Q&A: What to expect at the A*cute Clothing Exchange & Trunk Show

Swap and shop at the 3rd Annual A*cute Clothing Exchange. (Almenia J. Photograpy)

Swap and shop at the 3rd Annual A*cute Clothing Exchange! (Almenia J. Photograpy)

We cannot wait to host the 3rd Annual A*cute Clothing Exchange & Trunk Show this Saturday, September 21, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Mad Hatter located in DC’s Dupont Circle at 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Here are some clothing exchange FAQs, so you can know what you’re in for.

What if my clothes/accessories are outdated?

One [wo]man’s trash is another [wo]man’s treasure. When it comes to a clothing exchange, this old adage could not be truer. You may think something is out of style, but someone else with a new perspective could pair your item with a piece from their wardrobe and make a new outfit. Style is often recycled. A fresh pair of eyes and some imagination can turn your something old into someone else’s something stylish.

I don’t have any clothes or accessories to bring to the event. Can I still participate?

Of course! Anyone who purchases a ticket will be able to pick up exchange items and shop the trunk show. The clothing exchange is a fun event where you can catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Don’t believe us? Check out pics from last year’s shindig.

Is the event only for women?

Not at all! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

I want to support, but can’t make the event.

That’s easy. Buy a ticket and spread the word: http://lookacute.eventbrite.com/. Extra items and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, an organization dedicated to strengthening the ability of young women to achieve their goals and the New Hope Recreation and Development Center, a community initiative based in Ellendale, Delaware designed to provide educational opportunities for at-risk youth, adults, and senior citizens.

If you have any other questions about the event, email us at acute.consulting@ymail.com or tweet @AcuteConsulting! See you Saturday!



by Jackie


I’m still on my shopping fast (ok, I bought like eight a couple pairs of shoes, but bear with me here), so I’ve been shopping my closet and only buying small pieces to update my wardrobe. I picked up a printed scarf for about $10 at H&M a couple of months ago in anticipation of the fall. A simple knot took a plain button-down shirt and pencil skirt to a whole other level.

One of my Instagram fashionistas decided to copy the look and made it her own with a full skirt:

Check out @enigma_tic1’s rendition of the look!



A*cute Clothing Exchange & Trunk Show



We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Clothing Exchange & Trunk Show featuring Fezelry Jewelry and Almenia J. Photography on Saturday, April 21 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Mad Hatter in the Dupont section of Washington, DC.

Items not exchanged and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, an organization dedicated to strengthening the ability of young women to achieve their goals.

Click here to buy tickets!

AND, that’s not all! Buy your ticket now, and receive an exclusive A*cute deal from Marlene Lillian Photography.

Receive a $35 print credit towards your boudoir session when you purchase a clothing exchange ticket AND receive a $25 discount + print credit when you book a session with a friend!

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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Va-Va-Va Vintage: Styling the Birthday Girl

by Jackie 

My roomie, sisterfriend, and confidante Jenn, is usually behind the camera, capturing everyday beauty and turning it into works of art. For her birthday, the photographer is photographed and styled by A*cute!

I decided to create a look for Jenn that was an ode to vintage glamour. She’s a girly girl who loves pearls and clean silhouettes, so the genre was perfect for her. We set out to find reasonably priced items based on the style storyboard I created for her birthday party at Chi-Cha Lounge on U Street.

A red pump is instant vintage glam and added a sexy touch to Jenn's pale pink dress.

This gold clutch was a perfect fit for the theme of the look.

Some red lipstick, lightly winged eyeliner, and Voila!

Simply Beautiful! Happy Birthday Jenn!

Have a special occasion coming up? Want to build the perfect work wardrobe? Transitioning your closet for the fall/winter seasons? Email acute.consulting@ymail.com to book your A*cute styling session!

A*cute Preview: A Taste of Chocolate City and the Big Apple

by Jackie

Sherria and I often trade places to travel from our current cities to our hometowns during the weekends. She catches the Megabus south from New York to visit her family in Virginia, and I’m usually on the Boltbus headed from DC to NYC to see my loved ones. Every now and then, we manage to be in the same city and do some much-needed catching up. Get the latest from both of our worlds!

DC: Chocolate City Apparel

A*cute readers get a special sneak-peek of a new t-shirt line based in and on the  Washington, DC area.  Chocolate City Apparel — a brand started by three friends who wanted to “fuse language and art to visually express a celebration of DC-Maryland-Virginia pride, youth, and the urban culture” — is set to launch its DMV-themed designs Saturday, August 27. Visit http://www.chocolatecityapparel.com to make your advanced purchase.

NYC: Page 31 Launch Party

A*cute readers are invited to preview fall fashions and music from new artists at the  www.Page31.com launch party on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Samsung Experience/Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Center) in NYC. The online magazine promises to bring “Color to the Deaf and Music to the Blind” with celebrity interviews, the latest in fashion, and reviews on the newest music. RSVP to FirstImpressions31@gmail.com  to attend.