Spring Break Essentials: Try On Confidential

It’s SPRING BREAK TIME, baby! I am SO ready for a vacation. We usually go away around Easter and escape to somewhere warm. My skin is craving the sun. I thought it would be fun to switch things up this week and share my vacation style. If we’re being honest, I really wanted this one to be all about shorts but truthfully, I haven’t found enough pairs that I LOVE to do a whole post about them. It’s important for me to share quality pieces at all price points and I didn’t want to force it. So this week, pack with me! The places we are going is pretty casual / laid back but I’ve got some great basics and items that are great and will last me throughout the summer months! Be sure to to tune into my IG Story to see the looks on, it will also be saved as a highlight.

Look 1: Travel Outfit

Look 2: Daytime/Dinner Outfit

More shorts I bought + liked:

Look 3: Beach Ready

To view more swimsuits, click here!
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Caralyn20 at Figleaves for 20% off your order

Look 4: Beach Bar Ready

Look 5/6: Jumpsuits/Rompers I’m Bringing

To view more jumpsuits + rompers, click here!
Black belt bag featured in stories,
click here!

Look 7: Beach Festival Ready

A few other items:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s #TryOnConfidential! Let me know your thoughts or suggestions below!

Jumpsuits + Rompers For Any Occasion: Try On Confidential

Today’s #TryOnConfidential on my IG stories features one of my absolute FAVORITE closet staples… the jumpsuit/romper. I wasn’t always a “Jumpsuit Kween” but I adapted the trend a little over a year ago and I’ve never looked back. Why do I love them so much? Funny you ask. I actually love them because they are easy to throw on, you can INSTANTLY look polished and stay comfortable. I also love that I don’t have to wear shorts underneath to prevent any chafing situation. So basically, it’s my lazy girl hack for looking chic and staying comfortable.

I’ve gone ahead and divided them by categories, but if you prefer to view them all you can just scroll to the bottom to see everything. Many items are on sale so be sure to stock up for every occasion. Would love to hear your thoughts or any questions below!

My go-to brands:

for all things jumpsuits and my typical sizing in each brand. For reference I’m a true size 14 and 5’8.5 (175cm)


Eliza J (size 14) - LOFT (size large) - J Crew (size 14) - ModCloth (size XL) - Maggy London (size 14) - Old Navy (size large) - Gap (size large) - Vince Camuto (size XL)

Jumpsuits/Rompers Shown in Stories By Order Shown:

or you can shop by occasion

Dressier Options

for weddings, parties , more formal events

Casual

Work and weekend friendly

Loungewear/Travel

The comfiest of options

All white:

for the brides or anyone looking for a modern update to the monochromatic look

view all and more:

Shape wear for jumpsuits:

I own two pairs of capri length shape wear, this ensures that you won’t see a line on your thigh from typical short length shape wear. All of the below styles are lightweight but supportive so that you’ll stay comfortable all day long!

A (Girl) Power Pant with Express

Photo by   Ryan Kell

Photo by Ryan Kell

In honor of Women's Empowerment Month, I’ve teamed up with Express to share what makes me feel confident and secure to take on whatever challenge that may lie ahead. What we wear tells the story of our ambition, it’s important to reflect that positively. I’m typically one to always gravitate towards a dress or jumpsuit (one thing to put on bc… lazy) but today I’ve challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try a bold pant moment! I styled these pants with a grey suede moto jacket, light top, classic nude strapped heels and a gold hoop. When I take risks with a particular style, I like to keep the rest of my look pretty simple.

sizing details + discount code:

I’m fairly new to shopping Express but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their size inclusive collection lately and how consistent their sizing is. I purchased a large/14 in everything and it all ran very true to size. I had a lot of fun shopping for this bold look, I hope you do too. They were kind enough to offer you gals $25 Off $100 in-store and online and expires 4/15/19 using code 8129. Terms and conditions apply, see link here:

Photos by  Ryan Kell

Photos by Ryan Kell

shop this look below:

Would you rock this look? Would love to hear in the comments below if you’ll be shopping it. Don’t forget about that discount code! Use code 8129 for $25 Off $100 in-store and online and expires 4/15/19.
Terms and conditions apply, see link here:
Thanks to Express for collaborating with me on this post. All photos by Ryan Kell.

Size Inclusive Swimsuits 2019 - Try On Confidential

I’m very excited to bring this very requested post to you. It was very important for me to research and try out new brands that I haven’t previously tried before. It’s incredible to see how many more swimsuit options there are now. Here are all of the suits + brands featured in my stories and some other suggestions in case you need more. Without further ado, let’s go swimming!

Figleaves

UK based company offering underwire and wired options for sizes a-k at a great price
Size Worn: 34FF
Use Caralyn20 at Figleaves for 20% off your order

ModCloth

Bold new size inclusive swimwear in sizes XS-3X
Size Worn: XL

Elomi Swim

One of my favorite lingerie brands offers swim in a variety of bra size silhouettes!
Size Worn: 36FF, XL bottom

Summersalt

Hardworking travel wear designed to move with you sized 2-16
Size Worn: 14 use CARALYNMK10 for $10 off $95 or more

LSpace Swim

Playful bikini and swimsuit collections, sized XS-XL
Size worn: XL

Other size inclusive swim brands I love/ worth checking out:
These brands are pretty consistent with their sizing, I typically wear my bra size 34FF, 14 and XL.

Adore Me - Empreinte - J Crew - Kenneth Cole Swim - La Blanca - Lauren Ralph Lauren Swim - Panache

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shop this suit

sneak peak of my denim short hunt success:

5 Ways to Style a Striped Tee: Talbots x O Magazine

I’ve decided to partner with Talbots and Stylinity in support of  O, The Oprah Magazine Collection now available at Talbots! This special collaboration benefits Dress for Success, with 30% of the proceeds going back to the organization. In case you’re not familiar, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

In spirit of this exciting collaboration, I’ve been inspired to show you two ways to style this classic tee. I love how versatile and flattering this shirt is. I know I will be wearing it on repeat all spring long!

Ways to style:

Pair with white denim and a bright colored blazer to give your casual tee a more sophisticated vibe. Don’t be afraid to roll those sleeves up and reveal the sleeve detail on the tee.

Going for a more relaxed weekend look? Throw on your favorite pair of black denim, jean jacket and little white sneaker.

Other ways to style:

  • Pair with distressed denim and ankle boots for a dressed-down look.

  • Go simple (but chic) and pair with a button-front A-line skirt.

  • Throw on a pair of leggings and voila! Your new favorite travel outfit.

The limited-edition, be-good-to-yourself pieces (part of Talbots’ ultra-comfortable T by Talbots collection) are inspired by their belief that women should look and feel great on the go. Shop the entire collection here!
Which is your favorite look? Would love to hear in the comments below.

Thank you to Talbots and Stylinity for collaborating with me on this post.
All photos by Ryan Kell

Away Luggage Review + FAQs

photo by   Ryan Kell

photo by Ryan Kell

I’ve recently had the chance to try Away luggage to see if it lived up to all of the hype. My first trip with it was a trip to Europe. I challenged myself to only packing The Bigger Carry On (with ejectable battery) for 12 days. To see more about what I packed, you can check out this blog post here.

In a recent poll on my IG stories, I collected all of your questions about the bag and here are my honest opinions. Full disclosure, Away was kind enough to gift me the luggage but this post is not sponsored whatsoever. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

To view full product details on The Bigger Carry On, please check them out here.

QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

What size do you have? 

The Bigger Carry On with the ejectable battery in Navy.
I also have The Bigger Carry On with the ejectable battery in Green and The Everywhere Bag in Navy. This size perfectly fits in standard airplanes. I had no issues fitting it in the overhead bin. The Bigger Carry-On is made to fit the standard that airlines actually use—the sizer. And the sizer can fit slightly bigger bags.

Featured and Details: Durable polycarbonate shell- Ejectable battery that charges your phone - TSA-approved combination lock - 360° spinner wheels - Interior compression system - Hidden laundry bag Exterior measurements 22.7” x 14.7” x 9.6” Interior measurements 21” x 14.5” Weight 7.8 lbs Capacity 47.9L

Does it hold everything you need? Or smaller than normal?

It may seem smaller than a normal size bag but it really does fit a lot. The bag zips in half, so you have one compartment for clothing, the other for side for toiletries, shoes, etc. I was honestly shocked by how much I could fit into the bag.

Best way to pack thing into it?  How much stuff can you get in it? How many days?

In case you missed it, I shared how I packed for 12 days in Europe during the winter in a blog post here. The best way to pack (in my opinion) is to roll your items and use packing cubes. The packing cubes really help squish things down to maximize your space. I also highly recommend this flat toiletry bag. As a chronic over-packer, I was surprised to see how efficiently I was able to pack for this long trip. It’s definitely doable.

Is it easy to carry on to planes?

Very much so. I really like how sleek it is and balanced. With some of my other rolling bags, it gets top heavy and often falls over. The handle is conveniently placed so that the weight is distributed evenly. The size is perfect and fits seamlessly in the overhead bin with zero issues.

Is the handle sturdy? Easy to pull/turn? Is it rolling well?

Yes to all. I was very skeptical because I previously had the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 and the wheels are incredible. Although these wheels aren’t as heavy duty as my other bag, it still held up really well and glided nicely. Sometimes it’s a little difficult to wheel on carpet, but so was my other bag. I’ve been pulling the Away bag through all scenarios, down stairs, through city streets and I’ve been impressed by how sturdy it is.

Durability? How is wear and tear? Scratches? Does outside get damaged?

It’s extremely durable. When you receive the bag, it comes with a self-cleaning kit which I haven’t used yet even though I maybe should. It

What is the texture like? Does it scrape hands?

The outside of the bag is a durable polycarbonate shell, which makes it waterproof and easy to clean. It’s porous and hard but not rough, if that makes sense. I’ve had no issues with scraping or rough textures against my skin.

How’s the battery feature? Love it or is it too complicated?

To be honest, I was actually nervous that it was going to be complicated but it’s SO simple. You just pop it out, charge it before your trip and push it back in. I usually carry this portable charger on me at all times but I’ve used this one quite a few times when my other one died. I think it’s a feature worth having, it absolutely doesn’t hurt.

Comparison on what you used before and the compartments?

As previously mentioned, I used this bag. The main difference in the compartments is that my old one was just one large compartment. The Away bag is evenly split into two. I prefer the Away bag because it’s easier to access things while you’re traveling. You don’t need to dig to the bottom, if that makes sense. I loved the functionality and customer service of my Travelpro, but I didn’t love the look of it.

What makes it different/ worth the splurge?

So just as a friendly reminder, I am not an Away partner, I am not being paid to promote this whatsoever. Aside from the bag being extremely functional, it’s sleek. I like how fashionable AND functional this bag is. The design is extremely smart and thought through. For so long, I’ve had bags that were functional but didn’t always look cool/ sleek. This is the first bag that I’ve found that offers both.

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photo by   Ryan Kell

photo by Ryan Kell

Frequently Asked Bra Questions

Last week, I shared a #TryOnConfidential featuring sports bras. I was incredibly excited by all of your questions and realize there is so much more ground to cover. I’ve been sifting through my DM’s and the questionnaire I posted yesterday. I wanted to put this all into a blog post so we can refer back to later.

Here are your most frequently asked bra questions:

Q: Where do I get fitted for a bra?

A: Bra fitting is a professional skill. There is nothing like getting fitted for a bra in person. My top suggestions would be Nordstrom (they go through an intensive bra training process) or a bra specialty store in your town, find a store near you here. If you’re in Buffalo, I’d highly recommend Lace & Day. Two sisters own it and I PROMISE you will have an amazing experience.

Q: I really can’t get to a store, any other bra fitting tips?

A: Grab a tape measure and check out these resources that I have found helpful.
- Bra Size Calculator - Wacoal Bra Size Finder -

Q: What’s your favorite strapless?

A: I’ve been wear testing a BUNCH of strapless bras, I’m still searching for more options but here are my favorites so far. As a friendly reminder, PLEASE refer to the size guides above before you purchase.

Q: What’s your favorite t-shirt bra?

A: These are a few of my favorites:

Q: What’s your favorite non-wired/lounging bra?

A: All about a good lounge (no wire) bra for around the house. These are a few of my favorites. Note: these are NOT very supportive, I don’t typically wear these out of the house unless I have a really baggy sweater on.

Q: How many bras should I actually own?

A: Technically, you should have a bra for every day of the week. You should definitely have a rotation of bras. This helps your bras last longer. You don’t need a molded/padded bra for every outfit- only t-shirts. You can wear a laced cut and sewn bra under blouses, thick sweaters, etc. I am probably not the right person to ask because I probably have 50+ bras… I get a bunch from my job but I just can’t get enough! :)

Q: How do you care for your bras? Where do you store them?

A: I use Forever New powder on my underwear, bras and swimsuits. It safely cleans lingerie, hosiery, swimwear, silks, woolens and other colorfast delicates It has a natural base of citrus and multiple sodas, cleans then rinses completely from the fabric leaving no soap residues to damage thread fibers. HIGHLY recommend. I store my bras in a drawer- speaking of which, I need to re-organize! Thanks for the reminder!

Q: I am a wide band but small cup, any suggestions on where to find a bra?

A: I would try Elomi, Cacique, Sculptresse. But do yourself a favor and get professionally fitted. You may not be as small of a cup as you think.

Q: I need a smaller band but large cup, any suggestions on where to find a bra?

A: If you are confident in your size, I’d recommend trying out: Elomi, Freya, Panache, Chantelle to name a few! PLEASE do yourself a favor and go get professionally fitted.

Q: Do you have any recommendations for pregnancy or postpartum bras?

A: Depending on the person and their current size, it’s hard to recommend a specific style. Only because everyone’s sizes may fluctuate. Sometimes breast sizes are smaller, bigger, or stays the same but most likely our tissue becomes more “relaxed”. Sometimes they’re even one side more shallow than the other. The best answer is to get refitted once you are definitely stopped breast feeding/pumping. Everybody will fit a different silhouette. For pregnancy,  If you’re looking for a comfy bras to wear during your first & second trimester, you probably would want to look for a wire-free bra (see above). You can still wear underwire bras but your sizes will change in a short period of time… which means you might have to buy bras multiple times. I’d recommended to get fitted in your 3rd trimester for your nursing bras. At this point, your breasts should be at its fullest. You can wired bras in your correct bra size for the same everyday comfort and look or wire-free nursing bras.

Did I answer all of your questions? If not, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message! xx

Sports Bra Recommendations: Try On Confidential

Coming in HOT with this one, you have requested this one like crazy. I’m excited to bring you my sports bra #TryOnConfidential featuring my favorite styles ranked from high impact to low impact. I’ve been working on this post for over four months, wear testing these for you. Be sure to tune into my IG stories to see how all of these styles fit on me. I wear a 34FF - 36FF (UK sizing), I’ve formerly worn a 38DD. If you haven’t been fitted for a proper bra in the last year, PLEASE do yourself a favor and go get professionally fitted at a local speciality shop or a Nordstrom. It will change your life. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Here are some of my favorites that I’ve tried just for you:

1. Elomi Lingerie - Energise

Size Range: 32GG - 46D (UK Sizing)
Size Worn: 34FF
Good For: High Impact (long distance running, jumping)

2. Panache Medium Impact Wire-Free

Size Range: 28DD - 40GG (UK Sizing)
Size Worn: 34FF
Good For: Medium Impact (jogging, weight training)

3. Curvy Couture Ultimate Fit Underwire

Size Range: 34DDD - 44H (US Sizing)
Size Worn: 36G
Good For: Medium to High Impact (Running, weight training)

4. Outdoor Voices Zip Bra

Size Range: XS-XL (refer to size chart)
Size Worn: Large
Good For: Light Impact (Yoga, Strength Training, Walking)

5. Girlfriend Paloma Sports Bra

Size Range: XS-XL (refer to size chart)
Size Worn: Large
Good For: Light Impact (Yoga, stretching)

6. Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra

Size Range: XS-6LUXE (refer to size chart)
Size Worn: LUXE
Good For: Medium Impact (jogging, weight training)

What did you think about this? Was it helpful? Again, I HIGHLY recommend getting fitted if you’re unsure about your sizing. Feel free to reach out with any questions and be sure to tune into my IG stories.

Valentine's Day Gift Guide For Everyone

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. THE BEST slippers of all time, for your favorite fella. No joke, these are seriously the most comfortable slippers you will ever own.

  7. I’m not kidding, these slippers (for women) are the best. You can thank me later!

  8. 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.

  9. Skincare is for EVERYONE! It’s important to take care of your skin. Relax and unwind with some of my favorites from this set.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. What’s a Valentine’s Day gift guide without a little sweetness? Take your chocolate game to the next level with these adorable chocolates.

  13. These are my absolute favorite teeth whitening stripsThey 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!

  14. Sticking with the functional gifts, as spring approaches everyone needs an umbrella! I love how travel friendly these are and how many color variations they come in. Shop 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!

6 Must Have Coats + Jackets For Every Season

photo by   Ryan Kell

photo by Ryan Kell

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

6. Blazers

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

Easy Meals + Recipe Inspiration

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!

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Your Top 10 Favorites of 2018

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.

7. Maggy London Dresses

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you KNOW Maggy London dresses are my never fail dress option. I can always count on their size 14 to fit me perfectly and make me feel confident for whatever meeting, party or event that comes my way.

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.

5. Swimsuits

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.

3. Spanx Shapewear

Shortly after my wedding, I shared the REAL REAL on what went down underneath my wedding dress. As a bride to be, I felt that proper fitting undergarments underneath gowns were barely spoken about. I shed some light on the topic in this post in case you want to check it out here.

2. Bras!

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.