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Hey guys

So you should probably know that I’m kinda obsessed with nail polish.  Nail art? Check.  Nail magazines? Check.  Nail dryer? Check.

Anyway, I am writing to tell you that I am featured in Liquid Jelly‘s Friday Food and Nails post.  I sent in my picture (which I admit isn’t the best, compared to the gorgeous pics the other bloggers have) and I got in!  Yay!

Check it out here.  Thanks to Liz from Liquid Jelly for putting me in.  I will be in next week’s FFAN post as well, with my watermelon toes.

These nails are done freehand.  What I used:

  • OPI Start to Finish base/top coat
  • Essie Smokin’ Hot (dark grey)
  • OPI Austin-tacious turquoise
  • OPI turquoise shatter

There are trends in nail polish, of course, so I will share with you my forecast.

  • Olive green.  Like an army green, this corresponds with the military style clothing we’ve been seeing on the runways.  (Try OPI Uh Oh Roll Down the Window or Zoya Dree)
  • Grey.  Maybe I’m just saying that because I happened to be wearing grey in that post, but really. Grey.  Ooh!  (Try Essie Smokin’ Hot or Essie Chinchilly.)
  • Nail strips.  I tried some of these back in spring and they worked fairly well.  (Try Sally Hansen, they’re coming out with some new ones for halloween!)
  • Shatter.  I looove shatter.  Though my friend thinks that the shatter was a lab experiment, I still like it.  Which color?  I have black, turquoise, silver and blue.  The blue is from Sally Hansen and the other three OPI.  I’m looking forward to the new hot pink shatter by OPI which is coming out Sept/Oct .  OPI does an annual polish called Pink of Hearts and they donate some of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  OPI also donates $25,000.  (Not to mention the hot pink shatter is just so cool!)
  • Glitter? Nail art?  I love both of these so I would be happy if that was trendy.  Glitter has a presence in most of the major nail companies’ fall collections.  Don’t you just love that Miss Universe collection OPI has out?!  (The Muppets collection has loads of glitter too…I’ve seen it and it is awesome!)  Nail art might become popular too, but I think it’s too hard for the average work going person to do.

So fashionistas, should I become a nail blog?  Take the poll and comment!

The Fashionista

Hey.  I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much, but life has just been a little crazy lately.

I’ve spied some trends that I think are notable.

First, nail art.  I am a huge fan of this, and there are many products to help you do your own nails instead of shelling out big dollars at a salon.  OPI Shatter nail polish is super trendy.  You paint a color (any, but bright ones like pink and white work best) on your nails like usual, and then paint the shatter over it.  Watch as the nail polish shatters or cracks.  It dries matte, but if you want a shine you can paint a clear coat over top.  OPI shatter collection is available on Amazon and in some beauty stores.  Visit OPI.com for more details and to find a location near you.

Second, floral.  Floral is pretty easy to wear.  Pair it with some gladiator sandals and a bright nail color, and you’re set.

Third, color blocking.  Take a bunch of bold colors and throw them together in an outfit.  For a better idea of what it is, look at the Polyvore set below.  Tie it together with a solid color belt or shoes.


June 2011 Trends
The Fashionista

So plaid was big last year.  Obviously.  Everywhere you looked, you would see it. Plaid shorts, plaid skirts, plaid tops, plaid hats.  Wow.  Here’s how to wear it.

How: A solid top or bottom (depending on where you’re wearing it).  Gladiator sandals displaying a perfect pedicure, which preferably matches the shorts.

Where: Out and about.  It’s not for fancy dinners, though.  Go for more of the shopping, gardening, grocery store type trips.

When: Spring and Summer.  It’s not for Winter.

What: Nail art (for a tutorial, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw1s_mhE0O0), shorts, shirts, bathing suits.  Anything.

Plaid

The Fashionista

Nora commented on a post and requested that I write a post about nail polish.  I love nail polish, so I’m very happy to be writing this post.  Thanks for the suggestion, Nora!

The current nail polish trends are glittery nail polish (think gold or silver) and teal.  I like both of those trends.  It’s fun to do your nails with a cool design, like plaid, argyle, or snowmen.  Thanks to this YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/julieg713 and some good quality nail polish (I like Sephora by OPI and Revlon), I’ve been able to get pretty good at doing my nails.

nail polish
To get a basic manicure you will need:
1 solid color nail polish
1 clear top and base coat nail polish
(optional) Nail Dryer
Apply 1 coat of the clear nail polish.  If you have a nail dryer, stick your nails under there for 3 minutes on warm.  If you don’t, wait about 7-8 minutes (without touching anything!).  Then apply 2 coats of the solid color.  Dry for 5 minutes with nail dryer, 12 or so without.  The next day you can apply a top coat ( if you do it right after, it might smear things).

If you want to do detailed nail art use brushes that are very thin.  I like Five Below’s nail polish because they have a very small brush, good for detail work.  The brand is “Art Club”, and they are 3 for $5.  If you want, you could keep the brush and clean it off so you could reuse it.)

Hugs and air Kisses,

The Fashionista


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