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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!

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

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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

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

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Things I Loved This Month: October 2019

October has been sort of a funky month for me, so I don’t really have a lot of favorites if we’re honest. I can say that this month went by really fast and had so many ups and downs that I’m very glad it’s finally over. Here are just a few of my new favorite things for this month!

1. Corduroy Mom Jeans

Last spring, I found white corduroy mom jeans from Topshop that I fell in love with. I wore them a ton because they are so nice and cozy, very comfortable and they go well with tons of outfits. This year, I found the same pair and decided I should get them in brown and also black! They are some of the best corduroy mom jeans I’ve found and I had to talk myself out of getting the pink also!

2. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

I’ve mentioned this product in a few blog posts (My Skin Care Routine and my Sephora Haul) and I’ve really grown to love this product. I love the way my skin looks in the morning after I’ve used it and I think the overall health of my skin is much better because of it! It’s so light and not sticky. I am definitely going to repurchase this since I’m just about finished with my sample!

3. Citrus Defender @ Starbucks

I was feeling really sick earlier this month and was sort of unsure what to do about it. I saw that the Citrus Defender tea at Starbucks was a good alternative to the Medicine Ball tea and decided to try it. Lucky for me it’s packed out with vitamin C because it’s made with citrus tea and lemonade and it’s absolutely delicious. I’m not saying it cured me, but I was feeling 100% again within 2 days…just saying!

4. Everything Brown

Seriously, I love everything brown. I don’t know how many times I have to say it. I have about 4 brown sweaters now, a pair of corduroy pants, I’m on the hunt for chocolate brown loafers, I have a brown satin body suit, I have issues. Brown is my color for this season, and next, and probably the rest of my life. Highly recommend you try this out in a monochromatic look or in satin-y materials because it just is really beautiful!

5. Similarly, Everything Green

This month I also bought the most beautiful green shoes and I want to cry every time I look at them. They are so cute and comfortable and exactly what my closet needed. I also recently acquired a few green sweaters and found a gorgeous green plaid coat that I plan on buying soon. Not sure what is going on but these colors are making me so excited for fall and winter!

6. Louise et Cie Kota Heels

I’ve shared these shoes a few times on my instagram and they are just the best. A beautiful, classic heel with a super comfortable heel height that will last you for years to come. They are from Nordstrom and I bought them in white, black, and navy and I can’t get over them. A great shoe for day to night and just about any occasion.

This post contains affiliate links to Nordstrom.com.

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

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Why I Stopped Drinking for a Month

Some of you may not know but for the month of October, I actually decided to take a break from drinking alcohol to give my body a rest. August and September had been such busy months and I spent a lot of time drinking socially with my friends and family to celebrate life events, the end of summer, birthdays, etc. By the time October rolled around, I was feeling really sluggish and just overall icky. I decided to stop drinking for about 30 days and see how I felt afterwards. Keep on reading to see what I learned from this experience!

First thing I learned is that I enjoy waking up and not being hungover. I woke up not hungover for majority of the week even when I was drinking because I really only drank Friday – Saturday and the occasional Sunday. However, I had a major appreciation for waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and feeling well rested and frankly, hydrated. It was not a new experience, but I definitely was much more appreciative of it.

Next thing I learned was that, during the week after a long day of work, I felt like I wanted a glass of wine about 2 days per week. I associated having a glass of wine after work with relaxing. It was my little treat for myself because during the day I really only drink water and coffee. But because I wanted to really stick with my plan, I switched out my glass of wine for some flavored sparkling water and, while it didn’t really do the trick, it was enough to hold me over on the days I really felt I needed something special.

Next thing I learned is that, I definitely had gained weight from drinking so often. In the last month, I really haven’t worked out much, but in general I feel like I like the way I look a little bit better. My tummy is a bit flatter and not bloated very often and maybe it has nothing to do with drinking, but that’s what I’m going to attribute it to.

I also learned that, I can’t always blame drinking for waking up feeling hungover. I distinctly noticed that there were a few mornings that I woke up feeling hungover, when I hadn’t even drank anything but water the previous day. Maybe it wasn’t enough water, but I certainly didn’t sneak in any alcohol. I woke up with headaches and a feeling of dehydration on a few days, so that’s something I need to be more conscious of also!

Lastly, when I went back to drinking (on 2 occasions for a birthday and Halloween), I did not feel good afterwards. One day, I drank only wine and the other day I drank rum & coke and both were not kind to me. To be honest, it’s enough to make me want to take a permanent break from hard liquor and stick with beer and wine. But for social reasons, it’s always nice to have the option of saying, “Hey, let’s grab a drink!” So will I stop drinking for good? The answer is a hard no, of course not! Will I be more careful about what and how much I drink, absolutely. I prefer to feel my best and sometimes, it’s just not worth the trouble!

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

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5 Things To Do This Fall: Activity Ideas

Fall is about 1/3 of the way done and I realized I haven’t shared any fall activity ideas this year yet, so here we are. These are some of my favorite things to do in the fall. Keep on reading to see what I plan on doing this season!

1. Vineyards, Breweries, Hard Cider OH MY!

Cute, right? Anyway, fall is THE season to spend every weekend exploring all the vineyards, breweries and orchards nearby. There’s tons of these out in eastern Long Island, so that’s where I love to spend my weekends with my friends. There is seriously nothing better than a glass of hard cider, or a pumpkin beer and some apple cider donuts with extra cinnamon sugar. Some of my favorites that I’ve been to are the Riverhead Ciderhouse for cider (duh), the North Fork Brewing company’s Butternut the Hut beer, and I just went to Osprey’s Dominion and enjoyed their spiced wine!

2. Farm Stands

There’s nothing like fresh produce in the fall, so farm stands are some of my favorite places to stop by. You can buy fresh corn on the cob, pumpkins, apples, all kinds of squash, more apple cider donuts, and hot apple cider too. They are so fresh and it’s always nice to help out local businesses! Plus there’s tons of these out east on Long Island, so you can basically try a new one every week!

3. Food & Drink Festivals

There are tons of these, which I actually had no idea about. You can buy tickets usually on Eventbrite for not very much and they are all over NYC and Long Island. There have been lots of Oktoberfests in NYC this past month, there’s also the upcoming Brooklyn Wine and Food Festival in November. These are great ways to get outside, try some new food and drink yummy drinks in the fall time.

4. Free Days/Nights at Museums & Exhibits

Lots of museums have free days/nights or Pay-What-You-Can days in NYC. Off the top of my head, I know the Whitney Museum has free nights on Fridays which is a great way to start off your weekend. Stop by happy hour before and head over to the museum around 7:00 PM to get in free! The Rosé Mansion also has their exhibit in the city too! It’s not free, but it’s a fun and super instagrammable exhibit that’s cool to check out and sip some rosé while you’re at it!

5. Stay HOME!

Fall is the perfect season to stay home and spend some time with your family and friends. There’s tons of holiday movies coming up, so it’s nice to get snuggled up and watch those with some fresh baked cookies and hot chocolate or wine! Fall is the start of the holiday season and what better way to get into the spirit than hanging out with the ones you love!

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

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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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