Travel

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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Fashion

OOTD: July 2019 Update

Howdy, Friends! I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend! I wanted to stop by here today and give you all a little update on my life and also share an outfit post because this IS a fashion blog.

First, for the outfit, I’ve had these pieces for a while and never really got to wear them so I thought I would wear them together because they look pretty cute. Remember when I was obsessed with this bright green color in the spring? It’s still a thing and it’s happening right now in this outfit. It’s just so pretty and I feel like green is unexpected. My top and shorts are both from Zara and my sandals are from Steve Madden and were featured in my Spring Shoe blog post, linked here.

Moving on, I have some thoughts to share with you all. First, as of June 2019, I’ve officially been writing my blog for one full year and I am so proud to say that. It has been such a crazy year I’ve had with all kinds of ups and downs. I’ve traveled and lost relationships and friends, built new relationships and friendships, drank a bunch of coffee and read a TON of books and it’s brought me full circle to now.

When I started this blog last year, I had no idea where it would take me or if I would even commit to writing it. I wanted to use it as a diary to track what I did and how far I’ve come while also combining my love of fashion into it. I started out having literally no idea what I was doing and zero followers to now having a better idea of what I’m doing and nearly 150 followers! I am really proud of how far I’ve come with this and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds. It really truly feels like it’s going to be the biggest year of growth yet and I am so excited to share this journey with you all. I would never have gotten here without all of your support! Thank you for everything! xx

Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden
Top: Zara / Shorts: Zara / Sandals: Steve Madden

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

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