And the Emmy goes to… Christian Siriano

by Jackie

“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano continues to slay the competition with his fresh take on style. His Emmy’s red carpet looks popped without sacrificing elegance.

(Photos: via Instagram @csiriano)

 

OITNB's Samira Wiley

OITNB’s Samira Wiley

OITNB's Uzo Aduba

OITNB’s Uzo Aduba

Mad Men's Teyonah Parris

Mad Men’s Teyonah Parris

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland

Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland

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Adding More Fun to Your Summer Style

Guest Post by Tina Hamilton

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The summer sunshine, blooming flowers and clear skies are all reasons to be grateful for the wonderful season. It’s a perfect time to get outside, express your emotions and enjoy your blessings. Showcasing your personal style is a great way to express all of those emotions. This year, make your summer style as vibrant and happy as your personality to show everyone just how fabulous summertime can be.

There are a lot of different ways that you can make your summer style fun. No matter what, you should always let your personality shine through your wardrobe. Your daily fashion is the best way to express the way that you feel that day, so let everyone know how happy you are that summer is finally here. Here are some ways that you can add more fun to your summer style.

Choose bright colors

There are bright colors everywhere in summer, not only outside but also in fashion. Trends this year involve coral and orange tones that flatter almost every skin tone. Break the mold by trying out a few of these colors. You can even pair them with other bright colors for an outfit that screams summer fun. Be careful, however, that your colors are in the same color palate and that they complement each other. This means that one should be slightly more dominant than the other to balance your look out.

Show a little skin

The weather is heating up, so it’s time to push the limits and let a little more skin show this summer. You don’t have to strip down to a bikini every day, but there are some ways to can strategically show more skin to add more mystery and sex appeal to your look without being over the top.

You can take this in small steps, like wearing a high heel with skinny straps for your next night out, or be a little more dramatic with a crop top and high waist skirt to show just a little extra skin. Try perfect fitting bras in lace peeking out underneath some of your low cut racer back tank tops for a fun, flirty look.

Pull inspiration from nature

We love having fresh, bright flowers in our homes for summer, so why not let your love of nature show in your clothing choices? There are great floral patterns in every style of clothing that is perfect for summer every year. This season’s trends involve big prints, but you can work in last year’s tiny floral prints as well.

Wear clothes that are completely you

No matter what season it is or what trends are in fashion at the moment, you should always feel comfortable in the clothes that you are wearing. Wear things that you truly like, not just what you think it the trendiest at that particular time. Pick things that flatter your body and make you feel beautiful every day. If you do this, you can stick to a smaller wardrobe that you can mix and match to meet the needs of any day.

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Author Bio:

Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.

Wearing Happiness

by Jackie

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Yellow is my favorite color. It’s the color of all things happy. A bunch of sunflowers kept me in a yellow mood and helped me start my day, even on those mornings when I just wanted to stay in bed.

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This yellow eyelet dress from Old Navy is one of my summer favorites. I can’t help but be in a good mood when I’m in it. It just feels like I’m wearing happiness. So, don’t be surprised if you catch me wearing it over and over again this season. Wear something that makes you smile this week!

Summer Espadrilles

by Sherria 

Espadrilles are back in style! The approximately 400 year-old style was said to have been worn by King of Aragons’ infantry men in the XIII century. The style has evolved into a popular shoe staple among women in the summer seasons.  Nowadays, anyone can shop for a pair of espadrilles in most department stores, including Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.

I love espadrilles because they are multi-functional, cute and casual. Espadrilles can be worn from the rooftop party to the museum visit. On the other hand, if you work in an office setting, wedged espadrilles can be appropriate. However, I would not recommend the casual look for a business meeting. I would suggest wearing them on an average work day and casual Friday’s.

Below are A*cute’s top espadrille picks for summer: 

 

 

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1) Seville Wedge Espadrille (J.Crew, $128)

2) Lanii Espadrille Flats (STEVEN by Steve Madden, $99)

3) Ganessa Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandals (Calvin Klein, sale $54.50)

4) Galia Stripped Canvas Espadrille Flats (Christian Louboutin, $445)

Pop-Up at the South Street Seaport NYC

by Sherria 

I spent Memorial Day at the South Street Seaport in New York City. After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, most of the destroyed stores have yet to return. However, the city has done a great job of keeping the area thriving with pop-up shops, food trucks/festivals and outdoor movie screenings. I stopped by a pop-up shop featuring clothing from Mary Meyer and handcrafted jewelry by Lila Rice. Check out a few snapshots of the shop below:

 

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About Mary Meyer

Mary Meyer was born in Northern CA, grew up in Venice, and graduated from the California College of the Arts with a degree in painting, funded in part by a Yozo Hamaguchi grant. While in school, Mary studied printmaking, weaving, dyeing, welding and woodworking. She also discovered her penchant and talent for clothing design. Starting production out of her living room, she began to make custom shirts and dresses for her friends and peers. In 2005, she founded her company, Mary Meyer Clothing.

Mary is known for her casual and sexy designs, made distinctive by her custom prints. Her art is inspired by a wide range of sources, including African textiles, Japanese dye techniques, quilts, pop art, the beach, wheat pasted punk flyers, 90’s goth culture, and 80’s graphic tees.

In addition to her clothing company, Mary also runs the Mary Meyer Art House, throwing parties that showcase artists and bands that are not always seen in the mainstream. She also co-founded Step Right Up, a non-profit afterschool program that provides free arts workshops in New York City’s public schools.

About Lila Rice 

Lila’s work is inspired by both the natural environment and the human realm of engineering, hardware, and mechanism, and she strives to create pieces that embody the beauty of both when they intersect. The collection’s aesthetic embodies opposing elements: the masculine and the feminine, the organic and the industrial, the antiquated relic and the modern classic. In her metalwork you will often find, for example, that Lila chooses to fabricate a piece with both yellow gold and roughly-hammered, antiqued brass, or that she makes the story of simple stud earrings more complex by adding snake-print texture and mixed metals. Evident in the collection is the influence of both ancient art and design and of the local scrap yard. And then, of course, there is the wildness and energy of the modern metropolis, which is the heartbeat of the line.