Go Red. Your Heart Will Love You.

 

How is your heart health? Did you know that today marks the American Heart Association’s 15th Annual National Wear Red Day? On the first Friday of each February, people from all walks of life are urged to wear red or “go red” to bring awareness to the leading killers of women, which are heart disease and stroke.

I recently had a physical examination and the results of my blood work show I have high cholesterol. My doctor even wrote the numbers on my report in caps, which read like this: CHOLESTEROL TOO HIGH.

I have struggled with varying numbers that were high and normal for about seven years. I was able to maintain lower numbers through weight loss, a heart healthy diet and regular exercise. And just so you know, having high cholesterol is one of the risk factors leading to heart disease.

So with that said, I’m back on track! And I’ll be back in my doctor’s office in 6 months to get a good report.  This time it will say:  CHOLESTEROL IS PERFECT.

I need to be around to hold my great grandchildren, y’all!

Go Red! And check out the American Heart Association, while you’re at it.

Until next time, love and light (and a healthy heart!)

Red Matte on my Lips

Photo rights: Fenty Beauty

Lovelies, I’ve been a fan of red lips since the age of 17, when I really wasn’t into other things related to make-up.  I remember, my childhood buddy Jackie telling me about a beauty supply store and this shocking orange-red hue, called (don’t cringe.) “Harlot”.  We both were blessed with deep, melanated complexions and when I saw the lipstick on her, I knew it would be equally as good on me.  There began my love affair with red lippies.  And red matte lips weren’t far behind.  Brightly colored lips just pop on deeper complexions!  I’m just saying!

And when the matte craze hit, I was SOLD.  What I don’t like, is shiny lips in competition with my very oily skin.  So, the only time you’ll see a shine on my lips is when I’m wearing lip balm.

Here are my most recent favorites matte reds:

Fenty Beauty’s STUNNA

Younique’s Splash Liquid Lip in SIZZLING

Kat Von D’s Outlaw Liquid Lipstick

And, my all-time favorite.  Drum roll please!

MAC’s Ruby Woo

One last note, matte can be very drying to the lips.  You may want to use a sugar scrub on your lips at night when removing your make-up, or in the morning before applying your beat.  This will help you to remove the dry skin and afterward, you can apply a light balm for moisturizing.

And I going to leave it right here for you to ponder.

Until next time beautiful ones, love and light!

Julie

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

 

 

 

 

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

SHOP MY LOOKS

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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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

SHOPMYSTYLE 

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

SHOPMYSTYLE 

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

 

 

 

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)