Happy Thursday my sweet friends!

It's been a while since I've written a post on a Thursday, around the time of the holidays actually. It was such a busy time and I was experiencing such chronic fatigue, due to the pregnancy that I just wasn't able to keep up. It seems as though my energy is back or at least more consistent, so I'm hoping to get back to my Mon-Fri schedule. Let's see how that goes! 

We're officially at the point of the winter season where we're just tired of winter and ready for spring. This is also the time of year that the weather tends to be a little all over the place, warmer spring-like temps one day, a blizzard the next, true story. Since we can't control the elements, unfortunately, we can, however, control our styling! Today, I'll be sharing some outfit ideas that I feel are perfect for this time of year, as well as some tips on creating the spring vibe effect with winter clothing. Some of these outfits are pre-baby belly in case you're wondering where the bump went, haha. Okay, so let's get started, shall we?! 

 

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love leather pants, be it leggings or coated jeans, I just love them! I feel they're incredibly versatile and can keep you warm during the winter. My favorite way to wear them transitioning into spring is with spring-like colors, such as softer hues and pastels, like the periwinkle jumper I'm wearing in the outfit above. The jumper will of course keep you warm, but the color itself exudes spring. For some added warmth, I layered a blouse underneath in a fun print. If you don't have a jumper in a lighter color, feel free to do the exact opposite. Try layering one of your sheer flowy longer blouses you typically wear during the spring and summer underneath a darker colored sweater. The contrast is so pretty and will give you the perfect spring vibe. 

Body Shape Style Tip: The longer the blouse peeks through underneath, the longer you will make your torso appear. It's a great slimming strategy when wanting to avoid attention being placed on the midsection or balancing out a chunkier knit piece. 

 

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Monochrome. If you've been a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you surely know how much I love monochrome and boast of it's flattering benefits. It instantly makes one appear longer and leaner, while look so chic all at the same time. There are a few ways to do monochrome. One way would be to work with one solid shade of a color, but mix up the textures to make it appear less one dimensional and bring it to life. The next would be to mix up various shades of the color you're working with. Depending on your personal style and taste, you may opt for a mix of neutrals or brights, the effect can really be achieved with any and all colors on the spectrum. For winter, I think grey is perfect because it has a nice calming affect. You can simply mix up darker shades of the color. Light blue accents in either your jewelry, shoes, or purse will blend perfect with the shades, since it has a blue undertone, as does grey, and it exudes spring! 

 

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Lastly, add white. Be it white pants or a white coat (off white works, too) it will instantly brighten up your look. Add in winter essentials in colorful or neutral shades, again, depending on your comfort level. If you do choose to add a dab of color, the white will make it pop even more, so you don't need to feel the pressure to go overboard with the color, a simple lip color or purse will do. If you're scared of wearing white jeans because you think they make you appear larger, pair them with OTK boots! The boots will not only keep you warm, but they have a slimming and lengthening effect, since they cover most of your leg drawing the eye up. 

 

I hope you found these outfit ideas and style tips helpful for creating a lively, spring-like, yet warm outfit this time of year! Whether you love and embrace bold colors or prefer neutrals, the effects can be created either way and I hope you learned that in today's post! Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends and tell me, how's the weather right now where YOU live?! 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Feb 21, 2017 under

Sweater: c/o DEX (Similar HereLeggings: Express (Similar HereBag: Tory Burch (I love this one) Shoes: Sam Edelman (Similar Here)

 

Ahhhh how I've missed you my gorgeous friends!

Though I've only taken an extra day off from the blog yesterday, I feel like I've been gone forever. Even more so, since I have't been able to respond much to your comments and actually interact with you. Last week/end was SO overwhelming! I already mentioned that in Friday's post, so I won't get into it again. I had hopes of having a relaxing weekend and that just didn't happen, haha. But, it's okay because we were able to spend Saturday night with my niece to celebrate her 18th birthday (did you see the photo I shared on IG stories!?). We had intentions of having dinner and dessert at the Sugar Factory in NYC because she's been wanting to go there for the longest time. I'm not much of a candy eater. I do, however, love my chocolate and baked desserts, but that's about as sweet as it gets. 

I will say this, it's worth visiting if you're ever in New York and wish to do some tourist-y things and enjoy lots of sugar, haha. You do want to make reservations about a month in advance though to ensure you won't have to wait, it's THAT popular, since many celebrities have been there. Would you believe that we had a 3hr wait!!!? Yes, you read that right. We got there at around 6ish, so we decided it would be best to eat dinner at a restaurant nearby and just have dessert there because by the time we'd be done eating dinner, we'd be seated and the hype is more around the desserts anyway. With that, we still had an additional 1/2 hr wait! My niece wanted to have one of the goblets, that big ol' drink you saw Eddie and I drinking on IG stories. It's like a soda with candy in it. You can have them with or without alcohol and we, of course, had the latter. It was okay, way too sweet for my liking. Overall, I would say that the place isn't worth the hype in my humble opinion. We didn't get home until almost 1am and had some things to do on Sunday, so now you know why I was so pooped that I had to take the day yesterday, haha. 

The outfit I'm sharing today is what I wore to celebrate Saturday night. I actually styled this sweater similarly a couple of years ago (here). This time around, I added a different purse and some leopard pumps for a fun night out look. I love the design of this sweater because it flatters the midsection and my bump perfectly with the X mark pattern in the center and black panels on the side, creating a nice slimming effect, while still showcasing my bump in a flattering way. Unfortunately that night, some of the stitching in the X ripped and made a huge a hole, so now I can't wear it again, which sucks. I decided to pair it with leather accented leggings for comfort and edge. If you're pregnant too, I highly suggest leather accented leggings because you still have the stretch and comfort that regular leggings provide with the cotton and spandex material, yet you can still embrace the look of leather pants. A win-win.  

Thanks so much for stopping by my dear friends, I hope you enjoyed the post! Feel free to let me know what you did this weekend in the comment's section. Speaking of, please bear with me as I respond to your comments! Have a wonderful week ahead!!!



XO,

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Happy Wednesday my dear friends!

Most of us are aware of the fact that ruffles have been trending hard this season. It started during this past summer and transitioned into both fall and winter, and it shows no signs of stopping after seeing some of the f/w 18 collections that have hit the runways this week for NYFW. So, it's safe to say that ruffles are here to stay! What I've been noticing is that so many different variations have been showcased as a result, allowing for everyone, regardless of size or body shape, to embrace the uber feminine and flirty trend. In preparation for spring, which honestly can't come fast enough (shrug) I wanted to make your life easier (I hope) by suggesting styles that are most flattering for your body shape, so you know what will work with your body's features, since the extra fabric and overwhelm certain features, which you may or may not want. 

 

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If you wish to enhance or add some dimension (aka make your bust appear fuller) opt for ultra voluminous ruffle tops specifically around the bust area. If you're bottom curvy and want to visually maintain those curves with the tops you choose, I'd suggest an OTS or bordot style (like #3) that will help to (visually) widen the chest, which will maintain your lower curves. Some styles can make the hips appear wider or smaller by the way they're designed. 

 

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A common insecurity many of us women have are our arms. Many wish to avoid attention being placed on the arms and though I can and do suggest that you love and embrace your body for what it is because you're beautiful, which is very much true, at the same time, I know I'd also get a blank stare, like girl, are you serious?! Easier said than done and I get it. So, I suggest you pay close attention to the placement of the ruffles, as well as overall detail. Right now, teared ruffle sleeves are what's happening and this doesn't exclude you from being able to pull them off because you feel they make your arms appear larger. Opt for styles like the one shown above (#1) that combine a effect that can counteract the fullness and make your arms appear slimmer. In addition to the tips mentioned in the set above, when in doubt go black or navy. The dark colors will slim the entire upper body, allowing for you to freely play and experiment with the texture on the arms without feeling self-conscious. 

I hope you found my tips helpful, my dear friends, and decide to experiment with the trend this spring and summer. As mentioned, there are so many different styles to choose from that you're sure to find something that works for you and your features in a way that will make you feel and look good. Not only are ruffles a great way to add a feminine element to your look, it's also a great texture mix to add to a monochrome outfit to add depth and dimension to your overall look, the possibilities of styling are endless! 

Are YOU loving the ruffle trend? If so, what's your favorite style (one shoulder, OTS, cold shoulder, etc)?! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU!


XO,

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Happy Monday, my dear friends!

How was your weekend?! Mine was full of online shopping for baby girl...a little too much shopping, but hey, you can never have enough cute baby clothes, am I right!? I'm thinking of sharing a haul either on IG Stories or here on the blog, feel free to let me know if you have a preference; I know you guys will LOVE the pieces! 

This week, I'm officially 20 weeks, I'm half way there, can you believe it!? I can't. Time is going by way too fast! I feel her kicking and she's developing a bit of a pattern with her kicks. She'll begin as soon as I wake up in the morning, after I eat, whenever I say, "baby girl", "little girl" or "princess" and when I play Baby Mozart, she loves it! She also does it when she hears Eddie's voice, how cute!? 

Since I'm at the halfway mark, I've been noticing some clothing no longer fitting comfortably. At the same time, I've noticed that there's one particular brand of denim that I own that has surprised me and surpassed all expectations in terms of quality and durability and that's New York & Company. If you're a longtime reader of The Style Contour, then you've most likely realized that they're one of my most worn denim brands. I'm particularly fond of their Soho collection with the 'curve creator' design, but all of the entire is amazing. I've been wearing their jeans for years now (about 5-6) and all I can say is that for the price, they surpass the stretch and comfort of some of my higher end denim brands. 

When you're pregnant, your hips begin to widen out in preparation for birth, you gain weight, and of course, your belly grows, which can prevent you from fully buttoning up your jeans, that hasn't been my experience with these jeans (the ones I wear aren't high waisted). This is not to say that it may not eventually happen, but I've come across a few articles in which women stated they were having a hard time at 16 weeks with their clothing. 

That said, I highly suggest New York & Company jeans in general, pregnant or not. If you want to make your booty look good (who doesn't, right!?) they're curve creator is the way to go. The seams are designed in way that contours your figure and creates the illusion of a firm and toned butt, whether you naturally have one or not; they make you look and feel good. They're soft and move with you, they don't have that stiff denim feel. What's even better is that they often have B1G1 50% off or free, which is when I had stocked up on the pairs that I have; they run large, so size down (they also carry tall & petites, sizes 0-20!).  

What's YOUR favorite denim brand (both maternity and non maternity suggestions welcomed)? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far!

SOME OF MY FAVORITES FROM THE SOHO COLLECTION

 


XO, 

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Happy Monday my dear friends

As for this outfit, I have to be honest and bold enough to say that this blazer is my absolute favorite leather piece in my entire collection. I've had it for about 3 years now and it has held up amazingly well! It's such a great dupe for the iconic Balmain version (check it out on Kim K here, is it not an exact replica!?). 

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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.

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Welcome back my friends!

Today, I'm showcasing what we talked about last week in my monochrome post. This is actually my first time wearing all grey and I honestly don't know why I haven't worn it before. I don't have a grey purse, which I've actually been wanting for quite sometime, but haven't found one I absolutely love, so I added a baby blue crossbody instead. I felt it worked as a soft pop of color that does the job without being to impactful. Unlike me, I know, haha. I also don't have a pair of grey pumps (I don't believe I've ever owned a pair either) so I decided to go with silver metallic pumps instead. Since silver blends so well with grey, I felt it worked in creating the monochrome outfit I was going for. They're also patent leather, which we also talked about last week

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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! 

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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).

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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!? 

 

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