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OOTD: Casual Weekend

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re doing great today. I wanted to share a quick little weekend OOTD for you. Recently, I’ve been really into wearing simple, quick, easy outfits and this one is exactly that. So here she is!

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I put this outfit together with the intention of exploring a new town, having a nice lunch outside and eating an ice cream cone. However, I did end up doing any of those things because it was really hot and I was not feeling my best. But next time I decide to do those things, this is what I’d wear.

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I got this bodysuit at Urban Outfitters a little over a year ago and these shorts are vintage Levi’s that I got from Etsy about 3 years ago. They were custom made by the seller to fit my waist and hips. They are still a little bit loose, but they are definitely my favorite pair of shorts that I own. And then for my shoes, I just put on my white platform Superga sneakers to be comfy.

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I hope you enjoyed this casual weekend OOTD! xx

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

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My Hair Journey: How I Repaired My Damaged Hair!

Today, I wanted to share a little bit of my hair journey so far. I’ve had my fair share of of hair troubles and bad haircuts just like anyone else, but now I’m feeling like I have a better understanding of what my hair needs after 24 years. I’m still figuring out some things, like what products work best for my curly hair, but I think we’ve come a REALLY long way!

To start, I’ve had super curly hair my whole life and I’ve always had it pretty short. I’ve dyed it a bunch of times and spent most of my life straightening it because I really had no idea what to do with it. Growing up and being mixed race, I didn’t really have anyone to look up to for that sort of thing. No one I knew had hair like mine. It wasn’t quite kinky curly enough to resonate with the black girls, but it definitely wasn’t straight to identify with the white girls. It was something I struggled to figure out for a very long time and because of that I spent a lot of time experimenting with it.

2010: Summer after freshman year of high school
2010: Spring of freshman year of high school

Just before starting my freshman year of high school, I got probably the worst hair cut and dye job ever. It looked actually horrible and I was so frustrated with what to do with it, so I spent my whole freshman year straightening my hair. Just before my sophomore year, I finally found a new hair salon and worked with a woman who really knew what she was doing. At that point I started getting keratin treatments every 6 months and that was truly what changed my life as far as my hair goes. It took a few years, but eventually, it completely tamed my curls to a point where I could manage them. I still didn’t know what products to use on my hair, but at least I was okay with just braiding it and letting it air dry. After that, It was uphill for a while! By my senior year, my hair was finally healthy and long(ish) and I felt way better about it.

Fall 2013: Freshman Year of College
Fall 2013: Freshman Year of College (Sorry this was from snapchat when it had the absolute worst quality ever)
Spring 2014: End of my freshman year of college

After starting college, my hair was still really happy and healthy and the longest it’s ever been. That, of course, is when I made the BIGGEST mistake of my life. Literally ever. During my sophomore year of college I decided to bleach my hair because I wanted to have blonde hair so badly. At first, it was okay and my hair survived and was pretty healthy. But when I went for my 2nd touch up, was where things went really left. My hair was completely fried and broken. I didn’t realize how bad it was for a little while, so I continued to bleach it for about a year until my hair had broken off and was completely dead. It was the worst experience ever seeing huge clumps of my hair fall out in the shower because it was so weak and brittle.

Spring 2015: My first full head of blonde highlights! It looked so healthy still but just wait.
Summer 2015: Still not too bad, but definitely had a lot of fall out and shedding at this point
December 2015: When I finally realized I had to do SOMETHING

Finally, I dyed it back to brown and did my best to let it recuperate but about 8 months later, I tried it again and got another set of balayage highlights. But unfortunately, my hair just wasn’t strong enough to handle it and it was the same thing. Lots of hair falling out all the time! Finally, after another few months, I decided enough was enough and I dyed my hair back to brown and vowed to never bleach my hair ever again. This was my senior year of college. After that, I did my best to keep from putting heat on my hair by braiding it or putting it up into buns most of the time. My hair was so damaged that it never stayed straight anyway. Now once I graduated, I moved back home and had to find a new hair salon because my old lady’s shop closed down and I was honestly terrified of working with someone new. Now I went to a new salon and got a few hair cuts there, and they were not great but eventually we got into a good routine and I trust her!

2016: After dyeing my hair back to brown, attempting to start the healing process
Summer 2016: Went back to blonde cause I wanted to try it again and made the second biggest mistake of my life (aside from trying to contour my nose???)!
Fall 2017: Back to brown and finally actually trying to help my hair (like a smart girl)

In March 2018, I decided to finally chop most of my hair off and start over. I had horrible damage in the back of my hair from the bleach still so I decided to get back into getting keratin treatments and I cut my hair up to about my collar bone. After that I also started taking the Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair gummy vitamins and held off on heat for just about 6 months. I think I only straightened or curled my hair twice in the whole 6 months. After that I got another very small trim and a keratin treatment that lasted me another 6 months and that leads us to where we are today. In June 2019 was my last hair cut and I’m proud to say this is the healthiest my hair has been since my horrible bleaching fiasco and it grew about 6 inches in the last year which is amazing. I gotta say it took A LOT of patience and a lot trial and error but I’m proud that I was able to do this.

April 2018: One month after my big chop and arguably the best photo I’ve ever taken
August 2018: Still figuring out how to have curly hair
August 2018

To be honest, I can attribute majority of my hair success thus far to my big chop in March 2018, keratin treatments, very little heat, and the Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair gummies. Without these things, I honestly don’t know where my hair would be right now. Patience was a major key as well and I’m happy that we got here! I also have a code for for $10 off your first order of Hum Nutrition vitamins if you’d like to try! Just add in the code 15DDAD at check out!

February 2019: After getting my second hair cut for the year in October 2018
April 2019
June 2019: About week after my most recent haircut and keratin treatment
June 2019: 6 inches of growth in one year!

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’d like to see more of these posts, let me know in the comments! xx

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

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How to Style: Casual LBD 3 Ways

For this month, I wanted to do a how to style with a little black dress, LBD for short that can easily be transitioned from summer to fall. Now that it’s August, fall is quickly approaching and with all the back to school sales, now is a great time to start preparing. I chose this bodycon midi dress from Forever 21 from a few years ago because it’s a great piece, good quality, and super versatile. Let me know how you would style this dress in the comments!

Outfit #1

To start, I just threw this cute oversize jacket from Free People on top and added some yellow sandals. Very easy, and simple. The key to this outfit is that if it gets chilly, you add the jacket and if it’s a little warmer then you can take the jacket off. It’s probably the easiest outfit in the world but still makes you look put together.

Dress: Forever 21 / Jacket: Free People / Sandals: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21 / Jacket: Free People / Sandals: Forever 21
Dress: Forever 21 / Jacket: Free People / Sandals: Forever 21

Outfit #2

For this second one, I had a similar idea to the first in that adding a layer you can remove is a good idea, so that’s what I did! I took this striped button down shirt from American Eagle and just tied it up in the front. Adding some sneakers makes it really easy and casual also. This top happens to be short sleeve, but if it were long sleeve, you could even tie the shirt around your waist and get a little more of a grungey look too!

Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga
Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga
Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #3

Similar to outfit #2, I went with a tie detail, but this time I used a graphic t-shirt to get the look. This look is super popular these days so you’ll be right on trend, yet still comfortable. Adding sneakers keeps it casual, but you can always switch them out for sandals or wedges!

Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: Gucci / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: Gucci / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Forever 21 / Shirt: Gucci / Shoes: Steve Madden

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

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How to Style: Colorful Heels

In the last few months, I’ve been in a little bit of a funk style wise because I haven’t been shopping and needless to say, it took a little toll on my creativity! I’ve had to continuously restyle my old pieces, and it left me feeling bored to be honest. Today, I thought I would try styling some of my more colorful shoes, because they aren’t things I wear every single day so I’m not bored of them yet but it would be a fun way to make the clothes I do wear every day more interesting. So, without further ado, here’s how I would style a few of my favorite colorful heels. I’ll link anything that is still available!

Outfit #1

I’ve shown a similar outfit in the past, because I love matching my shoes to my top. I think it’s a fun way to put everything together, plus you know it’s always going to look good! I took this bright green button down from Zara and paired it with my favorite pair of mom jeans from Topshop. Then I added my heels in a similar shade of green from Sam Edelman and some gold hoops and voilà, an easy, casual, and colorful outfit!

Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #2

This one is styled with a similar idea in mind as the first one. However, I didn’t want to wear red shoes, because it felt too basic. I decided to go with orange to keep it a little bit more interesting. Again, these are paired with a favorite pair of jeans of mine (Straight Leg Jeans from Topshop) and a basic graphic tee from Urban and gold hoops. Super simple, and very easy!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David

Outfit #3

This one is fun because it’s an ode to when I loved color blocking and monochromatic styles. I paired my pinkish purple heels from Botkier with these bright pink trousers that I’ve worn a bunch of times on here. This color is no longer available, but it comes in black and yellow also, linked here! To keep it simple and wearable, I added just a plain white t-shirt. This one is great to go from work to drinks or dinner with friends!

Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier

Outfit #4

One of my favorite combinations is navy and leopard print. It really truly is the perfect balance of neutrals and color. Plus both are pretty trendy right now, but they will also never go out of style. I kept this one simple too. It’s just jeans and a t-shirt which I allowed the leopard to really shine in this outfit. These jeans are from a few years ago, but here’s a similar pair and the shoes are linked here.

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

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

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I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me: Summer 2019

Hi Everyone! For today’s blog post, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I remember always watching Youtube videos where the girl has her boyfriend pick out her outfits and I thought that might be fun to try on here. So lo and behold, I had my very enthusiastic and sweet boyfriend pick out some outfits for me. He’s been so supportive of my blog from the very beginning, I thought it was only right to give him a little feature! Keep reading to see what he picked out for me!

Andrew: Personally, I was excited to be made a part of the blog and be able to style Karen in my own way. I wanted to go with 4 different styles and create looks I have never seen her wear before. The 4 styles were Casual, Workwear, A Night Out, and Silly. The last one was for my own amusement.

A: For Casual, I wanted to create a summer look that incorporated one of Karen’s many dresses. I also noticed the Colorblock trend that she was utilizing in various posts. I chose the color yellow after finding a floral dress of hers she had never worn before. I made sure to select yellow shoes along with somewhat flashy earrings and a matching headband. I do not think she would use this much of one color in her usual outfits, but it was fun to just see it for myself.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

A: The Workwear look was very clean, but I wanted to pick something that I thought she would actually wear to work. Karen’s favorite color is pink, so when I saw the pink button down, I knew I wanted to start there. Keeping with the lighter summer vibe, I selected white pants, pink shoes, and pink earrings. I thought the pink shoes with the buckle added a bit of flair to this simple outfit for work and maybe I will see Karen in it one day.

Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

A: Karen and I occasionally enjoy a night out and I honestly think I nailed this outfit. I selected the off the shoulder yellow top, white shorts and the white platform sandals. I even asked her to put her hair in a bun using a gold scrunchie, so you know I put some thought into this. The gold earrings were also something extra to add to it as a whole. I’m excited to go out with Karen when she is wearing this, but I hope I can look good in comparison.

K: I actually forgot to put on the earrings when I took these photos, but they were just thick small gold hoops. They are the Chrissy earrings from Baublebar!

Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters

A: For the Silly themed look, I chose something that I felt Karen would never be caught wearing. She has a colorful style and placing her in various muted tones is just not her style. I chose beige pants and an over-sized burnt orange button down that she has never worn. I made sure it was buttoned all the way to the top and paired with beige flats. I also opted for her to part her hair completely to one side, which I thought added to the unusual look of it all. I would call this look “Bohemian Chic”.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon

A: Overall, I had a lot of fun with this task and it definitely created a unique date night activity for the both of us. I’m looking forward to the next blog where Karen creates a few outfits for me. Wish me luck!

K: We had such a fun time working on this together and I’m so happy with what he picked out. He tried to keep my style in mind and I think he did a great job! Let me know how you think he did in the comments below, xx!

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

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What’s In My Cart: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Every blogger, fashionista, and instagrammer’s favorite time of year is finally upon us: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The sale is available for Nordstrom Cardholders to shop since July 12th and is open to everyone else starting July 19th. This annual sale gets you NEW arrivals at MARKED DOWN prices! It’s their best sale of the year and I thought I’d share a few items I have my eyes on for the upcoming fall season (too soon, I know). Everything is linked below for you to shop also but hurry because these items sell out SO QUICK!

Jackets/Coats

A few staples I’ve been looking at for the upcoming fall season is some great blazers, the perfect suede moto jacket, and a few tailored topper coats to wear for nicer occasions. Linked below are a few items I’ve got my eye on!

BlankNYC Next Level Suede Moto Jacket: This little beauty got away from me last year during this sale, so it’s definitely going in my cart this year.
Sam Edelman Rib Tweed Car Coat: This coat is just stunning and I’m obsessed with everything brown this coming season. Plus Sam Edelman is always excellent quality.

Sweaters

I’m big on sweaters as you all know so of course I have a lot of cute picks. As I mentioned before, brown is my new favorite color for the fall so I’m looking for all the coziest brown sweaters this year. I’m also really big on button up cardigans and comfy pullovers, so that’s definitely what most of my picks will be for the upcoming season. I have a few linked below for you!

Something Navy Flecked Crewneck Sweater: See what I said about the browns? SO cute and you all know Something Navy is one of my most favorite brands so I’m really excited they are participating in this sale! Plus this comes in a TON of colors!
Halogen Ribbed V-Neck Cardigan: I’m really loving cardigans that can be worn on their own as tops or opened up and worn over tanks or camis like this one! Plus the pink color is SO cute, but it comes in tons of other colors also.
Something Navy Cozy V-Neck Cardigan: What else do I really need to say here? This one comes in a few other colors also, I just really love brown!

Dresses

For dresses this coming season, I’m definitely looking for versatile dresses that I can wear to work and also transition day to night if I need to. I know that I’ll have a lot of opportunities to go from work to events in the evening where I need to look put together but still comfortable enough to run around all day long. I also have formal occasion dresses in mind because a lot of people ask me about where to get wedding guest dresses, so I’m linking a few of my picks here for you.

ASTR The Label Lace Midi Dress: This pretty little thing would be perfect for a summer wedding and it comes in TONS of colors, so it can fit everyone’s style. Plus it’s about 30% off, which makes it a major steal.
Eliza J Geo Print Belted Shirtdress: This dress is a perfect example of a work appropriate day to night outfit. The print is subdued, but still eye catching and the silhouette is flattering for every body type.

Jeans

The fall is always a good time to buy jeans so I love to add a few new styles during this time. So far, looser jeans are very popular and I’m all for it. I also love a classic dark wash jean for when you need to look more put together. I’m linking some of my favorite styles below for you.

Topshop Ripped High Waist Dad Jeans: This year, Dad Jeans are the new thing and I am so into it. The loose rugged fit is a good balance with a cute sandal and a feminine top. It’s very construction worker chic, right?
Good American Good Legs High Waist Skinny Jeans: These are the most perfect wash of denim ever. They are the kind of classic jean that every girl should have in her wardrobe because they are great for your casual Fridays, date night, or just running errands on the weekend.

Shoes

Now I’m not desperately in need of new shoes, so I didn’t go scouring Nordstrom’s site for anything in particular, but I have been thinking of purchasing a new pair of black ankle boots. Those are always a staple for your wardrobe! Here’s the shoes I’ve got sitting in my cart right now, linked below.

Dolce Vita Coltyn Bootie: These are so cute and I love the croc print on them. They are just a classic ankle boot with a small heel, so they will be comfortable to wear all day long. And of course, Dolce Vita is widely trusted brand, so they’ll be sure to last you a while.
Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump: This sale is a great time to stock up on classic styles like these pointed toe pumps. I have these in a few colors and I absolutely love them and find them comfortable to wear all day long. I’m definitely looking to purchase some more classic versions since they are about 30% off! These run a little small so I would size up half a size!
Charles by Charles David Burbank Bootie: These cute mid-calf booties are right up my alley and are high up on my list of things to purchase. The olive suede is very stylish yet the color is subtle enough that it can really go with anything. Plus this style is very flattering to wear with skirts and dresses.

That’s all I’ve got for you guys. This sale is absolutely insane and remember that sizes go very quickly and there’s little chance of restocking! If you want something, you have to grab it ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and let me know what you guys are excited about for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! xx

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

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High End Summer Fashion Wish List

This summer, I’ve been dreaming about some very beautiful and very high priced fashion items. However, I’ve got Saks dreams on a Forever 21 budget. The likelihood that I’ll buy these any time soon is slim to none, but I figured I’d share a few of the items that are on my wish list. If anyone has any occasions to help me justify these purchases, please let me know. Thanks.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve

Nicole Richie’s brand, House of Harlow 1960, is one of my favorite brands actually. She makes great quality, on trend pieces that satisfy my need for beautiful color and it’s not so far out of budget (especially when they go on sale!!). Below are a few of my wish list items from House of Harlow 1960:

Shopbop

Shopbop is one of my favorite sites to look at all the beautiful designer pieces and get inspiration so that I can go and find dupes or less expensive alternatives. I get almost all my style inspiration from very high end fashion, so shops like this one always give me the best ideas. Shopbop is great because they carry very high end brands such as Alexandre Birman, Zimmerman, and LOVESHACKFANCY and also lower end brands such as Levi’s, Madewell, and Free People, so it’s not completely unattainable. Here are some of my wish list picks from Shopbop:

FWRD by Elyse Walker

This is my favorite shop for ogling at all the beautiful high end designer items that I can never justify buying. This is one of my favorite shops for your standard designer pieces, such as Gucci, Chloe and Saint Laurent. It’s also a partner of Revolve, which means that the quality of service will always be top notch and they offer FREE 2 Day Shipping. Here are some of my FWRD by Elyse Walker wish list picks:

Thank you for reading! xx

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

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