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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

When this time of year rolls around, a combination I always think of and put together is red and houndstooth. It's not only a classic duo, but one that can be festive, too! Red has been the color this fall (as discussed in this post) and even more so as we're in the holiday season. It's one that's festive and looks great on everyone. There are a couple ways you can mix up or recreate the combination to ensure a flattering outfit.

First off, as with any print, scale matters. The size of the print plays a huge role as to how it will make the area you choose to wear it appear. If the print is smaller, then the area will appear smaller and if it's large, the area will appear larger. Makes sense when you think about it. That said, I personally feel that you can wear any print anywhere as long as you consider its size. Today, I'm wearing a red sweater with a pair of houndstooth pants, but you could also do a houndstooth printed sweater or blazer styled with a pair of red pants or skirt.

Is there a combination you associate with this time of year?

*It may take me a little longer than usual to respond to comments. I've been attempting to sleep train Aviah since this past Sunday and it's been really hard. I'm exhausted, friends. Any tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks so much for your patience and for taking the time to visit and comment!*

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Dec 06, 2017 under

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Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!

Tis the season of all things leopard! You all know that I'm a huge lover of leopard print, so I wear and embrace it all year long, but this is the time of year we tend to see it worn most, especially in outerwear. When it comes to styling, I'd suggest approaching it any other way you'd style a black coat, considering that leopard and all other animal prints are typically viewed as neutrals.

Though it's a neutral and quite versatile, I'd suggest you pay mind to the scale of the print and how long the coat is. Since it's a statement itself, it will draw attention to your upper body. If you're petite, I'd suggest styles that fall around the hip bone, like the one I'm wearing. If you're on the taller side, longer coat styles would look fantastic to help balance out and show off your hight. When you're tall and you opt for cropped styles, they can make your legs appear longer. Of course there is nothing wrong with creating the #legsfordays look, but if that's something you wish to maintain rather than enhance, you could opt for longer styles; you have options, girl! 

You may also want to be mindful of the prints and details you pair it with. The safest way to style it would be with basic pieces. I love it with pearl embellished pieces to enhance the elegant and chic vibe leopard can have. I love it so much that I've remixed the leopard jacket and pearl beanie I wore a year ago, but this time around I went for a more casual look. 

I hope you found this post helpful, my dear friends, and that you're having an amazing day so far!

 

XO, 

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Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!
 
Today we're wrapping up my gift guide series, no pun intended. I was pregnant during the holidays last year and some of my family members gifted me with mom-to-be gifts that I thought were so cute. I don't know, something about receiving gifts from others before my baby shower that had to do with my pregnancy and baby made it that much more real and sentimental. Perhaps it was the hormones, but I loved it, haha! 
 
Of course you can still give many of the gifts you would typically give to any of the ladies in your life that aren't pregnant, like the ones I've shared on Monday. I just think these products would make great additions to the list. Out of everything on this list, I'd say the Milk Snob cover, pajamas, and the belly bands are the must haves. I've used the cover nearly every time I've left the house with Aviah and I always get asked about it. Many car seats don't provide full coverage and protection from the sun's harsh sunlight and for curious onlookers. Since Aviah was born with so much hair, she's been somewhat of a tourist attraction whenever we've been out strolling. While I love that my baby gets some attention (what new mom doesn't, right?!) I've actually had strangers try to touch her, which to me is not cool. So, to prevent that awkward situation, I'll put the cover on, mostly when she's sleeping anyway. I also use it as a nursing cover when I'm feeding her in public. I think this would be a great gift because most moms-to-be don't know about it, a few of my mom friends didn't until I told them about it. 
 
When you don't know what to give for a baby, get pajamas. Us moms never have enough pajamas, seriously. I LOVE Carter's and H&M has some really cute ones, too. 
 
You already know how much I swear by belly bands. I actually had no idea about them until some of you ladies suggested them to me earlier on in my pregnancy before I really started to show. They allowed me to continue wearing my non-maternity jeans all the way through to my third trimester! I have an entire post dedicated to them, which you can read here
 
In general, I say think relaxation when gifting to a mom-to-be because that's all you really want to do when pregnant (and after, haha) so anything that enhances that would be a great gift. Keep in mind products that are paraben and toxin free so mama has peace of mind using the products you give.
 
I hope you found this post helpful, my friends. If you've missed the other two guides, Gift Ideas for Her Gift Ideas for Him, do check them out! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
 

XO,

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Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had such a great time with my family and disconnecting from all devices, it felt so good to live in the moment and enjoy Aviah's first holiday! 

Over the weekend, I did some holiday shopping, taking full advantage of some of the awesome sales that are still going on right now. In times past, sales would mostly be on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (today) and that's it. Now, many stores are extending their sales throughout the week, which is awesome! So, I thought I'd share some of my personal favorites in the categories 'Treat Yo' Self', 'For Her', For Him and 'For Mama-to-be & Baby' this week. This is the first time I'll be sharing a full on gift guide, so I hope you love it! 

Let's start off with 'Treat Yo' Self', which are pieces you may need or have been eyeing for a while, and 'For Her.' Before we get started, I just wanted to mention that when I give gifts to my girlfriends and female family members, I like to keep it general with miscellaneous or beauty items. I don't like to gift clothing because it can be hard to get sizings and style preferences right, unless you really know their taste. Plus, when I worked retail, clothing items were one of the most returned. Ladies are less likely to return a cute mug or pair of earrings than a sweater or coat. Accessories, such as scarves, hats, and gloves are also more favored. 

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Gifts for the commuter/student/girl boss

1. Card holderThis is SUCH a great gift because it has a visible insert for photo IDs and inserts for cards. 

2. TumblerSo cute for taking drinks on the go and filling up throughout the day!

3. Water BottleGreat little gift for the fit girl in your life.

4. Passport holderI mean what else is there to say, how cute! 

5. Cashmere lined leather gloves

 

Gifts for the tech lover

1. Keybord skinSo cute for livening a laptop!

2. Powerbank

3. Marble phone charger


Gifts for the beauty lover

1. Tartleist gift set

2. YSL beauty setI love this set because it comes with a basic red color that would look great on every skin tone!

 

Stores that are having great sales:

1. J-Crew 40% off plus an extra 10%

2. Nordstrom 20% off

3. Bloomingdales 25% off  

4. Banana Republic 50% off everything 

5. Nine West Up to 60% off

6. Macys 20% off plus an extra 10% select departments 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope you loved my picks and found out about some great sales that are going on today and throughout the week!  

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Nov 22, 2017 under

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

Are you all ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow? If you've been a reader for some time now, then you may remember that I've mentioned that I do all the cooking on Thanksgiving and Eddie takes over on Christmas. I've got everything ready to go. I'm super excited about the holiday season this year, since it'll be the first season for Aviah! I feel that the holidays are all the more special with kids and I'm looking forward to starting traditions with her. She's already getting used to being in the kitchen with me every night when I cook dinner; I love to cook and I hope she will, too! 

I wore this shirt a couple of weekends back, it's quickly become one of my favorites because of the beautiful color combinations and the ruffle details. It's from a company called Sofyee that specializes in both apparel and lingerie. They have some really cute, trendy, and unique pieces and the quality is quite good, much like H&M. I decided to style it with a pair of skinny jeans, but I think it would look super cute with a pair of high waisted mom jeans for a trendier outfit. 

Another thing I love about the top is that the ruffles continue from the chest to the shoulders and arms, which create volume and movement, perfect for pear (like myself) and rectangular shaped ladies who wish to add some more dimension to balance out their figure. 

I hope you have a wonderful time spent with your family and friends tomorrow, try to live in the moment and enjoy every minute of the festivities! 

*Linking up with Amy of Straight A Style, stop by her blog to see her latest post and to join the link-up!*

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Nov 20, 2017 under

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Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

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!

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Nov 08, 2017 under

 

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Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!

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. 

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Happy Friday my dear friends!

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

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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. 

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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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