Beauty and Fashion at President Obama’s Inauguration!

Not only was I blown away by Beyonce singing, “The Star Spangled Banner,” (even if it was prerecorded and lip synched!)  I was also blown away by her manicure!  The orange hued was so vivid it was nearly red!

NCLA Nail Polish in I’m With The Band

Via E!Online

How to Look Hot Like Michelle Obama JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images; Courtesy: JS Boutique;;

I loved looked Michelle Obama‘s Inaugural Ball look!

She wore a red Jason Wu custom design paired with Jimmy Choo pumps and Kimberly Macdonald for Forevermark diamond jewels.

And while we may not all have regular opportunities to wear designer dresses and sashay to a live performance by Jennifer Hudson, there’s bound to be a big night when you may just want to channel your inner Obama!

1. Embrace a bold shade of red: This ravishing chiffon halter evening gown is sophisticated and ladylike for a special occasion. (JS Boutique dress available at select Nordstrom locations.)

2. Bring out the bling: A sparkling set of bangles adds a touch of excitement to any formal look. ($60 at

3. Kick up your heels: A polished pair of satin pumps pulls the lovely look together beautifully. (Michael Antonio ‘Love Me’ heels, $30 at


Michelle even knows how to rock a coat and gloves!  She wore a Thom Brown navy-silk, checkered-pattered coat and dress, a belt and shoes from J. Crew, necklace by Cathy Waterman and a cardigan by Reed Krakoff.  She later wore Reed Krakoff boots, and added J. Crew gloves to her look.

Via Shefinds

Michelle Obama Inauguration Boots And Gloves

J.Crew blue pumps

Reed Krakoff Leather-Suede Thin-Strap Knee Boot ($1,095) are currently sold out

J.Crew cashmere-lined leather gloves

Her J.Crew belt is actually a sash from the bridal department: Collection rhinestone-encrusted sash. Call J.Crew at 800-261-7422 to locate the belt at a store near you.

J.Crew Valentina Pumps ($238)

Cathy Waterman Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace ($17,300)

Thom Browne Pre-Fall 2013

[Photo: AP]


Michelle Obama’s Gray Nail Polish – New Trend!

Michelle Obama
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Via Shine Yahoo by Piper Weiss

She’s done it again. With unlikely nail color and a few dramatic hand gestures, the First Lady has catapulted a new beauty trend into the mainstream.

On Tuesday during her impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention, the First Lady’s blue-gray nails got as much buzz as her Tracy Reese dress. Equal parts Katy Perry and high school goth, the color was an unusual choice for a political figure, no less a woman over 30. But Michelle Obama doesn’t follow style rules, she reinvents them.

The style campaigns of Ann and Michelle

By the second day of the convention, Michelle’s gray nails were still intact and beauty bloggers were on a mission to identify her polish of choice. Was it Chanel? O.P.I?

A Wall Street Journal reporter confirmed the answer with the White House. Michelle was wearing (drum roll, please) the Artistic Nail Design Soak Off Colour Gloss in “Vogue.”

Colour Glous Vogue
Grey Lilac (Iridescence/Sheen)
Artistic Nail Design Colour Gloss Soak-Off Gel is a versatile product that’s the ultimate long-lasting non-peeling, quick light-cured, chip-proof gel manicure that provides a super-shiny high-gloss finish. Fast as well as stunning…and lasts for an incredible 21 days!

The bad news: It’s a kind of polish mostly available in salons only. The good news: Salons are stocking up on it.

By Thursday morning, Artistic Nail Design’s U.S. headquarters was flooded with requests from manicurists interested in “stocking the Artistic Colour Gloss color that Michelle Obama was seen wearing,” according to the beauty company’s spokesperson.

“We’ve seen a 90% increase in calls, for this color alone,” the rep told Yahoo! Shine on Thursday. “At this moment, we currently have around 1,000 bottles in stock and we will be getting stock up to at least 5,000 to prepare for the influx of orders that we are receiving.”

Because the $15.95 polish is a long-lasting, chip resistant gel that requires a UV light source for drying, it’s mainly applied by the pros. While many women are converts, the chemical ingredients in the formula have been criticized for their potential to cause allergic reactions and nail damage.

On the plus side, your nail color lasts for 21 days without chipping. That’s a big selling point when you and your hands are about to step up to a podium in front of millions.

The type of polish may have been a no-brainer for Michelle, but how did she decide on the unconventional color? Maybe she looked to the runway. Gray polish has been a bonafide trend on the runway since 2011, when Rag and Bone’s designers sent backstage tweets of their models’ nails, and Dior debuted Vernis Gris Montaigne, a darker gray polish.

Everyone from beauty bloggers to color-obsessed tweens have jumped on the trend. But after Tuesday, gray nails have gone mainstream.

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