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.

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Prelude to Fashion Week: Sarah Boyd for Capwell + Co Pop-Up Shop

by Sherria 

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As a kick-off to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I attended a jewelry launch in the West Village. The Pop-Up style launch was hosted by Capwell + Co to introduce its partnership  with founder of Simply Stylist, Sarah Boyd. Among the attendees were approximately 150-200 top tier fashion and accessories editors, bloggers and social guests. 

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The launch event showcased collections from both Capwell + Co and the trendy five piece capsule collection from Sarah Boyd. Each item in Sarah’s collection are what I consider to be “statement” pieces – and we all know that I love a good statement piece! See below:

Sarah Boyd for Capwell Collection  Image Courtesy of Capwell + Co

Sarah Boyd for Capwell Collection
Image Courtesy of Capwell + Co

I had my eye on this ring all night so I had to make the purchase:

My new favorite ring

My new favorite ring

About Capwell + Co: Capwell + Co. has been designing, crafting, and manufacturing jewelry for more than three decades. Our designers, inspired just as much by cutting-edge trends as timeless style, channel both sophistication and playfulness into collections that celebrate our customer’s individuality and spontaneous style.

About Sarah Boyd: Sarah Boyd is the founder and ‘dot connector’ of Simply Stylist, a multi-service firm headquartered in Los Angeles.  Sarah grew the company from a boutique fashion-centric conference to nationwide events and marketing firm that aids in the growth and development of trendsetters and industry experts.  It brings the spotlight to beauty, fashion, travel, health and lifestyle to help define these industries and the people who make them important. Sarah has been featured in Marie Claire, HauteLook and Entrepreneur Magazine.  She has been a guest expert for Fox, E!, KTLA, PopSugar, Disney and Nike.  In 2013, Forbes touted her as a ‘Female Founder to Watch’.

Support Breast Cancer Awareness with C+i

by Sherria

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As you may be aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the latest statistics, in 2013 it is estimated that there will be 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer (this includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors).*

In order to support breast cancer awareness Chloe + Isabel – the jewelry company that I have the privilege of working with, is running a campaign throughout the month of October to support the Young Survival Coalition (YSC). All net proceeds from its “Positively Pink” collection will benefit the organization. To view jewelry and purchase, please visit my boutique at www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/sherriacotton

YSC is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

The campaign will run through October 31, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. To learn more about YSC, click HERE.

Below are a few of the pieces in the “Positively Pink” collection:

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* Statistics from Susan G. Komen: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html#US

Trend Alert: Ruby Jewelry

by Sherria

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According to Women’s Wear Daily, a magazine that provides buyers, retailers and consumers with timely updates and news on the fashion industry, Ruby’s have been trending on the jewelry market lately.

Ruby Fact: Rubies are an extremely hard stone, second only to diamonds.

Below are some of A*cute’s top picks for Rubies:

Kate Spade New York Small Square Studs (Kate Spade, $38)

Kate Spade New York Small Square Studs (Zappos Couture, $38)

Kate Spade New York Statement Earrings (Zappos Couture, $68.99)

Kate Spade New York Statement Earrings (Zappos Couture, $68.99)

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Deobrah Lippmann Ruby Red Slipper Nail Polish (Lord & Taylor, $19)

12 Days of Chloe + Isabel

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Hi Friends,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Gifting season is here. If you looking for a great piece of jewelry to give to any special woman in your life (mom, sister, friend), please consider Chloe + Isabel.

Chloe + Isabel has the season’s hottest trends along with timeless, hand-crafted pieces.  All of our jewelry

  • Is hand-crafted, nickel-free, hypo-allergenic and lead safe
  • Includes surgical steel posts on earrings, 2” extenders on necklaces, and signature S+I closures.
  • Includes a lifetime replacement guarantee and a 30-day money back guarantee

Visit the boutique online at www.sherriacotton.chloeandisabel.com

If you have any questions about any of the pieces, feel free to shoot me an email at lookacute@gmail.com

Best,
Sherria Cotton

Sample Pieces from Chloe + Isabel

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Casual Friday Looks

by Sherria

Like many employees who work in a corporate environment, I can’t wait until the end of the week when the office deems Friday, “Casual Friday.” Unfortunately, I’ve seen a lot of people take advantage of this unique day of the work week. Please, do not mistake “Casual Friday” for “Bummy Friday.” That means that  strolling into a place of business wearing worn out, ripped jeans and dirty sneakers are not acceptable. Think of “Casual Friday” as a time to show off your sense of style. Depending on your office culture,  some employees must come to work in full suits or dark colors. You are basically made to wear an unofficial uniform four days out of the week. “Casual Friday” is a way to relax from the boring suits and button-ups and be creative with your choice of clothing. I recently viewed a few photos of Actress Nia Long and Singer Melanie Fiona at an event in New York City. Although the event wasn’t your typical glitz and glam, both ladies were dressed well. I think they are perfect examples of how to you can dress for “Casual Friday.”

Dress Down: 

Actress Nia Long spotted at the TARGET “Falling for You” event at Terminal 5 (Photo Credit: Theybf.com)

A*cute picks from Forever 21:

Left: Quilted Puffer Jacket, $32.80 Right: Faux Fur Jacket with Belt, $27.80

Skinny Stretch Jean, $10.80

Lace Platform Pumps, $24.80

Dress Up:

If you aren’t sure about wearing jeans to work, opt for tweed or patterned slacks. A simple black shirt and layered or statement jewelry will help you pull off a sleek look.

Singer Melanie Fiona (Photo credit: Theybf.com). Although this outfit is cute, please make sure that your shirt isn’t see-through. Otherwise, its perfect for any day of the week at work.

Statement Necklace for the Fall: 

Chloe + Isabel Sculpted Feather Collar Necklace, $98

Accessory Alert: Kelly Rowland launches new watch

by Sherria

Kelly Rowland recently launched a line of TW Steel CEO Tech Special Edition watches yesterday, Tuesday, July 31st in New York City.

In 2005, TW Steel, a high-end watch brand, introduced its first collection in Amsterdam. It has over 120 different collections and can be found in over 85 countries.

You can purchase TW Steel watches at select retailers and dealers around the country.

Photos from the launch event:

Kelly Rowland (Photo credit: Theybf.com)

Jessica White, Kelly Rowland and Tika Sumpter (Photo credit: Theybf.com)

Adrienne  Bailon and BET’s Rocsi posed for the cameras (Photo credit: Theybf.com)