A*cute Friday

by Sherria

We’re all dying to leave the office so that we can head to happy hour and drink away our problems from the week and hang out with our friends. If you’re able to go home and change your clothes (a lot of New Yorkers have “Summer Fridays” which means we can leave work early) then try going for an A*cute pink and black outfit.

Style Inspiration: Alicia Keys

The beautiful and talented, Alicia Keys


Jackie Lately

by Jackie

I’ve been working hard and playing hard lately. Everything seems to be going by so fast.

First, I’d like to congratulate the Class of 2012! I am blessed to know so many talented people that have completed a chapter in their academic journey. Aside from weddings, graduations are my favorite family/friend event. It’s not only a time to celebrate the graduate’s accomplishments, but another excuse to reunite with loved ones.

I was excited to catch up and celebrate with one of my faves, Jennifer Gore. She earned her Masters in Public Policy and will be taking over the world in no time.

I am overly slightly obsessed with Instagram. I love going through my timeline and seeing bits and pieces of my friends’ lives and enjoy following some of my fave celebs. I also like capturing tiny moments of my life and making them my own with the fun filters.  Check out some of my latest pics, and find me @jax1125. I want to follow you, too!

Brunch at the Beacon Bar and Grill with A*cute cofounder Sherria and dolls Toushi and Jennifer. Catching up is always fun, catching up over bottomless mimosas is even better!

I’ve been trying fun self-manis. I’m in love with color blocking.

Birchbox gained a new subscriber. I am looking forward to trying out these goodies, and will admit that I was excited that my first box was Gossip Girl themed.  #TeamB

DC’s favorite Southern gentleman and one of my fave friends, Travis Burgin, celebrated his pre-birthday with a rooftop happy hour recently. It was a great time! Happy Birthday Travvy!

Guest Post: Office Mate to Night Owl in One Classic Outfit

by Dyane Jean François

Nowadays many professionals work from home or from shared studios without the banner of “professional attire” waving over them every morning, but most of us have to go to an office that is not ours to do our daily toil. Such offices require a certain presentation that may be different from what you’d wear out with friends. And, as the weather gets nicer, more cubicle dwellers are turning into night owls. This is especially true on Fridays. I firmly believe in the work-life balance. My motto is “Work to Live. Don’t live to Work” so I have a few tips for you to make a smooth transition from Office Mate to Night Owl. 

Be Forward Thinking
Remember that your 3-inch pumps will feel like 8 inches by the time the moon comes out. So, pack a quick change of flats before you leave home. Just your oldest raggedy flats. The older they are, the more comfortable they will be after you’ve danced your soul free. 

Layer, layer. Wear something sensual that will let you breathe easy at the club like a spagetti strap shirt or go sleeveless. Then, cover it up with a jacket or sweater so you feel at ease when you walk past your boss in the office. 

Shine, don’t blind. If you are going to wear jewelry, I suggest just a few bright pieces that add flair but not bling-alicious rocks. For one it will overwhelm your workplace attire. Second, you may lose it when you get on the dance floor. You want to dance, not babysit your jewelry. It’s best to save it for your sister’s wedding. 

Work to Live. Don’t Live to Work.  Do your job like you get paid to do it and then party because you earned it.

About Dyane
Author of Oisercage.com. I write about self-empowerment, how to turn passion into action, and the little spoils that light up this merry-go-round called Life. My motto is Be grateful for what you have. Use it to BUILD what you want. 

Education/Work: I’m a news producer and blogger at Huffington Post. Graduated from American University in Philosophy and Spanish Language 

Photo credit: Dyane Jean François

Essence Style Files: A*cute picks

by Sherria

This afternoon I started clicking through Essence.com’s Fashion & Beauty section. The two style items below are what struck me the most. I love handbagas and shoes. They can really make or break an outfit; especially shoes! Being a young working girl that loves fashion can sometimes have its downsides, mainly because of my tight budget. However, no matter what your income is, you can still look stylish by finding items that “look” expensive but really aren’t. Below the style picks found on Essence.com, I provided some inexpensive alternatives to each. Hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Photo Credit: Essence.com

Work Hour & Happy Hour options:

The low heel makes this sandal perfect for the 9 to 5 gig. Nine West (Sophias $89)

This shoe is perfect for an after hours event or even a wedding. (ALDO shoes, Sletzer $90)


Get the Designer Handbag look:

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather bag Photo credit: Essence.com

Reasonable options:

Details (Clockwise): Paul’s Boutique, (60 GBP); Zara ($80); Forever21 Canada ($36); Paul’s Boutique, (60 GBP)

Dance the stress away!

by Jackie

Sherria and I are still busy bees at our work conference, but last night we were able to attend an event that featured performances by Samba and Salsa bands.  We let loose and danced all night in the San Antonio heat.  I wanted to wear something that was appropriate to wear around my coworkers and conference attendees, fun enough to dance in, and cool enough to survive the Texas weather.  I decided on a floral A-line skirt.

  1. ELLE floral skirt, Kohl’s, $40
  2. Blue patterned skirt, Forever 21, $18
  3. Purple A-Line skirt, Kohl’s, $36
  4. Linen skirt, Forever 21, $18

Thirsty Thursday

by Jackie

By now you should know that I am obsessed with PZI jeans.  They are the best fitting jeans I’ve ever had; they fit over every curve without stiflling me, are sold in a variety of lengths (perfect for less-than-average-height ladies like me), and have an extra rise in the back so that if I have to bend down to pick something up, I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone.  Best part is — NO BELTS! Although I own about  [cough] eight [cough] pairs, I get excited when their e-mail hits my inbox announcing new arrivals.

Their latest addition is their white jean. It’d be excellent for Summer, especially on a casual Friday when I may have after-work plans.

I must have them!

An A*cute Affair

In April, A*cute was very proud to host its first happy hour at The Park at Fourteenth in Washington, D.C.  It was encouraging to see young professionals from the D.C. metropolitan area socialize and network with one another. A*cute’s editors, Jackie and Sherria, were especially happy to see so many colleagues and friends support the event while looking fabulous. Here are a few photos from the event. Happy Friday!

A*cute editors, Jackie and Sherria, pose with former America's Next Top Model contestant, Toccara Jones.

Brittany, Jennifer, and friend

Kathy, Paul, and Salone

Marylynn and Toushi

DC-area members of Kappa Alpha Psi and A*cute editor, Jackie

Thank You to those who supported A*cute at its first happy hour.

We look forward to seeing you at the next one!