Professional Attire for the Eclectic Woman

Guest Post by Keren Johnson

Hey Ladies,

There’s a new eclectic fashion line for women who “has to work but loves to play.” Wanda Grace is a new collection that definitely speaks to me. I am on my best professional behavior during the day at my office job, but once 5:00 pm comes around, I love hang out with my friends at happy hour or let loose during a Thursday-night party! Not only does the collection by Wanda Grace allow for more flexibility between day-time and night-time looks in your wardrobe, but it is also  fashion-forward and affordable.

Check out the entire collection at http://www.WandaGrace.com.

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Rory Dress, $125

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Kenya Dress, $125

Keren Johnson works as a government officer. She loves to write, dance and participate in public service projects in Washington, DC and throughout the nation. If you have any questions for Keren, either leave a comment or send us a message at lookacute@gmail.com

Project Runway Season 11

by Sherria

The season premier of Project Runway Season 11 aired last night on Lifetime. This season, 16 contestants will show off their best designs. Judging from the ensembles created last night, we are in for a good season. Below are my favorite dresses from last night’s episode.

Designed by Contestant, Matthew Arthur

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Designed by Contestant, Samantha Black

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Tan Sheath Dresses

by Sherria

Actress, Cymphonique Miller and brother, Actor Romeo Miller

Actress, Cymphonique Miller (from Nickelodeon’s How to Rock)  looked fabulous and chic as she walked down the red carpet with her brother, Actor, Romeo Miller. The dress accentuates her figure while still remaining age-appropriate. The length of the dress is also appropriate for most offices. This summer, as you shop for new items to add to your work wardrobe, try a tan sheath dress. The color is great because you can mix and match it with bright, bold colored accessories. Below are a two dresses that I thought were nice. I like the first one because it has a bit of a tribal flair and the second dress is more of a retro style.

Worthington® Textured Sheath Dress withBelt Tan/White (JCPenney, $35)

Jill of All Trades Dress in Founder (ModCloth.com, $49.99)

Show us your work style. Email your photo to lookacute@gmail.com.

Fashion’s Night Out

by Sherria

It’s coming, It’s coming….Fashion’s Night Out is back!! Celebrities, designers, fashion lovers, and news media are getting together for a third year in a row to take part in exclusive events in the city. In New York, Vogue Magazine, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC & Company and the Council of Fashion Designers of America are teaming up to bring you the “best fashion party in history.” While New York is partying, there will be various Fashion Night Out events held around the country. To our DC readers, Georgetown is the spot! Click here for more info.

You might be wondering what to wear. What better way to celebrate and embrace fashion than to look fashionable? At A*cute we always encourage individual style. I’ve selected some options below, but you know to always add your own personal flair with fun accessories and shoes. Let us know what you’re planning to wear.

Look great without breaking the bank:

pretty rocker chic


Ella Moss boho top
$98 – nordstrom.com

Single breasted jacket
$130 – topshop.com

Rag & Bone corduroy jeans
$175 – net-a-porter.com

Olsenboye peep toe shoes
$40 – jcpenney.com

ASOS clutch bag
$110 – asos.com

Betsey Johnson cocktail jewelry
$50 – zappos.com

Layered jewelry
$40 – witchery.com.au
Simple Frocks:

Sequinned Dress (Zara, $159)

One-Shoulder Dress (Victoria's Secret, $98)

Summer Sun Dresses

by Sherria

Even Beyonce recognizes the heat as she steps out in a thin strap summer dress. (photo credit: peoplestylewatch.com)

On Saturday, I woke up at 8:30am to make my 10am hair appointment in Brooklyn. Yes, that’s right, I went all the way from Harlem to Brooklyn to get my hair done. But that’s not the topic of this post 😉  As I dragged myself out of bed, I looked outside through the window and saw nothing but hot sun. I could actually feel the heat through the window. I needed something quick to put on that wouldn’t make my body burn from head to toe. There was a flower patterned sun dress laying on my ottoman that I’m sure I’d worn earlier in the week. The light material kept me cool throughout the day as the sun beat down on me. Although I wore the dress for a quick hair appointment, I’ve just decided that I should have been wearing sun dresses throughout the summer, no shorts, no capris, just dresses! They are suitable for running errands, going to lunch with friends, and you can even dress them up to look hot for late night cocktails. Even our favorite celebs have been spotted wearing sun dresses. So, since the hottest month of the year is here (Hello Mr. August!) lets all do ourselves a favor and just throw on a sun dress!

You can look like a Victoria's Secret model in your sundress 🙂

A*cute picks:

Abtract Print Dress (Forever 21, $15.80)

Everyday Pleats knit Dress (Forever 21, $22.80)

Printed Strapless Dress (Victoria's Secret, on sale $45.50)

I had to throw in a maxi!

Ruffle Maxi Dress (Victoria's Secret, on sale $49.99)

Hot Summer Deals at Zara

by Sherria

I usually hate shopping in midtown due to the high volume of tourist traffic. However, on Sunday I had absolutely nothing to do so I made my way to Herald Square. After hitting up the usual suspects: H&M, ALDO, and Forever 21, I decided to stop in Zara. I usually don’t spend too much time in Zara because a pair of pants can run you up to $80. But I saw a sign in the window, SALE, SALE, SALE!!! That immediately caught my eye. I love a good sale. I must say, as soon as I walked in I noticed that almost everything in the store was $20 to $40. I bought a pair of slacks, shirt, and a pair of shoes. Warning: You will enjoy the sale, but not the line for the dressing room. Below are some A*cute picks for work and play. Enjoy.

For work:

New York is experiencing a heat wave and this is the perfect dress to wear to work when it's hot outside. The material is light and the length is long enough to say "I'm ready for the board meeting" while still looking young and hip. (Zara Draped Dress, $39.99)

For play:

I love the splashes of color in this dress. This look is perfect for a summer day date or a night out at a lounge with the girls. (Zara Tulip-Skirt dress, $49.99)

NYC Places: Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases Alexander McQueen

McQueen's iconic designs on display at the Metropolitan of Modern Art (Photo credit: Washington Post)

 The Metropolitan of Modern Art in New York City will showcase the iconic designs of late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. The display, “Salvage Beauty” will run from May 4 through July 31, 2011. For the full article, visit The Washington Post or for more information about the display, visit the Metropolitan of Modern Art website.