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: 

 

 

espadrilles

 

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)

Style File: Mother’s Day Brunch

by Sherria 

As Mother’s Day approaches, many are booking spa appointments, sending flowers or planning a brunch to show their mothers how much they appreciate everything that she’s done for them throughout the years. If you are having a hard time figuring out what to wear to any of the activities you have planned, then I suggest taking a dive into your closet now to figure it out before Sunday.

A silk shirt and a pair of brightly colored jeans or patterned pants is my top pick for this weekend. Whereas floral patterns were once an obvious choice for dresses and skirts, they are now being used for bottoms. I noticed the trend when celebrities such as Beyonce, Solange, and Katie Holmes were spotted wearing them. But, now they can be seen on the shelves of Forever 21, Macy’s, and Zara (for us common folk!). 

If you’d like to sport the trend, below are a few options.


Jersey jacket
$39 – selectfashion.co.uk

Adriana Voloshchuk flower print pants
$210 – wolfandbadger.com

White House Black Market dot jewelry
whitehouseblackmarket.com

Fornash pearl bangle
simplysoles.com

Macy’s to Launch “Marilyn Monroe” Collection

by Jackie

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Macy’s recently announced that it will launch The Marilyn Monroe Collection, a line inspired by the iconic style muse. I’m obsessed with vintage glamour and cannot wait to shop my heart away. The preview images have me excited!

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I’m guessing that every outfit would be perfect paired with red lipstick. With the release date set for March 15, just ahead of the Mad Men season premiere in April, the line would also be perfect for girls like me who are desperate for Joan-like silhouettes.

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Feminine Flare

CHOOSING THE PERFECT FEMININE WINTER COAT

by Sherria 

I’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing the weather on the East Coast. One day it’s cold and rainy, the next day it’s sunny and warm. Instead of pulling out the winter coat I have buried in my closet, I’ve decided to play each day  by ear. However, I always believe in being prepared. For the colder fall days, a winter coat may be fitting.

I love wool coats with that flair out at the bottom. I went to Macy’s to try on a few coats. The blue three-quarter sleeve coat was perfect! I love how feminine it looks. The last cream coat at the bottom is hard to come by. It’s actually a rain coat. I can’t remember the last time I wore a rain coat…probably 4th grade. But, this Steve Madden rain coat is very sophisticated. The olive-colored coat from ASOS is quite common. I’ve seen a lot of women wearing the same cut. If you are looking for a traditional wool coat with a flair, this one is the way to go.

Let us know your thoughts. What kind of coat are you wearing this fall and winter?

Tahari Jacket, Three-Quarter-Sleeve Faux-Fur-Collar, $119

ASOS Fit and Flare Belted Coat, $123.13

Steve Madden Coat, Flared Raincoat Faux-Leather Belt, $119.98

Rockin’ Out

by Sherria

Singer and Model, Cassie.

Achieving sexy “rocker” look is a lot easier these days. A leather jacket, bangles, and red lipstick are worn by tons of female artists. However, Cassie pulled off a more classic version of the rocker look with a luxury watch and cross ring; proving that simplicity is key.

Get the look:

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COACH crystal jewelry
$348 – macys.com

Beyond Rings cross ring
$45 – maxandchloe.com

Hoop earrings
$28 – topshop.com

IMAN Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick Iman Red
$10 – imancosmetics.com

Look for Less: The Satchel Bag

by Sherria

When I first started working in the professional world, I used to carry a small purse to work and an additional grocery bag for my lunch. However, after working for a few years, I’ve discovered that carrying a satchel bag looks more professional and can also fit my lunch. I’ve shopped on Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s websites for the perfect satchel bag. However, the thought of paying $200-$300 on a bag made me cringe. I went shopping with my mom one day during the holiday season at TJMaxx and found the perfect satchel bag for only $30. As you can imagine, I was relieved not to spend a truck load of money on a work bag. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s perfectly fine to invest in a work bag, but with so many satchels on the market, no one will be able to notice if your bag isn’t designer. My usual trick is to buy a designer accessory and then mix it with a lower-end brand. It creates what I like to call “the rich effect,” which basically means that you can look rich without breaking the bank. Below are a few designer bags that inspired my “low-end” purchase.

Inspired by: 

satchel bags

Mulberry leather handbag, $1,500
Cross body handbag, $38
Leather satchel handbag, $155
Oasis mini handbag, £22
Proenza Schouler satchel bag, $1,595
Botkier leather satchel handbag, $339

The Rich Effect:

Brown Satchel bag (TJMaxx, $30) and Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet (original price $198; Bloomingdales sale price , $99)

I like the blue and camel-colored contrast.

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There are zippers located on opposite ends of the bag, which allows you to pack more into it.

Just call me Mary Poppins:

I carry a ton of stuff in my bag. Lotion, snacks, water, books, etc.

I like to read books to pass time on the train.

Every girl needs her makeup bag and sunglasses!

Just when you thought I was joking about Mary Poppins….I’m really not. It’s one of my favorite scenes in a movie.

Style Resolution: Get Green

by Jackie

The hawk is out. For many men, the winter means lots of gray, black, and brown. While the cold may be depressing, your clothes don’t have to be. Wearing green is said to bring good luck in the new year because it is the color of wealth and fortune. If you don’t believe in luck, use it as an accent to liven up your neutrals.

My dad and his style doppleganger, a dapper New York Express bus rider, use green to accent a neutral brown outfit.

A*cute Style Picks

Tommy Hilfiger Zip-Up sweater (Macy's)

Simple V-Neck Sweater (Banana Republic)

Striped sweater (H&M)