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OOTD: Cozy Sweater & Mom Jeans

Today I figured I’d do a little OOTD for you guys because I want to show you all some more of my daily looks instead of curated look books. I share my outfits on my Instagram story and in my highlights daily but I figured I should share them on my blog once in a while right!

Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Nordstrom / Belt: American Eagle

Today I went with a pretty basic outfit, but what’s important about this outfit is that it has been my uniform lately for work. Literally everyday. I don’t wear anything else. A cozy sweater (since it’s still very cold in New York) and a pair of jeans is all I wear all the time. Today, I decided to wear heels which is one of my favorite things in the whole world, especially these pretty pinky purple ones *heart eyes*. Realistically if I could justify wearing heels everyday I would. However, sometimes I switch things up and I wear boots or flats depending on how I’m feeling that morning.

Recently, I’m really lacking inspiration in my winter outfits because it’s not quite the end of winter but all the spring stuff is EVERYWHERE. I’m trying my best but frankly, I’m just ready for some warm weather. Lately my main style inspiration is Arielle Charnas (are you surprised????) because she ALWAYS wears heels and jeans and a sweater and it’s such an easy thing for me to incorporate into my life. However, I’ve been trying to add some brighter colors into my wardrobe as my way of forcing spring to come sooner. Everyone cross your fingers that spring comes sooner than later!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little OOTD and please comment if you’d like to see some more of these!

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

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OOTD: Straight Leg Jeans

Hi Friends! I found a new style of jeans that I’m really into and I decided to style them and write a post about how much I love them 🙂

Sweater: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Urban Outfitters / Scarf: Zara / Headband: Something Navy / Belt: Urban Outfitters

So, I’m really late to this trend because I usually hate trendy things, which you all know already. But I also get nervous about trying new styles of jeans because some are just not flattering when you have a smaller waist and bigger hips/thighs. Straight leg jeans have been really popular over the last few years but have especially been popular in 2018. Especially the ones with the distressing all over the legs and basically completely cut out thigh area or the cut off raw hem. I saw Ruby Holly on Instagram style a pair of straight leg jeans from Topshop and me, being easily influenced and obsessed with Topshop’s jeans, figured I should order a pair to try out. I am not exaggerating when I tell you, I was HOOKED. These jeans are the most flattering jeans I’ve ever owned. Seriously.

With that being said, I may have gone overboard and bought like 8 pairs but it’s okay because I wear jeans literally everyday of my life. And they look so good on me and I’m also extremely modest. Straight leg is a style that is really versatile and easy to style because 1. they’re still just jeans and 2. the cut is flattering on a lot of people. Sometimes people get freaked out when they wear anything other than skinny jeans but there’s a whole world of denim styles out there to explore.

Trying to keep things casual, I decided to style them with a navy blue sweater that is super cozy and comfy from Nordstrom. It’s one of my favorites from Arielle Charnas’ clothing line, actually. I’m also really into wearing these brown boots lately which is funny because I’ve had them for so long and literally never wore the until now. I’ve worn them like 5 times in the last week! The scarf was just to tie in some color from my red headband and for coziness of course. I would have put a coat on, but frankly didn’t feel like it. A pretty red or a camel coat would have been so cute!

I hope you liked this one!

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

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What I Wore: My 24th Birthday

So, I turned 24 yesterday. It’s pretty nerve wrecking to be honest. First, I’ll share what I wore though because that’s what you’re here for and then I’ll share my thoughts on my 24th year.

I decided to go out to the city and have some dinner and drinks. We went to Refinery Rooftop and had the best food I’ve had in a long time. We ordered the lamb sliders, the Butcher’s meatballs, and then a margherita flatbread. They were absolutely delicious and I would recommend then 10 times over. The signature cocktails were okay, not my favorite. I tried the Yuzu Margarita which I thought was much too strong and then I tried the Perfect Pear which was pretty good. I also loved the atmosphere and the decor. It was really relaxed, there was great music and a really great crowd. I loved this place and I want to go back soon!

Bodysuit: Forever 21 / Jeans: Topshop / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Coat: Something Navy / Shoes: Steve Madden

For my outfit, I wanted to keep things simple and a little bit sexy so I scoured the earth to find a lace bodysuit. I also wore these very cool color block straight leg jeans with gold crocodile print heels. The heels were my absolute favorite part!

So now for my thoughts on this new year of my life. It’s definitely scary and anxiety inducing to think about turning 24. There’s a lot that I think I should be doing and things I’m not satisfied with in my life. It’s also probably just a symptom of being a millenial and in my early 20’s but it’s a rough spot to be in when you’re in the thick of it. I know that it’s an opportunity for growth though but I also think it’s a good time to reevaluate what I want and what I expect out of myself. I have high standards for myself and my life and not reaching those standards gets frustrating but it’s not the end of the world. I have the rest of my life to get things together (but in a timely manner for my sanity, of course). It’s okay for me to take a step back and relax and it’s okay to be open and honest with myself. This is a special time in my life and I want to get the most out of this year. I’m trying to look forward to 24, no matter how scary the thought of it is.

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

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Layering for Winter

I’ve talked about layering for the winter several times before but I thought it was important to dedicate a whole post to it because that’s how much I love it. Today I’m sharing 5 outfits featuring various ways to layer your clothes and stay cozy this winter while still looking put together and stylish. Hope you enjoy!

Outfit #1

I’m starting with some black distressed jeans and a white long sleeve T-shirt as my first layer. Over that, I put on a lightweight black sweatshirt from Zara and over that goes my outer layer, this furry leopard coat. Simple black ankle boots keep this look very casual but more put together. You could also switch out the boots for sneakers if that’s something you’re into! It’s definitely not something I’m into though LOL.

Coat: Target / Long Sleeve: Zara / Sweatshirt: Zara / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Urban Outfitters

Outfit #2

Again, I’m starting with some distressed jeans and white T-shirt but decided to throw on a black blazer over top. This one is from BCBG and I think they make the BEST blazers! Over that, I put on a pink coat for another layer of warmth and also because it looks cute (obviously). I love white boots this winter so here they are.

Coat: H&M / T-Shirt: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Blazer: BCBG MaxAzria / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Something Navy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #3

For this look, I ditched the pants, but feel free to put some on if you live in a very chilly climate! I decided to go with some black over the knee boots and an oversize button down from Zara. To add some color and dimension, I added this chunky red turtleneck from H&M and then my oversize leather trench coat. Black suede over the knee boots keep this look very sleek when paired with all the oversize pieces on top.

Coat: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Sweater: H&M / Button Down: Zara / Boots: Goodnight Macaroon

Outfit #4

No pants for just one more outfit! I wanted to layer this black turtleneck top underneath this really lightweight/sheer leopard dress from Zara. I added tights for warmth and some slouchy boots for style. Camel coat over top because I freaking love this coat and it goes with everything.

Coat: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Turtleneck: H&M / Dress: Zara / Boots: Something Navy (Nordstrom)

Outfit #5

For this last outfit, I wanted to add some color again. I started with my favorite distressed light wash mom jeans and a cream sweater from Something Navy. I love layering a leather jacket over sweaters so that’s exactly what I did! Over that, I added this pretty pink trench coat from Something Navy, more so for style than warmth. And again, I’m really into white shoes so that’s what I thought I’d wear on my feet for this one!

Coat: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Jacket: Nasty Gal / Sweater: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

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What I’m Reading: December 2018

For the month of December, I decided to read a book called Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. I was at Barnes and Noble one day and it sort of just caught my eye so I decided to buy it. It seemed like a pretty good book and it was based around different case studies so I thought it could be really interesting.

To be completely honest, I didn’t love her writing style but I thought the content was very interesting. Basically, she spends the first part of the book explaining what exactly grit is. Grit at the very base is a combination of passion for what you’re doing and perseverance through the hardships that come with getting good at it. It’s more than just being talented at something, although talent does tend to help, it’s more about the effort that you put into your work. She also goes over the Grit Scale that she developed during her research. It’s a series of questions that once scored can help you determine just how gritty you are.

Then she dives a little bit deeper into how grit develops in a person and what you need to be gritty. Digging deeper, she explains that in order to develop grit you need to start with a basic interest in what you want to be gritty about. Throughout the book she refers to athletes who started playing their sport very young and loving it. After interest, you also need to practice diligently and way more than any of the other people who are doing the same thing. Finally after that you develop a sense of purpose surrounding your craft and for most of the gritty people out there, the purpose has to do with helping people.

Next she goes into how some outside influences can also help develop grit in a person. She discusses how your parenting style can help develop grit in children and later in life. A key component of this is that you need to be supportive and demanding as a parent when it comes to your kids extracurricular activities. It’s also important to have a role model outside of your immediate family that can also be supportive and demanding. Another way to develop grit from the outside in, is by surrounding yourself with gritty people. Being in a “culture of grit” is bound to make you raise your standards and develop gritty habits.

Overall, I thought the book was well researched and very insightful. She referenced so many case studies which is really what I’m looking for in the books I read lately. Although the writing wasn’t my cup of tea necessarily, the content was great and I would definitely recommend this book! It made me feel like even though I’m not very gritty now, I can work on it and develop more grit which would come in really handy for this blog!

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New Year’s Eve 2018 Outfits

Now that New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and 2018 is almost over, I decided to share a few outfits for all the holidays parties you probably got invited. New Year’s outfits are something that I try not splurge on too much because frankly, you can only wear sequins so many times a year. So here’s some really easy New Year’s outfits for you!

Outfit #1

I obviously had to start with a sequin blazer because I’m not going to NOT be festive AF. I got this blazer from the November Launch of Something Navy at Nordstrom which is currently my favorite brand, as you might have noticed. I paired it with some leather shorts from Zara because there’s no rules during New Year’s. A simple black body suit and some black ankle boots pull the whole look together. Don’t forget to wear a coat over top!

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Blazer: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Bodysuit: American Apparel / Shorts: Zara / Boots: Steve Madden

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Outfit #2

Again with the sequins because it’s New Year’s Eve and you knew it was coming. I got this pretty sequin cami at Zara and paired it with leather leggings from Topshop and leather jacket over top. It’s pretty simple and easy but very cute and comfortable. Pair with black heels to keep it very classic but you can always switch them out for leopard or red!

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Jacket: Nasty Gal / Top: Zara / Leggings: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

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Outfit #3

I wore these glittery pants from H&M for New Year’s last year and they were such a hit that I had to bring them back again this year! This one is a little bit cozier then the others for those of you who don’t want to wear a sexy little outfit for the holidays. I paired them with a chunky red turtle neck from H&M and some white ankle boots from Steve Madden and my favorite camel coat over top.

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Sweater: H&M / Pants: H&M / Boots: Steve Madden

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Outfit #4

I didn’t want to have all sparkly outfits because honestly, not everyone likes to be the center of attention! So for outfit #4, I went with a burgundy sweater dress and my favorite burgundy leather boots from Zara. However, I love sparkle so I added on some bling with these beautiful dangley earrings and topped it off with my camel coat. I am absolutely obsessed with monochromatic burgundy right now!

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Coat: Something Navy (Nordstrom) / Dress: Target /  Boots: Zara / Earrings: Something Navy (Nordstrom)

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Outfit #5

One more for the ladies who don’t need any sequins or glitter in their life. I took this leopard button down and kept it a little more casual by pairing it with my favorite distressed mom jeans from Topshop. I added my Gucci belt to keep it looking a little bit luxe and added some white heels from Steve Madden. Again, the camel coat on top because it’s a major staple in my wardrobe!

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Top: XLE / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden

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I hope you enjoyed these fun and easy New Year’s looks!

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

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Casual Holiday Outfits

It’s almost Christmas time and that means there’s lots of holiday happenings! Whether it’s an office holiday party or a casual night out with friends, there’s plenty to do and you probably need to wear clothes for it. So today, I’m sharing some easy holiday outfits that aren’t overly festive so you can wear them for pretty much any occasion.

Outfit #1:

I love a pretty dress and patchwork print is VERY in for the fall/winter. So Zara combined two of my favorite things and made them into a pretty satin dress. Bonus points because it’s also pretty shades of red and burgundy which is very festive. I paired it with these leather burgundy knee high boots because I also love a monochromatic look. I finished the look off with a white sherpa overcoat.

Dress: Zara / Boots: Zara / Coat: Something Navy

Outfit #2:

Every one loves camel and black together so it’s definitely an appropriate combo for the holidays. If you’re looking for something a little bit more laid back and less festive, neutrals should be your go-to. I took this camel color turtleneck sweater and paired it with some plain black jeans, threw on some black suede booties and we have a look. And if you don’t have a camel coat, GO BUY ONE.

Top: Urban Outfitters / Jeans: American Eagle / Boots: Public Desire / Coat: Something Navy

Outfit #3:

Ya’ll know how I feel about leather so I’m gonna skip that part. We all know it’s an essential for fall and winter. However, so is this pretty emerald green color! Jewel tones are perfect for the holidays, but as a casual sweater it’s less Ho-Ho-Ho and more I-can-also-wear-this-in-January. Again, things I’ve mentioned before that are here again are: knee high boots & camel coat. Go get them. You deserve them.

Sweater: Mango / Leggings: Topshop / Boots: Something Navy / Coat: Something Navy

Outfit #4:

Again a burgundy top is so pretty for this time of year, and the high neck and ruffles are very feminine are girly. Perfect for a date night or a night out with the girls. Pair with some gray jeans to keep things interesting and some heels you’re good to go! Also, let’s talk about this leather trench coat…how good is it!!! If you love leather as much as I do, I highly recommend investing in a leather trench.

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Coat: Something Navy

Outfit #5:

To keep things super casual, you can always go for a simple button down and some distressed jeans. We all know I love these mom jeans so much and I especially love them with a striped button down for just about any occasion.  White loafers keep things casual but still interesting and again the white sherpa coat and burgundy scarf add a little bit of holiday flare!

Top: Something Navy / Jeans: Topshop / Shoes: Steve Madden / Coat: Something Navy / Scarf: Zara

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

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