How to be A*cute During the Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex is making the most notorious comeback since Britney Spears. But, you don’t have to let Old Man Winter steal your style. Layer up using key pieces that will take you from the office to a night out on the town in an instant.
Blanket sweaters are on trend for casual outfits, but wear yours over an LBD with patterned tights and heeled booties for a sophisticated look that will keep you warm. The key to keeping this look together is the monotone color scheme. Despite what anyone says, black will always be the new black.
Weatherproof

And the Emmy goes to… Christian Siriano

by Jackie

“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano continues to slay the competition with his fresh take on style. His Emmy’s red carpet looks popped without sacrificing elegance.

(Photos: via Instagram @csiriano)

 

OITNB's Samira Wiley

OITNB’s Samira Wiley

OITNB's Uzo Aduba

OITNB’s Uzo Aduba

Mad Men's Teyonah Parris

Mad Men’s Teyonah Parris

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland

Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland

Adding More Fun to Your Summer Style

Guest Post by Tina Hamilton

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The summer sunshine, blooming flowers and clear skies are all reasons to be grateful for the wonderful season. It’s a perfect time to get outside, express your emotions and enjoy your blessings. Showcasing your personal style is a great way to express all of those emotions. This year, make your summer style as vibrant and happy as your personality to show everyone just how fabulous summertime can be.

There are a lot of different ways that you can make your summer style fun. No matter what, you should always let your personality shine through your wardrobe. Your daily fashion is the best way to express the way that you feel that day, so let everyone know how happy you are that summer is finally here. Here are some ways that you can add more fun to your summer style.

Choose bright colors

There are bright colors everywhere in summer, not only outside but also in fashion. Trends this year involve coral and orange tones that flatter almost every skin tone. Break the mold by trying out a few of these colors. You can even pair them with other bright colors for an outfit that screams summer fun. Be careful, however, that your colors are in the same color palate and that they complement each other. This means that one should be slightly more dominant than the other to balance your look out.

Show a little skin

The weather is heating up, so it’s time to push the limits and let a little more skin show this summer. You don’t have to strip down to a bikini every day, but there are some ways to can strategically show more skin to add more mystery and sex appeal to your look without being over the top.

You can take this in small steps, like wearing a high heel with skinny straps for your next night out, or be a little more dramatic with a crop top and high waist skirt to show just a little extra skin. Try perfect fitting bras in lace peeking out underneath some of your low cut racer back tank tops for a fun, flirty look.

Pull inspiration from nature

We love having fresh, bright flowers in our homes for summer, so why not let your love of nature show in your clothing choices? There are great floral patterns in every style of clothing that is perfect for summer every year. This season’s trends involve big prints, but you can work in last year’s tiny floral prints as well.

Wear clothes that are completely you

No matter what season it is or what trends are in fashion at the moment, you should always feel comfortable in the clothes that you are wearing. Wear things that you truly like, not just what you think it the trendiest at that particular time. Pick things that flatter your body and make you feel beautiful every day. If you do this, you can stick to a smaller wardrobe that you can mix and match to meet the needs of any day.

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Author Bio:

Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.

Wearing Happiness

by Jackie

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Yellow is my favorite color. It’s the color of all things happy. A bunch of sunflowers kept me in a yellow mood and helped me start my day, even on those mornings when I just wanted to stay in bed.

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This yellow eyelet dress from Old Navy is one of my summer favorites. I can’t help but be in a good mood when I’m in it. It just feels like I’m wearing happiness. So, don’t be surprised if you catch me wearing it over and over again this season. Wear something that makes you smile this week!

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)