Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Beautiful Things: Lace Nails & Isaac Mizrahi

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Lately I've been into nail art, you should see the "moons" I'm sporting thanks to the Tips team on Danforth. Check out the lace nails designed by the Sally Hansen team for Tracy Reese's Fall 2010 show (top). Very cool. But imagine how long this detailing took? At a preview this week, Sally Hansen introduced a simple at-home solution with their new Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips which, just like they sound, are strips of actual nail polish in funky designs (bottom). I'm partial to the lace and glitter myself, but have yet to try. I'll let you know how it goes. $9.95. Available in February.

picture-9This week's book (it seems that each week there's another title that I want to share– so maybe this will be a constant) is Isaac Mizrahi's How to Have Style. It's an older book (2008) but it's fab. It may be difficult to find a copy but if you come across it snatch it up!

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