Casual Friday Inspiration

by Sherria

I usually wear jeans, a plain shirt and blazer on “casual Friday”. I try to jazz it up a bit with statement jewelry. If your office doesn’t allow you to wear jeans, you can wear a pair of slim slacks.

I think my whole outfit is from Forever 21. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to look professional. However, please keep in mind that not everything from Forever 21 is appropriate for work. So, remember to try on the clothes in a fitting room before making a purchase.

If you have questions about work appropriate clothing, please feel free to ask Jackie and I anything. Email us at Lookacute@gmail.com

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I always take a pair of ballerina flats with me to work even when I wear heels. They are great to walk in when you are running out the door for lunch or just walking home from work.

I love Kate Spade! 

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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

Tribal Glam

by Sherria

When I was a little girl, I used to marvel at the brightly colored beaded jewelry worn by Kenyan women. I wanted to travel to Kenya just to pick up some authentic beaded jewelry. Sad to say, I never made it there (p.s. life’s not over yet..there’s still hope). Fortunately, designers are starting to notice the beauty in African jewelry and textiles. Even celebrities such as Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, and Solange are starting to incorporate African and tribal prints into their everyday wardrobe.

 

Solange, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani rocking their tribal patterns.

I love seeing tribal patterns designed into modern patterns. Although these patterns are not new to African and ethnic communities, it’s becoming more mainstream and I hope it just isn’t a phase. I love fun prints and patterns. They make life and style more fun! You can find tribal prints this season at retail chains such as  Forever21, Old Navy, and Aldo.

A*cute picks:

McCampbell Necklace (Aldo, $25)

Mulvahill clutch (Aldo, $50)

Tribal Open Cardigan (Forever21, $19.80)