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Photographed by Jonathan Schoonover

Artist Sandra Hatton takes us on a tour of Bushwick’s Wild Oleander

The following feature appears in the October 2017 issue of NYLON.

Only in Bushwick can you walk down an Astroturf-covered alley lined with plastic pink flamingos and vintage pastel lawn chairs to enter a nail salon. But that’s how I discovered Wild Oleander, the brainchild of Sandra Hatton, a seasoned professional in the beauty industry and proud Brooklynite, who was fed up with commuting to Manhattan for a quality place to get her nails done. As Hatton explains, “Something clicked in me, like, ‘I don’t get it, why isn’t this here?’ Bushwick is so artistic and creative, and everything and everyone that lives here is cool, so why don’t we have a cool place to get our nails done?” 

So she dreamed up Wild Oleander, and decorated it like a ‘70s rec room meets beauty salon on acid. In addition to row soft nail polish from some of our favorite brands like Floss Gloss, you’ll also find vintage Playboy covers and daisy patterned wallpaper, pink and yellow salon swivel chairs, brown corduroy couches, Lucite bubble chairs, arc lamps, neon lights, mini palm trees, shag carpets, and wood paneling—lots of it.

“Every Brooklyn salon has the same aesthetic—there’s reindeer horns on the wall and it’s always painted white,” Hatton says with a laugh, “but I wanted something unique. I love the vibe of the ‘70s, and the tropical elements are because I’m originally from Hawaii, so it was really about combining my background with what I love aesthetically.”But #decorgoals aside, the really impressive part of Wild Oleander is the beauty treatments they offer. Although the space specializes in nail art in both classic and gel manicures, there are also pedicures, waxing services, mini facials, brow tints, lash extensions, and microblading services available—with hair treatments soon to come, as well.

Photographed by Jonathan Schoonover

Hatton’s favorite spot? The pedicure station, which is illuminated by neon pink lights (which read KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON) above the seating area.“You have a full, 360-degree view of everything from the pedicure chairs, which is where I have the most fun,” Hatton explains, “especially because we have ‘70s cocktail-inspired pedicures, so you can order a Harvey Wallbanger or a Piña Colada. It’s literally heaven.”

Photographed by Jonathan Schoonover

The name Wild Oleander comes from Hatton’s Hawaiian heritage. “Growing up in Hawaii, my mother used to make these really beautiful bouquets from the wild oleander flowers—which are really beautiful and smell amazing, but they’re really poisonous. When thinking of a name for the space, I thought about that because we’re women-owned, and to me, the wild oleander flower kind of symbolizes a woman: We’re really beautiful, we’re very delicate—but you gotta be careful, because don’t you dare cross us!”

For your own totally groovy experience, check out Wild Oleander at 222 Varet Street in Brooklyn, or at WildOleander.com.

Photographed by Jonathan Schoonover

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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