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

 

STYLE MY WAY

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

Socks with Stilettos. Just do it!

Hey there, Stylistas!

The practice of wearing socks with any type of high heel was once considered a fashion faux pas, a mistake that only the stylishly challenged made.  But today, socks and heels or sandals worn together is, a street style that designers and those in the public eye are embracing with abandon.

This is a bold choice for anyone, let alone a woman of a certain age. The key is keeping the rest of your outfit simple, and playing with the texture and length of the socks so they remain the focal point. This combination can be styled in many different ways and even by those who might be afraid to stand out.

After the initial shock, I even admit, this daring combination holds a certain offhand attraction. But not any old sock or sandal will work. Pair pretty pastels with metallic sandals, or get playful with polka dots (a personal favorite).

If you want to wear a thicker sock with shoes for work, then make sure the color of the socks match the color of the high heels, they should be close hues. 

Try them on at home and see what works best with you and your own personal tastes and style. The best looks are always the ones that can mix and incorporate trends with a personal touch.

So the question is should you wear socks with stilettos? The answer is a resounding “yes”.  As long as you know how to pair them appropriately.  Let’s be clear, this is not for the shuffling old woman!  Be creative, daring and most of all remember, that you CAN pull it off. Because YOU are totally fabulous!!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

SHOP MY STYLE

OTS Gingham Blouse – New York and Company // Blush Pleated Skirt – H&M // – Taupe Pumps – Steven Madden // Clutch (old) & Fishnet Socks – Forever 21 // Sunnies (similar) – NYS Collection

Merona Socks – Target //  Pewter T-Strap Pumps – Sam and Libby for Target // Black Patent Leather Pumps – Jessica Simpson

Images by @makinlemonade (based in New Orleans)

 

Look for the Good. She’s Right There, Waiting for You.

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you all are having an amazing weekend.  Let’s appreciate that it will be a good, long Memorial Day weekend.

As a blogger, I want to be transparent about who I am, so it doesn’t appear that my life is just about smiling and pretty clothes.  I must admit, life could be a whole lot harder. Yes, I am blessed.  But know that since I’ve begun this business and blogging journey, I have been plagued with things that would bog down most.  I’m not here to complain or brag, but to witness and encourage someone who is on the edge and ready to throw in the towel.

I am a witness that when things get the toughest, God ALWAYS shows up for my good.  Just. Like. Clockwork.  BOOM!

I absolutely love quotes and I use them as inspiration and motivation.  Here is my favorite quote for this week and  recent experiences:

“Don’t get mad.  Don’t get even.  Do better, much better.  Rise above.  Become so engulfed in your own success, that you forget it ever happened.” – Author Unknown

That is all.

OUTFIT/LOOK

How can you go wrong with vibrant color and ruffles!?  Love this blouse from the #whowhatwearcollection.  I paired my lovely top with bell bottom jeans from the Forever 21 plus line and accessorized with a beautiful large tote with gold details from Target, large hoop earrings and wedge heels.  Y’all know I love some color!  It makes me happy!

Until next time! Love and light!

Julie

SHOP MY STYLE

Ruffle Blouse – WhoWhatWearCollection // Bell Bottom Frayed Jeans (sold out) – Forever 21 Plus // Tote Bag – Targetstyle // Wedge Heels – BCBG  (similar)// Sunnies – NYS Collection (similar) // Photography – @makinlemonade (New Orleans based)

 

 

The Stylish Empty Nester. Unplugged.

Happy Monday, folks!

Today marks my first day back in the office after a few days away.  I used my time enjoying my adult children visiting and reluctantly, nursing a lingering case of bronchitis.

This time last year I was beaming because of my youngest child’s graduation from college, yet I was a little ambivalent about her decision to remain in New Orleans.  But as parents, we raise our children to explore the world and be great, right?!  But I couldn’t deny the large lump in my throat and racing heartbeat when she revealed her plans in the Spring of 2016.  I fought back sounding emotional over the phone, and proclaimed, “I understand”.

When my children and I get together it is always an amazing time, but I just can’t get over the emotions I feel each time we part ways. It’s like I’m dropping them off at college all over again, but there won’t be anymore summer breaks spent at home.  They reside out of state and are living their lives as responsible adults.  Sometimes I wonder how my mother did it.  Clearly, I’m just having a moment and I am sure that it’ll take some time for me to adjust.  I will adjust, but my love for them will never.  They are my children, forever.

Me and my kiddos! Brad and Ashleigh.
Brad and his Muvaa.

See brief video of  my son’s photoshoot.  My daughter is behind the camera and my nephew is the model.  IMG_0989

MY STYLE

This floral dress is very pretty, with it’s cold shoulder design.  Perfect for a sunny day, it is light and airy and falls nicely on my form.  I love the cold shoulder designs that are very popular these days.  They are perfect for ladies like me who don’t have the most toned arms, but want to show a little! Ha!

I paired my dress with pink caged stilettos for that splash of color.

Until next time, peace and blessings!

I love y’all!

Julie

SHOP MY STYLE

DressNew York and Company // Shoes – New York and Company (sold out) similar here // Hoop Earrings – Old // Bracelet – Old // SunniesForever 21 // Images –  Photography by Nichole Alex

 

The Spruced up LBD (Little Black Dress)

Happy Friday, Lovelies!

It’s been quite an interesting couple of weeks.  I celebrated Mother’s Day with my children, who visited from Texas and Louisiana. Prior to their arrival, I came down with a horrible cold that turned into bronchitis.  Between work, trying to get better and spending quality time with my children, I’ve been somewhat MIA.  I had to remind myself that it is okay, because life is not predictable.  Sometimes you must take a break, regroup and start anew.

So, regarding the LBD…  Did you know that in the 1920’s Coco Chanel came up with the term ‘little black dress’? Ms. Coco became famous by introducing loose fitted dresses and shapes which ultimately freed women from the restrictive corsets worn previously.  And to think, the dress was supposed to be loose fitting! 

I’m sure many of us own, or have owned a number of little black dresses.  The simplicity of the dress is its color, which makes it uber easy to spruce up!

Try adding these to your dress:

  • “Standout” shoe or purse (could be in color or style)
  • Statement jewelry
  • Colorful scarf
  • Sassy attitude

Remember that balance is key.  For instance, the LBD I am wearing in this post has very dramatic bell sleeves.  There wasn’t alot that needed to be done to this dress, because the sleeves were just so amazing!  I just added a large hoop and a standout shoe.  Voila!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

LBD – New York and Company // Red PumpsBaldi of New York // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

 

 

 

If You Can’t Smell the Flowers, You Might as Well Wear Them!

Hey there, Stylistas!

Thank God for another week and opportunity to make things happen!  I’m very excited that my children, Bradley and Ashleigh will be visiting me from Texas and Louisiana for Mother’s Day.  I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since my son has been home!

Now for this look.  It’s easy to see that floral patterned clothing is everywhere you look.  This is also trending, but is not trendy. I for one, have always been partial to florals because they are:

  1. Pretty
  2. Colorful
  3. Wearable.  If I can’t smell the flowers, I might as well wear them!
  4. A mood lifter.  They make me happy.

This lightweight, pseudo wrap dress can be worn belted or unbelted for a great look. It also has a built in slip and front slit.

Happy Monday.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

THIS STYLE FOR YOU:  Dress – New York and Company // Booties similiar – Jessica Simpson // Images by  Photography by Nichole Alex

 

The Pleated Skirt. A Classic, not a Trend.

Hey there, beautiful folks!

It’s Monday afternoon and I haven’t had my caffeine!  This is what happens when you try to go cold turkey!

If you’ve been watching me, you’ll notice that my flair can’t really be pegged; or can it?  Okay, I need my caffeine.  So to get back on subject, some style experts are saying that this is the year for pleated skirts and yes they are trending.  But trust, the pleated skirt is a classic from way back.

For the curvy girl, know that this is one of the most flattering pieces for your body!  Generally A-line in form, they cinch in the waist and fall ever so nicely on the stomach and hips.  I can remember having the prettiest red and black pleated skirt that my mother purchased for me many years ago when I was in high school.  Also, early on when my husband and I were dating, he gifted me with a classic flannel grey one.  It’s still in my closet and in the regular rotation. So, know that when I saw a lovely blush pink pleated skirt in H&M, I had to have it!  And then I peeped a black one?  SOLD!

When I speak as a stylist about having timeless pieces in your closet and mixing them with a trendy piece, the outfit in this post is spot on.  It spotlights last season’s off the shoulder blouse (this is actually a tunic) with a classic.  It’s sassy, ageless and sophisticated.

Again, have fun with style, because it’s totally yours!

 

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

Tunic Dress – H&M (old) // Pleated Skirt – H&M // Obi Belt – New York and Company // Shoes – Ross Dress for Less (old) // Images by – Gervel Sampson Photography