New Moon on Monday

  • 28th April 2013

As sure as a new moon rises every month, so to has a new trend accentuating this semi-circular feature.

 

Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Nirvana

Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appétit


 

So, if time and cash are not on your side, or, you are just an inspired do-it-yourselfer (like us!), we picked up these styling tips from Heidi Klum’s web site….

 

Nail Art Striping Paint

Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appétit

 

 

How to Get Half-Moon Nails (Edit from HeidiKlumaol.com)

 

Tools:
Metallic or glitter polish
Color #2,  polish
10 reinforcement stickers (like you may have used in high school to fix a tear on a 3 ring binder)
Clear top coat

 

Steps:
1. Start with clean, bare nails that have been filed.

2. Apply 1 to 2 coats of the metallic/glitter polish (depending on the coverage of the polish). Be sure to paint your whole nail. If the color ends up showing through the other polish it will just add a little sparkle, but it is important to have a smooth first layer. Let the polish dry for at least 30 minutes. It is important your nails are dry before placing the reinforcement stickers on them or else the stickers will peel off the polish and you will have to start all over again.

3. Once nails are completely dry, place a reinforcement sticker on each nail with the outside of the sticker mimicking the shape of the moon of your nail. Cutting a slit in each sticker will allow the stickers lay more evenly on each nail. You can decide what size you would like the moons to be, but it is important that the size stay consistent across all your nails for it to look right. Once they are all placed where you would like them, apply pressure to each making sure they are secure to your nail.

4. Now paint the top half or your nail with 2 coats of Color #2 polish. Let this coat dry for at least 10 mins.

5. Once that’s dry, carefully pull the reinforcement stickers off of each nail.

6. Finish with a clear top coat.

 

Half Moon Nails

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

Half Moon Nails

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

 

In the event that you just want to free-hand it or try a more abstract approach we recommend:

 

Art Club Nail Art Gold Glitter Striping Paint, amazon.com, $8.00

 

Nail Art

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

Art Club Women’s The Nail Art Foil Flakes, amazon.com, $10.00

 

 

Art Club Women's The Nail Art Foil Flakes

 

 Last Look:  The whole combination of the single-standout nail, the modern graphic ring and the bold color combination of bright orange and vivid teal made this photo (from one of our favorite Thai magazines) and styling idea, unforgettable in our minds…

 

 

Standout Nail

Frites Fantastique

  • 26th April 2013

If you made a New Year’s resolution involving healthy eating and you are still sticking with it, this is not the post for you!  If you have designs on a particular swim suit for the summer which involves steadfast will-power, look away!

 

 

 

Herbed French Fries

 

For everyone else, these French fries, or herbed chips as Nigelissima would call them are absolutely fabulous!!

 

I watched her make them, courtesy of Thai Airways inflight entertainment, as we had just begun to make our way across the Pacific ocean.  Then, I thought about them for the next 14+ hours.

 

Her secret is putting the potatoes into cold oil.  As she puts it, you would think the fries would emerge soggy, but in fact the insides are light and fluffy and the outsides perfectly crispy.

 

Cut your potatoes into generously sized wedges, leaving the skin on, and lightly dry them on a paper towel.

 

Potato Wedges for Frying

 

 

Lightly salt them.  Place them in your preferred oil on the stove and then fire up the heat to high.  When the oil is bubbling add about 6-7 cloves of garlic to the pan, again skin on.  The garlic caramelizes within the thin skin exuding a delicious subtle flavor to the fries.

 

While lightly turning the fries add a thin coating of coarse sea salt.

 

Just before removing the fries from the pan, add a palm full of hand-torn fresh sage and let it fry for 1 minute.

 

Fresh Sage

 

 

Remove fries from the oil and let them stand on a paper towel to absorb any excess grease.  Arrange fries on a platter and season generously with coarse sea salt and the fried sage.  Remove skins from garlic and sprinkle slightly crushed cloves throughout.   Serve immediately.

 

 

DVF Darlings

  • 25th April 2013

The second Diane von Furstenberg collection for GapKids debuted today to the most rave reviews.

 

iane von Furstenberg GapKids Skinny Jeans
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids sun hat
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids anorak

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Skinny Jeans, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sunhat, gap.com, $20.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Kids Packable Anorak, gap.com, $65.00

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Romper

 

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Romper, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Wrap Dress, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Printed Drawstring Shorts, $35.00

 

We’ve shortlisted the collection…

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sleeveless Tank Dress
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Sleeveless Tank Dress

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Pleated Tank Dress, gap.com, $70.00

 

So that you can swoop-up choice pieces before they sell-out!

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Zebra shirt
Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Camel T-shirt

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Heart T-shirt

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Graphic T, gap.com, $35.00

 

The collection is available online at gap.com

 

 

 

Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Asymmetrical Tank Dress
Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Shirt Dress

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Asymmetrical Tank Dress, gap.com, $50.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids ShirtDress, gap.com, $50.00

 

AND at your nearest Gap retailer.

 

Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Printed Leggings
Gapkids Diane von Furstenberg Turban Headband

 

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Printed Leggings, gap.com, $25.00

Diane von Furstenberg GapKids Turban Headband, gap.com, $15.00

 

Sizes available include: baby, toddler girls & girls

 

What I Love Today…

  • 24th April 2013

For all of our fellow flower lovers, your floral arrangements need not be relegated only to the table-top.  How about above it as well?

 

 

New Bloom Lights Kartell

 

 

Kartell’s NEW Bloom series lighting subtly imparts all of the youthful wonderment you felt when playing with Lite Brite, while displaying perfect modern elegance.

 

New Bloom Lights Kartell

 

A series of little lights located on the internal frame, beams light through the petals to refract on the faceted surfaces creating  thousands of reflections.  Gorgeous and magical!

 

 

Kartell New Bloom Series Lights

 

 

The new Bloom series offers an enhanced elliptical shape, new varied sizes and eye-catching hues of mint green and lavender alongside a sophisticated muted white.

 

Kartell New Bloom Series Lights

 

 

Prices start from $325.00

 

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