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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Lunchtime Links: Women’s History Month Edition

by Jackie

This edition of Lunchtime Links pays homage to Women’s History Month. Celebrate womanhood with this roundup of inspiring women who are writing a new page in history.

Tomica Gets Cutthroat

TomCookery announcement

New York-based chef and business owner Tomica “Tom” Burke brings her talents to the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. The episode airs on Sunday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST. I had the privilege of chatting with Tomica when she launched her new comfort cuisine and catering company, TomCookery. Read more about her journey to kitchen stardom here.

Beauty Beyond Skin Deep

Few people know that I’ve been dealing with a nuisance of a scar on my nose from a self-induced chemical burn from an at-home astringent routine gone wrong. When I’m not going to the dermatologist for treatments to get rid of it, I cover it up with Dermablend. To the outside world, it may be nothing, but to me, it’s unsightly. (I can be very a bit dramatic, sometimes. I know) The brand recently launched Camo Confessions, a campaign that features  people who have ditched their makeup for the sake of telling their stories. Cheri details her victory over vitiligo in a stunning video.

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Be Bossy

There’s been a lot of buzz around banning the term bossy. I tend to err on the side of meh on this topic. While I agree that girls and women should be encouraged to be leaders just as much as boys and men, I also think that there are other, more important threats to women than being called bossy. I have been called bossy on more than one occasion.  Hard to believe, I know. I’m not offended by the term, I actually kind of revel in it. In the poetic words of singer-turned-Food Network-star Kelis,

You don’t have to love me / You don’t even have to like me / But you will respect me / You know why? / ’cause I’m a boss!

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Nailing Throwback Thursday

by Jackie

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

Gave myself a flawless manicure in 10 minutes.

You know that feeling. Your nails look like you’ve been landscaping all day, but you don’t have the time to get to the spa or wait for a base coat, two color coats, and a top coat to dry (even quick dry top coats take time because you have to wait for the the other coats to dry before you apply it. Let me quote the prolific Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”).

I was making a mad dash to bed the other night because I had a big day ahead of me that started at 5:00 a.m. I knew if I tried to give myself a full mani, that I’d end up smudging all of my nails in my sheets.  What’s a girl to do?! Sitting in my mani box was the answer, a package of press-on nails that I got from ImPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails some months earlier in NYC. I know what you’re thinking: “Press-on nails? That’s so 1992.” I promise you, these look better and feel sturdier than the ones I used to play dress-up with as a little beauty queen wannabe. So far, I like them better than nail stickers because they don’t bubble and the application was quick and easy — prep, peel, stick. Voila!

I think this will be my summer mani go-to. I’ll spend the time I would have spent on my nails at the pool. Oh, and it’s only about $6, so it definitely beats a pricey salon visit.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

This color is perfect for whenever it decides to stop snowing.

Lunchtime Links

by Jackie

Get into these links while you dive into your salad.

Shinestruck.com

(Photo: Shinestruck.com)

(Photo: Shinestruck.com)

Going natural can be overwhelming. There’s a million blogs, a hair typing system that resembles the periodic table, and enough products to leave your bank account as dry as a bad hair day. In the midst of all of this, I found Shinestruck.com and accompanying Instagram page, Shinestruck. Filled with pictures of everyday naturals (not so much the hair gurus), practical advice, and easy-to-follow tutorials, Shinestruck has become my go-to for everything curl-related.

HeartandSundry.com

(Photo: Heartandsundry.com)

(Photo: Heartandsundry.com)

Self-described as “a curation of beautiful everyday wears and wares,” HeartandSundry.com is a hodgepodge of good taste. New blogger Mafara Hobson picks out what’s cool and fresh, from a vintage bike to a breakfast taco cook book, so you don’t have to.

WhiteHouse.gov 

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Undergrads and grads, this one’s for you.

The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African Americans. This is an unpaid internship working for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

This internship gives students an opportunity to learn about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This initiative was launched by President Obama in July of 2012 as an effort to improve educational opportunities for African American students and increase overall rates for students completing college. 

A*cute’s Picks: Oscars 2014

by Jackie

What’s better than watching the red carpet arrivals and gushing with your girlfriends? Doing it in sweats with a bottle of wine at hand because tomorrow is a snow day!

Here are my fave looks:

Kate Hudson

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Lupita Nyong'o

And, of course… the stunning Lupita Nyong’o; not only best dressed for tonight, but best dressed of this awards season.