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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Gift Guide For Pets (& Pet Lovers)

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  1. You’ve seen Walter dressed in these collars, they are seriously the best and come in a bunch of different colors and sizes for cats and dogs!

  2. Love this red print! Both collars have a flat buckle + removable bowtie which makes them comfortable for your pet!

  3. If you’re a fan of my IG stories, you’ve seen me unbox Bullymake boxes each month. They offer a monthly subscription of toys and treats for dogs who are power chewers and like to destroy toys. Their treats are homemade and disappear quickly, Walter approved. I am teaming up with them to give away a THREE MONTH subscription (valued at $108), keep reading to see more details!

  4. Chasing squirrels are fun, but even more fun when they’re stuffed with treats. This Squirrel Dude comes in four sizes which you can put dry treats in. It bounces around and treats will fall out as the dog plays with it.

  5. Did you know that UGG makes pet supplies? I cannot even begin to handle the cuteness of this dog scarf! Even better that it’s under $10!

  6. Calling all cat lovers: these fortune cookie toys are filled with catnip!

  7. This Wooly Snuffle Mat puts your dog’s nose and brain to work by mimicking the hunt for food and keeps the occupied as they search for treats. It’s durable, machine washable and great for any size breed!

  8. My favorite jewelry company, Bauble Bar, launched their line of pet accessories and these are too chic not to share! As seen on Walter here!

  9. Know someone who struggles taking selfies with your dog? This attachment forces your dog to look at the camera, works on most smartphone! Definitely getting this.

  10. We used this DNA test last year to find out that Walter was and it was pretty incredible! It showed that he was a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier, not the mixed mutt we thought he was. The kit comes with swabs and access to an online portal, which gives you all of your data once it’s been collected.

  11. This festive cat gingerbread house is complete with it’s very own scratch friendly carpet, how chic!

  12. This is definitely for the boujee dog who enjoys the finer things in life.

  13. We’ve been using Ollie for well over a year now! Its customized dog food made specifically for your dog from fresh and real ingredients. This link gives you 50% off your first box of meals.

  14. This new pet accessory line is so sleek and sophisticated. I love their poop bag holders that match perfectly to their leashes and collars. Definitely check them out!

To enter my Bullymake Box Giveaway:

  • make sure you’re following me and Bullymake

  • share a picture of my post or your furry friend on your IG story and tag me!

  • like my Pet Gift Guide photo on my Instagram and comment let me know you’ve entered

  • BONUS entry: comment on my blog post!

    Giveaway will run from 11/28 until 12/1, winner will be announced by 12/3. US, Canada + UK participants only!

Cyber Monday Steals + Deals!

Here is the holy grail of Cyber Monday deals, I gotta say- they are GOOD this year! I will be sharing more specific deals on my Instagram story so be sure to tune into that. You can click on any of the above imagery to shop those items directly! Thank you for choosing CaralynMirand.com as your Cyber Monday sale destination! Let’s get to it:

THE GOOD LIST

Aaptiv || 30% off with code CONFETTI30
this is the workout app that I use + love!

Abercrombie & Fitch || 50% off everything
awesome selection of coats, jeans, sweaters + more!

Aerie + American Eagle || 40% off + free shipping

Amazon || select Cyber Monday deals
everything from my favorite Dyson to Oprah’s favorite things

Ann Taylor || 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER2018

Anthropologie || 30% off EVERYTHING

ASOS || 25% off everything with code EPIC25
some of my previous favorites including a grey moto jacket + wide calf boots

Banana Republic || 50% off full price items, extra 10% off for cardholders using BRCARD

BaubleBar || 35% off everything using CYBER35 + $10 doorbuster deals

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

BHLDN || dresses on sale + free shipping

Bloomingdale’s || 25%+ off select items including cashmere, leather leggings, coats

Boden || 30% off with code V4N9

Boohoo || 50% off everything

Charlotte Tilbury || Up to 50% off select items + gift sets

Chicwish || extra $10-$30 off purchases with code BF10, BF20 OR BF30

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

DSW || 25% off of your entire purchase use code ITSWILD

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

Express || 40% off everything + free shipping

GAP || 50% off with code CYBER + additional 10% off with code YOURS

Gorjana || 20% off everything with CYBERSAVE20

HerRoom || 25% off site wide (MAJOR for Elomi bras!)

H&M || 30% off your purchase + free shipping applied at checkout

JC Penney || lots of deals marked down + free shipping

J.Crew || 50% off everything with code TGIF

J Crew Factory || 60% off with code ADDTOCART

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 CYBER

Madewell || 25% off everything with code SHOPALLDAY including 29 new arrivals

Maggy London || Extra 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

Red Dress Boutique || 20% off Spanx, 500 Door Busters at $5, $10, $15, & $20, $20 Get Closer Cardigans, free Shipping over $50

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

Sephora || Gifting items up to 50% off, select palettes on sale

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

Sunglass Hut || 20% off all styles, 50% some styles

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

Tory Burch || 30% off of $250, up to 60% off sale with code THANKS
including $40 flip flops (say whaaaaat!)

Urban Outfitters || BOGO 50% off sitewide

West Elm || up to 70% off + free shipping with code CYBER

Willams Sonoma || 20% off with code THANKFUL

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

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

Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to comment or DM me with any questions. xo

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: Updated Makeup Routine

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Happy Friday, lovelies! Earlier this week, I announced on my IG stories that #TryOnConfidential will now be phasing into more holiday gift guides! Starting on Black Friday, I will be sharing gift guides every Wednesday and Friday. Be sure to tune into my stories (saved to a highlight) to see me discuss the items in detail!

Today’s post has been a very requested one: an updated makeup routine. My makeup routine can vary everyday, depending on what I have going on but I usually always prime, conceal, brush my brows and lashes! In order to apply flawless makeup, you need to make sure you’ve got your skincare routine down. In case you missed it, I shared my skincare here.

As a little disclaimer, I am NOT a professional makeup artist. With that said, I’ve sat countless hours in makeup chairs, learning about different techniques and products. I am also very passionate about makeup, I just love it! Applying makeup is an art form, it should make you feel good! This is how I apply and make myself feel pretty. You can click on the product images below to shop them directly!

Prime + Prep

People ask me all of the time, do you REALLY use a primer? Is it worth it? My answer: 200% yes. After you apply your skincare (cleanse, toner + moisturizer), you want to apply a primer to your skin and eyes. It helps lock in your skincare and allows your foundation to sit nicely on your skin, while helping it last!

Cover + Conceal

This is when you can apply a BB or CC cream or foundation. I’ve been playing around with a bunch of them. Here are some of my favorites below! I also have been trying tons of new concealers but I always go back to this NARS one.

Brows + Eyes

I’m constantly getting bored with eyeshadow palettes so I keep a few and rotate them so I can always keep things fresh. I usually use this brow gel for some light shaping of my eyebrows and I use this gel liner on the inside of my lids for a wide eye look!

Set the Wet

This step is SO IMPORTANT. Anytime you put anything wet on your face (foundation, concealer, etc) you want to make sure you’re setting it with a pressed or loose powder. This helps it set and helps it stay in place all day long. When I do this, I rarely ever need to touch up my face throughout the day.

Contour + Highlight

I also like to rotate through my face palettes but these ones are my tried and true. I like to apply my bronzer in a “3” formation on my forehead, cheeks and jawline. I then like to go in with a little blush + highlight on my high cheek bones.

Get Lippy

I’m not a huge lipstick person but I’ve recently become obsessed with lip liner, it lasts all day long! I then go in with a balm and or lipstick for an all day color!

Don’t forget about brushes + cleaning them!

What do you think about this routine? Have you tried any of these products? Would you try something new? Leave a comment below with any questions!

photo by Nicole LeBris Creative

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

MY MAGGY LONDON PICKS

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DON’T FORGET WHAT’S UNDERNEATH

You can enter to win any of the dresses from Maggy London’s Holiday Edit by

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

photos by Ryan Kell

Wardrobe Update: Boots, Pumps and Flats

This time of year, I always feel helpless when it comes to shoes. As a size 11, I often have a hard time finding styles I love and are functional. I need my shoes to be functional and fashionable- you’ll rarely see me in uncomfortable heels. As a model, I wear uncomfortable shoes for a living so I need my shoes to be on point! I’ve decided to round up a bunch of my favorite (and affordable) shoes for the season! Many of you have asked for boots, functional flats and wide width options. I’ve linked a bunch, so happy shopping!

If you don’t see anything you like and need help finding a specific pair, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a message. I’m happy to help in any way that I can. After all, I know all too well that the shoe struggle can be REAL.

BOOTIES

ANIMAL VIBES

PRACTICAL PUMPS

UPDATED FLATS

OVER THE KNEE BOOTS

My favorite places to shoe shop: Nordstrom Rack, Nordstrom, DSW, Zappos and Haute Look. Some of my favorite brands (linked above) are Franco Sarto, Madewell, Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Aerosoles, Tory Burch, ASOS, Rebecca Minkoff and Kate Spade. Are there any that I missed? Leave your favorite size inclusive shoe suggestions below!

Good Clean Fun With Miele W1/T1 Washing Machines and Dryers

Last week in NYC, I had the chance to join Miele and Good Housekeeping to learn about the latest style trends and how to keep them looking their best. The night featured Miele’s new W1 Washing Machine and T1 Tumble Dryer.

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The evening began with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a panel hosted by Editor in Chief, Jane Francisco, Style Director, Lori Bergamotto and GH Institute Textiles Director, Carolyn Forte. We chatted all things fashion and laundry. My favorite takeaways from the panel were to invest in clothing that will wash well. It’s not the smartest investment to purchase a $20 top that will cost you $100+ in dry cleaning. The other discussion revolved around stains! Always do something, never just leave it and start by blotting the stain before adding any solutions to it.

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Miele is revolutionizing the standards of laundry with their brilliant and unique technology. The W1 Washing Machine features Miele’s exclusive TwinDos system. It is the first two-phase automatic liquid detergent dispensing system, which saves about 30% on detergent versus manually loading. This feature operates in two stages: UltraPhase1 and UltraPhase2. The first phase combats grease and soiling while the second phase removes difficult stains.

We had the opportunity to witness this magic happen during a demonstration, the pictures don’t do it justice but it was magical! Miele has really perfected their process on stain removal. They showed the UltraPhase1 and UltraPhase2 in action.

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The washing machines also feature CapDos, a one-time use capsule that adds special detergents and conditioners that are formulated for different types of garments. They optimally dispense during the wash cycle which takes all of the guesswork out of washing. The W1 also features QuickIntenseWash, a superior quick load setting and SingleWash for lighter loads, which preserves water.

Let’s not forget about the T1 Dryer- it stands on its own with Heat Pump Technology, helping to reduce energy and operating costs with fast drying times. It also features PerfectDry, SteamFinish and FrangranceDos.

Another fun feature about the W1 + T1 is that they’re both able to connect to WiFi, which allows the user to connect to the Miele mobile app. This allows you to monitor your laundry and your cycles- how cool is that?!?

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To learn more about these superior machines, visit Miele’s website here! Thank you to Miele and Good Housekeeping for partnering with me for this post. I will never view laundry the same way again!

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Try On Confidential: Episode 11 - Easy Wave Hair Tutorial

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Today’s Try On Confidential is taking a different approach but one that has been very much requested... I am BEYOND excited to finally show you how to achieve my easy waves in a hair tutorial. Be sure to tune into my Instagram Stories today to see how I do it. In case you miss it, I will save it as a highlight on my IG profile under “hair.”

My technique is very simple. I use an incredible curling wand made by Sultra Beauty. The Bombshell 1-inch curling rod lets you create beachy curls and waves in half the time of a traditional curling iron with no clip lines or dents while styling. The reason why this iron is superior to others that I’ve tried is because of its even heat distribution, it ensures your curls and waves are consistently true to rod size for that easy breezy look. This also helps cut down on the amount of product/ hair spray I use. I have super fine and flat hair - my waves (with minimal product) last 2-3 days!

Step 1: Use a heat protectant.

It’s really important to use a heat protectant spray when you’re using hot tools. It forms a protective barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand, preventing heat damage and enabling your hair to keep its shine. I usually prefer curling my hair the day after I wash it, so I apply it when its wet but it all depends on your preference. These curls usually last a few days so I can go about three days in between washes with my favorite dry shampoo!

Step 2: Brush and section hair but putting half into a clip or ponytail holder.

Depending on how much hair you have, you may want to do your waves in “batches.” It makes it a little easier and this is a great way to avoid missing any pieces!

Step 3: Grab a bunch of hair (about one inch wide) and twist hair section around the wand, away from your face.

You want the wand to be vertical and you want to wrap the strands around and away.

Step 4: Repeat!

Keep grabbing one inch sections until your entire head is complete! Don’t forget about the back.

SHOP MY FAVORITE 1 INCH CURLER:

SHOP MY OTHER HAIR FAVS:

What did you think of this tutorial? Would you like to see more beauty content from me? Leave a comment below!

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

Try On Confidential: Episode 10: Dog Halloween Costumes and Red Dress Boutique

This week I am bringing you a double dose of #TryOnConfidential because I just love ya so much! When I first started the series over two months ago, I knew I wanted to do a spoof of the series featuring my beloved Walter! What better way to incorporate my favorite pup than having him guest star… He is usually shopping for his fall vests around this time but he’s never dressed up for Halloween so I knew we had to incorporate this! Be sure to tune into my stories to see all of the cuteness overload! You can click the images below to shop them directly.

PART 1: SHOP LAST MINUTE DOG COSTUMES UNDER $20

I also had a chance to connect with the ladies behind Red Dress Boutique. A few weeks ago, one of you suggested that I try it out and I was happy to do so! I was a little bit skeptical of their sizing because their sizing charts are not always accurate but I was pleasantly surprised to find some sweaters and dresses that I liked! Be sure to tune into my stories to see how these items fit! In most things, I was a size large but a couple items were one size. You can click the images below to shop them directly!

PART 2: SHOP RED DRESS BOUTIQUE UNDER $100 FINDS

Are you loving this two part #TryOnConfidential? Are you thinking of trying or buying any of these items? Leave a comment below!

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

Try On Confidential - Episode 9: 50 Fall Essentials Under $50

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This week on my stories, you voted that you’d rather see fall basics under $50 rather than coats and jackets. I am so glad that I asked because I was preparing to do only outerwear! You all help me so much, I so appreciate all of your feedback. At the end of the day, I want to bring you things that you actually WANT to see so keep the comments coming!

This week, I challenged myself to find 50 items under $50 that are perfect for transitioning through seasons. I ended up finding some of my favorite pieces that I’m wearing (above $50) in under $50 dupes! I’ve also sprinkled in some coats + jackets under $50 in here. I will be showcasing about ten+ of these items on my IG story, so be sure to tune into that! Can’t wait to hear what you find.

photos by Ryan Kell

Name Change - My Experience with HitchSwitch

When the dust of the wedding and honeymoon excitement settles, real life kicks in. Now that you’re officially a newlywed, it’s time to find your new normal and tackle the daunting process of the name change. To be honest, I wasn’t always sure that I wanted to change my name. I’ve been Caralyn Rose Mirand for my entire life and career, after all! I decided to change my middle name to Mirand so I could still keep things fluid professionally and still have the same last name as my husband and potential future children. So now I’m Caralyn Mirand Koch (pronounced “cook”). It’s a personal choice what to do with your name - there is no right or wrong way to go about it. This is my experience and journey on the name change process and I’m happy to share it with you!

I discovered HitchSwitch on Instagram a few months before the wedding. I was incredibly skeptical about it but saved it to revisit after the wedding. I reached out to them and told them I’d share my experience, they gave my readers a code. Use “CARALYN” for 15% off a package of your choice.

HitchSwitch has two different packages to choose from ranging from $69 to $89. The services essentially make the process significantly easier but you still have to put in a decent amount of work because the US government still has a certain way of how the process needs to be done.

I chose the Platinum plan which includes:

  • Beginning the name change process in minutes

  • Online access to all of your paperwork

  • Receive your auto-filled paperwork in the mail

  • Pre-paid mailing envelopes

  • Free printed passport photo that you can take on your phone

  • Name Change Concierge to answer all questions

Step 1:

You submit a form directly on their website with some basic information: your current name, desired name, wedding date, your address, etc. They then send you all of the paperwork that you need in the proper order to begin the process.

Step 2:

In the mail, you receive a personalized package filled out by the HitchSwitch team with all of the basic and redundant information that you may not want to fill out over and over again (i.e Name, Date of Birth, Your new married name). Each set of documents will come with a set of easy to follow instructions and the appropriate envelope and pre-stamped for your convenience.  All of the paperwork comes with a sheet that tells you exactly what to fill out and what else you need to complete that step. The rules and process can vary state by state so be sure to pay attention to the exact order that they suggest. For example, in New York State it can be illegal to change your maiden name to your middle name unless you follow a certain order. HitchSwitch really lays it all out for you in a thoughtful, fool-proof way. The first official step to a name change is changing your social security card, which they encourage you do to in person. After that, I mailed in my passport information to be updated. I then renewed my driver’s license in person - it was quicker than mailing it in.

Step 3:

Once you complete the major things - social security card, passport, license, you can start updating your TSA Pre Check number, your credit cards, bank accounts, frequent flier accounts, car insurance, health insurance, email address (if you want- I didn’t), etc. This part was actually quite frustrating for me because every credit card and airline had a different process on how to update your name. This is when the HitchSwitch concierge came in… I sent them an email asking for the specific process on each of the store cards I had left. They sent me back these tailored PDF’s of each way to do things. This was SO helpful!

Step 4:

Bask in the glory of your new name change. You deserve it. Buy yourself something nice with your new initials on it! I sure did… here are a few things I bought with my new initials:

Other Helpful Tips:

  • Get more than one certified copy of your marriage license. In some cases, a photocopy will not suffice. You have to mail a certified copy in for your passport so if you want to speed up the process, get an extra copy so you can update your driver’s ID without having to wait for the other one to get mailed back. You can go back to the county clerk’s office (where you got your original copy) for another one. For me, it was $10 for an additional copy.

  • Don’t feel like you need to get this all done in one day. I dedicated a solid week in the beginning to doing something each day but overall the process overall took well over a month. Fact: there are still a few things I need to update. Don’t stress over it!

  • If you’re a frequent traveler, don’t forget to update your Known Traveler Number (TSA Pre-Check Number) BEFORE you book a flight in your new name. Otherwise you will NOT get Pre Check, my rookie mistake there!

Final thoughts:

The name change process is NOT easy but HitchSwitch makes it manageable. I would definitely recommend this service based on the fact that they help keep you organized and provide an easy step by step process of doing things. Considering every store, bank and airline have a different way of changing your name, HitchSwitch has all the answers on how to make this as seamless as possible!

They were kind enough to give my readers 15% off their name change package and they told me they would not let it expire! Use “CARALYN” for that discount!

Would you use a service like this? Do you have any questions? Leave them below!

Try On Confidential - Episode 8: Skincare Routine

If you caught my “Let’s Get Caught Up” post on Monday, you’d know that I’ve been traveling a lot. This week, I modeled two days in Miami and then I flew across country for another modeling job in San Francisco this weekend. I knew with this week’s try on, I would have to get a little creative considering I only was able to travel with a carry on for six days.

Therefore, you voted on my stories that you were interested in me dabbling into my beauty and skincare routines. I’ve decided to share my skincare routine, keeping up with my skin while traveling and my travel kit! A bunch of you were requesting my makeup routine- that is coming soon but I wanted to focus on skincare first. You can’t have a gorgeous face of makeup until you have your skin down first!

Let’s begin with skin


I discovered Drunk Elephant less than four months ago and I’ve been amazed by the results. I’ve always had pretty decent skin, I identify as “combination sensitive,” with an oily T-zone and the occasional hormonal breakout. Ever since I started using these Drunk Elephant products, I literally get stopped in the street by strangers to tell me I have beautiful skin. The first product that made me a believer was the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil- but we’ll get to that shortly.

Morning routine:

I always start my morning off my washing my face with a gentle cleanser. I use Checks and Balances by Origins one or Purity Made Simple by Philosophy.

I then tone the skin with this gentle, alcohol-free toner and a cotton square—it has purifying chamomile and linden extracts—to remove every last trace of cleanser, leaving skin pH balanced, de-stressed, and spa-refreshed. If you use a toner, you should NEVER feel dry or tightness after.

I recently started using this duo in the morning and I definitely feel like my skin has been brighter. I also started adding Di-Bronzi into one of serums to give my face that “sunkissed glow.” My face is actually 3-4 shades darker than the rest of my body because I never tan my face so this helps me even my color out.

My skin is now primed and prepped to put on makeup or just breathe for the day.

Evening routine:

It is SO important to wash your face from the day, whether you wear makeup or not. I usually use the same cleanser from the morning but then I also use a Neutrogena makeup removing wipe to make sure I get everything. If I’m feeling ambitious, I will also tone and throw T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum on. At the very least, I ALWAYS remember to put on this Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. I was super skeptical about oils because of my combination skin but I seriously wake up GLOWING! It’s magical.

If you’re interested to try Drunk Elephant products but are a little unsure of the price tag, these sample kits are a great way to try the brand without having to commit to each of the items. If you’re going to splurge on one though, I’d highly recommend giving the oil a try. It seriously works on every skin type, my skin hasn’t been the same since.

Here is my favorite travel case for beauty products, it hold EVERYTHING in a way that you can actually see!

Are you loving this beauty content? What products are you interested in trying? Leave your feedback below!