Guest Post: Kerry Washington and Sprinkles Team Up for the Arts

by Maronel Stewart

(Photos by Jasmine Stovall)

After over 50 years of existence, Americans for the Arts has become the most prominent non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts in America. Actress and George Washington University alum Kerry Washington recently made an appearance at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown to meet and speak to fans in order to help garner funds for this organization. Despite the unseasonable cold and snow, my friend Jasmine Stovall and I decided to trek over to Georgetown to get a glimpse of our current institution’s alum.

We found Sprinkles packed with fans and avid supporters of the arts. After a worthwhile wait, we got close enough to meet and speak to Kerry Washington. When asked by a reporter why she decided to participate in an event such as this one, she expressed her appreciation of and gratefulness for the arts, and her desire to promote its prominence and continuity. She was excited to hear that we are currently students at her alma mater and thanked us venturing out to see her. Washington looked absolutely stunning in her red Michael Kors Dress.

Kerry Washington, the star of the ABC drama Scandal greeted and served fans at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Georgetown to raise funds for Americans for the Arts. All the proceeds from Sprinkles Red Velvet cupcakes purchased until November 6 will go towards Americans for the Arts. Sprinkles Cupcakes is located at 3015 M Street, NW.

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Honoring Our Past, Celebrating our Future, featuring @audacityofDope_

by Jackie

Last week, I took a trip to the memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Mall so I could experience it by myself before crowds rushed in this weekend for the official dedication. I was in awe as I took in the larger-than-life stone relief of one of my heroes. I decided that from then on, I would bring every out-of-town visitor I have to the memorial.

I was super excited that my parents were the first people that I brought to see the memorial during their visit to DC this weekend.

My sister Maronel is an avid student activist and was featured on BET.com paying tribute to the late civil rights leader.

Maronel (far right) pictured at the MLK memorial dedication.

“We are the next generation of civil rights leaders. We are going to make sure that the GWU is aware of the goals and missions of those who have come before us. There is still a lot to be done and we have a different struggle to fight,” said Stewart.

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Back to Cool: 5 Chic Back-to-School Tips

Guest Post by Maronel Stewart

Maronel Stewart is a rising sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in business. The up-and-coming fashionista is a thrift-store enthusiast with an eye for everything fab!

If there is one thing I learned from my freshman year it’s that time management is EVERYTHING.  With the various activities that make up the average day on campus, time is very precious.  Alleviating some of the time that it takes to choose an outfit and get dressed can help you give more time to other activities, such as editing an assignment or getting some extra time for much needed sleep. The best thing to do when getting dressed for class is to keep it simple. Believe it or not simplicity can look great!  Here are some tips on how to look trendy without cutting too much time out of your day.

1. You can add a chic twist to almost any casual outfit by throwing on a blazer or, if you want to add a subtle studious flare to an outfit, you can make use of a cardigan. Blazers and cardigans can be dressed up with items like button downs, skirts, and slacks or dressed down with items such as a plain t-shirt and denim jeans.  Whether dressed up or dressed down, with the right accessories, these simple items can add style to virtually any outfit without requiring a great amount of time and effort.

Get the Look!  

Letterman Cardigan, Forever 21

   

Dark Blue Linen Blazer, Charlotte Russe

2. Have a pair or two of short boots handy so that you can walk stylishly and, most importantly, comfortably, to and from classes. They are an easy style choice and can be paired with jeans or even tights.

Get the Look!

Steve Madden, Faythh Boots

3. Accessorize! Accessories can create something out of nothing. Simple things such as jewelry, scarves, hats, and bowties can really bring life to a simple outfit.

4. Going back to school doesn’t mean you have to buy a whole new wardrobe. Work with what you’ve got! A few new pieces to freshen up your wardrobe will suffice.  These new pieces will help give a new look to your “old” items.

5. Contrary to what some folks might think, I believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong with what is known as “outfit repeating.” Everyone should get a chance to see you flaunt that killer outfit you wore two months ago. I like to think of it as being an equal opportunity dresser.

Here are some of my campus looks:

Guest Post: Plus Size Summer Style

by Maronel Stewart

Maronel Stewart is a rising sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in business. The up-and-coming fashionista is a thrift-store enthusiast with an eye for everything fab!

I wanted to share a few ideas on how to keep cool and comfortable in
the summer as a plus sized woman.

First rule of thumb: short shorts are a no no. Besides the fact that
they don’t compliment our bodies well, they lead to unnecessary
chafing and overall discomfort.  Making your own shorts allows for you
to create a length that is most comfortable for you while also
creating a length that is flattering to your body’s unique width and
height.  I made my own shorts with a pair of jeans I bought from
Martha’s Outfitters, a community thrift store on 14th and V in
Washington D.C.  Although the pants only cost me $3, the shorts I made
with them are probably the most valuable asset to my summer wardrobe.

Get the look: Saunter over to your local thrift store (or, if you’re
not into thrifting, any regular store) and pick up a pair of jeans a
size bigger than your normal size (so that they comfortably fit your
thighs when rolled).  After washing them, try them on.  In your
mirror, determine a comfortable length for your shorts, and cut the
fabric two inches longer than this determined length.  The two inches
of extra fabric will be utilized for rolling.

A sheer top is a great option for a stylish summer outfit. Sheer tops
allow for you to simultaneously be trendy, comfortable, and cool.  I
wore a regular black camisole under this long sleeved sheer blouse and
was able to enjoy the breeze without compromising my image.

Get the look:

Faith 21 of Forever 21, $24.80


I personally don’t like having too much of my back exposed, so I make
use of denim vests to accompany tank tops and dresses.  The denim vest
shown in the two top pictures was made from an old jacket I had many
years ago. I cut the sleeves of another denim jacket, purchased at
Martha’s Outfitters, to create to create the denim vest shown in the
bottom picture. Not only do denim vests cover the back area and the
lumps caused by our bras, but they also add a touch of spunk to an
outfit. With the right accessories, a denim vest can give an outfit a
whole new attitude.

Get the look: Lane Bryant, $54.95

 

Campus Chic

 by Jackie 

 

My [not-so-little-anymore] sister Maronel is uber excited to start college in a few weeks; so much so, that she is already proudly sporting her GWU sweatshirt all over the place.   It was about eight years ago that I left the Bronx for DC, so I only got to see her on my visits home and I feel like I missed out on a lot.  I can’t wait until we’re in the same city!  

Her big move had me reminiscing on my days as a college-bound girl.  I had no idea what to expect.  I was nervous to leave home, yet excited to move to a new city on my own and experience all that college had to offer.  

Among many other pre-college discussions, my mom warned me against being sloppy: “Don’t get into that nasty habit of wearing your pajamas to class.”   

You can be comfy without being sloppy. A pair of nice-fitting jeans and a cardigan is the staple undergrad outfit. When picking out a school bag, make sure it's something sturdy that can fit your laptop and books. You don't want to be lugging things in your hands walking across campus to get to class all because you wanted to wear your pretty little purse. Chucks are my fave pair of sneakers. They will never do you wrong!

Get the look! 

You may think that your work study job is not that serious. But, it's the perfect training ground for your career. Use this opportunity to dress professionally and to meet as many university/college administrators and staff as possible. You never know whose path you may cross.

Get the look! 

   

 Congrats Maronel! I’m proud of you! 

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