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

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

 

 

 

 

Lily Silk: Fine, Feminine and Fabulous in the Fall

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Hey beautiful people!

I’m overjoyed to have the next five days away from the 8 to 5, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m also to happy to share with you this feminine and fabulous, silk kimono from Lily Silk.

I’ve partnered with Lily Silk to highlight their high end “mulberry silk”, that is known for its luxury and comfort.  And don’t be confused by the color or design, as we are deep into the fall months of the year! Note; it was 90 degrees today in Los Angeles!  So, you can see that seasons really don’t matter to me!  #iwearwhatiwant

 

In conjunction with Black Friday, Stylish Paradox readers receive a 16% off coupon, by using the code “stylishpara16” at checkout!  Sales include: 25% off for 1 piece, 35% off for 2 pieces, and 45% off for 3 pieces.

With that said, enjoy your day and until next time,

Love and light!

Julie

 

 

 

Italy + Artisan = THE “ITALISAN” HANDBAG

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Mama’s got a brand new bag, and it is absolutely stunning!

I just had to use a few words from rhythm and blues singer, James Brown to describe my fabulous new handbag from Italisan!  There are no embellishments or exaggeration here, when I say this bag takes my breath away.

Made in Italy for the refined American woman, The Lucia Clutch comes in three colors: Satin Black, Pearl White and my color of choice, Sunset Coral.

Beautifully crafted, flowers adorn the bag in 3D fashion.  She is even more lovely in person.

Lucia was a my favorite outfit accessory during my annual birthday dinner with the Hubbs!

Stylish Paradox readers get free shipping by using “julie10” at checkout.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

 

 

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

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

 

MAIR Fragrance: An Aroma to Remember When

Hey there beauties!

I know we all love to smell amazing, and what better way but by wearing a fragrance with a heavenly aroma. Choosing the right scent for a woman is just a personal as finding the right outfit or makeup. It’s very important because it accentuates your natural beauty. It becomes your signature, what people remember you by.

My most recent collaboration is with MAIR Fragrance and I had the pleasure of receiving their eau de parfum, Remember When. Handmade in the French tradition, the scent is crafted from raw materials, and possesses a citrus, floral aroma.

The creator and owner, Mair Emenogu describes how she wants her customers to experience her perfume. She says, “I create fragrances so that it expresses your emotion in the absence of words. When you wear my fragrance, you are going to feel confident and be it, feel sexy and beautiful and become it.”

Take note, Remember When is concentrated with the fragrances of Jasmine and Italian Bergamot, which are known to conjure emotions such as confidence, beauty and happiness!

The packaging of this fragrance is definitely of superb quality and has the look of elegance.  And as I said in the beginning, it smells heavenly.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

 

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