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Channeling My Inner Artist at Valley Nails NYC

Valley Nails

The past two times I’ve been in New York City I was really drawn to lower Manhattan. I explored SoHo and Greenwich Village while I was there last week. It feels a bit more personal and calmer than say, Midtown or the Upper West Side, which I really liked as I explored the streets by foot.

Since I was in NYC already, I really wanted to get my nails done with another design. I looked to Valley Nails, which I had read great things about and booked an appointment with Ayumi Motegi for gel nail art.

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All Access: Backstage at Novis A/W ’14

Novis beauty fall 2014

Although New York Fashion Week is hectic, I didn’t stress, just because I felt so fortunate to be there at all! If there was an iota of stress involved, it was only from having to figure out how to navigate Manhattan to get to each show on time.

But I even got that remedied at Novis, where Aveda had set up a little space on the side to provide hand massages using their Stress-fix line. The calming lavender scent and soothing hand massage was like a little oasis of paradise in the busy backstage atmosphere.

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All Access: Backstage at Tibi A/W ’14

Tibi backstage fall 2014

My favorite moments backstage at New York Fashion Week are watching the talented artists transform the models into an image and persona that represents what the designer wants them to project on the runway.

It’s always interesting to see the connection between the fashion and the beauty. Sometimes, I have to admit I don’t see it very easily, but when it clicks, the effect is a beautiful experience. Continuing with our coverage of NYFW, see the beauty looks at Tibi below!

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All Access: Backstage at Alon Livne A/W ’14

alon livne fall 2014 makeup

While I was in New York City I made it a priority to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) while I was there, since I had never gone before. I finally visited near the end of my stay in the city. As someone who considers fashion and beauty to be art, I realized while walking around the galleries that my entire trip in NYC was very artistically driven.

That’s why I was especially excited about covering backstage beauty at Alon Livne, since I was invited to attend the presentation as well. Being able to see the clothes and how they work in harmony with the beauty is always a highly visual, aesthetic experience.

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Trying Gel Nail Art at Akiko Hair & Nail on Bleecker St.

Akiko Hair & Nail Salon

Ever since I had seen celebrities like Lana del Rey and Rihanna wearing stiletto nails I had been dying to get them myself. The only thing stopping me was the question of the practicality of wearing the trend in real life.

But while I was in New York for Fashion Week this past weekend, I couldn’t help myself from taking the plunge after seeing more than a few pointy-shaped nails around town. I’m not one to shy away from the bold or the trendy, and since it was NYFW, I figured, why not?

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