Weddings: The Pricetag of Happiness

by Sherria

I have attended two weddings within two weeks! If you are 25 or older then  you are probably familiar with the ritual of putting  putting aside a portion of your paycheck for bridal showers, baby showers, wedding presents and travel expenses. While many have a tendency to complain about expenses associated with weddings (especially if it isn’t your own wedding), I can honestly say that any money spent on both of the weddings I attended were well worth it. This weekend I attended the wedding of a family friend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Country Rustic” themed wedding was held at Panorama Farms. I was impressed with the way family members and friends devoted their time, care and attention to planning every detail and helping with decorations. My mother, along with the bride and groom’s parents and extended family members helped to put together flower arrangements, hang lighting inside of the barn and bake cupcakes as an alternative to a wedding cake. As I was surrounded by fun, love and entertaining dance moves, I was overwhelmed with joy for the happy couple and happy that I could share the special day. So, next time you complain about spending money to go to a friend or family members wedding, just think of the joy that you’ll experience when you arrive. It’s priceless!

 

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My Open Letter to Paul Walker

Dear Paul,

It’s been a few days now since the shocking news of your horrific accident. I keep playing over Saturday, November 30 in my mind and it seems like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from. As my friends and I were celebrating one life another had been removed from this Earth so instantly. When reading the “breaking” news on Twitter, we just knew it was a celebrity death hoax. There was no way that the star of one of the most popular films involving racing cars died in an actual car accident. But as reports from several credible news sources were reported and finally an announcement from your publicist, we knew it was real.

No, I’m not a blood relative or even a close friend of yours, but I am an adoring fan who has always appreciated and admired your work….and of course, those gorgeous blue eyes. I fell in love those eyes in Into The Blue; I was angry with you (Caleb Mandrake) in The Skulls, annoyed with you (Dean Sampson) in She’s All That and desperately wanted to be Jordana Brewster (Mia) in The Fast and the Furious franchise so that I could be your love (…teenage crushes are so serious). All of your characters took us through a range of emotions and displayed your acting range.

While I have never met you in person and unfortunately never will, you have a place in my heart. I speak for all the fans when I say that you will TRULY be missed. Our hearts are in a state of mourning. We felt so close and connected to you through your acting roles and generous spirit. Even after your death we learn more and more of how great of a person you were which makes it hurt even more to know that such a beautiful soul was stolen from the world.

As I write to you with tears in my eyes all that I can say is that I LOVE YOU. We are praying that God watches over your family and friends and most of all, your daughter Meadow. I hope God grants them the strength and comfort to deal with your passing.

We love and miss you dearly.

Sherria

Happy Fathers Day!

Lookacute.com salutes all of the wonderful fathers out there!

Keith and the beautiful Maya

Our friend, Jennifer Edwards and her dad in Brooklyn

Family Photo: Sherria’s cousin, Hutt Foster and his daughter

Family Photo: I knew these two in high school and I’m so proud of their family, Whitney and Kelvin. This dad hosts tea parties with his girls!

Our friend and A*cute reader, Kathy LaTorre and her dad

Our friend, Chad and his gorgeous baby girl

Our friend & cousin, Travis with his dad (that looks like his twin!)

Let’s Love Ourselves More

by Sherria

We’ve all seen The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty display images of plus and average-sized women in advertisements, commercials and web marketing. However, Dove has taken their mission to help women feel better about themselves a step further by now targeting teen girls in its Self-Esteem Campaign.  The campaign also offers a toolkit for parents. The statistics communicated on the commercial was quite interesting. Apparently “5 out of 10 girls stop doing everyday activities because they feel bad about how they look.”

Below is a clip of the commercial:

 


After viewing the commercial, I thought to myself that we should all LOVE ourselves more! As a young woman who has plans to grow a family some day, I want to have a healthy body image and set a positive example for my girls (if I ever have any).

Below are a few alarming statistics I read online:

  • 90% of all women want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance.
  • 81% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being fat.
  • Women are routinely degraded in everything from pop culture to casual conversation.
  • A girl is bullied every 7 minutes in the school yard, playground, stairwell, classroom or bathroom.
  • Every 15 seconds a woman is battered.
  • 57% of rock music videos portray women as a sex object, a victim, as unintelligent, or in a condescending way.
  • 57% of women are targeted for workplace bullying.
  • 47% of students allow themselves to be hazed prior to coming to college.
  • 1 in 3 girls who have been in a serious relationship say they’ve been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.
  • Women are devalued in the workplace, making only 76% of their male peers’ salaries.
  • Girls are more likely than boys to be victims of cyberbullying.
  • One out of four college-age women have an eating disorder.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and teenagers. Teen girls are more likely to attempt suicide.
  • Women make up nearly 51% of the population, but hold just 16% of the seats in Congress.
  • Three-fourths of girls with low self-esteem engage in negative activities, such as disordered eating, bullying, smoking or drinking.
  • Only 2% of women think they are beautiful.
  • 1 in 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 say sex is expected for people their age if they’re in a relationship.

Sometimes we think its a joke to poke fun at others’ appearance or even our own appearance, but obviously its no laughing matter. This is very scary.

So, please show respect to others and LOVE yourself more!

Thoughts and comments welcomed.

A*cute Review: The Five-Year Engagement

by Jackie

The Five-Year Engagement Hits Theaters April 27.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that there will never be another Wedding Crashers. Ever. Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell managed to forge a new form of rom com — one that is low on the rom and heavy on the com. Since then, what-else-could-possibly-go-wrong wedding movies like The Hangover and Bridesmaids have come close to achieving Crashers status by sticking to the formula: buddy comedy in which impossible hijinks ensue when another one bites the dust and decides to get hitched. The Five-Year Engagement starring Emily Blunt (Violet) and co-screenwriter Jason Segel (Tom) wins because it adds one more element to the mix — real-life drama.

The movie starts with a fairy-tale ending, and crams the couple’s five-year journey to their on-again-off-again wedding into two hours. Tom and Violet relocate from sunny San Francisco to frigid Michigan so that Violet can pursue her career in academia. Tom, poised to become head chef of a hot new seafood bar in the Bay Area, delays his dream and works in a sandwich shop while Violet gets closer to achieving her dream, and her boss.

Viewers will appreciate the film’s departure from the typical rom com formula. Tom and Violet become more than just characters with sarcastic one-liners, they slowly morph into a reflection of a real-life couple that struggles with the complexities of two individuals trying desperately to live one life. Things quickly go from “Nothing’s perfect” to “Nothing’s right” and they are left to decide whether the storybook ending they anticipated is worth writing in the first place.

But, “Elmo thinks there is no right cookie. You just have to pick one and take a bite.”  (It’s one of those, you-had-to-be-there moments. And, trust me, you have to be there.)

Valentine’s Day: Dine Out in New York City

by Sherria

Most people I know believe that Valentine’s Day is overrated. I will admit that I used to be one of those people. However, I’ve learned to think about Valentine’s Day, and most holidays, differently. I believe that most holidays allow us to take a step back and think about the things that are the most important in our lives. So, while we shouldn’t need a designated day to show love to our partners, I do believe that we can use Valentine’s Day as a day to reflect on our romantic relationships and how to make them better. What better way to have a great discussion about the your relationship than over a tasty plate of food? There are numerous restaurants in New York City that offer a pre-fix menu. The restaurants featured below are great choices for dinner! I’ve dined at each establishment in the past and I can vouch for their daily food menu. Check out their Valentine’s Day pre-fix menu on the links below.

Midtown: Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar

Ayza offers a 3-course menu for $74 including champagne and berries. Click here for details.

photo credit: hauteliving.com

Uptown/Harlem: Chez Lucienne

Chez Lucienne offers at 3-course $45 menu.  Click here for details.

Lower East Side: Rayuela Latin Cuisine

Rayuela offers a 4-course cuisine for $68. Click here for details.

Last year, I reviewed Rayuela. Click here to read the post.

Valentine’s Day: 3 Things To Do With Your Girlfriends

by Sherria

So, you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day? So What! Spend some quality time with your best girlfriends. Here are three ways to get the party started:

#1 Try a new food recipe and make sexy cocktails

 Cosmopolitan Magazine offers recipes for 20 sexy cocktails. Click here to view the recipes.

Photo credit: cosmopolitan.com

#2 Watch your favorite love movies!

"You are the perfect verse over a tight beat."...need we say more?

For all of you hopeless romantics, this is the movie for you. For the vain people out there, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are a hot couple to watch!

#3 Pedicures!

Bring your collection of nail polish to temporarily swap with your friends and pamper yourself with a pedicure.