SHOP SHAPEWEAR THAT ACCENTUATES YOUR CURVES. SHOP SVELTE

I love that I was born with curves.  And yes, I got them from my mama, Julia Mae.  However, life and eating gave me a little more than extra, in places that I want to hide sometimes.  Well, I’ll admit most of the time.  So, collaborating with Svelte was right up my alley.  What is Svelte you might ask?  Svelte is a company that produces shapewear jeans, leggings, tanks, shorts and skirts.  All of their garments have a built in waist panel to accentuate and flatter what your mama gave you!  The clothing also forms to your figure with a 4-way stretch spandex panel.

 

Svelte was born when the founder, Liliana Turecki realized that as she moved into her 40’s, there was the need to move into different types of clothing.  She and her business partner sampled and tried different fabrics and designs until they came up with the perfect blend for a polished contour.

Picture courtesy of Chantals Corner

I received a pair of their slim cut denim jeans that are classic in color, timeless, uber comfortable, and very soft.  I often tout that there is nothing that can hold in this belly of mine, but you know what?  These leggings did.  They hug every curve, but I can still move, bend and squat uninhibited.  Everything is right where it needs to be.  And perfect for those days when I want to feel everything is in place.

Have a great day, y’all!  I’m feeling fine, cause I got my jeans on!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Lessons Taught in the Blogosphere: Year Two

Happy New Year, Lovelies!  It’s not only a happy new year, but it’s my 2nd year in business as Stylish Paradox! Stylist. Content Creator. Speaker. And what a ride it has been!  So many lessons have been taught to me.

Last year brought many new adventures and situations that helped me grow professionally and step out of my comfort zone.  Personally, style is a breeze, but being a small business owner is another type of stepping out!  Trust me.

God blessed me in 2017 with interviews, awards, numerous brand collaborations, new clientele, speaking engagements and the launch of a community collective of bloggers.  Virtual friends became real life friends and relationships with some of my closest allies went sideways.  The struggle to successfully balance my home life, friends, my 8 to 5 and my passion continue.

In year two, I still ask myself the question, “Should I continue?”  And as the thought lingers in my mind, a picture,  quote or scripture reading, will bring alive the passion like a fire that doesn’t seem to dim.

My goals will continue into this year and grow as the years pass: to put God and family first, be better everyday, inspire others, be consistent (all of which I work on, put haven’t perfected).

What lessons have I learned in year two?

TOP SEVEN LESSONS LEARNED

  1. What God has for you, is yours ONLY
  2. You must network with others
  3. Collaborate, share and partner with others in your field
  4. Be consistent, be consistent, be consistent
  5. Be your authentic self
  6. Don’t look at anybody else’s journey, focus on your own (stay in your lane)
  7. Keep learning and expanding your mindset to grow

I am excited about new opportunities in the coming year, both personally and professionally!

Please know that I am so thankful for your support and taking the time to ride with me on this journey! I am humbled.  Wishing you great health, prosperity, peace and blessings in 2018!

I love you all!

Julie

SHOP MY STYLE

Glow Short Sleeve Reversible Sequin Dress – Tracee Ellis Ross for JCP // Red Sandals – Aldo Shoes // Sequin Purse – Tracee Ellis Ross for JCP // Red Tassel Earrings (similar) – Forever 21 // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

Stylish Paradox: 2017’s Best

This wasn’t the best year for the United States or the world, as I’m sure most of you would agree.  But, there were amazing garments!  This post shares with you in my opinion, 2017’s best for Stylish Paradox.  Not to be trivial, but I’d just like to focus on something a little lighter because I know we’ve all been a little stressed out with the news and such.  Let’s pray for peace in 2018.  For real, y’all.  NO lol.

Here goes:

JANUARY

Who What Wear Collecton

 

 

FEBRUARY

Fit for my Valentine’s date

MARCH

Don’t sleep on Kohl’s – I love this jumpsuit

APRIL

Plaid Jumpsuit from New York and Company

MAY

Mixing it up from H&M

JUNE

Dramatic LBD from New York and Company

JULY

Feminine and Edgy – Photo taken by my baby girl, Ashleigh.

AUGUST

This outfit says FUN!

SEPTEMBER

 

Loved this dress from Who What Wear. But I loved the shoes from Shoeland and the purse from Melboteri.

OCTOBER

Loved collaborating with Misook for this look. Classy with edge.

NOVEMBER

Ankara Skirt Love. Bought this beauty from a local boutique.

DECEMBER

Loved everything about this look; from the colors, the bag (Italisan) and shoes (Aldo). And yes, the suit is from Who What Wear. They win the award for most worn designer in 2017, lol!

What were your favorite outfits on the blog in 2017?  Please drop a note in the comments below!

I appreciate each and everyone of you!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

One of My Favorite Finds in 2017: Guess? Who. What. Wear.

I’ve got to share one of my favorite finds for 2017!  And what makes it so amazing is that I stepped out of MY comfort zone to wear it.

I don’t really like suits, nor do I wear a lot of pants.  But, when I saw this colorful, fun, printed outfit from the Who. What. Wear. Collection, I said to myself, “Self, you’ve got to get this!” Ha!  And, I did!

Time to share:

And as 2017 comes to a close, I admonish each and everyone of you to step out on faith to achieve your goals and to step out of your comfort zone with style and fashion!  As the Nike campaign says, “JUST DO IT”!

Until next time, love and light beauties!

SHOP MY STYLE

Printed Puff Sleeve Blazer – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Tapered Pants – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Red Shoes – Aldo // The Lucia in Sunset Coral – Italisan // White Tee Shirt – Target // Images by Nichole Alex Photography

Red is my favorite color.

Let me tell you about my love affair with the color red.  It began many moons ago…

My bedroom as a teenager was decorated with beautiful red accents.  I remember it very well.  Our childhood home had just been renovated and now I had a brand new bedroom at the very back of the house. My mother allowed me to decorate my room as I pleased. My windows were adorned with red blinds and red/white eyelet window treatments. The double bed had a beautiful white comforter with a huge satin pillow shaped as big red lips smack dead in the middle. In the morning, as the sun hit the blinds, my room’s lighting had a soft red hue.

 

The list goes on.  I had a red high school prom dress, red first vehicle (Volkswagen Rabbit), red bridesmaids dresses.

Studies show that colors have a very significant effect on us both psychologically, and even physiologically! Certain colors can change our state of mind, or even affect our physical state. Is that crazy or what?

The crimson colored hue is the most eye-catching and exciting color in the entire spectrum. Red is bold and powerful. It demands attention. But did you know that the color red actually increases your heart rate?

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Red is perfect for accent colors; be it your MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, leather coat, power suit, LRD (little red dress), calls to action, or anywhere you want to make your presence more palpable. Red says, CONFIDENCE.

So for your holiday celebrations, I hope you put on a little red!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

Lily Silk: Fine, Feminine and Fabulous in the Fall

*sponsored*

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

SHOP MY LOOK

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

SHOP MY STYLE
Dress (similar) – Who What Wear Collection by Target // Casati Fein Necktie – Dwimmer // Cobalt Blue Open Toed Stiletto – Shoeland // Clutchbag – Vintage // Sunnies – Old

 

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