Black, Beige and Colorblocked.

Hello beauties!

Y’all know I Iove an amazing wrap dress!  And why not add another one to my closet as we transition into colder weather?

I think this dress from eShakti is perfect for autumn. It’s actually a very unique piece with beige and black color blocking, pockets and silver circular embellishments that make it stand out from the rest.

And I can’t express enough that this make of dress is flattering for all body types.  And curvy girls, if you don’t believe in the power of this dress, the mother of all wrap dresses (as I call her), Diane Von Furstenberg quoted, “I would say the wrap dress is better when you are a bit curvier.” 

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Colorblock Cotton Knit Front Wrap Dress – eShakti // Peep Toe Booties – Shoeland // Sunnies – Old // Gifted Handbag – Gucci

Photography by Nichole Alex Photography for Stylish Paradox

 

What is your Style Persona?

It’s so important to wear clothing that fits our style persona, lovelies.

Style tips:

  1. Buy pieces that are comfortable and make a statement.
  2. Dress to make yourself happy and forget about rules…just throw them out the door!

I know sometimes we are so stuck on where we buy our clothing that we miss out on gems!  I found this beautiful tunic/shirt dress in Kohl’s.  Made by K-lab, this tunic exudes casual and class.  Her pretty pink hue is an added touch.

You may have noticed that I have a thing for dresses and jeans, so I paired the tunic with my favorite distressed jeans and awesome shoes from Nine West.

We are so close to autumn, and I can feel it in the air.  Enjoy these last days of summer folks!

Until next time, love and light.

Julie

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Tunic Dress –  K-Lab by Kohl’s (sold out) // Distressed Jeans – Forever 21 Plus // Shoes – Nine West (sold out) // Handbag – Target Style (sold out) // Sunnies – NYS Collection // Photography by Nichole Alex Photography

 

The Perfect Combination

As a person who loves style and fashion, sometimes it amazes me how easily I can pull outfits together with little to no effort.  I’m usually not one to toot my own horn, but at this age I’ve earned the right to mention my God given gifts, but always with a humble spirit.  I think I pulled together the perfect combination for this post.

During a recent girls’ day out with my friend Kimberly, I stumbled upon this wrap dress from the Who What Wear Collection in Target.  I’m pretty sure it was the last one in the store, and rumor has it – –  the dress is now sold out (in XS – XL)!  Not only is it pretty with pinstripes, but it has ruffles and is a curvy girls dream!

I paired the dress with a pair of cobalt blue sandals from Shoeland, and The Cobalt Blue Saffiano Leather ‘Mini Christy’ Tote from MelBoteri.  If you want a MelBoteri beauty like this one, use code “StylishParadox” for a 15% discount code at checkout.

As we move into the beginning of a new week, let’s not forget to send up prayers for our fellow men, women and children affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida!  Pay it forward and donate to your charity of choice for relief efforts.  Clean out that closet and pantry to help those in need!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Ruffle Wrap DressWho What Wear Collection // Bashinna Open Toe Stiletto HeelShoe Land // Cobalt Blue Mini Christy Saffiano ToteMelBoteri Handbags // Sunnies – Old // Earrings – Old

 

 

Set the Standard with Style

Hey there lovelies!

I hope everyone had a wonderful labor day holiday and are ready for the week ahead!  Are you ready to set the standard with style?  I had to say that, because it sounds good.  Which leads right into my reason for this post.

I think all of us want to wear well made clothing.  I grew up in household with plus size women and as I recall, in times of the past there wasn’t much of a variety of clothing for plus size ladies to choose from.  But as style transitioned and evolved, there are many choices now for the “curvy woman”.

Universal Standard is a brand that caters to women sized 10-28.  They manufacture outstanding garments.  I can tell you firsthand, because I have some amazing pieces from their brand.

Universal Standard was created to set the standard, by not comprising on choices and style for their customers.  They use fabrics such Peruvian cotton and French satin back crepe. And get this…  If you go up or down a size, they will replace your clothing… FOR FREE!

They are hitting the road for a 12 city tour in the United States, with in store pop-up shops at Nordstrom, while doing a model search for their next campaign.  Los Angeles dates are October 5th – 6th at the Century City store.  Stop by!  I’ll be there too.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Clothing by Universal Standard: Sillaro Leatherette Pencil Skirt / Rhine Color Block Cuff Top   Shoes: Peep toe Booties/ Baldi Shoes sold out (similar here) / Purse: Anne Klein Amelia East West Large Tote sold out (similar here)/ SunniesOld

 

Fall Ready in Soft Surroundings

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Hey there beauties!

Everybody is talking about being Fall ready!  How about you? Are you ready to change your wardrobe color schemes for the season; switch up to sweaters and moto jackets, or will you break the so-called fashion rules?  Well, I’ve finally accepted that Autumn is right around the corner and whether I like it or not, it’s coming!

My most recent collaboration is with Soft Surroundings, a St. Louis, Missouri based brand, dedicated to making their customers look and feel their best. They abide by the philosophy “that by putting yourself first, you can take better care of friends and family and hopefully live a happier, more fulfilling life.”  Hear, hear.  I can totally get with that.

In this post, I’m wearing some items from their Fall Collection: Timeless and Transitional.  Each item, from the jewelry, shoes, blouse and jeans are amazing!  And the colors, sublime!

Stay tuned for my seasonal newsletter coming your way this Fall!

And until next time, love and light.

Julie

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All clothing and jewelry by Soft Surroundings: Berkeley Top / / 5 Pocket Pull On Leggings // Romy Sandals // Terre Necklace

Photography by: Nichole Alex

 

Blogger Babes Collaboration: The Little White Dress (LWD)

Hey there lovelies!

I know you all have heard of the Little Black Dress (LBD), but what about the Little White Dress (LWD)?  Well, I’ve partnered up with some of my very stylish blogger babes to share our take on styling the LWD.

When it was decided we’d style the LWD, my thought was nooooo!  I’m sure you’ve heard that wearing white makes you look bigger, and black clothing is slimming. And believe it or not, there was a time when I wore black almost everyday! But, I quickly came to the realization that I can’t preach body confidence if I’m afraid, right?! So, off I went to find a white dress to compliment my curves.

My first try was an online order.  When I tried it on, it hugged me in all the wrong places.  On my second try, I picked up two dresses just to be safe.  Both were winners!

Please take a look at how my blogger sisters styled their little white dresses, by clicking the links below:

Cynthia of 2 Chic Designs

Kamille of Simply Street Chic

Tracey of Chic. Classy. Spicy

Onibella of Onibella K

Gisel of Mint and Thrift

Marissa of Flyy Girl Fashions

Stay tuned for future style collaborations with these amazing ladies!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Look #1: Crochet Trim Flounce Sleeve Dress – NY & Company // Silver Hoop Earrings – Forever 21 // Green Metallic Court Shoes – Zara // Vintage Handbag (similar) – Gucci // Sunnies (similar) – NYS Collection

Look #2: Cold Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress – NY & Company // Red Fringe Duster Earrings // Red Ombre Shoes – Baldi London // Vintage Handbag (similar) – Gucci // Sunnies (similar) – NYS Collection

For the Love of Graphic Tees: Customized Girl

Hello Stylistas!

I recently partnered with Customized Girl, an apparel company that offers personalized fashions, including graphic t-shirts!  What a great avenue to advertise your brand as an influencer.

Many times when I’ve ordered t-shirts online, either the material was too thin or the graphics left something to be desired!  Customized Girl was spot on with a solid cotton blend (check) and fantastic looking graphics (check)!  When you go online to pick your customized item, they have numerous graphics, fonts and types of apparel to choose from.

Would I recommend Customized Girl to my friends and blogger babes?  The answer is, heck yes!

Until next time, love and light!

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Dressing Happy: The Power of Color

Hello Style Mavens!

There have been many days that I’ve awaken to a mood that is less than desirable. After my daily prayer, meditation, exercise and gospel music ritual, I look to lift my mood even further by making sure my outfit is colorful and makes me happy.  If you’ve never tried it, I suggest you do! It really works!

Did you know that it has been proven scientifically that color can lift your mood and productivity? More of a reason to give it a try!

My colors of choice:

Purple is known as being a regal and sophisticated hue and is associated with creativity and luxury. Purple is a very stimulating color and can boost your energy level when you see it. It’s also associated with spirituality and intuition.

Green shades are calm and soothing, and are associated with nature and the outdoors. The color is refreshing and can reduce stress in those who look at it.

Yellow is ideal to cheer you up on a bad day and give you that extra needed perk. It is associated with intelligence and inspiration.

Red, which I have already identified as my fave, is a fiery color that is linked to energy, passion, love, strength, desire, and intensity.

Orange is a beautiful mix of red and yellow, and is known to spark emotions that are associated with both red and yellow! Orange represents happiness, creativity, warmth, encouragement, attraction and exuberance! When orange is in view, our brains receive more oxygen, stimulating mental activity and the feeling of confidence!

Pink represents health, femininity, compassion, playfulness, romance, and friendship. It sparks feelings of sensitivity and love. The color pink has been placed in hospitals, prisons, and health care facilities to help dissolve anger and encourage the feelings of calmness and love. How cool is that?

If you are someone who is afraid of color, when you’re feeling like you need a little mood boost, take a chance and add some color to your outfit. You will be very happy with the results!

For assistance in helping to style your wardrobe, click on the “Styling Services” link to find out how I can be of service to you!      #letmestyleyou – – You’ll be happy you did!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

Dresses: The Best Staple for the Woman on the Go

Dresses are really the best clothing staple for hot weather. Heck, they are the best staple all year round!

Have you ever heard the saying, “I wear dresses because I’m too lazy to put on pants!” Easy, breezy and me, in a nutshell! Who else has this issue?

But seriously, as woman on the go, I need to dress quickly and look put together at the same time.

This summer, I was excited to partner up with @shopmaxwell and find this adorable dress that speaks volumes with its colors and floral patterns. Not only can this dress transition into the fall because of her solid cotton fabric, but can be worn over and over.

Dress it up with conservative or chunky accessories, boots or sandals, dressed up or down. The pale green background and floral goodness that surrounds the forefront, are pleasing to the eye.

Just know that I’ve been working really hard on a variety of projects, including my day job. I’ve kinda slacked off posting here, but my goal is to be more consistent. Beginning now.

Love you guys!

Until next time,

Julie

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DRESS // c/o Shop Maxwell SHOES // Steve Madden c/o Macy’sSUNNIES // c/o NYS Collection — EARRINGS // J. Crew – BAG // Gifted c/o Gucci

PHOTOGRAPHY // Julie D. Harbour for Stylish Paradox

                                           

 

Confidence of Style for the Woman over 40

Hey there, lovelies!

In more recent years and from those closest to me, I’ve been told that I need to grow up, not because I am immature or irresponsible, but because of my wardrobe choices. For the most part, I’ve just shrugged their comments off as disapproval or discomfort with my youthful spirit and confidence of style.

“Should we care what others think at this stage of our lives? Often times, the woman who is confident in her personal style abides by the notion that age-appropriate dressing means nothing for them; it’s all about dressing for your body type.  Our generation is redefining the concept of aging, just as we’ve redefined so many other things. Style after 40 is not about being in competition with your daughter or looking like the girl you were 20 years ago; it’s about dressing like the woman you are now. What matters most is that you feel as comfortable in your clothes as you do in your skin.

I own a number of pencil skirts that are form fitting. The difference now compared to 20 years ago is that today I will pair my form fitting skirt with a tunic instead of that crop top I wore in 1997.  I dress in 2017 to flatter my body now. Once you’ve looked at your body honestly and figured out what works best now and what no longer is flattering, you’ll feel more confident in what you choose to wear.  Hey, you might still be able to rock that crop!

Know that the foundation of style is an understanding of not only who you are but also the kind of woman you want to project.

As a stylist, my objective is to revitalize wardrobes and to move a client’s style out of the past and into the present, without trying to make them look younger.

With garments that fit appropriately and styles that exude your personality, you will have a youthful aura and confidence about you. You will project an image of being capable to be compete with the younger, and in so many words, less experienced woman.

Stay empowered, inspired and remember, age ain’t nothin’ but a number!

Click on the “Styling Services” tab to find out how I can be of service to you. I want to help you project the best version of yourself to the world.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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MESH DRESS // c/o Zara SHOES // Shoeland — JEANS // Forever 21 Plus —  SUNNIES // c/o NYS Collection — BAG // Gifted c/o The Philipines

PHOTOGRAPHY // Julie D. Harbour for Stylish Paradox

 

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