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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Dressing Happy: The Power of Color

Hello Style Mavens!

There have been many days that I’ve awaken to a mood that is less than desirable. After my daily prayer, meditation, exercise and gospel music ritual, I look to lift my mood even further by making sure my outfit is colorful and makes me happy.  If you’ve never tried it, I suggest you do! It really works!

Did you know that it has been proven scientifically that color can lift your mood and productivity? More of a reason to give it a try!

My colors of choice:

Purple is known as being a regal and sophisticated hue and is associated with creativity and luxury. Purple is a very stimulating color and can boost your energy level when you see it. It’s also associated with spirituality and intuition.

Green shades are calm and soothing, and are associated with nature and the outdoors. The color is refreshing and can reduce stress in those who look at it.

Yellow is ideal to cheer you up on a bad day and give you that extra needed perk. It is associated with intelligence and inspiration.

Red, which I have already identified as my fave, is a fiery color that is linked to energy, passion, love, strength, desire, and intensity.

Orange is a beautiful mix of red and yellow, and is known to spark emotions that are associated with both red and yellow! Orange represents happiness, creativity, warmth, encouragement, attraction and exuberance! When orange is in view, our brains receive more oxygen, stimulating mental activity and the feeling of confidence!

Pink represents health, femininity, compassion, playfulness, romance, and friendship. It sparks feelings of sensitivity and love. The color pink has been placed in hospitals, prisons, and health care facilities to help dissolve anger and encourage the feelings of calmness and love. How cool is that?

If you are someone who is afraid of color, when you’re feeling like you need a little mood boost, take a chance and add some color to your outfit. You will be very happy with the results!

For assistance in helping to style your wardrobe, click on the “Styling Services” link to find out how I can be of service to you!      #letmestyleyou – – You’ll be happy you did!

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

MAIR Fragrance: An Aroma to Remember When

Hey there beauties!

I know we all love to smell amazing, and what better way but by wearing a fragrance with a heavenly aroma. Choosing the right scent for a woman is just a personal as finding the right outfit or makeup. It’s very important because it accentuates your natural beauty. It becomes your signature, what people remember you by.

My most recent collaboration is with MAIR Fragrance and I had the pleasure of receiving their eau de parfum, Remember When. Handmade in the French tradition, the scent is crafted from raw materials, and possesses a citrus, floral aroma.

The creator and owner, Mair Emenogu describes how she wants her customers to experience her perfume. She says, “I create fragrances so that it expresses your emotion in the absence of words. When you wear my fragrance, you are going to feel confident and be it, feel sexy and beautiful and become it.”

Take note, Remember When is concentrated with the fragrances of Jasmine and Italian Bergamot, which are known to conjure emotions such as confidence, beauty and happiness!

The packaging of this fragrance is definitely of superb quality and has the look of elegance.  And as I said in the beginning, it smells heavenly.

Until next time, love and light!

Julie

 

 

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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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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