Nail the half-moon mani AKA "the Ruffian"

The half-moon manicure or \”The Ruffian\” has been spotted in prior runway shows, and it\’s definitely here to stay. As it is popping up all over the runway for the spring 2011 collection. So I thought I would do a little DIY since a lot of you are absolutely loving the look!

So my half-moon manicure may not be perfect, but it was my first try.

First I polished on a base coat, next two coats of You don\’t know Jacques by O.P.I. I waited for the polish to dry completely.

You\’ll need hole reinforcements to complete the look.

Next, I stuck on the stickers (pictured above). The stickers blocked out a small arch at the bottom of my nail bed. NOTE: I folded the stickers in half and only had sticky parts touching my skin or cuticle area. The stickers will pull your polish off if you aren\’t careful.

I polished Black Onyx by O.P.I. on top.

After Black Onyx dried I pulled off the hole reinforcements and polished a top coat onto my nails.

I think it turned out pretty fabulous! What are you thinking of my half-moon mani?


Queen B Spotted

As you may or may not know I absolutely love headbands. I wear them six out of seven days of the week and coordinate them to my clothes. I have done this way before Gossip Girl even existed. I wish they would have Blair wear headbands in college… they\’re trendy for college. In honor of Gossip Girl season premier tonight here are some of my favorite handbands Blair has worn.

Fall Back…Spring Forward Nail Trends 2011

Dashing Diva Nails Cushnie et Ochs
September 9th
The Trend
{The nails were painted with a basic clear base coat and then a gold foil was applied by rubbing it straight onto the nail. This gives a dipped gold metallic look.}
To get the look:
Start with round, short nails. Apply one coat of clear polish. Polish on Dashing Diva\’s Fashion District nail lacquer along the edges to mimic the gold edge finish.

Shades of Grey
with Nicholas K.

The Colors Used
by Dashing Diva
from left to right
khaki brown and mint green mixed together (the first two colors)
Concrete Playground which is a heather gray polish
Astor Place which is a grey/brown mix
• and Tibi Couture which is a light creamy beige.

Trina Turk
{The Met by Dashing Diva a white polish}
used for the beach and backgammon scenes

{ Miranda\’s Law by Dashing Diva is a fun coral hue}
used for the bar, party and bedroom scene
Nicole Miller
{Steel Grey by Butter London}
Butter London chatted with Nicole to see what she liked most about her collection. She really enjoyed her grey hues. So Butter London used a fabric swatch in order to create the polish.

Butter London used the following three colors in order to create Steel Grey.
This color has a green undertone.
• Union Black Jack
•Cream Tea
• Pearly Queen

Jason Wu

Jason Wu and CND are collaborating to create a limited edition collection called \”Jason Wu\”, the collection celebrates the beauty of iconic women with fashion-forward yet wearable set of classic nail lacquers.

The set includes
from left to right
Anna Effect is to be layered over any of the four colors and it provides a tweed finish that allow for a subtle texture.
Miss Wu is Jason\’s signature warm gray. It dries matte and has a subtle chrome sheen.
Brigitte is channeling the 50\’s with this warm pink
Sophia is a mushroom taupe
Veronica is a blue-based maroon
coming May 2011

{Veronica by CND Effect (Jason Wu Collection)
is a blue based red and will be available May 2011}
How to get the look:

File names into a soft and feminine slightly rounded shape. Apply two coats of Veronica and finish with a sleek top coat.

{Perfectly Bare is a barbie flash tone
from CND\’s limited edition Spring Colour & Effect Duo available March 2011}

Rag & Bone

{Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Peachy Keen}

Moon Manicure

The moon manicure is definitely here to stay for awhile. It was spotted at the Ruffian show and this one was spotted at the Vena Cava Show!
Here we have a half moon manicure that was featured on the Vena Cava runway. Butter London took a graphic spin on this look. The nails are polished in cafe au lait and at the bottom a half-moon of black.

Chain Letter

{Kate Spade Skipper chain mini cross body $155}
{Betsey Johnson \’Climbing Cheetah\’ print clutch $78}

{Botkier Ava metallic leather hobo $595}

{Marc by Marc Jacobs perfect purse mini cross body $278}

{Tory Burch Reva Pebbled leather clutch $325}

{Betsey Johnson Betsey\’s Soiree crossbody clutch $98}

Any of these chain purses would look absolutely fabulous paired with O.P.I\’s Glitterland gold nail lacquer from the Swiss Collection.


Jessica Cosmetics has an absolutely fabulous new collection out for Fall 2010, and it\’s called MUSE. MUSE is all about rich tones that completely reflect the sophistication of fall fashion.


Intrigue is a smoky taupe and lavender creme. Absolutely gorgeous, and elegant! Taupes are all the rage, but I have yet to see one that has a smoky purple look. This is a definite must for fall!


Bittersweet is an elegant milk chocolate brown. This is a beautiful color for fall.

{Victorian Crush}

Victorian Crush is an army green hue. With military being all the rage this color is absolutely perfect and one of my favorite greens. It\’s not too dark, its not too rich and its not too olive. It\’s perfection in a bottle.

{Majesty Blue}

Majesty Blue is a deep metallic royal blue. It\’s extremely pretty and someone made a comment to me about it looking like a midnight sky. \”Blue My Mind\” by O.P.I. use to be my absolute favorite royal blue. This one has just won my heart completely.


Scarlet is a bright scarlet red creme and is more on the cool side. It\’s a daring color and as much as I am not a believer in reds I absolutely LOVE this red. Its actually very chic for fall.

{Crimson Reflections}

Crimson Reflections is a burgundy wine mixture. It\’s a great alternative for people who don\’t particularly love reds. This one is gorgeous for fall, and doesn\’t scream red.