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Weekend Getaway: Wine Touring

Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I took a little staycation out east to Riverhead, NY on Long Island. We visited a really great vineyard and brewery, ate some pretty delicious food and had a really wonderful weekend!

First things first, we stayed at the Hotel Indigo East End which was a nice hotel! The public space (lobby, restaurant, etc.) were so nice and looked like they had recently been renovated. Being that I work with hotels literally everyday at my job and travel often for pleasure, I have very high standards for my hotels. I will say I wasn’t thrilled with the hotel room, but it served its purpose. I also wasn’t thrilled with the service, but we didn’t spend much time there anyway so it wasn’t a deal breaker for me. One thing that I did like was that they offered a complimentary shuttle to and from the vineyards and breweries nearby!

Karen’s Outfit – Sweater: Something Navy / Jacket: Free People / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Andrew’s Outfit – Shirt: Express / Jacket: RVCA / Pants: Lucky Brand / Shoes: Bass

Our first stop was the Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard which I mentioned in my previous post (March 2019 Favorites). I loved the atmosphere here and I think it was just a perfect day to sit outside, drinking wine with my wonderful boyfriend and people/dog watching. I also really loved the Pink Satin Rose! I would have liked to buy a bottle of it, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t!

Baiting Hollow Farm and Vineyard
Sunglasses: Quay Australia (Style: Playa)

After that, we headed over to the Moustache Brewing Company which we picked mainly for the name. However, we were also pleasantly surprised by the beers they had and the great atmosphere! Luckily, we were able to try all 8 of their beers because there were 2 of us and we each got a flight of 4 beers (2 x 4 = 8 in case you missed that math). Some of our favorites included a blueberry and ginger beer (that had 10% alcohol content), as well as both of their ciders!

After that, we went back to the hotel and headed over to Bistro 72 for dinner. The restaurant was CROWDED so it was definitely our mistake for not making a reservation! Again, because it was crowded, the service was not the best but I have ultra high standards. However, the food was absolutely delicious and definitely worth the wait! I got the Maple Bourbon Salmon which was so yummy, I highly recommend. Andrew got a burger that was cooked perfectly and the fries were nice and crispy! We also got bourbon wings which were very flavorful.

Overall, I would say it was such a great experience! We had such a wonderful weekend exploring another part of Long Island that we don’t get to go to very often. Staycations have been such a nice way for us to spend some extra time together without going too far or spending too much money!

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

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OOTD: Spring Outfit

I just thought I’d share one of my favorite spring outfits that I’ve worn recently. I really love to show you some OOTDs that don’t need much context or styling. This is going to be one of those!

This satin/silky trench is one o my favorite pieces for the spring. It’s the perfect lightweight jacket when it’s pretty warm but you still need some layers. It’s super easy to style with jeans and a t-shirt but would also look so pretty over a dress and belted. I also thought a bright orange lip was such a fun spring look so I decided to add it on with this look!

Coat: Something Navy / Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Baublebar


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How to Style: Early Spring Outfits

Now that it’s officially spring, I’m working on showing you some more colorful spring content. I have been dreaming about some warm sunny weather since literally December so this new season is a dream come true. This spring, for me at least, is all about color. All the colors and light neutrals. I wanted to start off by showing you all how I like to style my outfits for early spring when it’s still a little chilly out but the sun is still shining!

Outfit #1:

To start things off, I’m sharing this cute and feminine pink outfit. I love this pink sweater because it’s light weight and I love the color! It’s such a pretty salmon pink. I kept it very simple with a pair of jeans and this pretty trench that you all know I’m obsessed with. This embellished mules added a little more spring flare!

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Mango / Coat: Something Nay / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit # 2:

Sticking with my bright color theme for the spring, I also am really into colorblocking so I wanted to pair this gorgeous royal purple sweater with my favorite pink trench. Pink and purple is one of my favorite color combinations for the spring. Paired with white jeans, it’s a prefect transitional outfit for days when it’s bright and sunny but you still need some layers for warmth.

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Top: Topshop / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Outfit # 3:

Another combination I love for colorblocking is purple and green! It’s so pretty and if you do it right, you won’t even look like the hulk! With such bright colors like this, I think keeping them separate really helps so I wore the same purple sweater but paired it with green heels instead. With pastels, these colors are really pretty layered as a top and coat or with wide leg trousers.


Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Topshop / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #4:

Finally, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this bright green! It’s such a fun color for the spring because it basically matches the grass and I love that. It also pairs well with lots of other colors, but is also a great piece to wear on it’s own. This is another favorite of mine that I am going to wear for as long as possible.

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Top: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

I hope you enjoyed this How to Style and let me know in the comments what some of your favorite early spring outfits are!

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

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OOTD: Cozy Sweater & Mom Jeans

Today I figured I’d do a little OOTD for you guys because I want to show you all some more of my daily looks instead of curated look books. I share my outfits on my Instagram story and in my highlights daily but I figured I should share them on my blog once in a while right!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Nordstrom / Belt: American Eagle

Today I went with a pretty basic outfit, but what’s important about this outfit is that it has been my uniform lately for work. Literally everyday. I don’t wear anything else. A cozy sweater (since it’s still very cold in New York) and a pair of jeans is all I wear all the time. Today, I decided to wear heels which is one of my favorite things in the whole world, especially these pretty pinky purple ones *heart eyes*. Realistically if I could justify wearing heels everyday I would. However, sometimes I switch things up and I wear boots or flats depending on how I’m feeling that morning.

Recently, I’m really lacking inspiration in my winter outfits because it’s not quite the end of winter but all the spring stuff is EVERYWHERE. I’m trying my best but frankly, I’m just ready for some warm weather. Lately my main style inspiration is Arielle Charnas (are you surprised????) because she ALWAYS wears heels and jeans and a sweater and it’s such an easy thing for me to incorporate into my life. However, I’ve been trying to add some brighter colors into my wardrobe as my way of forcing spring to come sooner. Everyone cross your fingers that spring comes sooner than later!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little OOTD and please comment if you’d like to see some more of these!

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OOTD: Eastern Long Island

As an extension of our Valentine’s Day plans, my very wonderful boyfriend, Andrew took me out to eastern Long Island for a fun day of drinks, dinner and enjoying each other’s company. Luckily, it was beautiful weather for February and it really helped to make for a great day! I wanted to share our experience and also what I wore because this is a fashion blog you know. So, here we go!

We started our day at the Riverhead Ciderhouse. It’s exactly what it sounds like it is, a cider house or like a brewery for alcoholic cider. The building on it’s own is very cool and cozy. There’s lots of couches and first come first serve table seating to relax at and enjoy all kinds of cider, beer, wine and snacks. It was super crowded when we got there around 2 in the afternoon, so I would definitely recommend going early! We got 2 glasses of cider to start; I had the Strawberry Patch cider and my boyfriend got the Honey Crisp Bolt Apple Cider and we also shared a flight so we could try a few different flavors! My favorite ended up being a Blackberry Habanero cider. It was delicious! Of course, if we’re spending all day drinking, we need to refuel with some snacks so we also grabbed a giant pretzel and some chips and guacamole. I loved this place, it had such a good atmosphere and it’s probably really fun in the summer. I’m definitely looking forward to going back!

For dinner, we went to a waterfront restaurant called Cowfish in the Hampton Bays. It’s an American surf and turf restaurant with a great drink selection as well as amazing food! We had a reservation right at sunset and it was absolutely stunning. The sky was cotton candy colored and in combination with the drinks and food it was a great experience. I had the seared Ahi Tuna and Andrew had the Mahi which had Cajun seasoning. Both were delicious and we shared an appetizer of buffalo shrimp which was surprisingly good! The service was also good, our server was knowledgeable and friendly which is all you can really ask for, right! Me being the really good blogger than I am, did not snap any pics of the food there or the sunset but don’t you worry cause I got my outfit.

Coat: H&M / Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

After dinner, we headed home to finish watching the show Lovesick on Netflix. We’re really into it right now but looking for a new show since we’re almost done with it! (Please send new Netflix suggestions, thanks.) It was such a great day and I would highly recommend both places if you’re ever looking to head out to the east end of Long Island!

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

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OOTD: Straight Leg Jeans

Hi Friends! I found a new style of jeans that I’m really into and I decided to style them and write a post about how much I love them ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Scarf: Zara / Headband: Something Navy / Belt: Urban Outfitters

So, I’m really late to this trend because I usually hate trendy things, which you all know already. But I also get nervous about trying new styles of jeans because some are just not flattering when you have a smaller waist and bigger hips/thighs. Straight leg jeans have been really popular over the last few years but have especially been popular in 2018. Especially the ones with the distressing all over the legs and basically completely cut out thigh area or the cut off raw hem. I saw Ruby Holly on Instagram style a pair of straight leg jeans from Topshop and me, being easily influenced and obsessed with Topshop’s jeans, figured I should order a pair to try out. I am not exaggerating when I tell you, I was HOOKED. These jeans are the most flattering jeans I’ve ever owned. Seriously.

With that being said, I may have gone overboard and bought like 8 pairs but it’s okay because I wear jeans literally everyday of my life. And they look so good on me and I’m also extremely modest. Straight leg is a style that is really versatile and easy to style because 1. they’re still just jeans and 2. the cut is flattering on a lot of people. Sometimes people get freaked out when they wear anything other than skinny jeans but there’s a whole world of denim styles out there to explore.

Trying to keep things casual, I decided to style them with a navy blue sweater that is super cozy and comfy from Nordstrom. It’s one of my favorites from Arielle Charnas’ clothing line, actually. I’m also really into wearing these brown boots lately which is funny because I’ve had them for so long and literally never wore the until now. I’ve worn them like 5 times in the last week! The scarf was just to tie in some color from my red headband and for coziness of course. I would have put a coat on, but frankly didn’t feel like it. A pretty red or a camel coat would have been so cute!

I hope you liked this one!

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What I Wore: My 24th Birthday

So, I turned 24 yesterday. It’s pretty nerve wrecking to be honest. First, I’ll share what I wore though because that’s what you’re here for and then I’ll share my thoughts on my 24th year.

I decided to go out to the city and have some dinner and drinks. We went to Refinery Rooftop and had the best food I’ve had in a long time. We ordered the lamb sliders, the Butcher’s meatballs, and then a margherita flatbread. They were absolutely delicious and I would recommend then 10 times over. The signature cocktails were okay, not my favorite. I tried the Yuzu Margarita which I thought was much too strong and then I tried the Perfect Pear which was pretty good. I also loved the atmosphere and the decor. It was really relaxed, there was great music and a really great crowd. I loved this place and I want to go back soon!

Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Coat: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

For my outfit, I wanted to keep things simple and a little bit sexy so I scoured the earth to find a lace bodysuit. I also wore these very cool color block straight leg jeans with gold crocodile print heels. The heels were my absolute favorite part!

So now for my thoughts on this new year of my life. It’s definitely scary and anxiety inducing to think about turning 24. There’s a lot that I think I should be doing and things I’m not satisfied with in my life. It’s also probably just a symptom of being a millenial and in my early 20’s but it’s a rough spot to be in when you’re in the thick of it. I know that it’s an opportunity for growth though but I also think it’s a good time to reevaluate what I want and what I expect out of myself. I have high standards for myself and my life and not reaching those standards gets frustrating but it’s not the end of the world. I have the rest of my life to get things together (but in a timely manner for my sanity, of course). It’s okay for me to take a step back and relax and it’s okay to be open and honest with myself. This is a special time in my life and I want to get the most out of this year. I’m trying to look forward to 24, no matter how scary the thought of it is.

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

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