Fashion

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!

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

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Fashion

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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Fashion, Lifestyle

OOTD + Life Update Chit Chat

So I wanted to share a little life update because right now I’m trying to make new and positive strides in my life. I also wanted to share my cute outfit while I gave you the update because… this is a fashion blog, people.

Sweatshirt: Zara /ย  Tank: Old Navy / Leggings: Topshop / Boots: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom)

So like I mentioned in a previous post, the start of October was not easy on me. I really was going through an emotional rollercoaster. But I made the decision to do things that are good for me and make me happy and help me develop into a better, stronger, smarter, more resilient person.ย  Aside from going to the gym consistently, I made a point to listen to a new chapter of the Bible every morning as soon as I wake up. I also committed to reading one book per month so that eventually I can push myself to read a new book every 2 weeks and then every week. I love reading so I really want to be able to get more reading in to my ~very~ busy schedule. I also started looking into different networking events and events where I can meet people that have a similar mindset as me. And so far, I’ve enjoyed myself and I feel a lot better but I still have rough days. I feel like I can do more to help myself be happy by myself. So I thought I would try some new things in my routine and here I’m telling you what I’m trying out.

The first thing I started doing was taking better control of my finances. I’m trying to reduce how much I use my credit card and get back into the habit of using my debit card or cash. So I decided to give myself a set amount for the two weeks in between paychecks that I can spend. I’m 23 years old and I live with my mom, so I don’t have expenses other than my phone bill, my student loans, and my credit card bill. Therefore, I don’t need a lot of money to live. I allotted a certain amount to keep in my checking account to use for food, gas and fun after I take care of my expenses. So far, I think it’s helping a lot but I get those cravings for treating myself to something fun which by the end of 2 weeks, there’s not always enough leftover. So I started deciding at the beginning of each week what I’m going to treat myself to and making sure I’m setting aside what I need for that. It’s helped a little bit to get rid of that craving feeling for spending, which is great but it’s definitely a lifestyle adjustment that I’m still getting used to.

Another thing I started doing was listening to podcasts. It’s a lot of fun and I find them super interesting. I’m still exploring them and figuring out what I like and what I want out of them but I do like them. It’s like getting to sit in on a little panel talk without actually going to one. However, I find that I can’t multitask. I guess because I really want to hear and understand the content of them, so I can’t put them on and then try and do something else. I actually tried to write this blog post while listening to one and had to wait the hour and a half until it was over to write a single word. But for driving in the car or commuting on the train, I think they are perfect for that because you can listen without distraction.

One other thing I decided to try is meditation using the very popular apps that are around these days. It was recommended to me by a very good friend of mine after I told her about a tough situation I was dealing with. She mentioned that it helped her a lot when dealing with stress and anxiety, even if it was only for 5 minutes. At first, I thought it was going to be just another thing to add on to my routine but after thinking about it, I thought it could be something to really look into. So I downloaded a bunch of apps like Calm, Insight Timer, and Simple Habit and tried to start meditating. I started one night after having a bad day, and did one that was for a good night’s sleep. It was definitely not easy to get into a full meditation at all let alone within 5 minutes but I think the calmness and quiet time was helpful before bed. I slept very well that night. I also tried it again in the morning to start my day off right and even though I was sleepy still, I felt like I was starting my day on a positive note. Meditation is HARD but I think just laying down, releasing all my thoughts and relaxing and breathing has helped me feel better every day. I try to do it at least once a day and it’s a major part of my routine now and I’m looking forward to really exploring this side of myself.

The final thing I decided to do was take my blog seriously. I started this just as a creative outlet and a way to get my ideas out into the world and share my thoughts and feelings. After a few months of writing and taking photos and posting, I realized that this is a heck of a lot of work but I really enjoy it. It’s satisfying to know that people like what I have to say. Fashion is something I’ve always been interested in but writing this blog has showed me it’s something I’m really passionate about in combination with sharing my thoughts. It’s also a great way for my to have a record of where my life was at certain points, which is just convenient and interesting to look back on. So I decided that because I love doing this, I want to post things that are more meaningful like this little life update. Fashion of course is my main priority, but I want to show you what’s going on behind the scenes too.

I hope you enjoyed this update and I’m looking forward to my next update! Hopefully some of these things I talked about actually help and I’ll have some good feedback for you!

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

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Fashion

Business Casual OOTD

While it’s still not terribly cold, I wanted to share this business casual look! There’s something chic about a pair of jeans and button down. The jeans keeps it very casual and comfortable but the button down shows you mean business. I also added in a pair of nude heels to really amp up the business aspect of the outfit. It’s also a great look to transition into happy hour after work! If you throw on a long trench or fuzzy coat, this outfit can take you way into the fall and winter! A bold red or orange also adds a fun pop of color to this otherwise simple outfit.

Lately, I’m thinking a lot about my future and what I want it to look like. Where do I want to live? Do I want kids? How many? Should I get married? How am I going to make money? Will I get to travel? Will I be happy? There’s tons of questions floating around in my head and to be honest, it’s tough and frustrating to figure it all out. Somethings that have really helped me stay calm while trying to get my life on the right track has been reading lots and lots of books! Books that are uplifting and motivating and positive, but not necessarily self-help books. Just books that make me feel good and inspire me to look at things differently. There’s a world of endless possibilities out there for me. I’ve also found that a quick prayer every night to say thank you and ask for guidance helps too! It’s so easy to get caught up in where I’m not and what I’m not doing and what’s missing so taking the time to just say thank you for what I have reminds me just how good I have it.

 

 

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

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Fashion

Leopard Print 5 Ways for Fall

There is nothing I love more than leopard print everything. Seriously. I loved it way before it was trendy and I’ll love it way after. It’s such a bold and exciting print but in reality, it’s basically a neutral. The versatility that comes with leopard print it why I love it so much. It’s either a major statement piece with a pair of cool pants or a top or it can add a small pop of interest as a pair of shoes or a belt.

Today, I put together 5 outfits for you that all incorporate leopard print! They range from very bold to minimal boldness, but they are all extremely fun and wearable, no matter what your style is.

Outfit #1:

I thought I’d start off with a cozy, warm leopard sweater. I paired it with a faux leather skirt and some burgundy ankle boots for a different kind of pop of color. Very fun, but still keeps you warm!

Sweater: XLE by Lauren Elizabeth / Skirt: BCBG MaxAzria / Boots: Public Desire

Outfit #2:

Keeping it simple but still bold, I paired this cool leopard button down with a plain pair of black skinnies and black boots. Since leopard is a neutral, I decided to throw on a brown suede moto jacket instead of a basic black one, because mixing neutrals is fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Jacket: Forever 21 / Top: XLE by Lauren Elizabeth / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Steve Madden

Outfit #3:

I think this one is one of my favorites because it’s not too crazy in your face. It’s super wearable if you just want a small pop of animal print! I took one of my favorite white sweaters and jeans and added a leopard belt and a pair of boots. I topped it off with this cozy coat for some extra warmth.

 

Coat: SomethingNavy (Nordstrom) / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Belt: American Eagle / Boots: Steve Madden

Outfit #4:

This is one of the bolder outfits because these leopard pants are absolutely insane and not for the faint of heart. Because the pants really steal the show, I added on a simple black cami, leather jacket and some boots. Very simple, but VERY LOUD.

Jacket: Nasty Gal / Cami: Express / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Steve Madden

Outfit #5:

This is another favorite of mine because it’s bold but not because of the leopard! I paired my leopard heels with a bright red turtleneck sweater and my favorite jeans. I absolutely love the bright red and leopard together!

Sweater: H&M / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

 

 

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

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Fashion

How to Wear Shorts for Fall

Fall is definitely my favorite season for fashion but you can’t transition everything into your cold weather wardrobe. I thought it would be really fun to style a pair of shorts for the fall/winter months.

I found these super cute faux leather shorts at Zara and thought they were absolutely perfect for fall. The color is so beautiful and goes very well with the changing leaves! I decided to pair it with this nude sweater from Urban Outfitters. I love turtlenecks, but in the fall you don’t always need a thick heavy sweater so this one is a great transitional piece and can easily be layered with vests or heavier coats. For shoes, I thought black suede over the knee boots were the perfect match for this outfit.

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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

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Miami Beach Vacation Outfits

If you didn’t know from myย Miami Packing Essentials post a few weeks ago, I went on vacation to Miami Beach, FL. We stayed at the Confidante which is part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt Hotels (you’ll eventually realize that Hyatt is my favorite hotel chain). I had the most amazing time with a few of my friends, just relaxing on the beach or by the pool, having a few drinks, laughing, tanning and just enjoying each other’s company. We spent most of our time relaxing but I did manage to get out of my bathing suit a few times so I thought I’d show you a few of my outfits.

The first day we arrived we mainly just went to the beach and had a few drinks so we were preparing to be in full relaxation mode. We also went out to the Wynwood area for dinner and had some delicious tacos at Coyo Taco. They were SO yummy!

The following day I went to the Miami Seaquarium and saw basically every show they had for the day! It was fun because I’ve never been to an aquarium before so it was cool to see how big those animals are in real life. It was unreal!

That same night we also went out to the club because what else do you do in Miami? We went to LIV, of course, so I had to put on this super cool sparkly dress. I actually borrowed it from my friend!

The next day, we were all so exhausted so we decided to just relax by the pool and have some drinks. It was really nice out this day so we got some great tanning time in and even made good friends with the bar tenders. They told us about a few good bars to go to in South Beach too!

On our second to last day, we went out to celebrate a friend’s birthday with dinner at Komodo. It was also Miami Spice, which is similar to Restaurant Week in New York, and got a really great deal on our meal! It also helps that the food was absolutely delicious.

Finally, it was our last day and our flight was in the afternoon so we got up bright and early and went to the beach one last time. Seeing the early morning sun was beautiful and very satisfying knowing that we had an amazing trip. I’m so thankful that I was able to spend that quality time with my friends, create new memories, and have new experiences with them!

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