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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Dressing for the Office Holiday Party

by A*cute Editors

Finding the perfect dress for an Office Holiday Party can be a bit tricky. You want something that is festive and cute, but doesn’t scream “take me to the nightclub now!” According to the Management Study Guide, “Party at the office does not mean one has the liberty to wear revealing clothes.” Wearing a dress that shows too much cleavage or a skirt that shows your underwear is not impressive. Although the party may be an after-work function, you will be surrounded by co-workers and more importantly, supervisors. While they may not treat you as if you are on-the-clock, supervisors are constantly overseeing employee grooming and behavior. Remember, you don’t have to go on an entire shopping spree to find an appropriate outfit for the office holiday party. Mix festive colored blouses that may be hiding in your closet (i.e., silver, red, gold) and match them with a knee-length black skirt. Fun jewelry can give flair to any outfit. At A*cute, we LOVE dresses! Below are a few inspirational holiday office party dresses. What are you planning to wear to your office party? Comments Welcomed 🙂

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The Procrastinator’s Guide: Holiday Gifts for Your Man

by Acute Editors

We hope that you have started to make a holiday list. Some consumers completed their holiday shopping on Cyber Monday. However, if you aren’t as ahead of the game, let A*cute help you. Over the next few days, we are going to suggest a ton of holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list! Below are a few ideas for that special guy in your life. We are also interested in your thoughts and your ideas, so feel free to leave us comments!

The Gamer

Discovery Bay Games “Atari Arcade Duo Powered iPad Joystick Game, $60

Nintendo Wii U, sold at various locations nationwide. **Hot Pick*** According to news reports, this item is selling out quickly!

Sophisticated Drinker

Johnnie Walker Blue Label – available at various locations nationwide

Whiskey Rocks, $19.95

GQ Gentleman

Cole Haan “Air Yacht Club” Lace-Up Boot, $119

Cole Haan ‘Cooper Square’ Longwing Oxford, $298

Converse “Jack Purcel” Sneaker, $54.95

Gray Nep Vee Cardigan, $84

Button Roller Lambswool Sweater

The Fun Gift

Shot Roulette, $30

The Splurge Gift

Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High-Definition Headphones, $299.95

What to bring to a Holiday Party

by Acute Editors

December is approaching fast and you know what that means, Holiday Time! From the office holiday party,  planning your own shindig to figuring out your New Year’s Eve plans, we bet that your December calender is probably already booked with fun festivities. If you are planning to attend a holiday party this season, be sure to contribute. Below are a few suggestions on how you can show the host your appreciation for planning a fabulous night.

1) Bottle of Wine/Champagne – Even if you are accustomed to drinking $5 beers at the local bar after work, try to be a bit more upscale with it comes to bringing an alcoholic beverage to the home of the party host. Show that you have class and style buy purchasing a nice, yet inexpensive wine. You can find great tasting wines at the local liquor store. Opt for a Cavit White Wine or ask the store owner about a Cabernet Sauvignon. Champagnes can be a little more expensive than wine. But that doesn’t mean that you have to buy a $100 bottle of Moet & Chandon.  Most party goers won’t object to a bottle of Korbel or Veuve Clicquot.

2) Homemade Dish – Bringing a homemade dessert will show that you took the time and patience to prepare for the party. But if you’re no Paula Dean in the kitchen, don’t worry. You can purchase the Betty Crocker cake mix from your local grocery store and bake a cake or small cupcakes! If you don’t want to bake at all, you can purchase “ready-made” bake goods. Trader Joe’s has the BEST dessert aisle and best of all, some of their products look homemade once you remove it from the wrapping.

3) D.J. Skills – If your funds are limited this season, try offering your artistic skills. Do you have skills on the turntables (or iTunes)? Are you great at capturing the moment through film? Do you want to test out your bartending skills from the class you took this summer? Ask the host if you can contribute in your own funky way 🙂

Lookbook: Ainsley Holiday 2012

by Jackie

Things are slowly starting to heat up, but New York-based designer Ainsley sent over their sparkly looks from their Holiday 2012 collection. Love the mix of textures and the use of gold in this collection. Here are some of the looks that inspired me most:

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Visualize an imaginary dinner party thrown by two icons: Josephine Baker and Frida Kahlo. What opulence of texture would Frieda want to wear if she were alive today? What sexy sheers would Josephine want to shimmy in for Holiday 2012? The result is modern Parisian glamour mixed with a playful, artistic spirit.

Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Gentleman

by Sherria 

It doesn't get more sophisticated than that!

 

Ladies, you only have four days left to get that special guy a gift for the holiday. But remember, you don’t have to break the bank this season in order to buy nice gifts. It’s always the thought that counts! If you are still thinking about a suitable gift for your sophisticated man, A*cute can help. If you live in New York, please try Uniqlo for warm men’s clothing. They have jeans on sale for $39.50, cashmere sweaters starting at $99.90 and lambswool sweaters starting at $29.90. You can also find and a ton of cozy accessories such as scarves, gloves, and hats. Below are a few items I discovered while pushing through the holiday crowds. All are priced under or near the $100 mark. Tell us what you are planning to buy the men in your life this holiday season.

A*cute picks:

Heavy gauge shawl collar cardigan (Uniqlo, $49.90)

This Men's Refueler's gift set is perfect for a man on the go. It contains a bar of body scrub soap, facial moisturizer, hand salve, and shaving cream. (Men's Refuelers kit from Kiehl's, $29.50)

If your man likes to drink Whiskey, try the Whiskey Stones and Gift Set. The stones are to keep your drink cool without the "watering down" effect of ice. (Uncommongifts.com, $19.50-58.00)

They say that "scent is the strongest sense tied to memory" so buy your guy Gucci Guilty cologne and it will be a holiday to remember! Try a gift set from Sephora. It includes a 1.6 oz Eau De Toilette Spray and 3.3 oz Perfumed Body Lotion (Sephora, $101)