Aside from charms and beads, I have a real weakness for collecting nail varnish. I appreciate the consistency that can be created through complimenting a beautiful shade of nails to a bracelet and vice versa. There are many brands out there producing high quality varnishes but among my favourites are OPI. Not only do their varnishes tend to last a reasonable period of time on my somewhat battered hands but they have frequent releases to acknowledge season, fashion trends or even movie releases.
Their most recent release has been the New York Ballet collection, boasting six pastel shades.
The overwhelming initial impression of this collection is how super wearable it will be, even for those who prefer to keep a natural looking nail. I opted for four of the collection (though I’ll admit to being tempted to return for more). Care to Danse is a very soft lilac colour in the bottle though when worn it appears a more pink shade. My Pointe Exactly is a pale grey colour and this had instant appeal to me as I’d been hoping to create a Fifty Shades of Grey inspired manicure. Don’t Touch My TuTu is a slightly off-white colour which is a perfect tip highlighter for those that love French manicures. Pirouette My Whistle is a grey tinged clear varnish with silver and grey glitter and sparkles. This makes an ideal top coat over any of the other shades.
What better way to celebrate OPI’s latest release than with coordinating bracelets? Given summer 2012′s predominant trend for pastel shades, it’s also a fabulous way to acknowledge this.
For all of these bracelets I was using the Trollbeads limited edition Chinese silvers from 2009. I’ve mentioned before that I feel using these creates a more consistent look for the silver components and allows the colours to be more the focus of the combination. That said, I also experimented with using one focal silver bead; the new Redbalifrog Chrysanthemum.
My nails are identical throughout this editorial, featuring alternative shades of My Pointe Exactly and Care to Danse? Each with a coat of Pirouette My Whistle applied over the top.
For the next bracelets I switched the glass around a little to introduce some pale pink beads.
With the third set of bracelets, I was keen to acknowledge some of the grey tones creeping into this nail collection. Unfortunately grey glass are very scarce so this proved difficult. Indeed when recently discussing with a retailer what I’d love to see in the fall collection, I did mention some more grey toned glass beads.
For the final bracelet, I was keen to move into the peach hues and I firmly believe this combination would look stunning with a French manicure.
For those perhaps searching for some complimentary makeup to complete this look, Chanel’s recently release pre-fall quadre eye shadow in Variation might suffice. It boasts three shades verging from a grape to barely there pink sparkle and finishes with a beautiful pale gold.