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Not even joking, these mugs are the BEST. They are sleek and functional, coming in a bunch of colors and keeping your favorite beverages at the perfect temperature. They’re a great gift for anyone that you love!
Poo-Pouri is thee perfect treat for everyone on your Valentine’s Day List: yourself, your Galentine’s, and especially your SO! In case you missed my IG post, I was shopping for it here. I love how it comes in a dual pack specially designed to trap unpleasant odors beneath the surface of the water, it includes the delightful scents of vanilla mint and lavender.
Planning a getaway? Treat your someone special with a new piece of Away luggage. I recently got this bag for my upcoming trip to Europe and I’m so excited to use it. It comes with a battery pack so you can stay charged on the go.
For the sentimental one on your list, put together a collage of your favorite images in this beautiful frame. I recently bought a similar one for my parents of wedding photos, it was a hit!
For the person who likes to have a little fun with their footwear, check out these heart socks. They’re unisex so they’re great for all!
THE BEST slippers of all time, for your favorite fella. No joke, these are seriously the most comfortable slippers you will ever own.
I’m not kidding, these slippers (for women) are the best. You can thank me later!
You’ve seen me talk about this brand over and over again, here’s one of my new favorites in a sassy red hot style! Be aware of the sizing, I wear a 34FF. Check out your local Nordstrom to get fitted if you are unsure.
Skincare is for EVERYONE! It’s important to take care of your skin. Relax and unwind with some of my favorites from this set.
Your pets need love too! I recently got my pup this bed and he’s quickly adjusted to the life of luxury. Your furry friend will thank you.
Gotta have some undies for the guys! These ones are Brian approved and come with a special “ball pouch” that keeps the boys tucked into place.
What’s a Valentine’s Day gift guide without a little sweetness? Take your chocolate game to the next level with these adorable chocolates.
These are my absolute favorite teeth whitening strips… They may not be the first gift idea that comes to mind but your loved one will appreciate them. I originally got them from my dentist but you can also get them here!
Are you loving this gift guide? Would love to hear any other gifts on your wish list! Thanks for choosing me to be your go to girl!
Happy #TryOnConfidential Friday, my friends! Last week on my IG Stories, I put up a poll and asked if you wanted to see coats and jackets or sports bras. With close to 2,000 votes, it was nearly a 50/50 split. Since we’re still in the thick of winter, I figured I’d do coats first! But don’t worry, sports bras will be soon!
If we’re being honest, I have WAY too many coats. Living in New York, one must be prepared for all seasons. I understand not everyone will need a winter coat but this list mentions my top 6 must have pieces of outerwear for all seasons. Stay tuned to my stories to see the full break down. Here’s my list of must haves:
1. Polished Wool Coat
2. Functional + Packable Winter Coat
3. The Trench Coat
4. Moto Jackets: Faux Leather + Suede
5. Denim Jackets: Blue + White
Bonus: Statement Coats
my favorite places to shop coats + jackets:
abercrombie - asos - boden - nordstrom - nordstrom rack - old navy - rent the runway (use CARALYNM100 for $100 off your first two months of Unlimited)
What did you think about this coat and jacket round up? Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for visiting me here at CaralynMirand.com, feel free to reach out anytime! xx
At the start of the year, I’ve decided to share more wellness topics with you. Wellness can mean so many things, from working out, to getting organized, to meditation, to the foods we put in our body! I am definitely no expert on any of these topics, but I’ve learned they are all important to focus on for finding that balance for a healthy lifestyle. Finding that balance is a journey, definitely not a destination, in my opinion. It doesn’t hurt that I LOVE food… so I’m excited to be sharing this with you.
More recently, I’ve been sharing lots of recipes on my IG like this 2 ingredient pizza dough recipe and you have been LOVING it. I’m no chef or culinary guru whatsoever but I do know how to follow a recipe. I’m a firm believer that variety is the spice of life, because of this I rarely eat the same thing every day because I get bored. I’m a big snacker, during the day I like to keep it simple and easy. But if I HAD to narrow in on what I typically eat in a day, it would be a combination of these:
I like to track my meals via an app on my phone, it helps me be more mindful. For dinner, I often feel much more inspired especially since Brian is usually home for dinner. Here are a few of my favorite recipes and food bloggers’ IG accounts who give me inspiration daily!
What are your go-to recipes? I’d love to know and add them to my rotation. Also, are you liking this food content? Leave a comment if you think I should share more!
I’ve been inspired by a few of my favorite bloggers to take a deep dive into what posts and products were your favorite last year. It was my first full year using the LikeToKnow.It app to share my clothes, accessories and other items with you so I was very excited to see what your absolute favorites were.
Here’s the countdown of your favorite items.
10. Honorable Mentions:
Ice roller, salt and pepper grinders, wine stoppers + Oprah’s favorite makeup bag. These items were featured on my holiday gift guides and I’m still using these items all of the time!
9. Bauble Bar Earrings:
The perfect way to accessorize any outfit! If you are lazy or struggle with adding a little oomph to outfits, statement earrings are my go-to to make any outfit pop.
8. Madewell shoes
These babies went ALL over with me this year, I love how versatile these mules are. You can pair them with jeans, jumpsuits, dresses and they always pull the outfit together.
6. Leather Leggings
In case you missed my ultimate guide to leather leggings, be sure to check it out here where I go into great depth and detail on each pair. Hopefully the guide will help you figure out which pair is right for you! Either way, these leggings are a staple in my fall through spring wardrobe and I’m so glad you’re loving them too.
This makes me extra happy because I love swimsuits too, almost as much as I love celebrating my curves in a suit that makes me feel confident! It seems this year many of you may have caught the bug, wearing statement suits too!
4. Moto Jackets
Yasss, queens! A moto jacket is the perfect way to layer onto any outfit and instantly give it that cool factor. My favorite thing about moto jackets is you can wear them year-round. Investing in a nice faux leather or suede option will last you for YEARS! They’ll never go out of style.
I’ve had so much fun sharing my bra knowledge with you this year. As a lingerie model, I’ve learned so much about the importance of fit and I feel it’s my mission to share with you. Did you know most women are wearing the wrong bra size? UGH! We need to change that. Over the next year, I hope to evolve and share even MORE different types of bras with you which will hopefully inspire you to find your fit.
1. Jumpsuits + Rompers
Calling all Jumpsuit Kweens!! 2018 was the year of me stepping outside of my fashion comfort zone, discovering jumsuits/rompers and never looking back. They’re just so easy and comfortable- yet chic and elevated. I’m so glad you loved them too! As I got married in 2018, one of my favorite style moments of the year was my bridal shower look at my lemon themed party. I opted for an off-white jumpsuit by Eliza J for my bridal shower, which is RE-STOCKED for 2019 by the way. I had so much fun sharing my bridal journey and got to connect with so many other brides. It means the absolute most that I could be a small part of someone else’s big day by inspiring some of you to rock a white jumpsuit of your own!
Did you try any of these items from my posts this year? If so, which one(s)? I’d love to hear. Thank you for choosing me to be your go-to girl for all things fashion! I look forward to seeing where 2019 takes us.
In case you missed it, last week I shared the ultimate Guide to Faux Leather Leggings. I created a rating system and gave you my most honest opinion on four pairs of leggings. In case you missed it, read it here! I received some incredible feedback on it and I got quite a few requests for top suggestions to pair with the leggings. As a curvy girl, I know it can be a struggle to find tops that flatter and cover your butt. Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites (many on sale) that would work well with those leggings you have. I’ve found options for every body and price point. Happy shopping! xx
cardigans + light jackets
tees + tanks
nordstrom sale picks
Did you see anything you like? I’d love to hear. I’d absolutely LOVE to see you rocking your faux leather leggings so be sure to tag me @CaralynMirand on Instagram so I can see and share! xx
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Happy 2019, my friends! I am back at it with the #TryOnConfidential’s and its by far one of my most requested topics… Faux Leather Leggings! You may be wondering, “are they really that complex?” My answer: YES- there’s a lot more to them than you may think. That’s why I’ve created this rating system based on:
Fit - Quality - Value - Washable
I’ve decided to start with four pairs of faux leather leggings. Please remember I am 5’’9 and a true size 14 US so keep that in mind when it comes to sizing. I’m definitely open to trying more but here are the top ones that I’ve tried and you have asked about:
My tried and true. These are the first pair I’ve ever owned and have fallen in love with. Here’s how they rank:
Fit 5/5: The most size inclusive brand of the group, for that I’ll always be favorable to them. The cater to sizes 2-26. I’ve worn a Large, X-Large and 1X (just to compare). I personally prefer the way the large fits on me and according to their size chart, I’m right in between a L and XL. If in between sizes, size down for a more “held in” feeling. They also hold their shape and never stretch out, which is a win.
Quality 4/5: These ones truly feel like a leather legging. In my opinion, they’re the most “leather-like” and the thickest. The seams are a little larger in comparison to the other pairs but they are made well. The inside feels like it has an inner lining, but it’s just the inside of the faux-leather fabric. They also have a little bit of a scent which doesn’t bother me, but it’s worth mentioning.
Value 5/5: These leggings run just under $100 (comparable to others) and they are often on sale- you just have to keep your eyes out for it. They’re a good bang for your buck that you’ll be able to rewear again. Treat them like a staple piece in your wardrobe.
Washable 3/5: According to care instructions, you can machine wash cold and gentle. You must line dry them. However, I’d highly recommend washing them inside out. I don’t LOVE the way these wash which is why I wear them a few times before washing, is that gross? I’ve worn them I’ve noticed slight wear and tear on the seams.
Overall Takeaway: the most authentic, leather-like leggings I’ve come across that fit well and hold their shape. They will forever be an all-time favorite.
One of the most requested comparisons by you. Here’s how they rank:
Fit 2/5: Although I am overall impressed with Express’ new size inclusivity, I was really disappointed to see how these fit. I snagged a large in these and almost wish I got a medium. They ran really big in the hips and calves. Their waistband is also incredibly small and not the most flattering Sizes run XS to XL.
Quality 3/5: These feel like straight plastic in comparison to the others. They are thick and have a cozy inner lining but I’m not overly impressed with the feeling of these for weekly wear. However, if you are someone who wants to dip their toes into the leather legging world, you may want to buy and try because of the…
Value 4/5: You know what they say, you get what you pay for. These leggings retail at $59.90 but are often on sale for $40ish which is a steal. If you’re someone who may wear leather leggings every now and then, you may want to try these if you want to stay on a budget. But let me remind you- you get what you pay for.
Washable 4/5: Their care instructions say wash inside-out, cold and gentle cycle. They did just fine in the washer except a few of the seams became loose on the inside.
Overall Takeaway: not my favorite but glad I tried them!
These leggings are EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Here’s how they compare:
Fit 4/5: In other Spanx products, I wear a large so I just assumed that I’d be a large in these without thinking twice. I was sad to see that I should have ordered an XL, especially according to their size chart. The large fit on me but they’re not ideal, definitely a little snug- especially since they don’t stretch out. However, they are pretty size inclusive, ranging from an XS to 3x. I also appreciate that they also are a center-free seam, which means goodbye cameltoe!
Quality 3/5: To be honest, I wanted to love these, I really did. Overall, I was really shocked by how thin these leggings are. They are also the least like leather of the bunch. They’re more of a coated cotton rather than a true “faux-leather.” They really only have that “leathery sheen” in bright lighting.
Value 3.5/5: If you prefer a lightweight (more of a true legging) fabric then these are great. Once you find your true size, the structure of these are good. But if you’re seeking a true leather legging situation, these are not for you.
Washable 5/5: Per the care instructions, machine wash cold and inside out to maintain the legging's sheen appearance. Aha! See they even mention the “sheen appearance” here. These wash like a typical black legging so they wash perfectly.
Overall Takeaway: If you love the firm hug of Spanx shapewear and/or you’re not really into the full leather look, size up and get these!
Fit 4.5/5: I learned my lesson with the Spanx ones so I was able to try the large and XL of these. At first, I was a little skeptical because you really have to work to get into these bad boys. At first, I thought I was for sure the XL but as I wore them, they began to stretch out a little bit. I wore the large and at first, when I bent over they would roll down a little bit. I did notice that the large ended up stretching out so I prefer the way the large fits me. The XL’s have stretched out a little bit in the knee.
Quality 5/5: If the Lysse and Spanx leggings had a child, they would be these Commando ones. They actually feel like leather but they are much more lightweight than the Lysse but the shapewear aspect is there. They are less of a coated fabric and feel more like a breathable, bendable legging that really holds you in. They are also seamless in all of the right places so there’s no awkward lines.
Value 4.5/5: These are comparable to Spanx and Lysse when it comes to price-wise. To me, I really loved how they held me in while also giving that true leather legging look. They’re rarely on sale but they’re a good investment piece if you will wear them frequently. I wear mine at least once a week!
Washable 4.5/5: Similar to the others, machine wash cold gentle cycle, do not bleach, dry flat, low iron, do not dry clean. I have washed these a few times already and they seem to really do well. The only thing is they do get a little crinkly in the wash but you can easily smooth them out while they are hanging or after they dry.
Overall takeaway: It may take a little to wiggle into these but trust me, they are worth the wiggle!
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Paying homage to my Italian roots, it’s been said that wearing red undergarments on New Year’s Eve brings good luck and prosperity. It’s believed that wearing the color red helps continue the intention of good luck, so you may just wear it on the New Year, or every day because, why not?! For many of us, lingerie is a practical necessity but I’m here to remind you that it can be a lot of fun! I’ve rounded up my favorite red bra’s and panties to help you ring in the new year in style:
other red undergarments:
keeps your undies clean with:
fellas need good luck too:
Have you ever heard of this tradition? Are you trying it this year? Leave a comment below. As always, feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions about fit!
GIFTS UNDER $40
This mini-emergency kit is a great gift for ANYONE! They make all different styles and kits depending on your needs. They also make great kits for men too, best part? They’re 20% off with code THISISIT20!
This little roller ball perfume is what dreams are made of! It comes in the cutest packaging, perfect for the gal on the go!
No joke, I’ve been hiding this peppermint bark from Brian! If you’re a peppermint/chocolate fan - it’s SO good! I love that it comes in a festive box too.
Easiest way to spice up any party? Add a little Cards Against Humanity! I just introduced it to my family this previous Thanksgiving and holidays will never be the same.
I just can’t get enough of this 3 piece glove set - just in case you lose one! They come in a few different colors so you can choose accordingly.
You’ve heard me talk about Bobeau (they’re having a 30% off sale right now on their site) a few times- I LOVE this brand. I’m all about cozy basics and I just love these sweatpants that are just over $40 but I’ve linked a lightweight pair here for $25!
I talked about this blanket on my gift guide for parents, it’s just such a fantastic gift! I love that it comes in so many colors so you can literally get everyone on your list done with this.
I recently read Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ and it was a fantastic read. No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, her life and overall message was incredibly empowering. I also really enjoyed reading an inside scoop about life in the White House.
I really tried hard to not put candles on any of my gift guides, we all know how to buy candles. However, I really like this mini set. You can gift it all together or break them apart and gift them separately.
You know I love all things For Your Party! These under $40 sets make the perfect hostess gifts! They come beautifully wrapped which make it the ultimate gift.
I hope you’re loving these gift guides! This is my last major guide before I start promoting last minute gifts so be sure to refer to my previous guides to get all of your shopping done!
GIFTS FOR PARENTS AND IN-LAWS
Gifts for your parents and in-laws can be difficult, but I’ve put together a list of items that may help! In my opinion, beauty items are the best gifts because I love spoiling my mom and mother in law with items they might never try, so be sure to check out my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide. You can also check out my guide for difficult people to shop for here! Be sure to tune into my IG stories later today to hear more about these items.
What parent doesn’t love photo themed gifts? I decided to spend some time and create this Polaroid inspired picture frame of wedding photos for my parents. I know they will love!
We received a set of Yeti mugs and cups as a wedding gift and they’re the BEST. They come in all shapes and sizes, perfect for parents on the go, these are great for everyday use, tailgating and outdoor entertaining.
This Nest Thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. It is pretty easy to install too!
If you want to treat your mom to an amazing hair day, get her a Kerastase shampoo set! It’s a great value and the product is seriously amazing.
I’m so excited to gift this salt plate to my dad this year. He’s an excellent cook and it’s hard to find him kitchen tools he doesn’t have! Virtually nonporous, salt plates can be heated or chilled to great extremes, adding delicate flavor to all types of food.
For the parents who love a good cocktail, this bar set is a must! We have it and LOVE it, it’s truly chic and functional.
This hand cream is THE BEST because it still moisturizes your hands through washing them. It’s thick yet spreadable formula is unbeatable and I love that it comes in this little gift set.
What better gift than to show your parents their ancestry? I took this test last year and it was incredible experience. Highly recommend!
For the home chef who needs a little spice in their life, I love switching things up with the spiralizer!
I just discovered this brand this year and their knitted items are adorable at a great price! I love these slippers but if you’re looking for sturdier ones, I linked them (and a men’s version) here!
This holiday party goods set from For Your Party will get the party started! They come in a few different versions
GIFTS FOR THE DIFFICULT PEOPLE TO BUY FOR
These gloves are not only fashionable, they are FUNCTIONAL! Featuring tech-friendly tips on three fingers, the set comes packaged in a gift-ready pouch and includes a spare so you'll still have a pair if one glove gets lost.
Slippers are a great gift, I love wearing these ones around the house! I’ve had them for a few years now, it’s time for a new pair. They are the best and I love that they have a solid gripping bottom. Don’t forget about a pair for your favorite fella!
This small but mighty speaker does it all. It connects to your phone via bluetooth so you can take it anywhere from vacations, to parties or at home! We have it and use it all of the time. It comes in a few different colors too!
What better way to improve somebody’s quality of life than to get them automatic salt and pepper grinders? When I shared these on my IG stories a few months ago, you all went crazy for them! I knew I had to include them here.
This blanket makes a great gift because everyone loves to get cozy in the winter! They are excellent quality and come in a variety of colors - you can’t go wrong here!
Personalized stationary makes a special gift for anyone! From note cards to note pads, everyone can use it! I love how easy yet thoughtful this one is.
You might’ve seen these bags on my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide, but I couldn’t resist sharing them again. They are SO good and they fit WAY more than I thought it would. It also has an LED light inside so you can find your products easily at all times.
I love and exclusively use these wine bottle stoppers. They come with a pump to remove the air in the bottle to help keep it fresh! Gift with your favorite bottle of wine.
It took me awhile to adapt to the layered necklace trend, this three piece set is an easy way to do just that! You can wear them all together or separately, mixing them with necklaces you already own.
I LOVE using this ice roller for a little extra self care. Keep it in the freezer and use when you need to get rid of puffiness, headaches or when your skin needs a little pick me up!
I’ve shared these leather pouches on my Newly Engaged / Newlywed Gift Guide earlier this week. They make a perfect gift because you can use them for all of your little belongings, headphones or as a coin purse. I love that you can monogram them too!
I LOVE these no-show, no-slip socks! They are truly no-slip. I wear a size 11 shoe and they fit me perfectly, Brian who is a men’s size 12 also steals them from me and wears them. They are great for everybody and come in a few different sizes.
You may remember me talking about Invisibobble’s before here, these are THE BEST hair ties. They don’t leave dents, they prevent breakage and they don’t give you headaches. I love this mini set but I’ve also previously featured the bigger set here!
These unique napkins are stunning and make the perfect gift for the favorite entertainer in your life. They come in a few different varieties + colors so you can choose accordingly!
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The holiday season has officially begun! As we are quick to make our shopping lists for others, it’s easy to overlook our own self care. This holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself and allow yourself to feel good! I can always count on Maggy London to make me look and feel amazing year-round, but especially during the holidays. In case you missed it, I featured my favorite Maggy London looks a few weeks ago. This week, I’ve added a few more dresses into the mix including some new favorites! If you are shopping the Maggy London styles, be sure to use CHRISTMASCARALYN for 25% off your order until 12/31!
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SHOP THESE LOOKS + MORE
Love this red print! Both collars have a flat buckle + removable bowtie which makes them comfortable for your pet!
If you’re a fan of my IG stories, you’ve seen me unbox Bullymake boxes each month. They offer a monthly subscription of toys and treats for dogs who are power chewers and like to destroy toys. Their treats are homemade and disappear quickly, Walter approved. I am teaming up with them to give away a THREE MONTH subscription (valued at $108), keep reading to see more details!
Chasing squirrels are fun, but even more fun when they’re stuffed with treats. This Squirrel Dude comes in four sizes which you can put dry treats in. It bounces around and treats will fall out as the dog plays with it.
Calling all cat lovers: these fortune cookie toys are filled with catnip!
This Wooly Snuffle Mat puts your dog’s nose and brain to work by mimicking the hunt for food and keeps the occupied as they search for treats. It’s durable, machine washable and great for any size breed!
Know someone who struggles taking selfies with your dog? This attachment forces your dog to look at the camera, works on most smartphone! Definitely getting this.
We used this DNA test last year to find out that Walter was and it was pretty incredible! It showed that he was a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier, not the mixed mutt we thought he was. The kit comes with swabs and access to an online portal, which gives you all of your data once it’s been collected.
This festive cat gingerbread house is complete with it’s very own scratch friendly carpet, how chic!
This is definitely for the boujee dog who enjoys the finer things in life.
To enter my Bullymake Box Giveaway:
make sure you’re following me and Bullymake
share a picture of my post or your furry friend on your IG story and tag me!
like my Pet Gift Guide photo on my Instagram and comment let me know you’ve entered
BONUS entry: comment on my blog post!
Giveaway will run from 11/28 until 12/1, winner will be announced by 12/3. US, Canada + UK participants only!