Posted by Jalisa on Nov 15, 2017 under

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Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!

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

Though they're one of my favorite pieces, I must admit that finding one that ticks all the right boxes can be quite the challenge. You may have a set budget, prefer faux or genuine, color, shape, length, fit, details, etc. I will say that a black one is more practical for most people's wardrobe, regardless of personal style. When it comes to moto or a more tailored fit, you should consider when and where you'll be wearing it most. If it's for more casual looks and settings, then a moto would be a great option and they're quite easy to find, since they're one of the most popular styles.

However, with the moto styles comes a risk of bulkiness, since the lapels tend to be large and wide, though this isn't always the case. If you happen to come across one you love that is and you feel it makes you appear bustier than you'd like as a result, then I'd suggest you opt for a longer style that isn't cropped, falling around the hip bone. Other than that, when it comes to black moto jackets, I think everyone can embrace them as opposed to other colors in the style. As we know, black visually slims, so there's not much of a difference when done with textures, such as leather. 

If you'd like to read more on what I have to say about leather jackets, check out my Fall Essential: Leather Jackets post, in case you've missed it!

I hope you're all having a great start so far and I look forward to chatting with you again in Friday's post!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Nov 10, 2017 under

Sweater | Scarf: Similar | Jeans: Similar | Belt | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Shoes c/o






Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

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.

Now that I have Aviah, I find myself reaching for comfier shoes as well. Prior to becoming a mom, I didn't really own many flats or sneakers, aside from the ones I wore to workout. During the summer, I stocked up on quite a few sandals, since I knew I'd be reaching for them a lot during my final stages of pregnancy at the start of summer. Now, I'm looking to add cute and comfy sneakers for the fall and winter months. 

If you've been reading along for a few months now, you may remember me sharing my love for Vionic shoes. It's a brand I've truly come to love and admire. I've featured their shoes countless times here on the blog (last seen here and here). Their innovative shoe designs that merge comfort and style are very much appreciated, even gaining the likes of Oprah. Yes, Oprah is loving the brand, specifically these slip on sneakers I'm wearing today! They come in five easy to wear and style colors. What I love about them is their eyelet details, perfect for when it's not incredibly cold, but you can still wear liner socks, which is what I'm wearing and you can't even notice. They do run a bit large in width, so if you have narrow feet like me, I'd suggest sizing down half a size. They may feel snug, but they're leather, so it'll stretch out with continual wear. Keep an eye out for them in the December issue of O Magazine listed in Oprah's Favorite things! 

Well my friends, we've finally made it to the end of the week. This week dragged on by for me. I've been trying to train Aviah to sleep in her crib, which hasn't been gong well at all. She'll fall asleep during her feeding, I'll wait about 15 minutes to try and put her in her crib and as soon as I lay her down, within 2 minutes, she's screaming. She's been sleeping in her bassinet beside me in her room up until this point, but she's pretty much outgrown it; she's so long! She's in the 70% percentile for her length, so she's going to be tall. If any of you mamas have any suggestions on how to train a baby to sleep in their crib, please leave them in the comment's section. Aside from letting her cry it out because that doesn't work for my little mama, nope. Tried that and this little one will cry for hours on end, so that won't work, lol.

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

 

Thanks Vionic for sponsoring this post and thank you readers of The Style Contour for supporting brands that make this blog possible.


XO,

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Happy Monday my dear friends!

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! 

They're quite comfy and are made of a fabric, which is interesting. I'm used to seeing either real or faux fur fabrics, so the fact that these are composed of a softer fabric made these more unique. I also love the fact that they're pointed toe. Most of the leopard booties I've seen are rounded and I prefer either pointed or almond toe boots, which was another plus. 

Very rarely do I see leopard styled with navy, so I wanted to showcase how elegant the two can be, even when done in a more casual look like I'm wearing. I think the two are a great way for those of you who like the idea of leopard, but feel it's a bit too funky for your style. For fall, it really makes for a nice seasonal and professional combination with saturated colors, such as emerald or hunter green, burgundy, and navy as mentioned. 

When putting together this outfit, I wanted to pair the sweater with a lighter denim wash because I love the way navy looks paired with light denim in particular. Considering that these jeans have a lot of lighter patches in the thigh and hip region, the pointed toe leopard boots helped to create a more flattering effect to the legs, even though they're printed. A pointed-toe can truly do wonders for the legs! 

Style Tip: Combining rounded toe shoes with lighter denim rinses can make the legs appear shorter and fuller. This may or may not be something you wish to achieve, so you may want to consider the effects when creating your outfit, especially when taking photos. 

I hope you all loved the outfits I've created with Charming Charlie, both are printed pieces perfect for the season and I hope I encouraged you all to give them a try or at least inspired you to experiment with them one way or another. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week ahead, my dear friends!

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my dear friends!

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. 

Before we get started, I just want to put out a disclaimer that I'm not a trained professional in weight loss, so I suggest you consult your doctor prior to starting or changing your diet and workout regimen. 


Get active before pregnancy if planning

Prior to conceiving, I had been actively working out for 10 years. My workouts consisted mostly of weight training because I would lose too much weight in a short amount of time whenever I did any cardio. In those 10 years, I lost 30lbs and kept them off...until I got pregnant. I believe when you develop an active lifestyle before becoming pregnant, you're more likely to continue on with that active lifestyle throughout pregnancy. It's much harder to find the motivation to begin a workout regimen soon after having a baby because you're so busy taking care of the little one and are not getting much sleep, so whatever free time you do find yourself with, the last thing you may want to do is go to the gym to workout. 

 

You are NOT eating for two, well kind of

Theoretically, once you become pregnant, you are eating for two in the sense that you are not only eating to maintain your own health, but to also aid in the development of your baby. At the same time, you must know that you only need to eat an additional 300-500 calories a day. This actually isn't a lot and can easily be achieved by eating an extra snack or two in between meals. So, the excuse that you need to eat an extra plate of macaroni and cheese or three cheeseburgers because you're "eating for two" is just an excuse to indulge, which is totally okay! 

I ate pretty much the same way I did prior to pregnancy, which was (and still is) a plant based diet during the weekdays with one cheat meal a week. What I did add in was juicing. In my second trimester, I juiced every single morning, using the recipes found in blogger babe and author, McKel Hill's book, Nutrition Stripped. I actually made nearly all the recipes in her book throughout my pregnancy and loved them and so did Eddie, which is a huge bonus in making dinner prep that much easier! I also have the NutriBullet and used many of the recipes in the booklet it came with as well. 

When it came to cravings, during the my first trimester, I craved sandwiches....a lot. I would either make them (who am I kidding, I made Eddie make them, lol) or grab one from the Whole Foods deli. Their begets are so small, so it was pretty much guilt free. I also bought dairy free ice-creams and ate vegan desserts, so I felt better about indulging. 

 

Keep that number in mind

As someone who's a body positive activate, I at the same time, knew that if I allowed myself to over indulge and go overboard, I'd regret it and feel more insecure and self-conscious. Pregnancy is such an intimate emotional and physical experience that involves so much constant change that you need to know the type of person you are. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I had lost and kept of 30lbs for 10 years. I wanted to make this weight gain be as much about Aviah as possible because it was about making sure she was getting all the nutrients she needed and not an excuse for me to lose track of maintaining the lifestyle I've become so accustomed to, considering that I was given the okay to continue on with my doctor. 

So what number am I talking about? I asked my doctor how many pounds would be needed for me to gain to ensure a healthy pregnancy and development for my baby and myself and she said between 25-30lbs (this may or may not be different for you, so consult your doctor). So, I tried to stay within this bracket by eating well and continuing with exercise. Speaking of exercise...

 

If you worked out prior to pregnancy, continue

If your doctor says it's okay of course! Again, I was given the green light by my doctor, so I continued my workouts all the way to the final weeks of my pregnancy. I had to modify some of those workouts and omit some entirely because they weren't safe to perform while pregnant, but I still remained active. Remember me mentioning that I couldn't do cardio before? Well, during my entire pregnancy, I did 30min of light cardio (walked on an incline) with some weight training. I referred to Diary of a Fit Mommy's awesome blog for much needed inspo, motivation, and workouts! Check her out, she's amazing and is a mom of two! I also workout to this video for abs (yes, given the okay by your doctor, you can still work those abs) a few times and loved it! 

 

Nursing

This is a very personal decision and whether a woman decides to breastfeed or not doesn't reflect the love she has for her baby. I feel there's often a tension between those who breastfeed and those who don't and there shouldn't be. Being a mom is hard work as it is, we don't need to be judging one another, instead helping with sharing what's worked for us in hopes of making another mom's life a bit easier. You need to make the decision you feel is best for you and baby, which will make the adjustment to motherhood a bit easier and enjoyable. 

That said, I decided to breastfeed, which I'm still doing. The reason I'm brining this up is because one of the many benefits of nursing for mom is that assists in burning up to 500 calories a day and helps your uterus contract a lot faster. I lost 16lbs my first week of having Aviah because most of the weight I gained was all her. She was 7.5lbs, plus the placenta, blood, etc. that attributed to much of the weight. The remaining was shed faster because of those extra calories being burned because I wasn't able to hit the gym until after she was about a month old, as directed by my doctor. 

 

Continue your (active) lifestyle

As I mentioned earlier, after having a baby, you're so tired and overwhelmed, especially when you're a first time mom, like myself, that you don't have much time or desire to workout. However, once you start to get into somewhat of a routine and with some help of your loved ones, try to ease back into working out. When I first when back to the gym, I ignorantly tried to lift the weights I had been lifting prior to pregnancy and couldn't even get them off the rack, lol. I became so weak, which is of course normal. I'm still not lifting what I once did, but I'm getting there. I used to workout 5 days a week, now I'm at the gym 3 days if I'm lucky. Some weeks, I'm only able to make it once, but at least it's something. I'm not the type of person that enjoys at home workouts because I get easily distracted with doing things around the house. Plus, I enjoy using the machines and equipment at a gym, but if you're one who enjoys working out at home, go for it, girl!

 

Be easy on yourself

At the end of it all, you must remember that you just gave birth to a human being! For 9 whole months, your body was a baby making machine and so many amazing and miraculous changes were taking place and that's something to celebrate and feel confident about. I'm a firm believe in when you feel confident about yourself, you can then be your best self to everyone around, in this case the best mom to your baby. Know that every body is different and we all have very different lifestyles, so don't compare yourself to anyone. Set a goal and do what you can to achieve it, knowing that there may be times you may not get it all done because that's part of motherhood, which begins during pregnancy. There were weeks I was just so tired that I didn't workout at all and had an extra few slices of pizza, give yourself that grace. 

I did what I absolutely knew I could during my pregnancy to help make the transition from pregnancy to postpartum a bit easier physically and mentally. Remember I tried to prevent those stretch marks with BioOil? Well, during the final weeks of my pregnancy, Aviah had a major growth spurt and ripped my stomach apart, lol. I now have stretch marks on both sides of my stomach, it is what it is and it sure was worth it because I love my beautiful girl. 

 

I hope this gave you some insight as to what I did to help with the weight loss. Again, no two bodies are the same and do what you can, giving yourself grace. Your body needs to be loved and your mind affirmed of how beautiful and amazing you are during and after your pregnancy, so embrace what it is. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the best week ahead!

 

PS: Feel free to let me know if there are any other pregnancy related topics you'd like for me to discuss!

 

XO,

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Happy Monday my dear friends!

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.

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Posted by Jalisa on Oct 23, 2017 under

 

My Outfit: Tee | Cami | Jeans Boots | Sunglasses (similar)// Aviah's Outfit: Jumpusit 







Happy Monday my dear friends!

How was your weekend?! Yesterday, we went apple picking for the first time as a family. I haven't been since I was a little girl on school trip and Eddie's never been at all! It was so nice to experience it together, especially with Aviah! She loves being outdoors in and around nature, so she enjoyed looking at all the trees filled with apples! Even though she most likely had no idea what was going on (lol) I still like to stimulate her with changes of scenery and engage all her scenes to enhance her sensory development. 

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Posted by Jalisa on Oct 09, 2017 under

 

Sweater | Shorts: Similar herehere | Necklace: Similar Boots c/o | Bag: Louis Vuitton


 

 


 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

One of this season's hottest color trends is red. It was trend that first gained momentum at the start of spring and has shown no signs of stopping. I shared some tips at the start of summer on how to select the best shade of red for your skin-tone, so I won't touch upon that today; if you're interested, feel free to check out that post here

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Posted by Jalisa on Oct 06, 2017 under

 

Sweater: here, here | Pants: Similar herehere | Bag: Louis Vuitton Boots c/o 






Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

A couple of weeks ago, I shared why I love wearing white in the fall and today I'm, yet again, bringing to you an outfit that includes rich fall tones with white as the canvas for the reasons I mentioned in that post. I don't know if you remember me sharing how I hated and could not tolerate the sight of mustard yellow when I was pregnant with Aviah. It would literally make me nauseous just looking at it, so I only wore this sweater once and my mustard Zara jacket I love so much a hand full of times, before those feelings kicked in. Isn't that weird?! Lol! I honestly love the color, it reminds me of fall and I think it works well during the spring season, too, making today's outfit a great transitional outfit for both seasons. 

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Posted by Jalisa on Oct 04, 2017 under

 

 

Tunic: Similar herehere | Jeans | Boots | Bag: Louis Vuitton Necklace c/o | Bracelet: Similar 


 

 


 

 

Happy Wednesday my sweet friends!

On Monday, I shared my new found love for balloon sleeved sweaters, today, I'm sharing my love for OTS shoulder sweaters. I'm loving the fact that many of the s/s 17 trends are still going strong, but are modified for fall pieces. I've actually had this tunic sweater for years, yet this is the first time I'm wearing it as an OTS. It's a cowl neck, so it allows for me to wear it in different ways, so if you have cowl necks that are longer, give it a try! It's a great way to get more use out of your clothing and feel as though you've purchased an entirely new and trendy piece. Though OTS are more classy and timeless in my opinion. 

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Posted by Jalisa on Oct 02, 2017 under

Sweater: Similar Ring | Jeans: Similar Bag | Shoes: Similar 


 

 


 

Happy Monday my sweet friends!

First, I'd like to thank all of you who wished me a Happy Birthday on Friday! We had a wonderful time celebrating this past weekend. My mom came up from Brooklyn and spent the weekend with us. We ordered from one of our favorite Italian restaurants and my mom brought a Parisian dessert from one of the bakeries in NYC. 

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