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The New Nail Trend: Photo Nails

Every day, I see numerous blogs, tumblers, and websites posting about the newest trend in nails; Japanese nail art, gel nails, matte tips and glossy moons . I’ve always been a big proponent of nail art- it’s the easiest thing to adorn when the rest of you has to look professional. Of course, crazy nails might not be okay in every office, but it seems like the least of HR concerns.

With my always Macaulay Culkin obsession (see here and here and here and list goes on so I’ll stop) I started searching around for a way to incorporate mac on my nails and stumbled onto digital nail printers. There isn’t a lot of information about the printers online, and only one (from what I found) company in the US produces them- most come out of China and Japan. The printers print on either natural or fake nails, and require a steady hand. Ranging from 15 to 30 seconds per nail, depending on the printer, you get a glossy, perfect little image on your nail. The process is super easy; put a base coat on, stick your finger in the printer, then put top coat on. Of course, as these printers begin at over $1000, I decided to search for a salon who has the printer and could do custom nails for me. Lynn’s Boutique on Etsy sells ready made and custom nail designs starting at $8.99 for 20 nails. Lynn was easy to work with and the nails came very quickly. Once the transaction goes through, Lynn sends you an instructional video and then the nails come packaged with instructions as well. The image of Macaulay was perfect, getting proportionally smaller and smaller as the nails decreased in size. I didn’t actually have a chance to put the nails on yet, however, you can see an example of what they would look like in the last picture.

Directions on the back of the package

Close up- perfect Culkins

Nails come with glue and a small nail file

An example of what they would look like on

Personally, I probably would not order these again as I don’t really love wearing press-on nails, however, if you’ve mastered the art of press-ons, these are really fun to wear and definitely quite different. However, if I can find a salon in the city with this machine, you can bet I’ll be getting photos on my natural nails all the time.

If you want to order your own pair, check out Lynn’s Boutique.

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Dreaming in Elleryland

It’s not often that I include a picture of a designer on my blog alongside their collection, but Kym Ellery is an exception. The Australian born designer launched her debut collection in 2007 after working at RUSSH magazine (previously featured on odetoawe here and here) for a number of years as part of their creative team. Ellery’s Fall 2011 collection is both avante garde and wearable, a mixture of architectural details and soft fabrics. I also love the contrast of her own dark aesthetic mixed with light fabrics below; she makes white and lilac look almost gothic. In addition to clothing, the label produces shoes and accessories in the same vein; chunky black boots and cat eyed sunglasses. If not for the hefty price tag (not compared to other designers in the same price point though) I wouldn’t just be looking at these pieces as art, but unfortunately, until I inadvertently win the lotto, I am. Nonetheless, check out Ellery’s beautiful club-kid/goth/avante garde vibe below.

Check out Kym Ellery’s label here.

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How to Celebrate Bastille Day

Although I was lucky enough to be able to attend an early Bastille Day Festival in Brooklyn last Sunday, I’ve got some great ideas if you want to get into the spirit but don’t have any festivities going on where you live. If you can’t make it out to a French restaurant (which will surely have something going on) or would just rather do your own thing at home, here are some tips to make the day extra festive.

Food and France are synonymous, and nothing is going to put you in a French mood like cooking and eating a great French meal. Why don’t you grab some friends and make it a cooking party, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Some super yummy (but easy-ish) recipes include:

 

Petanque originated in 1907 in the south of France and is currently played by over 17 million people in France. The game is a form of Boules, a collective game played with metal balls that resembles bocce. The point of the game is to get your metal balls closest to a small wooden ball or “piglet” as it is translated. Having witnesses Petanque last Sunday, let me tell you, Petanque players take this game very seriously. If you can find a Petanque tournament online, it will definitely put you in the French mood.

 

Of course, most of us know that “Champagne” is a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France. But do you know what Lillet is? Lillet is a popular brand of the French Apertif wine, consisting of 85% Bordeaux wines and 15% macerated liqueurs. An Apertif is a wine that is usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and as it turns out, both dry Champagne and Lillet are common Apertifs in France. I’m definitely a Champagne fan and nothing makes me feel more Fancy and/or French than a glass of bubbly Champagne. (Am I right?)

 

But hey, if all else fails, grab some good French Wine, some good French Cheese, and some good friends, and create your own French celebration! Because really, I know you’re just looking for a reason to have a party on a Thursday night.

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