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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.


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. 🙂



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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New Year, New Nails

I am aware that December 31st is like any other day of the year. If we did not celebrate a new year, the Earth would still rotate on its axis, the seasons would still change, and life would continue. There is one thing that does change, however, when we celebrate the coming of a new year: we suddenly gain a renewed sense of commitment to the future, and we enthusiastically embrace the promise of new beginnings! It’s healthy to have that marker of time that encourages us to cast aside our cynicism and jadedness and begin anew, with fresh perspectives and positive thinking.

I, for one, can appreciate this kind of celebration. I love the idea that New Year’s Eve is my annual “reset button”! I’m also a firm believer that the way in which one rings in the New Year will have an impact on the rest of the year (although I was cooing over my cousin’s sleeping baby the moment the clock struck midnight, that’s definitely no indication of how my life’ll change this year!). That being the case, I made it a point to go edgy this New Year’s Eve by giving my finger nails a little bit o’ sprucing up.

Check it out: I wore a pale blue Essie number with a coat of black OPI Shatter over it for a punk-chic, marbled look. I was a little apprehensive about trying Shatter, because I tend to find nail art tacky (even though I used to get acrylics back in high school. My, how times have changed!), but I wanted to jumpstart 2012 having tried something new.

Needless to say, I actually love the way the Shatter coat looks, especially against a light background! My friend, Daisy, saw how my manicure looked and immediately opted to have a coat applied over her lilac nails ( 😦 I wish I had a picture!). Nothing says “Friends Forever” when you’re in your 20s like matching manicures. It’s official.

I love this look for many reasons:

1. This contrast of light color with a cracked dark foreground reminds me of a book cover designed by Edward Gorey (to quote Freddy Crane, “That’s so goth!”).
2. The Shatter acts as a topcoat, and it works pretty gosh darn well, too. The coat of Essie underneath my coat of Shatter took a couple of weeks to begin chipping!
3. As the manicure aged, the Shatter shattered even more, creating a more edgy look a la heroin chic. (NOTE: I am not encouraging heroin use. I just think style inspired by St. Mark’s Place street fashion circa 1987 is cool).

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