The Procrastinator’s Guide: Holiday Gifts for Your BFF

by Acute Editors

What do you get your BFF? You’ve never had to DTR this partnership. Show him/her how much you’ve appreciated the iconic partnership that all classic buddy comedy films are made of.

The We-Might-As-Well-Be-Roomies BFF


If you’re over your BFF’s apartment more than your own, and you’re always treated to a home-cooked meal, give the gift that keeps on giving. Fifty Shades of Chicken is a hilarious culinary take on its almost-namesake novel that had readers sipping on ice water. This cookbook turns the heat on in the kitchen and is sure to get used over and over again.

The We-Have-Our-Own-Theme-Song Bestie


Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” tour kicks off in 2013.

If you and your bestie can’t get ready for a night out on the town without turning the volume up on your fave dance track, then concert tickets are the way to go. Though the main entertainment will surely be onstage, the memories you’ll have will last years longer.

The Hipster in Denial


We all have that friend — the one who loves to hate hipsters, but takes an hour to get the I-just-got-out-of-bed look exactly right. They make everything themselves and Instagram it in the Earlybird filter. An at-home beer making kit says, “I know you’re a hipster, and it’s cool with me.”

The DIY Diva


Regular salon visits can start to add up. Save your bestie some coin and time with an at-home gel mani kit. She won’t have to open another gift with a chipped mani ever again.


Two-hour Vacation

by Jackie

The harsh winter weather and a hectic professional life has me longing for an island vacation.  Unfortunately, I’m not hopping on a cruise ship anytime soon, but I have found a way to relax and take a breather.  A few months ago, one of my girlfriends introduced me to my mini-getaway location five minutes away from my house — Sassy Nail Salon & Spa in the Takoma section of DC.  Twice a month, we get together and let the stress melt away while getting a gel manicure and/or pedicure.  For a couple of blissful hours, I forget about the 9-to-5 and hang out with my friend.


I became instantly obsessed with CND Shellac in "Rosebud." The subtle color is professional and pretty. Gel manicures typically last me a little more than two weeks with little to no chipping!

Tic Toc…

by Jackie

The countdown to 2011 has begun, so you know what that means… RESOLUTIONS!  Typically, I don’t make resolutions; if I want to change something, I just do.  But, I have come to recognize the significance of using the ball drop as a marker for a new start.  Need some inspiration? Look no further…

  1. Find a new job. This economy may not be the job seeker’s market, but according to a recent report, more than 80% of employees say they will be looking for a new job next year.  A*cute cofounder, Sherria, recently made a big leap to a new position and a new city (one of the best cities in the world, in my opinion 🙂 ) — so it is possible, don’t be discouraged.
  2. Get happy. Dead-end job? Tired of the social scene? Broke? It may seem like some circumstances are out of your control, but the one thing you can control is how you approach each day.  Release all of your frustrations in a journal, get a therapist, or confide in a close friend — whatever you do, let go of what’s holding you down, and try to have a better attitude.
  3. Cut the fat. Sure, this can apply to food, but get rid of all of the unnecessary things that take up space and weigh you down.

This year, I plan to cut the fat. In an effort to save more money and prepare for the future, I am going to change some habits.  Though I don’t spend a lot on clothes (we all know I love me a deal), I know that I can save even more by focusing on maintaining what I have rather than adding to my wardrobe.

Instead of buying new outfits, I will treat myself to the occasional manicure and express myself through other means — i.e. bold make-up or switching up my accessories more often.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Are You Gellin’?

Guest Post by Keren Odeah Johnson

DC Socialite Keren Johnson has her hands on the newest nail trend.

I’ve always looked to A*cute for guidance on professional wear and
advice on the latest fashion trends. However, if it’s one thing I
know- it’s that a woman’s hands tie together the whole look.
As a self-proclaimed manicure-obsessed professional, it’s tough
finding a way to care for my natural nails without dealing with the
constant chipping of nail polish or fading of a color. I learned about
Minx last year- tried it- and sorry ladies but I hated it (with two
snaps and a circle a la In Living Color).

My hopes were dashed until I found OPI axxium. After two months of
research, I decided to try it out myself. I went to Nails Etc. salon
on 12th Street NE (Brookland Metro). Typically, I’m too busy in the
fabulous pedicure massage chair to notice the special offers. Luckily
for me, two weeks ago I noticed a $25 special on the gel manicure. The
process was pretty amazing- a clear gel was applied to my nails (no
buffing or drilling, Amen). Next several coats of Opium Axxium in Here
Today, Aragon Tomorrow were applied over the clear coat. After each
application, my nails were placed under a UV lamp. The final top coat
was applied and set under the lamp. Literally, two minutes later, my
nails were DRY! Dry as in I could schlep through my purse for my car
keys, put on my gloves and drive away without doing the tricky my
nails are wet dance. Here’s the real kicker- two weeks later my nails
are still beautiful and not one chip.

Two weeks after salon visit, the OPI Axxium gel manicure remained fresh -- no chipping or fading!

I’ve washed dishes and typed my life away.   Just today I slammed my finger in a door jam and my nail emerged unchipped. This product is the real deal. I highly recommend the gel manicure and will be getting them again from here on out.
The one downside- the color is not true to the polish version.
Typically, OPI HTAT is a forest green almost black color. In the gel
version it’s more of a collard green color. The other drawback- if you’re
like me- my nails have grown so fast that the polish near the cuticles
have a gap. Nonetheless, I’m beyond satisfied and it was well worth
the money.