Feb 17, 2017
Coat: Michael Kors | Turtleneck: Halogen | Jeans: New York & Company | Long Necklace: c/o Gorjana (similar here) | Short Necklace: c/o Athra Luxe | Bag: Gucci (different style, same collection HERE) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar HERE)
TGIF my sweet friends!
Oh what a week it's been, I'm so glad it's nearly over, haha! This has got to be one of the most busiest weeks I've had in a really long time, even more than the holiday season. We've been doing so much running around trying to find a place for our baby shower in May that will host around 70 people. We've decided to not restrict it to just women because so many of our friends and family want to be apart of it. We have narrowed things down a bit, but still haven't determined where exactly. I want to do a tea party theme with an English breakfast. We've found a great place that will cater that has phenomenal reviews, but we just need to find a location. It's been fun, but oh SO tiring.
We've also been shopping for baby A's furniture because we think it's best we get the crib and changing table ourselves, so we've omit it from the registry. We've got our mind set on one we both fell in love with from RH Baby & Child that converts into a toddler bed, so we get more for our money in the long run. Aside from those two pieces, we've been adding as we go. I'm thinking to do a garden theme with floral pieces and butterflies. The color palette will be soft pinks, grey, white, and pops of light green...I want it to be a calming and soothing environment for both baby A and I. As promised, I will be sharing a haul of the clothing I've picked up (which is A LOT!!) next week, either Tuesday or Thursday, so keep an eye out for that, if you're interested!
Now that we've gotten baby talk out of the way, let's talk about today's outfit! I love winter whites, specifically ivory and all shades of off white. I think they look so sophisticated paired with any color and create a nice soothing vibe, perfect for winter. I also love how it looks paired with gold accents. Turtlenecks that have a nice stretch to them have quickly become a favorite of mine as my bump is growing. They look so chic and can be worn with anything and everything, so easy and so good. I love to tuck them into jeans to polish off a casual outfit, while dressing them up with pumps or cute boots. Today, to add some pizazz, I added in the classic and harmonious duo, red and leopard to the cream and I love how it came together and I hope you do, too!
Do you have any fun plans this weekend? I hope you found some inspiration in this post, my dear friends, and thank so much for stopping by!
Feb 15, 2017
Happy Wednesday my dear friends!
Most of us are aware of the fact that ruffles have been trending hard this season. It started during this past summer and transitioned into both fall and winter, and it shows no signs of stopping after seeing some of the f/w 18 collections that have hit the runways this week for NYFW. So, it's safe to say that ruffles are here to stay! What I've been noticing is that so many different variations have been showcased as a result, allowing for everyone, regardless of size or body shape, to embrace the uber feminine and flirty trend. In preparation for spring, which honestly can't come fast enough (shrug) I wanted to make your life easier (I hope) by suggesting styles that are most flattering for your body shape, so you know what will work with your body's features, since the extra fabric and overwhelm certain features, which you may or may not want.
If you wish to enhance or add some dimension (aka make your bust appear fuller) opt for ultra voluminous ruffle tops specifically around the bust area. If you're bottom curvy and want to visually maintain those curves with the tops you choose, I'd suggest an OTS or bordot style (like #3) that will help to (visually) widen the chest, which will maintain your lower curves. Some styles can make the hips appear wider or smaller by the way they're designed.
A common insecurity many of us women have are our arms. Many wish to avoid attention being placed on the arms and though I can and do suggest that you love and embrace your body for what it is because you're beautiful, which is very much true, at the same time, I know I'd also get a blank stare, like girl, are you serious?! Easier said than done and I get it. So, I suggest you pay close attention to the placement of the ruffles, as well as overall detail. Right now, teared ruffle sleeves are what's happening and this doesn't exclude you from being able to pull them off because you feel they make your arms appear larger. Opt for styles like the one shown above (#1) that combine a effect that can counteract the fullness and make your arms appear slimmer. In addition to the tips mentioned in the set above, when in doubt go black or navy. The dark colors will slim the entire upper body, allowing for you to freely play and experiment with the texture on the arms without feeling self-conscious.
I hope you found my tips helpful, my dear friends, and decide to experiment with the trend this spring and summer. As mentioned, there are so many different styles to choose from that you're sure to find something that works for you and your features in a way that will make you feel and look good. Not only are ruffles a great way to add a feminine element to your look, it's also a great texture mix to add to a monochrome outfit to add depth and dimension to your overall look, the possibilities of styling are endless!
Are YOU loving the ruffle trend? If so, what's your favorite style (one shoulder, OTS, cold shoulder, etc)?! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!
Feb 13, 2017
Happy Monday, my dear friends!
How was your weekend?! Mine was full of online shopping for baby girl...a little too much shopping, but hey, you can never have enough cute baby clothes, am I right!? I'm thinking of sharing a haul either on IG Stories or here on the blog, feel free to let me know if you have a preference; I know you guys will LOVE the pieces!
This week, I'm officially 20 weeks, I'm half way there, can you believe it!? I can't. Time is going by way too fast! I feel her kicking and she's developing a bit of a pattern with her kicks. She'll begin as soon as I wake up in the morning, after I eat, whenever I say, "baby girl", "little girl" or "princess" and when I play Baby Mozart, she loves it! She also does it when she hears Eddie's voice, how cute!?
Since I'm at the halfway mark, I've been noticing some clothing no longer fitting comfortably. At the same time, I've noticed that there's one particular brand of denim that I own that has surprised me and surpassed all expectations in terms of quality and durability and that's New York & Company. If you're a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you've most likely realized that they're one of my most worn denim brands. I'm particularly fond of their Soho collection with the 'curve creator' design, but all of the entire is amazing. I've been wearing their jeans for years now (about 5-6) and all I can say is that for the price, they surpass the stretch and comfort of some of my higher end denim brands.
When you're pregnant, your hips begin to widen out in preparation for birth, you gain weight, and of course, your belly grows, which can prevent you from fully buttoning up your jeans, that hasn't been my experience with these jeans (the ones I wear aren't high waisted). This is not to say that it may not eventually happen, but I've come across a few articles in which women stated they were having a hard time at 16 weeks with their clothing.
That said, I highly suggest New York & Company jeans in general, pregnant or not. If you want to make your booty look good (who doesn't, right!?) they're curve creator is the way to go. The seams are designed in way that contours your figure and creates the illusion of a firm and toned butt, whether you naturally have one or not; they make you look and feel good. They're soft and move with you, they don't have that stiff denim feel. What's even better is that they often have B1G1 50% off or free, which is when I had stocked up on the pairs that I have; they run large, so size down (they also carry tall & petites, sizes 0-20!).
What's YOUR favorite denim brand (both maternity and non maternity suggestions welcomed)? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far!
SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM THE SOHO COLLECTION
Feb 10, 2017
Happy Friday my beautiful friends!
These photos were obviously taken before the snowstorm we had yesterday, it snowed SO much!! I always love when it first snows, but after?! Not so much, haha. Maneuvering around it can be quite the challenge, either people are way too cautious on the road or drive like maniacs, very rarely is there a medium, haha.
Anyway, you want to know something really funny and weird? When I was in my first trimester, I hated mustard yellow, I couldn't even look at it without feeling nauseous (thankfully I haven't thrown up once!). Every time I would open my closet and see this sweater, it would make me feel so queasy, I had to shove it at the back of my closet, until now. Shortly after purchasing this sweater and wearing it once is when I started to feel that way, which is why I've only worn it once so far. Weird!
Colors are so impactful, they can affect your mood and that of those around you, enhance an outfit, and define a specific season, though with the latter I like to break free of any limitations and wear colors I love year round, just combined with other colors and/or hues that maintain that seasonal vibe, like in today's outfit. Mustard yellow is typically worn during the fall months, but pairing it with black or navy can make it a great option for the winter. Grey and white also look beautiful paired with it, but I typically combine them when transitioning into spring and summer (check out how I styled a fall orange sweater during last year's snow storm here).
Lastly I wanted to touch upon the coat I'm wearing, I absolutely love it! I've spoken about coats quite often this season, providing tips on what to look for when selecting a flattering style; this is one that's universally flattering. The straight cut and single breasted buttons create a nice slimming and lengthening effect to the body, making it a great option for women of all body shapes and sizes.
I hope you found some inspiration in today's post! Is there a particular color that's usually associated with a specific season that you love to wear all year long? I also wanted to apologize for my delay in responding to comments, as mentioned before, my only symptom throughout my pregnancy has been fatigue and well, it causes me to move at a really slow pace, haha. Thank you for your patience and understanding, my friends, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!
Feb 09, 2017
Happy Thursday my beautiful friends!
As promised last week, I'm sharing with you my two favorites from January's PopSugar Must Have Box, which I unboxed with you on IG Stories. The theme of the box was centered around relaxation, which is fitting after coming out of a hectic holiday season and into a brand new year! There were really only a few things to try, as some things included were more stationary, such as the post-its and desk calendar, which by the way I think is pretty, but not really practical, since the dates are so small and you can't write anything on the cards, it's more for quick glimpses and pretty decor.
Remember I mentioned how much I love mint tea and how I was excited to try the Dean & Deluca loose peppermint tea?! Well, I have to be honest and say it was a bit of a let down for me, which is why I'm not going to get much into it. Let's just say if you're a real mint tea lover and love that minty taste, it under delivers and isn't really all that flavorful, at least for my palette.
So, what actually are my favorites from the box!? The Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel and the Glade candle. I mentioned in the unboxing that I wasn't sure if I'd be able to use the peel since I'm pregnant. I've had to move aside some of my skincare products because they contained caffeine and/or retinol, which aren't the best nor safest for your unborn baby, at least from what I've read (when you're a first time mama to be, you Google everything). Well, the ingredients are for the most part all natural and doesn't contain neither of those ingredients. It claims to help prevent oily skin breakouts, which is what I need right now, since my skin is all wacky. Though I've been using it for about a week and half now (every other day) I've noticed very little results. Some of the blemishes I've had prior to using the peel have dried up, but not substantially; it hasn't lightened my marks at all. I will continue to use it, though, to see if the results improve with extended use. There aren't that many reviews on this particular product, but the ones I did come across claimed to have seen improvements in skin's appearance overall, so I have high hopes. It's very pricey, so I'd say hold off for now and I'll give you an update on my thoughts, particularly on whether or not it cleared up my acne to let you know if it's worth it, since that seems to be its main claim.
As for the candle, I LOVE it! It smells so good and really fills the whole room with the scent, but not in an overpowering offensive way, both when it's lit and not lit. It definitely brings the scent and feel of a tropical vacation, which I wish I was on right about now with this wintery confusion we've been experiencing here in CT. I've lit it quite a few times, including for the gender reveal party on Sunday (for hours) and as you can see from the photo above, there's still quite a lot left in the glass! I hate when I purchase candles and feel as though they don't last very long. This has been my experience with Bath & Body Works, which is why I don't buy them often, unless they're on major sale. You can purchase this Glade one at Target, Home Depot and other major supermarkets, if you're interested. Perhaps even CVS and you can use some of your reward's bucks, it seems to hover around $4-$5 ;)
*To try your first Must Have Box, use code SHOP5 (which never expires) to save $5 off!
I hope you found my thoughts on these two products helpful. I felt it was best to just share what I loved in the box, but let me know if you'd rather me share everything in future monthly boxes! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
DISCLAIMER: I was kindly sent the January Must Have Box for review from PopSugar, all opinions and suggestions stated are my own.
Feb 08, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
First off, I want to thank all of you for your well wishes on our gender reveal on Sunday and in Monday's post! I was so happy to be able to share that special and exciting moment with all of you! As some of you may know, we were guessing that we were having a boy, so we both wore blue and so did most of our family, with the exception of about 4 (one of which was my mom) out of about 30 people. My mom knew it from the start and you know that little "mama to be" sash I was wearing?! She made sure to get it in pink because she wanted me to be on pink team, haha. Omg, did you see Eddie drop the cake? He was in total shock, as was I. We are thrilled that we're having a little girl and you know I look forward to all the outfits I'll be styling her in ;)
Now, moving onto today's look. Since we're less than a week away from Valentine's Day, I've been adding in some outfits that are suitable for the occasion. It's not over the top, yet it's impactful and has the whole love vibe going on with the red leather leggings. The ones I'm wearing are super old, but I've linked a very similar pair, which is a bit darker (more like burgundy) but the fit is the same with the high waist and it gives off the same vibe. The waist on both of them go all the way up to the waist, which I now appreciate as it comfortably accommodates my growing bump (it's very stretchy). Prior to pregnancy, I would just fold the extended part over and it never looked bulky or anything, so it's suitable and flattering either way. I love leggings that have this feature because whether you're pregnant or not, we all have a food belly at some point and with Valentine's Day coming up, hey, you may over indulge and don't want to show the bulge, haha! Girl, there's no shame, add a flowy top or poncho with a pair of stretchy faux leather leggings and you'll look fashionable while still being practical.
I hope you all love the look and find some inspiration in it, whether it be in the color combination, texture mix, I hope it makes your outfit planning easier! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have the most amazing day, my dear friends!
Feb 06, 2017
Happy Monday my dear friends!
How was your weekend?! I'm actually writing this post on Sunday morning, so right now, I have no idea who won the Super Bowl and most importantly, what the gender of our baby is. As mentioned in Friday's post, we'll be revealing it on IG Stories, which I hope you'll check out! If you didn't there's still time to do so as you're reading this, head-on over (here)! I will be revealing it once again on the blog sometime this week in case you happen to miss the story, so don't worry, but I'm sure if you scroll through the comment's section there will be some hints :)
As for this outfit, I have to be honest and bold enough to say that this blazer is my absolute favorite leather piece in my entire collection. I've had it for about 3 years now and it has held up amazingly well! It's such a great dupe for the iconic Balmain version (check it out on Kim K here, is it not an exact replica!?). When I was contemplating on getting it, I remember being a bit hesitant because it was the same price as it is now, $81, and I wasn't sure if it would be worth it. I'm glad I took a chance because not only is the quality amazing for the price, the fit is as well! It's one of the most flattering jacket/blazer styles for any body shape. The military inspired design with the buttons taper in towards your natural waist, creating a nice flattering contoured effect to the area. I'm wearing a size 6, but typically wear a 0-2, so it does run quite small. You'll be able to wear a thin long sleeve comfortably, as I'm wearing here.
Being that I'm now 19 weeks pregnant, I'm constantly looking for flattering pieces and it's one of my key guiding points when creating an outfit, aside from comfort (I'll be talking about jeans in another post, so stay tuned!). I want to flatter my bump and feel and look confident in my (changing) body and pieces like this make it so easy. I feel chic and edgy while embracing my bump and the feeling is quite amazing.
If you're contemplating on getting this jacket, I highly suggest you do because this has got to be the first time, since I purchased it 3 years ago, that I've been able to directly link to it, it's always sold out, so I'm usually left with linking similar options! It's one of Missguided's popular pieces. They sometimes release other colors, but not in the leather version. They have a white version usually during the spring and I'm hoping they'll offer the leather version to the softer fabric they typically carry because it will be mine, haha.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your week is as beautiful as YOU!
Feb 03, 2017
Happy Friday, friends!
I'm so excited for this weekend because it's our gender reveal party this Sunday, woohoo! We're so excited to finally find out the gender of our baby, though we have a really strong feeling it's a boy. In one of my recent posts, a lot of you were guessing a girl, so I'd love if you all watch my IG Story on Sunday between 3:30-5:50, we'll be cutting the cake to find out! It's so weird, have you noticed that in recent weeks I've been switching back and forth between blue and pink/purple themed outfits?! It must all be subconsciously coming out in my clothing choices, lol!
Since we're quickly approaching Valentine's Day, I thought It'd be nice to start sharing some outfits that exude romantic feels with a pink themed outfit. I personally love all shades of pink and think it's a great way to wear an entire outfit comprised of the color in a way that's not as bold, yet creates that monochromatic feel. I often like to throw a little burgundy into the mix because why not!? Burgundy pairs so well with any shade of pink, creating more of a romantic feel, adding some intensity, to balance out the girly-ness that some pink shades have (hot and pastels).
To add an additional pop, I incorporated a pair of rose gold accents, both in my hoops and pumps. I've taken a break from hoop earrings for a while now, but my love for them is starting to come back. I'm originally from the Bronx, NY, so it's like a sub culture, as you know J.Lo still very much rocks them because you know, she's still Jenny from the block, haha.
Getting back to the rose gold accents, I think if you're looking for a way to experiment with metallics, rose gold is a great place to start. It's a bit more understated than silver and it looks good on every skin tone and color.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Feb 01, 2017
Happy First Day of February, my friends!
We're in for a short and sweet month with just 28 days this year; anyone's birthday on leap day, the 29th?! We had a friend years ago who's birthday was on the 29th, so every other year, she would say it didn't count and would be the same age for 2yrs, haha!
It's no secret that outerwear is my favorite wear! I love it for many reasons and I'm finding myself loving it even more now that I'm pregnant. It allows for me to reach for my basics on those days I'm not in the mood for much contemplating, while still achieving a bold and chic look with not much effort. This is of course a tip to apply for everyone, pregnant, not pregnant, man or woman. Outerwear can be that impactful and easy across the board.
If anyone were to ask me what pieces I'd suggest you have the most of, it'd definitely be outerwear and shoes. The two can really help to switch up the vibe of basic pieces you can wear on constant repeat without feeling and looking as though you're wearing the same thing over and over again.
Don't limit your options either. A few of us talked about leather jackets and how you've shied away from them because you found them to be too edgy and stark for your liking when thinking of a classic black moto, but when you saw the blue one I wore in this post, it made you second guess, which made me so happy! Pieces that are often associated with a particular aesthetic usually come in different colors and versions, so simply search for that item you'd like to try in a color or style that's your favorite and feels and looks most like you.
To continue on with the leather jacket post I mentioned, say you're style is more boho, for example, and you feel a leather jacket may be too edgy. Well, luckily for you embroidery is trending hard and there are embroidered leather jackets that can exude your signature style, while still exploring something a bit different. Same is true for the (faux) fur coat I'm wearing today. If it's too bold, you can opt for the Teddy Coat we talked about a couple of weeks ago that isn't as in your face, but still gives off the same chic and glamorous effect. Or, you could go for solid classic versions, such as black or brown.
I hope this post has inspired you to consider using outerwear as your statement piece when creating an otherwise simple or basic outfit when wanting a bit more, it's sure to effortlessly boost your style and look! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Jan 30, 2017
Happy Monday, my friends!
How was your weekend? Did you guys do anything exciting? Ours was relaxing for the most part. We attempted to go to The Chocolate Expo in Norwalk, CT, but the tickets were $20 per adult and $15 for kids....just to get in?! Um, no! Lol! So we ended up making s'mores at home, #cheaper. It would have been worth it if there were other things included. Years ago, I went to one in NYC with my mom and it was a less (from what I remember) and so much fun, hopefully we'll be able to go to that one when it's back.
Moving right along to today's outfit, which consists of two colors I typically think of and wear most during the winter and that's blue and grey. No matter the shade of the two, I just love the way they look together, creating a nice frosty vibe perfect for winter.
Plus, they have those cool tones that are harmonious and exude the vibe of the season to the fullest. I've noticed that lighter shades of both look exceptional on cooler skin tones as well as porcelain skin, so pretty. Darker shades, think charcoal grey and cobalt, also tend to really flatter medium to dark skin tones, too! Have you ever found yourself reaching for specific shades of both colors?
I've been getting some questions on I've managed to look lean for being 18 weeks now and it's a combination of a couple of things. In terms of size, the bump at this point looks as though I'm bloated, so it's not too big...yet. I've also continued to workout and be activate least 3x a week. My doctor suggested I continue working out, since I was already so active before pregnancy, as it's good for both me and baby's health, prevents unnecessary weight gain, and overall keeps me feeling confident.
When it comes to dressing, I've been reaching for pieces with linear patterns a lot, like today's dress, because they're super flattering! I don't want to hide my bump, I just don't want to appear much larger than I am because when you're pregnant, your body already goes through so many physical changes, no need to create more illusions, haha.
That said, I snagged a really cute, yet basic turtleneck that makes the bump look so cute; I plan on stocking up on these basics as I come across them! In addition to linear patterns, I think pieces that are form fitting, yet comfy, flatter and show off the bump so beautifully!
Anyway, I hope you like today's look and feel inspired to recreate it yourselves! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!