Cancel Monday

by Jackie

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As if Mondays weren’t bad enough, it’s raining and it’s still cold. Ugh. One way that I’m trying to un-suck Monday is to revisit the awesomeness that was this past weekend. Sherria came into town for our annual A*cute professional development workshop at Crittenton. (We’ll tell you more about that later, it was so much fun!) So, we decided to have an impromptu girls weekend, complete with a trip to the spa for springtime pedis, dancing the night away, and a boozy brunch.

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We’re both Francophiles, so I made brunch reservations at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan. I could have stayed there all day pretending I was in Paris.  The food is rich and delicious (I had the Crab Benedict,  and stole some steak and French toast from my brunch buddies).  The black and white decor, petite bar, upbeat jazz playing in the background, and French movie projected on the back wall made brunching a true experience.

We decided to work off all the food we ate by shopping (obvi) and stumbled upon Violet Boutique. Boutique shopping is one of my fave activities because it’s intimate and there aren’t a million carbon copies of any item. The Violet ladies made me feel like I was the only girl in the store, though the second-story walk-up was pretty packed with shoppers stocking up for spring (whenever it feels like showing up). I picked up a couple of items and can’t wait to wear them when the sun finally decides to stick around.

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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.

Click here for the full story.

 

Weekend Style Guide

by Sherria

If it doesn’t rain this weekend, I plan on relaxing on a beach in Long Island, NY. I already have two bathing suit choices, but I had to rummage through my closet to find a cover-up. I hope you all enjoy the summer weather while it last. I suggest taking a fun trip to a different city with friends, going to the beach, or an old school favorite rooftop party. Below are some beach cover-up options and a weekend outfit that I would wear day or night. It’s summer, I say just have fun and play with your looks as much as you can over the weekend! Enjoy yourself! If you have any fun weekend photos that you’d like us to post on Monday, please send them to lookacute@gmail.com

Beach Cover-up:

Singer, Ciara, covers up as she walks the sandy beach (photo credit: Essence.com)

cover ups


Talbots tee shirt dress
$17 – talbots.com

TopShop cover up swimwear
$36 – topshop.com

TopShop turquoise bikini
$56 – topshop.com
Weekend style (day or night):

Model and Actress, Tika Sumpter at the Heineken Red Star Access event.

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Short sleeve top
$70 – topshop.com

High rise shorts
$66 – topshop.com

Hot pants shorts
$66 – topshop.com

ALDO platform wedge heels
$100 – aldoshoes.com

Sam Edelman snake shoes
$70 – nordstrom.com

ALDO wedge shoes
$62 – asos.com

An A*cute Weekend!

by Jackie

I hibernate in the winter. Except for commuting to and from work, I tend to keep a low profile and stay indoors if the temperature is below 50 degrees. Thankfully, this weekend was mild in Washington and I was able to be my normal, social self. There’s nothing like good company and good times to counteract the workweek grind.

Girls' night out on the town. Policy's DJ had us dancing Friday night away.

Saturday, my roommate and I hosted a brunch at our apartment for my former work teammates. Scheduling lunches with multiple busy people can seem impossible, so I decided to fire up my new electric griddle and get the old team together to catch up and share some laughs. I love to entertain!

The menu included french toast, bacon, and mini ham and cheese fritattas. Yum!

The spread!

One of the highlights of my weekend was visiting with Sherria, the other fabulous half of A*cute, at my brunch! She recently moved to NYC, so whenever we get together, we have some serious catching up to do.

100% A*cute!

 

Valentine’s Day Serenade: Trey Songz Concert

by Jackie

Photos by Maronel Stewart

Trey Songz is my Valentine. Though he sang for a screeching crowd at Constitution Hall this Saturday, I felt like he was giving me a personal serenade. Though I have always liked his music and sang along to all of his mix-tapes on my iPod and sexy singles on the radio, I came to truly appreciate his vocal ability during his live performance. It’s very rare that an artist sounds better live than on record, but it’s true for Trey. His voice is amazing and he melted my heart with every note.

Attending the concert was part of my not-so-little sister‘s 18th birthday weekend. Momager came into town to surprise her and  one of my faves, Keren, organized an impromptu stop at Constitution Hall to help us celebrate Valentine’s Day with the R&B crooner. It was a great weekend!

Trey Songz wooed me with his smooth vocals.

 

Very few men can pull off a white suit, but he did so elegantly.

 

Though he is a very well-dressed man, he is also a very well undressed man.

 

My Valentines! (From left to right: Jenn the roomie, Maronel the lil sis and birthday girl, Momager, and Keren aka Ms. Make it Happen)

Momager came to DC from NY to surprise Maronel for her 18th birthday and celebrate Valentine's Day with me and the girls.

Happy Birthday, Maronel!