Dec 09, 2016
Sweater: c/o Banana Republic (HERE) // Skirt: c/o Banana Republic (ONLY 2 SIZES LEFT HERE) // Earrings: Macy's (HERE) // Bracelet: Bali Couture (similar HERE) // Ring: TjMaxx (similar HERE) // Shoes: Nine West (HERE)
Happy Friday, my beautiful friends!
How was everyone's week? Mine was very busy, so I'm about ready to relax, though I say this every week, haha. Hey, we all work hard during the week and look forward to the weekend, so I know I'm not alone here.
If you've been visiting the blog for a while now, then you most likely know what some of my favorite brands are because I tend to wear them a lot. One of my favorite brands, especially for sweaters is Banana Republic (seen here, here, & here), so when I was presented with the opportunity to collaborate with them, I was beyond excited!
It's actually a really fun collaboration because I was only asked to provide my sizing and measurements. That's it! I was told that I would receive two pieces selected by their stylists to create a look or looks using them. So I took it as somewhat of a style challenge. I honestly felt that anything I would receive would be fairly simple to style because they have such cute classic and stylish pieces and what's funny is that I had intentions of adding a metallic sliver skirt to my wardrobe this season, for the holidays, and when I received this one, it literally felt like Christmas morning, lol! Speaking of, if you like wearing midi skirts higher up on your waist, I'd suggest going down a size on this skirt. If not, your regular size should be fine. They are only two sizes left in the skirt, however, there is a slip dress version that you can wear as a dress or add a sweater on top to create the same effect I did here.
I decided to style both the sweater and skirt in one outfit because I felt they worked so well together, creating a nice icy effect, perfect for the upcoming winter season and winter weather we've already been experiencing here on the east coast. Blue and silver are a match made in heaven since they both exhibit cool tones, so it's a guaranteed success; even more so when working with lighter shades of blue; silver or grey really pop against it.
I think this would be a great outfit for a holiday party because of all the metallic we've got goin' on. The skirt, in my opinion, is the most versatile (aside from the shoes) for a number of different holiday events and occasions because you can mix it up with so many colors and styles. Though I wore it with a light blue and grey sweater, it would look even more festive with a red, hunter green, or black sweater or long sleeved top paired with some elegant or statement pieces of jewelry. To extend the wear of the skirt after the holiday season, it would look great and super cool paired with a graphic or striped top and a black moto jacket to add a little street style flare to the outfit. Truly, the possibilities are endless!
I hope you like the way the outfit came together and that it gave you an idea for wearing your (metallic) midi skirt this holiday season! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!
*This post is in collaboration with Banana Republic and Tidal, all opinions and suggestions stated are my own.*
Dec 08, 2016
Happy Thursday, my sweet friends!
As the weather begins to drop and wearing a coat becomes no longer a choice, rather a necessity, we may find ourselves feeling a little discontent or board with time when wearing the same coat over and over. Why? There's nothing we can do to make a coat appear different and viewed as an outfit each time we wear it. WRONG!
Today, I'm sharing multiple ways you can have fun styling your coat as we enter winter. I find it rather important that we have options for outwear either having multiple coats in different styles and colors and/or accessorizing the one we have in ways that make it appear new, fresh, and different with each wear. You see, come winter, our outerwear is essentially our outfit because no one outside the office or school gets to see our fab, well thought out outfits underneath, yet we still want to look stylish while keeping warm of course!
To demonstrate some of my suggestions, I'm sharing 3 very different ways I've styled one coat, let's get started, shall we!?
1. ADD A FAUX FUR STOLE
This coat actually came with a detachable faux fur collar, which is what you see; for this first look, I left it on. If you're working with a coat that doesn't have a fur collar, you can create the same exact effect by adding a fur stole around the collar of the coat. You can either opt for the same color of your coat, just to add texture or you can select one in a different color to create a color block effect for a bolder take.
2. ADD A STATEMENT SCARF
My philosophy when it comes to scares, the more the better! There are so many beautiful styles to choose from and at such great price points, too! Yes, it's essential to have a classic neutral shade, perhaps in a nice luxe cashmere fabric. To really jazz up your coat, on the other hand, how about one in a bold contrasting color or print! If you're working with a printed scarf, you can pull out one of the colors by adding a hat and gloves in the color you choose to emphasize to create a nice, cohesive, polished look!
3. LAYER A WATERFALL VEST OR JACKET UNDERNEATH
Waterfall dusters, cardigans, and jackets have been all the rage these past few seasons, so why not carry them over into winter and layer them under your coat? You can pull out the lapels to create the effect of a contrasted collar, as I did above. Yup, that's a vest underneath!
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I hope you found this post helpful in creating a new look with your coat! In addition to the looks I've shared above, you can also add brooches and pins, which have been popular on denim pieces and can look just as cool on a coat! Switching up your hats and gloves are also great options to play around with different styles, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU!
Dec 07, 2016
Jacket: Express (similar HERE) // Cashmere Sweater: c/o MoonCats (HERE) // Coated Jeans: GUESS (HERE) // Hat: Nordstrom Rack (HERE) // Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (HERE) // Boots: Nine West (HERE) // Bag: Tory Burch (I'm loving THIS one!)
Happy Humpday, friends!
If I had to assign winter a print, I'd say it would be leopard with houndstooth in close second. As with spring and summer, florals generally come to mind first, and for me, so is the case with leopard this time of year and the fashion world seems to agree, as it's always a spotted trend on the A/W runways time and time again. What I love about it, is when done correctly, it can read chic and sophisticated, especially when coupled with a red lip, pearls, or both!
Today, I've skipped the red lip and opted for pearls with this beyond cute beanie with pearl details all throughout. What I love about it is that it's a great way to keep your head warm on those days (or nights) you're dressing up and want your entire outfit, including your outerwear, to look polished, yet don't want to sacrifice the necessity in keeping warm, too!
Yesterday we talked about how metallics are a great alternative to our classic neutrals, as it pertains to shoes this time of year and leopard accented pieces are yet another way to spruce up your holiday outfits!
A few short months ago, I shared 3 tips to keep in mind when wearing the print that'll prevent us from looking tacky, which unfortunately this print can do, if we're not careful! One of the tips I mentioned had to do with fit in regards to the other pieces we combine our leopard pieces with. I'd like to add onto this one by suggesting we opt for well fitted or structured pieces in the leopard printed pieces themselves, when seeking a more polished, chic, and sophisticated look. Otherwise, it can crete a more look more va va voom effect. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but if that's not something you're going for, opt for well fitted, yet not skin tight.
For example, though I've paired my leopard jacket with a pair of leather coated jeans that are fitted, it doesn't have that overly sexy effect, since the jacket is more boxy in shape.
There are many ways you can incorporate leopard print into your outfits, the easiest would be in a pair of pumps, which are also quite versatile, since they also double as a neutral when in the classic color scheme. Jackets and pencil skirts are additionally great options (a leo skirt paired with a black or red tailored blazer and you're guaranteed to look absolutely chic!).
Everyone, regardless of body type can look amazing in a leopard jacket, though I'd suggest you pay mind to the length. For instance, if you wish to avoid attention being placed on your midsection, avoid a bomber style fur coat. The fur adds more dimension and volume than a classic satin bomber, which can make the upper body appear larger. Instead, opt for a longer style like this one, which will slim and streamline the body.
What are YOUR thoughts on leopard print? Is it a print YOU love? What's your favorite leopard piece?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you're having the best week so far!
Dec 06, 2016
Happy Tuesday, my dear friends!
I haven't said that for what seems like forever, lol! As you know, these past few weeks, I cut back on my posting schedule from 5 days a week to 3, but I think we may be back on track, so it seems for now because things seem to be going back to somewhat of a normal in my neck of the woods. Though does anyone really have a "normal" life and schedule this time of year!? It's rather overwhelming and busy, while still being pretty fun, right?
There's a group of neutrals that always come to mind this time of year and that's metallics, mainly because they read festive and add a bit of energy to an outfit. I recently purchased two metallic pumps (can you guess which brand? If you know me well enough, you know the answer is Nine West, haha) and shared them on my IG story over the weekend. A number of you loved them and some were thinking of purchasing a pair of metallic shoes, but weren't too sure how to wear them. My answer? Wear them as you would a nude pump!
Yup, metallics are classified as neutrals, just as much as nude and black are. What better way to create an almost effortless festive outfit than to swap out your nude or black pumps for a pair of metallics!? But, I must note that they aren't that easy to style. Here are some things you may want to consider to create your perfect holiday outfit:
1. Keep your skin tone in mind. I won't go into great detail here, since I did a complete post this time last year on what metallics, specifically gold, silver, and rose gold look best on each skin tone, as well as how to determine your skin tone if you're unsure here. It really does make a difference on how the metal looks against your skin.
2. Just like certain metals look best on specific skin tones, they also look best on specific colors! Here's a little cheat sheet using some festive/seasonal colors:
3. Metallics shouldn't only be reserved for formal parties, wear your favorite metallic pumps or top with a pair of jeans to dress up your casual outfit this time of year!4. Speaking of pumps, they are the safest and most diverse way to experiment with metallics if you're unsure, since they're versatile in how and what you can wear them with!Of course metallics finishes come in other shades, such as bronze, copper, gun metal and every other color there is, so there are more options to choose from. I, however, first suggest you add the metallic(s) that work best for your skin tone first because of the 3 listed above, all can be substituted for a nude or black shoe, which isn't the case for other metallic finishes. Once you have that metallic, then by all means add to your festive wardrobe with other fun options!I hope you found this post helpful, my beautiful friends! What are YOUR thoughts on metallics? Do you love and wear them already? If so, what's your favorite metallic piece? Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have the most amazing day ahead!XO,
- Silver- Black, grey, white, any shade of blue, true red, deep red with bluish undertones and jewel toned colors
- Gold- Black, white, beige, any shade of pink, dark blue, true red, bright red with an orange-y undertone and jewel toned colors
- Rose- Goes great with any color, though it can appear a bit muted when paired with reds and pinks because of it's rosy tones
Dec 05, 2016
Happy Monday, my sweet friends!
How was your weekend?!
We finally shopped for our Christmas decorations. We had to basically get everything new because as you know, we moved this past August and in our former place, our living room was sooo small, that we weren't able to decorate much, unfortunately. We also had to buy another artificial tree because the last one we had Judah (my cat, did you see my IG story of him?) would jump into it and just chill in between the branches and it eventually ended up looking like the The Leaning Tower of Pisa, so we had to get rid of it. We had plans of getting a real tree this year, but after doing some research and learned how they can potentially be poisonous to cats, we're deciding to give the artificial another try; I'll have to try and train him not to jump into it this year; hopefully he decides to listen to me #SiameseCatOwnerProblems.
Anyway, we've got the right kind of Monday blues going on today! Mondays can be are hard for most of us because well, who doesn't want an extra day off in between Sunday and Monday, am I right!? To brighten the mood, I love to opt for brighter colors; I also try and wear them on rainy, gloomy days. Colors can have such a positive affect on our emotions and can make the start of a new week that much easier.
I'm working with a blue suede mini skirt and what I've found that helps to make them work in the office or when you want to draw attention away from the shortness, is to wear opaque tights with it paired with matching shoes, in this case, black on black. They make the legs appear long and lean, while adding a more elegant touch to counteract the short length, making it more appropriate in conservative settings. This is also a super flattering option for all my petite friends or those who have longer torsos and would like to make the legs appear longer, not only because of the black on black, but also because we're working with a mini.
What did YOU do this weekend? What are some ways YOU mentally prep yourself for tackling on a new week?
I hope you like the outfit and feel inspired to recreate it on yourselves, I feel it's one that's flattering for everyBODY and cobalt looks great on every skin tone, so bold and beautiful!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your week is as amazing as YOU!
Dec 02, 2016
TGIF, my friends!
It's been a pretty long week if you ask me, so I'm really excited that it's finally Friday. Though I still can't believe it's been a week since Thanksgiving and that we're already in December!
Since we're officially in December, you know what that means, right!? Tis the season of the ugly Christmas sweater! How many of you attend or throw an annual ugly Christmas sweater party? They're quite fun, aren't they? It's always so much fun to see what everyone will wear and some get very creative by making their own, which is fairly easy to do, especially if you're crafty!
Though the point of the ugly Christmas sweater is for it to be gaudy and over the top, you may cringe at the thought of wearing them, but that doesn't mean that you can't participate at all, there are cute versions, such as the penguin one I'm wearing today! I mean, how can a penguin wearing a Santa hat be ugly, right!? Haha.
Aside from the sweater being gaudy, the idea is also to wear a sweater that's festive in some way with a holiday graphic or print. If you're concerned with all the details overwhelming your upper body, making you appear larger, just opt a style that has a smaller centered graphic or a sweater that's more fitted and has a flattering neckline, such as a v-neck and you're good to go; they don't have to be un-flattering!
So hopefully this post has inspired you to participate in your next group gathering either with friends, at work, or both! Have YOU ever attended an ugly Christmas sweater party? If not, perhaps YOU can host one this year!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Nov 30, 2016
Happy Humpday, my gorgeous friends!
Omg, you guys, the struggle was so real trying to take these photos, it was POURING!! Luckily, we were able to find a spot to shelter in because otherwise it would've been impossible. Which leads me to say that if you've ever considered purchasing a pair of Michael Kors riding boots, they hold up great in the rain. Of course a pair of rain boots would be a much better option, but when it comes to leather boots, the thicker the leather, the more durable the boot, unlike suede, which I've shared tips on caring for in this post.
Anyway, today is the last day of November, can you believe it? I certainly can't, but I'm not complaining because I love this time of year, it truly is the most beautiful time of year and generally speaking, people tend to be in a more cheerful mood, which makes the season that much more joyful! Aside from the sentiments that come along with the season, there are certain fabrics and patterns that scream holidays, one of which is festive plaid! Nothing screams Christmas season more than a red or green plaid scarf if you ask me. I think it's a great way to add a subtle, yet impactful festive touch to a casual, simple outfits, as I'm wearing today.
Blanket scarves have been all the rage for the past few years now and understandably so, they're just so comfy! At the same time, they tend to be very bulky, since they're oversized and if you have a larger bust, this may not be the effect you want to create when wearing a scarf; I totally understand. If that's the case, I think you can still wear them in a way that's more figure flattering, specifically as a vest or cardigan with the addition of a waist belt, like I've done in a previous post here. By wearing the scarf this way, you're not only creating a flattering emphasis to your waist line, but you're also creating a more visually slimming effect, since the eyes are moving downward, instead of focusing on your bust and midsection ;)
What's YOUR favorite print/pattern during the holidays or winter? Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU!
Nov 28, 2016
Happy Monday, my dear friends!
How many of you had a four day weekend and braved the Black Friday crowds? Did you score any major deals? Well, if waking up extremely early and braving long lines for savings isn't your thing, thank goodness for Cyber Monday where you can shop and save from the comfort of your own home or office (shhh, haha, do it on your lunch break ;) I decided to share pieces that are essential for the upcoming winter/holiday season, with a little flare; I mean how gorgeous is that pink coat!?
Speaking of coats, if you are shopping for a new coat today, I definitely suggest you reference my post on the most flattering coat styles for your body shape for some suggestions and tips on what to look for, for a more flattering style and fit. I also have a similar posts on selecting the most flattering sweaters and little black dresses as well, which I hope you find very helpful!
I hope you love my picks, all of which have a savings of at least 50% off today only! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!
Nov 25, 2016
:GET THE LOOK:
Velvet Suit: c/o VIPme (HERE) *USE CODE SIJalisa372 for $5 off on orders over $50 or $20 off orders over $120. These codes cannot be combined with any other offer. // Belt: off a dress (similar HERE) // Clutch: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Shoes: Aldo (similar HERE)
Happy Friday, my beautiful friends!
How was everyone's Thanksgiving?! So, it actually turned out that I seasoned the turkey and guess what?! It was a hit with everyone. Yes, even my dad! He couldn't stop talking about how delicious it was. That, my friends, is a huge success in my book, haha!
Now that we have one holiday in the bag, we have a couple more to go, which tend to require more dressier outfits, opposite of the comfy and laid back ones we typically wear for Thanksgiving. I've shared my love for velvet numerous times since the start of the season; what I love most about the fabric is that it beautifully enhances any color, adding such a nice depth and intensity, especially in jewel toned colors, like this sapphire velvet suit I'm wearing. Remember I mentioned in this post how universally flattering jewel toned colors are!?
These past few months, I'd been hearing so many bloggers rave about VIPme and their unique, affordable, and great quality items, that when they reached out to me for a collaboration, I was quite curious to see how the brand and quality of the clothing held up for myself, so I agreed. Now, let me share my honest thoughts and experience with the site and clothing.
First, I do want to point out that they have a wonderful selection of both classic and original clothing. Very original and stylish clothing, which is what I really love! What I've noticed is that the classic styles tend to sell out most and understandably so, since the prices are fairly reasonable. However, the size range isn't as extensive. The sizes are said to range from 0-16, but it was rare to see many of the sizes offered, particularly the smaller and larger sizes. I also didn't notice a petite section, so keep that in mind.
Which leads me to mention that they do tend to run a bit small in their trousers, at least with the suit I'm wearing; it's a little tight around the waist, even though it's elastic. I'd suggest going up a size in trousers and all items that appear form fitting. A minor frustration with the site is that there isn't a search bar and you don't have an option to narrow down your results according to color, these are usually my saving grace when shopping online, especially with a specific item in mind. So, if you're looking for a coat, you'll have to search through the category section listed 'coats.'
Aside from those minor kinks, I'm extremely happy with the quality of this velvet suit, it's exactly as pictured on the site! Both pieces are nice and heavy and the velvet texture feels great. The suit came with a removable wrap belt, which I decided to remove and replace with the gold waist belt I also wore in Monday's post to further enhance my waistline and visually distinguish my upper and lower half.
Now for the question I know you're asking, would I suggest you shop at VIPme.com? Yes, just keep in mind what I mentioned regarding the site and reserve your shopping and browsing when you have the time, since you'll have to take your time to look through the items to find what you're looking for, much like thrifting. Also, be sure to check the size chart to confirm your size and take your measurements if necessary to avoid purchasing an item that doesn't fit.
What fabrics, colors, and/or textures do YOU think of most during the holiday season?!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with VIPme, all opinions and suggestions stated are my own.
Nov 23, 2016
:GET THE LOOK:
Jacket: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Tee: Marshalls (similar HERE) // Jeans: New York & Company (same collection, different rinse HERE) // Bag: Tory Burch (similar HERE) // Boots: Nine West (similar HERE)
Happy Humpday, friends!
Tomorrow is Turkey Day for all of us in the States and I'm so excited! I haven't had turkey since last year (I mostly eat a plant based diet), alongside pretty much everything else I'll be eating, so I'm really excited!
As I've mentioned, I'll be hosting Thanksgiving at my place this year, which means I'll most likely be wearing a cute oversized sweater and leggings because it's cute, comfy, and practical for the chef, haha. But, if you'll be visiting someone's home for the holiday, you of course want to be a little more dressed up. I've been to family member's houses for the occasion and one thing I've learned is that it's imperative to wear clothing that's both stylish and comfortable.
The easiest thing to wear and style would be a dress and one that's oversized or more of a shirtdress style is best because it'll help prevent attention being focused in on your food baby. Girl, if you ain't hungry, I'll gladly take your plate, okaaay! haha
If you don't have one, the next best thing would be a pair of super comfortable jeans. You all know how much I love New York & Company's jeans because they're very comfortable and have a nice stretch to them, mainly the styles that are labeled leggings. Don't let the description fool you, though, because they aren't leggings at all, they just feel super soft and comfortable, much like leggings.
I bet you'll be surprised with what I'm about to say, but a striped tee can actually be slimming. Wait, what!? Yes, you read that right. There are only a few things you should consider to ensure that it will hold true for you, two of which I discussed in this post and the other being that it's a more relaxed fit, like the one I'm wearing.
Do YOU have your outfit already planned for your Thanksgiving gathering? If so, what will YOU be wearing? If you still haven't thought about it, I hope this post gave you some ideas. You can also check out my post from last year, in which I shared 9 different outfit Thanksgiving outfit ideas!
I also wanted to take this time to mention how thankful I am for all of YOU! I'm so grateful for having each and every one of you in my life. Though I love creating and sharing the best content I can, I truly enjoy chatting with you all in the comment's section the most. It's there that I feel we connect and learn more about one another. When you create and release information into this cyber world (which is extremely cool when you think of it!) it's such a great feeling to know that there are people who care about what you have to say and can connect and relate with you. So, I just want to say thank you for visiting The Style Contour, commenting, and following and supporting me, it means more to me than you'll ever know, truly.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving spent with your loved ones!