Everyday Dresses: Try On Confidential

As warmer temps begin, it’s time to shift into dress season! Now before jumpsuits, dresses were my one true love. They’re just so easy! You throw them on, feel fabulous and get on with your day. I’ve found a bunch of my favorite casual styles that are easy and casual for the weekend but many of them can be dressed up for the work week. Pair them with sandals, flats or heels. If you’re looking for shoe inspiration, you can check out my spring shoe shopping guide! Be sure to tune into my IG stories to see some of these dresses on.

dresses featured in stories:

shop all everyday dresses:

I’ve done my best to include my typical sizing/ what I’d order in each brand as well.

still want more? These are my go-to stores for dresses

Abercrombie, American Eagle, ASOS, J Crew, J Crew Factory, LOFT, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy

looking for fancier dresses?

Check out my wedding guest dress post

Loving these looks? Looking for something? Feel free to leave a comment below.

accessories worn:

undergarments I’d recommend:

I typically wear a size large in these, could not recommend Spanx enough! Be sure to check out their different levels of support and all of their different rises.

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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.

Lab-grown Diamonds are a Girl’s (and wallet’s) Best Friend

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Statement jewelry is bigger and bolder than ever but I’ve also seen a huge trend in delicate jewelry. As I’m getting older, I have found myself gravitating towards jewelry that will last longer but I am still budget conscious. When I first came across Lightbox Jewelry, I was pleasantly surprised to find out they are lab-grown diamonds priced at $800 per carat. These lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds.  So, if you have always wanted a pair of diamond earrings for everyday wear but haven’t been able to justify the expense, I’d strongly encourage you to check out Lightbox.

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As part of my fall initiative of stepping outside of my fashion comfort zone, I decided to try these blue solitaire studs. I typically wouldn’t choose blue but it is my favorite color, after all and I’ve never worn anything like it! I truly love knowing that they’re special and beautiful. These studs come in blue, pink or white lab-grown diamonds - so there is something for everyone! If you have a second piercing in your ear, I think these would look really cute if you moved them up with a larger earring in the first hole. 

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Fun fact about me, when I’m working from home, running errands or exercising, I ALWAYS have some sort of stud earring in. I just feel naked without them! I’ve also always loved the way a diamond stud looks. It’s just a clean and classic look that will never go out of style! Lightbox lab-grown diamonds are for lighter moments in life. Essentially, they are diamonds you can do anything in! If you have sensitive ears like me, have no fear, each of the lab-grown diamonds are set in 10k white gold or sterling silver so you never have to worry about bothering your ears. 

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Another thing about Lightbox that I really love is that they believe in transparent pricing. Nature created diamonds over a billion years ago. The larger a natural diamond, the rarer it becomes. Each one is unique, like a snowflake. So they are priced individually, often with certificates to describe their character and qualities.

Lightbox makes their own laboratory-grown diamonds every day of the week. Among the finest you can find, in the color or size you can choose. This makes their pricing easy, as transparent as their stones. On each product page, they give you a concise pricing breakdown of how much each item costs. These solitaire studs are $200 for 1/4 carat + $200 for 10k white gold setting ($400 total).

Shop all Lightbox jewelry here! Are you loving these lab-grown diamonds as much as I am? Leave your comments below. 

Check out Lightbox Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram!

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photos by Ryan Kell

Friday Favorites: Surviving Winter In Style

It's been a busy week of work and travel over here, which is why I haven't been as active this week online! But that's alright, real life happens and we gotta roll with it. I wanted to round up my favorite looks that have been helping me survive this awfully cold winter we're having and some looks I'm really looking forward to wearing in the spring. I'll be showcasing a few of these items on my Instagram story today, so be sure to check that out! Not sure if you've had a chance to check out my new Highlights on my profile, but I've saved a number of my most popular stories on there. Here are a few brands that I've been loving lately and are keeping me on point (does anyone say 'on point' anymore?) throughout these winter months:
As always, the images and font in bold are clickable- which means you can shop directly from this post! 

Boden: Coats

Okay, I'll admit it. My MOM told me about Boden and it's safe to say I'm OBSESSED! She wore a coat over to my house one day and I tried to steal it... They're a UK based company founded on the principle of stylish clothes that look great and never stint on quality. I typically don't splurge on items like this but I was incredibly impressed with their quality and 365 day return policy... and they've been having a serious sale, items are 40-70% off! So I just had to try them out and I've been blown away with what I got! I've ordered quite a few things and I am in love, I consider these items investment pieces- knowing that I will have them for a long time. For reference, I think they run pretty TTS (true to size) I've been ordering my usual 14 and everything has fit perfectly! 

Eliza J: Spring Dresses

Eliza J is my GIRRRRRL! I'm not sure if she actually exists, but I am seriously in LOVE with this brand. You've seen me in their dresses quite a few times now, I cannot get enough! I also love how on trend and current they are. Another reason why I love the brand is because they are size inclusive, they are always offering styles from sizes 0 to 24! Here are a few dresses that I just got and cannot wait to wear! A few of them are on sale so swipe them up before they're gone!

Bauble Bar: Earrings

I think my Bauble Bar earrings have become my signature thing. You know what's the funny part? I love to throw on a pair of fun BB earrings out of pure laziness because I'm not very good at accessorizing so it's just an easy way to pump up any look! I get asked all of the time where my earrings are from and 99.9% of the time, they're from Bauble Bar! These are a few pairs that I splurged on lately that I am loving! They're having a major sale this weekend, including an extra 15% off of sale so if you're looking for a refresh in your jewelry game, be sure to check them out! 

CO2 Lift Facial

A few weekends ago, I did a full Instagram story about my CO2 Lift mask experience. In case you missed it, I saved it as a highlight on my profile titled "CO2 Lift." They agreed to let me do a monthly review of their famous mask, which is INCREDIBLE by the way. This weekend only, they're offering $20 OFF if you use the code "CARALYN20" - which NEVER happens (it's usually only $10!) so if you've been thinking about trying it out, now is the time!  

As a member of their auto-ship "Glowing Skin" programevery month you will enjoy the comfort of having your CO2Lift delivered straight to your door for just $59.95.  That’s 30% off their regular price for their most devoted customers!

If that wasn’t enough, as a gift, they will send you a “starter pack” which includes an additional CO2Lift treatment and a bottle of our hyaluronic serum. That’s two CO2Lift masks and one bottle of hyaluronic serum for $95.00! ($229.95 worth of product)
Then for $59.95 per month, a single pack of CO2Lift will be delivered straight to your door.

Their single pack with one mask is usually $85.00 so at $59.95 is a real savings! But if you just want to try it, the $20.00 off would make the starter pack $75.00 for 2 masks and a hyaluronic serum!


I hope you enjoyed what I've been loving lately, would love to hear in the comments which items you're most interested in trying! Wishing you a fabulous weekend and happy shopping! Many of these sales end soon so be sure to check them out.

Shop my outfit from the photo at the top here: