NYLON MAGAZINE ARTICLE

THE INSIDER: AVRIL LAVIGNE
"In school I cut my friends' hair and gave them all Mowhawks."

Avril Lavigne is one of the few people who have graced the NYLON cover not once, but twice...and for good reason. Since she first broke out back in 2002, the Canadian rocker has made a career built upon her signature unshakeable punk-pop sound (seriously- the lyrics to"It's Complicated" are still unforgettable, even after a decade). Now the musician-turned-Abbey Dawn designer branches out into the beauty world with a new collaboration with Sally Hansen. We talked with the 27-year-old yesterday in NYC about her nail art addiction, new album, and why 10 years later, her music message still remains the same.

You’re one of the few people who have been on our cover twice! What do you remember?
Yeah! I remember NYLON had such fun, loose, cool indie vibes.. It was nice because sometimes when you do photo shoots it has to be perfect, but those times it was super laid back.

So, Sally Hansen. How did the collaboration happen?
We had a meeting where I tried the Salon Effects strips and fell in love, so we decided to work together and do a collaboration. My designs reflect my personal style and favorite colors- I love skulls, stars, studs, all that fun stuff.

Do you have a favorite?
I like all of them! I’m wearing the pink with skulls right now. I also like the leopard one.

We try the Sally Hansen strips all the time in the office, and they're great.
Yeah, I hate sitting around while someone does your nails, so these are great because you can do them yourself. I’ve done them in the studio, in the car, on the plane from my show in Europe flying to New York to do my fashion show. Everyone who's with me loves them.

Are your friends into it?
Yeah, definitely. I’m that kind of girl that’s like, “Can I cut your hair? Can I do your nails? Can I do your makeup?” In school I cut my friends' hair and gave them all Mohawks. I’ve done my stepmom's nails, my mom's nails, my sister's nails. And even when I have just one left I turn to my guy friends and am like, "Can I do a nail?"

What are you up to now besides this?
I’m in the studio right now, and that’s going really well. I’m in the studio up to 12 or 16 hours every day, so nothing else other than that. But I get to put all my energy to being creative right now and it feels really good.

What can you tell us about your new album?
I have so many songs, so many great songs. I’ve been doing a lot of new stuff, this record I’ve worked with a lot of people I’ve never worked with before. It’s always interesting to be like, “Hey nice to meet you! Now let’s sit down and write a song.” When I write songs all by myself I’m lazy, I don’t finish them, it takes forever. So it’s really nice to collaborate, and to work with the guys I’m working with right now, who are so talented. I’m also working with LA Reid; he signed me to my first record contract when I was 15, and now we’re back together again.

In general, what’s your ideal situation for someone to listen to your music?
Definitely in the car; it's feel good music. I always want my music to inspire someone and be uplifting and give them strength, so when they’re hearing it they’re like "F*ck yeah!" I want my music to be an empowering message to young girls. Not taking any crap from guys; just be yourself and stand up for yourself.
--LIZA DARWIN

Buy Avril Lavigne x Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in drugstores now.




SALLY HANSEN PRESS EVENT


Avril was in New York City yesterday for a press event to launch her partnership with Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips. Check out some Twitter pictures from the event below! Yesterday we were talking about what kind of strips Avril would be sporting, and I correctly guessed the sparkle pink with black skulls! Cortney was even better saying either the green sparkles or black and pink sparkles... Avril wore both!




AVRIL MENTIONED @AVRILLORG ON TWITTER!

On Thursday I posted a photo of the Abbey Dawn boots that I received from JustFab.com (which are soooo comfy and I LOVE), and tweeted @JustFabOnline as well. Well this morning I had the best wakup with tweets from LOTS of people, because Avril mentioned me on her Twitter!

She tweeted:

“@JustFabOnline: Thanks for sharing a pic! RT @avrillorg: LOVE my new @AbbeyDawn shoes!! Thanks @JustFabOnline!! http://yfrog.com/khvimvbj” sweet

I know it's only something small and a retweet (with a "sweet" mentioned), but it shows that she is slowly starting to acknowledge us Little Black Stars!





JUSTFAB.COM - AD CLOTHES


Remember on Friday how I told you to check JustFab.com for some more Abbey Dawn items? They have just added some tshirts, tanks, hoodies and dresses, either for $39.95, or 2 for $39.95! Most of the styles are older items from AbbeyDawn.com, but there are a couple of new ones such as the dress Avril wore to the Teen Choice Awards, and a dress from a recent Abbey Dawn shoot. Quantities are very limited, so get ordering!. As always, it is free shipping to the USA, and Canada is $9.




SALLY HANSEN NAIL STRIPS - FULL COLLECTION

Avril's collection of Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Nail Strips are out in the USA! You can pick them up at Walmart and drug stores. For my fellow Canadians, these will be available in May. I don't have word if they will be released in any other countries, but if you have seen these in your stores, the odds are that Avril's designs will soon be appearing. They are also only available instore and not online.

To celebrate the launch, Avril is in NYC today doing some promo!

Check out the full collection below! Which one is your favorite?





JUSTJARED.COM'S BIRTHDAY


Avril attended the 30th birthday party of JustJared.com blogger Jared Eng at Pink Taco Sunset Strip on Friday (March 23) in Los Angeles. According to sources at the party, "Avril went crazy on the dance floor, whipping her hair to Rihanna‘s We Found Love and Azealia Banks‘ 212.” Check out the pictures of Avril posing with Jared and Rumer Willis.



Remember to check JustFab.com tomorrow for some new Abbey Dawn items!




ABBEY DAWN BOOTS!


In case you have been living under a rock, JustFab.com has been selling Abbey Dawn handbags and shoes! They have a great selection at great prices (most are all $39.95 with free shipping to the USA - they only ship to Canada and the USA).

I received my JustFab.com order today of the "Hell Yeah" and "Rock On" boots! They are such great quality and fit great! I am always skeptical when ordering shoes online, but these are actually true to size. LOVE them and can't wait to start showing them off!

A little birdy might have told me to check JustFab.com on Monday for a special AD surprise....






WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED AVRIL SKATEBOARD DECK

Proactiv is having a contest to win an Avril autographed skateboard deck! Subscribe to their Youtube page and keep checking for instructions! No idea if this is worldwide or not, though.




ABBEY DAWN - E! NEWS

A cookbook and makeup line in the future? WIth Avril's ambitions and projects lately, I wouldn't be surprised!




KATSUYA RESTAURANT AND DRAI'S


Avril was photographed at Katsuya Restaurant and later at Drai's in Hollywood. She was spotted inside the club with Chad Kroeger fron Nickelback.




5TH ALBUM NEWS!

Avril Lavigne : My New Album is Very Emotional

Avril Lavigne just ended her whirlwind “Black Star” tour and tells us that she’s already back in the studio working on what will become her 5th studio album.

“I’m in the studio right now and I’m working with another Canadian guy who is super rad, Chad Kruger from the band Nickelback and David Hodges, he’s also a super talented [producer] who did a lot of Evanescence stuff,” Avril tells us at the launch of her Abbey Dawn collection presented by Just Fabulous.

She also says she’s working with a high profile X-Factor judge, “I’m working with LA Reid and we’re all really excited.”

That will only further fuel the rumors that she is in talks to join the judging panel of The X-Factor. Though when we asked about the judging rumors, she simply says, “I already performed on the X-Factor and that was awesome.”

For now we can absolutely look forward to her new album, which she says is not as “young” but definitely very “fun.”

“I don’t think it’s as young,” she says of her new album, “A lot of acoustic guitars and pianos. There’s a deep message…it’s emotional, [but] it’s a good time because the album is a little more upbeat I think. It’s got some pretty crazy fun songs. It’s about living life and just like making the most of it and having a good time.”

I guess we can expect a classic Avril sound with some more guitar and a lot more fun. Sounds good to me.




AVRIL AND DERYCK OUT TOGETHER

Avril and Deryck were spotted out in Hollywood last night with Rob Dipple (Deryck's best friend and the guy who films WTH.TV) and Deryck's girlfriend!




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