6 Must Have Coats + Jackets For Every Season

photo by   Ryan Kell

photo by Ryan Kell

Happy #TryOnConfidential Friday, my friends! Last week on my IG Stories, I put up a poll and asked if you wanted to see coats and jackets or sports bras. With close to 2,000 votes, it was nearly a 50/50 split. Since we’re still in the thick of winter, I figured I’d do coats first! But don’t worry, sports bras will be soon!

If we’re being honest, I have WAY too many coats. Living in New York, one must be prepared for all seasons. I understand not everyone will need a winter coat but this list mentions my top 6 must have pieces of outerwear for all seasons. Stay tuned to my stories to see the full break down. Here’s my list of must haves:

1. Polished Wool Coat

2. Functional + Packable Winter Coat

3. The Trench Coat

4. Moto Jackets: Faux Leather + Suede

5. Denim Jackets: Blue + White

6. Blazers

Bonus: Statement Coats

my favorite places to shop coats + jackets:

abercrombie - asos - boden - nordstrom - nordstrom rack - old navy - rent the runway (use CARALYNM100 for $100 off your first two months of Unlimited)

What did you think about this coat and jacket round up? Would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for visiting me here at CaralynMirand.com, feel free to reach out anytime! xx

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.

Tops for Leggings (That Cover Your Bum)

In case you missed it, last week I shared the ultimate Guide to Faux Leather Leggings. I created a rating system and gave you my most honest opinion on four pairs of leggings. In case you missed it, read it here! I received some incredible feedback on it and I got quite a few requests for top suggestions to pair with the leggings. As a curvy girl, I know it can be a struggle to find tops that flatter and cover your butt. Lucky for you, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites (many on sale) that would work well with those leggings you have. I’ve found options for every body and price point. Happy shopping! xx

blouses

sweaters

cardigans + light jackets

tees + tanks

nordstrom sale picks

Did you see anything you like? I’d love to hear. I’d absolutely LOVE to see you rocking your faux leather leggings so be sure to tag me @CaralynMirand on Instagram so I can see and share! xx

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Your Guide to Faux Leather Leggings

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Happy 2019, my friends! I am back at it with the #TryOnConfidential’s and its by far one of my most requested topics… Faux Leather Leggings! You may be wondering, “are they really that complex?” My answer: YES- there’s a lot more to them than you may think. That’s why I’ve created this rating system based on:

Fit - Quality - Value - Washable

I’ve decided to start with four pairs of faux leather leggings. Please remember I am 5’’9 and a true size 14 US so keep that in mind when it comes to sizing. I’m definitely open to trying more but here are the top ones that I’ve tried and you have asked about:

Lysse: 4.25/5

My tried and true. These are the first pair I’ve ever owned and have fallen in love with. Here’s how they rank:

Fit 5/5: The most size inclusive brand of the group, for that I’ll always be favorable to them. The cater to sizes 2-26. I’ve worn a Large, X-Large and 1X (just to compare). I personally prefer the way the large fits on me and according to their size chart, I’m right in between a L and XL. If in between sizes, size down for a more “held in” feeling. They also hold their shape and never stretch out, which is a win.
Quality 4/5: These ones truly feel like a leather legging. In my opinion, they’re the most “leather-like” and the thickest. The seams are a little larger in comparison to the other pairs but they are made well. The inside feels like it has an inner lining, but it’s just the inside of the faux-leather fabric. They also have a little bit of a scent which doesn’t bother me, but it’s worth mentioning.
Value 5/5: These leggings run just under $100 (comparable to others) and they are often on sale- you just have to keep your eyes out for it. They’re a good bang for your buck that you’ll be able to rewear again. Treat them like a staple piece in your wardrobe.
Washable 3/5: According to care instructions, you can machine wash cold and gentle. You must line dry them. However, I’d highly recommend washing them inside out. I don’t LOVE the way these wash which is why I wear them a few times before washing, is that gross? I’ve worn them I’ve noticed slight wear and tear on the seams.

Overall Takeaway: the most authentic, leather-like leggings I’ve come across that fit well and hold their shape. They will forever be an all-time favorite.

Express: 2.6/5

One of the most requested comparisons by you. Here’s how they rank:

Fit 2/5: Although I am overall impressed with Express’ new size inclusivity, I was really disappointed to see how these fit. I snagged a large in these and almost wish I got a medium. They ran really big in the hips and calves. Their waistband is also incredibly small and not the most flattering Sizes run XS to XL.

Quality 3/5: These feel like straight plastic in comparison to the others. They are thick and have a cozy inner lining but I’m not overly impressed with the feeling of these for weekly wear. However, if you are someone who wants to dip their toes into the leather legging world, you may want to buy and try because of the…

Value 4/5: You know what they say, you get what you pay for. These leggings retail at $59.90 but are often on sale for $40ish which is a steal. If you’re someone who may wear leather leggings every now and then, you may want to try these if you want to stay on a budget. But let me remind you- you get what you pay for.

Washable 4/5: Their care instructions say wash inside-out, cold and gentle cycle. They did just fine in the washer except a few of the seams became loose on the inside.

Overall Takeaway: not my favorite but glad I tried them!

Spanx: 3.8/5

These leggings are EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. Here’s how they compare:

Fit 4/5: In other Spanx products, I wear a large so I just assumed that I’d be a large in these without thinking twice. I was sad to see that I should have ordered an XL, especially according to their size chart. The large fit on me but they’re not ideal, definitely a little snug- especially since they don’t stretch out. However, they are pretty size inclusive, ranging from an XS to 3x. I also appreciate that they also are a center-free seam, which means goodbye cameltoe!

Quality 3/5: To be honest, I wanted to love these, I really did. Overall, I was really shocked by how thin these leggings are. They are also the least like leather of the bunch. They’re more of a coated cotton rather than a true “faux-leather.” They really only have that “leathery sheen” in bright lighting.

Value 3.5/5: If you prefer a lightweight (more of a true legging) fabric then these are great. Once you find your true size, the structure of these are good. But if you’re seeking a true leather legging situation, these are not for you.

Washable 5/5: Per the care instructions, machine wash cold and inside out to maintain the legging's sheen appearance. Aha! See they even mention the “sheen appearance” here. These wash like a typical black legging so they wash perfectly.

Overall Takeaway: If you love the firm hug of Spanx shapewear and/or you’re not really into the full leather look, size up and get these!

Commando: 4.6/5

Fit 4.5/5: I learned my lesson with the Spanx ones so I was able to try the large and XL of these. At first, I was a little skeptical because you really have to work to get into these bad boys. At first, I thought I was for sure the XL but as I wore them, they began to stretch out a little bit. I wore the large and at first, when I bent over they would roll down a little bit. I did notice that the large ended up stretching out so I prefer the way the large fits me. The XL’s have stretched out a little bit in the knee.

Quality 5/5: If the Lysse and Spanx leggings had a child, they would be these Commando ones. They actually feel like leather but they are much more lightweight than the Lysse but the shapewear aspect is there. They are less of a coated fabric and feel more like a breathable, bendable legging that really holds you in. They are also seamless in all of the right places so there’s no awkward lines.

Value 4.5/5: These are comparable to Spanx and Lysse when it comes to price-wise. To me, I really loved how they held me in while also giving that true leather legging look. They’re rarely on sale but they’re a good investment piece if you will wear them frequently. I wear mine at least once a week!

Washable 4.5/5: Similar to the others, machine wash cold gentle cycle, do not bleach, dry flat, low iron, do not dry clean. I have washed these a few times already and they seem to really do well. The only thing is they do get a little crinkly in the wash but you can easily smooth them out while they are hanging or after they dry.

Overall takeaway: It may take a little to wiggle into these but trust me, they are worth the wiggle!

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Red Underwear For The New Year!

Paying homage to my Italian roots, it’s been said that wearing red undergarments on New Year’s Eve brings good luck and prosperity. It’s believed that wearing the color red helps continue the intention of good luck, so you may just wear it on the New Year, or every day because, why not?! For many of us, lingerie is a practical necessity but I’m here to remind you that it can be a lot of fun! I’ve rounded up my favorite red bra’s and panties to help you ring in the new year in style:

bras:

panties:

other red undergarments:

keeps your undies clean with:

fellas need good luck too:

Have you ever heard of this tradition? Are you trying it this year? Leave a comment below. As always, feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions about fit!

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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!

click below to shop

SHOP THESE LOOKS + MORE

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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: 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!

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. 

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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

Try On Confidential - Episode 7: Stitch Fix!

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Each week, I’m determined to keep things fresh and new for the Try On Confidential’s. You asked for an honest Stitch Fix review and I’m THRILLED to be able to share my first of three Stitch Fix boxes for you. It’s an incredibly easy service to use but you need to know how to use it so I decided to compile some tips for you as you sign up before your first box arrives.

  1. Take 5-10 minutes to fill out your Stitch Fix Style Profile. This is an ESSENTIAL part of the stylists getting to know you. They more they know about you, your body type, your lifestyle and your price point, the better they will be able to curate your perfect box.

  2. Update your profile often and leave all of the feedback! Each time you receive a fix, you can choose to keep the same stylist or switch it up with someone new. The more you share with them about your styles, trends you’re loving or events you have coming up, the better!

  3. Pinterest is your BFF. You can directly link a board on your Style Profile for your stylist to view, which helps them get a great sense of your style goals.

  4. Use your style cards. To be honest, these are my favorite parts of the fixes. They show you two ways to style each outfit. This is so helpful for me because I often get so stuck on trying to figure out how to wear things more than once!

Tune into my IG stories for details on my latest Stitch Fix box and how I style them! I specifically asked for elevated basics for this box. To sign up for your very own first box, use this link here!

Not ready to commit? Shop similar looks here!

Photos by Ryan Kell

Try On Confidential - Episode 6: Fall Favorites Under $100

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Happy #TryOnConfidential! By popular request, I’ve compiled a bunch of my fall favorites under $100 - many under $50 that are must-haves this season to freshen up your wardrobe! Stay tuned for my IG stories today to see how I style these items to keep my fall wardrobe looking fresh and put together. Any items you’ve been dying to try?

If you are in a fitting room or happen to purchase any of these items, I’d LOVE if you could use the #TryOnConfidential hashtag in your stories or posts! Did you love this Try On? Leave a comment below!