A few of you requested more beauty-related content on Design Darling and, while it's admittedly not (yet) my area of expertise, I'm excited to try out a few new-to-me products and services and bring you the best of what I find!

First up is Paintbox Nails, a chic-as-can-be manicure studio in SoHo that specializes in nail art. Now I'm normally not a big fan of nail art (some of the designs I've seen remind me of the little flowers I requested during manicures circa age seven) but Paintbox has a range of designs that are more minimal and sophisticated than anything my elementary school self would have sought after. I brought my Design Darling summer interns, Mary Claire and Taryn, during an extra productive work week and it was such a fun way to celebrate! 

The decor inside is to die for: bright white walls, navy leather banquette seating, and modern fixtures that are a serious step up from my usual neighborhood nail spot. And the manicurists were super friendly and had lots of advice on which colors and designs would look best. The three of us wound up choosing three different looks — I imagine it would take years to get through their full range of options!

I got navy and white colorblocking, Mary Claire got lavender with a pink stripe, and Taryn got coral with a white stripe. I think I'd get something more subtle next time but it was fun to try something a little outside my usual pink and red comfort zone!

(Side note: how hilarious is this candid of Mary Claire and Taryn? I trained them well ;) I am going to miss these two SO much!!!)

A close-up of my manicure (worn with a cameo ring from Sweet & Spark!). Have you ever tried your hand at nail art? Would you give Paintbox a go? You can book an appointment online here!


Ashley Rizzardo said...

I love your black and white manicure! If I am going to go with a pattern I'm not going to make it subtle! Haha!

All That Glitters

amy stone said...

Thrilled to read about your experience!! I love how your navy nails turned out. What a great activity to do together before Mary Claire and Taryn leave.

I really want to try Paint Box. If I was going to opt for art, I would probably follow suit with colorblocking or a minimal stripe like you did.

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Paintbox looks so fun! I'm going up to NYC for a girls weekend trip in a few weeks and I think this is a must-do!

xo Sarah

Scarlett said...

This looks like such a cute place! I will definitely have to visit if I am ever nearby. I like your navy and white combo the best!
xo, Scarlett
The Trendy Chick

Hunter said...

Love that manicure! Looks like such a great nail salon!

Prep on a Budget

Katelyn said...

So cute! I was loving your instagram post about the nail menu! That is to die for! Your nails look super cute and are totally #navyornothing!

XO! Katelyn // http://asprinkleofkate.blogspot.com

Portuguese Prepster said...

definitely a little out my usual look, but I'd be up for trying it!

Olivia said...

Might have to try them out on my next visit to NYC!

Kiersten Leigh said...

This is so cute!!

Best wishes,
Prep By The Sea

Amy Grant said...

Such a great concept, and those interiors? Perfection!
Amy x
Girl for Granted

Nidhi Patel said...

Love the color-blocking on your mani! The whole experience seems awesome!
An Unblurred Lady

Sweet and Spark said...

Glad you love your Spark :)

Rosamapose said...

I've been wanting to go there for a while, just haven't had time. I like yours the best, so cute and very you I think!!

Rosamapose said...

I've been wanting to go there for a while, just haven't had time. I like yours the best, so cute and very you I think!!