Let's Get Caught Up: Volume 4


I seriously cannot believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted a life lately update, better known as a ‘let’s get caught up’ post. This may be a sign of age, but I feel like time is in hyper speed. It’s absolutely crazy to be that we’re almost halfway through October. If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that it’s been a pretty epic year. If you’re new- welcome and thanks for joining me!

The point of this post is to fill you in on some more personal details of what’s happening in my life and some things I’m loving lately. I hope you’ll enjoy!

Some things I’ve been up to lately:

  • Officially getting into the swing of married life, name change included. Many people have asked, “how’s married life?” My answer is that it’s the same… but different. :) Brian and I have lived together for almost four years now but it definitely feels like a new + exciting next chapter! On another note, we are patiently and anxiously waiting for our Martha Stewart Weddings feature!

  • I’ve been traveling A LOT. It seems that things are really busy for me September through November, which I’m SO grateful for. In the past month, I’ve been to Sonoma County, Florida, Sodus Bay, NYC, Chicago, NYC again and this week I’m headed to Miami then San Francisco. It’s definitely exhausting and it makes me appreciate my low-key at home time even more.

  • Celebrated one of my best friend’s weddings. She got engaged before me and married three months after me so it was fun to be able to go through all of it together!

  • I’ve been growing my business. I am really guilty of having tunnel vision and constantly focusing on the next thing without stopping and appreciating the progress I’ve made. This year has been filled with growth and growing pains but I definitely feel more secure in my path and where I’m headed. I don’t really believe in “5 year plans” but I believe in setting goals and crushing them. I’ve strengthened my relationship with social media manager, Julian and I’ve recently signed with Estate Five to help with social media related jobs.

Some things I’m loving lately:

  • A good bra! If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’ve been loving all things Elomi lately. Elomi designs beautiful lingerie and swimwear for the curvier figure and is all about making you look and feel fabulous. Elomi is a size inclusive brand that offers a wide range of choices ranging from a 32-48 band and up to a (UK) K cup. A proper fitting bra is SO essential and it’s something we often neglect for ourselves. If you ever need any suggestions or sizing questions, feel free to DM or email me anytime. Here are a few I’ve been wearing on repeat lately:

  • Rent The Runway Unlimited: I’ve had a crazy schedule with all different climates and dress codes. I’ve been loving being able to try new items that I’d NEVER buy or be able to afford. I’ve rented dresses, sweaters, jackets and purses so far- I can’t get enough! Use “CARALYNPERK40” for 40% off your first month. Here a few of my recent rentals:

  • All things fall!! The weather in Buffalo is just starting to turn, I’ve definitely been getting in the spirit. I’ve put pumpkins, mums and a cornstalk out front of my house- which makes me happy! I’ve been searching for some new soup recipes but Skinnytaste recipes never fail me. If you have any healthy-ish ones, I’d love to hear!

  • Madewell: I may be a little late to this party but DAMN, I LOVE THIS STORE! Like, take all my money, I love this store! When I was in Chicago recently, my mom and I had the best time shopping and trying on all of the things. Their sizing is incredibly generous, making it size inclusive and their quality is fantastic. They’re having 20% off of 100 of 30% off of $200 ending today so if you’re thinking about trying, do it! Here are some of my recent purchases that you will be seeing on repeat:

  • Monogramed everything! Since the name change (more on that soon), I’ve been loving all things with my new initials. I’ve recently splurged on this new phone case and wallet.

I hope you enjoyed my little update! What are you loving this fall? Leave your comments below or on my latest Instagram post! Photo by Ryan Kell