Monthly Archives: March 2015

Sporty & Simple Spring Nail Art


Here’s a fun graphic, sporty look that was surprisingly easy to get. You need two colors and some striping tape. I used Cuccio’s Shaking My Morocco and Essie’s No More Film. Shaking My Morocco is available in both gel and regular formulas. I opted for the gel version for this look. Remember when I talked about combining gel and regular nail polish? Here, we put that to use and you get to see a couple more reasons why it’s so awesome.

Begin with two coats of your orange color. If you chose a regular nail polish…now you play the waiting game. You’re going to want your nails to be prettttty dry before the next step, or you risk ruining your work. If you chose a gel, you’re ready to move on.

Grab some striping tape and lay it diagonally over your nails.step2

Paint over the top of the line with your second color. Try not to get it below the tape. I only used one coat of No More Film, but depending on the colors you choose, you may need more. Once it has dried, you may peel off the tape.

Did you get any seepage or a not-so-nice line? If you chose a gel polish for your base and a regular polish for the tips as I did, you’re in luck. Dip a nail brush, an old angled makeup brush, or (if you promise to be careful) a Q-tip into non-acetone nail polish remove and clean up your line. It will leave your base color beautifully intact while cleaning up your second color.

Finish up with your favorite top coat, and you’re done! See, you didn’t even need a steady hand.

xx Dana

Birdcage Veils to Die For

One of my favorite trends in bridal right now is that brides are wearing shorter veils. While long cathedral veils are gorgeous, I find that shorter veils look so much more modern – especially birdcage veils. As a single gal who’s not even engaged, I must admit that I’m guilty of looking at veils and choosing which ones I’d wear for my wedding sans fiancé; and no veil has given me more wedding fever than the birdcage. This veil is my personal favorite because it has a vintage feel, it’s not cumbersome, and it can be modified to your personal style. Here are a few of my faves:

Simple tulle birdcage

birdcage tulle 45

Available at Nordstroms, $45

Birdcage with organza flower

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Available at Nordstrom, $130

Birdcage with feathers

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Available at Affordable Elegance Bridal, $77

Quick Tip: Combining Gel and Regular Nail Polish


This is kind of the best thing I ever discovered for nails. Why would you want to combine gel polish and regular polish on the same nail, you ask? Let’s say you want to create some nail art you know you’re going to get sick of, like black leopard spots on a light brown. If you use a light brown gel and a regular black polish, you can take off the dots with non-acetone nail polish remover and the light brown will be left intact. How exciting is that? Or, let’s say you work in a really strict, non-creative environment and can’t get away with anything other than sheer, nude polish. And you miss colors, but don’t want to take your nude gel off just for the weekend. Same thing—paint a regular manicure right over it, and remove it with non-acetone nail polish remover! And as an added bonus, regular polish dries faster over gel than on natural nails and is way less likely to chip. The gel will also create the smoothest base possible. Just remember, you can combine gel with gel, regular with regular, and gel with regular—but only in that order. Gel polish applied over the regular kind isn’t going to give you good results. Also remember only to use non-acetone nail polish remover–acetone is going to start to lift the gel.

Have fun!

xx Dana

Quick Tips: The Best Trick for Chapped Lips


My lips are super chapped all the time. Like, they will BLEED if I go two days without lip balm. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Ginger King, cosmetic chemist and and co-found of Grand Central Beauty. I told her that I exfoliate my dry, peeling lips with a warm, wet washcloth and put Aquaphor on after, and they’re still always dry. Her tip? It was what to do in between those two steps–put eye cream on your lips! The Aquaphor or Vaseline will help lock in the moisture, and you can go longer with baby soft lips. Genius.


xx Dana