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How To Feel More Productive and Organized Everyday

As a disclaimer, I would not necessarily call “productivity” my middle name or anything, but I do like to think I have some tips that make me feel like I can get a ton of stuff done. These are just some tried and true tips that I like to use to make sure I have the most productive and organized days possible. Being that I work full-time, write this blog part-time, and also make time for friends/family and relaxing, being productive and organized is really important for me. I need to make sure I’m getting as much done as possible while I’m awake so that I can enjoy the time where I’m not working. So keep on reading if you want to see some of my best tips for being productive!

1. Making a “to do” list

I am a huge fan of “to do” lists! Seriously. The satisfaction of crossing things off my “to do” list is worth taking the time to write it out. It’s the best way for me to organize my thoughts and figure out what’s most important for me to get done. I do my best to write out my list in the order of most important to least important so that I can get the most important stuff done first. You could also do this from most difficult to least difficult or most time consuming to least time consuming. Do whatever makes sense to you. I also will prepare this the night before or at the end of my work day, so that I don’t have to take time to do it in the morning. Having it already prepared means that I can just jump right into the tasks.

2. Take a break

I am also an advocate for taking breaks when you need it. I am often suffering from burn out and feeling overworked, so I do my best to alleviate that stress early on by taking breaks when my body says I need them. Sometimes that means leaving a few tasks until the next morning and sometimes it means taking the entire weekend off to do nothing but lay in bed. Do what makes sense for you, but make sure you still have enough time to get your tasks done before they are due. If I know I have to take photos for a blog post that is going up on Thursday, and it’s currently Saturday, I’ll either suck it up and take them Saturday or push the photos until Sunday if I know I’m just not in the right headspace to take them. Don’t stress yourself out by procrastinating, but take a break so that you can come back and feel better about completing the task at hand.

3. Create a monthly schedule

For me, specifically in regard to content, I make a schedule of when I’m going to post things. I plan my content about a month in advance so that I have the whole month to write and shoot them. This helps me plan out what weekends I can go out and shoot photos and what days I can write so all my work gets spread out, leaving me stress-free usually. I also use my Lily Pulitzer planner to keep track of my entire life. I write in what blog posts are going up, what Instagram photos to post, my budget, any plans with friends, etc. Everything goes in my planner so it’s all in one place which makes it easy to look ahead and see what else is coming and what I need to prep for.

4. Start your day properly

Having a strong morning routine, especially on the weekends, is a huge key for helping me feel productive and organized. It gives me time to relax before jumping into whatever is most pressing that day. Every Saturday and Sunday, I try to make sure I make breakfast and a cup of coffee before I start doing any work. During breakfast is also a good time for me to catch up on shows, mindlessly scroll through Instagram (versus focusing on engaging with accounts), watch Youtube videos, look for inspiration, etc. It lets me free my mind a little bit before I focus for a few hours.

5. Find some inspiration

For me, taking the time to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest and looking at other blogs and Youtube is really important for me to create content. It’s how I find inspiration a lot of the time. Sometimes I feel stuck on what to wear every day or maybe I can’t think of a new blog post I haven’t already done, so looking to other content creators helps get my creative juices flowing. Whether it’s finding a new piece of clothing to buy or seeing an interesting post, it usually always helps me think of something new to post. Now this one is tough, because you can also get stuck in the comparison mindset by doing this so it’s not for everyone. You have to be in the right mindset, feeling strong and secure with yourself to make this one work otherwise it can make you feel worse. I sometimes struggle with comparison, so this doesn’t always work for me. When I’m feeling that way, it usually means I need to take a break instead!

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips and that they are helpful to you in feeling more productive this year. It’s been one month into 2020, and there’s still 11 more for you to reach your goals and feel more productive!

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

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Fashion

How To Style One Blazer Four Ways

I found this really cute blazer at Mango recently on sale (!!!) and got it partially for work, partially because I had always wanted to try out styling a brown corduroy blazer. Since everyone seems to really like my posts where I style one item four ways, I thought this would be the perfect piece to try it out with. It’s sort of a classic item, but sort of not so I thought it would be fun to see what other ways I can style it this season. I’ll link as many items as I can below and please don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram @karenmauritzenn!

Outfit #1

One of my favorite ways to style the color brown is with the color white and I thought this blazer was the perfect addition to this outfit. The slouchy-ness of the jeans and the tank are a perfect contrast to the structure of the blazer. Paired with some medium brown accessories it’s such an great outfit because it has volume, color, and texture to keep things interesting! The blazer that I’m wearing throughout this post is linked here for you. My jeans sold out during the Zara sale a few weeks ago, but my tank from Old Navy, shoes from Target and belt from Urban Outfitters are all still available!

Blazer: Mango / Top: Old Navy / Pants: Zara / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target

Outfit #2

This is actually the outfit I had in mind when I bought this blazer. I bought this to wear for work because sometimes I have to wear more than just jeans and a sweater! I found these brown plaid trousers at Target and thought they were so cool but I knew they needed a very specific kind of blazer to go with it. I was sort of at a lost until I saw this one and thought they would complement each other really well! I just added a white turtleneck from Target underneath, but this would look great with a cami or a button down or even a t-shirt under too. I love a monochromatic look so of course I had to pair some brown heels from Steve Madden (similar) with it also!

Blazer: Mango / Top & Pants: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

Sometimes brown and black together can look a little bit funky but I think this works so well. Wearing an all black base in your outfit can actually make the brown item pop a bit more than if you featured multiple colors in the outfit. I’m just wearing a plain black long sleeve t-shirt from Target, my favorite washed black mom jeans from Topshop and my black Naturalizer heels! This outfit is insanely comfy, but super chic to wear for work or for drinks afterward!

Blazer: Mango / Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Naturalizer

Outfit #4

This one is probably a little bit funky, but I love the idea of putting really rich colors together. This brown blazer is a very rich brown and I think it would pair so well with this bright bubblegum pink sweater from Something Navy (similar) and these mid wash ankle jeans from Abercrombie (similar). I know everyone is begging for the dad sneaker trend to be done with this year, but apparently I’m just getting started with it. I’m pairing my Fila Disruptor sneakers with this for a really easy cool girl outfit.

Blazer: Mango / Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Fila

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How To Style One Skirt, Four Ways

I shared this pretty pleated white skirt from Target with you all a few weeks ago when I shared my Holiday Outfit Ideas. Basically, I loved it so much that I figured I’d use this skirt to do another session of styling one item four different ways. You guys LOVED when I styled one of my favorite sweaters four way a few months ago, linked here, so I decided to do it again! I think this skirt is such a good staple piece and it can be worn in so many different ways in all different seasons. The cherry on top of that is it’s super affordable price tag! It’s about $30 and I have to say it’s some of the best money I ever spent.

Outfit 1:

This is similar to the outfit I wore for Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago and I loved it. I wore this super cozy, oversize pink sweater and tucked it into my skirt. The skirt has an elastic waist which made it really easy to tuck things in without it looking lumpy! I decided to make it really fun and girly by wearing my favorite leopard loafers and adding some pearl details with earrings and a headband. This is definitely the most feminine way to style this skirt if you ask me!

Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Francesca’s

Outfit 2:

This time around, I kept things a little more neutral and similar to what I wore for my Holiday outfits but with a thinner top. I love how sleek the turtleneck makes this outfit look. I have to say I just love pairing tall boots with a long hemline like this. It’s a really old school way to wear it, but I love that it adds 1) warmth and 2) and another feminine touch. I thought a red headband and some small gold hoops would be a good way to tie the whole look together.

Top & Skirt: Target / Boots: Zara / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 3:

One of my favorite colors, as you all know VERY well by now, to style is brown so I thought I should feature some in this post also. A pretty chocolate genache color brown with such a crispy white color is such a pretty look. I also have these beautiful brown suede heels that I never really get to wear and thought they would be such a cute finisher for this look. Of course, can’t forget the cutest little heart shaped earrings either! Maybe this is one is just as feminine as the first outfit, but in a slightly different way!

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 4:

You have noticed that I love to match my top to my shoes a lot, so I’m doing it again here. I love a good matchy-matchy outfit! I’ve had this pretty green sweater for over a year, and just recently got these green heels and plaid coat to match. The pop of white really adds such a nice contrast to how dark the greens are! Honestly, this might be my favorite outfit of all of them!

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Naturalizer / Earrings: Baublebar

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How I Style My Winter Coats

Now that we are really getting into the swing of things for winter, I decided I’ll do a post on styling winter coats. Winter coats are not always necessarily the giant puffer coats you know and love/hate. They can be nice and not too bulky if you style them correctly to stay warm. Now mind you, I live in the lower part of New York, so we don’t usually get freezing cold temps or a ton of snow. So far this year, it’s been fairly mild if I’m being honest. So if you live in a freezing cold climate, be sure to adjust these for what makes sense for you. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for you freezing in 5 feet of snow! Please bear in mind that is was actually raining when I took these photos, so don’t mind the visible rain! How crazy is the iPhone camera quality, honestly!

Outfit 1:

I found this green plaid coat at Mango after searching for one for about a year now, linked here. It’s not super heavy so it’s best for days that are not too cold, but it’s roomy enough that you can layer underneath if you need. I think a statement coat is one of the best ways to make a simple outfit more interesting and that was partially why I was so excited to finally get this coat! I paired it with just a plain white sweater and jeans and matching green shoes to complete the look.

Coat: Mango / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Naturalizer / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 2:

Another coat I had been looking for for about a year is a navy wool coat. I found this one at Mango and am very pleased with it, linked here! It’s super warm, the wool is really heavy and it’s roomy enough for layering. As an alternative to a basic black coat, I think navy is a good one to have also. I decided to pair it with a plain beige turtleneck sweater, some tan mom jeans and leopard boots. I love pairing a really neutral outfit to make the navy stand out more.

Coat: Mango / Sweater: H&M / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden/ Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 3:

This white faux shearling coat is old from Something Navy, but I found a really similar one this year at Mango, linked here! It’s not quite as long, but the material is the same. This is one of my favorite coats because of the sheer size of it. It’s absolutely massive and I love that. I’ve told you before that I love pairing black and brown together, so underneath my giant coat, that’s what I did! I think adding the white coat on top makes the dark tones of the sweater and jeans come more full circle. It gives you a light, medium and dark element in the whole look which keeps it really interesting.

Coat& Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Target / Headband & Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 4:

Finally, the ever popular teddy coat. I’ve had this baby since last year from Something Navy and I wear it religiously for much longer than the weather permits if we’re honest. It’s so cozy and truly my favorite coat that I own. Mine is sold out, but I found a similar one from Mango and linked it here! I wanted to keep it really simple and do an all black outfit underneath to let the texture and color of the teddy coat really stand out. This is definitely a go to outfit for me throughout the fall and winter!

Coat: Something Navy / Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

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How To Style Color For Fall

Usually when it comes to fall, it’s not our first thought to think bright colors. Fall is always associated with dark, warm and moody colors but I’m here to show you that it doesn’t have to be. I already did a post about wearing pink for fall, and this time I’m expanding it to a few other colors also to help make the transition easier if pink is not your thing.

Outfit 1:

Of course, it’s pink. You know I love this pink sweater and I’ve shared it quite a few times. I find pink pretty easy to wear in the fall because it pairs so well with the tans, browns and whites that comes with fall so that’s what I did here. I paired my button up cardigan with these cute taped belted pants and some white flats for an easy look. You can throw on a camel color coat if it’s a little bit chillier too!

Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie
Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie
Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Pants: Abercrombie

Outfit 2:

One of my favorite things to do is matching my top to my shoes. Personally, I love to match and have my outfit fit into the same color family. I already owned these purple shoes so when I saw this purple sweater I knew I had to have it. They are almost an exact color match too which is right up my alley! Plus you can always switch out the sweater or shoes for something more neural (or colorful) to get a different look but with the same pop of color.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Charles David

Outfit 3:

This one is more for those who need to take it slow when introducing color into their wardrobe. I personally, treat dark green and navy as neutrals because they go with so many other colors. It’s bright enough that you know it’s a color, but it’s not so over the top that you would feel uncomfortable wearing it. I think green and navy are the perfect colors to introduce into your wardrobe when you’re looking to add in more color!

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

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How To Deal With Stress and Burn Out

I have to be honest, I have not done my best job at self-care lately. The last 2-3 weeks, I have been feeling really stressed, over tired and definitely burnt out. I’ve been trying to manage it as best I can, and while I’m still struggling to handle it, I have at least recognized some of the causes so I thought I would share my process of recognizing burn out and how to stop it. Keep on reading!

My first step in dealing with burn out is, of course, recognizing that you’re burnt out in the first place. For me burn out comes in the form of crying over small things, feeling REALLY tired to the point where I could cry, and lashing out in anger among a few other symptoms. It usually starts with being tired, and then the crying and then the lashing out for me personally but it will look different for everyone. Once I start seeing those symptoms, I immediately know that it’s getting to be time for a break. But with all the crazy things we tend to have going on in our lives, we can’t just drop everything to take a break because we’re feeling stressed.

So my next step, is planning ahead and prioritizing. For me, my blog is a hobby that I treat like another job which means that everything I do for it, is super important and has a deadline. Aside from going to my real job, that’s usually my next priority as far as tasks go, not to mention spending quality time with my boyfriend/family/friends, working out, sleeping and eating. Because I have so many things to prioritize, that alone can feel overwhelming for me. Lately, one thing that has been making me stressed is actually that I’m a little behind on my blogs (shhhh)! I usually plan posts, and shoot them at least a week in advance if not 2-3 weeks and right now that is not what I’ve been doing. For me prioritizing means looking at my whole month, picking out what’s most important (blogs, spending time with Andrew/friends/family, and working out) and making sure those get scheduled in first before anything else. Then I can go week by week and plan out what needs to get done by when. Of course, I also need to schedule in my time to relax so I A) have something to look forward to and B) actually get to relax!

Along with prioritizing comes setting boundaries. Deciding when I can go and enjoy something and when I have to put my foot down and say “no”. Recently, I’ve definitely had a ton of trouble saying “no” to things. I’ve been busy every weekend since mid August because I can’t bring myself to say “no” to plans! One thing I really need to learn is that sometimes I have to force myself to turn down the plans and relax at home or focus on getting my work done. It’s probably the hardest, but definitely most important step!

Last but not least, when I do finally relax, I have to make sure I’m doing stuff that makes me feel good and relaxed. For me, that usually means making myself a big breakfast with a giant cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and then laying on the couch watching TV for the rest of the day. But it can come in many forms depending on what’s most important to you! For some people, that means getting a good workout in and for others that means spending time with friends or family and catching up. You have to figure out what makes you feel your best and set aside time to actually do that, uninterrupted for as long as you need.

I hope this was helpful and also helped you see that you’re not alone when you feel stressed and tired and completely burnt out. It happens to the best of us, but make sure you take care of yourself first! xx

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How I Style My Favorite Sweater 4 Ways

I’ve found my new favorite sweater for the season and I decided to style it 4 ways to show you how versatile these kinds of pieces can be! In the winter, a sweater is the equivalent of a plain white t-shirt. It can be paired so many different ways, dressed up or down. I chose to style this olive green sweater from Something Navy x Nordstrom and you can shop it, right here. Keep reading to see how I styled this sweater four different ways!

Outfit 1

This one is my favorite because it’s probably the most common way I’d style this. I paired it with my new favorite dad jeans from Topshop and a pair of cream heels. Super simple and really cute! I can wear this for a night out or I can switch out the heels for sneakers and go run errands.

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie
Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Louis et cie

Outfit 2

This one is more fun and dressy than the previous outfit. While the weather is not too chilly, I paired it with these black leather pants and some mid calf slouchy black boots. I love the look of leather and suede boots, and I thought it was a perfect way to style the sweater. A balanced mix of dressy and casual.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 3

Because the sweater is just a little over size, I thought it would look nice thrown over a button down top and paired with some leather leggings. It’s a casual outfit when paired with sneakers, but I decided to go with the same mid calf suede boots! Perfect for a dinner date when it starts getting chillier.

Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC
Sweater & Boots: Something Navy / Shirt: Zara / Leggings: Blank NYC

Outfit 4

This is my work wear way to style this sweater. I love these cream trousers and thought they would look so pretty with the green sweater. Since it’s fall, I was inspired with the leaves and paired the outfit with these orange heels, but you can really take this anywhere you want. You can do nude heels or black, ankle boots, flats or sneakers to make this outfit versatile for any occasion.

Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David
Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Belt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes Charles David

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