Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
by Alexia Crawford
by Alexia Crawford
by Alexia Crawford
Monday, February 27, 2012
Essie Knockout Pout (shown above)
Essie A Cut Above
My amateur attempt at ombre nails...I started by keeping the ring finger from last weeks manicure. The Essie A Cut Above sparkle hangs on like no other nail polish. No chips for over a week and a little difficult to remove even when you want to, so to move things along I kept it. I put the Essie Knockout Pout base color on all the other nails and added the sparkle polish from the cuticle line up. Conclusion: It came out alright, not great. I need more practice.
Friday, February 24, 2012
We had a trade show in NYC this week and these are some of the things we have selected for the next few months.
What do you think--love or just meh?
Neon high-lo top with a sheer back panel.
The perfect print on print dress!
Sheer neon breezy top.
Sheer top and silk bottom heart print long sleeve dress.
We also found these two that we'd especially love your feedback on since we haven't yet made up our minds about them just yet:
Color block neon + neutral dress
Sheer khaki paneled dress with a fitted LBD underneath
The best part? You can wear the khaki part in any number of ways. Leave it alone to wear as a sheer maxi. Want a cocktail length? Wrap the khaki panels around the bodice and tuck it in, or drape it on the torso. It can be reinvented any number of ways so you are never really wearing the same dress twice.
Let us know what you think!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
It's no secret that Emma Stone is ever-changing. Blond, brunette, redhead--it all works. She also changes her style accordingly. A little tougher when red, a little more glamorous and feminine when blond. Regardless, she's always styled well and she's always beautiful.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
These bracelets are super cute and pretty easy once you get the hang of beading and braiding at the same time. I was unable to find the waxed linen cord that the tutorial recommended (I also had to settle for size 10 beads) so I bought bamboo cord from the local Michael's. It looks great but frayed a little while beading so I had to coat the ends with a little clear nail polish to hold them together--nbd. I also used some half round buttons I had lying around which work just as well as the double buttons in the tutorial. Make a bunch as they look best stacked!!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Essie A Cut Above (shown above)
Essie custom mixture
For this week I decided to make a custom mixture for the base color since I didn't have any bright pinks and was too lazy to run out to the store. I had an old light pink (Essie Delicacy) that I haven't used in a while. With that I mixed in some Essie Caliente and a very small drop of Essie Sole Mate until I got a color I liked. Then I just painted two coats of the glitter polish on both ring fingers. This particular glitter polish is better for the ombre nail style since they are mixed in with a clear polish and aren't highly concentrated. I've made a mental note to pick up some glitter at the craft store to use the next time to get a fully glittered nail with no spacing...stay tuned!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
You may already know this if you follow us on facebook, but we are obsessed with pinterest! Unfortunately someone was already using alainnbella (ahhh!), so we are shopalainnbella.
On Fridays we will be posting current blog features, but on our á•b Blog Features Pinterest board you can see some of our past features like the ones below.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Newspaper nails have been done a thousand times with varying base colors, but I've always really liked it and wanted in. So in an attempt to change it up a little, I didn't do the same page text on every nail. Instead I did the following: straight page text, diagonal page text, page #, date, and used the New York Times title text. I also alternated on the other hand to make sure it wasn't uniform.
If you want to try it yourself:
1- Apply base color
2- Allow to dry
3- Dip fingernail in rubbing alcohol
4- Apply newspaper clipping with a steady hand (slips = smudges)
5- Push on the newspaper clipping for a dark transfer
6- Remove clipping
7- Apply top coat