52 With Braces?

October 2017. Smiling and happy about my transformation. I like what I see.

I remember the day I told the Hubbs I was going to an orthodontist to get braces. 52, with braces? That was the thought that probably crossed his mind, if I had to garner. He just shook his head and smiled, but this girl knew it had to happen. Although many people believe orthodontia is just for children or adolescents, adults are embracing orthodontia like never before.

A survey by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) showed that the rate of people over 18 with braces grew 14 percent from 2010 to 2012. That brought the number of adults with braces in the United States and Canada to over a million. In addition, about 20% to 25% of patients are over age 50.  President De Wayne McCamish, DDS, says, “We’re more concerned about our appearance and we’re more concerned about keeping our teeth.”

Kjeld Aamodt, director of pre-doctoral orthodontics at UCSF said that people who have had orthodontic work may take more pride in their teeth and, after making a major investment, their motivation for oral hygiene increases.”

My reasoning for becoming a “brace face” in my fifties was to become more confident and comfortable with my smile. When my children were at home, my focus was all about them (time and money). By the time I took a good look at what I once considered a beautiful smile, the shift had begun. And what I mean by shift, is that my teeth were really crooked. I knew it would only get worse.

Me and the Hubbs, a couple of weeks after the braces were installed on my upper teeth.

Today, at my 6 month mark, my teeth are remarkably straighter. I have an additional eighteen months of treatment to go.  But, tell me, who doesn’t want to look and feel their best?

Shout out to my amazing orthodontist, Dr. Vacharee B. Fell, DDS, of Culver City Orthodontics, for giving me a better smile!

Stay tuned for the 12 month check-in.

Until then, keep smiling!

Love y’all,

Love Abounds.

It isn’t hard for me to wear red, so when a holiday incorporates the color, I’m all for it.  As a hopeless romantic, love abounds.

I decided to put together what I consider a fun, soft and edgy look for this lover’s day.

My dress is a ball gown from Jessica Howard that I purchased for a gala dinner.  I threw on a moto jacket from Who What Wear, that was an absolute steal!  My purse is from a local boutique in Inglewood, California.

On this day, spend some special time with your honey or bestie for a girl’s celebration.  And what about celebrating the most precious love of all?  God’s love.

However you decide to spend your day, remember this:

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 

Until next time, love and light!

 

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Dress – Jessica Howard / Moto Jacket (similar) – Who What Wear Collection for Target / Jewelry – Old / Purse – Fashion Express / Images by Ashleigh Payne (based in New Orleans)

 

The Colorful Glorius Dress

I’ve been very open about my obsession with the style of the actress and comedian, Tracee Ellis Ross.  So again, when her clothing line dropped I had already done my research on what I wanted and the colorful Glorius dress was on my list.

For a girl that loves colorful hues, this fit and flare dress doesn’t disappoint.  The variety of colors makes coordination of your accessories an absolute breeze.

Don’t be pigeonholed into thinking the dress is only to be worn with heels.  Think out of the box, because this dress says fun and sassy.

Hope you enjoyed how I styled it for this post.  If you need help with shopping for a special event, or assistance cleansing your closet, I’m your girl!

 

Click on “styling services” for more details.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Glorius Dress – Tracee Ellis Ross for JC Penney / Booties – Forever 21 / The Lucia Clutch – Italisan / Sugar Fix Earrings – Bauble Bar / Sunnies – Old / Images by Ashleigh Payne (based in New Orleans)

Go Red. Your Heart Will Love You.

 

How is your heart health? Did you know that today marks the American Heart Association’s 15th Annual National Wear Red Day? On the first Friday of each February, people from all walks of life are urged to wear red or “go red” to bring awareness to the leading killers of women, which are heart disease and stroke.

I recently had a physical examination and the results of my blood work show I have high cholesterol. My doctor even wrote the numbers on my report in caps, which read like this: CHOLESTEROL TOO HIGH.

I have struggled with varying numbers that were high and normal for about seven years. I was able to maintain lower numbers through weight loss, a heart healthy diet and regular exercise. And just so you know, having high cholesterol is one of the risk factors leading to heart disease.

So with that said, I’m back on track! And I’ll be back in my doctor’s office in 6 months to get a good report.  This time it will say:  CHOLESTEROL IS PERFECT.

I need to be around to hold my great grandchildren, y’all!

Go Red! And check out the American Heart Association, while you’re at it.

Until next time, love and light (and a healthy heart!)

EShakti: Look Good, Feel Good

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On the daily, isn’t it important that you look good and feel good?  Sometimes it can be a daunting experience buying garments when you have an extra small waist, ample bust line or long torso.  But what if you could purchase clothing from a retailer that customizes your garment to fit your figure precisely?  Why wear garments in standardized sizing when you can get customized?  eShakti provides many clothing options to address your style personality.

I love this all black number with beautiful silver details on its cuff and the high/low hemline for style drama.  It is uber comfortable and has a feature that is always an extra; pockets!  I had a blast styling this dress with a red bag and fun patent leather mules!  I’ve received so many compliments while wearing this dress. Definitely, a winner!

 

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Lace Up Cuff Dress – eShakti / Gemma Patent Buckle Heels – Who What Wear by Target / Red Bag – Gifted /

Jewelry – Old / Sunnies – Old / Photography by Freeliving Photography (based in New Orleans)

Red Matte on my Lips

Photo rights: Fenty Beauty

Lovelies, I’ve been a fan of red lips since the age of 17, when I really wasn’t into other things related to make-up.  I remember, my childhood buddy Jackie telling me about a beauty supply store and this shocking orange-red hue, called (don’t cringe.) “Harlot”.  We both were blessed with deep, melanated complexions and when I saw the lipstick on her, I knew it would be equally as good on me.  There began my love affair with red lippies.  And red matte lips weren’t far behind.  Brightly colored lips just pop on deeper complexions!  I’m just saying!

And when the matte craze hit, I was SOLD.  What I don’t like, is shiny lips in competition with my very oily skin.  So, the only time you’ll see a shine on my lips is when I’m wearing lip balm.

Here are my most recent favorites matte reds:

Fenty Beauty’s STUNNA

Younique’s Splash Liquid Lip in SIZZLING

Kat Von D’s Outlaw Liquid Lipstick

And, my all-time favorite.  Drum roll please!

MAC’s Ruby Woo

One last note, matte can be very drying to the lips.  You may want to use a sugar scrub on your lips at night when removing your make-up, or in the morning before applying your beat.  This will help you to remove the dry skin and afterward, you can apply a light balm for moisturizing.

And I going to leave it right here for you to ponder.

Until next time beautiful ones, love and light!

Julie

Stylish Peepers

 

When I was 12, I remember my 15 year old sister Donna got eyeglasses. I wanted to be like my big sis, so I told my mother I was having trouble seeing. I even remember faking during the eye exam at the doctor’s office. Well, that big ole’ lie has had me in the need of specs, aka Peepers ever since.

I also remember the day my optometrist told me that around the age of 40, I would need bifocals. At the time, I was years away and wasn’t really concerned with his proclamation. But sure enough, around my fortieth year, my eyesight changed! I wasn’t feeling glasses, so I resorted to contacts. But I found, that to read small text while wearing my contacts, I STILL needed glasses. Readers, to be exact!

The American Optometric Association states that “Beginning in the early to mid-40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. This is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. This normal change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress over time.

Initially, you may need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Or you may need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting.”

Oh, the joys of aging!

So when I partnered with Peepers, I was elated to see a wonderful selection of eyeglasses that met my taste. And y’all know me…a girl has got to be stylish!

Did I tell you that one of the pairs I chose were one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things! You know, “one for you, one for you, and one for you!”

 

CENTER STAGE in Berry

This is one of Oprah’s favorite things!

 

MUSE in Tortoise

 

STANDING OVATION in Clear (now only sold in black & tortoise shell)

Peepers is helping the hip, ageless crowd look fab in their readers!  Check em’ out!

Until next time!  Love and light, y’all!

Julie

 

 

SHOP SHAPEWEAR THAT ACCENTUATES YOUR CURVES. SHOP SVELTE

I love that I was born with curves.  And yes, I got them from my mama, Julia Mae.  However, life and eating gave me a little more than extra, in places that I want to hide sometimes.  Well, I’ll admit most of the time.  So, collaborating with Svelte was right up my alley.  What is Svelte you might ask?  Svelte is a company that produces shapewear jeans, leggings, tanks, shorts and skirts.  All of their garments have a built in waist panel to accentuate and flatter what your mama gave you!  The clothing also forms to your figure with a 4-way stretch spandex panel.

 

Svelte was born when the founder, Liliana Turecki realized that as she moved into her 40’s, there was the need to move into different types of clothing.  She and her business partner sampled and tried different fabrics and designs until they came up with the perfect blend for a polished contour.

Picture courtesy of Chantals Corner

I received a pair of their slim cut denim jeans that are classic in color, timeless, uber comfortable, and very soft.  I often tout that there is nothing that can hold in this belly of mine, but you know what?  These leggings did.  They hug every curve, but I can still move, bend and squat uninhibited.  Everything is right where it needs to be.  And perfect for those days when I want to feel everything is in place.

Have a great day, y’all!  I’m feeling fine, cause I got my jeans on!

Sudio Sound. Giving Me Musical Therapy.

Music is my therapy.  What about you?  Are you connected to special memories, like time spent with your sweetheart, Christmas with the kiddos, or gospel speaking to your heart through a melody, tune or song?  Do you love R&B, hip-hop, rock & roll, or classical?  What genre gets you out of your seat to shake a tail feather? I’ve partnered with Sudio to share with you their Vasa Bla wireless earphones, that offer a 8 plus hour battery life with studio quality sound.  Because great sound makes a world of difference when listening to your favorite music.

I am really feeling my pair, which I got in black with rose gold details.  They are also available in the colors, gold white, pink, blue and coral.

Easy to use, just connect the earphones to your bluetooth so you don’t have that annoying, dangling wire in the way when you workout.  Oh, and did I mention the sound already?  It’s amazing.  It comes with the cutest little leather carrying case and removal earbuds in varying sizes to fit you, precisely.

Sudio is a company based in Stockholm, Sweden and was named after the singer Phil Collins’ hit, “Sussudio”!  Remember that song?

Great product.  Great Sound.

Excuse me, it’s time for me to get lost in music, because I need therapy.  Everyday.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 SHOP SUDIO

Vasa Bla – Rose Gold Black

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Lessons Taught in the Blogosphere: Year Two

Happy New Year, Lovelies!  It’s not only a happy new year, but it’s my 2nd year in business as Stylish Paradox! Stylist. Content Creator. Speaker. And what a ride it has been!  So many lessons have been taught to me.

Last year brought many new adventures and situations that helped me grow professionally and step out of my comfort zone.  Personally, style is a breeze, but being a small business owner is another type of stepping out!  Trust me.

God blessed me in 2017 with interviews, awards, numerous brand collaborations, new clientele, speaking engagements and the launch of a community collective of bloggers.  Virtual friends became real life friends and relationships with some of my closest allies went sideways.  The struggle to successfully balance my home life, friends, my 8 to 5 and my passion continue.

In year two, I still ask myself the question, “Should I continue?”  And as the thought lingers in my mind, a picture,  quote or scripture reading, will bring alive the passion like a fire that doesn’t seem to dim.

My goals will continue into this year and grow as the years pass: to put God and family first, be better everyday, inspire others, be consistent (all of which I work on, put haven’t perfected).

What lessons have I learned in year two?

TOP SEVEN LESSONS LEARNED

  1. What God has for you, is yours ONLY
  2. You must network with others
  3. Collaborate, share and partner with others in your field
  4. Be consistent, be consistent, be consistent
  5. Be your authentic self
  6. Don’t look at anybody else’s journey, focus on your own (stay in your lane)
  7. Keep learning and expanding your mindset to grow

I am excited about new opportunities in the coming year, both personally and professionally!

Please know that I am so thankful for your support and taking the time to ride with me on this journey! I am humbled.  Wishing you great health, prosperity, peace and blessings in 2018!

I love you all!

Julie

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Glow Short Sleeve Reversible Sequin Dress – Tracee Ellis Ross for JCP // Red Sandals – Aldo Shoes // Sequin Purse – Tracee Ellis Ross for JCP // Red Tassel Earrings (similar) – Forever 21 // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

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