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!

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Covered Perfectly in Cold Shoulder Love

Hey Lovelies!

Hope you all are well and filling your days with sunshine!

I know some of you are of the mind, that if you find an item of clothing that you love you should buy it in every color.  Well, Covered Perfectly’s Cold Shoulder fits the bill.  Check out this beauty in white.  She’s hot!

I’ve done a number of reviews for this brand, and the Cold Shoulder is definitely one of my favorites!  Although I have said it before, I’ll say it again…the fabric on their blouses is heavenly!  Soft to the touch, well constructed and covers a multitude of lumps, bumps and sins!

Stylish Paradox readers get a 20% discount on up to two items! Just use the discount code SP20 when checking out at Covered Perfectly. The discount will apply on up to two items or you can take advantage of the buy 2 get the 3rd FREE deal.  Just so you know, only one of the discounts will work.

Click here.  You’ll love it.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

 

Pic & Pay: Spreading Kindness Globally Along with Shoes

Hey there, Stylistas!

I can remember as a child, my mother would always make sure that my sister Donna and I had the best shoes.  Our trips to this well known children’s shoe store often times ended with her saying, “Do you want to wear your new shoes out of the store?”  My answer was always an emphatic, YES!  So, along with my love for style and fashion, shoes are right up there at the top of the list!

I recently partnered with Pic & Pay, a women’s footwear brand which offers classic styles that are cut for the modern woman. Their shoes are affordable yet offer a fashionable touch for a number of occasions, including your office work days, nights out on the town or fun days spent with friends and family!

I fell in love with the Cayden, which is a crossover, metallic sling back sandal.  The bottom of the shoe has a white, rubber bottom and is super dooper comfortable.

For this post, I paired the sandals with an African printed wrap skirt and off the shoulder blouse.  It was blazing hot in Los Angeles on this particular day, and I needed to have on sandals!  Cayden came through!  And after my Saturday shopping, I returned home with feet that didn’t feel like I was walking for 3 hours!

One more important thing about the company, Pic & Pay.  When you purchase a pair of their shoes, a percentage will go towards spreading kindness globally.  They have established a network of “Forwarders”, who are ambassadors that are encouraged to spread random acts of kindness. When you do a good deed for someone, tell them to go pay it forward and watch the ripple effect that a simple act can create.

They also have a partnership with Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the globe. This non-profit has distributed more than 30 million pairs of new and used shoes in 127 countries.  And Pic & Pay has donated over 13,000 pairs of shoes to those who need them the most.

Shoes for causes?!  I think I’m on to something here.  And it feels good!

Until next time, love and light.

Julie

 

 

Aventura Clothing: Garments That Give to Those in Need

 

Hey there!

We’re in the throes of summer and I pray that everyone is taking advantage of the sunny skies.  I hope you have them in your neck of the woods!

I wanted to take a minute to show you the cutest little shirt I received from a company called Aventura Clothing.  When I put it on, it gives me the vibe of a feminine lumberjack. Is there such a thing as a female, girlie girl lumberjack? Lol!

My Sheridan top is a basic button down in the front, but in the back, she shows out!  The sleeve length is adjustable and the fabric is very soft to the touch.  See picture below.

Here are quick facts about Aventura Clothing.  They are a family run business located in the Sierra Nevada that engages in sustainable practices.  And get this, their garments are made of soft eco-friendly organic cotton! In addition, they are all about giving back to communities in need! They have partnered with Uncommon Threads, an organization who provides garments for domestic violence survivors returning to the workforce and Ecōths, a philanthropic program they launched in 2014 with the focus of fighting hunger in America. Each time you buy an Aventura garment, at least 3 meals will be provided to someone who is hungry.

Now, how about wearing clothing that is making someone else’s life a little easier. BRAVO, Aventura!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

 

 

Styling THOSE Track Pants…You Know The Ones!

Hey there lovely people!

It’s a beautiful day, and I’m here to speak on styling your track pants!

A couple of years ago, a number of folks starting wearing their Adidas track pants with heels.  Remember that?  Well this year the trend has taken off and if you are anywhere on social media, you’re very likely to run across this one particular pair of track pants by the WhoWhatWear Collection.

When I first saw them at Target they caught my eye, but I didn’t purchase.  Needless to say, my non-purchase haunted me in my sleep.  So, the very next opportunity I got to buy them, I did.  Great price, by the way!

I absolutely love them!  They are definitely an item you can dress up or down and here are a number of ways to do so:

  • Athleisure/Typical:  How folks would expect you to wear these babies.  With sneaks; my favorite being Converse.  A plain or cute statement tee and a jacket.  Your jacket could be a bomber or moto jacket.  I’ve done both.
  • Dressy:  I paired mine with a stark white cape blazer, which totally set off the white stripe piping.  I wore a statement tee with one of my favorite tag lines for the stylish, “Slay All Day”.  My shoes were a little edgy; white/black snakeskin stilettos.  And it worked!  It really werked, lol!
  • Bohoish:  I know, it’s not a word.  I’ve also thrown on my pants with OTS blouses on occasion, when running my weekend errands.  Yellow, black or white blouses or even something patterned if you dare.  Sandals, were my shoe of choice.
  • Date Night/Girl’s Night Out: Pair with a bodyshirt, statement necklace and strappy high heeled sandals. #boom

Again, I always talk about owning your style, but it’s totally true.  Even when a piece is trending, wear it in such a way that it becomes your classic!

These particular pants are sold out online, but there are so many beautiful ones to choose from, here, here and here.

If you need help revitalizing your wardrobe or closet, give your girl a jingle.  Just click on “Styling Services” for all the details.

Until next time beauties!

Love y’all!

Julie

 

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Cape Blazer – New York and Company (sold out) // Bomber Jacket – Mossimo (Targetstyle) (sold out) // Statement Tee – Forever 21 (sold out) // Those Track Pants – WhoWhatWear (similar here) // Pumps – Sam Edelman (sold out)  // Sneakers – Converse // Sunnies – NYS Collection (similar here) // Images by @makinlemonade