Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!

A few months ago, I mentioned how pink was a growing color trend, sharing some of my favorites in the color, mainly blush pink, which is THE pink shade of the moment. Though there are many who are embracing this color trend, such as myself, there are some who have reservations and it's in due part to the possibility of pink looking a little too playful and well, childish. 

I totally get it and as an expecting mom of a baby girl, nearly everything that's cute for girls is in a dominant color, PINK! No one woman wants to be associated with a child or baby for that matter, but that doesn't mean you have to write it off entirely and I hope after reading this post, if the only reason you've avoided the color because you thought you'd look too girly, you'd at least give it a second glance or chance, maybe?! 

Here are some tips, which I feel will make you feel more confident when wearing the color:


::Pair It With Neutrals::

 

Any shade of pink will look great with black, grey, or white and will have more of a mature vibe. In this case, I'd suggest combining it with other soft feminine colors, such as various shades of purple, as it will add more playfulness to the look, which is not a bad thing at all, but if this is something you don't want, then it should be avoided. 


::Opt for Structure::

 

Pieces that are more structured have a much more chic and sophisticated feel to them than those that are more relaxed because they look more expensive, which is never associated with ultra feminine or girly, which are often quite the opposite and are quite loose and flowy. 

 

::Combine it with Saturated or Muted Colors::

 

With this tip, I believe hues are very important to consider, what do I mean by this? Darker shades of pink tend to work best with dark, jewel, saturated tones than lighter shades. The lighter hue can add that overly feminine feel, which you may not want, as opposed to enhancing the strong and bold effect that the jewel toned color has, as seen above with the teal and hot pink combination. When it comes to muted colors, such as browns and shades of green, I believe the lighter the better. It allows for the understated earthy color to come forth and the pink to become more muted, in other words, the lighter pink brings the color alive. 

 

So what do you think?! Are you open to the idea now after seeing some outfits and reading my suggestions? I hope so! Again, when experimenting, I think the best place to start is with a neutral and as you become more comfortable, you can explore the other suggestions. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

XO, 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

I love blazers and the chic, sophisticated, and put together element they add to an outfit, especially when the other pieces within the outfit are rather casual or simple. In fact, later this week I'll be sharing an outfit with a beloved blazer styled in such a way. However, when it's really hot out, I like to turn to different sections of my closet for some alternatives that can produce the same effect and that will be more practical for the heat that day, enter the elongated vest. They're equally chic as a blazer and are just as versatile and can often be a bit unexpected, since we don't see them worn as often as we do blazers. 

Another thing I love about them is that they create a very tailored and elongated effect to the body, even more so when belted as I've done today. By belting the vest, you're tapering your waist (if you're 34 weeks pregnant like me, it re-establishes the waistline you forgot you had, haha) producing a curvaceous contour. I decided to up the chicness of the outfit by adding a gold waist belt, but you can explore various options depending on the mood you're in and vibe you're going for. If you're going the casual route, you can ditch the belt all together. 

If you're petite and are thinking, "is she crazy?! I can't wear a vest like that, I'll look even shorter!" My response is of course you can! Maybe you won't go for a style that's extremely long, like a duster, or even one as long as mine, but you can wear one that's past your hip bone, extending past your but, which will in fact make you appear visually longer, since it'll extend the visual length of your torso. Just be sure to consider how the other pieces, i.e. your top and bottom work together in maintaining proportions and opt for pointed toe shoes, either flats or heels. I'd also suggest belting it because YOU get to choose where your waistline will be, you can either place it on your natural waistline or a bit higher to visually lengthen the legs, which can also be done if you're not petite and wish to produce this effect. 

Have you ever tried wearing a vest in lieu of a blazer before? If your work place allows for you to bare shoulders, perhaps you can give it a try! Or you can wear a light blouse underneath the vest, you don't have to go sleeveless at all. 

I hope this post inspired you and helped you think outside the box a bit more when it comes to creating a chic put together outfit! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on May 19, 2017 under

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Happy Friday my dear friends!

Today's outfit is what I wore the other day when we had some errands to run, mainly doing some baby prep. We made a trip to the hospital to complete some paperwork and some of the ladies were quite shocked that I was still walking around in heels. It's something I often get asked in person and here on the blog and to be honest, it all just depends on the heels. Some heels have been off limits for me because they're just not practical nor comfortable, but then there are those trusty pairs I turn to all the time, which are most often from Nine West, my favorite shoe brand. These, however, aren't from Nine West, but they are still quite comfy and because of the caged design, they keep my feet in place. I also don't wear heels everyday because I mean, why? Haha, I have some comfy flats, like the one I wore in this post, which I reach for quite often. 

It's funny because my mom said she wore heels through her entire pregnancy with me and actually walked into the hospital in labor wearing heels. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as they say, lol. 

Now onto the rest of the outfit...

I've completely forgotten how much I love dolman tops, I have quite a few in my closet that I've had for years, but haven't worn often, until becoming pregnant. I would sometimes wear them with leggings and boots during the fall and winter, but that's about it. I've been finding myself getting more creative with them on the weekends because throughout my pregnancy because they're so flattering on a bump; quite honestly, I think they look great on any body shape and depending on the material of your blouse, you can even adjust the neckline to change up your look into something trendy, say an OTS top. 

I also love that even though they're quite casual, they can also have a chic vibe as well when styled with the right pieces, such as layered necklaces, pendents, or statement necklaces with a pair of cute jeans. I was going the comfy route, since I knew I had a busy day ahead of me and wasn't in the mood for denim, so opted for printed leggings, which I love because they kind of dress up an outfit a tad more than your typical black leggings would. 

I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready to embrace the weekend, any fun plans? My mom will be visiting again and there's supposed to be some fairs going on around the area, which we may check out. 

*Quick question for all my fellow mamas, when you purchase onesie's, how much do you size up? I've been getting a ton of 3mth sizes, but I want to make sure I get sizes that will last longer. Any suggestions?! Also, thank you for all your kind, supportive, and encouraging words regarding the stretch marks I mentioned I was getting in Wednesday's post, there's hope, haha! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have a great weekend!

 

XO, 

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Happy Thursday my gorgeous and stylish friends!

You may remember last year, I put together a post with my suggestions for the most flattering gingham pieces for your body type. Well, I figured it would be a great time to reiterate some points, while sharing some new style tips, as well as some pieces I have my eyes on, since the trend seems to be even more huge this time around and has been merged with other hot trends of the season, such as ruffles. 

Gingham also known as check print is nothing new, it's been around for years and has somewhat of a similar feel to classic houndstooth. We tend to see it really take off during the spring because of the classic picnic tablecloth we're also so used to seeing this time of year; think of it as synonymous to spring as plaid is to fall. 

Pattern Play

To create a bold, fun, and stylish outfit, try mixing gingham with other compatible prints such as leopardstripesand floral. For a more seamless blend, opt for pieces that share the same or similar color combinations. For example, a classic black and white gingham top paired with black floral printed pants. 

Contouring to Consider

There are many variations of gingham, choose a scale of the print that will flatter the areas you're self conscious about, so it won't deter you from casting off the print entirely. Use my post from last year as a guide for what will work with your figure, not against it (here).

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So what are YOUR thoughts on gingham? How would YOU wear it? Is there a specific print you love to wear the most come spring? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful day so far! 

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my dear friends!

I hope you're all having a great week so far! As mentioned on Monday, I'm in my 33 week and I'm feeling all types of emotions. I'm overjoyed about meeting our little girl, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to get dressed or do much of anything. On days like this, I typically turn to a simple tee, maybe one with a cute slogan like this tee shirt; I have to say I'm slightly obsessed with this fabric, it's so stretchy and comfy, paired with jeans and a pair of flats. I've mentioned many times why love slogan tees so much, so I won't go into much detail other than it makes up for an otherwise really boring and basic outfit. It adds a little humor and personality, which I love. Don't shy away from slogan or statement tees because you're insecure with your upper body or midsection, just opt of a style that has a v-neckline and it will help to elongate your neck and visually slim the areas, easy peasy :) 

I'm also loving espadrilles this season and I love that they seem to be trending even more this year, so I've been wearing these sneaks (similar here) I've had for a couple of years now, as well as the slides I wore in last week's post (similar here). I feel it adds a cool spring texture to an outfit and makes for a nice contrast to the material of the shoe. 

Aside from just feeling like doing absolute nothing, I've been getting some stretch marks on the side of my stomach despite the application of the Bio Oil I discussed in this post twice a day, bummer! So, right now, I'm not too happy with this product anymore, lol, though I've still been using it twice a day, but have added in shea butter into the mix mid day, so I'm moisturizing three times a day now, let's see how that works. At the end of the day, Baby A is beyond worth it, but why not try and prevent something if you can, right?! 

I've still been going to the gym, walking on an incline for about 20-25 minutes and about a 30min weight training. This has really helped balance out my hormones, which have sometimes been all over the place, up one day and down the next. I eat a healthy balanced diet Mon-Fri and allow myself to indulge during the weekends; it's all about balance and it's really helped. All of this has helped me with my self-esteem because I feel okay about the weight gain and how my body looks overall, which I think is very important because your body is going through so many changes throughout this amazing journey, and if you can do things to help yourself feel good to embrace those changes more mentally, emotionally, and physically, I think that's awesome and I'm all for it! 

If you have any other (specific) questions for me regarding my pregnancy so far, don't hesitate to ask, whatever your question is! You can either ask in the comment's section or shoot my an e-mail at connect@thestylecontour.com :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great day so far!

 

XO, 

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Happy Tuesday my friends!

I don't know about you, but when the weather is warm or hot, I like to be able to just throw on an easy outfit and head out the door to do something fun and not spend much time contemplating what I'm going to wear. The thing is, we just can't throw anything on or I should at least say, we shouldn't, as we still want to look put together, even if it's 100 degrees outside, with a practical outfit of course. I've found that one of the things that can easily make an otherwise simple outfit appear more stylish is the right pair of shoes. You can go extremely basic, like a white tee and a pair of jeans (shorts) and add a cute pair of statement sandals and you look cute and practical for the weather. 

Today, I'm sharing 11 of my top picks; I should really say so far because once I think I've found my favorites, I always stumble upon more I'd love to add to my closet and I know I'm not the only one, lol. I included a decent mix of styles to choose from depending upon your style preference, most of which I think are pretty versatile and can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. 

What's one way you like to "effortlessly" dress up your basic outfits?

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

 

XO, 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was everyone's weekend and Mother's Day?! Eddie was absolutely amazing and made both my mother and I brunch and dinner, aren't I lucky? Haha! He's such a great cook, but due to his crazy schedule and work hours, he's only able to ever really cook when there's a holiday, so it's always a nice little treat. In fact, for most holidays, I'd rather just have him make dinner instead of going out to eat at a restaurant. 

Anyway, we're nearing the end of my pregnancy with me being 33 weeks, which I still can't believe. This is the time where getting dressed sometimes can post a challenge and you have to avoid purchasing new pieces and figure out ways to re-work what you already have in your wardrobe, especially since we've been having such unseasonably chilly weather here in Connecticut, so I haven't been able to wear dresses as much as I'd like, which are so much easier to work with. 

Today's outfit is comprised of a bunch of old favorites, but I've styled them all together for the first time. You know, as much as I love shopping and wearing new clothes, it's just as good of a feeling when I'm able to create fresh outfits with pieces I've had for years. I feel that's where we can get the most creative and reflect our personal styles the most, would you agree?

When I woke up, I knew I wanted to wear a pencil skirt, but of course I was very limited in my selection because I can only fit into ones that have a decent stretch, like this jewel toned one I typically wear during the fall and early winter. The deep jewel toned color is usually associated with the fall season, so I was thinking of a way to lighten it up a bit to make it more seasonable. I've already styled pieces in this color with pink (seen here), so this time around I decided to pair it with a a white blouse and some gold accents, which I feel did the trick. So, my advice to you would be, if you too want to get the most wear out of some of your pieces that you feel exude a specific season, try and pair them with colors and fabrics that are most common with your current season to help counteract the effect and make it work. 

I also want to note how flattering a pencil skirt, again one that stretches, is on a baby bump, especially when paired with a flowy top you can pull out a bit. This outfit would look just as great on anyone isn't sporting a baby bump as well. If you have a larger midsection, pulling the skirt up higher on the waist, while pulling out the blouse (preferably a v-neck) and finished with a belt would balance out everything perfectly ;)

I hope this post inspired you in reworking some pieces in your wardrobe, as well as inspired you create an outfit with a pencil skirt for an ultra sophisticated and feminine look! 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 dear friends!

It's been one crazy week over here and I'm so glad it's finally Friday, anyone else?! I just felt like the whole week dragged on yet the days themselves went by way too fast that I had to try and do so many things in such a short period of time, have you ever felt that way? 

Anyhoo, moving right along. Like much of the U.S., we've yet to experience actual spring weather here in Connecticut. We've had some warm teasers, but nothing stood around long enough, which means I'm still rocking some long sleeves and layers. On Monday, I shared some tips on wearing denim on denim featuring a beloved denim jacket I've had for a while and today, I'm sharing an outfit I've put together that features a denim vest.

I've had this vest in my wardrobe for about 2 years now and I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I've worn it and I honestly don't know why. It was one of those items I fell in love with in store, but for some reason, felt uninspired to wear it enough. Well, I've been challenging myself to hold off on my spring leather jackets because it's so typical of me and you'd probably get bored of seeing that as my only spring outerwear....common, yes you would! 

I have to say, I really do like the way it looks paired with the ruffle accented blush dress, the contrast is so pretty, yet the distressed details and overall denim material add a certain roughness to the look, which I like. I'm also feeling inspired to create more looks wearing the vest, though some of the shirts I have in mind to pair it with no longer fit, lol, so that will have to wait. But, that doesn't mean you can't wear it on my behalf! 

I think a denim vest would be a great option for an outfit that you'd typically wear a regular denim jacket with, just keep in mind that the vest does have more of an edgier twist to the classic jacket version. That said, I think it would be great to pair with a statement ruffle shirt, while adding an extra layer for warmth or to just add some more texture to your look, while the cooler weather allows for it. You can show off those sleeves, which you wouldn't otherwise be able to with any other jacket. 

Along with the edgier vibes, one should also keep in mind that it can have a bit of a juvenile vibe as well, so pay mind to the pieces you're pairing it with, especially if you're petite. If you are petite, perhaps you can pair it with a white button up, skinny jeans, and a pair of laced up sandals? It'll create a nice lengthening effect, which we discussed in Monday's post, and counteract that juvenile vibe that none of us want. 

I hope you all found this post helpful and that it gave you some inspiration for styling a denim vest this season. Is there a particular outerwear you're loving most this season?

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday; have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all you amazing mamas out there! 

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

As we all know, Mother's Day is right around the corner, this Sunday to be exact! I honestly believe we should show our mom's how much we love and appreciate them all year long, as cheesy as that may sound. At the same time, it's nice to have one day entirely dedicated to spoiling our moms and I'm sure your mom would agree, I know mine would, lol. I've talked about how much mom loves nature and I showed you a little glimpse of her little botanical garden in her house a couple of weeks ago when we headed to Brooklyn to celebrate her birthday. Aside from loving flowers, she loves using all natural and organic products, specifically essential oils. 

When we went to Brooklyn that time, I was experiencing some heavy allergies, which isn't the norm for me at all; I guess it's the pregnancy that's making my body and immune system change? I kept sneezing and she reverted to her oil collection, which surprisingly Eddie and I had no idea about, lol. I mean, we know she loves oils, but she had about three or four shelves filled with every type of oil you can imagine and two diffusers that last all throughout the night in both her room and living room. In case you were wondering, my sneezing did go away and my allergies haven't returned since then.

I preface this to say that including something that contained a mixture of all natural, homemade, and organic ingredients would be the best gift idea for my mom. Don't get me wrong, she loves her beauty products and fashion, but I've gifted her a YSL red lipstick for Christmas that I've yet to see her wear and gave her a pair of pants that I ordered that didn't fit and still haven't seen her wear them. Mind you, she asked to have them, lol! If your mom is like mine and loves scrubs and essential oils or you want to get a little creative with your gift, then a hand & body scrub and/or hand soap would be great ideas, they're both super easy to make! 

I've teamed up with PipingRock, a site that has a vast selection of essential, fragrance, and carrier oils, along with all natural vitamins and supplements. I was given the opportunity to select a few of their products to create the perfect DIY gift for my mom. I knew I wanted to use some of their oils, so I spent about an hour going through their selection and opted for three that had the highest reviews: White Gardenia, the Essential Lavender, and the Essential Frankincense oils. Prior to selecting these, I had scoured Pinterest for some easy to follow DIYs and came across this one for the for body scrub and this one for the hand soap. I noticed that the one for the body scrub called for olive oil, but I thought it'd be nice to replace it with the The Sweet Almond Carrier Oil instead. 

I have to say, I'm so impressed with myself, haha. It was so easy to make both the scrub and soap and I know she'll actually use these gifts because they're gifts that are more aligned with her taste and interest. 

What's great is that PipingRock is having a 50% off sale on select items and you can save an additional 10% off with code JALISA, if you're a first time customer!

I hope this post gave you a gift idea for your mom or perhaps just inspired you to get more creative and make your own beauty products! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far! 

 

*This post is in collaboration with PipingRock via Shopping Links, however all opinions and suggestions stated are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands and partnerships that support The Style Contour!*


XO, 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend! This is the second time you're seeing these white distressed maternity jeans, so I figured it was worth while to share my thoughts briefly. Though the fit nicely and I love the belly band that's attached, which is quite comfortable, I'm not too crazy about the fit, it's okay. I much prefer the ASOS pair I wore last here, they're much more stretchy and comfy. But, since my due date isn't until the 4th of July, I knew I wanted to be able to wear white jeans and the ones I have don't have enough stretch like my New York & Co pairs, so I decided to try these out. 

Okay, so I mentioned last Tuesday how much I look forward to taking part of the denim pearl trend after having baby girl. Another one I'd like to partake in is the raw denim trend, I really love the distressed look on denim no matter where and how it's distressed and I also love the bell fringed hems, too. But, for now, I'm doing it up in a raw collar denim jacket I've had for a few years now. You can imagine how much of a trend setter I felt when this trend came out and I knew I already had this jacket in my closet, haha. I know I'm not the only one who feels quite amazing when that happens, right!? 

The jacket is a medium wash and I loved the way it look paired with the white denim, it makes for a nice contrast and allows for each to pop on their own. Denim on denim or the "Canadian Tux" doesn't show any signs of stopping and I have no complaints. I love the look and the effects that can be achieved with the styling. For a:

1. ...elongating effect, opt for the same denim rinse, i.e. both dark denim pieces on top and bottom be with a jacket or shirt paired with jeans, shorts, or a skirt. 

2. ...jumpsuit effect, pair a chambray shirt and pair of jeans in the same rinse. 

3. ...look that will break up the upper and lower body, if you're rectangular, athletically built, or tall opt for two different rinses as I've done in today's outfit.

 

It's amazing what attention to detail can do, right?! I hope this gave you some ideas on how to re-work your denim pieces this season. Denim is trending huge, so have fun mixing and matching, while creating some flattering results :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!

 

XO, 

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