Jul 28, 2016
Happy Thursday, my gorgeous friends!
If you're a reader of blogs or browse Instagram enough (who doesn't these days?) chances are you've come across JORD watches. I certainly have and with all the articles I've read and photos I've seen, I've always been intrigued by their watches, mainly due to their unique design, being comprised of the finest wood selections, eight to be exact!
Since I was already familiar with the brand, when JORD reached out to present me with the opportunity to select and review one of their watches, I was beyond excited. You all know how much I love bold, vibrant, and rich colors, so I'm sure it comes at no surprise that my eye immediately gravitated to their beyond gorgeous 'Purpleheart' wood watch!
Holding a degree in science and having a love for biology, I loved learning that this rich purple color is the natural color of the wood, known in science jargon as peltogyne, but most commonly purpleheart, which I found quite amazing! The watch also features opaline Mother of Pearl, which I thought added a nice luxurious touch! I also love that you can see the timepiece anatomy on the face, which I think kind of looks like a leopard print design at first glance, right?!
As you can see in the photos, I'm a huge fan of burgundy and deep plum colors, I even selected the interior of my car this color! It just reads luxurious and chic to me and I love it even more come fall, so you can guarantee that you'll be seeing this watch a lot in the fall! If you've been a reader of The Style Contour for at least a month (thank you SO very much!) then you know that when I love something, I wear it a whole lot, haha!
I'm very pleased with the quality of JORD and I look forward to wearing it for years to come. It's a brand that I would personally suggest to all of you if you're looking for a new addition to your collection of timepieces and/or wish to gift someone special with a piece, they have both women and men collections!
Now for some exciting news: A GIVEAWAY!
JORD is giving one of my readers/followers a chance to win a $75 e-voucher! Just head over to this link to enter. Winners will be chosen at random using their computer generated system. In addition, they are providing ALL WHO ENTER WITH A $20 e-voucher! (excluding the winner) so everyone is sure to get something for participating in this great giveaway, which ends 8/14!
I hope you all enter because I honestly love this watch and brand, I'm confident in the fact that you will, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best day so far!
*This post was in collaboration with JORD watches in which I was compensated with a watch, all opinions stated are my own!*
Jul 27, 2016
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Blouse: Laundry by Shelli Segal (similar ON SALE HERE) // Shorts: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Necklace: c/o Athra Luxe (HERE) // Belt: Thrifted (similar HERE for $8!) // Bag: Zac Posen (similar HERE) // Sandals: Aldo (similar HERE)
Happy Hump Day, friends!
How's your week going so far? I hope it's going well and if not, don't worry, we're half way through the week, whoohoo!
While we're on the topic of being happy and enthusiastic, there's a color combination that makes me happy and leaves me feeling ultra feminine, pink and blue!
Did you all know that blue is the most liked color? I believe I mentioned this in my YouTube video on the meaning of colors, which you can watch here in case you've missed it! I think it's a really helpful post, especially when planning outfits for important meetings such as an interview or presentation and how colors can manipulate (shhh!) emotions.
With blue being one of the most liked colors, it's always great to get some inspiration as to which colors look best paired with it, am I right? This brings me back to what I mentioned at the start of this post and my love for combining blue and pink.
Now, I think it's important to consider the vibe you wish to exude when creating your outfit. Navy and fuchsia are great options, that I personally feel look great on all skin tones. It's more of a bold and authoritative look, making it a great option to wear in the office (think navy blazer, striped shirt and fuchsia pants/skirt!). The navy will make the look appear more work appropriate and less playful, which of course is highly important, depending on your position or one you're hoping to gain.
Remember, always dress for the job or position you want first. The way we dress signals a lot more than our fashion sense, especially to those in leadership positions!
If you're going for a more playful or feminine look, then I'd suggest you opt for lighter hues of both. Notice I mentioned playful. To avoid appearing like a little girl, I suggest adding in a sultry piece or two, like I did here with the cheetah printed belt. This will help to balance out the girly, cotton candy vibe. But let's be honest, who doesn't love cotton candy or at least the look of it?! Haha!
As I mentioned before, bolder versions of each, I feel, look great on all skin tones.
However, if you have fair skin or cooler undertones, depending on how light the shades are, they can have a washed out effect. I'm not suggesting you avoid them, but perhaps you can add a bolder version of one of the colors worn closest to your face, such as a navy top and a softer pink on the bottom. This can make for a more flattering option and truly bring out the luminosity of your fabulous skin tone and color!
Have YOU ever worn a pink and blue outfit? What are some colors you love to pair with blue? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Jul 26, 2016
Happy Tuesday, my beautiful friends!
I'm pretty sure most of you are familiar with the term "nude" shoe, right? If not, it's basically a term for a shoe that's similar or an exact match to your skin color. Throughout the years, you may have noticed that there was a particular shade(s) of shoes that was categorized as nude, the colors found in both the first and second sets you see below.
However, that's not a fair or accurate representation of what's to be classified as a nude shoe because we all come in all sorts of delicious colors (haha) and so we should all be fairly represented! I believe brands have, with the time, realized this and we're starting to see the term associated with just those particular shades subside. Christian Louboutin understood this concept and expanded his "nude collection" to represent a more diverse spectrum earlier this year! Great job Mr. Louboutin; if you need someone to test out any shades for upcoming collections, you know how to reach me!
With that, I've compiled a few of my personal favorite shoes in a selection of various styles for each category below! This is not to say that only those who fall into the categories are the only ones who can or should wear them, absolutely not!
You can and should wear any color shoe you want!
This is just to serve as a guide for those of you who have been on the hunt for the perfect nude for your skin color. I personally think every woman should own at least one pair because they can do wonders for the legs, making them appear longer and slimmer, espcially if you're petite and want to experiment with styles that can otherwise cut off some inches (boots, lace ups, and t-straps). Now, what woman doesn't like the sound of that?!
Also, you may be wondering why for the darker skin category I shared navy shoes. If you are dark skinned, then you can certainly opt for dark brown shoes. With my experience in working retail, however, I've discovered that women who have notably darker skin, like Lupita Nyong'o, can also get away with wearing navy as their nude, since the skin can have a (gorgeous!) bluish undertone, where a dark brown can have a bit of a sharp contrast and not blend as seamlessly, this will vary depending on how dark the skin is. This is also my observation from styling, not a fashion rule (who really follows those these days anyway!?).
As a side note, if you're looking for navy shoes in general, regardless of your skin tone or color, keep in mind that the selections are larger and sell out quickly as we approach fall, so now's the time to get them!
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I hope you all enjoyed this post, learnt something new or felt inspired by reading, as well as liked the shoes I selected! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Jul 25, 2016
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Happy Monday, gorgeous girlies!
I hope you had a great weekend, as always; I'd love to know about your plans in the comment's section!
I've shared many tips on feeling confident in shorts, regardless of body shape, in previous posts, by sharing specific styles that are most flattering for certain shapes. Today, I'll be sharing a general styling tip that anyBODY can apply when styling printed shorts.
Before I get into that, I'd like to first mention that anyone can wear printed shorts; size, shape, or height doesn't exempt anyone from wearing them, so you shouldn't feel as though they're completely off limits for you.
If you do, it's most likely because your approach to styling them wasn't necessarily the most flattering when you first attempted, not that they don't look good on you overall. Hopefully after this post, you'll feel more confident in exploring them, at least that's my goal!
As we all know, prints come in all shapes and sizes and knowing which sizes to look for are most important, size matters!
If you tend to shy away from printed shorts because you feel a bit more insecure about your legs or are concerned that they'll make them appear larger, look for prints that are smaller, dense, or closer together, like the ones I'm wearing above.
If, on the other hand, you want to draw attention to your legs or would like to make them appear fuller, opt for styles that feature a print that's larger in size and that's more sparse, offering more solid space in between them (like these!).
There are so many ways you can style a pair of printed shorts, but the easiest and most chic, would be with a solid colored flowy blouse. I often like to use the prints within my shorts to serve as a guide in which colors to work with, when I'm not looking to think too much (we all have those days, especially during the summer, am I right!?), but you could of course incorporate a wild card color or print, if you're feeling adventurous!
What do you think of the look? I hope you found the post inspiring overall and that it encouraged you to wear printed shorts, especially if you haven't been as open to wearing them prior to reading! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
Jul 22, 2016
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Happy Friday, beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful week and are a ready for the weekend!
You may have realized in recent weeks that I'm having quite a moment with orange. There was a time when I kept reaching for pink, as we approached spring (remember that?!). Now, it seems as though I keep reverting back to orange and it's most likely do to the fact that it's a perfect summer color, both bright and fun!
Hopefully, if you've never really embraced or experimented with the color before, the looks I've been sharing have given you some ideas on colors you can pair them with other than the basics to add a more versatility to your pieces. Feel free to type in 'orange' in the search box to the right of this page in case you missed any of those posts and would like some more ideas!
Back in October, I shared a similar look, though with more coverage, since it was fall, but perhaps it can serve as an alternative to wear to work, since the duo works both in the summer and fall. I also want to mention that I feel the combo looks especially flattering on those with olive, medium, or warm undertones; so if you have have those undertones, definitely give them a try, it's guaranteed to look great on you! They also further enhance a tan, which I'm clearly lacking (haha), making the skin appear nice and bronzy.
Do YOU like wearing orange? If so, which color do you love to pair it with most? I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead, beauties, and thanks so much for stopping by; I hope you found the post helpful!
Jul 21, 2016
Happy Thursday, my beautiful friends!
As many of you may or may not know, Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale, which is their biggest SALE of the season! Since you can save on so many items, fashion and beauty alike, it can get a little overwhelming, to say the least!
If you've been a reader for some time now, then you know that I'm all for sales and I hardly ever pay full price for anything. I purchase much of my clothing either on sale or at stores like Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, and TjMaxx. So I know the excitement that comes along with scoring big on designer items or pieces you've been wanting needing for some time. However, I do want to stress the importance of purchasing only what you truly need.
It's so easy to get sucked into purchasing something simply because it's on sale and I've learnt that the end result is either you never end up wearing it or it doesn't last very long in your wardrobe because it was an impulse buy. DON'T DO THIS!
Instead of sharing everything I love from the sale, I'm only sharing pieces I love and are, what I believe, to be closet staples. This is a great time to fill in the holes of your wardrobe with essential pieces you'll get plenty of use out of during the fall and winter months. I focused primarily on these two seasons because after summer is gone, you'll be able to save on those pieces anyway, unlike fall and winter items, which typically go on sale after the season is over.
Before I invite you to take a look at my suggestions, I encourage you to reference some resources here on the blog before making some purchases, such as Tips to Find the Best LBD for Your Body Shape! and The Best Coat Styles for Your Body Shape, for some suggestions on what to look for when purchasing these pieces specifically for your body shape. I tried my best to include universally flattering pieces that I know you'll get plenty of wear out of; I hope you love! I hope you love! Now, take a look at my picks below, which are broken up into categories!
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS (LBD)
VESTS, CARDIGANS, & CAPES
I hope you loved the pieces I've shared! Which piece(s) was your favorite?! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!
Jul 20, 2016
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Tank: Marshalls (similar ON SALE HERE) // Necklace: c/o Joey J. Jewelry (HERE) // Jeans: c/o Bluefaith Denim (HERE) // Bag: c/o Coach (HERE) // pom keychain: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Emoji bag charm: c/o Coach (similar HERE) // Sandals: Aldo (similar HERE)
Happy Hump Day, my beautiful friends!
White jeans are synonymous with summer, would you agree!?
For YEARS (until a few months ago), I didn't own a pair of white jeans. I've had a pair of white high waisted pants you've seen me wear and style a number of times (HERE & HERE) but I always needed to wear Spanx under them because otherwise they'll show everything. You know, that stubborn cellulite that just doesn't want to leave no matter how many squats, lunges, or bread you give up eating? Uh huh. I, too, have it and though it's decreased tremendously since I've worked out and implemented some cardio into my routine and eat much healthier; it just won't permanently leave (insert eye roll emoji here).
When searching for the perfect pair of white jeans, I've always tried them on in the fitting room and regardless of the designer brand the tag read, they were either always see through or the fabric wasn't flattering and actually highlighted all my flaws.
So, when I had the opportunity to select a pair of denim of my choice months ago from Bluefaith denim, I searched for a pair of white jeans out of curiosity and figured I'd give them a try, since I didn't own a pair and I'm glad I did because they're super flattering!
I've already featured them on the blog back in May, but this time around, I wanted to discuss them exclusively because I do genuinely love and would suggest them to those of you who've been searching, too. They aren't at all see though, are comprised of mostly cotton, and don't showcase those flaws.
Plus, they're quite affordable, at only $43.50! If only they had a pair of skinnies, I'd get them, too, especially since I'd be able to get away with wearing them a lot more without all the distressed designs that are so obvious if you wear them often.
Since we're on the topic of white jeans, feel free to check out my post, 'How to Wear the All White Everything Look for Your Body Shape' for what I believe are some helpful tips for creating that flattering all white look (which looks perfect with a tan, by the way!).
Do YOU own a pair of white jeans and if so, what's your favorite brand and way to style them? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU!
Jul 19, 2016
Happy Tuesday, my gorgeous friends!
Today I'll be sharing some tips on how to successfully pull off colorful outfits, either it be in one colorful piece or a full on color block outfit, like this one! I've shared tips in the past on how to slowly implement color and prints into your wardrobe starting off with the most simple, accessories.
In today's post, we're tackling clothing, assuming you've become more comfortable with the idea of wearing color or perhaps always loved the idea of it, but never gave it a try.
So, without further ado, let's get into my first key or tip, shall we!?
1. IDENTIFY AREAS OF YOUR BODY YOU'RE MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT
This ties in a lot with knowing your body shape, which comes at no surprise at me mentioning this as key #1, but it really is significant. Often times, we'll completely dismiss something that could otherwise look amazing on us, if we were to try styles that were more flattering for our particular body shape. Colors draw attention to the areas they're worn, regardless if they're neon bright or deep-rich jewel tones, they are eye catchers, so you want to wear them in areas that you don't mind the eyes focusing in on.
If you don't know your body shape, watch the video on the top right of this page and let me help you find out NOW!
2. FIT IS EVERYTHING
After you've decided where you wouldn't mind attention being placed, you want to ensure that the item is not too large or small. This is extremely important when working with colors, even more so when creating a color block pairing. If the pieces appear as they though they're overwhelming your frame, the outfit can look borderline clownish or animated, which we of course don't want!
3. WEAR COLORS THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR SKIN TONE CLOSEST TO YOUR FACE
Everyone has THAT color that looks great on them. Yes, you may be telling yourself no, but the odds are against you on this one, beautiful!
As with makeup, undertones can really make all the difference in the way a color looks on us. They can either wash us out or add a luminous glow, which is especially important when near the face, even more so when we choose not to wear makeup! The key is to identify which undertone you have and select colors that share the same undertone, which will compliment your skin nicely.
Check out my post on Understanding the Color Wheel to learn what colors would look best on you! The ones on the top of the circle are most flattering to those who have warm undertones (prominent green veins on wrist) and the ones on the bottom, flatter those with cool undertones (prominent blue veins on the wrist). If both your blue and green veins are noticeable, then you'd be considered neutral, meaning all colors tend to compliment your complexion (lucky you!).
4. DON'T OVER-DO IT
This one is coming from ME, the lover of all things colorful, haha! I must admit, they're have been times I had to omit pieces because it was too much! Again, we don't want that animated, cartoonish look. So, I'd suggest no more than 4 colorful items in your outfit, including accessories and ensuring that at least one item is tailored, as mentioned in tip #2.
If you're going for a color block effect, then look for a way to add in a neutral piece of some sort, either a solid neutral or metallic; I wouldn't suggest adding a print, which can further intensify the look in a way that's too overwhelming.
I hope you found this post helpful in exploring the world of color! I encourage you, even if your style tends to lend itself to a more clean, minimalistic approach, to try adding in some (unexpected to you) pops of color. Remember, fit is everything, so as long as the piece fits your shape nicely, it won't look overdone!
Tell me, what's YOUR favorite color? I'm challenging you on this one, so try not to respond with black or white ;) Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Jul 18, 2016
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Linen Blazer: Charlotte Russe (similar HERE) // Tee: Marshalls (similar ON SALE HERE) // Jeggings: Express (similar HERE) // Bracelet: Alexis Bittar (similar HERE) // Glasses: Salvatore Ferragamo (HERE) // Heels: Nine West (ON SALE HERE)
Happy Monday, my beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend, did you do anything fun or exciting!?
You guys know how much I love pink, but blue is really starting to grow on me and all shades of it, too! I just purchased this leopard printed desk chair for my new office, when we move next month, and it's grey with the light blue print, OBSESSED! I'll have to do a reveal once I move in and finalize the decorating, I've been grabbing everything that I'm loving now, since I have an idea of what I want.
Cobalt was a HUGE color trend a few seasons back and if you jumped on the bandwagon at the time and got a pair of pants, chances are you paired it with black because that's the first "color" I paired mine with surprisingly. Though it was a trend of the past, you can most certainly wear it now and well into fall.
I personally don't follow trends in the sense of dismissing them once they're no longer popular. If I love it, then I continue to wear it and the same is true for colors. The good thing about color trends is that you can get your hands on more unique pieces in the color that you wouldn't typically see, which is awesome, especially if a favorite color of yours is trending! Other than that, I don't see the point in color trends, but fashion doesn't always make sense, I don't believe it was ever intended to, am I right?!
Getting back to the look, one would describe it as a bit monochromatic, since I'm wearing two shades of blue, though I'm wearing naturals in between. When creating monochromatic pairings, I often wear the darkest shade on the bottom and the lightest on top because it flatters my pear shape body most. So, if there's an area of your body you wish to downplay, simply wear a darker hue of the color you want to wear and the lightest version where you wish to highlight ;)
We'll be talking more colors and how to wear them in tomorrow's post, so don't forget to stop back here again! Thanks so much for reading, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the most amazing start to your Monday so far!
Jul 15, 2016
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Happy Friday, dear friends!
When you think of sequins, what's the first thing that comes to mind? I bet it's the holiday season during the winter, right!?
Though they are certainly festive and perfect options for holiday parties and gatherings, they're also great for the summer, too! Specifically in classic metallics, since they'll be less likely to exude festive vibes, as opposed to red or green.
What I love most about the look of sequins during the summer months, is how the sunlight reflects of them, creating some sparkle and glam effects! Surprisingly, the glamorous vibes can be toned a bit by combining them with basic pieces, like I did with this loose fitting simple grey tank. The looser the fit, the more relaxed the feel, which will help to translate to a more casual look. I even love the idea of pairing a sequin skirt with a striped or chambray tee, making it more daytime appropriate.
Have you ever tried wearing sequins during the summer? If not, I hope this post has inspired you to give it a try, perhaps this weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!