New Heights For Nail Art

October 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

London has been buzzing about nail art for a while and I did not stand aside and watch it happen, regularly visiting my favourite Wah Nails salon at Topshop Oxford Circus. But now a brand established by Holly Silius and Hannah Warner called, surprise surprise, H&H are taking nail art to next level, the metal level. While the rest of the world is excited about metal looking wraps or new OPI’s The Man With The Golden Gun nail varnish that looks like liquid gold, these ladies actually use real metal for their nail art creation. Their idea is creating full sets of metal nails that vary in size to suit your nails and have to be attached on to your natural nail with strong nail glue (but removed easily by soaking your nails in nail varnish remover (check out how many times I used a word nail in this sentence!)). Usage of this innovative material allows to create 3D structures and even apply semi precious stones. Designers recommend choosing single nails for daily wear and full sets for special occasion. My recommendation, stick to special occasions and with Halloween fast approaching, go all out! As expected, prices are much higher than your normal manicure, but these nails could be used again and again. Single nails start from £40 and be expected to pay up to £500 for a full set. Above are my favourites – from animalistic claws to embellished nails inspired by nature. The collection is available at Kabiri and soon on H and H website.

  1. Gold Multihorn Nails
  2. Black Rhodium Pointer Nails
  3. Oxidised Silver Spiderweb Nails
  4. Gold Nature Nails

The Fashionable Way To Go About Halloween

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

You do not have to purchase a fancy dress costume to look fantastic on Halloween. Sometimes it is possible to find a few pieces at your normal shopping destination. Here is my example that will hopefully encourage you to look around for unique outfits. And since you put it together yourself there is no danger of someone arriving to the party wearing exactly the same costume.

I remembered that this summer feathers were very popular during the festival season, so I decided to look for a native American looking head piece and create an outfit around it. After a quick search I came across this wonderful Elmstone Peacock Feather Crown on http://www.pretaportobello.com available for £38. And a browse through Asos for anything ‘fringe’ revealed a few pages of results, my favourite of which is this Reverse Kaftan at £55.

So after deciding which of the available trends I can covert into a Halloween costume it did not take long before I was ready for the party. And with these types of outfits – you can wear individual pieces more than once! Also if you find yourself the only dressed up person in the room, by simply removing the head piece you turn from the Queen of Halloween to fashionista – especially with this techno-ethnic print kaftan.

Set your imagination free!

Are you having a TRASHY Halloween?

October 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Let me start by clarifying – Trashy is an amazing lingerie and sexy fancy dress brand from Los Angeles. I fell in love with their costumes while getting ready for last year’s Halloween when I stumbled across their brand at Angel’s, London’s biggest fancy dress store. The costumes fit perfectly and looked amazing – I loved them so much I went to visit their store while in Los Angeles. And they did not disappoint!

Most costumes are made to order and cost around $300 (£200) but currently online it is possible to purchase already made costumes that you will receive in time for Halloween. They are also selling bargain costumes that have been imported into US but were made from the original designs. Those start at just $60 (£40).

The choice is astonishing – from birds to princesses and from maids to sailors. And the best thing about them – they are by far the sexiest Halloween costumes you can ever get your hands on (just look at all the celebrities that chose the brand). Good luck making your pick!

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