Apr 28, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
I guess I'm on a slogan tee kick this week, haha! I love this one, which says, "Paris, I love you" in French. I've never been to France before, but much like the rest of the human population, i want to visit someday. Until then, I'll just admire the food and culture that's so influential here in the states and pretty much everywhere, right?!
Last week, I shared 7 different ways to wear olive green this season and today's outfit is yet another example and inspiration, I hope! Would you believe that these are actually leggings, not jeans?! Yup and they're maternity leggings at that! Eddie couldn't believe it. When he first saw me wearing them, he said, "I love your jeans, honey." When I told him they were leggings, he swore they were jeans, until he looked closely and felt the fabric. Don't they look like jeans? They're from the brand Preggo Leggings, who were so kind enough to send me a pair of my choice, I chose these because you know how much I love olive and all things moto (we've established my obsession with leather moto jackets, lol). They don't feel like your typical cotton or spandex leggings, yet they don't feel like jeggings, they feel rather smooth and are quite comfy; I don't know how else to explain them, haha.
I decided to pair them with the striped tee because I not only loved the color combination, but I also loved the effect of the stripes on the tee and the moto panels on the leggings, which have a stripe-like effect. When it comes to stripes and a baby bump, things can get a bit tricky, as you can imagine, they can make you appear quite large and wide, which no mom -to-be wants; we want to flatter and embrace the bump! When working with stripes on a smaller scale with a v-neckline, like this top, it helps to prevent any exaggerated effects, which is quite awesome. You don't have to say good-bye to stripes just because you're preggers, ladies!
What are your plans this weekend?! We'll be heading to Brooklyn to celebrate my mom's birthday, which was last Tuesday. Due to the crumby weather and both Eddie and my step-daughter, Destiny, not feeling well, we postponed the festivities for this weekend and I'm so excited! I love my mama boo and can't wait to celebrate her (and bother her, I always bother her, haha). Be sure to follow along IG stories, I'll be sharing our weekend there!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Apr 27, 2017
Happy Thursday my sweet friends!
If you scroll through Instagram long enough (about 10 minutes) you'll most likely notice that many bloggers, regardless of their niche, are sporting a Daniel Wellington time piece and perhaps you've wondered if they're worth the hype or just a clever marketing tactic. If your thoughts aligned with the latter, I must admit I too thought the same thing. Now, I'm not saying that they didn't look beautiful or unique to spark my interest, I just wasn't sure if there was anything that truly set the brand apart that made nearly every influencer love and suggest them.
Well, I'm here to tell you that they are worth the hype.
The watch I'm wearing above is from their new Classic Petite collection, which Kendall Jenner has become the face for. I have to be honest and say that I was quite intrigued to see her modeling the watch and thought to myself, this has to be a notable brand for her to represent, since she's the face of highly reputable and iconic fashion houses. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to select a watch of my choice for review, I agreed and chose the rose gold Melrose with the white dial design (they also have a black dial option). It's absolutely gorgeous; I feel the photos really don't do justice in truly showing the elegance and craftsmanship of the watch, which is impressive for the price point (under $200)! I've been wearing it every chance I get since receiving it, as it goes with any outfit and can be easily dressed up or down. Yes, I think you can wear this particular style at a cocktail party or black tie event because the mesh strap makes it so versatile and classy!
With Mother's Day only a few weeks away, I think this would make for a wonderful gift. Daniel Wellington has an array of style choices, but I feel any of the styles from the Classic Petite collection would be most suitable for the occasion. I believe your mom would get the most wear out of it, since like I've mentioned, it's perfect for both casual and dressier occasions. Their watches are sold at a few retailers, such as Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, and ShopBop, so they're easy to come by, but what's awesome is that DW has provided an exclusive coupon code for you to save 15% off your order with code STYLECONTOUR, to be applied at their official site!
Hopefully this gave you an affordable gift idea for mom and perhaps for yourself too, if you're in need of a new timepiece. Thank so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great day so far!
*This post is in collaboration with Daniel Wellington, all opinions and suggestions are unbiased and are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands and partnerships that support The Style Contour!*
Apr 26, 2017
Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
I'm sorry I didn't get a post up yesterday, I was so tired as I mentioned on Monday, I just couldn't get myself up to it. I've been doing my best in prepping my posts a week in advance, but last week was so crazy, I wasn't able to get much done.
Anyway, we've been seeing a lot of graphic and slogan tees lately and I'm loving it. I feel they're a great way to add some personality to your outfit, sharing a little about yourself without having to say a word, truly reflective of the iconic quote from Rachel Zoe, "style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." Plus, I like to wear them now that I'm preggers and my bump is poppin' to show it off a little ;) I mean, I only have 10 more weeks to enjoy little mama inside my tummy. I STILL can't believe that you guys!
Speaking of little mama (this is what my mom and I call her), her crib and diaper station is coming today! I'm seriously in love with pieces that will grow with her, we decided to go with grey furniture pieces and create a garden theme. When I think of her full name, I get a whimsical feeling. Plus, my mom is a flower child. This woman will touch a dying branch and it will come back to life instantaneously, lol, no joke! I'll defintely do a nursery reveal when it's all up and done.
Getting back to the outfit. What I also love about slogan and graphic tees is not only do they add a little personality to your look, but you can style them in a variety of ways, as you would any basic tee actually. I love the way they look paired with a blazer and skinny jeans. To create a more edgy and casual vibe, I'd suggest working with distressed denim instead; regular jeans will keep the look more polished.
Don't be afraid to pair yours with a midi skirt for a nice juxtaposed creation either, I love the effect and it makes for an uber stylish duo!
I hope you found some inspiration from this post and I hope you're having a great week so far, my dear friends!
Apr 24, 2017
Happy Monday my dear friends!
How was your weekend?! I pretty much rested all weekend long because I've just been feeling sooooo tired lately. I'm starting to feel like I did at the middle of my first trimester when I was tired nearly all the time. You guys, I'm 30 weeks, only 10 more weeks to go, can you believe that?! In a way it feels like the pregnancy has been going by so fast, but at the same time, I often feel like I've been pregnant forever, lol. I've heard that's a common feeling, though, when you get closer to the home stretch.
Sleeping is starting to become a bit of a challenge because though I've always slept on my sides, I often wake up in the middle of the night with a panic thinking that I somehow moved onto my stomach. Don't ask me why, I just get nervous and it's not a fun way to wake up at 3am! I've also been quite irritable and I give it to Eddie for having patience with me because sometimes I just have zero tolerance and I get snippy and he's been such a great sport. I think the fact that he downloaded an app called The Bump that it has given him a better understanding of pregnancy overall. He gets super excited every Sunday to learn what changes both I and Baby A are experiencing. I was actually quite surprised when I found out he downloaded this app because I had never heard of it and didn't think of getting an app to track the pregnancy; I'm glad he did because it's so cool to learn more about Baby A's development and nod along with some of the symptoms mentioned that are sometimes analogous to my weekly changes.
We also got Belly Buds yesterday because I like to play Baby Mozart for little mama (I've read how it's great in stimulating their intellectual development) throughout the day, but it gets very distracting trying to work and have the music playing; I'm one of those people that needs silence in order to be productive. Now, I can just play it on my phone or laptop with the pods on my stomach and work without it disturbing me. I tried it for one hour yesterday and she seems to really love it. It's amazing how in tune I am with her, I know the difference between when she kicks out of announce or when she moves out of enjoyment.
As for my outfit, you all know that I'm apart of the blush color bandwagon; I love the shade. I love it paired with so many different colors, but feel it looks the most sophisticated paired with all black when done with a jacket or cardigan. I actually love the idea of this outfit worn with a blush satin bomber, ugh, gorgeous! I think it's a "grown up" way to do pink, so if you're one who's avoided the color overall because you feel it's too girly, this combo would be great and suitable for all ages in my opinion. I personally love all shades of pink, but I know that's not the case with many. Plus, the all black does the body good, doesn't it!?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends! I hope you found some inspiration from this look and enjoyed reading my little bump update. I love sharing this journey with you, knowing that you all have known me before, during my pregnancy and after, it's very special :) I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
PS: I didn't dye my hair. I often get asked this around this time of year when my hair naturally lightens. Both my mom and sister are natural red heads with freckles. I'm the only one with dark hair, but when spring rolls around, my hair color changes. It's the only visible Irish gene I have, haha. It makes us wonder what color hair Baby A will have. My grandmother had red hair and blue eyes and like I said, both my mom and sister have red hair, who knows!
Apr 21, 2017
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for some weekend fun! What better way to start the weekend than with a splash of some cheerful yellow! It's a color that's been trending on the runways and streets for some time now and it seem as though it's gaining some momentum, though not nearly as much as blush, but it's getting there, haha.
You know, I used to hate the color so much as a kid, as well as green. Now, I love these two colors and find them to make any piece of clothing or accessory that much more unique, as we don't tend to see them too often. A perfect example would be a yellow leather jacket (you've seen me style my green leather a number of times: 1, 2, 3). You know my love for leather jackets runs real deep and even more so now that I'm pregnant. I feel it just makes any "maternity" outfit look that much cooler, stylish, and modern, wouldn't you agree? Plus, they're extremely versatile.
This color combination isn't new to me or you, as I've styled an outfit very similar to this one last year. In fact, the only differences are the jeans, shoes, and purse. Even though the styling is pretty much the same, it goest to show how switching up pieces can actually create an entirely different vibe; I feel today's look is visually lighter, not as saturated.
Speaking of one of the changes in today's look, the denim, I'm pleased to say that I've finally found a pair of maternity jeans that are cute, affordable, and comfortable. They're from Asos and I was lucky enough to snag them on sale. They're quite popular and are selling out in most sizes, however, their jeans seem to be loved by many. The weird thing is that I purchased the same style (the Ridley) in white in the same size and they were too small. It makes no sense and I was pretty sad, but it is what it is. I was able to find another white pair from H&M and they're ok, nothing to rave about, though my niece couldn't believe they're maternity jeans when she saw me wearing them, they've really mastered the design on maturity jeans these days with their build in belly band and faux pocket/zipper designs.
I hope you found some inspiration for wearing some yellow in this post. For more inspo, feel free to check out my blog post How to Wear Yellow This Spring: 7 Ways to Wear Spring 2017's It Color.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Apr 20, 2017
Happy Thursday friends!
I want to first start off by saying that this post is not sponsored by Essie, I just love the brand and I know I'm not alone! After having tried so many different nail polish brands, I've personally noticed that they last the longest and have such a beautiful color selection, truly endless!
I do my own mani-pedi and have done so for years! I just prefer the way I do them than when I go to a salon. If anything, I'd get a pedicure just so I can relax in those huge comfy message chairs, haha. I guess I can liken this to a makeup artist having their makeup done by someone else. Though they may do a great job, it's just not what you're used to, you know what looks good on you. Same is true for my nails. I like them shaped a certain way and I know I can get annoying when it comes to how pigmented the polish is and how many coats I feel are needed.
I preface this all to say, today, I'm sharing with you 7 of my most worn spring nail polishes! I've had all of these polishes in my collections for years, some I've repurchased a number of times because I go through bottles, though most of them have lasted me a year or so. I personally think that all 7 would be suitable for every skin tone and would brighten any completion, which is why I want to share them with you! I've grouped them into color categories below, making it quick and easy to jot down the colors based on what you know you prefer or are willing to try for the season.
:: Blues & Purples ::
Bikini So Teeny- Is the blue shade, it's absolutely gorgeous on! I would liken it to a powder or baby blue shade. When you look at it through the bottle, it appears to have a bit of shimmer, but none of that is visible once applied, even in the sun. I feel this is a wearable blue because most blue polishes can be a bit too bold for some, even my doctor's nurse mentioned how much she loves it and would try it herself after seeing it on my nails and she's a French tip kinda gal. I apply two coats to get the true color seen in the bottle.
Play Date (middle one)- I've loved and repurchased this polish a number of times, it's so pretty! It's also just as shown in the bootle, a somewhat lavender purple shade. I also apply two coats for this one.
Lilacism- This is a much more softer purple shade, as you can tell in the photo above. It has some blue-ish undertones, but again, I feel that it's suitable for all skin tones, warm and cool alike. It's definitely a much more approachable purple shade than 'Play Date'. I apply two coats to get the same color as in the bottle.
:: Pinks ::
Muchi, Muchi (L)- This is such a beautiful pink, I'd describe it as a princess pink and it's one I often wear. In fact, I believe I went much of last month wearing it, haha. I apply two coats for the color shown in the bottle. Please note that the pearl-like finish you're seeing on the bottles is due to lighting, it doesn't have have a glossy look at all, neither does the other shade...
Minimalistic- This one is for all my blush babes out there! Blush pink is trending huge, as we've spoken about a number of times. If you love all things blush, this is the perfect pink shade or you. You may need three coats though because it's a tad sheer.
:: Neutrals ::
Topless & Barefoot (L)- This is one of those colors that you can get away with wearing all year long. It's a sandy brown shade, very light brown. This is perfect for those of you who prefer a clean and fresh look, it's a simple color, yet I always get asked about it because it's still so pretty. You should only need about two coats.
Marshmallow- This is a beautiful ivory shade and I typically wear this during the spring and early summer. It's not a bold or opaque white color, but it's still very pretty and refreshing for spring. This is a color I'd only wear on my nails, as it doesn't really pop on the feet for a pedicure. You do, however, need about three coats, since it goes on quite sheer.
Hopefully, this introduced you to some new polishes and opened you up to the idea of trying out some new shades this spring season, how are we feeling about Bikini So teeny?! That's a great one to start with ;) Tell me some of your favorite spring nail colors and brands, I'm always looking to add to my collection!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Apr 19, 2017
Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far! So, today's look features a huge trend at the moment and that's banker stripes. Banker stripes are not like your typical stripes, what makes them different is that they're often combined with a soft baby blue shade and white pin stripes (vertical stripes). It's no wonder why it's trending so big right now, it's perfect for spring and summer, since the color combination is light and refreshing.
Plus, it's figure flattering, since they're vertical stripes, which have a slimming effect as opposed to classic horizontal stripes, which can make one appear wider, all depending on how they're styled of course.
Since these stripes are figure flattering, they're also a perfect option for those of us toting around an extra glamorous accessory, a baby bump! There are so many ways you can wear them, today I chose to knot the front, since the shirt is a tad long, and pair it with a pair of track pant joggers for a cool juxtaposition of dressy and casual. To down play the track pants, since I wanted the dressed up vibe to dominate the two, I added gold sandals and accessories. If you wish to make the casual, athleisure vibe more prominent, then I'd suggest opting for sneakers instead; perhaps a pair of trendy Adidas Superstars.
A very cool "it" girl kinda way to wear a banker stripped shirt is to expose the shoulders, either both or just one. I opted for one because with the bump, the wide v would make me appear much wider. Though this isn't really all too practical and to be honest, it was just for the photos, I couldn't function with just one shoulder exposed like this, haha, #realtalk.
Have you noticed the banker stripes trending and have you tried them out yourself? If not, I definitely encourage you to either in a shirt or perhaps a jumpsuit or romper. It really does help to lighten and freshen up an outfit for the season and the combination looks great on everyone, regardless of shape or size. Plus, it can visually lengthen your upper body, so if you have a short torso, you'll love the effect this creates!
Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Apr 18, 2017
Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!
About a month ago, Vichy reached out to me with the opportunity to review their mineral face masque collection, which consists of three very different masques, each formulated to target and improve the condition of specific skin conditions and concerns, though all three can be used within just 5 minutes, which is pretty awesome and convenient when on the go or hurry! I had read many positive reviews on the brand in general, yet had never tried any of their products before, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to do so and today, I'm sharing my honest thoughts and experience with each of the three masques over a one month time period.
Prior to accepting this offer, I asked some very important questions regarding the ingredients and whether or not they're safe to use during pregnancy, which they are. I was also pleased to learn that they're paraben free, too, which is something I often seek out for my skin and beauty care products.
In addition, all three masques can be used simultaneously; you can use all three in one "spa" day or use all three throughout the week, each can be used 1-2 times a week. I, however, initially used the Quenching Mineral Mask for one week, twice a week, without the use of the other two or any other new skin care products. Then, I introduced the Double Glow Peel Mask a week later and used both on the same days, twice a week. A week later, I introduced the Pore Purifying Clay Mask and have since used it twice. Though I was able to start using all three simultaneously from the start, I really wanted to get a feel for how each performed, since they all have different claims and to also test whether or not their effects are strengthened when combined with the other masques in the collection as opposed to on their own.
Quenching Mineral Mask- It has a gel like consistency and is reminiscent of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost, if you're familiar, in terms of looks and texture, but what's cool about this one is that it you apply on your skin for just 5 minutes and any remaining product can be rubbed into the skin, which I felt to be pretty cool. Judging by appearance, one would most likely assume that this masque would perhaps improve hydration and I would agree that this assumption would be true in the results I experienced. After just one use, my skin felt incredibly soft and hydrated. It claims to even out skin tone as well, but I honestly didn't notice any drastic results. The redness I typically have under my nose didn't change and the blemishes I had from previous breakouts didn't fade. The masque contains vitamin B3 and Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water from the French volcanoes.
Double Glow Peel Mask- The consistency of this masque is a bit smoother and creamer than the Quenching Mask. It claims to instantly tone, freshen, and brighten skin. It contains AHA (fruit acids) to remove dead cells, Rock of Volcanic origin to gently exfoliate, vitamin CG to help illuminate skin tone and is formulated with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water from the French volcanoes, like the previous masque mentioned. I noticed a gradual difference when I began using this one in conjunction with the Quenching. The blemishes I had for months (my skin is very pigmented, so blemishes are often purple and last for what seem like forever) began to slowly fade. So, I didn't notice anything instant, but I do believe that it does what it claims in that brightens and improves skin pigmentation.
Pore Purifying Clay Mask- This masque claims to minimize pores, as it contains kaolin and bentonite clay, both are said to help eliminate excess sebum and impurities. Like I've mentioned, I've only used this one twice and haven't noticed anything drastic, but that could just very well be because my pores are no longer enlarged ever since using organic coconut oil as my moisturizer, which completely cleared up my acne and I haven't had any breakouts since (about 2 or 3 months).
::What I suggest::
I personally don't believe you need all three, since all are formatted for very different and specific skin conditions. However, if you have combination skin or notice that your skin changes with the seasons, then you may want to consider swapping them out to treat your specific needs. If you have:
Dry Skin- The Quenching & Double Glow masks may be your best options. You can either choose one to experiment with first or choose to use them both simultaneously. Like i mentioned, I noticed better results when I used them both. Since dry skin needs added hydration and can appear dull, these two would treat those conditions best, based on my experience.
Oily/acne prone- Those who suffer from acne tend to have larger, more visible pores because they become clogged. That said, the Pore Purifying Mask may be ideal in helping to reduce the size of them and help purge out all the gunk.
I hope you all found this review helpful and that it gave you a better idea of which masque may be best for your skin conditions/concerns. Also, Vichy was kind enough to offer 20% off with free shipping for my readers, exclusively on Vichy's site, use code SAVE20FS at checkout.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having the most amazing day so far, my dear friends!
*A very special thank you to Vichy for sponsoring this post*
Apr 17, 2017
Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!
How was everyone's Easter Sunday?! I hosted Sunday brunch and we had such a great time spending the holiday with family. If you've been reading for a while now, then you may have noticed that I love to host the holidays at my house; I just love to cook and have my family around me. It makes me smile when I know they've enjoyed what I've worked so hard to make and put together. I hope Baby A loves to cook and entertain as much as her mama!
Well, this is the dress I wore yesterday. I was so glad when I found it while out shopping a couple of weeks ago because I can't fit into any of my other dresses that would've otherwise been suitable for the holiday. I knew I wanted a maxi dress because as I've been mentioning, I've been trying my best to purchase pieces that I can wear both now and post delivery and maxi dresses are definitely one of those pieces. You don't usually have to go up a size either, since most styles are stretchy or flowy. I've been loving those with an empire waistline specifically, since they accommodate a growing bump and shows it off rather nicely, too :)
Speaking of empire waistlines, which is basically a waistline that starts right underneath the bust, they're perfect options for those apple body shapes. This shape has a full bust, as well as a wide upper body; the stomach is where you'd typically gain weight, if you were to fall into this category. Plus, if you have a long torso or just wish to appear visually taller, empire waists are a great solution, in that they visually extend the length of the legs, making them appear longer ;)
Feel free to share your Easter Sunday plans, I'd love to know what you did and wore! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
Apr 14, 2017
Happy Friday my sweet friends!
As I mentioned on Monday, I'm looking forward to wearing as many cute dresses I can this spring and summer, especially as the bump gets bigger and bigger; it's so much easier to dress it! I recently purchased this dress in both the grey color I'm wearing and black. I wanted the mauve color, but that sold out almost instantly, fingers crossed it will be restocked and hopefully other colors added (I'm dreaming of white!).
The thing with this dress is though it feels and looks like a comfy tank dress, if you got hips, a booty, and/or a bump, you've got to size UP, maybe even two sizes! I'm typically an XS and after reading some of the reviews that suggested ordering up if you're curvy, I ordered the small. Well, it rides up and it's quite annoying. The bump makes it look a tad bit shorter than it typically would be and with the pregnancy hips I got going on (which I'm not gunna lie, I kinda like ;) I could've sized up to a medium. You see, I just really want to avoid purchasing new clothes in larger sizes that will no longer fit post pregnancy, but it looks as though in some cases I just may have to. I'm just that frugal, anyone feel me?
Other than that, I can't suggest this dress enough, it's so cute and faltering on every body shape because of the ruching and cross line hem. Plus, as I've mentioned, it's super comfy. I love dresses like this for the weekends especially because they're so easy to throw on and go. Though this particular style can't be dressed up too much, since it does feel and look like a tank dress, you can still make it work for a casual brunch or for doing pretty much any other laid back weekend activity. I've styled it with a pink leather jacket here, but I think it would look just as cute with a duster cardigan or a shirt tied around the hips, both of which I may try to help with the riding up of the dress.
Do you have any fun weekend plans? If you celebrate Easter, I hope you enjoy the holiday with your loved ones! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends; I can't wait to see you all back here on Monday!