I’m taking my talents to Palm Springs!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekend two for Coachella is almost here and it is important to know the area and things to do other than rage to great music and sit in the sun.

Palm Spring is just down the freeway and there are great hotels to stay at and plenty of things to do after the festival.

Here is a list of my top 5 favorite things to do in Palm Springs:

1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – This 10 minute tram ride shows people the beauty and the rugged mountains that surround Palm Springs. http://www.pstramway.com/index.html


2. Plate/Glass – This dessert bar is formally know as Crave  and is an after desert bar flourless. It has  the perfect vibe to talk with friends and share dessert and a glass of wine! http://plate-glass.com/


3. Painted Canyon – Located in Mecca, CA this place is great for sight-seeing or hiking. The rocks have a variety of colors and there are ladders placed to help hikers climb through caves and over the tough spots.
 
4. Palm Springs Art Museum – I’m obsessed with going to museums when I visit places ( I use to want to be an art history teacher). The Palm Springs museum features modern art, photography, and architecture. http://www.psmuseum.org/
 
 
5. El Paseo – Deemed the Rodeo Drive of the Desert, El Paseo is the home to stores like Kate Spade New York, Anthropologie, Escada, and J. Crew. This is a great place to have lunch with friends and do a little retail therapy while hanging out in the desert.


 
What are your favorite things to do in Palm Spring?
 


Mani Monday: Painted Desert Nails

Monday, April 13, 2015

With Coachella coming upon us in just a few days, celebrity and fashion manicurist Deborah Lippmann has her pulse on the coolest nail looks to rock at the festival. Check out the full step-by-step below, featuring shades from her brand new Summer 2015 collection, Painted Desert!

Inspiration: “Coachella Music Festival has become the free-spirited girl’s playground and an event where we look forward to seeing boho-chic fashion and beauty looks prevail. Exploring the event’s spontaneous atmosphere and style inspired me to fashion a blend of playful and expressive new nail art looks. I updated the traditional negative space and ombré designs using my appropriately named summer 2015 collection - Painted Desert.”  – Deborah Lippmann, Founder and Creative Director
 
 
 
Get The Striped Negative Space Nail Look:
Step 1: Apply deborah lippmann Fast Girls base coat and let dry fully.
Step 2: Using French tip guides, or thin pieces of scotch tape (1/8-inch recommended), place two across the middle of each nail to create a total of three areas to paint. (Note: one color will ultimately be painted at the moon/base, one color in the middle and one color at the tip).  
Step 3: One nail at a time, paint a section with one of the four shades from the Summer 2015 Painted Desert collection: Shifting Sands, Terra Nova, Love In The Dunes and Desert Moon. Wait two minutes to dry. 
Step 4: Quickly and carefully lift the scotch tape or tip guides, then repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining nails. 
Step 5: Carefully apply a second coat of color to each nail with a nail art detail brush, waiting two minutes to dry.
Step 6: Finish the look by applying a deborah lippmann top coat, such as Addicted To Speed.

Products Used:                                                           
·       deborah lippmann Fast Girls Base Coat - $20
·       deborah lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat - $20 


Get the Ombré Nail Look:
Step 1: Apply a deborah lippmann base coat, such as the new All About That Base.
Step 2: Think of the length of your nail in stripes of seven horizontal sections. Stipple the 7 colors in the following order from down at the base up the nail towards the tip: Shifting Sands, You’ve Got A Friend, Terra Nova, Let’s Stay Together, Love In The Dunes, Desert Moon and Come Fly With Me.
To “Stipple”, use a small nail art brush with a little bit of color on it to make tiny, uneven dots. Use a light, swift hand and a small amount of polish and quickly dab the brush to help blend the colors together. Wait two minutes to dry.
Step 3: Repeat step 2, waiting two minutes to dry. Working on the gradation of two colors at a time blends the easiest. Think of the dots intertwining to transition colors and create an ombré effect.
Step 4: Finish the look by applying deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed top coat.

Products Used:                                                           
·       deborah lippmann All About That Base CC Base Coat - $20
·       deborah lippmann Shifting Sands Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann You’ve Got a Friend Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary I’ve Gotta Be Me Limited Edition Collection) - $49
·       deborah lippmann Terra Nova Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Let’s Stay Together Nail Lacquer (sold in a set of fashion sizes, Recipe for Love
Limited Edition Collection) - $36
·       deborah lippmann Love In the Dunes Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Desert Moon Nail Lacquer (NEW May 2015) - $18
·       deborah lippmann Come Fly With Me Nail Lacquer – (sold in a set of fashion sizes, 15th Anniversary Until Your Dreams Come True Limited Edition Music Box) - $195
·       deborah lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat - $20 

Product Availability: www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora doors nationwide
 
What is your favorite nail art trend this festival season??