Posted by Jalisa on Sep 13, 2017 under

Tee | Cami | Jeans: Similar | Hat: Similar Necklace c/o Bracelet c/o Belt | Bag: Similar | Boots: Similar  

 


 

 


 

Happy Wednesday my lovely friends!

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago, I shared my love for lace camis in my Dressing Up Your Weekend Outfit post? I shared what I love most about them being that they are extremely versatile, especially during transitional times of years like now. In that outfit, I styled the cami on its own. Today, I've layered it underneath a plain white tee for a bit of a contrast. I've suggested v-necks as one of the most flattering necklines for those of you with apple or inverted triangle body shapes, where your upper body is wider and you have a larger bust line. I've been told by some of you that you don't like wearing them because you feel they expose too much of your bust, so this is a great way to add additional coverage, as well as a nice feminine detail to your outfit! 

This is also a great way to experiment with color, injecting the slighted hint that will feel comfortable while trying something a little outside of the box for those of you who are a bit intimidated by color or avoid wearing it. 

To fill in some void space, I added a y-necklace, which sits perfectly in between both tops, but the lace itself would serve as the perfect amount of detail, so feel free to forgo the jewelry in this case, the option is yours. 

Layers don't always have to involve a ton of clothing, it's a method that can be applied to anything, so I encourage you to think creatively when putting together your outfits! 

I hope you found some inspiration from today's post, my gorgeous friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you all in tomorrow's post!

 

XO, 

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Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!

This week's fall essential we'll be talking about is the blanket scarf! I was a little late to jump on the blanket scarf bandwagon when Zara first rolled them out a few years ago, but I've certainly caught up, building a collection comprised of neutrals and fall/winter color combinations and prints. Let me share just why I love them so much...

:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::

What I love most about them is how cozy they are, as well as the texture and print/color they can add to an outfit. The ones I have are mostly printed, so I'll typically add them to an outfit that has more solid colors to allow it to be the focal point of the outfit or at least one of them. I also love how versatile they can be, allowing you to wear them in so many different ways, which brings me to my suggestions for wearing them. 

:: MY SUGGESTIONS ::

As I've mentioned, I tend to wear them with solid colored outfits for added warmth and to add a pop of color and/or print, as well as texture. So, of course that would be one of my suggestions. At the same time, if you've been a reader of The Style Contour for some time now, you'd know that I love my colors and prints and I love mixing them all as much as I can, especially come fall! Most of the times, blanket scarves are in either a houndstooth or plaid print, so I'd suggest you refer to my Fall Print Guide and apply the tips and suggestions mentioned for pattern mixing with plaid when it comes to adding in another print to your outfit!

Another favorite way I love to wear blanket scarves is as a poncho or cape, as seen in my post, A Blanket Scarf Worn as a Poncho. It's another way to add warmth to your outfit and get the most use out of your scarf. I personally love them belted, as they really help to play-up one's shape that can otherwise get lost in the overwhelming fabric. That said, I'd suggest if you're petite and like the idea of wearing your blanket scarf as a wrap or poncho, you add a belt of some sort (corset belts are trending big time this season!) so you won't get visually lost in the fabric. 

 

:: MY PICKS ::



Do you own any blanket scarves? Which do you prefer, solids or prints?! Share some of YOUR favorite ways you like to style them, as well as any favorite brands you've discovered and love! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends; I can't wait to see you all in tomorrow's blog post!

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Sep 11, 2017 under

Blazer: Similar | Tank: Similar Necklace c/o | Shorts: Similar | Bag: Louis Vuitton Shoes c/o

 







Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

First, I'd like to acknowledge this day in our American History, 9-11, a day I will never forget. I remember distinctively what I was doing and where I was the moment I received the news of what took place and the feeling of fear that overtook me knowing my mother was working in NYC that very moment. I don't think any American will forget that day, it's become so engraved in our hearts and with that, I will never take for granted the lives that so unselfishly responded and acted with such bravery, paying the ultimate price to save whatever life they could. A family friend of ours, a nurse practitioner, was a volunteer days after and has since suffered health issues. May we never forget and always value the commitment our first responders, soldiers, and volunteers both here and abroad, dedicate for our freedom.

How was your weekend? On Saturday, we had my sister and brother-in-law come over to celebrate Eddie's birthday, which as you know was last Thursday. These past two weeks has been a whirlwind with family coming and going to see Aviah, especially since she recently turned two months; I still can't get over the fact that she's growing so fast! 

Anyway, there are some colors trending for this upcoming season, one of which is orange! I know it may not be a favorite of many, since it's quite bold, but there are different shades and ways you can wear it in a way that's suitable for your personal style. I've teamed up with my blogger babe Quinn of Qustom Quinns to, hopefully, give you some different ideas on how you can wear the color this fall. 

With a spectrum ranging from neon to rusty tones, there's a shade I'm confident that everyone would look great in and feel comfortable in. When it comes to skin tones, I'd suggest if you have cool undertones, you opt for shades, like the one I'm wearing, that have blue undertones, in addition to rust, leaning more towards brown. If you have warm undertones, shades that have more a red or golden undertone would look great on you, nearing the neon shades. Of course, true shades of orange would look great on anyone, in my opinion. 

Since we're still in summer and the temps are relatively warm, I decided to style a linen orange blazer with a pair of denim distressed shorts. To add some fall-like touches, I added in my Louis Vuitton bag, which I tend to wear most this time of year leading into fall, along with one of my favorite sandals that are in a rich camel color. By combining the orange with darker browns, you instantly and subtlety enhance the fall-time mood, creating an outfit that's perfect for this time of year. 

What are YOUR thoughts on this color trend? Is orange a color you'd consider embracing and if so, how do you see yourself doing so? Hopefully Quinn  and I gave you some inspiration to work with! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!

 

XO, 

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Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great week and are ready to embrace the weekend with full force! Yesterday was Eddie's birthday! We're planning to celebrate this weekend. You guys, he's pickier than me, so getting him gifts he'll genuinely love and not just say, "I love it" in that voice that sounds more like a question is very hard. So, he usually ends up choosing his own gift and restaurant to dine (insert eye roll emoji). Since Aviah is too young to dine out, we'll most likely order in :)

Anyway, to continue on with the Fall Essentials series (read part I & II), I'm sharing another one of my personal favorites, the (faux) fur vest!

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Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!

I've been doing some fall shopping these past few weeks and I've noticed a recurring trend pop up in nearly every store I've entered or site I've browsed online, camo. It's a print that I instantly associate with fall, however, it seem as though this year, it's even more popular than in season's past. I am one who prefers that more traditional color combination of the print, but when it comes to accessories, I don't mind the idea of burgundy camo boots or a metallic silver camo bag for a touch of the unexpected. 

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 28, 2017 under

 


 

 

 


 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was your weekend?! As I said on Friday, Eddie was off from Thursday to Sunday, which rarely ever happens (maybe 3 times out of the 12 years we've been together!) so I really soaked up every minute with him, Aviah, and my step-daughter Destiny. We moved to Connecticut a year ago, but so much has happened this past year (we moved, I got pregnant, Eddie switched jobs & I gave birth) so we didn't have much time to get familiar with our new home town, until this past weekend. It literally felt like a vacation because again, I'm so not used to him being off for so long and life was just going at a slower pace, especially since I ditched my phone (for the most part ;). 

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 25, 2017 under

 


 

 

 


 

Happy Friday my lovely friends!

During the summer weekends, many of us have fun plans that involve getting out and getting active, whether it be strolling around, brunching, or what have you, we just want to get up and out! This means we're cutting back the time we spend getting ready with quick and easy makeup routines and clothing that we can just throw on and go, but of course we don't want to sacrifice style, right?

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

In case you missed it, last week, I began a series on the blog entitled Fall Essentials. The series will feature some of my personal favorite essentials for the fall season and I'm sharing them all with you leading up to fall in hopes of inspiring you to add in some of the gaps you may have in your fall wardrobe or perhaps give you some ideas and inspiration for wearing and styling them. If you did miss that introductory post, you can check it out here, it was on my personal favorite fall staple, leather jackets! 

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 18, 2017 under

 


 

 


 

 

Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

Now tell me, how in the world is it Friday already?! Is it just me or did this week fly by? I'm not complaining ;)

Last weekend, I was sorting through my closet and came across these 7 for all mankind jeans I've had for quite some time now but rarely ever wear. When I took them out, I no longer felt they were my style and placed them in the pile of clothes to give away, until I a light bulb went off and I thought, "why not try to distress them and make them into a brand new pair?" I had never done this to a pair of jeans before and I'm not the best at DIY projects, so I was a little nervous about how they'd turn out. 

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Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!

My posting schedule is a little all over the place this week, so sorry about that! It's been one of those weeks that something keeps popping up and not enough hours in the day, we all have them, right?

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