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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

ELLA. The Maximum Maxi.

Hey there beautiful people!

I’m happy to share a review of a beautiful maxi dress I received from GCGme.com, a portal for the modern diva with style. GCGme specializes in maxi dresses and gowns for special occasions.

My dress is named Ella!  She is a vibrant block graphic printed number with one shoulder.  The beautiful red and white hues of the garment could easily stop traffic!  Easily dressed up or down, she has 3/4 sleeves and a tie belt for the waistline.  For this post, I paired her with strappy black sandals and a cute red handbag.  Another great feature Ella and all the dresses from GCGME, is that they are very well constructed.  Made with a spandex and polyester blend, she fell nicely on my frame.  Very nicely!

Would you like to buy a dress like Ella?  GCGme.com is offering a special 20% off for all Stylish Paradox readers.  Use the coupon code JULIE20 at checkout!  Happy shopping, lovelies!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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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

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

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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)

 

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