We first became enamored with Annie Dean earlier this year after stumbling across her site AnnieDean.com. Combining tips for entertaining and etiquette, this modern day Miss Manners proves that you can juggle a hectic lifestyle (did we mention she’s a lawyer?) and still be ultrachic. This week she’s sharing her five easy tricks to make spring a little more fabulous.
I’m addicted to colorblocking. It’s easy, chic, and lighthearted, and it’s the springtime antidote to the all-black outfits we New Yorkers wear from September to March. But if the idea of dressing in contrasting colors from head-to-toe feels like too much, colorblock with your nails and your lipstick instead.
On May 1st, NARS released its nail polish collaboration with Pierre Hardy, the French shoe designer. I recently grabbed the polish duo in Vertebra, which features a hot coral and a light mauve. NARS’ nail polishes are slightly more expensive than their commercial counterparts, but your manicure will last at least eight full days without any chipping and the colors are rich and have an extra-luxe finish. Here’s the trick: ask for three coats of color, even when your manicurist tries to convince you otherwise. To complete your look, swipe your lips with NARS Niagra lipstick. Niagra will look bolder and more opaque if you layer it over a matte lip pencil in Bolero or a semi-matte lipstick in Schiap.
Pair your Pierre Hardy-inspired colorblock look with these gorgeous Pierre Hardy two-tone sandals available at Net-a-Porter.
Add a little extra pop to your colorblocking combo with the other nail art trend: the statement toe.