The Komen Foundation and Citadel Outlet Partners in PINK SAVES: A Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Angels


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and holds so much significance for me. Not only did I work for a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer for over 24 years, but my dearest friend and sister Donna, succumbed to the disease at age 37.  Although her diagnosis was over 19 years ago, I clearly remember getting that call from her after she discovered a large, hard lump in her breast.  I told her, “you’re too young, it couldn’t be breast cancer.”   I’ll never recover from the loss.  But, I can honor her memory by getting the word out to others about the importance of taking care of your “girls”.

Since that time, so much has changed in the fight against breast cancer. Women are now surviving the disease at a higher rate and being more proactive about their breast self examinations, and annual mammograms.

So when I was invited to attend the Pink Saves Fashion show being hosted by the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I couldn’t say no!

What really made this show special was that instead of using regular models, breast cancer survivors and the angels who supported them during their fight, ripped the runway together.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was actress, Garcelle Beauvais.  Guests were also serenaded during the finale by singer, Melissa Manchester. Each survivor was briefly interviewed by the show’s host, and each shared their years of survivorship, ranging from 1 to 17 years.

Ladies, don’t forget your monthly self-examinations and annual mammograms!  It could mean your life.  Thank you to the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for inviting me to this inaugural event.

To find out about other Pink Saves activities during the month of October, click here.

Until next time, love and light!

 

This post honors the memory of my late sister, Donna Yvette Brewster

1961-1999

And my eldest sister, who beat cancer’s tush, Beverly Shea Brewster

YOU ARE MY SHEROS!

The Girlie Girl Takes on Menswear Style.

How we present ourselves to the world is everything, lovelies. That’s why it’s important to put your best face, and style forward!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a girlie, girl!

Wikipedia describes a girlie girl as, “a woman who chooses to dress and behave in an especially feminine style, such as wearing pink (I like red), using make-up, perfume, dressing in skirts, dresses and blouses.”

Well, I may be all woman, but on occasion, I add a little menswear to my outfit!

I’m wearing this gorgeous Casati Fein Necktie from Dwimmer; made especially for women. It’s a breeze to put on and it’s handmade! Just this little addition to my black shirtdress, turned my outfit from drab to fab!

Wishing everyone a fabulous week and until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Dress (similar) – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Casati Fein Necktie – Dwimmer // Cobalt Blue Open Toed Stiletto – Shoeland // Clutchbag – Vintage // Sunnies – Old

 

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

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