Category: Nail Polish

Manicure of the Week: Chanel Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague is one of the most sought after Chanel polishes of the past 5 years. Released as part of the 2010 Les Pop-Up de Chanel collection, Nouvelle Vague quickly attained something of a cult status. Needless to say, it’s long sold out and nearly impossible to find anywhere but eBay – at outrageous prices. I was lucky to find one for sale through a Facebook polish group after nearly two years of lusting for it. Was it worth the wait? Oh yeah!

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Chanel Nouvelle Vague (camera flash)

This is, hands-down, the best “Tiffany blue” polish out there. The formula is fantastic; on the nail, Nouvelle Vague has none of that chalkiness that many light blue polishes of this type can have. It’s soft and yet intense at the same time. My aptitude for colour descriptions is terrible, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Chanel Nouvelle Vague (natural light)

Application is excellent; I did the usual two coats and had no issues. I also had great wear with Nouvelle Vague, which came in handy because this was one polish I was in no rush to take off.

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Chanel Nouvelle Vague (low light)

For my inspired outfit, I went with the Tiffany allusion, and picked an outfit that made me feel as though I could feasibly star in an Audrey Hepburn movie. As an extra in a crowd scene, perhaps, but you get the idea.

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Dress, Isaac Mizrahi for Target (via eBay); shoes, Lauren Ralph Lauren; pearls, gift

I adore the silhouette and details of this dress. Check out the back:

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
A dress with a view

My mom -slash-photographer for these shots pooh-pooh-ed my outfit/polish combo, saying that the latter was too edgy of a colour for such a classic dress. I agree to some extent; red nails would have been a more traditional choice. But. Tiffany blue is a kind of classic too; besides, with an outfit this simple, you can probably pick almost any nail polish your heart desires.

Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Bracelet, Swarovski
Chanel Nouvelle Vague
Earrings, gift (from Austria)

Funny story about the earrings: my parents went back to the Old Country for a visit in 2010, and on the way back enjoyed a quick side trip to Vienna. I was getting married a few weeks later, and my mom bought these earrings for me as a sort of engagement/wedding gift. Ok, that’s not so much funny as sweet. The funny part is that she bought them at a museum gift shop; they are inspired by the hair jewels worn by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in one of her most famous portraits. And a funny coincidence: one of my earliest memories is of watching the Sissi movies (starring Romy Schneider), based on the life of Elisabeth.

Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Chanel Nouvelle Vague
NOT the Empress Elizabeth

What do you think of Chanel Nouvelle Vague?

What I Wore: Fall Colours

Everyone has their own little fall season rituals, whether it be re-discovering one’s favourite cozy sweaters or indulging in a spiced pumpkin latte or two. This year, my fall-inspired obsession has been colour; I’ve been craving autumnal shades, from mossy green to mustard yellow and mushroom grey and, most of all, burgundy. I noticed this personal trend in nail polish especially; I normally like to switch up my polish colours all the time, because I get bored easily and like a lot of variety, so it was definitely unusual to have a two-week stretch when my polish picks looked like this:

what i wore
Left to right: In the Cable Carpool Lane; Parlez Vous OPI; Puerta Vallarta Violeta; Boris & Natasha

Not surprisingly, a lot of my outfits reflected a similar colour palette, so I thought it would be interesting to show them together in a WIW post. Without further ado …

what i wore
OPI Parlez Vous OPI

Every time I put on Parlez Vous OPI, I am reminded of what an underrated classic it is; it’s not one of those polishes that wow you in the bottle, but is it ever flattering and pretty on the nail.

what i wore
Dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs (consignment); shirt, no label (consignment); tights, Joe Fresh; boots, Nine West; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

I love the mix of shades of purple in this Marc by Marc Jacobs tunic, and I added an extra one with dark aubergine coloured tights. While I like the colour of this pair of Joe Fresh tights, I am not impressed with the quality, and in particular the opacity; I should have known better, and stuck to my usual brand (Hue).

what i wore

Sorry about the blurry photo – taking pics on the go , with two kids wreaking havoc in the background, is always a hit-and-miss affair.

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Rings, Swarovski & Cartier

One of my few polish purchases this fall has been this purple-leaning burgundy creme from the OPI San Francisco collection. If I could only find a sweater or cardigan (or slim-cut cords) in this colour, I would be a happy camper.

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OPI In the Cable Carpool Lane

I have been avoiding buying Joe Fresh clothes for a while now, but finally caved in and bought an item recently. The culprit? This cream, loose-knit cardigan. It’s been one of the items missing from my fall wardrobe, and I simply had no luck finding one I liked second-hand. This one met all of my criteria, minus quality (it’s only part wool) and the fact that it’s made in China. If I were less impatient, I would have waited – I’m sure I would have eventually found a good alternative either at consignment or thrift. But with winter looming, temptation got the best of me.

what i wore
Pants, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans (consignment); shirt, no label (consignment); sweater, Joe Fresh; necklace, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Old Navy; bag, Marc Jacobs (consignment)

I’ve been wearing my glasses a lot more recently (mostly out of convenience), but I still hate wearing them in photos. I can’t help feeling like I look extra geeky with them on; I guess the psychological scars inflicted in middle school never really go away.

what i wore
Four eyes are better than two?
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Rings, Swarovski & Cartier

You might do a double-take when you see this next polish, but I assure you that it’s different than the previous one. OPI Boris and Natasha (love the name!) is an older polish from the Russia collection, and it’s a more brown-leaning burgundy than In the Cable Carpool Lane (above). You could call it “raisin”, if you wanted to get real’ fancy.

what i wore
OPI Boris & Natasha

And speaking of similar things, here’s a slightly different take on the same cardigan as above.

what i wore
Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch (consignment); tank, Costco/Kirkland; sweater, Joe Fresh; belt, J. Crew Factory; boots, Ecco; bag, Tory Burch (Kijiji)

One of the things I’m still self-conscious about, post-baby, is my postpartum tummy. Let’s just say that it’s not as camera-ready as it used to be, especially from certain angles. Adding a belt to the equation might seem either foolhardy or masochistic, but remember – I have been preaching the gospel of the belt for a long time, so I had to practice it too. It was less daunting than it seemed, just a question of finding the right spot to belt – in this case, my natural waist.

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Belting it

As always, when I’m feeling anything less than 100% great about my outfit, I pile on favourite accessories to distract myself.

what i wore
Watch, Fossil; bracelet, RACHEL Rachel Roy

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One of my favourite “neutral” polishes is OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta from the Mexico collection. It’s the most exquisite shade of pale lavender:

what i wore
OPI Puerta Vallarta Violeta

I love my new Adriano Goldschmied Stevie cords (a fantastic Kijiji find), and I wish it was still summer so I could wear them with flats everywhere. They’re slim enough to fit into my boots, but I prefer how they look with flats (hence these photos).

what i wore
Pants, Adriano Goldschmied (via Kijiji); blouse, Equipment; necklace, Old Navy; belt, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Nine West; bag, YSL (consignment)

I’m also loving this cream silk blouse – another closet “hole” filled. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to add this basic piece to my wardrobe!

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what i wore

I love how this outfit came together; it’s pretty basic, but it feels great. That’s the most important thing, now more than ever.

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Ring, Coach

Do you have any fall fashion faves?

Manicure of the Week: Chanel Cosmic

For Fashion’s Night Out 2013, Chanel again released a couple of limited edition polishes: Cosmic and Magic. Thanks to my awesome Chanel sales associate at Holt Renfrew, I was able to get my hands on both, even though they were only available in Toronto. As a Chanel polish collector, I’m glad I did. As polish fan … I’m a little more “meh”.

First of all, Magic is very, very similar to Chanel Blue Rebel, released in conjunction with FNO 2011. I’m very disappointed that Chanel would, essentially, copy itself – especially a colour that is still available in Canada. I’m still trying to decide whether I want to keep Magic or not. Moving on, Cosmic seemed a lot more promising in the bottle: an inky black creme sparkling with silver micro-glitter.

Chanel Cosmic
Chanel Cosmic

It turns out that Cosmic is actually more of a creme-jelly hybrid and, on the nail, the glitter is far less apparent than in the bottle. This is a complaint I have with a lot of similar dark polishes – the glitter seems to “sink” and disappear once applied on the nail.

Chanel Cosmic
Chanel Cosmic – sunlight

Application is fine; two coats offer good coverage. I’m not sure if three coats would up the sparkliness, but it may be worth a try. Since I don’t own another Chanel black polish (like Black Satin or Noir Ceramic), I’m happy that I got to add Cosmic to my collection. With that said, I wouldn’t call it a “must have” for non-collectors. If you’re in the market for a good black creme polish (no glitter), I highly recommend A England Camelot or Gosh Nero.

For my inspired outfit, I decided to go the literal route: all black with a hint of sparkle.

Chanel Cosmic
Skirt, Zara (thrifted); tank, Winners; jacket, Theory (consignment); shoes, Jimmy Choo (thrifted); bag, Chanel (consignment)

As much as I’m still getting used to my post-baby body, showing off a bit of leg is an easy way to feel more confident.

Chanel Cosmic

With a knee-length hemline, this would be a great outfit for an after-hours work function. The sequin tank adds a little bit of glam without being over-the-top. Since it’s ever so slightly sheer, I would add a black tank top underneath if I were to wear it in a work-related setting.

Chanel Cosmic

Chanel Cosmic

Chanel Cosmic
Necklaces – Tiffany

What do you think of Chanel Cosmic?