Feb 24, 2017
Happy Friday my beautiful friends!
How was everyone's week? Hopefully it went by fast, since it was a short one! Today, I'm sharing an outfit I actually wore last week on one of those busy days I told you about. I knew I'd be running around all over the place, in and out of the car, so I wanted to look cute, yet practical for the day. Thankfully, the athleisure trend is showing no signs of stopping, which makes wearing sneakers fashionable and trendy.
When I was in high school, I was a sneaker junkie. I had all kinds, from Jordans to Huaraches and Timberland boots in every color. When I started college, I wanted to change my style and that's when I started to wear heels. I didn't wear flats at all throughout my 4yrs of undergraduate and I was known by my classmates who forgot my name (I know, Jalisa isn't an easy name to remember, pronounced Ja-lee-sah in case you've every wondered :) by the girl with the heels. I preface this to say that I haven't really worn and embraced sneakers in a really long time, other than working out. Even after completing my degree and working in hospitals and labs, I still loved my heels. These, aside from a couple of Coach tennis shoes, are my only real pair and having worn this outfit, I'm beginning to want to add more to my small collection.
I think sneakers are a great way to add a stylish kick (pun intended) to an otherwise simple casual outfit. I love the idea of teaming the colors found within the sneaker, if there are any, with bold outerwear for a more stylish impact. I think it makes for a nice cohesive look, one that appears to have been thought through, rather than throwing on a pair of random sneakers on the way out the door.
If you're a petite babe and don't like wearing flats because you want to look taller, you can accomplish a visual lengthening effect by wearing all black with a few pops of color. Though it won't physically make you taller as heels would, you will still look long and lean and at least give your feet a rest after a long, hectic week ;)
What are YOUR thoughts on sneakers, do you love them or hate them? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Feb 23, 2017
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
It's been a while since I've written a post on a Thursday, around the time of the holidays actually. It was such a busy time and I was experiencing such chronic fatigue, due to the pregnancy that I just wasn't able to keep up. It seems as though my energy is back or at least more consistent, so I'm hoping to get back to my Mon-Fri schedule. Let's see how that goes!
We're officially at the point of the winter season where we're just tired of winter and ready for spring. This is also the time of year that the weather tends to be a little all over the place, warmer spring-like temps one day, a blizzard the next, true story. Since we can't control the elements, unfortunately, we can, however, control our styling! Today, I'll be sharing some outfit ideas that I feel are perfect for this time of year, as well as some tips on creating the spring vibe effect with winter clothing. Some of these outfits are pre-baby belly in case you're wondering where the bump went, haha. Okay, so let's get started, shall we?!
I love leather pants, be it leggings or coated jeans, I just love them! I feel they're incredibly versatile and can keep you warm during the winter. My favorite way to wear them transitioning into spring is with spring-like colors, such as softer hues and pastels, like the periwinkle jumper I'm wearing in the outfit above. The jumper will of course keep you warm, but the color itself exudes spring. For some added warmth, I layered a blouse underneath in a fun print. If you don't have a jumper in a lighter color, feel free to do the exact opposite. Try layering one of your sheer flowy longer blouses you typically wear during the spring and summer underneath a darker colored sweater. The contrast is so pretty and will give you the perfect spring vibe.
Body Shape Style Tip: The longer the blouse peeks through underneath, the longer you will make your torso appear. It's a great slimming strategy when wanting to avoid attention being placed on the midsection or balancing out a chunkier knit piece.
Monochrome. If you've been a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you surely know how much I love monochrome and boast of it's flattering benefits. It instantly makes one appear longer and leaner, while look so chic all at the same time. There are a few ways to do monochrome. One way would be to work with one solid shade of a color, but mix up the textures to make it appear less one dimensional and bring it to life. The next would be to mix up various shades of the color you're working with. Depending on your personal style and taste, you may opt for a mix of neutrals or brights, the effect can really be achieved with any and all colors on the spectrum. For winter, I think grey is perfect because it has a nice calming affect. You can simply mix up darker shades of the color. Light blue accents in either your jewelry, shoes, or purse will blend perfect with the shades, since it has a blue undertone, as does grey, and it exudes spring!
Lastly, add white. Be it white pants or a white coat (off white works, too) it will instantly brighten up your look. Add in winter essentials in colorful or neutral shades, again, depending on your comfort level. If you do choose to add a dab of color, the white will make it pop even more, so you don't need to feel the pressure to go overboard with the color, a simple lip color or purse will do. If you're scared of wearing white jeans because you think they make you appear larger, pair them with OTK boots! The boots will not only keep you warm, but they have a slimming and lengthening effect, since they cover most of your leg drawing the eye up.
I hope you found these outfit ideas and style tips helpful for creating a lively, spring-like, yet warm outfit this time of year! Whether you love and embrace bold colors or prefer neutrals, the effects can be created either way and I hope you learned that in today's post! Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and tell me, how's the weather right now where YOU live?!
Feb 22, 2017
Happy Wednesday friends!
As promised, today, I'm sharing a haul of some recent purchases I picked up for baby girl. This isn't everything I've gotten thus far, just the super cute pieces, I left the basics out because they're not as exciting and stylish ;) I asked you all if you'd prefer that I share everything here or on IG Stories and those of you who responded prefered I shared it here. I'm so excited to share all these finds with you and I'm glad you wanted to see, though I probably would've shared anyway because I just can't help myself, haha. Hopefully this will give you mamas of little girls some ideas and suggestions to add to your little one's wardrobe and/or if someone you know is pregnant or has a little girl, you'll for sure be known as the best gift giver...yup, that cool aunt, godmother, or friend, haha. So, let's get into it, shall we!?
1 & 2 sold out | 3
Set of 5 onesies (only 3 shown here out of the 5, these were cuter ;)
Set (shoes not included, I found them at Marshalls)
1 | set of black onesies sold out
I hope you all liked everything I picked up Baby A! If this sort of post is not your thing, don't worry, The Style Contour will not turn into a full on mommy blog, though I will share some bits and pieces with you (especially anything that's been requested), since motherhood will be a huge part of my life. Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Feb 21, 2017
Ahhhh how I've missed you my gorgeous friends!
Though I've only taken an extra day off from the blog yesterday, I feel like I've been gone forever. Even more so, since I have't been able to respond much to your comments and actually interact with you. Last week/end was SO overwhelming! I already mentioned that in Friday's post, so I won't get into it again. I had hopes of having a relaxing weekend and that just didn't happen, haha. But, it's okay because we were able to spend Saturday night with my niece to celebrate her 18th birthday (did you see the photo I shared on IG stories!?). We had intentions of having dinner and dessert at the Sugar Factory in NYC because she's been wanting to go there for the longest time. I'm not much of a candy eater. I do, however, love my chocolate and baked desserts, but that's about as sweet as it gets.
I will say this, it's worth visiting if you're ever in New York and wish to do some tourist-y things and enjoy lots of sugar, haha. You do want to make reservations about a month in advance though to ensure you won't have to wait, it's THAT popular, since many celebrities have been there. Would you believe that we had a 3hr wait!!!? Yes, you read that right. We got there at around 6ish, so we decided it would be best to eat dinner at a restaurant nearby and just have dessert there because by the time we'd be done eating dinner, we'd be seated and the hype is more around the desserts anyway. With that, we still had an additional 1/2 hr wait! My niece wanted to have one of the goblets, that big ol' drink you saw Eddie and I drinking on IG stories. It's like a soda with candy in it. You can have them with or without alcohol and we, of course, had the latter. It was okay, way too sweet for my liking. Overall, I would say that the place isn't worth the hype in my humble opinion. We didn't get home until almost 1am and had some things to do on Sunday, so now you know why I was so pooped that I had to take the day yesterday, haha.
The outfit I'm sharing today is what I wore to celebrate Saturday night. I actually styled this sweater similarly a couple of years ago (here). This time around, I added a different purse and some leopard pumps for a fun night out look. I love the design of this sweater because it flatters the midsection and my bump perfectly with the X mark pattern in the center and black panels on the side, creating a nice slimming effect, while still showcasing my bump in a flattering way. Unfortunately that night, some of the stitching in the X ripped and made a huge a hole, so now I can't wear it again, which sucks. I decided to pair it with leather accented leggings for comfort and edge. If you're pregnant too, I highly suggest leather accented leggings because you still have the stretch and comfort that regular leggings provide with the cotton and spandex material, yet you can still embrace the look of leather pants. A win-win.
Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends, I hope you enjoyed the post! Feel free to let me know what you did this weekend in the comment's section. Speaking of, please bear with me as I respond to your comments! Have a wonderful week ahead!!!
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!