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

SHOP MY STYLE

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

Stylish Paradox: 2017’s Best

This wasn’t the best year for the United States or the world, as I’m sure most of you would agree.  But, there were amazing garments!  This post shares with you in my opinion, 2017’s best for Stylish Paradox.  Not to be trivial, but I’d just like to focus on something a little lighter because I know we’ve all been a little stressed out with the news and such.  Let’s pray for peace in 2018.  For real, y’all.  NO lol.

Here goes:

JANUARY

Who What Wear Collecton

 

 

FEBRUARY

Fit for my Valentine’s date

MARCH

Don’t sleep on Kohl’s – I love this jumpsuit

APRIL

Plaid Jumpsuit from New York and Company

MAY

Mixing it up from H&M

JUNE

Dramatic LBD from New York and Company

JULY

Feminine and Edgy – Photo taken by my baby girl, Ashleigh.

AUGUST

This outfit says FUN!

SEPTEMBER

 

Loved this dress from Who What Wear. But I loved the shoes from Shoeland and the purse from Melboteri.

OCTOBER

Loved collaborating with Misook for this look. Classy with edge.

NOVEMBER

Ankara Skirt Love. Bought this beauty from a local boutique.

DECEMBER

Loved everything about this look; from the colors, the bag (Italisan) and shoes (Aldo). And yes, the suit is from Who What Wear. They win the award for most worn designer in 2017, lol!

What were your favorite outfits on the blog in 2017?  Please drop a note in the comments below!

I appreciate each and everyone of you!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

One of My Favorite Finds in 2017: Guess? Who. What. Wear.

I’ve got to share one of my favorite finds for 2017!  And what makes it so amazing is that I stepped out of MY comfort zone to wear it.

I don’t really like suits, nor do I wear a lot of pants.  But, when I saw this colorful, fun, printed outfit from the Who. What. Wear. Collection, I said to myself, “Self, you’ve got to get this!” Ha!  And, I did!

Time to share:

And as 2017 comes to a close, I admonish each and everyone of you to step out on faith to achieve your goals and to step out of your comfort zone with style and fashion!  As the Nike campaign says, “JUST DO IT”!

Until next time, love and light beauties!

SHOP MY STYLE

Printed Puff Sleeve Blazer – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Tapered Pants – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Red Shoes – Aldo // The Lucia in Sunset Coral – Italisan // White Tee Shirt – Target // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

TER4JCP: Heaven Tuxedo Review

 

I bought a tuxedo from the Tracee Ellis Ross TER4JCP Collection!

Rarely do I get excited about famous folks.  I think it’s because I was born and raised in Tinseltown and it’s pretty ordinary to see and interact with actors, musicians and the like, while living in LA.  So why get excited when you have famous neighbors? Lol!

However, there are a handful of “these” types that I admire for different reasons.  The actress and comedian, Tracee Ellis Ross, happens to be one of them.  She is amazing at her craft, an activist and smart.  But let me tell y’all…her sense of style is off the charts!

When I caught wind that she was partnering with JCPenney to share a clothing line of her making, I knew I had to check it out!

When her collection dropped in the JCPenney stores November 12th, I had already done my research and knew what items I wanted.  I was stoked by the fact that her pieces were affordable, yet super cute!

For this post, I’m sharing the Heaven Tuxedo Jacket and the Heaven Tuxedo Pants. The jacket is fitted with the classic satin lapels and satin covered buttons at the cuff.  It also has light padding in the shoulders and is double vented in the back.  You might want to go up a size, because the fit is a little snug.  The pants have the classic satin stripe down the side and are wide legged, which compliment my frame.

This suit is perfect for special occasions, and unless something changes, I’ll probably be wearing this baby for New Year’s Eve with a shimmering blouse!

Hope you’re having a fabulous week, lovelies!  Until next time, love and light!

Julie

SHOP MY STYLE

Heaven Tuxedo Jacket & Heaven Tuxedo Pants – Tracee Ellis Ross for JCPenney // Plaid Shirt (similar) – Goodwill Industries (old) // Michael Kors Tie (similar) – The Hubbs Closet // Red Shoes – Aldo // Clutch (similar) and Hoop Earrings – Forever 21 // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

Red is my favorite color.

Let me tell you about my love affair with the color red.  It began many moons ago…

My bedroom as a teenager was decorated with beautiful red accents.  I remember it very well.  Our childhood home had just been renovated and now I had a brand new bedroom at the very back of the house. My mother allowed me to decorate my room as I pleased. My windows were adorned with red blinds and red/white eyelet window treatments. The double bed had a beautiful white comforter with a huge satin pillow shaped as big red lips smack dead in the middle. In the morning, as the sun hit the blinds, my room’s lighting had a soft red hue.

 

The list goes on.  I had a red high school prom dress, red first vehicle (Volkswagen Rabbit), red bridesmaids dresses.

Studies show that colors have a very significant effect on us both psychologically, and even physiologically! Certain colors can change our state of mind, or even affect our physical state. Is that crazy or what?

The crimson colored hue is the most eye-catching and exciting color in the entire spectrum. Red is bold and powerful. It demands attention. But did you know that the color red actually increases your heart rate?

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Red is perfect for accent colors; be it your MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, leather coat, power suit, LRD (little red dress), calls to action, or anywhere you want to make your presence more palpable. Red says, CONFIDENCE.

So for your holiday celebrations, I hope you put on a little red!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

Soft Surroundings: Stylish Paradox Gift Picks for 2017

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I know everyone had a great Thanksgiving, right?  My goal is to treat everyday like it is Thanksgiving; with gratitude for God’s blessings.

We’ve got another holiday around the corner, so you know what that means…gift giving!!! And I believe accessories are an outfits best friend!

I’ve joined forces with Soft Surroundings to share two beautiful gift items that you could give your Mom, BFF, sister, colleague, or even your client!

The Fresca Necklace Multi-textured, whimsical, fresh and fun.  This piece is made of glass, beads and silky bows.  So unique!

The Centenario CuffShiny, gold.  This piece is handmade by artisans with hammered metal.

Soft Surroundings is currently offering a $25 gift card with a $150 purchase.  Check out the website, it has soooo many great things!

You’ll be hearing from me soon, lovelies…and more consistently!

Love y’all!

Julie

 

 

 

 

Lily Silk: Fine, Feminine and Fabulous in the Fall

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Hey beautiful people!

I’m overjoyed to have the next five days away from the 8 to 5, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m also to happy to share with you this feminine and fabulous, silk kimono from Lily Silk.

I’ve partnered with Lily Silk to highlight their high end “mulberry silk”, that is known for its luxury and comfort.  And don’t be confused by the color or design, as we are deep into the fall months of the year! Note; it was 90 degrees today in Los Angeles!  So, you can see that seasons really don’t matter to me!  #iwearwhatiwant

 

In conjunction with Black Friday, Stylish Paradox readers receive a 16% off coupon, by using the code “stylishpara16” at checkout!  Sales include: 25% off for 1 piece, 35% off for 2 pieces, and 45% off for 3 pieces.

With that said, enjoy your day and until next time,

Love and light!

Julie

 

 

 

My Fluttering Heart and Shoulders! Who What Wear Does It Again

I guess you could say, I pretty much adore everything from the Who What Wear Collection.  My heart (and shoulders) are fluttering!

Seriously, this collection is one of the reasons I try to stay out of Target because it’s pretty much a wrap if I walk through their doors!  And I should let you know, the prices are affordable.

This Flutter Shoulder Dress that’s getting a lot of wear from me right now, is everything! So feminine, floral and perfect for the Cali fall weather.

So, you’ve been warned.  Once you start with this line, you’ll be hooked!  Believe me.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

SHOP MY LOOK

Flutter Shoulder Dress – Who What Wear Collection // Hardy Hand Waxed Boots – Leon Max Official // Similar Tote Bag – BCBG // Similar Earrings – J. Crew // Zebrawood & Maple Watch – JORD //Photography by Nichole Alex

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