Everyone’s Nailing It!!!

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Fingernails are THE fashion accessory right now. Whether you are topping them with “caviar”, edging them with sparkle, or painting them fluorescent, your fingernails can be your statement piece for any occasion. The options are endless and there are many resources for you to use in order to give yourself a DIY manicure that goes well beyond applying two coats of polish. Polka Dot Tango has collected some inspiration for you to take a look at, going from extreme harajuku nails to simply stated. There is a look for everyone and that’s what makes this fashion trend so fun and possible! Let us know what fashion you like to show on your fingernails! You can tweet us @polkadottango, let us know on Facebook, or leave a comment below!

Caviar Nails are one of the newer trends out there. Customer reviews stated that these manicures are tons of fun for not so much a ton of time….if you catch my drift. Also, rumor is that you can create this look by getting a little creative using products from your local craft store. Here’s a wonderful tutorial I found on creating this same effect on YouTube.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè's products.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè’s products.

 

Glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!!!! So thankful that I have a reason to keep glitter in my adult life. Glitter nail polish is the easiest way to dress up your nails and make them look fabulous without having the talent of a professional manicurist. What’s even better is that if you feel that having glitter on all of your fingernails is too much, now it is acceptable to only paint one of your nails to the max with glitter and such. See photo directly below.

One glitter nail coming up!

One glitter nail coming up!

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

It's like a party on your nails!!!

It’s like a party on your nails!!!

 

Matte nail polish is H…O…T… right now.  It really gives your nails drama and sophistication and having matte nail polish alone will make an impact. Here’s another rumor for you: If you don’t want to spend money on matte nail polish, a little birdie told me you can add just a bit of cornstarch to your top coat, mix it in, paint and PRESTO!!! You have matte nails! Now how cool are you?

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango's favorite nail blogs. It's in french, but it's definite eye candy.

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango’s favorite nail blogs. It’s in french, but it’s definite eye candy.

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

 

Pointed nails are a hit right now, but I have noticed that only the brave (or ferocious) have the courage to rock them. They definitely give the wearer a fiercer look and for some reason, the more muted ones seem very mature to me. Maybe this style kind of reminds me of women in the 80’s who were magazine editors or villians who had power.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

ROAR!

ROAR!

 

Patterns, pansies, and prints oh my! I’m not too sure how many people have the steady hand, the eye site, or the patience for these lovely nails, but more power to those that do! How much fun they are! Now that Sally Hansen has come out with the press on nail polish, designs like these are a little more realistic to the average nail polisher.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

School punk?

School punk?

Tribal 90's inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. ;)

Tribal 90’s inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. 😉

 

Really, the possibilities are endless with what you can paint onto your fingernails! Don’t forget about these types of nail polishes that can make your DIY manicure go from eh to ahhhhhh: Crackle, Opalescent, Magnetic, Gel Strips, Metallic, Fluorescent, and more! So, to tie things off with the post, Polka Dot Tango would like to leave you with some of the most amazing nail trends we could find. These images just go to show you that painting your nails is a true art form. :}

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Tanks Are Right On Target!

This season Target’s Mossimo line seems to have stepped it up a bit. The styles remind me of summers long ago when I was riding my bike around the cul-de-sac and fashion was one of the last things on my mind. My latest Mossimo purchase was a long striped, “sun-washed” tank top for $12.99. It’s perfect because 1) it’s long, 2) it’s not cut too low in the front, and 3) it covers my bra straps. I instantly fell in love with it and desired to wear it everywhere but was trying to figure out how I could get away with wearing it to work. The answer was hard to find in my closet that I have been desperately trying to keep down in size but I naturally paired it with another Target item! I bought these cropped pants last year on sale for $7 and I felt that they added an instant coolness to the tank top while maintaining a somewhat professional look.

Very few things make me smile bigger than a complete outfit that costs less than $100. Here’s what I wore:

• Mossimo tank top: $12.99

• Target crop pants: $7

• Stella Laguna Beach Necklace and Earrings set: $9

• Steve Madden heels (about ten years old): $50

• Mom’s Natori necklace worn as bracelet: FREE!

Let Polka Dot Tango know if you love to bargain shop at Target or anywhere else! We would love to hear how you keep your fabulous outfits on the lower end of the price scale!!

A Taste for Lace

Long gone are the days when lace was only used for weddings or to show how ultra feminine you can be. Back in the 1920’s, lace was a staple in women’s fashion and was able to make a huge comeback in the 80’s, thanks to Madonna. It has always been the texture that can transform the type of feeling you are trying to evoke in your wardrobe. White lace automatically shows the vulnerable, lady-like, pure side while black lace tends to give any wardrobe instant sex appeal. Try on a cream lace to get the feeling of a free spirit, one-with-earth, wholesome type of vibe, and electric colored lace will show the girls just wanna have fun attitude! Polka Dot Tango put together a montage of some photos from the 20’s and 80’s as well as some inspiration for using lace now! Let us know what you like to pair lace up with!!!

THEN….

NOW….

Nice pLACE

The Orange was Laced

Abooouuut LACE!

Fashion Friday: Spring/Summer color trend- Mint

Mint is not only sweet to eat, but very sweet to wear this spring.

This spring’s fashion trend is being reinvented from this past trend that was popular among these iconic women below in the 50’s and 60’s.

There are plenty of minty fashion available at any price this season; from Forever 21 to Vera Wang. Polka Tango put together a few outfit ideas incorporating this new color trend.

Mint Condition
Here’s a small snap shot of my outfit today that was put together around my ruffle mint top I wore in honor of this Fashion Friday post.

Color Block is the New Color Black

Color Blocking is awesome and has so many possibilities!

Color blocking is the trend to follow right now. It makes each element of your outfit pop and is sure to instantly put you in a fantastic mood! You can take this trend to the max by using bright solid color combinations or sedate it by pairing up colors with neutral tones. Check out our Polyvore account (polkadottango) to see more of our sets and let us know what you think is the ultimate fashion trend of the moment!

 

For Work

BLOCK Junk Mail

For a Date or Wedding

Don't BLOCK the Bouquet

For the Weekend

Weekend BLOCK Party

Fashion Friday: Don’t Pass on Pastels

Pastels from head to toe.

Easter may be long gone, but pastels are here to stay! This spring and summer, it seems as though the electric hues have been getting in touch with their softer side, leaving us with a wash of beautiful colors. Everything goes when it comes to pastels and there are not many limitations to how far you can extend this fashion trend. Take a look at what Polka Dot Tango has rounded up for you to take and grab inspiration from.

alice + olivia

another neon and pastel combo

opal manicure

my grandpa would have like these

pastel makeup looks so soft

Tutorial Tuesdays: Striped Anchor Tote Bag

Anchors are my thang! (I even have a tattoo) So when I had a chance to make a craft project at work, I of course had to make something fun to take to the beach. So I sketched out my project and it luckily came out exactly how I expected it to. I wish I could have taken better pictures but it wasn’t possible with how busy I was at work.

Items used for this project:
Tulip Soft Paints: Turquoise, Holiday Green, & Mandarin Orange
Tulip Slicks: Turquoise
Tulip Fashion Glitter: Turquoise & Glitter Bond
Tote Bag
Painters Tape
Freezer Paper
Felt
Exacto Knife
Paint Brush
Rope

I first used painters tape to make 2″ stripes across the bag and painted the stripes Mandarin Orange.

Once it’s dry, I removed the tape. I used an exacto blade to cut out an anchor from freezer paper. Ironed on the freezer paper to the bag. I then mixed the Holiday Green and Turquoise Soft Paints( to match the color of the Turquoise Slick paint) to paint the anchor. Once it’s dry, remove the freezer paper and outline with the Slicks 3D paint.

With the felt, I cut out a smaller anchor and covered both sides with the turquoise glitter. I then cut a small hole with the exacto blade to string to the tote bag.

Fashion Friday: Patterns (Polka Dots, Stripes, Chevron, Gingham)

Kate Spade

These simple patterns can be used in fun ways to spruce up any ol’ boring outfit. I like to incorporate these patterns not only in my wardrobe, but when decorating the home as well. There are so many different combinations of colors and clothing pieces that the possibilities are endless. Here are some outfit ideas to inspire your pattern creativity.

Polka Dots

Stripes

Chevron

Gingham

Hope this was enough inspiration to hold you over until next Friday. Have a great weekend!