Aug 18, 2017
Tee (B1G1 50% OFF) | Jeans: DIYed old jeans (similar) | Monogram Necklace: Similar | Y-Necklace c/o | Watch c/o | Knotted Cuff c/o | Moonstone Bracelet c/o | Shoes: Similar (ON SALE HERE) | Bag: Louis Vuitton Trevi GM
Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
Now tell me, how in the world is it Friday already?! Is it just me or did this week fly by? I'm not complaining ;)
Last weekend, I was sorting through my closet and came across these 7 for all mankind jeans I've had for quite some time now but rarely ever wear. When I took them out, I no longer felt they were my style and placed them in the pile of clothes to give away, until I a light bulb went off and I thought, "why not try to distress them and make them into a brand new pair?" I had never done this to a pair of jeans before and I'm not the best at DIY projects, so I was a little nervous about how they'd turn out.
I had been eyeing a few pairs of jeans that had large distressed details around the knees and figured why not try to create that same effect and you're looking at the end result. The last time I wore these jeans was in my '60s Mod post over a year ago, which you can see from the first photo above; don't they look so different after the DIY?
Often times when getting rid of pieces in our closet we just throw them in a pile to get rid of, like I did initially. This taught me to first think of the possibility of reviving them, creating a new vibe and look altogether. Now, of course, depending on the actual piece, this isn't always possible, however, it is more likely than we may think. So, the next time you're thinking of tossing those old jeans, how about creating some shorts or add some patchwork, embroidery, or some plain 'ol distressed details as I've done here. I think patchwork and distressed details are the easiest to try your hand at, if you're not a DIY kind of person because the details don't need to be perfect, which makes it that much more forgiving.
Hopefully I gave you some motivation this weekend to take a step back at your closet and see what you can create!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead; see you all on Monday!
Aug 17, 2017
Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!
My posting schedule is a little all over the place this week, so sorry about that! It's been one of those weeks that something keeps popping up and not enough hours in the day, we all have them, right?
Anyway, with fall right around the corner, I thought I'd start a series leading up to it, fall essentials. Everyone has a different list of what they'd consider essentials, so I'll be sharing my personal favorites and my most favorite of all, which you'd know if you've been reading The Style Contour for a while now are leather jackets! I'm a collector, they're my weakness and what I gravitate to instantly upon entering a store this time of year.
:: WHY I LOVE THEM::
What I love about a leather jacket is it works so well with any and every style and outfit, adding the perfect touch of edginess, while keeping you warm of course. It makes for the perfect layering piece. Yes, they're perfect for adding a bit of warmth on those cool early fall days and nights, allowing you to continue to wear some of your favorite summer pieces, which is pretty awesome if you ask me!
:: MY SUGGESTIONS::
My first suggestion would be to make sure you have a plain black one before all else. No embroidery, studs, spikes, etc. You want to make sure that it's not a trendy piece and one you can wear for years to come and with any outfit, it needs to be versatile. Depending on what you prefer, you can opt for one that has large zippers and buttons or one with details that are more subtle. A moto style is a bit more on the edgier side, further enhancing the vibe, while one that isn't has a bit more of a sleeker feel, perfect for all you minimalists! If you're looking to invest, a black one would be the color to do so with, you'd get the most use out of it for sure. If you feel black is too harsh or too edgy for your liking, opt for grey, taupe or camel brown as alternatives, they're just as versatile and don't give off the same edgy vibes as black would.
Once you've added a basic black or your alternative neutral, then I'd say it's safe for you to experiment and add other fun colors, prints, and details to your collection. You don't need to invest in an authentic leather either, it can be vegan, which is just as good. In fact, one of my favorite brands for leather jackets is Blanknyc and they make incredible vegan options as well as genuine leather/suede. What I love about them is that they make affordable alternatives to high end designer stlyles, like Alice + Olivia and All Saints; I'm all for desinger dupes ;)
:: MY PICKS ::
PRINTS + EMBROIDERY
I hope you found my suggestions and selecitons (totally didn't mean to rhyme there, haha) helpful! Let me know, do YOU like wearing leather jackets and if so, what styles do you prefer? Plain, detailed, colorful?!Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you in tomorrow's post, my dear friends!XO,
Aug 14, 2017
Happy Monday my dear friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a wonderful start to your week so far!
Spending money on a ton of luxurious, high-end pieces isn't always an option due to the hefty price tag, but that doesn't mean that we cannot dress in a way that looks expensive. There are certain fabrics, textures, and even colors that can make an item appear more expensive than it actually is, like satin. Satin has a very romantic, therefore luxurious look to it.
To be honest, the majority of the investment pieces I own are accessories because I feel I can get more use out of them than a special occasion or seasonal top or dress, though I'm not opposed to the idea of splurging on such pieces. If you have the means and feel you'd get enough use out of it, go for it!
However, what I like to do is look for clothing that exudes a luxurious vibe, even if it's a faux fabric, and pair it with one of those investment pieces I mentioned to make the entire outfit appear more expensive and chic. If you don't have an investment piece, no worries! Pairing your satin piece with a solid neutral purse and/or shoes will create the same effect, even more when it's in a rich brown shade.
Is there a fabric that you feel enhances your outfit? Satin, silk, cashmere? I'd love to know!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!
Aug 09, 2017
Happy Wednesday my dear friends!
How's everyone's week going so far? I've had a rough one, guys. So, you probably don't know that I love my morning coffee. I'm not a coffee addict my all means, but my mornings just aren't the same without my cup. I also feel like my breakfasts don't taste that good without it, anyone else feel like that? Well, during my pregnancy, i had to cut back a lot because I began to get very jittery. I've always gotten that way if I drink it without having water beforehand. I got nervous considering that I was pregnant and if I was feeling that way, I knew it was definitely affecting Aviah. After having her over a month ago, I've been having my cup a couple of times a week and Eddie and I have realized that when I do, she's extremely irritable. So much so, that she'll be so tired, but won't be able to sleep, so you know what that means...we don't sleep either! So, when you see these photos I share, just know that I applied LOTS of concealer and brightened up my face so I don't scare you all away, haha.
We've also had to take my photos near the house because she doesn't really take well to her car seat, haha. We tried a shoot one day and she wasn't having it, so we decided that this will have to do until she grows a bit more and gets more accustomed to being in it.
Anyway, enough of my mommy update....
Today's outfit is fairly basic consisting of a tee and cut offs, it doesn't get any more simple than that. However, the belt really helps to amp things up and adds a stylish element. As many of you know, Gucci belts are trending huge this season and I have to say if you're considering adding one to your wish list, you must. As I've mentioned in a previous post, I've had this one since my high school graduation, it was gifted to me by mom. We're talking ahem, ahem years ago, that's a long time! I'd suggest getting it in a neutral color to ensure that you'll get as much wear out of it and it'll be worth the investment. So, you can go with a metallic or go the more classic route with either black, taupe, or brown. If you opt for a color, you may love it now, but that may change 5 or 10 years from now.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and let me know, what's one fashion item you've invested the most in or plan to?
Aug 07, 2017
Cardigan: Similar | Tank: Similar | Belt: Gucci | Jeans: Similar | Shoes: Simlar | Bag: c/o Radley London | Necklace: c/o Midori Linea | Knot Bracelet: c/o Motif | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Moonstone Smart Bracelet: c/o Ringly | Earrings: Similar
Happy Monday my beautiful friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Today's outfit was inspired by my arm party, which consists of all rose gold pieces. I was particularly excited about wearing this new smart bracelet I recently received from Ringly, a smart jewelry line. Their concept is to connect us with technology by seamlessly fusing it with fashionable pieces that fit well with in our everyday lives and personal styles. Basically, that technology can be sleek and stylish. They're a brand developed by women, so the importance of having pieces that are wearable and fashionable are just as important as their practically. They have a beautiful selection of pieces ranging from rings to various bracelet styles. The one I selected is from their 'Luxe' collection, which features genuine semi-precious stones with 14k gold plating.
I'm totally new to a tech piece like this, so I was so excited to begin wearing and using it. Both my mom and niece have a Fitbit, this functions pretty much like that, so if you have one or are familiar with them, then you have a gist. It comes in a chargeable jewelry box that you insert the piece into and pair it as you would any bluetooth piece to your phone. Once it's paired, you can then assign VIP contacts with special colors that will subtly light up and vibrate to let you know that they're either calling or texting you. You can also receive alerts and notifications from your favorite apps (over 100!) and track your steps and set personal goals, pretty cool right?!
I'm pretty sure if you've been reading the blog for quite some time now, you know that when I love something, I wear it often, so you can expect to see this bracelet a lot, haha! I tend to wear both my Daniel Wellington rose gold classic petite watch and Motif Endo knotted bracelet paired together, but I've always felt that another piece was missing and this bracelet has now completed the "set" I wished to create. It also comes in gold and silver, so if rose gold isn't your thing, you have options, along with selecting the semi-precious stone of your choice (purple jade, moonstone, agate, labradorite, and howlite, which looks like white marble).
Getting back to the overall outfit, the rose gold trio inspired me to wear my rose gold pumps that I've only ever worn once and a blush cardigan, which gives off the same rose toned effect. Rosé All Day is the name of the bracelet, hence the title, plus we're in rosé season and this outfit reminds me of it as well.
What do YOU think of smart jewelry? Have you ever tried them before? If so, what's YOUR favorite brand and piece to wear?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
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Aug 04, 2017
SHOP THE SET
Happy Friday my dear friends!
Lately, I've been noticing more and more waist enhancing pieces trending a lot on social media and popping up in some of my favorite shops. Most pieces I've noticed have a corset design, such as a sweater or dress that has it built into them, paper bag waist trousers and shorts, or the corsets themselves. This is a trend that I feel most will love because it creates a nice flattering emphasis on the waistline, creating definition where there is none or enhancement where there is. Plus, they can work well into any personal style depending on the colors and overall styles you choose.
For example, if you have a more feminine and flirty style, opt for a dress that has the corset built into it. If you're more casual, then a pair of shorts would be best. If you want to go street chic, opt for a pair of cool denim jeans or trousers. Lastly, if you're more edgy, then try a corset that has some sort of hardware or detail.
So what do YOU think? Is this a trend you'll be embracing this season? As with many summer trends, this one seems to be making a transition into fall pieces, like the sweater and leather shorts shown in the set above, making them great pieces to embrace now and continue to love later.
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends! I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all back here on Monday!
Aug 02, 2017
Happy Wednesday friends!
If there's one color that looks phenomenal on every skin tone, it's coral and in every and all shades. It's a color that ranges from orang-y undertones to blush pink undertones, so the spectrum is quite wide, which is what I feel makes it so flattering. It's a color I turn to whenever I want to visually brighten my skin after a cold and trying winter when I tend to look a bit pasty, as well as in the summer months after getting a nice bronzed tan.
If you're fair or dark skinned, I feel the brighter the coral, the better it looks, think those with orange undertones. If you have medium-olive skin tones, the lighter shades work very well in allowing your natural tan to radiate.
What I also love about coral is that it looks so pretty paired with rose gold jewelry, as they share the same hue. If rose gold isn't your thing, yellow gold looks great with the bolder orang-y shades and silver, white gold, or gunmetal look great with the lighter pink-y shades.
Do YOU like wearing coral? Have you noticed a difference in the way your skin looks when wearing it?
PS: Would you believe Aviah is one month today? I know I mentioned this on Monday, but I seriously can't believe it!
Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Jul 31, 2017
Happy Monday my dear friends!
Would you believe that Aviah will be turning one month on Wednesday?! Please, someone tell me where in the world is time going, seriously! I know they say that time goes even faster when you become a parent, but I mean common! I can't handle this. Yesterday, she fit into a pair of shoes my mother bought for her and she looked so big, I wanted to take them off and not deal with it, lol.
Though I've lost most of my pregnancy weight, which I truly accredit to breastfeeding and eating healthy during the weekdays, I still have some baby weight here and there and when I say there I mean in my lower midsection. Yes, I do have a kangaroo pooch, haha. This is why I'm all the more excited to wear these blue striped pants I purchased last year because they're ultra slimming, since they're vertical stripes and I have the option to wear them high-waisted or low on the waist. Prior to pregnancy, I wore them lower, but since I want to conceal my pooch, I pulled them higher to emphasize my waistline and draw the eye in, not out.
I plan on sharing what I did to help gain a healthy baby weight when I was pregnant, since I've received quite a few questions regarding how I was able to lose the weight so quickly. Trust me, as much as I want to, I haven't been given the clear to resume my workout regimen yet. I believe it's, once again, the breastfeeding, current diet, and what I did throughout my entire pregnancy that has made it easier. My first week home, I lost 16lbs and obviously didn't even try or pay mind to the weight, it just fell off. This is not because my body sheds weight effortlessly, I did some key things that I want to share with you expecting (or soon to be) mamas that YOU can do as well, so keep an eye out for that post!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
Jul 28, 2017
Happy Friday my dear friends!
Today's I'm bringing to you a different kind of post than I typically would on a Friday, a makeup review! I typically save these for either Tuesdays or Thursdays, but due to my newest addition obsession, little Miss Aviah, my posting schedule has been a bit all over the place. We'll get back to regular programing at some point ;)
I'm a member of Influenster, a platform that pairs influencers with brand campaigns based on compatibly, if you're not familiar. Every once in a while, I'm selected to review a makeup or skincare collection/brand and share my thoughts. I was lucky enough to receive the #BurberryEssentials box, which contained 3 products from the Fresh Glow collection: the luminous fluid base, highlighter, and highlighting luminous pen. I've used all three every time I've applied makeup since receiving it and unboxing on Insta Stories and here are my thoughts....
Luminous Fluid Base- At first, I have to be honest, I didn't expect a noticeable difference in the way my makeup looked with this because I've never used anything like it before. The thought of applying something that's supposed to give a glow underneath my foundation has always made me question whether or not it will even show forth. I honestly did see a slight difference. Before applying my foundation, I notice a slight sheen and bronzy look, which I feel is more noticeable when worn without foundation (it can be used this way by the way). I, however, applied foundation each time I used it and felt like it just created a nice subtle sun kissed effect to my skin, which was nice, but nothing to wow about. It's $48 and comes in two color options, nude radiance and golden radiance, I was sent the golden. Do I think it's something you need and will absolutely love this summer? Not really, not for almost $50. If you're a makeup enthusiast, on the other hand, I think it's something worth checking out, but not for someone like me who just wants the daily essentials.
Fresh Glow Highlighter- I absolutely love this highlighter! The pigmentation is perfect and I feel a little goes a long way; it really gives a beautiful glow to the skin and if you're all about that highlight, I think you'll really love this one. It comes in 4 color options to suit different skin tones; I received the rose gold. Though I love it, I feel that I may like the gold even better, since it's typically the highlight color I tend to use and which flatters my skin tone most. For $68, I do feel it's worth it, since like I said, a little goes a long way and it's a luxurious product, making for a nice makeup treat for oneself ;)
Highlighting Luminous Pen- I applied this in the inner corner of my eye to brighten my eyes, under my brow bone, down the bridge of nose, and in the center of my cupid's bow. I feel it's perfect for using in those areas, though it's a bit large for the brow bone, it tends to cover more surface area than I would've liked, but that's because it's round in shape. Though I like it and feel it's convenient and multifunctional, I don't think it's an absolute must at nearly $40. Instead, I'd suggest the highlighter mentioned above and apply it to those some areas.
I hope you found my review helpful and that it gave you an idea for what to expect from this line and products. Burberry is quite expensive, so you want to make sure that you're spending on something that you know you'll get plenty of use out of. I absolutely adore their packaging and felt quite pampered when applying these products, haha. It's nice to treat yourself every once in a while to luxury item and if you're a makeup lover, you may want to explore this line!
Thanks for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Jul 26, 2017
Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!
If there's one thing I love, it's leopard print and denim. There's something about the two that I feel is so chic, yet so retro in giving off a 70s vibe. Plus, I'm quite obsessed with leopard, as you may already know, it's my favorite animal print, snakeskin coming in at a close second. I love leopard during both the fall and summer months especially. During the fall, I'd typically pair it with darker accessories and perhaps even black leather. During the summer, I'm all about combining it with cut offs or a crisp white piece, as I did in this blog post. Yes, that's the same blouse, but worn differently. I love tops that allow for me to change up the neckline, creating a different look every time, cowl necks and those that have a starchy or wide neckline are perfect for doing this, it allows for you to experiment with a neckline before without having to commit to piece, such as an off the shoulder.
You've now seen me wear these sandals a number of times since giving birth, I absolutely love them! They were sent to me a couple of weeks before I gave birth and I was so excited to wear them because they looked like such a versatile summer shoe and that they are, I've been wearing them so much! They're also incredibly comfortable, since they're by a brand that specializes in supportive footwear. Often times, brands like this are extremely comfortable, but aren't that fashionable, but I have to say I absolutely love their designs, I have my eye on these and these in both colors! If you're one who finds walking in heels uncomfortable or find it hard to find comfy shoes in general, I highly suggest you check them out.
Interesting fact about me: I had metatarsus varus when I was younger, also known as pigeon toed (lol) and had to wear special shoes to bed every night and molded inserts in my shoes during the day to help align my feet, they still turn inward when I relax them though, haha.
Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and I hope you're having a great week so far!
Feel free to check out this post for tips on wearing leopard print:
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