Things I Loved This Month: February 2020

Things I Loved This Month: February 2020

February was incredibly busy for me and I frankly cannot believe that it’s over already. It all happened so fast! This month, I did some traveling, some reading, tried to stay away from shopping and probably tons of other things I can’t remember. I can’t say that it was a great month, but it was definitely not a bad one. This year is off to a slow start as far as creativity goes, but I’m hoping that some warm weather over the next few months will help me out. Keep on reading to see some of the things I loved this past month!

Warwick, NY

This month, I took a little weekend trip up to Warwick, NY to get a little break from such a crazy month and celebrate Valentine’s Day with Andrew. We drove up to Warwick and we went to the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery to do some tastings and explore the town a bit more. Now originally, this was a super last minute trip. We booked it 4 or 5 days before we left! But I have to say, it was well worth it. The Winery was amazing. There was live music, incredible pizza, and tastings for only $5 or $6! We tried the wine and the cider, which we both loved and even decided to bring a few (read: 6) bottles home. After that we headed out to dinner at Eddie’s Roadhouse and had some really yummy wings (that I had been craving for over a week) and some of the best burgers I’ve had in a really long time. Everyone was friendly and chatty and overall, it was a great weekend!

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

I mentioned a few times that I started reading again this month and I’m finally revealing that this is what I was reading! I read this for the first time in college, a few months before graduation and frankly it didn’t give me what I needed back then. I was missing purpose and I was missing my WHY back then, so it was just not useful to me. However, now I have something to call my own and something that I feel passionately about and this book has given me a ton of new insight on things that I wasn’t sure how to approach recently. I don’t usually read books more than once, but this one was really calling my name and I’m so happy that I picked it up again. I feel like I have a better understanding WHY I’m doing what I do, HOW to get where I want to go, and WHAT I actually have to offer my audience.

Muted/Pastel Colors

I have been thinking about my spring wardrobe lately because I’m A) completely over winter and B) not very good at dressing for the warm weather. I struggle every single year with what I want my warm weather wardrobe to look like because there’s too many options and none of it is ever really coherent like fall/winter styles are. With so many different prints and colors, it’s so hard to decide what makes sense to buy for the spring and summer months. However, I was browsing around Target and saw some beautiful muted pastel tank tops and I decided that that is going to be my spring color palette. I am loving muted pink/purple and blue/green lately because I think they look so good with my skin tone. I’ll make sure to link the ones I found here for you! They come in tons of colors are are only $8, and have a super chic high neck line that I love. Get ready for lots of pretty pastels in the next few months while I do some spring wardrobe planning!

Mules/Slide Shoes

In preparation for spring, I’ve also been thinking about my choice of footwear and these are some things that I’m most excited for honestly. I’m a huge fan of single strap slide sandals and I found some super cute ones by Matisse Footwear and I am so excited about them. They are literally $30 and they come in tons of colors, prints, and materials so I bought like 6 of them. The ones I’m loving are the Cabana style, which is linked here for you. I also have been really into the mule loafers. I know these have been around for a while, but I always love to come back to them when the weather gets warmer. I just bought these ones from Sam Edelman this past week because they remind me of Gucci’s style and I also have my eye on these pretty off-white croc print mule loafers from Steve Madden that come out in April and are available for pre-order.

My Weekly Outfit Recap Series

This month in particular was a little bit funky with keeping up with my weekly outfit recaps because I was traveling so I had to pre-shoot some and didn’t end up wearing the outfits in the exact same way that I shot them. It made me realize just how important it is to me to get to choose my outfits the night before or the morning of, because I can make sure that it’s a reflection of how I’m feeling that day. It really helps me feel my best, feel creative and it sets the tone for my day. It also helps me keep track of my thoughts and what I was thinking each day and acts as a live journal for me. So, I just wanted to add in how much I’m loving and how much I really missed writing this series in real time!

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Things I Loved This Month: December 2019

Things I Loved This Month: December 2019

December has proven to be another very busy and expensive month. I spent more than I usually do on Christmas presents this year (it’s usually none cause I have a thing about presents), as well as lots of dinners and spending time with friends and family. Lots of work also, of course in preparation for the upcoming end of year festivities as well as planning for 2020. Lots of good things are on the way!

1. All of YOU!

Just a few days before Christmas I reached 200 blog followers which was one of my goals for 2019. It was one, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to reach so I am so proud and surprised that I did. I truly could not have done it without all my readers and the people who support me every day. I hope to grow even more in 2020 and I’m excited to share the rest of this journey with you all.

2. Caseapp

Last week, I shared my experience working with Caseapp and creating a custom phone case. It was a lot of fun and I’m so happy with how they turned out! It was such an easy process to design my own, but they also have tons of cute cases to choose from which made my selection process more fun. I was excited that they also offered a discount code for my followers for 20% off your purchase until January 11, 2020. The code is KARENMAURITZENN20 and can be used at www.caseapp.com!

3. Danielle Bernstein @weworewhat

Danielle Bernstein has been a huge inspiration to me this month for a few reasons. Obviously, she has insanely good style. She’s classic with such a funky twist. She wears clever pieces and she is so good at accessorizing (something I’m working on for 2020). But on top of that, she is also in her late 20’s and has built quite a few successful startup businesses. She’s got a clothing line, a tech business, is releasing a book and has major collaborations under her belt. THIS GIRL KNOWS HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS. I am truly inspired by her business savvy and she is a model of who I’d like to be when I grow up.

4. Not Shopping

This month was interesting for me because I actually took a break from doing any personal shopping and focused strictly on gifts for family. I’m not saying I’ve converted into a person who enjoys giving gifts, but I am saying that this is one of the first times where I actually enjoyed NOT shopping for myself. Maybe it was the crazy holiday season contributing to it, but it was refreshing not feeling like I needed to buy anything or scrambling around trying to find the best sales. I’m at a place where I’m happy with what I have and looking forward to transitioning into an even more classic “forever” wardrobe, but I don’t feel any urge to purchase. I find myself looking around putting things in my virtual cart and letting them sit there for weeks because I just don’t feel like I need to buy them. It’s amazing to feel this way when it’s something I struggled with for a very long time!

5. Taking Photos

I know this one seems silly to you, but I really struggle to enjoy taking photos. It’s probably the outfit changes, and having to put makeup on and recruiting friends and family for help that makes it something I struggle to enjoy but it’s true. I’m the blogger that hates taking photos. However, this month I felt more creative than ever and I was excited to really get my ideas out in digital to share with you. I’m looking forward to trying out new forms of media, specifically video in 2020 so it’s about time that I finally started enjoying taking photos! It can really be fun when you love what you do (and with lots of practice).

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