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LA Recap Part III: The Painted Nail and Everything Nailz with Katie Cazorla and Chalkboard Nails

Here’s the final recap of my Los Angeles trip. If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here. I had to cover things a little out of order because Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) and I got to spend time with Katie Cazorla on two separate occasions while we were in town. If you’re not familiar with Katie, she’s a celebrity nail tech, salon owner, entrepreneur, actress, comic, reality TV star, and one of my fave people on the planet. Her new The Painted Nail Salon opened up last Fall in Hollywood at the gorgeous W Hotel. Katie was so generous and had Sarah and me to the salon for mani/pedis (even though it was Oscar night)!

The Painted Nail

The salon is smaller than I expected, but gorgeous with really high ceilings, expensive furnishings, and a complete wall of windows. It’s light and fun and has an elegant, exclusive vibe to it. They have the largest Essie installation in the country. It’s amazing! It goes from floor to ceiling and holds 750+ bottles of polish. The best part? The service prices were totally in line with what I would pay at a comparable salon in the Midwest (a mani/pedi combo is $75).

The Painted Nail Essie Wall

The manicures are done at a long bar. I’ve never seen a setup like it. It was very comfortable and is truly a genius idea for saving space. The TV streams The Painted Nail social media mentions in real time, so tag your photos and they’ll see you!

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Don’t even get me started on the pedicure chairs by famed interior designer Michele Pelafas. They’re works of art! I love that they’re sinks and not piped spas (which are difficult to keep sanitized). Everything you can imagine (heated massage chairs, bowls, stands, fabrics, etc.) is completely customizable and available through Katie’s nail supply store, Everything Nailz (which I’ll talk about later in the post). I need one of these chairs for The Mani Cave, am I right? WPP is a toe-free blog so you can see I’m trying to hide my feet in the pic below. LOL. It was cold and raining hard in LA that day so we had to sweater-up.

The Painted Nail Pedicure Chairs

Next up…mani time. Could I just pause to say again how crazy this trip was? Here I am, in THE The Painted Nail, casually getting a manicure next to Chalkboard Nails. Mind blown.

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LA Recap Part II: OPI Headquarters Tour with Chalkboard Nails and Miss Pop

Today I have the second recap of my LA trip (and nail polish dream vacay). If you missed the first part, you can read it here. So on the last day before Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) and I left LA, we headed to OPI Headquarters for a tour. This was seriously a highlight of the trip. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was emotional as we walked up to the OPI offices because I couldn’t believe that my li’l ole’ nail blog had gotten me here. I’m so grateful.

And here they are…the front doors to Nail Polish Oz. :)

OPI Headquarters Entrance

Of course, the lobby is decked out in polish. As we were waiting, in walks THE Miss POP! I recognized her immediately. She’s a New York-based celebrity nail artist. You’ve seen her work a hundred times…on the covers of magazines like ELLE, Marie Clare, Cosmo, and more. With all the amazing work she’s done with OPI (she just returned from doing OPI nails at NYFW), she’d never been on a tour…so she went with us! She has such a great story and was so generous with her advice. I’m so glad I had the chance to get to know her.

OPI Headquarters Lobby

Before the tour, we got to meet Suzi Weiss-Fischmann!! That was completely unexpected. She is so sweet and genuinely appreciative of what nail bloggers have done for the business. I was speechless!

Leslie, Suzi, and Sarah

Jaq was our host. She’s a media guru and strategist for OPI (and probably one of the most stylish people I’ve ever met.) I felt like a midwestern mom the whole time compared to all of these fabulous people. LOL. She and Sergio Aguirre, the OPI Director of Manufacturing (and an engineering genius) took us on a behind-the-scenes tour of “where the magic happens.” Before we started the actual tour, we were introduced to so many other amazing people that make OPI happen. OPI doesn’t outsource much, if anything. Design, testing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, advertising, and more are all done out of this facility – and they have customers worldwide…so you can imagine the talent under that single roof!

LA Recap Part I: Friends, Food and Fun with JulieG and Chalkboard Nails

I’m back from what turned out to be a nail blogger’s DREAM vacation to Los Angeles! I’m still pinching myself. As some of you know, I headed to LA to do another Jesse’s Girl/Rite Aid in-store appearance with JulieG. These events are getting more fun and less stressful as I get a few under my belt. In fact, I’m probably more excited to meet you guys than you are to meet me! And the trip was made even more exciting with the addition of Chalkboard Nails, my partner in nail crime.

Rite Aid Sarah and Leslie

So I thought I’d do a few posts about the trip. There will be nails of some sort in all of them, I promise. :D In this one I’ll cover the actual event and my Real Housewives celebrity moment (GAH!). The next post will be all about my tour of the OPI Headquarters (so amazing!), and in the last one I’ll share about our visit to The Painted Nail and all the mind-blowing stuff in the works from Katie Cazorla. I wanted to take her home with me in my suitcase because I love her that much.

PART I: RITE AID EVENT AND LISA VANDERPUMP

I arrived Friday evening and Julie and I grabbed dinner at Via Alloro in Beverly Hills. We went there the last time we were in LA. Great food and so fun to sit outside and take it all in. If you follow her vlog, Julie is seriously EXACTLY that sweet girl in person. After dinner we went to the makeshift bar in the hotel (the real bar is getting remodeled) and waited for Sarah to arrive. Sarah roped us into playing Heads Up. Have you played it? So hilarious! Later Sarah did some nail art for us for the event the next day. YUP! Chalkboard Nails did my nails. Woot.

Sideswipe Nail Art with the Zoya Naturel Satins Collection

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Hi guys. Today I have a look inspired by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. Who doesn’t she inspire? Am I right? I followed her Easy Sideswipe Nail Art tutorial to the letter using the six, cool, nude shades in the new Zoya Naturel Satins 2015 Transitional Collection (press release here). I love all of the Zoya Naturel releases. The shades are so soft…perfect for work. This set has a hybrid finish – not quite matte and not glossy either. I ended up topping off my look with Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat so my finished product is a little more matte than these shades are on their own.

Zoya Naturel Satin Sideswipe Nail Art

The colors remind me of Monet’s waterlillies…which got me thinking about painting…which made Sarah’s recent tutorial pop into my head. I used all six colors (Sarah uses three). Each Naturel Satin is a similar tone (grey quality) of a range of pastels, so the design doesn’t pop off the nail like Sarah’s did with the bright colors. But the design turned out exactly like I imagined. I love the painterly look of it.

Free Manis with Me, Chalkboard Nails, and JulieG in Los Angeles on February 21st!!!

Hi guys. I have some exciting news! One week from Saturday, myself, Sarah of Chalkboard Nails, and Julie of JulieG713 will be in Los Angeles for a Meet n’ Greet! Come say “hi” and let us give you a free mani! We’d LOVE to meet you! The first 50 visitors will get a gift bag with JulieG Matte Finish Top Coat, JulieG Plumping Top Coat and JulieG Damsel along with a $1.00 off coupon for any Jesse’s Girl or JulieG product. All of the details are below.

Sarah and I have a jam-packed, nail-focused weekend planned with trips to OPI Headquarters, mani/pedis with Katie Cazorla of The Painted Nail, and more! I’m beyond excited. I’ll be sure to share our adventures when we return. Please do come see us. I love connecting with you guys outside of the blogosphere!

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Chalkboard Nails, JulieG, work/play/polish Meet Up

Saturday, 21 February 2015
12:00 – 5:00pm
Rite Aid #5452
7900 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046 (map it)
323-876-4466

Checkered Nail Art with the NEW Polished by KPT Basics Series Thermals

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Hello everyone! I’ve been doing so much swatching lately, it was time for some nail art.  I’ve been wanting to experiment with color-changing art for awhile, so I was pleasantly surprised when the new Polished by KPT Basics Series Collection arrived on my doorstep! These go on sale tomorrow (so be ready!). Details are at the end of this post.

Polished by KPT Basic Series Nail Art

The Basic Series Collection contains five, spring-colored, warm-sensitive thermals that feature core color changes only (no glitter, holo, duochrome, or other effects). Katherine created the series as a dynamic base for traditional nail art. What a genius idea! Below are the five shades in the collection. [KPT image below] Each is a vibrant spring shade that transitions to a soft pastel version when warm.

Polished by KPT Basic Series Collection

GLAM Polish Knockout Collection Swatches and Review

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Happy Tuesday! Today I have a preview of four of the polishes in the GLAM Polish Knockout Collection. This collection includes six, fun and bright, strong holo or ultra holo glitter shades with action-packed names. The set will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm EST (USA) from www.glampolish.com.au. Get the details at the end of the post. All swatches are two coats of color followed by GLAM Polish Magic Shine Topcoat.

GLAM Polish Knockout Collection

CRASH! is a denim blue holographic with ultra holo glitter. GLAM Polish is so good at combining traditional holo and holo glitter. The blue is a great medium between sky blue and navy.

GLAM Polish CRASH!

ZAP! is an intense, electric lime green ultra holo.

GLAM Polish ZAP!