Fashion

Four Ways to Wear Color in the Winter

If you’ve followed along with me on here for a while, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of wearing color, color-blocking, and monochromatic looks. I try to wear the same color palette often because I think it’s a bold way to style some of your favorite pieces. Winter is not typically associated with bright colors, but on recent runways, color is everywhere. I personally love bright jewel tones as well as the light and airy pastels colors that are coming for the spring. I think both are interesting to style for the winter, but they work surprisingly well. So today, I thought I’d try my hand at styling some colorful outfits. Let me know how you think I did in the comments! I am also linking as many items as possible here so you can try them out yourself!

Outfit #1

You all know pink is my favorite color to style so it wouldn’t be a blog post about color without at least one pink outfit. I found these super stylish pink corduroy pants at Target a few weeks ago and fell in love. Considering the bright color, they are extremely versatile because of the shape. I found this dusty pink Something Navy sweater on sale at Nordstrom (similar) and thought it would be perfect to pair with these bright pants. I also love to pair pink with colors like purple and red so that’s exactly what I did here. I got these Charles by Charles David purple suede heels (similar) at Nordstrom about a year ago and love them so much. I thought they were a perfect piece to pair with this outfit.

Sweater: Something Navy / Pants: Target / Shoes: Charles by Charles David

Outfit #2

I am recently trying to add some blue pieces to my wardrobe because as much as I love navy blue, it was the only form of blue I had in my closet other than denim. I find blue to be a really beautiful color lately. It was something I originally never really thought would work well on my skin tone, but I think it’s got so many versatile tones that it can work well for anyone! I found this really pretty muted blue cardigan at Target and knew I had to have it (especially at it’s $12.99 price tag at the time). It has since returned to full price, but it’s such a good piece that it’s worth the extra $12. These white slouchy jeans from Zara were also added to my cart during Zara’s sale a few weeks ago and have since sold out but I’m featuring them because it’s a style that they bring back often! Adding brown accessories keeps the colors from being overwhelming and a little bit more grounded so I added this belt from Urban Outfitters and my favorite loafers from Target.

Cardigan & Shoes: Target / Pants: Zara / Belt: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #3

One color combo that I’ve been really into, but never quite executed was wearing green and navy blue. They are pretty close together on the color wheel so they can be hard to style together, but I think when you find the right shades, they can look really beautiful. I found this bright kelly green turtleneck (similar) from Something Navy last year and thought it was such a pretty color. Now I see similar colors everywhere and have truly fallen for the color green. I think when paired with plain washed black straight leg jeans and some classic navy suede heels (similar), it’s a really easy look for a date night or even work depending on your dress code. I can’t wait to try styling these colors together more often!

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

I have recently been really into quarter/half zip sweaters and I saw this pretty lilac one at American Eagle and knew I had to have it. The very first time I saw it, it was actually sold out in just about every size! But I waited patiently and checked back a few weeks later and to my shock, it was restocked with full sizes so I knew right away it was a sign to order it. I’m loving these zip up style sweaters because they are a fun take on a regular pullover sweater. A really long time ago I saw a blogger on Instagram @walkinwonderland share a photo of her wearing a pretty lavender sweatshirt with light wash jeans and brown tall boots and thought it was an interesting color palette to wear so I decided to recreate it here. I’m wearing some light wash distressed mom jeans from Abercrombie and my Sam Edelman Lindsey boots to complete the look.

Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Sam Edelman

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Fashion

Weekend In My Life: My 25th Birthday

This past weekend was a little bit hectic but it was a ton of fun! I celebrated my 25th birthday (which is actually today, the 21st of January) on Saturday with some friends with some good food and drinks. I have been really looking forward to this weekend because I feel like I’ve been planning it for so long. It was exciting to see it all come together finally. I hope you enjoy reading about this weekend in my life!

So this weekend was a bit of whirlwind, but I think it turned out okay. I didn’t take many photos honestly because I was living in the moment but I made sure to get just one of my outfit at 12:00 am after getting my Shake Shack order. On Saturday night, I went out for my birthday with some family and friends. There was some snowy/wet weather which sort of put a damper on the evening because a few people couldn’t make it, but we still had fun!

For dinner, we went to Serafina in Meatpacking which is a nice Italian restaurant. They had a really wide variety of dishes on their menu and a pretty long drink list too which was exactly what I was hoping for. We got some calamari for an appetizer and I got eggplant parm for dinner. I also got my favorite wine, Josh Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the best dinner I could have asked for that night.

After that, we walked around the block over to Common Ground NYC which is a bar in the Meatpacking district also. It was about 7:30 pm when we got there but you would have thought it was 2:30 am based on how packed it was! It was nuts. But I was happy to be there and got to dance around, plus it thinned out a bit around 8:00 pm (probably because everyone realized they should go home after being there all day, but it was still too early to go out for the night). I drank my usual tequila sodas and had myself a good time dancing (mostly by myself).

After that, we decided to chill out and headed to the Biergarten at the Standard Hotel nearby. Here we got some authentic German beers and a giant pretzel which was a nice treat! Soon after this most of my friends headed home but Andrew and I stayed out and walked around a bit for some extra QT (quality time) together. We walked uptown and found Mexicue and decided to stop for some margaritas which were really yummy! After that we headed home to finally get some sleep after a long day, but stopped for Shake Shake of course (see photo below).

Overall, I had a good birthday and I’m happy I decided to go out instead of staying home because of the weather. It was a great way to start off my 25th year and I’m looking forward to see what else is in store for me!

Me after ordering Shake Shack at 12:00am: “Andrew, take a picture of my outfit!”

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Fashion

Outfit Of The Day: Styling Winter Whites

I’ve seen a ton of people styling winter whites recently, which I personally love, so I thought I would give it a try on my own. I think white is such a pretty color to wear in the winter, especially if you live or go somewhere nice and snowy. It hasn’t been snowy here where I live, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show off my winter whites outfit. Keep on reading to see what I put together!

A few weeks ago I saw someone wearing a really cute half zip sweater on Instagram and I thought, “That’s such a cool sweater!” So I recently decided to go hunting for one and couldn’t really find ones I liked or they were all sold out until I took a peek at Abercrombie and found exactly what I was looking for! It was a new arrival too so there was plenty in stock and it came in a few different colors. I got the cream color, but there’s also a taupey pink and one with a chevron pattern which is pretty. My sweater is linked here!

I also saw the jeans that they styled the sweater with on the model and really liked them so I went searching for those as well. They were on sale and I have been looking for some new white jeans. I was considering a $200 pair from Re/Done so thank goodness I found these for $44! All my old ones don’t fit very well or they have rips in the knee so I can’t really wear them right now in the winter. I also wanted a pair that was more of a straight leg fit. I like these because they have the straight leg but the hem is also cuffed up really long which is kind of a cool detail to add! The jeans are linked here!

Lastly, I was working on another blog post and had to link my Jeffrey Campbell Cromwell booties and I saw that they had them in a pretty white leather snakeprint. I have had buying white ankle boots on my mind for a while, but it wasn’t a priority so I had kind of put it off. Once I saw these, it was like a light switch went off and I knew these were the boots I was looking for! I recently decided that I really like these Jeffrey Campbell boots so they were really the perfect choice to go with this outfit. My boots are linked here and here’s a link to a similar coat on sale for less than $80.

In closing, the look is super casual. Great to go out for coffee or run errands if you want to look a little bit nicer or even a lunch date with your friends or partner! I don’t think anyone even follows the no white after Labor Day rule anymore anyway, but I’m here to tell you, that you shouldn’t! White is definitely one of the best colors to wear in the winter so just go for it!

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Four Cute and Casual Winter Outfit Ideas

I wanted to share a few really casual outfits on here because usually, well, I don’t. I tend to share more dressed up looks or looks for special occasions or something along those lines and frankly, no one really looks like that day to day. So, I figured I’d do a post of some casual-but-still-put-together outfits. I definitely want to make more of an effort to share outfits that can be worn day to day because it’s just the most realistic. I hope you enjoy these! I’ll link as many items or similar items as I can!

Outfit #1

This first look is the most casual of all the looks and something I would probably wear out to run errands (if I didn’t want to wear sweatpants which is almost never). Instead of sweatpants and a sweatshirt, I opted for a sweatshirt and JEANS instead! I got this cozy sweatshirt while hanging around in Montauk over the summer and it’s a staple for me when I want to be comfy. To look more put together, I figured light wash jeans (similar) and a pair of chunky sneakers was the best option. As always, gold hoops are there to help dress things up too!

Sweater: Montauk town store / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Fila / Coat: Something Navy

Outfit #2

There’s nothing quite like an all black outfit. I’m partial to a washed black when it comes to my denim because if it’s too black, I feel like my top has to match exactly otherwise my outfit looks strange. I wear these Abercrombie jeans all the time and just put on a plain black sweater from Urban Outfitters (similar). My Jeffrey Campbell boots are ones I have a love-hate relationship with. I want to get rid of them every year, but I never do because I ALWAYS end up wanting to wear them at one point and it just resets the cycle for me. But they are such a chic western style piece so they’ll be in style for quite a while.

Jacket: Forever 21 / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Outfit #3

Another favorite look of mine is wearing cardigans as tops, which is super in style these days anyway. Paired with any pair of jeans and it’s a super easy, casual look but you still look like you intended to get dressed that morning. I love this little cardigan from American Eagle (similar), and got it in both colors because it’s the perfect length and the V-neck is not too deep. These are some of my favorite Jamie Jeans from Topshop, again in a washed black/gray color because it goes so well with just about everything! This one is the most dressy because it technically has a heel, but they are boots and a comfortable height so they are not NOT casual. These are similar boots from Steve Madden.

Coat & Shoes: Something Navy / Sweater: American Eagle / Jeans: Topshop

Outfit #4

This is another favorite of mine because you know I love to wear a bright pink. Instead of wearing this cardigan as a top, I wore it as a regular cardigan to add dimension to my outfit by layering it with a lace trim cami. Paired with some medium wash mom jeans, it’s a perfect casual outfit! I dressed it up a little bit more with these funky mules, but you can wear little booties or flats with this too and it will get you an even more casual look.

Cardigan: Something Navy / Top & Jeans: Abercrombie / Shoes: Sam Edelman

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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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Fashion

How To Style One Skirt, Four Ways

I shared this pretty pleated white skirt from Target with you all a few weeks ago when I shared my Holiday Outfit Ideas. Basically, I loved it so much that I figured I’d use this skirt to do another session of styling one item four different ways. You guys LOVED when I styled one of my favorite sweaters four way a few months ago, linked here, so I decided to do it again! I think this skirt is such a good staple piece and it can be worn in so many different ways in all different seasons. The cherry on top of that is it’s super affordable price tag! It’s about $30 and I have to say it’s some of the best money I ever spent.

Outfit 1:

This is similar to the outfit I wore for Thanksgiving dinner a few weeks ago and I loved it. I wore this super cozy, oversize pink sweater and tucked it into my skirt. The skirt has an elastic waist which made it really easy to tuck things in without it looking lumpy! I decided to make it really fun and girly by wearing my favorite leopard loafers and adding some pearl details with earrings and a headband. This is definitely the most feminine way to style this skirt if you ask me!

Sweater & Shoes: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Francesca’s

Outfit 2:

This time around, I kept things a little more neutral and similar to what I wore for my Holiday outfits but with a thinner top. I love how sleek the turtleneck makes this outfit look. I have to say I just love pairing tall boots with a long hemline like this. It’s a really old school way to wear it, but I love that it adds 1) warmth and 2) and another feminine touch. I thought a red headband and some small gold hoops would be a good way to tie the whole look together.

Top & Skirt: Target / Boots: Zara / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 3:

One of my favorite colors, as you all know VERY well by now, to style is brown so I thought I should feature some in this post also. A pretty chocolate genache color brown with such a crispy white color is such a pretty look. I also have these beautiful brown suede heels that I never really get to wear and thought they would be such a cute finisher for this look. Of course, can’t forget the cutest little heart shaped earrings either! Maybe this is one is just as feminine as the first outfit, but in a slightly different way!

Sweater: Something Navy / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden / Headband: Amazon / Earrings: Baublebar

Outfit 4:

You have noticed that I love to match my top to my shoes a lot, so I’m doing it again here. I love a good matchy-matchy outfit! I’ve had this pretty green sweater for over a year, and just recently got these green heels and plaid coat to match. The pop of white really adds such a nice contrast to how dark the greens are! Honestly, this might be my favorite outfit of all of them!

Sweater: Mango / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Naturalizer / Earrings: Baublebar

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My Everyday Winter Makeup Look

Now I’m not saying that I wear make up every day because the truth is, I almost never wear makeup Monday through Friday. However, I wanted to share the makeup look that I wear on the weekends during the day if I want to look put together. It could very easily be an everyday makeup look because it’s not too heavy or over the top, it’s really light and casual. If you want to see the makeup look I wear on a regular day, then keep reading!

To start, I rediscovered my Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer for a glowy look. I love how it made my skin look! Next I use my Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation in 322 Warm Beige for foundation and My Too Faced Born This Way Concealer under my eyes in the shade Natural Beige. I like to use my hands to apply my foundation and concealer recently, so that I use less product and I feel like it gives me a really smooth finish. To set everything I use my Laura Mercier Translucent powder, my absolute favorite setting powder and the only one I’ll use!

For my bronzer, I always use the Too Faced Dark Chocolate Soleil bronzer, not so much to contour, but to just warm up my face, especially in the winter. For blush, I really love using the color Songbird from Becca lately. It’s such a pretty flush of color on the cheeks. I don’t really use highlighter anymore, especially not for a day time look so we’re skipping that this time!

For my eyebrows, I always use my Anastasia Brow Definer in Ebony and set them with a clear mascara. I like this to fill my brows in better than a thin pencil because I already have full brows, so they don’t need to be filled in very precisely.

On my eyelids, I used my Morphe 35G palette again! I am really loving this palette. You can do so much with it and I think as far as eyeshadow palettes go, it’s one of my best purchases. I used the color Sandy all over as my base, the color Deserted on my lid and then Toasted on the outer third. I used the same brush that had the color Sandy on it to go back in and blend everything in together to make it really smooth. On my inner corner to brighten it up, I used a pretty shimmery color called Glaze. Finally, I finished off my eyes with my Diorshow Lash Primer and Volume Mascara then my L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. I sprayed my face with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, which is my tried and true favorite. On my lips, I used my all time favorite lipstick by Urban Decay in the color 1993. The prettiest, retro brown color on the market in my opinion.

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