Event Space: NCLA Comes to NYC Thursday 18 October, 2012

California-cool indie nail brand NCLA pops up in NYC, and I get a Los Angeles-approved manicure using lightest grey Downtown Dollface and Roomservice: Stilettos and Champagne Nail Wraps.

One thing you should know about me: I am a sucker for vintage. And until I packed on some extra unwanted pounds (damn you, home office job where I don’t walk much…ever), I frequented vintage stores to find little treasures, like old caftans and bell bottoms. So, when I was invited to vintage-shopping mecca What Goes Around Comes Around‘s pop-up shop in NYC, I got a little giddy. Seven-thousand square feet of vintage wonder? Sign me up!


(I could not resist shooting my new NCLA manicure at the event with a vintage Playboy magazine in the background. Look at that sessy hair!)

But I was mostly visiting this pop-up store to experience NCLA Los Angeles, which was on hand to dole out cool manicures using its Fall 2012 collection and new Designer Nail Wraps. If you’re not familiar with NCLA, this Cali-born nail brand churns out some of the most fashion-forward nail wraps out there. NCLA is big on cool collaborations, and to this day, the Melody Ehsani x NCLA nail wraps remain some of the most sartorially-savvy nail appliqués out there.


I settled in for a manicure with Joe, who had just wrapped painting digits backstage at New York Fashion Week. I was immediately drawn to a very unusual nail lacquer shade, Downtown Dollface. Amidst the other offerings, which were mostly deep jewel tones or burnished metallics, this almost white but definitely grey tone was unlike any other I’ve seen. (And I’ve seen a lot!) What I like most about this color: It is edgy without being over-the-top; it’s a definite neutral that goes with everything.


(Joe and I pore over the NCLA Designer Nail Wraps and decide on the lacy number Roomservice: Stilettos and Champagne.)

Joe expertly painted me while keeping my ring fingers bare so that they’d play host to NCLA’s newest nail wraps. I chose Roomservice: Stilettos and Champagne from the Lace collection, a silver-and-black filigree print that jived perfectly with my light grey nails. What I noticed: Most all “nail wraps” generally tend to be on the thick side, which impedes on how long you can wear them. But this particular nail wrap is ultra-thin—almost like a real polish strip (another type of appliqué that is made of real polish and is especially fine). And because of this fact, I wore this manicure—nail wrap and all—from September 27 to October 11 with no wear. That is 15 days of wear. Did the polish chip? Eventually, but not much. Did the nail wrap lift? NOT. ONE. BIT. That, to me, was so crazy—and I can’t rave enough about how crazy cool that fact is!


Not all of NCLA’s Nail Wraps are built like this special edition one; this, along with it’s red lace counterpart, I Am Your Muse, are dubbed “ultra-thin metallics” and cost slightly more ($18 as opposed to the thicker variety’s $16). Try them on for size; I swear you won’t be disappointed.

What do you think of my grey and lace manicure?

Karie L. Frost Signature



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