Weddings: The Pricetag of Happiness

by Sherria

I have attended two weddings within two weeks! If you are 25 or older then  you are probably familiar with the ritual of putting  putting aside a portion of your paycheck for bridal showers, baby showers, wedding presents and travel expenses. While many have a tendency to complain about expenses associated with weddings (especially if it isn’t your own wedding), I can honestly say that any money spent on both of the weddings I attended were well worth it. This weekend I attended the wedding of a family friend in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Country Rustic” themed wedding was held at Panorama Farms. I was impressed with the way family members and friends devoted their time, care and attention to planning every detail and helping with decorations. My mother, along with the bride and groom’s parents and extended family members helped to put together flower arrangements, hang lighting inside of the barn and bake cupcakes as an alternative to a wedding cake. As I was surrounded by fun, love and entertaining dance moves, I was overwhelmed with joy for the happy couple and happy that I could share the special day. So, next time you complain about spending money to go to a friend or family members wedding, just think of the joy that you’ll experience when you arrive. It’s priceless!

 

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A*cute Preview: A Taste of Chocolate City and the Big Apple

by Jackie

Sherria and I often trade places to travel from our current cities to our hometowns during the weekends. She catches the Megabus south from New York to visit her family in Virginia, and I’m usually on the Boltbus headed from DC to NYC to see my loved ones. Every now and then, we manage to be in the same city and do some much-needed catching up. Get the latest from both of our worlds!

DC: Chocolate City Apparel

A*cute readers get a special sneak-peek of a new t-shirt line based in and on the  Washington, DC area.  Chocolate City Apparel — a brand started by three friends who wanted to “fuse language and art to visually express a celebration of DC-Maryland-Virginia pride, youth, and the urban culture” — is set to launch its DMV-themed designs Saturday, August 27. Visit http://www.chocolatecityapparel.com to make your advanced purchase.

NYC: Page 31 Launch Party

A*cute readers are invited to preview fall fashions and music from new artists at the  www.Page31.com launch party on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Samsung Experience/Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Center) in NYC. The online magazine promises to bring “Color to the Deaf and Music to the Blind” with celebrity interviews, the latest in fashion, and reviews on the newest music. RSVP to FirstImpressions31@gmail.com  to attend.

Coach Lovers

by Sherria

Check out the Coach Homepage (www.coach.com) for 17 pages of gift ideas

Last night as I was checking out blog sites, a Coach advertisement popped up which featured new arrivals and holiday gift ideas. I believe in giving gift from the heart at all times of the year. But, there are a ton of holiday sales and new mechandise pouring into stores now. So, I’m a fan of “getting it now while the getting is good.”   I fell in love with the gold Coach house slippers. I usually run around bare foot, but this season, I may change that habit and invest in a good pair of house shoes. Take a look at some selections I chose as nice gifts. Also, if you want to find great discounts on Coach items, head to the outlet store at Potomac Mills Mall, located in Woodbridge, Virginia. 

Add a splash of color to your winter with a bright bag:

Kristin Leather Pleated Bag, $398

Petite gift for a friend, sister, or close co-worker:

Coach created a 'Poppy' edition to its classic wristlet line; only $42

Cozy gift:

Walk around your house in style with the Cailyn Shearling Slipper, $158

Fall Must-Have: Motorcycle Jacket

by Jackie

Experiment with brown or gray. They are just as neutral as black, but allow you to stand out. (Macy's: Steve Madden Moto Jacket $89)

The rain and cold this morning reminded the District that although we’ve been enjoying a sunny September, that it is indeed Fall.  The typical trench coat is a fool-proof all-weather option to sport to work, but consider adding some edge to your outerwear collection by getting a motorcycle jacket.

I recently purchased one from Wilson’s Leather from Potomac Mills and cannot wait to wear it!

Though my mom gave me a black motorcyle jacket as a gift last year, I decided to switch it up  with a brown one for this Fall so I can alternate looks.

NOTE: Faux leather is an inexpensive, yet chic alternative to authentic leather.  But, before buying, smell the jacket and be sure that the luster is not too shiny, or else you’ll smell and look like you’re wearing plastic.

Meanswear Collection: DC Fashion Week

by Sherria

After a week of attending runway shows and networking parties as a part of DC Fashion Week, Jackie and I attended our last event on Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City, VA. On that warm evening, the runway heated up with sexy male models of all sizes, complexions, and ethnicities at the Washington Menswear Collection. Hosted by former contestants of Omarosa’s reality show, The Ultimate Merger, Lyle Silva and Charles Parker introduced some of DC’s most talented designers of menswear. The runway showcased a variety of concepts; everything from underwear to urban wear was modeled. In addition to the viewing the menswear collections, some of the hottest talent in DC performed during intermission. Notably, female singing group No Label, were the best performers of the night. They were coordinated, lively, and all five of the divas could actually sing. Stay tuned for tomorrow’ post. I’ll post great pictures (taken by AlmeniaJ Photography) of the evenings events.

Sneak Peak

Menswear suit designed by Andrew Nowell. The collection Andrew Nowell put together for DC Fashion Week was the most cohesive and creative collection of the evening. Photo Credit: DC Fashion Week