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Accessories Expert

It's the little things that matter... like what shoes go with which purse! Our Accessories Expert Kym helps with the details that make the difference.

Necessary Nails!!

Hello again to all you fashion-savvy girls!

This week I thought I'd focus on a fashion accessory that's on the tips of everybody's…well…fingers! (And you thought I was going to say tongue, huh?) Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to make your outfit just a little bit funky and different. It's also available everywhere, and very cheap, making it fashionable for everyone!

This season will bring the greatest variety in nail colors. You will see everything from bright purple and blue to glossy pinks and yellows. There is only rule I have for nail polish - wear it! Everyone agrees that nicely painted nails look more fashionable than torn ragged fingernails!

If you want to get a great manicure, give yourself one! This manicure won't take you hours, but you will get lovely little fingers out of it - and you can save the money from the manicure!

1) Remove all nail polish and glitter from nails with moisturizing nail polish remover. Make sure to get into the little outer corners of your nails - people will see them!
2) File nails. Don't use the "saw" approach. Try to file in one direction only. Use the softer side of the file to buff split nails down to the surface.
3) Apply a nail strengthener. This will keep nails from getting stained and make your nails strong and less likely to snag.
4) Apply your favorite color nail polish.
5) Put one coat of clear coat on top of nails. Let dry for ten minutes, or until smudge-proof. Run under cold water for extra staying power.

For a really great nail polish, I recommend Sally Hansen's "Hard as nails" line. They have everything built into one little bottle, meaning you spend less time on your nails and more time out shopping!

Until next week…!


Please e-mail any fashion questions you have to me. I'd be happy to help!

Also check out these questions submitted for Kym:

Question 1:

Hi, my name is Denise, I'm 15 years old, and this is my question: What make-up looks great with green eyes? (I've darkblonde hair) Thanx,


Kym's Response:

Hey Denise!

Since green eyes are really glam, I recommend making them your focus spot. This means that you should "play down" the rest of your face with soft make-up. I recommend using a small amount of concealer (for trouble spots), a little foundation, a nude lip gloss, and some special eye make-up.

So far I'll bet you have gotten the same answer for your question - green eye shadow for green eyes. Girl, the rules have changed. While certain green eye shadows may make your eyes dazzle, others will make you beautiful color fade into the darkness. What you really want to do is play up what you have - beautiful eyes!

The right make-up also depends on where you are going and what look you are going for. If you were just heading off to school, a sweet, shimmery brown shadow would look great. If it's drama you want, go for sexy brown eyeliner (use pencil) with a medium brown sparkly shadow. When it comes to special occasions, go for colors that matches the outfit you are wearing, but make sure the shadow has a bit of shimmer in it to add dimension to your color.

With either of these looks, you are bound to turn heads!


Question 2:

Hi Kym, I have got a great dress for homecoming: Short with criss-crossed straps in the back, dark blue and shimmery. But I don't know how to accesorize it. What types of jewlrey, hair accesories etc. should i get? I have silver platforms, will they match?

--Homecoming Queen

Kym's Response:

Hey Homecoming Queen,

Sounds like you have a great dress (in fact I have one just like it!) Personally, I wouldn't go with the silver platforms. They are too contrasting to your dress. (unless your dress has silver sparkles) I would go for navy shoes or shiny black platforms.

In terms of jewelry, I would definitely go for something with blue stones in it. (to make your outfit look pulled together.) In terms of style, go for something you like. It's hard to be more specific unless you can provide more details on your dress. (is it long or short, formal or semi?) If you can get back to me I can give your more help. Thanks for writing!

Hope to hear from you soon.


Question 3:

Hi Kym!

My name is Sydney. I have a fashion question. This is more along the lines of hair pertaining to fashion. People always give cute hairdo ideas for long hair to fit with their outfit, and I can't even put my hair in a ponytail. It's short and it flips up in the back. I always just round-brush/blow-dry it. So it looks the same with every outfit, whether I'm wearing a short black skirt, a button-up blouse and tights, or a hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and skater shoes. I was wondering if you had any ideas on how to make SHORT hair look different according to each outfit with cute little styles. Thanks a ton!!!!!!!!


Kym's Response:

Hey Sydney,

Don't fret - short hair is so easy and cute to style. Your hair sounds like it's in a sort of a bob cut. This means that there are many things you can do with it.

For something really easy but chic, part your hair from the far side. Smooth it down with some gel. Add two decorative bobby pins and your looking really sweet in a matter of seconds!

For something fancier, try hot rollering your hair. This will give it soft curls and round the edges to soften your look.

For a trendy look, straighten your hair as much as possible. Then grab a one-inch section of hair and braid. Repeat until you get the look you desire - a few for trendy-ness, lots for a dread-lock look.

For the bed-head look, braid large sections of damp hair. Dry with a hair-dryer, or, for better curls, sleep with the braids at night. In the morning, take out the braids and gel all over. Don't part your hair - the messier, the better.

You can also always try hair mascaras and glitter gels. These work for anyone and look great on everyone. Have fun experimenting. If you have any more questions, please get back to me - I'd be happy to help!

Good Luck!


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