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Blogger Elizabeth Monson’s Fierce Fashion-Inspired Nails

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. Check out her first post!

Runway-themed nail art is one of the most intriguing trends to hit the beauty scene as of late. I’m not just talking about mere color-matching: clever fashion fans with an affinity for nail candy are creating one-inch versions of their favorite designer prints and patterns by using a combination of nail tools, polish pens, and appliqués. Leading the pack of these nail aficionados is fashion and beauty blogger, Elizabeth Monson.

Her popular blog, MoveSlightly, features tons of nail art tutorials inspired by the collections of designers like Givenchy, Prabal Gurung and Prada. I asked Elizabeth to share her earliest nail art memory, favorite DIY projects, and the one nail trend she’s steering clear of. Read her answers after the jump!

When did you first start experimenting with nail art?
My love for nail art started at a very young age; I remember my mom use to take me to the salon to get flamingos painted on my nails as a reward for not biting them. The runway inspiration started when I got a new polish that reminded me of my favorite Miu Miu collection from the Spring 2010 season.

Speaking of the runway, your fashion-inspired nail designs are seriously amazing. Which has been your favorite DIY so far?
I love them all, but my favorites have to be the Stella McCartney ones, which feature the designer’s Fall 2011 polka dots and Resort 2012 Hawaiian print:

What is the craziest nail trend that you’ve heard of but haven’t tried?
Anything that has to do with outrageous shaping of the nails scares me. You won’t be seeing sawtooth-edged nails on my blog any time soon. Other than that, I’m game.

Who are some of your favorite fellow nail art lovers?
From a fashion-forward perspective, T magazine editor-in-chief Sally Singer has amazing nails. And Zooey Deschanel has a lot of fun with nail art, which I definitely appreciate.

—Natalie

Want to give the runway-inspired nail trend a go? Try these tutorials, courtesy of genius blogger Miss Ladyfinger.

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