Tuesday, January 27, 2015

OPI Hawaii Spring/Summer 2015 - Swatches & Review

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It may seem a little far-fetched to be talking about sunshine and beaches when caught in the dead of winter. Every time I look outside I get a little more depressed and have to brace myself before I step foot outside -- I presume my fellow Canadian readers would agree.

As hard as it is to believe, spring is around the corner and once again OPI is on the ball with their upcoming SS15 collection. Today I have some very tropical shades from the Hawaii collection to share!

Monday, January 19, 2015

It's a Man's World

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Of all the hundreds of posts that I aimlessly scroll past while perusing tumblr, a select few actually resonate with me. Whether it be an inspiring quote or a great graphic, it usually takes a lot for me to stop and read something. Upon surfing the other day, I came across a very valid question posed to a style blog that I follow. The reader asked how to rock menswear-esque outfits without losing femininity. I thought this was very applicable as I have been experimenting more and more with boxier cuts and loose-fits. The author's answer was such that one should not be afraid to style menswear inspired pieces so long as one accessorizes and puts a smidge more effort into their hair and makeup. For whatever reason, this simple and seemingly obvious answer was the primary inspiration behind this outfit. 

Thursday, January 08, 2015

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey - Swatches & Review

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As the title suggests, today I have a gorgeous sampling of the Fifty Shades of Grey collection by OPI. Inspired by the highly anticipated book turned movie making its premiere on Valentine's Day weekend, OPI has done it again with creative collaborations. The full collection consists of three greys, two silvers and a lovely red - fitting for such a theme, no? 

Here's what Suzi says about the collection,

"Colour is so much more than something to admire. The colours we choose to war represent our personalities, our moods, our feelings. The collection bottles the film's passion, luxury and power in six beautiful nail lacquers ideal for expressing sensuality through beauty."

Monday, January 05, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine System - Swatches & Review

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Today I have a gorgeous blurple shade from OPI's new Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System to share with you. OPI claims that these specially formulated polishes will stay gel-like and shiny until removed. Infinite Shine utilizes a 3-step process including a Primer base coat, a shade of choice and a Gloss top coat. Infinite Shine dries like regular polish and does not require any LED-light curing or soak-off removal. I was really intrigued with this pseudo-gel system and wondered if it would live up to the expectations. I had heard of at-home gel systems from Sally Hansen and other companies, but have never tried anything like this before. I have also never had a gel manicure so this was definitely something new for me!

To give this a fair trial, I wore the Infinite Shine System for about a week before taking these swatch photographs.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Gwen Stefani x OPI Mini Holiday Stars

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I may be a tad late in getting this post up, but January 1st is still considered a holiday... right? Better late than never! This Gwen Stefani for OPI Holiday set features four fabulous shades from the full-sized holiday collection: Red Fingers & Mistletoes, What's Your Point-Settia?, I Carol About You, and Kiss Me - Or Elf! Together, they create the perfect berry-toned quartet for the holiday season. I really enjoyed the variety of finishes that were in this little set as well.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M

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I know what you may be thinking. Why is she posting about H&M's collaboration with Alexander Wang? That was so two months ago. Well, in answer to your astute observations, I have been anticipating my flight home for winter break so that I could finally style the highly coveted sports bra. Going to school in a small centre meant that I could not personally attend the launch back in November. Instead, my mother lined up bright and early to pick up this piece for me (thanks mom, you rock). Of the entire collection, I chose this piece specifically for its versatility. Not only can this be dressed up as a trendy statement item, but it also gives me motivation to hit the gym in style. Functional fashion is always a plus!

The other day, I shot this look with a good friend of mine downtown. More after the jump!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays

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OPI | My Silk Tie
NOPI | Nicole's Nickel

A quick post to wish all my wonderful readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Nails & Threads has come so far this past year because of your continuous love and support. Sharing my passions in nail art and fashion would not be possible without you. I am so grateful for the opportunities and learning experiences that this creative outlet has given me. Not to mention the joy I find in reading your feedback, as well as the friendships fostered through various social media communities. You are the best Christmas gift that I could ever receive. Thank you for everything and I can't wait to see what is in store for 2015!