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

 

 

 

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

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 Komen Foundation and Citadel Outlet Partners in PINK SAVES: A Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Angels


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and holds so much significance for me. Not only did I work for a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer for over 24 years, but my dearest friend and sister Donna, succumbed to the disease at age 37.  Although her diagnosis was over 19 years ago, I clearly remember getting that call from her after she discovered a large, hard lump in her breast.  I told her, “you’re too young, it couldn’t be breast cancer.”   I’ll never recover from the loss.  But, I can honor her memory by getting the word out to others about the importance of taking care of your “girls”.

Since that time, so much has changed in the fight against breast cancer. Women are now surviving the disease at a higher rate and being more proactive about their breast self examinations, and annual mammograms.

So when I was invited to attend the Pink Saves Fashion show being hosted by the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I couldn’t say no!

What really made this show special was that instead of using regular models, breast cancer survivors and the angels who supported them during their fight, ripped the runway together.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was actress, Garcelle Beauvais.  Guests were also serenaded during the finale by singer, Melissa Manchester. Each survivor was briefly interviewed by the show’s host, and each shared their years of survivorship, ranging from 1 to 17 years.

Ladies, don’t forget your monthly self-examinations and annual mammograms!  It could mean your life.  Thank you to the Citadel Outlets and the Susan G. Komen Foundation for inviting me to this inaugural event.

To find out about other Pink Saves activities during the month of October, click here.

Until next time, love and light!

 

This post honors the memory of my late sister, Donna Yvette Brewster

1961-1999

And my eldest sister, who beat cancer’s tush, Beverly Shea Brewster

YOU ARE MY SHEROS!

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

 

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

 

What is your Style Persona?

It’s so important to wear clothing that fits our style persona, lovelies.

Style tips:

  1. Buy pieces that are comfortable and make a statement.
  2. Dress to make yourself happy and forget about rules…just throw them out the door!

I know sometimes we are so stuck on where we buy our clothing that we miss out on gems!  I found this beautiful tunic/shirt dress in Kohl’s.  Made by K-lab, this tunic exudes casual and class.  Her pretty pink hue is an added touch.

You may have noticed that I have a thing for dresses and jeans, so I paired the tunic with my favorite distressed jeans and awesome shoes from Nine West.

We are so close to autumn, and I can feel it in the air.  Enjoy these last days of summer folks!

Until next time, love and light.

Julie

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Tunic Dress –  K-Lab by Kohl’s (sold out) // Distressed Jeans – Forever 21 Plus // Shoes – Nine West (sold out) // Handbag – Target Style (sold out) // Sunnies – NYS Collection // Photography by Nichole Alex Photography

 

The Perfect Combination

As a person who loves style and fashion, sometimes it amazes me how easily I can pull outfits together with little to no effort.  I’m usually not one to toot my own horn, but at this age I’ve earned the right to mention my God given gifts, but always with a humble spirit.  I think I pulled together the perfect combination for this post.

During a recent girls’ day out with my friend Kimberly, I stumbled upon this wrap dress from the Who What Wear Collection in Target.  I’m pretty sure it was the last one in the store, and rumor has it – –  the dress is now sold out (in XS – XL)!  Not only is it pretty with pinstripes, but it has ruffles and is a curvy girls dream!

I paired the dress with a pair of cobalt blue sandals from Shoeland, and The Cobalt Blue Saffiano Leather ‘Mini Christy’ Tote from MelBoteri.  If you want a MelBoteri beauty like this one, use code “StylishParadox” for a 15% discount code at checkout.

As we move into the beginning of a new week, let’s not forget to send up prayers for our fellow men, women and children affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida!  Pay it forward and donate to your charity of choice for relief efforts.  Clean out that closet and pantry to help those in need!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

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Ruffle Wrap DressWho What Wear Collection // Bashinna Open Toe Stiletto HeelShoe Land // Cobalt Blue Mini Christy Saffiano ToteMelBoteri Handbags // Sunnies – Old // Earrings – Old

 

 

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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