Inspiration: Fabergé Eggs, Mary Katrantzou AW11, Max Mara gold-encrusted sweater on Vogue UK August 2012

What you’ll need
Base colour, glitter colour in similar hue or gold, glitter dust (Mine is from BarryM), base & top varnish  (I’m using Essie First Base base coat & Essie Good to go top-coat), a pencil with an eraser butt, a pin, Gold/Silver nail-art pen (I’m using Topshop nail art pen). Secure the pin into the eraser, it should go relatively deep into the butt!

File and buff nails to egg-shape or simply neaten to a unified length

Apply base coat

Apply base colour, then apply a coat of glitter polish of a similar hue for a jewel effect.

Using the nail art pen, make fine criss-crossing lines

I’ll be honest, this ‘inspiration’ does not stem from some encyclopaedic knowledge of art history, or anything remotely similar… in fact I had to google it at first and on spelling it ‘faberze’ Dr Google gave me all sorts of buying choices for Febreeze. Yes I’m shallow like that, and guess what hubby, we’ll never ever run out of air-refresheners, your clever wife just bought fifteen boxes online! And while I’m confessing and all, over the weekend I watched Ocean’s Twelve where George Clooney, Brad Pitt et al try to steal a Fabergé egg – and you guessed it – that’s where this idea comes from. I’m so deep it hurts sometimes.

A few tips:

  • If the nail pen is difficult to control when doing your right hand (or left, if you’re right handed) (screw you if you’re ambidextrous, you superior person), try pushing out a dollop onto a scrap paper, then paint the lines on by ‘leading’ a bit of polish using the tip of the pen. You can also advertise for a flatmate for this nail-do then evict her/him out once you’re done.
  • For the criss-crossing pattern, start from the inner corner of the nail and draw to the opposite mid-point, that should set a good angle for the rest of the lines. (Or else you’ll end up doing something like my left hand ring finger)
  • If you have flower/star-shaped glitter try making bigger criss-cross pattern, and then add the glitter into the diamond a la Mary Katrantzou AW11

Silk thing - Topshop, Top & Shorts – Uniqlo, Leggings & shoes – Zara, Bag – Storets.com, Belt – Vintage, Hat – Angels Sale, Nails – Barry M

Yeah before you start with the leggings with shorts thing, I’m just gonna say that I’m not so fond of flashing  skin and handing out lust on a plate so I guess I’ll have to be arrested by the fashion police (among you who would like to play police? I like fluffy handcuffs) and go hang out with leggings-as-pants ladies in jail. Will you visit or write?
It’s hard for me too – as much as I want to admit that I’m not, I am in fact a slave of trends, and miniskirts and hotpants do make my football legs look longer and leaner… and if you can believe it, I also feel hot in the summer! This is not to justify the mediocre outfit I’m posting now, but since the weather in the UK seems to be back full throttle and all, I thought I might give a bit of heads up for a long summer with no breath of fresh air in terms of outfits. Go on, press ‘next’, fresh air is not far!

Thank you Ellen muchissimo for the photos!

I was just getting ready for party fingers then found mermaid colour. I feel like floating on water.

Again, clicky on images for larger view – especially of the magazine spreads.

POP Magazine Nov 08, 20th Anniversary Issue

Drew Barrymore is so adorable. Love her for being so down to earth.

Btw, POP magazine has the best typography.