Style File: Mother’s Day Brunch

by Sherria 

As Mother’s Day approaches, many are booking spa appointments, sending flowers or planning a brunch to show their mothers how much they appreciate everything that she’s done for them throughout the years. If you are having a hard time figuring out what to wear to any of the activities you have planned, then I suggest taking a dive into your closet now to figure it out before Sunday.

A silk shirt and a pair of brightly colored jeans or patterned pants is my top pick for this weekend. Whereas floral patterns were once an obvious choice for dresses and skirts, they are now being used for bottoms. I noticed the trend when celebrities such as Beyonce, Solange, and Katie Holmes were spotted wearing them. But, now they can be seen on the shelves of Forever 21, Macy’s, and Zara (for us common folk!). 

If you’d like to sport the trend, below are a few options.


Jersey jacket
$39 – selectfashion.co.uk

Adriana Voloshchuk flower print pants
$210 – wolfandbadger.com

White House Black Market dot jewelry
whitehouseblackmarket.com

Fornash pearl bangle
simplysoles.com
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Sherria’s Style File

by Sherria 

Sunny days in New York City gives me the inspiration to go outside and take pictures. I decided to mix and match pieces that I hadn’t put together before. I actually came out with a nice outfit. I like this set because you can wear it on the weekend or a casual day in the office. My outfit was featured on the Chloe + Isabel blog. Please check it out HERE.

What do you like to do on sunny days? 

White Tank: H&M

Yellow Sweater: Forever 21

Pants: Zara

All Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel 

Blazing Professionals with Cool Careers

Travis 

His Career

Travis is Marketing Manager at USO, Inc.

“My day-to-day responsibilities are to implement cross-promotional branding opportunities and cause marketing campaigns with national brand launches.

Challenges

“Working for a nonprofit is a constant hustle to make sure your cause stays relevant and beneficial to its stakeholders.

Rewards

 “At the end of the day, I know I’m working for a good cause. The marketing plans are going towards something for the greater good; something that brings a smile to the face of millions of troops and families worldwide.

How to get into the industry

“We often face the crossroads of doing what were good at rather then doing what we love to do.  I highly recommend finding something you love to do and let your passion shine through your work from jump. Passion and dedication is needed throughout your entire career.

“My undergrad experience at Johnson C. Smith University built my foundation in marketing and personal growth while grad school at American University allowed me to focus on a specialty in cause marketing and audience segmentation.

Style in the Office

“Business casual is standard for our office and business attire for special events and corporate meetings.

Travis on his personal style

“The professional scene in DC is full of walking “black suits” and I’m the complete opposite. My personality is very much a representation of my personal style; chill yet dapper enough to be professional. I’m able to blend both business-casual and current strategically, so it makes it easy to pair things for work and social scenes. Items from United Colors of Benetton, Zara or J. Crew work very well for both environments.”

Photography by Almenia J and Marlene Lillian.

As told to A*cute editors by Travis. Special thanks to Travis for sharing his story with us. If you have any questions for him, please email us at lookacute@gmail.com and he will answer you as soon as possible.

Celebration of Cool: Weatherproof

by Jackie | Photos by AlmeniaJPhotography

He pulls on his coat collar as an icy wind fails to interrupt his stride.  The hawk is no match for his cool, winter stands no chance against his resolve.

There is nothing more important than having the right coat when temperatures drop. Outerwear becomes a vital part of an outfit during the winter months, taking precedence over what’s underneath. I recently accepted the challenge of finding the perfect winter coat for my friend, Anthony. Check out what he had to say about the experience below.

For the past couple of years in the DMV there have been some blistering winters.  I’ve kept some warm coats (a snorkel, leather, trench etc.), but for a more timid winter this year, I was looking for something a little lighter and more versatile.  I decided on a grey topcoat.  I had been looking on some sites of choice — J. Crew, Banana Republic, Nordstrom — and found a few options.  I wasn’t too excited about any of them, but getting a coat was a must.  So I decided to consult one of my resident fashionista friends, Jackie.  I know she has an eye for these types of things, and her opinion is valued.  She looked at some of the options and she, too, wasn’t that impressed.  She did whatever it is fashionistas do — pray to a bust of Audrey Hepburn, I don’t know — but she came back with several grey coats. 

She mentioned my physique and the type of style she saw me in — “edgy” was the word I think she used — and the choices seemed to fit me to a T.  In the end, I decided on the Grey Top coat with Knitted Collar from Zara.  The coat itself has a knitted zip lining with an outside button closure.  The cut is sleek and rakish and can serve for both evening attire or a winter jaunt around the city — everything I was looking for.  Thanks Jackie and A*cute consulting.  I’m definitely a believer.

Anthony Weatherspoon is a business professional in the financial industry based in Washington, DC.

 

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Why we still love fall style

by Sherria

The temperatures are expected to go below freezing tonight in New York. However, winter isn’t here yet.  There isn’t any snow on the ground and the orange and brown leaves are still falling off of the trees. I’m going to enjoy the fall as much as I can before December 21; the first day of the winter solstice. Other than the beautiful scenery, I love fall style. I asked a few A*cute readers what their top style picks were for fall and here’s what they came up with…

Face: Purple and Plum Lip Colors

Plum lips are super sexy during the fall and winter seasons“- says Ashlee Murph.

Main staple:

"There's something classic about blazers," says A*cute Editor, Jackie. "You can wear them with almost any outfit." (Photo taken at A*cute's Annual Clothing Exchange 2010)

A*cute picks:

blazer
blazer by sc8571a featuring a knit jacket

Boyfriend jacket, $130
Single breasted jacket, $110
Blazer, $80
Knit jacket, $52

Fur:

A*cute reader, Toushi, can't get enough fur!

A*cute picks:

furs

Michael kors coat, $175
H M vest, 30
Victoria s Secret cape coat, $126
Michael Kors faux fur vest, $130

Footwear:

"I first discovered this brand in France," says Toushi. "I adore these boots." --Jeffrey Campbell France Suede Boots (shopbop.com, $198)

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes, Sonya Riding Boots (Macy's, $299)