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


Miami Packing Essentials

Next week, I’m taking a little weekend trip to Miami with a few of my friends and I’m really looking forward to it. I definitely need a vacation and I’m really excited to relax on the beach for a few days. I’m often an over-packer because even though I plan what I want to pack a few days in advance, I just never know what to pack. However, for a trip like this, I know there are definitely a few essentials that I’ll want to bring so I thought I’d share them with you!

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Cute sunnies and some sunscreen are an absolute MUST!

1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses and Miami go together like peanut butter and jelly. Not only can they protect your sensitive eyes from the sun, but they are can help hide your tired eyes after staying up until 4am the night before.

2. Sunblock

This probably should have been number one, but at least it’s still on the list. Sunblock is absolutely essential and I have said it before, but the sun does not discriminate. Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer and sun damage, so SPF is super important for your skin’s health. I like to use this sunscreen from Drunk Elephant for my face and then I like to use a cream sunscreen for my body. When I need to reapply, I opt for a spray sunscreen like this one from Target.

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A fun maxi dress is always good for a vacation!

3. Comfortable Sandals

You want to have comfortable shoes that also look good and go with multiple outfits. I like these from Steve Madden, but there’s tons of sandals out there. Find a style that you like and then buy it in every color! (Or don’t, that’s probably a better idea).

4. Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are the ultimate vacation outfit. They are super easy to throw on, but the flowy look gives you comfort and also major vacation vibes. Mine is from Target, but here is a similar one from Forever 21.

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Don’t forget to bring a cute swimsuit!

5. A Swimsuit


6. A Cute Bag

A little pouch is really cute and can hold all of your stuff, but looks a little bit more vacation-y than a regular purse. If you’re not down for a little pouch, you can always try a cute straw bag like this one from Target.

7. Wave Spray

It’s an easy way to keep your hair beachy looking without necessarily spending all day in the ocean. I like this one from Ouai. Make sure to put some leave-in conditioner on your hair first to keep it soft.

8. A Polaroid Camera

If you’re looking to get some aesthetically pleasing photos, this is the way to go. These are fun to put together to make a wall collage or photo album after your vacation also. If you don’t want to spend the money on a Polaroid camera and some film, you can also get a similar 90’s vibe with the Huji app.

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