I have not been able to locate a thread or website that tells me how to upgrade some of my gear that I am getting. Any suggestions?
Go to the same place where you reforge/tmorg. There will be a new NPC there. He will upgrade those gear with either JP (blue items) or VP (purple items).
There's a new Ethereal, located in the same buildings that hold transmogrification/reforging/void storage, who handles upgrades.