Posted by Jalisa on Aug 28, 2017 under

Tee (ON SALE!) | Jeans: DIYed an old pair, similar here | Y-Necklace c/o Moonstone Smart Bracelet c/o Knotted Cuff c/o Hat: Similar | Rings c/o here & here Belt: Similar | Shoes: Similar | Bag: Louis Vuitton (similar)

 


 

 

 


 

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 ;). 

I know some of you watched my IG Story of Aviah, isn't she getting so big?! She was wearing the Kate Spade outfit I got her during the winter, when I was still pregnant (flashback here) which she's only worn once and it already is too small to wear again :( Still holding on to it for baby #2 or #3 ;) She's doing a bunch of adorable things, like laughing! Whenever Eddie whistles, she starts cracking up! You guys, she'll be two months this Saturday; I can't deal with it! As she starts to get bigger, I'll be sharing more of her on the blog and social. I feel it's only right because you all are my friends and you've been on this journey with me from day one!

Anyway, since we are in the last week of summer, it's time we start saying the f word a little more...no, not that f word. Girl, STOP..I don't curse! I'm talking about fall! I've already began to prepare the way with a segment I've started two weeks, Fall Essentials, which you can check out here & here, in case you've missed them! Today's look is a perfect way to slowly welcome the season in a way that's still practical and seasonally appropriate for summer. What I did was work with summer pieces and added in some fall toned accessories with the hat and bag. This is literally the easiest way to add a touch of fall without saying good-bye to summer. 

To talk a little bit more about my outfit in detail, I want to just share my love for these tee's! I got five and plan on adding more colors because they always seem to be on sale! They are extremely comfy. The only negative thing I can say is that they run a little on the bigger side; the v-neck comes down pretty low, so you risk showing some cleavage. If you're not comfortable with that, I'd suggest you size down twice for a more comfortable and modest fit. Aside from that, they are the perfect basic to add to your wardrobe and they come in so many colors!!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends! Feel free to share some of YOUR favorite ways you add fall touches to your outfits, I'm always looking for some new ideas and inspo! 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 25, 2017 under

Cami | Shorts: Similar on sale for $10! | Sandals Necklace c/o Watch c/o Moonstone Smart Bracelet c/o Knotted Cuff Bracelet c/o | Purse: Similar

 


 

 

 


 

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?

Well, I've shared a number of ways to create effortlessly chic outfits for the weekends before and today, we're talking about a piece that's super versatile and that has a luxe vibe, lace camis. They can be worn on their own, as I've done in today's outfit, during the summer months and layered under blazers or cardigans come fall, making them a great transitional piece. What I love about them is that they instantaneously add a nice chic element to your otherwise basic or simple outfit. With simple outfits, it's easy to appear flat and dull when you don't have any added details or colors to captivate the eye. Lace gives the impression that you've tried, even though you didn't, but that'll be our little secret, k?

To up that chic factor and that I didn't even try to look this good vibe, try half or front tucking. This will help to balance out the volume and flowiness if your cami has a more relaxed fit like mine, plus it's super flattering, as it creates a bit of a tapered effect and nicely drapes the midsection. Layer a few necklaces and voila, you've got yourself a few chic details that'll dress up and polish your outfit. 

I hope you found this post helpful, my dear friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, let me know what you'll be up to! Eddie is off for the entire weekend, which is a rare occurrence, so I'll be savoring every minute, haha! 

 

XO, 

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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! 

Today, we're talking about yet another favorite of mine that I have quite a few of, perhaps too many if you were to ask Eddie, but thankfully we're not asking his opinion on this topic (sorry babe) lol, ankle & midi boots

:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::

First off, let's clarify what exactly are these boots, though one of the names may sound quite obvious. I, myself, have been guilty of labeling all boots that are below the knee ankle boots, but that's just not the case. Ankle boots hit the ankle and midi boots are in that awkward space anywhere between your knees and ankles.

Now that we've got that out of the way, what I love about them is that they make for the perfect transitional style from summer to fall. They allow for you to continue wearing your favorite summer pieces, such as: rompers, shorts, skirts, and dresses. By adding these in lieu of your favorite sandals or espadrilles, you instantly create a fall vibe (especially when worn in rich fall saturated colors or dark neutrals), while also adding a teeny tiny bit of warmth. 

They're also the most flattering in terms of length for all my petite girls or anyone who wishes to create the illusion of longer legs, even more so when coupled with a pointed toe. The reason being is that more of the leg is exposed, there isn't a shortening effect. They're also great options for those who have a hard time finding boots that stay up over the calves or who have fuller calves and have a hard time finding boots that fit. As the season progresses, thick opaque tights, leggings, or denim can be worn with them for additional warmth to make them a more practical option for the cooler temps. 

 

:: MY SUGGESTIONS ::

If you don't have either styles in your wardrobe, I'd suggest adding at least one of the two, depending on which style you like the most in terms of height. I'd also suggest opting for black above all other colors because it's the most versatile and looks amazing when worn with black skinny jeans, tights, or leather leggings/pants come winter, once again enhancing that lengthening and sleek effect. 

They're also great for combining with midi dresses and skirts, particularly fitted styles. Another thing you may want to keep in mind is that rounded toes make the foot appear smaller, which you may want if you're self conscious about your feet, but they can also have the tendency to make full hips and thighs appear larger and can make one appear stumpy if they're petite. 

 

:: MY PICKS ::


BLACK



COLORS, TEXTURES & PRINTS

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the second installment of the series and that it gave you some ideas, suggestions, or overall inspiration in preparing your closet for the season! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the most amazing week so far!

 

XO, 

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Tank: Similar | Pants: Similar Y-Necklace c/o | Monogram Necklace: Similar Watch c/o Knotted Cuff c/o Moonstone Smart Bracelet c/o  | Shoes: Similar 

 


 

 

 


 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend! 

You all know how much I love pink, it's my favorite color, so I'm always looking for (unique) ways to wear it, aside form pairing it with neutrals. This year, Pantone declared "greenery" as the color of the year, which is a similar shade of green to the one I'm wearing in today's post. I've never combined green and pink quite like this before (I have color blocked with other shades of the two and with other colors included) so I figured I'd give it a try and I love the way it looks. I feel it's a combination that's relevant, since blush pink is trending so much and it's one that perfect for summer, since it's a bit playful and summery. 

Last week, we discussed how satin has a luxurious vibe to it, instantly adding a luxe feel to any outfit. Plus, it's a fabric that's also trending, which we've discussed at the start of the season in this post, remember? What I love about these particular high waisted satin pants, is that it slims the entire midsection, bringing focus to the smallest part of the waist, the natural waist. Often times, we mistake our the area right above our hip bone as the waist, but it's actually right under our rib cage. Feel around the bottom of your rib cage...this is where you'd want to place belts and have pants begin that claim to be high waisted begin, it'll cover the stomach area or pooch and make the area appear smaller. 

I opted for pink peep toe shoes to enhance the elongated effect of the high waisted pants. Yes, pairing shoes in the same or similar color as your bottoms helps to create the effect of longer legs; awesome, right?!

I hope this post inspired you and taught you tips and tricks when wanting to visually slim your midsection. We all at some point have a food baby or bloat we wish to conceal and this is a sure way of doing so, while looking stylish! 

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

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 18, 2017 under

 

Tee (B1G1 50% OFF) | Jeans: DIYed old jeans (similar| Monogram Necklace: Similar Y-Necklace c/o Watch c/o Knotted Cuff  c/o Moonstone Bracelet c/o | Shoes: Similar (ON SALE HERE) | Bag: Louis Vuitton Trevi GM 

 


 

 


 

 

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. 

I had been eyeing a few pairs of jeans that had large distressed details around the knees and figured why not try to create that same effect and you're looking at the end result. The last time I wore these jeans was in my '60s Mod post over a year ago, which you can see from the first photo above; don't they look so different after the DIY? 

Often times when getting rid of pieces in our closet we just throw them in a pile to get rid of, like I did initially. This taught me to first think of the possibility of reviving them, creating a new vibe and look altogether. Now, of course, depending on the actual piece, this isn't always possible, however, it is more likely than we may think. So, the next time you're thinking of tossing those old jeans, how about creating some shorts or add some patchwork, embroidery, or some plain 'ol distressed details as I've done here. I think patchwork and distressed details are the easiest to try your hand at, if you're not a DIY kind of person because the details don't need to be perfect, which makes it that much more forgiving. 

Hopefully I gave you some motivation this weekend to take a step back at your closet and see what you can create! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead; see you all on Monday!

 

XO, 

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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?

Anyway, with fall right around the corner, I thought I'd start a series leading up to it, fall essentials. Everyone has a different list of what they'd consider essentials, so I'll be sharing my personal favorites and my most favorite of all, which you'd know if you've been reading The Style Contour for a while now are leather jackets! I'm a collector, they're my weakness and what I gravitate to instantly upon entering a store this time of year. 

:: WHY I LOVE THEM::

What I love about a leather jacket is it works so well with any and every style and outfit, adding the perfect touch of edginess, while keeping you warm of course. It makes for the perfect layering piece. Yes, they're perfect for adding a bit of warmth on those cool early fall days and nights, allowing you to continue to wear some of your favorite summer pieces, which is pretty awesome if you ask me! 

:: MY SUGGESTIONS::

My first suggestion would be to make sure you have a plain black one before all else. No embroidery, studs, spikes, etc. You want to make sure that it's not a trendy piece and one you can wear for years to come and with any outfit, it needs to be versatile. Depending on what you prefer, you can opt for one that has large zippers and buttons or one with details that are more subtle. A moto style is a bit more on the edgier side, further enhancing the vibe, while one that isn't has a bit more of a sleeker feel, perfect for all you minimalists! If you're looking to invest, a black one would be the color to do so with, you'd get the most use out of it for sure. If you feel black is too harsh or too edgy for your liking, opt for grey, taupe or camel brown as alternatives, they're just as versatile and don't give off the same edgy vibes as black would. 

Once you've added a basic black or your alternative neutral, then I'd say it's safe for you to experiment and add other fun colors, prints, and details to your collection. You don't need to invest in an authentic leather either, it can be vegan, which is just as good. In fact, one of my favorite brands for leather jackets is Blanknyc and they make incredible vegan options as well as genuine leather/suede. What I love about them is that they make affordable alternatives to high end designer stlyles, like Alice + Olivia and All Saints; I'm all for desinger dupes ;)

:: MY PICKS ::


PLAIN BLACK



PRINTS + EMBROIDERY



COLORS

 

 

I hope you found my suggestions and selecitons (totally didn't mean to rhyme there, haha) helpful! Let me know, do YOU like wearing leather jackets and if so, what styles do you prefer? Plain, detailed, colorful?! 

 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you in tomorrow's post, my dear friends!
 

XO, 

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Top: Similar | Jeans: Similar Necklace c/o Watch c/o Knot Bracelet c/o Moonstone Bracelet c/o | Belt: Similar | Bag: Louis Vuitton Trevi GM | Shoes: Similar 

 


 

 


 

Happy Monday my dear friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a wonderful start to your week so far! 

Spending money on a ton of luxurious, high-end pieces isn't always an option due to the hefty price tag, but that doesn't mean that we cannot dress in a way that looks expensive. There are certain fabrics, textures, and even colors that can make an item appear more expensive than it actually is, like satin. Satin has a very romantic, therefore luxurious look to it. 

To be honest, the majority of the investment pieces I own are accessories because I feel I can get more use out of them than a special occasion or seasonal top or dress, though I'm not opposed to the idea of splurging on such pieces. If you have the means and feel you'd get enough use out of it, go for it! 

However, what I like to do is look for clothing that exudes a luxurious vibe, even if it's a faux fabric, and pair it with one of those investment pieces I mentioned to make the entire outfit appear more expensive and chic. If you don't have an investment piece, no worries! Pairing your satin piece with a solid neutral purse and/or shoes will create the same effect, even more when it's in a rich brown shade. 

Is there a fabric that you feel enhances your outfit? Satin, silk, cashmere? I'd love to know! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 09, 2017 under

Shirt: Similar | Shorts: Similar | Belt: Gucci | Bag: Similar Cuff Rings c/o Belt Ringc/o Smart Bracelet c/o Watch c/o Knot Bracelet c/o Sandals








Happy Wednesday my dear friends!

How's everyone's week going so far? I've had a rough one, guys. So, you probably don't know that I love my morning coffee. I'm not a coffee addict my all means, but my mornings just aren't the same without my cup. I also feel like my breakfasts don't taste that good without it, anyone else feel like that? Well, during my pregnancy, i had to cut back a lot because I began to get very jittery. I've always gotten that way if I drink it without having water beforehand. I got nervous considering that I was pregnant and if I was feeling that way, I knew it was definitely affecting Aviah. After having her over a month ago, I've been having my cup a couple of times a week and Eddie and I have realized that when I do, she's extremely irritable. So much so, that she'll be so tired, but won't be able to sleep, so you know what that means...we don't sleep either! So, when you see these photos I share, just know that I applied LOTS of concealer and brightened up my face so I don't scare you all away, haha. 

We've also had to take my photos near the house because she doesn't really take well to her car seat, haha. We tried a shoot one day and she wasn't having it, so we decided that this will have to do until she grows a bit more and gets more accustomed to being in it. 

Anyway, enough of my mommy update....

Today's outfit is fairly basic consisting of a tee and cut offs, it doesn't get any more simple than that. However, the belt really helps to amp things up and adds a stylish element. As many of you know, Gucci belts are trending huge this season and I have to say if you're considering adding one to your wish list, you must. As I've mentioned in a previous post, I've had this one since my high school graduation, it was gifted to me by mom. We're talking ahem, ahem years ago, that's a long time! I'd suggest getting it in a neutral color to ensure that you'll get as much wear out of it and it'll be worth the investment. So, you can go with a metallic or go the more classic route with either blacktaupe, or brown. If you opt for a color, you may love it now, but that may change 5 or 10 years from now. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and let me know, what's one fashion item you've invested the most in or plan to? 

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 07, 2017 under

 

Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Today's outfit was inspired by my arm party, which consists of all rose gold pieces. I was particularly excited about wearing this new smart bracelet I recently received from Ringly, a smart jewelry line. Their concept is...

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Posted by Jalisa on Aug 04, 2017

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Happy Friday my dear friends!

Lately, I've been noticing more and more waist enhancing pieces trending a lot on social media and popping up in some of my favorite shops. Most pieces I've noticed have a corset design, such as a sweater or dress that has it built into them, paper bag waist trousers and shorts, or the corsets themselves. This is a trend that I feel most will love because it creates a nice flattering emphasis on the waistline, creating definition where there is none or enhancement where there is. Plus, they can work well into any personal style depending on the colors and overall styles you choose.

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