Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!

As the weather begins to get nicer and we no longer need the bulky wool coats to keep us warm, we often look for lighter jackets that we can wear that will serve us well on those often chilly spring (and fall) mornings; a perfect option in such case is a trench coat. What inspired me to write this post was the conversations some of you and I had on a recent post of me styling a trench coat. Some of you were unsure as to which styles would be flattering for your particular body shape as well as what color to get. Hopefully after reading this post, some of your uncertainties will be made certain, so you can shop with confidence for a style that will meet your particular needs! 

1. BODY SHAPE

As with many of the clothing choices I discuss here on the blog, body shape has a lot, if not everything, to do with how a trench coat will look on you, so it's certainly something to consider! 

Large busts (apple or hourglass shapes): I'd suggest a trench coat with a double breasted "military" design (like this one). The two columns will help to visually slim the bust and will typically give you more room to work with for a more comfortable and flattering fit. Chances are there won't be any gaping, which can happen with single button columns when you have a larger bust, brining attention right to the center of your chest, whereas the double breasted design buttons is a bit off centered. This style is actually quite easy to find, since many trench coat styles offer this design anyway. 

Curvaceous hips (pear or hourglass shapes)To highlight your lower curves in a flattering manner, you can either look for styles that are cropped, taking on the look of a blazer or for styles the fall mid thigh. A double breasted design in a cropped length will not only flatter your hips, but also balance out your upper body by providing two focal points to the center of your chest with the buttons align. If you'll opt for this length, I'd suggest avoiding any additional details to the hem that can add unwanted fullness to the hips. 

2. HEIGHT

TallFor those of you who are tall, it all comes down to what you feel most comfortable with in terms of length. Do keep in mind that if you opt for cropped styles or those that hit around the upper thigh will make your legs appear longer, so if you have a short torso and long legs and seek to balance out your proportions, you may want to avoid this by opting for a longer length. 

PetiteThe opposite to what I've suggested for tall frames would work best for you, so cropped styles or those that fall around upper to mid thigh would lengthen the leg visually and prevent your frame from appearing lost in the extra length. That said, I'd suggest avoiding long styles, though this all comes down to personal preference of course. 

3. COLOR

This is coming from someone who loves color, neutrals are best. Though you've seen me style my bold orange trend a number of times and it can certainly be worn in numerous ways, neutrals undoubtably allow for more wear. That said, I'd personally suggest beige as the color of choice. Why? It's lighter in tone, so it works well for both spring and fall. The darker the color, the more likely it will exude fall and winter vibes only and you of course want a more timeless and non season restricted option. I mentioned in a former post that I did have a classic beige color that I had for years, but the style was no longer suitable for me, which brings me to my next point. 

4. GO CLASSIC

Considering everything else I've mentioned above and reiterating a bit of what I mentioned for the pear shape in my first point, opt for classic styles that don't have any extras. No trendy embroidery, embellishments, or color blocking. The reason is, you want to keep this piece for as long as possible and chances are over time, your style will change, mine did and now I'm starting over again in my personal search for a trench that's suitable for me. If you already have a more classic style and want to add another that's more trendy to your collection, then by all means do so! You at least have a basic you can always count on. 

5. PRICE

I'm sure many, if not all, of us have a classic Burberry trench on our wish lists! What may be keeping it on that wish list is the hefty price tag, haha. Though with a timeless classic essential, the price is justifiable, so if you have the funds, go for it (but try it on in person first, keeping all the pointers I mentioned in mind). If the funds don't currently allow, you can still find great trench coats no matter your budget, there are so many brands and shops that produce this classic! You can even try your luck at thrifting and maybe, just maybe, you'll find yourself a Burberry ;) 

 

I hope this post gave you some helpful tips to consider when shopping for a trench coat. It's a piece you'll often wear, so it does require a bit more thought than an of the moment piece. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far, my beautiful friends! 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 27, 2017 under

Sweater: Banana Republic (similarJeans: Similar Watch: Michael Kors  Cuff Rings c/o Bag: Michael Kors (LOVING this oneShoes: Nine West

 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was your weekend? I did some online shopping; I FINALLY found a couple pairs of cute AND affordable maternity jeans on Asos' site, fingers crossed that they'll fit. You guys, it really is so hard to find them in my size and price range. I don't want to spend a ton on maternity jeans because I won't be wearing them long, so I just can't justify the hefty price tag. 

I managed to still wear these distressed favorites of mine with the help of the belly band. I swear, I have a love-hate relationship with this thing, lol. Sometimes it comes through for me and others, not so much. I guess it's really the fault of the denim, as every pair of jeans fit differently. I don't know. 

What I do know, though, is that I love blush pink and white for spring, it's so refreshing. It's not an extraordinary color combo by any means, but I love it nonetheless! I love the way the soft pink and distressed white denim create somewhat of a juxtaposition with a feminine and edgy fuse. 

I'm learning when it comes to dressing a (growing) baby bump, stretch is key. Pieces that have a more fitted (but not overly snug) design are most flattering because they don't add any additional visual weight. They instead flatter the bump by showing off the actual shape, while laying nicely on the rest of the body, which any pregnant woman or any woman in general for that matter would appreciate, am I right!? It's always a win when a piece falls nicely on the body in all the right places, now if it were easy to find them all the time, it'd be even better, lol!

Anyway, I hope you're all having the best start to your Monday so far and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by (and say hello!); have a wonderful week ahead, my friends!

 


XO, 

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Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

We've made it to the end of the week, which calls for celebration! It did kind of seem to go a little fast this time around though, perhaps it's because of all the naps I've been taking lately?!  

I'm not going to be a negative nelly and harp on the cold weather we've been having and my disdain for it, but it did interfere with me being able to share an outfit post, as I typically would on a Friday. So, I figured I'd share a little #flashbackfriday post featuring some outfits that are perfect for spring and are quite unique in color combination. 

As you all know, I love to play around with colors, sometimes I create successes, other times not so much, but that's how you learn what works, right!? Well, today, I'm hopefully taking some guess work out of your hands with some color combinations I've put together last season and received so many compliments on. Of course your pieces will vary, but even if you happen to have some accessories in the colors that are within any of the outfits, you'd be able to recreate the look with your own spin. Since it's Friday and you may have some night out plans, let's start off with an outfit/color combination that'll be perfect for the occasion. 


1. MINT GREEN/AQUA/TURQUOISE & BLACK WITH SILVER ACCENTS

This combination is beyond perfect for a spring/summer night out. As you can see, I paired the aqua blouse with black leather leggings, but this would look just as cute paired with black leather shorts or a leather skirt if you're being blessed with warm weather right now (so jelly!)

 

2. NAVY & BLUSH PINK 

Since we're still in the very start of spring, navy is still wearable, though I know some prefer to wear it all year round, it's all a matter of personal preference. Blush is trending BIG this season, as we discussed in this post, so here's a great way you can wear your favorite blush piece with colors other than the usual white, grey, or black to mix things up a bit! 

 

3. COGNAC/CAMEL BROWN & WHITE

I mentioned in Wednesday's post how much I love earthy tones come spring and fall, including lighter shades of brown. I like to pair them with softer neutrals, such as light grey or white, which creates a nice light refreshing feel, perfect for spring. For a more stand out effect, I'd suggest a white top and bottom (the contrast is even sharper and makes for such a great duo) paired with a cognac/camel blazer, duster cardigan, or light weight coat and some sandals. If you don't have shoes in the color, but have a pair of leopards, that would totally work! 

 

4. TERRACOTTA/RUST/BURNT ORANGE & LIGHT WASH DENIM

We're so used to seeing rust associated with fall fashion, but to me, it's an earthy tone, so it can be worn both during the fall and spring. To lighten up the color and exude more of a spring vibe, I'd suggest pairing your piece with some light wash denim. Be it a vest, jacket, or pair of jeans, depending on what piece you have in the color. When I think of this color, one of the first things that comes to my mind are flower pots; I mean how close can we get to a spring vibe, am I right!? 

 

5. PASTEL BLUE AND/OR CITRON AND/OR FUSHIA 

Okay, this one may be for the fashion adventurous, the one who loves all things color and bold looks. ALL of these colors look great on all skin tones btw! You can wear them all together in one outfit for a color block effect or you can pair any of the three together (pastel blue and fuchsia, or pastel blue and citron, or citron and fuchsia). That kind of felt like solving a probability equation, remember those?! Haha! 

 

6. NEON YELLOW & EMERALD/HUNTER GREEN/TEAL WITH GOLD ACCESSORIES 

This may be my favorite of the bunch, I just LOVE the contrast of the bright, neon yellow and the rich, saturated green shade. I know neon is not a widely accepted color group because it brings back really bad 80s fashion memories, but hey, 80s fashion is trending again and this time around, we can get it right, haha! If you have fair skin, neon yellow can have the tendency to wash you out, so I'd suggest perhaps either a buttercup or mustard yellow shade instead, which are more dense in color.

 

I hope this gave you all some unique color combination ideas for creating your next seasonal outfit. Perhaps for Easter or Mother's Day even? Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and do let me know which look(s) is YOUR favorite! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 22, 2017 under

Shirt: Similar Turtleneck: Similar Jeans Monogram Necklace: Similar Heart necklace c/o Cuff Rings c/o | Fringe Bracelet: Similar Shoes: Sam Edelman (similarBag: Tory Burch (similar

 

Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you're all having a great week so far! 

This time of year is when I often love to play around with earthy tones and printed neutrals the most because I feel they fit the transitional season best. Such colors include olive greens, lighter shades of brown, grey in all shades, and of course my favorite all year round printed neutral, leopard print. If there ever was a shoe I wore nearly all the time these babies are it! Whenever you want to add a little sass to your outfit, they're the perfect option and they pair well with everything

Olive green is one of those tricky colors to work with a times and I know they can pose a threat to some blondes, depending on the shade because it can make the locks appear a little brassy, a concern I've heard from my dirty blonde beauties. I don't believe that you have to rule it out entirely if this applies to you though! I think if you wear a shirt opened like I'm doing here paired with a white top, it can help to offset that effect. I'd suggest you avoid wearing it with grey, however, because it can further enhance the effect if you're roots are dark and your hair is more of a golden blonde. 

When it comes to jewelry, I prefer wearing gold with olive because the warm tones blend and compliment each other perfectly, silver can often clash, unless paired with gold or brassy pieces. So, if you don't like wearing gold or it doesn't compliment your skin tone, perhaps you can keep your jewelry at a minimum when wearing the shade for a more cohesive and flattering look. You see, you can wear the shade and here you thought you couldn't ;) 

Do YOU like wearing earthy colors come spring? What shade is your favorite accent color? Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as wonderful as YOU!

 


XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 20, 2017 under

 

Trench Coat: Guess (similarTurtleneck (similarJeans Sunglasses Monogram Necklace (similarHeart Necklace c/o Cuff Rings c/o Boots Bag: Louis Vuitton 

 

Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

How was your weekend?! My mom and my niece did end up spending the weekend with us and we had such a great time! We watched a couple of movies and made s'mores by the fireplace, which I must admit is probably the only thing I'll miss about this cold weather once it finally leaves, since today is the first day of spring! However, though it's the first day of what should be warmer weather, it's still pretty cold, which is of course expected for this transitional time making the trench coat a perfect staple for both now and later in the fall. 

It's a perfect alternative for a heavier coat or leather jacket on those 50 degree weather days when you still need some warmth minus the bulk. You all know how much I love my outerwear, but surprisingly I now currently own two trench coats, this orange one, which I love, and another one that's a grey leopard print that's more of a blend of a rain coat. Well, I guess it's not that surprising, since you also know how much I love my color and leopard print, haha! 

I'm on the search for a classic khaki trench, but for now, I don't mind adding a pop of color with an orange one. The key to getting the most use out of such a vibrant piece is to keep the rest of your look fairly basic or neutral. Of course you can implement it as an additional statement to an already bold pairing, but to make it more versatile, neutral is key. Any color pairs well with neutrals, so don't think you're extremely limited when considering a colorful piece. I've actually worn this trench with a nude cami last year, mid-spring, and it looked great against the shade, which you can check out here for some more inspo! 

What kind of outerwear do YOU prefer to wear most come spring? Leather jackets, trench coats, bombers?! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope this week is filled with lots of positivity and productivity for us all! 



XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 17, 2017 under

Coat Sweater: Banana Republic (similarLeggings:Nordstrom Rack (similarShoes: Sam Edelman (similar

 

Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

I will be keeping this blog post short and sweet today because I'm exhausted! It seems as though the fatigue is coming back, sigh. But, it's not nearly as bad as my first and early second trimester, which is great. I was on an energy high for about two weeks straight and now it seems to be fluctuating, so I'm going to get some rest. Especially since this weekend may be a bit busy, but busy doing fun things! My mom and niece may be stopping by this weekend to celebrate my step-daughter's birthday, which was last week and we always have so much fun when all the girls are together; I can't wait until Baby A joins us :) 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead, my dear friends, and thanks so much for stopping by!

 


XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 14, 2017 under

 

Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how red and pink are trending big this spring and even into fall! Another color that's not generally as popular as the two that's equally trending is yellow and understandably so, it can be a tough color to pull off not only in finding the right shade for your skin tone that doesn't wash you out, especially if you're fair skinned, but knowing what colors actually look good paired with it, too. It's just not a no fuss color option and I know for that reason many avoid it at all costs. 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a wonderful start to your Monday so far! 

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Happy Wednesday my friends!

We're just a couple of weeks shy from the official start of spring and I couldn't be more optimistic about the weather, especially since today is supposed to be absolutely beautiful! We've been talking about transitional looks for a few weeks now in preparation of spring and I've mentioned quite often how winter appropriate pieces in lighter hues always helps to set the mood and vibe for spring and today's look demonstrates that perfectly! 

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Posted by Jalisa on Feb 27, 2017 under

 

 

Happy Monday my sweet friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 

You guys, I think this is it, this is as far as I can go with wearing non-maternity jeans. I made it to 22 weeks with my favorite NY&Co style that've I've been raving about non stop because they truly impressed me with the amount of stretch they have. Since they still fit well overall, I'm thinking I'll just get the belly bands so I can still get some use. What's starting to bother me slightly is the button area under the belly. With the belly bands, I just won't be able to wear my tops tucked in anymore with them, which I love to do because it looks so chic and polished that way. If you happen to know of any great, affordable, comfy maternity jeans do let me know! 

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