May #StyleCouncil: Claire Portsmith from Motel Rocks

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Meet Claire Portsmith, Motel’s part trend forecaster and part designer who has joined our May Style Council!

For the winning female, Motel Rocks will be providing three looks for the shoot with We Are Collision Magazine.

Find out more about Claire’s fashionable life below!

Hey Claire, What’s on your Shopcade this season?

A mixture of fun key pieces for everyday and some dreamy wish list treats that maybe one day I can get my hands on!

What do you think is the thing that makes people really stand out on the Looks app?

Confidence and self belief in their own unique style!

What trends, if any are you loving this season?

Abstract art prints – LOVE!

Who are your fave designers?

Dries Van Noten, Celine, Acne, Proenza Schouler, Antipodium, Carven, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, JW Anderson and right at the top right now, Marques Almeida!

Best high street brands?

Motel obvs! Dream essentials! (and I do like a bit of Topshop!)

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3 Holiday Nail Looks from NYC Nail Artist Extrordinaire, Miss Ladyfinger

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Taryn Multack, better known by her profesh name, Miss Ladyfinger is a nail artist living in NYC. The Syracuse U grad majored in fashion design but uses her trained eye to turn digits (in lieu of fabric) into haute couture. She finds trends everywhere – from the streets to the catwalk – to create her cutting edge nail art. Her goal is to make the world a more stylish and, ahem, polished place.

We think she’s doing a pretty good job so we caught up with Taryn to talk about her designer wish list, 2014 nail trends, and tips (get it) for every girl on new ways to style their holiday nails.

If you could have ONE designer item under your tree/menorah/kwanzaa bush this year, what would it be?

A drawstring backpack from The Row.

Nail polish is getting banned. You can only safely stow away ONE color. Which one is it?

I’d have to say Peridot by Chanel.

2014 is almost here! Last year was all about the pointy nail, what new nail trend do we have to look forward to in months ahead?

My new favorite thing ever— matte! And nude. Together they look really chic.

Imagine you have three girlfriends. One lives Uptown, one lives Downtown, and one lives in Brooklyn. How would you paint their nails for a holiday party?

Easy…

Brooklyn Babe – Eclectic

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Inspired by Celine | Ciate Paint Pot in Big Yellow Taxi, $15, available at Sephora; Zoya Nail Polish in Jacqueline, $8, available at Zoya; Maybelline Color Show in Tenacious Teal, $2.99, available at Target; Maybelline Color Show in Onyx Rush, $2.99, available at Harmon Face Value; Nails Inc in Chelsea Bridge Road, $17.24, available at ASOS; Essie Too Too Hot, $8.50, available at Essie; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ultra-Matte Top Coat, $10, available at Sephora

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Crazy Cat Lady Style. It Ain’t Easy Being Purr-fect.

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It’s the age old argument – Are you a cat person or dog person? As much as we’d like to simply answer that we’re “animal people” we have to say there is something alluring about kitty cat swag that ole Spot can’t give us.

When they’re kittens they have the cutest, tiniest faces and fuzzy little tails. Oh, right, and that wet nose. And, the soothing sound of their purrs when they’re on your lap watching Pretty Little Liars with you. The way they follow you into the bathroom whenever you go, even if it’s just for a minute…

FINE!

You caught us. We’re cat people. Certified crazy cat ladies. If the white fur all over our shirts hasn’t already given us away just come over to our apartment. The figurines, feline-branded dinner plates, and, of course, the litter box surely will.

It’s just so hard sometimes to fess up. Fellow CCLs, you know what I mean. There is a stigma attached to us. Something like we’re homebodies with frumpy style. It’s not true (most of the time). Just ask the gazillions of Grumpy Cat fans or people waiting in line to meet Lil’ Bub at his US tour. Maybe they aren’t the best example of fashion but the growing number of cat-cessories tell another tail. See what we did there?!

From ironic novelty tees (our fave is the “Feline Meow“, a play on the Celine logo, that you may have seen a few fashion bloggers rocking) to fancy pearl-encrusted cat ear headbands, designers across the board are paws-ing to give cats their crown back.