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

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Fashion

My Swimsuit Collection

Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite bathing suits with you. I try to only wear the same style of bathing suit, for tanning purposes, but I find that this is definitely the most flattering style on my body. Keep reading to see where I get some of my favorite bathing suits!

This first one, I got last year in preparation for my trip to Miami. Here’s the blog post I wrote about that trip! I found this one on Zaful, since I wanted some less expensive suits but I ended up loving how this fit. It’s high-waisted which was nicer than I thought and I like that you can remove the straps to make it a regular bandeau top.

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This next one is an absolute staple. Everyone should have a plain black swim suit. This one I got at Target and I’ve had it for literally 4 years because the quality is really great! It’s affordable also, which is an added bonus!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

Next up is another one from Zaful. This one is really cute because of the stripes and it’s high-rise on the bottoms. It’s very flattering, and great for laying out in the sun. The bottoms are a little cheeky but not too much that you’d be really uncomfortable so that’s why I really like these also!

Top: Small / Bottom: Small

This one I got from target last year and it’s my absolute favorite! I saw the color of this and knew I had to have it. The pretty hot pink is so flattering when you have a tan and I love the bra style straps because they give the best support. The little bows are also a cute feminine touch!

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

This is a new one I got this year from Target and it’s absolutely stunning. I got it with my trip to Punta Cana in mind because of the pretty fun colors. This is also high-rise and very flattering because of the cut outs on the sides.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Small

Another staple everyone should have it a red swim suit. This one is really simple with ribbed material. It’s a really pretty neutral red that would look great on any skin tone also. It’s got the crisscrossed back also which added some extra support.

Top: Medium / Bottom: Medium

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Fashion

My Go-To Vacation Outfits

Today, I’m sharing a few of my go-to vacation outfits because, well, I’m on vacation right now and probably wearing one of these. Keep reading to see what I would normally wear for vacation!

Outfit #1

For a big day of exploring and roaming around, you can bet that I’m probably wearing shorts and a t-shirt for it. This is a staple in my everyday life, so of course it’s a staple on vacation! I also like to use a mini backpack for vacation to carry all my items around with me. Throw on some comfy sneakers, and we’re good to go!

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar

Outfit #2

For a nicer evening out, I would probably wear some jeans and a pretty top. I went with this one that I got on sale last summer and some white jeans with these wooden platform heels. It’s cute, it’s simple and it’s comfortable especially if you’re in a city where you walk everywhere.

Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #3

This is an absolute favorite for exploring also. There’s nothing better than throwing on a maxi dress and walking around a new and beautiful city. I paired it with sandals, but you can always throw on sneakers instead. Bring a denim jacket for if it gets chilly in the evening.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #4

This cute romper is another alternative for a day of exploring into a nice dinner at night. It’s comfortable (except when using the bathroom) and it’s easy to throw on, but still nice enough that you can wear it for a nice dinner too! It’s also fun for if you plan on going somewhere that’s “instagrammable” such as the Pink Palace in Greece or the Color Factory in New York City.

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #5

This one is a great mix of casual for the day, but still comfy and put together for night time. The trousers are really light and breathable so you’re not sweating your butt off, and the simple tank top keeps it really casual. The sneakers also tone down the look, but you can always add some nice sandals if you need to dress it up a bit more.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

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Travel

Packing Guide: Greece

I can’t believe this trip is finally here after months of planning! I will be traveling to Greece next week for vacation and I am so excited. Since this is a pretty big trip, I thought I would put together a packing guide of some things I’m planning to bring with me for this trip. I hope you enjoy!

1. Dresses

The very first thing I plan to bring with me is a bunch of dresses. All kinds of dresses. In general, I love wearing dresses because they are so easy to just throw on and go while still looking put together. I plan on bringing a bunch of maxi dresses because they are so pretty and easy. I’ll also bring some cute mini dresses and even a few rompers because I just love them so much.

2. Mini Backpack

I figured instead of bringing a purse or a bunch of different bags, I’ll bring a mini backpack with me for walking around during the day. It’ll be big enough to care all the essentials such as my camera, wallet, sunglasses but not too big that it starts feeling heavy after a long day.

3. Cameras

For this trip, I decided to try a few different things for my photos. I’m of course bringing my cell phone to use as my main camera, but I’m also bringing my Polaroid camera to try and get some more interesting shots. On top of that, I also decided to buy some disposable cameras too to get some more vintage looking shots too! Using film cameras is so popular lately, that I figured this trip was the perfect time to try it out.

4. Sunglasses

This is pretty much a given, but I’m planning on bringing a few pairs of sunglasses because, duh, it’s sunny in Greece. However, I’m bringing some of my cheaper ones, so that I don’t care as much if they break or I lose them for some reason.

5. Swimsuits

We’re spending about 2-3 days on the beach for this trip, so of course I’m bringing quite a few bathing suits just in case! This will be my first chance to go to the beach for this summer so I have to be strategic about getting my base tan, so bringing some bandeau style bathing suits and of course lots of sun block! The Mediterranean sun is very strong so, sun block is a must!

6. Books

I’m also bringing a few books to read at the airport and on the plane! Reading is actually my favorite thing to do on long flights, so I picked out a few books that I’m considering bringing. One of them is called Thinking Fast and Slow that I’ve been holding on to for a few months for this trip. I’m so excited to finally start reading it!

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Weekend Getaway: Lake Placid, NY

For this past weekend, I took a trip to Lake Placid with my boyfriend for Memorial Day. Today, I’m sharing some thoughts about it with you! Overall, it was such a wonderful trip and we had a really great time. It was a great start to our summer and we’re really looking forward to planning more weekend trips in the future.

To start, on our way up to Lake Placid, we actually stopped in Glenn Falls for lunch. We went to the Davidson Brother’s Brewery and got some soup and sandwiches and some beers! Andrew and I both agreed that this was our favorite meal of the whole trip, which definitely says something. We also stopped and got some gelato after lunch and then headed back on the road because we were running a little behind schedule.

We stayed in an Airbnb for this trip also since it was close by and it was such a great experience for us. The house was about a 10 minute drive from the town and had great amenities. The hosts were so sweet and friendly and provided everything we needed. We really enjoyed staying there and would definitely go back!

For our first night of dinner, we went to the Big Slide Brewery which was a really popular brewery in the area. We really like this place! We tried their hot pepper ale and a few of their mixed drinks which we really liked. The atmosphere was also great. It was young people, but not a crazy bar scene like you sometimes see. For dinner, we got an “impossible” burger (a vegan protein burger that is supposed to taste like meat) and a pizza with venison, pickled blueberries and pesto sauce. The food, unfortunately, was sub-par but we still enjoyed this place!

For our second day, we took a very long walk around Mirror Lake and through town. This was a wonderful day; the weather was perfect and we had a great time. It was warm and sunny which definitely played a factor in how exhausted we were after the walk. We stopped for coffee (a few times) and at a few shops in town. We also got lunch at The Cottage which is a really popular restaurant over looking the lake. This was probably our second favorite meal here! The drinks were in full pint glasses which is always a plus and the food was great! Our only complaint is that is was definitely overpriced but it was a great experience and we recommend this one.

On our way home, we took a stop in Saratoga Springs for lunch and some coffee and to walk around this area since Andrew had never been. Then we prepared ourselves for a slightly frustrating, very scenic, very long drive home.

Overall, this was a GREAT trip. A favorite of mine for sure, because we went at our own pace and didn’t try too hard to plan and jam pack our day with activities. It was relaxing and we enjoyed ourselves, but we decided we’re staying away from long drives for a little while!

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Fashion

How to Style: Denim Skirts

I thought I would do another mini “How to Style” post because not sure why, but I’m very into denim skirts this season. They are just as versatile as regular denim jeans or shorts but more feminine and put together I think. So I wanted to share a few ways I’d like to style them.

Outfit #1

A pretty button down top is a really easy way to dress up a denim skirt. It’s put together an feminine but the skirt says “I can still have fun” which I like. It’s a safe contrast, you know. Adding the sneakers keeps it casual too so it’s easy for a nice day outside!

Top: Something Navy / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Target / Bag: Saint Laurent
Top: Something Navy / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Target / Bag: Saint Laurent
Top: Something Navy / Skirt: American Eagle / Shoes: Target / Bag: Saint Laurent

Outfit # 2

This one is for those days it’s still a little chillier or even at night when it’s chilly but you need to dress up a little more than usual. A light sweater is a good option because it’ll keep you warm if you need but still nice and casual. It’s also a great idea when it’s time to transition back to fall (too soon?)

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: American Eagle / Sneakers: Target
Sweater: Mango / Skirt: American Eagle / Sneakers: Target
Sweater: Mango / Skirt: American Eagle / Sneakers: Target

Outfit # 3

This one is definitely the most casual and easy to wear. A simple t-shirt and denim is always a good choice! This Budwesier shirt basically says “I’m fun” and the denim skirt and sneakers says “but I’m also casual”. It’s such a perfect pair. This one might be my favorite!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Forever 21 / Shoes: Forever 21 / Bag: Target
Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Forever 21 / Shoes: Forever 21 / Bag: Target
Top: Urban Outfitters / Skirt: Forever 21 / Shoes: Forever 21 / Bag: Target

I hope you enjoyed this mini series! xox

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Spring Dress Guide

Spring is my favorite time of year because all the prettiest dresses come out in stores! And the weather helps also, but really the pretty clothes are what get me. I’m sharing a few of my favorite dresses for this spring today!

Outfit #1

I found this gorgeous floral dress and just about fell over. It’s so pretty and the material is so light and flowy. I highly recommend wearing nude undies under this because it’s pretty sheer, but the pattern helps to hide how sheer it is. Another favorite of mine lately is yellow and green together. I know. It’s so weird but it’s also so good.

Dress: Zara / Sandals: Forever 21 / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Target
Dress: Zara / Sandals: Forever 21 / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Target
Dress: Zara / Sandals: Forever 21 / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Target

Outfit # 2

A t-shirt dress is the ultimate spring and summer staple when it comes to dresses. They can do no wrong. I highly recommend buying t-shirt dresses in as many colors as you can because they can go from day to night with a simple change of shoes and accessories. They are also incredibly comfortably so yay for that.

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: Forever 21 / Sneakers: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: Forever 21 / Sneakers: Target
Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: Forever 21 / Sneakers: Target

Outfit #3

Frankly, there’s not enough words to explain how I feel about this dress. It’s the most beautiful dress I think I’ve ever owned. The floral pattern is so pretty and feminine and the shape is one of my favorites. It also sold out 2 times before I got my hands on it so that says something. Again, this baby is SHEER. Wear your nude undies or another slip underneath unless you want to share your goods with the world.

Dress: Zara / Shoes: Chloe
Dress: Zara / Shoes: Chloe
Dress: Zara / Shoes: Chloe

Outfit # 4

Look at the beautiful color on this. I’m not okay. GREEN IS MY NEW THING. I also thought it was a fun layering touch to add a t-shirt underneath to make it a little bit more styled and I think it looks really cute. Add on some hoop earrings and a bunch of bracelets and it’s such a cute vacation look.

Dress: Zara / Shirt: Something Navy / Shoes: Forever 21
Dress: Zara / Shirt: Something Navy / Shoes: Forever 21
Dress: Zara / Shirt: Something Navy / Shoes: Forever 21

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

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