• UO DIY: Neutral Nails

    We have long been enamored with Love Aesthetics' Ivania Carpio, the Dutch blogger whose signature whited-out color palette and minimalist sensibility have made her an internationally-recognized and respected voice in fashion blogging. Amid her smart observations and posts on style, home DIY, and beauty, it seems there is nothing Ivania can't put her own uniquely clean, simple, and clever spin on; her cooly minimalist aesthetic is a palette cleanser amid the noise of fashion.

    We teamed up with Ivania for a three-part blog collaboration that touches on different areas of her expertise: an exclusive interview that explores more about her thoughts on style, living with less, and finding inspiration in the everyday; a copper and leather home DIY; and below, a minimalist nail art project.

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    Nail piercings take me right back to 1998, when I would save up my allowance to buy those tiny rings to put through my nails. Though this nineties-inspired nail tutorial involves some more unexpected tools, it's still simple to complete. You'll also need to take a trip to your local optician (or find a glasses repair kit) to find miniature screws which will serve as industrial looking, real hardware nail piercings. Though putting holes through your nail does weaken them, it's a cool thing to have for a few days if you were planning to cut your long nails anyway. Ivania



    Need:
    -mini screws
    -small wire cutter
    -superglue/nail glue
    -pin



    1.) Paint your nails. Any color you want!

    2.) How to get a hole through your nail: Lay your hand on a flat surface with your palm facing up. From the back of your nail carefully "screw" the pin through with a bit of pressure. If you keep turning the pin between your index finger and thumb you'll get a little hole after a minute or two. Be careful to not just poke it through as it can cause little cracks in your nail.

    3.) Shorten the screws by clipping off a millimeter with the wire cutter.

    4.) Add a drop of glue and put it through the hole in your nail.