Jan 20, 2017
Happy Friday, my friends!
Yesterday, Eddie and I had our 16wk check-up, these visits are always so exciting! At our last visit, we completely forgot to ask the technician doing the ultra sound to write the gender of the baby and place it in an envelope for our gender reveal party, which is on Feb.5th. So, we had them squeeze us in to do a little check and it's sooooo hard to resist the temptation of not tearing up that envelope to find out! My mom will be stopping by this weekend to pick up the envelope and bring it to a bakery for the cake. The filling will either be blue if it's a boy or pink if it's a girl and we're having everyone wear the color that they think it is! We're both guessing it's a boy based on the form of my stomach, but sometimes it has us second guessing.
A fun fact is that I worked at a hospital conducting research on pregnant moms and how music affected their unborn child's response to the stimulation (i.e. change in heart beat, movement, etc). So, I've seen my fair shares of bumps and I'm usually really good at guessing the gender based off the look of the stomach, but of course for mine, I'm all confused, haha. Though you may not have seen enough of my bump yet, what are YOUR guesses? Boy or girl, I'm curious :)
Anyway, onto the outfit. These jeans are no longer wearable, today is the last day :( They will no longer button up, which I'm starting to notice with many of my other pairs. I guess it's time for me to start looking at maternity or those bands. If you're a mama, how do those bands feel, are they comfy and are they noticeable? I decided to wear them with one of my favorite chunky sweaters, since it's black, it doesn't make me appear larger even though it's a bit oversized, which I of course love!
I typically pair this bag with a pair of shoes I have in the same exact color (don't you love when you have the perfect match!?) but this time around, I decided to add a pop of leopard instead; I love the look of them with the purple bag and lipstick!
Well, my friends, I hope you have the best weekend ahead, let me know what exciting things you have planned! See you on Monday!
Jan 18, 2017
Happy Wednesday, my beautiful friends!
I want to preface by saying that when I took these photos, it was in high 50s, which is why I'm not bundled up a ton, though this would work on any other normal winter day under a coat.
I LOVE cable knit sweaters, they're probably my favorite kind of sweater design. I like the added detail that's subtle, yet adds a little extra something to an otherwise simple piece. Plus, I'm learning that they're much more flattering on the midsection than other styles I own. I believe it's because of the linear design that draws the eye down, not across. That's a #ContourTheBump tip ;)
We're in a time where most fashion "rules" are being broken (thank goodness!), such as wearing metallics and sequins all year long and during the day for that matter, pastels in the winter, and yes, white after Labor Day.
To darken things a bit and sticking with a more seasonable vibe, I like to pair my winter whites with rich, saturated colors that pop so beautifully against it, such as indigo (as I'm wearing) and other deep blues and purples.
For added warmth and detail, I added one of my most treasured scarves, a beaded paisley I scored years ago at Marshalls. It's made in India and you guys, the photos do it little justice, it's gorgeous! The beads are so sturdy, I haven't lost not one! I tried to find one that's similar and this is the closest one I can find. I will suggest that you take a peek in the scarf selection at your local Marshalls because they can have some really gorgeous imported scarves; I have another one that's so beautifully detailed, too.
Do YOU enjoy wearing winter whites and/or pastels during the winter?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Jan 17, 2017
Shop the Set
Happy Tuesday friends!
Since the start of winter, we've had a lot of discussions about outerewar and why mixing up and styling our coats is something to consider, as it's essentially our entire outfit. There's been a texture popping up a lot lately and it's called the the teddy. It's given the name because the fabric pretty much emulates that of a teddy bear, so it's super soft and smooth.
The teddy can have a similar vibe to a fur coat, with a lighter feel, which may be a great alternative for those of you who don't like the bulkier look that many fur coats have, which is why I chose to share it with all of you as an option to consider if you've been wanting to add a textured coat to your collection. Since there are different styles found with this texture, you don't even need to commit to a coat and the heftier price tag that can come along with it. Instead, you can choose moto, bomber, or even waterfall style cardigan to pair under a coat you already own as an additional layer that will give the appearance of an outerwear piece once your jacket is removed.
I hope you like the pieces I've shared here, which one is YOUR fave? I'm kind of loving the reversible one, I love the whole two in one concept!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you're having the most amazing day so far!
PS: Feel free to check out these guides on selecting the best outwear for your body shape:
Jan 16, 2017
Happy Monday, my dear friends!
How was your weekend?! Mine was pretty relaxed because I still haven't gotten back my energy 100% yet. There are times when I get a sudden burst and I take full advantage of that by cleaning and doing other things I don't feel like doing these days, when I just don't have it in me. I also encountered my first challenge in getting dressed with the bump, particularly with the outfit I'm wearing today.
The sweater which you see and have also seen before styled here was the toughy. It's more of a boxy style with two large pockets and they make me appear just that LARGE, haha! They fall right at the widest parts of my bump, making me appear that much more wider. I was so disappointed at first because I had envisioned wearing this sweater with the houndstooth jeans; I love the saturation of the two combined. I started tearing my closet apart looking for something else to wear and I quickly learned that gone are the days of getting dressed last minute, which I would typically do. I would just open my closet and reach for what "spoke" to me, as well as the mood I was in. Until I truly know what works and what doesn't for my bump and create a uniform look, I have to give myself more time.
So, after trying on what seemed like 1568987 outfits, I decided to revert and just add a moto jacket on top, which cinched my waist more visually, making the sweater more flattering and the outfit that much more interesting too! Eddie said I look like a biker, but anytime I add a black leather jacket to any outfit, he says that...men (insert eye roll emoji)!
When I finally got my look together, I honestly felt very inspired to create more flattering pregnancy outfits moving forward because it really can be hard and I'm only 4mths! I look forward to sharing my #ContourTheBump tips and tricks as I go, hoping that those of you who are pregnant have some inspiration to pull from. Additionally, I hope everyone enjoys seeing the progress and the tid bits I share these next few months!
PS: Some of you asked in Monday's announcement if Eddie and I have chosen any names yet, we've just begun brainstorming and are welcoming any suggestions!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead and if you're off for the holiday, enjoy your extra day!!!
Jan 13, 2017
Happy Friday, my friends!
I hope you've had a great week and are ready for some weekend fun!
Today, we're talking about the sweater vest or sleeveless sweater and why I love it so much. I love it for a couple of reasons. One of which is that it's such a great layering piece for both fall and winter. You can layer it over any of your long sleeve tops or dresses for added warmth and a nice flattering contrast. I say flattering because if you want your midsection to appear smaller, you can opt for a solid colored sweater, like I'm wearing, and divert attention to your arms with a flowy blouse with a pattern or bold color. If you're insecure about your arms, the flowy fabric won't cling, so you have nothing to worry about ;) You can also extend the wear to the warmer months, remember when I wore this same sweater at the start of fall without anything under?
Don't be fooled by the fact that I'm not wearing a coat, it's indeed cold here in Connecticut. I actually layered a thick tank underneath my blouse as my first layer. Next time, it'd be much smarter to wear a long sleeve black or white top instead to keep the arms warm, too; I was pretty cold, way too cold to even crack a smile, lol!
I hope you like the look and that it gave you another idea for a wardrobe staple you may want to add, as well as how to wear it! Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Jan 12, 2017
Shop the Set
Happy Thursday, my dear friends!
When it comes to neutrals and basics, the first color that will often come to mind is black and rightfully so, it goes perfectly with everything and can be worn all year long. There are other darker neutrals, however, that are starting to become more popular, an alternative to black if you will, specifically navy. Like black, navy has a sophisticated vibe, in addition to a nautical effect, that reflects class and prestige, in my opinion. It may not be as entirely versatile as black, but it can often be swapped out in many of the color combinations you would typically consider black.
What I love about it is that, unlike black, it brightens both the hair and skin tone of everyone, regardless of skin or hair color. Black on the other hand, though everyone can and should wear it, can sometimes appear harsh or too sharp, making navy a great alternative to consider. It also carries over that same brightening effect when paired with other neutrals, such as white, grey, or browns (thinks cognac or camel). Navy, though it has more a brightening effect when paired with other neutrals, it also conceals as black would, since it's dark and saturated, which is what gives black its slimming properties. In addition, it pairs well with both silver and gold metals, once again, flattering all undertones, allowing one to mix and match depending on personal preference.
What are YOUR thoughts on navy? Is it one you'd consider replacing black with in some of your outfits this winter? I personally wouldn't replace it with black entirely, however, I am now looking at navy with a much more open and accepting eye.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!
Jan 11, 2017
Welcome back my friends!
Today, I'm showcasing what we talked about last week in my monochrome post. This is actually my first time wearing all grey and I honestly don't know why I haven't worn it before. I don't have a grey purse, which I've actually been wanting for quite sometime, but haven't found one I absolutely love, so I added a baby blue crossbody instead. I felt it worked as a soft pop of color that does the job without being to impactful. Unlike me, I know, haha. I also don't have a pair of grey pumps (I don't believe I've ever owned a pair either) so I decided to go with silver metallic pumps instead. Since silver blends so well with grey, I felt it worked in creating the monochrome outfit I was going for. They're also patent leather, which we also talked about last week.
Since we're on the topic of these shoes, you all know how much I LOVE Nine West's shoes, they basically make up my entire shoe collection. I have to be honest and say that after wearing this pair a few times now, they're quite uncomfortable in the ankle area. I don't know if it's because my ankles are very pointy, but the bottom of my ankle tends to rub against the shoe after a while and it HURTS! Just something to keep in mind if you were thinking of getting them.
I hope you like the outfit and feel inspired to wear an all grey look of your own! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful day so far!
Jan 10, 2017
Happy Tuesday, my beautiful friends!
First off: Thank you SO very much for all your kind, beautiful, and supportive words on my pregnancy announcement yesterday! You all put a HUGE smile on my face and made it feel that much more REAL! I mean, I obviously know that I'm pregnant (duh), but when you tell everyone, I don't know, it kind of just hits you more and makes it that much more exciting, ya know!? Ah...so excited, you guys!
Now is the time of year many of us reflect on what we'd like to improve or work towards throughout the rest of the year. Call them resolutions or goals, these changes are intended for us to become better versions of ourselves and come in many forms. A goal that's often made is to change the way we dress to better reflect the true or new person we want to become (i.e. you've always been shy, but this year you want to work towards becoming more social and outgoing).
I truly believe that how we feel is often reflected in the way we dress and vice versa. For me personally, my style is quite eclectic because I love trying new things in general. I'm also a social person, which is also reflective in my love for bold colors and patterns. In addition, I feel most confident when I'm wearing something that not only reflects my personality, but that fits my shape perfectly. Who doesn't right!?
So, if you're thinking about making some improvements to the way you dress, I hope you find the following suggestions helpful:
1. Is there a blogger or celebrity who's style you absolutely LOVE?
For me, it's Olivia Palermo. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to her style that I constantly refer to for inspiration, especially on those days when I don't know what to wear. This is such a great place to start off because it will give you a better idea of what YOUR personal style is if you were uncertain before. It doesn't have to be just one person either, it can be few and you may notice they all have a very similar aesthetic. Create a Pinterest board where you can pin all your favorite looks of theirs that can help you work with pieces you already have in your wardrobe to recreate the looks you love, but with your own unique spin.
2. What's your lifestyle like?
This has a huge influence on our style choices because who wants to have various sections of their wardrobe reserved for certain situations?! That makes for a restricting wardrobe that doesn't allow you to get the most wear out of your clothing. If you're a working woman, make sure you have pieces that can be worn both to work and on the weekends, such as a neutral colored blazer and flowy blouses. Looser blouses can be tucked into pants or skirts for work for a more polished look and can be worn untucked on the weekends with a pair of skinny or flared jeans. Plus, they're very forgiving and universally flattering. Regardless of what you do for a living, you want a wardrobe that's comprised of versatile pieces that can be worn in various circumstances, mix and match!
3. Learn what works and what doesn't
You already know that I'm a huge proponent for loving and accepting our body shapes for what they are. For way too long, we were (and still are) told by the media and society what the ideal woman looks like, which is often unrealistic and not a true representation of actual real life women, who come in ALL shapes and sizes. I believe when we know and understand our body shapes, it gives us a clear vision for what to look for when shopping because we already know what's flattering and what's not. There's no point in waisting our money on a trending item that we don't feel 100% amazing in. At the same time, I believe we should have plenty of options to choose from, which is why I often provide alternative ways to styling pieces that may otherwise not be as flattering in a way that totally works!
The only way to be able to do this, however, is if f you know your body shape. If you don't know your shape and would like to, watch my video (here) to learn how you can finally figure it out and begin dressing in a way that works for you! Once you determine your shape, you can make another Pinterest board with celebrities who have the same or similar body shape as you (even if they don't have the same style per se, it will give you placement ideas). Though they don't always get it right, most of them (if not all) have personal stylists who dress them according to their shapes, as well as their styles, to have them looking their best. This can give you some ideas for creating outfits or pieces that you may want to incorporate more of in your closet that work best for your shape.
4. What makes you glow?
Knowing if you have cool, warm, or neutral undertones will give you a better idea for which shades are more flattering for your skin tone. Notice I mentioned shades? The reason is that I believe every color looks great on everyone, we sometimes have to work with different shades or hues of a color for a more flattering effect. For instance, olive green may not look great on you, but that doesn't mean hunter or emerald green doesn't; you see what I mean? If you're more into neutrals or don't like wearing colors at all, opt for metals that provide that glow, in which you'd still need to know your skin tone to determine. If you are cool toned, then wear mostly sliver or white gold. If you're warm, opt for gold. If you're neutral, you can play around with whichever metal you choose, as both provide the same results in your case.
5. Remain true to YOU
In the world of fashion, trends always come and go, that's a given. What's trending now may not speak to you or draw you in and that's okay, don't feel as though you need to force it. Remember, personal style is personal, which means it's entirely reflective of you as an individual. You don't want to feel as though you're wearing a costume and not being true to who you are for the sake of fitting in, it will affect your confidence and it's not worth it.
That's it! Pretty easy, huh?! I hope you found these tips helpful and got some ideas on how to simplify the process in determining your personal style. Who's style do YOU feel most inspired by?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!
Jan 09, 2017
Happy Monday friends!
As you can tell by the title of this post, I'm pregnant! I'm 15wks today and it's still so surreal! You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep this a secret from you guys. I was so tempted to tweet a photo of my pregnancy test, lol! I barely had a bump until New Year's Day. I literally woke up and my belly looked huge (huge to me). I told Eddie, "I'm going to have to tell them asap because it's starting to look a little obvious!"
This is our first baby and I'm beyond excited (and maybe a bit nervous)! Everything is so new to me and I'm learning what works as I go. I've still been working out on average 3-4 days a week compared to my 5 pre-pregnancy and that's mainly because of my only symptom I've really experienced, extreme fatigue, I literally have no energy. I've also had some cravings that have come and gone. Back in November, I was craving sandwiches of all sorts and I've never really been a sandwich person, haha.
So, what does this mean for The Style Contour?!
I will of course be sharing updates on everything as time goes on, as well as my fashion/style journey. As you all know, this is a blog dedicated to providing fashion advice for dressing our unique and individual body shapes; I'm not at all familiar with pregnancy style, so it's going to be interesting! I will be sharing what I learn to be flattering to the bump, as well as my changing body (hello, boobies, you've finally decided to show up!).
Although I will be sharing all of the above, the blog won't entirely transition into a full on mom blog because I understand that not all of my readers are moms (yet) and may find some of that boring. However, I'd suggest bookmarking and pinning anything you find that I share interesting, even if you're not pregnant right now because before, I would read blog posts written by moms to be sharing tips and tricks that I wish I would've saved.
I look forward to having you all on this journey with me and please feel free to make any recommendations or advice at any time if you're pregnant or have been, or if you have any questions about what I'm experiencing!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!
Jan 06, 2017
Happy Friday, my dear friends!
As you may have noticed, I have a thing for obsession with faux fur. Be it coats or vests, I'm instantly drawn in when I see them and I think it's because they add an instant chic factor to any look. I tend to style them casually, by pairing them with basic tops and jeans, but they can also enhance the elegance of a dress or jumpsuit for a night out on the town. They truly are versatile!
When styling them, I try to keep proportions in mind to keep the entire outfit well balanced with my body shape and frame (I'm a bit under 5'8). If you're on the tall side, I think either cropped, regular, or long styles would all be great options. Those that are cropped will visually shorten your torso by making your waistline appear higher up, which you may or may not want, this all depends on personal preference. I, however, would suggest them if you feel your torso is a bit longer than your legs and you want to balance it out; this can apply to petites, too! If you wish to wear them, but don't want this effect to be created, you can counteract it by wearing monochrome on the bottom with matching bottoms and shoes, like I've done here, or pointed toe shoes.
Longer styles, on the other hand, do the opposite, they elongate the torso. If they fall past the widest part of the hips, then you may want to select a style that isn't as fluffy to avoid appearing overwhelmed, particularly if you're petite. Again, this all depends on personal preference and what you feel most comfortable with!
Do YOU like the look of faux fur? What's a fabric, if any, that you always seem to gravitate towards?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
PS: Make sure you stop by on Monday :)