nail polish that goes under your nails

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Leave it to Christian Louboutin. Because the idea of our nails mimicking our soles never would have occurred to us.

To be fair, blunt haircuts, wedge sneakers and distressed-to-the-point-of-destroyed demin also seemed a little counterintuitive at first, but that didn’t stop us from jumping on board as early adopters. So it should come as no surprise that Christian Louboutin’s release of the new “Loubi Under Red”, a nail color specifically designed to paint under your nail, has us growing out our talons in order to shellac them with color under there stat.

The new under color comes with a small precise sponge for painting under the nails and for small detailing on top of the nail.  We haven’t had the chance to give the product a go just yet because it’s clear that we will need to get a little more length to our nails first. We did read, however, that it is best when used in tandem with darker opaque polishes up top. If your nails are already “Under Red” worthy and you are still looking for a Halloween costume, let us suggest you stop by your nearest Sephora, give yourself an “Under Red” manicure and go as a trend forecaster.

No, but really.

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images courtesy of Christian Louboutin

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behind the smile: workin’ on our fitness

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For the next few months, our very own Katie Cassidy joined forces with Crest 3D White and Elle Magazine to showcase who she is “Behind the Smile.” This November, Katie is gracing the pages of Elle Magazine to show just how she stays fit despite her busy schedule. In other words, how to combat the old “I’m busy, I’m tired, I can’t” excuse. We’ve all been there. Some of us live there.

By eating organic and natural foods and working out like a boss, Katie is living proof that feeling (and therefore looking) good isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s a pretty simple process once you jump over that whole “willpower” hurdle and exercise a little commitment. And after awhile the “I’m busy, I can’t” turns into “I’m busy, I have to.” At the end of the day, a killer smile comes down to the right fuel and endorphins (i.e., food and exercise).

Oh, and Crest 3D Whitestrips. After all, food and exercise can only do so much…

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Look out for more “Behind the Smile” content featuring Katie in Elle Magazine in the coming months highlighting beauty, style, and a few red carpet moments. In the meantime, you don’t have to take our word for it. Be sure and check out the video from this month’s installment of the campaign (below) and see what Katie has to say about what it means to stay fit.

All images taken by Jake Rosenberg


Disclosure: Part of a collaboration with Crest 3D White and Elle Magazine. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Crest 3D White.

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lessons in leather leggings

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Pierre Balmain. Leather leggings. 80% off.

Magic words. Words I saw online at SSENSE one work day that sent me into a tailspin, immediately forgetting whatever it was that I was doing prior to that moment. My new mission? Select size, add to cart, checkout and wait patiently for the new foundation of my wardrobe to arrive in three working days. Perhaps I should have taken greater pause at the words “Final Sale,” but the fact that Balmain leather even existed at this price had to be a sign from God. They had to fit. I had so many plans for these pants. Needless to say, by the time they made it to my doorstep, my visions of me as Miranda Kerr had so far infected my thinking that  I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.

Sausage casings. Thanks to the way the leggings had been pieced together (with unforgiving seams placed horizontally across my calf and mid-thigh) my legs looked like I had spent the last two hours working rubber bands up my thighs. I spent the next three weeks going back and forth to my tailor trying to strategically insert pieces of leather into the crotch in a desperate attempt to save my investment from making my legs look like I was trying to cut off circulation to my extremities (and succeeding). But when the rubber-band effect disappeared, the droopy drawers dilemma took it’s place.

By the end of the ordeal, my tailor, who was usually so kind and welcoming, would see me coming and his face would drop as if to say, “Here we go again…” I finally just put the leggings in my closet and have resorted to wearing them with larger shirts to cover the bunchy leather in the crotch (as evidenced here). You can’t win ‘em all.

Lesson learned? Absolutely not. I’m currently shopping the Shopbop 70% off sale while simultaneously stalking this throw on Intermix.

– Lynsey Eaton

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vest: Vince / blouse: Helmut Lang / leggings: Pierre Balmain (a good faux option HERE) / heels: Manolo Blahnik (similar HERE) / necklace: Lulu Frost / bracelet: Lulu Frost / sunglasses: c/o Triple Graces (we also really love THESE)

images by SUKILYNN for TKC

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