Fashion

My Go-To Vacation Outfits

Today, I’m sharing a few of my go-to vacation outfits because, well, I’m on vacation right now and probably wearing one of these. Keep reading to see what I would normally wear for vacation!

Outfit #1

For a big day of exploring and roaming around, you can bet that I’m probably wearing shorts and a t-shirt for it. This is a staple in my everyday life, so of course it’s a staple on vacation! I also like to use a mini backpack for vacation to carry all my items around with me. Throw on some comfy sneakers, and we’re good to go!

Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar
Top: Something Navy / Shorts: Topshop / Shoes: Target / Belt: Gucci / Backpack: Steve Madden / Earrings Baublebar

Outfit #2

For a nicer evening out, I would probably wear some jeans and a pretty top. I went with this one that I got on sale last summer and some white jeans with these wooden platform heels. It’s cute, it’s simple and it’s comfortable especially if you’re in a city where you walk everywhere.

Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: House of Harlow / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Belt: Old Navy / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #3

This is an absolute favorite for exploring also. There’s nothing better than throwing on a maxi dress and walking around a new and beautiful city. I paired it with sandals, but you can always throw on sneakers instead. Bring a denim jacket for if it gets chilly in the evening.

Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar
Dress: Target / Shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #4

This cute romper is another alternative for a day of exploring into a nice dinner at night. It’s comfortable (except when using the bathroom) and it’s easy to throw on, but still nice enough that you can wear it for a nice dinner too! It’s also fun for if you plan on going somewhere that’s “instagrammable” such as the Pink Palace in Greece or the Color Factory in New York City.

Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit #5

This one is a great mix of casual for the day, but still comfy and put together for night time. The trousers are really light and breathable so you’re not sweating your butt off, and the simple tank top keeps it really casual. The sneakers also tone down the look, but you can always add some nice sandals if you need to dress it up a bit more.

Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar
Top: Target / Pants: Something Navy / Shoes: Target / Earrings: Baublebar

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Lifestyle

May 2019 Favorites

The month of May went by so quickly, I feel like I didn’t even have time to enjoy it. I don’t have too many favorites for this month because I didn’t do very much honestly, but I have a few beauty products that I rediscovered and have really been loving.

1. Too Faced Hangover Rx 3-in 1 Primer Spray

I have had this for a few used and used it on and off but lately I’ve been really loving this. I haven’t been wearing very much makeup, so this has been a go to on the very few days that I actually do wear some. It keeps my minimal makeup look on all day and it looks dewy and light, not sweaty which is very nice.

2. Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector

This has been a real favorite of mine too! Since I’m wearing only a little make up lately, I like this because it makes me look bright and dewy without the powdery look from a regular highlighter. I also like to add it to my body lotion on my legs and arms and chest to make sure I look glowy and bronze now that it’s the season for wearing less and going out more, ya know.

3. HUM Nutrition Vitamins

I’ve talked about these vitamins a few times on my blog but I wanted to share them again because I can attest to just how well they work. I had been taking these for about a year and then I stopped for 6 weeks. In that 6 weeks of not taking these, I felt absolutely horrible. I was exhausted all the time, I was breaking out badly, my digestion was all messed up. I mean, I was a mess. This month, I started taking them again, and what a world of a difference they have made. I feel so much better and it’s definitely because of these vitamins. I would HIGHLY recommend them!

4. Polaroid Camera

I’ve been taking a bunch of polaroids over the last few months because I love how they look. It’s a fun new way to make memories and hold on to them. They are some of my favorite photos that I have recently and if you love aesthetically pleasing photos, definitely get a polaroid camera.

5. Sweat Shorts

Now that it’s warm and shorts weather, I love to wear my sweat shorts during the day since it’s too hot to wear real sweatpants. I can’t get enough of them. It’s comfy and airy, and they look so cute with graphic t-shirts front tucked. It’s like a comfy chic look.

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Travel

Packing Guide: Greece

I can’t believe this trip is finally here after months of planning! I will be traveling to Greece next week for vacation and I am so excited. Since this is a pretty big trip, I thought I would put together a packing guide of some things I’m planning to bring with me for this trip. I hope you enjoy!

1. Dresses

The very first thing I plan to bring with me is a bunch of dresses. All kinds of dresses. In general, I love wearing dresses because they are so easy to just throw on and go while still looking put together. I plan on bringing a bunch of maxi dresses because they are so pretty and easy. I’ll also bring some cute mini dresses and even a few rompers because I just love them so much.

2. Mini Backpack

I figured instead of bringing a purse or a bunch of different bags, I’ll bring a mini backpack with me for walking around during the day. It’ll be big enough to care all the essentials such as my camera, wallet, sunglasses but not too big that it starts feeling heavy after a long day.

3. Cameras

For this trip, I decided to try a few different things for my photos. I’m of course bringing my cell phone to use as my main camera, but I’m also bringing my Polaroid camera to try and get some more interesting shots. On top of that, I also decided to buy some disposable cameras too to get some more vintage looking shots too! Using film cameras is so popular lately, that I figured this trip was the perfect time to try it out.

4. Sunglasses

This is pretty much a given, but I’m planning on bringing a few pairs of sunglasses because, duh, it’s sunny in Greece. However, I’m bringing some of my cheaper ones, so that I don’t care as much if they break or I lose them for some reason.

5. Swimsuits

We’re spending about 2-3 days on the beach for this trip, so of course I’m bringing quite a few bathing suits just in case! This will be my first chance to go to the beach for this summer so I have to be strategic about getting my base tan, so bringing some bandeau style bathing suits and of course lots of sun block! The Mediterranean sun is very strong so, sun block is a must!

6. Books

I’m also bringing a few books to read at the airport and on the plane! Reading is actually my favorite thing to do on long flights, so I picked out a few books that I’m considering bringing. One of them is called Thinking Fast and Slow that I’ve been holding on to for a few months for this trip. I’m so excited to finally start reading it!

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Weekend Getaway: Lake Placid, NY

For this past weekend, I took a trip to Lake Placid with my boyfriend for Memorial Day. Today, I’m sharing some thoughts about it with you! Overall, it was such a wonderful trip and we had a really great time. It was a great start to our summer and we’re really looking forward to planning more weekend trips in the future.

To start, on our way up to Lake Placid, we actually stopped in Glenn Falls for lunch. We went to the Davidson Brother’s Brewery and got some soup and sandwiches and some beers! Andrew and I both agreed that this was our favorite meal of the whole trip, which definitely says something. We also stopped and got some gelato after lunch and then headed back on the road because we were running a little behind schedule.

We stayed in an Airbnb for this trip also since it was close by and it was such a great experience for us. The house was about a 10 minute drive from the town and had great amenities. The hosts were so sweet and friendly and provided everything we needed. We really enjoyed staying there and would definitely go back!

For our first night of dinner, we went to the Big Slide Brewery which was a really popular brewery in the area. We really like this place! We tried their hot pepper ale and a few of their mixed drinks which we really liked. The atmosphere was also great. It was young people, but not a crazy bar scene like you sometimes see. For dinner, we got an “impossible” burger (a vegan protein burger that is supposed to taste like meat) and a pizza with venison, pickled blueberries and pesto sauce. The food, unfortunately, was sub-par but we still enjoyed this place!

For our second day, we took a very long walk around Mirror Lake and through town. This was a wonderful day; the weather was perfect and we had a great time. It was warm and sunny which definitely played a factor in how exhausted we were after the walk. We stopped for coffee (a few times) and at a few shops in town. We also got lunch at The Cottage which is a really popular restaurant over looking the lake. This was probably our second favorite meal here! The drinks were in full pint glasses which is always a plus and the food was great! Our only complaint is that is was definitely overpriced but it was a great experience and we recommend this one.

On our way home, we took a stop in Saratoga Springs for lunch and some coffee and to walk around this area since Andrew had never been. Then we prepared ourselves for a slightly frustrating, very scenic, very long drive home.

Overall, this was a GREAT trip. A favorite of mine for sure, because we went at our own pace and didn’t try too hard to plan and jam pack our day with activities. It was relaxing and we enjoyed ourselves, but we decided we’re staying away from long drives for a little while!

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Fashion

April 2019 Favorites

I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of favorites for this month but I do really like the ones that I have so I hope that counts for something.

1. New Paltz, NY

Earlier this month my boyfriend and I took a little weekend trip to New Paltz and for a small college town, I really loved it. I shared our experience in it’s own blog post, linked here. We had to best time reliving our college dreams again. We visited the campus and ate lots of good food and drank $4 rum and cokes and had ourselves a ball. It was definitely my favorite experience of the month.

2. Craft Beers

I drank a lot of craft beers this month and my body has made me fully aware of how it feels about it (not very good) but I enjoyed them nonetheless. I went to a cask ale festival earlier this month that had about 85 breweries there to sample. Needless to say, I had a great time. Now that it’s getting warmer out too, I’m really looking forward to heading back to some of my favorite breweries on long island.

3. Trousers

You may have noticed that this month I was really into trousers. I bought 3 pairs this month. They are cute and practical and can easily be dressed up for work with a button down and heels or down for a weekend brunch in a t-shirt and sandals! Highly recommend investing in at least one or two pairs for the spring and summer.

4. Zara

I rediscovered my love for Zara recently and now I want to buy all kinds of things from there. I’m definitely not into fast fashion and I will admit that not everything they sell if worth the price, but Zara is very on trend when I’m in the mood for trendy pieces. It also is moderately affordable but much better quality than Forever 21 or a similar store.

5. Santa Clarita Diet

I started watching this show back in February or March with my boyfriend and we really got into it. It’s extremely gruesome and takes some time to get used to but it’s so funny and the storyline was not predictable which I really liked. I’m not a huge Drew Barrymore fan honestly, but I do really enjoy this show! And Season 3 came out recently!

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Weekend Getaway: New Paltz, NY

Over this past weekend, Andrew and I took a little mini vacation up to New Paltz, NY to do some hiking, relaxing and visiting his Alma Mater. We ate lots of great food, drank slightly too much and saw some great views while we were there. New Paltz is a really small college town but it’s really got some cute hidden gems!

Our first stop when we arrived in New Paltz was for lunch at La Charla, which is a Mexican restaurant right on Main St. We ordered our margaritas and some tacos and queso. The food was REALLY good and the drinks were really well made! We were pleasantly surprised considering the place was a ghost town when we walked in during lunch time! I personally wouldn’t go back next time just so we can try somewhere else, but it was a good choice for a first timer.

After lunch, we headed over to Lake Minnewaska to do some “hiking”. The trail was very easy to walk which is why I’m putting hiking in quotes but it was pretty high up so we got some beautiful views out of it. It was really humid and there were lots of bugs which is not my favorite thing but I think the views were worth the inconvenience.

After our mini hike, we headed over to our Airbnb to rest, shower and get ready for dinner. This place was one of the best I’ve stayed at. It was absolutely stunning and the host was fantastic to work with! My only concern was that it was about about 20 minutes outside of New Paltz, in the middle of nowhere so it made getting an Uber pretty difficult. I would probably prefer to stay somewhere closer next time but I really loved this place and would want to go back again!

For dinner that night, we went to the Gilded Otter which is a microbrewery right on Main St. with some really great beers and great food too! Andrew and I both got flights to start so we could try a few flavors and were both really happy with our choices. We both found one that we liked enough to get a full pint of. My favorite was the Sunset Blood Orange and Strawberry Sour Ale. There was also a raspberry wheat ale that I liked a lot!

After dinner, we headed out to the bars! Since it’s a college town, there were obviously lots of college students around. It was fun to people watch because we’re not in college anymore but we still vividly remember what it was like. We also both were so shocked (and ecstatic) to be paying $4 for a mixed drink because we got so used to paying $14 for them in NYC!

Overall, we had such a great weekend and were so happy to get to spend some quality time together in a new city. It was my first time in New Paltz and Andrew’s second time visiting his old college so it was a really special experience for both of us! I would highly recommend taking a trip over there if you can. We’re always surprised at how much we can do in our home state!

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

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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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