Aug 30, 2016
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Happy Tuesday, friends!
As we're nearing the start of September (my birthday month, woohoo!) we're beginning to look towards fall fashion inspiration. Perhaps some of you may have already started, like me. I can't help it, it's my favorite season! I often look to Pinterest and online magazine sites for my source of inspiration on what's trending, to see if anything resonates with my personal taste and style.
An ongoing theme I've noticed for the season, is that all things pink seems to be dominating, in terms of color trends, and there has been one color in particular that I've been seeing combined with it quite a bit and that's yellow!
I know, I know, some of you may be tilting your head a bit or just looking blankly into the screen out of mere confusion. Pink and yellow, huh? An unlikely duo, but one that just somehow works!
If you remember, back in March I first experimented with the combination myself, without any knowledge of it being a trend for this fall at the time. I'm not gunna lie, I feel pretty awesome about that, haha. Then, I tried it again a month later, but that time around, with a more vibrant pink hue.
I honestly think this combination is one that's suitable for all skin tones, simply because you don't have to restrict yourself to wearing one specific shade of the two, wear the hues that works best for YOU (that totally unintentionally rhymed, haha) !
For example, if you're cool toned and feel as though yellow washes you out, try going for a darker mustard shade, like the color of my jacket in the second look. Mustard yellow has a cool, bluish undertone that will be a perfect match for yours. Or, you could opt for a pink top and wear the true yellow color on the bottom, the contrast won't be as noticeable, since it's furthest from your face.
If you have warm undertones, various shades of yellow can be flattering, including the lighter ones. Don't be hesitant to wear a light yellow number because it feels too springy. Get creative and add fall, warmer pieces into your look to enhance the seasonal vibe, like a pink turtleneck sweater, like I did in the first look.
Okay, so say you're not really feeling the color pink, as talked about in this post, but love the shade we discussed there. Guess what?! It'll totally work with yellow, too! I'm actually pretty excited to wear them both this fall and hopefully share some other color combinations with it throughout the season!
I'm not an advocate of following every single trend that hits the runway, but I'm all for collecting as much inspiration as possible and trying something new as much as I can, while making it work for ME. My body shape, my height, my skin tone, ME! I think by trying new styles that feel perhaps a little outside the norm for us, combined with other elements that are 100% reflective of our style and aesthetic, can make for a unique and interesting outfit each time and help prevent us from feeling as though we're in a style rut. Who's been there before? I know I have!
Is this trending color combo for you or is it one you'll pass on? Hey, if it's not your cup of tea, that's 100% okay, beautiful! But do let me know what color combinations you love to wear come fall, as well as those you like the idea of, but perhaps never tried; let's inspire each other!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
Aug 29, 2016
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Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was very relaxing and well spent with my mom, who came up from Brooklyn to spend the weekend with us. I always have such a great time with her. We're a lot alike and that once used to be the very reason for a lot of our disagreements when I was a teen, but we've come to truly appreciate one another and have grown SO close over the years. Anyone else can relate?
Today's look features a skirt that I've mentioned in a previous post and that's a button a-line. I mentioned how figure flattering it is, especially for those of us with fuller hips (typically pear & hourglass shapes) and/or those of us that want to create the illusion of longer, leaner legs.
I've also shared quite a number of times how white illuminates and can make legs appear larger as a result. A few of us chatted about this in the comment's section of those posts, in which some of you mentioned that you tend to shy away from white jeans for that very reason.
If you can get your hands on a skirt like the one I'm wearing, I'm sure you'll have a change of heart, at least when it comes to skirts. The fact that it's an a-line cut, won't make the hips appear wider with its fit and the buttons will draw the eyes up, not across! This is such a great feature to look for in any item of clothing when wanting to either appear slimmer or if you just want to avoid appearing larger than you are, it works well in both cases.
I chose a striped shirt to pair with the skirt to help visually widen out my upper body a bit, which is typically more narrow as a pear shape. This creates an overall flattering outfit, keeping everything in proportion visually. If you are wider or fuller on top, don't think for one second that you can't wear stripes, I addressed all of that in this post ;)
I also chose to combine two classic prints I love to wear, especially come fall, which I mentioned in my Fall Print Guide post. If you're new to mixing prints or just want some ideas on what you can do with the ones you love, do check that post out; I hope you find it helpful!
Are you feeling the whole 70s inspired button up skirt look; let me know in the comments! Also, I'm so happy that I'll be back to my normal blogging schedule this week, so I'll be sharing a new post tomorrow, which I hope you stop by to read! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this post, my dear friends, and I hope your week is as amazing as YOU!
Aug 26, 2016
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Tee: Cynthia Rowley (similar HERE) // Necklace: c/o Athra Luxe (HERE) // Ring: c/o Kendra Scott (HERE) // Jeans: GUESS (similar ON SALE UNDER $30 HERE) // Bag: ASH (I'm loving this color) // Shoes: Sam Edelman (HERE)
TGIF, my dear, gorgeous, outstanding, BEAUTIFUL friends!
Can you tell that I'm SUPER excited for the start of the weekend!? (haha!). I'm sure all of you are, too!
Well, I'm ending the week off right, with an amazing collaboration that I'm so excited to be apart of because it speaks the same language as The Style Contour and that's Project Sister Act! If you know Sheela Goh of Sheela Writes, a blog which showcases Sheela's personal style, thoughts on fashion and beauty from a very wide, yet focused lens, then you may be familiar with this monthly series. If not, let me briefly explain what exactly it's about.
Sheela's philosophy is that fashion and style have no boundaries and that both are (or at least should be) entirely reflective of an individual, regardless of age, race, or size.
Though fashion and style are correlated, there are notable differences between them. Fashion is merely an article of clothing or trend, but style is what we DO with the clothing (that sounds like a quote I read on Pinterest, but it's TRUE!).
Project Sister Act embraces and fuses these two concepts, by demonstrating how women of diverse backgrounds can wear anything they desire, if they so choose, in a way that resonates with them as an individual.
In the series, which is published each month, a group of women are selected by Sheela to represent women within six decades (teens-60s) and are given a fashion assignment to style an article of clothing in a way that reflects them and their personal style.
For this series, we were asked to style a simple white tee and you saw above how I styled it. My look is fairly basic, as I just combined it with a pair of distressed high-waisted jeans. I added some interest to the look with a red lip, leopard pumps (remember them from Wednesday's post!?) and a chain bag, which you know is one of my all time faves! I'm representing the 20s, now let's take a look below to see how all of the amazingly beautiful women, I had the pleasure of collaborating with, styled their basic tee!
Eve of The World According to Eve: Teens
Alice of Typenu: 30s
Sheela of Sheela Writes: 40s
Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust: 50s
Carmen of Fashionable Over 50: 60s
Tell me, just how gorgeous do all these ladies look styling their white tees?!
I hope this post inspired you to embrace your personal style confidently, regardless of your age because style has no age limitations and each woman here beautifully demonstrates that! Be sure to stop by their blogs for outfit details and to lean more about them and their style.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you on Monday with a brand new post, thanks so very much for stopping by and a very special thank you to Sheela for including me in this month's series!
Aug 24, 2016
Happy Hump Day, friends!
I hope you're all having a great week so far! This week has started off a bit rocky for me, as we've been trying to get adapted to our new place and schedule, which is why I didn't post yesterday, as I usually would.
In fact, my schedule has a been a little all over the place these past couple of weeks and if you're a Type A person like me, I'm sure you have an idea as to how I'm feeling (uh, huh!). As I get older, though, I'm beginning to loosen myself more and go with the flow, as hard as it may be. Life has shown me that no matter how much you plan, sometimes life has a plan of its own and you have to just adapt with it, so you better right those plans in pencil, haha, and such has been the case.
I actually had intensions of sharing an outfit post as I do every Wednesday, but it poured non stop, as I was fully dressed sitting in the car with Eddie hoping it would just stop for at least 10 minutes, nope! Really?! It wasn't supposed to rain at this time, but it is what it is, which brings me to the topic of today's post, fall pieces I've recently added to my wardrobe, that I'll be creating looks with them soon enough as well as my thoughts/suggestions on some for body shapes and skin tones, which I hope you find helpful!
While packing boxes and preparing to move, I of course had to go through every.single.piece of clothing in my entire wardrobe, which was daunting, but it gave me the opportunity to see what I needed to give away and/or donate, as well as pieces I was completely lacking or needed to replace.
SHOP THE SET!
Now, I have to be honest and say that I do have a slight, okay MAJOR, obsession with leather jackets, but for legitimate reasons; come fall, I wear them all the time and they can do SO much for an outfit. You can literally wear the most basic outfit and add a leather jacket on top and it'll pull the whole look together, even more so when it's a colorful one, like this BLANKNYC style in green.
You guys, you have no idea what I went through to get this jacket, which I purchased during the nSALE. I had been deliberating on whether or not I should get it because I do have quite a few leather jackets, but the color and price couldn't be beat, especially on an item I know I will get plenty of wears out of (you can hold me to this, okay!?). Well, it kept selling out as fast as it was restocked, particularly in the green color and it still is! If you're thinking about getting it, I really suggest you do because I've yet to see a style like this under $100 and for such great quality (I have another BLANKNYC, which you've seen me wear quite a lot; i really love their unique pieces and quality!).
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that it does run a tad bit large. At first, I thought the fit was great and perhaps it was because I was just so excited to finally get it, but after trying it on with many of the other pieces in my wardrobe, I decided to exchange it for a smaller size (from small to x-small). It also doesn't fit as tailored as the photo, it's a bit more boxy, a true moto style and the silver accents are much larger. So, for a more tailored fit, I'd suggest going down a size if you are small on top, like me, and perhaps sizing up, if you have a larger bust (based on all the reviews I've read from women with larger busts).
*UPDATE!* I RECIEVED THE XS IN THE MAIL SHORTLY AFTER PUBLISHING THIS POST AND WHILE IT DOES INDEED PROVIDE A MORE CONTOURED FIT, THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM UNDER TO LAYER WITH A THICK SWEATER, SO KEEP THIS IN MIND IF THIS IS SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A LEATHER JACKET. IF SO, DO GO WITH A SIZE UP, REGARDLESS OF YOUR BODY SHAPE!
While packing up my scarf draw, I realized that I only had two blanket scarves, which aren't as versatile as I'd like, one being orange and black houndstooth (styled here) and the other being black and white, but not as comfy, so I'm SO glad I purchased these 3 BP blanket scarves which are incredibly warm and huge; you really get your money's worth! They're sure to keep you warm and are so cute! If you're looking to perhaps just get one, if you have cool undertones, girl, you have to get the blue one, it will look gorgeous on you! If you have warmer undertones, the orange one will look fabulous on you! Since scarves are so close to the face, they can really enhance your skin tone and add a flattering, radiant effect.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about the two pairs of ankle boots I purchased from Nine West when they were having a great sale last week. If you've been a reader of my blog for some time now, then you most likely know that I love Nine West's shoes; I've mentioned that they were my brand of choice all throughout college when I only wore heels every single day to class for four straight years; they're THAT comfy!
The burgundy lace up one is back ordered and will ship in about a month, but I can't wait to wear them! I love the color, pointed toe, and of course the laces. They now have them in black, too, which they didn't have at that time of purchase, which is I guess a good thing for my wallet, haha. If you are petite and sometimes struggle with selecting boots that don't visually cut off some inches, then ankle boots are the way to go! Especially pointed toe styles, as they visually lengthen the leg and create a nice slimming effect as well, which if you have larger calves, like me, you'll love and appreciate!
I hope you enjoyed this post, my dear friends! I know it's a bit different than what I typically share on a Wednesday (please bear with me!). I don't believe I've ever done a haul post before and that's mainly because I don't tend to do an excessive amount of shopping, all at once for that matter, but since I was in need of these pieces and I know I'll get so much use, I got them (all on sale, except the scarves).
I do want to suggest you use RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes, which is what I did with the items I purchased at Nine West. If you sign up for their e-mails, you get a % off and it can be combined with whatever sale they're having on their site! You can always cancel your subscription later on, if you're inbox get a little too much love (I feel you!).
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU!
Aug 22, 2016
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Happy Monday, dear friends!
How was your weekend? I hope you enjoyed every minute of it and are ready for a wonderful week ahead!
Today's pairing features a trend we've talked about a few times, an off the shoulder top. I've mentioned how an asymmetrical off the shoulder is flattering for every body shape, especially those with naturally wide shoulders. In this post, I'll be addressing how the full off the shoulder is most flattering for those with narrow shoulders and/or wide, curvaceous hips.
Anything that is horizontal, causes the eye to move straight across, which when worn in a top either in the form of a blouse or dress, will add visual width to the upper body. This can be a great effect when seeking to balance out visual weight on the bottom. With this look, I'm wearing white pants, which highlights and can make the legs appear fuller and thicker. Since I already have full legs (I'm pear shaped), the leopard printed off the shoulder top helps to balance out those effects by causing the eye to move across on both the top and lower portions of my body. Plus, the print on the blouse keeps the eye focused above.
So, if you love the idea of wearing white pants, but feel they make you appear larger, try pairing them with an off the shoulder top to help balance it all out!
What are your thoughts on the off the shoulder trend, are you loving or loathing? Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!
Aug 19, 2016
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Happy Friday, friends!
I'm SO ready for his weekend, you have no idea! I've been non stop all week unpacking, washing, cleaning, and practically every other verb ending in ing, haha. What I really want to be doing is relaxing and hopefully I can do just that this weekend!
Anyway, I'm not ticked off at all, though it kind of looks that way in these photos. I was just extremely hot because it was so humid when we were taking these photos, almost unbearable. I love warm, sunny days, but if there's one thing I just can't stand, it's humidity!
This is exactly why I chose to wear this dress, it's one of my favorites, though I say that about practically every dress I own. I tend to be extremely picky when it comes to dresses, so nearly all of the ones I own, I truly love. What I love about his particular one is the mesh detail and sweetheart neckline. It kind of gives the effect of two different necklines or a layered look, which I think is cute.
If you have a smaller bust, sweetheart necklines can do wonders in creating the illusion of a fuller bust and with that, I want to mention if you naturally have a larger bust, you may want to keep that in mind, if you don't want your bust to appear fuller. Though, depending on your comfort level, some with larger busts do like the effects, as it enhances what one already has, so it all comes down to personal preference.
I also love the color of this dress, which is a nice coral shade. I only have a hand full of coral pieces in my wardrobe, but I love the glow they provide to the skin, as mentioned in a previous post. It's really one of those colors that looks great on everyone and can beautifully enhance a tan, which I'm lacking; can you believe we've only been to the beach once this year? (shrug).
Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends! I hope you have the most amazing weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday with a brand new post! Sending lots of love your way!
Aug 18, 2016
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Happy Thursday, friends!
First, I want to thank all of you for all the well wishes and support on the move! I didn't feel as bad knowing the stress and overwhelming feeling I've been experiencing, as some of you have shared that you've been going through the same thing with recent moves lately; congrats to all of you who have moved as well, cheers to new beginnings and great memories to be made for us all!
It's been so humid lately, which is why I've been opting for more simple, basic outfits. It's been just way too hot for anything else and who wants to get complicated when it feels like 1000 degrees outside, am I right or am I right?!
What's a life saver are versatile pieces that you can do SO much with, such as this denim vest. It's such a great alternative to a denim jacket for those super hot days when you still want to add some texture to your outfit. Plus, all things denim is what's happening right now, so it's a great way of implementing a trending classic, too!
Another classic, basic piece is a little white dress (LWD). I like to think of it as my alternative to a little black dress (LBD) come summer, so I basically replace it when I would typically reach for my LBD. It's such a light and refreshing option that you can do so much with. I personally love styles that have a little eyelet because it adds the right amount of detail and is more breathable, too.
Shift dresses are one of my favorites style of dresses, alongside an a-line. I think they allow for more options when styling, whereas the a-line has more of a feminine feel right off the bat, but don't get me wrong, I love both!
With the shift, you can leave it as is for a more casual feel or belt it for a more feminine style. I know not many are fond of the boxier shape, but it's a great option when seeking to hide certain areas, since nothing is really tapered and you can create your own waistline, making it empire or natural.
What would you say is the most versatile piece in your wardrobe? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have an amazing day!
Aug 17, 2016
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I've missed you SO much! I've only been gone for a couple of days, but that's more like a few weeks in social media time (haha!). I've been absent, for the most part, since we moved on Saturday and let me tell you, NEVER move!
I'm just kidding, well sort of. I mean, don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore our new place, but the whole moving process has really gotten to me. I haven't slept in days because there's just so much that needed and still needs to get done and once I get going, it's very hard for me to stop; I get a bit impulsive and forget that I'm human and not a machine and there's only so much I can do! Hopefully by next week, we'll be fully situated and back into the swing of things because everything just feels so off.
Anyway, as for my outfit, you know how much I love these jeans, as mentioned in a previous post, so I won't elaborate on them again, as much as I want to, haha. Seriously Bluefaith, you need to make these same jeans, but without the distressed detail!
I decided to pair them with one of my favorite graphic stripe tees because I loved the way the white saying looked with them; I felt it created a fresh and cohesive look. To dress things up a bit, I added a pair of beige pumps (nude for me) and pulled out the blue pin stripes in the shirt with a blue crossbody bag.
There really is no easier way of adding the right accessories than to pull out the colors found within your pieces, which is what I often do when creating a quick and easy outfit, like this one, while looking polished and put together.
Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends! It may take me a little longer to catch up on comments on previous posts, but I will certainly respond! I hope you're having the best day so far and I'll see you back here again tomorrow with a new post!
Aug 12, 2016
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Happy Friday, my dear friends!
This dress has got to be one of the oldest, yet most worn and loved in my wardrobe. I've had it for about 6 or 7 years now and always turn to it for dressier occasions, such as weddings or a special date night. One of the reasons I love it so much, aside from the gorgeous and vibrant orange color, is that it's so darn figure flattering! Well, let me say this, it has more of a jersey material, so you would need to wear spanx of some sort underneath, if you'd want more hold, but the ruch details are what make it ideal.
Ruching is a great detail to look for in a dress, regardless of body shape, because it can add dimension, while slimming and concealing, so the effects and benefits are two fold. When the ruching is more compressed, like in the second photo above, it can make an area appear fuller, since the fabric is overlapping. When the ruching is a bit more dispersed, it can slim the area.
Even though the closer overlapped fabric can create dimension, it won't necessarily add any visual weight to a larger area. For example, if you have a large bust and were to try on a ruched top or dress, it wouldn't make it appear larger nor smaller; what matters is the neckline. If you're busty and were to try on a ruched strapless, you may feel as though it makes you appear larger, when in fact it's the neckline that's reinforcing the fullness of your upper body. In that case, I'd suggest a square neckline style with thicker straps for a more flattering effect.
What are some details and/or effects YOU tend to favor in dresses? I hope you found this post helpful, especially when searching for a dress for a special occasion, such as a wedding or bridesmaid dress. I can assure you that ALL your bridesmaids would love you even more, if you were to select a dresses with this figure flattering effect (thank me later, haha).
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Aug 10, 2016
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Happy Wednesday, my friends!
This season, all things cami have been taking center stage, as '90s fashion continues to be a major trend! The one I'm wearing is by Les Lunes, which was sent to me a couple of years ago. I've worn and styled a few times on the blog and reach for quite often during the summer months because it's SO comfortable, mainly because it's comprised of breathable bamboo. The quality is simply amazing, the lace hasn't torn and the fabric is stretchy and I believe forgiving, too. I love the fact that I don't have to wear a bra, haha! I know I'm being very real here and that may be a bit TMI, but I'm being very honest!
This is my first time pairing the cami with white pants and I love the way it looks, so light and refreshing. Though the top is forgiving, these pants are anything but! I mentioned in my previous post on my favorite white denim jeans, how I often wear Spanx underneath these because they show my annoying cellulite. Lately, it hasn't been noticeable and it's been hot, so it's worked out, haha! I'm still on the hunt for a great pair of flattering white pants, fingers crossed I'll find them soon!
I'm wearing the Gucci shoes I talked about in my Insta Story last week, which I mentioned I got on sale at DSW for more than 50% off original price. I purchased them a few years ago, along with two other pairs and my husband purchased three loafers because the sale was THAT good! I highly suggest you check their designer section out, I'm loving these flats in the same color as the heels I'm wearing!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you enjoyed this post and that you have an amazing day!
*PS: There will not be a post going up tomorrow (08/11) as I've been having SO much going on and to do, as many of you know from both Friday & Monday's posts, but I'll still be responding to comments. I'll be back on Friday (08/12) morning with a new post! :)