Happy Spring

It is officially the 1st day of Spring!!! Even though it doesn’t feel like it OR look like it (we still have snow on the ground) SPRING is here and here to stay. How do I know, because the weather man said so lol ….and because of The Old Farmer’s Almanac . Founded in 1792 it is still used til this day and its pretty accurate.

So what does one wear when the calendar says Spring, but it doesn’t feel like it? Shed clothing slowly. Warm temperatures during the day can turn into cold temperatures at night. You never want to be under dressed nor overdressed. It is safe to put the turtlenecks away and ok to wear mock necks. Another great way to adjust to the weather and still look fashionable is to change your jewelry. One of my favorite pieces of jewelry are earrings. I am not talking about diamond studs, I like colorful…whimsical earrings of all kinds.

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All earrings are courtesy of J.Crew

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Some of my favorite earrings this spring are:

ASOS Liars & Lovers Bright Tassel Statement Earrings $23.00

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BaubleBar Caicos Pom Pom Earrings $34

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Mango Floral Earrings $25.99

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Kate Spade Citrus Crush Statement Earrings $98.00

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J.Crew Embroidered Crystal Earrings $78

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What are some of your Spring fashion favorites?

 

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Wardrobe Essentials: The White Shirt

Carolina Herrera said it best “trends may come and go, but nothing will ever beat a white shirt.” I totally agree. There is nothing like a crisp white shirt. Whether high-end or low-end you can’t have too many. Whether you wash or dry clean white shirts come in different styles and in different lengths.

Spring is in full swing (even though the weather says otherwise) and what better way to welcome this new season by upgrading my white shirt crew. I made a trip to good ‘ole Zara and this shirt was calling me! I like the classic collar, the length is a bit short. However the fine line pleats are what said “buy me buy me.”

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$35.90

I love color especially color blocking  (a How To post coming soon)  so I paired the white shirt with an Orange Diamond Weave Pencil Skirt from Ann Taylor .

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Ann Taylor skirt $24.88

My African head wrap is mainly the color mustard with hints of dusty blue and white. I decided to wear Makara Dusty Blue Nina Shoes .

 

 

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 Nina Shoes $49.99

To keep in theme with the color of my head wrap I paired the entire outfit with a Faux Leather High Yellow Jacket from Zara . I love the belt detailing.

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 Zara jacket $69.90

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To complete the whole outfit I cam carrying a Cooperative Mini Luggage Crossbody Bag in Pink from Urban Outfitters .

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Now go out and buy yourself a new white shirt…you deserve it!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Have some fun and try these looks!

All photos taken by Faith Brown

sbrown.faith@gmail.com

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How to wear a romper in the winter

Thursday, January 14th was my birthday and I decided to break all the “rules.” I wore a romper and white shoes. To be more specific I wore a velvet romper and white booties. The days of wearing shorts only in the summer and no white shoes after Labor Day are over!

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I LOVE a statement earring especially from J.Crew . While in Soho I stumbled upon a cute boutique and found this Honey Punch “It’s Just A Lil’ Crush Velvet Romper”. I love the description. My tights are a vintage steal! The shoes, my white Steve Madden booties were a perfect addition.

“How can I wear this outfit in the winter”….Make sure you wear tights. I live in NYC and it is now 22 degrees outside. Yes, 22. To keep warm wear a long heavy coat and layer with a hat, scarf and gloves. Stay chic and warm!

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I LOVE Denim

My birthday is this Thursday January 14th! To start the celebration I’ve decided to do and wear some of my favorite things. One of my favorite things to wear is DENIM. From low end at Old Navy to premium by 3×1 I could wear denim everyday all day.

I purchased this Topshop dress in the fall and its been sitting in my closet. “I’m going to wear it, I’m going to wear it.” Finally I’ve worn it. I decided to style my denim overall dress with a collarless tuxedo white shirt. I am a fan of white shirts. You can NEVER EVER EVER have too many. Boots are huge in the winter, especially black and over the knee. As you may already know I love a statement earring. I pulled the whole outfit together with a pair of  vintage circular black and white button earrings and an oversized velvet bow barrette.InstaSize_0111120332InstaSize_0111120616

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Here you can create a similar look.

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Color of the year

Happy New Year!!! I can’t believe its 2016. A new year with new opportunities means a new color of the year. Pantone Color Institute has decided on 2 colors Rose Quartz and Serenity. “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves” Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director.

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I know you are thinking…How do I incorporate these colors into my current wardrobe? Are these colors only for the spring? Glad you asked! The easiest way….add an Accessory.

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Kate Spade Cedar Street Mini Nora crossbody bag for $198

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J.Crew Beaded Rose Necklace $138

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ASOS Lightning Studded Ballet Flats $51

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Forever21 Curved Faux Gemstone Studs $3.90

With temperatures in the 20’s sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves are just another way to incorporate the colors of the year into your current wardrobe.

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Ann Taylor Loft Cozy Open Cardigan $64.50

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Eugenia Kim Ice blue chunky wool hand-knit turban headband $100

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Diane von Furstenberg Grace Modal Printed Scarf in Denim Window Pane $168

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Zara Knit Gloves with PomPom $9.99

Stay warm!

Rocksbox

Rocksbox

Everyone seems to have a “box” subscription service now. Have you checked out Rocksbox ? Rocksbox is a premium jewelry subscription box. Here’s how it works, Become a Shine Insider. Take a style survey and add items to your jewelry Wish List. You then receive 3 pieces to wear on loan. Each piece is hand selected for you based on your style and specific requests. Return anytime to get 3 new designer pieces. You can return your Rocksbox set anytime as often as you like.

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I received my box today and I am impressed. Not only was the jewelry well wrapped I love the personalized note. The box is extremely cute and the jewelry pouches come with information about each designer. Ready to sign up? Use this code to receive 1 month subscription for free  hautehopexoxo . Enjoy!!

Item of the week: Statement Earrings

My favorite accessory is a pair of statement earrings. To be more specific a pair of J.Crew  statement earrings. Many times my outfit revolves around this one accessory. I attended the Simply Stylist bloggers event and couldn’t leave the house with my current favorite item. The earrings shown below are made of brass, glass stone, epoxy stone and resin. The colors are a misty forest with a light gold ox plating. I’ve worn them for a full 4 hours and even tough they are 2 3/4″ in length the earrings are light as a feather!! The Christmas holiday season is slowly approaching and these earrings are a great way to add some sparkle to your outfit.

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J.Crew lucite and crystal earrings