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There’s a party on my fingers! Yay!

This week I forced my brothers to watch Fudoh: The New Generation with me (I feel like there’s probably a lesson in there about compromise, but…), my brother flew back to London on Thursday night (the most emotional part of the week), and I went to this awesome exhibit at MoMAI’ve also been trying to get my posterior in gearior regarding my next Fashion Challenge segment (I’m trying to post one/month and I’m already behind schedule), but I can’t find certain garments in the Polyvore archives or when I Google them, which is something I find unacceptable in 2013. Seriously, why is it so difficult to find the leather Rick Owens sporran I spotted in Philadelphia two years ago at a store that no longer exists?!

I knew that I was going to be doing my fair share of socializing this week, so I needed to be prepared for whatever excitement and mischief was to come my way. Enter the PARTY MANICURE.

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Despite the fact that all of the manicure photos I’ve posted are fun, glittery, trendy, and two-toned, I generally stick to more solid and uniform manicures (which is also one of the reasons why I’ve only written about four of my manicures so far). What can I say? I was in the mood for confetti. Plus, this manicure matches these crazy pants which I’ve had for MONTHS and finally wore for the first time on Saturday night. 🙂

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I absolutely love the print of these pants; however, there is this brown paint splatter motif that makes them kind of look….. soiled. Gross, huh? Well, I’m all for fugly chic and anything kind of transgressive.

Here’s to my gross-looking, but awesome printed pants and the party on my fingers!

Base coat: White Hot by Sephora by OPI (see the tip below)
Top coat: Twinkle by Milani
Pants: H&M

TIP: Use white nail polish as a base coat for solid, colorful manicures. Cover those white digits with a neon color (Dream On by Sinful Colours is my personal favorite) and watch that color really pop.

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‘Tis the season for festive nails!

Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of Holiday Party Madness, which pretty much means that for a month straight I will be drinking every weekend, eating more sweets LACED with sugar than I’d care to admit, and listening to The Vandals on repeat. Oh, and as is customary, I will spend the three hours before my Aunt Sheila’s Christmas Eve party freaking out at how little I have to wear, leading me to go on a massive shopping trip where I come home with a whole lotta sequined and glittery crap. And cookie dough.

The gatherings are always fun, though. This past Saturday night, in fact, I met up with a friend of mine for a couple of drinks at the Standard Grill in Meatpacking and ice skating (the Penny Drop is incredible! It’s a very refreshing vodka-based ginger julep served in a copper mug, and it comes with a candied ginger garnish). Being that this was my first outing since Thanksgiving, I wanted to look a little more festive and dramatic. Nail art is the perfect way to ease into the holiday spirit, and so I decided to do a reverse French using gold and black nailpolish (because the holiday season is not complete without some metallics and glitter!).

I thought it turned out quite well!

The look was also not that difficult to create:

1. Cover the entire nail with gold polish (I used Revlon Gold Coin).

2. Once dried, apply a French manicure nail guide less than a quarter of an inch above your cuticle (Nailene Perfect Tips worked well, but a stencil may work better — this is really a matter of preference).

3. Use black polish to paint the space above the nail guide (I used Milani Black Magic).

4. Peel off the nail guide, use the gold polish to retouch any spaces where paint was removed (trust me, it MAY happen, so be prepared to do some retouching), then use a black lacquer with a precision brush for nail art to create a smoother edge (I used Milani Nail Art Lacquer in Black Sketch).

Done! Festive nail art at your fingertips (haha, see what I did there?)! Try reversing the colors for a different look. Either way, your nails will look AWESOME.

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