Fashion

How to Style: Leather Shorts

After a short hiatus over the last week and a half, I’m back with a little mini “How to Style” blog post. It’s mini because there’s only 3 outfits instead of 5, because I only have 3 pairs of leather shorts. Anyway, I have been really into leather shorts now that it’s getting warmer and even with some chillier spring weather, I think they are a fun piece to style for a casual weekend look or a date night or a fun girls night out! Keep reading to see how I like to style my leather shorts.

Outfit #1

This first outfit was inspired by monochromatic looks everywhere. I went with all white/cream because it’s such a chic look for the spring. The shorts are heavy but not stiff which makes them fairly comfortable. The sweater is good for when it’s still in the mid 50s and 60s and not quite full summer weather yet!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent
Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent

Outfit #2

This next outfit is the most casual but it’s very similar to the first. I switched things up by adding this striped button down. It’s SO soft and a little bit heavier than a regular cotton button down. The shorts are such a pretty orange color and I thought they were so fun to style with the blue stripes.

Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target
Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target
Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target

Outfit #3

This one is much more formal than the others and very cute for a date night or girls night! The shorts help make it a little bit sexy and so does the deep v neckline of the blouse, but the long sleeves keep the look a little bit more conservative. This one is definitely my favorite look of all of them!

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

I hope you enjoyed this mini “How to Style” post!

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

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Fashion

April 2019 Favorites

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of favorites for this month but I do really like the ones that I have so I hope that counts for something.

1. New Paltz, NY

Earlier this month my boyfriend and I took a little weekend trip to New Paltz and for a small college town, I really loved it. I shared our experience in it’s own blog post, linked here. We had to best time reliving our college dreams again. We visited the campus and ate lots of good food and drank $4 rum and cokes and had ourselves a ball. It was definitely my favorite experience of the month.

2. Craft Beers

I drank a lot of craft beers this month and my body has made me fully aware of how it feels about it (not very good) but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I went to a cask ale festival earlier this month that had about 85 breweries there to sample. Needless to say, I had a great time. Now that it’s getting warmer out too, I’m really looking forward to heading back to some of my favorite breweries on long island.

3. Trousers

You may have noticed that this month I was really into trousers. I bought 3 pairs this month. They are cute and practical and can easily be dressed up for work with a button down and heels or down for a weekend brunch in a t-shirt and sandals! Highly recommend investing in at least one or two pairs for the spring and summer.

4. Zara

I rediscovered my love for Zara recently and now I want to buy all kinds of things from there. I’m definitely not into fast fashion and I will admit that not everything they sell if worth the price, but Zara is very on trend when I’m in the mood for trendy pieces. It also is moderately affordable but much better quality than Forever 21 or a similar store.

5. Santa Clarita Diet

I started watching this show back in February or March with my boyfriend and we really got into it. It’s extremely gruesome and takes some time to get used to but it’s so funny and the storyline was not predictable which I really liked. I’m not a huge Drew Barrymore fan honestly, but I do really enjoy this show! And Season 3 came out recently!

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Fashion

Spring Work Outfits

I wanted to share some spring work outfits for you guys because it’s been a while honestly! Now that I can wear jeans to work everyday, I’ve definitely had a smaller focus on work wear. But just because I don’t have to dress business casual, doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t either! So here are 5 spring work outfits for all your ladies that need to wear real clothes to work every day!

Outfit #1

I found these Something Navy Pants on Nordstrom recently and thought they were such a great piece to have in my closet. They can be dressed up for work or dressed down for a casual day out. I loved them so much I bough them in both colors! I paired it with an old sweater I got from Old Navy, but the color is so versatile that you can wear it with pretty much any neutral color! I paired it with white flats from Steve Madden to keep it really stylish and put together.

Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Old Navy / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit # 2

I found this dress at Zara in the fall and I think it’s a great piece to bring back for the spring! The colors and material are perfect for this time of year and the fringe is very on trend. Mine is sold out but I found this one at Zara with a similar silhouette. I paired it with these navy Steve Madden heels to bring out the navy in the dress.

Dress: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden

Dress: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden

Dress: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit # 3

I think this is my favorite outfit ever! I’ve told you time and time again how much I love pink right now and here’s the proof! Not only is this completely wearable for work, but it’s wearable outside of work also. I wore this one for Easter brunch actually! I found these pink pants at Topshop on sale (!!!) and this cardigan from Madewell! My pants are sold out but they come in a few other colors. If you still want pink, these are similar!

Sweater: Madewell / Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Madewell / Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Madewell / Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit # 4

I’m not huge into skirts, but for the office they can be a great clothing choice. It’s a nice alternative to pants with a similar kind of freedom as a dress! I got this gray skirt at target a few years ago but here’s something similar from Zara. My sweater is Something Navy and super light weight which I love. It’s sold out now but here’s a similar option from Topshop.

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit # 5

Finally for casual Friday’s, let’s add in some jeans! These are my favorite jeans from American Eagle that I always wear. I’ve had them for about 5 years now! I paired them with this pretty floral button down from Something Navy. I love the pink and the purple on this, so I decided to pair them with my purple heels from Charles David. My shoes are sold out but here’s a similar pair!

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

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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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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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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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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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