Lunchtime Links

by Jackie

Get into these links while you dive into your salad.



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 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.



Self-described as “a curation of beautiful everyday wears and wares,” 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. 


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.

Style Struck: Tamron Hall

by Jackie

Tamron Hall doesn’t know it, but she’s my best friend in my head. There is no doubt that she is the best dressed newswoman on television. What is striking about the veteran journalist is that her personality shines through her style choices and her storytelling always seems genuine. I’m excited to watch Tamron in her new role as co-host of the 9 o’clock hour of TODAY, making her the first black woman to co-host the morning show.

Congrats Tamron!

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For behind-the-scenes #TamCam videos and pics, follow @TamronHall on Instagram.

Prelude to Fashion Week: Sarah Boyd for Capwell + Co Pop-Up Shop

by Sherria 

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As a kick-off to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, I attended a jewelry launch in the West Village. The Pop-Up style launch was hosted by Capwell + Co to introduce its partnership  with founder of Simply Stylist, Sarah Boyd. Among the attendees were approximately 150-200 top tier fashion and accessories editors, bloggers and social guests. 

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The launch event showcased collections from both Capwell + Co and the trendy five piece capsule collection from Sarah Boyd. Each item in Sarah’s collection are what I consider to be “statement” pieces – and we all know that I love a good statement piece! See below:

Sarah Boyd for Capwell Collection  Image Courtesy of Capwell + Co

Sarah Boyd for Capwell Collection
Image Courtesy of Capwell + Co

I had my eye on this ring all night so I had to make the purchase:

My new favorite ring

My new favorite ring

About Capwell + Co: Capwell + Co. has been designing, crafting, and manufacturing jewelry for more than three decades. Our designers, inspired just as much by cutting-edge trends as timeless style, channel both sophistication and playfulness into collections that celebrate our customer’s individuality and spontaneous style.

About Sarah Boyd: Sarah Boyd is the founder and ‘dot connector’ of Simply Stylist, a multi-service firm headquartered in Los Angeles.  Sarah grew the company from a boutique fashion-centric conference to nationwide events and marketing firm that aids in the growth and development of trendsetters and industry experts.  It brings the spotlight to beauty, fashion, travel, health and lifestyle to help define these industries and the people who make them important. Sarah has been featured in Marie Claire, HauteLook and Entrepreneur Magazine.  She has been a guest expert for Fox, E!, KTLA, PopSugar, Disney and Nike.  In 2013, Forbes touted her as a ‘Female Founder to Watch’.

J. Crew Gets Back to Basics

via Huffington Post


J. Crew is a staple in First Lady Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. Now, we can all get some FLOTUS fashion at prices that won’t break the bank. (PHOTO:

“For spring, you’ll see our prices much more friendly this year,” said J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler. “We can’t compete with designers. Our Madison Avenue and 66th Street Collection store does an enormous amount of business.”

Read the full story here.