Field Trip!

I am EXTREMELY excited to finally visit The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC tomorrow.  Make sure you follow The Hopeful Style Chronicles on social media to get the laughs, tears and of course what I wore #ootd .

 

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Big Chunky Sweater

In NYC at this current moment it is now 45 degrees. Last week it was 80 degrees. We went from experiencing  Indian summer to Winter with a possibility of snow any day now. Every one is rushing to get their coats out of storage, sweaters cleaned, boots purchased and lent picked off last years hats. Its cold!!!!! The type of cold you want to curl up with hot cocoa, a big chunky sweater and read fashion magazines.

When I was younger my mother pulled out this AMAZING big black and white almost salt and pepper like sweater and I said to myself “I just struck gold.” This sweater was nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was big, chunky, warm and all mines. I’ve planned outfits around that sweater! One day I decided to wear the sweater and lets just say I’ve been “borrowing” it from that moment on. The sweater is much older than me and I plan on passing it on to my daughter one day, if she can pry it out my hands.

Dress (Necessary Clothing) / Turtleneck (H&M) / Boots try this (Steve Madden)

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Little White Shirt at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop

In NYC right now it is 79 degrees. Yes, you it read right. Just when you thought the season of Fall was here Summer decided to make a comeback. Surprisingly, I don’t mind the change of season at all. I love the Fall weather, but I can appreciate a warm day every now and then. SO what do you wear when the previous season like Summer makes a come back? Light weight clothing like a white shirt and jeans. You are still covered up and weather appropriate. Who knows the next day it could be feel like Winter.

I recently took a trip to the famous Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Brooklyn, New York. I consider myself a cupcake connoisseur (lol) and these cupcakes prove me right once again.  The shop is just as its title describes…..cute and little. Just enough space to enjoy a sweet treat and take in the views. I only had a cupcake, but I did indeed want more.

Everyone should have multiple white shirts. Whether high end like Anne Fontaine or Low end like Old Navy you can never have too many. Step outside the box purchase a lace trimming or bell sleeve. Go one stop further and even try silk. White shirts are a closet staple and even though cotton long sleeve with a collar is always acceptable nothing wrong with having a little fun.

Bag ( Kate Spade ) / Blouse ( Who What Wear ) // Jeans ( Madewell ) / Sunglasses ( Miu Miu )

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How To Wear Athleisure

What is Athleisure? Clothing designed for workouts and other athletic activities worn for other non workout settings. Like wearing sweatpants with heels to a party. If done the right way you too can pull this look off. I am a big fan of athleisure!! Whose not? Try it. You are probably wearing this trend and not even know it.

The Brooklyn Museum has this awesome structure in the front called “the steps.” Its a great place to sit, relax and watch the water display sing. For as long as I can remember the steps have never been covered. When I saw the recent design on the steps I had to make use of it. The graphic prints in black and white were the perfect back drop to display how athleisure can be worn.

Tip #1 Don’t be afraid to step out the box. It maybe something that you aren’t use to, but try it. To be honest I’m sure you have a track suit that you don’t wear to the gym, but to go shopping. Right? Well there you go…that’s athleisure!

Tip #2 You don’t have to wear sneakers. To dress up this look put on a pair of heels. I know it may sound crazy, but try it and thank me later.

Tip #3 Have the confidence in yourself to know you look good. When you do, other people will notice and simply say “your outfit is cute.” Of course your goal isn’t to always get compliments, but no harm in receiving one.

Hooded Sweatshirt (H&M) / Soft Woven Jogger (HartLove718…sold out) / DIY Vintage Coach Bag / Earrings (Paige Jordan Brand…sold out)

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#BlackGirlMagic

I LOVE fashion. My first words were “shoes” so I was destined to be in this industry. My middle name is Chanel just spelled Shannel so yeah you get it. As you already know I love color and my hometown New York City. To be more specific Brooklyn!!! SO what better place to take in all of the sights and get some exercise than walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

This blog is and will always be about having fun with fashion. My formula…..have fun and break all the fashion rules. Hmm..this is kind of my life mantra. Keeping with the theme having fun, I am blessed to be a mentor to 3 wonderful teenage girls. Since one is away at college (Hi Mickey) the other 2 accompanied me on this adventure. The weather was great. A little windy, crowded, but crispy and sunny. I allowed one to be the photographer and the other to creatively direct the entire shoot. I must say they did an astonishing job.

Whose not a fan of hashtags? The most recent hashtag that’s been circulating the social media waves is #BlackGirlMagic. I decided to customize a t-shirt with the phrase #BlackGirlMagic.What does it mean? Feeling empowered and knowing that you are somebody. I wanted to use fall colors, however this t-shirt can be worn all year round. Pleats and midi skirts are huge this season. Don’t be afraid to wear a midi skirt with sneakers. Its very athleisure. If you don’t have a track jacket stop what you are doing and go get one. On those cool days you don’t always have to wear a sweater try a track jacket. They are lightweight and go with literally everything.

T-shirt (custom)/ Skirt (Forever 21 sold out..sorry)/ Track Jacket (Adidas)

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Location: Brooklyn Bridge

Photographer : Johanna Douglas

Creative Director: Taylor Douglas

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Beauty Must Have: Lime Crime

On Saturday October 1st I had the pleasure of attending Beautycon NYC . It was beauty junkie heaven. Almost every brand you can think of was in attendance along with YouTube beauty stars, TV personalities and celebrities. The best thing were the freebies. I have a lot of products and will share my must haves.

While my favorite brands such as NYX CosmeticsCarol’s Daughter to name a few were represented one brand I was very impressed with was Lime Crime . Don’t judge me, but I have never heard of this brand. I have been totally missing out. “Makeup for Unicorns” is their slogan and they are absolutely right. The shades, tones and pigments are extremely vibrant. Surprisingly with all the freebies I managed to purchase only beauty 2 items. My 1st purchase was Lime Crime Superfoil Wet/Dry Foil Eyeshadow Duo in Gilded Carriage and Glass Slipper . In all my years I finally found an eyeshadow that does exactly as its title. This might be the best eyeshadow ever and here’s why. The packaging is SUPER cute. This duo is extremely pigment and a lot goes a long way.

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$18.00

Here is how you apply the eye shadow. It is recommended to not use a brush, but to use your finger. Once you get the product on your finger slightly wet your finger and then apply the eyeshadow. It really does look like foil. The shine and the staying power makes this product a must have. After wearing this on my eyes for over 8 hours not once did I need to reapply. With one swipe of makeup remover it came right off. I would highly recommend this product in any shade.

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Try Lime Crime for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

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The winner will be announced Friday October 7th at noon (eastern standard time).

Good Luck!!!