Lifestyle

What I’m Thankful For

With this being my first Thanksgiving with you all, I thought I would share some things I’m really thankful for this past year. This has been one of the best years yet and there’s been a lot of change and growth in so many aspects of my life. With so many ups also comes a lot of downs and there were some really stressful and hard times this year. I’m thankful for all the experiences I had because they brought me to who I am today. I really love who I’ve grown into and I’m looking forward to the person that I’ll be in the future. So here we go. Here’s what I’m thankful for in 2018 in no particular order.

I’m thankful for the end of my relationship with my boyfriend because it forced me to figure out what I really wanted out of life.

I’m thankful for family for doing as much as they can to help me always.

I’m thankful for the ability to read a new book every month because I’ve read more books this year than I have in a very long time.

I’m thankful to still be able to live with my mom and not pay rent with my first full-time job’s salary.

I’m thankful for my cat that showed up on our front porch one night because he’s there when I feel like no one else is.

I’m thankful for all my friends that have given me words of encouragement and love since starting the blogging journey.

I’m thankful for my health because I get to do a lot of things that other people can’t.

I’m thankful that my job has allowed me to travel and have experiences that I would have never had on my own.

I’m thankful that I finally took a leap of faith and started this blog because it’s one of the most rewarding things in my life.

I’m thankful for every experience that has taught me a hard lesson because I would not have made it this far if I didn’t have those moments.

I’m thankful for my renewed faith and my openness to prayer and God’s will.

I’m thankful that I was able to take not one, but seven trips this year. That’s the most I’ve ever traveled in one year outside of work.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to explore my creative side through this blog.

I’m thankful for the friends that I can talk to about anything whenever I need it.

I’m thankful for the friends that aren’t as big a part of my life anymore because I know that I wouldn’t have had the realizations I’ve had without them.

I’m thankful that I can wake up in the morning and be proud of what I’m working toward because at the beginning of this year, I had nothing to look forward to.

So, now I want to know, what are you thankful for?

P.S keep up with me on instagram @karenmauritzenn

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Beauty

Thanksgiving Dinner Make Up Look 2018

I thought I would try a new make up look to start off the holiday season. I was feeling inspired, I guess. This look is definitely a little bit more of a full glam look, but feel free to modify it however you want!

I started off by priming my face with the Too Faced Hangover Primer Spray and also the Becca Backlight Priming Filter over top to make sure it lasts. Then I used my Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation and my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer under my eyes. I contoured my cheeks with the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit next and then used the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder under my eyes and a loose foundation powder all over my face.

For my cheeks, I used my favorite bronzer to set my contour, the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Dark Chocolate. For my cheeks, I used a limited edition blush palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. To highlight, I used my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Lilac Geode. For my brows, I always always always use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer and set them with a clear mascara from Maybelline. I always use clear mascara to set my brows instead of paying $20 for a “brow gel” that is essentially the same thing!

Now for the fun part! For my eyes, I used my Kat Von D Shade and Light Eyeshadow Palette and my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. In my crease, I use the shade Sawael from the Shade and Light Palette and Sytry in my outer corner. For my lid, I used YDK from my Naked 2 Palette. Then I went back in with Sytry on my lower lash line and used my Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean to line my top waterline. For my winged liner, I used my Maybelline Line Stilleto which has always been my favorite. I love the felt tip! Last but not least, for my lips, I used my Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi which is the PERFECT nude color.

P.S. keep up with me on instagram @karenmauritzenn

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Fashion

Thanksgiving 2018 Outfit Ideas

Being that Thanksgiving is already a week away, I decided to share some basic outfits that I think would be perfect for my favorite holiday. These outfits are put together but still comfy and cozy so you can eat everything on the table plus dessert! YUM!

1. Sweater Dress

If you didn’t see this coming, you have literally never done anything related to fall in your life. Sweater dresses are the best thing since sliced bread and I’ll tell you why: 1. COZY AF, 2. No pants, 3. No one will see your 9 months pregnant food baby (not that anyone really cares cause everyone has one anyway). If you pair it with cute knee high boots, then you look even more put together! AMAZING!

Dress: Target / Boots: Target / Scarf: Urban Outfitters

2. Leather Pants

This is how you stay comfy while pretending you have your sh*t together. Leather pants are the ultimate staple for faking it til you make it (as far as fashion goes). They’re leather so people will say “Wow look at her, she looks great and so put together!” but you’ll be thinking, “Thank goodness, I am cozy as heck and still have room for dessert”. Throw on a cozy sweater with a button down underneath and BOOM, you may or may not have possibly gotten ready before this dinner. You’re welcome.

Sweater: American Eagle / Shirt: Zara / Pants: Target /  Shoes: Steve Madden

3. Printed Dress

This one is similar to the sweater dress because of the no pants thing and the food baby thing. However, the material will make it more or less cozy than the sweater dress, but that’s not the end of the world right? A printed dress is always good because again, it makes you look WAY more put together than you actually are.

Dress: Zara / Boots: Public Desire / Scarf: Zara

4. Jeans + T-shirt

If you’re crazy enough to think of wearing jeans for Thanksgiving dinner, at least TRY and be comfortable. Nothing beats jeans and a t-shirt so that’s why I’m showing you this today. Add on a cozy cardigan over top and some slip on shoes and you’re basically ready for any occasion. Plus, it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you were to unbutton your pants at the end of your meal. Everyone would understand…

Cardigan: Something Navy / Shirt: Gucci / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Something Navy

5. Sweatshirt + Leggings

This one is for the girls who don’t give a f*ck about how they look while scarfing down their third plate of mac and cheese with extra gravy, half a turkey and their second slice of apple pie. You know who you are. If you can’t be bothered to put real clothes on for Thanksgiving dinner then don’t. No one’s judging you, honey. Throw on your best comfy sweatshirt and a pair of leggings and get your forks ready because you have a very long day of eating ahead of you.

Sweatshirt: H&M / Leggings: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

P.S keep up with me on instagram @karenmauritzenn

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