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Meet Julie Harbour of Stylish Paradox: Personal Styling Services for the Refined Woman in Baldwin Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Harbour.

Julie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began Stylish Paradox almost 2 years ago when my youngest daughter was completing her last year in college. After spending much of my life engulfed in raising children; with the prayer and support of my sister friends, I stepped into my passion and purpose. And what merely started out as image consulting, blossomed into blogging and speaking to young women about how to present themselves to the world. The mission of Stylish Paradox is to empower women of a certain age to continue to shine and be the best version of themselves, even when society may feel their best years have passed. Stylish Paradox is also working on building a community over the competition – with other women bloggers to share resources and genuinely support one another in the City of Los Angeles.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been smooth and I’m learning so much along the way. I have relationships now that are strained, but ironically, others relationships have blossomed. It’s hard when you are doing what you truly love and feel is a calling and others just aren’t buying into your vision. I’ve realized that this is a journey, but it’s so exciting and I’m still evolving.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Stylish Paradox: Personal Styling Services for the Refined Woman. – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Stylish Paradox first and foremost is a business that provides personal styling services for all women but caters to women over the age of 40. I provide closet cleanses to help purge and revitalize a woman’s wardrobe, personal shopping trips and special event styling. I feel it is imperative that women of every age feel relevant, even when society says differently. An older woman can be confident, dress sassy and classy, and not look like they’re wearing their daughter’s clothing. I teach women how to spice up their wardrobes, paying attention to what best compliments their body type. No matter what your size or shape, there are garments that will look fabulous on you! I also do speaking engagements generally for the young adult or adolescent girls on how to present themselves to the world; whether in the workplace, on campus or in their everyday interactions. With social media being such a big part of young people’s lives, they need to have a true perception of what is real and what is not. In addition, I am a style and lifestyle blogger. I’m proud of the fact that I took the leap of faith to begin my own business at the age of 50.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
I was the youngest of six children, raised by a minister and early childhood educator. Early on, I was very ongoing but as I aged, I become more of an introvert. Life changed my personality and I became more observant of people before I trusted them with my friendship. I loved playing with dolls and dressing paper dolls. I guess that’s where the love of style came in.

Pricing:

  • Personal Styling/Shopping Services………………………………………………………..$75 per hr.
  • Closet Cleanses…………………………………………………………………………………………………….$75 per hr.
  • Special Event Styling……………………………………………………………………………………………….$75 per hr.
  • Speaking Engagements……………………………………………………………………………………….$75 per hr.

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Image Credit:
Nichole Alex Photography

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