Nordic Plaid

I’ve been such a bad blogger lately – it’s been almost a month since my last post!  Grad school has been kicking my ass, and every time I’ve actually had time to do nail art, I’ve just been completely unmotivated.  But I’m back with a design using colors from OPI’s Nordic Collection for Fall 2014.  It’s not as clean as I would have liked (I definitely think I’m out of practice), but I think it still turned out really pretty.

nordic plaid

I have been obsessed with plaid lately – I just bought two pairs of plaid flats (which is completely crazy, I know).  I thought some of the colors from this collection would make an excellent plaid.  I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff (not in this collection, but it’s a staple), and painted the plaid using Going My Way or Norway?, How Great is Your Dane?, Skating on Thin Ice-Land, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland, Ice Berg-ers and Fries, and My Dogsled is a Hybrid – all from the Nordic Collection.  P.S. don’t you love OPI’s crazy polish names?  They get more and more ridiculous each year.

nordic plaid

Overall, I think this is a really great collection.  I’m planning on doing some more nail art using the other colors in the collection, but no promises.  There are a lot of really beautiful “fall” colors, and a couple of great brights thrown in.  I think I may have finally found my perfect purple in Do You Have This Color in Stock-Holm?, so I may have to use that one next.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Neverwhere

Finally another book-inspired post!  I just finished reading my first Neil Gaiman book, Neverwhere, and it was incredible!  Definitely a unique book.  Kind of like a modern Alice in Wonderland.  So, naturally, I had to do some Neverwhere nail art.

neverwhere

I used Essie Going Incognito as the base for all the nails, and Sinful Colors Chick Chick to paint the designs.  It’s slight sheerness really worked for this design.

neverwhere

The designs I chose are (from thumb to pinky): the title of the book, a door, Islington (the name of one of the characters), Mind the Gap (which was my favorite scene in the book), and a key.

neverwhere

I really enjoyed reading Nevermore, and I’m moving on to The Graveyard Book next.  I’ve been on a huge reading kick lately, so any and all book recommendations are welcome!  And as always, you can add me as a friend on Goodreads (it’s like Facebook for books).  Happy reading!

Black & White Stamping

I was in the mood for something simple, and, since I haven’t done any stamping in a while, I ended up with these.  I’ve been wanting to use this stamping plate for a while, and I’m glad I finally got around to it.  I really like how these turned out: simple, but still really interesting.

black and white

I started with a base of OPI Queen of the Road, which is a really beautiful brownish-black shimmery color from the new Mustang collection.  I stamped with Milani White on the Spot and Bundle Monster plate 404.

black and white

I think I’ve just been on a black and white kick lately, that’s all I want to paint on my nails.  I’ve hit the point where I’m done with summer and bright colors and I just want dark, cozy colors and cold weather.  Anyone else?

Watermelon

Since watermelon nails in the summer are pretty much obligatory, I thought I’d give them a shot.  I’ve really been enjoying my other fruit nails (here and here), so I thought these would be really nice.  I don’t usually do colored tips, but with these colors, I ended up really liking it.

watermelon

I used Essie Ruffles and Feathers and OPI Girls Love Ponies, with black and white polishes from Sinful Colors.

And have you noticed my new watermark?  I finally splurged for Photoshop.  Adobe Cloud is having a deal right now where, if you’re a student or teacher, you get the entire Adobe Suite for $20 a month, so I hopped right on that, made a logo for The Polish Squirrel, and added it as a watermark to all my new photos.  My photos aren’t always the greatest, but it’s definitely something I pay close attention to, so hopefully this will help me make them even better.

watermelon

I know it’s been a while between posts, but grad school is kind of kicking my butt right now.  So I may go two or three weeks between posting anything, but I don’t plan on abandoning this blog anytime soon.

Hope you liked my version of watermelon nails!  And let me know what you think of my new watermark/logo in the comments!

Neon Pineapples

After I did my strawberry nails, I wanted to come up with some creative ways to do more fruit nail art.  These popped into my head one day on the way to work, and they needed to happen.  They didn’t quite turn out how I’d envisioned them, but I think they are so fun!  Definitely some of my favorite summer nail art so far.

neon pineapples

I started out with a base of OPI Black Onyx.  Then I used Sally Hansen White On to paint the pineapple shapes (to make the neon brighter over the black).  I used Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare and Sinful Colors Irish Green to color in the pineapples, and then outlined them in Essie Fierce, No Fear.  They took forever, but I think it was totally worth it!

neon pineapples

What do you think – should I do neon watermelons next?

Modcloth – Handsome Prints Dress

I am a huge fan of Modcloth, so I was super excited when I got an email from them asking me to do some nail art inspired by one of their summer dresses!  It literally took me an entire week to decide which one to use – they have a ton of cute ones, but I finally decided on their Handsome Prints Dress.  I love that it incorporates a bunch of different patterns, and I thought the unique color combo would make for some great nail art.

handsome prints

I decided to do a different pattern on each nail to show some of the patterns on the dress (this isn’t even half of them).  The colors I used are: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, OPI Black Onyx, Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Butterscotch.  I honestly would never have put these colors together on my own, but now I am completely obsessed with this combination!

handsome prints

I really love how these turned out.  I may just have to buy the dress now!

handsome prints

Check out Modcloth’s great selection of dresses here – new ones are added every day, and a lot of them come in plus sizes, too!  You can check out other Modcloth-inspired nail art in the nails section of their blog.  And keep an eye out for some nail art inspired by my new Modcloth quilt – I am completely in love with it!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!  Which Modcloth dress is your favorite?

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I’m super excited to have a four day weekend, so I thought I’d finally get around to doing some nail art.  These are pretty simple stars and stripes, but I gave them a little twist with the colors.

american flag

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the old/real one), and Essie Chubby Cheeks.  I kind of like the muted/faded effect it gives, while still being pretty bright.

american flag

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!