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!

Gift Guide for Parents + In-Laws

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GIFTS FOR PARENTS AND IN-LAWS

Gifts for your parents and in-laws can be difficult, but I’ve put together a list of items that may help! In my opinion, beauty items are the best gifts because I love spoiling my mom and mother in law with items they might never try, so be sure to check out my Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide. You can also check out my guide for difficult people to shop for here! Be sure to tune into my IG stories later today to hear more about these items.

  1. What parent doesn’t love photo themed gifts? I decided to spend some time and create this Polaroid inspired picture frame of wedding photos for my parents. I know they will love!

  2. We received a set of Yeti mugs and cups as a wedding gift and they’re the BEST. They come in all shapes and sizes, perfect for parents on the go, these are great for everyday use, tailgating and outdoor entertaining.

  3. This Nest Thermostat will help make your home not only smart but energy efficient. With just a few manual adjustments, the Nest Thermostat can learn your habits and start to save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. It is pretty easy to install too!

  4. Every parent deserves to have some nice leather goods. Spoil your dad with this wallet and your mom with this gorgeous tote bag. Best part? You can monogram them both with their initials!

  5. I share a lot of female focused beauty products, so this one’s for the fellas. After all, guys need to take care of themselves too! I love this set from Kiehl’s and so do the men in my life.

  6. If you want to treat your mom to an amazing hair day, get her a Kerastase shampoo set! It’s a great value and the product is seriously amazing.

  7. I’m so excited to gift this salt plate to my dad this year. He’s an excellent cook and it’s hard to find him kitchen tools he doesn’t have! Virtually nonporous, salt plates can be heated or chilled to great extremes, adding delicate flavor to all types of food. 

  8. I previously shared this electric salt and pepper shaker on my previous guide and had to re-share! It’s a luxury item at an incredible price. I just love this darn thing!

  9. For the parents who love a good cocktail, this bar set is a must! We have it and LOVE it, it’s truly chic and functional.

  10. This hand cream is THE BEST because it still moisturizes your hands through washing them. It’s thick yet spreadable formula is unbeatable and I love that it comes in this little gift set.

  11. What better gift than to show your parents their ancestry? I took this test last year and it was incredible experience. Highly recommend!

  12. For the home chef who needs a little spice in their life, I love switching things up with the spiralizer!

  13. I just discovered this brand this year and their knitted items are adorable at a great price! I love these slippers but if you’re looking for sturdier ones, I linked them (and a men’s version) here!

  14. This holiday party goods set from For Your Party will get the party started! They come in a few different versions

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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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

Save The Date: Behind the Making of our Wedding Crest with Brittany Branson

Happy Wedding Wednesday, everybody! *GIVEAWAY ALERT* Keep reading to find out! Now that my guests have had plenty of time to receive their save the date's from us, I've decided to share this very special creation with you. Save the dates have a very unfortunate acronym so I'm going to keep spelling out 'save the date' for you. ;) Typically, you'll see save the date cards with photos of couples on them. In my line of work,  I often feel that my family and friends get sick of seeing pictures of me- because I certainly get sick of looking at myself! I also knew I wouldn't be able to commit to one picture of us to live on someone's fridge for 6 months! Therefore, I was inspired to shake things up a bit with our save the date's. Cue Brittany Branson.

I came across Brittany's Instagram in the fall and I was immediately attracted to her bubbly personality and stunning designs. My wedding planner, Karina Lopez connected the two of us and decided to create a custom wedding crest, also known as a watercolor heirloom crest. Brittany thrives o working with couples who aren't afraid to get creative! In that, she loves using their love story or unique aspects of their personality as her inspiration for creating their custom wedding art.

After some careful thought and research, Brian and I pulled together all of the things that embodied our relationship. These ideas were then sent over to Brittany and we gave her creative reign to make something special. And boy, did she deliver! 

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Our requests to Brittany were fairly simple. We wanted our crest to represent the aspects of our relationship but in a tasteful way. Here are the things that we brainstormed about our relationship that we wanted embodied within our crest:

-Downtown Buffalo cityscape // where we first met and fell in love
-Palm tree leaves // we love the beach & traveling to warmer climates
-Walter, our dog, in a bowtie  // we wanted him represented in a way that wasn't overkill, I think she did so well with this concept! 
-A yellow umbrella // How I Met Your Mother reference - one of our favorite shows
-Hydrangeas & white roses // my favorite flowers
-Established in 2018 // for the obvious reason of getting married in June 2018!

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It's simple, thoughtful and yet so meaningful to Brian and I. I know we'll be able to use this crest for years to come. Spoiler alert: I believe we're going to use the crest on our custom stamps for our formal wedding invitations. We also can add it to little details at our wedding as well as frame it in our home for years to come. We had the crest implemented into a simple design on Minted and printed it on a thick card stock through them!

I'm currently running a giveaway on my instagram account to receive your very own custom watercolor heirloom crest! You don't have be engaged to enter to win, this crest could be special for any family at any phase of life. In order to win you must:

1. Follow @CaralynMirand & @ByBrittanyBranson on Instagram

2. Subscribe to CaralynMirand.com by typing in your email (on the sidebar of the blog page on your desktop or on the bottom of this page if you’re on your phone) 

3. Comment on my instagram post why having a custom family crest would be special to you

4. For bonus entries: tag any friends including bride to be's who'd love to enter

Giveaway will run Wednesday, March 14th at 12:00pm EST until Saturday, March 17th at 12:00pm EST. Must be following both of us to enter, subscribed to my website and commented on my photo. No purchase necessary! Winner will be chosen by a random name generator. 

 

What do you think of my crest/ save the date?! Leave your reply below. 
Special thank you to Brittany Branson and Minted for collaborating with me on this post!

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