You’ll never see me without my nails painted – it just doesn’t feel right. Over the past few seasons we’ve seen nail art increase in popularity, reaching beyond the traditional colour offerings and opening up a whole new world of possibilities. We’ve carried Butter London since we first open, and their line continues to be our go-to for nail lacquer.

To be honest, I had been a little bit skeptical of the nail wrap trend when it first surfaced, but after falling in love with a set on my most recent trip to LA from NCLA that are adorned with colourful, silhouetted palm trees and just feel ‘So LA’ (which, coincidentally, is what they’re called), I bought a couple styles to try out, and as soon as I realized how easy they were to put on and how fun they are, I was sold. Which is why we’ll also be welcoming a number of products from the NCLA collection into the shop. The perfect summer accessory.

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[images via NCLA]

One.
Though we’re in full Holiday mode, we’re also in the midst of SS13 buying and planning,
and can’t help daydreaming about bare legs, floral crowns (how amazing is the one in
the Finders Keepers lookbook?!), and flirty printed dresses. It’s closer than you think!

Two.
Our custom gift tags arrived this week, with images from our ‘Lonely Ballerina’ + ‘Disco
Fever’ lookbooks, so we’re no fully equipped to handle all of your gift wrapping needs.

Three.
Last night we hosted our first Holiday Beauty Bar, and were blown away with the
creativity in both the braids and nails. We’re running it the next two Thursdays as well,
and we’d highly recommend booking an appointment if you haven’t already.

Four.
We’ve been doing lots of merchandising around the shop, highlighting all of our new
Holiday styles (sparkly dresses!) and gift items that we’re still receiving weekly.

Five.
We’re fully stocked with jewellery and other sparkly accessories, which make for the
perfect addition to your Holiday ensemble, or a great gift for that special someone.

Bicyclette is teaming up with Crywolf Clothing and Ashley Readings Hair and Makeup to bring you one of the best holiday pre-parties in Toronto.

For three Thursdays in December (the 6th, 13th and 20th), we’ll be hosting a shopping event like no other. Drop in from 4pm until 8pm to finish shopping and start primping for your holiday parties.

Ashley Readings will be on hand to whip up some of the hottest hair for the holidays – braids. Crowns, fishtails, half up or updo. A $25 ticket is good for one braid, selected off our braid menu and guaranteed to wow at your holiday party.

Crywolf Clothing will be picking up from where they left off after their pop up shop in the summer with some of the chicest nail art in Toronto. Featuring Butter London nail polish (sold at the shop), studs, stamps and pearls, these nails will be the feature of any holiday outfit.

 All beauty bar appointments run from 4pm – 8pm and are booked in advance, though there will be time for walk ins every hour to avoid wait times.

Reserve your spot now!

I think it’s safe to say that there were two things in 2011 that we developed slightly unhealthy addictions to: neon and nails, and it looks like both of these will continue this year. No complaints there, especially with the new Butter London collection that just launched. Founding Creative Director Nonie Creme sums up the collection perfectly as “pops of neon colour, tempered by sherbet pastels and cool neutrals”. Basically, what our dreams are made of.

Needless to say, we’ll be stocking all of the colours, but we’re curious which shade you’re most excited to wear this Spring? I’m finding it hard to pick just one, but I’m pretty intrigued by the pale ‘Bossy Boots’.

Detailed nails are more coveted than ever and with our recent shipment of Butter London, we’ve gone nail crazy once again at Bicyclette. Looking at fashion week for SS ’12 we saw pretty nails popping up all over the runway. ButterLondon founder Nomie Creme says we’ll be seeing a lot of sherbet colours next season, including a new pistachio green from Butter. Nails are such a fun and creative way to add that extra touch to an outfit during any season! We are thinking it may be a good idea to have a DIY Nail Night here at Bicyclette in the near future where we can experiment and play with new colours and designs.

[images via pintrest]

-Emily-

This season seems to be the summer of nails, and it’s been fun experimenting with new colours and watching everyone get creative with DIY options. With the shop now carrying a wide array of Butter London, we’ve been eager to keep up, and between Emma and I, we probably showcase at least 6-8 different nail colours a week. When we came across Emily’s ‘Mermaid Nails‘ on Cupcakes and Cashmere, all of our dreams came true and we raced out to find the Martha Stewart glitter she used. Truth be told, we’d been looking for an excuse to purchase the superfine glitter, and this was the perfect one.

And so I share with you our version of the glitter tipped nails, in which we followed the instructions on Cupcakes and Cashmere, using a hot pink nail polish and adding bubblegum glitter to the tip of our ring finger only (one nail trend we’re loving right now). Needless to say, we’re pretty smitten, and I think our nails will be glitter adorned from now on.

[photos taken via instagram, hence the faded quality]

Ever since we saw this DIY blog post on Just B, we have been craving our very own Newspaper Nails. In classic Bicyclette Girl fashion, both Emily and I came into work today with matching turquoise, freshly painted nails. We knew this was the perfect opportunity to test out these funky printed nails.

We ran to the closest pharmacy store to pick up some Rubbing Alcohol and after following all the steps from our favourite DIY blog (Just B), we have completed our first attempt at newspaper nails!


Emma