Friday, May 18, 2012

Qipao or Cheongsam Inspired Nail Art

Greeting from Hong Kong! I'm here to visit my family and getting some visa stuff sorted out so that I can legally work in Hong Kong if I choose to one day. Also, I got it so I don't ever have to wait in the insanely long "visitors" line when I go to Hong Kong. I'm here for about 3 weeks, so if you have any recommendations for me to check out in Hong Kong, please let me know ASAP! I feel like I'm always stuck in the same area, so I'm really looking to explore. I love unique snacks, cool shops, indoor malls, and cheap eats. Know of any good places? Please comment below!

Yesterday, I went to the Olympian City mall, which I felt like it was twice the size of Eaton Center in Toronto. When we got off the subway, we were bombarded by so many young property sales reps. Once we say no to one person, another one would come up, and another 5 more people would shove their pamphlets at us. I think there were at least 50 or more sales reps all over the area selling the same properties. There's nothing I hate more than being hard sold to something I don't need.

Anyways, once we reached the Olympian City mall, we saw that they were hosting a Qipao exhibit. If you're unfamiliar with the terms Qipao (旗袍) or Cheongsam (長衫), it just means Traditional Chinese Dress. I've never been a fan of these dresses just because my mom would always force me to wear it on Chinese New Year and I hated how it looked on me. Although I still hate how it looks on me, I have a new appreciation for it. The exhibit showed the history of the Qipao designs, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My favorite part would have to be the showcase of the modern twist of the traditional Chinese dress. If you're in the area, the exhibit ends June 10th!

After the exhibit, I knew this was going to be my next inspired nail art! I didn't bring too many colors with me to Hong Kong, so it's not as colorful as it could be. Thank goodness, Julep polishes are easy to travel with so I had a decent variety of colors to travel with!

I showed my finished nails to my Grandma and all she had to say was "You can't make a living of that. Nail art might be popular in North America, but it isn't popular in Hong Kong". I wasn't fishing for compliments, just something to converse over to fill the awkward silence. I knew I wouldn't get any positive feedback out of her since she never gives any, to me anyways. Oh well, I kind of expected that! Anyways, I hope YOU like my Qipao/Cheongsam nail art!

Check out some pictures I took of the exhibit! 

  • Pastel Purple Polish
    • Julep "Renee""
  • Darker Purple Polish
    • Julep "Charlotte"
  • Pastel Blue Polish
    • Julep "Jessica"
  • Pink Polish
    • Julep "Niecy"
  • Darker Pink Polish
    • Julep "Eva"
  • Gold Glitter Polish
    • Julep "Oscar"
  • Black Polish
    • Julep "Elizabeth" 
  • Nail art brush
  • Toothpick

Anyways, no tutorial for this post just because as you can see by the picture, it's pretty simple to do! I used three difference qipao designs just to create some variations. The pattern can be as complex or as simple as you want. I went for simplicity for this nail design just because I had very little colors to work with and all I had was a nail art brush and toothpick. I might redo this nail art once I get back to Toronto and make a complex looking version inspired by modern-twist qipao from the exhibit. But I have some other nail art design I would like to do first. Anyways, if you're curious as to what it might be, follow my blog and you'll know! 

For now, enjoy the pictures from the exhibit! 
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  1. Aw I'm sorry to hear your Grandma wasn't as appreciative of your nails - I think these are amazing! very pretty :)

  2. Oh grandma...that's such an Asian comment to make it made me sigh in understanding. What a great exhibit to be inspired by! Great idea and great job!

  3. Cute design!! It looks great!

    Ps, hope you're having an awesome time in HK!

    Pps, must be an Asian thing because my grandma says the same thing! I once showed her my blog while I was visiting her and she asked what the point was, it's not a viable career haha. While I'm her favourite grandchild, she's still very stingy with praise.

  4. Such a cool idea! I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. :D Stop by to see your link posted. Be sure to follow back while you're there! Have a great weekend. :)

  5. i love this manicure, great work indeed :-D

  6. Aww, sorry about your grandmother's comments! But your nails are too cute! I love the colour scheme and the different styles (:

  7. Well my nan doesn't see the point in blogging either she thinks its a bit silly to spend so much time on something you don't get paid for. I think its a generational thing aswell hun, not to worry I think this is a fab mani x :-)

  8. Awh, sorry your grandma wasn't super keen on it, but I think these look amazing!

    Thank you for linking up with Mani Monday, and please be sure to stop by tomorrow's link to see who's featured....hint, hint!

    Heather @ Glitter and Gloss

  9. I'm sorry you didn't get compliments, we'll make up for it here!! I LOVE your manicure, it's gorgeous! And I love how much np you took on a trip! Visiting from Mani Minday and love your blog!!

  10. omg! i havent seen qipao inspired nail art before!! you are one creative and talented girl =)

  11. These are amazing, so creative(:

  12. this is really cute! amazing patterns<3
    would you like to follow each other?

  13. Lovely nail art designs! How lucky to be able to catch the Qipao exhibition in Hong Kong! I love the Qipao and sometimes write about it on my blog. I think your Qipao inspired nail art is utterly cute...might have to give it a go this Chinese New Year! Now following...have a fabulous Christmas!
    May x

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