Sweater Vest: Similar Here |  Blouse: Similar Here | Jeans: New York & Company | Boots: Nine West  | Sunglasses: Salvatore Ferragamo (Similar Here)

 

Happy Friday, my friends!

I hope you've had a great week and are ready for some weekend fun! 

Today, we're talking about the sweater vest or sleeveless sweater and why I love it so much. I love it for a couple of reasons. One of which is that it's such a great layering piece for both fall and winter. You can layer it over any of your long sleeve tops or dresses for added warmth and a nice flattering contrast. I say flattering because if you want your midsection to appear smaller, you can opt for a solid colored sweater, like I'm wearing, and divert attention to your arms with a flowy blouse with a pattern or bold color. If you're insecure about your arms, the flowy fabric won't cling, so you have nothing to worry about ;) You can also extend the wear to the warmer months, remember when I wore this same sweater at the start of fall without anything under? 

Don't be fooled by the fact that I'm not wearing a coat, it's indeed cold here in Connecticut. I actually layered a thick tank underneath my blouse as my first layer. Next time, it'd be much smarter to wear a long sleeve black or white top instead to keep the arms warm, too; I was pretty cold, way too cold to even crack a smile, lol! 

I hope you like the look and that it gave you another idea for a wardrobe staple you may want to add, as well as how to wear it! Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

 


XO, 

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Happy Thursday, my dear friends!

When it comes to neutrals and basics, the first color that will often come to mind is black and rightfully so, it goes perfectly with everything and can be worn all year long. There are other darker neutrals, however, that are starting to become more popular, an alternative to black if you will, specifically navy. Like black, navy has a sophisticated vibe, in addition to a nautical effect, that reflects class and prestige, in my opinion. It may not be as entirely versatile as black, but it can often be swapped out in many of the color combinations you would typically consider black.

What I love about it is that, unlike black, it brightens both the hair and skin tone of everyone, regardless of skin or hair color. Black on the other hand, though everyone can and should wear it, can sometimes appear harsh or too sharp, making navy a great alternative to consider. It also carries over that same brightening effect when paired with other neutrals, such as white, grey, or browns (thinks cognac or camel). Navy, though it has more a brightening effect when paired with other neutrals, it also conceals as black would, since it's dark and saturated, which is what gives black its slimming properties. In addition, it pairs well with both silver and gold metals, once again, flattering all undertones, allowing one to mix and match depending on personal preference. 

What are YOUR thoughts on navy? Is it one you'd consider replacing black with in some of your outfits this winter? I personally wouldn't replace it with black entirely, however, I am now looking at navy with a much more open and accepting eye. 

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

 

XO, 

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That Chic Factor

Posted by Jalisa on Jan 06, 2017 under ,

Jacket: Old (similar Here) | Sweater: Marshalls (similar Here) | Jeans: New York & Company | Bag: c/o Coach (similar Here) | Boots: Nine West 

 

Happy Friday, my dear friends!

As you may have noticed, I have a thing for obsession with faux fur. Be it coats or vests, I'm instantly drawn in when I see them and I think it's because they add an instant chic factor to any look. I tend to style them casually, by pairing them with basic tops and jeans, but they can also enhance the elegance of a dress or jumpsuit for a night out on the town. They truly are versatile! 

When styling them, I try to keep proportions in mind to keep the entire outfit well balanced with my body shape and frame (I'm a bit under 5'8). If you're on the tall side, I think either cropped, regular, or long styles would all be great options. Those that are cropped will visually shorten your torso by making your waistline appear higher up, which you may or may not want, this all depends on personal preference. I, however, would suggest them if you feel your torso is a bit longer than your legs and you want to balance it out; this can apply to petites, too! If you wish to wear them, but don't want this effect to be created, you can counteract it by wearing monochrome on the bottom with matching bottoms and shoes, like I've done here, or pointed toe shoes. 

Longer styles, on the other hand, do the opposite, they elongate the torso. If they fall past the widest part of the hips, then you may want to select a style that isn't as fluffy to avoid appearing overwhelmed, particularly if you're petite. Again, this all depends on personal preference and what you feel most comfortable with! 

Do YOU like the look of faux fur? What's a fabric, if any, that you always seem to gravitate towards?

Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

PS: Make sure you stop by on Monday :) 

 


XO,

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Hi all my gorgeous friends!

I hope you're all enjoying the first week of the new year so far! We've been talking a lot about winter fashion around here, mostly about coats and the various ways we can up our game (see here & here). 

Today, we'll be discussing what's under those coats, our actual outfit. Though I'm all for having a coat serving as part of an outfit (it can really tie a whole look together while keeping warm).

When it's cold, many of us find it hard to skip out of bed at the first sound of our alarm, am I right or am I right!? This often leaves us with little time to do all that needs to get done in the morning, which includes putting together that perfect stylish, yet warm and cozy outfit. It's definitely best to prep your outfit the night before, but if for whatever reason you aren't able to, an easy no fuss outfit that will always look stylish is one that's monochrome (wearing an outfit entirely or mostly comprised of one color, including various shades or hues of the same color). You will look fashionable and put together even though you didn't have much time to put yourself together ;) 

Plus, it makes us appear taller and leaner, too! 

Monochrome can certainly be worn all year long, but I feel it's most fun and exciting when done during the fall and winter months because we're able to play around with more textures and layers, which brings the outfit to life. However, we do want to be mindful that if we fail at mixing up hues, textures, and/or skip layering, the outfit can appear one dimensional or flat. 

A great way to avoid a boring outfit, even when incorporating a bold color, is to add a chunky knit to a pair of leather pants or ripped jeans. By creating a contrast on the top and bottom, you're essentially dividing and distinguishing your body shape, which would otherwise get lost and overwhelmed when wearing one color entirely. Other great options include: fur, fringe, velvet, sequins, and metallics (THINK silver metallic pumps with an all grey outfit or rose gold with various shades of pink!). 

I have a deep appreciation for color, so I just can't help myself and often have to add in some sort of color to the mix, while keeping the majority or my my main pieces the same shade; what can I say! 

^This last look is one I wore this past summer and the top is actually a dress tucked into the trousers! Don't limit your options, if you have a fitted or shift style sweater dress, simply tuck it into a pair of pants to have it serve as a knit ;)

 

I hope this post gave you some ideas for putting some easy, no fuss outfits together on those busier winter mornings, as well as ways you can play around with monochrome! It really is such a figure flattering strategy, that looks great on everyone, when done right! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

 

XO,

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Happy Thursday, my dear friends!

NYE is only a couple of days away and I'm sure there are many of you who have yet to find the perfect outfit to ring in the new year, it can certainly be stressful and overwhelming! I've compiled some of my previous blog posts that will guarantee to help you find that perfect outfit by keeping a few key things in mind, such as finding a flattering dress or jumpsuit for your body shape or metallics to wear that will flatter your skin tone and have you glowing all night; let's get started shall we!? 

 

 

Tips to Find the Best LBD for Your Body Shape is my most popular blog post to date! I believe it's because the suggestions I made are practical enough to understand and achieve. Take a look at the suggestions I made for the other three body shapes in the original post, which I've linked, to see what you may want to consider when shopping for the perfect dress. As a side note: The tips can be applied to all dresses, not just the LBD!

 

 

Dresses not quite your thing? Well, jumpsuits can be just as versatile and appropriate in much of the same contexts as the classic LBD, including a NYE celebration! Since it's a one piece that's divided into sections, there are a few things you may want to consider to ensure a flattering fit on both the top and bottom, all of which I discussed in my Jump Start Your Style with the Perfect Little Black Jumpsuit (LBJ) post.

 

 

Tis the season of metallics, it's almost synonymous with New Years, isn't it? In my Know the Basics of Metallics: Learn Which One Works Best for Your Skin Tone!, post I not only explain how to determine your skin tone, but I also provide suggestions based on your undertones for the metallic(s) that would be the most flattering for you, providing that natural and effortless glow we all crave, especially during the winter months and when ushering in the new year, duh! 

 

 

Lastly, in my How to Style Sequins Now & Later post, I provide three visual examples (consisting of six outfits) featuring a sequin number that you can wear on NYE and later. Many of us will reserve our sequin or metallic pieces just for this season, but we can certainly get more use out of them all year long! 

 

I hope you found this post helpful in putting together your perfect NYE outfit and working with those pieces well after the celebrations are over! Thanks so much for stopping by my gorgeous friends and I hope you're having a great week so far!

 

XO,

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Happy Friday, friends!

Yesterday was 22° degrees, but felt like 11°! So it seems as though winter is here, which makes a warm coat an absolute necessity. Last week, I shared some tips on creating different looks with one coat, assuming you already own one your happy with and that's sit functional. If, however, you're in the market for a new coat, there are a number of things to consider when shopping for one to ensure it's warm, practical, and flattering; today we'll be briefly discussing the latter. 

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Happy Friday, my beautiful friends

If you've been visiting the blog for a while now, then you most likely know what some of my favorite brands are because I tend to wear them a lot. One of my favorite brands, especially for sweaters is Banana Republic (seen herehere, & here), so when I was presented with the opportunity to collaborate with them, I was beyond excited! 

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Monday Blues

Posted by Jalisa on Dec 05, 2016 under

 

Happy Monday, my sweet friends!

We've got the right kind of Monday blues going on today! Mondays can be are hard for most of us because well, who doesn't want an extra day off in between Sunday and Monday, am I right!? To brighten the mood, I love to opt for brighter colors; I also try and wear them on rainy, gloomy days. Colors can have such a positive affect on our emotions and can make the start of a new week that much easier. 

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Black & Burgundy

Posted by Jalisa on Nov 21, 2016 under

 

Happy Monday, my sweet friends!

I'm sporting my favorite color this season, burgundy. I'm sure you haven't seen it enough here, huh!? Lol. I love the way black and burgundy look paired together, I feel it gives off a chic and somewhat glamorous feel, especially when there's a bit of gold thrown into the mix, like I did with this gold waist belt. Most of the time, I like adding a waist belt to my faux fur vests, unless I'm going for an extremely casual outfit, like the one I wore last month (check it out here). 

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Happy Friday, friends!

I decided to pair the orange dress with a pair of burgundy ankle boots and a matching purse. You may have noticed that I often match my shoes and purse. Not only is this a classic styling method, but it really helps to add a cohesive element to your outfit, making it appear thought out and polished. I love the way the this shade of orange looks paired with burgundy; I feel it's perfect for this time of year! 

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