Greetings lovelies! I don’t know about you, but the start of the semester hit me way too quickly! I’m not sure how it’s already the beginning of fall semester, but we might as well head back to classes with, well, class.
For this week’s nail art post, I’ve put together an elegant scalloped design that will make your nails stand out on that first day back. Scroll down for the step-by-step instructions:
All That Glitters is Gold
To start this look, I painted my nails a shiny black as a base color for the design. I like using Sally Hansen’s Black-Out because it has great staying power and a unique iridescent finish.
Next, using the technique from my previous Summer Skies tutorial, we’re going to create cute, scalloped edges with a gorgeous gold polish. My absolute favorite gold nail polish is Golden-I by Sally Hansen. In fact, I have been turning to this color all summer long!
To create a scalloped edge, make one stroke towards the edge of your nail, and round off another stroke that’s slightly lower than the first. Repeat this until you have about three or four edges, with each edge a little bit lower than the previous one.
I decided to add a white dot to the middle of each edge to help them stand out more. You can use a toothpick or a dried out pen for this, since a bobby pin might give you too large of a dot.
To keep things interesting, I opted not to paint scalloped edges on my middle finger and pinky. Since we added white dots to the center of our scalloped edges, I went for a simple dotted design for a different look that still complemented the original design.
And There You Have It!
What Do You Think?
Would you wear this look for the first days back at school? How do you like to style your nails for class? Do you like creative designs or one color looks instead? Let us know in the comments below!
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Women who already own and love a classic plaid shirt know just how versatile it can be. Perhaps as an equal and opposite reaction to trending sleek lines and patterned separates, plaid is becoming less of a preppy staple and going more the way Seattle and Marc Jacobs intended it; a devil-may-care piece thrown on as an afterthought.
To respect the grunge movement, the two outfits below are bare-bones and simple, but do not sacrifice style or self-expression. The only three things it takes to scruff up your look? A plaid shirt, a bold bag, and black (faux) leather shoes. Scroll down to learn how to add some grunge to your fall ensembles:
1. Willow Smith’s Dressed-Down Grunge
Photo Credit: ELLE
Willow executes the casual grunge look to perfection, a cruel trick of situational irony she was probably not counting on. That being said, I can’t get over how studied her look seems. It’s the perfect picture to take notes on – she tied her shirt around the waist (basically a direct ode to the original grunge movement), her color-blocked bag makes a personal style statement, and her black shoes hop on the “ugly” shoe trend train and ride it all the way to Street Style Station.
Just like Willow, the look above includes a plaid shirt, a statement bag of choice (I love the zipper symmetry and tassels on this one), and a pair of flat boots that are, yes, flat and buckled, but would hurt my heart to call “ugly”.
Willow also appears to be wearing a headband and a silver pendant necklace. Cuff your boyfriend-style jeans just like her to show off your boots and tidy up an otherwise messy and baggy silhouette.
These jeans are an awesome deal and hail from one of American Eagle‘s amazing sales, plus both of the accessories are under five dollars each.
2. Mary-Kate Olsen’s Boho Grunge Look
Photo Credit: ELLE
Mary-Kate’s plaid look is a little more stylized than Willow’s, but it’s a great example of how to follow a trend without deviating from your personal style. Some women are simply incapable of leaving the house in baggy jeans and a flannel thrown around their waist, and I totally get that.
Mary-Kate looks both edgy and put-together, and a little bit of her signature boho style shines through. The key again is in how she wears her shirt: open and loose with rolled sleeves. Her statement bag is basically a party (that fringe!), and her heels qualify as cute, but are still what we’re looking for – black and leather.
A fringed bag, edgy heels, and loose shirt are the three things essential to creating a more polished grunge look like Mary-Kate. It always amazes me to see what a difference specific accessories make in an outfit. The black leather bag and shoes set the stage, but MK’s gold arm party adds a definitive glam appeal to her grungy getup.
I’m obsessed with these Shoe Cult heels, which are about 50% off at Nasty Gal – an amazing deal for those of you familiar with this pricey brand. The shirt is on sale at American Eagle (basically, if you buy a full-priced item at AE, you’re not doing it right), and the bangles are also from Nasty Gal’s sale section.
What do you think?
I hope these looks gave you some new and accessible ideas as to how to wear your favorite flannel, and maybe made you fall a little in love with the scrappy appeal that is grunge. Do you think the pieces I picked are fairly priced? Which look will you be trying first? Comment below, and, as always, happy shopping!