Posted by Jalisa on Jan 15, 2016 under

Happy Friday, beauties!

Can you believe it's already the start of the weekend?! I can't, wowza, time is going by way too fast! Anyway, one of my favorite casual and cozy pieces is an oversized cardigan. I love how sophisticated they can look, while being so darn comfy, too! What I love about the one I'm wearing is that it has these large lapels, which create a nice lengthening effect, balancing out the shortening effect that the over the knee (OTK) boots create...

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Happy Thursday, beauties! 

Now that the temps are beginning to dip more and more everyday, I want to provide some suggestions you may want to consider if you're in the market for a new coat. I personally feel that we should invest in at least one good quality coat because it's a piece that we wear everyday and one that we'd ideally want to keep for years to come. When investing in anything, you always want to...

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Happy Hump Day, beautiful friends!

First off, I want to apologize for not having a post up yesterday. My schedule has been a bit crazy after the holidays and I'm trying to get into a new rhythm; I'm glad to be back with another post today! Remember last week's article, How to Prevent Your Winter Coat From Looking Boring? If you haven't yet checked it out, I suggest you do because I provided some helpful tips on sprucing up your coat this winter that'll keep things fun and interesting! Today's post adds to those suggestions with the idea of...

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 11, 2016 under

 

Happy Monday, friends!

For today's look, I'm working with an olive green and navy combo, one that I love particularly during the winter months. A question I often get asked is...

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 08, 2016 under

 

Woohoo, it's Friday, friends!

...a color combo I felt in the mood for today's look was cobalt and orchid. I simply love these two colors together, they compliment each other rather nicely! I think with the grey sweater (my fave) thrown into the mix, it makes for a bold, yet practical combination. You may have noticed that I tend to...

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 07, 2016 under , ,

Hey there, my gorgeous friends!

I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces that have been on constant repeat within the past couple of months, as some of you may have noticed :) These four pieces, I feel are certainly essential, in that they can be used as starting points when creating a winter outfit and are all extremely versatile. For instance, a...

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 06, 2016 under

Happy Hump Day, lovely friends!

...When Eddie and I were taking these photos, I made him laugh when I said that I felt very Russian (I actually said it with a Russian accent :) in this outfit. Seriously, though, I did! My mom lives in a section of Brooklyn that's...

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Happy Tuesday, my dear friends! 

As the temps begin to dip, we find ourselves reaching for our oversized coats to keep us warm and cozy, while tackling the cold first thing in the morning (which I don't suppose anyone really looks forward to, I know I don't, boo)! While wearing a coat is certainly a necessity, at least where I live; New York, this doesn't mean that we have to sacrifice our style! I have found myself in the past struggling to look cute while walking the streets or standing in line at the local coffee shop, but accessorizing isn't as hard as I had previously thought; if we incorporate all the right pieces that will not only keep us looking fab, but add additional warmth! 

Yesterday, I mentioned how much I love colored coats, as I find that they not only provide options, but add fun and interest to a look. However, the reality is, not all of us can go out and purchase a good quality coat in every color in the rainbow, but wouldn't that be awesome?! We can, on the other hand, turn to accessories to help optimize our coats. I love the idea of switching up a look with different colored scarves and/or stoles. They can be worn inside your coat peaking through or tucked under the collar, if wearing a chunky sweater or turtleneck underneath. Plus, they're super affordable and accessible, so it's realistic to be able to build a huge enough collection. Another accessory I think can really contribute to elevating a coat would be cute and colorful headwear, either it be ear muffs, a turban or beanie, you can switch it up depending on your mood and style you're going for. 

One thing I always wear even during the winter months are my oversized sunglasses and I turn to my colorful or more daring frames especially this time of year. UVA and UVB rays are still out in the winter, and just like we should still be wearing sunscreen, we shouldn't be neglecting our sunnies after we wave farewell to the beach either! In addition, you can also keep things interesting, while creating a feminine silhouette, by adding an oversized waist belt over your coat, especially if it doesn't have a belt or is a bit more boxy in shape. There are so many fun prints and colors to choose from and they add a nice contrast. Lastly, snow/rain boots in a bolder color make the dark, gloomy and downright depressing days that much more better and cheerful, as they add a nice pop of color to your look, as do colorful gloves!  

You see, there are so many different ways to accessorize a winter coat, so if you're interested in taking your black coat up a notch, you now have plenty of options. Or, you could add a bit more fun to a colorful coat, the choices and possibilities are endless. I hope you found this post helpful and inspirational in optimizing what you have in your wardrobe and that it makes tackling your colder mornings something to look forward to. Perhaps a little :) Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing day ahead, beauties! 

 

Xo, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 04, 2016 under

Happy first Monday of the New Year, beauties! 

Well, it's finally starting to feel more like winter around here, it's currently in the 30's and a bit windy. I'm partially happy about the dip in temps because I can finally break out this red coat that I love so much! I, of course, wanted to wear it during the holidays, but it was in the 60s and 70s nearly everyday, so yeah, that...

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Posted by Jalisa on Jan 01, 2016

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope that you all enjoyed ringing in the New Year with those you love and in goodpositive, spirits! I wanted to take this time to say farewell to 2015 and fully embrace 2016. 2015 was a year of learning for me, in all areas of my life. I was challenged in so many areas that forced me to look within myself for ways of improvement, as well as to discover my inner strength. I firmly believe that there are life lessons and principles that we can learn from others' experiences, but then there are those that, unfortunately, we need to experience in order to learn. Like, no one can teach you patience or how to be patient, you need to be put in situations that cause (or perhaps force) you to practice patience in a way that works for you, am I right?! 

Towards the end of 2015, I decided to relaunch this blog, under a new and more fitting name (no pun intended), The Style Contour, which was formerly Jalisa's Fashion Files. When I initially started blogging at the end of 2012, I had no idea about anything social media related; I had no social accounts, including Facebook! When I uploaded my first video, which is very embarrassing (haha), I had no idea what I wanted to upload, I just knew that I wanted my videos and channel to be fashion related. It wasn't until a few videos later that I decided to create a series that explained how to determine and dress the different body shapes that I received such a huge positive response, which believe me was not expected! As my channel began to grow and I received more and more requests for related videos, I began to feel as though my blog didn't connect well with this new love, passion and niche I had discovered. Then, this past summer The Style Contour was downloaded into my mind. I named it such because the very essence of my blog is to provide tips that will help YOU feel more confident about your body, regardless of shape or size. I want YOU to be able to recreate my looks or pull inspiration from them, but feel confident about wearing them in ways that will flatter your shape, essentially contouring your figure with the clothing you style. If it wasn't for your encouragement and suggestions, I would've never found this love and interest and this blog would simply be irrelevant. With that, I want to thank all of you for visiting, commenting, liking, sharing and in any and all ways you support me! You are what keeps this blog's heart beating and with every success and accomplishment that comes, it's because of the support you give me. 

So toodaloo 2015; 2016, I'm ready for you! No, seriously, I'm running full force at you with great passion and excitement! I know that 2016 is going to be a wonderful year for all of us! We will accomplish everything our hearts and souls desire, if and only if, we maintain a positive attitude regardless of what or who comes our way posing a challenge.  So please, don't let anything dampen your expectations! Common, ladies, we got this (insert sunglass face Emoji)! 

Happy New Year, my beautiful friends; cheers to an amazing 2016!

 

Xo,

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