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

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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

Misook Looks: Business Wear with Flair

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Business attire doesn’t have to be boring.  And here’s a style tip, remember to wear it with flair!

I recently partnered with Misook, a retailer that offers timeless and elegant high quality garments to women.  Known around the world for their “silky knit”, the retailer keeps it sophisticated with great details.

When I spotted their boot skirt with studs and high neck blouse, I couldn’t resist as the combination offered an edgy and conservative look in one.  So, you might ask, how do the two styles co-exist?

Here are just 5 very easy ways:

  1. Always wear a statement item (fun shoe, scarf, necklace, handbag).
  2. Get glammed out with bold red lips, funky oxfords or high heels.
  3. Pair your conservative pieces with a leather jacket.
  4. Play with textures and mix patterns, i.e., houndstooth patterned item with ribbed item.
  5. Throw on an animal print scarf or shoe with your basic business suit.

Don’t be afraid to spice up your office attire!  I hope you like the way I styled the Misook looks.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

Use code MSK4091 at checkout to purchase Misook garments.

 

 

 

ANOTHER TRIP AROUND THE SUN: Advice to My Younger Self

 

Today marks my 53rd trip around the sun, and for that, I am grateful! I take the gift and celebration of life to heart because so many individual have lives that are cut short. I don’t think I took the celebration of life seriously until my sister passed away at the age of 37.

We often live life with regrets, and my goal is to make sure I don’t have any at the end of this journey.

So, if you had the opportunity to give advice to your younger self, what would you, tell you?

Here’s what I would tell myself:

  1. Trust God. He always comes through. He is sooooo CLUTCH.
  2. Ask for what you want in life. All they can do is tell you no. And if no is the answer, NEXT!
  3. Trust your instincts, they’re usually right.
  4. When someone shows you who they are, believe it.
  5. Be patient. Choose wisely.
  6. Don’t allow anyone or anything to control your life.
  7. Commit random acts of kindness daily.
  8. Forgive those who have hurt you. It’s good for your soul.
  9. Don’t try to change who you are to make someone else feel comfortable. The real you is going to surface sooner or later. Trust.
  10. Love harder, laugh harder, dance harder!

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Now I’m off to continue my birthday celebration with the Hubbs!

Love and light, y’all! Be blessed!

Julie

TOAST OF LIFE: The Adult Sleepover

Every year, for the past 6 years I’ve hosted a birthday luncheon with my favorite girls. They are my day ones, ride or dies, road dawgs, bffs, sisters; you know – friends I can count on! This year I did something a little different and hosted an adult sleepover!

The gathering consisted of 8 of my favorite girlfriends, each of whom I’ve known ranging from 43 to 3 years. I’ve connected with each of them on a spiritual level and feel so blessed to have them in my life.

Planning began with being lucky enough to secure the presidential suite at a local hotel. This night would be epic and fitting for royalty. I was so ready for pre-birthday festivities with my girls, who are all Queens!

As the day approached there were a few glitches that tried to derail the fun. On the day of, the bakery and eatery I hired 2 weeks previously, forgot I placed orders! They were prepaid, and still didn’t have my name in their databases. I ended up having to pick up my cake later than anticipated and the food arrived 1-1/2 hour late; after guests had begun to arrive. Negativity could not and would not prevail.

In the end, we feasted on a great tasting Red Velvet cake (my fave!) and I received over $75 in vouchers from a great restaurant!

The signature drink for the evening was appropriately named, “Toast of Life: The Punch”.  We wore pink and black pajamas, “yassss queen” socks and blinged out tiaras.

The night was slated to be filled with various activities like movies, Twister, karaoke, Girls Night Out Table Topics and possibly a dance contest. But by the middle of the evening, it was clear that time spent with special people doesn’t need an agenda.

We spent the evening laughing, eating, dancing, drinking and crying with laughter even more! Most of the time we played “catch up”.

After this celebration, I feel pressured to make next year’s Toast to Life even better, lol!

I am filled with gratitude and am so thankful to have each of these women in my life.

Until next time, love and light!

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

 

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

 

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