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Things I Loved This Month: January 2020

I cannot believe January is already almost over! This month went by surprisingly quickly compared to in 2019. Last year January literally felt like it was 3 months long. This year, maybe because it’s been really busy at work and there’s been a ton going on in my personal life, it feels shorter but I’m not complaining over here. A few weeks ago, I said I wanted to hold onto the winter weather for a little bit longer (because I just bought a bunch of sweaters), but all of a sudden in the last week of January I’m feeling ready for spring. I’m trying not to wish the winter away, but the spring fever is definitely creeping in for me. Anyway, here’s some of my favorite things this month.

Teller’s American Chophouse – Islip, NY

This is the restaurant that Andrew and I went to for our anniversary dinner and holy cow it was delicious. The manager that night asked if we were celebrating anything special and then made sure our dessert had “Happy Anniversary” written onto the plates which was a really special touch. Our server was attentive and gave us such a good experience also. It was those small details that made us say that we’d love to go back. The food was also insanely good too. We happened to go during restaurant week so they had a price fixed menu option that we decided to do with a wine pairing and everything was so so good. I got lobster bisque as my starter and Andrew got some kind of bacon dish to start. We both got the Teller’s Delmonico which was the most delicious steak I’ve ever had and it came with truffle butter sauce and crispy fried onions and we added on a side of asparagus. For dessert we had cheesecake and a chocolate brownie with bourbon ice cream. Everything was amazing and I would highly recommend!

Serafina – New York, NY

This is the restaurant I went to for my birthday in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan and it was another hit for me! The inside of the restaurant is a gorgeous rustic Italian feel with exposed brick, dark wood and dim lighting for a really romantic atmosphere. They had lots of pasta dishes to choose from, some meat and fish entrees, tons of apps/soup/salad and dessert options. I got the eggplant parm because they didn’t actually have chicken parm on the menu which I have to say was disappointing but it was good so I don’t mind too much. Andrew got gnocchi with cherry tomatoes and that was absolutely delicious. I think I’d get that next time I go! Another thing I liked was that it was reasonably priced for a nice restaurant in Manhattan. I’m looking forward to going back and I would definitely recommend checking this one out!

& Other Stories

Earlier this month, I bought a scary amount of sweaters from & Other Stories which is a store I’ve had my eye on for a while. I always thought they made such beautiful pieces, but could never really afford to pay the price for the quality. I took the plunge and ordered a few sweaters that I felt were closet staples that I was missing and was so pleasantly surprised at how much I love them! The material on all the sweaters is thick and warm because most of the ones I ordered are made of a wool/alpaca blend. The colors are beautiful and they fit really well. They do have to be carefully cared for so as not to upset the fibers of the material but I think it’s worth it. These are the kind of quality items that I’ll be able to wear for years and years to come.

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

This is an item that I rediscovered recently and I am so happy that I did. One thing I noticed since the beginning of this month is that my makeup looks really powdery and dry and I’m thinking it’s because I had been using a matte primer because I have naturally oily skin. Apparently that was too matte because my makeup has been looking extremely cakey this month and I hate it. I decided to try out just using this primer from Smashbox and it helped a ton! My skin looks glowy under my makeup, but it still lasts most of the day even with my (apparently not so) oily skin.

Boomerang for Google Chrome

This one is not really as interesting as the rest but it’s been a tool that has come in really handy over the last few months. Boomerang is a plug-in that you can add onto Google Chrome (completely free) and it gives you some extra tools for your Google Emails. I, personally, love to use it for the Delay Send option which allows you to type out an email and delay the send time for whatever time you want. I like to use this when I’m sending an email late at night and I want it to arrive in the person’s inbox in the early morning. Instead of getting up and hitting send at 8:00 am, I can hit send at 11:00 pm the night before and set the time of delivery for 8:00 am. It’s a huge lifesaver because I don’t like interfering with someone’s personal time at home. I’m a huge advocate for work life balance and I don’t want someone to feel pressured to respond to my email when they’re not working.

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Things I Loved This Month: December 2019

December has proven to be another very busy and expensive month. I spent more than I usually do on Christmas presents this year (it’s usually none cause I have a thing about presents), as well as lots of dinners and spending time with friends and family. Lots of work also, of course in preparation for the upcoming end of year festivities as well as planning for 2020. Lots of good things are on the way!

1. All of YOU!

Just a few days before Christmas I reached 200 blog followers which was one of my goals for 2019. It was one, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to reach so I am so proud and surprised that I did. I truly could not have done it without all my readers and the people who support me every day. I hope to grow even more in 2020 and I’m excited to share the rest of this journey with you all.

2. Caseapp

Last week, I shared my experience working with Caseapp and creating a custom phone case. It was a lot of fun and I’m so happy with how they turned out! It was such an easy process to design my own, but they also have tons of cute cases to choose from which made my selection process more fun. I was excited that they also offered a discount code for my followers for 20% off your purchase until January 11, 2020. The code is KARENMAURITZENN20 and can be used at www.caseapp.com!

3. Danielle Bernstein @weworewhat

Danielle Bernstein has been a huge inspiration to me this month for a few reasons. Obviously, she has insanely good style. She’s classic with such a funky twist. She wears clever pieces and she is so good at accessorizing (something I’m working on for 2020). But on top of that, she is also in her late 20’s and has built quite a few successful startup businesses. She’s got a clothing line, a tech business, is releasing a book and has major collaborations under her belt. THIS GIRL KNOWS HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS. I am truly inspired by her business savvy and she is a model of who I’d like to be when I grow up.

4. Not Shopping

This month was interesting for me because I actually took a break from doing any personal shopping and focused strictly on gifts for family. I’m not saying I’ve converted into a person who enjoys giving gifts, but I am saying that this is one of the first times where I actually enjoyed NOT shopping for myself. Maybe it was the crazy holiday season contributing to it, but it was refreshing not feeling like I needed to buy anything or scrambling around trying to find the best sales. I’m at a place where I’m happy with what I have and looking forward to transitioning into an even more classic “forever” wardrobe, but I don’t feel any urge to purchase. I find myself looking around putting things in my virtual cart and letting them sit there for weeks because I just don’t feel like I need to buy them. It’s amazing to feel this way when it’s something I struggled with for a very long time!

5. Taking Photos

I know this one seems silly to you, but I really struggle to enjoy taking photos. It’s probably the outfit changes, and having to put makeup on and recruiting friends and family for help that makes it something I struggle to enjoy but it’s true. I’m the blogger that hates taking photos. However, this month I felt more creative than ever and I was excited to really get my ideas out in digital to share with you. I’m looking forward to trying out new forms of media, specifically video in 2020 so it’s about time that I finally started enjoying taking photos! It can really be fun when you love what you do (and with lots of practice).

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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!

This blog post contains affiliate links for Nordstrom.com, Amazon.com and Target.com, which may pay me a commission for any purchases made via the links above.

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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.

This post contains affiliate links to Nordstrom.com.

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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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