Weekend Warrior: @Coldplay at #Lolla and @MissJillScott’s Block Party

by Jackie 

270,000. That’s the number of determined music-lovers that packed Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend for Lollapalooza‘s 20th anniversary festival. Careful planning and dedication landed me a front-row spot to see Coldplay on opening night. Have you ever felt that there was a band whose songs were the soundtrack to your life? Ever since hearing “Yellow” when I was in high school, I could have sworn that lead singer/songwriter Chris Martin and I shared a journal. The show was part laser spectacular, part balloon fest, and total dream come true.

Coldplay performing “Yellow” at Lolla. Ignore the girl singing off-key in the background, she was a bit excited. (I will deny it’s me forever.)

Chris Martin intro’d “Fix You” by singing the late Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” in tribute to his fellow British phenom.

I was just a couple of feet away from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin!

I still can't believe I got to see them live!

Click here to see the full stream of Coldplay at Lollapalooza. My sister and mom text me saying they spotted me. If you see an excited girl in a tan fedora, that’s me!

After I scratched Lollapalooza off of my bucket list, I returned to DC to close out the weekend with Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff, Doug E. Fresh, Mint Condition, and Anthony Hamilton. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Doug E. Fresh lived up to the concert’s title, playing old school jams that had everyone on their feet and Mint Condition’s Pretty Brown Eyestook me on a trip down memory lane. Jill Scott was amazing. It was the second time I’ve seen her live, and I loved the way she blended her classics with tracks from her new album, The Light of the Sun. Her double encore included one of my all-time Jill faves, He Loves Me.” She closed out the song with Spanish operatic breakdown. I love her voice, and her range is crazy. She also looked gorgeous with her braided hair pulled back, gold bamboo earrings, blue sequined dress, and neon green high-tops.

Jill Scott made me want to get my hair braided and buy some gold bamboo earrings.

She radiated positive energy throughout her entire show.

Blockpartiers: Travis, Jennifer, and me.

Photos and video by moi.


Oooh baby, I’m a Rock Star

by Sherria

As we close out the summer, residents in the Washington, D.C.-area  are getting ready to go out with a bang! Two large pop concerts are coming to town-   ‘Passion, Pain, & Pleasure Tour’ featuring headliner Trey Songz with  R&B Singer, Monica,  and the ‘Monster Ball Tour’ with the infamous Lady Gaga. I have been helping some friends shop for months for these concerts. Since I’ve been helping the, I figure, why not help A*cute readers? I know some of you aren’t as dramatic about finding outfits for a concert, but maybe the style choices below can give you some ideas of what you can wear. And for the record, I do believe that the Lady Gaga concert will look like a costume party. So, you may want to head to the party store instead of the mall, lol.

Trey Songz and Monica– September 4, DAR Constitution Hall

 Style Option:

Trey Sonz and Monica are two sultry, yet fun R&B singers and I guarantee their show will bring out both sides in them. You'll want to achieve a classy, fun, and sexy look for their concert. The colorful options on the left (pink shoes and purple clutch) will show off your fun and adventurous side, while the black and gold boots with gold jewelry will play up your sexiness. Whatever you decide to wear, just know that there will be a million women trying to compete with you- the ladies LOVE TREY!

Lady Gaga– September 7, Verizon Center

Style Options:

A friend of mine has been looking for a plastic skirt everywhere. But they are super expensive! So opt for either a regular pink high-waist skirt on pants. The high-waist tight featured in this picture are from American Apparel ($42). They also come in a variety of other colors. You can find a bustier at any store that carries lingerie (Macy's, Victoria's Secret, Fredericks of Hollywood, etc.).

This look is very easy to achieve: ALL BLACK EVERYTHING, decorative tights and gaudy jewelry.