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Spring 2012 Fashion Trend: Color Block with Brights Nail Design

While searching for some inspiration for a nail design on fashion websites, I noted a particular theme this season. Color blocking seems like it will never go out of style, but this year, it looks like brights are the go-to colors. I observed color-blocking on the runway last year this time and while the colors were bold and eye-catching, they weren’t nearly this bright.

Check out this lemon yellow Nanette Lepore dress. Now check out the model on her way off the runway in that bright coral dress with neon yellow accessories!!! LOVE!

From what I’ve been able to pick up, when color-blocking this spring, the key is to keep things bold and graphic kind of like these Guiseppe Zanotti patent sandals from Net-a-Porter.

For this manicure, I used several colors: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue (blue), Orly Passion Fruit (pink), OPI Did It On ‘Em (yellow-green), Julep Helena (purple), Julep Leah (green), Orly Liquid Vinyl (black) and China Glaze Pelican Gray (gray). I also used a white Kiss Nail Art striper for the white lines.

If you’d like more inspiration and tips for color-blocking brights this spring: check out this slideshow (Bright Neon Clothing) and this slideshow (Color Block Pieces) from Refinery 29.com. I’ve also seen some really cute neon accessories at Target this season. I might have to go ahead and pick something up. 🙂

Hope you like ’em!

Turquoise Ombre Cheetah Print

I’ll admit, I was doing a lot in this manicure. I mean an ombre (fading colors from light to dark) base color and ombre cheetah print all together? Well I love the turquoise/gold color combination. I also love ombre and animal prints. But all 3 in the same manicure? Why the heck not?

Ombre nails popped up on the runway this fall on Jen Kao’s Spring 2012 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway show. CND (creators of the popular Shellac manicure) created 4 different ombre looks especially for her models. CND airbrushed nails for these looks but I find it pretty simple to do this look at home as long as you have a makeup sponge to help you blend one color into the next.

For my look, I used Orly Bailamos, Sally Hansen HD Spectrum, and Wet N Wild Fast Dry Teal of Fortune to create the teal ombre base color on the majority of my nails then Wet N Wild Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris and Orly Luxe to do the black and gold cheetah print. On my pointer fingers, I used Orly Luxe for the base color then Orly Bailamos, Wet N Wild Fast Dry Teal of Fortune and Ebony Hates Chris for the ombre cheetah print.

I absolutely love this mani…hope you enjoy them too!

Masai Plaid – Thakoon Fall Collection-Inspired Mani

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Hellooooo out there! It’s been QUITE a while since I posted anything on here. I moved to back to my hometown which is farther away from work and became a “commuter”. My days are much longer and everything isn’t quite unpacked yet. But I have made a blog re-dedication plan so I’m back!! I’ve done a few designs since then and I kept my nails painted for the most part but I didn’t have anything that was blog worthy but I’m ready to get back on the ball.

So while looking for clothing inspiration for fall, I stumbled upon the Thakoon fall collection pictures and this fall jacket LEAPT off the page. That plaid is AWESOME! Let’s not talk about how the jacket is $2,450….*cough*. Here‘s a link to their fall lookbook.

But that pattern is gorgeous and as it turns out, it is directly inspired by the Masai tribe of Kenya, who use this red-blue plaid in their fashion. Shukas, as the Masai call them, are traditionally worn during the day to shield the sun and to protect from the cold at night.

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For my nails, I used Wet n Wild Everybody Loves Redmond (red), Sally Hansen HD Blu (blue), and Sally Hansen HD Cyber (purple) to mimic the color-blocking of the red-blue plaid.

Now if you’re interested in adding this pattern to your wardrobe for about 10% of the cost of that awesome fall jacket, Thakoon is offering a Masai Plaid scarf for $250 on their site and 100% of the proceeds are going UNICEF to fight hunger and malnutrition in the horn of Africa. I have to admit, $250 is pretty steep for a scarf but I appreciate Thakoon for using the beauty of this fabric to give back to those who need it the most. Check out the donation and scarf ordering page here.

Look for more fall fashion manicures on this site coming soon!