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

 

Blogger Babes Collaboration: The Little White Dress (LWD)

Hey there lovelies!

I know you all have heard of the Little Black Dress (LBD), but what about the Little White Dress (LWD)?  Well, I’ve partnered up with some of my very stylish blogger babes to share our take on styling the LWD.

When it was decided we’d style the LWD, my thought was nooooo!  I’m sure you’ve heard that wearing white makes you look bigger, and black clothing is slimming. And believe it or not, there was a time when I wore black almost everyday! But, I quickly came to the realization that I can’t preach body confidence if I’m afraid, right?! So, off I went to find a white dress to compliment my curves.

My first try was an online order.  When I tried it on, it hugged me in all the wrong places.  On my second try, I picked up two dresses just to be safe.  Both were winners!

Please take a look at how my blogger sisters styled their little white dresses, by clicking the links below:

Cynthia of 2 Chic Designs

Kamille of Simply Street Chic

Tracey of Chic. Classy. Spicy

Onibella of Onibella K

Gisel of Mint and Thrift

Marissa of Flyy Girl Fashions

Stay tuned for future style collaborations with these amazing ladies!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Look #1: Crochet Trim Flounce Sleeve Dress – NY & Company // Silver Hoop Earrings – Forever 21 // Green Metallic Court Shoes – Zara // Vintage Handbag (similar) – Gucci // Sunnies (similar) – NYS Collection

Look #2: Cold Shoulder Fit & Flare Dress – NY & Company // Red Fringe Duster Earrings // Red Ombre Shoes – Baldi London // Vintage Handbag (similar) – Gucci // Sunnies (similar) – NYS Collection

For the Love of Graphic Tees: Customized Girl

Hello Stylistas!

I recently partnered with Customized Girl, an apparel company that offers personalized fashions, including graphic t-shirts!  What a great avenue to advertise your brand as an influencer.

Many times when I’ve ordered t-shirts online, either the material was too thin or the graphics left something to be desired!  Customized Girl was spot on with a solid cotton blend (check) and fantastic looking graphics (check)!  When you go online to pick your customized item, they have numerous graphics, fonts and types of apparel to choose from.

Would I recommend Customized Girl to my friends and blogger babes?  The answer is, heck yes!

Until next time, love and light!

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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

 

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

 

 

 

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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Nudu Natural Beauty: It Will Leave You Dreamy!

Hello, lovelies!

The sun has shown it’s face in what was a gloomy beginning of June.  But more sunshine arrived at my doorstep, when I received a package from Nudu Natural Beauty.

Nudu Natural Beauty is a company that offers skincare products that are free of toxic chemicals and irritants.  So when I was asked to provide a product review on their skincare line, I said let’s do it!

I received the Nudu Natural Beauty System for Oily & Oily Combination Skin:

  1. Exfoliating Sponge: Worked great while it lifted dead skin and dirt from my skin after a day’s work and exposure to the elements.  (see photo above)
  2. Gel Cleanser: The gel cleanser is light in texture and wasn’t harsh to my face and neck.  The aroma of  coconut and lemon was an extra and felt refreshing.  I suffer from eczema, so many times, products leave a bad effect on my complexion, causing immediate breakouts. Nudu did not.
  3. Reviving TonerThe toner is comprised of 3 different types of honey, aloe vera and glycerine for moisturizing the skin.  This product took my facial cleansing to the next level, removing any remaining oil or dirt from my complexion.
  4. Softening Moisturizer: Great moisturizer! The ingredients include camellia, jojoba, evening primrose and echium oils.  After application, my face and neck felt hydrated, soft and supple. The moisturizer also has anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties. 
  5. Eye Cream: Made for all skin types, Nudu’s eye cream nourishes the most delicate part of your skin! Again, made with natural and anti-aging properties, I’ll have to give you an update on this product after using a few weeks.  I will say that the area under my eyes felt smooth and hydrated, initially.
  6. Silk Eye Mask “Dreaming Beauty“: Omgosh!  This extra is wonderful touch to the beauty system.  After treating my skin to evening of pampering, this silk eye mask helped me sleep more sound.  And coming from an insomniac, that’s a big deal! Positioned correctly on your face, it totally blocks out all light for a better night’s rest.

As a woman of ageless style, it is important that I give my complexion the attention it needs. I am blessed to have good (skin) genetics, but an amazing beauty system will help me maintain what my Momma gave me!

Click on the links above to give Nudu a try!

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

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)