Style on the Street / The Hot List

Nail art, fashion for brides, and ‘Read My Pins’

Here’s what’s hot around town right now.

The hottest nail artist in Cambridge, a new bridal boutique-within-a-store in Chestnut Hill, and “Read My Pins” comes to Wellesley.


  • Fashion is increasingly meeting function in the bicycling world, and helmets are no exception. Hand-painted faux wood grain, crystal bedazzling, and crocodile-printed leather models are all available (online, at least, if not in most local bike shops, though Bicycle Belle in Somerville has a selection of cute Yakkays from Denmark). For spring, chambrays and florals look especially fetching. Pictured, Yakkay’s cheerful “Milano” helmet, $150. Bicycle Belle, 368 Beacon Street, Somerville, 617-661-0969,


  • Lucy Tang knows how to hook you. The 17-year-old, whose fantastic manicure designs are influenced by street art and graffiti, charges just $5 extra for two customized nails when you get a basic or gel manicure at Sunny Nails in Cambridge. (It’s $10-20 extra for all 10 fingers, depending on the design.) Some clients start with just their ring fingers in a color that contrasts with the rest of their nails.

  • “They tell me, ‘I’ll change for today,’ ” Tang says. But after that first tricked-out nail, “they keep coming back.” She’s especially good at animal prints like leopard spots, and a portion of her younger customers lately have asked for the kinds of dramatically pointed and outlined shapes that Beyonce might wear.

  • “I draw on everything: paper, my walls, shoes, shirts. Nail art is basically drawing,” says the Quincy High School student, who hopes to go to college in the fall for graphic design. That should give her an even bigger forum to make her mark. Sunny Nails, 846A Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617-576-3955  — Alexa McMahon

John Bigelow Taylor


  • The traveling museum show “Read My Pins,” made up of 200-plus brooches worn by Madeleine Albright, the 64th US secretary of state, comes to the Davis Museum at Wellesley College — the secretary’s alma mater — from June 9 to July 20. Pictured, her serpent pin. The Davis Museum, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, 781-283-2051,


  • You thought Uniqlo’s imminent arrival was exciting? Anthropologie’s bridal spinoff, Bhldn (pronounced “beholden”), is set to open in Chestnut Hill on Friday. Gowns range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand and include romantic styles by Catherine Deane and sparkly-yet-hip confections by Rachel Gilbert. Accessories include combs with sprays of tiny crystal blooms and a pearl-encrusted heart-shaped minaudiere. Bhldn, Chestnut Hill Square, Newton, 617-527-3081,  — Marni Elyse Katz

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the Madeleine Albright pin pictured. It is a serpent pin.

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