City Living: Pinky’s Nails

Like a good hairdresser, once we find a good nail salon we
remain loyalists… until someone new moved into our `hood and disturbed the
order of the beauty world. Introducing
Pinky`s Nails, the
self-proclaimed first professional nail art studio in Toronto. 

Open now for just over a month, Pinky’s Nails is not only wreaking havoc on our wallets (because we’re always there) but is also causing debates over which designs to get. Conveniently located around the corner from our office, Pinky’s Nails calls 688
Richmond St. W home, and have been making a buzz with their creations à la this:
MTV’s Nicole Holness and her feminine 3D nail art.
Or all of these:

And this one too:
For the cat lovers on the fourth floor (*cough cough*
@badalie, @andeline, @bigail).
No pedicures here. They do one thing and one thing well:
nail art. Pinky’s first caught our attention when they offered up manicure
specials for their July promo, but the fun designs and endless choices have kept us as customers. And in the rare, rare occassion you don’t see something that tickles your fancy, you can email them your inspiration and they can whip up a one-of-a-kind work for your digits.

Prices for their nail art (read as masterpieces) start at $30, and go up from there depending on the adornments and studding you choose. Pricing is done per nail, so feel free to go wild or just have a few standouts on your hands, like an entirely studded nail which rings up at $12.  
Wondering how the heck they get such detailed works on your
tips? Check out this  video for the Heartbreak Karaoke nails from Worn Fashion Journal.

If you are a devout Shellac-er, Pinky’s will be carrying gel polishes come fall. In the mean time, you can choose from their vast polish collection with familiar favourites like OPI and Essie.

In more beauty news, Pinky’s has got their paws on OPI`s new Black
Spotted polish. Similar to Shatter, but way cooler, it`s a black top coat that
gives a water marbling effect. Why is this awesome? OPI Black Spotted is
part of the Spiderman collection, which was exclusively released to French
Sephora. You
read that right
– the polish won’t even get a US release, let alone a
Canadian one. Which is why single bottles are going as high as $60 on eBay– cray!

Covet it. Now. 

Looking for an appointment? Give ‘em a ring at 647-787-9521.
Pinky’s Nails is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most nights. 
Ya, they are pretty cool! 

Fave 5: Not-so-typical Valentine’s Day events

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, for most of us it’s a love-hate relationship. Some of us love it, some of us hate it (and some of us land firmly in the middle). 

For the lovers, a typical V-Day usually entails going out for a romantic dinner and maybe a movie or cocktail after. For the haters out there, (single or coupled up) staying home and pretending you forgot that it’s February 14 isn’t necessary. Embrace your warm fuzzy self, and somebody you love, and check out some unconventional events happening around the city that even the biggest cynic is sure to enjoy.

SPiN Toronto – 461 King St. W.
Singles, couples and groups are invited to SPiN Toronto’s first ever Valentine’s Day party, where fake blood is welcome, gory costumes are encouraged and bloody drinks are being served. There is also a killer photo booth and a prize to be won for goriest costume. Ping pong is free after 9 p.m. Not into Valentine’s Day? Just think of it as a Halloween party in February.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace
From the looks of it, horror and romance seem to be going hand in hand this year. If it’s not cheesy, typical love day plans you’re after (we’re not that kinda girls), then head to Casa Loma where the Brant Theatre is presenting Dracula, A Love Story, a play by Sharyl Hudson. The play takes you from room to room throughout Toronto’s own Gothic mansion, as the actors bring the famous Bram Stoker novel to life. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $34. 
Supermarket – 268 Augusta Avenue
WORN FASHION JOURNAL is hosting a karaoke night starting at 9 p.m. at Supermarket in Kensington. Tickets are $7, and just $5 if you wear red. Who doesn’t love belting out love songs and a cheap cover?

Oz Studio – 134 Ossington Ave.
If live music is your thing, then Love Near Bellewoods is the place to be. Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club, Chris White of Bellewoods and Luke Laldone from Born Ruffians are all part of the lineup that may just serenade the crowd with love songs. Rumour has it that there will also be a few surprise guests. And because Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without DIY crafts, there will be a card making station with paper bag mail boxes for the first 50 people to arrive. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $7. 

Whistler’s Grille and Cafe, 995 Broadview Avenue
If you’re in the east end, The Cabbagetown Theatre Company is putting on No Sweetheart Required, a cabaret evening of short and sassy comedies and musical performances. Tickets are $20 and group rates are also available for 10 or more people (you’ll also be entered into a prize draw). The event starts at 8 p.m.