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In On Details, On Muse-of-the-Month, On Nails, On Style on April 27, 2012 at 12:06 am

Art, management, events, food – every specialty has little nuances – the experts are keen observers of the minute and have achieved finesse in the details. Fashion, too, is in the details. Season to season, I used to be wonder – what changed? Up until a few years ago, it all looked the same to me. Every season there was glitter. Every season had fits and flares. Every season came with prints, black, the “new black”, color, neon, white, and neutrals. That is until I went to Milano, Italy for training in Image Consulting. I realized there, that the changes are all in the details. It’s in the bohemian fringe vs. the lace. In the leather details vs. the velvet. In the crochet vs. the embroidery. And so the list goes on.

I’m absolutely positive that there is very little in the world more detailed than nail art. They say that the world judges a women’s hygienic tendencies by the state of her toenails and fingers. I’m assuming that Arshia Arora is one of the elite, in this case – she has definitely put her “slight ambidextrousness” to good use. I personally think great hand-done nail art is a sign of great patience, stability, concentration, attention-to-detail, and talent.

On Nails Nails Nails, by Arshia Arora

Every time I see one of her new creations, I either feel embarrassed at the cuticles I continue to chew down, or inspired to take better care of them. My nails are always neat, clean, and well treated – but the cuticles are dry. At the rare occasion that I get a manicure, I trepidatiously inch my hands forward, ready for THAT look from the esthetician before he/she cluck his or her tongue. “You have good, strong nails – but dry cuticles. You should take care of them! You must try – insert the esthetician’s favorite – oil.”

The question I always had for ALL nail artists is “what’s the point?” One of the reasons I’ve stopped getting a manicure is that I find myself more at ease when all I have to do is clean, file, cut, and buff. Maybe there’s a layer of clear shine. I can’t imagine the dread I’d feel every time I’d wash my hands or do the dishes – “What if this polish rubs or chips off?!” I couldn’t justify the time and/or money to myself that it takes to create these designs on nails.

That was until I saw this adorable nail art Arshia Arora did on one of her closest friends. Such adorable-ness. Could you be rude to anyone with nails like this? Such creativity.

My favorite nail art by Arshia Arora

My favorite nail art by Arshia Arora - if I had that cute face on my fingernails, I doubt I'd be able to stop smiling.

So, plan a lunch at home, girl’s night, “sleepover”, or anything with your best gal pal – and do what we did for years when we were little. Do each other’s nails. There’s a world of inspiration and tools out there. The list of types of nail polish finish has grown. There’s: Matte, Shine, Shimmer, Micro-shimmer, Glitter, Micro-glitter, Chrome, Creme, Frost, Lustre, Powder, Shattered, and more. There are over 20 nail color brands I can think of just off the top of my head.

I personally am a huge fan of http://www.alllacqueredup.com/ and http://www.lacquerized.com/ for inspiration. Choose whatever you feel drawn to. Nails are a huge sign of personality, as well as a great place to experiment with style.

Mostly, just have fun with it!

AKG

P.S. For work, make sure you’re keeping it professional. Chipped, inappropriate, or glittered/sparkly nails may actually delay your promotion. Please be wise.

On Dancing Fingers

In On Nails on November 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

 

This Chicago inspired Chanel video got me thinking about the huge industry that surrounds nail color. There are blogs for nail polish fanatics with details about colors, types, seasons, product, etc. There are hundreds of manicure techniques, style tips for occasions and seasons, niche brands, and even trade shows. Nails have a life of their own.

Personally, the rows of bottles to pick from at the salon, or at the store for a DIY manicure are a delight. Choosing one, however, definitely causes issues for me. There is so much choice! OPI, OPI for Sephora, butter, Essie, Sally Hensen, NARS…the list is endless, and that is just the brands. I’ve had a different color on every finger trying to choose “The One” a countless number of times. I felt inspired to try something new this time around. This month, I’m wearing “Keep Me On My Mistletoes” (Sephora by OPI). It’s silvery with a touch of gold, and just a touch of shimmer (shimmer, not glitter).

Anyway, back to the advertisement.

The House of Chanel brings the glamour of theatre to nails in true off-beat Chanel style. Fingers, emulating legs, are dancing on a mirrored stage. They are seen sashaying up and down steps and spiraling stairs, swinging on strands of chains and pearls (because a Chanel video is incomplete without pearls) in true musical fashion. Chanel attaches a personality to each of the colors, where Dragon, Black Pearl, Inattendu, and Orange Fizz are like the divas of Moulin Rouge. The line up of chorus girls is made up by Blue Satin, Pearl Drop, Rouge Noir, etc.

They made me consider what colors I might wear later this fall. Though I may not immediately splurge for a Chanel nail color, I’m definitely inspired. My favorites are the Dragon, the Black Pearl, and the Orange Fizz. They sound like so much fun don’t they?

Lastly, I’d like to point out that the brilliant Chanel minds got really talented hand models to move so that consumers can see how the nail color moves and see it in different lights and angles. How will a still picture advertisement ever be enough again?!

AKG

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