Lifestyle

Things I’m Loving This Month: November 2019

November honestly flew by and I can’t believe I am writing this monthly favorite post again! I feel like I was really thriving this month and enjoying being a little bit busy again. I don’t have a ton of favorites (which I think I say literally every month), but the ones I do have are really good. Keep on reading to see some of my favorites for November 2019.

Baublebar

I have talked about Baublebar a million times! They are my favorite shop to buy jewelry from, specifically festive and gaudy jewelry. I am the kind of girl that either wears no jewelry or is dripping in diamonds (not really but you know what I mean). I like Baublebar because they allow me to do both. I have some really beautifully made simple gold hoops from here and a pretty gold cuban link chain bracelet that I wear almost daily, but I also have beautiful giant heart earrings and rainbow earrings from here to. This is not even an ad, I just genuinely love their pieces!

Winc Wines

Earlier this month I did an ad for Winc and shared my latest box of wines I got in. I really was so happy with the wines I got from them. I finished 3/4 bottles and I was so happy to drink them. They were perfect for relaxing on a Friday night with some pizza and a terrible Netflix Christmas movie. You can use this link to get $22 off and complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for $39. This one IS an ad, but again, I really love their wines!

Headbands

I have showed you guys a ton of headbands this week and I can’t stop, won’t stop on that. I think they are probably the easiest way to dress up your outfit without having to do too much (same goes for earrings). I got a ton from Amazon and Baublebar recently and I am wearing them non-stop! I have a bunch linked in my Favorite Fall Accessories post that I did last week.

What I Wore This Week Blogs

I don’t know about you, but I am really enjoying sharing my weekly outfit recaps with you. It’s a nice way for me to look back on what I wore, how I was feeling and what was going on in my head that week. Plus it’s nice to have all my outfits from the week together in one place. Here is the link to some of my most recent outfit posts, here and here.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I think this has been in my last 2 monthly favorites, but I have to say I really really am loving this. After using it for a few weeks, I am really seeing a difference in the overall look of my skin! It is softer, smoother and my acne scarring is not as prominent lately. I also feel like I have to exfoliate less often now (which is also partially due to my 10% lactic acid from The Ordinary). I think my skin in general is more glowy and I’m also feeling less oily throughout the day! I highly recommend this! Pricey but worth every penny.

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My Favorite Fall Accessories

As you may have noticed (or not, whatever), I am big into accessories lately. I have a ton of headbands that I love to wear recently, a ton of new pairs of earrings and just got a few new bags in too! Today, I figured I would share some of my new accessories I’ve been wearing a loving lately with you. They are a mix of trendy pieces and classic pieces so I think there is something for everyone here.

Pearl Detail Headbands

These are truly everywhere this year and I am so so into this trend. I love the knotted headband style but I also really love the ones that are covered top to bottom with little pearls. They are so pretty and perfect for brides who have engagement parties and showers to attend! I found these pretty pearl headbands on Amazon and they came in a big 6 pack which was so convenient because I got a ton of colors for the price of one or two at a regular store. The ones I ordered are linked here from Amazon! I also got the prettiest ones from Baublebar, one is completely covered in pearls and it’s just stunning. While the other has a pretty satin band with a thick string of pearls along the middle and is available as a 2 for $20 deal! These pretties are linked here for the full pearl and the one I have for the one string of pearls is sold out but here is a similar one.

Padded Headbands

Okay this trend is honestly a love it or hate it situation, but I genuinely love it. I think it’s such a cute way to elevate your look, without doing too much. Danielle Bernstein of @weworewhat is the QUEEN of padded headbands and she is definitely my inspiration when I choose to style these. I got mine from Amazon and I just can’t get enough of them. Of course, the black and brown are my favorites, but I am excited to try some of the other colors too, like the navy and the green! The link to these headbands are here. Lastly, to keep things really interesting, I also got THE CUTEST Sherpa headband and was so excited! It seems crazy but it’s much more subtle than it seems. Here’s the link for the Sherpa Headband from Baublebar!

Designer Inspired Headbands

I am a huge fan of designer pieces and logos, but I can’t always justify the designer price tag when it comes to something like a headband. I found these really cute Gucci inspired headbands on Amazon and just about fell over when I saw them! They are so cute and pretty well made, considering they are from Amazon. I really like how they can elevate your look and make it look more high end, but without the huge price tag. The Gucci inspired ones are linked here. I’m on the hunt to find a few others that are inspired by other designers as well!

Gold Hoops with a Twist

I am a massive fan of gold hoop earrings because they are so classic, but I also love finding pairs that are a little bit more interesting than a plain gold hoop! I really love shopping for earrings on Baublebar so that is usually where I find mine because they always have such interesting styles. I found these beaded gold hoops and couldn’t decide for a while if I REALLY needed them but I decided to take the plunge and I am so happy I did! Warning: these are pretty heavy so I wouldn’t recommend them for a full day of wear! I also found these really cute, thin gold hoops that look as if the metal was hammered down which I think is such a nice detail and they are super lightweight and comfortable. The beaded hoops are linked here and the hammered metal hoops are linked here.

Pearl Hoop Earrings

These are definitely some favorites of mine recently. I think pearl earring are so classic and elegant, but having them as a hoop can really take the look to the next level. It’s a modern take on a classic staple. I found a pair at Baublebar which are inspired by the Lele Sadoughi earrings that cost a whopping $150! This pair at Baublebar is a mere $42 and from what I would assume, a bit lighter and smaller than the Lele Sadoughi pair. I also found these beaded pearl mini earrings, which are super lightweight and just so stinkin’ cute! They are similar to the gold beaded ones I linked above, but much more wearable for day to day. The big pearl hoops are linked here and the mini beaded pearl hoops are linked here, the white is sold out but they come in a cool Tahitian pearl version.

Designer Dupe Bags

When it comes to bags, I actually am not as fond of designer dupes as I am with other accessories. Bags are such iconic pieces, so I feel that it can take away from the exclusiveness of them when there are similar-but-not-exact versions of them. However, I found this bag, originally posted by Sarah Belle Elizabeth @sarahbelleelizabeth on Instagram and I was really excited to get it. This one is a dupe for the Bottega Veneta Pouch bag that is crazy popular with all the bloggers and influencers, even with its $3,000+ price tag. This dupe is a mere $32 from Amazon, linked here, and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. The faux leather is really nice and supple, and the color looks beautiful in person. With that being said, it looks crazy similar and I am really happy that she found this! It’s such a cute bag that I can easily see being in style for a very long time.

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My Favorite Places to Shop: 2019

I did this post last year around this time and I truly feel my style has changed so much that I thought I should re do it. In the last year, I’ve really focused on having a curated closet with pieces that I will want to wear time and time again. I think that mainly comes from focusing on quality and, of course, just figuring out who I am as an adult. It’s been a crazy, busy, eye-opening year and there has been so much going on, but they have all made me into the person I am now; someone I am very proud of. I want my style to reflect that person everyday. I’m still working on perfecting it and am missing a few staple pieces, but keep reading to see what some of my favorite stores to shop at have been this year.

For Basics:

To me basics means, t-shirts and long sleeves mainly, but a few fitted camis and tank tops also. Layering pieces. Things you wear under other things, not really things to wear on their own (obviously excluding the tees and long sleeves). For these pieces, I almost always go to Target! I love all the basics from A New Day because they are 1) affordable and 2) high quality cotton. I buy t-shirts, long sleeves, turtle necks, camis, and tank tops from this brand because they range from $8-$15, are sometimes on sale and last me a very long time through tons of washes and wears. Some stores I want to try out for some basics are Madewell and Banana Republic!

For Denim:

As you all know, my absolute favorite place to buy denim is Topshop. I have like 20 pairs of jeans from Topshop in all different styles because they just fit me the best! I wear jeans almost every day so having good quality (but still affordable) denim is a major key to my style. Topshop has tons of different styles, shades, and levels of distressing which makes it really easy to find jeans for work and for play on the weekends. You know I’m obsessed with their Mom jeans! I also have a new found love for their straight leg jeans, as well as the Jamie jeans and the Joni jeans. They are simply the best! Next year, I am looking to try out some jeans from Madewell because I’ve heard so many good things, as well as Everlane, AGOLDE, and GRLFRND.

For Sweaters:

My favorite and most worn sweaters are either from American Eagle or Something Navy. I seriously have a ton of sweaters and those are always the ones I choose to wear first. I am always pleasantly surprised by the quality, the color range and the overall fit and wear of them. I love a good neutral sweater, so I love picking up a new oatmeal color sweater or a brown sweater. I also LOVE to throw on a bright pink or purple sweater to mix things up! I wish I could wear sweaters year round honestly. I am really looking forward to trying out some higher quality sweaters from stores like J.Crew, Sezane, Everlane and Banana Republic. These are such classic stores, so they will last me forever!

For Dresses:

Now this is a toughie for me because I don’t wear dresses TOO often. Definitely in the spring and summer because it’s just easier for me to throw one on with sandals and get out the door. But in the fall and winter, I tend to put all of my dresses away and leave them in storage. This coming year I want to wear more dresses so I’m hoping to incorporate more into my closet! When I do wear dresses, they are almost always from either Zara or Target. I think Zara makes the most beautiful and unique dresses and honestly, if there’s one thing Zara does exceptionally well, it’s dresses. Target also makes very cute, affordable dresses for work which is usually what I’d be shopping for anyway. My favorite brand for dresses at Target are usually WhoWhatWear and A New Day!

For Coats:

I am a huge coat person. I think it’s a layer that can really level up your outfit, while keeping you warm and toasty underneath. I have no problem spending a little more on a coat because I know I will wear it. My favorite coats are always from Something Navy. I can’t get enough of them. They are great quality, warm, and stylish all in one. I also just recently got 2 coats from Mango and am over the moon about them! Mango has a really great selection of high quality and affordable coats.

For Shoes:

I spend so much money on shoes from Nordstrom simply because they carry tons of brands! I love to buy high quality, classic shoes that will last me a long time because I need to stop buying so many pairs so I try to buy ones that I want to keep for a few years and not want to throw away or replace the next year. I’m a huge fan of Sam Edelman shoes this year and have recently bought a new pair of beautiful fringe boots and have my eye on the Hai Knee High Boots. I also love the Hazel pumps, they are such a perfect classic shoe. I also love Steve Madden for shoes too, which you all know. Majority of my shoes are from Steve Madden because I think the quality is great, and they are relatively affordable. I think in the coming year, I’ll definitely keep up with the Sam Edelman shoes, but I also want to explore more shoes from Zara because they have funky styles and are super high quality.

For Accessories:

You all know I love to buy my accessories from Baublebar. They have the cutest earrings, usually super festive and gaudy. They also have cute hair clips, headbands, and customized jewelry. I buy from them seasonally usually when I want to keep my outfits more interesting! I always love what they come out with for summer, and I recently just bought a bunch of pretty gold hoops and pearl earrings from them also. I also usually get all my headbands on Amazon also! I like these because they sell them in big packs of 3-8 so you can get a ton of colors, for not a lot of money. I got these cute padded headbands, the pearl/knot headbands, and these Gucci inspired ones all from Amazon for less than $40 total! I have also seen such pretty accessories at Zara, so I think I’ll be purchasing a few of those soon too!

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Things I Loved This Month: October 2019

October has been sort of a funky month for me, so I don’t really have a lot of favorites if we’re honest. I can say that this month went by really fast and had so many ups and downs that I’m very glad it’s finally over. Here are just a few of my new favorite things for this month!

1. Corduroy Mom Jeans

Last spring, I found white corduroy mom jeans from Topshop that I fell in love with. I wore them a ton because they are so nice and cozy, very comfortable and they go well with tons of outfits. This year, I found the same pair and decided I should get them in brown and also black! They are some of the best corduroy mom jeans I’ve found and I had to talk myself out of getting the pink also!

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve mentioned this product in a few blog posts (My Skin Care Routine and my Sephora Haul) and I’ve really grown to love this product. I love the way my skin looks in the morning after I’ve used it and I think the overall health of my skin is much better because of it! It’s so light and not sticky. I am definitely going to repurchase this since I’m just about finished with my sample!

3. Citrus Defender @ Starbucks

I was feeling really sick earlier this month and was sort of unsure what to do about it. I saw that the Citrus Defender tea at Starbucks was a good alternative to the Medicine Ball tea and decided to try it. Lucky for me it’s packed out with vitamin C because it’s made with citrus tea and lemonade and it’s absolutely delicious. I’m not saying it cured me, but I was feeling 100% again within 2 days…just saying!

4. Everything Brown

Seriously, I love everything brown. I don’t know how many times I have to say it. I have about 4 brown sweaters now, a pair of corduroy pants, I’m on the hunt for chocolate brown loafers, I have a brown satin body suit, I have issues. Brown is my color for this season, and next, and probably the rest of my life. Highly recommend you try this out in a monochromatic look or in satin-y materials because it just is really beautiful!

5. Similarly, Everything Green

This month I also bought the most beautiful green shoes and I want to cry every time I look at them. They are so cute and comfortable and exactly what my closet needed. I also recently acquired a few green sweaters and found a gorgeous green plaid coat that I plan on buying soon. Not sure what is going on but these colors are making me so excited for fall and winter!

6. Louise et Cie Kota Heels

I’ve shared these shoes a few times on my instagram and they are just the best. A beautiful, classic heel with a super comfortable heel height that will last you for years to come. They are from Nordstrom and I bought them in white, black, and navy and I can’t get over them. A great shoe for day to night and just about any occasion.

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Things I Loved This Month: September 2019

September has been a good month, I think. Very busy and lots of travel going on so I’m excited to share this month’s favorites with you. Keep on reading to see what some of my favorite things were!

Punta Cana, DR

Earlier this month, I went on vacation to Punta Cana and stayed at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana. It’s an all inclusive resort in Bavaro Beach and it was a really nice trip. I was so happy to relax and lay on a beach for 5 days without a care in the world. We spent a good amount of time relaxing by the pool/beach, eating good food, and drinking yummy drinks. It was an exciting, and romantic trip and I was so happy that we got to go!

Toronto, Canada

I also took a little trip to Toronto for work, which was also a great time. Though it was busy during the day, I was able to get out and explore one night. I took a stroll down Yonge St. and treated myself to some of the best sushi I’ve had in a while! Toronto is such a young, happening city so I’m looking forward to going back to explore some more!

Pumpkin Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Say what you want but Starbucks and all things pumpkin got the best of me this month. I’ve been drinking the pumpkin cream cold brews non-stop all month long and I see no end in sight honestly. I will usually get a nitro because of the caffeine but when I’m not so sleepy, I’ll stick with a regular cold brew. It’s just sweet enough that you don’t need to add any other creamer or sweetner to it. Definitely try this if you’re into pumpkin drinks!

Pumpkin Beer

I tried my fair share of pumpkin beers this month also and I have to say it’s hard to choose a favorite! I’m really into local beers, so I’ve tried mostly the ones at breweries around Long Island. My favorites so far are the Montauk Brewing Company Pumpkin Ale and the North Fork Brewing Co. Butternut the Hutt, but an honorable mention to the Blue Point Brewery for their Pumpkin Ale also!

Target

I’ve been all over Target this month because they’re getting in all their new fall fashion. Target has really stepped their game up in recent years as far as fashion goes by adding in all new brands. My favorites are the Who What Wear brand and the A New Day brand. They have really pretty pieces for work, but also some of the best quality basics for under $20 (think: tees for $10 and leggings for $14). Plus they often have dupes for other brands, like Madewell which has such cute pieces but the price point is not necessarily affordable. Definitely check out some of the new styles there!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

I put up a question sticker on my Instagram Stories recently asking for suggestions for drugstore foundations and this is one that was recommended to me by a friend. I decided to try it out because I liked the $5.99 price tag and I fell in love. It’s got a medium coverage, but it’s definitely buildable (just make sure it dries in between layers). Plus the shade range is insane! I found my exact match and only needed to try out 2 shades. Love this and highly recommend for a drugstore alternative foundation.

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Things I Loved This Month: August Favorites 2019

August has flown by and I can’t believe it’s over. Although I keep saying I’m ready for fall, it’s always sad to see summer go. For my favorites this month, I don’t have your typical favorites honestly. I’ve had a lot of big changes this month, which has forced me to rearrange a few parts of my life. Below I’m taking about a few things that have really helped me get through this month!

1 . Suave Rosemary + Mint Shampoo & Keratin Conditioner

Okay, this one is kind of funny to add in but I really am excited about these products. Recently, I decided that it’s silly to spend $30+ on conditioner or treatment masks when my hair is super healthy right now. So, I decided to switch to something more affordable. Originally, I only wanted conditioner but I figured why not test out a new shampoo also since I’m not partial to any particular kind. I was not only shocked by the $2.99 price tag (!!!) but also shocked at the quality. My hair was soft, frizz free (!!!), but still felt clean. If you want drug store hair products, I recommend looking into Suave!

2. Starbucks Coffee

Recently, I started commuting by train/subway to work so I’ve had to switch up my morning routine quite a bit. One thing I’ve noticed is that I hate carrying around a crazy heavy bag while on the train and walking the streets of Manhattan. It’s just inconvenient with the crowds which means I’ve had to eliminate some things from my purse. One thing I’ve decide to nix is carrying around my giant coffee mug. It’s just way easier for me to buy it in the morning. I’ve always been a huge fan of Starbucks, but it’s really become my lifeline over the last month because I’m sleepy majority of the time. My go-to order has always been a Venti Starbucks Doubleshot on ice with half & half and vanilla, but now I’m really loving the grande Nitro Cold Brew. It’s so smooth! So I add some half & half because I can’t drink it black (yet), and it’s all I need during the day. It literally lasts me until 3:00 pm sometimes. Highly recommend!

3. A Planner

With my new busy schedule, I rely heavily on a planner. So much so, that I have 2! I have one for work that I use to mark down deadlines, travel dates, and any meetings/calls. I also have one for personal use that I mark down any plans I have for the week/weekend and when I plan to post blogs. It’s color coded and comes with me everywhere. If you’re struggling to get organized, I HIGHLY recommend starting with a planner. I use a Lily Pulitzer Large Planner one for personal (been using this brand since college!) and a Kelly Ventura for Blue Sky one for work.

4. Instagram Stories

I’ve been really into using Instagram stories lately! I like them because it’s a chance to experiment and try out new content without messing around with my grid posts. I think there are so many apps available for you to customize your Instagram stories that make it so easy to work on. It’s also a great way to show your day by day activities and interact with your followers. I’m not comfortable talking on them yet (because the thought of listening to my own voice makes me cringe) but I’m practicing and experimenting and will get there one day! My Instagram is linked here for you to check out!

5. Pinterest

I’ve put Pinterest in my favorites before, but I’ve been REALLY into it this month. I just recently figured out how to maximize my Pinterest usage to promote my blog and my Instagram posts and it’s been a game changer. Not only can I use it to find outfit inspiration (or inspiration for anything else) but I can share my blog posts and Instagram photos there too and direct traffic to those sites that I didn’t have access to before. It’s HUGE. It’s such an underrated platform but it offers excellent results!

6. Punta Cana

I’m currently on vacation in Punta Cana so I’ll have some more details about it in a post next week, but of course, it’s part of my August Favorites!

What are some of your favorites this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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July Favorites 2019

The month of July was all about day trips and eating lots and lots of food. So, for my July Favorites, I figured I’d share some of the places I went (mostly around Long Island) to give you all a few last minute ideas for what to do this summer too! Let me know in the comments, what some of your favorite things were from this past month?

1. Greenport

A few weeks ago, I took a trip out to Greenport (on one of the hottest days of the year mind you) and it was such a nice easy experience. Greenport is all the way on the eastern end of long island, on the north fork. There’s all kind of great vineyards over there also! This day we went to visit the famous lavender fields, called Lavender By The Bay where the lavender is only in bloom for about 6 weeks in the summer! It’s a little pricey to get in at about $9 per person, but the field is one of the most instagrammable places around there, so it’s worth it (if that’s what you’re into). After that we stopped by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, which is cute and has a bunch of great beers. If you do a tasting there, you can even keep the glass! Finally, we stopped by Lucharitos for some tacos and margs and I had the BEST jalapeno margarita, probably ever. The duck breast tacos were also delicious!

2. Fire Island

For fourth of July weekend, we took a little trip out to Fire Island for a little R&R and lots and lots of drinks. We relaxed on the beach all day long, drank some beers out of red solo cups, and soaked up as much sun as possible. After a nice long beach day, we headed over to the bar there for rocket fuels which are frozen, rum, amaretto, and pineapple drinks. They were good, but I’m not big on frozen drinks so I only had one but it’s basically like a rite of passage. After that, we spent the night watching the fireworks, across the bay all across Long Island. If you ever get the chance to do this, take it! It’s an amazing view, that sort of makes you realize how small you are compared to the rest of the world.

3. White Plains

Also during fourth of July weekend, we took a trip up to White Plains and had ourselves a night. We spent the day and night drinking all kinds of margaritas, eating even more tacos and nachos and guacamole. We ended the night with some much needed Domino’s Pizza and some good old quality time. Th next morning, we treated ourselves to some bagels and coffee (and some Advil), which is not quite the same as the kind from Long Island but you know, it did the trick.

4. Montauk

Ahhh, Montauk. Honestly, one of my favorite places on Long Island. It’s the literally end of the island. It’s so far east that you could drive 2-3 hours to get there, and not even leave the island yet. It’s also got a little bit of everything. There’s tons of cute vineyards on the way there when driving through the Hamptons, lots of cute shops for food, coffee, and clothing on the way and even in town. There’s the Montauk Brewing Company, with the most aesthetically pleasing packaging for a beer you’ve ever seen. And of course, we can’t forget the beach. On my trip out there, we stopped for tacos (duh) at Tacombi, which is my favorite taco place in all of Long Island and Manhattan. Then we took a little walk around town to get some iconic Montauk apparel. They had sweatshirts 2 for $35! After that, we went to Kirk Beach which is the public beach in that town and finally our last stop was the Montauk Brewing Company for my favorite, the Watermelon Session Ale.

5. Michael Anthony’s Food Bar

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Truly and honestly, the most amazing culinary experience of my LIFE. Our host for the evening, Cassandra, is truly a sight to see. She has such a knack for what she does, you’d have to think she’s reading your mind. This restaurant in Wading River, NY is one where the host, basically reads the energy and the feel of the group and chooses your entire menu for you along with wine pairings for each course. It’s really a game of trust, and she hit the nail right on the head every single time. Some of our favorite dishes from that night included Spanish Octopus, Calamari, Wild Boar Ribs, Escargot, Duck Breast, Monkfish, and Lambchops. It was really the best experience and if you are adventurous and interested in trying new foods, I would highly recommend this place. However, save it for a special occasion, because the price tag is not fit for every day eating!

6. Core Life Eatery

This place is not as exciting as Michael Anthony’s Food Bar, but I love it just the same. There are a bunch of these restaurants all over, actually, but I’ve only just discovered it this month! This place is basically Chipotle, but for super healthy food. They have a variety of pre-selected grain or rice bowls, green bowls, and broth bowls or you can build your own. Everything is made with fresh produce and meats. The portions are a pretty good size, where you might not finish everything but if you did, you won’t feel horrible about it after. It’s really delicious and I highly recommend trying it out if you can!

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

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