piece to make an outfit comfy and casual, even if you happen to be wearing heels. I got my inspiration from Ashley Brooke on Instagram, whose style I have been a fan of kind of on and off over the last few years. But I saw her style a plain black sweater/sweatshirt with some distressed, washed black jeans with brown boots and I thought it was so cute. An all black outfit is such an easy go-to look, so of course I had to include one!

Coat: Something Navy (similar) / Top: Zara (similar) / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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Outfit Of The Day: Styling Winter Whites

I’ve seen a ton of people styling winter whites recently, which I personally love, so I thought I would give it a try on my own. I think white is such a pretty color to wear in the winter, especially if you live or go somewhere nice and snowy. It hasn’t been snowy here where I live, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show off my winter whites outfit. Keep on reading to see what I put together!

A few weeks ago I saw someone wearing a really cute half zip sweater on Instagram and I thought, “That’s such a cool sweater!” So I recently decided to go hunting for one and couldn’t really find ones I liked or they were all sold out until I took a peek at Abercrombie and found exactly what I was looking for! It was a new arrival too so there was plenty in stock and it came in a few different colors. I got the cream color, but there’s also a taupey pink and one with a chevron pattern which is pretty. My sweater is linked here!

I also saw the jeans that they styled the sweater with on the model and really liked them so I went searching for those as well. They were on sale and I have been looking for some new white jeans. I was considering a $200 pair from Re/Done so thank goodness I found these for $44! All my old ones don’t fit very well or they have rips in the knee so I can’t really wear them right now in the winter. I also wanted a pair that was more of a straight leg fit. I like these because they have the straight leg but the hem is also cuffed up really long which is kind of a cool detail to add! The jeans are linked here!

Lastly, I was working on another blog post and had to link my Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell booties and I saw that they had them in a pretty white leather snakeprint. I have had buying white ankle boots on my mind for a while, but it wasn’t a priority so I had kind of put it off. Once I saw these, it was like a light switch went off and I knew these were the boots I was looking for! I recently decided that I really like these Jeffrey Campbell boots so they were really the perfect choice to go with this outfit. My boots are linked here and here’s a link to a similar coat on sale for less than $80.

In closing, the look is super casual. Great to go out for coffee or run errands if you want to look a little bit nicer or even a lunch date with your friends or partner! I don’t think anyone even follows the no white after Labor Day rule anymore anyway, but I’m here to tell you, that you shouldn’t! White is definitely one of the best colors to wear in the winter so just go for it!

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What I Wore This Week: 1/6/20 – 1/10/20

This week started off a little bit slow, but I have big plans to make it a productive week! I took advantage of having some time to relax over the weekend with no plans and got some work done, watched some Netflix and made some returns at the mall. This month, I want to get a head start on reaching my goals and putting as much work in as I can so that’s what we can look forward to this week! I’ll be linking as many items as possible again in this post so you can shop the ones you love! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram @karenmauritzenn to see these outfits in real time!

Monday

Oh goodness what a sleepy Monday. I was definitely not feeling my best this morning, but I’m not going to let that keep me from being productive and getting some work done. I might need a little extra coffee, but I’ll do what it takes. Some things on the agenda for today include writing a ton of blog posts that I prepped on Sunday night, finalizing my plans for my birthday, redoing my budget for the next few months, and looking up some blogger events coming this month. One thing that’s on my mind today is how important what I do over the next few months is going to be. The work that you put in now might not be exciting, but seeing the result later on makes it worth the trouble. A few of my goals that I’m working on for the next 6 months or so is saving as much as I can before I move into an apartment, paying off as much student loan and credit card debt as I can before moving (to help improve my credit score), and growing my blog and Instagram following to 350 and 2,500 respectively. For me, I know these goals take a ton of discipline, focus, and passion to achieve so I’m starting right away to get myself there.

Sweater: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Tuesday

To be completely honest, this feels like it’s setting out to be the worst week of my life. 2020 has not been kind to me so far, I’ll tell you. I wrote over the last few weeks that I had a wonderful 2019 and I am really looking forward to the coming year. But so far, I just feel completely miserable and really not happy at all. It’s really hitting me this week that I need to make some changes, but I am completely at a loss of how to make those changes successful. I don’t feel like I have the skills, knowledge, or experience to make them and frankly no one really cares unless you have those. So far it’s been tough and I can’t even pretend that I tried to be positive about it. I fell deep into a negative hole and am struggling to pull myself out of it right now. Maybe I set my expectations too high or maybe I just thought it would be easier or maybe I thought this year would be as good as last year. It looks like we might be in for a year of struggles.

Sweater & Shoes: Target / Pants: Zara

Wednesday

Well I have to say, today was much better than yesterday. I was in such a depressed hole yesterday, I had no idea if I’d ever get out of it. Although I didn’t wake up feeling immensely better, I did feel a little bit more open to being positive which made a huge difference I think. Nothing really went wrong, so it was a pretty good day. Things were busy at work today which helped keep me distracted. I also paid about $7 for my latte at Starbucks today which was horrifying. It tasted like dirty water so needless to say, I’m sticking with my regular unsweetened cold brew, that is still also extremely overpriced. I got some packages in this week also so I’m planning to shoot a big haul of all the things I got recently to put on my IGTV. I have to figure out how to edit that sort of thing, but I’m hoping Andrew will help me with that over the weekend! I’m back to feeling good about putting out new content, so hopefully I’ll get my creative juices flowing again.

Sweater: Something Navy (similar) / Pants & Shoes: Target

Thursday

Today has the potential to be a really great day and yet I feel myself getting discouraged. I woke up feeling good and excited for the day, but I really easily let certain frustrations get me down. This week has been particularly difficult for me to keep my head up about certain things. I know that I really need to just be patient and make sure I do what I need to be doing, but it feels like I’m getting no where. I hope that this phase of life doesn’t last too long because I can feel that it’s truly taking a toll on my mental health, but we’ll have to wait and see. As for everything else today, it should be a light easy day. It’s super cold in NYC today, so I wore this really beautiful heavy sweater and I love it so much. It’s one of the coziest sweaters I own and it’s worth every penny. I got it last week and it’s currently sold out, but I have a feeling it will restock!

Sweater: & Other Stories / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Friday

Happy Friday! I’m happy to say that this week is finally over and I’m looking forward to relaxing tonight and getting ready for a relaxing weekend but also doing some much needed blog work. I’m hoping today will be pretty light and easy, not too busy but we’ll see. Andrew and I are getting some dinner in the city tonight to test out a few places I am thinking of going to for my birthday next weekend. I’m having such a hard time deciding if I want to actually do anything for my birthday but I also feel like I’d regret not doing something. Does anyone else struggle with this?? I decided that if I like these places tonight, I’ll have a little birthday party and if not then I guess we’ll just skip it this year. Stay tuned! I’m doing a whole blog post about what I ended up doing for my birthday!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

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Easy and Casual How to Style Graphic Tees

I have been wanting to do this post for a few months now, but I could never justify paying $40 for a graphic t-shirt. A few weeks ago, Urban Outfitters was having a sale and these tees were on sale so I decided it’s time to stop putting it off and just buy the shirts and post this blog post! Graphic t-shirts have been around since the dawn of time, but they have recently become really cute and trendy so I decided why not do a whole blog about them. I personally love wearing these shirts with jeans and heels to go out at night. I think it’s kind of sexy without being revealing. Keep on reading to see how I decided to style these cutie t-shirts! I’m also linking as many items as I can if they are available or if something is similar. Please note these are affiliate links so I may get paid a commission from the retailer for your purchase at no additional cost to you!

Outfit #1

This outfit is the most casual, and sort of out of my comfort zone honestly. I’ve shown graphic tees with blazers before, but usually I add heels to make them look more put together. This time I really dressed it down and went with these chunky sneakers that I’m only now starting to love (2 years later, but it’s fine). I know this look is not for everyone but you can switch out any of the elements to make it fit your style which is the beauty of outfit inspiration!

Blazer: Forever 21 (similar) / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Fila

Outfit #2

This is the outfit I had in mind when I mentioned that I like to wear graphic t-shirts out at night. I think the best way to style them for night time is monochromatic with black or gray jeans (these happen to be a little bit of both which I love), some cute boot heels and lots of gold jewelry! The t-shirt makes it cool and casual, but wearing jewelry and heeled boots, says “I put effort into the way I look today” which is the perfect balance! Throwing on a leather moto jacket adds another cool factor while also keeping you a little warmer when it’s cold out.

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop (similar) / Shoes: Something Navy (similar)

Outfit #3

Again, this outfit is a little bit more out of my comfort zone, but I like it a lot! It’s a good mix of grungey and girly and works for day or night! I’ve shown this white skirt 100 times already, but it’d insanely versatile so just get over it at this point. I tucked my t-shirt in, but it would also be super cute if you just tied it up in a little knot to cinch your waist. I also added some chunky suede boots to make it a little girlier and balance out the toughness of the moto jacket and the shirt.

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Something Navy (similar)

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