Travel

Weekend Getaway: New Paltz, NY

Over this past weekend, Andrew and I took a little mini vacation up to New Paltz, NY to do some hiking, relaxing and visiting his Alma Mater. We ate lots of great food, drank slightly too much and saw some great views while we were there. New Paltz is a really small college town but it’s really got some cute hidden gems!

Our first stop when we arrived in New Paltz was for lunch at La Charla, which is a Mexican restaurant right on Main St. We ordered our margaritas and some tacos and queso. The food was REALLY good and the drinks were really well made! We were pleasantly surprised considering the place was a ghost town when we walked in during lunch time! I personally wouldn’t go back next time just so we can try somewhere else, but it was a good choice for a first timer.

After lunch, we headed over to Lake Minnewaska to do some “hiking”. The trail was very easy to walk which is why I’m putting hiking in quotes but it was pretty high up so we got some beautiful views out of it. It was really humid and there were lots of bugs which is not my favorite thing but I think the views were worth the inconvenience.

After our mini hike, we headed over to our Airbnb to rest, shower and get ready for dinner. This place was one of the best I’ve stayed at. It was absolutely stunning and the host was fantastic to work with! My only concern was that it was about about 20 minutes outside of New Paltz, in the middle of nowhere so it made getting an Uber pretty difficult. I would probably prefer to stay somewhere closer next time but I really loved this place and would want to go back again!

For dinner that night, we went to the Gilded Otter which is a microbrewery right on Main St. with some really great beers and great food too! Andrew and I both got flights to start so we could try a few flavors and were both really happy with our choices. We both found one that we liked enough to get a full pint of. My favorite was the Sunset Blood Orange and Strawberry Sour Ale. There was also a raspberry wheat ale that I liked a lot!

After dinner, we headed out to the bars! Since it’s a college town, there were obviously lots of college students around. It was fun to people watch because we’re not in college anymore but we still vividly remember what it was like. We also both were so shocked (and ecstatic) to be paying $4 for a mixed drink because we got so used to paying $14 for them in NYC!

Overall, we had such a great weekend and were so happy to get to spend some quality time together in a new city. It was my first time in New Paltz and Andrew’s second time visiting his old college so it was a really special experience for both of us! I would highly recommend taking a trip over there if you can. We’re always surprised at how much we can do in our home state!

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Fashion

How to Style: Color for Spring

I’ve been telling you for weeks how I feel about all the fun bright colors for the spring. So I finally decided to share a few outfits ideas styling colorful pieces for you. I really love color blocking and mixing the colorful pieces so I tried to do that here with some of the outfits. I hope you enjoy!

Outfit # 1

I found these yellow jeans from American Eagle about a month ago and thought they were such a good piece for the spring. Keeping things really simple, I paired them with a white t-shirt but added more color with these Lavender shoes that I had shown you a few times before in my Spring Shoes post and my March Favorites. I accessorized with these earrings from Baublebar.

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

Outfit # 2

I saw this pretty pink romper at Urban Outfitters and just about fell over because it’s so cute. First off, I love that it’s a romper and not a dress because I hate rompers but I think it makes it really wearable because it’s very short. I also love pink and red together so I paired it with these mules I got from Urban Outfitters last year. They are not available anymore, but these are similar sandals. My rainbow earrings are from Baublebar (duh) and my headband is from Urban Outfitters and sold out but it comes in a few other colors too.

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #3

One of my favorite outfits is all white with a pop of color so that’s exactly what I did here. I shared these wide leg jeans from American Eagle in my Early Spring Outfit Ideas and they are definitely a favorite of mine so far. I also paired these with a plain white t-shirt and this cropped army green jacket from Target last year. This one is no longer available but here’s a similar version. Finally, for shoes I went with these gorgeous purple suede heels from Charles David. These are also sold out, but here’s a similar pair!

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Outfit #4

I saw this orange dress at Urban Outfitters and thought it was such an easy piece to have in my closet and I really loved the loose shape of it. I really like orange and yellow together right now, so I paired this yellow headband with it from Urban Outfitters also. On my feet, I paired my trusty platform Superga sneakers.

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Outfit # 5

For this last outfit, I found this gorgeous teal (turquoise?) sweater from Free People and fell in love and knew I had to style it! Mine is sold out but here’s a similar one from J. Crew. I paired it with this pretty floral printed top from Something Navy and my favorite Jamie Jeans from Topshop. For my shoes, I went with these yellow mules from Public Desire to tie it all together. Mine are from a few years ago but these are a similar pair from Topshop.

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

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Fashion

Spring Accessories

Today I wanted to share where I like to get some of my spring accessories because I have maybe been going overboard with buying them so might as well put them to use. I mainly wear earrings and bags so I’m sharing those and a few that I have in my shopping cart!

To start, here are some of the earrings that I bought and love and can’t wait to wear in the spring and summer months! I get majority of my earrings from Baublebar because they just have the best and most interesting statement earrings!

Left: Baublebar / Middle: Gianna Hoop Earrings – Baublebar / Right: Baublebar

Baublebar came out with a collection that is various animals/sea creatures so those are definitely all sitting in my shopping cart. The Cayman Drop Earrings are my absolute favorites but I also love the Flamingos and the Rainbow fish, all linked below!

Last summer, I was very into the wooden Arc bags that were popular as well as straw bags so I’m bringing them back for this year too. I got some of my favorites from Steve Madden, Goodnight Macaroon and Revolve.

This year, I’m into the beaded bags and mini bags in general! I also maybe like belt bags? I’m sort of late but honestly I like the functionality. Here’s a few that are sitting in my shopping cart!

A few other things that I have been really loving lately are Quay Australia sunglasses. Below are some of my favorites from last year. I wear the pink “Playa” (featured top right) style just about every day.

Top Left: Mod Star / Top Right: The Playa / Bottom Left: Like Wow / Bottom Right: My Girl

I hope you enjoyed!!

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Lifestyle

What I Read: March/April 2019

This past month (and a half), I read a really great book about relationships and the science behind them so I thought I would bring back my book of the month series for it. I read the book The Chemistry Between Us by Larry Young and Brian Alexander as I mentioned in my March Favorites.

This book discusses a few aspects of relationships, right down to the science of it. A few topics the authors focused on were how our sexual brain actually functions and why, why we want to have sex, why mother’s care for their children, and why we cheat on our partners. The authors went over A LOT of animal studies, as well as a few human studies to prove their points which was really interesting to read about. It’s shocking how similar human sexual brain function is to mice, voles, and even leeches.

Our sexual brain function mainly comes down to oxytocin but also includes a few other brain chemicals such as vasopressin and dopamine. Obviously, our sexual hormones play a major role also, but according to this book, it’s really oxytocin that makes us do all the crazy (and not so crazy) things we do for love (or sex). It’s the oxytocin in our brains that make us trust our partners, care for our children and ultimately become “addicted” to our partners.

The most interesting part of the book for me, personally, was learning about monogamy versus infidelity in nature and in human relationships. I learned that in nature, social relationships (partner bonded/monogamous relationships) and sexual relationships are completely separate brain functions and the same goes for humans. As an intelligent species, we’ve learned to actually lump the two together, but in reference to our evolution, they are not the same at all. This explains why some people are more prone to cheat on their partners.

There were quite a few startling statistics in this book, but one of the most interesting to me, was that 30-40% of married couples have had extra-marital sex. In non-marital, monogamous relationships, about 50% of people had sex outside their relationship. That’s a lot of people. And humans are not the only species to cheat on their partners. In nature, almost every species that has monogamy, also has a few that will cheat on their partners even in the most monogamous of animals species such as prairie voles.

I think this book was such an interesting, albeit tough, read. There’s lots of science terms but it’s balanced out with real life examples and mild humor. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to learn about how the brain works, and anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about relationships, in a non-self-help kind of way.

I hope you enjoyed! xx

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Fashion

My Favorite Spring Shoes

I wanted to do a quick post on some of my favorite shoes that I have for spring this year. Last year, I wore the heck out of my wedges and this year is no different. I’m also very into color, like we already knew, so I’m sharing a few more colorful shoes too! It’s still early so I’m sure there’s plenty more pairs of shoes in my future, but here’s what I’m most excited to wear this year.

See By Chloe Gyn Wedges

Steve Madden Lulla Heels (similar)

Steve Madden Sway Wedges (similar)

Urban Outfitters Kitten Heel Mules

Steve Madden Kandi Mules

Something Navy Portia Buckle Mule

Steve Madden Tropical Sandals

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Beauty

Spring Makeup Look

There’s nothing I love more for spring than simple makeup and a bold lip color. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really into bright bold colors for spring and that applies to my make up also. So, today I’m sharing this easy winged liner and bold pink look!

For my base, I started off using my Becca Backlight Priming Filter and then my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and Concealer. After that I used my Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Medium and my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and all over my face to set everything. To finish up with my skin, I bronzed my face with my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer and used the Becca Mineral Blush in Songbird. Finally, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold on my cheekbones and nose.

For my eyes, I used my absolute favorite eyebrow product to start, my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Ebony. For eyeshadow, I used my Urban Decay Naked Basics eyeshadow palette. I mixed the shades Naked and Commando and placed them all over my lids. For my liner, I used my trusty Maybelline Line Stiletto and for mascara, used my new favorite Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara.

Now, the fun part was choosing my lip color. I used pinkier products for the rest of my face, so I wanted to do a bright pink lip also. I decided to go with my Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bachelorette to finish the makeup look.

I hope you enjoyed! xx

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Travel

Weekend Getaway: Wine Touring

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little staycation out east to Riverhead, NY on Long Island. We visited a really great vineyard and brewery, ate some pretty delicious food and had a really wonderful weekend!

First things first, we stayed at the Hotel Indigo East End which was a nice hotel! The public space (lobby, restaurant, etc.) were so nice and looked like they had recently been renovated. Being that I work with hotels literally everyday at my job and travel often for pleasure, I have very high standards for my hotels. I will say I wasn’t thrilled with the hotel room, but it served its purpose. I also wasn’t thrilled with the service, but we didn’t spend much time there anyway so it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. One thing that I did like was that they offered a complimentary shuttle to and from the vineyards and breweries nearby!

Karen’s Outfit – Sweater: Something Navy / Jacket: Free People / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Andrew’s Outfit – Shirt: Express / Jacket: RVCA / Pants: Lucky Brand / Shoes: Bass

Our first stop was the Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard which I mentioned in my previous post (March 2019 Favorites). I loved the atmosphere here and I think it was just a perfect day to sit outside, drinking wine with my wonderful boyfriend and people/dog watching. I also really loved the Pink Satin Rose! I would have liked to buy a bottle of it, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t!

Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Style: Playa)

After that, we headed over to the Moustache Brewing Company which we picked mainly for the name. However, we were also pleasantly surprised by the beers they had and the great atmosphere! Luckily, we were able to try all 8 of their beers because there were 2 of us and we each got a flight of 4 beers (2 x 4 = 8 in case you missed that math). Some of our favorites included a blueberry and ginger beer (that had 10% alcohol content), as well as both of their ciders!

After that, we went back to the hotel and headed over to Bistro 72 for dinner. The restaurant was CROWDED so it was definitely our mistake for not making a reservation! Again, because it was crowded, the service was not the best but I have ultra high standards. However, the food was absolutely delicious and definitely worth the wait! I got the Maple Bourbon Salmon which was so yummy, I highly recommend. Andrew got a burger that was cooked perfectly and the fries were nice and crispy! We also got bourbon wings which were very flavorful.

Overall, I would say it was such a great experience! We had such a wonderful weekend exploring another part of Long Island that we don’t get to go to very often. Staycations have been such a nice way for us to spend some extra time together without going too far or spending too much money!

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

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