Stay Gold (for the Weekend)

I attended a birthday party last week where the theme may or may not have been Kidchella, which was supposed to be ironic but it’s like, don’t tempt me with a peasant blouse and a good time. You see, when I RSVP “yes” I like to confirm with the note, “I’ll be there with bells on.” It means I’m dedicated, and already have an outfit planned.

The look was easy (this shirt, these shorts), and I even owned a flower crown from a previous engagement. But I had also recently heard that gold tattoos were trending — first from my 12-year-old cousins, then by word of Pinterest, and finally via every #summervibe photo on Instagram.

I had to have them. They were a little bit kitschy, but undeniably pretty. They wouldn’t be permanent, and let’s be honest: they’re cheap. So after I rounded up enough sheets of gold tattoos to potentially gild the inside of a really expansive chapel, I consulted a friend at Vogue who’d experimented with them before and seemed like a pro.

Arden’s tips were as follows:

1) Make sure you remove the plastic

2) Keep it minimal

3) Or don’t

4) Avoid putting it on your face if you have work the next day


5) Amelia, you forgot to remove the plastic

Her advice was solid, even though I only listened to steps #3 and #5, but what I loved most about these tats is that they just weren’t that serious. If I messed up, I could scrub them off. If I got sick of one, same thing. They lasted all weekend when I just left them alone, and they were better than jewelry because they couldn’t fall off my wrist on the dance floor.

Though I’m really not one to give into trends, especially ones that fit into a festival-themed birthday, this particular craze feels so summery, so easy (and so noncommittal) it’s basically a simple answer to the golden question, “Why not?”

Your turn: would you try them?

You can find the Jacquie Aiche tattzzz we used here.

Feature Images via fashionising and

Photos of us by Charlotte Fassler and Krista Anna Lewis

  • GapToothedGirl

    So nice, it’s like being five again, but with statement!!

    XOX, Gap.

  • Emma McLaughlin

    I wore a temporary tattoo of Picasso’s face to prom and told everyone he was my date, but my dress was gold and these probably would have gone a lot better with it. I want them. I want them all.

  • Jackie @ Kleiden drew

    Didn’t know boo until I saw an Etsy email – had a lot of favorites by the time I went to bed. Love the crescent on the Suprasternal Notch (had to look that up). Gonna put one on my foot.

  • ee_by_cc

    OMG, post twins!!! My post today is ALSO named Stay Gold. High fiiiiive!

  • Certainly a little pinterest-y because pretty nonetheless. We must choose our battles, and there’s no reason to fight this one.

  • JZRL

    Amazing.. I saw a well heeled young woman wearing some of these on her arm as she sashayed down 5th, and I WANTED some. If worn on the arm can still form part of a respectabel work ensemble….

  • Ashley

    I love the idea gold accents. Maybe pair it with a bracelet like
    this Tai Star & Moon Bangle 🙂

  • I AM IN LOVE (yes all caps needed!)

  • Mariah

    Definitely! These seem so fun and a great alternative to people who don’t want the commitment of a real tattoo.

    Theatricality by Mariah

  • Currently covered in Flash Tats right now…I love them and get so many compliments on them!

  • That’s awesome! Take me back please 🙂

  • Kathleen Fast

    Support small businesses and good causes by buying these awesome metallic tattoos!

    • Amelia Diamond

      oo i love these toO!!!

  • Victoria

    those are gorgeous. And I’m assuming the kidchella birthday party wasn’t North West’s (or was it)

    • Amelia Diamond

      it was. not. it was.

  • I had a serious thing for Lisa Frank temporary tattoos as a kid and these are bringing back all the best memories. I want to bedazzle myself so badly. If only I was tan enough for them to show up!

    Love, Gigi
    Dolce and Gabriella

    • Amelia Diamond

      I’m pretty pale (see the white tank top/moon-on-the-shoulder pic) and they show up well in person!

  • These are really cute!

  • I love these tattoos and tried them for the first time over Memorial Day weekend. However, I didn’t notice the copyright message that was printed right before the designs, and had a gorgeous new gold tattoo along with the company’s logo imprinted on my bicep {think the actual copyright symbol}. Oh well. Nothing’s chicer than photo rights, amiright?

    • Amelia Diamond

      hahaha oh no that’s so funny

  • a local brand just started making these here; It will probably pick up when the weather warms up again next month. Yes to kitschiness. 🙂