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How to Throw the Ultimate Arm Party

Goodbye flowery pinks and bright neons! After several seasons of bolder-than-Miley-at-the-VMAs hues and extreme nail art, I’m embracing modern-looking and demure lacquerers this fall. My personal favorite? Floss Gloss’s carmel-hued polish Tanlines

As a diehard SPF fanatic, I avoid tanlines at all cost, but this is one sun-inspired trend I can get behind. I love that the color is sophisticated enough rock in a buttoned-up office, yet hip enough to showoff at a after-hours indie concert. 

Plus, the camel-colored shade pairs perfectly with all my favorite accessories. Right now, I’m throwing a decadent arm party (as you can see from the photos above) and I invited my dearest friends: BRIKA Leather Wrap Bracelet by Sewsephine, Sashi Sam BraceletrumbaTIME Orchard Gem, and Shashi Lilu Bracelet

What’s your favorite polish and accessory pairing? 

—Ally

Craving more polish options? Here are four fall 2013 looks we’re loving right now.

Another Way to Cover Chipped Polish: Glitter!

On Friday night, I was running from the office to a party and just as I was headed out the door, I realized that my nails looked like a disaster. A chipped mani is no way for a beauty editor to put her best foot (err…hand) forward, so I needed a quick fix. Having just read Anna Norman’s Easy Nail Art for Chipped Tips post, I was inspired to somehow retain my base color, the gorgeous Deborah Lippmann Modern Love shade, and just hide the cracked tips. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any reinforcement stickers like Anna did—but we do have plenty of makeup sponges lying around the office (go figure, right?). Using a sponge and this amazing Floss Gloss gold glitter polish Stun, I painted one corner of the sponge and then dabbed it on my nails, concentrating on the ends. The result? A pretty ombre glitter mani that took all of two minutes to do. 

—Meredith

The effect reminds us of the “fairy dust” nails at Behnaz Sarafpour!