Take A Trip to 'B Kind City'

Happy #GirlPowerFriday, everybody! 2017 has been so special for me, especially due to the incredible people I've met and connected with. Cue Katie Monacelli, creator of bkindcity- BKC for short. She's a bright light with contagious energy that makes you want to hug a stranger. 

Katie describes her company as east coast streetwear meets west coast unisex apparel company with a feel good/ feels good vibe.  Bkindcity is a group of inspired individuals, looking to affect the perspective of commercial society with a culture of creative positivity and kindness.  Through the avenue of an apparel company, they have found a way to bring our vibe to the masses. The best part is? Katie always gives back. For every softest crew sweatshirt bought, she donates a meal to the Buffalo City Mission

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OK, so let's talk about these softest crew sweatshirts! You know that sweatshirt you can't take off? The one you wore to bed last night. The one you threw on this morning to go grab coffee? The one you wore to practice (and maybe the bar?) This is the softest thing you’ll ever put on your body.  Trust me- I NEVER take it off.  Not even kidding, I am sitting here typing this blog post in my black one now. Proud owner of a grey one too! Another reason I love this sweatshirt is it embodies Buffalo, or as we all it here the "Queen City" and "City of Good Neighbors". The sweatshirt even has our area code on the front! Honestly, not sure how this sweatshirt could get any better. 

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To purchase one of these sweatshirts, you can purchase them for $58 at Modern Nostalgia on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo. You can also contact Katie directly and she will ship worldwide to you! She also sells beanies, tanks, tees and many other sweatshirts. Most styles are shown on her Instagram!

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This post is NOT AT ALL SPONSORED. All opinions are my own and you know that I only share things that I love with you! However, if you'd like to purchase something from Katie- be sure to mention "Caralyn Mirand's post" to get 10% off! I can't wait for you to fall in love with this sweatshirt as much as I have!

Be sure to follow Katie @katiemonacelli and @bkindcity. Her positivity and kindness makes my feed so much brighter! 

Activities in Buffalo You Must Do This Fall

Is it just me, or is fall one of the best seasons?! Thinking about the endless clothing options, the crisp fall air and outdoor activities are enough to put a smile on my face!  

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is go apple picking. It is one of my favorite memories as a kid and something that I continue to love to do as an adult! For me, it's less about the actual picking of apples and more about the experience of being there (and of course dressing for fall and throwing apples at each other). For four years now, Brian and I have been going with his brother, Brandon and his wife, Mallory. I recently bought a new camera that I hadn't had a chance to test out. I took this as the perfect opportunity to Hoping to get better as I learn more about it. Keep scrolling for the best picture I've taken so far. Spoiler: It's of a donut. 

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Where we went:

Our favorite places to go is Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, perfect for adults and kids! We love stopping at the bar, indulging on hard cider and donuts before getting on the tractor, as the ride out to the apple orchard is hard to beat. Once you're out there, picture taking, collecting apples and OF COURSE throwing a few at each other is a must! ;)

Step Out Buffalo put a great list together of other orchards to check out! See them here.

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Outfit inspo:

I have been really trying to push myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to my style! So, when Brian and I decided to go apple picking last weekend I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so! Pro tip: I've been searching clothing items on Pinterest for inspiration. For example, for this outfit I searched "blue gingham shirt outfits" and that's how I found inspiration to style this look. This outfit is perfect for apple picking because it's cute and comfortable! Usually, I'd wear boots but the ground wasn't muddy so I was able to get away with flats! 

Shop this look:

Other fall activities I look forward to:

  1. Decorating the inside and outside of my home with pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks
  2. Making soups and chili, two of my favorite recipes here and there
  3. Carving pumpkins and roasting the pumpkin seeds, recipe here
  4. Dressing Walter (our pup) up in his fall coats/ sweaters (shown below)
  5. Football Sunday's- Go Bills! 

What are your favorite fall activities? Leave them in the comments below!

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Let's Get Caught Up: Volume 1

Sometimes when life brings you new opportunities, it's hard to keep up with blogging! So something I wanted to do is introduce a new series called "Let's Get Caught Up" where we all share what we have been up to recently! I think it's so important to reflect on your week and the discoveries that you made, so I'm very excited to share this new series with you all! 

Some things I've been up to lately:

It's been a long time since I've been home for a full week in Buffalo. When I'm traveling (for different modeling jobs), it's very important for me to have some "family time" at home for at least a few days to ground myself. It's the perfect time to get some personal and professional work done!

 Here's what I've been up to in the past few weeks:

  • Went to a bachelorette party in Concord/ Gilford / Alton Bay, NH to celebrate one of my girlfriends, Courtney. Her wedding is in a few weeks on top of a mountain, we have to take a chairlift to the ceremony! So excited for that!
  • Said goodbye to my lease and purchased my very first pre-owned vehicle! I researched, went test driving and negotiated. With just a teeny help from Brian- I handled it all on my own! Adult-ing hard over here.  I ended up with a Mazda CX-5 and I'm loving it! Overall, it ended up being a pretty painless experience. 
  • Photographed by the legendary Nicole LeBris Creative in Jersey City during one of my NY trips! This mama-to-be is a visionary behind the camera. I was overdue for some new images and I wanted to shoot with her before she has her baby girl, which can be any day now! Pictures coming soon. My girl Maxey Greene styled the shoot. Check out her styling website (and a sneak peek of our shoot) here! 
  • Celebrated my future in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary. We were all supposed to travel down to Florida for a long weekend, but Irma had other plans. We ended up having beautiful weather in Buffalo for some fun filled family time! 
  • Toured the brand new Whole Foods in Buffalo! I was so honored to get an exclusive look of the store before it opened. I was incredibly touched by the thoughtful product sourcing from local companies. If you are in the area and haven't gone yet- that is a must!

Some things I'm loving:

  • What is it about wedding videos? They always make me cry, even if I don't know the bride and groom personally. One of my favorite bloggers, Mallory Ervin posted hers today and gave me all the feels. 
  • I've been on the hunt for comfortable, stylish, pointy red heels. DSW is my go-to for shoes since I wear a size 11. These are still in the mail but I'm so excited to try! Ok fine, I ordered these too... just to see. :) Can't beat that price!
  • JUMPSUITS! I'm loving the trend but I've been hesitant to try. Curious to know if there's any curvy girls out there who have rocked the look? I recently ordered a few from Nordstrom and I'm hoping to pull off one for a wedding guest look. 
  • Spaghetti squash. It has become a weekly staple in my household! Ever since I found Damn Delicious' "how-to" guide on how to cook one perfectly, I've been on a major kick. I've perfected my chicken pad thai - you don't even miss the rice noodles! Maybe one of these days I will post my recipe. 

What have you all been loving lately? I can't wait to read what you have been up to in the comment section below! 

Welcome to CaralynMirand.com!

I’ve decided to re-launch my website under my own name because who I am and what I do has truly evolved within the past two years. I have slightly outgrown “Buffalo Beautiful” and my focus has shifted onto other things, in and out of Buffalo. I’m incredibly excited to share CaralynMirand.com with you, here’s what to expect:

  • A more “behind the scenes” approach to my life as a model

  • Beauty hacks, tips and tricks that I have learned

  • My style journey beyond just clothes, inspirational things too!

  • A glimpse into my social media consultations, clients and brand partnerships

  • My family/ home life, recipes I love and traditions we share

  • My wedding journey! Especially excited to share this one with you!

  • More than occasional appearances of my rescue dog, Walter
     

I can't wait to go on this new journey with you! 

As always, I LOVE hearing your feedback! I am incredibly grateful to have built a social media presence with such engaging and supportive people! I will be counting on you throughout this journey to hear what you like and more of what you’d like to see. Here’s to the start of something special!