Posted by Jalisa on Aug 18, 2017 under

 

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!

 

XO, 

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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 ::


PLAIN BLACK



PRINTS + EMBROIDERY



COLORS

 

 

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, 

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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!

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 09, 2017 under

Shirt: Similar | Shorts: Similar | Belt: Gucci | Bag: Similar Cuff Rings c/o Belt Ringc/o Smart Bracelet c/o Watch c/o Knot Bracelet c/o Sandals








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 blacktaupe, 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? 

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 07, 2017 under

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!

 

Linking up with Kelly from Rosy Outlook, be sure to check out her amazing blog and join the link-up, too!   


XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 04, 2017

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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! 

 

XO,

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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!

 

XO,

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