On Thursday night Stunt Dolly held a launch event to celebrate Sophie’s arrival, and as Helen and I are mildly obsessed with nail art at the minute (check out our lovingly curated Pinterest board) we sure didn’t want to miss this. On the ground floor, the hair half of the salon, stylists were administering up-dos and blowouts and other things that supremely preened people get all the time (if I had the cash I’d get one every week), while downstairs, Sophie and another nail technician had set up shop.
We grabbed a glass of Zeo, a new drink that is non-alcoholic but claims to give alcoholic effects (it’s tasty, but we weren’t really convinced) and headed downstairs to watch enviously as some lucky party guests’ nails were adorned with all kinds of zingy colours, jazzy patterns and some extra sparkly bits. The attention to detail was astonishing, with Sophie expertly applying base colour, then using finepoint pens and gluing on tiny sequins – check out my photos in the gallery below. Such intricate work takes time though, and sadly we had to leave before it was our turn at the nail bar. The range of nails on the menu, displayed on framed sets of fake nails, is huge, from multi-coloured tribal patterns to cutesy cartoons and even London Underground-themed motifs. If you want to treat yourself to some seriously talk-worthy talons, whether it’s a la carte or something totally bespoke, then Sophie’s your girl.
The Illustrated Nail manicure prices start from £20 with additional nail art from £3 per nail. Visit http://www.stuntdolly.com or call 0207 018 2191.