Nails, Nails & More Nails

Nails, Nails & More Nails

Nails

As anyone who knows me knows, my nails are a serious priority. Serious. It's not all self-indulgent...I do have a pretty good hand-modeling career (tv, print, web), so I certainly welcome  that as an excuse to pay extremely close attention to my nails and my nail polish. And yes, these are my hard-as-nails natural claws!

People often ask me, "What polish do you use?", "How come your nails don't ever chip?", "How do you keep your nails so perfect?". I finally decided to offer nail tips and some of my proven secrets about how to keep those mani's and pedis almost perfect for as long as possible. I mean, that the key--even I don't love taking the time to go to the nail salon so the goal is to keep that just-manicured look as long as possible.

Here are 5  tips that will help you maintain that mani!

1-Invest in a good, no-chip top coat ( I suggest Sally Hansen/No Chip Top Coat) and apply it within 4 hours of leaving the salon.

Our nails are still salon-fresh and we are usually still doing the careful "I just got my nails done" pose with our wrists. This is the perfect time to add another layer of protection.

**Extra Tip - Apply another protective top coat again in 24-48 hours**
Sallie Hansen No Chip
 

2-Invest in owning your favorite, go-to colors

We are creatures of habit or, in this case, creatures of color. Some of us like to experiment with colors while some of us remain loyal to Essie's Marshmallow or OPI's Alpine Snow. Whatever your go-to colors are, BUY THEM! Order them from Amazon (usually less expensive then buying them at the salon or beauty supply store) and use them for a mid-week touch-up or additional layer of color.

Some of my go-to colors 

Some of my go-to colors 

3- When applying polish, top coat or touch ups, go a little heavier on the tips of your nails.

The tips of our nails are typically the first point of contact with just about everything we touch during the course of the day. That's why chips appear there first! Give your nail tips a little more coverage -with lacquer and top coat. This will delay chips on the tips.

4- Use gloves when doing household chores

As. a hand-model, we were always advised to wear gloves. All the time. Even in the summer. I didn't but I know models that did. And they had very lucrative careers! I digress but I  highly suggest using latex gloves while doing any household activities that require water (except bathing obviously). Water tends to wear away the  polish on our nails so keep them away from direct H20 contact --only when possible. 

5-Keep hands and cuticles moisturized - even in the summer.

Invest in a good hand and cuticle lotion. I suggest Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This is a great heavy, cream that you can use to apply and massage into your cuticle beds. It's heavy yet absorbent and lasts even after a hand-washing. I also like Sally Hansen's Cuticle Oil. This comes in. a small glass tubular jar with an applicator brush. It's oily so I often use this one before I go to bed. Good ole vitamin E oil also works-you can use a pin to burst a capsule and use that as well.

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

 

Now I know everyone is thinking they don't have time to pay this much attention to my nails, but truth is, YES! you do......and it will make your manicure go further! and require less time in the mani chair in the longrun not to mention, give you more bang for your buck! I use my Bravo, Scandal, or Netflix time as the perfect opportunity to add a layer to these talons. You'll be surprised how easy it is!

VETEMENTS

VETEMENTS

Vetements - the French apparel brand found in 2009 by designer #DemnaGvasalia - collaborated with @saksfifthavenue. In an ode to overconsumption in fashion, Vetements turned a pile of  clothing donations from S5A employees, out-of-stock merch, hangers, shoes and street signs into an art installation that resembles my laundry ritual.

Vetements - the French apparel brand found in 2009 by designer #DemnaGvasalia - collaborated with @saksfifthavenue. In an ode to overconsumption in fashion, Vetements turned a pile of  clothing donations from S5A employees, out-of-stock merch, hangers, shoes and street signs into an art installation that resembles my laundry ritual.

At the end of the exhibit, the clothes will be donated to RewearABLE- a clothing recycling program that helps adults with developmental disabilities. Vetements has become known for their radical rage against the fashion system. Continuing in the vein, they will not be showing their new collections within the “classical system” anymore. That said, we are  eager to see what they will do next!

At the end of the exhibit, the clothes will be donated to RewearABLE- a clothing recycling program that helps adults with developmental disabilities. Vetements has become known for their radical rage against the fashion system. Continuing in the vein, they will not be showing their new collections within the “classical system” anymore. That said, we are  eager to see what they will do next!

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Accessories - To Have & To Hold- My Captivating Accessory Picks!

In this corner, I will spotlight accessories that have my heart!

As a style expert, I love fashion but always have had a passion for accessories!

I will feature my favorites here and they may even be on sale! Subscribe to my newsletter and Keep in touch!

BAGS OF SUMMER

The best straw bags to get you through the rest of summer

LILLETH BAG

The Lilleth Bag by CultGaia has me swooning! You know what it's like to travel in the summer and want to pack your straw bag and pray it doesn't get ruined on the way??!!...well this collapsible bamboo bag folds completely flat! On purpose!

Lilleth Bag

Due to popular demand, the Lilleth bag is available in multiple colors and finishes. I say, go with the classic bamboo!

https://cultgaia.com/products/lilleth-bag

POOLSIDE COLLECTIVE

These customizable tote bags are a great way to wear your mantra. They are large enough to use as a carry-on when traveling - they hold your laptop, tablet, and more. At the beach, you can over stuff it with your circle beach towel, unread magazines and all your essential snacks and Swell bottles.

**Extra tip - they make clutches too!

Rosie Assoulin is currently one of my wow-worthy designers to watch. The Brooklyn native never disappoints and her striped-woven straw jug bag continues the trend. This bag was inspired by the amphora – the tall Ancient Greek ceramic container. I love that she added circular stripes at the bottom for that modern, active edge.

Striped Woven Straw Bag - Rosie Assoulin

Striped Woven Straw Bag - Rosie Assoulin

By adding the elongated shoulder straps, this show-stopping straw bag will surely become your timeless summer staple.

 

#thankmelater

 

2018 Pirelli Calendar is Distinctively Diverse

Pirelli 2018 Ca

The Pirelli calendar has been a tradition since 1963. 

This limited available corporate gift was created for select Pirelli customers and celebrities. Pirelli tires have been around since the early 1900's and they have been sponsoring sporting events since 1907.

For 2018, Pirelli pegged British fashion shutterbug Tim Walker with the honor of capturing some of the 21st century's ethnic icons. To be photographed by Pirelli is a distinctive honor long overdue for subjects of color and Pirelli made a bold statement about diversity in fashion. 

Joining the Pirelli calendar club are Whoopi Goldberg, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, South African model Than Hope, Australia's Next Top Model Duckie Thot, actors Djimon Hounson and Lupita Nyong'o and rapper Lil Yachty.

Lola Faturoti Launches Lola Loves Cargo

Lola Loves Cargo

Having had the pleasure of working and traveling to Africa - TWICE- with the incomparable designer Lola Faturoti, I am so excited to announce and support her latest endeavor : LOLA LOVES CARGO.

Lola has brilliantly taken a staple- the cargo pant- an re-invented it with a fresh idea: to highlight individual style and empower women along the way!

I was honored to be featured as one of her stories: https://www.lolalovescargo.com/blog/2017/5/25/the-fashion-influencer

Check out her embroidered cargo pants and all of the stories from the  SISTERHOOD!

WWW.LOLALOVESCARGO.COM