Spring Fashion and Nail Trends for 2018

Spring 2018

Call us eager, but we love spring and spring nail colours! It may still be occasionally snowing outside, but there’s no harm in a positive outlook; we’re already seeing many of our clients choosing pretty pastels for their manicures as a way to escape the gloomy grey weather, and we’re encouraging it.

The thing is, pastel colours are actually a perfect transition from the end of winter too, they go with so many outfits as they’re quite neutral, and can look elegant in any weather. We’ve taken the hard work out of choosing your favourite pastel shade this month.


Is it really any surprise designers have felt an American influence on their designs this Spring? With the impact Trump has had on the world this year and last, some designers have paid homage and political commentary to the big USA. Either way, we love old school Americana; to work the style, pair vintage varsity jackets with boyfriend jeans, or go country with cute gingham dresses. This style is comfy and cosy too, and giving us some serious sunshine vibes.
To channel this look in your nails, go bright blue with Artistic’s “Aim to Chill”, or ask our techs to paint some pretty stars and stripes in subtle pastels.

Pretty Prints



The days of prints clashing are long over according to the SS18 catwalks, designers are all for wearing polkadots and florals together, with lashings of textured fabrics to finish the look. To rock it, scour your local charity shop for pretty silk scarves for a much cheaper alternative to Dolce and Gabbana’s floral scarves, and wear with as many prints as you like – to break up the clash, style with bold, black accessories.

To wear the look on your nails book in for some floral nail art and match with bold, solid glitters. Artistic’s “Imperial” is a good choice as a base.


Neons require a touch of bravery, but if the fashion editors are right, everyone’s going to be wearing them in spring, good thing is we have loads of neon brights in Artistic nail colours – in fact “Polka Dottie Hottie” is one of our firm favourites.
If you’re not up for wearing a 80’s rave-esque rainbow, choose just one of your favourite neon tones and contrast with a bright matte lip colour.
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How to Have The Ultimate Hen Party in Chester

Chester Hen Nights

It’s nearly wedding season, and you know what that means – it’s already hen party season! Chester has always been a popular hen night destination, and you’ll often see hens parading the streets during race season. However, this is a guide written by local experts for those who wish to see what’s off the beaten track, here’s our round up for some of the best and most unique hen night ideas in Chester!

Where to Stay

Oddfellows Chester

Chester has a lot of unique and chic boutique hotels that are befitting brides to be, if you’re looking for the ultimate decadence, you can always stay like the queen at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel. For those who prefer the non-traditional and quirky however, there’s Oddfellows, which gives all the best Alice In Wonderland vibes with it’s glamorous interiors.

What to Wear

Cheshire Set


Channel the “Cheshire Set” look by taking cues from the wardrobes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. A fashionista is spoilt rotten among Chester’s shops. Head to the Grosvenor Centre for all the major high street brands, such as Topshop, H&M and Quiz, or pop into Browns department store. Explore Bridge street and Watergate street for semi-luxe brands such as Reiss and French Connection and find plenty of coffee shops for a pit stop along the way (We love the Baristas and Cinderbox).

Daytime Activities


It’s time for a pamper! Get your make-up done at the MAC counter in Browns before heading down to Nailista for a luxe manicure or fresh set of nail extensions. Afterwards have a quick cocktail break at The Alchemist or grab a “light” lunch from Hanky Panky Pancakes.

Hanky Panky Pancakes

Where to Eat

Chester has all the usual famous chains such as Las Iguanas and Coast to Coast, but if you want to eat like the locals do try the institution that is Hickories; based down by the river they serve up delicious American cuisine. If you’re in the mood for a more glamorous afternoon tea type affair, Mad Hatters Tea Room offers an endless display of glittering cupcakes, including a great selection of vegan and gluten free treats.

Mad Hatters

If you’re exhausted from all that shopping however, you might prefer to get a Deliveroo to your hotel from Mama K’s, this lady offers the best of her homemade, authentic American recipes and is not to be missed!

Where to Party

Prohibition Chester

Chester has a good selection of clubs, but those in the know love the cocktail bars of Watergate street; for Gin lovers there’s Craft and Company, and those who prefer their cocktails sparkling and covered in rainbows might prefer Kuckoos, where the braver among us can sample a Northern Zombie at their own risk.

If you prefer a chilled out atmosphere, you might like to seek out the secret bar Prohibition, head up some stairs near the art gallery on Watergate street, knock and await instruction. The new bar The Boardroom is also a must-visit if you fancy yourself a cocktail buff.

Whether you are spending a long weekend in Chester or popping in for a night on the town, don’t forget to book in at Nailista for pampering for you and the girls!


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