Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Tadashi Shoji Nail Art Challenge - Final Clutch Design and Matching Nail Art (+ Giveaway)



Some of you may recall back in October when I posted about The Tadashi Shoji Nail Art Challenge. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Tadashi Shoji invited eight nail artists (myself included) to create a nail design inspired by their spring collection. We submitted our looks, and then the brand's fans were invited to vote on the design they liked best. The winning design was used as inspiration for a limited edition clutch.

I was incredibly humbled to have my design selected as the winner, and I'm so proud to be sharing the finished product with you today.


This is a very long, picture heavy post, so I've put the rest of it under the cut!

A few small details were changed between my initial design and the finished product, so I redid my nail art to match the final clutch. Fashion... inspiring nails... inspiring fashion... inspiring nails! Gotta love that.



I used four OPI shades in this design.

The gradient base was sponged on with a triangle makeup wedge using OPI My Vampire is Buff, OPI In My Back Pocket, and OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI.

The lace shapes over the top were painted freehand in OPI My Very First Knockwurst.

I created two accent nails by adding studs and rhinestones to my middle and ring fingers, mimicking the embellishments on the clutch.



I know that 3D nail art isn't for everyone, and truth be told, sometimes I prefer something a little simpler, too! Here is the design sans embellishments. Which way do you prefer it?



I love the clutch's mix of gradient, delicate lace, and tough studs. It also has a detachable chain strap, which I chose to keep hidden for my photos.



I can't stress enough how lovely it was working with Jenny from Tadashi Shoji on this project, and I'm so completely in love with the finished product. This limited edition clutch is available now in the Tadashi Shoji shop, where it retails for $135.

Tadashi Shoji has also generously offered a clutch for me to giveaway as a thank you to my readers. If you're feeling lucky, please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Must be a follower of Chalkboard Nails to win. Must be 18 years of age or older, or you must have your parent's permission to enter. This giveaway is open internationally, and closes on 04/03/2013. The winner will have 48 hours after being contacted to claim their prize, after which a new winner will be chosen.

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64 comments

  1. Congratulations again! I think the embellishments totally adds the right finish to the whole look in making it one of a kind! With that said, I do love the nails you did with the embellished accents! Great job once again, and thanks for the giveaway! Hope I'd get to win this awesome clutch! :D

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  2. Congratulations!! The clutch is lovely, and your nails are too!! I prefer the design with the studs, I think they're pretty cool :)

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  3. Aww! I LOVE everything about this post. Your amazing nails and the fashion that was inspired from them in the beginning. Great job, Sarah!

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  4. I LOVE studs and rhinestones but I really love how simple and pretty the design is without them. The clutch is gorgeous!

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  5. It is so beautiful! Love the clutch and also your nails!

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  6. The clutch is gorgeous! As are your nails, and I quite like them without the embellishments, but they compliment the clutch so well! I can't choose :)

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  7. So beautiful! I love it with and without the studs and rhinestones.

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  8. i freakin love the studs n stones! beautiful work.

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  9. Congrats... Like it both ways.....

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  10. Congratulations on winning! The design is stunning! :D

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  11. This is fantastic! I love it! Congrats!

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  12. Congratulations! Everything about this post is beautiful! <3

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  13. Congrats on your win! Truely deserved!
    I tried to copy- paste my tweet url but my stupid iPad wouldnt let me..

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  14. Congratulations! That is a truly beautiful design, I'm so happy for you! Thanks for this giveaway but more importantly sharing with us your beautiful artwork, for that is what it is :)

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  15. Congratulations!!! I find the studs add a little something to the look, love it!

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  16. Congratulations! Both the clutch and your nails are beautiful. I still sitting here saying, "You freehanded that!???"

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  17. Your nails look just like the bag, so cool :)

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  18. I like it WITH studs :) Nail art is just so cool when it has that 3D aspect

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  19. With the studs your mani is a perfect replica of the clutch. Such a beautiful mani.

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  20. Wow, those colors look awesome together. It looks great andthanks for the giveaway!

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  21. That is so beautiful. It is perfect! :)

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  22. Love the clutch and the nails!

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  23. Congrats! As usual, your work makes me sigh in envy, simply gorgeous (: I think I prefer your mani without studs, cause I guess I'm not a huge fan of 3D art! But with the studs they match perfectly ^^

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  24. So interesting that a clutch was made from your nail design... and what a wonderful design, and clutch.
    Thanks for the giveaway too :)

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  25. Congrats on winning! Your design is gorgeous :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  26. that clutch is really cute! Both nail designs are cool, but I prefer the one without the studs if I was going to do this on my nails. Congrats!

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  27. The clutch is amazing! I love the design with the studs and rhinestones best but I love bling! Awesome job, Sarah!

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  28. What an honor. Gorgeous design. Congratulations!

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  29. Congratulations again on winning the contest! your design was beautiful, and the clutch is gorgeous!

    I like your nails with and without the studs, I can't decide between the two! :)

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  30. congratulations! This is the greatest honor any nail art designer can get! :)

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  31. Totally in love with the nail art and the clutch!

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  32. So impressed with your design. It is just like the bag! Nice work. And glad to hear the company was nice to work with- I am going to go check them out!

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  33. I love you're style and you're nail art is beautiful!!

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  34. Love your blog to pieces, and this is one example why.

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  35. Amazing! It looks so great!! It matches so much the clutch :)
    By the way, have you heard about the new manicure style from Ciaté? When I saw it I immediately thought of you: chalkboard manicure :) Will you try it?

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    1. I have! I'm not sure if I will try it yet.

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  36. I discovered your blog trough Pshiiit and I absolutely love it ! And this nail art.. Totally my style, I LOVE it !

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  37. Congratulations! I love both looks but I would not use the studs because I am sure I would lose them quickly. ;) I love the clutch and am happy your design was chosen.

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  38. Such a gorgeous clutch, and I loooove the nails with the studs! Wow!

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  39. I like both looks i think the studded look is more fancy so maybe for a night out where they plainer look would be great for every day look

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  40. This is one of the most beautiful nail design EVAH! You rock!

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  41. My mouth just dropped by looking at your nails and the clutch. Beautiful!

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  42. Your manicure is simply stunning, I can see why it was chosen!

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  43. And I voted for it! Whoooo! Lol Congratulations lady! It really is a stunning manicure and gorgeous bag! So happy it got chosen!

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  44. That manicure is just insanely beautiful! And the clutch is the cutest one I have ever seen!

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  45. Congrats. They are super gorgeous!

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  46. What an honor. Congratulations on your winning manicure. It's a stunner as always. Well done!

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  47. Aww, your nails are absolutely perfect! The design is really stunning! I love both versions, the one without studs and rhinestones is really subtle, looks like magic on your nails <3 And with them it's pimped up and looks luxury and super pretty as well <3

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  48. I can't believe I won!! Thank you so much!!!! This is crazy hahaha

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  49. Congratulations dear... you really deserve it :) This Bridal Clutch Purse is also great.

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  50. this is so awesome. May I ask permission to recreate this? Ill be posting them over at IG @icelovesnailpolish ;)

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  51. Sure, go for it! Tag #hellochalkboardnails when you are done!

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