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You Little Minx! | Win a Free Minx Manicure

My friend Cass spends a good chunk of time in LA and somehow is always one step ahead of the curve on the latest trends before they reach me here in New York. Two years ago it when she came back to New York from an extended sojourn to the West Coast, she’d stumbled upon the most magnificant air-brushed manicure I’d ever seen. Not that airbrushing at nail salons is a new concept, it’s just that the way it was done that was sooooo cool.  She promised we’d make a lunch date to get our nails air-brushed (she’d found a similar spot she wanted to try out in Harlem), but life got in the way and we never made it.

Long story short, before I can get this air-brushed thing done, she tells me that we need to get a Minx manicure instead. Now, if your guilty pleasure is reading material focused on our nation’s pop culture, you know, magazines like Ok!, InTouch, or People you’ve probably heard of Minx.  Me?  My guilty pleasures take the form of tv shows like Big Love, The Tudors, Project Runway and The Real Housewives (I know, I hate to admit it), so the only minxes I was aware of were sly, flirtatious girls a la Holly Golightly. Clearly, I didn’t have a clue.  And then, I got my chance. I was at the IFB conference during Fashion Week in February and I got a free Minx manicure (high demand and limited time meant that attendees could only get 1 nail Minx-ed, but it’s also where I discovered my latest nail polish obsession, Black Diamond, plus did I mention it was free?!?!?!).

Kalyn & celebrity manicurist Maisie Dunbar at The 2010 IFB Conference

I’ve since learned that a Minx manicure is what all the cool fashion insiders are vying for . . . Remember when OPI came out with “Lincoln Park After Dark”?  It’s such a dark purple that it almost looks black and you weren’t sure if it was really the right color for you?  But, you stepped up to the plate about 6 months after the trend started and now it’s just about the only color you use on your nails.  Well, Minx is kind of like that.  It seems a little over the top at first, maybe a little dramatic, might be too much for the office kind of thing and then your stylish friend shows up at work with a Minx manicure and you start to get a little envious. She didn’t choose one of the wilder patterns, she went with the subtle snakeskin (hard to believe snakeskin can be subtle, right? but somehow on her it looks fantastic).  So, you start peppering her with questions over lunch:

You: How long will it last?

Her: They said 4 -8 days . . . I had them done on Saturday, it’s Monday and they’re still stuck on. No chipping to worry about.

You: Stuck on? No chiping? How exactly does it work? Do they glue the stuff to your nails? Is it safe?

Her: I dont know really, it seemed pretty simple. It’s almost like a sticker or a decal, they stick it on your finger and then you put your hand under a heat lamp.

You: Hmm … it almost sounds too good to be true. How long did you have to sit under the nail dryer?

Her: I dunno, maybe about 30 minutes while she was applying them to my nails. My dryer time was during the actual manicure.

You: Aren’t you afraid it will mess up your nails when you take them off?

Her: No, there was no glue and there weren’t any fumes or anything. The manicurist said I should warm my nails under running water and then use one of those stick things they use to peel it off from one side to the other. I remember she said not to peel it from front to back cuz it messes up your nail fibers or something. It sounded simple enough.

You: That’s all? Wow . . .

And then the wheels start churning … No extra time under the dryer, no chipped nails, less worry about protecting your manicure . . . And before you know it, you start to covet one of those manicures for yourself. It happens. There’s no shame in your game. And hey, imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery. So, you decide that maybe being a little bit of a minx isnt such a bad idea after all . . .

Fifi Nail Salon has been kind enough to offer my readers a free Minx manicure.  Let your inner minx out, tell me why you should win a free Minx manicure.  Eligibility is simple – you must be an email subscriber to Possess Your STYLE and live in New York or plan to be in New York between now and June 2010.  If you haven’t  subscribed to PYS yet, simply click on the “subscribe to Possess Your STYLE by email” button towards the top of the column on the right and follow the directions (you’ll receive an email in your inbox with a link to click on to complete your subscription) – et volia!   All comments should be submitted by Friday, March 19, 2010 and the winner will be announced on Saturday, March 20th.

You little Minx you!
As far as I know, Minx is only available through certified nail technicians. The average price for a manicure ranges from $45 to $65 and between $65 to $85 for a pedicure.
[images courtesy of Minx & Polyvore]

Hankie Pankie

Dabbing at tears and wiping away beads of perspiration are facts of life.  How many times have you found yourself in one of these situations and not had something to properly dab or wipe with?  If you’re lucky, a loved one, a friend or a perfectly good stranger stepped in and offered you their hankie. Handkerchiefs, paper or cloth, are something one should never leave home without.

Fellas, before you walk out the door you check to make sure you have your essentials – keys, wallet, Blackberry, iPhone – is a handkerchief on your check-list?  If not, please add it.  If nothing else, having one on your person will win you big points with the ladies (those you want to impress as well as those whose respect you hope to gain).

My grandmother taught me that a lady never leaves the house without her hankie. Most days I live up to her credo – I’m lucky I have her old hankies, which are a lovely way to carry a little bit of her with me every day.  Carrying a hankie is also a little Holly Golightlyesque for me – pulling out a beautiful little piece of embroidered fabric to dab a tear or stiffle a cough usually brings a smile to my face.

Now, I’m old school.  I believe in cloth hankies – cotton or linen – embroidered with pretty flowers or initials.  I started my collection with my grandmother’s, but over the years friends and family members have helped me to amass a nice collection of my own to pass down.  But, my mother, like many of my friends who’s grannies drilled the same lesson into them, prefer the paper tissue packets — there’s something about their disposable nature and no need for ironing that makes them so appealing.  Kleenex of course, has tissue packets available in spades; guys, these are a great alternative to cotton handkerchiefs. But for you savvy stylistas, Sniff has cornered the market on the die-for tissue packets of the moment.  You’ve seen them – zebra print, leopard, denim-like and beautiful florals to boot.  Beware though these are a bit pricey. My mom has been known to dole these out judiciously (she needs to know that you really do have a runny nose) as if they were $20 bills not to be parted with lightly. Now, if you’re really special and don’t want the muss and fuss of cloth hankies, but want what you carry to be personal to you, there are all kinds of websites out there ready to personalize your tissue packets for you! Who knew, right?  Just Google “personalized tissue packs”.

And you thought Hanky Panky was just a great brand of underwear. (Bet you didnt know that the company got started when one of it’s owners gave the other a beautiful pair of underwear made out of hand embroidered vintange hankies).