Happy Birthday Sherria!

by Jackie

Join me in wishing the happiest of birthdays to A*cute co-founder and editor, Sherria!

(Photo: Scott Pegram)

(Photo: Scott Pegram)

 

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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: 

 

 

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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)

Lunchtime Links

GQ Magazine: Five-Toed Shoes Are Ugly and Bad For Your Feet

Dennis Tang writes, ” ‘I’m running like our ancestors did,’ you said. But you looked ridiculous. And while you can now receive at least a partial refund for the money you spent on these shoes, no cash settlement can buy back your dignity.”

I agree completely. Five-toed shoes freak me out and I’d be glad to see them die a quick death.

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The Stylish City: Tracy Reese Sample Sale

Can someone in NYC get me something? I promise I’ll pay you back… maybe.

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Mini Style Hacker: Gosling Hack

Cute baby posts and pictures of Ryan Gosling pretty much populate my browser history. Here’s a twofer!

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I mean, it doesn’t get any cuter than this.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Has Commenced!

MBFW live stream

Fashion designers, models, and fashionistas are all flocking to New York City this week (and next week) for the highly-anticipated event, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The biannual event consists of approximately 500 fashion shows with 232,000 attendees total.*

Don’t fret if you are not able to visit New York to take part in the special event. You can view each fashion show from the official live feed at; http://newyork.mbfashionweek.com/live

*According to NYC Economic Development Corp.

Dear Summer…

by Jackie

To everyone that complained about the humidity and the the hot temperatures, you win. Summer, my favorite season, is ending. Though I am sad to see it go, it has truly been one of the best summers I’ve had since I was in school and had three whole months off.  I know it’s not over quite yet, but I couldn’t help but reminisce about some of my favorite summer 2013 moments, and of course, I had to share them with you.

photo(14)I can’t count how many times I’ve been to New York this summer. Every trip has been worth the nearly impossible traffic traveling from DC. Whether it was celebrating my dad’s birthday with a family party in my parents’ backyard, shopping with my mom, chasing July 4th fireworks with my sister in my old neighborhood, or going to throwback parties with my friends, I was home again.

photo(15)For a week, I was beautifully overwhelmed by the sisterhood that I joined more than nine years ago. The 51st national convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was more than just a gathering of sorority women, it was a reunion of epic proportions. DC didn’t know what to do with the tens of thousands of women that descended upon the city in July to celebrate the sorority’s Centennial. It was an experience that I will carry with me forever.

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I got to chat with Jill Scott for an hour about her dreams, her passions, and all the stuff that makes her the dynamo that she is. Ok, not really, but that’s how it felt to attend the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Director’s Discussion Series featuring the Grammy Award winning singer. It was refreshing to hear her talk about how much she treasures the simple moments in life, and to recall the lessons passed down by the women in her family.

Earlier this year, I was riding in my BFF’s car (during yet another trip to New York) as she was playing Lianne La Havas’s debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?” A couple of notes in, and I was hooked. I know I’m late to the game, but I was besides myself with fangirl excitement when I saw her perform at SummerStage in Central Park (during still yet another trip to NYC). I play her album every day and get lost in her voice. She’s simply amazing.

photo(16)My all-time favorite summer moments are the ones that I spent with my sister, Maronel. From Sister Sundays to random Starbucks dates, it has been fun to hang out with her. She is a natural comedienne and keeps me up to date with all of the trends. I’m blessed to have a built-in friend like her.