INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a feature on All Things Hair

Happy International Women’s Day.

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All over the world women are celebrating what #ADAYWITHOUTWOMEN would look like. Many have decided to strike by not going to work, marching or wearing red. If you aren’t able to participate in these ways….. let your voice be heard not just on this day, but for the rest of your life! How am I letting my voice be heard? I was recently asked by  All Things Hair to be apart of their tribute on “How Women are Expressing themselves Through Their Hair.”

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Here is a snippet of my thoughts……

“I’ve had natural hair for seven years. At first I was afraid of how I would look with short kinky hair. Being on this journey I have learned so much about who I am, and what my culture is all about. As an African American we are shamed into thinking our hair has to be one way and not embrace how versatile it actually can be. I am no longer afraid of who I am because as women, we are strong creatures who are a force to be reckoned with… we just have to believe and never lose our HOPE.”

Another way I’ve decided to be in solidarity with my sisters is to wear red. Red is such a powerful color! Its not too late. If you don’t have red clothing you can simple wear red lipstick.

Gingham Shirt (Zara) / Pants (vintage) / Bomber Jacket (H&M) / Sneakers (Vans)

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New Year’s Eve

I can’t believe in less than 5 hours the year 2017 will be here. I am excited for the coming year because of the new opportunities, new possibilities and more time to spread Hope. I started this blog this year and I am not looking back. More post, more outfits, more adventures……and possibly some additions to my little family.

Thank you to all my readers. I promise  2017 will be worth liking, commenting, sharing and subscribing. 

Cheers to 2017 

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#NMAAHC

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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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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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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What I Wore Apple Picking

Fall is here in full swing and you can definitely feel it. Temperatures are now in the 70’s. What better way to bring in a new season than to take a trip to Lawrence Farms and Orchards . I’ve been visiting this specific farm for years and have been going apple picking for as long as I can remember. It always takes me back to my childhood. Even as a child my first thought are ” what do I wear?” The weather can be unpredictable , so I always recommend dressing in layers.

Sweater (H&M) / Jeans (J.Crew) / Boots (Circus by Sam Edelman) /Bag (Zara) / Bracelets (Alex and Ani)

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LBD=Long (Maxi) Black Dress

My hand is slowly getting better Thanks for asking and I’m sure you’ve noticed the posts are shorter as well. “Rest your hands”…doctor’s orders. So I won’t tell him about the blog posts if you don’t.

It is August 5th and I feel like Fall is in the air. The weather is now in the low 80’s. I can’t believe New York Fashion Week  is in less than a month. I was recently in Rhode Island and I definitely had to take advantage of the scenery. The weather was only 78 degrees. No complaints here! To be quite honest I would love to live in 80 degree weather all year long. Not to0 hot, not too cold…just right.

Summer is almost over so that means Pre Fall is right around the corner. It is still time to wear your last minute summer items, but if you are like me when the weather drops you start to cover up just a little bit more. While on my road trip I decided to wear something comfortable and wrinkle free. You can never go wrong with a black short sleeve maxi dress. I tied a chambray shirt around my waist because denim goes with everything!! To top off the whole outfit you can’t go wrong with a pair of sneakers. And most importantly “don’t forget your sunglasses”.

H & M (try this) // JCrew // Adidas // Miu Miu

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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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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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