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Ballin’ on a Budget: No Shopping Summer

Today, I wanted to share a little journey I went on this summer and my thoughts on the whole process. Starting about back in April, I stopped shopping (except for a few things) and not necessarily by choice (which I’ll get into another time). It was definitely necessary, but it’s been an interesting journey for me.

First things first, I definitely shopped a little in May to refresh my work wardrobe and get some things for my vacation to Greece in June. I also treated myself to a two items in July and August for special occasions. It wasn’t exactly a no shopping summer, but it was definitely a summer with very little shopping.

I have to be honest, because it was not necessarily a choice, I think it was a little bit easier to do this successfully. The desire wasn’t really there because I knew I had other priorities. However, my love for shopping didn’t disappear. It just went to the bottom of my priority list. I spent a lot of time scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc and just not feeling like I wanted to shop which was definitely a key factor to going 3+ months without shopping in bulk like I normally do.

Now that it’s half way through August and getting into fall, the itch to shop is definitely back in full force. I also started a new job recently so all I want to do is treat myself because I think I deserve it. So far, I haven’t bought anything new yet, but it’s probably coming soon! It’s very interesting to me that I spent the whole summer not really caring about getting new things, but now that I feel like I can or I deserve it or I need it cause it’s going to be ~fall~, it’s getting more difficult.

Some things I learned from this experience is that:

  • I can still work with what I have and look good (biased?)
  • Other things are way more important, but it feels good to get the things that you want sometimes
  • My creativity does not depend on buying new things every week (but buying things once in a while helps keep those juices flowing)
  • I can actually go 3+ months without buying things which is a huge first for me
  • The money I saved from shopping, could be put to use on more experiences which last way longer than trendy clothes

This experience was a little bit of a wake up call from a financial aspect, but it also shed some light on just how creative I can get when I need to. I’m hoping that moving forward I can remember this experience and find a healthy balance between the two! Cutting it out completely was tough and not sustainable for me, but it was definitely good to give myself that break.

I want to know in the comments: have you ever challenged yourself to give up something you love for more than a month?

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

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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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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

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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

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