The Hopeful Stylist, LLC

This has been a dream come true! It is with great pleasure to announce my company The Hopeful Stylist, LLC . After 7 years of being a Freelance Wardrobe Stylist I decided to create something of my own.

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A Day In The Life of a Wardrobe Stylist

My birthday is this Saturday and to kick off the festivities here is my 1st published editorial  of 2017. As a Wardrobe Stylist I get to style models, celebrities etc. It’s not an easy job, but somebody has to do it. Its not work, for me its actually play. My first words were “shoes” so I was destined to be in the business of fashion.

I had the AMAZING opportunity of being able to style the definition of a #GIRLBoss Karen Civil for Ellements Magazine January 2017 Issue . Karen is a social media and public relations strategist who has been to the White House and is now honoring artist along side Forbes for entrepreneurship and philanthropy. I told you she is a boss!!!

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What did I wear? When on set I always try to dress fashionably, yet comfortable. A lot of times, I have to kneel on the floor, sit on the floor or take my shoes off to not mess up the white flooring on set. The temperature on shoot day was 20 degrees so it was only right to layer and then remove clothing if I get warm. If you don’t know by now I am BIG on wearing denim! I wore a black cutout shoulder shirt and my superstar Adidas. Cute, comfortable and stylish.

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I had the pleasure of visiting a museum in Washington, DC. Not just ANY museum, but the National Museum of African American History and Culture . This museum was everything I thought it would be and more. I feel extremely blessed once again because tickets are sold out until March 2017! The weather was great and the exhibits were even better.

The museum starts off with the way African Americans came to the United States of American and how we’ve over came over the years. From Women’s Rights, to the Afro and soooo much more. Of course it was crowded, but I am proud of who I am and  I felt like I was living through history with people that cared about our future. I can go on and on and on, but I will let the pictures do the talking.

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If you ever get a chance to go to this particular museum dress comfortably and as always fashionably. I decided to wear flats instead of sneakers and jeans. Bodysuits are back along with vintage leather jackets. To complete my outfit I wrapped kente cloth around multicolor braids.

Vintage leather jacket / Jeans ( J.Crew ) / Velvet flats ( Steve Madden ) / Bodysuit ( H&M )

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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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How To Dress Up Sweatpants

Yes, you’ve read correctly. There is a way to actually dress up sweatpants and I will show you. Still not convinced? Keep reading.

Sweatpants are typically worn to workout, run errands or for comfort. However with our ever-changing fashion cycle Athleisure has introduced a way to wear your leggings, sweatshirts or track pants to more formal or business like occasions.

Rule #1 Your coordinating pieces should be dressy.

Remember the goal is to dress up sweatpants not dress down. I choose an H&M tuxedo blazer. The wide leg  grey sweatpants from Adidas were too long, so I decided to wear a pair of black patent leather heels.

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Rule #2 Give a wow moment when you take your blazer off!

A frilled poplin corporate blue  Zara shirt looks great. Remember you are dressing up the sweatpants.  It looks like I have on a simple blue dress shirt. However when I take the blazer off there is that aha moment.

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Yes, I was smiling !

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Rule #3 Have fun in outfit!!!

Take a selfie, share with your friends…. it’s not everyday you will wear sweatpants and heels.

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Photographer Faith S. Brown

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I Heart Henri Bendel

I recently took a trip to one of my favorite stores  Henri Bendel. If you are ever in New York City I highly recommend taking a visit. Bendels is like a playground just for girls. Bags, rings, sunglasses oh my!

Every so often I look at my business card holder and card case and feel the need to make an upgrade. I love the brown and white stripes. Its a bold pattern and yet sophisticated at the same time. A current feature is monograming . You are able to get up to 3 letters such as your initials, but I love my 1st name soo much  I requested HOPE instead.

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The business card holder is perfect in fabrication, weight and dimensions. A standard business card fits smoothly inside. To close the holder just push down on the snap and your cards are safe and secure.

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The card case is very sleek with 3 slots. On the very top there is an extra slot. Its very slender in width which makes it easy to fit anywhere!

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Check out these items and more at http://www.henribendel.com .

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Happy Fashion Leap Year

Today’s forecast was 57 degrees . Yes, it’s still winter, however Spring is making a sneak peek. Look into your closet and get ready to shed some clothes. With today’s nice weather it is also a Leap Year! Every 4 years instead of 365 days, we get an extra day to be fashionable, an extra day to be fabulous and an extra day to enjoy life and have fun!

In honor of Leap Year here are 2.29 items you need right now, like now.

  1. Every so often I look at my bags and say I need a new bag. A bag that is bold in color, can be used as a cross body and a satchel. Zac Zac Posen Eartha Top-Handle Satchel is the perfect bag. This bag can be worn during any season.
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2. A mini dress with long sleeves in red, white and black. Yes, please! Designer Melody Ehsani teamed up with Reebok and created ME x Reebok . This dress is perfect for cold winter nights and cool spring days.

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.29 The brand Converse has produced the most iconic sneakers for decades. High top, low top white or black they are here to stay.  Comme des Garcon PLAY has teamed up with Converse to create a sleek sneaker with their signature logo. Put on a pair of jeans or dress pants and PLAY!

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What will I write about Leap Year 2020?

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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 stay Chic in a Snowstorm

The East Coast is about to get hit with snowstorm Jonas (hehehe) . We are urged to stay inside and off the roads. I say go have some fun, be a kid, throw a snowball, but be chic as well!!

The snow is going to fall and so are the temperatures. What part of your body should be the most warm? Your feet. The big trend this year is boots over the knee. If by chance you are a big kid like myself who loves to play in the snow, movement is very important. Sorel makes great fashionable snow boots. Yes, they are a bit clunky however your feet stay warm and they are waterproof.

 

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Knit sweaters are a winter wardrobe staple. SO why not add a pair of knit leggings. I purchased a similar pair of American Eagle leggings for my sister for Christmas…. went back a week later to purchase a pair for myself. They are very warm and very light weight.

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The king of HEATTECH Fleece is Uniqlo. If you don’t know who they are please do yourself a favor and look them up. They provide the basics in an array of colors for the whole family. I love this Long Sleeve Fleece Turtleneck because it comes in 10 colors. My favorite color shown is 75 Purple.

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Invest in a warm winter coat that you can have for years and years to come. There are a million or maybe not a million, but a lot of brands to choose from. A very popular brand for obvious reasons is Canada Goose .

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To add the cherry on top in the words of our moms “don’t forget your hat, scarf and gloves.” “Yes mom.” 3 important features about these The North Face gloves are breathability, insulation and most importantly waterproof.

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Here is a 2 for 1. A scarf can be used for your neck as well as your face.  As you can see I have a theme going on..its all about fleece. The North Face Denali Thermal Scarf comes in 8 vibrant colors.

Last but not least cover your head and all your gorgeous hair. Snow is not something you want in your hair. To keep your head warm try one of these The North Face Denali Thermal Fleece hats. 8 vibrant colors to match your scarf.

Stay warm!

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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