Late Saturday night I met up with the Major Lazer dancers Mela and Lafayette in the green room at Congress to do their nails for the show. They loved the nails I did the other day for Bout2Blaze and Diplo asked me to come before the show to lace the ladies up. The girls are extremely sweet and took care of us the whole night. We got to watch the show while on the side stage and the girls even came and grabbed us to dance on stage with them. Best view of the hyped crowd! The girls snapped on the dancing, nails and outfit on point, music blaring, and the crowd came with so much energy! The night started off a little rough with a fender bender accident on the way to a previous event but the positive energy came when I got to meet the ladies. Epic night for sure!
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Almost two weeks ago I flew out to New York to work with Vanity Projects at MoMA PS1 in the ConfettiSystems installation. Vanity Projects is the nail brain child of Rita De Alencar Pinto, an art curator whose love for nail art lead her in the direction of hosting nail pop up shops at some of the coolest locations in the U.S. In the summer Pinto plans on opening a nail salon where some of the best designer manicurists customize your fingertips, while you enjoy visuals of video art displays.
I had the honor of working with some of my favorite nail artists with Vanity Projects, such as U Don’t Need A Man, You Need A Manicure’s Jessica Washick, Ami Vega of El Salonsito, and Naomi Yasuda. These ladies are some of the best in the game, and I admire each one of their individual styles and take on nails. Yasuda’s nail gem game is SO proper, and her work has graced the fingertips of Madonna and Chanel ad’s. Vega’s attention to extreme detail will make your mouth drop, and Washick has such a sexy and dainty illustrator style.
One of my best takeaways from my recent travels has been getting to know and work with the different nail artists. We swapped so many tips and pointers and I feel like I have learned a nail secret from each one of the ladies, and I also got to catch dinner with Fleury Rose. The continued support is my awesome to see and one of the driving reasons why I felt it was important to start Tipsy Zine. We definitely are building up a nail art community, and I feel like I left with more friends to call my nail art family. We came, we saw, our nail posse conquered.
After working at PS1, Vanity Projects and I teamed up and tackled a private super bowl party for Tumblr. As usual the men were just as interested in manicures, and surprisingly patiently waited around for their opportunity to rep their favorite team on their pinky nail. One tumblr male employee went as far as doing a full manicure of the signature Tumblr color blue and logo. For real, he deserves a raise or at least employee of the month for that!
I was only in New York a few days, but I feel like I got to experience and do just about everything. I also did some crate digging in the garment district and surplus nail supply shops to find all the embellishments and supplies I can’t find in Chicago. I probably drove the employees of the embellishments shops insane by counting out all the Swarovski crystals and beads since I left with so many tiny items but I had to take advantage of the situation. It got dusty, it required patience but so worth the time. Nail hype.
Working at MoMA PS1 was beyond words. I would have never thought that I would be able to provide live art at MoMA, nor it be nail art. How bizarre and amazing is that? Kind of mind blowing, and I am forever grateful that I could be a part of that experience with Vanity Projects. I have my eyes on you New York, I have a feeling I’ll be back sooner than later. You were way too good to me.
I’m in the big Apple collaboration with Vanity Projects! RSVP to get your nails done tomorrow in Chelsea and Sunday at MoMA PS1 inside the ConfettiSystems installation. RSVP at Rita@VanityProjectsNYC.com with the day you are interested in, appointments are on first come first serve basis. First time in New York and I’m going hard in the nail paint!
I will be at the TOPSHOP Michigan Ave location giving complimentary galactic manicures from 1-7pm today through Saturday with purchases over $100. Professionals will also be on hand giving galactic hair and makeup makeovers. Stop in for shopping and pampering, and groove to the intergalactic tunes from the in store DJ.
Come visit me on October 9th at the Lincoln Park Apple Store to hear a presentation about my business, and how I use Apple technology to run my business. Click HERE for more details.
Feeling so guilty for not updating the past few days! To make it up, check out the photos from all the events within this past week. I did an event for Underground Chicago doing nails for the Fall Fashion preview, was at Space 519 in celebration of the new release of the Fall colors for RGB Cosmetics, Fashion Night Out at Macy’s in the Water Tower, and nails to match the ladies kicks at Overtime for the SoleSister’s Cookout. Also, have been working on my new project Tipsy Zine with our team. The zine will be published this Fall and is catered to nail enthusiast and pro’s between 16-40, and will spotlight events, products, trends, and manicurists making history! Make sure to follow Tipsy on Twitter and Instagram under @tipsyzine, and on tumblr for all the behind the scene details.