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

Wednesday Wish List: Leopard Print Chucks and Jason Wu at Target

by Jackie


Ok, [insert sigh here] I was one of those people that didn’t get the whole Concords thing. The retro Jordans caused a frenzy across the country over the holidays, with people lining up for hours to get the limited edition shoes. But, some say tomato, I say “eh.”

Converse Addict Leopard Print Chuck Taylor All Star

Leopard Print Chucks only available on the Japan "Addict" line.

I do, however, love Converse footwear, which is great for the sake of my wallet because they are much more affordable than other sneakers, and offer a lot of style options. I’ve been tracking a leopard print pair for a while, but they are only available through their Japanese site.  (Domo Arigato and Konichiwa is the extent of my Japanese knowledge, thanks to songs by the Styx and Robyn, respectively.)

Luckily for persistent shoppers like me, the Converse website has a design-your-0wn option.

Maybe I should take up shoe designing. Hmmm.

After a few clicks… Voila! My dream Chuck Taylors! I’ve saved my custom design to purchase later. Can’t wait!

Wu is Right on Target

I love luxe for less lines when they’re done right. Target will release Jason Wu’s collection on February 5.  From what I’ve seen so far, I want EVERYTHING! Now you can own pieces from First Lady Michelle Obama’s favorite designer.

Metal on my mind

by Sherria

Earlier this week I decided to paint my nails metallic silver. I’ve had a bottle of China Glaze Metallic Silver nail polish in my nail bin since last year, so I thought it was time to break it out. This morning as I flipped through the September issue of InStyle Magazine, I read a small feature of the Jack Purcell Converse sneakers. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the design, originally created for the badminton court. But as fashion would have it, sneaker junkies can be seen sporting these kicks down the street. My sudden attraction to a bottle of nail polish I have had for a year and reading up on the metallic Jack Purcell kicks lead me to believe that it was a sign! A sign of what? Hmmm….a sign that I should share some hot metallic accessories with A*cute readers. Hope you enjoy!


Nail Polish (Metallic Silver, China Glaze, $6); Bag (Tignanello Handbag, Macy's, on sale for $60.99); Watch (Poppy Bracelet Watch, Coach, $258)

Metal Foot:

(Jack Purcell Metallic Brogue, Converse, $85)

Campus Chic

 by Jackie 


My [not-so-little-anymore] sister Maronel is uber excited to start college in a few weeks; so much so, that she is already proudly sporting her GWU sweatshirt all over the place.   It was about eight years ago that I left the Bronx for DC, so I only got to see her on my visits home and I feel like I missed out on a lot.  I can’t wait until we’re in the same city!  

Her big move had me reminiscing on my days as a college-bound girl.  I had no idea what to expect.  I was nervous to leave home, yet excited to move to a new city on my own and experience all that college had to offer.  

Among many other pre-college discussions, my mom warned me against being sloppy: “Don’t get into that nasty habit of wearing your pajamas to class.”   

You can be comfy without being sloppy. A pair of nice-fitting jeans and a cardigan is the staple undergrad outfit. When picking out a school bag, make sure it's something sturdy that can fit your laptop and books. You don't want to be lugging things in your hands walking across campus to get to class all because you wanted to wear your pretty little purse. Chucks are my fave pair of sneakers. They will never do you wrong!

Get the look! 

You may think that your work study job is not that serious. But, it's the perfect training ground for your career. Use this opportunity to dress professionally and to meet as many university/college administrators and staff as possible. You never know whose path you may cross.

Get the look! 


 Congrats Maronel! I’m proud of you! 

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