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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

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

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Get To Know Me: 10 Random Facts

Hello everyone!! It’s been about a year, or a little over since I shared some personal information about myself on here. I got so caught up in creating interesting content, that I forgot to re-introduce myself to my new readers! So, today I thought I would share 10 facts about myself, some random and other more necessary for you to get to know me. Feel free to share something about yourself in the comments!

1. I’m 24 years old

I turned 24 in January 2019 and I graduated from the University at Buffalo back in 2017! I was also in a sorority there, Delta Phi Epsilon!

2. I work as a Meeting Planner in New York City

Despite popular belief (just kidding), I actually do have a job that I go to every day. I work as a meeting planner for a company based in Manhattan. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d get to see my daily outfit posts on my story and also my coffee order every day before work!

3. I’m originally from Long Island, though!

Born and raised, but hoping to move sometime next year!

4. My favorite easy dinner to make is grilled cheese and tomato soup

This is always my go-to dinner when I don’t really feel like making dinner but don’t want to eat out! I usually use 2-3 kinds of cheese if I have it, whole or multi grain bread, and Progresso tomato basil soup. It’s SO GOOD.

5. Josh Cellars is my favorite brand of wine

I love their original cabernet sauvignon, but I also love the Pasa Robles one. I like the rosé and the pinot noir also!

6. I take all my photos on my iPhone X

Mainly out of convenience, but the photo quality is still excellent!

7. My favorite app is Instagram, and my second is Pinterest

I get ALL of my outfit inspiration from these two apps, so I spend a scary amount of time scrolling and trying to find new people to follow and interact with. It’s been so helpful when prepping content for fall. My Pinterest is linked here and my Instagram is linked here.

8. I don’t usually like to eat dessert

I do however, have a soft spot for brownies and dark chocolate! I eat one or two pieces of dark chocolate basically everyday.

9. I workout three times a week, usually

Right now, I’m using the tone and sculpt app by Krissy Cela because I have such a long day due to work so working out at home is easier right now. But, I started working out in 2016 and learned to lift heavy weights, and that was my favorite kind of work out up until about May or June 2019! I would go to the gym 5-6 days a week because I loved it so much.

10. My biggest inspiration is Arielle Charnas

As far as bloggers go, I really think she’s the ultimate. I’ve been following her and her blog since 2014 and she’s been a huge inspiration for my overall style. She makes me feel like there’s so much room for success in this industry if you’re just true to yourself.

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

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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.

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

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Simple How to Style: Mom Jeans at a Baseball Game

A few weeks ago, I went to a Mets Game with Andrew for his birthday so I decided to share what I wore to it. It was super easy and simple, but still felt cute and sporty. I also had a minor accident that day, so keep reading if you want to cringe and possibly laugh!

For my outfit, I decided to keep this super simple by just pairing one of my favorite pairs of mom jeans from Topshop with a basic ribbed tank top from Target. These tanks are pieces that I always have in my closet, but honestly forget about because I always try to dress up more. However, they are awesome layering pieces and they are also great for hot days when you just want to be casual. They’re super versatile! I also paired them with this pair of Camila sandals from Steve Madden that I got last summer. These are some of my favorite sandals and I have them in 3 colors! Mine are sold out, but these are similar from Treasure & Bond and ON SALE FOR 40% OFF!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Top: Target / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Now for the fun/scary part! We decided to take the train over to the game because we thought it would be easier than driving since we were also meeting out friends for dinner before the game. We were heading up to the train platform on the escalator and I was walking up like any normal human being would do. About half way up, I tripped over my sandals and felt head first onto the escalator steps. My head hit the edge of the escalator step hard. I quickly got up and immediately started crying out of shock, but realized shortly after that my head was bleeding! We rushed back down from the platform and headed straight to urgent care where they were able to stitch me up right away. Honestly it was such a freak accident because it’s something you never even think of as a possibility, but it happened! To me!

Post Head Injury!

After I got stitched up, we got some buffalo chicken pizza cause we were starved and obviously couldn’t make it to our original dinner plans. The doctor gave me the okay to go to the game as long as I was up for it, so a few hours later we decided to carry on with our plans. The game ended up being very exciting. Lots of great hits by the other team, but the Mets got a few home runs in there too! In the end, the Mets lost but we had a lot of fun. We also watched the whole game so we could see the fireworks afterwards which was another nice treat!

Fireworks!

Overall, I’d say it was a great weekend, even with the scary fall. My main tip to you is to always wear closed toe shoes when you’re walking up the escalator and hold on to the handrail! I hope you enjoyed this read! xx

This blog post includes affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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

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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!

This blog post includes affiliate links from Amazon.com.

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

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Weekend In My Life: NYC

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a great start to your week so far. I, for one, had an excellent weekend so I wanted to share what I did with you. Now, because it was a special weekend, I have to admit I got caught up in the moment most of the time and forgot to take any photos (bad blogger, I know). So, there’s not any photos, but I still wanted to share it in case you’re ever in NYC for the weekend!

To start things off, this weekend I was out celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday with his friends and family. Friday night, we started out going to dinner out on long island at Bahama Breeze which is like a caribbean themed restaurant. The food here was great, but the drinks were amazing. We drank pain killers at dinner which is one of my favorite mixed drinks now (because it’s one of Andrew’s favorites hehe). They are made with dark rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, a splash of orange juice, and topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg. They are absolutely delicious and I HIGHLY recommend them!

Saturday was the real celebration, though. Andrew and I went into NYC to celebrate with his friends. We stayed at the Sheraton Tribeca Hotel because we didn’t want to have to worry about taking the train home late at night. We were pleasantly surprised by the hotel and how nice it was. I’m super picky about hotels after working in the events industry, but this one was very clean and modern and the service was great. I’d probably stay here again if we ever needed a place to stay in Tribeca!

For dinner, we stopped at Beauty & Essex which is like a speakeasy restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. On the outside, it’s a pawn shop where you can purchase jewelry and other items if you’d like! Inside, behind a back door, is a beautiful restaurant. The service was excellent, I must admit. However, the food is served as small shared plates which we were surprised to discovered upon sitting down. Although the food was good, if we had known it was supposed to be served as small plates, we would have gone somewhere else. The prices weren’t justified by the serving size, unfortunately.

After dinner, we took a quick pit stop at Hair of the Dog a few blocks away because it’s the only bar I know that has happy hour on Saturdays until 8:00 PM! After that, our original plan was to stop by the Public Hotel rooftop for more drinks, but the line was so long when we got there, that we turned around and decided to head somewhere else. We ended up settling on the Delancey which was not crowded at all when we go there. We hungout on the roof, got drinks and enjoyed the very humid evening with friends. My Romper is from Revolve and is linked here for you if you want to check it out. I got it in a medium to get a looser, comfy fit.

Overall, we had a great night and a wonderful weekend! Let me know in the comments what you did this past weekend!

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

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Ballin’ on a Budget: No Shopping Summer

Today, I wanted to share a little journey I went on this summer and my thoughts on the whole process. Starting about back in April, I stopped shopping (except for a few things) and not necessarily by choice (which I’ll get into another time). It was definitely necessary, but it’s been an interesting journey for me.

First things first, I definitely shopped a little in May to refresh my work wardrobe and get some things for my vacation to Greece in June. I also treated myself to a two items in July and August for special occasions. It wasn’t exactly a no shopping summer, but it was definitely a summer with very little shopping.

I have to be honest, because it was not necessarily a choice, I think it was a little bit easier to do this successfully. The desire wasn’t really there because I knew I had other priorities. However, my love for shopping didn’t disappear. It just went to the bottom of my priority list. I spent a lot of time scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, etc and just not feeling like I wanted to shop which was definitely a key factor to going 3+ months without shopping in bulk like I normally do.

Now that it’s half way through August and getting into fall, the itch to shop is definitely back in full force. I also started a new job recently so all I want to do is treat myself because I think I deserve it. So far, I haven’t bought anything new yet, but it’s probably coming soon! It’s very interesting to me that I spent the whole summer not really caring about getting new things, but now that I feel like I can or I deserve it or I need it cause it’s going to be ~fall~, it’s getting more difficult.

Some things I learned from this experience is that:

  • I can still work with what I have and look good (biased?)
  • Other things are way more important, but it feels good to get the things that you want sometimes
  • My creativity does not depend on buying new things every week (but buying things once in a while helps keep those juices flowing)
  • I can actually go 3+ months without buying things which is a huge first for me
  • The money I saved from shopping, could be put to use on more experiences which last way longer than trendy clothes

This experience was a little bit of a wake up call from a financial aspect, but it also shed some light on just how creative I can get when I need to. I’m hoping that moving forward I can remember this experience and find a healthy balance between the two! Cutting it out completely was tough and not sustainable for me, but it was definitely good to give myself that break.

I want to know in the comments: have you ever challenged yourself to give up something you love for more than a month?

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

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