Fashion

How To Transition Your Summer Clothes To Fall

Now that Labor Day has officially come and gone, I’m ready to get into the swing of things for fall. I’m so excited for pumpkin spice, apple cider donuts, cool weather and of course, fall fashion! Today, I’m sharing how to transition your summer clothes into the chilly fall weather.

Outfit #1

For this outfit, I figured one of the easiest pieces to transition into fall is shorts. Specifically leather shorts! Because they are a heavier material, you can get away with wearing them a little bit longer than other shorts. I like to pair mine with a heavier sweater to keep me cozy without being too warm. These shorts are old from Zara, but the sweater is from Something Navy and is currently on sale for 40% off! It also comes in a ton of colors. I just ordered it in pink! The brown is linked here and the pink is linked here.

Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga
Sweater: Something Navy / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Superga

Outfit #2

For this outfit, I decided to keep it very classic and wear an outfit I like to wear all year round. Jeans and a graphic t-shirt is my go-to outfit. For the fall, I like to add on a blazer for warmth and a little bit more structure. I also added heels, because why not! As the season goes on, you could transition the blazer into a heavier jacket or even layer it with a heavy coat for more warmth.

Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden
Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #3

For my third outfit, I figured I’d style one of my favorite dresses. This navy dress is old from Target but it’s so versatile. You can wear with with a cardigan for work, or on it’s own when it’s nice in the spring and summer. I decided to add on this washed black denim jacket because I love navy and black together. It’s such an easy outfit to throw on for a casual day or even date night!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden
Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

Similar to outfit number 2, I took jeans and a t-shirt and styled it with a blazer but this plaid blazer is super heavy and really nice to wear as a jacket in the fall. The plaid pattern is still also really popular even though the jacket is from a few years ago! I kept it very casual with white platform sneakers from Superga. Again, just throw on a heavier coat for more warmth as the season goes on.

Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga
Blazer: Forever 21 / Shirt: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Superga

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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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Fashion

OOTD: Casual Weekend

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re doing great today. I wanted to share a quick little weekend OOTD for you. Recently, I’ve been really into wearing simple, quick, easy outfits and this one is exactly that. So here she is!

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I put this outfit together with the intention of exploring a new town, having a nice lunch outside and eating an ice cream cone. However, I did end up doing any of those things because it was really hot and I was not feeling my best. But next time I decide to do those things, this is what I’d wear.

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I got this bodysuit at Urban Outfitters a little over a year ago and these shorts are vintage Levi’s that I got from Etsy about 3 years ago. They were custom made by the seller to fit my waist and hips. They are still a little bit loose, but they are definitely my favorite pair of shorts that I own. And then for my shoes, I just put on my white platform Superga sneakers to be comfy.

Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga
Bodysuit: Urban Outfitters / Shorts: Levi’s / Shoes: Superga

I hope you enjoyed this casual weekend OOTD! xx

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Travel

July Favorites 2019

The month of July was all about day trips and eating lots and lots of food. So, for my July Favorites, I figured I’d share some of the places I went (mostly around Long Island) to give you all a few last minute ideas for what to do this summer too! Let me know in the comments, what some of your favorite things were from this past month?

1. Greenport

A few weeks ago, I took a trip out to Greenport (on one of the hottest days of the year mind you) and it was such a nice easy experience. Greenport is all the way on the eastern end of long island, on the north fork. There’s all kind of great vineyards over there also! This day we went to visit the famous lavender fields, called Lavender By The Bay where the lavender is only in bloom for about 6 weeks in the summer! It’s a little pricey to get in at about $9 per person, but the field is one of the most instagrammable places around there, so it’s worth it (if that’s what you’re into). After that we stopped by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, which is cute and has a bunch of great beers. If you do a tasting there, you can even keep the glass! Finally, we stopped by Lucharitos for some tacos and margs and I had the BEST jalapeno margarita, probably ever. The duck breast tacos were also delicious!

2. Fire Island

For fourth of July weekend, we took a little trip out to Fire Island for a little R&R and lots and lots of drinks. We relaxed on the beach all day long, drank some beers out of red solo cups, and soaked up as much sun as possible. After a nice long beach day, we headed over to the bar there for rocket fuels which are frozen, rum, amaretto, and pineapple drinks. They were good, but I’m not big on frozen drinks so I only had one but it’s basically like a rite of passage. After that, we spent the night watching the fireworks, across the bay all across Long Island. If you ever get the chance to do this, take it! It’s an amazing view, that sort of makes you realize how small you are compared to the rest of the world.

3. White Plains

Also during fourth of July weekend, we took a trip up to White Plains and had ourselves a night. We spent the day and night drinking all kinds of margaritas, eating even more tacos and nachos and guacamole. We ended the night with some much needed Domino’s Pizza and some good old quality time. Th next morning, we treated ourselves to some bagels and coffee (and some Advil), which is not quite the same as the kind from Long Island but you know, it did the trick.

4. Montauk

Ahhh, Montauk. Honestly, one of my favorite places on Long Island. It’s the literally end of the island. It’s so far east that you could drive 2-3 hours to get there, and not even leave the island yet. It’s also got a little bit of everything. There’s tons of cute vineyards on the way there when driving through the Hamptons, lots of cute shops for food, coffee, and clothing on the way and even in town. There’s the Montauk Brewing Company, with the most aesthetically pleasing packaging for a beer you’ve ever seen. And of course, we can’t forget the beach. On my trip out there, we stopped for tacos (duh) at Tacombi, which is my favorite taco place in all of Long Island and Manhattan. Then we took a little walk around town to get some iconic Montauk apparel. They had sweatshirts 2 for $35! After that, we went to Kirk Beach which is the public beach in that town and finally our last stop was the Montauk Brewing Company for my favorite, the Watermelon Session Ale.

5. Michael Anthony’s Food Bar

THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. Truly and honestly, the most amazing culinary experience of my LIFE. Our host for the evening, Cassandra, is truly a sight to see. She has such a knack for what she does, you’d have to think she’s reading your mind. This restaurant in Wading River, NY is one where the host, basically reads the energy and the feel of the group and chooses your entire menu for you along with wine pairings for each course. It’s really a game of trust, and she hit the nail right on the head every single time. Some of our favorite dishes from that night included Spanish Octopus, Calamari, Wild Boar Ribs, Escargot, Duck Breast, Monkfish, and Lambchops. It was really the best experience and if you are adventurous and interested in trying new foods, I would highly recommend this place. However, save it for a special occasion, because the price tag is not fit for every day eating!

6. Core Life Eatery

This place is not as exciting as Michael Anthony’s Food Bar, but I love it just the same. There are a bunch of these restaurants all over, actually, but I’ve only just discovered it this month! This place is basically Chipotle, but for super healthy food. They have a variety of pre-selected grain or rice bowls, green bowls, and broth bowls or you can build your own. Everything is made with fresh produce and meats. The portions are a pretty good size, where you might not finish everything but if you did, you won’t feel horrible about it after. It’s really delicious and I highly recommend trying it out if you can!

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How to Style: Colorful Heels

In the last few months, I’ve been in a little bit of a funk style wise because I haven’t been shopping and needless to say, it took a little toll on my creativity! I’ve had to continuously restyle my old pieces, and it left me feeling bored to be honest. Today, I thought I would try styling some of my more colorful shoes, because they aren’t things I wear every single day so I’m not bored of them yet but it would be a fun way to make the clothes I do wear every day more interesting. So, without further ado, here’s how I would style a few of my favorite colorful heels. I’ll link anything that is still available!

Outfit #1

I’ve shown a similar outfit in the past, because I love matching my shoes to my top. I think it’s a fun way to put everything together, plus you know it’s always going to look good! I took this bright green button down from Zara and paired it with my favorite pair of mom jeans from Topshop. Then I added my heels in a similar shade of green from Sam Edelman and some gold hoops and voilĂ , an easy, casual, and colorful outfit!

Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Sam Edelman

Outfit #2

This one is styled with a similar idea in mind as the first one. However, I didn’t want to wear red shoes, because it felt too basic. I decided to go with orange to keep it a little bit more interesting. Again, these are paired with a favorite pair of jeans of mine (Straight Leg Jeans from Topshop) and a basic graphic tee from Urban and gold hoops. Super simple, and very easy!

Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David
Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Charles by Charles David

Outfit #3

This one is fun because it’s an ode to when I loved color blocking and monochromatic styles. I paired my pinkish purple heels from Botkier with these bright pink trousers that I’ve worn a bunch of times on here. This color is no longer available, but it comes in black and yellow also, linked here! To keep it simple and wearable, I added just a plain white t-shirt. This one is great to go from work to drinks or dinner with friends!

Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier
Top: Something Navy / Pants: Topshop / Shoes: Botkier

Outfit #4

One of my favorite combinations is navy and leopard print. It really truly is the perfect balance of neutrals and color. Plus both are pretty trendy right now, but they will also never go out of style. I kept this one simple too. It’s just jeans and a t-shirt which I allowed the leopard to really shine in this outfit. These jeans are from a few years ago, but here’s a similar pair and the shoes are linked here.

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden
Top: Something Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Steve Madden

This blog post contains affiliate links from Nordstrom.com.

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

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My Summer Reading List

This summer, I’ve been doing a little bit of reading and I’ve added quite a few books to my summer reading list. So today, I thought I would share some of the books I’ve read so far and the ones that are still on my list to read. Let me know if you’ve read any of these in the comments!

What I’ve Read:

To start off this summer, I was reading Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When the Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. This book is exactly what it says it is. It gives you the tools you need to have successful crucial conversations (the really tough ones, about sensitive topics that could make or break your relationship with the other person). Now, I knew going into this, that this book was not going to be something I genuinely enjoy reading, but I wanted to learn the skills it has to offer. The authors are great because they go really in depth about why we are usually not good at having these crucial conversations, and they give you lots of tips and tools for how to make those conversations go smoothly. These tips are excellent if you can take the time to remember them and implement them in your daily life. I think they are skills that every person should at least try to have because I think they can be really effective when done right!

After that, I started reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a big fan of books that are based around scientific research so this one was right up my alley. Kahneman and one of his associates, along with tons of other researchers, spent a good portion of their life’s work studying probability and trying to figure out why humans make some of the decisions that we do. They discovered that we have 2 brain systems, one that makes decisions quickly, almost automatically, and the other requires more effort to come to a final conclusion. However, depending on the situation, we don’t always use the correct system, and they were studying why that is. This book is a surprisingly easy read even with all the scientific jargon and while it’s absolutely massive, it’s not as daunting as it seems. If you’re into the workings of the brain and why we do the things we do, this is a book you should definitely get your hands on.

What’s On My List:

I’ve got a few books left on my list, of all different genres so I’m linking them here for you! I’ve been in the mood to switch things up and try reading fiction books again so that’s what I’m thinking of next, but I’ve got so many that I want to read so it’s always a tough choice. I probably will not get through these for the rest of the summer, but at least I can read them into the fall!

Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen is about a young woman who moves to New York City and finds herself working for the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and through all the drama of her new life figures out how to find success in this new world of hers.

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller was recommended to me by a friend and I’m finally (almost) getting around to reading it. This book is about his journey to create stronger connections and find real satisfaction in all aspects of his life, family and career.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is a memoir about his time in Auschwitz during WW2 and finding meaning in the suffering he endured so he could eventually overcome it and move forward in his life.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer is about a 9 year old boy who searches all over New York City to find a missing key to a lock left by his dad after dying in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He meets all kinds of survivors on his journey for this key and along the way comes to terms with his grief.

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I Let My Boyfriend Dress Me: Summer 2019

Hi Everyone! For today’s blog post, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I remember always watching Youtube videos where the girl has her boyfriend pick out her outfits and I thought that might be fun to try on here. So lo and behold, I had my very enthusiastic and sweet boyfriend pick out some outfits for me. He’s been so supportive of my blog from the very beginning, I thought it was only right to give him a little feature! Keep reading to see what he picked out for me!

Andrew: Personally, I was excited to be made a part of the blog and be able to style Karen in my own way. I wanted to go with 4 different styles and create looks I have never seen her wear before. The 4 styles were Casual, Workwear, A Night Out, and Silly. The last one was for my own amusement.

A: For Casual, I wanted to create a summer look that incorporated one of Karen’s many dresses. I also noticed the Colorblock trend that she was utilizing in various posts. I chose the color yellow after finding a floral dress of hers she had never worn before. I made sure to select yellow shoes along with somewhat flashy earrings and a matching headband. I do not think she would use this much of one color in her usual outfits, but it was fun to just see it for myself.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Public Desire / Headband: Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Baublebar

A: The Workwear look was very clean, but I wanted to pick something that I thought she would actually wear to work. Karen’s favorite color is pink, so when I saw the pink button down, I knew I wanted to start there. Keeping with the lighter summer vibe, I selected white pants, pink shoes, and pink earrings. I thought the pink shoes with the buckle added a bit of flair to this simple outfit for work and maybe I will see Karen in it one day.

Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Something Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

A: Karen and I occasionally enjoy a night out and I honestly think I nailed this outfit. I selected the off the shoulder yellow top, white shorts and the white platform sandals. I even asked her to put her hair in a bun using a gold scrunchie, so you know I put some thought into this. The gold earrings were also something extra to add to it as a whole. I’m excited to go out with Karen when she is wearing this, but I hope I can look good in comparison.

K: I actually forgot to put on the earrings when I took these photos, but they were just thick small gold hoops. They are the Chrissy earrings from Baublebar!

Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters
Top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Zara / Shoes: Steve Madden / Scrunchie: Urban Outfitters

A: For the Silly themed look, I chose something that I felt Karen would never be caught wearing. She has a colorful style and placing her in various muted tones is just not her style. I chose beige pants and an over-sized burnt orange button down that she has never worn. I made sure it was buttoned all the way to the top and paired with beige flats. I also opted for her to part her hair completely to one side, which I thought added to the unusual look of it all. I would call this look “Bohemian Chic”.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair Clips: Amazon

A: Overall, I had a lot of fun with this task and it definitely created a unique date night activity for the both of us. I’m looking forward to the next blog where Karen creates a few outfits for me. Wish me luck!

K: We had such a fun time working on this together and I’m so happy with what he picked out. He tried to keep my style in mind and I think he did a great job! Let me know how you think he did in the comments below, xx!

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

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