Sweater: Similar | Jeans: Similar Bracelet c/o | Boots: Similar BagLouis Vuitton (get it preowned here)


 

 


 

Happy Monday my dear friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a great start to your week so far! Mine was a bit more relaxed than last, since we had our first snow! It wasn't much, so I was quite happy. Don't get me wrong, I love the snow, I just don't like the aftermath of having to navigate the roads. Did it snow where you live?

During the winter, my outfits have to be cozy, so an oversized sweater has been my recent go-to. I love the fact that you can do so much with them and tailor them to fit your style, the vibe you wish to achieve, and to of course flatter your body shape. 

What I've done here is half tucked the sweater to re-establish my waist line and dress up the outfit slightly. When you leave a sweater out, or any top for the matter, you create a more casual vibe. If that's something you wish to go for, you can do it with a pair of jeans or with a pair of leggings. Another way you can style it is to belt it, which is also a great way to re-establish the waist line. 

Now you can see why I love them so much, there is so much you can do with them! They're quite simple to add into any wardrobe and style. 

I hope this outfit gave you some inspiration and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, my beautiful friends!

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Dec 08, 2017 under

Sweatshirt c/o (order two sizes larger than you typically wear) | Jeans: similar | Bag: similar | Boots: similar 


 

 


 

Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend! These past few seasons, the trends have been so good. What I've loved about most of them is that they've been bold in their colors and details, yet so practical for the every day woman like you and me to embrace. Many of them allow for us to wear them at work or on a more casual day, justifying each addition to the wardrobe. Or so I've been telling myself, haha. 

One of those trends is the statement sweater/sweatshirt. I've added quite a few of them to my collection this season because they're all so good. I'm loving the balloon sleeves especially, as discussed in Monday's post. I love them even more when done in sweaters because they enhance the cozy vibe with the oversized sleeves. Though this is a very specific detail, there are so many other statements found in knits these days, like faux fur! You know how much I love faux fur, so if it's combined with a cozy element, such as a sweater or sweatshirt, you know I'm in! I love the oxymoron of the one I'm wearing; there is nothing simple about a faux fur accented sweatshirt now is there? Speaking of this sweatshirt, it runs really small. I ordered a M and it fits a bit smaller than I'd like, so go up a couple of sizes for a true fit. 

Aside from all the details and mix of textures that make statement sweaters so great this season, what I also love is that this is a trend that can and should be embraced by women of all shapes and sizes. A point I mentioned in Monday's post can also be applied to sweaters, which was opting for trumpet sleeves if you're more self conscious about your arms. They tend to visual slim the arm as opposed to balloon sleeves, which have a more exaggerated effect. For those that don't mind added volume and dimension to be added to the bust, styles like the one I'm wearing are a cool option. For a more romantic feel, you can opt for a half or complete off the shoulder, carrying over that summer favorite trend we nearly all loved and embraced. 

Are you loving the many sweater trends we're seeing this season? Much of them seem to be inspired by the 80s and for once, I'm okay with that, lol. Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Dec 06, 2017 under

Jacket: similar | Hat: similar | Turtleneck: similar Belt | Boots | Bag (get it preowned here


 

 


 

Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!

Tis the season of all things leopard! You all know that I'm a huge lover of leopard print, so I wear and embrace it all year long, but this is the time of year we tend to see it worn most, especially in outerwear. When it comes to styling, I'd suggest approaching it any other way you'd style a black coat, considering that leopard and all other animal prints are typically viewed as neutrals.

Though it's a neutral and quite versatile, I'd suggest you pay mind to the scale of the print and how long the coat is. Since it's a statement itself, it will draw attention to your upper body. If you're petite, I'd suggest styles that fall around the hip bone, like the one I'm wearing. If you're on the taller side, longer coat styles would look fantastic to help balance out and show off your hight. When you're tall and you opt for cropped styles, they can make your legs appear longer. Of course there is nothing wrong with creating the #legsfordays look, but if that's something you wish to maintain rather than enhance, you could opt for longer styles; you have options, girl! 

You may also want to be mindful of the prints and details you pair it with. The safest way to style it would be with basic pieces. I love it with pearl embellished pieces to enhance the elegant and chic vibe leopard can have. I love it so much that I've remixed the leopard jacket and pearl beanie I wore a year ago, but this time around I went for a more casual look. 

I hope you found this post helpful, my dear friends, and that you're having an amazing day so far!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Dec 04, 2017 under

Blouse c/o Coated Jeans | Bag | Boots (similar) Lipstick c/o


 

 


 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was everyone's weekend? Ours was so much fun! On Saturday and Sunday, we went to our town's holiday stroll. We moved here last year, so this was our second time going and it's really such a great time. Different food trucks come out, there are various activities all throughout the main shopping strip with a live nativity; it's absolutely beautiful! It was even better strolling around with Aviah; I still can't believe she just turned 5 months you guys, it's crazy how fast time has gone by. When I was pregnant, I felt like I was pregnant forever, but now I feel as though everything went by so fast.

Anyway, this blouse is from the same online boutique that the ruffle blouse I wore in this post is from. I love the somewhat retro vibe this blouse has, it reminds me of the 60s with the pattern and color combination. To modernize it, I've combined it with leather pieces. It gives it a more edgy feel. I think this is a great way to modernize any piece that's more retro in design. Pairing them with more fitted pieces can create a more timely tailored look that won't look outdated, while still embracing something unique and special. 

Balloon sleeves are still going strong this season, popping up in blouses and sweaters. I think they're great to help add some volume to the upper body, helping to balance out lower curves, especially when tucked in as I've done. If you happen to be self-conscious about your arms, I would suggest avoiding balloon sleeves all together, as they can make them appear larger. Instead, opt for trumpet sleeves (sleeves with a fitted flare), which can make the arms appear visually longer and leaner ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

 

XO, 

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Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
 
Today we're wrapping up my gift guide series, no pun intended. I was pregnant during the holidays last year and some of my family members gifted me with mom-to-be gifts that I thought were so cute. I don't know, something about receiving gifts from others before my baby shower that had to do with my pregnancy and baby made it that much more real and sentimental. Perhaps it was the hormones, but I loved it, haha! 
 
Of course you can still give many of the gifts you would typically give to any of the ladies in your life that aren't pregnant, like the ones I've shared on Monday. I just think these products would make great additions to the list. Out of everything on this list, I'd say the Milk Snob cover, pajamas, and the belly bands are the must haves. I've used the cover nearly every time I've left the house with Aviah and I always get asked about it. Many car seats don't provide full coverage and protection from the sun's harsh sunlight and for curious onlookers. Since Aviah was born with so much hair, she's been somewhat of a tourist attraction whenever we've been out strolling. While I love that my baby gets some attention (what new mom doesn't, right?!) I've actually had strangers try to touch her, which to me is not cool. So, to prevent that awkward situation, I'll put the cover on, mostly when she's sleeping anyway. I also use it as a nursing cover when I'm feeding her in public. I think this would be a great gift because most moms-to-be don't know about it, a few of my mom friends didn't until I told them about it. 
 
When you don't know what to give for a baby, get pajamas. Us moms never have enough pajamas, seriously. I LOVE Carter's and H&M has some really cute ones, too. 
 
You already know how much I swear by belly bands. I actually had no idea about them until some of you ladies suggested them to me earlier on in my pregnancy before I really started to show. They allowed me to continue wearing my non-maternity jeans all the way through to my third trimester! I have an entire post dedicated to them, which you can read here
 
In general, I say think relaxation when gifting to a mom-to-be because that's all you really want to do when pregnant (and after, haha) so anything that enhances that would be a great gift. Keep in mind products that are paraben and toxin free so mama has peace of mind using the products you give.
 
I hope you found this post helpful, my friends. If you've missed the other two guides, Gift Ideas for Her Gift Ideas for Him, do check them out! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
 

XO,

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