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Accessorize with fingers and toes polished in trendy fall hues

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

Tina Daubenspeck, owner of Head to Toes by Tina in the Village Shops on Sanibel, offers a full spectrum of nail and skin care services.

As seasons change, so do trends, and Tina Daubenspeck, owner of Head to Toes by Tina in the Sanibel Village Shops, knows just what any stylish woman needs to dive into head — or toes — first into this fall’s fabulous polish trends.

Daubenspeck is up to date on all the latest polish trends thanks to her role as a salon educator for multiple products — including OPI, Essie and Creative Nails.

“I get certified in all the products they carry and then I go to the salons and troubleshoot how they’re using the product. With Essie, I help at the trade shows working the vendor booths and with Creative Nails, I educate people on the proper way to use the products, because they’re complex and require multiple steps for application,” Daubenspeck said.

Daubenspeck, who’s been polishing island fingers and toes for almost 16 years, said she is excited about the latest line of polishes released by OPI, the “Swiss” collection, which features a vibrant pallette of Scandinavian-inspired nail hues for fall.

“There are a lot of fun colors out for fall with OPI. The traditional dark tones are in for autumn, but metallics are also back — gunmetal, gold-tones, silver-tones — especially for the toes,” Daubenspeck said, pointing out the shimmery gold OPI “Glitzerland” polish on her toes.

The OPI Swiss collection offers plenty of interesting options for fall. Shade titles include: “Glizterland,” “I’m Suzi, and I’m a chocoholic,” “From A to Zurich,” “Diva of Geneva,” “Color so Hot it Berns” and “Yodel me on my Cell.”

“Blues and greens are still big even for the fall months. OPI had lighter versions over the summer, but for fall they’ve converted their light blues and greens to dark teals and blues. They’re the same rich tones, just darker,” Daubenspeck said.

And while traditional colors, like deep reds and rusts, are always acceptable for autumn, Daubenspeck said that white nails are a fun and edgy trend that’s making a comeback this fall.

“It was very popular back in the 1970s and 1980s, but trends keep recycling and white is back. Of course, now you can wear white clothing after labor day and what is huge for fall this year is black and white ensemble combinations — just add a splash of color with your fingers and toes. Your nails are one of your best accessories. If you’re wearing a black and white ensemble, hot pink nails and a scarf will easily tie your look into the Breast Cancer Awareness theme this month.”

For those that are more conservative with their nail color, Daubenspeck recommends a light color on the fingers, “But go for an explosion of color on your toes!”

“And of course, the classic French manicures have never gone out of style — but just because you have a French on your hand, doesn’t mean you have to have it on your toes. That’s passe,” Daubenspeck said. “Some people think they have to match, but that’s not the case. It’s the same with clothes. Layering colors and textures is very in. This season you’re going to see a lot of grays and metallics, mixes of prints and solids and lots of chunky jewelry.”

Daubenspeck’s new pedicure station is all ready to go.

But keeping nails on-trend isn’t the only reason women — and men — should opt for manicures and pedicures.

“It’s important to keep your hands and feet healthy,” Daubenspeck said. “Your feet are the hardest-working part of the body and the most neglected. Great foot health and foot care is very important — it’s always good to take care of them, especially as we get older.”

Daubenspeck offers a wide range of services — including express mani/pedis for $50 — at Head to Toes by Tina, located in the Village Shops, 2340 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. To set up an appointment and peruse Daubenspeck’s extensive collection of polishes perfect for fall, call 395-2400.

In addition to providing the ultimate nail and skin care experience, Daubenspeck likes to pamper her guests with delicious treats, a variety of beverages and a soothing, natural atmosphere.