Hi readers,

I know  you are wondering where has The Hopeful Stylist been? Between having a 103 fever while being the Project Manager during New York fashion week and burying my grandfather I had to take some time away, but I am back and ready to talk fashion, beauty and lifestyle!!!




It is officially fashion week in New York City. While everyone is briskly walking from show to show love will be on the hearts of many. Reservations have been made, flowers are being purchased still not sure what to wear?

On Valentine’s Day the obvious color of choice is red, but how about winter white with accents of red.   I paired this winter white with lace detail dress from Express with a pair of peep toe vintage red pumps.


Express dress

To keep it fun and flirty for accessories I am wearing red lip earrings and a choker. It is VERY cold outside so why not wear a vintage fur stole to keep warm!


Red Lip Earrings || Choker


Vintage Fur Stole

To pull  the entire outfit together you can’t go wrong with a red lip. I am wearing NYX Lip Liner in Hot Red and Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rogue in Tokyo.


NYX Lip Liner


Mirenesse Lip Rogue



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All photos were taken at the lovely Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

by Faith S. Brown


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1 skirt + 3 ways



It is now February 4th, you are looking through your closet saying “I have nothing to wear.” You have a ton of holiday attire such as sequins, feathers, silk skirts and gowns , but not sure how to incorporate these items into your everyday look. Have no fear, The Hopeful Stylist is here!

“Sequin attire is only to be worn at night.” If styled right sequin can be worn during the day and at night. Here’s how: I purchased this pencil skirt in silver from Banana Republic and styled it as a day, fun weekend and evening look.


Rule #1 You can wear a t-shirt with anything. T-shirts can be dressed casually or dressed up for an evening event. If you want to dress up a t-shirt add a statement necklace.

Front Top Half

JCrew necklace|| Disney’s The Little Mermaid t-shirt


Topshop earrings

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie ( I always cry at the end when she leaves her daddy) to keep with the theme of dressed up, yet fun I completed this look with a pair of Vivienne Westwood by Melissa shoes. I like the big red heart detail. FYI the shoes smell like bubble gum.



Whole Outfit

Rule#2 Sneakers can be worn with everything, within reason. Always use creative judgement when trying to add a pair of sneakers with a very dressy item. Adidas Superstar sneakers are easy to pair with any outfit.

What girl doesn’t love MAC Cosmetics ! I’m wearing Flat Out Fabulous Bright Plum Matte Lipstick and it is awesome. Very creamy, long wearing and a very bold color to add an extra pop to this outfit.



Adidas Superstar

To complete this casual weekend look and for those chilly days and nights…an Adidas track jacket. I attended the NBA All Star game last year and decided to purchase this track jacket to commemorate the event.

Back (better)

Rule #3 Heels go with EVERYTHING!!! Especially with a touch of leopard. I paired the same sequin skirt with Sam Edelman two toned studded heels.



I love the subtleness of the black studs on the back of the shoes. It adds a little rockstar feel. My favorite jewelry are statement necklaces…. I styled this look with a Topshop black studded piece. Whenever you wear a chunky sweater and you want to give yourself a waist add a belt.

NYX cosmetics makes great vibrant lipsticks. The shade I am wearing is Twisted Bright Violet. Its high voltage and very moisturizing!



Have some fun and try these looks!

All photos taken by Faith Brown


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Books…Fashion Books

If you live in or visit New York City there is one place you must visit Strands Bookstore . This place is definitely NY’s best kept secret. I learned about this bookstore in my early teenage years and the rest is history. You can literally spend hours and hours and hours searching the rows of books.

My favorite section of Strands is the Fashion section. There are books about every designer imaginable….Chanel….Schiaparelli…McQueen the list of names are endless. The best part about this bookstore are the prices. You pay a fraction of the retail price!

On my recent trip I decided to pick up GRACE A Memoir by Grace Coddington. Grace formerly known as the Creative Director of Vogue Magazine decided to step down and take the role as Creative Director at Large. For many that means nothing, but for the fashion industry this is a big deal. Instead of 12 or more editorials a year she will only style 4 and take on other projects. The breakout star of the hit movie The September Issue has been Creative Director for 28 years (thats most of my life).

I love the color of the book. Its synonyms to the color of Grace’s hair……orange. She is an avid illustrator so no surprise there are a lot of pictures hand drawn throughout the book.


Grace Coddington


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I can’t wait to dive in. Be sure to check back to read my thoughts!