Nov 25, 2015
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Blazer: Nordstrom (similar style on sale here) // Top: H&M (similar style here save 40% off your ENTIRE purchase use CODE: 74406) // Jeggings: Arden B. (similar style on sale 50% off here) // Heels: Nine West (here save up to 20% off your purchase use CODE: FEAST)
Hey beauties, happy hump day!
This hump day is a lot better and easier to get over than the rest, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Woohoo! Who's ready to have some turkey?! I am, it's been one whole year since I've eaten turkey. I've given up eating meat for the most part, although I have some here and there every couple of months, but nothing compared to my daily or weekly menus years prior, so I'm excited :)
I'm back with yet another Thanksgiving outfit idea and this one is a bit more dressy or dressed-up casual, as I like to call it. This would be a perfect option if you'll be dining at a restaurant for your dinner or just want to get a little dressed up, without being too over the top, since you do want to be somewhat comfy, right?! I absolutely love leopard and teal together, I think they're such a perfect fall combo, yet unique; and when you add a touch of terracotta or burnt orange to the mix, you've got fall outfit perfection! Now, since leopard is a busy print that brings the eye to focus, you want to make sure you're wearing it in areas that you'll feel most confident. If you tend to carry weight in your midsection, I wouldn't necessarily suggest a leopard top, which will cause the eye to focus there primarily, especially if you get bloated after you eat, which we all do! Instead, I'd suggest a longer loose fitting blazer or cardigan, like I'm wearing, which will create a slimming and lengthening effect to the torso, or you could simply wear it in your accessories, such a scarf or pair of shoes.
What do you think of this look; is it one that you'd wear? Are you ready for tomorrow?! In the midst of your holiday madness, stop by tomorrow, I have a special something I want to tell you :)
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beauties, and I hope you have an amazing day!
Nov 24, 2015
Happy Tuesday, loves!
The countdown 'til turkey day is getting closer and closer, I can almost taste it, haha! During the holidays, many of us will find ourselves in various settings and scenarios, leaving us with the dilemma of what to wear! With a closet jam filled with so many possibilities, it still can be a bit challenging coming up with something that will make for the perfect outfit. We've all been there! So, in giving you one less thing to worry about, I mentioned yesterday that I'd be sharing some outfit ideas with you leading up to the big day.
This post is a compilation of looks I've worn recently and throughout the years that I feel would be perfect for a number of Thanksgiving celebrations/styles! Whether it be more casual or a bit dressier, there's an outfit here for you! I do want to mention on a side note, from girlfriend to girlfriend, if you'll be meeting your boo's family for the first time, I suggest you ditch the tight short skirt or dress altogether or wear tights underneath, to give it a more conservative feel. It's all about impressing mom, she's the one you've got to win over and moms tend to be overprotective of their boys, so make a really good impression by wearing something cute, yet appropriate! Oh, and always offer to help serve and cleanup ;)
All in all, when selecting the perfect Thanksgiving outfit, everything is pretty much comfort and color palette oriented.
I hope you all find this post helpful and find a look that you'll wear! Which one(s) is your favorite?!
Nov 23, 2015
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Dress: c/o Almost Famous (only $17.99! here) // Scarf: Charming Charlie (similar style for $13 here) // Belt: Steve Madden from Marshalls (similar style here SAVE 20% OFF at Lord & Taylor with CODE: LTLOVE) // Tights: Marshalls (similar style here) // Riding Boots: Michael Kors from Marshalls (similar style here) // Purse: Louis Vuitton Tivoli GM
Happy Monday, beautiful friends!
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are ready for Thanksgiving! Can you believe that it's only 4 short days away?! I know I can't; can someone please tell me where the time has gone? Haha! All jokes aside, I know that it can be a stressful time (I'm making all the food, so I know!) I want getting dressed to be one last thing you have to worry about, with some outfit ideas I have planned between now and the big turkey day that will be sure to to work for whatever setting you'll find yourself in.
For today's look, I'm wearing a faux suede dress with a pair of grape colored tights. I absolutely love the way camel looks with grape; it's perfect for this time of year, particularly Thanksgiving. The richness of the grape color truly pops against the neutral brown, creating a lovely and unique contrast. If you don't have grape, then I'd suggest substituting it with a cranberry or burgundy color, which will create a similar effect. If you don't have a suede dress, but have a pair of brown suede pants or skirt, then you could just simply add either a purple or burgundy top with brown boots and you'll certainly achieve the same feel!
The dress has more of a shrift style, so it provides a lot of versatility when it comes to styling because of the boxy shape, which I love! For a more modern style you could leave it as, paired with a scarf and boots, or for a more tailored fit, you can belt it, as I did. Belting it will establish your waistline and make the look appear more put-together. If you do choose to wear a waist-belt, I suggest wearing it above your stomach, at your natural waist. This will ensure comfort, which is considerably important, since you'll be indulging a bit more than usual ;) I also think belting is more flattering, especially if you tend to get more bloated after eating a lot, which most of us do. With the addition of the belt, you won't notice the bulge as much, as opposed to wearing it loose, which can make one appear even larger in this case, especially if you already have some weight in the midsection.
What do you think of the camel and grape color combo?! I hope you love it and feel inspired to recreate the exact or similar pairing on turkey day! Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you back here tomorrow, same time!
Nov 20, 2015
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Happy Friday, loves!
Today's look is one that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season; what other fabric screams that the holiday season is here, other than sequins?! I personally love the idea of wearing sequin pieces all year round, by styling them with more relaxed pieces, but during the holidays they're even more fun and special to work with, wouldn't you agree?! I decided to pair the blazer with a pair of satin-like blush pink trousers for a feminine glam feel. I think blush pink has gone overlooked during the holidays, as we tend to look to other colors, such as green, red and metallics as being more festive. Blush pink is a beautiful color to experiment with during the holidays and would look fabulous paired with metallics (I love it with silver) and of course, black!
I hope you love the look and feel inspired to add a sequin blazer to your wardrobe; you will certainly see more outfit ideas using this sequin blazer as we approach the holidays, as I feel it's such a versatile statement piece! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!
Nov 19, 2015
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Hey beautiful, friends!
Many of you know how picky I can be; I've share just how OCD I can be about a lot of things, one of them being my nail care routine. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I actually visited a nail salon this year. The times that I have gone were mostly times when I was a bit stressed and the thought of that message chair and someone rubbing my feet and hands with lotion seemed very appealing in helping me to just relax! Majority of the time, however, I prefer doing my own mani and pedi at home (I have a video on my at home manicure routine here); I've been doing so for as long as I can remember.
I try to maintain my pedicure as often as I do my manicure, even in the winter. You might laugh at this, but I have this thought that I want my feet to always look good, of course for myself, but also in case I'm in a store and need to try on shoes; I want my feet to look good, haha. I know, it sounds crazy, but one time one time I was shoe shopping and I was way overdue for a pedicure and the sales associate brought me my shoes and was just standing there watching me slowly remove my socks (I didn't want her to see, but she wouldn't leave!) for me to try on the shoes, it was quite embarrassing!
When the folks at Emjoi reached out to me to do a review on their trial sample Micro-Pedi, I was excited to try it out because I've never used anything like it before and loved the idea of being able to remove those stubborn calluses on the balls of my feet, due to wearing heels so often and me having flat feet. It has a micro mineral roller, which is naturally processed from stone; it was amazing at removing the calluses from my feet! It took less than a minute to remove all the dead skin from each foot (the time will depend on how much dead skin you have on your feet), so it's super easy and quick to use and it's portable (you only need two AA batteries, no charger).
Will I put my stamp of approval on this product? Yes! I will certainly continue to use it in my pedicure routine and I'm sure you'll love it, too! I also wanted to mention that they're affordable (ranging from $29-40). It would make for a great holiday present to any woman on your holiday list (make sure you include the AA batteries)! The Micro-Pedi can be found at a number of stores, like Target, QVC, Amazon, CVS and of course on Emjoi's website (they have all the different options and packages on their site).
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found this review helpful! Have an amazing day, my beautiful friends!
Brought to you by Emjoi
Nov 18, 2015
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Poncho: Marshalls (very similar style on sale for $34 here!) // Sunglasses: Salvatore Ferragamo (very similar style on sale for 75% off here!) // Leggings: Express from Marshalls (very similar style on sale for $8 here!) // Purse: Kate Spade from Marshalls (similar style here) // Booties: Nine West (very similar style I'm loving here for B1G1 50%)
Happy Hump Day, beautiful babes!
I hope this week has been treating you well! If not, just breathe and know that only you can control your outlook and attitude! The start of this week wasn't the best for me, even though as soon as I woke up on Monday, I declared how amazing the day and week would be. Life happens and many things are out of our control, except our attitude. I was beginning to develop a bit of a rotten attitude for a moment when things weren't going my way, but then I made myself remember something my hubby shared with me that inspired him, when he was driving and listening to the radio one day. It was about a poll that was given to seniors ages 70+ on what was the best advice they can give the younger generation of today. One of the most popular advice they would all give was to worry less. They shared that many of the things that they had worried about, didn't happen nearly as bad as they thought, if at all! This quickly changed my attitude and I hope it does for you, too, if you're not having such a good day or week. Remember, it's not as bad as it may seem and the worse case scenario may not even happen :)
As for my outfit, it's very retro '60s, wouldn't you say?! I loved growing up in the '90s, but I'm so inspired by both the '60s and '70s fashion! The use of colors and patterns was just so fab and I love to embrace it as much as I can, in my own way and with a modern twist, of course!
Now, one thing you should know if you didn't before is that large patterns will make the area it's worn appear larger. However, if you pair it with an oversized piece, for example, as I did here with this poncho, everything is kept in balance. I simply adore this poncho because it's chunky and I love the turtle neck. Plus, it's black and can be worn with anything and everything (check out my video on how to style ponchos here, I give tips on how to wear and style them for both your height and body shape)!
I hope you all love the look and feel inspired by it! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day!
Nov 17, 2015
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Happy Tuesday, babes!
I've been getting a bunch of questions from you on some clothing pieces that can help in appearing taller. It's actually super easy to create a lengthening effect, if you're petite or you just want to add a couple of inches to your frame, visually! I've touched upon boot styles that can create this effect in a previous blog post (here), since we are in boot season and today, I've included some clothing pieces!
If you're petite and have learned some additional tricks in appearing taller, do share with us in the comment's section! I hope you found this post helpful; forward it to a friend or pin it if you did! Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!
Nov 16, 2015
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Jumper: c/o RD Style (similar style here) // Headband: Local boutique (similar style here) // Coated Jeans: Guess (similar style here, here) // Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (here) // Boots: Rock & Candy (original Timberland style I'm loving here)
Happy Monday, lovelies!
First, I want to take this time to express my sadness in regards to the multiple terrorist attacks that took place this past weekend in Paris, France. My mind cannot comprehend how such evil exists and how people think they hold the right to take another human being's life. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by these horrific events and with all of France, as they struggle to make sense of this occurrence, we all do.
Many of you know that I was raised in New York, the Bronx. I feel that growing up in such a multicultural environment is what contributed to my diverse or eclectic style. However, when I was younger, my style was very urban! I had Timberland boots in every color, as well as the latest Jordan and Huarache sneakers. It was a big deal as an urban teen to have the latest of those kicks; it was apart of the urban culture! Now, of course my style has changed immensely, but I do sometimes feel inspired to take to my urban roots with looks like these, from time to time. Does your environment influence your style?
As for this specific look, I simply adore this jumper and reach for it very frequently come fall and winter. I received it a couple of years ago at an event I attended and I just fell in love with the cozy feel of it and since it has wholes all throughout, it's breathable as well (I wear a tank underneath, since you can see through it). What I'm not too crazy about is the high-low style. I feel that with thicker pieces, like a jumper or sweater, the high-low can make your hips appear wider, since the thickness of the fabric tends fold over around the sides of the hips. Since I love the sweater so much, I don't let this hinder me. What I generally do is wear it with either a scarf, necklace, jacket or in this case a headband! Yes, a headband can definitely serve as an attention grabber, causing the eye to move up and down, as opposed to being stuck on the hip area. Isn't it amazing how just the simplest accessories can really make a difference in an outfit?! I also decided to wear coated jeans here, which has a slimming effect, since it's black. It still is a bit tricky, though, because of the sheen, it does reflect light (which can add visual weight). Styling it with a darker bottom also helps to slim the hips. So, if you're obsessing over that sweater you have in your wardrobe or one you've been eyeing, but have avoided it because of fear of making your hips appear larger, try some of the tips I mentioned!
I hope you found this post helpful and inspirational! Thank so much for stopping by, as always, and I hope you have an amazing start to your week, beautiful friends!
Nov 13, 2015
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Shirt: Marshalls (similar style on sale here) // Tank: Marshalls (similar style here) // Skirt: Thrifted (similar style here) // Short Necklace: c/o Athra Luxe (here-use code CONTOUR for 10% off any item!) Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (here) // Shoes: Steve Madden from Marshalls (similar style here)
I'm a '90s kid and proud of it! To me, the youth of today are totally missing out. I mean, yeah, they have all this advanced technology, but it still doesn't compare to my era and if your'e a '90s kid, I know you agree! Yup, we didn't watch re-runs of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Full House, Blossom or Sister, Sister...we watched new episodes! Yeah, chocker necklaces, plaid, body suits, distressed denim, we had them all! But, I can't deny that during my childhood, I watched re-runs of old classics, like Happy Days and The Brady Bunch, wishing I was apart of that era, too. Isn't that crazy how we take an interest and find inspiration in years past?! Well, in today's post, I'm bringing it back to the '90s, with a modern flare, of course!
I'm sporting the Uncle Jesse classic, plaid, leather and tank. Got it dude?! Haha! Seriously, this is the time of year I tend to reach for plaid the most, since I feel it works best in the fall and winter months, but of course it can be worn in the spring, depending on the color palette! I love to wear it with leather pieces, whether it be in skirt, legging or jacket form, I think the combo is edgy and just down right cool, would you agree?! I decided to create a more relaxed feel by leaving the shirt unbuttoned and knotting it, to have the tank show, but this would look great completely buttoned and tucked in for work! If you are going for a more casual feel, try knotting it like I did. I feel it creates the same vibe as adding a waist belt, since the eye will gravitate to the waist and the knot will create a contoured effect for any body shape.
I also wanted to share that I have been tagged by three lovely fellow bloggers for both the Libster Award and The Versatile Blogger Award, thank you so much, ladies! Both Vanessa from Living in Steil and Olena from Keen on Beauty nominated me for the Libster and Venus of Emotera Goddess nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I mixed up the questions from all 3 ladies, so here we go:
1. Q. Describe yourself in 3 words?
A. Humorous, ambitious and honest
2. Q. Why did you start blogging?
A. I wanted to help a larger amount of women simultaneously to feel comfortable and confident in the clothing they wear on a daily basis, by providing outfit ideas and valuable and practical information and suggestions.
3. Q. What is your favorite way to spend the afternoon?
A. Catching up with friends or my mom (we're pretty close)
4. Q. What does the perfect outfit look like to you?
A. To me, the perfect outfit would be one that has a bold color or print somewhere. Something funky, but works!
5. Q. If you could move anywhere in the world for one year, where would you go?
A. I'd have to say Costa Rica. Eddie and I have talked about visiting, it looks so beautiful!
1. Q. What inspires you the most?
A. Everything! Having grown up in New York, I've been inspired by so many things, from cultures, to art, you name it! I think that's why my style tends to be a little bold, as well as eclectic.
2. Q. What is your favorite current trend?
A. I'd have to say the '70s trend because it's one of the fashion eras I'm most inspired by!
3. Q. Do you buy clothes/cosmetics online or do your prefer physical stores?
A. I prefer physical stores, I don't like the pain of trying something on that doesn't fit, sending it back and waiting for it to come back again in my size. Plus, I like to see and touch everything, probably a little too much, haha!
4. Q. What is your biggest dream?
A. To open a clothing boutique!
5. Q. Would you still work if you became a millionaire?
A. Absolutely! If I became a millionaire because of my business, I'd want to very much be apart of the continual growth of that business!
Venus' random facts:
1. I have a type A personality, everything is organized in my room and closet in color and size order.
2. I have a photographic memory to some extent.
3. I'm really afraid of bugs, no matter how small! Those creatures can have poison!
4. I've had a Siamese cat all my life.
5. I'm very analytical; I tend to over think!
Bloggers I Nominate:
Vanessa of What Would V Wear
Uzo of Style n' Beauty Lounge
Tanya of Stripes n' Vibes
Heidi of Wishes and Reality
Kelly of Rosy Outlook
Julianna of Blush and Camo
Danielle of Spring 2 Spring
Danielle of Blush Blossom
Honia of Lovely Attitude
1. What's your favorite color?
2. Cats or dogs?
3. Tea or coffee?
4. Favorite designer?
5. Favorite place to shop?
6. Favorite food?
7. Favorite season?
8. What do you like most about yourself?
9. What's your favorite perfume or body mist?
10. How would you define your style?
Libster Award Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and comment on their blog.
2. Include a link to their blog.
3. Nominate (10) bloggers that you think deserve the award and notify them.
4. Answer the questions you are give and create 10 questions of your own for the bloggers you nominate.
5. Make a copy of the rules in your post.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration and interest in it! Have a fabulous weekend, beautiful friends; see you Monday!
Nov 12, 2015
Happy Thursday, loves!
Can you believe that we're only two weeks away from Thanksgiving?! It's crazy, I know! With it just being right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some findings from an article I stumbled upon from the Daily Mail, a UK news source, on how the different food cravings vary between 3 different body shapes: inverted triangle, apple and pear shapes. You know that this is the heart and soul of The Style Contour; providing you with multiple ways to embrace your body shape, so I just had to share!
Hopefully, this post will assist in discovering any food weaknesses or foods you may want to avoid over indulging in during the season. I know it definitely gave me great insight and a better understanding of my food cravings, which I felt was spot on for my body shape, pear. I am not suggesting that you don't enjoy the deliciousness that the holidays offer, shoot, I certainly will! Nonetheless, I hope these findings will make it easier to say no to certain foods that you vowed you'd avoid or help you limit the amount you decide to indulge in, so you won't regret it later; I almost always regret when I over indulge!
This body shape has broad shoulders and a narrow waist. Those who fall into this category tend to crave instant energy salty or savory carbohydrates, such as pasta and bread. These foods are classified as simple carbohydrates and aren't the best source of carbs. The purpose of carbs is to give your body energy and while these foods do, they only do so for a short amount of time, whereas fish, seeds or eggs provide sustained energy and help control cravings. You may want to avoid or limit your simple carb intake, which means chips, cookies, pies, white pasta, and white bread to name a few.
This shape has a wide back and broad shoulders and back, as well as a fuller midsection. Those who are of this shape tend to crave flour based foods, such as bread, as well as high fat spicy foods (spicy heavy meals) and salty wheat snacks. You may want to avoid or limit cakes, pies and cookies and foods with wheat, as they increase bloating and blood levels, or you may want to opt for gluten free versions, since wheat contains gluten. Try indulging in foods that are high in protein, such as fish and the white meat of the turkey (if you eat meat), as well as plenty of fibre!
This shape is smaller in the bust and waist and is largest in the hip, butt and thigh area. Those who fall into this category tend to crave foods that are sweet and creamy (ice-cream) or starchy foods, such as white rice, potatoes and bread. You may want to avoid or limit pastas, bread, including tortillas (chips, too!) You may wan to try eating lean meats (white or ground beef or sirloin for red meats) as well as beans (maybe a hummus dip!) and sweet fruits.
I hope you all found this post helpful, if so, share it with a friend! Feel free to check out the original article here! If you are uncertain as to which body shape you are, I suggest you watch my video on how to take your measurements to determine your body shape! If you are confused with the measurements, let me know and I'd be more than happy to help. I hope you all have an amazing day and thanks so much for stopping by!