Does this leather shirt look familiar to you? I'm sure it does because it's quite an original, lol. I know that this may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I was instantly drawn to it when I snagged it at a thrift shop in NYC over a year ago. I first styled it here. As you can see, I wasn't too thrilled with the way the outfit came together, haha. I asked you all to weigh in on how I should style it next and the most popular suggestion was to pair with all black, as I've done today.
I have to say that although I wasn't crazy about the way I had styled it in the original post, that post was my all time favorite because I received so much feedback from all of you and I loved how you all interacted with one another in the comments; it really felt like a community!
I honestly didn't think to pair it with all black initially, but I love the way it looks. I think it really allows for the brown chevron pattern to stand out. I'm a huge fan of chevron when done in clothing, particularly around the waistline because it's super flattering.
What do you all think of the way the look came together? If you have any other suggestions on how to wear it, I'd love to know! It's such a unique piece that can be challenging to style because of its strong vintage vibe.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, my friends!
About a month ago, Influenster sent me a vox box filled with some goodies to test out. I always look forward to being selected by them for their vox boxes because I've discovered some great brands and products through those boxes. Since having Aviah, though, I've been more selective about my skincare and products I'm willing to try. When I was pregnant, my entire skincare regimen changed and since then, I've continued to restrict my products to mostly all natural, organic, and paraben free. Since I'm nursing, I'm super paranoid about chemicals being absorbed through my skin. This isn't to say that I only use these kind of products, but 90% off my makeup and beauty collection is.
I preface this to say that I, unfortunately, wasn't able to test out all of these products myself. Instead, my mom was kind enough to sample the ones I didn't, which quite frankly were nearly all of them, haha. The only products I tested myself were the Amika texturizing spray and hair mask.
Texturizing Spray- I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about this product and it's not because it isn't any good. I don't tend to use texturizing sprays because quite frankly, I don't really style my hair much other than leaving it out, a ponytail, or top knot. The times I tested this out on my hair left loose and it provided a wild undone, untamed look, which was cool. I prefer products that smooth out my hair, since it's curly and tends to do its own thing, but if you're looking for a product that will enhance that undone tousled look, I think you'll like it! Plus, it's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates and how cool is the packaging?!
Hair mask- I honestly really wanted to like this mask, but it didn't do it for me, unfortunately. I love the smell and the interesting ingredient list, which consists of vitamins A, E, and C, as well as super fruit sea buckthorn berry, which I've never heard of before! I tried it a few times and I didn't notice anything different in terms of texture and finish after styling my hair. It didn't leave a negative look, but it didn't do anything either. I'm going to continue using this to see if anything changes. Have you ever tried a product at first and didn't like it only to end up loving it later on? I kind of feel like that will be the case with this mask.
Now, let's begin where my mom took over...
Grande Lips Hydrating Lip Plumper- She said she that she didn't notice any dramatic changes in her lip size. She felt a tingling sensation and her lips felt very hydrated, but didn't look noticably larger. The reviews on Sephora seem to back up what my mom said, so I don't think this is worth a try. If it were advertised as a lip balm, it would be worth looking into, but since it's labeled a plumper and not many have expereinced it, my mom suggests you pass.
Needles No More, No More Baggage- My mom really liked this product! She said it made a significant difference in the way her under-eye looked, plumping the area. She's in her early 50s, so she said this would work noticeably for mature skin.
Erno Laszlo Firmarine Face Mask- I'm saving the best for last, according to my mom; she loved these masks! As you can see, it's a two step process in which you mix the powder and cream to form a blue paste to apply on your face. Once it's ready, you peel it off. She said she noticed immediate results in her skin looking more plump and youthful. Again, she said that this would be a product that those with more mature skin would benefit and notice best results with. I, personally, have been reading so many positive reviews on this brand. The box didn't say that it was natural and paraben free, but I'd like to look into the vitamin c line that I've read is quite amazing and see if it is.
I hope you enjoyed this post, my dear friends! It's quite different than my other beauty posts and reviews, since I've included the results and options of someone other than myself testing these products. As mentioned, my mom is in her early 50s and has combination/oily skin and quite honestly, has very few wrinkles, which makes everyone believe she's my sister. Yes, she loves to get that reaction, lol. Mom of two with three grandchildren and she loves to be mistaken as the third sister.
Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you all have an amazing weekend and I look forward to seeing you in Monday's blog post!
It kind of went from fall to winter here in Connecticut and to be honest, I'm not all too happy about it. I love getting the most out of every season and so when one seems to end abruptly, I'm bummed. This is supposed to be the time of year that the leaves reach their peak here in the northeast, but most of the leaves are dead or have fallen. Boo.
I wore this outfit the other day when it wasn't too cold and it made for a more practical combination. When fall rolls around, I look forward to breaking out all of my leather pieces. Along with faux fur, it's one of my fall obsessions, as well as blanket scarves, as mentioned in Friday's post.
When fall rolls around, I have quite a few essentials I'm guaranteed to reach for, one of which is a blanket scarf. It was one of the pieces I shared in my Fall Essentials series a few months back. On the weekends when I'm going for a more relaxed, casual, and comfortable outfit, I almost always pair it with a cozy oversized sweater. I used to prefer fitted sweaters, but in recent years I've come to embrace the cozier feel that the oversized fit offers. The one I'm wearing is a purchase from the Nsale a couple of years ago. It's still available, but no longer in this green shade; I'm thinking about getting the grey one. It's incredibly soft and cozy and though it may look itchy, I assure you it's not.
If there's one styling technique that's sure to look amazing on everyone, is super easy, and can be done all year long, it's monochrome! Though it's such an easy technique, it can be done in a couple of ways. The first would be wearing an outfit comprised of the exact same shade of the color you choose or to work with various hues of the color. Come fall, I think a great way to work monochrome would be the latter.
I'm starting off the week with the final part in my two look series with Charming Charlie. I shared the first look I on Friday, which featured a super cute and trendy gingham sleeve sweatshirt. Today, I'm styling a pair of leopard printed booties, which I'm so excited about. I've been wanting a pair of leopard booties for the longest while, but I haven't been able to find a pair I loved, since I'm so particular about the color and scale of the print. I have a pair of pumps, flats, and wanted to add a pair of booties to complete my leopard shoe collection; I'm glad to say I've found a pair I love that are super affordable, under $40!
Today's look is brought to you by Charming Charlie, the first of a two part series; I'll be sharing the second look on Monday! I was so excited when the opportunity to collaborate with them was presented to me because I've been a fan of their jewelry and unique color coordinated interior design concept from the very beginning. If you've been a longtime reader of The Style Contour, from back when it was Jalisa's Fashion Files, you may remember that most of the statement jewelry I wore here on the blog and on my YouTube channel, when I was uploading videos, was from them! I used to always get asked on YouTube where my necklaces were from and they were almost always from Charming Charlie.
After having Aviah, my most requested blog post has been on how I lost my pregnancy weight so fast. One week after giving birth, I returned to blogging (see my first post here) and in that post, I had already lost 16 of the 26 pounds I gained throughout my pregnancy. I'll be sectioning off this post for you to easily skim and read what you're most interested in, if you don't have the time to read the entire post, which I'll try to keep as short and to the point as I can, without leaving out anything you might want to know.
There are quite a few colors that are trending this fall/winter season, one of which is red! It was actually trending this past spring/summer, along with pink, which we discussed in this blog post. I feel that when a trend gains momentum with time, it's because it's practical for the everyday person like you and I. When it gains popularity, we then see more options, which allows for us to experiment with the trend, big or small, save or splurge.
A little over two months ago, the folks over at Botanics reached out to me to review a few of their products, their toning spritz, hydrating day moisturizer with sage, and makeup remover wipes. I was so excited to learn of this brand that I had not heard of before, mainly because they're organic and their ingredients are quite interesting. After having Aviah, I've been paying more mind to my skin, which Eddie refers to as my "project." Most days, I don't have the time to put on a full glam face, let alone any makeup at all, so I've vowed to take better care of my skin, so I'll feel more confident going makeup free when needed and I have been.