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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty relaxed for the most part. I really tried to take it easy and rest, since last week was so hectic. I took a nice break from my phone and social media, which felt really good. These days, I try to soak up and truly live in the moment. All of the catastrophic events and evil acts we've, unfortunately, been seeing nearly every week have been a reminder of how fragile life is and how we shouldn't take it for granted. This sometimes means putting the phone down, stepping away, and giving your undivided attention to those around you. 

Moving right along to today's outfit, I wanted to look for yet another way to style this blue striped shirt you've seen my style a number of times this past summer. We often see light blue stripes during the warmer months, but I wanted to demonstrate how you can still get use out of them during the fall, by styling them with more seasonal pieces, such as dark chocolate-y browns and leather. I had originally intended on wearing nude pumps, but my leopard ones came to mind. I thought it would make for a great pattern mix; I love the way it turned out! 

I hope you feel inspired to recreate this outfit yourselves, if not in working with a striped shirt, at least in the color pairing! Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

 

XO,

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Happy Friday my lovely friends!

I hope you all had a great week and are ready to embrace the weekend full force, I know I am...this mama had a loooooooong week! I can't even count the amount of times I did laundry, it's all a blur guys, it's all a blur. 

Does this dress look familiar? It's the one I wore to my baby shower back in June! I've mentioned that when I was shopping during my pregnancy, I tried to avoid purchasing too much maternity, since I'd only be wearing the pieces for a few months. What I did instead was purchase pieces that had a lot of stretch in my regular size, like this dress. I wanted to be able to still get use out of them post pregnancy, this is something I'd suggest you do if you're expecting or file in the back of your mind for when the time comes. 

Embroidery is still going strong this fall and so are florals, dark florals in particular. Though these florals aren't dark, the solid color of the dress is, which makes it perfect for the season. To add some warmth, I've styled it with a leather jacket...one of my must have fall essentials. It also creates a perfect juxtaposition and is also a great way to extend the wear of your favorite summertime maxi dress. As the weather starts to dip even more, you can add in a scarf and hat. It's such a versatile piece. 

I hope you all love the look and most importantly, feel inspired by it! Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend, friends!

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you're all having a great week so far! Today's outfit screams 90s to me, I wasn't necessarily going for this particular vibe when creating the outfit, it wasn't until after I put everything together that I realized it. I think it's the combination of leather, bold gold necklace, and these bold mustard yellow pants. I've been on a mustard yellow kick lately. Perhaps it's to make up for the entire season I missed wearing it last year when I was pregnant, if you read last Friday's post, you know what I'm talking about, haha!  

I grew up in the 90s and I'll continue to say that it was the best era, nothing like it in terms of fashion and music, nothing. 

I've had this blazer for a few years now and it seems to be one of the most popular pieces at Missguided because it's always selling out and being restocked season after season. The quality is amazing for the price and it's super flattering, as it tapers in at the waist complimenting the double breasted buttons perfectly. Plus, it's a great dupe for the original and iconic Balmain version! I've styled it a number of times (see here for the last outfit) so it's definitely versatile; I highly recommend! 

Since I went for cropped pants, I decided to pair them with a pair of pointed toe booties to visually elongate the leg. I feel any other type of shoe (rounded toe) would make the leg short and stubby. So, my suggestion if you're petite and bottom curvy would be to opt for pointed toe shoes when working with cropped bottoms to help flatter your curves! 

Thanks for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope you liked today's look! 

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Sep 29, 2017 under

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very Happy Friday my dear friends!

Today's my birthday, my last year in my 20s (#29onthe29th), which I still can't believe, since it feels just like yesterday I graduated college and just like last week was the last day of high school; it's crazy how fast time goes by! It's been one rollercoaster of a year; we moved, I got pregnant, and had Aviah. I feel incredibly blessed and grateful. As for birthday plans, there's nothing really on the agenda other than celebrating with something small at my house and what I really want most is a nice long nap, lol. Seriously though. 

Speaking of, thank you to all you mamas who left words of advice and wisdom in my previous post in regards to what I'm currently going through with Aviah. It's nice to be able to converse with other women who know what I'm going through and can provide some helpful tips and insight. 

As for this outfit, I wore something quite similar last year and around the same time of year, too, which is interesting, ha! I love the color combination so much, I just had to recreate it with some different pieces added. In last year's post, I shared some tips on mixing undertones and which skin tones these colors would look great on, so I won't repeat myself here. Instead, if you'd like to know, feel free to check out that post! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead and I can't wait to see you all on Monday! 

 

XO,

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Happy Thursday and happy first day of fall, my dear friends! 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I'm very excited that it's officially begun and I will no longer get the side eye for talking about it, haha. Today, I'm sharing a variety of ways you can create fall-ready outfits, from the archives, centered around one particular color that exudes the season, burgundy; let's get started!

 

 

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I hope this post gave you some different ways to style some of your burgundy pieces this fall season, which outfit is YOUR fave that you'd most likely re-create?! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope your day is as amazing as you!

 

XO,

 

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Posted by Jalisa on Sep 20, 2017 under

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends

Today's outfit is one that's fairly simple, yet still looks polished despite the inclusion of distressed denim shorts. What makes this outfit appear a bit dressy is the black flowy tunic and the addition of gold accessories. There's something about black and gold that reads sophisticated and chic, wouldn't you agree?! Just add some gold jewelry to your black piece, be it a LBDLBJ, or top and you'll see what I mean, if you're not already convinced. 

What are some ways YOU like to effortlessly dress up your otherwise simple outfits? Is there a watch or style technique you use?

Thanks so much for stopping by, my lovely friends; I look forward to seeing you all in tomorrow's post! 

 

XO, 

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Happy Tuesday my dear friends!

Continuing on with my Fall Essentials, today we're talking about felt hats, the glamorous way to keep warm and cute come fall. There was a time I was hesitant in wearing them because I felt they looked a bit over the top leading others to think, "who the heck does she think she is?" as I walked down the street. I've never had such a reaction, so it was all in my head and I'm glad I decided to forgo that insecurity and embrace them because they're ridiculously cute and fabulous! Here's why I love them...

:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::

They're practical for keeping your head warm, hiding bad hair days or greasy hair, and add a nice statement to an otherwise basic or super plain outfit. They're also a great way to experiment with pops of color, like I did in this outfit post with the teal hat

:: MY SUGGESTIONS ::

As mentioned, they're great ways for adding a statement to your outfit, while allowing you to step out in second third day old hair with no problem! I'll also suggest that when wearing them, you go a bit simple with your outfit, perhaps a plain tee with some added details or sweater. I've been guilty of teaming it up with a fur coat and it just looked too overwhelming and appeared as though I was trying too hard, a look you obviously don't want. I think it's best to opt for one major statement or focal piece alongside some subtle details that are still rather captivating. 

:: MY PICKS ::



I hope you found this post helpful, my gorgeous friends, and that it inspired you to experiment with felt hats this fall season. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing Tuesday!

 

XO, 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

How was your weekend? I hope it was fun and/or relaxing!

As we begin to near the start of fall (which is this week!) I'm paying tribute to two of the most popular trends of the summer season, banker stripes and gingham, by combining them into one outfit. I never thought to combined these two prints, until I saw my ultimate muse, Olivia Palermo, do it and so, you know I had to follow her lead! She added a statement purse to her look, I decided to add a statement shoe in a rich magenta shade, which I felt worked really well with the blue in the shirt. 

This particular pattern mix would look great on those of you who wish to slim your upper body and/or bring focus to your legs. If your legs are the part of your body you feel most confident about, opt for shorts or skirts with patterns that will draw the eye there. To create an overall balanced effect to your body, I'd suggest opting for prints that are similar in scale, but different in color to still add notable contrast, aside from the fact that the prints are different. This is a great technique to use, especially if you're petite!

What trend did YOU love the most this summer? 

Thanks for stopping by, my lovely friends, and I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

 

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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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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