Fashion

How to Style: Early Spring Outfits

Now that it’s officially spring, I’m working on showing you some more colorful spring content. I have been dreaming about some warm sunny weather since literally December so this new season is a dream come true. This spring, for me at least, is all about color. All the colors and light neutrals. I wanted to start off by showing you all how I like to style my outfits for early spring when it’s still a little chilly out but the sun is still shining!

Outfit #1:

To start things off, I’m sharing this cute and feminine pink outfit. I love this pink sweater because it’s light weight and I love the color! It’s such a pretty salmon pink. I kept it very simple with a pair of jeans and this pretty trench that you all know I’m obsessed with. This embellished mules added a little more spring flare!

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit # 2:

Sticking with my bright color theme for the spring, I also am really into colorblocking so I wanted to pair this gorgeous royal purple sweater with my favorite pink trench. Pink and purple is one of my favorite color combinations for the spring. Paired with white jeans, it’s a prefect transitional outfit for days when it’s bright and sunny but you still need some layers for warmth.

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit # 3:

Another combination I love for colorblocking is purple and green! It’s so pretty and if you do it right, you won’t even look like the hulk! With such bright colors like this, I think keeping them separate really helps so I wore the same purple sweater but paired it with green heels instead. With pastels, these colors are really pretty layered as a top and coat or with wide leg trousers.


Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #4:

Finally, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this bright green! It’s such a fun color for the spring because it basically matches the grass and I love that. It also pairs well with lots of other colors, but is also a great piece to wear on it’s own. This is another favorite of mine that I am going to wear for as long as possible.

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

I hope you enjoyed this How to Style and let me know in the comments what some of your favorite early spring outfits are!

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Lifestyle

Ballin’ on a Budget: No Shopping Update

So my friends, it’s over now. My one month challenge of no shopping. Let me tell you, it was not as hard as I thought it would be! I’m pretty proud of myself because I really thought I was going to struggle through this month but I feel like I came out knowing what I can do to keep myself from over spending on clothing.

One of the things that really helped me feel like I didn’t want or need to shop over this past month was keeping myself busy with other activities. Over this past month, I went skiing, went to a brewery, took a cooking class and celebrated St. Patrick’s day. I spent my weekends being out and about and I’d only ever really look at my phone in the morning when I woke up or right before bed. I think being so busy over the last month was something that really made a huge difference in not feeling like I wanted to shop. I honestly didn’t have time to sit down and try to shop!

I also focused on my main goal for this month. I wanted to save money to spend on a vacation with my boyfriend and for my upcoming trips because having experiences is much more important to me than how I look. Being knowledgeable about the world and the different things it has to offer is what makes me feel my best so focusing on my goal of saving for my travel plans was a really big help because I knew I was working toward something that was going to leave me feeling richer than new clothes ever could.

One last thing that helped me was knowing that I would treat myself to something after the month was over. Before I started I decided that I really need some new work out clothes and sneakers because my health and exercising is really important to me and it’s one of my favorites parts of my routine. Keeping in mind that I could reward myself with some new sneakers and a few pairs of new gym leggings was something that really helped to keep me focused on not spending on other things.

However, I will say that the weather getting warmer this past month was something that did not help me! The thought of transitioning my closet into all the pretty spring colors and thinking about what I’d want to wear on vacation really made me want to shop for spring clothes. The change of seasons was probably the one thing that really made a struggle because I was getting so tired of winter when I started this journey. But keeping my goals in mind was definitely more helpful!

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Fashion

Spring Fashion Must-Haves

After looking through all the fashion week runway shows and street style, I decided to put together a few of my new must-haves. There’s lots of pretty trends coming soon and I think you deserve to know my opinion on them. So, here we go!

Hair Accessories

This is a no brainer because I talk about this all the time but I love hair accessories. Pretty pearl hair clips, barrettes, and glitzy crystals are some of my favorites but there’s SO many coming soon. They are a really simple way to dress up your outfit without investing in a new wardrobe.

Beaded Handbags

This is the straw bag trend of 2018. It will literally be everywhere. In every color. And you probably will need at least one. In my opinion, they are pretty cute, maybe not practical?? But cute. And frankly, if you have the patience to switch your bag all the time, please go for this fun trend!

Neon Accessories

I promise you, I’m not a neon kind of girl. I usually think it’s horrendously tacky. However, I am easily influenced so, guess what. I love it all of a sudden and you should probably also learn to love it because it’s not going away anytime soon. This is also fun because you can do it really big with a full neon yellow outfit or you can add a simple neon orange scrunchie to your ponytail and you’re still trendy.

Bright Colors

Moving on to a trend that’s less dramatic than the neon, this is a great break from pastels for spring. I love all the pretty bright pinks, blues, orange, yellow, etc for the upcoming season. It really gets me feeling happy and excited for the coming warm weather and it definitely makes me want a vacation. It’s also very easy to incorporate into your outfit with just a simple top or earrings.

Monochromatic Looks

I love a good monochromatic outfit and you know that. However, looking past the neutral monochromatics, I am LOVING bright monochromatic looks. A full purple outfit is an absolute dream of mine right now. Ever since I saw the monochromatic outfits from the Max Mara show during fashion week, I am officially in love with color. Catch me in lime green head to toe one of these days!!!

Feathers

This one is much less wearable but I love it just the same. Feather trimmed blazers and pants are the coolest thing in a long time. It takes a really stylish person to pull this off but if you can, you deserve an award.

Florals (duh)

This one is very obvious, but honestly it’s hard to keep floral trends fresh and for some reason I think everyone did it very well this year. The Zimmerman brand florals this year really got me feeling good about spring and don’t even get me started on LoveShackFancy’s super feminine floral dresses. They are so good and you might also catch me in a heck of a lot of florals soon!

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How to Style: White Jeans

Hi Everyone! Since the weather has been just beautiful the last few days and it’s almost spring, I wanted to start doing some spring posts. My first one is going to be how I like to style white jeans. White jeans are a spring and summer (and fall and winter) staple but sometimes, I find I have trouble styling them! Should be so easy right? It’s like a plain white T-shirt for your legs, but I ALWAYS struggle. However, that doesn’t mean you have to!

Outfit # 1:

There’s nothing easier than an oversize button down and jeans so that’s exactly what this outfit is. I took a simple striped boyfriend button down shirt and paired it with my ripped Jamie Jeans from Topshop. It’s threw on this oversize sherpa coat also because it was a little chilly!

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #2:

I’m very into these cool cropped wide leg jeans that are popular right now and I thought a white pair was perfect for the spring. I’m also very into these giant pearl hair clips so I’m combining them into one photo to create this look. I still love green for spring but during this transition period, I thought the darker green was much more subtle than a bright Kelly green.

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Hair Clip: Amazon

Outfit #3:

I absolutely love an all white/cream outfit so I had to include one (or two) in this post. A simple white sweater and white jeans is the perfect transitional outfit. Paired with the white sherpa coat for when it’s chilly just adds another cool factor to the whole outfit.

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4:

In combination with all white outfits, I also LOVE adding pink into my outfits. I like to add it in any way that I can honestly because pink is such a pretty spring color and it’s very feminine which you all know I love, especially as a cute pink headband and these pretty embellished mules!

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Mango / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #5:

Finally, back to an all white outfit. I love this one because I’ve decided that wearing cardigans on their own as tops is one of my favorite things. This one is super soft and has pretty pearl button detailing. Again, I also love headbands so this was a good excuse to add some color into the outfit!

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Urban Outfitters

I hope you enjoyed this one and I also hope you liked my new back drop! I’m sure you will all miss my white fence 🙂

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Travel

My Weekend Ski Trip

This past weekend, I went on my very first ski trip and thought I’d write about it and share a little bit of what I brought with me. It as such an awesome trip and I was surprisingly good at skiing! It inspired me to plan a few more trips over the next few months so get ready for a few more packing guides and travel posts coming out.

To start, this was definitely a weekend to be one with nature and hangout with friends. So with that being said, it was the most low maintenance weekend I’ve probably ever had in my life. I brought exactly the right amount of clothes that I would need, no make up and very minimal toiletries. I didn’t want to over pack since it was going to be a weekend of just being outside mostly. We went up to Windham Resort to go skiing and it was such a great time. We stayed in an Airbnb instead of at the resort and it was definitely a great idea because of the location and price. Airbnb is something I never really use but now I’m definitely looking into it for future trips because we had such a great experience. I can’t wait to go again!

As far as clothing goes, it wasn’t very cold this weekend in the mountains, only about 30 degrees so I brought light clothing. I packed some cotton long sleeves and leggings to wear under my ski clothes along with my ski pants, a sweatshirt and then my winter coat. However, because it was so warm, I eventually took the sweatshirt off completely and was perfectly fine! I also kept gloves with me and brought a hat and scarf that I ended up not even needing. We also went out at night to speakeasy and the next morning went to a brewery for lunch so for those, I brought with me my Jamie Jeans from Topshop and another long sleeve t-shirt and a big cozy sweater from Nordstrom. I kept it very casual and was really happy with what I brought. I definitely did not need anything else!

For my toiletries, I kept it simple with the basics, body wash, lotion, face wash, toothbrush, contacts/glasses, etc. However, I made sure to bring a good moisturizer and my serums because I knew that the higher altitude and colder weather might affect my skin differently as well as the water there too! I noticed my face reacted pretty well to keeping my routine the same, thankfully! I brought the same items that I mentioned in my Skincare Routine post, linked here.

On our second day, we headed toward Cooperstown, NY and stopped by the Ommegang Brewery which was such an awesome experience if you love craft beer and Game of Thrones! They’ve got tons of GoT themed beers as well as a few others that were so good. My favorite was the Rosetta which was a sour beer infused with cherry and it was the right amount of sweet and sour but I got a flight and really enjoyed all of them. They also have a gift shop that sells all kinds of cool merch including GoT mugs and growlers and you can even buy their beers bottled.

If you’re ever looking for an easy weekend trip, this was definitely a good one to do. There’s so much going on in New York that I feel like I forget about. This year, I’ve got all kinds of trips planned to explore more of New York!

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

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Fashion

February 2019 Favorites

For February, since it’s Fashion Month, I have a heck ton of fashion favorites for you. There was a lot going on with the various fashion weeks and so I definitely want to share a few of my most practical favorites from those. I also want to share a few lifestyle changes that I’m really liking this month too!

1. Monochromatic Outfits

Don’t even get me started on this one. This is my absolute FAVORITE thing I saw during NYFW. It was prevalent on the runways of course, but it was much more prevalent in the street style and that’s where I like to pull most of my inspiration from. I was absolutely melting over the bright/colored monochromatic looks. No one has ever made me want to wear a full green outfit until I saw Maria Bernad (@maria_bernad) wear multiple all green outfits. Another favorite has been monochromatic purple/lilac/lavender and monochromatic shades of blue! OBSESSED.

2. Colorblocking

Similar to a monochromatic outfit, I also love colorblocking my outfits. I saw this all over NYFW also and was obsessed. Some of my favorite looks involved red and blue and pink and green! It’s especially cool to mix colors that are opposite on the color wheel. I’m going to keep this up for a few months for sure because it’s so pretty and springy and I just need spring!!

3. Spring Colors

Give me all the pink and green and purple and orange! I am going way overboard these days with wearing bright colors because I’m trying to will spring into existence. The weather has been such a tease (except for the snow earlier this month) and so I’m just hoping spring is on it’s way soon! I love bright green and purple right now but I’m really loving all the bright colors. I especially love to wear a bright color sweater with jeans and matching heels for work or going out at night. It’s such a pretty way to style the bright colors before it’s actually nice outside.

4. No Shopping Month

It’s been very interesting to see how I feel now that it’s about halfway done with my no shopping month. I sort of feel like I’m cheating because I started it at a time where I really didn’t need anything. I also noticed that I’m thinking of all the things I want to buy afterwards which is probably good for motivation but bad for habit building. We’ll have to just wait and see what happens I guess!

5. Going to the gym early

About halfway through the month, I started going to the gym in the morning before work instead of late at night after work. I was feeling really unmotivated and bored with the gym so I thought I might try going in the morning to get a change of scenery. So far, I really like how I feel in the morning after a good work out and it’s nice having an excuse to go to bed early, but it’s a tough transition into this routine. When my alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, I can promise you it takes everything in me not to go back to bed. But it’s definitely worth it to have my evenings free and keep my routine consistent every day.

6. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

This was actually my book of the month for February because I wanted to try reading a different genre and my boyfriend gifted it to me last month so it was only fitting to read it now. To be honest, this book is a pretty scary in some parts that I actually had trouble sleeping after reading it! The stance it takes on God and religion and how humans relate to it is also really interesting and had me nodding my head in agreement most of the time. I loved the way this book was written also which probably stems from the fact that it’s not a self help book! I also can’t wait to watch the movie now that I’m done with the book.

7. Cocu Social

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I decided to try a cooking class that we found through Cocu Social. It was a Ravioli making class in Manhattan and we were very impressed with it overall. The instructor was really personable and made the process very easy for us to understand. The recipes were really simple (about 2-5 ingredients for the dough, filling and sauce) and they were just delicious. It was also nice that it took place in the lounge area of a hotel, so we had access to the bar during the class for wine or other drinks. Overall, it was such a great class and we are already thinking about which one we want to try next!

8. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I started using this foundation earlier this month and so far I really like it. I love the way it makes my skin look. It’s definitely a medium to full coverage and it’s buildable but still light. I’m still trying to figure out what primer to use with it to make sure it lasts as long as possible because my skin gets oily, but it lasts a good amount of time. I also really love the concealer! I’m really surprised because I thought I’d never stray from my Nars Creamy Concealer. I also thought it would be similar to the Tarte Shape Tape which I do not like at all so I was pleasantly surprised.

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OOTD: Cozy Sweater & Mom Jeans

Today I figured I’d do a little OOTD for you guys because I want to show you all some more of my daily looks instead of curated look books. I share my outfits on my Instagram story and in my highlights daily but I figured I should share them on my blog once in a while right!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Nordstrom / Belt: American Eagle

Today I went with a pretty basic outfit, but what’s important about this outfit is that it has been my uniform lately for work. Literally everyday. I don’t wear anything else. A cozy sweater (since it’s still very cold in New York) and a pair of jeans is all I wear all the time. Today, I decided to wear heels which is one of my favorite things in the whole world, especially these pretty pinky purple ones *heart eyes*. Realistically if I could justify wearing heels everyday I would. However, sometimes I switch things up and I wear boots or flats depending on how I’m feeling that morning.

Recently, I’m really lacking inspiration in my winter outfits because it’s not quite the end of winter but all the spring stuff is EVERYWHERE. I’m trying my best but frankly, I’m just ready for some warm weather. Lately my main style inspiration is Arielle Charnas (are you surprised????) because she ALWAYS wears heels and jeans and a sweater and it’s such an easy thing for me to incorporate into my life. However, I’ve been trying to add some brighter colors into my wardrobe as my way of forcing spring to come sooner. Everyone cross your fingers that spring comes sooner than later!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little OOTD and please comment if you’d like to see some more of these!

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