Wardrobe 101: Plaid Outerwear

Living in NYC during the winter its cold. Like really cold. Many times its soo cold New Yorkers tend to just wear black clothing. Every so often you will see someone with a colorful coat. Fashion rules are now being broken and wearing multi colored clothing is now acceptable all year round. For example wearing white jeans after Labor Day or wearing a lime green fur coat on a snow day.

I am a big fan of wearing color!!! Yellow trench coat, multi colored fur …you name it. Not only does it brighten up your entire outfit it can change your current mood to a more happier mood. Our favorite basic brand American Apparel is downsizing and is now having a hugs sale. I received an American Apparel plaid wool top coat as a Christmas gift and it reminded me of a coat I once had and worn all the time as a kid. After trying on this coat I instantly started to put outfits together. When wearing a colorful jacket try to keep your outfit to a minimum of 3 colors that are featured in the coat or wear neutral colors like denim, brown and/or grey. To add an extra touch, add a brooch or two. The brooch featured is actually my mother’s. I’ve been “borrowing it” for years!

Plaid Wool Top Coat (American Apparel sold out online) / Penny Loafers (G.H. Bass) / Leather Tote (Madewell) /  Gold Star Earrings (Zara….sold out online) / Mother’s Vintage Brooch











Photography by Faith Brown




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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May The 4th Be with You

Happy 4th !!!! I hope you had a fun and stylish holiday. Whether you spent time with family or friends today was a great day to relax . Fun, Food and Fireworks.

If you didn’t know what to wear today here are 3 colors you could have chosen….Red, White and Blue. To show my patriotic manner as with every year I wear all 3 colors. If you’ve been reading The Hopeful Style Chronicles this blog is all about having fun with fashion and I wanted to do just that.

Madewell try this// Vans try this// Ray-Ban







Wondering about my adventures in NOLA for Essence Festival……Make sure you

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