Fashion

OOTD: Eastern Long Island

As an extension of our Valentine’s Day plans, my very wonderful boyfriend, Andrew took me out to eastern Long Island for a fun day of drinks, dinner and enjoying each other’s company. Luckily, it was beautiful weather for February and it really helped to make for a great day! I wanted to share our experience and also what I wore because this is a fashion blog you know. So, here we go!

We started our day at the Riverhead Ciderhouse. It’s exactly what it sounds like it is, a cider house or like a brewery for alcoholic cider. The building on it’s own is very cool and cozy. There’s lots of couches and first come first serve table seating to relax at and enjoy all kinds of cider, beer, wine and snacks. It was super crowded when we got there around 2 in the afternoon, so I would definitely recommend going early! We got 2 glasses of cider to start; I had the Strawberry Patch cider and my boyfriend got the Honey Crisp Bolt Apple Cider and we also shared a flight so we could try a few different flavors! My favorite ended up being a Blackberry Habanero cider. It was delicious! Of course, if we’re spending all day drinking, we need to refuel with some snacks so we also grabbed a giant pretzel and some chips and guacamole. I loved this place, it had such a good atmosphere and it’s probably really fun in the summer. I’m definitely looking forward to going back!

For dinner, we went to a waterfront restaurant called Cowfish in the Hampton Bays. It’s an American surf and turf restaurant with a great drink selection as well as amazing food! We had a reservation right at sunset and it was absolutely stunning. The sky was cotton candy colored and in combination with the drinks and food it was a great experience. I had the seared Ahi Tuna and Andrew had the Mahi which had Cajun seasoning. Both were delicious and we shared an appetizer of buffalo shrimp which was surprisingly good! The service was also good, our server was knowledgeable and friendly which is all you can really ask for, right! Me being the really good blogger than I am, did not snap any pics of the food there or the sunset but don’t you worry cause I got my outfit.

Coat: H&M / Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

After dinner, we headed home to finish watching the show Lovesick on Netflix. We’re really into it right now but looking for a new show since we’re almost done with it! (Please send new Netflix suggestions, thanks.) It was such a great day and I would highly recommend both places if you’re ever looking to head out to the east end of Long Island!

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

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Fashion

What Inspires My Personal Style

Today I thought I would share some of my style inspiration with you all because I don’t think I’ve ever really gone over it and I’m sure someone out there is curious about it! I’m talking about what I define my personal style as, how it changes season to season, and who inspires me .

To start, my personal style is definitely a collection of basics and then lots of things that make you say, “Are you sure that’s what you’re wearing?”. They aren’t even really elevated basics either. They’re pretty regular basics but basics are always good because accessories then become the key to a distinct look. On an everyday basis (meaning for the office in the winter currently), I select from my extensive collection of sweaters, button downs, t-shirts, blazers and jeans. It’s concerning how many sweaters can fit in my closet honestly. That’s literally all my wardrobe is with the exception of a few dresses for more formal occasions, trousers for formal/business and lots of leather pants. The fun part of my look is usually my shoes because everything else is always so simple! I also love to layer on jewelry. You might have noticed that I like to have a pretty, gold stack of arm candy and big giant hoop earrings. I’m also recently into hair accessories which is fun because my hair is basically always down or in a bun.

Season to season, there’s only a minor change in my personal style. Obviously during the winter and fall, there’s a lot of sweaters and coats and layering going on. I also wear lots of impractical pairs of heeled boots! During the spring and summer, I do still wear sweaters when it’s a little chilly or there’s AC but mainly I switch to wearing dresses everyday of the week. I love long floral, flowing dresses but I’m a huge fan of mini and midi dresses too! Also in the spring and summer, I’ll wear sandals or wedges everyday or mules! My mules honestly get worn year round because they are just so comfy and I have a few pairs with fur in the them. My jeans, t-shirts, button downs, and blazers are pretty consistent year round though.

As far as where I get most of my style inspiration, I have to attribute that to Instagram and Pinterest. For Pinterest, I like to just scroll through the home page and see what I find usually and pin according to what fits my boards. I also sometimes will search for something specific like “white pants outfit” or “Chanel shoes” and see what comes up. I also love to search for fashion week street style! I could scroll through those Pinterest photos for hours on end. On Instagram, I created a collection of saved outfit photos (and food pages and engagement rings because I have my priorities straight, obviously). In that collection, as I’m scrolling I’ll go through and save all he outfits that inspires me from my feed or my explore page so I can go back and find them later on, especially if I don’t feel like I want to follow the person’s page because I only liked that one outfit. I also religiously stalk through a few Instagrams because they have the most amazing and interesting style ever. Some of my all time favorites are @ariellecharnas (obviously), @weworewhat, @emilisindlev, @leandramcohen, @evachen212, and @allegrashaw.

So now I’m wondering, what inspires your personal style?

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

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Last Minute V-Day Gifts

So I wasn’t going to do any more Valentine’s Day posts but things happen and now here I am writing about Valentine’s Day again. V-Day is literally in 2 days and not everyone is a great planner or savvy with gift ideas so I wanted to share a few of my last minute gift ideas because this is something I struggle with for every holiday and I don’t want to see you all struggle, you know. Don’t mind the run-on sentence, please. So if I were to get a last minute gift for someone, I’d probably pick one of these!

First, I’m going to start with some of my favorites ideas. I personally think experiences are such a great gift to give someone. It gives them something they can share with someone else and they can hold on to those memories forever (hopefully). The experience can be anything the person enjoys doing or something they’ve always wanted to do. You can purchase a gift certificate for an exercise class, such as yoga or spin which is really popular. You can also buy tickets to something that is a little more date specific (depending on where you look), such as a professional sports game or a cooking class. You can also be extravagant and do something like a helicopter ride or skydiving depending on how much you want to spend. The fun part about gifting an experience to someone is that they don’t have to do it right then! They have the option to do it whenever they want!

My second favorite gift idea is always going to be something homemade. It’s always nice to go to a store and find the perfect gift, but when I know that someone took the time to sit and make something for me, I know how special I am to that person. Not to be mushy either, but some homemade gifts are really cute and sweet too. I really love the “Open When…” letters. They are SO sweet and definitely thoughtful because you took the time to write all those words to help your partner. I also think you can never go wrong with food and everyone loves a homemade meal! Also putting together a little gift basket with all kinds of goodies is fun. Making it a themed basket is always a good idea and for Valentine’s Day, since the theme technically is love, you can do a basket of all the things you love about the person or things that they love. The point of a homemade gift is that it’s supposed to be very thoughtful, so the more thought you put in, the better!

My final suggestion is obviously just to go out to a store and buy something but I’m not talking jewelry or flowers or chocolate. Although those are wonderful gifts and I’m sure plenty of people love that stuff, I’m still a big advocate for thoughtful presents. If your Valentine loves books, get them a really great book that you think they would love. If they love photography, get them a cool Polaroid camera or sign them up for a photography class or a trip to a museum. If they really love chocolate, I mean you can get them some chocolate but if they love other things more than chocolate, maybe get them one of those things you know?

I hope you feel like this was helpful and if not, I hope you at least enjoyed reading it!

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

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Fashion

Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

It took me a really long time to feel inspired to do Valentine’s Day outfits honestly. I am not typically the kind of person who likes to celebrate Valentine’s Day so I never really get in the mood for it. However, this year, I wanted to really try and come up with some cute outfits for all kinds of Valentine’s Day celebrations. After I put together my make up look, I all of a sudden was really inspired so here’s what I came up with!

Outfit #1

For more formal V-day celebrations, I had to include a pretty red dress for you ladies who let your man or lady spoil you on V-day. Or for you ladies who just like to get dressed. This one’s for you! I actually got this dress for a holiday party, but I hate buying things and then never wearing them again so I thought I would repurpose this dress for V-day. Paired with black shoes and a black bag and some glittery jewelry, it’s a pretty and feminine look.

Dress: Revolve / Shoes: Steve Madden / Necklace: Something Navy / Earrings: Francesca’s

Outfit #2

For something less formal and a little bit more cozy, I wanted to do a sweater dress like this one. It’s still pretty and dressed up when paired with these stunning burgundy leather boots, but definitely more casual than a tight mini dress. I also am obsessed with headbands and I thought this was the perfect outfit to add on a cute headband.

Dress: Something Navy / Boots: Zara / Headband: Something Navy

Outfit #3

For this outfit, I went way more casual with a simple jeans and t-shirt look but paired it with some heels because I still wanted to be a little dressy. That’s just how I am. Jeans, heels and t-shirt is my favorite outfit. This bright pink trench coat is a perfect layering piece for this otherwise simple and not festive outfit.

Coat: Something Navy / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

This is definitely my favorite outfit! I might even wear this for my V-day plans! I thought the pink sweater was just so cute and paired with a leather skirt, it’s a perfect combination of edgy and girly. The white flats really just take the outfit up another level without becoming overly sexy. The pink hoops is just me going over board on the feminine touches. Whatever.

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: BCBG MaxAzria / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #5

This last outfit is for all my ladies who want to have a cozy night in with their man or lady or their friends, who cares! It’s comfy and cozy and cute all at the same time. I’m really into sweatpants and crop tops with cardigans or sweatshirts. Put on some makeup though and you look like you actually tried!

Cardigan: Urban Outfitters / Top: Forever 21 / Joggers: Aerie / Sneakers: Fila / Earrings: Target

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Valentine’s Day Make Up Look

Now that it’s February, I figured it was a good time to do some Valentine’s Day posts. I was also feeling really creative so I wanted to try something fun for my make up look this month. I have been really into bright pink eyeshadow and found this stunning palette from NYX so I knew I had to try use it for this post. Keep reading to see how I got my look from this very bare face!

I actually started using a new foundation on this day and wanted to give a little review of it while we’re here. I started with my Becca First Light Priming Filter underneath. I tried the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and concealer in the shade Warm Beige and Natural Beige, respectively. The foundation is really light actually and is definitely buildable which I’m not sure if I like. When I wear foundation, I want full coverage so I wish it was a little bit more of a fuller coverage from the start. The formula dried really soft which I did like and it lasts a few hours without needing a touch up. I tend to get oily but with this foundation it looked more dewy than oily which I did like.

After that I contoured with my Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour palette, Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and then a loose face powder all over my face. For bronzer, I used my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer and blended it with my Becca Luminous Blush in Tigerlily. It’s a super bright shimmery orange that is so beautiful for medium to deep skin tones. For highlight, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 24K Gold which is the most beautiful yellow gold ever. For brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara.

For my eye makeup, I used the NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in the color Phoenix. It’s got all kinds of pretty reds, pinks, and yellows to make sunset inspired looks. I started off with a mustard yellow color all over my crease and brought it down a little bit onto my lid as a transition color. Then I went a little deeper into my crease with a pretty hot pink color. For my outer corner, I used an eggplant purple color and for my lid, I used a glittery rose gold pink color and blended that with the pink in my crease. I used my Maybelline Lash Stilleto Liquid Liner to create a small wing and followed up with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara and finally my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on top. For my lips, I pushed a peachy gloss by Too Faced. I set my whole face with my Urban Decay All Nighter spray and that’s it!

I hope you liked my sunset inspired Valentine’s day look! I can’t wait to experiment more with this pretty palette!

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What I’m Reading: January 2019

For the month of January, I decided to read a book that was recommended to me by a very good friend. And actually once I started reading it, a few others told me how great a book it was. Needless to say, I had pretty high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed but I’ll explain why below.

This month I was reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck. The book discusses the difference between two mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. The fixed mindset believes that all of our skills/traits are fixed and cannot be changed or improved. We all have a certain level of intelligence, talent, skill, etc and that’s as good as it gets. The growth mindset, on the other hand, believes that we are all capable of improving and growing in every aspect. We can all get smarter and learn new skills and be more ambitious and so on. She spends majority of the book discussing the difference between the two in various different roles, such as in business, relationships, coaching, etc.

So, my thoughts on this book are very mixed. I think the concept is awesome and I definitely can see lots of pieces of each mindset in myself. In some areas of my life, I tend to have a more fixed mindset such as in things that we typically think require talent, like sports. In other areas of my life, I’m whole heartedly in the growth mindset, such as my knowing skill level at work can always get better. I also liked that she split it up and looked at how the mindsets affect all different aspects of life and didn’t just apply it to business or parenting or something else.

There are a few things I didn’t love about this book and one of them is that it’s really dense. There’s a lot of information in each chapter and it’s not necessarily attention grabbing information. It’s a little bit boring to read after a while, in my opinion. I also felt that because the mindsets are explained pretty well in the beginning of the book, she’s just repeating the same information throughout the rest of the book. Sure, she really drives the information home, but it’s tough to read 4 or 5 chapters that all have the same main idea.

Overall, if this is the kind of information you’re looking for, it’s a great book to get into. Her ideas are awesome and she really teaches you how to recognize these thoughts in your own life. Just be aware, that it might require a little bit more concentration than you normally give to a book because the information is so dense.

I hope you enjoyed this review!

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

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Fashion

January 2019 Favorites

For my favorites this month, I’ve got some really good ones that I’m in to and frankly, I’m an advocate for quality over quantity. I’ve been really into social media this month and going out and denim (again). So sit back, relax, and read about my January favorites!

1. Straight Leg Jeans

I talked about these babies last week in my OOTD post and I told you how obsessed I am with them. Like weirdly obsessed. Straight leg jeans have been around forever, but they just recently became trendy again and I was not on board for a long time about these. However, I’m really into the raw hem and distressed versions and frankly an influencer is what convinced me to try them so I’m easily influenced and it’s fine. My favorites are from Topshop and they are linked here for you.

2. Headbands

Headbands of all sorts are very trendy these days and frankly I used to really struggle with headbands. They never fit my head and I hated the ones that went all around your head because they would always slide off and it was SO ANNOYING. I like the ones that have a little knot at the top, but I’m really open to all types these days. They’re so cute!

3. @idktonight

This is an Instagram account and website that offers date night ideas for EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Like 7 days a week. They give suggestions for New York City only because that’s where they are based and they pick 3 different neighborhoods to give suggestions for each day. Each date has 2 parts usually dinner and drinks or an activity such as art exhibits, comedy shows and so much more. It’s really cool honestly and it’s been so nice to get new ideas from scrolling through their site and Instagram stories.

4. Pinterest

I have been crazy into Pinterest this month! Mostly because I’m lacking real life inspiration, but also because there’s lots of fashion going on this month with all the couture shows in Paris. I absolutely love to look at fashion week street style on Pinterest! It gives me the most inspiration because it’s just super fashion forward looks, worn with confidence. Here is my Pinterest if you want to check out what I’ve been pinning lately!

5. Jalapeno Margaritas

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE. JUST TRY IT.

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