Lifestyle

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).

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

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Lifestyle

What The Heck Happened in 2019: A Recap

2019 was quite the year. To be honest, I would call it my best year yet. So many wonderful things happened in 2019, that I feel really excited for 2020. I’m not really sure how it could get any better. Keep on reading for a summary of what the heck happened in 2019.

The Good

Some good things that happened this year include but are not limited to: dating Andrew (the best person in the whole world), getting a new job, finally saving up some money for the future, reaching 1,000+ Instagram followers (finally), fully committing to the growth of my blog, traveling to 3 countries and within the US, connecting with other bloggers online and IRL, landing not one, but two brand partnerships and SO much more. This truly was my best year so far. There’s no words for how thankful I am for everything that happened this year because it set me up for so much more to come next year.

The Bad

Even through all the fun and frills, it wasn’t a perfect year. Here are some of the bad things that happened in 2019: didn’t quite reach my goal of 200 blog followers by the end of the year (*edit: I reached this just a few days before Christmas!), I lost my job, I effed up my finances for a bit being unemployed (and before that if we’re honest), experienced burn out more times than I can count, stopped going to the gym, spent a ton of time comparing myself to other people and a ton of other things too.

What’s Next

I have some more thoughts on this coming in tomorrow’s bonus blog post, but I have big plans for 2020. One year goes by so fast, but there is so much that can be done in that amount of time. My main goals for next year are to really dive full force into my blog/Instagram and create things that I love. I want to move out on my own, make new friends, travel and explore a different part of myself as an adult in her mid-twenties. There’s so much room for growth and I have a lot of learning to do, but I feel really ready to take on some new things. I’m looking forward to making 2020 my best year yet.

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

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Lifestyle

Creating a Custom Phone Case with Caseapp

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was working on a new partnership and it’s time to finally announce it! I recently worked with Caseapp to create my very own custom phone case on their website www.caseapp.com and I love how it came out. They were also kind enough to offer a 20% discount code to my followers that can be used on their website. The code is KARENMAURITZENN20 and it can be used up until January 11, 2020. Thank you again to casepp for letting me create my own custom iPhone case!

The process to create the case was super easy. You just go online and select Custom at the top and select your type of phone or laptop and then you can start customizing! There’s tons of colors, fonts, and stickers to choose from to make it your own. I knew I wanted to make something with my initials on it and I wanted it to be pretty and simple. I found this sticker that said “baby”, so I decided to work with that and typed in the part that says “don’t call me”, added a little heart sticker and my initials and decided to make it this really pretty color. After that, I added it to my cart and checked out! Super simple process and shipping took about a week to be delivered.

They also have hundreds of pre-designed case options also with all kinds of themes. They have cute holiday ones, animals (which were my favorites), some really beautiful artistic pieces, funny ones and so much more. It was definitely hard to choose! I found this super cute panther queen case and it really spoke to me so I decided to pick that one up also.

Overall, using Caseapp’s design tools were super easy and the process to create it was so simple. I’m so excited to have worked with them and hope to work with them again when I get a new phone in the spring! They have an amazing Instagram that you can check out @caseapp and of course, their website www.caseapp.com. Don’t forget you can use my discount code KARENMAURITZENN20 to get 20% off your order from Caseapp until January 11, 2020!

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

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Travel

Weekend In My Life: Philadelphia, PA

Over this past weekend, I went on a little weekend trip to Philadelphia with my boyfriend and I thought I would document it to show you guys! I honestly I did not document as well as I would have liked because I truly get caught up in the moment too often to remember to take photos. I did what I could with my posts from snapchat, so bare with me! Either way, I had such a great weekend relaxing in Philadelphia and I am looking forward to going back soon!

We got to the city around 11 am on Saturday so we had a full day ahead of us! We stayed at the Le Meridien Philadelphia which is a beautiful, French decor inspired hotel. It’s a part of Marriott also, so you can still get the perks of being a Marriott rewards member which is nice! It was also really close to everything we wanted to do which made it easy for us to just walk around! We actually did not take a single Uber which was a good way for us to save a few dollars.

When we first arrived, we walked a few blocks and found 2 different little Christmas markets in the city. One was a German themed one and the other was near the ice rink and both were super cute and crowded. It was a nice introduction for our trip! After that, we walked a few more blocks over to Rittenhouse Square and took a break to people watch on a park bench. It was pretty chilly, but it was nice to just sit and relax and chat.

For lunch, we headed over to the Iron Hill Brewery which was honestly the best lunch I’ve had in a while! We both got the holiday beer flights which were good. We both liked 2 out of the 4 beers, so it was just okay but we also have decided we really don’t like beer that much. I got a BLT sandwich with a balsamic glaze and pesto and it was TO DIE FOR. Literally the best sandwich I think I’ve ever had. Andrew got a grilled chicken sandwich which was also really yummy and perfectly portioned. After lunch, we stopped by the Reading Terminal Market to grab some doughnuts! They were delicious, but we got way more than we could handle so we didn’t end up finishing those.

After the doughnuts, we went back to the hotel to relax and rest until dinner time. For dinner, we went to a restaurant called James which was about 5 blocks from our hotel. It had really yummy drinks! We also got the most delicious meatball and burrata appetizer. For dinner, I had some steak with chimichurri and french fries and Andrew got the most delicious, savory gnocchi. Then we headed out to do some bar hopping and get a feel for the city at night. We stopped by City Tap House, then Bru and finally ended the night at Time which was our favorite by far. The drinks there were good and cheap and it wasn’t too crowded for a Saturday night.

We had such a wonderful weekend and I’m so happy we went! Weekend trips are really easy for us to do and we’re hoping to do plenty more in 2020. I can’t wait to share some more trips with you all next year!

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

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Lifestyle

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.

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

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New Fall Winc Wine: Honest Review

After taking a month off from drinking, I am back sharing a review of my most recent order of wine from Winc. I partnered with Winc a couple of months ago for the first time and I was so excited that they asked me to work with them again. Thank you to Winc for sending me a few more bottles of wine to try out!

One thing I like about Winc is that you can rate and review your picks from the previous month so that your wines can be better curated to your taste for the following month. I found this really helpful because I was really unsure what I wanted to try this time around. I decided to take the quick six question quiz again but instead of ordering 2 white and 2 reds, I went with 3 reds and 1 white because I prefer reds in general. Thank goodness I picked more reds, because I think this box was curated perfectly for me!

Because I took a break from drinking, I’m slowly reintroducing it into my life and I’m also realizing that my taste has changed slightly. I definitely prefer something a little bit drier, bolder and fruity. Winc recommended the 2018 Mercana Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and it is the perfect red for me. The flavor is bold, just like I want and it’s a perfect balance of fruity and dry. I personally would love the marinate a steak in this wine with some soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil and I think it would be so delicious!

I also tried the Sauvetage Rose wine and that was also delicious. It was a drier pink wine which I loved. Usually I find rose wine too sweet and I never really like that. I think this would pair really nicely with a lobster roll in the summer, because #lovesummerhateeverythingelse amirite. It was so yummy and not too fruity either. I’m not a big fan of rose wine, but this one was definitely a big hit for me!

The two other wines I got were the Matchlock Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, CA and the Les Bobos Grenache from France. I’m looking forward to trying the Cabernet because one of my favorite wines of all time is the Paso Robles blend of Cabernet by Josh so it’ll be great to compare the two! I’ve also never had Grenache so that will be exciting to try something that is totally new for me.

If you are looking to try out some new wines for the fall and upcoming holiday season, I highly recommend checking out Winc! They have a great variety of wines to try and they make the experience so personalized. It’s definitely worth it to receive a box of wines that has been perfectly curated to your taste. Using this link here, you can get $22 off plus complimentary shipping on your order which comes out to 4 bottles of wine for just $39! It’s an amazing deal, so definitely be sure to check out Winc!

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Fashion

The Best Fall Going Out Outfit Ideas

I realized the other day that I post a lot of blog posts involving outfits for a date night, which means I never really cater to the single twenty-something ladies that read my blog. So I decided to share some outfits I would wear for a girls night out with my friends in the fall. I really had dinner or the bar scene in mind when curating these outfits, as well as the fact that my style is a little bit more grown up than it was 2.5 years ago when I was in college. So if you want to see what I’d wear out for a girls night out at 24 years old, keep on reading!

Outfit 1:

I really love wearing faux leather and maybe this is a little overboard, but I think it just looks so cool. I got these cropped faux leather pants at Target 2 years ago and they are the most comfortable and surprisingly warm pants I own! I linked a newer pair here. I paired it with a plain white cami from Express. This is the downtown cami that comes in tons of colors and is usually buy one get one 50% off. They are perfect for transitioning from day to night! Last but not least, my faux leather moto jacket (similar linked here) is from Nasty Gal and I basically only wear it if I’m going out to a bar cause it’s not super warm but super stylish. And of course, my shoes my favorites from Louise et Cie via Nordstrom.

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Express / Pants: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Outfit 2:

I wanted to try something kind of funky with this outfit so I took this lightweight leopard dress from Zara and tucked one side of it into a pair of faux leather paper bag shorts from Zara into it, both from about a year ago. Here are a few similar dresses, linked here and here. Similar shorts are linked here. I paired it with these OTK black suede boots from Goodnight Macaroon and I love the way it turned out! I think it’s a great outfit to experiment with and what’s a better time to experiment with your outfits than for a night out with your girls!

Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon
Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon
Dress: Zara / Shorts: Zara/ Boots: Goodnight Macaroon

Outfit 3:

I thought it would be fun to also do a denim on denim look but spruce it up by wearing washed black denim and pairing knee high boots in a fun color. I got the skirt from American Eagle a few years ago (similar linked here) and the jacket is from Forever 21 (similar linked here) and it is genuinely one of my most worn jackets! The bodysuit is SUPER old from American Apparel and the boots are from Zara last year! The color I have is sold out but they come in tons of other colors and are linked here. I love this outfit because it plays with proportion and texture which is my two favorite things to do with my outfits.

Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara
Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara
Jacket: Forever 21 / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Skirt: American Eagle / Boots: Zara

Outfit 4:

For this last outfit, I went with the beautiful chocolate brown bodysuit from Abercrombie because 1) it’s BEAUTIFUL and 2) I wanted to show that you can wear brown and black together. It such a great piece to pair with ripped black jeans because the satin texture makes the brown appear a little richer and more dimensional than if it were a cotton bodysuit that appeared flat. Again, I paired it with my Louise et Cie heels and this super easy look is complete!

Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie
Bodysuit: Abercrombie / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Louise et Cie

This blog post contains affiliate links from the following retailers:

  • Nordstrom.com
  • Target.com
  • Nastygal.com

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