Gifts Under $40

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GIFTS UNDER $40

  1. 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!

  2. Not sure how I ever survived a holiday without a little Bauble Bar sparkle. I love these hoop earrings which comes in a festive set with a headband for a few dollars more!

  3. This little roller ball perfume is what dreams are made of! It comes in the cutest packaging, perfect for the gal on the go!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. If you wear rain boots in the winter, you’re going to want these boot socks! They are thick but cozy in the best way! They were also on Oprah’s list of favorite things, so you KNOW they’re good!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. I RARELY see Kendra Scott on sale under $40 so don’t pass on this bracelet! I love this bracelet, I have it in grey, shown here. It’s such an elegant staple!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. I mentioned this Philosophy set in my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide and it doesn’t disappoint. You get a TON of product for $40! It’s a good bang-for-your-buck 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!

Gift Guide For The Difficult People To Buy For

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GIFTS FOR THE DIFFICULT PEOPLE TO BUY FOR

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Who doesn’t love a little Bauble Bar in their life? These gift sets start at $25 just make me so happy! Any gal who loves statement jewelry would be happy to receive.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

Are you loving these gift guides? Leave a comment below!

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12 Holiday Dresses

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

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Black Friday Sales

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Happy Black Friday, everybody! Today happens to be my birthday so as I am celebrating with my family and Thanksgiving leftovers, I thought I’d share some of my favorite sales happening this weekend. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and reflecting on another year of life, I always wanted to share a few things I’m extra grateful for this year. I will do my best to keep this updated & re-share any deals happening on Cyber Monday! Happy Shopping! You can click the links directly below to shop (which also gives me a credit at no additional cost to you, so thank you for using)!

Grateful For:

(in no particular order)

my family who loves and supports me unconditionally // my best friend & partner in life who I had the honor of marrying this year // my new family who has welcomed me and accepted me with open arms // my friends who always have my back // the incredible partnerships I’ve built this year professionally // being able to travel to new cities (hello San Fran, Sonoma + Chicago!) // having the ability to connect with people like you all over the world // being able to grow + evolve in such a creative industry // the chance to take another trip around the sun // excited to see where this new year decides to take me! // xo - C

Happy Black Friday Shopping:

Aaptiv || 30% off with code CONFETTI30

Abercrombie & Fitch || 50% off everything

Aerie || 40% off everything + free shipping

American Eagle || 40% off + free shipping

Ann Taylor || 50% off everything + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY

ASOS || up to 60% off, 20% off everything with code HELLO20

Banana Republic || 50% off full price items

BaubleBar || 35% off everything

Bed Bath & Beyond || 35% off Nespresso Machines + up to 50% off others

BHLDN || dresses on sale + free shipping

Bloomingdale’s || take $25 off every $200 spent with items labeled “TAKE 25 OFF”

Boden || 30% off with code V4N9

Boohoo || 50% off everything

Charlotte Tilbury || Up to 50% off select items

CO2 Lift || 40% off entire site use code Caralyn or BLACK40

Etsy || 10-60% off custom & handmade gifts

Express || 50% off everything + free shipping

GAP || 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY

Gorjana || 20% off everything with CYBERSAVE20

HerRoom || 50% off regular priced items

H&M || 30% off your purchase + free shipping with code 3238

JC Penney || lots of deals marked + free shipping

J.Crew || 40% off everything with code TOGETHER

Kate Spade || 30% off everything with code GIVECHEER

LOFT || 50% off your purchase with code THANKS

L’Occitane || 50% off gift sets

Macy’s || extra 15-20% off select departments with code BLKFRI

Maggy London || 40% off sitewide

Minted || 20% off cards, gifts + fine art with code BF2018

Nordstrom || up to 60% off 

Nordstrom Rack || Extra 30% off sale & free shipping sitewide

Old Navy || 50% off everything, no code needed

Rent The Runway || 40% off first month of unlimited with CARALYNPERK40

Sephora || Gifting items up to 50% off

Shopbop || up to 25% off full-price items and up to 75% off sale items with code MORE18

SSense || up to 50% off designer items

Swimsuits For All || 45% off sitewide and $4.98 shipping

Tory Burch || up to 60% off with code THANKS

Urban Outfitters || BOGO 50% off sitewide

Willams Sonoma || 20% off with code THANKFUL

World Market || 40% off all furniture with code FURNDEAL

Zazzle || 60% off custom gifts, decor and more

Try On Confidential: Episode 12- Holiday Dresses with Maggy London!

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If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I just LOVE all things Maggy London. Not only are they gorgeous dresses, but they are size inclusive and quality dresses! Their fit is always on point, I can always trust that I’m a true 14 in their clothes.

In case you missed it, I recently announced that I have been contributing to the Maggy London blog! Last month, I showed how you could wear three pieces, six ways and make the most of your wardrobe. Read last month’s post here!

This month, I’ve rounded up my three favorite Maggy London holiday looks on their blog. Check out that post here! For today’s #TryOnConfidential, I’m trying on these items + showing you some of my other favorite ML styles to wear on repeat all season long! Be sure to tune into my IG stories to see how the items fit & how I’m styling them for the holiday season. I will be giving one dress away from their Holiday Edit. Keep reading to find out how!

You can click on the images below to shop the items directly from here. Be sure to leave a comment on which dress you’re loving the MOST! Happy shopping. xo

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Which dress is your favorite? Leave your comments and questions below for a bonus entry!

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Lightbox Lab-Grown Diamonds: Rose Gold Realness

As I’ve been scrolling through social media this season, I can’t help but to notice everyone loving delicate necklaces. They’re everywhere and I have been dying to try them with my own flair. I have recently discovered Lightbox’s three stone pendant in pink with a rose gold chain and I will definitely be re-wearing this all year long. It features their laboratory-grown diamonds, in a three stone bezel and prong setting.

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You may have previously seen my post with Lightbox jewelry last week. In case you missed it, Lightbox diamonds are laboratory-grown diamonds priced at $800 per carat. These lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds. The larger a natural diamond is, the rarer it becomes. Each one is unique, priced individually, often with certificates to describe their character and qualities. Lightbox makes their own laboratory-grown diamonds every day of the week, in colors like pink, blue and white and in sizes from 1 to 1/8 of a carat. Since these diamonds are not rare, it makes their pricing easy, as transparent as their stones.  Every stone over 0.05 carats carries a tiny laser inscription as certification of their quality criteria. Their pricing breakdown for this necklace is $600 for 3/4 carat + $100 for rose gold plated setting, totaling $700.

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It took me awhile to hop on the rose gold bandwagon, but I am really a fan. I love being able to mix metals and rose gold pairs perfectly with silver and gold. I love this necklace because it looks beautiful on its own but it also plays well with others! It looks amazing with other jewelry and layers well. 

As the holidays are quickly approaching, now is a great time to start thinking about gifts for those special people in your life. Lightbox offers an incredibly accessible and affordable option to those looking for those special gifts at a reasonable price point. They also make it super easy to shop so feel free to add it to your holiday wish list. :)

Here are some of my other favorite Lightbox picks:

Halo Pendant in white ($300), Blue Moon Pendant ($700), Wings Pendant in pink ($500), Solitaire studs in white (starting at $400)

Are you loving the delicate necklace trend? Would you mix and match rose gold with other gold necklaces? Leave them in the comments below!

Check out Lightbox Jewelry on Facebook and Instagram!

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Photos by Ryan Kell

HOT Deals for In Between Christmas & The New Year

Hey everybody! I don't know about you, but it takes me a few days to recover from Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE IT! But this time between Christmas & the new year makes me extra lazy! Which causes me to online shop... Which is why I asked you in my Instagram Poll if you're still shopping too and 60% of you said yes! I've rounded up my favorite deals happening right now!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale:
Up to 50% off all categories until January 2nd.

There are so many good sales in all categories: men, women, home & baby! Be sure to check out these sales here!

Eloquii (Sizes 12+) Up to 80% off styles!

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The Clock Is Ticking! Gift Guide For The Last Minute Shopper

It's the final countdown! *cue that song- you know which one I'm talking about! We're getting close, everybody! Earlier this week, I posted an Instagram Poll and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many last minute shoppers there are! I have to hand it to you, I have a lot of respect for the last minute shopper! I have too many control issues to shop this late... However, I've secretly always wanted to be a late shopper, maybe next year! Nonetheless, I'd like to present you with my first EVER roundup for last minute shopping! 

I've rounded up a list of my favorite online stores and their delivery dates. As always, the fonts in bold and images are clickable so you can shop them directly from my site! If you're looking for some great last minute gifts, look no further than Amazon & Nordstrom!

Amazon:

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When in doubt, give a gift card! But a cool one! 

I've rounded up my absolute FAVORITE, not-so-typical options for a gift cards, click the rectangular button to direct you to the link! All links will give you the option to print it or email it.

What it is: Rent designer pieces, they have something for everyone. Filter dresses, clothing and accessories by date, size, occasion and more. Bonus: they typically send you two sizes, just in case to assure it will fit! Their customer service is also phenomenal! 

Why they'll love it: They'll be able to rent designer clothing for any event from casual everyday wear to formal black tie. They'll get 100,000s of options at their fingertips. Give the gift of trying new things, having more fun and going for it.

What it is: credit towards the famous ride sharing app! 

Why they'll love it: they'll be able to use it for all of their transportation needs! 

That wraps up my gift guide for the last minute shopper! I hope this helps speed up your last minute shopping so you can get to spending more time with loved ones & indulging! 

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Under $50 Gift Guide: One Stop Shopping For Everyone On Your List

Hey Everybody! It feels so good to be back in action with a new computer, just in time for another holiday gift guide– gifts under $50! A lot of these items are under $20 which is even more exciting. It's such a snowy day here in Buffalo, so what better way to spend it than a little online shopping? I will be showcasing quite a few of these on my Instagram Story, showing you how they work and why I love them so be sure to check that out later on.

Be sure to click on the images or font in bold to shop these fabulous gifts!

For the homebody:

Bliss Plush Throw: This blanket was gifted to us a couple years ago and we fight over who gets to use it! It is so cozy and it's the perfect size to cover yourself AND it folds up and stores nicely. It also comes in a wide variety of colors to match that special someone's home.

Capri BLUE Volcano candle: I've posted about these candles a few times and I just cannot get enough. They smell amazing and they look fabulous on a coffee table or counter space. I like to group them by three so this would be a perfect gift if you're looking to spend around $50. They are also great alone if you're looking for a good stocking stuffer. 

His & Her Slippers: In the winter, my feet are ALWAYS cold so I love having a house slipper to wear around my home. I also like to bring them to other people's houses when I take my shoes off! And of course, Brian likes to copy me so he just bought himself a pair of slippers to wear around the house too! All of these pairs are from DSW and they're having a promotion right now: $10 off $49 using code GOGREEN.

For the traveler:

Jackery Portable Charger:  Alright, so I can tell you that I own four different portable chargers- yes FOUR! This one has to be my favorite one because it lasts a long time (probably get about 4-5 charges to it) AND it is light/portable enough to fit in a small purse or pocket. My other chargers don't last nearly this long but if they do, they're too heavy to carry around all day. It also doubles as a flashlight- never know when you may need one! This one is only $18 right now on Amazon!

Happy Plugs Wireless Earbud Plus Bluetooth Headphones: I was very skeptical to join the bluetooth headphone club, call me old fashioned- but these headphones are AWESOME! For the price, they have excellent sound quality and they are very easy to pair with any device. They also come in quite a few colors- so they're perfect for EVERYONE! The price depends on the color you select but they are all under $30. 

For the one who likes to treat themselves:

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask: My friend Kelly just bought me this for my birthday after I saw her post about it, it's safe to say- I'M OBSESSED! I'm such a sucker for Korean skincare products. It is a bubble mud mask that provides pore cleaning and black head removal. Whenever I do a face mask, Brian always likes to join in on the fun too- face masks are for everybody! This one is also very fun to apply. Your snapchat friends with thank you! Cashing in under $10, it makes the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. If you're still not sold, check out this article from the Today Show about it!

Sephora Gift Set: If you haven't already seen it, Sephora just launched their Holiday Gift Finder. It sorts by who you're shopping for & price- so awesome! I've linked a few of my favorite gift sets for him & her, something for everyone. They are also a great value because they include products that would be way more expensive if you were to buy them all together. 

For the one who has everything:

Knock Knock Fill In Journal: These books are PERFECT for the sentimental people in your life that appreciate the thoughtful gifts. Simply fill in the blanks of this diminutive volume and voilà: it becomes a personalized gift your fam will read again and again; make it as playful, prideful, or poetic as you please! Brian bought me the "What I Love About Us" book for my birthday and it was by far my favorite gift. Coming in under $15, depending on the one you choose- you can't go wrong. Perfect for your significant other, mom, grandma, sister, dad, teacher, friend- the list goes on and on! 

Happy Socks: you can never really go wrong with socks: everyone needs them and everyone rarely buys them for themselves! Loving this set for the festive season with this Holiday Socks Gift Box. This collection of seasonal favorites makes a perfect present for that stylish someone in your life. Happy Socks are my favorite because they're unisex too- offering every design in unisex sizing! 

Are you loving this gift guide? Tell me what you liked and what you want to see more of in the comments below. Happy Shopping!