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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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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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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

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

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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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How to Style: Leather Shorts

After a short hiatus over the last week and a half, I’m back with a little mini “How to Style” blog post. It’s mini because there’s only 3 outfits instead of 5, because I only have 3 pairs of leather shorts. Anyway, I have been really into leather shorts now that it’s getting warmer and even with some chillier spring weather, I think they are a fun piece to style for a casual weekend look or a date night or a fun girls night out! Keep reading to see how I like to style my leather shorts.

Outfit #1

This first outfit was inspired by monochromatic looks everywhere. I went with all white/cream because it’s such a chic look for the spring. The shorts are heavy but not stiff which makes them fairly comfortable. The sweater is good for when it’s still in the mid 50s and 60s and not quite full summer weather yet!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent
Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Saint Laurent

Outfit #2

This next outfit is the most casual but it’s very similar to the first. I switched things up by adding this striped button down. It’s SO soft and a little bit heavier than a regular cotton button down. The shorts are such a pretty orange color and I thought they were so fun to style with the blue stripes.

Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target
Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target
Shirt: American Eagle / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bag: Target

Outfit #3

This one is much more formal than the others and very cute for a date night or girls night! The shorts help make it a little bit sexy and so does the deep v neckline of the blouse, but the long sleeves keep the look a little bit more conservative. This one is definitely my favorite look of all of them!

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Forever 21 / Shoes: Something Navy / Bag: Gucci

I hope you enjoyed this mini “How to Style” post!

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

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How to Style: Color for Spring

I’ve been telling you for weeks how I feel about all the fun bright colors for the spring. So I finally decided to share a few outfits ideas styling colorful pieces for you. I really love color blocking and mixing the colorful pieces so I tried to do that here with some of the outfits. I hope you enjoy!

Outfit # 1

I found these yellow jeans from American Eagle about a month ago and thought they were such a good piece for the spring. Keeping things really simple, I paired them with a white t-shirt but added more color with these Lavender shoes that I had shown you a few times before in my Spring Shoes post and my March Favorites. I accessorized with these earrings from Baublebar.

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Earrings / Baublebar

Outfit # 2

I saw this pretty pink romper at Urban Outfitters and just about fell over because it’s so cute. First off, I love that it’s a romper and not a dress because I hate rompers but I think it makes it really wearable because it’s very short. I also love pink and red together so I paired it with these mules I got from Urban Outfitters last year. They are not available anymore, but these are similar sandals. My rainbow earrings are from Baublebar (duh) and my headband is from Urban Outfitters and sold out but it comes in a few other colors too.

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #3

One of my favorite outfits is all white with a pop of color so that’s exactly what I did here. I shared these wide leg jeans from American Eagle in my Early Spring Outfit Ideas and they are definitely a favorite of mine so far. I also paired these with a plain white t-shirt and this cropped army green jacket from Target last year. This one is no longer available but here’s a similar version. Finally, for shoes I went with these gorgeous purple suede heels from Charles David. These are also sold out, but here’s a similar pair!

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Jacket: Target / T-Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Charles David

Outfit #4

I saw this orange dress at Urban Outfitters and thought it was such an easy piece to have in my closet and I really loved the loose shape of it. I really like orange and yellow together right now, so I paired this yellow headband with it from Urban Outfitters also. On my feet, I paired my trusty platform Superga sneakers.

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Dress: Urban Outfitters / Jacket: a boutique in Buffalo, NY / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Superga

Outfit # 5

For this last outfit, I found this gorgeous teal (turquoise?) sweater from Free People and fell in love and knew I had to style it! Mine is sold out but here’s a similar one from J. Crew. I paired it with this pretty floral printed top from Something Navy and my favorite Jamie Jeans from Topshop. For my shoes, I went with these yellow mules from Public Desire to tie it all together. Mine are from a few years ago but these are a similar pair from Topshop.

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

Cardigan: Free People / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Public Desire

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

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How to Style: Early Spring Outfits

Now that it’s officially spring, I’m working on showing you some more colorful spring content. I have been dreaming about some warm sunny weather since literally December so this new season is a dream come true. This spring, for me at least, is all about color. All the colors and light neutrals. I wanted to start off by showing you all how I like to style my outfits for early spring when it’s still a little chilly out but the sun is still shining!

Outfit #1:

To start things off, I’m sharing this cute and feminine pink outfit. I love this pink sweater because it’s light weight and I love the color! It’s such a pretty salmon pink. I kept it very simple with a pair of jeans and this pretty trench that you all know I’m obsessed with. This embellished mules added a little more spring flare!

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit # 2:

Sticking with my bright color theme for the spring, I also am really into colorblocking so I wanted to pair this gorgeous royal purple sweater with my favorite pink trench. Pink and purple is one of my favorite color combinations for the spring. Paired with white jeans, it’s a prefect transitional outfit for days when it’s bright and sunny but you still need some layers for warmth.

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit # 3:

Another combination I love for colorblocking is purple and green! It’s so pretty and if you do it right, you won’t even look like the hulk! With such bright colors like this, I think keeping them separate really helps so I wore the same purple sweater but paired it with green heels instead. With pastels, these colors are really pretty layered as a top and coat or with wide leg trousers.


Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #4:

Finally, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this bright green! It’s such a fun color for the spring because it basically matches the grass and I love that. It also pairs well with lots of other colors, but is also a great piece to wear on it’s own. This is another favorite of mine that I am going to wear for as long as possible.

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

I hope you enjoyed this How to Style and let me know in the comments what some of your favorite early spring outfits are!

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

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