Fashion

Summer Date Night Outfits

It’s just about summer now, so I thought I would share some updated summer date night outfits. These are half casual and half a little more dressed up, so they are good for just about any occasion. Keep reading to see some of my new favorite summer date night outfits!

Outfit #1

This is one of my favorite casual looks because it’s so easy and simple. These bright yellow trousers are so light and easy to wear even if you decide to eat a big dinner for your date! The little bandeau top is also so easy and such a summer staple for me. To dress this up a little more, you can add on some wedges or heels if you need.

Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo
Top: Forever 21 / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Aldo

Outfit #2

This is actually my favorite of all the outfits because it’s exactly what I would gravitate toward for a date night. A simple, feminine top and some jeans is always my go to look. I also love to wear these wooden platforms. They are super comfy and very cute. They go with everything!

Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

This is another casual look, maybe for a day time date! The dress is super light and girly, but a little sexy because of the deep v neckline. The sandals keep it really easy and simple. You can be comfortable and cute!

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target

Outfit #4

I love this dress for a dressier occasion, such as an anniversary dinner or maybe even an engagement party. The print is just beautiful and I knew I had to have it when I saw it. I added wedges to this look to keep it dressy, but you could switch them out for sandals or even sneakers if you wanted to dress it down.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

I hope you enjoyed! xox

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

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Travel

Weekend Getaway: Wine Touring

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little staycation out east to Riverhead, NY on Long Island. We visited a really great vineyard and brewery, ate some pretty delicious food and had a really wonderful weekend!

First things first, we stayed at the Hotel Indigo East End which was a nice hotel! The public space (lobby, restaurant, etc.) were so nice and looked like they had recently been renovated. Being that I work with hotels literally everyday at my job and travel often for pleasure, I have very high standards for my hotels. I will say I wasn’t thrilled with the hotel room, but it served its purpose. I also wasn’t thrilled with the service, but we didn’t spend much time there anyway so it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. One thing that I did like was that they offered a complimentary shuttle to and from the vineyards and breweries nearby!

Karen’s Outfit – Sweater: Something Navy / Jacket: Free People / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Andrew’s Outfit – Shirt: Express / Jacket: RVCA / Pants: Lucky Brand / Shoes: Bass

Our first stop was the Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard which I mentioned in my previous post (March 2019 Favorites). I loved the atmosphere here and I think it was just a perfect day to sit outside, drinking wine with my wonderful boyfriend and people/dog watching. I also really loved the Pink Satin Rose! I would have liked to buy a bottle of it, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t!

Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Style: Playa)

After that, we headed over to the Moustache Brewing Company which we picked mainly for the name. However, we were also pleasantly surprised by the beers they had and the great atmosphere! Luckily, we were able to try all 8 of their beers because there were 2 of us and we each got a flight of 4 beers (2 x 4 = 8 in case you missed that math). Some of our favorites included a blueberry and ginger beer (that had 10% alcohol content), as well as both of their ciders!

After that, we went back to the hotel and headed over to Bistro 72 for dinner. The restaurant was CROWDED so it was definitely our mistake for not making a reservation! Again, because it was crowded, the service was not the best but I have ultra high standards. However, the food was absolutely delicious and definitely worth the wait! I got the Maple Bourbon Salmon which was so yummy, I highly recommend. Andrew got a burger that was cooked perfectly and the fries were nice and crispy! We also got bourbon wings which were very flavorful.

Overall, I would say it was such a great experience! We had such a wonderful weekend exploring another part of Long Island that we don’t get to go to very often. Staycations have been such a nice way for us to spend some extra time together without going too far or spending too much money!

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

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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

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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Beauty

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!

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

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Fashion

Fancy Fall Date Night Outfit

I said I wouldn’t do many date night outfits because I don’t go on very many dates, but I just keep finding pretty dresses that would be so perfect for a fancy date night. Sue me.

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I found this dress at Target a few weeks ago and just about cried when I saw it. It’s absolutely stunning in every aspect. I especially love the colors. The teal is calling my name! I love the watercolor florals and don’t even get me started on the pleats. The dress is just beautiful and so I had to feature it for you!

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As far as styling goes, I think this dress is very versatile. It really makes me feel creative honestly. In my photos, I decided to style it with some nude strappy sandals with a suede moto jacket (similar) for a more casual but still fancy look. I found these gorgeous teal heels and I think they would look so good with this and a pearl necklace for something a little more formal. You could also dress this down with a denim jacket and sandals for a more casual girly night.

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I also think adding even more color to this with some accessories would be such a fun but still classy look. Some yellow or red added as a necklace, bag or shoe seems very fitting to me! Even some metallic accessories would be great for a fall wedding!

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This dress can be styled SO many different ways for all kinds of occasions and I am fangirling way harder than I should over it.

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Beauty

Going Out Makeup Look

I went out a few weeks ago and did this makeup look and I thought it was so pretty and easy to do so I thought I would share it with you all! I think it’s perfect also transitioning into fall also. I went out to a restaurant and club for a friend’s birthday so I wanted to look glam and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!!

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I started out with a bare face of course!

Since I didn’t get very tan this summer, my Nars foundation has been working very well for me still. Once my base was all done I added my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes to hide the bags and brighten up my eye area. After that I set with my Laura Mercier powder under my eyes and a powder foundation for my face.

After setting my face, I went it with my Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil Bronzer which has been my favorite bronzer for YEARS. It’s honestly the only one I’ll ever use. I used a limited edition blush palette from Smashbox for my blush also.

For my highlighter, you know I love the BECCA highlighters! They are just so pretty. Today I used the Shimmering Skin Perfector in Smoky Quartz on my cheekbones and my nose. After that I filled in my eye brows with my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara from Maybelline.

For my eye look I used the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and again, it’s the only one I ever use because the colors are nice and warm which I think works really well for my skin tone. Remember, I basically never wear make up so I’m not fond of having a million palettes! Using a flat shader brush, I packed “Low Blow” from the palette all over my lids and up into my crease. For the outer corner, I packed on the color “Cayenne” which is a pretty dark reddish brown.

After that I added a VERY thin sweep of black liquid liner on my top lid. I finished off the look by adding my two favorite mascaras: Too Faced Better Than Sex on the top and the L’Oreal Volumnious Carbon Black to top and bottom. On my lips I used the color “Stepping Out” from Smashbox Matte liquid lipsticks. Then we’re ALL DONE! It’s so pretty and easy and I hope you think so too!

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